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Farmhouse With Private Pool And Breathtaking Views Over Lake Iznajar WIFI

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Iznajar, Cordoba Region Andalucia, Spain - Tranquil Location, 5 Minutes Drive To The Beach And Town Of Iznajar

Cortijo Olivas is set in a perfect location surrounded by it's own olive trees. It has recently been refurbished to a high standard yet maintaining it's character and many original features such as the olive beamed ceilings. There is a large spacious vine covered patio to the front of the house with amazing views over the Lake. To the rear there is a full size pool complex with a fun slide and loungers for all guests.

Mary Payne
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, German
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Mary Payne

I live and work in the beautiful Hampshire/Dorset borders running a pottery painting studio/cafe. I bought Cortijo Olivas in 2001 and we have had some fabulous family holidays there often visiting up to 6 times a year. Since opening the studio we have still continue to visit but less so - which is why we decided to rent it out. The house has been refurbished recently 2014/2015 to provide new bathrooms and kitchen, improved living areas. This work has been carried out in a sensitive manner preserving it's character and original features.

We still visit as a family when we can - and love the new changes. We hope you will take the opportunity to share our little jewel in Iznajar.

Why Mary Payne chose Iznájar

We wanted to find something very different from where we lived at the time - Surrey. I looked at a few properties but absolutely fell in love with the location and the house. The village literally tumbles down the side of the mountain and is topped by an ancient castle. Simply idyllic. We quickly established this as a second family home for holidays and installed the pool - the rest is history! It is tranquil but just off the main road to town so in town in 5 minutes, where you can buy everything in the small shops, butchers, fishmongers, local market. If you wished to you could shop here for the duration of your stay. There is even a GP, Optician, Medical Centre, Dentist. Amazing.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We have a great lake view it is magical sitting out there first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. It is very close to town and the beach and major routes but remains tranquil. We have the comforts of home including British and Sky TV, movie channels and Internet Access if you want to keep up with what is going on or if you are simply missing those at home - wherever that may be!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Wonderful relaxing farmhouse" Our family which included 4 teenagers had a wonderful time at this peaceful, rural retreat. Stunning views, comfortable rooms and plenty of space for all. Pool was an ideal size for us and the neighbours couldn't have been friendlier. Would wholeheartedly recommend this if you want a beautiful tranquil spot away from the costas!

"Peaceful, relaxed holiday destination" Just had a lovely week at the farmhouse with my mother and 3 children. Children adored the slide into the pool - that was such a hit. The location is great - glorious views over the lake and we really like Iznajar as a village to go and visit. We did venture to Cordoba as well - loved it there. Everything as described in the listing and arrived to find it spotlessly clean.
Mar 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Iznájar in Nororma

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs bathroom includes a large tiled walk in shower, pedestal basin and toilet serving bedrooms 1 and 3 and the pool area. Downstairs bathroom consists of a large tiled walk in shower, modern basin and toilet serving bedroom 2 and downstairs areas.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with solid pine double bed with views over the lake. Bedroom 2 ground floor with double bed. Bedroom 3 twin beds with small double aspect windows over pool and front terrace.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Cortijo Olivas is well equipped having recently been refurbished and retains it's character and features. There are ceiling and/or standing fans provided in all bedrooms and main rooms for the hotter months. The front terrace has lighting and a patio set for al fresco eating and watching the sun go down. Loungers are provided by the pool area and there is also a table and chairs in this area also. Free WIFI is provided and there is excellent mobile phone reception. A complimentary welcome pack is provided on arrival. There are two high chairs and a travel cot available for family holidays. Outside: The front terrace is covered by a vine for shade and has stunning views of the lake. Table and chairs are provided for alfresco eating. The kitchen also opens up onto this patio area. A gas BBQ is provided for use by guests. To the rear of the property is a 4m x 8m swimming pool complex with a fun slide. There is ample space for the sunbeds and also a table and chairs. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing board in utility area in the garage adjacent to the house. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and bath towels are provided as are pool towels. These are changed weekly. Other: Dining room, upstairs quiet room for reading with a further TV available to watch DVD's / video collection, books and games. Garage.


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Farmhouse With Private Pool And Breathtaking Views Over Lake Iznajar WIFI
average rating of 4.7 based on 11 reviews

A great, relaxing holiday in a lovely, beautifully situated and well equipped villa.

  • 4 of 5

The photos didn't do this place justice. The house is light, bright, airy and very tastefully decorated. The layout of the property makes it feel even larger than it is and, although there are other properties nearby, we always felt private. The surrounding area is covered in olive trees and this certainly helped. The view from the terrace is spectacular with olive covered hills and the lake below. Both sunrise and sunset were a pleasure to witness from here. We immediately felt at home and this was helped by the place being very well equipped. The kitchen was much used. The pool was a very welcome respite from the daytime heat though the fact that the pool area is one side of the house and the terrace is the other meant that it was always possible to find a place 'near' the sun but not actually in it. The opposite is obviously true as well in that you could always be in the sun should you wish.

We were welcomed by Karen and Paul who were very friendly and offered good advice about the locality and amenities - you've really got to check out the Chinese shop in Rute which appears to have pretty much anything you want or need and a lot which you didn't realise you needed!

Iznajar itself is a short drive away and has a great feel with bars and restaurants as well as being a great place to wander around. We never got to see inside the castle as we never quite timed it right but we'll have to save that for next time.

One piece of advice - the road to access the property is pretty steep and has got loads of bumps and humps. That in itself is not a huge problem but I would recommend that, if you are hiring a car, maybe to get something with higher clearance and a bigger engine than a FIAT 500! Speaking of driving, Cordoba was easily accessible (under an hour and a half) and was well worth the visit.

