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Finca El Almendrillo Villa

  • 10 bedrooms
  • 20 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Description from owner

Description

Luxurious large group holidays beckon whether multi-generation families looking to entertain the kids or large groups of adults simply looking to mix poolside relaxation with the best sights of classical Spain (Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba - 1 - 2 hrs drive).

The Finca sits in tranquil seclusion surrounded by picturesque olive groves. Indoor and outdoor kitchens and a traditional cobbled courtyard ensure mealtimes to remember. Days are spent lounging by the beautiful private pool or on the many patios, balconies and terraces or enjoying the pool table, table tennis, table football and internet access. The more active in the group may want to explore Andalucia's captivating cities in an easy one hour drive to Malaga on the coast or Granada inland. Closer to home there is walking, mountain-biking, horse-riding and bird-spotting where you will not see another soul all day.

Designed for children and adults alike there is room for everyone in the huge pool.

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Luxurious large group holidays beckon whether multi-generation families looking to entertain the kids or large groups of adults simply looking to mix poolside relaxation with the best sights of classical Spain (Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba - 1 - 2 hrs drive).

The Finca sits in tranquil seclusion surrounded by picturesque olive groves. Indoor and outdoor kitchens and a traditional cobbled courtyard ensure mealtimes to remember. Days are spent lounging by the beautiful private pool or on the many patios, balconies and terraces or enjoying the pool table, table tennis, table football and internet access. The more active in the group may want to explore Andalucia's captivating cities in an easy one hour drive to Malaga on the coast or Granada inland. Closer to home there is walking, mountain-biking, horse-riding and bird-spotting where you will not see another soul all day.

Designed for children and adults alike there is room for everyone in the huge pool.

We are proud of our 100% response rate and guarantee to answer all enquiries within two hours unless late at night.

Further details

-All guests receive detailed information on the area and the Finca to ensure an excellent holiday.

- Welcome food and drink provided.

-Owners contactable by phone in case of difficulty or just a question.

-Network of tradesmen available.

-Finca El Almendrillo is totally solar-powered offering carbon-neutral holiday relaxation.

Further details indoors

Mike & Emma bought this huge cortijo Farmhouse in 2002 and spent the next two years lovingly restoring it to its full grandeur and adding the modern airy barn conversion - The Casita. In 2004 we welcomed our first summer guests and were bowled over by the response. Ten years on we have made many improvements to the luxury of Finca El Almendrillo. . The 150 year old Farmhouse consists of:- seven picturesque pine-beamed bedrooms. - most can be adapted to twin or double use.- sofa-beds in two living and walk-through rooms provide extra sleeping space.- Gran Sala (11 by 7.5 metres) is a cool and ambient woodlined refuge to meet and chat/watch a DVD/use WiFi during the mid-day heat.The Casita is a sensitive architect-designed barn conversion offering some independence from the rest of the group with• -three more bedrooms• -second indoor kitchen• Altogether the Finca boasts ample space for 20 or even more (contact owner).

Further details outdoors

Finca el Almendrillo is an acre and a half (6000 square metres) of rural haven in total privacy surrounded by the whirr of crickets in the picturesque olive groves. -To the south the famous view of goat pasture and oak forest stretching to the hills of the Sierra de Loja and to the east the majestic Sierra Nevada. -Traditional central courtyard provides a focus for daily life with its own outdoor kitchen featuring huge barbecue and catering grade cooker (catering arranged on request). -Two enclosed private gardens.-Numerous balconies, terraces and shaded spots.-Massive 17 metre / 55 foot pool (deep and shallow end, roman steps for toddler paddling) adjacent to generous terrace and pergola.-Pool is gated,fenced and a distance from house to ensure child safety.

Location description from owner

The Andalucia region

Finca El Almendrillo occupies an almost unique position happily placed equally distant from the Andalucian big three ancient sities (Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla) and the Coast at Malaga (Costa del Sol) and Motril and La Herradura (Costa Tropical). All of these are easily within 90 minutes drive from El Almendrillo, save for Sevilla which will take a little more than 2 hours on the direct A92 motorway.Within this area Granada Province and it’s neighbours offer an untold wealth of popular destinations (including the magnificent Ronda) and unknown corners of the real Spain, quiet and virtually unseen by tourists in decades – for example upland parts of the romantic Alpujarras. Throughout the region weather is guaranteed sunny and hot during the summer months.

