5 Bedroom Rural Villa with Pool Walking Distance to Aracena, Andalucia, Spain
- Village / Rural
- Swimming Pool
- Baby Equipment
- Internet Access
- Log Fire
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Cook available
- Ideal for honeymoons
Set in a National Park, this stunning five bedroom villa in Andalucia is modelled on an old Spanish cortijo. Being only a kilometre from Aracena, it is within easy walking distance of the town, yet wonderfully secluded, tucked in around the side of a hill, giving breathtaking views over the Aracena reservoir and away to the far off peaks of the Badajoz province. Perfect for groups of up to 10 (yet just as comfortable for 2-4!).
Surrounded by 10 hectares of broad-leafed chestnut trees, olives and cork oaks, Fince el Tornero de Abajo is quiet enough only to hear the sound of the birds, the distant bray of a donkey or the evening conversation of the local farm dogs, echoing up from the valley far below. In springtime, the finca is abundant with flowering cistus and the heady smell of wild oregano.
All the white-washed villages in the Sierra de Aracena are linked by small cobbled tracks called Caminos Reales which is ideal terrain for both the serious walker and the laid back rambler. There are maps and books in the house which will guide you in the right direction! Even though Aracena has a population of only about 8,000, the town boasts over 60 bars and 4 nightclubs. There is a tennis court at the sports centre on the road out of town to Huelva. There is a 9 hole course 25 minutes away at Rio Tinto and for those who want a serious game, there are a plethora of championship courses in Sevilla and Huelva. You are never far away from some outstanding sights which include the ruined Knights Templar fortifications, underground caves and the old mines at Rio Tinto. Or simply take one of the small roads that lead out of town and see where you end up!
The nearest airport to El Tornero is Sevilla. You can get excellent value flights from the UK to Seville - not just from London but from other cities too including Edinburgh. With the recent opening of the motorway between the Portuguese border to Huelva, Faro airport is also a viable alternative especially as it is serviced by many provincial cities in the UK. The roads leading up to Aracena from Sevilla and Huelva are for the most part single carriageway, but they do have strategically placed overtaking lanes.
Seville 1 hour
Nearest Train Station:
Seville 1 hour
Nearest Bus Stop:
Aracena 5 minutes
1.5 hours drive (Costa de la Luz)
every Saturday inAracena. Other local markets
This villa in Andalucia is built on an L-shaped design with towering wooden-beamed ceilings that keep the house cool. In one leg, the huge well-appointed kitchen leads through a wide arch into a beautiful sitting room, off which three French windows open out onto a large balcony. In the south facing leg, along a passage, are the spacious bedrooms, kept cool during the day by the dappled shade of chestnut trees. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. The beds in three of the rooms can be either doubles or two singles. Downstairs there is a large playroom / dormitory with a pool table and DVD player and television screen. There are four sofa beds, two double and two single, and a shower room leading off. On the north side of the house, there is a laundry and a self contained apartment with a Scottish double bed, kitchen, seating area and shower room.
The house has doors leading out into an enclosed shrubbed courtyard with ample shade, either under the roofed gallery that runs the full length of the L-shape, or in the small templeta - a perfect place for your evening drink. Infront of the house there is a grass lawn, a unique feature in Spain, which is a perfect place for children to stretch their legs over a game of football or boules, while the flowerbeds that border the steps leading down to the swimming pool are heady with the smell of lavender and rosemary. Below the large swimming pool is the open plan pool house which sleeps 4.
On entering the property there is an immediate and overpowering sense of privacy and tranquillity. Passing the centuries-old drystone wall that encloses the olive grove, the driveway threads its way through a corridor of chestnut trees before swinging round to reveal the true wonderment of El Tornero`s position. The land is steep on either side of the track with cork oaks and chestnut trees spilling down into the fertile valley of Fuente del Rey, and throughout the 10 hectares of the property there are countless hidden-away places that are ideal for exploring or for a quiet moment of contemplation.
Conditions of Rental
Lettings for this villa in Andalucia are from Saturday to Saturday. Long weekends can be catered for, if there is availability. Once we have confirmed availability, a provisional booking will be made and we will email you a booking form for completion along with our terms and conditions. In order to secure your booking, this will need to be returned within 7 days with a 25% deposit. The house is equipped with cot, highchair, buggy and silvercross pram, and many a shaded area!