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A unique experience for nature lovers in Spain. – Home 137136 Cottage

  • 1 bedroom
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

A unique experience for nature lovers in Spain. – Home 137136

Excellent Excellent – based on 7 reviews

  • Cottage
  • 1 bedroom
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Cottage / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Santa Anna is a rustic, stone-built cottage, ideal for self-catering holidays. It has two large rooms - kitchen/lounge, bedroom and bathroom. The lounge has a comfortable leather couch and sofa bed arranged around a wood burning stove. There is a large dining table + 6 chairs. The kitchen is fully equipped including fridge, oven, and hob; there is also TV, DVD player, barbecue, hair-dyer, walking poles, maps of the surrounding area and small library. The bedroom has a large built-in wardrobe plus chest of drawers. The bathroom has a bath with shower.

Towels and bed linen are provided.

Santa Anna has a large tiled terrace with stunning views over the wooded valley. The terrace has a table and chairs, large sun umbrella and loungers. In the summer, a portable pool helps keep you cool.

The cottage is totally private, situated down a track (which you can drive down) approximately 100 yards from the main house. The land around consists of 18 hectares of woodland,

Santa Anna is a rustic, stone-built cottage, ideal for self-catering holidays. It has two large rooms - kitchen/lounge, bedroom and bathroom. The lounge has a comfortable leather couch and sofa bed arranged around a wood burning stove. There is a large dining table + 6 chairs. The kitchen is fully equipped including fridge, oven, and hob; there is also TV, DVD player, barbecue, hair-dyer, walking poles, maps of the surrounding area and small library. The bedroom has a large built-in wardrobe plus chest of drawers. The bathroom has a bath with shower.

Towels and bed linen are provided.

Santa Anna has a large tiled terrace with stunning views over the wooded valley. The terrace has a table and chairs, large sun umbrella and loungers. In the summer, a portable pool helps keep you cool.

The cottage is totally private, situated down a track (which you can drive down) approximately 100 yards from the main house. The land around consists of 18 hectares of woodland, mainly olive grove, chestnut, oak, cork and fig. Depending on the season we keep goats, sheep, horses, plus the occasional pig. We are on-site should you require any friendly local information. We can also provide further accommodation should your party be more than 4 people.

Set on the edge of the quiet town of Aracena in the heart of the beautiful Sierra de Aracena. The area is famous for its bird life, wild mushrooms and excellent Serrano hams. Aracena is a typical whitewashed town in rural Spain, full of traditional culture and architecture. The town is quaint and unspoiled by tourism, mostly Spanish speaking. The locals are very friendly and accommodating. Aracena has a variety of excellent bars/restaurants to choose from, and good local shops and supermarkets - including a Lidl. There are lakes nearby the town for fishing and swimming. There is also a vibrant, weekly local market, and several festivals throughout the year - the highlights being the Feria in the third week of August, and Semana Santa (Easter week).

Beautiful walks start literally just outside the door. We have a variety of books exploring the region on foot - ranging from the relaxing stroll to the ‘challenging’. You can also see the countryside on horseback, as there are several horse riding schools nearby.