We had a great time, loved the place and would definitely go back. Mary has been great to deal with all the way through and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend a stay.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review Enrico. Just an update regarding the road - the Town Hall are resurfacing the entire road at the end of October so should erradicate the current issues. Pleased you had a great stay and will look to updating my photos!
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A lovely well equipped house in a secluded location near Iznajar

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday in this farmhouse, which was well equipped, in a secluded location but with a few houses nearby, with views over Iznajar Lake. The pool was secluded and had a good array of sun loungers and sun umbrellas. The house is very furnished in a charming way, with modern bathrooms and kitchen. We were made very welcome by the couple looking after the house. It is off the beaten track, but within easy driving distance from Granada, Cordoba, Ronda and Malaga. We also visited Gibraltar one day. We would highly recommend it as a lovely place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house - and surroundings

  • 5 of 5

There were three of us on this trip - my wife, 12 year old daughter and I.

We have stayed in the Iznajar area a few times before, and have come back as we love it. The local area and Iznajar itself is lovely, the local lakes and their beaches are a real bonus.

The location of the house is great, nice and near to Iznajar and the main road for all directions. It is really peaceful with amazing views off the hills and the lakes, and the house was as described with plenty of living space, and very very clean. The kitchen specifically was excellent and well equipped. Two bathrooms and showers was also a bonus.

My daughters priority is a nice pool - and this one was great with the slide being an added bonus as well as being really close to the house. The outdoor seating area was especially lovely early in the morning and watching the sun rise, with grape vines overhead.

Its a great base also with a view to trips to the coast, Cordoba, Granada and even Seville (which is only 2 hours or so away).

Mary was very helpful before and during the stay, and I am sure when we come back to the area we will be sure to look up this house and would recommend it without question.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Phil for your great feedback. I think our house is quite special and I aim to keep everything clean and tidy which is where I rely on Karen and Paul. Would love to have you back no problem. Thank you. Mary.
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Property was immaculate and just what we required for our holiday.

  • 5 of 5

The property location was ideal. It permitted us to travel to all neighbouring large cities and indeed the lesser local villages. It was a pleasure to return to the property after a days' excursion to sit on it's terrace and relax whilst the children enjoyed the pool. I will return to that terrace and to the comforts of Cortijo Olivas to further enjoy more of that wonderful region! I highly recommend to those planning to explore by car this part of Spain. Thank you very much Mary! We have made great family memories in your beautiful Cortijo!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being great guests and for the lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you and your family in a future visit.
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Fantastic Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

First time in this house and area and would certainly go back to both!

The farmhouse combines rustic charm with all the modern essentials. It has a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces which was perfect for a family with 3 teenagers. The pool was a great size and the slide was an added bonus. We also enjoyed sitting on the front terrace with stunning views over Lake Iznajar. The beach at the lake is great and the pedalos are great fun and good value.

We enjoyed eating out at some of the recommended restaurants. The family particularly liked Antonio's in Fuente Dell Conde.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are pleased you had a lovely family holiday and got out and about to see some of the lovely local area and restaurants.
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Peace and Quiet in Andalucia

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed an Spring holiday at Cortijo Olivas. It was ideal for two couples as one had the ground floor bedroom and bathroom to themselves and the other couple the sole use of the upstairs bedroom, bathroom and delightful little sitting room opening on to the pool area.

Cotijo Olivas is located at the end of a steep track through olive groves and has wonderful views of Lake Iznajar and the surrounding countryside. The house is very well equipped with modern furnishings and fittings and some thoughtful little extras to make it a real home from home.

We enjoyed exploring Iznajar and the surrounding areas as well as easy drives into Cordoba, Granada and Antequera. We enjoyed eating out in the recommended restaurants. There are many to choose from without having to drive too far.

Would most definitely recommend a stay at Cortijo Olivas.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review Pauline. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and got to try out the local restaurants. Hope to see you another year.
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Bird watching, cookery courses water sports, sailing are all available locally.


The lake at Iznajar has a beach (Valderenas) which has a watersports centre offering windsurfing, pedaloes with slides, bikes and kayaks for hire. From Spring to the end of the Summer there are two excellent beach bars serving reasonably priced food and drink and very good value lunchtime menu of the day. The nearest coastal beaches are those on the Costa Del Sol less than 50 minutes away.


Nearest Airports:-

Malaga 50 minutes

Granada 40 minutes

Seville 2 hours

Gibraltar 2 hours

All route offer fast and easy journeys.


It is 3 miles to Iznajar village which tumbles beautifully down the hillside and provides a comprehensive range of individual shops, banks etc. There is a local market on Tuesdays. Regular fiestas are held. Cortijo Olivas is an excellent base for taking in all the wonderful sights and pleathora of attractions of Andalucia.

Cordoba - 1 hour to the north.

Granada - 50 minutes

Seville - 2 hours

Gibraltar - 2 hours

Further Details:

Excellent selection of local bars and restaurants locally.

Horseriding 7km away.

Quad biking.

Motorcycle tours.

Waterparks at Granada, Seville and on the coast.

Excellent science museum at Granada.

Superb walking opportunities.

Water Sports.

Tennis courts in town.

Cash machines in Village.

Supermarkets in Village.

Children's playgrounds.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Iznájar, Cordoba Province

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 May 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £200 per week will secure your booking. The balance is due 8 weeks before your stay together with a £200 breakages deposit. Minor breakages are not charged for. Details of how to book will be sent with your enquiry.

Changeover Day:
The normal changeover day is Saturday. However, this can be flexible outside high season dates. Arrival time is 4pm and departure time 10am.

Notes on prices:
Pricing is pro-rata for overlapping periods and part weeks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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