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ZS 23

9 (or 10) bedrooms, sleeps 18 to 24

A beautifully restored olive mill

New Owner

Note: The pool area surround is now finished in a clay tile and is no longer grass. New photographs will soon replace existing ones of this area...

Now a fabulous, interior-designed villa for a large group of friends or family wishing to holiday together, this superbly restored olive mill is unique, a wonderful place to stay ...

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Review Icon"I am in Heaven!!!! The caterers have been preparing terrific meals, including breakfasts. But the four person flamenco group were over the top. Thank you for providing me with sure a special place!!!!"

Previous Guest (Jun 2016)

Review Icon"I don’t know where to begin. My four weeks at ZS23 were magical, without a hitch. That was due to the wonderful condition of the villa and pool and gardens but also to the intelligent management! You have a gem there!!!!! During those four weeks, there were 69 friends and relatives who visited from all over the States and Europe. Since the villa is situated right in the middle of Andalusia my guests could make daily visits to great cities and even caves, and then return to a splendid dinner prepared by Paco and served by his extended family. And what a family that is. We all loved them not just because the food was so good and so varied but because they were so friendly, funny and kind. The family adventure I had been planning for over a year turned out to be better then I could have dreamed!!!! Thank you!!!!"

Previous Guest (Jun 2016)

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Bedrooms

Nine (5 doubles, 4 twin bedded). A sitting room can be made up as a 10th bedroom if required. Extra beds and cots can also be added to bedroom suites.

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Pool

Private swimming pool

10 m x 5 m, 1.2 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 5 mins from Iznájar in La Subbética region (Province of Córdoba).

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Price

From £4,260 to £5,400 per week.

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Villa Description

Perfect!

"The mill is perfect for a holiday for large groups who want to get together but also need their own space. Our group of teenagers couldn't believe their luck when we assigned them their very own apartment!"

Not so very long ago a run down, 200-year-old olive mill surrounded by mountains and olive trees, it is now beautifully restored and has started life anew as a fabulous, interior-designed villa for a large group of friends wishing to holiday together or for a family reunion.

A stunning villa, it has nine spacious bedrooms (5 doubles, 4 twin bedded), all with en-suite shower or bathrooms. There's bags of room to add extra single beds or cots to suit clients particular requirements. Twenty four guests can be accommodated with ease.

Described in more detail below, it comprises a main house with two bedrooms, two living rooms (one of which can be made up as an extra bedroom if preferred) and a large kitchen perfect for preparing meals for the whole group); three beautiful, Moorish-styled apartments (with seven bedrooms in total, each with their own kitchen, dining and living areas); a huge 140 m2 central hall which has been developed as a fabulous dining / sitting room with a games area and there is another large, 70 m2 TV lounge / dining room. There are several private patios and terraces.

Flawless

"Excellent villa coupled with fantastic service provided by Stefan. All of our food and drink was waiting for us when we arrived and a chef came to cook breakfast for us each morning. All transport was also arranged for us. Cannot recommend this place enough".

The Moroccan theme is continued into attractive and extensive courtyard gardens at the front of the mill which include a very inviting 10 m x 5 m swimming pool at one end, 1.2 metres deep throughout, so good for kids. Full length steps lead in.

Fenced and gated, it is surrounded by a lawned area. There is plenty of open space for sunbathing; shade is provided by Australian sails. The pretty garden terraces beyond are full of colourful flower beds, palms and orange trees.

The whole property and its gardens are surrounded by a high stone wall which provides a lovely sense of tranquillity as well as complete privacy. This, along with the fenced and gated swimming pool make it a great and safe place for children.

Each room is unique, with decor which reflects the exotic flavour of Morocco or the warmth of the Spanish countryside. As one client remarked, "I felt like a princess in our Moorish four-poster bed!"

A fabulous villa

"We've just returned from a wonderful fortnight. Each apartment is roomy, comfortable and beautifully decorated but what really makes this a great destination are the various shared spaces - the large shaded courtyard with a long table for family eating, the fabulous hall, the games room, the small garden outside the old house and the shaded naya outside the games room".

With so much space there is plenty of scope for adding extra beds and cots to suit the needs of each group. For example, there is space within the suites to add an extra bed or cot (many of the bedrooms have large sitting areas); the second living room in the main house can easily be converted into a bedroom; even the TV lounge can be converted into sleeping space if preferred.