The Andalucia region

The Sierra de Aracena is a fabulous area for horse riders, nature lovers and walkers in all seasons. Spring brings an array of vibrantly coloured wild flowers. Even in the height of summer the region remains green and lush. In autumn the changing colours of the leaves are stunning, plus, the wild mushrooms and bountiful chestnuts attract people from many different countries. During the winter months, snow does sometimes fall and rain showers can be heavy, it is also not unknown to be able to sunbathe at Christmas! The local countryside is prime walking country. The terrain is suitable for the most experienced walkers or those with limited experience. Some of the walks are circular, but some are linear, collection and drop off can be arranged if required. Scenery is stunning and spectacular, and the area is visited by people who just want to see and appreciate the sheer beauty of the region. The area in the past has encountered little tourism, which adds to it's beauty . Aracena is Spanish first and foremost and there is no English pub in sight. We have walked many of the old mule tracks which are a must for all walkers and nature-lovers. Bird lovers may spot raptors, black vultures, bee-eaters and a variety of eagles. There is a wonderful Safari park nearby in Castillo de las Guardas , you can also participate in activities such as go-karting and horse riding. There are regular, colourful markets and fiestas in the area, flamenco and fandango (a raw spontaneous version particular to the province) can be seen in some of the bars. Just located within 45 minutes drives miles from Aracena, there are the most beautiful lakes,hosting the most spectacular view on route. The Lakes are ideal for swimming and picnics and visited frequently by many of the locals who just want to sit, relax and admire the stunning views. You can also go further afield and visit he golden beaches of Costa de la Luz. The area offers miles of coastline, very clean and unspoilt , some of the best beaches in Spain. If you wish to travel further away you will find the charming coastal town of Ayamonte, with its wonderful views across the estuary of the Guadiana river into Portugal, well worth a visit. There is also the possibility of visiting Doñana national reserve.

Aracena

The Sierra de Aracena is a pocket of cool lush paradise, inland from the Costa de la Luz. almost entirely forested with cork, oak and sweet chestnut. It has always been a quiet escape from the scalding summer heat of Sevilla and Madrid for those in the know. This is real Spain, full of Spanish traditions and culture. The nearby town of Aracena, is 1.5 km away and the region is famed for its Blackfoot ham, considered the best in Spain. There is the famous, Las Grutas de las Maravillas caves (used in the Indiana Jones movie) to visit with spectacular caverns of stalactites and stalagmites, in the town. The area is covered in winding cobbled lanes and paths, making it ideal for walking and mountain biking. There is a variety of tapas bar, restaurants, along with banks, theatre, cafes, shops and supermarkets. There is a local market held on a Saturday, which offers you the chance to stock up on locally produced olives, hams and amazing pate. In the summer months you will find a variety of local activities. Each village conducts its own fiesta with a particular theme,they tend to last for a few days, so be warned! Aracena is instantly recognisable from a distance because of its cliff-top castle, which is the most breathtaking site at night as it is completely lit-up.Seville is only 50 minutes drive away, a must to visit with its amazing architecture, such as the very famous Plaza de Espana, museums, bull ring and fabulous shopping. The city has a real cosmopolitan vibe and the nightlife is excellent. Seville also has the Isla Magica, which is great for a memorable family day out. Alternatively Portugal is only a short drive away ( approx 50 mins ), and fun to go to for lunch .Aracena and its surrounding villages l offer beautiful and varied walks, great tapas, good wine, sleepy afternoons and, quite frequently, wild fiestas too! (details on request). But it would be possible to spend an entire week just sitting on the patio watching the swallows, storks and eagles, and the vast star-filled black sky.The town has its own public open air swimming pool (open summer months only), and there are also nearby rivers where you can swim on those hot afternoons. But once you are relaxed, the cottage is also a great base for walking and exploring the surrounding region. Many other pretty villages are within easy reach, Alajar and Almonaster la Real being two of the most picturesque. >Slightly further afield, there are the Rio Tinto Mines to explore. On the Costa de la luz, you will find Coto Doñana National Park - an absolute must for bird watchers.

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Families

  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Pets welcome

Bed & bathroom

  • Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Stefan P
Response rate:
55%
Calendar updated::
20 Nov 2016
Years listed:
6
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English


This Cottage has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 26 Aug 2010. Located in Aracena, it has 7 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £275.

The Owner has a response rate of 55% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 20 Nov 2016.

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“Excellant”

Reviewed 28 Sep 2016

Brilliant very well equipped accommodation. Host very helpful and really nice guy. Excellent holiday in this accommodation with fabulous views of the area.

