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ZS 22

1 bedroom, sleeps 2

Discover the real Andalusian lifestyle

This picturesque little village house, still rustic in style but very attractively refurbished, is in as traditional a pueblo as you will ever find, right in the heart of Andalucía ...

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Review Icon"Thank you so much, your house is lovely and the plunge pool has been a lifesaver in the 40 degrees heat! Antequera is well worth a visit and Zuheros with its caves was also very good for a trip out. We also went to The Arab Baths in Granada which was absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much for the gift of Cava and for the generous provisions which welcomed us. They were very much appreciated! We had married only 5 days before our arrival and it was lovely to spend our honeymoon in such a restful and beautiful enviroment."

Emma and Derek (Jul 2016)

Review Icon"Thank you. It has been such a pleasure to stay in "The House of the Lemons" A lovely house, great location and so well equipped for your visitors. Rute and La Sub-bética is a fantastic area with stunning scenery and so many attractive small towns and villages in easy driving distance and away from mass tourism. It has been fascinating to "people watch" in the local streets and parks, we just regret not being able to speak Spanish. A brilliant week to round off our mini-tour of Andalucía having been to Seville, Cádiz and Málaga earlier."

Ron and Tricia (May 2016)

Review Icon"We have loved every minute of our stay here in your well appointed townhouse. It is catered for our every need and thoughtful for the goodies in the fridge on arrival. A very relaxed stay, mainly were reading books and dipping in the pool, beach days by the lake and a very hot visit to Córdoba. We hope to return soon. "

Claire and Jamie (Jul 2015)

Review Icon"We have very much enjoyed our week away in your lovely house. It has everything that your could need which is lucky because the weather has not been very kind so we have spent many hours here, especially cooking lovely fresh seafood! The fire has been wonderful also. We managed to go for a ride at Cortijo Las Minas stables. The horses were very well looked after and gave us a good ride. Córdoba and Iznájar also were fun trips out and enjoyed mornings on the terrace. Many thanks."

Bex and Peter (Mar 2015)

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Bedrooms

One, double bedded.

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Pool

Small private splash pool

2 m x 2 m, 1.2 m deep.

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Location

In the small town of Rute in La Subbética region (Province of Córdoba).

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Price

From 550 € to 590 € per week.

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Villa Description

The real "Real Spain"

Rute is not on the tourist map; it's an unpretentious, exuberant working town but nevertheless fascinating, full of old-time, original character and tradition.

Rute is not really on the tourist map; it's a little town of 10,000 people, best known for its manufacture of Anís, the aniseed-flavoured liqueur. And its gastronomic delights don't end there: it is also famous for its cured hams and delicious - and typically Spanish - sweet delicacies which are traditionally served at Christmas, such as nougat and marzipan.

Overlooking the regions largest lake and dwarfed by the Sierra de Rute that looms above it, it's a completely unpretentious, exuberant working town but nevertheless fascinating, full of old-time, original character and tradition.

That's good enough reason on its own to spend some time here … but it gets even better … it's right on the edge of the sublimely beautiful Subbética National Park and it's also in the very centre of Andalucía, making Granada, Sevilla, Córdoba and the Mediterranean coast all easy day trips from here.

So, for a couple looking for a base in the heartland of Andalucía and a bit of genuine local lifestyle, this could be just the place. A stone's throw away from the Plaza de Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza (where you will find both the Anís Museum and the Casa del Jamón as well as some excellent tapas bars), this terraced village house has been refurbished throughout and is now a really enjoyable place to stay.

In a quiet cul-de-sac in the oldest part of town, double wooden doors open from the elevated pavement outside (lined - of course - with orange trees), straight into the attractive little living / dining room.

Local lifestyle

In a quiet cul-de-sac in the oldest part of town, the house is a stone's throw away from the plaza where you will find both the Anís Museum and the Casa del Jamón as well as some excellent tapas bars.

Being in the centre of Andalucía, temperatures can be quite extreme here, very hot in the summer months, sometimes close to zero in mid-winter.

So you will appreciate the original, thick walls of the cottage which provide first-class insulation, keeping the rooms cool and calm in summer, warm and cosy later in the year. These attributes are enhanced by a ceiling fan and by the glass-fronted log burning stove.

