Holiday Villa Jerez
Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Upon entering the villa, you walk directly into the main open plan living/dining room on the ground floor. Here you will find the modern, state of the art kitchen with all the appliances, cutlery and crockery that you will need for your stay. The 5 hob range oven takes pride of place in the centre, with a large island providing plenty of worktop space. There is a fridge and freezer in addition to two cool drawers in the kitchen, as well as a second fridge downstairs, providing ample space for fresh food and cold drinks. At the far end of the room are the stunning views through floor to ceiling windows across the golf course and to Jerez in the distance.
The french windows by the dining table open onto a terrace with a large outdoor dining table and parasol, ideal for al fresco dining. To the left of the dining area is the living area with a large comfortable corner sofa and leather armchair on which to relax, read, watch the flat screen TV or choose from the wide selection of DVDs available for guests' enjoyment. The floor to ceiling windows by the living area consertina allowing this room to open entirely to the terrace and the outdoor sofas where one can relax while sipping aperetifs and watching the passing golfers. The 20m swimming pool can be accessed from the terrace and provides a superb swimming opportunity rarely found in a private villa. Winding steps from the terrace lead down to a beautifully manicured lawn where guests will find sun loungers and further seating for their comfort. There is also a barbeque available for guests' use.
A double bedroom with ensuite bathroom is also located on the ground floor, as is a separate WC. This bedroom provides suitable wheelchair accommodation with no steps being encountered between the bedroom, bathroom, open plan living/dining area, kitchen and terrace.
The entire first floor is occupied by the master bedroom, ensuite bathroom and private balcony overlooking the golf course and Jerez in the distance. The stunning four poster bed in the centre of the room provides a feeling of opulence and the spacious wardrobes and drawers provide ample storage for your belongings
The remaining three bedrooms are located on the lower ground floor. A huge room with queen size twin beds, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom is bright and airy thanks to the floor to ceiling windows which open onto the lawn. A second bedroom with twin beds, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom offers a unique view with windows into the swimming pool. The third bedroom with ensuite bathroom can be used as a twin room or, by simply zipping the beds together, can become a comfortable double bed. This room also has floor to ceiling windows which open onto the garden.
Also located on this level is the utility room with a washer/dryer, second fridge, iron and ironing board, hoover and other cleaning products. In the corridor there is a bookshelf providing books, games and DVDs for guests' use during their stay.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: The villa is: 10 minutes from Jerez de la Frontera 20 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Andalucia region
The province boasts a wide variety of natural spaces of great diversity and exceptional ecological value. There are 6 Natural Parks in Cadiz province, the closest of which are Natural Park de Doñana and Natural Park Bahía de Cádiz.
Natural Park de Doñana
The Doñana Natural Park includes parts of the provinces of Cadiz, Huelva and Seville. It contains a wide range of eco-systems and is close to the Doñana National Park, considered to be Europe's best ecological reserve. It has a total surface area of 53,709 hectares, 3,400 of which belong to the province of Cadiz.
It was declared a Natural Park in 1989 in order to soften any possible impact on the National Park and contains a wealth of important natural and cultural items. It partially forms part of the Doñana Biosphere Reserve (1986) and has been a Special Protection Zone for Birds (ZEPA) in 2002.
The zone consists of pine forests (Pinar de la Algaida ), salt marshes (Bonanza Marshes), together with tributaries and channel of the River Guadalquivir which used to flood the salt marsh. The Doñana Natural Park has areas of great ecological interest, such as the protected El Tarelo Lagoon or the Hidalgo or Los Portugueses saltpans, both of which are of great interest in terms of the Park's water birds.
The active tourism and nature activities offered in the Doñana Natural Park are basically related with the routes through this area, whether on foot, on horse, in 4x4 or on quad bikes.
Given the navigability of the River Guadalquivir, another alternative is to enjoy one of the pleasant river trips to the Doñana National Park.
The Montecastillo course is tidy and well-maintained, while the multilingual staff are helpful and friendly. Compared to another top Spanish course, Valderrama, the green fees are reasonably priced. There is a maximum handicap of 28 for men and 36 for women.
A full range of practice facilities are of course available including 75 covered bays at the driving range, 3000 square metres of grass practice tees, short game area, putting and chipping greens.