Flexibility is the key here and the owners are happy to move things around to suit clients requirements.

When restoring and renovating the mill they incorporated the latest state-of-the-art, eco-friendly technology, both for heating (using a carbon neutral boiler which is fuelled by olive pits) and water re-cycling. All grey water is purified and reused in cisterns and for watering the gardens outside.

The suites and the TV lounge all have underfloor heating; the main house doesn't but with a kitchen Aga, a log fire in the living room and panel heaters upstairs, it's a warm and comfortable house. The central hall has one of the biggest fireplaces in Andalucía!

There's air conditioning in the two living rooms of the main house. The apartments don't have air conditioning but they have excellent insulation and always stay cool and serene.

Relaxing with a capital R

"The pool area is heavenly and all the patios, both covered and uncovered, are lovely. A wonderful outdoor table for evening dinner under the stars. The owners are delightful and happy to accommodate all requests".

Situated right in the heart of Andalucía in a beautifully quiet, rural location, there is nothing but olive-dotted hillsides as far as the eye can see. Peaceful as can be but it's not remote. From here it's just five minutes to the mountain top village of Iznájar (and Andalucía's largest lake which surrounds it); in the other direction busy little Rute is also five minutes away.

And fast roads (almost all motorway) will quickly and easily take you to Granada, Córdoba and Málaga (all one hour away), or to Marbella, Sevilla or the ski resort at Sierra Nevada, just 90 minutes away.

Here you are perfectly placed to take in all the major sites of Andalucía, its three great historic cities, the beaches of the Costa del Sol and some of Europe's finest ski slopes. Antequera, and its excellent golf course, is just 40 minutes drive.

Other places of interest and beauty well worth a visit include Ronda, El Torcal Natural Park (near Antequera), the Alpujarras and Gibraltar, as well as Priego de Córdoba and the other towns and villages of the delightful Subbética Natural Park on your doorstep.

The lovely, traditional village of Iznájar (with its castle dating from the 8th Century and church from the 16th Century), has spectacular views over the 32 kilometre-long lake, the Embalse de Iznájar (also known as The Lake of Andalucia). Safe bathing and water sports are enjoyed on its sandy Valdearenas Beach. And whilst in Iznájar, try walking from the bottom to the top: if you weren't in shape before, you will be when you get there …

Rute, in the opposite direction is as traditional and genuinely Andaluz a pueblo as you will ever find. Both villages have supermarkets, banks, restaurants and bars.

The perfect venue

"Everyone had an amazing week, the weather was stunning and every day we woke to the most spectacular views and clear blue skies. The pool is ideal as it is the same depth all the way through and many hours were spent lazing around, sunbathing and playing volleyball!"

Last but not least, we should mention the friendliness of the owners who are always pleased to help.

They move out when the mill is rented (you will have it all to yourselves) but Stefan and Petra will arrange everything the way you want it, organise group transits to and from the airport, as well as professional chefs, flamenco nights, yoga instructors and massage therapists. And all the advice you need on places to visit or where to eat and drink.

All the little details which add up to a truly exceptional holiday.

Which is why we get feedback such as, "We had a fantastic two weeks at the Cortijo. This lovely villa with pool was enjoyed by the whole family (all 16 of us! - ranging from two years old to grandparents). We felt so at home it was truly difficult to leave, and all of us agreed that we'd love to go back".

Dream vacation

"It was perfect. The location allowed us to go out for the day to see Ronda, Cordoba, Granada, Torremolinos, Gibralter and El Torcal. Stefan even made arrangements for us to tour a local olive producer. Everyone was happy".

THE MILL IN DETAIL

(1) Garden Apartment : On the ground floor alongside the swimming pool, and accessed through a big, shaded terrace, this apartment comprises two enormous and quite beautiful double bedroom suites (one of which was built for wheelchair access) and a large kitchen/dining/living room.

The theme is a delightful mix of classic Moorish furnishings set against modern, white walls; one has a fabulously carved, dark wood four-poster double bed; the other is equally impressive with a huge king-sized double bed. Both bedrooms have spacious sitting areas and smart en-suite, walk-in shower rooms.

