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Villa With 17 Metre Pool And Panoramic Views

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Updated: 21-Nov-2016
Villa near Loja, Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Unique Tranquility Within Easy Reach Of Granada, Malaga, Sevilla, And Costa Del Sol

Luxurious big house holidays beckon whether multi-generation families looking to entertain the kids or large groups of adults wanting to mix poolside relaxation with the best sights of classical Spain.

The 150 year-old farm was built in the historic Andalucian style with farmhouse, barn and stables around a cobbled courtyard. The Cortijo stands at the centre of 6000 square metre Finca, commanding astounding views over the valley to the south and of the Sierra Nevada to the east. Finca el Almendrillo is exceptional. The Finca stands in a valley of its own offering unique tranquility, with table tennis, table football, pool table and mountain bikes for your enjoyment. There is a third kitchen in an independent space off the courtyard with catering cooker and BBQ. The Finca is within easy reach of horse riding, tennis courts, restaurants and bars as well as the great Andalucian cities. Catering, babysitting, language classes, massage and beauty treatments can all be arranged at the Finca.

  • Sleeps 20
  • 10 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hola, our names are Mike and Emma. In 2002 we saw the magnificent but neglected Finca El Almendrillo and decided to buy. After two years building and refurbishment we opened for our first Summer letting and were amazed by the response !

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at Mike's house for two weeks in June 2011. We had a large group (27 total) consisting of babies, children, adults and grandparents. Everyone felt completely comfortable, with plenty of space to hang out with each other or get away to be alone to read or rest. The main house and casita are spacious, we spent most of our time outside enjoying all the different sitting areas and views. We circulated between time at the pool - which is enormous, dinner in the courtyard with the outdoor kitchen, and in the side yard where Mike and Emma have a playhouse, hammocks, and ping pong tables. Mike found us a great baby sitter. Mike provides more than enough toys, games, books, scooters, bikes etc for all to enjoy. Ths is a perfect place, especially if you have small children or older adults. It is safe, private, and comfortable. You can tour many beautiful, interesting parts of Spain, but then come home to cook and swim and enjoy each other in an amazingly beautiful setting. Mary S,USA
Jan 2007
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15 Reviews

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based on 15 holidaymaker reviews

5

Simply stunning!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at el Almendrillo for 7 days in late September as a party of 13 adults. We had a wonderful time and in glorious sunshine.

Mostly we just chilled at the house although a few of us visited the Alhambra in Granada (an hours easy drive from the house). Fabulous and do book your tickets in advance.

The journey up to the house from the main road takes about 10 minutes, and was a bit scary first time (up and up you go and around the hair pin bends!) but we followed the perfect very detailed directions from Mike and on the second trip we had it sorted - easy and quite good fun!

At the top sits the house surrounded by olive groves with amazing views and at night a stunning star lit sky.

Our pre trip arrangements with Mike and Sian were perfect, and drinks and food were awaiting us, the barrel of beer is strongly recommended!! This aspect of staying here needs some planning, with maybe a supermarket trip on your way from the airport as a good idea. Local shops are easily accessible with your car. The pre visit and arrival information provided by Mike was excellent and Sian was very quick in responding to any queries during our stay.

The house was every bit as comfortable as we thought, with several outdoor areas to relax in. Swimming pool was fantastic, a bit cold for some(!) even in the 30 degree temperatures we experienced, but it certainly cooled you down.

Spanish architecture with it’s thick walls and stone floors and shutters closed during the day kept the rooms cool and for hotter times of year there are plenty of fans in the house.

Bedrooms are many and varied, with comfortable beds and great bathrooms.

We have good chefs in our party so self cater and cooking facilities include a main kitchen, and an outside kitchen with BBQ, and a gas burner. Many delicious meals enjoyed at the yellow table in the courtyard.

On our last night we went down to the local bar Los Pajaritos (Antonio’s) great gin and tonics and food was very good, with friendly service.

We strongly recommend el Almendrillo, it is a fabulous house with amazing views, a fantastic swimming pool and a great feel. I am sure we will stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Totally amazing holiday from start to finish!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with a large group of 20 people for two weeks, which in normal circumstances would start to grate on any normal person. But in reality, at the Finca, there were so many different places to get away and be on your own if you needed to that this was just not the case. Upon first arriving we were totally blown away by how beautiful and peaceful the finca and its surroundings were. Everyone in the party was so chilled out for our whole stay, it was just perfect.

