This lovely village house has character, comfort and the best of both worlds - its gardens, terraces and pool look out to glorious, verdant nature with nothing, and nobody, to spoil the view ...
"I am now in Germany and think of the beautiful days in Alajar and specially your wonderful house. I have been there with my girlfriend and my daughter Alice. She lives in Sevilla and we all enjoy the Sierra and walking. Be sure it was not the last time we ask for your house, it is just our style. Everything was perfectly clean and Felisa is very helpful, you can be happy to have her. I wish you and your family a nice Summer and all the best."
"Just wanted to thank you both for your hospitality during our stay in Alajar. Fantastic, relaxing holiday so much so we are tempted to sell up and move to Huelva province!"
"Afgelopen week hebben we onze huwelijksreis doorgebracht in ZH19, Het huis was een grote mooie verrassing, heel veel ruimte, zowel binnen als buiten. Binnen zijn er naast de woonkamers een grote keuken en zijn er meerdere slaapkamers en 2 badkamers. 1 slaapkamer heeft een heerlijke veranda waar je uit de zon zit en heerlijk kan ontspannen. Ondanks dat we in de warmste tijd van het jaar in het huis verbleven, was het binnen in het huis helemaal niet te warm. Door overal horren en/of andere insecten werende gordijnen zijn er ook weinig muggen en andere insecten aanwezig. Naast het mooie huis was de tuin een echte verrassing. Een prachtig zwembad helemaal voor onszelf! Ook heerlijk om 's nachts nog een duik te maken onder de sterrenhemel De tuin biedt naast een tuintafel en barbecue meerdere plekken om te zitten of te liggen op de ligstoelen. Wat erg leuk is, is dat de 2 huizen naast ZH19 ook verhuurd worden door de eigenaren en sinds kort via de tuin met een trapje met elkaar verbonden kunnen worden, zodat je ook met grote gezelschappen in het mooie Alajár kan verblijven. Alajár is een heel mooi authentiek dorpje waar leuke restaurantjes zitten. De eigenaren zijn hele warme, vriendelijke mensen en zij zijn heel behulpzaam. Zeker voor wat betreft het eten hebben Tony en Debby ons hele goede tips gegeven over bij welke restaurants je lekker kan eten. We zijn heel blij dat we onze huwelijksreis in ZH19 hebben mogen doorbrengen! "
"I've recently returned from a stay at ZH19 and although the weather wasn't kind to us, it didn't matter in the slightest because it provides the perfect relaxing setting whether you're indoors or out. The fabulous and immaculately restored rustic charm is matched by the convenience of having all the mod-cons that made our stay virtually chore-free. We played games from the games chest around the generous dining table enjoying the local wine! And watched films in the extremely comfortable and cosy snug with the wood burner glowing. The beds and linen were luxurious, which aided the perfect nights sleep and there's a convenience store a stones-throw from the front door so picking up morning bread and eggs couldn't have been easier. Outside the double glass doors off the spacious kitchen we enjoyed our breakfasts around the large garden table in a completely private and peaceful setting surrounded by lemon and orange trees - divine! "
"Last month we spent a week at ZH19. It was everything we expected. It's almost impossible to do it justice back in London, but like the food and the wine I promise it tastes better whilst you are over there. Well worth a week and good value for money if you like relaxing, self catered, swimming, walking, hills, great food, small town.... almost anything in fact. "
Three (two double bedded, one with two double beds).
Private swimming pool
7 m x 4.0 m, 1.4 m deep.
In the village of Alájar in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).
From 1,460€ to 1,690€ per week.
This fabulous house is perfectly situated, in a quiet street on the edge of the beautiful village of Alájar. This is as good a holiday location as you will ever find; pretty as a postcard, the jewel of La Sierra de Aracena.
The icing on the cake is that the house enjoys the best of both worlds. Whilst the front opens directly to the village street outside, at the rear its gardens, terraces and pool look out to verdant nature with nothing - and nobody - to spoil the view.
Just a stroll away from bars and restaurants, it is nevertheless entirely private, every bit as good as being in the middle of the countryside.
And the house does its splendid location proud, too. A traditional village property which rambles delightfully up and down over four floors, it has been beautifully restored, refurbished and updated by its English owners. The result is wonderful, both inside and out!
A real home (the owners spend about half the year here), they have completely re-styled it with exemplary good taste.
It remains faithful to its traditional country-cottage style (splendid original features have been carefully restored and retained), but is now finished to the very highest standards.
With top quality furnishings, including some beautiful pieces imported from Mexico, and fantastic attention to detail, it all adds up to a really compelling and comfortable home.
From the little village street outside (it's easy to park close by) one enters through double wooden doors directly into the "Sala de Entranda", a relaxing living space with its leather sofa and easy chairs gathered around a beautiful, antique wooden coffee table, a superbly carved and crafted Mexican dresser to one side.
