This restored mill house is one of the most delightful holiday villas in Andalucía. Lawned gardens, an irresistible pool, acres of beautiful grounds, birdsong ...
"We have had the most wonderful two weeks at this private Oasis! The boys (5 yrs and 3 yrs) loved having “little adventures” to the spring and the lake. We all enjoyed the glorious pool, which was an excellent way to cool down from the strong Spanish sun. I would have been very happy to never have to venture from this villa – it is idyllic. We especially enjoyed driking wine and eating cheese int the lovely gardens, being at one with nature, once the boys were in bed!"
Five (all twin bedded; in 3 of the bedrooms they can be pushed together if preferred).
Private swimming pool
12 m x 6 m, 1.0 - 1.9 m deep.
In open countryside, 10 km from Arcos de la Frontera in Los Pueblos Blancos region (Province of Cádiz).
Sleeping 6 up to 10 people.
From 850 € to 2,210 € per week.
Quite simply, this immaculately restored mill house is one of the most delightful holiday properties in Andalucía. Beautifully converted, it sits within 17 acres of grounds which include woodlands, open spaces and a wonderful natural lake. The former millstream that runs across the land tumbles down in pretty waterfalls.
Deep in the countryside with nothing but woodlands and forest all around, it is nevertheless only a kilometre from the road which runs from Arcos de la Frontera to El Bosque, so excursions to the pretty pueblos blancos and beautiful countryside of Cádiz Province,or beyond, to Jerez, Sevilla or the Atlantic coast, are easy from here.
But you will probably be reluctant to leave. The centrepiece of the immaculately lawned and entirely private gardens is an irresistible 12 x 6 metre swimming pool, which has recently been gated (since we took our photos).
There are, of course, sunloungers and parasols, a barbecue and a nicely shaded terrace which runs along the side of the mill … trees, birdsong … and sunshine too!
It's a big estate and the grounds have been further developed to create another huge expanse of lawn, within banks and trees, as a natural hideaway where children can run wild and play to their hearts' content.
When you venture inside you will soon discover that everything has been renovated, decorated and furnished with excellent, old-time Spanish style and taste. No expense has been spared to bring this beautiful building back to its former glory.
The result is a unique holiday villa of immense - and very Andaluz - charm which retains all its wonderfully rustic atmosphere.
Beamed ceilings, exposed stonework, the original water wheel featured in the sitting room and many other lovely details ensure that its traditional character has been preserved whilst providing comfort and convenience in its tastefully furnished rooms.
On the ground floor an attractive entrance hall leads through to two large living rooms, one of which retains the mill's old workings as a feature, the other doubles up as a TV room.
There is also a stylish dining room and a spacious kitchen, equipped with every item that the proprietors could think of, including a double set of crockery.
Upstairs there are three ample sized twin bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom.
The main house is complemented by two charming 'casitas', which lie immediately alongside. Each has its own private entrance next to the lake, so larger families or groups of friends can holiday together whilst still retaining their own independence if required.
Discreet and tasteful, each has its own terrace and mini-kitchen but more importantly, each has a large twin bedroom (with en-suite bathroom) thus increasing the capacity of the whole property to ten.
In effect, they are simply two additional bedrooms for the main house but with their own independent entrances.
Alongside the little steps which leads up to the 'casitas' at the side of the house, water gently spills down through rocky pools. Where does it come from? From the huge duck pond which you will find on the higher terrace immediately above the house. Children will love to follow the water along the path back to its source in a rocky grotto.
This is all about secluded, rural living at its very best. Lovely wooden furniture, much of it antique, is set off by soft ochre walls which also feature original paintings and an extensive collection of wall-mounted deer antlers, something which seems to be a feature of the more opulent houses in this area.
Everything is attractive, spacious, comfortable and private. In short, it has just about everything one could want from a holiday home. For those who require a hand with cooking, shopping or extra cleaning, the services of a maid with culinary expertise are available.
The mill is located not far from the road which runs east from Arcos de la Frontera to El Bosque and then up into the wonderful mountain scenery of one of Spain's most dramatic and beautiful National Parks, the village of Grazalema at it's heart, Ronda beyond.
In the heart of the area known as Los Pueblos Blancos, access to many of the most beautiful and historic towns in Southern Spain is easy from here.
Arcos de la Frontera is just 10 minutes away, spectacularly perched on top of its dramatic sandstone ridge, Peña Nueva, and overlooking the meandering Rio Guadelete which flows around it on three sides.
Historically an impregnable fortress town, its location is enhanced by its low white houses and fine sandstone churches, giving the town a similar feel and appearance to Ronda. The old town is fascinating, a labyrinth of narrow streets leading up to the Plaza Cabildo, overlooked by the Gothic Church of Santa María, the old castle and by one of Spain's better Paradores on high.
Ronda is another lovely town, Hemingway's favourite in all Spain. Brimming with history and interest, a visit to its famous bridge and bullring, reputedly the oldest in the country, is a must. Pretty Grazalema is not to be missed either. Not to mention the stunning mountain beauty of the incredible National Park which surrounds it.
Sevilla is an easy day trip from here too, as is Cádiz and the wonderful, sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz, Spain's Atlantic coastline, mile upon mile of incredible seascape. There is sun and sand galore, but there are also cliffs and coves, salt mashes, swamps and estuaries.
It’s a region which includes the amazing wetlands of the Parque Nacional de Doñana, as well as two of only three towns who are allowed to call their wine “sherry”, Sanlucar de Barrameda and Puerto de Santa María (the other one is Jerez).
Inland you will find wild sierras, fertile countryside, pastures of fighting bulls, world renowned vineyards and hidden villages where time passes slowly by.
But first and foremost the Costa de la Luz is about its vast, beautiful beaches; the deep blue ocean rolls in on mile upon mile of fine golden sand, sand dunes and pine forests rise up behind.
So, there's plenty to do and see from here - and this lovely old Spanish mill house and its gorgeous grounds to come home to!
As one client said, "Our stay at the Molino was magical. The house was everything you said it would be - a Shangri-La in the Spanish countryside. We were surrounded by wildlife and able to enjoy the gorgeous gardens every day and the superb scenery of the Sierra on one side and Arcos on the other".
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).
Although all bedrooms in the property are twin bedded, in three of the bedrooms they can be pushed together if preferred, on request.
Rentals for this property normally run from Friday to Friday, although start and finish dates can be more flexible out of high season.
Additional maid service, babysitting, cooking etc. can be arranged on request (payable locally).
Smaller parties paying the reduced rental (see prices below) will have use of the main house only.
Parties of 6 or less will have use of the main house only, parties of 7 to 10 will have use of the full property.
A 300 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.
Costa de la Luz 1¼ hrs; Costa del Sol 2½ hrs.
Jerez ¾ hr; Sevilla 1½ hrs; Gibraltar 2 hrs; Málaga 3 hrs.
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