Farmhouse in Iznajar, Cordoba Region Andalucia - Large Private Solar Heated Pool And Table Tennis
We were very pleased to receive an Excellence award from the Tourism Association May 2015.
Cortijo El Pino is a large, well positioned, recently modernised and comfortably furnished farmhouse set around a traditional Andalusian courtyard (patio). It sits in its own olive grove (with fruit trees) within the Adelantado community of olive growers and only 1km from the main road through the Subbetica National Park. Being only 7km from the ancient town of Iznajar with its 32km lake, less than an hour from the coast and Malaga, and not much more from Granada and Cordoba, you are ideally situated to combine relaxing on your own terraces and by the pool with exploring what the area has to offer. There are shops, bars and a restaurant within 1.5km which can be accessed by road, or cross country on a footpath. The beach at Iznajar has a restaurant bar. (Temporarily closed 2016) The pool's solar heating means that it is usually comfortable to swim from May to October. Wifi is available free.
The house is set around a large enclosed Andalusian Courtyard from which there are three separate doors leading to different parts of the house a summer kitchen and a bathroom. The courtyard is protected from the sun in the summer by a large sail, and contains a table and chairs and a BBQ and this is the heart of the house. It is prettily decorated with local ceramics and painting by Susan's mother.
Through one door there is a two story house containing, upstairs, two bedrooms (one with 160cm double and one with twins - both 200cm long) a house bathroom with bath, shower, bidet, basin and WC, and a sitting room.
There sitting room has a DVD player and a CD player and a selection of DVDs and CDsnas well as guide books, reference books and reading books. It also has an effective log fire for the winter.
Downstairs is the dining room with table and chairs, and additional comfortable seating and TV. The newly refurbished kitchen next to it is fully fitted with oven, microwave and fridge and has an amazing view over the valley. As we love cooking you will find it has everything you need if you decide to cook at home.
Next to the kitchen is a larder with an additional fridge and high chair for children.
A second door from the courtyard leads to the lion room with two single beds which is usually made up as a large double with an ensuite bathroom. Interconnects in doors with the casita.
The third door leads to the casita which has a downstairs sitting room and bathroom (shower, basin, WC) and an upstairs twin bedroom. This is the most traditional part of the house and has lower ceilings. Interconnects indoors with the lion room.
There is central heating for the winter and there are fans and air conditioning for the summer.
The summer kitchen contains another microwave, another fridge and washing and washing up machines. It is between the courtyard and the western terrace with sight of the pool.
The western terrace is set with table and chairs and overlooks the garden and pool and a lovely place under the grape vines. There is a lovely view up the valley and from which to watch the sunset.
In season there are grapes and figs to pick, and prickly pears too if you know the secrets of avoiding the prickles.
The pool is 4.5 x 8 metres and is solar heated. The depth is 1.2-1.5m and so it is good for pool sports. It is completely fenced and looks over the garden and valley. There are lie chairs provided. Table tennis can be set up on the terrace.
There is parking for two cars in front of the garage and plenty of room for others above the house on the era (an old wheat threashing area).
Top Traveller Review
We loved the salt water pool nestled in the hills
About the Owner
John's a circuit judge based in Leeds and enjoys playing golf and tennis. Sue is a photographer (plenty of evidence around the house!) and musician and now spends her time Church Recording for NADFAS.This involves preparing a museum style catalogue of furnishings in a church.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"Thank you so much for the fantastic stay. We loved how Spanish the house is, as well as the Spanish feeling it has to it. Walking in the area under the November sun and then relaxing with a book and a glass of wine on the swing chair afterwards while enjoying the view - Fantastic"
"We really enjoyed out stay. The house is lovely, spacious and quiet. The view is superb, the location is very good and we could visit all the important places of Andalusia. We had a wonderful 2 weeks here"
'I so particularly enjoyed the taste of real Spain. You have been so clever to keep all the original character of the house in spite of managing to fit in all the mod cons'.
" We really enjoyed our stay here. The house is well-kitted for large family groups. Having 2 tvs was a bonus - the guys watching the FA cup final downstairs while the gals watched a good movie upstairs. Great selection of DVDs and books - pool area fantastic."
5 based on 5 holidaymaker reviews
We loved the salt water pool nestled in the hills
This traditional stone house looks out over the hills and is perched amongst olive groves. The thick stone walls, shady courtyard and terraces make for a tranquil and cool hideaway from the midday sun. Eating dinner on the terrace under the vine was charming, with the handy "pool kitchen" nearby being very practical. The salt water pool was a particular treat and safely fenced off to suit those with children. We stayed in the little "apartment" off the courtyard and enjoyed the extra space of a separate living room and private bathroom from our friends in the main house. The aircon was extremely effective, though the traditional design off the house meant that we rarely needed it.
Magical retreat that you don't want to leave
Attention to detail lovely interesting art work lovely crockery,and the house had a traditional Spainish feel and had been so tastefully modernised.Everything you could possibly want in the kitchen was there even for baking.My favourite place was the casita next to the court yard area.I couldn't fault El Pino with it amazing views.I also enjoyed sitting in the swing chair by the pool watching the sun set.I so look forward to returning one day
Beautiful property in ideal location
This property is in a wonderful location. Only 50 easy minutes' drive from Malaga airport the house is positioned high above valleys with views over olive groves to far mountains. Unexpectedly and perfectly the road is so, so quiet. Very few cars pass the bottom of the driveway, but local access to petrol stations, wonderful restaurants, local villages and hence supermarkets is surprisingly easy. Everything anyone might need is nearby. Cordoba, Granada.. All of Andalucia is within possible driving distance.
The house itself offers clean and well-equipped accommodation.