Granada

Many holiday-makers at El Almendrillo never leave the Finca ! But if after a few days’ poolside relaxation (and an idyllic, safe environment for young and old) you feel the need to get out and about , 10 minutes drive from El Almendrillo there is the village of Fuente del Conde with supermarket and Los Pajaritos bar and restaurant. En route you will pass through beautiful countryside seeing (with luck) baby goats, sheep, hoopoes and peacocks.Further afield we can help you organise horse-riding for novices or fully-experienced (or both together), tennis or point you in the right direction for unforgettable views on a day’s walk or mountain-bike trip to the spectacular limestone crags of Torcal and the amazing Wolf Park.Within 15 minutes drive there are four restaurants which we are happy to recommend giving a variety of local cuisine – traditional and modern. In the nearby white town of Iznajar there are bars, restaurants and a 9th century Moorish citadel to explore. Further afield (30 mins drive) the towns of Loja and Archidona offer real Spain, shopping and a pleasant, relaxed café society. All guests receive an email giving useful information about their future holiday and on arrival at Finca El Almendrillo you will find an up-to-date file giving suggestions of outings (water-parks, zoo) near and far. We are happy to respond to queries and questions from the moment you click on us to the last day of your holiday !

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Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • 3 Cots available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 7 Double Beds, 3 Sofa Beds, 6 Single Beds, 3 Cots available
  • 4 En suites, 3 Shower rooms

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private outdoor pool (heated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Table tennis
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
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

Mike B

Tourist Licence
VTARGR00824

Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
27 Jul 2016
Years listed:
7
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish


This Villa has 10 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and sleeps 20. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 23 Dec 2008. Located in Province of Granada, it has 45 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £2362 to £5000.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 27 Jul 2016.

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“Wonderful retreat”

Reviewed 6 Jul 2016

El Almendrillo was, if anything, better than advertised. Tastefully brought up to date, it retains a traditional feel and accommodated our group of 14 adults perfectly. It is set on a hillside at the very end of a small country road in the middle of a sea of olive groves, and views of the valley below are stunning. Other than the surrounding farms, there are few neighbors so it's peaceful and private. There are several outdoor areas for gathering and eating, including the courtyard where we ate every evening and the large, well maintained pool where we cooled off every afternoon. Granada is not far; Cordoba, Ronda and Malaga are within range too. Even closer, Loja and Iznajar are interesting.

“Awesome place - brilliant holiday - highly recommended!”

Reviewed 3 Jul 2016

We stayed at El Almandrillo with a group of friends - 18 of us, ranging from age 5 to semi-retired - and it was really amazing. A dream come true. What a perfect place for a holiday with friends and/or family! First, the location. We flew into Madrid Airport and it was a very easy, straight run that took about five hours or so. If you chose Malaga or another, closer airport it would be even easier to get there. And Mike's directions were great. As we wound our way to the villa through beautiful olive groves it felt like driving right out of the stresses and strains of the real world into a peaceful haven. And the views! The photographs give you an idea but in real life they are stupendous. You can sit and stare at the surrounding countryside all day. If you wanted, you could very easily stay at the villa for your whole holiday (I was tempted!). But it's easy to get out and about, to the Alhambra palaces (and very well worth the hour's easy drive), Malaga and Iznajar, which is really pretty and also worth the 15-minute drive. Back at the villa, there are so many lovely spots to relax in that we found it very easy to switch off and totally relax. The kids spent most of their time in the superb, huge pool (no near neighbours = no objections to screaming silliness!) while the adults could relax without worrying about them. We loved the hammock, the table tennis table (many tournaments were played and not just by the children) and the choice of outdoor furniture, including the poolside loungers where you could be in either sun or shade. Overall, the villa has such character and has obviously been restored with enormous care and cleverness. It was beautifully presented with lovely, comfortable furniture, plenty of spacious rooms and lots of bathrooms. One thing we loved about our bedroom was the shutters, which made it cool and dark - and we slept late every day! SO relaxing. The kitchen was well equipped and easy to use - we did a combination of eating out, cooking for ourselves and also were lucky enough to have a paella cooked for us one night by a gorgeous local cook who created two enormous pans that catered for both grown-ups and children, and all with complete discretion and charm. How she managed it I do not know. the piece de resistance was the courtyard with its long, thin outdoor table. A great site for a BBQ. Really pretty and so sociable - it was the centre of our week and we came and went, sat and chatted (drank a little!) and could not have enjoyed ourselves more. There was space for us to all spent time as one large group, or go off and read a book or have a nap somewhere if we wished. What more can I say. We would highly recommend El Almandrillo to anyone thinking of booking. Thank you so much Mike.

