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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

Amazing exclusive duplex 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms hot tub and hydromassage tub equipped. Central revolving chimney and breakfast bar.

Great location in city center in a very peaceful zone.

Shared garden and outdoor swimming-pool. Luxury panorama towards Sierra, Madrid city. Perfect for families

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Madrid - Barajas (MAD) Airport 74 km, Nearest railway: Renfe Escorial 15 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General TV, Video player, CD player
Standard Toaster
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 11
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden
Further details indoors

Living room: central revolving chimney, water and air jets equipped hydromassage bathtub, 42 inches TV, Home Cinema 5.1 USB, heating-system

Kitchen equiped with electrical appliances: dishwasher, fridge, oven, microwave, washing machine, iron, coffee maker, mixer, cooktop, toaster

Additional information: pets are not allowed

Spanish and English spoken

Further details

Barbecue, shared garden and outdoor swimming-pool

There is no private parking but there are parking slots available outside, close to the property.

The Community of Madrid region

San Lorenzo de El Escorial, also known as El Escorial de Arriba is a town and municipality in the Community of Madrid, Spain, located to the northwest of the region in the southeastern side of the Sierra de Guadarrama, at the foot of Mount Abantos and Las Machotas, 47 kilometres (29 mi) from Madrid. It is head of the same name judicial party.

Located in the mountains of Madrid, San Lorenzo del Escorial

Just 10 minutes by foot to the San Lorenzo del Escorial monastery

San Lorenzo de el Escorial

The settlement is popularly called El Escorial de Arriba, to differentiate it from the neighbouring village of El Escorial, also known as El Escorial de Abajo. The town is approximately 47 kilometres (29 mi) from the capital.

The Monastery of El Escorial is the most prominent building in the town and is one of the main Spanish Renaissance monuments. The Valley of the Fallen also falls within the boundaries of the municipality.

The monastery and its historic surroundings were declared a World Heritage Site UNESCO on November 2, 1984, under the name of "El Escorial, monastery and site".

The site also enjoys protection on Spain's heritage register; since June 21, 2006, it has been protected by the Community of Madrid as a Property of Cultural Interest.

San Lorenzo de El Escorial is located on the southern slopes of the Mount Abantos (elevation 1753 m). The average altitude of the municipality is 1,032 metres (3,386 ft), and most of the urban area is above 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). The hamlet initially sprang up around Monastery of El Escorial, gradually extending up the mountain. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the town underwent a strong urban expansion, particularly towards the southeastern side of Mount Abantos.

Geography

Elevation and hydrography

The township's average altitude is 1,032 metres (3,386 ft). Most of the town is situated at about 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level, including the Monastery of El Escorial, which lies approximately 28 metres (92 ft) above the town. The highest part is the top of Mount Abantos, which is 1,753 metres (5,751 ft) above sea level.

The town covers a total area of 56.4 square kilometres (21.8 sq mi), most of which is mountainous terrain. In the south of the municipality is the Circo de El Escorial, bordered by the southern slopes of Mount Abantos to the south and the Las Machotas mountains to the north. North, along the slope to Cuelgamuros, lies the Valley of the Fallen, near the border with Guadarrama Abantos Southeast. Towards the Southwest, the municipality extends down to El Escorial by the parks and gardens of the Casita del Principe.

San Lorenzo de El Escorial lies in the watershed of the River Guadarrama. The streams that originate in Abantos flow to the Aulencia, the main tributary of the Guadarrama, originating in Las Machotas and crossing the neighbouring village of El Escorial. The streams include small reservoirs.

Vegetation

El Herrería forest located at the foot of Mount Abantos

The types of vegetation differ due to the municipality's fluctuation in altitude. In its lower altitudes, about 3,000 ft (900 m), are adehesadas fresnedas of Fraxinus angustifolia; and in the forest of the Herrería, the melojares of Quercus pyrenaica, chestnut (Castanea sativa) and the Montpellier Maple (Acer monspessulanum) grow.

In the higher altitudes (3,300–6,300 mi (1,000–1,200 m)) appear pine trees Pinus pinaster and Pinus pinea, as well as Holm (Quercus ilex), junipers (Juniperus oxycedrus) and jarales Cistus ladanifer. The 3,900 and 5,600 ft (1,200 and 1,700 m), include pine Pinus (Pinus sylvestris) and black pine trees (Pinus nigra), and roquedo in ecosystems on the summits of Abantos graníticos.

San Lorenzo de El Escorial also has some allochthonous in its mountain areas, plant species as beech (American beech), cedars (Cedrus sp.), larch (Larix SP.), cypresses (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), and maple (Acer pseudoplatanus). Students of a forestry school planted these trees during the early 20th century.

There are also trees of historical significance, including sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum), planted in the 18th century in parks and gardens of the Casita del Principe.

Much of the municipality is contained within the Pinar Abantos and the Herrería zone, a protected nature area since 1961 and extends to an area that San Lorenzo de El Escorial shares with Saint Mary of the Alameda.

