Rustic and secluded with a gated pool in gorgeous countryside

Galaroza, Aracena, Andalucia Property Ref: HA14
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    4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 8
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  • Property Ref: HA14

An Aracena country property in the natural surroundings of its own private estate: a joy to explore. Sleeps 8.

Booking information for HA14

  • Normal check-in time: has some flexibility; Normal check-out time: 12 pm.

  • The swimming pool is open late May to late September, weather permitting.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a fee and a returnable cash deposit might apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for HA14

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and with some flexibility at other times.

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Summary

An Aracena country property in the natural surroundings of its own private estate: a joy to explore. Sleeps 8.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    4 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    2 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 8

Enjoyment
TV; HiFi; Small barbecue; Private, gated swimming pool (6.5 m x 4.5 m; 1.60 - 1.80 m deep); Infants' splash pool; Pool & garden furniture; 5 Sunloungers, 2 Garden chairs.

Self-catering
4-ring gas hob; Oven; Microwave; Toaster; Kettle; Coffee maker;  Fridge freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Central heating; Hairdryers; Cot; All bedding and towels provided, except pool towels (although these may be possible on request); Private parking.

Layout

On first floor; all on one level
Spacious open-plan living / dining area; Kitchen; Bedroom 1: Double bed; Bedroom 2: Double bed; Bedroom 3: Double bed; Bedroom 4: Double bed (twin beds pushed together); 2 Bathrooms/WC (with walk-in showers).

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Overview

The property was built in the 17th century in a lovely corner of Andalucia, sunny, green and glorious, where pathways lead to traditional, whitewashed villages through an area home to wildlife, including rare otters.

Thanks to its mature gardens, it's naturally secluded, so you are pretty much on your own here.

It's just right for a well-priced holiday. Not luxurious –the house is more rustic on the inside that its stately appearance might suggest–, simply very pleasant, and with gorgeous, landscaped and lawned gardens, a gated pool and semi-wild grounds to explore.

But maybe we understate it a little: previous guests' reviews (see Reviews tab above) indicate that this is one much appreciated villa and location.

From the road that links the Sierra de Aracena with Portugal, a short drive through intimate woodland tells you that you are about to arrive somewhere special. Although nearby is the country road, and another house hidden away in the forest, the property is very quiet, with acres of grounds, woods and fields. 

The holiday accommodation comprises the generously spacious first floor of this historic house. The ground floor is another apartment that remains permanently closed and unoccupied during holiday rentals, used only by the owner at other times.

Generally speaking, in terms of space and seating, we think that the property is ideal for six people, although eight people can be accommodated here.

The main living area is a vast, sun-filled space (one wall is all windows), and we found this a very relaxing place to be.

The four colourfully and cheerfully decorated bedrooms are all double-bedded. Our staff member found one of the mattresses too springy for his liking, although the photographer thought it was fine: a question of preference.

There are two large shower rooms, where skylights allow sunlight to grow houseplants.The owner is a keen gardener and his instinctive, country style is carried over into the house, too.

The kitchen is perfectly adequately equipped for cooking needs, but utensils are a mixed match.  A terrace beyond the dining area suggests itself as a place to sit out, but it's not furnished so you have to take your own chairs out.

There is a furnished, vine-shaded terrace by the swimming pool. The pool area runs alongside the house and is tastefully integrated into the gardens. For little ones, a splash pool is available. To protect sensitive eyes, the water for this pool is not chlorinated; instead, the water is changed regularly.

You'll find a long greenhouse, which may one day be adapted to make a playhouse or conservatory. Currently it is dedicated to an extraordinary 800 species of cacti!

The gardens are extensive and a real joy. It takes a lot of care to keep them at their best and the manager may come early morning or in the evening to tend them and make sure that the pool is in tip-top condition.

The villa is located in an area around Aracena town that is famed for its spring flowers. It's different from more rugged regions of Andalusia: although hilly and wooded, it is gentle and open, inviting even the less fit to stretch their legs and ramble its slopes.

Temperatures are not extreme and the climate usually very kind, even in winter.

Although the property itself is large enough to explore on its own, its almost endless grounds being planted with organically cultivated chestnuts and walnuts, the location makes it a perfect base for some of the very best walks in the Aracena area. It’s a place where nature brims with health. Streams and tree cover provide a habitat for birds and other wildlife such as otters and badgers. When you emerge from the woods, sun and a high water table in the locality combine to create a natural profusion that will impress any botanist and delight anyone taking the stroll along the path, to charming villages such as Fuenteheridos or Galaroza, through lush vegetation and wild flowers.

The terrain is relatively gentle with some forested hills, suitable for quality treks of moderate strength, or biking. One of the closest villages is Jabugo, a name synonymous in Spain for the very best cured ham in the country. It comes from the semi-wild black pigs which roam among cork oaks, feeding on acorns. These days, pata negra ham is exported as a delicacy to the USA and Japan, but here you can go into a bar and get a sample as a tapa with your glass of beer or wine.

For those who consider gastronomy a significant element of any holiday, Aracena market town, less than 10 miles away, has some excellent restaurants. In autumn, this region is one of the best places in Spain to pick wild mushrooms, of which there are an abundance of tasty, edible varieties. If you’re unsure about collecting them yourself, you can always order a sample at a local hostelry.

