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Simple Traditional Spanish Farm Cottage, Charming, Welcoming And Peaceful



Updated: 07-Dec-2016
Holiday Home in Villanueva de San Juan, Andalucia, Spain - Beautiful Countryside, Old Fashioned Hill Farms But Location Well Situated For Andalucian Cities

Think "Driving over Lemons" but instead of the Alpujarras, relocate to the Sierra Sur , asmall corner of Seville. province , nestled between Cadiz and Malaga provinces. Underneath the highest peak in the area is our farm. The perfect place to relax and unwind , a pretty stone and plaster farm cottage, a farm track that no one likes much and a warm welcome. T raditional but not typical the cottage is cosy and comfortable with large bathroom, kitchen/sitting room, log burner, and 2 bedrooms, one of which is a double. Outside the large rough stoned patio looks out over old olive trees, seville orange trees and woods. The night sky is very often splendid, causing many a neck ache and exclamations of wonder.

Around us there are both walks and ambles, our two neighbouring villages are 3 kms away and welcome vistors as this is not a tourist area. There are bars and shops in both and prices are extremely reasonable. As we are quite centrally placed day visits are in abundance, beautiful lakes, big cities such as Seville and Granada, smaller towns such as Osuna and Ronda plus the famous white villages are all at hand.Children and pets are welcome and kids will find plenty to do from playing with the animals to roaming the woods near the farm. A stay on this farm is a true country experience and one which will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I have lived in Spain for over 25 years, teaching English, farming and bringing up my 4 wonderful children. I give English classes to young people from the nearby villages and have set up a lovely classroom on the farm where I can also give basic Spanish classes to those who are interested. I have had many lovely and interesting guests to stay over the past few years and have often enjoyed spending an evening with them, either at home or in the village. I am always ready to help or give advice whenever needed.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Even thoughit was only for two nights we enjoyed our stay at this wonderful spot tremendously. Thanks a lot for the hiking suggestion, the walk up the "Peñon"was unforgettable.Tales and Karina, Freiburg, Germany.

Came for 3 days and stayed for 7!Says it all. What more can anyonewant from a holiday.Complete rest and relaxation in wonderful scenery. We have been made to feel most welcome and feel as though we are part of the family. Can't wait to return. Bill and Maggie, Durham, England

Hello! Here is Julie from Russia. Thankyou for all. It was really great, I invite you to Russia!

What a fantastic switch-off and unwind holiday. Ultimate hostess Liz has made us feel more than just welcome. Just the right amount of "switch on " energy remained for us to explore what is a considerably interesting region.Would reccommend Seteníl and Olvera and a visit to the Cadiz coast well worth the effort.Thanks Liz and all the family for a very very good holiday, Barry, Nicky, Anna and Joel-
Aug 2011
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Older Andalusian farm house; functional for longer visit; outdoors charming; a rural retreat!

  • 4 of 5

Liz and Danny were wonderful hosts. Outgoing, personal, and discrete. Liz knows Spain very well and her day trip excursion suggestions were informed and well pointed.

Liz and Danny introduced us to rural Spanish living: tranquility, simply but very charming. Surrounded by olive groves we had the opportunity to have a true experience and we learned a lot about Spanish culture, customs, and lifestyles. It was a positive experience that opened our hearts and compassion straying way off the tourist path. We were at the farm - "finca" over 2 weeks. We thank our hosts for the experience.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were completely delighted with our guests from Alaska, they were open to every new experience both on the farm and in the local village where they made good friends with the local barman, Salvador. They were extremely easy guests and it was fascinating to hear opinions and stories from their very different home in Alaska. Ted even removed the alternator from our ancient tractor(we will let him know when it is up and running once more). As for Brigitta, her experiences in South America as a girl were amazing. It was a delight to have them to stay.
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perfect peaceful scenic authentic rural setting

  • 5 of 5

farmhouse setting in countyside with wonderful views

all amenties needed for a comfortable holiday

friendly and helpful owners on site with advice if needed

we had a wonderful time!

