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Period Village House, Private Pool, Beautiful Countryside Setting. WIFI, TV etc.



Updated: 08-Oct-2016
Period Cortijo in Serena, Nr. Mojacar, Inland Almeria, Spain. Mountain Views, yet near beaches/golf. - Stunning Tranquil Village Location Surrounded By Mountains, Yet Only 20 Minutes To Mojacar Beaches.

This lovely period stone farmhouse villa, has been renovated to a very high standard with exposed beams and tiled floors throughout, and offers flexible accommodation whilst maintaining its wonderful character. A paved pathway leads up to the front door of the cottage, shaded by a vine-covered pergola, which opens into the dining hall. There is a double bedroom with ensuite shower room. An open aspect window overlooks the enchanting mountains surrounding the valley of Serena. A second double bedroom has the same lovely views. Adjacent is the large family bathroom. The character kitchen is well equipped and a stable door opens onto the pool terrace, which is surrounded by a walled garden. From the inner hall the staircase leads upstairs to the comfortable sitting room, a further double or twin bedroom & a single bedroom. One bedroom has views over the mountains and the other overlooks the pool. Doors open onto the upper terrace, with its stunning views of mountains and orange groves. There is no passing traffic, thus the house and its terraces and gardens are very peaceful.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access

About the Owner

Geoff is a retired civil engineer and Sue is a retired teacher.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

What a stunning house and a beautiful setting. You have your little bit of paradise here. Mrs M. (England).

Just wanted to say what a lovely 10 days we had staying at your beautiful Spanish house. We loved the design and the decoration - and the hamlet could not have been more peaceful. It was a very pleasant and relaxing holiday - so very many thanks. Katy Spencer August 2013

What a wonderful retreat. The house is absolutely stunning. Everything you need for a perfect relaxation. Mrs & Mrs SB. (England).

We had a wonderful holiday. Everything we hoped for, in fact more! Everyone was very helpful. We would happily recommend Casa Santiago to friends and family." Mrs TA (England).

Thanks again for a great short holiday in Serena. It was refreshing and reviving.” Mr and Mrs PM (Jan 2008).

We very much enjoyed our stay in your home in Serena. We had some lovely walks around the surrounding hills in good sunny weather.” Mr JJT (Christmas 2007)
Jan 2007
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From the Owner

We were looking to purchase a home in the sun, close to beaches, golf courses and ski slopes, but not in a resort. We wanted an old house that we could renovate, in a quiet Spanish village, with enough space for a garden and a pool. Serena fitted the bill! We completed renovations in 2005, built an annexe in 2006, and commenced holiday lettings in 2007. The Cortijo has been full every summer since then and is used by family and friends at other times. We have even had lettings at Christmas/New Year, when the mild, sunny weather is great for golfing or walking holidays. This is the time that the almond trees start to blossom, and the orange trees are full of fruit.

Activity and Interests


South of Mojacar is the rugged and desolate coast of the Cabo de Gata - Nijar natural park. This is an arid desert landscape. Many of the coves can only be reached on foot. The last remaining unspoilt beaches of the Mediterranean are located near San Jose; amongst these, Mónsul and Los Genoveses stand out. There are 9 beaches at Mojacar itself, stretching away to Garrucha, catering for most tastes. North of Vera the coast becomes rugged again, until it dips down to the golden sands of Aguilas.


Almeria is the closest airport (50 minutes drive from the property). Other suitable airports include Alicante a drive of about 2hours and Murcia 1.5 hours. Use of car is essential.

Flights from many International airports in the UK and Europe and in particular with Easyjet, Monarch and Ryanair.

Travelling by car, the journey time from the French border with Spain is about 10 hours.

From Perpignan drive to Barcelona then down the east coast of Spain to Valencia and Murcia.


Bedar with local amenities including 3 bars and 2 restaurants is about 3 minutes drive from Serena. Bedar also has a bank, doctor, pharmacy, small supermarket, baker and tobacconist. Weekly Market. 5 minutes.

Turre with further amenities including bars, shops, restaurants and a supermarket is about 15 minutes drive.

The beaches at the popular resort of Mojacar Playa are a 20 minute drive (20km).

The start of the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Nijar is a scenic drive of about 30 mins.

Further Details:

The locality: the cottage offers peace and tranquility, nestling on the edge of the small cluster of properties in the pretty village of Serena on the slopes of the Sierra de los Filabres, enjoying wonderful views over lovely countryside with orange and lemon groves, yet only a short 5 minute scenic drive from the old mountain village of Bedar. Bedar also enjoys beautiful scenery with views down to the sea and provides good local amenities including bars, a baker's, bank, small supermarket, pharmacy and doctor. The two restaurants Miramar and La Fuente serve traditional Spanish cuisine, fresh fish and seafood and lamb is a speciality. Both restaurants have terraces with panoramic views.

