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Unique Historic Secluded Farmhouse With Private Pool And Spectacular Views



Updated: 04-Jul-2016
Farmhouse near Montefrio, Granada Province, Andalucia - Peaceful Location Surrounded By Olive Groves, 5 Minutes Drive ( 30 Minutes Walk) To Town

El Cortijo de Los Siete Olivos. A unique 150 year old farmhouse, restored to retain its original character, with beautiful panoramic views over olive groves and across the valley to the Parapanda mountain. The whitewashed house with low-beamed ceilings, nestles on a hillside under dark holm oak trees. Although fully modernised it avoids the sterility that can characterise recently renovated buildings, it has a warm ambiance in which old -style interior fittings seem to merge organically with the walls and floor in traditional Andalucian fashion. The accommodation consists of the farmhouse and a little adjoining house, each with its own secluded terrace. There is a charming pool set in natural stone, and a 'wild' garden with pomegranate, almond and olive trees. The small town of Montefrio is only 5 min drive from the house where you can find all you need for your stay, and the magnificent city of Granada only 45km away.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine

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About the Owner

Recently retired, we like to spend as much time as we can at El Cortijo de Los Siete Olivos. As city dwellers we love the beauty and slower pace of life that Montefrio offers us. Seven grandchildren, living variously between Edinburgh and Oxford keep us rooted in the UK.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Clea Sheffield

We've stayed at Seven Olive Trees twice now - once with family, ranging from 5 to 55 years, and once with a group of 30-something friends. Both times have been relaxing, fun and hassle free. The layout works really well, with semi-separate accommodation meaning that there is plenty of space for time alone, but also living areas large enought to accommodate everyone at once. The terrace with it's dining table is perfect for large groups. Having four proper double rooms means it's also great for groups of couples, as there's no arguments over rooms. Five minutes' drive away are the local town offers ample grocery shopping (as well as take away pizza!) and has a fantastic bakery. Seven Olive Trees has loads of storage and good cooking facilities over the three kitchens, plus a barbecue terrace, which makes it ideal for self catering - we've never been to a bar or restaurant in the town, so can only review the nightlife at the house, which is excellent!
Feb 2013
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


marvellous Monetario Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to have spent a whole month in such a beautiful, peaceful spot. The ideal place to meet up with family and friends.

The farmhouse is a short way out of the beautiful town of Monefrio accessed by a track through the olive groves, secluded and quiet apart from the sounds of birds, peacocks.

Margaret , the owner offered very welcome advice on what to do and see both before and during the holiday and was always easily accessible by email.

The farmhouse is well equipped and has a lovely homely feel of a much loved property. The layout offers space for different age or family groups to holiday together.

There are many interesting places to visit, one of the highlights being a trip to Granada and staying at the lovely Hotel America in the Alhambra grounds. Margaret the owner recommended this and was definitely worth doing. It means you miss the crowds in the early morning and evening. We also did some trips to Malaga, Rhonda, Alcala La Real, Alhama la Granada, Moncil , Antiquera and Monachil all well worth a visit.

Even though we did do many trips we thoroughly enjoyed just staying around the terrace or by the pool. As the weather was so good during our stay we spent most days swimming in the lovely pool.

We loved going into Montefio most days for our supplies of milk, bread, wine, fruit and cheeses etc. The locals hardly spoke any English but were always very helpful and welcoming.

We mainly ate on the terrace at the farmhouse but did enjoy a meal at El Pregonero and the Convent at the weekend.

We could have done with even more than a month as we did not see everything we wanted to. We would thoroughly recommend this farmhouse to anyone who enjoys staying in a quiet, beautiful place with stunning views in an area with stunning scenery and plenty of history. Thanks Margaret for allowing us to stay in your wonderful, peaceful property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for telling us about all the things you enjoyed during your stay in our Montefrio farmhouse. We are so pleased that you had a good holiday, and made the most , during the month, of the many interesting places to visit in the area.
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Restored Farmhouse with Pool

  • 5 of 5

Lovely restored old farmhouse in the countryside around Montefrio. House was very well equipped with plenty of space and a lovely patio with stupendous views of the surrounding olive groves and hills.

