Large luxury villa rental with pool in Madrid, Spain

Colmenar de Oreja, Madrid Property Ref: AM15
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    7 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
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  • Property Ref: AM15

A beautiful and impressive Castilian property with a large patio garden in a small, traditional town. Very private and with grand style, set off by dashing contemporary art. Quality accommodation for all your guests. Sleeps 14 plus 2 children.

Booking information for AM15

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 pm.

  • The swimming pool is open early May to end of September, weather permitting.

  • The high steps up to bathroom facilities at Bedroom 7 Granado (the Apartment) are unsuitable for small children.

Changeover day for AM15

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility.

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Summary

A beautiful and impressive Castilian property with a large patio garden in a small, traditional town. Very private and with grand style, set off by dashing contemporary art. Quality accommodation for all your guests. Sleeps 14 plus 2 children.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    7 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    7 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 14/16

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet; 3 TVs; 3 DVDs; 2 Portable barbecues; Swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.5 m - 2 m deep); Outdoor furniture including recliners; Fireplaces in each living room (firewood included).

Self-catering
Courtyard kitchen: 4-ring vitroceramic hob; Microwave; Fridge.
Winter lounge kitchen: 4-ring vitroceramic hob; Microwave; Fridge-freezer; Dishwasher.
Garden apartment kitchen: 2-ring vitroceramic hob; Microwave; Fridge-freezer.

Practicalities
Air conditioning; Central heating; Hairdryers in bathrooms; Washing machine; Additional washing machine & tumble dryer in utility room; Trestle tables and chairs for barbecues; All bedding and towels provided (except for outdoor/pool use); Free (but not private) street parking.

Courtyard layout

Ground floor
Lounge & dining room with kitchen; WC; Bedroom 1 Almendro: 4-poster 1.50 m wide double bed with walk-in shower room/WC; Bedroom 2 Madroño (up a few steps): 1.50 m wide double bed with shower over bathtub/WC; Bedroom 3 Laurel: 1.35 m double bed with shower/WC; Cave cellar.

First floor
Gallery on all four sides; Lounge & dining room with kitchen; Bedroom 4 Cerezo: 1.50 m wide double bed with writing desk, dressing room and superior walk-in shower room/WC; Bedroom 5 Manzano: 0.90 twin beds (pushed together), sofa and shower over bathtub/WC; Bedroom 6 Higuera: 0.90 twin beds (separated), with small writing desk and shower room/WC.

Garden apartment layout

Ground floor
Bedroom 7 Granado: 0.90 twin beds (pushed together).

First floor
Large studio sitting & dining room with 2 sofa-beds for children & kitchen; shower over bathtub/WC.

Exterior
Covered barbecue dining area; Swimming pool and patio; Gardens.

Notes on Layout
The facilities for Bedroom 7 Granado are accessed via exterior steps.

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Overview

The entire self-catering property is a tranquil oasis in the heart of a small Madrilian village with a modern awareness but deep historical roots, and even its own cuisine.

A hundred years ago, this was the doctor's residence (you'll see some of his old texts and phials on bookshelves). Now it's an enjoyable holiday villa, carefully restored and decorated with imaginative and interesting modern artwork. Once inside, it's a serene world all to itself.

A plant-filled inner courtyard, graced with old columns, gives you summer and winter lounges, bedrooms and dining areas on two floors.Continue out from the courtyard and you pass to a roofed patio, ideal for dining together, open to a walled garden, completely private and with more accommodation at its far end, near the swimming pool.

It's all very stylish here. Each of the seven bedrooms is named after a fruit tree that grows in the garden: olive, apple, fig, pomegranate, cherry, almond, bay and the emblematic tree of Madrid, the madroño.  Each with its own key, we found the bedrooms to be generously spacious and beds comfortable, except the smaller Bedroom 3 Laurel (bay tree). 

The courtyard gives onto two en suite bedrooms at ground level, and the summer lounge with a dining table for 6 and kitchen. We liked the paintings and atmosphere in the lounge, but don't hold out hopes for the piano: its playing days are over. The worn tiles underfoot are 18th century and the sound of bubbling water comes from a fountain directly outside.

Above, one can walk round the open gallery overlooking rooftops, with the occasional sound of a church bell or a cock crowing in the distance, and dive into one of four bedrooms or the many-windowed and vaulted winter saloon with its fine hearth. This cheerful, luminous sitting and dining room has the better of the three kitchens, a dining table for 8, and a staircase down to the garden.

And beneath the courtyard, let's go down... to the cave! A curious feature of houses in Colmenar (beneath whose grand square runs a secret tunnel) are these deep grottos with their museum-like atmosphere, cool in the summer, the ideal spot to store wine. The extensive cave hollowed out at this fabulous villa is not so much musty and dark as well-swept and illuminated.

The covered patio has two barbecues and trestle tables that can be set up for group meals. It opens to the gardens, which in usual Castilian style are not lawned, but pebbled and planted with fruit trees: olive, apple, fig, pomegranate, cherry, almond, bay and the emblematic tree of Madrid, the madroño.

Also sunk into the garden are giant earthenware wine vats and an old well (barred for children's safety).

The swimming pool, like the other exterior spaces, is perfectly private, not overlooked by any neighbour.

In a corner at the foot of the garden, where another fountain bubbles away contentedly, is a family apartment on two floors: a bedroom downstairs that can sleep two children (although not toddlers) in addition to their parents, and an admirable upper floor with lounge and its own kitchen facilities. The steps up are made from chunky railway sleepers and provided with a simple hand rail: definitely not suited to young children.