“A wonderful holiday”

Reviewed 1 Jan 2013

The property was all we had hoped for - and more! It was incredibly quiet and restful, had excellent facilities including a decent shower, comfortable bed and the best four ring electric hob ever found in a holiday property. Aracena was a great little town for tapas lunches and free wi-fi cafes and, despite the extreme heat and dryness (there had been a three month drought prior to our arrival), we enjoyed our stay enormously. Many thanks to Stefan.

“The BEST pig sty ever. Lovely & wonderful vibe.”

Reviewed 22 May 2012

My partner and I have been remiss in not leaving a good review of this wonderful little stone cottage on a great little sheep campo in Aracena, Spain. What a find--we were so fortunate to come across this in our search for self-catering vacation rentals. We are budget-travel folks and are happy with basics but this went above and beyond expectations at such an affordable price! It was very private property, full of character, personal and interesting in a way we did not expect. It was clean with just the basic amenities yet because of its location and the well-built and well-renovated stone building, it felt somehow luxurious and still worked out to be the best deal in the area given the length of our stay. The cottage is incredibly cozy. We used the wood stove which was lovely. It used to be an old pig barn, which is great that its bones stood the test of time. Comfortable bed, nice large tub, perfect studio-sized kitchen with everything we needed to make our own meals. It rained while we were there, but the one sunny day, we had breakfast outside on the stone porch overlooking the gorgeous hillside and listening to the migratory birdsongs in stereo. Mornings we were awakened by the clanging of little sheep bells and watched the lambs prancing about steps from our window. Totally unexpected but a lovely memory. The doors in the main living area and the bedroom open right out into the hills and valley--it was a lot to take in with the senses. Perfect. It was always a nice walk into Aracena and back--you could bike in as well, but we just chose to walk due to budget constraints and it was a bit of a hike after a long day, but worth it. Still fond memories. Horses and donkeys braying along the way. Birds singing and chirping. It would have been more convenient if we had a car or better bikes (or stronger legs!), but it really didn't detract from the experience at all. Finally, Stefan, our English host who lived up the path in the main house was generous and still is as memorable as ever. A truly interesting and fine character unto himself--we think of him fondly.

“Perfect secluded getaway in the nature”

Reviewed 29 Apr 2012

This is a gorgeous, very well appointed stone cottage in the grounds of a farm, but totally private from the rest of the farm. It is perfect for a couple who want to get away from it all and spend some time in the nature, looking at the wonderful views and listening to the bird song. Yet the location of the cottage is really accessible to reach the local town of Aracena and all the nearby villages and places to walk. The local area is fantastic for walking, horseriding, bird or nature watching. This is our second time to the region and we would definitely come back again.

“Charming Andalusian Retreat”

Reviewed 19 Oct 2011

We found Santa Anna after a drive of less than one hour from Seville Airport. The final bit is almost off-road but our Hire car was fine with it. We had been given good instructions and were met by Stefan, who showed us the cottage and welcomed us with some beer, wine and provisions - much appreciated! We had a beautiful stay of one week. The accommodation was comfortable and clean and we had all we needed - cooking many of the homegrown vegtables Stefan had given us. Stefan, who lives nearby was also hugely helpful with local info and directions. The property is very private and has a large sunny terrace with garden furniture and overlooking a beautiful view of the wooded valley. it is amazing how much wild and birdlife there is to be seen! This area is private and available to visitors for walking which we thoroughly enjoyed. The town of Aracena is an attractive, quiet town (outside of Fiestas!) reachable in a couple of minutes. It has ample restaurants and bars. We love to self-cater so its two large supermarkets were really handy (the local produce is incredible). The cave system located under Aracena's castle is wonderous and a must see. The mines of Rio Tinto are also nearby and worth a look. Of course the City of Seville is there to be explored too. Overall our stay was fantastic and I would recommend it for 2/3 people looking for a relaxed experience of Andalusia in a rustic setting.

“Exceptionnal holidays!”

Reviewed 26 Sep 2011

Very typical and pretty cottage. Quiet and with a magnifical landscape. The cottage gets all necessary and comfort . Stephan met us so kindly. Go there if you want to spend good holidays.

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