There was also a large a clean pool that we all enjoyed, especially given the July heat.

Well worth a visit!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your kind comments Margaret and Geoff
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Christmas break

  • 4 of 5

This year my husband and I decided to have a rather different Christmas and take our three grown up children ( in their 20's) to Spain. We had a great time in the farmhouse which provided the accommodation we required ( they each like their privacy) and wonderful views. We were warmly welcomed on arrival - literally and metaphorically which was very helpful for the weather was cold and the log fire and heaters much needed, and much appreciated. While the rooms are small we fitted in well and the sunshine allowed us to eat outside at lunch time. Finding everything in apple pie order and clean was a great boon. The fixtures and fittings are not grand but they look like fond treasures found and guarded over years and they work.

Its a very peaceful spot and a great treat to be able to walk through the olive groves into town (Montefrio) and into the hills. Margaret Cook and her husband leave a very useful vade mecum file on local walks, where to eat and how to get to Grenada, Malaga etc.

We had two jaunts in our 5 days: one to Grenada and a second to ski in the Sierra Nevada. Both were great fun. But the local walks and mooching round Montefrio , and reading books by the fire, were equally good fun. We returned after 5 days feeling mentally relaxed and physically in much better shape than we would have been after the usual 5 days of big eating and TV watching in the UK.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Five stars for Seven Olives

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Seven Olives in early July and were captivated by the house and its surroundings. Everyone in the family from oldest to youngest was in love with it. It manages to pull off the feat of making one feel at home and abroad at the same time. Its idiosyncratic, traditional Andalucian interior – with tables, ledges, day beds and shelves built into the structure and beautiful striped fabrics everywhere – is delightfully unfamiliar. And yet the place has an exceptionally welcoming, comfortable, undemanding feel (it completely avoids the impersonality that can mar rented properties). And what you have no way of telling in advance (because the photographs give no sense of its scale) is how spacious it will feel when you get there. It has a really wide terrace (on which most of the summer living is done), a glorious view of the Parapanda mountains opposite and a perfectly situated swimming pool on a lower level at the bottom of a path edged by rosemary and lavender bushes. It was very hot – but the air in Montefrio has an edge of chill about it (the ‘frio’ just about making itself felt) which is a blessed relief – the atmosphere is far more comfortable than in Granada in summer. The house is intelligently equipped (juicers, garlic-crushers, hair-dryers – you name it). And Margaret Cook, the owner, could not have been more helpful with the questions we kept lobbing at her before and during our stay – going way beyond the call of duty to make sure we enjoyed the holiday. I particularly adored the spectacular walk from the house to Montefrio for breakfast – it is such a jewel of a town, absolutely earning its reputation as one of the prettiest white hillside towns in Andalucia. Sleeping under the stars in the sturdy canvas hammock was, for some of our party, one of the most memorable pleasures of the fortnight. But above all, we were all reminded of what a luxury it is to live in simplicity in a beautiful place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your most appreciative review of your stay at Los Siete Olivos. We were so pleased to hear that everyone in your mixed age family group had such a good time.
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Beautiful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the end of May in lovely period of sunshine (two adults and our 11 year old son). The farmhouse is delightful - with stunning vista from the terrace over olive groves and to the distant mountains. We spent most of our time at the house enjoying the peace and the views and the pool.

The farmhouse feels wonderfully authentic (since it is a restored old property) and much loved. The kitchen is equipped with all the real crockery/cooking stuff that you'd find in a family home - and just what we needed to cook wonderful breakfasts/lunches and dinners.

We ate every day (morning, middle of day and evening) on the terrace and would never grow tired of the view. Siesta'd in the hammock there too.