“Magical week in Spain”

Reviewed 29 Jun 2016

Having just enjoyed a magical stay at Finca el Almendrillo, we’d strongly recommend this to other visitors. We went as a group of four families all staying together, with ages ranging from 5 to 65 years, and all had a great time. The place is beautiful – the gorgeous old farmhouse, with beautiful interior décor, overlooks a stunning rural landscape (the pics on the website give a good feel for the real thing), and the property is big enough that four families can enjoy meals and drinks together in the courtyard, yet also have the space and time for privacy (e.g. swinging on a hammock overlooking the valley, enjoying coffee on the balcony, or swimming in the pool). There are also extensive lawns for sunbathing or playing, and for the more adventurous, rural tracks for running and walking. With such a big group, it was great to find a place where sporty people could be active while less sporty people could really relax and enjoy. The house and grounds are kept in lovely order. We were self-catering for the stay; the local shops sell delicious fresh fruit and veg and all the food is well-priced. As a treat, one night we paid a very reasonable amount for a local chef to come in and prepare paella for everyone, which was delicious. There are also plenty of places to eat and drink in local towns and we enjoyed coffee and treats in Iznajar when we went to see the citadel and peer out over the lakes, and also when we visited Granada for a trip to the Alhambra. The owners, Emma and Mike, and their local managers were all charming and helpful and we would like to thank them again for giving us such a wonderful family holiday.

“A fantastic villa perfect for large groups with children.”

Reviewed 6 Aug 2013

Mike the owner was a pleasure to deal with and couldn't do enough to help us, especially as we had a large party (7 couples with 10 children between us!). The villa was fantastic with several spacious bedrooms with ensuite. It was a nice mix of traditional Spanish with modern facilities. The kitchen was very well equipped and the outdoor space was fabulous. When the children went to bed, the adults sat in a different outdoor spot around the house each night. The swimming pool was huge and the children (and adults!) just loved it. They practically lived in it for the week! And the poolside area was perfect for relaxing in the sun, with plenty of sunbeds and also a canopy area for those wishing some shade. The views from the house were spectacular as it had an elevated position overlooking the exquisite Spanish countryside, it was breathtaking. We walked in to the local village a few times, which took about 20 minutes. There was a goat farm half way down which the children loved. The village had a small but well stocked supermarket and a nice restaurant/bar. All in all we had a really fantastic holiday and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this villa to large parties with children.

“Absolutely amazing place to stay!”

Reviewed 30 Jul 2013

Finca El Almendrillo is just fabulous. Our group (ten adults and seven children) couldn’t have been happier here. It’s in the middle of the most beautiful countryside where you really feel like you’ve escaped and can relax immediately. So many bedrooms, doubles, singles, adjoining family rooms, ensuite shower rooms, cots and highchairs – perfect for large groups. Plus so many areas to hang out, play pool and table tennis, the children can play on scooters and bikes, chill on the hammock… and not to forget the pool… HUGE! There’s a cupboard full of toys too – we took some down to the pool area and the kids sat in the shaded area while the adults played ‘lilo wars’… Handy loo and shower down beside the pool too – and plenty of sun loungers! The cobbled area with the bbq is fantastic – table is large enough to fit everyone. We’d move round to the other terrace about 9pm when the view was extra special – honestly, bring a good camera as you want to capture this view! The owner, Mike, was very helpful, as was Andy and also Ken – who we used for an airport transfer for one of the families. The rest of us hired cars – Mike’s directions to the house were spot on, as was his advice on where to shop and when. I helped with the supermarket shop on the first day and didn’t leave the house until we were on our way to the airport to return home. And I can safely say I didn’t want to leave. A week just wasn’t long enough. I would recommend this place to anyone – even the simple things like good, white linen on the beds, plenty of towels for everyone, a utility room, fans in all the rooms (much nicer than air conditioning), two fridges in the kitchen, and a very reasonable masseuse, oh and not to forget caterers, that will come to the house (!!) make it the type of place you’d want to return to. Book this place while you can!

