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Villa With 17 Metre Pool And Panoramic Views

People20
Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms7
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet

Overview

About the property

Villa near Loja, Granada, Andalucia within easy reach of Granada & Malaga.

10 BEDROOMS / 7 BATHROOMS / 3 KITCHENS: FINCA EL ALMENDRILLO is a fully modernised and stunning renovation of a 150 year old Farmhouse with fantastic views of olive, almond and fig groves over the Granada countryside. The huge private garden also features a large gated swimming pool – at 17 x 7 metres it is the biggest you will find.

Accommodation at Almendrillo consists of the historic Farmhouse and attached barn conversion, The Casita.

Large groups of up to 20 are welcome to rent The Whole Finca (Farmhouse plus Casita). Smaller groups of up to 14 or less might prefer The Farmhouse only. Any group renting the Farmhouse only should rest assured that The Casita will be empty.

THE FARMHOUSE - can sleep 14 in total comfort.

* 6/7 bedrooms and 6 shower rooms, 4 ensuite.

* All the mod cons; comfortable beds, power showers, wifi, Spanish tv, as well as solar panels to minimise your holiday carbon footprint.

* Well equipped modern Andalucian kitchen

* Spacious living areas with wood-burning stove and large wooden dining table

* GOOD WIFI including the bedrooms

The CASITA: Spacious barn conversion - 3 bedrooms, 1 shower room and a kitchen, offers groups and families extra facilities, space and privacy.

* Comfortable beds, power showers, as well as solar panels to minimise your holiday carbon footprint.

* Andalucian kitchen

* Spacious living area with wood-burning stove and large wooden dining table

* If your group exceeds 14 you will need to book The Casita as well as The Farmhouse, to sleep 20 people comfortably. The Casita has a separate entrance but can be connected internally to The Farmhouse, giving a little bit more privacy if required.

Smaller groups have booked the whole Finca (The Farmhouse and The Casita) in the past and have thoroughly enjoyed having this vast space to roam around and enjoy.

TWO ACRES OF GROUNDS:

* Landscaped gardens, almond and olive groves and fruit trees.

* Large (17 x 7 metre) gated pool with mountain views

* Plenty of terrace space for table tennis, table football, hammocks, yoga and games

* Lots of shady places and terraces – with al fresco dining

* Pick fresh fruit in season from our cherry, fig, pomegranate, quince and almond trees

* Each terrace has tables for dining

* Garden Furniture includes comfortable sofas and coffee tables

AREA:

* Local shops include fishmongers, butchers and supermarkets

* Plenty of bars and restaurants locally - all serve free tapas with drinks

* Explore beautiful Moorish villages - a step into a bygone era of Spain

* Spend the day at the beach and a dip in the Mediterranean

* Enjoy the bars and shady squares of Granada and the backstreets of the Arab quarter and the Alhambra – just 55 minutes away

ACTIVITIES:

* Walking – use maps and guidebooks provided or professional local guides

* Professional cycling and mountain biking - there are bikes at the Finca but specialist bikes can be delivered to the house and/or hire professional guides

* Horse riding – off the beaten track with views to the Mediterranean

CHILDREN WILL LOVE IT:

* They will be surrounded by nature

* There's a smallholding with goats, chickens, turkeys, peacocks and pigs en route to the village - buy some goat´s cheese

* It's away from busy roads, the pool is gated, as is the lawned garden

BEDROOMS:

All with ventilation fan

Farmhouse Main Double en-suite

Farmhouse Main Twin

Farmhouse Yellow en suite

Farmhouse Blue en suite

Farmhouse Downstairs Corner en suite

Farmhouse upstairs Corner

Farmhouse writers

Gran Sala bedroom

Casita Twin

Casita double

BABIES and infants aged under 2 - Two cots, two high-chairs and baby monitor are available at no extra cost.

