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La Casita de Platero, Finca Buenvino

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Self-contained cottage, sleeping four, with own private pool, eat-in kitchen.

This simple farm cottage has a small plunge pool, perfect for cooling off in the hot summer months. The cottage has one double-bedded room, and one room with twin beds, each one has a bathroom en suite, perfect for families. There is an additional sofa-bed in the living rooms if required. There is no TV but an i-pod dock is provided so that you may listen to your favourite music.

If you are taking the cottage for a week, we include a welcome back which holds ingredients for a simple evening meal, and breakfast the first morning. We also include a bottle of wine, fruit juice, milk and beer.

Guests can pick their own organic vegetables at certain times of year (variety depends on seasons)

In the summer months it's possible to book dinner at the main house, subject to availability. (Sometimes the house is booked by private groups and we are unable to offer dinner).

More Details
Registration Number : CR/HU/00089

Charlie Chesterton
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 October, 2012

About Charlie Chesterton

Jeannie (from Scotland) and Sam (from London) came to the Sierra de Aracena in 1983. We built our home and B&B and moved into the main house in 1986. Later we restored the two cottages which are down in the orchards. Finca Buenvino estate covers around 120 acres of countryside; mainly forests of cork oak and chestnuts, and we raise and kill our own Iberian pigs and cure our own hams. Jeannie runs cookery classes at the main house for resident B&B guests, and we have the two cottages for clients who prefer self-catering.

Our two sons Jago and Charlie live on the property and we have a daughter in London.

Charlie Chesterton purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Charlie Chesterton chose Los Marines

Staying at Finca Buenvino, you will have a rare opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the deep Andalusian countryside; far from the madding crowd and the fleshpots of the coastal areas, in the green heart of the south west. Small whitewashed villages, each with a distinct character, are strung out like pearls on a necklace; along a network of mule trails which offer great walking and a glimpse of Spain as she was.

Great olive oil, good wine, and excellent meat, fish and vegetables are the ingredients of the honest fare of this region. And some of the most famous Jamón Ibérico de Bellota comes from Jabugo, just down the road.

Each cottage has a small plunge pool, and a shady terrace. A barbecue is provided.

Although you will be staying in the heart of the countryside, a mere 8 Kms away is the market town of Aracena with its early Gothic church, and spectacularly beautiful cave system, Las Grutas de las Maravillas.

In town, you will find plenty of shops, from butchers, bakers, and fishmongers, to supermarkets, and there is a wide choice of restaurants, and bars should you wish to enjoy a night out.

Los Marines, 1.5Kms away, is our local village, and our favourite place to go. Our children all went to junior school here, and a few years ago the town hall adopted us officially as children of Los Marines. Here you will find several bars, some of which serve excellent home cooked meals. Los Marines is accessible by mule trail from the farm, and it takes about 30 minutes to walk over there from the cottages.

A little further west (2Kms) is Fuenteheridos, a lively larger village with several bars and restaurants.

All through the summer months there are fiestas or romerias in one village or another. The Andalusians are welcoming, and enjoy sharing their festivals and customs with visitors from abroad.

What makes this cottage unique

Sam and Jeannie have lived here for 30 years now, and can advise you on places to visit and sights to see.

We can inform you about local festivities which mainly take place weekends, from May to September.

Don't miss the spectacular pilgrimage to the Peña de Alájar, when pilgrims from 12 villages converge upon the small chapel where they venerate the image of La Reina de Los Angeles (Mary, Queen of the Angels).

The pilgrimage is held every year on the 8th of September. Arriving on horseback, dressed in flamenco finery, pilgrims enjoy themselves after mass, with much eating and drinking. Each village has its own cordoned-off area where people can sit and enjoy the food and drink they have brought with them to share with friends and visitors alike.

The views are spectacular, and it is a fine sight to see so many people having fun before returning to the places they have come from; walking slowly, in the wake of the bullock carts adorned with flowers and the banners of La Reina de los Angeles.

On the 6th of September, in the village of Galaroza, the young and old of the town congregate to throw water at each other. Turn up around 12 o'clock with a plastic bucket, and join in the fun!

In June, the men of Los Marines go out into the countryside and cut down a tall poplar tree. This is carried into the village on their shoulders, and then erected in the village square, with much huffing and puffing as men haul on ropes.

In November in Aracena, the children spear dry chestnut leaves onto long stakes, and then on 6th December these are ignited from large bonfires in the village streets. The flaming poles are whirled round and around in the dark night.

In August, at Cortelazor, on the last night of the village fiesta a man runs through the streets with rockets firing off in all directions. He is known as the Toro de Fuego and sports a pair of bull horns.

There's always something to do and something to see. The Spanish know how to party!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage on Los Marines on Sierra de Huelva

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 and 2 are upstairs, and each have an en suite bathroom, the double bedded room with a tub, WC and washbasin, the twin bedded room with walk-in shower , w.c. And wash basin.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
WIFI Internet is available in the village square and in Bar Carlos. A maid will come mid week and give the house a clean, as well as doing the turnover days between clients. At certain times of year, adults are welcome to join house guests for dinner in the main mountaintop B&B. Please ask 24 hours in advance if there is availability. There is a small shop selling organic products from the farm; jams, chutneys, ketchups, eggs, and fresh garden produce. There is a spa in one of the nearby villages, and you may book a family session. Massages are available too.


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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Los Marines
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
Hato Verde
Nearest Train
95 Kilometres
Sevilla Santa Justa
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
A66 Seville-Mérida
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Many restaurants in Aracena
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Lying at the heart of the Sierra de Aracena nature park, our farm is not far from the famous Aracena Caves. This is the home of Jamon Iberico, Spain's luxury food, and Jabugo, centre of production, is only 8 Kms away. Wild mushrooms are to be found in the forest in autumn and we grow our own organic vegetables in the orchards here.

A network of walking trails links the attractive small white villages. If you long for peace and silence, this is the place for you.

Spring is coloured by carpets of wild flowers, and the woods are full of birdsong. Summers are hot, but each cottage has its own small pool.

Seville is only 75 minutes away, and Mérida, with the National Museum of Roman Art is 105 minutes north of here.

There is a 9th century mosque to be visited in the Village of Almonaster la Real, around 30 minutes by car. It's possible to organise kayaking on the Aracena reservoir.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage on Los Marines, Andalusia


  • Reduced rates are applicable to stays of two weeks or more from early summer to early autumn.

    Low season rates do not benefit from any discounts.

    VAT is included.

    If there are vacancies for a short stay on the calendar, then ask for rates. We are amenable to different changeover days if there is a gap between bookings.
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