Jerez de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera
One of Andalucia's most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages), Arcos balances atop a rocky limestone ridge, its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stopping abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the fertile valley of the river Guadalete below. Declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture and impressive location, the old town is a tangled labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, the Castillo de los Arcos. As you'd expect from such a spectacular vantage point, there are exhilarating views over the town and the rolling plain below.
Arcos's population of 28,000 is divided between the newer town on the lower slopes of the ridge and the old town, which you reach by following Cuesta Belén up the hill. In the heart of
the old town is the cobbled Plaza de Cabildo, its picturesque situation somewhat marred by its dual function as a car park.
Among the most memorable of Arcos's pretty and often strikingly narrow streets are the alley-like Calle Cuna and Calle Maldonaldo, lined with elegant palacios built by the town's 18th-century nobility and overhung by wrought-iron rejas of windows.
Tapas bars in the old town are concentrated on or near the central Callejón de las Monjas. Try the Mesón El Patio, an atmospheric cave-like bar near the Santa María church that
serves good-value tapas. If you want asomething more formal, one of the most upmarket restaurants in town is El Convento on Marques de Torresoto, which is in a 17th-century palace and has plenty of game dishes on the menu. The terrace at the luxurious Parador on Plaza del Cabildo is the place to go for a leisurely drink in style and enjoy the best views in Arcos.
Cádiz is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly of all southwestern Europe. Despite its unique site - on a narrow spit of land hemmed in by the sea - Cádiz is, in most respects, a typically Andalucian city with a wealth of attractive vistas and well-preserved historical landmarks. The older part of Cádiz, within the remnants of the city walls, is commonly referred to as the Old City. It is characterized by the antiquity of its various quarters (barrios), among them El Populo, La Viña, and Santa Maria, which present a marked contrast to the newer areas of town. While the Old City's street plan consists largely of narrow winding alleys connecting large plazas, newer areas of Cádiz typically have wide avenues and more modern buildings. In addition, the city is dotted with numerous parks where exotic plants, including giant trees supposedly brought to Spain by Columbus, flourish.
Cádiz is home to some of Spain's most beautiful beaches. La Playa de La Caleta is the best-loved beach of Cádiz. It is the beach of the Old City, situated between two castles, San Sebastian and Santa Catalina. It is around four hundred meters long and thirty meters wide at low tide. La Playa de la Victoria, in the newer part of Cádiz, is the beach most visited by tourists and natives of Cádiz. It is about three kilometers long, and it has an average width of fifty meters of sand. The moderate swell and the absence of rocks allow family bathing. It is separated from the city by an avenue; on the landward side of the avenue, there are many shops and restaurants. La Playa de Santa María del Mar or Playita de las Mujeres is a small beach in Cádiz, situated between La Playa de Victoria and La Playa de la Caleta. It features excellent views of the old district of Cádiz.
The Carnival of Cádiz is one of the best known carnivals in the world and takes place in February.
El Puerto de Santa Maria
The town of El Puerto de Santa Maria is 10 km north east of Cádiz across the bay of Cádiz and is best known for its ferry El Vaporcito which has been in operation for 76 years carrying passengers to and from Cádiz to El Puerto.
El Puerto has a famous bullring which dates back to 1880 with space for 15,000 spectators. Bullfighting is still enjoyed during the Feria season during the month of August, and during the Feria de la Primavera (Spring Fair) in early May. This Feria is dedicated to sherry wine and 180,000 half bottles are drunk in 4 days. There are several bodegas (wineries) in the town centre, all of which can be visited by the public. The most famous bodegas in El Puerto are Osborne and Terry both of which export sherry and brandy worldwide.
El Puerto is an excellent place to sample local tapas and seafood, for which it is famous. Food is an important reason why El Puerto de Santa Maria attracts hundreds of tourists. The Bay of Cadiz is famous for its fresh seafood and that, teamed with the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, leads to excellent restaurant menus. Most tourists head for the Rivera del Marisco where you can by seafood in paper cones to take away or eat at the tables. There are a wide variety of eateries all located within walking distance of the town centre.
