House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9
This village is beautiful and in the heart of real Spain. There are wonderful views from terraces and pool to the valley and mountains and yet you are right in the middle of the a small pueblo with all the services you require - pharmacy, food shopping, bars, restaurants, bank etc. It's a magnificent spot to base yourselves for day trips - local and further afield for instance and we go frequently to Seville and Jerez.- beautiful historic cities less than 1.5 hours away. We walk daily in the mountains and by the river and either have lunch in the village or drive a short distance to our neighbouring villages for lunch as well. We are right in the middle of a National Park of historic significance and protected under UNESCO. The location is equally perfect for summer, spring, autumn or winter - guaranteed sunshine in the summer months and often spectacular into autumn as well. In winter you can often find our mountains with a light dusting of snow but with 2 fireplaces in the house we always feel cosy and warm - we have installed heating and air conditioning in every room as well. The village only has 500 people living full time so you are guaranteed peace and quiet.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||El Puerto de Santa Maria 70 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Jerez de La Frontera is the closest, next is Sevil 40 km, Nearest railway: Jerez de la Frontera or El Puerto de Santa Maria 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
All Habitat beds with White Company Egyptian cotton sheets, with excellent quality mattresses, bedding, feather duvets and pillows (all from the White Company or John Lewis). Two bedrooms have build in storage and the other rooms have stand-alone wardrobes. All rooms have mirrors, chairs and shelving with in built drawers. The decoration is contemporary and elegant. We have tried to provide for ourselves, and for our guests, a comfortable and relaxing interior.
The kitchen is very well equipped, with all of the items a domestic chef requires. There is an open fire on the main floor in the living/dining room adjacent to the kitchen, and in the downstairs living room where the TV, DVDs, CDs, books, games, DVD and stereo are located there is a wood burning stove making the house equally suitable for winter holidays. There is built in air conditioning and heating throughout the house. There are small individual docking station speakers for ipods in two of the bedrooms. Hairdryers are provided in each of the bedrooms.
|Further details outdoors||
With three terraces (one on each level running the width of the building) one never tires of the views to the valley where local people grow their own fruit and vegetables for sale both to the householders and to the local stores.
The sunsets over the mountains towards Seville are breathtaking and whilst during the high heat of the summer the terraces are best enjoyed before 12pm and after 9pm, shade can always be taken in the compact garden terraces and pool area or indoors with air conditioning.
The bottom/garden terrace has tables and chairs for outdoor dining for up to 10 people. The kitchen/living room terrace has small tables and chairs for breakfast dining, and the upstairs bedroom terrace has relaxed seating for lounging.
Luxurious, quality bedding: Beautiful cotton towels from John Lewis provided (white for indoors, aqua for the pool area); all White Company Linen on the beds with 100% Egyptian Cotton Sheets; all mattresses, duvets, pillows, pillow covers, mattress protectors either from the White Company or John Lewis.
The Andalucia region
Apart from its protected nature reserves, Cadiz has a vast inland area in the east of the province that is made up of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the Alcornocales Natural Park.
A Unesco biosphere reserve, the dramatically rugged limestone massif of the Sierra de Grazalema is one of Andalucia's most visited natural parks and popular with those interested in hiking, mountaineering, potholing and rock climbing.
Grazalema is the gateway to the park and is just one of the pretty pueblos blancos scattered about the sierra, like El Bosque and Zahara de la Sierra, which overlooks a reservoir.
The inland pueblos blancos (white towns) are well known for their unique beauty and spectacular settings - invariably hilltop locations, with the whitewashed houses huddled around a ruined castle.
Although the most famous of the white towns is Ronda, in Malaga province, Cadiz province can claim many for its own. Often the names of these pueblos blancos in Cadiz are testament to the towns´ significant past as settlements built to defend the respective territories of the Christians and the Muslims; the frequently seen suffix "de la frontera" of a white town place name refers to its historical border position.
Some of the most striking white villages are Arcos de la Frontera, in an unbeatable position atop an elongated limestone cliff and the exceptional Moorish delights of Vejer de la Frontera.
The village has all the necessary amenities, including bank, superettes, pharmacy, as well as bars and restaurants serving delicious Andalucian cuisine. The perfect antidote to busy city life, Benemahoma is the real rural Spain. Only Spanish is spoken in the village, with very few foreign visitors ever finding their way to this small paradise.
With a population of just 500, numbers swell during the first weekend in August to 2,000 during the Fiesta de Benamahoma. This Fiesta commemorates the victorious Christians' ousting of the Moors from Spain. In Benemahoma you will find friendly, helpful locals greeting you as you walk its cobblestoned, winding streets. Hiking, kayaking, paragliding, bungee jumping - see http://www.horizonaventura.com/grazalema
Benamahoma is popular with people from Seville, as it is located in the middle of a natural park, for weekend breaks and walking holidays. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHkJodVrtQE
This beautiful Villa 45 minutes from Jerez airport, built over 3 floors, with terrace gardens and pool, nestles within the village of Benamahoma which belongs to the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) in the Sierra de Grazelema Natural Park (Cadiz). If you are looking for the real Spain, away from other tourists, with all of the comforts of home 66 Royale Street (the actual address of the house) provides.
With 4 double bedrooms, one single bedroom, and a sofa bed in the living room on the garden floor, the house comfortably sleeps 11. There is one bathroom on the top floor with a Grohe shower and WC. The second floor (entrance to street with kitchen, large living and dining area) has a toilet and wash basin, and on the garden floor there is a shower room which also contains the washing machine and dryer. On the same floor a 37" flat screen TV, surround sound stereo, and DVD player provide a comfortable indoor family area.
Whether you enjoy golfing (25 minutes drive to the internationally acclaimed Arcos Gardens golf course), bird watching, walking, rock climbing, paragliding, canoeing, hiking, touring historic villages and cities (Seville (this is a link to a great tapas foodie tour in Seville - Azahar Sevilla Tapas Tours - http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187443-d1990611-Reviews-Azahar_Sevilla_Tapas_Tour-Seville_Province_of_Seville_Andalucia.html -
Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera are within easy driving distance) or venturing further afield (Granada and Cordoba make full day trips), or relaxing by the pool, this house and village can provide it all.