They are accessed by a short corridor leading from an open-plan living / dining room with a functional corner kitchen, ideal for rustling up a simple meal or two for the family.

(2) Berber Apartment : Wide external stairs lead up from the pool to this first floor suite. As its name suggests, furnishings are beautiful Moorish pieces, style is white, bright and modern.

The best place ever! Love it!

"We just know that we could not have picked a better place for our family to stay. Stefan is the greatest guy ever, and he and his wife made our visit a dream come true".

Like the Garden Apartment below it, one enters to a large and attractively furnished open-plan living / dining room with an identical corner kitchen. At the rear, this living area opens to a lovely terrace with peaceful views to the olive covered hillsides.

There are three bedrooms, two smart twin bedded rooms on either side of the corridor which leads on to a splendid and really tasteful double bedroom with a huge sitting area. All three bedrooms have en-suite, walk-in shower rooms.

(3) White Apartment : Also on the first floor, alongside the Berber Apartment, this equally attractive suite has a rather different distribution. One enters to a large living / dining room with a kitchen area to one side. At the rear of this room is the main double bedroom, its bathroom (with shower over an ornate bath tub) alongside.

Stairs lead up from the living room to the second (twin) bedroom and its en-suite shower room on the floor above. It has terraces both at the front and back and on the second floor.

A great stay

"The owners were very friendly and helpful. The house, the apartments and rooms were beautifully decorated, the garden and swimming pool were lovely. We will definitely recommend this fantastic place to everyone!"

MAIN HOUSE

This has a more traditional Spanish, homely style. One enters to a comfortable living / dining room. The large kitchen is alongside, properly equipped for preparing meals for the whole group. It backs onto a private rear patio with orange and lemon trees, one of several spaces which are perfect for everyone to eat together al-fresco.

Upstairs is another huge sitting room (which can be made up as a bedroom if preferred). Two bedrooms, a double with en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub) and a twin bedroom with en-suite shower room lead off. Stairs lead up to a roof terrace above.

 

CENTRAL HALL

This enormous, 140 m2 room is a fabulous space, separating the apartments from the main house. With its huge open fireplace at one end it has been developed into a superb and very comfortable sitting / dining room, big enough for the whole group to sit around. At its far end there is a games area with a pool table, table football and table tennis.

TV LOUNGE / DINING ROOM

Alongside the Garden apartment (accessed from the same shaded terrace in front of the pool), this 70 m2 room has another large dining table (many clients take this outside in summer so they can keep an eye on the children playing in and by the pool) and casual seating gathered around a large flat screen satellite TV (Freeview programmes), with DVD and a CD player. It's another space which can be converted into extra bedroom if required. At the rear it opens to a big garden / terrace.

An ideal base for discovering inland Andalucia and the coast, this marvellously restored olive mill is also the perfect venue for walking, bird watching and cycling … or just getting away from it all and relaxing in the sun.

Clients love it here. As one said , "This villa is fantastic for large groups. We had a group of 24 people for a week to celebrate my 30th birthday. The house is split into four/five separate living areas, which is great for a group this size as there are plenty of places to retreat to. I can't give more praise to the owner, and this wonderful villa in a great, tranquil location".

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

SUITES

(1) Garden Apartment : Ground Floor; all on one level

  • Open-plan living / dining room / kitchen
  • 2 double bedroom suites (one of which has wheelchair access) with sitting areas and en-suite, walk-in shower rooms

(2) Berber Apartment : First Floor (accessed by an external stairway); all on one level

  • Open-plan living / dining room / kitchen
  • 3 bedrooms :
    • 2 twin bedded rooms with en-suite, walk-in shower rooms
    • 1 double bedroom suite with sitting area and en-suite, walk-in shower room
  • Rear terrace

(3) White Apartment : First Floor (accessed by an external stairway); mainly on one level, the twin bedroom is upstairs

  • Open-plan living / dining room / kitchen
  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom (shower over an ornate bath tub)
  • Stairs lead up to a twin bedroom with en-suite shower room

 

MAIN HOUSE

Ground Floor

  • Living / dining room
  • Furnished rear patio
  • Kitchen

First Floor

  • 2nd living room (which can be made up as an extra bedroom if preferred)
  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 double with en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub)
    • 1 twin bedded with en-suite shower room
  • Stairs lead up to a roof terrace above

