This traditional, stone-built cottage is as rustic as can be, a wonderful little hideaway in a green and joyous paradise ...
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Two (one double, one twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
4 m x 2.5 m, 1.2 m deep.
In open countryside, 1 km from the village of Galaroza in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).
From 550 € to 650 € per week.
Deep in the heart of some of Andalucía's most divine countryside, this is a traditional, stone-built cottage, as rustic as can be, a wonderful little hideaway in a green and joyous paradise.
Far from the "madding crowd", with just birdsong and the soft clanking of distant sheep's bells to keep you company, the house is nevertheless easy to get to. Between the villages of Fuenteheridos and Galaroza, a country track leads up from the N-433 highway to the gates of the owners' own farmhouse.
The rental cottage is a couple of hundred metres away, down by the river, completely secluded with nothing but glorious nature all around.
The path terminates here, at the property's old, rickety wooden fence. There's a suitably rural patch of lawn in the garden, plants and shrubs lending colour. A couple of steps lead down to the front door, under a tiled porch where you can sit in the shade on a hot summer's day.
Inside, it's a welcoming little home, neat and tidy, furnished and decorated in keeping with its country-cottage style.
The cosy kitchen / living / dining room and the bathroom are downstairs; upstairs are the two bedrooms (one double and one twin). Wooden beamed ceilings, weathered terracotta floor tiles and simple, traditional furnishings are complimented by the roughly hewn walls, painted in soft pastel hues. It's all very pretty.
Here you are in the heart of the owners delightful, fifteen hectare ecological wonderland of woods, water and sunshine. They have twenty sheep and also cultivate organic fruit and vegetables, which you are more than welcome to help yourselves to.
The property has its own little private pool too, approximately 4 m x 2.5 m, set a discrete 50 metres or so away from the cottage.
There's so much to do in this beautiful part of Spain. As well as being great walking and riding country, with lots of pretty villages to explore along the way, it's also lovely countryside to drive through. Roads in Spain are so much less congested than those in, say, England, and here you can rediscover the real joy of driving.
Restaurants and bars are well above average. The Sierra is justly famous for its pata negra, the black footed pigs which feast on the acorns which fall from the forests of oak trees. The pork and ham products from here are one of Spain's great delicacies.
And, just in case you are vegetarian, the sierra is equally renown for the variety and abundance of its wild mushrooms. Two of the best restaurants to be found anywhere in Southern Spain are within easy driving distance.
We wholeheartedly recommend Restaurante Arrieros in the village of Linares and others speak just as highly of Mariscastaña (open at weekends only) in Castaño del Robledo, another little hamlet just a few kilometres away.
Aracena is only a twenty minute drive along scenic roads. A pretty market town, it is relaxed and friendly like so many here, set on top of the Gruta de las Maravillas (Cave Of Wonders), one of Spain's most impressive caves, and dominated by its splendid Moorish castle on the hilltop above the town.
If you want to travel further afield, head west for 50 kilometres or so and you will cross the border into Portugal. It's enchanting, beguiling and so, so different from Spain. Well worth a day out, as is a trip or two to Sevilla, Andalucía's greatest city, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and vibrant in all the world.
Weather permitting, the pool will be open from June until the end of September each year
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season
Prices are inclusive of a welcome basket of produce from the fruit and vegetable gardens (in season)
A 250 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.
Reached by a 500 metre country track (negotiable in an ordinary car with care), 1 km from Galaroza (some facilities); 3½ km from Fuenteheridos (bars, restaurants etc) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).
13 km from Aracena (all facilities; supermarkets, restaurants; banks etc).
Portuguese border 45 mins; Sevilla 1½ hrs; Huelva 1½ hrs; Atlantic coast 1½ hrs.
Sevilla 1½ hrs; Faro (on the Algarve Coast in Portugal) 2½ hrs; Jerez 2½ hrs; Málaga 3¾ hrs.
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