Under its original wood beamed ceiling, everything is nicely rustic in style, welcoming and colourful but also neat and practical.

More modern accompaniments include a TV (Spanish programme's only), a CD/DVD player and a small collection of DVD's to choose from. A sofa and an armchair offer comfortable relaxation and a small, round wooden table provides dining space.

Rustic style

Under its original wood beamed ceilings, everything is nicely rustic in style, welcoming and colourful but also neat and practical.

Three steps and a short corridor leads through to the kitchen at the back of the house. It's a good sized room decorated in a pretty, country-kitchen style. Decently appointed it has a gas hob, gas oven, microwave, fridge / freezer, coffee maker, toaster and electric kettle.

The house is on two floors, with the double bedroom and its en-suite bathroom upstairs.

The bedroom is another really attractive, traditional room under its sloping, beamed ceiling. It has both a ceiling fan and air conditioning so you will sleep well no matter what the temperature is outside. An electric wall heater provides winter comfort.

There is space enough for a couple of armchairs as well as the comfortable double bed, and it enjoys balcony views of the street outside.

Alongside, the spacious bathroom is equally big and welcoming, very pleasantly finished with softly coloured Moroccan mosaic tiling. It has both a bath tub and a walk-in shower.

Back garden bliss

The back garden terraces areas are surprisingly private and hidden from view, despite being in the middle of town.

Attractive as it is inside, what makes this a really enjoyable place to stay are the back garden terraces areas, all of them surprisingly private and hidden from view, despite being in the middle of town.

From the back door one passes by the laundry room / cloakroom (with W/C) just outside the house and up a few steps to a lovely al fresco dining area, its Moroccan table and chairs beautifully shaded (in summer) by a vine-covered awning.

Unseen, this is a perfect place whatever the time of day, to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, for a candle-lit dinner perhaps, or just to enjoy a glass or two of chilled white wine.

A few more steps take you up, past the lime tree (help yourselves) and beautifully scented jasmine to a fabulous sun terrace up above.

Here you can choose between table seating, comfy loungers or a dip in the little but very welcoming plunge pool (2 m x 2 m). Mostly it's 1.2 m deep but a little bench seat runs around, just under the water, providing a place to splash about or, better still, for sitting in the pool with your gin and tonic - or glass of anís - comfortably in hand!

Sol y Sombra

This is the home of Anís so why not give your day a real kick start with a "sol y sombra" to chase down your coffee ...

And, talking of anís, the Museo Anís is just a few minutes walk away, a fascinating guide to its manufacture and history as well as a place to sample this potent firewater for yourselves!

Close by are the Museo del Jamón (ham) and also the Museo Artesanal del Mantecado, Turrón and Mazapán which displays the traditional methods of manufacturing the sweets and Christmas treats.

Galleros and Flor de Rute both have their factories here, Galleros being famous for its annual "Belen", a Nativity Scene made from Chocolate, on view from around 15 October each year, and Flor de Rute for their sugarwork which in 2007 included a sugar life-sized scene of Picasso amongst other characters.

If all this wasn’t enough for a short visit, the town also has a ruined Moorish castle, a fine Baroque church and some excellent local tapas bars.

It's just a 15 minute walk from the house to Spain's most famous donkey sanctuary, the Sanctuario de Burros, often visited by Queen Sofia and other members of the Royal Family.

And, being located on the edge of the Sierras de Subbéticas Natural Park, there are some great local walks including the footpath through the pine forest of Pinar de la Sierra and a section of the long-distance footpath that crosses Spain, the GR7.

Apart from the wonderful countryside and delightful villages of the Subbética itself, the great historical cities of Córdoba and Granada are not much more than an hour away, and the flamenco-buzzing energy of Sevilla is just another hour further.

Right in the heart of Andalucía … this really is "Real Spain".

