ZM24 Modern holiday home in Illora

Granada, El Poniente Granadino, Illora

Sweeping views over a classical Andalusian scene

This attractive, modern holiday home is perched on a hill in the midst of joyful countryside with views over rolling hillsides of olives, oaks and orchards ...

A classic and very peaceful Andalusian scene of gently rolling hillsides of olive, oak and fruit orchards spreads out before you.

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This lovely holiday home is perched on a hill with sweeping views over a classical Andalusian scene of seemingly endless, rolling hillsides of wild olive, oak and orchards. The scenery all around is both joyful and dramatic.

Accessed via a ½ km well maintained concrete country track, it is totally peaceful and has the feeling of being completely on its own, even though there are working farms around and about, little changed by the passing of time.

Apart from the obligatory olive trees, this extensive property (the estate comprises 40,000 m2) is planted with every possible indigenous Andalusian fruit tree, including some rare ones, and guests are welcome to help themselves to their delicious bearings.

The grounds are delightful, with lawned areas surrounding the lovely, irregular-shaped swimming pool (approx. 12 m x 7 m) which is now fenced and gated (see more photos section).

Comfortable relaxation

There are lots of different seating areas to choose from, each of them lovely, both on the terrace surrounds and in the gardens.


There are lots of different seating areas to choose from, each of them lovely, both on the terrace surrounds and in the gardens. All provide comfortable relaxation and beautiful views.

A recent addition is the splendid barbecue hut which includes an arabic oven as well as the built-in brick barbecue, plenty of preparation space and an attractive, shaded dining area. Al fresco meals can also be taken on the terrace which opens from the kitchen.

And there’s more! The owners have created a wonderful organic vegetable garden and you are welcome to pick whatever you need.

Just imagine that crisp, succulent, freshly plucked lettuce … and there’s now a hen coop too so you can enjoy fresh, organic eggs too.

"Just a quick thank you to all at Rustic Blue as, once again, we had a fantastic holiday here".

Inside, the house is spacious and comfortable, a well built, modern Spanish home. The owner, who is a professional interior decorator, has added exotic touches here and there, such as wall hangings, fabrics and carved screens from India to compliment good quality local, traditional furnishings.

The large sitting / dining room has a comfortable sofa and chairs gathered around the fireplace at one end, the dining table (which comfortably seats eight) at the other end of the room where a lovely wooden stairway leads up to the bedrooms on the higher floors.

Double doors open to the terrace and gardens outside.

An archway leads through to a well appointed, spacious and attractive country-style kitchen. It also opens to the outdoor eating area under a pergola draped by a huge grapevine. A bathroom completes the distribution on this floor.

There are three comfortable double bedded rooms on the floors above. The bedroom on the mezzanine floor (just a few steps up from the living / dining room) has its own en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub). The other two (on the first floor, a few more steps up) share a bathroom between them.

The fourth bedroom on the lower ground floor has a single sofa bed plus two sets of bunk beds.


Joyful countryside

On hot summer days take a gentle stroll by the side of the stream which runs through the rugged cliffs of the dramatic gorge.


The estate is bordered by a gorge (where wild ducks come to nest), dominated by rugged cliffs. On hot summer days this is a lovely place for a gentle stroll by the side of the stream which runs through the gorge. But take care, it’s steep in places.

Here you are in the wonderfully serene countryside of “El Poniente Granadino”, the western frontier of “Al-Andalus”, the old Moorish Kingdom of Granada.

All around gently rolling hillsides are dotted with a million olive trees, cultivated fields and smallholdings. The pace of life is slow and steady, authentically Andaluz.

The nearest town is Illora, five kilometres to the west along the country lane. With a population of around 10,000 it is a quaint little market town with a ruined Moorish castle on high, serving the needs of the farming communities around and about.

The jewel in the Spanish Crown

Granada with its mesmerising Alhambra Palace, ancient Arab quarter, magnificent Cathedral and the caves of Sacramonte is just half an hour away.

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But you are not so far from civilisation either …

Five kilometres in the other direction will take you to the main Granada to Córdoba road, so from here it’s very easy to visit either of these great cities. Granada is just half an hour away, Córdoba a little further, a couple of hours away.

Heading south west through the lovely countryside of El Poniente for a short while, you will quickly pick up the motorways which will take you all the way, south to Málaga or west to Sevilla.

Sevilla is a 2¾ hour trip. Malaga and the sandy beaches of the Costa del Sol are 90 minutes away.

Top class skiing is also approximately one and a half hours drive away in the spectacular Sierra Nevada. This can be excellent but avoid weekends, when the Granadinos swarm up from the city!

