|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This is a large farmhouse with oodles of internal and outside space. Being newly renovated, everything works and is modern, although original features have been preserved. Sitting on either of the terraces, the extensive view is of olives trees, sheep grazing and being moved on by the shepherd, eagles, bee-eaters, rollers, hoopoes and a variety of other birds, wildflowers, hills in the middle distance, mountains in the background. The overpowering feeling is of quietness and space. If you are self-contained people, you don't have to move far to have an enjoyable holiday: walking to various scenic locations, barbecues, picnics, reading in the chair hammock on the terrace, refreshing yourself in the outside spa. To have a break from all that relaxation, you can take any number of drives through rugged mountain country within a stone's throw. Nearby towns, authentically Spanish and unspoiled by tourist activity, give you a taste of the real Spain.
What a find, this is the best house we have ever stayed in.
We have hired out 14 houses in the last 4 years from owners direct all have been good. but this one was the best by a long chalk.
It was immaculate, clean, fully equipped even down to providing shampoo? -- I use to be a builder and for the first time in many years i was JEALOUS of how Helen and Clare had up dated this house, so professionally and tactfully maintaining most of the original features,and putting in very high spec fixtures and fittings.
The location was breathtaking, and with a hot tub!!!!! to boot, we had wonderful drives to off the beaten track villages. the local food is excellent and cheap.
The down side was we had to leave after one week.Thanks for hiring us your house-- NO PALACE -- As a great statesman once said we shall return. Mick and Bet
A holiday at Casa Tomillo is much more than that - it is an experience to be recalled with pleasure for the rest of one's life. The villa is fully equipped so that one need not leave the property to have a relaxing and fun-filled vacation. Or one can explore the surrounding countryside with its magnificent scenery, visit old Spanish towns and villages, wine and dine at local cafes with authentic regional cuisine and baste in the glorious sunshine. My time here has been SO worth the long flight from Oz.
We've now been here twice and couldn't wish for a more relaxed holiday. This house and garden provide the ultimate getaway for reading, bird-watching, walking, cycling and the occasional glass of wine!
Our offspring in their early twenties were also captivated, even though they had to forgo any kind of night life; here you don't need more than a family meal around the table and conversation into the night.
The local towns are just that; local - no pretensions or pandering to tourists.
We'll most certainly be back.
If you want to laze in a beach or pool forget it! It is the most magical place that we have discovered in travelling remote parts of Europe for the last 40 years. You cannot even find a postcard to buy.You have to like geckos and wonderful butterflies.
If you love birds, wildlife and magnificent scenery you will love it. The sky is flooded with stars, the milky way like a river of light. Eagles and egyptian vultures circle overhead.
The house is well appointed and spotless. If you like cooking all is there for you.
Jan and Mike
Alicante or Murcia (San Javier) airports are equally suitable. Both are 2.25 hours by car to the property. If you arrive by air, it is essential to hire a car. A range of car hire companies operate from both airports.
If you drive from France into Spain at either San Sebastian or Perpignan, it is a further 10 hours to the property. Car ferry from the UK provides a holiday in itself en route. Either Plymouth to Santander or Southampton to Bilbao, there is a further 9 hours drive to the property.
The nearest village is 1 mile.
The nearest excellent restaurant is 10 minutes by car.
There are two extremely scenic, authentically Spanish towns (Yeste and Letur) within 20 minutes.
The "service town" of the region is Elche de la Sierra, is a 45 minute drive through stunning mountain scenery.
Riopar, 55 minutes by car, is an alpine area with white water rafting, horse riding, waterfalls, 3 top restaurants.
There are plenty of opportunities for walking, across agricultural land, through villages, over hills, through pine forests, up and down mountains if you're up for it. There are not many described walks - you tend to invent your own: walking across private land, as long as there is a track, is quite normal here.
Throughout the summer holiday period, all towns have really good swimming pools open. They are often in charming settings and are accompanied by restaurants.
Each town and village, even the smallest, celebrates its fiesta, generally July, August or September: communal eating and drinking, dancing, fireworks, touring brass bands, activities for the children, and at the centre of it all, the running of the bulls when the foolish or the brave like to test themselves.
During the Corpu Christi weekend you will be amazed by a festival in Elche de la Sierra. The town square and streets of the old town are covered by stunning mosaics of carpets composed of dyed sawdust, created throughout the night.
A car journey of 45 minutes will take you to a sophisticated health resort and hotel, with an outstanding outside swimming pool. It is in the depths of a beautiful and remote valley and the drive to this resort includes fantastic mountain scenery. Good food can also be had there.
One hour towards the coast is a Roman Catholic Cathedral which has been hewn out of rock, with all of its architectural features composed of the native rock.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$124|
For any bookings of more than 6 people, there is an additional fee of £50 per person per week
Email or telephone to make a booking.
A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking.
The balance needs to be paid 21 days before arrival.
A refundable deposit of £100 is required against possible damages.
Changeover day, arrival and departure times are flexible.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Significant discount will be offered for long term lets. Please enquire.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.