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Excellent 5/5 7 reviews

Our pool amidst the Olive Groves

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome

The Casita is a recently converted ground floor apartment adjoining our own Cortijo with it's own private entrance and terrace, situated in a delightful rural setting with beautiful views over olive clad hills and the tiny village of La Parrilla lying in the valley below. Enter through your patio gate that is child secure into your en=suite bedroom with a double bed with meory foam mattress, a large walk in wardrobe with bed side cabinets and lights with a larger dressing table, wall mounted t.v. with DVD player and free to view satellite, a door leads into the kitchen/diner where a sofa bed is available for a third guest. The kitchen is fully fitted with microwave, toaster, electric coffee machine, 4 burner gas hob and glassware, crockery etc.

Nearby is the historic town of Iznajar with Moorish castle high on a rocky outcrop overlooking it's breathtaking 32km lake known as 'The lake of Andalucia' surrounded by hills & mountains. The charming town of Antequera with it's many buildings of architectural interest & nearby stunning El Torcal parque natural with great walks lie approx.30/40 mins away.

For those interested in outdoor leisure pursuits the lake offers fishing & swimming, sailing, canoes, pedaloes etc from it's beach in summer whilst this is perfect walking, mountain biking & bird watching country. Local horse riding & superb 18 hole golf course closeby. Ideally situated for exploring Granada and The Alhambra, Cordoba & The Mesquite and Seville - spend a relaxing holiday deep in the heart of rural Andalucia and experience real Spain if you want to really relax ask Roger & Elizabeth to do the cooking for you and have a lesson on making the very best Paella, topped off with a Whisky Masterclass, this is an area for the culture vulture with so much to see and do amongst learning how to relax Spanish style.

Size Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Iznajar lake beach 15 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Granada & Malaga 85 km, Nearest railway: Antequera 40 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Double bedroom with tiled floor, wardrobe, bedside tables, dressing table with drawer, window with view, door to outside and own tiled sun terrace, door to en suite shower/wc, further door to living room/kitchen. TV with DVD player in master bedroom, Stereo CD/radio.

Bathrooms: Fully tiled en suite shower/wc with corner shower basin, wash hand basin and WC. Tiled floor.Window.

Fitted kitchen area within Living room having fitted cupboards. 4 ring gas hob, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave oven with grill, kettle, all necessary crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.

Living room with kitchen area (described separately) with dining table and chairs. Sofa/day bed (to accommodate 3rd person) beamed ceiling, window

Central heating plus electric radiator for use during cooler months. Room fans also supplied during summer months.

Further details outdoors

La Casita has its own tiled terrace to the front with pergola for shade ,with lovely open views over the surrounding olive clad hills can be enjoyed.

Patio furniture and parasol are provided along with a barbecue. Own access via gate and steps.

A short distance away (to one side of our Cortijo) is an 8m x 4m swimming pool with Roman steps to one end and surrounding tiled terrace from where beautiful views over our gardens can be enjoyed. Here there is patio furniture with parasol and sun loungers. The pool is shared with guests from Casa Limon (our self catering cottage)

Further details

A complimentary welcome pack is provided on arrival usually comprising; bottle of wine, beer, mineral water, bread, ham, milk, juice, butter, marmalade, eggs.

Cleaning/towels/linen service - All towels except pool towels and bed linen provided and cleaned on a weekly basis. Accommodation also cleaned on a weekly basis.

Sorry no smoking permitted within the accommodation

Pets allowed

High chair and travel cot available on request subject to a small charge.

Washing service available subject to notice and small charge.

Swimming Pool is normally open between April (easter) to October subject to weather.

Bird guiding and walking half or full days arranged, 4x4 safaris ,mountain bike hire, vegetarian meals prepared all subject to notice.

catering available

Whisky Masterclass

The Andalucia region

Our property is situated deep in the heart of Andalucia away from all the high rise blocks and mass tourism of the busy coastal resorts. We feel that this is the real unspoilt Spain that not everybody gets to experience, rich in local customs, culture and warmth of the local people not to mention the outstanding natural beauty of the landscape.

Cities worth seeing

- This is the perfect retreat for those wanting a chill out holiday whilst being ideally located for exploring the main cultural centres of the Andalucia, especially Granada, Cordoba and Seville.

Visit Granada's magnificent Alhambra palace, the last strong hold of the Moors in Spain, Cordoba's incredible Mezquita mosque & Cathedral and Seville's Cathedral , Giralda tower, plaza de Espana and Real Alacazar.

Locally the charming town of Antequera with it's many buildings of architectural interest , historical Roman and Moorish influences including the Moorish castle overlooking the town is definitely worth visiting.

Weather

- The summers here are long, hot and sunny with cloudless skies perfect for relaxing around the pool whilst spring is also pleasantly warm & the countryside is alive with a profusion of wild flowers in the olive groves

During autumn and winter the cooler weather is ideal for out door pursuits, the sun sets are wonderful, the lemon & orange trees bear fruit and the olives are ready for harvest.

