|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Every bedroom is a miniature palace: unique, enchanting, and luxurious. Every turn of an outdoor path leads to a secret garden overhung with vines. And when you come to the edge, the view… Well, words can't describe this vista. With a history dating back to the year Columbus discovered America, this Moorish holiday villa in Andalusia is a work of art, history, and painstaking restoration. You won't even need to visit the museum room in this Spanish luxury villa in Andaluca, because history unfolds around you like a fine silk tapestry. Smell that warm, dusty Spanish air, tinged with the scent of flowers? That's Time.
(6,660 m2) Behind the protective wall that surrounds the estate, you will delight in this villa's 200-year-old Moorish ornamental gardens, which have been laboriously restored to their former glory. Here you can wander or relax in total peace and tranquility, surrounded by centuries-old palm trees, shady bowers, and colorful exotic plants. Ancient cypress hedges border an attractive swimming pool fed by a natural spring, and other facilities on-site include a private chapel (open for guests at any time; see description below), a tennis court, and an outside summer bar/dining area. There is also a former mill on the grounds that can now be used as a dining hall for a large gathering. It can seat up to 100 people. Everything is surrounded by magnificent views of the hillsides and valley. Entrance to the property is controlled electronically, guaranteeing privacy at all times.
This villa estate is comprised of a main house, a cottage (which is 50 yards away and outside of the property's electronic gate), and a chapel, has been elegantly and thoughtfully renovated so as to preserve its unique atmosphere and outstanding historical features, including some of the original furniture and decorations. The owners work hard to maintain a residence that is as visually authentic as possible—that's why you won't see the typical air conditioning or central heating units, or find mini-bars or telephones in the rooms. In the winter heating is provided electrically and on open log fires for the lounge areas. Guests can also communicate by telephone, fax, or email from the library.
(1,200 m2, sleeps 20)
Ground Floor: The focal point of the main floor is without a doubt the magnificent vaulted and columned drawing room, with an original stone fireplace, chairs, couches, and tables scattered throughout the room. Other main rooms include a wood-paneled drawing room, a library, an inner patio, and a billiard room/museum. The formal dining room has seating for at least 14, while the large kitchen is fully equipped with two ovens, 4 refrigerators, industrial dishwasher, microwave, toasters, and other kitchen appliances. A separate laundry room has a washing machine, iron, and ironing board as well as a large deep freeze. There is also one bedroom on the ground floor:Room 10 has two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower.
Another bedroom, Room 11, is reserved as a staff room.
First Floor: There are ten bedrooms on the first floor. All rooms are individually decorated and, like the rest of the house, furnished with antiques and curios. Bathrooms are all ensuite except for room 12.
Room 1: This large, north-facing room has a 160 cm queen-size bed, a sitting area, and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with handheld shower-head.
Room 2: This suite contains a 160 cm queen-size 4-poster bed, a living room area, and a luxury ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, large bathtub, and separate shower. The bedroom faces south and west.
Room 3: This bedroom is south-facing and has a 160 cm brass queen-size bed, an ensuite bathroom (sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head), and views over garden.
Room 4: A south-facing room with two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head.
Room 5: This south-facing room has two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head.
Room 6: Facing south and east, this bedroom has the best views. It is spacious and contains a canopied 160 cm double bed and a luxury bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with handheld showerhead.
Room 7: This bedroom has two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head. A connecting room contains a sofa bed suitable for one. The room faces north and east.
Room 8: This north facing room with a living area has two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with handheld shower-head.
Room 9: In the rear tower, this bedroom contains a 4-poster 160 cm queen-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head. It faces south and east and also has a private terrace.
Rooms 10 and 11 are on the ground floor.
Room 12: In the front tower, this room contains two twin-beds (can be joined upon request), with a separate bathroom (sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head) in a converted dovecote on the floor above.
There are two cottages, each sleeping 6 people. The cottages are located 50 yards away from the main house. Each cottage has three twin-bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms with showers.