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground Floor

  • Living / dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Shaded Patio (furnished) and Sun Patio (furnished)
  • Laundry Room / W.C

First Floor

  • 1 double bedroom
  • Bathroom (walk-in shower and bath tub)
  • Small study area on the galleried landing

Facilities

Entertainment

  • TV (Spanish programmes only)
  • CD / DVD Player
  • Small collection of DVD's
  • WIFI Internet (bring your own device)

Amenities

  • Glass fronted wood burning stove in the living room
  • Wall heating panels
  • Heated towel rail
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  • Air conditioning in the bedroom
  • Ceiling Fans in the living room and bedroom
  • Washing machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied
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  • Note: a washing service can be provided by the owners

Kitchen

  • Gas oven
  • Gas Hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Toaster, Kettle, Coffee maker
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Small private plunge pool (2 m x 2 m, 1.2 m deep) with underwater seating
  • Various terrace areas
  • Sun beds, sun shade
  • Night lighting
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (portable)

Notes

Firewood is included in the price

Please, no smoking indoors

Rental start and finish days for this property are flexible

 

 

A welcome pack is included

A weekly change of linen and towels is included for rentals of more than one week

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZS 22

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 31st March 550 € 1,100 €
1st April to 27th October 590 € 1,180 €
28th October to 31st December 550 € 1,100 €

ZS 22

2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---

Special Offer

Special Offer: Late Discounts

15% discount for remaining weeks in August & 20% discount for remaining weeks in September and October. (Minimum 5 day bookings)

Weeks on offer: From 11th August to 31st October 2017.

Offer Ends: 28th October 2017

Notes

Prices are inclusive of firewood

Security Deposit

A 100 Euro security deposit is payable on arrival (to the house owner). This will be refunded in full at the end of your stay, subject to any reductions for breakages or damage

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In the small town of Rute (all facilities) in La Subbética de Córdoba region (Province of Córdoba)

Location

In the small town of Rute (all facilities) in La Subbética de Córdoba region (Province of Córdoba).

Iznájar 15 mins; Priego de Córdoba 35 mins; Antequera 50 mins

Malaga 1¼ hrs; Córdoba 1¼ hrs; Granada 1½ hrs; Ronda 2 hrs; Sevilla 2¼ hrs.

Torremolinos (Mediterranean beaches) 1¼ hrs; Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1¾ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Málaga 1¼ hrs; Granada 1½ hrs; Sevilla 2¼ hrs.

See our Links Page for web sites of airlines traveling to Andalucia from the UK.

Around and About

This is an excellent base from which to explore this delightful and very beautiful part of Andalucía.