DRIVING TIMES FROM THE HOUSE

* White Village – Iznajar 15-20 minutes

* Beaches – 35 minutes

* Granada and the Alhambra -– 55 minutes

* Málaga – 60 minutes

* GRANADA AIRPORT - 55 minutes (BA flies London City to Granada direct)

* MÁLAGA AIRPORT - 60 minutes (most airlines fly to Málaga from all over Europe)

GETTING AROUND

* A car is recommended –

* A 20/25 minute walk to village

ACCESSIBILITY

* Finca el Almendrillo has a number of small steps to access ground floor areas, shower rooms and showers

* Furniture can be moved on request

* Shower chair available on request

POOL

* The pool is gated

* There is a large pergola providing shade

* There are 14 sun loungers

* The pool has passive solar heating, increasing the temperature, but this can't be guaranteed.

* The pool is open year-round, but most suitable for swimming between May and October.

BOOKING ENQUIRIES

Please let us know a little bit about your party when making enquiries, including numbers of adults and children.

More Details

Owner
Mike and Emma
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
11 September, 2017

About Mike and Emma

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 !

Mike and Emma purchased this villa in 2002

Why Mike and Emma chose Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

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.

What makes this villa unique

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

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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Loja in Granada

Property Type:
  • villa
General:
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
Bathrooms:
  • 7 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
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
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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Fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

We visited Finca in June 2017 and we had an amazing time. We were 14 adults and 6 kids. The house was amazing. All the rooms were completely different so we spent a bit of time after we arrived having a nose in all the rooms. I ended up in a beautiful room overlooking the courtyard and it had a beautiful small balcony outside.. stunning! The views from the house were breathtaking both by day and night . The pool was massive and we spent hours everyday in there with the kids. We had plenty to keep us occupied each day and visited Antonios Bar down to the road a few times. I could not recommend this house enough. It was an amazing and peaceful break away from it all! We hope to go back in the future!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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An amazing house and an amazing holiday

  • 5 of 5

This place is truly wonderful in every way. There were only 8 of us staying here for the week so we had plenty of space and bedrooms but I can easily see how 20+ people would also have plenty of room.

The description of the property is spot on but it is still breathtaking when you first arrive, if anything it is better than the photos. All the facilities work perfectly, it is all spotlessly clean, the kitchen equipment is excellent, I can't think of 1 thing that was missing.

There are so many beautiful places to sit and I think we used them all at some point every day. The pool is fantastic, we used it every day apart from the day we went to Granada and the palace, the views, the areas of sun and shade, the loungers - everything is perfect.

We didn't really leave the house much apart from our day in Granada although we did some shopping in Iznajar and went to the lake which was very lovely but very windy so we all decided to head back to the pool.

We ate at Antonio's in the village 3 times which we all loved especially his gin and tonics, it is very good value and a lively atmosphere with very friendly staff. One night we ordered 2 taxis to get us back to the house but thereafter we drove back.

We had booked Ian and Diana form wherevernext to cook a meal 1 night, it was so good we asked them to come back another night. I really can't recommend them highly enough, their food is sublime and they are great company. Sitting on the terrace with the wonderful views while they bought out plate after plate of the most delicious canapes was truly magical. We then moved round to the big table in the courtyard for mains and desert which were equally stunning.

Mike, the owner, and Sian are a pleasure to deal with, very helpful, very prompt, excellent customer service.

We really hope to return 1 day as it was certainly one of our best holidays and we have been holidaying together for 30 years now, it will be a very hard act to follow. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Thanks Mike

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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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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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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
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Location

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Loja, 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
 
2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 
 
2017
30 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,000
for 7 nights
£2,000
 
 
2018
5 May 2018 - 11 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
2018
12 May 2018 - 18 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,750
for 7 nights
£2,750
 
 
2018
19 May 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,950
for 7 nights
£2,950
 
 
2018
14 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£4,000
for 7 nights
£4,000
 
 
2018 August sold out sorry !
29 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£4,000
for 7 nights
£4,000
 
 
2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,950
for 7 nights
£2,950
 
 
2018
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
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 !

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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