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ZS 10

4 bedrooms, sleeps 8

Pure simplicity and quiet reflection

Built on the remains of a 15th century shrine, this villa is a perfect balance between ancient and modern.

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Review Icon"We had a lovely holiday. thank you so much., you have a beautiful house, was a joy to stay there. Best wishes"

Unknown (Aug 2018)

Review Icon"We really really had a great time! The house is just magnificent, we loved the furniture, everything really in the house and of course the pool. We never had a salt water swimmingpool, but loved it. Carcabuey and Priego de Cordoba are nice towns nearby, for breakfast or dinner. We especially appreciated it a lot that you welcomed us last minute on a Sunday night! We really hope to come back one day. Again, muchas gracias para todo."

Unknown (Aug 2018)

Review Icon"We all absolutely adored the house. The house itself is beautiful, the setting is amazing. The air conditioning was perfect (and very necessary!) and the pool was glorious. We loved the location as it allowed us to see Cordoba and Seville and Montilla along with other amazing areas. It’s hard to imagine how it could be much better. The hammocks, the shady places for people tired of the sun, the vegetable garden: these were all wonderful. We found everything else in your very helpful notes. Thanks again for a wonderful vacation -"

Unknown (Jul 2016)

Review Icon"Absolutely beautiful location . Exceptional contemporary clean and peaceful setting . The pictures not only illustrate the wonderful setting and facilities but they are enhanced in reality . Isolated and yet close to cycling and walking countryside and Carcabuey and Prego easy driving distances for authentic meals out . Any minor problems encountered were quickly resolved . Virtually Equidistant location for Córdoba, Granada & Seville . We loved it"

Unknown (Jun 2016)

Review Icon"We had a really fantastic week at ZS10 and so good to be in the Andalusian Countryside rather than at a beach. Really loved the area and the local food and villages, a different pace to life in the mountains. I will start looking at booking this Villa again for next year as it was a really fantastic location, it was very quiet and always felt safe and a lovely pool to jump in when it got too hot!!"

Previous Guest (Sep 2015)

Review Icon"We had a very enjoyable stay in Carcabuey and thought the villa was very comfortable and relaxing. The owners were particularly helpful and we loved the fresh vegetables from the garden. The pool was amazing as was the view!"

Previous Guest (Aug 2015)

Review Icon"We had a fabulous stay at ZS10. What a beautiful setting and a lovely home. If possible, it was even more lovely than the photos promised. The setting also offered more shade than I expected which was welcome with the hot sun. The house was so comfortable and set up to make it very easy to relax. The house has everything you need without been stuffed with things you don’t need or furnishings that make you worry with younger ones around. My husband, 17 year old son and brother in law also did a lot of cycling in the area which they loved. Every detail was well accounted for and we wanted for nothing. I have already and will continue to share the beautiful place with friends I know and hope that we might be able to return sometime in the future. Thank you, thank you for everything."

Previous Guest (Jul 2015)

Review Icon"The villa was brilliant. Yes, the weather was hot but being from Australia we loved it. The time went to quickly. The village of Carcabuey was a great host, people friendly and facilities more than adequate. My brother-in-law who joined us is an architect and he commented very favourably on some of the functionality that had been incorporated into the villa. The screens, the sails, the large windows, the various settings in the gardens to sit and read as well as the veggie garden. We are now back in Australia, but remember our time in your villa fondly. Hope to return soon. "

Previous Guest (Jun 2015)

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4, (1 master with Italian style twins/double, 1 double bedded and 2 twin bedded).

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Private swimming pool

15 m x 4 m, 1 - 1.8 m deep.

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2 kms from the town of Carcabuey in La Subbética region (Province of Córdoba).

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From 2,950 € to 3,960 € per week.

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Villa Description

A sublime rural setting

This gem is in the heart of La Subbética Natural Park. It has everything you could wish for …

Set among endless olive groves, with stunning panoramic views, this villa is an absolute delight.

Originally a Roman shrine and then a Christian chapel, various parts of the old building have been preserved and incorporated into the modern villa.

Using the original layout of the chapel, this space has been transformed into a surprisingly spacious four-bedroomed house.

A short drive, through olive trees, brings you to a covered parking area.  Just a few paces and you arrive at the front entrance of the property, then walk through the original 15th century arch into the house itself.

A small hallway leads directly into the open-plan living area and a wall of light.