Before you travel, we'll send you a Local information file for Aracena, with our recommendations on activities and restaurants, bicycle hire or horse riding offering alternative, leisurely ways to appreciate the outstanding beauty of this locality.

The local sierras of de Aracena and Picos de Aroche plenty enough in themselves for walks and exploring, but an excursion to glamorous Seville (just 50 mins) is always recommended. It's a longer drive to a beach, 90 mins to the Costa de la Luz, but if you feel like making the effort the Atlantic beaches are terrific.

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Location

Setting

Forest and private grounds

Location

Private and secluded in a forest setting, in the Aracena area, near the villages of Fuenteheridos and Galaroza.

Galaroza 25 mins walk
Bars /restaurants, small supermarkets
Aracena 14 km
Good restaurants, famous grotto
Atlantic Coas 1 hr 30 mins
Beautiful beaches
airport Nearest Airports
Sevilla (SVQ) 1 hr 30 mins
Jerez (XRY) 2 hrs 20 mins
Faro (FAO), Portugal 2 hrs 45 mins

Prices

Rustical Travel charges Euros. All prices are fully inclusive, no hidden costs, no surcharges.

Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-6pax 7-8
05 Jan 201705/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€1,125
€1,125
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€1,245
€1,245
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
€1,125
€1,125
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
€1,000
€1,125
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
€1,245
€1,245
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
€1,125
€1,125
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 04 Jan 201804/01/2018
€1,245
€1,245
Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-6pax 7-8
05 Jan 201705/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€1,125
€1,125
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€1,245
€1,245
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
€1,125
€1,125
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
€1,000
€1,125
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
€1,245
€1,245
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
€1,125
€1,125
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 04 Jan 201804/01/2018
€1,245
€1,245
Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-6pax 7-8
05 Jan 201705/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
£975
£975
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
£1,079
£1,079
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
£975
£975
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
£867
£975
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
£1,079
£1,079
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
£975
£975
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 04 Jan 201804/01/2018
£1,079
£1,079
Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-6pax 7-8
05 Jan 201705/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
$1,054
$1,054
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
$1,166
$1,166
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
$1,054
$1,054
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
$937
$1,054
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
$1,166
$1,166
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
$1,054
$1,054
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 04 Jan 201804/01/2018
$1,166
$1,166
Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-6pax 7-8
05 Jan 201705/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
AU$1,494
AU$1,494
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
AU$1,653
AU$1,653
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
AU$1,494
AU$1,494
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
AU$1,328
AU$1,494
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
AU$1,653
AU$1,653
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
AU$1,494
AU$1,494
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 04 Jan 201804/01/2018
AU$1,653
AU$1,653
Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-6pax 7-8
05 Jan 201705/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
CAD$2,160
CAD$2,160
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
CAD$2,390
CAD$2,390
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
CAD$2,160
CAD$2,160
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
CAD$1,920
CAD$2,160
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
CAD$2,390
CAD$2,390
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
CAD$2,160
CAD$2,160
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 04 Jan 201804/01/2018
CAD$2,390
CAD$2,390

Booking information for HA14

  • Normal check-in time: has some flexibility; Normal check-out time: 12 pm.

  • The swimming pool is open late May to late September, weather permitting.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a fee and a returnable cash deposit might apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for HA14

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and with some flexibility at other times.

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YOUR REVIEWS

John | July | 2016

We had an excellent holiday. The house itself is charming and comfortable. The grounds are ideal for a leisurely stay and the pool was very welcome. The old road to Galaroza is ideal for leisurely walks in the relative cool of the early morning or evenings. The secluded location was just what we needed. The easy access to Aracana did not detract from the seclusion in any way. We were able to tour locally with ease, visiting Linares de la Sierra, Almonaster la Real and also Portugal Xavier was a helpful and charming host. The dog proved very popular. I can recommend this location without hesitation. we had a wonderful time."

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Patricia | July | 2014

The house in Aracena was just wonderful everything was perfect."

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Matthew | July | 2014

We had a fantastic time - The building is beautiful and the gardens are amazing. There are a lot of local walks and places to visit and we would be very happy to visit again. The only aspect that was a little disappointing is that there is a walking path that runs right down the side of the house and the garden is not fenced in that part of the garden. At times there can be a large number of people passing in full view of the property - Many stop to talk to you. This really removes the sense of isolation we were looking. however, Javier is a star, his gardens are stunning and the two weeks passed far too quickly."

Rustical Update

The property is naturally fenced by bushes and hedges which provide privacy from nearby single paths. A few bushes / hedges dried up in 2014 but they are being replaced, and we are told by the property manager -a keen gardener himself- they should be grown soon and restablish privacy in the garden's perimeter.

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Julie | June | 2014

I want to tell you that we had the most wonderful holiday in that beautiful, peaceful villa - it was just what we'd hoped it would be.  A quiet, relaxing time was had by all.  Thank you once again for all you and your team did to facilitate our holiday - we will most certainly be recommending your company to family and friends and will hope to have another holiday with you one day.

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Dave | August | 2013

Just a quick note to say that we had a great time at HA14. It is a fantastic property in a wonderful location."

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