Excursions

  • Rute is a completely unpretentious, authentic working town but nevertheless fascinating, full of old-time, original character and tradition.
  • The Museo Anís is just a few minutes walk from the house, a fascinating guide to its manufacture and history as well as a place to sample this potent firewater for yourselves!
  • Close by are the Museo del Jamón (ham) and also the Museo Artesanal del Mantecado, Turrón and Mazapán which displays the traditional methods of manufacturing the sweets and Christmas treats. Galleros and Flor de Rute both have their factories here. The town also has a ruined Moorish castle, a fine Baroque church and some excellent local tapas bars.
  • It's just a 15 minute walk from the house to Spain's most famous donkey sanctuary, the Sanctuario de Burros, often visited by Queen Sofia and other members of the Royal Family.
  • The picturesque white village of Iznájar is just 15 minutes to the south. Sitting on top of a huge rocky outcrop which towers up from the breathtakingly blue waters of the Embalse de Iznájar, the largest lake in Andalucía, it's a magnificent setting.
  • Views from the top of the town are sensational, over the surrounding countryside - rolling hillsides clad with olive groves as far as the eye can see - and over the vast, beautiful lake (32 kilometres long and 6 kilometres wide) which fills the wide valley floor of the Genil river on both sides of the village.
  • Also known as the Lake of Andalucía, it hosts water sports and fishing and has its own beach (in summer) at Valdearenas where you can swim, rent pedalos and canoes or learn to sail.
  • Its beautiful, clear blue waters are safe for children to swim or play in and there's sand to lie on. It tends to be busier on Sundays but is usually very quiet during the week, even in the height of the season.
  • Head north east to Priego de Córdoba (30 km away), a lovely town which is Andalucía at its most refined and authentic. A dignified, convivial provincial town with a beautiful historic centre and more than its fair share of marvellous baroque churches.
  • All around, the spectacular countryside of the Subbética Natural Park. Incredibly beautiful, it's a land of rugged hills and deep valleys, spectacular scenery and a thriving ecology. A vibrant and vivacious landscape, it is both robust and melodious at one and the same time. Some of Andalucía's most delightful 'pueblos' are to be found here, steeped in the ancient traditions and culture of the area, both products of a fascinating history which dates back to the beginning of mankind.
  • Just over an hour away, Granada is, of course, a must-see city. Soaring high above is the spectacular back drop of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains. And what a city lies below, a city of classical beauty, the jewel in the Spanish Crown.
  • The mesmerising Alhambra Palace and its exquisite gardens, one of the world's greatest wonders; the narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful walled gardens of the ancient Arab quarter, El Albaicín; the magnificent Cathedral, just one of many superb examples of Renaissance architecture; the caves of Sacramonte, nostalgic legacy of the gypsies.
  • A city which inspired García Lorca, Andalucía's finest poet, it is, above all, a people's city, full of life and colour, energy and fun.
  • Córdoba too, is a must-see city, once the largest city in the world, the thriving capital of Al-Andalus, the name used to describe Moorish Spain which extended throughout almost all of the Iberian Peninsular.
  • In its heyday it was considered the Mecca of the west. The Mesquita of Córdoba is, along with Granada's Alhambra Palace, the finest example of Islamic Art in the western world, the grandest and most beautiful mosque constructed by the Moors in Spain. It's one of only a handful of man-made places in the world which literally takes your breath away.
  • Quite apart from the Mesquita, there's much more to discover in Córdoba. It's very picturesque, a town to stroll around. You will come across little squares, peaceful courtyards and balconies overflowing with bougainvilleas. The aroma of lemon blossom, the exuberant colours of the flowers, the cool trickle of a fountain. It's a beautiful town, Córdoba.
  • To the south west, Antequera is another very pretty town with an almost medieval air and a history to match. So much more than just another sleepy, sun-soaked 'pueblo' of Southern Spain.
  • Just beyond Antequera is El Torcal, a magnificent 1,100 hectare National Park of massive, Mars-like mountains of eroded rock formations. Here the imagination plays tricks as giants, monsters and castles seem to appear before your eyes. Unique in Europe, this dreamy, surrealistic landscape has inspired generations of artists and film makers as well as climbers, walkers and nature lovers.
  • Sevilla takes a little more than 2 hours. It is impossible not to be captivated by its exuberant atmosphere: stylish, confident, ancient and proud, yet also convivial, intimate and fun-loving. If you don't know what alegría means, Sevilla is the place to learn!
  • It has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With the wide river rolling through it, there's the elegant Arabic heritage of labyrinthine alleys and languorous gardens, the Giralda, the Alcázar and the Barrio Santa Cruz. There's the grandiose 17th-century colonial style, when the riches plundered from the Americas were converted into a swaggering architectural confection of ornate palaces and monuments, basilicas, bullrings and fountains. And then there's the wonderfully lavish 1920's Sevilla, when they built grand art nouveau hotels, parks and boulevards. All of these are combined in an area small enough to wander around.
  • Málaga and the Mediterranean beaches on the Costa del Sol are just over an hour's drive south.

Activities

  • Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the beautiful hillsides and little villages of La Subbética on foot, horseback, or bicycle.
  • The beautiful lake (32 kilometres long and 6 kilometres wide) which fills the wide valley floor of the Genil river on both sides of the Iznajár hosts water sports and fishing and has its own beach at Valdearenas where you can swim, rent pedalos and canoes or learn to sail.
  • There is a chiringuito (summer bar) on the beach and a couple of bar / restaurants just above.
  • On the northern slopes of Sierra Nevada, top class skiing is available.

The Area

La Subbética

A land of rugged hills, deep valleys and spectacular scenery, La Subbética de Córdoba is vibrant and vivacious, robust and melodious …
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Rute

Overlooking the Iznájar lake and dwarfed by the Sierra de Rute that looms above it, Rute is best known for its manufacture of aguardiente de anís …

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