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Serena and country walks, sample the village atmosphere in Bedar or join in the bustling nightlife in Mojacar.

Places to visit: Mojacar Playa is a smart resort within a short drive from Bedar. The beaches extend for about 6 kilometres. There are numerous bars and restaurants along the coastal road overlooking the sea and some beside the beach have chairs and parasols for hire. In the hillside above the Playa is the old town known as Mojacar Pueblo, with a magnificent viewing platform in the Plaza Nueva. Taking the road out of Mojacar in one direction you arrive at the old fishing port and marina at Garrucha, and beyond the old fishing village and two harbours at Villaricos, and the golden sand beaches at Aguilas. In the other direction, driving through the mountains, you pass through the oasis at Sopalmo into the resort at Carboneras and out into the Cabo de Gata-Nijar natural park. Here you can explore the pretty coves and secluded beaches along the way and stop off at the quaint coastal villages of Las Negras and Agua Amarga, the idyillic Isleta del Morro and the old mining town at Rodalquilar. Nearer to home there is a water park with slides at Vera Playa, karting at Garrucha, and at Tabernas a wild west theme park.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 6
10 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
24 Dec 2016 - 1 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
The cottage will sleep 7 persons. We ask for a deposit of 25% to confirm the booking. The balance is payable 8 weeks before the start of the holiday. Beds are made up for your arrival. There are two further bedrooms, sleeping an additional 4 guests, with two shower rooms, in an Annex to the cottage with its own living accommodation and hot tub This Annex accommodation is only available for rent in conjunction with the main cottage, or if the main cottage is empty. Further details on request.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover is preferred during peak summer season July/August but we try to be as flexible as we can to suit your travel arrangements. Please enquire with your preferred arrival and departure dates. NB Check in 1500. Check out 0900.

Notes on prices:
Rental prices are per week, for renting the cottage, sleeping max 7 persons. Rental prices include linen and towels and cleaning. There is a small additional charge for the use of gas central heating (if required).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Peace and tranquillity! Far from the madding crowd, yet near enough to all amenities. No traffic noise. No traffic! Great walking and cycling, both flat and hilly. Watching the shadows climb the mountain at dusk, with a glass of chilled Rioja Blanco. Pure magic. Watching Iberian Ibex on the mountain at sunrise, with a cup of tea. Having been awoken by the village cockerel. Siestas! Wild mountain thyme. Night swimming. Good food and good company. Who needs more?

Property Type

  • house


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room to Bedroom 1 with shower, wc, wash basin. Large family bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, wc, double wash basins. A hair dryer is provided.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds (can be made into a double, with the extra double mattress supplied). Bedroom 4 with single bed.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The bedrooms are furnished with a wardrobe or other suitable hanging space and/or drawers and bedside cabinets. The two double bedrooms downstairs both have an open aspect window overlooking the mountains of Serena. The valley stays green all year round.At night the village is lit up with little white lights and looks enchanting. The cottage has gas central heating making it ideal for holidays all the year round. The property is suitable for children and the elderly. The swimming pool is secluded and surrounded by a walled garden. Pool heating is available. Guests are invited to bring their own music, on CDs, iPod, MP3 player, USB Flash Drive or SD card. HDMI cable supplied for laptop connection to TV for internet iPlayers (Filmon has UK TV channels, otherwise a Virtual Private Network VPN should be installed on your laptop to enable BBC/ITV/C4/C5/Sky players). Outside: The cottage has a private swimming pool enclosed in a walled terraced garden, edged with various trees and plants including bougainvillea, jasmine and orange, lemon and palm trees. This secluded terrace has a large table and 8 chairs, a large umbrella, sun-loungers and a barbecue. There are numerous outside lights and the pool is lit up at night; a delight in the long balmy evenings. There are seat cushions and pool toys for guests to use. The cottage also has a large upper terrace with table and chairs, and with steps leading down to the pool. The pool is open for swimming May - September and at other times by special arrangement. It is recommended that children are supervised at all times in the pool area. Close to the cottage is a ruined mosque, originally built on the site of a Roman temple. Opposite the mosque is the entrance to the Rambla. This is the start of a very pleasant walk, past the old mill, to the “Hidden Valley”, with its spectacular scenery. Utility Room: There is an outside sink and shower and an outhouse off the pool terrace with a toilet, butler sink, washing machine, and another fridge/freezer to chill drinks. The sun-lounger cushions are stored in here and there are some pool and beach toys. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen, towels and cleaning of the cottage are all included in the rental price. The property is cleaned before your arrival and at the end of the holiday. The pool is cleaned regularly. Extra linen/towels are available on request for a small extra charge. Other: The dining hall in the cottage has seating for 8 persons and easy access to the kitchen. There are two alfresco dining areas, in the garden by the pool, and on the upper terrace overlooking mountains, the valley and village. A charcoal BBQ is provided.

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