On the edge of San Lorenzo, is a center of environmental education Arboretum Luis Ceballos, which houses a collection of over 200 species of trees and bushes native to Spain and the Balearic Islands.

History

The Monastery of El Escorial was built in 16th century. Two centuries later the town emerged in the vicinity of the building, which resulted, in the 19th century, in the current municipality.

Charles III of Spain promoted a new territorial and administrative organization in the area, which was the origin of the current municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

The history of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is inexorably linked to the construction of the monastery and the town named El Escorial. The first historical references of this building date year 1558 where Philip II of Spain appointed a commission to find a proper place for the site, architects, doctors and quarrymen, among other guilds.[1]

Hamlet El Escorial met physical conditions for carrying out such company.[2] Its abundance of forests, quarries and game reserves, the quality of its water and its place in the geographic center of Spain, at the foot of the mount Abantos, were determining factors for the final choice, which took place in 1561.

Builders placed the first stone of the monastery on April 23, 1563. A year earlier, Philip II of Spain began efforts to acquire the land adjacent to the site of the future monastery, with the intention of creating a territory of realengo, real site de El Escorial, intended for agriculture, fishing, hunting and recreational uses. Among them were the Dehesa of the ironworks of Fuentelámparas (today called La Herrería), located in the current term of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and La Granjilla of the Fresneda, farms in the neighbouring village of El Escorial.

Construction lasted 21 years, which transformed the urban and social environment of El Escorial. The hamlet became a villa in 1565.[3] A Lord Mayor exercised rule over the villa. The Lord Mayor's authority did not extend to the game reserves that the Crown managed directly, nor to agricultural uses managed by the monastery's Prior.

Through two Papal Bulls issued dated 1585 and 1586, the Roman Catholic Church removed the monastery from the control of the powerful Archbishop of Toledo and placed it under the monastery's Prior.

This administrative structure remained well into the 18th century, when the monarch Carlos III imposed a new territorial and administrative framework. The construction of houses, expressly prohibited in the outskirts of the monastery, was the cause of a dispute that faced the municipal authorities, who promoted a modification of the rules, and those who sought to restrict new construction. The subject was particularly delicate in those days, given the frequent visits of the Royal family to the site; these visits led to an increase in demand for land to build houses and support buildings mainly for civil servants working in the Royal household.

The resolution of the conflict came from King Carlos III, who, on May 3, 1767, authorized housing next to the market of the monastery, which was the birth of the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the beginning of a process which culminated in the emancipation of the town from El Escorial. The development of this new Hamlet was very fast, reaching a population of more than a thousand only a few years afterCarlos III allowed the town's expansion.

The new settlement emerging at the foot of the monastery did not achieve self-rule until much later. The administrative structure designed by Philip II of Spain was blurring, first with the appointment of a Governor by Carlos III—detrimental to the powers of the Lord Mayor and El Escorial's Prior—and, subsequently, with the privatization of land.

This was key to the structural development of the current municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, since thisprivatization extended over most of the royal lands except for the Herrería farms, land surrounding the monastery, the Príncipe and the Infante Casitas.

On September 26, 1836, San Lorenzo de El Escorial became an independent municipality. In 1887, it elected its first mayor. To date, 22 people have served in this role.

During the Spanish Civil Ward (1936–1939), the people remained loyal to the Republican government and briefly changed the town's name to El Escorial of the Sierra.[4]

Today the city of San Lorenzo de El Escorial consists of 12 localities: Colmenar of the Arroyo, Colmenarejo, El Escorial, Fresnedillas the olive, Navalagamella, Chavela Robledo, Saint Mary of the Alameda, Valdemaqueda, Valdemorillo, Villanueva of the pardillo and Zarzalejo, and the monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

Demography

Queen Victoria Street, in the historical center.

San Lorenzo de El Escorial has 17,346 inhabitants, according to the National Institute of statistics (INE), data relating to 2008. It has a density of population of 118.75 inhabitants/square mi (307.55 inhabitants/km²), similar to other municipalities (case El Escorial, with 83.47 inhabitants/square mi (216.18 inhabitants/km²) area, but much lower than the average regional (301.86 inhabitants/square mi (781.82 inhabitants/km²)). In relation to the Spanish average, located in the aforementioned 35.3 inhabitants/square mi (91.4 inhabitants/km²), year local exceeded the national datum.

As of 2006, 51.7% of San Lorentinos are women and the remaining 48.3% are men. Foreigners represent 10.07%. The average age is 37.8 years. The relative growth of the population is of 4.2%, according to statistics2006.

The transient population of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is very high. This is a major residential site; second homes proliferated with usage during weekends and vacation periods. In addition, the municipality receives daily large numbers of tourists attracted by its historical and natural heritage.

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"Muy recomendable, en todos los sentidos"

Estuvimos alojados en esta casa y como estuvimos muy contentos con todo, nos parecía interesante compartirlo. La casa está ubicada en una zona tranquila, no lejos del centro, pero lo mejor es lo gra… More

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Calendar last updated:21 Oct 2014

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