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Gorgeous 5 bed Villa with gated private pool, gardens, Wifi and Views to Lake

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Cortijo near Loja, Poniente Granandino, Andalucia - Secluded Location, Breathtaking Views down to Lake Iznajar, Near Granada

Villa San Cristobel is a huge five bedroom villa sleeping up to ten. Set amongst tranquil olive groves within the Sierra Martilla mountains, you are just 45 minutes from Granada city and airport with many international flights, with panoramic views down to the lake at Iznajar, and just one hour from an idyllic beach.

Painstakingly refurbished, and lovingly transformed into a luxurious holiday home with fenced private pool with a child lock, the villa is set in its own landscaped gardens and was once the village school. The property has free broadband wifi and plenty of games, a Table Tennis Table, DVDs, baby and child equipment and separate seating areas, making it perfect for families or large groups. With many pieces of original art, it is a truly special holiday home.

Situated in the Andalucian olive belt, it's a perfect base for trips out to the coast, the Sierra Nevada mountains, Cordoba, Seville, and Granada with its Alhambra Palace. Alternatively you can lounge by the pool or visit one of the local villages for a leisurely home cooked lunch or tapas. Our guests usually end the days eating, and chatting out on the huge terrace, watching the sun go down over the lake.

The Lake at Iznajar is the largest in Andalucia. It's nearby beach provides a wonderful place to lay in the sun and swim. You can also camp here, fish for trout, catfish and bass or try some of the water sports during summer like canoeing or boating.

The area is crisscrossed with amazing hiking trails that will allow you to observe Andalucian flora and fauna up close. We can always point you in the right direction.

As your hosts, we are usually in hand to help you with anything. Whether that is picking the best places to eat, places to see or just having a chat and letting you know about the area. We have had happy guests for over 10 years now, so nothing is too much trouble when you on holiday with us.

More Details

Nik Rainer
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

About Nik Rainer

Nik, Jacqui, Rosie and George left the UK in 2003 to start their new life in Andalucia.

Having lived around the world and stayed in the best and the worst the world had to offer, we think we know what people want from a holiday.

We bought this old Spanish farm house, Casa Caballos and then later illa San Cristobel because we love everything about this part of Spain. The food, the people, the architecture and just about everything here that makes you feel that you are alive!

We live here full time and are committed to our life here and providing a memorable holiday for you. With over 10 years experience, we think we have cracked it!

Nik Rainer purchased this villa in 2003

Why Nik Rainer chose Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Villa San Cristobel is located in Puerto Blanquillo or White Haven, a small hamlet nestled in the Sierra Martilla, at the heart of Granada's olive growing region. Just an hour's drive from the coast, airport and Granada. The nearest villages; Zagra and Ventorres de San Jose, both retain a peaceful, traditional Andalucian way of life that is quickly disappearing on the coast and in many of the well visited Pueblo Blancos or 'White Villages' elsewhere.

None of the Bars or Restaurants will appear in the Zagat or Michelin guides, however armed with a few Spanish words and a phrase book you will be welcomed by the friendly patrons and locals.

Guestbook comments from the owner

By Millwood Family from Isle of Wight on 5/18/2010 This villa is both luxurious and homely with everything that you could possibly need for a family stay. We had 4 'children' with us - aged 20, 18, 15 and 2 and despite the wide range of ages the villa met everyones needs completely and noone wanted to go home! The kitchen is the best resourced kitchen I have ever stayed in on a holiday. The views from the villa and the gardens truly take your breath away and once you are here you really will not want to go out except to restock on local food and wine. Sitting on the patio late into the evening watching the sun going down over the mountains and sipping carva is the best way to recover from the demands of home and work. And swimming in the pool whilst looking at the mountains is just amazing.