The entire far side of the house is glass, from wall to wall, from floor to ceiling, and the views beyond are breathtaking.

The glass wall acts as a luxurious, ever-changing natural tapestry. No matter what time of year, the olive trees shimmer with their silver-green leaves, contrasting with the red ochre of the soil. In spring there's the beauty of quince blossom, turning to golden fruit in the summer. In autumn the bright orange of the kaki fruit gives way to black olives as winter sets in.

White, light and bright

Classic in its simplicity, the villa perfectly complements its peaceful surroundings.

From the airy living space, an open stair case leads up to three of the four bedrooms and a mezzanine reading area, with a desk and comfy lounger.

The three upstairs bedrooms are white, white, white with light everywhere! Only the structural stone wall is a reminder of centuries gone by. The windows double as art pieces each with their own spectacular view.

The master bedroom has an en suite shower room, the other two bedrooms share a shower room. The bathrooms have walk-in shower cubicles and the fittings are all of a contemporary, high standard. The fourth bedroom and second shower room are on the ground floor, to one side of the entrance hall.

Uncluttered elegance

The minimalist decor lends itself to a fuss-free state of mind; perfect for the most chilled out holiday ever.

An elegant, well equipped kitchen makes it a delight to produce meals. The street market in Carcabuey is on a Wednesday, selling vegetables, meat and fish. For a real Spanish experience, why not visit the local market and cook with all the fresh produce available. In keeping with the rest of the house, the kitchen is light, bright and modern, with big glass doors leading onto the covered porch.

The porch (shown here) is perfect for eating al fresco. Easily reached from the kitchen and living room, you'll want to eat outside at every opportunity ....

... and all the time looking out onto the amazing 15 metre infinity  pool that seems to blend into the surrounding orchards.

So much space for rest and relaxation

If you are looking for tranquillity and peace, then look no further. This spectacular holiday home has acres of calm.

Whatever time of day and in any season, this environment is a place to be savoured at a gentle pace. The heat of summer is conducive to early breakfasts on the porch, light lunches (perhaps a salad picked from the little vegetable huerta), easy siestas, afternoon strolls and long evenings dining under the stars.

There are natural spots all around the house to enjoy and relax. There is a hammock in the giant laurel tree, lie in it for reading, dozing or just listening to the sound of water chuckling along the irrigation channel nearby.


The ancient town of Carcabuey with its church and medieval castle can be seen in the distance. The whole landscape is surrounded by the dramatic limestone peaks and Mediterranean forest of La Subbética Natural Park.

On returning to his ancestral village, it's not surprising the owner chose this magical spot on which to build his dream holiday retreat.

Heavenly starscapes

Looking up to contemplate the stars, it's obvious why the Romans built a shrine to Venus here.

Just a short drive away is the traditional whitewashed town of Carcabuey where you'll find cafes and tapas bars to sit and soak up the colourful Spanish atmosphere.

The town has an impressive medieval castle and a hermitage dedicated to the Virgin Maria Santisima who has been credited with local miracles. The town has a full calendar of festivals ranging from the sedate flower carpet at Corpus Christi, to more hot-blooded events such as bull running which attracts a big crowd from all over Andalucía.

Local fare is typically Andalusian in that pork features extensively on the menu: all types of chorizo, cured jamon and carne en salsa are tasty bites. At the end of September and beginning of October, the town celebrates a local fruit: the quince. In Spanish, known as the membrillo, this fruit has its own fiesta with quince recipes and competitions all revolving around this traditional and somewhat unusual crop. The quince appears in all sorts of local dishes, both sweet and savoury, as well as a fiery liqueur.

It almost goes without saying that the surrounding countryside is a haven for hiking and natural activities. The Sierras de Subbéticas Natural Park, has numerous trails of varying lengths and levels of difficulty to suit all ages. The GR7, the footpath that extends across Europe, has a section through the park.

There are other delightful villages to explore close by. Priego de Cordoba is well worth a day trip. With its famous Baroque fountain, castle and evocative old quarter full of flowers, it's a real treat.

This part of the world is easy to get to. Málaga with its international airport is only one and a half hour's drive away. Córdoba and Granada, full of the heritage of el-Andalus, are not to be missed, they're not much more than an hour away.

