A genuine Spanish "hacienda" set in the beautiful surroundings of its own 350 acres of country estate ...
"It seems ages since we were in Spain at ZC29. I am writing to say how much we all enjoyed it and what fun our holiday was. The house was superb, as usual, and the surroundings and hills very beautiful. We also had fresh grapefruit for breakfast every day and even I took to bathing before breakfast!"
"Thanks for letting us share your beautiful property. The views are amazing. We truly felt we were in rural Spain. "
Six (all twin bedded; the beds can be pushed together in 3 of the bedrooms).
Private swimming pool
9 m x 7 m, 0.8 - 1.9 m deep.
8 km from El Bosque in in Los Pueblos Blancos region (Province of Cádiz).
Sleeping 6 from 910 € to 1,950 € per week.
Sleeping 10 from 1,300 € to 2,600 € per week.
One of the prime rural properties in Andalucía, this is a genuine Spanish hacienda set in the beautiful surroundings of its own one hundred and forty hectare (350 acre) countryside estate.
Situated within the National Park of Alcornocales, gently rolling hillsides of cork oak forest all around, the mountains of the Grazalema National Park rising up in the distance, this is about as magnificent as it gets.
Just driving up to the property from the Estate gates is impressive, the countryside all around is glorious, absolutely beautiful.
And, suddenly, there it is: the "Cortijo", splendidly quiet and quietly splendid, gleaming white in the Andalusian sunshine, its tower dominating the property.
The villa is furnished with appropriate style and elegance. The vast (160 square metre) living room has a separate dining area at its far end.
There are six bedrooms (every one with its own open fireplace), five bathrooms and a huge kitchen, not to mention more modern adornments like the irresistible swimming pool (which is now gated).
The lawned gardens are set off by wonderful views over fields to the mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema which rise up spectacularly across the horizon.
It's all about good, old-fashioned Spanish grandeur. Secluded, civilised, rural living at its very best. The living areas are especially fine: choice furnishings, many of them antique, assure perfect comfort.
Books and original paintings adorn the walls, not to mention 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, if requested.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are all easily accessible as the property is all on the ground floor. The kitchen is enormous and well equipped, albeit that some of the gadgets are a little old fashioned. The pantry is the size of most people's living rooms!
The low, rolling hillsides of the National Park of Los Alcornocales, one of the world's largest forests of cork oak, forms a splendid backdrop with the magnificent mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema rising up behind.
Part of the estate is dedicated to conserving the natural wildlife of the area, where you will see pheasants, partridges and deer.
The nearest town is El Bosque, six kilometres away, an attractive little village nestling at the foot of the Grazalema National Park. From here a wonderful road climbs right up into the Sierra, winding its way through unimaginably beautiful scenery, taking you on to Grazalema, probably the prettiest and the most classic pueblo blanco of them all.
It's a journey - and a destination - that will gladen your heart. Beyond lies Ronda, entirely different, but equally magical. Hemingway's favourite town in all Spain, it is brimming with history and interest. A visit to its famous bridge and bullring, reputedly the oldest in the country, is a must.
In the opposite direction you will quickly find yourselves in delightful Arcos de la Frontera, another of the really attractive, historic little towns which abound in this part of Andalucía.
Arcos is just 25 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 (castillo) and by one of Spain's better Paradores on high.
And fabulous places as diverse as the golden beaches of the Costa de la Luz, enchanting, mysterious Cádiz and the glittering splendour of Sevilla are all well within striking distance, too.
This is a magnificent property. A once-in-a-lifetime experience of real, old-time Spain.
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)
This property has additional bedrooms but sleeps a maximum of 10, with only 5 bedrooms available. Other bedrooms will be closed off.
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 1½ hrs; Costa del Sol 2¼ hrs.
Jerez 1¼ hrs; Sevilla 1½ hrs; Gibraltar 2¼ hrs; Málaga 2¾ hrs.
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