A happy home

Here you will enjoy peace and serenity, far away from life's hustle and bustle. A place to relax in beautiful countryside.

For more leisurely pursuits, 12 km from Alhama de Granada (famous for its thermal baths) the Embalse de Los Bermejales is a wonderfully peaceful, beautiful place to spend some time.

There are sandy beaches, safe swimming and plenty of non-motorised water sports. There are also a couple of cafes at the edge of the lake. Many of the local population spend evenings and weekends barbecuing at the water’s edge. It is a great location.

On the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Las Alpujarras offers amazing walking, horse riding and mountain biking.

There are also lovely walks, of course, closer to home.

Here you will enjoy peace and serenity in the heart of Andalucía, far away from the madding crowds, far away from life’s hustle and bustle. A place to relax and enjoy, a happy home in a wonderful location.


Much loved by our clients over many years now, their comments include, “lovely villa and surroundings in beautiful countryside” and “we had a wonderful time, a truly great holiday!”

And from another, “Just a quick thank you to all at Rustic Blue as, once again, we had a fantastic holiday here”.

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All the facts and features about this villa


Lower Ground Floor
  • Bedroom with a single sofa bed and bunk beds
Ground Floor
  • Living / dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom (shower only, no bath tub)
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub)
First Floor
  • 2 double bedrooms
  • Bathroom (shower over bath tub)


  • 40″ Flat screen TV (Spanish programmes)
  • DVD
  • Bluetooth/USB portable speaker
  • Wifi Internet is available in the house as well as the garden and pool area (bring your own laptop)
  • Glass fronted fireplace in the living room
  • Electric Radiators
  • Portable Fans
  • Washing Machine, Iron & board
  • Hairdryer
  • Cot with linen & Highchair available (on request).
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Electric Oven
  • Gas / electric hob (4 rings)
  • Electric griddle
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery
  • Gated, filtered swimming pool (approx. 12 m x 7 m, 1.20 -1.70 m deep) with underwater lighting
  • Pool shower
  • Pool terrace
  • Pool Pergola
  • Sun beds
  • Dining terrace
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue hut with Arabic oven and charcoal / wood barbecue (Charcoal barbeque cannot be used in July and August)
  • Gas Barbeque with lava rocks and grill
  • Tree house for kids
  • Garden and grounds which include an organic vegetable garden and a chicken coop (guests are welcome to help themselves to fresh vegetables and eggs)
  • Parking


Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from April to the end of October (although, because it’s not heated, the normal swimming season is from May to September, inclusive)

Although there is sleeping capacity for more, the maximum occupancy of the house is restricted to seven

Prices below include firewood in low season

If requested in advance, additional cleaning services can usually be provided, payable locally

A nanny service is available at this property. Please ask for details.

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

Prices include firewood in winter months

Tourist Ref:



Accessed via a ½ km well maintained concrete track suitable for a normal car, 5 km from the village of Illora (basic facilities, bars, restaurants), in El Poniente Granadino region (Province of Granada).

  • Montefrio (most facilities) 25 mins
  • Alcalá la Real (all facilities) 30 mins
  • Granada (all facilites) 30 mins
  • Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 1½ hrs
  • Nerja 2 hrs
  • Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1½ hrs
  • Las Alpujarras (high mountain walking etc) 2 hrs
  • Malaga 1½ hrs
  • Córdoba 2 hrs
  • Ronda 2½ hrs
  • Sevilla 2¾ hrs
Nearest Airports
  • Granada 30 mins
  • Málaga 1½ hrs
  • Sevilla 2¾ hrs
Granada, El Poniente Granadino, Illora


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"The first of, we hope, many visits to this beautiful region. We have all so enjoyed our holiday at your Cortijo. Hopefully we will return for more fun and frolics in the olive groves next year! Thank you! " Previous Guest
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"This is our third day here and I can honestly say it is sheer heaven. It is just what the doctor ordered for a peaceful, relaxing time. We have stayed in villas in Spain many times but this one will take some beating!" Previous Guest
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"Thank you very much for providing us with first class accommodation, with outstanding panoramic views of your lovely country. Your villa is at the top of our list!" Previous Guest
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"We have been inexcusably lazy over the course of the week. One day trip to Granada was all we managed. Even this we regretted as it meant a day away from this villa, where we could relax, eat and drink away the beautiful days!" Previous Guest
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"Thanks for another lovely week. Our second visit and it just gets better! We love the region, the weather & most of all your fabulous villa! " Previous Guest

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