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Andalucian Farmhouse with Private Pool overlooking Granada and the Sierra Nevada

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Illora, Granada, Andalucia - Traditional Spanish property in a tranquil location amongst stunning scenery

Cortijo Fuente La Zarza is a 200 year old Farmhouse which has been recently renovated whilst still retaining a traditional Spanish feel. Situated 10 mins. drive from Illora and 15 mins. drive from Montefrio on Parapanda Mountain, it has unrivalled panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada and surrounding countryside. It sits in 5000 square metres of land filled with Olive groves and is perfect for a family holiday. Located within the Province of Granada, "Fuente La Zarza" is a 30 min drive from the City of Granada and the fabulous Alhambra Palace. It's an ideal location from which to discover Andalucia.

Sue Riley
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2018

About Sue Riley

We live in Merseyside, England with our three children, two dogs and a snake! We love getting away from it all as often as possible to our little oasis in the sun.

Sue Riley purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Sue Riley chose Íllora

We chose to buy a holiday home firstly because we'd had so many holidays where we'd come home more tired than before we'd left due to noisy neighbours/ surrounding bars etc. Hassles with getting sunbeds, disappointment with accommodation, stresses of laundry etc further added to our dreams of owning our own home.

We have always loved Spain and it's proximity to England and spent two years researching the area. We chose Granada as it is such a beautiful, historic city and a fantastic base to explore Andalusia. Further to this we could take the children skiing in the winter in the Sierra Nevada mountains - so we could use the house all year round.

The house was derelict when we bought it and have since lovingly restored it and added a pool.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Our house is in such a lovely spot. The views of the Sierra Mountains and surrounding countryside are second to none. At night there's nothing more relaxing than enjoying a glass of wine whilst watching the lights twinkling below in Granada. Sometimes we lie on the sunbeds and turn out all the lights and watch for shooting stars! It's a home from home with all the mod-cons to make staying there as hassle free as possible. The kids love the pool and are safe to run and play in the surrounding countryside. Our neighbours (200 yards away approx) are all Spanish and have welcomed us into their families and we've had some great nights dancing Flamenco and learning to cook Paella. It's a great experience for the children too - they've made some very close friends.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A very enjoyable, peaceful holiday - wanted for nothing". G.F (UK)

"Such a relaxing place and the kids loved the pool" J.A (UK)

"Amazing views! Granada was lovely and the Alhambra was well worth a visit. Definately will be returning." VB (UK)
Dec 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Íllora in Vega de Granada

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bathrooms - Downstairs Bathroom with Sink, wc, and large walk-in Shower with door to patio with external shower. Upstairs Bathroom with Bath, Shower, Sink and wc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with King size bed. Bedroom 2 with Double bed. Bedroom 3 with Twin beds. Bedroom 4 with Bunk beds and a Single bed - is an open-plan landing. (Bedroom 4 is probably more suitable for children due to lack of privacy).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The Farmhouse is fully Centrally Heated. Air Conditioning is not necessary as the Farmhouse's 2 ft thick walls keep the interior cool even in the summer months. However, fans are provided in each bedroom. The patio is all on one level so is ideal for children - plenty of room to run and explore the countryside. Outside: There is a fantastic 'floodlit' private pool (8x4.5m) with tiled steps down in to shallow end (1m depth) to maximum depth of approx 2.2m. Large patio area with sun loungers, patio table and chairs and Gas Barbeque. There is also a Pergola providing shade if needed. The pool is not heated and is very pleasant between the months of May and September. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Clean Linen and Towels provided on arrival. Washing Machine available.


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Andalucian Farmhouse with Private Pool overlooking Granada and the Sierra Nevada
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

Beautiful views and cool evenings

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This villa is up a windy mountain road not for the faint hearted but resulting in a fantastic view over the Granada valley. It is over 1200m meaning that the air is slightly cooler and less humid than lower down. The sunrise over the mountains is a must see and the sun sets behind the mountain at 7.30 so plenty of time to cool down before it gets dark.

The pool is perfect size for families to play games and is plenty deep enough.

The interior is quite rustic, fully equipped, but no internet or WiFi and mobile connection is inconsistent. The bedrooms are warm but lovely. There is no air conditioning.

There are two showers, the upstairs bathroom has a shower bath which is great. Loads of towels are provided which saves packing.the kitchen could do with an update, food left out on the work surface attracts ants almost immediately.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
72 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
72 Miles
Nearest Golf
72 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
47 Miles
Sierra Nevada - Pradollano
Nearest Beach
64 Miles
Motril Granada
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

There is also Horse riding available close by - hacking through the Spanish countryside and Olive Groves. See website for more details at -


If you fancy a trip to the coast, Malaga is approx 1hr from Illora. Marbella with its trendy shops, bars and sandy beach is approx. 90 mins and Almeria, on the East coast is approx 90 mins from Illora.


Malaga Airport is less than 1 1/2 hours drive to 'Fuente La Zarza'. Easyjet, Ryanair, Monarch and many others fly to Malaga Airport from the UK. Car hire is available at the airports or on-line.


Cortijo Fuente La Zarza is the ideal location from which to discover Andalucia. The town of Illora is 10 mins drive away. Montefrio is 15 mins drive. Granada and the Alhambra Palace is 30 mins away. Loja is 35 mins drive. Alcala la Real, a large town, good for shopping is 30 mins away. Seville and Cordoba, both large cities are approx 2 hrs drive from Illora.

Further Details:

There are plenty of local supermarkets and restaurants serving typical Spanish fayre and Barbeques. Full details of amenities, directions, operating instructions and a map of Illora will be supplied. The Spanish locals are most welcoming and friendly. This is the real Spain!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Íllora, Andalusia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
1 Jan 2018 - 31 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Rate 2
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Rate 3
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Full payment is required if booking less than 6 weeks in advance. Otherwise a 25% deposit is required with the remainder payable 6 weeks in advance. A £100 refundable security deposit is payable on arrival.

Changeover Day:
As flight times vary, change over days and arrival times are flexible. Wherever possible we will try to accomodate your needs.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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