This region is unspoilt and somewhat off the beaten track for tourists, but it has so much to offer for beauty and the authentic Spanish experience.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa


Ground Floor

  • Entrance hall
  • Living / dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom (twin)
  • Bathroom (walk in shower, wc and basin)
  • Study area on mezzanine gallery
  • Shaded patio (with dining furniture) and sun patio (with lounge furniture)
  • Pool terrace

First Floor

  • 1 master bedroom with Italian style joined twin beds (en suite bathroom with walk in shower, wc and basin)
  • 1 double bedded room (shared bathroom)
  • 1 twin bedded rooms (shared bathroom)
  • Bathroom (walk-in shower, wc and basin)
  • Small study area on the galleried landing



  • TV - Local digital television (Also for DVDs and Games)
  • CD / DVD Player
  • Small collection of DVDs, Games and books
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)


  • Open fronted wood burning stove in the living room
  • Underfloor central heating
  • Air conditioning throughout
  • Washing machine, iron and board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Cot available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied


  • Electric oven
  • Induction hob (3 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Thermomix
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, juicer, kettle, coffee maker
  • Cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery


  • Private swimming pool (15 m x 4 m, 1-1.8 m deep)
  • Various terrace areas
  • Sun beds (There are no parasols, but plenty of natural shade)
  • Night lighting
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture (including built-in iron barbecue)
  • Covered parking for 3 cars and extra parking space


Firewood is included in the price for winter rentals.

There is no extra charge for underfloor heating.

Please, no smoking indoors.

There is no extra charge for air conditioning.

The gardener visits every Tuesday

Rental start and finish days for this property are normally Saturday, but are flexible during low season.

A weekly change of linen and towels is included for rentals of more than one week.

Baby sitting, trips, bikes (five available for use by guests), walking, catering and extra cleaning can be arranged if requested in advance.

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Prices and Seasons

ZS 10

2021 Season Dates Week Fortnight
2nd January to 26th March 4,290 € 8,580 €
27th March to 11th June 4,590 € 9,180 €
12th June to 28th August 4,990 € 9,980 €
29th August to 24th September 4,590 € 9,180 €
25th September to 10th December 4,290 € 8,580 €
11th December to 11th January 2022 4,590 € 9,180 €

ZS 10

2022 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---


Prices are inclusive of air conditioning, heating and firewood

Security Deposit

A 500 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.

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Villa Location

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Near the town of Carcabuey (all facilities) in La Subbética de Córdoba region (Province of Córdoba)


Near the small town of Carcabuey about 20mins from Priego de Córdoba (all facilities) in La Subbética de Córdoba region (Province of Córdoba).

Priego de Córdoba 20 mins; Rute 40 mins; Iznájar 50 mins; Antequera 50 mins

Malaga 1½ hrs; Córdoba 1¼ hrs; Granada 1½ hrs; Ronda 2 hrs; Sevilla 2¼ hrs.

Torremolinos (Mediterranean beaches) 1½ hrs; Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 2 hrs.

Nearest Airports

Málaga 1½ hrs; Granada 1½ hrs; Sevilla 2¼ hrs.

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Around and About

This is an excellent base from which to explore this delightful and very beautiful part of Andalucía.


