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Simple Traditional Spanish Farm Cottage, Charming, Welcoming And Peaceful

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

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liz hart
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
9 June, 2017

About liz hart

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.

liz hart purchased this villa in 1985

Why liz hart chose Estepa Area

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

What makes this villa unique

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Villanueva de San Juan in Seville Province

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Large bathroom with shower/bath, toilet and sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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.


4.4/5 -
(5 traveller 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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Traditional farm cottage in peaceful olive grove setting

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful 3 weeks at Las Ollas de Margarita, with our 2 young children. The farm cottage is charmingly simple, & had plenty of space for us all. Pleasingly off-the-grid feel but with wifi & hot water meaning we had everything we needed to get by with a young family. Lovely days spent chasing farm animals, & picking apricots for breakfast.

Great location for visiting surrounding pueblos blancos, as well as Ronda, Sevilla, & El Chorro.

Liz & Danny were wonderful hosts, unintrusive but always available to discuss local traditions or lend a sympathic ear on the challenges of parenthood. They did all they could to make our stay as comfortable & enjoyable as possible. We really hope to return & look forward to seeing GreyGrey grow 😉

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sally, Simon, Thea and Flynn were a lovely family and perfect, easy and appreciative guests. Taking young children on holiday was quite a challenge but they fought their tiredness and did as much as they could including hiring bicycles in Olvera and visiting Sevilla twice. It was a pleasure to get to know them during their stay and we hope they will be back again one day. Grey grey is already growing fast and may be quite a big cat in a few months, I will send Thea a photo soon! All the very best from us, Liz and Danny
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Abstand vom Großstadttrubel

  • 4 of 5

Uns hat es dort sehr gut gefallen!! Das Haus ist sehr einfach eingerichtet. Wer also ein Spa oder Ähnliches sucht ist dort wohl an der falschen Adresse. Allerdings kann man für glaube ich 20 € eine entspannende Massage von Liz bekommen.

Wer Tiere mag, kommt dort auf seine Kosten. 2 Hunde, mehrere Katzen, 2 Pferde die man wahrscheinlich auch reiten kann, das weiß ich aber nicht (müsste erfragt werden), Hühner und nicht zu vergessen, Willi das gesprächige Schwein...

Da wir im März da waren muss gesagt sein das es nachts recht kühl sein kann, tagsüber waren es 20-22ºC. Jeder Raum hat eine elektrische Heizplatte an der Wand und in der Küche steht ein kleiner Ofen zum Feuer machen. Holz ist in ausreichender Menge vorhanden.

Es ist ein 3 flammiges Gaskochfeld vorhanden aber kein Backofen. Im Garten/Terrasse kann gegrillt werden.

Bereitwillig geben Liz und Danny auch Gemüse und Salat aus ihrem Garten, sowie eigene Oliven und Mandeln her.

An den umliegenden Hängen werden Oliven angebaut. Der weg der zum Haus hochführt, ist etwas holprig und sollte vorsichtig befahren werden. Dort macht sich auch ein Geländewagen ganz gut, ist aber nicht zwingend erforderlich. Der Renault Clio hat es geschafft. Ein auto ist dort zwingend erforderlich, da es sehr abgelegen ist. Die 2 nächstgelegenen Dörfer kann man per kleiner Wanderung gut erreichen. Zum einkaufen braucht man allerdings den Wagen.

Städte wie Ronda, Sevilla, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada (Sierra Nevada), Malaga, sind in 1-3 Std. mit dem Auto gut zu erreichen. Für Ausflüge können Liz und Danny gute Tipps geben und schreiben sogar wegbeschreibungen (englisch natürlich). Zum Caminito del Rey braucht man beispielsweise ca. 45 min.

Die Größe der Betten habe ich festgestellt, ist ein grundsätzlich spanisches Problem, hier gibt es oft Betten dir nur 180 cm lang sind. Allerdings habe ich in dem großen bett quer geschlafen und meine Freundin in einem Einzelbett daneben...

Fazit: wer eine einfache und ruhige Unterkunft mit einem oder mehreren möglichen kulturellen Städtetrips verbinden will, ist hier gut aufgehoben.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elizabeth and Thorge were lovely guests. Quiet, very clean and tidy and very pleasant to talk to. Thorge even helped with a plumbing problem! They were very good with the dogs and Thorge enjoyed 'the zoo' while Elizabeth loved the peace to catch up on her reading. A very nice couple indeed and would be happy to have them back at any time. They left the cottage in perfect condition.
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £42.11

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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