The luxurious palatial residence dates back to 1492, when the King and Queen of Spain had just retaken local Granada from the Moors and were receiving an ambitious sea captain called Christopher Columbus in the Alhambra palaces.
Since then it has been developed and refined into a magnificent country mansion, complete with tennis court, spring-fed swimming pool (heatable on request), marvellous Moorish-style ornamental gardens and a graceful private chapel that is available for blessings at wedding receptions.
It tends to be rented by large groups of family and friends for a week’s holiday in outstanding accommodation, but also for special group retreats or workshops, small business conferences and wedding receptions.
The entire property is offered on a self-catering basis, although catering staff can be hired locally if required.
The location is a warm, tranquil valley just half an hour from Almuñécar on Granada's Costa Tropical, easily reached from either Granada or Malaga Airport. It's fairly close to but not in Las Alpujarras and we include it in that area for convenience.
The climate is typically hot and sunny and outdoor spaces in the mansion grounds are as popular and appreciated as the indoor facilities. There are impeccable gardens with walkways, broad terraces, valley and hillside views, ancient palm trees, a summer bar by a hard-surface tennis court and a cypress-bordered swimming pool. The main terrace is perfectly suited to sunbathing and has views of the valley and the nearby village of Otivar. Al fresco meals can be taken in a vine-shaded area of the terrace.
The mansion has been renovated with admirable taste and respect for its historical character and atmosphere. Furnishings include items belonging to the original Marquess. It is a luxurious property in a traditional way, retaining its original Spanish character. An entrance hall leads to the grandest of drawing rooms with a vaulted ceiling and large, central fireplace. This leads onto a long dining room, where all your guests can sit together for formal or informal occasions. The dining room and TV room also have log fires for cooler months.
The country kitchen is appropriately large and professionally equipped to cater to the full quota of diners. It has an industrial dishwasher to take care of the hard work afterwards. The kitchen also doubles as a breakfast room.
The day room / TV lounge on the ground floor can be prepared as a conference room. Walls are thick here and the Internet may be limited in some areas of the villa. Mobile phone coverage is generally good, although not guaranteed by operators without transmitters in the mountain surroundings.
The mansion sleeping accommodation is almost all situated on the first floor, except for one bedroom on the ground floor which could be convenient for some guests with reduced mobility (this ground floor bedroom would only be available on request). All rooms have en suite facilities and each is different.
Wedding receptions here under the Andalucia sun make for a particularly spectacular occasion. While your booking with Rustical Travel is solely for the accommodation described above, we will be pleased to put you directly in contact with the property manager or event and wedding coordinator for all arrangements connected with the event or nearby accomodation for extra guests.
The chapel seats 45 people and there is room for another 25 standing. The main terrace and gardens can accommodate 110 people. In cooler months of the year, an indoor dining room in the "Old Olive Mill" is available for large scale functions. It has a seating capacity of 80 to 100 guests.
Although this property is advertised for 18 people, extra accommodation is usally available nearby, please ask.
The entire property is let on a self-catering basis and only basic cleaning and maintenance of ground floor communal areas and gardens are carried out daily by staff as part of the rental arrangement. Additional cleaning and services (bedrooms, kitchen, meals preparation and serving, laundry, babysitting) must be requested well in advance but enjoy the distinct advantage of direct payment to staff at local rates.
Amenities such café-bars and restaurants or simple shopping can be found in Otivar village, just 5 kilometres away. While the villa is situated in an enviable mild-climate valley location surrounded by mountains and the crystalline wates of the Rio Verde river, Granada's Costa Tropical and its pretty seaside villages and beaches are just a 30 minutes drive away. Vibrant Granada and its rich history are always well worth a visit, all the more so if you are only one hour away from this jewel of a city.