Every need is addressed.. A guest could ask for nothing more. Bathrooms give perfectly adequate hot and cold running water: the showers are exceptional. Beds (and bedding) are very comfortable. There is plenty of wardrobe and drawer space.
Two kitchens serve the property.. Both have dishwashers, 'fridges, cutlery and crockery..
The swimming pool is much larger than my experience of previous rental establishments - lengths are possible! Well-maintained and heated it is a wonderful source of relaxation at any time of the day. Also to be mentioned is the table tennis table and other fun equipment readily available.
All water through the cold taps is thoughtfully drinkable..
This is a paradise for anyone wishing to either "simply relax and stay 'at home' with the pool", or wishing to use it as a luxurious homebase for travel in the area, or a mixture of both.
NO, I would not recommend it to anyone else.. I want to keep it for my own!
So, of course, it is highly recommended to anyone. A very high standard of rental property.
A perfect holiday
We have spent 2 holidays in this house, both in September. The weather each time has been warm and we have been able to spend the entire day out of doors, eating in the courtyard or swimming or lounging by the pool. The indoor areas are spacious and comfortable with good stocks of books and games and a bridge table. Bedrooms are a good size with comfortable beds and a good supply of bed linen.. There is abundant hot water. There are outstanding views and some fabulous walks, not to mention the ready supply of a good variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Fabulous break away from crowds, beautiful setting
We stayed here with a group of friends and all our kids, and we had a fantastic time. The views are sensational across olive groves and this has a nice classic Spanish farmhouse feel, away from it all. It was perfectly set up for kids - the owners arranged pack 'n' plays and high chairs - and a fantastically well equiped kitchen making food prep easy. We grilled most meals in the beautiful enclosed courtyard. The pool was a great hit with everyone and it was really nice that it was enclosed so we didn't have to worry about a thing. The kids had great fun picking grapes and figs from the grounds and the table tennis table was a definite hit! All in all we had a fantastic week catching up with friends and we would definitely come back.
From the Owner
“We've always loved Spain and the Spanish. We particularly fell for this area because of the proximity of the lake, the distance from the coast (not too near!), the distance from the airport (not too far), the shape of the countryside and the warmth of the local people. We love being able to get to the main roads quickly and still be able to be peaceful at home. The views were a bonus.”
Activity and Interests
There is a large sandy beach on Lake Iznajar 8km away where non-motorised water sports are permitted (paddle boats and kayaks for rent in the summer) and where you may swim. Fishing is permitted with a licence. The Costa del Sol with its many and varied beaches is an hour away.
Good airports are Malaga (1 hour) and Granada (45 mins). Car hire is affordable and available at either airport and is essential to make the most of your stay.
Villanueva de Tapia (nearest village) 4km
Iznajar and lake 8km. Malaga and coast 80km. Alhambra, Granada 80km. The Mezquita, Cordoba 115km. Rhonda 120km
Antequera 40km. Priego de Cordoba 35km.
There is a bar 1km away, with another bar restaurant, petrol station and shop 1.5km by road. (20 minutes cross country walk). Markets, post office and banks at Tapia and Iznajar. Supermarkets at Rute, Archidona, loads of good restaurants including the Bobadilla all within 20 mins. Walking, cycling and bird watching are inviting in the immediate vicinity. Accessible for a day outing: Tivoli World Theme park at Malaga; Aqualand at Torremolinos; Riding at Salinas 15 mins with day treks, tennis at Loja 30 mins. Numerous museums and galleries in the larger towns and cities. The Alhambra at Granada and the Mezquita at Cordoba and many of the traditional Andalucian white towns; La Subbetica and El Torcal National Parks, flamingos on the famous salt lakes.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
8 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
Flexible other than August which is Saturday.
Notes on prices:
The prices given are for the whole house. £100 per week should be deducted if the casita (one bedroom, bathroom and small sitting room) is not required. Outside July and August, please request further discount if 2 bedrooms only are required.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“We quite often have people to stay so the days take two styles ; either we are off early to site see somewhere - there is so much choice around and the roads are convenient in every direction; or we hang around locally - walking, horse riding, playing tennis and swimming, or even reading, writing and painting - sometimes just chatting and sleeping. There are several restaurants near by that we really like, so we quite often eat out a bit, even though we enjoy cooking. The owner of one of them will even cook especially for you for a special occasion. There are a number of fiestas and ferias in the neighbouring villages during the year and it is fun to be around when they are taking place.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Air Conditioning ...
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Wood Stove ...
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Dishwasher ...
- Freezer ...
- Kitchen ...
- Microwave ...
- Oven ...
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- Refrigerator ...
- Hob ...
- Toaster ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Room
- Books ...
- DVD Player ...
- Games ...
- Music Library ...
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Stereo ...
- Television ...
- Video Library ...
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- 250 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, Between bedrooms 2 and 3
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Ensuite with bedroom 1
- Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Private for Bedroom 4
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, House bathroom, downstairs
- 1st house bathroom between bedrooms 2 and 3 with bath (shower over) WC, basin and bidet. En-suite shower room to bedroom 1 with walk-in shower, WC and basin. Bathroom with bath (shower over) WC, basin. Casita bathroom with walk-in shower, WC and basin.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, 150 x 200cm
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, The cot is a collapsible one and can be put in any room
- Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, This room is upstairs
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Ensuite with shower room 1; Or two single beds
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 double/twin Bedrooms) and sofa bed Air conditioning in all bedrooms. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 on 1st floor, with 2m long king size bed. Bedroom 2 on 1st floor, with 2m long twin beds. Bedroom 3 on ground floor with 2m long super-king or twin. Casita upstairs bedroom with twin beds-access from Ground floor sitting room
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Garden ...
- Barbecue ...
- Veranda ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Tennis ...
- 1 bicycles