Cuisine

- This is a genuinely unspoilt working rural area producing some of Spain's finest quality olive oil.

Try some typical Andalucian cuisine such as delicious chorizo, Porras Antequera, Jamon Serrano, Morcilla, Gazpacho Tortillas, and many tasty pork dishes with a glass of chilled fino or a rioja in one of many tapas bars or very resonably priced restaurants in the area.

Festivals

- Experience the vibrant energy of the local ferias in the summer months with authentic flamenco, singing, dancing, children's rides, shows and more into the early hours! There are two main ferias in Antequera , May and August. More locally Villanueva de Algaidas first week in August, La Atalaya in May, Iznajar and La Parrilla in early September plus many more in other locations. The more serious but unmissable Semana Santa (Easter) processions and festivities are also a must to see.

Outdoor pursuits

- Walking: There are many local walks of varying degrees of difficulty, with tracks and trails around the nearby lake with stunning views and for more serious walkers the GR7 (Gran Recorrido) footpath which crosses Andalucia passes very close by & into Cordoba province through the beautiful & dramatic SIERRAS SUBETICA Parque natural.

The EL TORCAL - Parque natural with remarkable limestone rock formations, abundant flora and fauna, walking trails & incredible views towards the Mediterranean lies south of Antequera. Approx 50 mins.

El Chorro gorge and nearby lakes with beach water sports. approx. 90 mins

Fuente de Piedra with its huge lagoon & nature reserve is famous for hundreds of flamingo and at least 30 species of aquatic birds.approx. 40 mins.

Washington Irving Route: Follow the route taken by the 19th century traveller/writer from Seville & the Alhambra, Granada described in 'The Tales of the Alhambra'.

-Riding

Nearby is an excellent Riding stables and school offering hacking, trail riding, day & weekend rides ,riding, dressage & jumping lessons and pony rides for children.(english speaking)

- Quad biking

Available at an off road track near Antequera

- Golf

18 hole par 72 Golf course at Antequera set amidst superb scenery set in the mountains with 10 lakes and spectacular views of El Torcal and over the plains of Antequera. Also there are wide variety of courses on the coast approx. 1 hour plus.

- Skiing

Skiing at the Sierra Nevada ski resort. We are approx.75 mins away from the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Ski resort south of Granada. The resort enjoys a longer than average season & offers excellent skiing for all levels of ability. Dedicated snowboard area. Husky dog sleigh rides & snowbikes for hire. Also ski equipment hire.

- Cycling

Mountain bikes available to rent subject to notice.

Day trip to Madrid?! New High speed 2.5 hour rail link from Antequera to Madrid now open.

Iznajar

Iznajar

- We are close to the attractive 32 km lake at Iznajar which is overlooked by the historic town itself set high on a rocky out crop and surrounded by olive clad hills and mountains. The lake beach offers swimming, swimming,canoe & pedaloe hire in summer and this is perfect walking and bird watching country.

Iznajar with its fascinating winding narrow streets, Moorish castle & Church offers many little bars, restaurants and dozens of small shops. The property is situated within an unspoilt typically rural location which produces some of Spain's finest olive oil & you may experience some agricultural noise from time to time. The olive harvesting period runs from approx December to March/April

La Parrilla

- La Parrilla village has a typical local Andalucian bar (serves tapas) ,play area with swings/slides, hardcourt for football/tennis ,olive mill & ancient chapel.Visit the town of Villanueva de Algaidas with its restaurants, tapas bars & shops including small supermarkets.There are even two nightclubs here for the younger generation!

For children there is the Science park at Granada, Donkey Sanctuary at Fuente de Piedra, Wolf Park near Antequera as well as the lake beach summer activities.

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Review 1-7 of 7

26 May 2014

5/5

"If real Spain and perfect hosts is/are what you want then this is it."

A one hour drive took us to 'la casita'. Roger & Elizabeth had stocked our fridge with everything we needed to get started (including a tasty bottle if Rioja and a few beer!). The place was … More

What a charming family, who, due to the work of the adults, came mainly to relax, they could not believe the value for money they discovered here in the real Spain and we had many laughs with them and their charming daughter Maggie
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9 Sep 2013

5/5

"Many happy returns!"

