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

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


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:
9 April, 2018

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 Loja

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 Subbética

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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 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.


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Gorgeous 5 bed Villa with gated private pool, gardens, Wifi and Views to Lake
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

Beautiful tranquil stay

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place! We stayed here with a group of friends and had an amazing time. This felt like so much more than a holiday home, it's a perfect place to get away from it all whilst still having all home comforts, a pool and stunning views, I could spend hours just sitting on the terrace, in fact I did!! A short drive from a village with a traditional rustic andalusian feel, and some good tapas so you're not completely in the sticks. We also had a great day trip to Granada from here and visited the local dolmens. We would definitely recommend. Property was clean and the owners helpful in all communications.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Louise so much for review. Hope to see you again soon.
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Beautiful villa with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for one glorious week at Niks villa. It was faultless from the booking process to arrival. We did arrive very late but to be greeted by this beautiful villa and home comforts made us feel relaxed to begin our weeks holiday. The villa is home from home and has everything and more we needed. We had planned to visit a few local areas, but because of how well relaxed and the awesome Spanish weather was we spent a week chilling by the pool and enjoying Spanish sunsets along with one or two tintos. We will definitely be back, thank you Nik.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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wonderful holidays

  • 5 of 5

We were an extended family staying with 6 adults and 4 children from 0 - 70 years old. The Villa was spotlessness clean when we arrived and the owners had left food and essentials for us as we arrived very late at night. A lovely touch! There was plenty of space to find a secluded corner away from each other if needed and the views are to die for and we enjoyed watching the sunset from the terraces. Our favourite thing was the fab secluded pool among the olives groves and swimming at night with the pool lights on. The pool is gated, so no worrying about the children and there was loads of room for them to play.

We had a fantastic stay in the villa- and for me it was the perfect combination of modern and rustic style with loads of special touches.We really loved the original art work!  It was great to have all the mod cons to make the holiday go smoothly, wifi etc...but still have such a unique,tranquil setting. 

We really loved the location and managed to get to Granada and Cordoba with no problems.The owner's local knowledge was vast and helped us make the most of the local fiestas and sights- of which there are too many to mention Loved our stay  i wouldn't hesitate to recommend it! Thank you Nick and Jackie for a wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely and spacious house

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in the villa with my husband, daughter of 4 years old, brother and sister in law and their 1 year old little girl. Spacious house with lovely terrasse. The kitchen is well equipped. The all house was very clean. Fresh flowers in the house made our arrival very welcome. A cot and highchair were supplied by the owner and a stair gate also was left out if we needed it. What a lovely thought. Beautiful outside surroundings with the views of olives trees. Lovely and clean swimming pool. We liked that the swimming pool is all fenced with gate for security. Perfect when you have children. Will definitely recommend...

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful homely family villa in Andalucia

  • 4 of 5

Our family of six adults and four children (two 5-year olds and two 1-year olds) had wonderful time in this isolated rural villa situated among the olive groves. The accommodation was very comfortable and as described by the owner except that the third bathroom has no shower. There was plenty of space and lots of toys to amuse the children. The pool was beautifully clean and well-maintained.

Things that could be improved:

1. The garden is getting overgrown and needs some attention e.g. the large prickly Agave specimens are beautiful but not very safe for children and there is now little space outside for them to run around.

2. The house was superficially clean but would benefit from a deep clean sometime soon.

3. The equipment around the pool was looking a bit tired and some of the garden furniture was broken.

Unfortunately, the local farming community relies heavily on tethered dogs to protect their property. They tended to be quite vociferous at night time.

In spite of these quibbles we had a wonderful time at the villa.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 14-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Granada or Malaga
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Loja A92
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Fishing, Hiking


1 hour to the beach. 30 mins to beach at Iznajar (freshwater lake)


Malaga is just over an hour away. Granada 45 mins.

Trains and buses everyday


Villages 1- 3km away. Outside Bar by waterfall - 1 km away. Lakeside beach and restaurants - 25km away. Costa Tropical - 1 hour away.

Further Details:

5 minutes to the nearest villages and 20 minutes to Loja, a major town.

Nearby villages Ventorres de San Jose and Zagra boast many bars and fiestas, banks, doctors and convenience shops.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £35
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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.