 

CENTRAL HALL

  • A 140 m2 sitting / dining room with games area (pool table, table football and table tennis)

 

TV LOUNGE / DINING ROOM

  • All on the Ground Floor : (accessed from a shaded terrace in front of the pool); a 70 m2 room with large dining table and casual seating; TV , DVD and CD player
  • Rear garden / terrace

 

WALLED COURTYARD GARDENS

  • Terraced Moroccan gardens
  • Gated and fenced swimming pool
  • Outdoor shower room

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Satellite TV (UK Channel Information)
    This property has a Freeview box but due to changes to the UK satellite services currently does not receive UK terrestrial programmes, BBC, ITV etc. We will provide updates if this situation changes.
  • DVD
  • CD Player
  • Selection of DVD's and CD's
  • Pool table
  • Table football
  • Table tennis
  • WiFi internet connection (bring your own laptop)

Amenities

  • Open fireplace in the Central Hall
  • Open fireplace and electric panel heaters in the Main House
  • Under-floor central heating in the Suites and in the TV lounge / dining room
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  • Air Conditioning in the two living rooms of the Main House
  • Fans in all bedrooms
  • 3 Washing machines (in the Main house and two of the Suites), Irons & boards
  • All linen is provided (but not pool towels)
  • Hairdryers
  • 4 Cots & 4 Highchairs are available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied
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  • Extra single beds can be added according to clients requirements

Main House Kitchen

  • Electric Oven
  • Gas Hob (5 rings)
  • Aga
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Coffee machine
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

All 3 Suite Kitchens

  • Ceramic hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Kettle, Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery
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  • Please note that 2 of these kitchens do not have ovens or freezers

Outdoors

  • Gated and fenced filtered swimming pool (10 m x 5 m, 1.2 m deep) with underwater lighting, accessed by full length steps
  • Pool shower
  • Pool W/C's
  • Pool terrace and lawned surround
  • Various other patios and terraces
  • Moroccan terraced gardens with night lighting
  • 10 Sun beds, Australian Sail shades
  • Night lighting
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (charcoal)
  • Parking

Notes

Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open throughout the year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from late April to September, inclusive)

One of the double bedrooms in the Garden Apartment has been designed for wheelchair access and there are ramps in the gardens to aid access

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

Additional cleaning can be arranged on request (payable locally)

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season

 

 

Prices are inclusive of firewood and heating costs

Additional services (cooking, flamenco nights, yoga instructors and massage therapists etc. can be arranged on request (payable locally)

Drinks (juice, water, beers, spirits) can be purchase in advance from a wholesale distributor. Clients will be refunded at the end of their stay for any unopened bottles

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Prices and Seasons

ZS 23

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 30th June 3,830 € 7,660 €
1st July to 1st September 4,860 € 9,720 €
2nd September to 31st December 3,830 € 7,660 €

ZS 23

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

Notes

Prices are inclusive of firewood and heating costs.

Security Deposit

A 400 Euro security deposit is required on each booking. This is held against your credit or debit card and will be cancelled one week after your holiday, subject to any reductions for breakages or damage. See Terms and Conditions for full details.

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In open countryside, 5 mins from Iznájar (most facilities) in La Subbética de Córdoba region (Province of Córdoba)

Location

Accessed directly from a little country lane, 5 mins from Iznájar (most facilities) in La Subbética de Córdoba region (Province of Córdoba).

Rute (all facilities) 5 mins; Priego de Córdoba 25 mins; Antequera 45 mins

Malaga 1 hr; Granada 1 hr; Córdoba 1 hr; Ronda 1 hr; Sevilla 1¾ hrs.

Torremolinos (Mediterranean beaches) 1 hr; Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1½ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Málaga 1 hr; Granada 1 hr; Sevilla 1¾ 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

  • The picturesque white village of Iznájar is just 5 minutes from here, the southern gateway to the beautiful rolling hills and olive groves of the Subbetica Natural Park. 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.
  • 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. also overlooking the 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.
  • Head north to Priego de Córdoba (30 km north of Iznájar), 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 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 less than two 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 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 1½ hours drive away.

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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Iznájar

On top of a huge rocky outcrop which towers up from the blue waters of the largest lake in Andalucía, it's a dramatic setting …
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