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Simple Traditional Spanish Farm Cottage, Charming, Welcoming And Peaceful

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


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:
13 May, 2018

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 Villanueva de San Juan

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 Sierra Sur

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • 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.


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Simple Traditional Spanish Farm Cottage, Charming, Welcoming And Peaceful
average rating of 4.3 based on 11 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: 01-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 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: 23-May-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: 10-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 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: 02-Jun-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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Woning is eenvoudig.

  • 4 of 5

Rustige omgeving met een geweldig uitzicht. De eigenaars zijn attent en vriendelijk. Ze laten je thuis voelen.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cosy cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time. But be prepaired: it can be quite cold in March.

Liz and Danny are very kind hosts. And we loved to listen to the sound of nature and to see all the animals, especially Messie and Shadow (the two friendly dogs). There are good places nearby to visit and there are some good places for walking.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Villanueva de San Juan
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
70 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Almargen/Canete la Real
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
A92 at Osuna
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Villanueva de San Juan
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
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


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £43.82

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.