The Chapel: Constructed circa 1890, the chapel was dedicated to the Virgin of Lourdes by the Marquesa, the last member of the original family, after a pilgrimage to Lourdes cured her of cancer. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-9), the chapel was ransacked, but after the war, the Marquesa returned, refurbished the chapel with religious artifacts from her home in Madrid. The building then resumed its role as religious centre of the estate, used for wedding blessings, baptisms, and other religious services. Today, a statue of the Virgin of Lourdes presides over the altar, which is more than two centuries old. Colorful carved saints look down from the walls, and the original marble font stands beside the entrance. The chapel's vaulted roof and high windows provide subtle lighting and atmosphere for an intimate ceremony. Seating capacity is for 35 people. Power outlets are available for extra photographic lighting or taped music.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
Chef Service: 13 Euros per hour
Extra Maid Service: 9 Euros per hour
Airport Transfer: Upon request
Babysitting: Upon request
Wedding Coordinator: Upon request
Event Catering: Upon request
This villa can be rented for weddings; please inquire for more details.
Pets are not allowed.
Although there are excess beds, the number of guests in the main house is restricted to 20 for reasons of wear-and-tear.
Please be aware that the cottage is located 50 yards away from the main house outside of the property's walls and is situated next to a few other residential houses.
To rent this property for only 20 guests, please see Villa La Reina.
Pool heating is available on request from November - May, with at least two weeks advance notice.
Conference and business equipment (audiovisual, translation, etc.) are available.
It was a beautiful place with a nice view. Gardens and grounds were kept clean and trimmed. Kitchen was clean and very functional. More than enough cutlery and plates. Maid service was very good. Gardener also good.
The building's history. The view of the valley. The gardens and the pool. The sitting area outdoors. The secluded location.
The rooms were hot and there were mosquitoes. The beds were uncomfortable. It would have been better if there was air conditioning. Wish it had a ocean view. Editor's Note: The owner has confirmed that there are now ceiling fans in every room. February 2011
The mountain views. The nature walk trails. The town of Otivar and Almunecar. That it was close to beach.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring lots of bug repellent and Afterbite. All three restaurants in Otivar are good.
We had GPS so it helped a lot.
Located in the hills between the monumental city of Granada and the Costa Tropical, this villa is entirely private, while still enjoying easy access to bustling seaside villages. This area is one of the less modernized areas of the Spanish Mediterranean, perfect for those who want to avoid tourist traps. Within the range of a days' excursion, you'll find a huge selection of things to do and see. Most water sports can be found in Almunecar and La Herradura, while horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking opportunities abound in the hills surrounding the villa and in the Alpujarras. The Sierra Nevada is host to one of Spain's best winter ski resorts, Sol y Nieve. An 18-hole golf course is located just outside Granada. The city of Granada itself has a wealth of monuments, including the Alhambra Palace (Spain's most visited monument) and its gardens. Also interesting are the old gypsy quarter of Sacromonte, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, La Alcaicieria (old silk market), the Arab baths, and an archaeological museum. For those more interested in rural wonders, few mountain villages are more impressive than those in the spectacular Alpujarra mountain region, classified by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve. Toward the coast and down through the verdant Tropical Valley (full of exotic fruit orchards), you'll find Almunecar. This local market town is worth a visit for its Moorish castle, botanical gardens, and Roman monuments. To the east lies Salobrena, a picturesque white village surrounded by sugar cane fields and crowned with another Arab fortress. To the west you will find Nerja, home to one of the largest cave systems in the country, and the tallest stalactite pillar in the world. We could go on, but half the fun of traveling is discovering the secrets of the land on your own! Sol y Nieve: 1.5 hours by car The Alpujarras: 1 hour Granada (airport): 55 km Nerja: 45 min La Herradura: 40 min Salobrena: 40 min Beaches: 30 min Almunecar: 15 km