Even the children never got bored, they always had something to keep them occupied, from table tennis to swimming in the full size pool overlooking the valley, playing pool or just relaxing with the many books at the finca. I've never seen our kids more relaxed. The whole family were just at ease.

Another bonus was where the Finca was located. The area is just beautiful, we spent numerous days down at the beach on the huge blue lake at Iznajar. With pedal boats, canoes, drinks and the most comfortable sunbeds. The kids loved it here and we would definitely recommend a visit to the cafe on the lake, the food is great value for money and traditionally Spanish, plus tastes amazing. Also in Iznajar town there is an English bar called bar Verde, which we stumbled across when having a drive out. We had our last meal out as a group, the food was amazing and they really looked after us.

Another invaluable thing was the information pack left in the finca by the team, this told us where the supermarkets were, where to eat out, how to walk to the bar in the village. Which was one fun experience through the olive groves, even though we were very hot and bothered when we got there. The cold beer and great free tapas put on by Antonio was well worth the walk.

We would definitely return to this breathtaking place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Stunning location for our perfect wedding.

  • 5 of 5

We came across Finca El Almendrillo totally by chance, when looking for a wedding venue in Andalusia, instantly falling in love with the place. We just had to have our perfect wedding day in this stunning location. It was everything we had dreamed of and more. Remote, untouched and traditionally Spanish through and through. The Finca certainly gave us that and more.

We first contacted Mike, the owner of the property back in early 2015 asking if our dates were available, which they were.

Having weddings at the Finca before, Mike filled us with confidence from the outset and was on hand for the next 14 months leading up to our stay and wedding day. He helped us organise everything from caterers to the wedding coordinator and everything in-between. Even drinks, food and staff if we required them.

The pain we gave him in the run up to the wedding was intense, but yet never too much trouble for Mike and his team at Almendrillo, who were instrumental in the planning and overall smooth running of our perfect wedding day.

Now onto the property which can only be described as exquisite and unimaginably stunning. It is difficult to describe in words how breathtaking the house and location is. But I will try.

We arrived late at night and were surprised at how out on it's own the Finca was, this was even more perfect than we had imagined. Walking into the courtyard and seeing the beautiful architecture of the huge farmhouse took our breath away, after, sitting with a glass of Rioja, gazing up at the enormity of the stars in the sky. Never had we felt more relaxed than we did right at that moment.

We knew we had made the right choice of location for our two week holiday and wedding day.

Our other 18 guests arrived later that night and were equally blown away by this gorgeous place.

The facilities and bedrooms were equally amazing, we stayed in the main double and my god was it big, the bed was huge and comfy plus the bathroom and shower were great.

But the best surprise was to come when we woke early on Sunday morning and opened our bedroom window. The view across the valley to the distant mountains can only be described as breathtaking. Myself and Jemma (my wife to be) spent at least 30mins fixated on this oil painting. It didn't look real, it was that perfect.

We stayed with a large group of 20 people for two weeks, which in normal circumstances would start to grate on any normal person. But not at Almendrillo. It was just perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Loved our time at El Almedrillo - Miss it already

  • 5 of 5

El Almendrillo was exactly what we were looking for to accommodate our group of 16 adults; couples and singles. The farm was located in a lovely and remote area with incredible country quiet and amazing stars at night. There is a bucolic view of patchwork fields below. The property is as described in the listing - or better. The charming and rustic architecture was beautiful but the house didn’t lack any of the modern amenities, dishwasher and clothes washer, included. We visited during a spell of wicked hot weather, but the masonry construction and plentiful fans meant that we were all comfortable while sleeping. The two kitchens, ample bathrooms and so many nooks and crannies meant that we could all be together when we desired, but alone when we needed to have space .The pool and grounds were well maintained and the ping-pong table proved to be a source of great fun. The owner, Mike was so helpful with everything from very detailed directions (which from afar seemed overkill, but once on the road are necessarily detailed), advice on where to buy provisions, where to eat out (love Dracula’s) and even hooking us up with caterers for a special celebration dinner. I’ve been telling folks that this was the best vacation of my life. True story.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Awesome place - would highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

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. 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 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 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 a large group, or go off and read a book or have a nap somewhere if we wished. We would highly recommend El Almandrillo to anyone thinking of booking. Thanks Mike!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

We were knocked out when we saw the size, secluded rural location and above all the tranquility of Finca El Almendrillo. During our first week´s stay the only sounds we heard were the song of birds and planes far far above in the clear blue sky. We knew that we could create a luxurious holiday environment. Two years building and one 17 metre (55 foot) pool later we believe we have done so.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

The Finca is perfect for special interest holidays.