“The perfect place for a celebration”

Reviewed 28 Jun 2013

In the 2 weeks we were at Finca el Almendrillo we had 60 guests each of whom stayed 4 nights and, without exception, they thought it was the most wonderful venue. We were all amazed by the staggering view, the rural peace and quiet, the comfortable accommodation, the impressive pool and the numerous interesting places to visit within reasonable reach. Mostly we were able to dine out in the delightful courtyard (with Spanish cuisine provided by the excellent caterers laid on for us by the owners, Mike and Emma) and on cooler evenings we were all able to eat in the Casita in front of a roaring fire.The large number of toys were also a great help in keeping the children happy when it was too cool or too sunny to be outside. We would have found the whole experience incredibly daunting without the very personal help given to us by Mike & Emma who went out of their way to give us every assistance before, during and after our stay. We can thoroughly recommend a stay at Finca el Almendrillo.

“Perfect for family and friends”

Reviewed 9 Oct 2012

The Finca is situated in the middle of the beautiful Andalucian countryside without any immediate neighbours, offering great privacy. It is remote and idyllic, accessed by a narrow country road that climbs the hill overlooking the local town and takes you through farms and olive groves and despite its rustic nature, was easily navigated by our very basic hired people carrier! We holidayed in the Finca with another family and the owner couldn’t have been more helpful in preparing for a great stay. We bombarded Mike before our departure with endless requests about cots, high chairs etc. and no request was too much for him. The attentive service before departure was matched by a very Warm welcome on arrival- a fridge with the essentials and the vast house set out as requested. The property itself was beautifully situated with ample space for the 12 of us (with plenty of space for more) with seemingly endless numbers of bedrooms to choose from. There is a beautiful open courtyard where we could all have dinner al fresco and upon request Mike had arranged for local chefs to come in and cook for us for a couple of the nights. The food and the setting were wonderful. The courtyard doubled up as a playground for the 5 children (and adults) who could entertain themselves for hours. There were huge numbers of distractions- a pool table, table tennis table, table football, Wi-Fi and of course the enormous swimming pool to keep us all entertained. The pool was the largest pool we had seen for such a holiday and had a wonderful almost 270 degree view of the beautiful tree covered hills surrounding the house. In short, we spent a wonderful week at the Finca all aided by great hosts who made the stay special and go without a hitch. We would thoroughly recommend this as a holiday destination- whether your family are young or old. I hope you enjoy yourselves as much as we did.

“Excellent holiday house and pool, so much to offer and suitable for all ages.”

Reviewed 27 Sep 2012

We had the most wonderful holiday at the farmhouse, four families including 10 children.  There was plenty to do including tree climbing, scooters, bikes, table football, table tennis, chess and of course swimming in the wonderful, large swimming pool.  Our group have been holidaying together for over 10 years in many different properties and this is definitely one of the best houses and swimming pools! We also had the luxury of enjoying the Olympics on the tv in the evenings!.  For older children, teenagers and adults the free wifi was also a must!!  The house is clean and tidy and each bedroom is a good size.  The bathrooms are lovely with spacious showers and rustic tiling.  The central courtyard area is perfect for eating and drinking in the evenings and the outside kitchen is a great asset. There is a good local supermarket and a great bar serving wonderful coffee ! The owners have always been on hand when we needed to speak / email them and their manager was very friendly and helpful. He even let the children have a play in the water sprinklers! We will be returning next year and have already booked up!

“perfect family holiday”

Reviewed 10 Sep 2012

We have just returned from this beautiful villa and it is one of the most special places I have ever stayed. I travelled with my extended family, old and young and everyone had an amazing time. It has the most perfect setting, the view from the terrace is simply stunning and the sunsets are spectacular. I traveled with a large family group and the FInca more than accomadated everyone in comfort. We had 12 in our party but the Finca could easily of fit more.The Finca itself has been renovated tastefully, keeping the original features while adding modern comforts. The owner Mike was more than helpful and arranged a number of delicious catered dinners. He is also very knowledgable on the local area and helped us plan a few day trips to local towns. I would recommend this villa to anyone, I have not a bad word to say about it. We had the most perfect family holiday.

“Top place for families”

Reviewed 8 Sep 2012

We had a fantastic time here. The house is home to Mike and his family for most of the year, and it certainly has the lived in feel as opposed to a holiday rental feel. There are loads of bikes, a table tennis table and plenty of sun loungers hammocks just where you want to find them (ie away from everyone else). There is also, in case you hadn't noticed, a huge swimming pool. It is absolutely perfect, with 180 views onto the olive-covered valley below. The rooms are great and the showers are fantastic. The central courtyard has the long trestle-table, and many evenings were spent dining under the stars till all hours. Mike the owner is incredibly efficient in the booking process, answering every query promptly and generally making it all pain-free. His directions to the house are a masterpiece - we got their first time. We would definitely recommend El Almedrillo.

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