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thankyou for your kind words. it was a joy to meet such a fun and lovely family. We look forward to meeting again in the future.
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Unique experience in Spain!

  • 4 of 5

Truly a unique experience for those looking for something different. If you've read 'Driving Over Lemons' this is a great description. Liz and Danny were charming hosts and helpful in all ways. We even got massages from Liz 😀򐀡 The bed was comfortable, the kitchen adequate, and the best part of staying at 'Olla de la Margarita' was sitting outside in the evening with a glass of wine and listening to the birdsong, with not another farm or human in sight!!! A great respite from the busy, touristy areas.

If you are looking for 4 star luxury this is not the place for you. It was the experience that we rated 4 star. We will definitely return to 'Olla de la Margarita' on our next trip to Spain.

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

It is a very special place and we still love it, 27 years later.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Malaga at 90 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Villanueva de San Juan at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Tarifa at 150 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Antequera at 70 Kilometres Nearest Train : Almargen/Canete la Real at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A92 at Osuna at 26 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Villanueva de San Juan at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Sierra Nevada at 120 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Torremolinos at 90 Kilometres Car: necessary

THE CAM INIT O DEL REY Walkway through the G arganta del Chorro is 40minutes away alsoSpecial interest holidays:

Bird watchers will be able to see golden orieles, bee eaters and hear nightingales. Walkers will be able to enjoy the many tracks that criss cross the olive groves.There is a large "classroom" available for activities such as yoga or even group meetings when not in use as a classroom. It is equipped with a whiteboard and a computer. The owner Liz is a qualified teacher who can give basic Spanish lessons or English classes to any level.. Horse riding can be arranged in Olvera, where there is also a "Via Verde", or old railway line where people can walk, cycle or horse ride. There is also an observation point for the vulture sanctuary at Zaframagón on the same track. We are very near the "Camping" of Algámitas where there is a good restaurant and various activities such as horse riding and archery, and, for the more adventurous, there are bolted climbs on several of the rock faces of the Peñon de Algamitas while El Chorro is a 40 min drive away..


Nearest beach Torremolinos, 1 and a half hours drive.

Nearest lakes Los Embalses del Chorro, 45 minutes drive.

Nearest public swimming pool Villanueva de san juan, 10 minutes drive.


Car hire is essential.

Distance to Malaga airport 1 and a half hours.

Distance to sevilla airport 1 and a half hours.

Distance to Jerez airport 1 and three quarter hours.


Granada 1 hour 40 mins.

Sevilla and Malaga both 1 hr 35 mins.

Ronda 1 hr.

Campillos 40 mins.

Villanueva de San juan 10 mins.

Los Embalses del Chorro (beautiful lakes) 45mins away


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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £43

Booking Notes:
Changeover day is not specified but departure time will normally be 12.00 midday.Please leave the Casita tidy and empty the bins.

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From the Owner

This is not a place for high heels or luxury seekers but it is quiet and relaxing as well as being full of character with a great "ambiente" Standing at 600 metres we are surrounded by trees but with open views across the countryside as well. In the Summer golden orieles nest here and the liquid sound of the bee-eaters can be heard most Summer nights. We are excellently placed for visits to Seville, Granada, Malaga and Cordoba, and Ronda is less than an hour away. We are also near the stunning lakes of El Chorro near Antequera and even nearer to the Peñon of Algamitas where there are some bolted climbs. I myself can offer basic Spanish classes. Dividing your time between the casita patio and visits to the nearby sites and cities provides a perfect holiday.

Property Type

  • villa


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Large bathroom with shower/bath, toilet and sink.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One double bedded and one twin bedded, ie 2 bedrooms rooms, one with space for additional bed.


  • Outside: The farm comprises 8 hectares and the house is situated a little off centre of the land. The patio for the cottage comprises a raised platform surrounded by gardens, overlooking old olive trees. Patio with barbecue, table and chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, sheets and blankets included. Sheets and towels changed weekly.

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