Coast/Beach:

The Finca is 50km (50 minutes) from Malaga and the Costa Del Sol.

Travel:

Granada Airport to the Finca - 50km - 50 minute drive. Malaga Airport to the Finca - 60 km - 70 minute drive. Seville Airport to the Finca - 100 km - 2 hour drive. Car hire is advised, alternatively we can arrange airport pick-up.

Distances:

The nearest village is 1.6km (20-25 minute walk) down a country lane. In the village there is a good bar-restaurant and a shop. The nearest towns are Iznajar (15 mins, Cordoba province)and Loja (25 mins, Granada province). Antequera, Malaga province´s bustling vibrant second city is 35 minutes away

There is a lovely village with 2 good restaurants in Salinas (20 minute drive). Granada is 1 hour away and fabulous. Malaga and the Picasso museum is an hour away.

Further Details:

Banks and small supermarkets can be found in Iznajar.

For larger supermarkets go to Archidona (20 minutes) and Loja (25 minutes away). For a good hypermarket go to Eroski in Antequera.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
2017
4 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 
 
2017
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,500
for 7 nights
£3,500
 
 
2017
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£4,250
for 7 nights
£4,250
 
 
2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,950
for 7 nights
£2,950
 
 
2017
30 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
Prices include all cleaning and arrival welcome food. Booking secured by deposit. Your booking will be according to our terms and conditions which we will send you before booking. Travel information sent two months before travel. Please contact Mike & Emma for more information.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is Saturday but we are flexible when exisiting bookings permit.

Notes on prices:

Please feel free to enquire about prices, we are always happy to help !

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Facilities

From the Owner

Many people who stay at Finca El Almendrillo never leave for their whole week or fortnight ! For them we can organise an airport taxi service, and they only need to think about whether to lie by the pool or in the shade, whether to use the huge outdoor barbecue or the designer kitchen and whether or not to have a siesta. Others find that, though rural and secluded, Almendrillo is perfectly placed for car trips to the Andalucian treasures of Sevilla, Ronda, Cordoba and Granada, not forgetting the Costa del Sol at Malaga and the Costa Tropical at Motril and La Herradura. Rental options are indeed rare which offer the combination of size and convenience (your whole extended family together in one place) luxury (the pool has been described as "Olympic") and local opportunities for holiday fun

Property Type

  • villa

General

  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Child's Highchair

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 5 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 6 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 7 - Shower Enclosure
  • 7 shower rooms, each with wc. 4 of the shower rooms are en-suite.

Bedrooms

  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Bedroom 9
  • Bedroom 10
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 20 Plus (10 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 7 double bedrooms, 3 twin bedroom, 3 cots. Numbers/accommodation can be varied with sofabeds in sitting rooms.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The Finca is great for children, the pool is located 25 metres from the house and is fenced off providing additional safety. A stroll down the lane will take you to a goat farm, sheep, chickens and peacocks. There are mountain bikes to fit most sizes. The Finca is surrounded by fields and olive groves where you have the right to walk. For Summer bookings we offer The Whole Finca - sleeps 20 plus. Also available for slightly smaller groups at a discount - The Farmhouse sleeps 14. Outside: Fince el Almendrillo sits on 6000 square metres of land and is surrounded by terracing, oak forest and gardens on every side. In both the gardens you will find ancient oaks, terracing and uninterrupted views of mountain scape. Both houses enjoy outdoor furniture and barbecues. The swimming pool is 17 metres by 7. There is a 8 metre pergola next to the pool which provides shade throughout the day. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen included in price. House cleaned weekly. For two-week lets a mid-stay clean including change of towels and bedlinen.

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