The pool set below the house is idyllic - 21 degrees when we were there so we were in to cool off and splash around, and our son happily jumped in and out for much longer.

The beds are very comfy and have nice linens/blankets. We didn't know that end May the night temperatures can drop - so we would pack some English nightshirts next time!

Main bathroom was unexpectedly spacious and bath large and lovely. Open fire place in the sitting room a lovely touch (we had welcoming wood fire each evening).

The surrounding countryside is olive groves and flowers (May) was beautiful and we took some gentle walks (to work up appetite).

The people in Montefrio (5 mins down road by car) were very warm and welcoming every time we ventured into the shops - to the fishmongers, the ironmongers (for a paella pan to take home) and so on. Cafe Elena just by the amazing round church sold fanatastic churros and chocolate (as well as tostadas) - full of locals (and us) to enjoy. Local olives/wine/pottery etc from turisticos shop in main square were also inexpensive and people v nice. Also spectacular setting of church on the hill so beautiful to arrive at every time.

The track down to the farmhouse is a fairly typical dirt road - so drive carefully down it and have a robustish car.

Granada is just a short (under an hour) drive away down easy (and first 15k from the house v beautiful) roads. We flew in to Seville and the drive back to airport just under 3 hours very easy. Cordoba also in striking distance (but we didn't end up going since staying in house just too nice!)

What more can we say? Showed pics and recommended it to friends on our return - and they want to book in themselves.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Los Siete Olivos. We love it when people enjoy the same things about the farmhouse and Montefrio that we do. Thank you very much for your kind comments and also your helpful suggestions for other visitors. Margaret
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From the Owner

We wanted to experience life in traditional Spain, so chose to buy in Montefrio as it offered us a country area within easy access of the coast and a major city. We feel incredibly lucky that we chanced upon this little town as its beauty never fails to delight us every time we return. The local area offers so much in terms of history, walking and bird watching, and with the proximity to Granada, access to restaurants, shops, city life in general and of the course the wonderful Alhambra Palace. For families with children, there are many activities to enjoy, the Aquaola Water Park and the amazing Science Park in Granada, and watching flamingos. Locally in Montefrio horse riding and cycling are available.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Granada and Malaga ( more UK flights) at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Montefrio at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Granada at 40 Kilometres Nearest Train : Granada at 40 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Malaga /Granada at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Montefrio at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Sol y Nieve at 100 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Malaga at 100 Kilometres Car: recommended

Montefrio has been designated in 2015 as 'one of the 10 most beautiful village views in the world' by National Geographic Spain.


The coast of the Costa del Sol with all its pretty towns and lively attractions is a drive of an hour and a half. Malaga itself is a fine city with an historic quarter including Picasso Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum and roman amphitheatre. There you can find great shopping , lively bars and street entertainment. Historic Granada, with the world famous Alhambra Palace, bars shops and cafes is a 40 km drive away.


Our nearest airport is Granada, which is 40 minutes from the house, but Malaga offers many more flights from the UK , and is an hour and a half's drive. We consider car hire from Malaga is more or less essential, as although it's possible to reach Montefrio by public transport via Granada and to walk from town to the house, it is a 50 minute walk up quite a steep hill, from where the bus stops.


Three kilometers from the town and forty kilometers from Granada make daily living simple. The Alhambra Palace is easily accessed in Granada. The wonderful cities of Cordoba and Seville are within easy reach. Cordoba is a day's outing and Seville is a five hour round trip. Local towns, villages and nature parks within an hours drive from Montefrio offer many other opportunities for sightseeing.

Further Details:

Montefrio is one of the white towns (pueblos blancos) of Andalucia and is unspoilt by tourism. It's a working town of olive farmers where few people speak English, but their friendly helpful manner more than compensates for our inadequate Spanish. Montefrio offers a full range of local shops, banks, supermarkets. There is friendly competition between Bars to entice visitors with fine tapas, offered free with each drink. Also, the town swimming pool which is open in summer has a great bar/restaurant. In the evening you can eat there and it's very popular with locals, , but as usual in southern Spain, if you want to eat much before 9/9.30 you'll be eating alone!