In short I can't recommend this villa highly enough - when we read the details we thought that it sounded too good to be true - but it was true!
Oct 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Loja in Andalusia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom shower. Family bathroom bath / shower. Downstairs bathroom with WC.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Spacious master suite with king size bed and en-suite. Walk out on to a large sun terrace with magnificent views Bedroom 2 with king size bed. Bedrooms 3 and 4 with twin beds. 1 leading onto sun terrace Bedroom 5 with single bed and sofabed / bunk bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: If traveling with children rest assured that our home is child friendly. We know difficult it traveling with children and more importantly their stuff! That's why you can leave it at home as we provide: Many baby and child toys, on request sterilizers, baby monitor, cots, baby backpack, changing mat, bath and high chairs. There's also a games console, kids games and swing ball for the rest of the family. When renting in summer months the spacious interior has marble floors throughout and high ceilings to keep you cool. For the winter there is central heating and double glazing to keep you warm as toast. Outside: The villa is surrounded by olive groves and farmland. The house has a Landscaped garden, swing ball, BBQ. If you need to cool off, walk down through the landscaped gardens and dive into the beautiful new pool or relax on one of the many terraces and enjoy unrivalled views down the valley to where Malaga, Cordoba and Granada meet. Utility Room: Washing machine and central heating boiler. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided. Pool Towels also provided. Other: Dining room with large dining table, leading through to kitchen.

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


5/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)


first class would definately recommend this villa

  • 5 of 5

We spent the last two weeks of June 2015 in this wonderful house. The house and area/views are even more stunning in real life than portrayed on the photos. We were 3 families living in the house, with five kids aged 0, 0, 3, 3 and 5 - with four bedrooms on the first floor and a bedroom downstairs, we had plenty of room and never felt cramped. Most awake hours were spent around the outdoors dining table with the most amazing view to mountains and a lake. The kids in the pool.

The house is extremely comfortable for kids, with lots of toys and stuff to do. Nik has been the perfect host - very helpful and quick to respond on any question we had concerning both the house and the area in general.

If you choose to go to this amazing place, we would recommend a trip to Algarinejo - a 14 km drive north - stunning landscape and an amazing restaurant "casa piolas" ... We had the full tasting menu and are still overwhelmed by the amount and quality of food served for only 50euro

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house was a "home" - well maintained, clearly loved and well equipped and was a delight. The location is very rural and secluded - which was just what we wanted.

The accommodation is spacious and everything that we could have wanted was there (and more!). We had two babies in the party and an extra cot (& Highchair) was provided. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners who went out of their way to make things comfortable and relaxing for us.

Their communication both before and during the stay was exemplary.

I can think of no negatives (except you will have to plan shopping - the nearest town is about 25 minutes drive... but to me that was part of the charm!!)

The owner passed on information about local venues and restaurants - we, frankly, simply wanted to stay there and chill... so hardy moved!

The pool is pleasant and well maintained.

I was exhausted on arrival and this quiet idyll re-charged my batteries.

If you want a quiet, relaxing, laid back stress free base - this is recommended most highly.

I will certainly wish to go again.

Thank you, Nik.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous villa

  • 5 of 5

From the initial booking through to our departure this property could only be described as fabulous. The location is stunning whilst in easy reach of shops, the house itself is so light and airy and extremely well equipped. This our second visit and we are already planning our third!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Incredible place, peaceful and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time at the villa, so relaxing. Brilliant facilities, amazing pool and the views are simply breathtaking. Sunsets were something we never missed, and there was so much room for us.

It's an easy drive to the nearest shops in Loja and we took a few excursions down to the lake.

It was a perfect base to travel around from, but we spent many a day simply lounging around, enjoying the sun and relaxing (our particular favourite was the covered patio which was very romantic and most evenings we ate there).

Couldn't recommend it highly enough and we wouldn't hesitate to book again. Amazing!



  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lost in magnificent andalucia

  • 5 of 5

We spent the week before Easter with our perants and children in the fantastiv Villa Christoble. Although there is plenty to see locally in Granada and Malaga, we opted to spend most of our time on the beautiful terrace looking down to the Lake and enjoying our house.

We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
low Season
1 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
5 Aug 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Cleaning Fee £35
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% will be needed to secure a booking, with the balance to be paid 2 months before arrival. A security deposit of £150 is required.

Changeover Day:
Flexible on request.

Notes on prices:
Hi season rates will be charged for Easter and Christmas.

Heating surcharge for winter

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