  • Priego de Córdoba, just 20 minutes away by car, is a lovely town which is Andalucía at its most refined and authentic. A dignified, convivial provincial town with a beautiful historic centre and more than its fair share of marvellous baroque churches.
  • A little further away, the picturesque white village of Iznájar is just 50 minutes from here, the southern gateway to the beautiful rolling hills and olive groves of the Subbetica Natural Park. Sitting on top of a huge rocky outcrop which towers up from the breathtakingly blue waters of the Embalse de Iznájar, the largest lake in Andalucía, it's a magnificent setting.
  • Views from the top of the town are sensational, over the surrounding countryside - rolling hillsides clad with olive groves as far as the eye can see - and over the vast, beautiful lake (32 kilometres long and 6 kilometres wide) which fills the wide valley floor of the Genil river on both sides of the village.
  • Also known as the Lake of Andalucía, it hosts water sports and fishing and has its own beach (in summer) at Valdearenas where you can swim, rent pedalos and canoes or learn to sail.
  • Its beautiful, clear blue waters are safe for children to swim or play in and there's sand to lie on. It tends to be busier on Sundays but is usually very quiet during the week, even in the height of the season.
  • Rute is not really on the tourist map; it's a little town of 10,000 people, best known for its manufacture of Anís, the aniseed-flavoured liqueur. And its gastronomic delights don't end there: it is also famous for its cured hams and delicious - and typically Spanish - sweet delicacies which are traditionally served at Christmas, such as nougat and marzipan. also overlooking the lake and dwarfed by the Sierra de Rute that looms above it, it's a completely unpretentious, exuberant working town but nevertheless fascinating, full of old-time, original character and tradition.
  • All around, the spectacular countryside of the Subbética Natural Park. Incredibly beautiful, it's a land of rugged hills and deep valleys, spectacular scenery and a thriving ecology. A vibrant and vivacious landscape, it is both robust and melodious at one and the same time. Some of Andalucía's most delightful 'pueblos' are to be found here, steeped in the ancient traditions and culture of the area, both products of a fascinating history which dates back to the beginning of mankind.
  • Just an hour and a half away, Granada is, of course, a must-see city. Soaring high above is the spectacular back drop of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains. And what a city lies below, a city of classical beauty, the jewel in the Spanish Crown.
  • The mesmerising Alhambra Palace and its exquisite gardens, one of the world's greatest wonders; the narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful walled gardens of the ancient Arab quarter, El Albaicín; the magnificent Cathedral, just one of many superb examples of Renaissance architecture; the caves of Sacramonte, nostalgic legacy of the gypsies.
  • A city which inspired García Lorca, Andalucía's finest poet, it is, above all, a people's city, full of life and colour, energy and fun.
  • Córdoba too, is a must-see city, once the largest city in the world, the thriving capital of Al-Andalus, the name used to describe Moorish Spain which extended throughout almost all of the Iberian Peninsular.
  • In its heyday it was considered the Mecca of the west. The Mesquita of Córdoba is, along with Granada's Alhambra Palace, the finest example of Islamic Art in the western world, the grandest and most beautiful mosque constructed by the Moors in Spain. It's one of only a handful of man-made places in the world which literally takes your breath away.
  • Quite apart from the Mesquita, there's much more to discover in Córdoba. It's very picturesque, a town to stroll around. You will come across little squares, peaceful courtyards and balconies overflowing with bougainvilleas. The aroma of lemon blossom, the exuberant colours of the flowers, the cool trickle of a fountain. It's a beautiful town, Córdoba.
  • To the south west, Antequera is another very pretty town with an almost medieval air and a history to match. So much more than just another sleepy, sun-soaked 'pueblo' of Southern Spain.
  • Just beyond Antequera is El Torcal, a magnificent 1,100 hectare National Park of massive, Mars-like mountains of eroded rock formations. Here the imagination plays tricks as giants, monsters and castles seem to appear before your eyes. Unique in Europe, this dreamy, surrealistic landscape has inspired generations of artists and film makers as well as climbers, walkers and nature lovers.
  • Sevilla takes just over 2 hours. It is impossible not to be captivated by its exuberant atmosphere: stylish, confident, ancient and proud, yet also convivial, intimate and fun-loving. If you don't know what alegría means, Sevilla is the place to learn!
  • It has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With the wide river rolling through it, there's the elegant Arabic heritage of labyrinthine alleys and languorous gardens, the Giralda, the Alcázar and the Barrio Santa Cruz. There's the grandiose 17th-century colonial style, when the riches plundered from the Americas were converted into a swaggering architectural confection of ornate palaces and monuments, basilicas, bullrings and fountains. And then there's the wonderfully lavish 1920's Sevilla, when they built grand art nouveau hotels, parks and boulevards. All of these are combined in an area small enough to wander around.
  • Málaga and the Mediterranean beaches on the Costa del Sol are an hour's drive south.


  • Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the beautiful hillsides and little villages of La Subbética on foot, horseback, or bicycle.
  • The beautiful lake (32 kilometres long and 6 kilometres wide) which fills the wide valley floor of the Genil river on both sides of the Iznajár hosts water sports and fishing and has its own beach at Valdearenas where you can swim, rent pedalos and canoes or learn to sail.
  • There is a chiringuito (summer bar) on the beach and a couple of bar / restaurants just above.
  • On the northern slopes of Sierra Nevada, top class skiing is 2 hours drive away.

The Area

La Subbética

A land of rugged hills, deep valleys and spectacular scenery, La Subbética de Córdoba is vibrant and vivacious, robust and melodious …
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Priego de Córdoba

Midway between the two great cities of Córdoba and Granada, Priego de Córdoba is timeless and seductive, Andalucía at its most refined …
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