All bars offer meals, there are also restaurants for a more formal dining experience.

For additional food shopping there is a weekly market, a bakery, cheese and olive oil cooperatives offering local produce and also locally produced 'jamon'.

Montefrio is a colourful community with many celebrations and fiestas throughout the year.

The region of Montefrio has been inhabited for thousands of years, going back to the middle of the Stone Age. A historic town, its Moorish tower was the last place to be besieged by catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in 1486 before the final retreat of the Moors from Granada. You can see traces here of many different cultures and civilizations as well as finding opportunities for walking, cycling, climbing and bird watching. We provide visitors with a lot of information and guidance to the town and the area and places of interest including walks from the house. A walk through the olive groves can take you to a ruined mediaeval village, remains of a Roman fort and further on to an amazing neolithic site of dolmens. A guided tour of the dolmens from the site owner can be booked at the tourist office in Montefrio.

Prices and Availability

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Booking Notes:
We ask for a deposit of 25% payable to secure the booking. The balance is payable 6 weeks before arrival. The price displayed is for the farmhouse El Cortijo (three double bedrooms). Prices are in GBP, for a rate in euros or a daily rate please ask us.

Changeover Day:
Normally in high season change overs are at weekends although we can be flexible about this to accommodate cheap flights. At other times stays can be tailored to your travel plans. We ask for arrivals after 4.00pm and departures before 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
The entire farmouse , including the little house (La Casita) costs from £450 to £550 per week in high season.
Winter lettings may incur a fuel supplement but rate reductions may be possible for longer stays.

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From the Owner

Our 150 year old farmhouse was restored about twenty five years ago using traditional methods and materials. White uneven lime-washed walls and birchwood beams and the local brightly coloured Alpujarran fabrics used throughout the house reflect its traditional past, whilst offering comfortable modern convenience. We enjoy beautiful views of the Parapanda mountain across the valley from all the terraces around the house, and starry nights are quite magical. The approach to the house is along one of the many pale dusty tracks that meander over these hillsides, lined with almond trees, through groves of Hojiblanca and Picual olives. Although only five minutes from town by car you feel you are in a different world.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Main bathroom ground floor bath/shower over, WC. Small bathroom with halfsize bath/shower over and wc. Separate house: Small bathroom/bath, shower over, wc.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed and single bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed. Daybed in living room. Separate house: Bedroom 4 with double bed.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The property consists of a farmhouse ( El Cortijo) with three double bedrooms, two kitchens and two bathrooms. La Casita is a separate small house, with kitchen ,bathroom, living area and double bed. In the summer months the entire property is very suitable for family groups and groups of friends where one can enjoy privacy/personal living space with private terrace and also meet together to eat and relax on the large terrace or by the pool . At certain times of the year it may be possible to rent part of the farmhouse at a lower rate for smaller groups of 2/4 people. Outside: There are three main gated terrace areas each with own tables and chairs, plus a barbecue terrace, and other sitting areas around the pool. Large table and chairs on the main terrace are perfect for lazy dining. There is a large hammock, lounging chairs and sun beds. There is a natural garden area with tracks through almond, pomegranate, olive and fig trees, and trees to climb. The garden and pool are not fenced , and open directly to the olive groves. All terraces are gated however and proof against all but the most determined toddlers. Beautiful private pool ( unheated) set in natural stone, with external shower. Ample parking space, the house is situated on a track with no other users except the two farmers who come out daily to tend their olives and vegetables. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels (swimming towels on request) provided with change of linen provided. Other: Upstairs studio in the farmhouse has a small kitchen with gas hob, micro-wave and fridge and bathroom that allows for self contained living. La Casita has its own fully equipped kitchen and bathroom.

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