El Puerto has escaped the mass tourism of the Costa del Sol and remains unspoilt, natural and very picturesque. During the summer months the town bursts with life. Most of the town is on the north bank of the Rio Guadelete, where bars and restaurants line the palm-covered streets. Entertainment is lively in the summer in the town centre and in Vistahermosa everything starts very late and goes on well into the early hours, hence the famous Spanish siesta.
Jerez de la Frontera
Located 27km north east of Cádiz within Andalucia province, Jerez is a centre of equestrianism and flamenco and is best known for giving its name to sherry. Jerez offers a wide selection of bars and restaurants and a wonderful shopping experience in the main street, Calle Larga. The streets and walkways of Jerez are lined with orange trees and on every street corner you will see stacks of oak barrels representing the history of the city. In one of the main squares stands a statue, surrounded by tapas bars where you can sit and enjoy the sunshine, watching life go by. The Public College of San Miguel de Cervantes stands on the right, a dominant building. The church in Plaza de San Miguel is worthy of a visit as it towers above you.
Jerez offers a number of attractions with which to fill your visit:
the equestrian shows at the Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre (the Andalusian School of Equestrian Art) and the Yeguada Hierro del Bocado (the Hierro del Bocado Stud Farm); the Jerez bodegas (wineries) to see how the local sherry and brandy are produced; the Old Centre of the town, declared a Conjunto Monumental Histórico-Artístico (official Complex of Historical-Artistic Monuments), where a wealth of churches, museums, heritage centres can be found; the world-famous Circuito de Velocidad (speed track), just next door to Montecastillo resort; the Zoo Botánico de Jerez (Jerez Botanical Zoo) where children and adults can enjoy one of the most complete zoological collections in Spain; as well as the numerous country estates, ravines and natural enclaves in which to enjoy active tourism and nature.
Finally, Jerez's geographical location, between mountains and sea, makes it possible to use the city as a base for making various excursions and visits to different localities of the province by way of a number of established rutas (routes): Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos (the White Village Route), Ruta del Toro (the Bull Route), Ruta Atlántica (the Atlantic Route), etc.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Sanlúcar de Barrameda is one of Spain's three better-known sherry-producing towns. A seaside town, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, is also home to the oldest horse races in Spain and some of the oldest in Europe. The races take place, just before sunset, along the beach at the mouth of the river Guadalquivir every August within sight of thousands of spectators. Contested at distances of 1500m and 1800m, these were the first-ever regulated horse races in Spain. Riders wear distinctive colours and caps.
Sanlúcar is a good place for those who love food and drink. One of the better opportunities for visitors to indulge themselves is the Sanlúcar Tapas Fair, a local gastronomy competition. Other events are: the Feria de la Manzanilla in late May, which is held at the beginning of the Noches de Bajo de Guia flamenco season, classical and jazz festivals, and the occasional first-rate concert. The city is also known for the Rocio pilgrimage, one of the more popular manifestations of the Roman Catholic faith; it can be compared to the pilgrimages to Santiago or Lourdes.
This city has a large number of monuments and sites of historical interest, such as the castle of Santiago, from the 15th century; the palace of the Infantes of Orleans and Borbon, which is now used as the City Hall; the Church of Nuestra Senor de la O; the palace of the dukes of Sidonia, which now houses the municipal archives; and the Convent of Santo Domingo, a 16th-century building.
The city of Seville is located on the plain of the Guadalquivir river which crosses the city from North to South. The river can be navigated from Seville all the way to its outlet near Sanlúcar de Barrameda, on the Atlantic coast. In the past the port of Seville played an important role in commerce between Spain and the Americas and it remains today one of the most active river ports of the Iberian peninsula.
You can while away several hours, or even days, wandering the streets and squares that make up the historic quarter of the Andalusian capital, enjoying the hustle and bustle around you. This area has an interesting collection of historic buildings, many of which have been declared World Heritage Sites, and also contains colourful districts, such as Triana and La Macarena. Museums, arts centres, theme parks, cinemas and theatres are a few of the entertainment possibilities that Seville affords.
Don't miss out on the tapas. The city is credited with its invention and has more than a thousand bars where the choice of food is virtually unlimited, from seafood to ham and sausage and from vegetable to cheese.
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