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Traditional cave house in Fontanar, Jaen

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Holiday Home in Fontanar, Pozo Alcon, Nr. Cazorla, Jaen, Spain - Large, Secluded Country Cave House With Private Pool, Terraces And Stunning Views

A large, partial cave house, with stunning, uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside as far as the Sierra Nevada, Sierra de Baza and Jabalcón mountain. Situated close to the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park, the house is completely private and unoverlooked. It is on the outskirts of an attractive Andalucian village (Fontanar). It is in an elevated position above a very quiet and little-used rural road. You can simply enjoy the peaceful and tranquil setting, swimming, sunbathing and relaxing at home or use as a base to explore. The house offers cool cave rooms in summer and has a wood-burning stove for cooler spring and autumn evenings. This property is a well maintained and much-loved second home and is also used regularly by its owners.

Debra Hardman
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
12 December, 2017

About Debra Hardman

We are a Spanish-speaking English professional couple with a grown up family. This is our much loved second home in a delightful part of rural Spain. We offer this as a letting to like-minded people who wish to experience a real Spanish break.

Debra Hardman purchased this house in 2006

Why Debra Hardman chose Pozo Alcón

We decided to buy this type of property in this location for several reasons. One of us is fluent in Spanish. It is located away from the crowds and expat communities. It has good communications links to airports, major roads, coast, ski areas and rural life. The area is essentially Spanish and offers the opportunity to mix freely with the local community in a relaxing environment.

It is situated in a private, unoverlooked position on the very outskirts of Fontanar surrounded by almond and olive groves

The property itself is a cave reform which has been completed to a high standard, blending the original build with the new. We have lovingly furnished the house with good quality new furniture.

What makes this house unique

In this area we enjoy spectacular scenery, a variety of local flora and fauna; local markets, bars and restaurants frequented by Spanish locals. From the house you have amazing, uninterrupted views of the Sierra Nevada, Sierra de Baza and Jabalcón mountain. The house is on the edge of the Cazorla National Park which offers opportunities for swimming in lakes, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, away from the crowds. This is a peaceful location even at the height of the summer; a destination popular mainly with Spaniards but also visited by other Europeans.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I just wanted to say how much we adored both the house, the immediate area and the region. In spite of some tough competition, it has secured the Spain top spot for me. I have never stayed in such a beautifully kept holiday home".

Family of four - August 2014
Apr 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Pozo Alcón in Sierra de Cazorla

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Spacious downstairs bathroom with large bath, shower, basin and wc. Ensuite upstairs bathroom (bedroom 1) with shower, basin and wc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (upstairs) ensuite with double bed Bedroom 2 (downstairs cave) with kingsize bed Bedroom 3 (downstairs cave) with two single beds Bedroom 4 (downstairs cave) with single bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Outside: Large gravelled area with trees, covered patio, and pool area (3x6m private pool - summer use only). Stairs to very large roof terrace and barbecue. Garden table and chairs, sun loungers, spacious garage. The property has no immediate neighbours and is surrounded by almond and olive groves. It has uninterrupted views of the Sierra Nevada and the Sierra de Baza. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Please bring own towels for use around pool and beaches. The house is cleaned and beds made for your arrival. Other: Sitting room with digital flat-screen tv and DVD player. There is a good selection of DVDs, books, CDs and games for visitors' use. Unlimited, free Internet/wifi available from Easter 2015.


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Traditional cave house in Fontanar, Jaen
average rating of 4.8 based on 6 reviews

Tranquil break

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay- what a find.

The villa is in a beautiful setting with views that are stunning. It is quiet and peaceful and the perfect place to relax, away from the maddening crowds.

The villa itself is well laid out and spacious and has everything you need for a comfortable holiday. Maybe, just a few more utensils in the kitchen- especially as you cannot use the BBQ in the summer months! The cave was a lovely unique house and was extremely cool in the evenings for sleeping, without the need for a fan.

The pool was the perfect size for our 7 year old daughter to learn to swim in, and kept clean and regularly checked by Dale next door.

We have thoroughly enjoyed this part of Spain, the flights to granada with easy jet were straight forward and the journey to the villa is easy.

Granada itself is a fantastic city, with moorish buildings, churches, cobbled streets and plenty of good tapas bars. Carzola was worth a visit, and we also enjoyed a horse riding session which dale next door organised for us.

We mostly enjoyed lazy days around the pool, relaxing under the veranda and soaking up 'real spain'

Having stayed in many villas over the years, I would recommend this villa to families and couples who are looking for a peaceful retreat. The photos are true to the actual villa and the views are even more stunning in reality. Thank you to Debra for letting us stay in her gem of a villa.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 5 and spent 2 weeks this summer at the beautifully located house. House and surroundings are well maintained, and the scenery while sitting at the pool, is perfect. Large fields with olive trees, and in the far distance you can see the mountains. You indeed have complete privacy.

The cave house is comfortable, and cool during the night. There are enough beds with great mattrasses. All you need in the kitchen is there.