As everywhere in the house, there are paintings, prints, artefacts and lots of little details to please the eye.
This is the hub of the house, with stairs leading up to the floors above and others leading down to the lower floor.
Double wooden doors also lead through to the master bedroom suite.
This is a lovely, spacious room with its queen-sized double bed (and neatly canopied mosquito netting) under a wood-beamed ceiling.
A dressing room leads off, as does an attractive en-suite, walk-in shower room with an antique wash stand and pretty mosaic tiles in the shower area.
Double doors open to a charming, shaded terrace which looks down over the gardens and swimming pool to the thickly wooded hillsides which rise up immediately beyond. Comfortable rocking chairs and night lighting make this a lovely place just "to be".
A stairway leads down to the garden below.
Returning to the Sala de Entrada, six wide steps lead up to the aptly named "Snug", a very attractive living room, its three seater leather sofa and easy chairs gathered around the glass fronted wood burner.
A 30" flat screen TV is ideal for playing DVD's (it also receives Spanish TV) and there's a good collection of books, games (both for adults and children) and DVD's. The house has WiFi internet access.
Softly lit, it is delightfully comfortable under its beautiful beamed ceiling and … very snug indeed!
The main bathroom is also on this floor, light, bright and colourful with two wash basins and bathtub (shower over). The washing machine and dryer are housed in a cabinet.
Six more steps take one up to a huge loft bedroom with two double beds at either end of the room, a perfect "den" for older children perhaps, under its fabulous wooden beams which slope dramatically across the room. Light floods in from two sky lights.
Back downstairs again and a few more stairs descend (mind your head!) from the Sala de Entrada to a very tasteful and traditionally furnished double bedroom.
One will sleep well here, it's a very relaxing and romantic room under its lovely old wood beams, but please be aware that it's at street level and the bathroom is a couple of short flights of stairs away.
More stairs continue down to the huge kitchen / dining room which looks out to the garden outside. It's another gorgeous room.
On one side the dining table comfortably seats eight; on the other side a beautifully crafted country kitchen is superbly equipped with top quality Bosch appliances.
Dine here, or if you prefer, outside. Huge glass doors open to a lovely cobbled alfresco dining courtyard with wooden outdoor dining furniture (which also comfortably seats eight) under a huge parasol.
From the dining courtyard, gates open to the garden spaces beyond, with lots of different, delightful areas to choose from.
First comes an attractive sitting area with bench seating, brightly furnished with pretty cushions under another colourful parasol.
A few steps take you down to the lovely pool (7 m x 4 m) and sun terrace. Huge jasmines dispel their heavenly scent, roses and other flowering shrubs clamber up and over old garden walls and surround the pool.
Looking out to the hillsides beyond, thickly forested with oak trees, you really feel that you are deep in the countryside here. And remarkably private too, as nearby properties are unoccupied.
There's a small garden bathroom and a pool shower.
To the side of the pool, there's a lawned area, a hammock casually strung up in the trees and another little sitting area under the shade of a huge lemon tree. And, as siesta time approaches, a day bed beckons seductively from under the tranquil, leafy shade of a persimmon tree!
Alájar is a delightful little village with white-washed houses and winding, cobbled streets. There are bars and restaurants here which have both cosiness and character. Houses huddle around the village square and its narrow streets radiate outwards from there.
Many consider it to be the most beautiful of all the region's villages.
High above the village towers La Peña de Arias Montano, a craggy cliff with the sixteenth century hermitage Nuestra Señora de los Angeles set on its peak.
The name Alájar comes from the Arab word for stone, appropriate as it is this stony peak that dominates the village and presides over the life and doings of its 800 inhabitants. From here the village below shines whitely, like the cut-out silhouette of a giant lizard against the green of the surrounding forests and meadows.
It is an ideal starting point from which to explore this magnificent region. The Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche is an area of outstanding natural beauty, crisscrossed by ancient paths which offer some of the best walking anywhere in Europe.
It's a land of glorious woodlands and far-reaching views, of soft, rolling hillsides and crystal-clear streams. The hills are thickly wooded with sweet chestnut and cork oak, giving the area a marvellously green and verdant feel.
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.
And even closer are two of the best restaurants to be found anywhere in Southern Spain. We wholeheartedly recommend Restaurante Arrieros in the nearby 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.
For a complete contrast, there's marvellous Sevilla, little more than an hour away from here. Cities don't come any more vibrant - or any more beautiful than this one. And, in the opposite direction, there's enchanting, beguiling Portugal, so, so different from Spain.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, you are guaranteed comfort and cheer when you return to this lovely house of character and charm in one of Spain's most beautiful villages.
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from May to September
Please, no smoking indoors
Rental start and finish days for this property are flexible
Prices are inclusive of central heating costs in winter months
Baby sitting is available on request, payable locally
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.
In the village of Alajár (basic shopping, bars & restaurants) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).
10 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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