If we were to find fault, it would be that cooking and serving facilities are limited and divided between two kitchens, making self-catering something of a challenge. However, groups of 16 have stayed more than happily here, but our guess is that some days they made use of the barbecues or the excellent meal service offered by Colmenar restaurants. A significant plus is that at least one of the restaurants will deliver ready-cooked meals to the villa. Previous clients have been very gratified with the paellas, for example. We still believe the property is special enough to be included in our collection of luxury villas.

Guests will feel well looked after here, with optional maid or breakfast service available on request. Four hire bicycles are also available on request for those willing to explore Colmenar de Oreja and rural Madrid by bike.

Colmenar de Oreja (population 8,000) is a typical small Castilian town with some fiesta or other almost every month. With its fountains and courteous populace, it’s an agreeable place to wander and stop off at cafés or bars for a tapa or two. At its centre, a five-minute stroll from the property, is one of the finest old squares in Madrid: 18th century, very spacious, framed by porticoes which give shade to bar and restaurant terraces.

Favourite local dishes include pisto vaquero (“cowboy pisto”): veal cooked with tomato and peppers and patatas chulas, potato slices fried in olive oil and served with garlic and fresh parsley.

Colmenar produces olives, respectably good wine (you can visit local wine cellars), Manchego cheese, and the smooth, white stone used to build the Royal Palace and the Cibeles fountain in Madrid. Surrounding the town are fields and vineyards.

It lies 45 mins south-east of the capital, from which access is by road (hire car or bus). The old railway line, best known for a train that whistled more than it went, has been converted into a walking and cycling track. Madrid's Barajas Airport is just 50 minutes away.

Interesting excursions for adults take you to Aranjuez, whose royal place gardens were the inspiration for Rodrigo's celebrated guitar concerto, and the delightful village of Chinchon, best known for the restaurants on its medieval square and anis digestif. Children will be keener to visit Warner Brothers Park, one of the best theme parks in Spain, well-designed and crowd-free.

In less than an hour you can be in old Toledo, or in the centre of Madrid, visiting museums or the Royal Palace, shopping, taking refreshments at café-bar terraces, strolling Retiro Park or sampling the nightife.

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Location

Setting

Quiet central location in old Castilian town.

Location

Near the main square in Colmenar de Oreja (all facilities).

Chinchon 10 min
Historical village
Aranjuez 25 min
Palace & gardens
Central Madrid 45 min
 
Toledo 1 hr
Historical town
airport Nearest Airports
Madrid (MAD) 50 min

Prices

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Sleeps 14 plus 2 children 
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€3,200
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€3,200
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£2,757
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$2,972
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AU$4,200
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CAD$6,043

Booking information for AM15

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 pm.

  • The swimming pool is open early May to end of September, weather permitting.

  • The high steps up to bathroom facilities at Bedroom 7 Granado (the Apartment) are unsuitable for small children.

Changeover day for AM15

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Rupert | August | 2016

We thoroughly enjoy our trip and thank you for being so helpful There are a couple of areas where you might want to take a look and see if anything can be done. These were not negatives on our part but may help improve the experience for others staying at the property - Kitchens - A bit of confusion for us. Not sure why two kitchens were needed. It would be better to have the dishwasher in the ground floor kitchen. We tended to eat in the courtyard so naturally the ground floor kitchen made the most sense - Air Con - This kept clicking and buzzing during the night. On our first night it buzzed in the early hours and I jumped out of bed, in a somewhat confused state, looking for the door entry phone! . The noise was identical to the buzz from the door entry system at our flat in London! We found Jose and the family delightful. If you could extend our thanks to them for their hospitality I would be grateful The two ladies Mari and Carmen were most entertaining and again made our stay most pleasurable I would hope that we might return in 2017 Many thanks and all the best Rupert"

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The property manager has been informed of the noises from the air conditioner and he will look at it to see if it needs reparing. 

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Gillian | August | 2016

We stayed in this beautiful house for 2 weeks in August. We were a multi-generational party of 10 - aged from 70+ to 3 months! The house, garden and pool exceeded all our expectations and are far more beautiful and spacious than they look in the photos. The bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms and 2 sitting rooms are all stunning and the artwork, books and objets fabulous yet this is still a relaxing and comfortable environment - even for lively young children! And the air conditioning in every room was a godsend in the summer heat. There is a huge table in the garden which comfortably seats 10+ and we ate all our meals outside in style. We soon got used to the 2 kitchens and used the downstairs one for breakfast/ lunch/ drinks and the even better equipped upstairs one for cooking dinner - that is when we didn't barbecue or go out to eat in the many nearby and very reasonable restaurants. We also enjoyed a delicious take away seafood paella from a local restaurant. We were thoroughly spoiled by the delightful Mari Carmen and Marival who came in every morning to clean the pool, house and garden, make our beds and change bed linen and towels as neededthis is truly the best of both worlds - you have the freedom of self catering but with hotel type servicing. Fabulous! The village has everything you need all within a few minutes walk and you certainly don't need a car here. There is a regular bus service into Madrid and other local towns for sightseeing and a pleasant walk to Chinchon. There is an excellent municipal swimming pool and a market every Thursday. Colmenar is not a touristy place ( and no touristy prices !) and you ideally need to be able to speak or attempt to speak some Spanish to get the most out of it but it offers an insight into real Spanish village life and a very warm welcome. We all had a fabulous and memorable holiday.

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Catherine | August | 2015

A very good and enjoyable place

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