Another nice thing with children is the availability of WIFI and a TV, which was nice during the Olympics.

I can truly recommend choosing Fontanar. Its a little village with the market on Monday. There are enough restaurants. Another nice thing is the fact that you are right in the middle of several natural parks with great lakes. Great swimming, kayaking. Food locally is superb and very affordable.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely cave house in a spectacular setting. The house is very cool and homely. The views from the terrace are amazing. We saw a royal eagle several times as well as hoopoes. The local area is very agricultural with donkeys, olive and almond trees in abundance. The added bonus of the daily bread and pastry van was much appreciated as well as the weekly fish van.

It is close too the national park and beautiful lakes for swimming. It is a great place for a peaceful and restful stay.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely, comfy place far away from the crowds, swimming pool not for the delicate skin

  • 4 of 5


- Rural area, very quiet and peaceful.

- Cool, fresh place, because it's in a cave (and therefore utterly quiet, perfect for light sleepers).

- Comfortable: good beds, big fridge, good wifi, good water pressure in the shower.

Could perhaps be better:

- Garden is not taken care of by "green fingers". The garden is clean and furniture is adequate, but the plants on the picture, including the big tree in front of the gate, are gone. The pictures show a little bit more idyllic garden scenery.

- Pool is very clean, perhaps too clean. We both have normal skins and never experienced any problems with pool water, but this water makes your skin quite quickly quite dry.

For small grocery and stuff Pozo Alcón is fine. If you want to buy food for a week (the fridge is big enough), better go to a Mercadona in Guadix or Baza.

What you should know: July and August are very, very hot. The cave stayes surprisingly cool, but outside the cave the temperature is nearly unbearable from about 11 o'clock in the morning till about 5 o'clock in the afternoon during thes months. (If there is any wind at all, it feels like a hairdryer.) So if you're planning on hiking or doing a lot of sightseeing, avoid these months.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, fantastic view and cool accommodation during a hot summer

  • 5 of 5

We had never tried a cave house before - but we had often been to Spain during summer. Our youngest daughter suffers quite a bit under the heat, so the house was perfect for our stay, as the house stays cool through out the day. - and the night as well. The location is very rural, quiet, and a bit off road - but it was just what we were looking for. The view is amazing. The first night there was a thunderstorm and we could see the lightning from across the plane from the bedroom window on the first floor - it was breathtaking!

During the mornings, late afternoons and evenings we stayed outdoors around the pool - and during the hours of siesta we would prefer to stay in doors.

The house is simple furnished, but with lots of rooms - however you must be prepared that living in a cave house, there are no doors, only to the bathroom and the upstairs. Wi-fi and television working OK - with occational drop outs. The kitchen had fully-functional hub and oven, fridge and microwave. However - do not expect a lavishly equipped kitchen: You will be able to basic cooking, which was fine with us.

The bathroom on the ground floor was large with a gigantic tub and everything was working fine.

The beds were very comfortable. The upstairs bedroom tends to get quite hot due the sun and it took us a couple of days to get a sufficient rutine going with closing the shutters during the day and opening them Again late in the evening.

The local town does only offer very little shopping, so you would have to go the next town to have a fair selection of foods and restaurants - and especially the weekly market is a must. Reportedly, a bread van would come by on a daily basis and a fishmonger once a week - but don't depend on it: We had only one visit during our 11 day stay.

We had a lovely stay and would like to come back, perhaps in an other time of year, since the area invites to interesting walks and splendid nature. We did only little due to the heat.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Polo Alcon
Car: necessary


Almería and coast 1hr 30mins

Inland beaches: Cuevas del Campo 20, Freila 30 minutes

Salobrena 2 hours

Málaga 2 hours 45 mins


Granada 1hr 15mins

Almería 1hr 30mins

Murcia 2hrs 30mins

Málaga 2hrs 45mins

Car hire essential


Pozo Alcón, 10 mins

Cuevas del Campo, 20 mins

Embalse de Bolera, 15 mins

Freila, 30 mins

Baza, 45 mins

Guadix, 45 mins

Cazorla, 45 mins

Úbeda, 1hr

Granada, 1hr 15mins

Further Details:

Fontanar village: two small supermarkets, two bars.

Pozo Alcón: Supermarket, cashpoints, market on Monday mornings.

The small town of Pozo Alcon has all amenities: bars, restaurants, community outdoor swimming pool with lawned areas, restaurant.

Cuevas del Campo: small town with a range of shops and market on Tuesday, outdoor community pool and restaurant.

Baza: larger supermarkets and shopping centre.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Pozo Alcón, Jaen Province

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Booking Notes:
Please pay 25% deposit on reservation. Balance 4 weeks before arrival. Payment preferred in pounds sterling, but Euros accepted. Please contact owners by phone or email for bank details. A refundable deposit of 50 euros is required on arrival and held against loss or damage to the property.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days and arrival times are flexible. Please contact owners by phone or email to arrange.

Neighbour manages property and pool and will welcome guests and give keys.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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