Returning in October 2013 for our 8th visit in 3 years - 'nuf said. Book early for 2014 as, judging by the 2013 bookings, the secret is out - great place, great hosts.Gill and Alan x… More

4 Aug 2012

5/5

"Pivotal Parrilla"

We have spent two weeks at La Casita in mid-2012, and believe it is perfect for a couple who want to get away from crowds, so as to explore Inland Spain. Elizabeth & Roger are welcoming and knowledgeable (yet discreet!) owners, who have taken time to learn about Andalucía, and can offer you advice based on their own experiences if you wish. The setting is picturesque, the accommodation is first rate, and the welcome pack is excellent. La Casita is ideal as the pivotal point if, like us, you want to visit the main attractions of Sevilla, Granada, and Córdoba - these are all easily within 2 hours reach now that the A45 and A92 Motorways provide a great network (accessible via Villanueva de Algaidas). Take time too, to visit Priego de Cordoba (about 35 minutes away) which has some great independent shops and some lovely historical attractions.
La Casita is delightfully furnished and has all you could wish for in such a location - private sun terrace, small pool (shared with their other cottage), and substantial electric fans to help you keep cool at night!
We loved it. Thank you! Ed & Fiona

Another knowledgeable couple who wanted to discover the Real Spain and very much succeeded and know the region almost as well as we do.

21 Apr 2012

5/5

"incredibly relaxing ."

Roger and Elizabeth , are the two most perfect hosts you will find in Andalucia .They have gone out of their way to make every thing possible , with loads of extra information on the area , history and the people of the villages . Every little extra added to a perfect week for myself and Joan . We thank you both for the best holiday we have had abroad . And Roger is an incredible gastronomic host . We look forward to return to this oasis in the Andalucian hills. Brian and Joan

We feel lucky to be situated within this area of history and culture, and to welcome guests similar to Brian & Joan. Haste ye back

2 Jan 2012

5/5

"Everything was perfect!"

We had a great time in the casita. The owners made us feel really welcome. The casita was cosy and very well equiped. Even a very complete welcome basket.
The owners helped us to get to know the area, showed us around and introduces us to local people.
Thanks to them we had a great holiday. Also, the location was wonderful, with spectacular views of the olive hills surrounding the cottage.
We would love to come back some day!

Sascha & Gerda were a very nice Dutch couple who were interested in our locale and who wanted to visit the Olive factory and with the language skills of Sascha, who translated, the visit was really enjoyable, we have taken many guests and I have always had to translate as best as I can. They got on really well with our locals and were invited to a family Hogmanay in the local bar. Would recommend this couple to other proprietors, flat left clean and tidy.

23 Oct 2011

5/5

"So good we came back again !"

Stayed in June/July in Casa Limon but as it was already booked we stayed in the Casita. Really cosy with a double bed ensuite and kitchen/lounge. Best thing was the terrace which is really private and gets the sun all day. The weather was fab and again we had a really excellent time. Will be going again ASAP.

We thank you for your review and we do look forward to your visit in 2012

7 Oct 2011

5/5

"A quiet hide-away with all the luxury you can think of"

This was our second time in Spain and hopefully there will be more to follow in The Casita.
All the good experience started with a rapid response to our booking queries and confirmation on prices and availability. Our hosts, Roger and Elizabeth, are a charming Scottish couple, who own and run this business. It shows they've got long years of expertise as everything ran really smoothly (ie: queries, booking, confirmation, reception, etc.). There was only to ask, if we needed anything, we got it straight away.
I have to say these guys are brilliant. They live on site and have an in depth knowledge of the area in terms of attractions, history, locals, current political issues, property advice. So should you have no plans in mind whatsoever on arrival, they can tell you about all the local sights, how to get there, but they can also put you in to the right direction to find the best restaurant or tapas-bar. They can also arrange for walking and birding tours and fishing on the nearby lake. A collated booklet describing all of these was at hand in the apartment. They also provide evening meals and some other catering should wish to stay-in like a whisky taster course and paella&sangria nights as well as Sunday brunch. This lovely couple can enhance your Spanish countryside experience by one thousand-fold.

The apartment
has a parking place, private gated entrance, access to pool Apr-Oct, secluded and panoramic location, you will need a car for your stay here

Terrace
private terrace with sunbeds, patio furniture, parasol, and a gasBBQ with utensils, panoramic views on opposite hills (olive groves) I believe it faces towards SW-W

Kitchen
gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, coffee maker, toaster, with all utensils you can possibly need

Living room/bedroom
the bed is amazing, the mattress is the most comfortable I have ever came across including my own, could be longer though, but I am 190cm tall. SatTV with most English speaking channels, didn't watch it at all as there was so much else to do, DVD and CD player, some books and DVDs are provided too.

Bathroom
nicely tiled, shower, sink, toilet in a lovely, tidy order, as the whole apartment throughout.

Best points:
- outstanding service
- quiet, comfortable, luxurious, affordable, strategic location for visiting Granada, Malaga, Cordoba

Worst points:
- It wasn't for us, but may be for some, that it's location is very rural and may be difficult to find at first, but ask for the coordinates for your navigation and it'll get you there or ring Roger and he'll help you

We do thenk you for the courtesy of your review and thank you for the comments therein. It is important to us and other potential clients that we receive constructive reviews from previous guests, we look forward to welcoming you back, should you return to this particular region of Andalucia, with fond memories, Roger & Elizabeth

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