Once belonging to a monastery, this grand 100 hectare estate, is now a working farm dedicated to raising pure-bred Spanish horses.
Nine (seven twin/doubles, two single bedded). Sleeps 16.
Private swimming pool
7 m x 3 m, 1.2 - 1.8 m depth.
In open countryside, 4 km from Cazalla de la Sierra in the Sierra Norte Natural Park (Province of Sevilla).
From 3,000 € to 4,200 € per week.
Ninety kilometres north of Sevilla, and just six kilometres from the pretty town of Cazalla de la Sierra, you'll find this lovely estate. It's hidden at the end of a small country lane, a winding track (1km) through olive trees and cork oak.
The estate was once part of the Cartuja de Cazalla monastery, where the monks cultivated olives for their oil. The land is now a privately owned farm, set in 100 hectares of natural pastures, dedicated to breeding pure-bred Spanish horses. The surrounding pastures and olive groves are grazing for the farm's organically-reared merino sheep – here you will find peace and nature together with high standard accommodation.
Arriving at a grand courtyard, the entrance to the main house is on your left, with the private chapel taking centre stage. Entering into the hall, you know you've arrived at a distinguished Spanish country house – the walls are covered in heirloom antiques, ceramics, tapestries, trophies and paintings.
Except for two tower rooms, all the rooms are on ground level. There are nine bedrooms in total (two single bedrooms which share a bathroom, two twin bedrooms which share a bathroom, the other five bedrooms being en suite). All the double rooms have twin beds which can be pushed together if required.
The tower rooms are: a very charming twin bedroom, and a games room-cum-office, with sofas, comfy chairs, a TV, a card table, the wifi router and a work desk.
Directly in front of the hall is the first living room. With its high-beamed ceilings and walls covered with original paintings and tapestry, it’s a snug, welcoming room. There is enough comfortable seating for at least ten - plump sofas and armchairs around a glass-fronted fire place. It's the ideal spot in which to get together after a long day exploring the wonders of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla.
This first sitting room leads through to a dining room and a second sitting room opening onto a front porch, running the entire length of the house. The porch has fantastic views to the monastery, less than a kilometre away. This sitting room also has plenty of comfy seating and is decorated in an equally welcoming style with bouquets of dried flowers, antique furniture and artefacts, rugs and cushions, all of which create a relaxing atmosphere.
The dining room is decorated in the same traditional style, in keeping with the rest of the house. The long, oak table seats 10-12 and there is a round table large enough for six. This room leads to a cosy breakfast room and through to the kitchen.
The kitchen is functional and well equipped with plenty of marble work surfaces, a big double sink, a gas hob with five rings and ample cupboard space. Decorated in tones of yellow, it is light and airy and slightly modest, when compared with the rest of the house.
Close to the kitchen are two single bedrooms which share a bathroom – these traditionally were used for the nanny and housekeeper. Although now of equal standard to the other guest rooms, they are just slightly more humble. There are two other twin rooms, side by side, that share a bathroom between them. The rest of the bedrooms are all en suite .
The private swimming pool is accessed either from the front porch or from the side of the house. The irregular-shaped pool is set in a small terrace surrounded by olive, cypress and oleander with uninterrupted views - the huge, blue skies are breathtaking. Just as relaxing is the outdoor patio area with cushioned seating around a brick-built table. By day, enjoy the olive grove views to the monastery, by warm summer night listen to the cicadas over a convivial, candle-lit glass of wine.
Another outdoor facility is the padel court. Similar to tennis, padel is a doubles game, easier than tennis, it's a great way to get the younger and 'not so sporty' members of the party involved.
The chapel is in its original state and being surrounded by the stunning, unspoilt landscape, it's not surprising that many choose this romantic spot to take their vows.
And of course, there is the impressive museum of horse drawn carriages, along with a working stables close by. So if the fancy takes you, you can arrive in style, on horse back or in a horse drawn carriage!
Historical Cazalla de la Sierra is worth a visit in its own right as the second largest town in the Sierra Norte Patural Park. It boasts one of the best churches in the Sierra Morena, grand mansions and beautiful churches. In Roman times, the town was renowned for its vineyards and wines. Known as Kazala (fortified town in Arabic) under the Moors, their architectural legacy can be seen in the castle, the Azahín part of town and remains of the defensive walls.
Cazalla is famous for its aniseed liqueur anís and its rich-tasting cherry brandy guinda. You can try them at any of the local bars, accompanied by one of the area's specialities, spicy or cured sausages chorizo or salchichón.
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During colder months, there is an additional charge of 150€ per week for central heating (if required). Paid locally on arrival.
A 400 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 1 km country track (easily negotiable in an ordinary car); 6 km from Cazalla de la Sierra (all facilities).
Costa de la Luz 2½ hrs; Costa del Sol 4 hrs
Sevilla 1½ hrs; Jerez 2½ hrs; Málaga 3¼ hrs; Gibraltar 3½ hrs
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Or for a real taste of Extremadura a visit Azuaga (50 mins from Cazalla). This town has a history pre-dating the bronze age and boasts menhir standing stones and dolmens. Many of the finds excavated from burials of this time are now on display in the Archaeological Museum in Badajoz. Some golden torque necklaces from this period are now in the National Archaeological Museum.
Some of Andalucia’s wildest landscape, this area is a haven for birds and bird watchers alike. Boasting Imperial Eagles, Griffon Vultures and flocks of Cranes, Egrets and Great Bustards …
Still bears the imprint of its wealthy heyday, dating back to when Feleipe V moved his court here. There is plenty of history to discover here -Monastery, churches and Bodegas…