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Family-friendly villa set on finca with pool, near Vejer, beaches & restaurants

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom villa on lovely laid-back finca, perfect for families & friends

Our largest Casita Alcornoque is tucked to the side of the finca, offering the most privacy and seclusion of the Casitas. It has 3 good sized bedrooms, family bathroom, sitting room & separate kitchen/dining room - ideal for an individual family or a group of up to six guests (max 4 adults). There is a queen double & two twin bedrooms (the largest can become a king double) sharing a spacious family bathroom with a washing machine. The well-stocked fully fitted kitchen/dining room has granite worktops, gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave & wooden dining table seating six, while the separate sitting room area has two comfy sofas and an armchair as well as WiFi, ipod docking station, radio/CD, UK/European satellite TV (freeview) & DVD player, board games, books and toy box - with a woodburning stove for cooler months between mid November to end of March, (seasoned wood is provided weekly).

Patio doors from the sitting room open directly onto a spacious West-facing terraced patio, fully shaded with two round wrought iron chairs to curl up with a book or morning coffee - along with a charcoal barbeque and large wooden table and benches for up to 10 guests to eat together, so the ideal Casita for booking with another for smaller groups of families and friends who each want their own private space too. There is a parking area with shaded carport as well as a secluded garden that wraps all around, with two sunbeds and a wooden swing chair on the front lawn for relaxing in the sunshine - perfect for guests of all ages, including families with little ones.

El Sueño is a relaxed & mellow retreat in a peaceful rural location, the antithesis to a managed holiday resort - where adults can sit back and relax in their own private space, while children run free to explore and meet new friends in acres of gardens. Welcoming guests for 12 years (many who return more than once), Finca El Sueño is found in one of the most unspoilt areas of the Costa de la Luz, nestled into a secluded valley by the sea between the hilltop 'white village' of Vejer & the seaside towns of Zahara and Barbate. Tucked within organic laid-back grounds including a large Bees & Butterfly Herb Garden, Citrus Walk and a lake in the water meadows, there are just five individual country houses sleeping one to eight persons - offering guests a choice of individual accommodation for couples, families and friends as well as larger groups.

While our two bedroom Mimosa Casita is particularly suitable for those with mobility/wheelchair requirements, both our three bedroom Casitas Alcornoque and Pimeinta are also popular as they are on a single level. The four Casitas (cottages), each named after the closest of the trees that surround them, all have their own private shaded patio & garden, sharing a swimming pool safely fenced for little ones & two play areas for children set in the central gardens - while the spacious and private Cortijo del Sueño (original farmhouse with Moorish origins) with four en-suite bedrooms has its own walled swimming pool, so perfect for families and friends to share or a base for larger groups.

Just minutes away are miles of glorious beaches, delicious restaurants & tapas bars to suit all tastes either in town, beside the sea or tucked in away in rural settings, along with a wealth of shops & markets, stunning nature reserves & a range of activities from wildlife tours, cycling, surfing, horseriding to whale watching for all ages. Dehesa Montenmedio just 500m away with its renowned NMAC art centre, acres of natural deer park, 18 hole golf course and international annual equestrian Sunshine Tour, while within easy reach are many of the historical and cultural gems of Bolonia, Cadiz, Seville & even Morocco to explore.

More Details

Tanya MacRae
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
February 4, 2018

About Tanya MacRae

After falling in love with the untouched finca 13 years ago, we have worked hard to ecologically restore & renovate the existing buildings to offer all our guests a relaxed and laid-back retreat.

A small but very friendly local team, including ourselves in the office and a local bilingual caretaker on site daily, are always happy to help with any questions about the houses & local area (with 24 hour emegency telephone numbers offering peace of mind too) - so we look forward to welcoming you to El Sueno soon!

Tanya MacRae purchased this house in 2003

Why Tanya MacRae chose Barbate

A golden memory of an all-to-brief childhood holiday to visit friends, who met with family every Summer to share a collection of very simple cottages on a farm - the children ran free together until dusk, while the adults took turns to cook, explore or relax ...

The finca offered us a unique opportunity not only to renovate a traditional farmhouse and cottages, but also bring the entire estate slowly back to life in a more natural organic way after being neglected for so long - giving us far more opportunity (and ongoing hard work!) than neatly managed gardens or patios of the usual holiday villa or apartment. We have already planted many trees, created a bees & butterflies herb garden and dug out a small lake in the water meadows to create a haven for wildlife throughout the year.

This lovely corner of Spain is still thankfully undeveloped, while we are located in a small protected natural park that goes down to the sea - so enjoy a quiet rural location where the local village is still predominately farming families, but still close to so many wonderful places to visit, activities to try and fresh local produce to eat!

What makes this house unique

The spacious grounds of the finca allows all our guests to not only relax and enjoy their individual houses and private gardens, but also wander around larger shared gardens and orchards. Therefore it is perfect for singles, couples and individual families to visit at any time of year - as well as for larger groups of friends and families to holiday together too, while each retaining their own private space. Unlike usual apartments or villa rentals, children can explore and make new friends in the shared gardens (including our friendly rescued cats) - we can also offer a number of items as well as practical advice, for those travelling with little ones. While Spanish towns and larger villages are lively until very late, the finca is very quiet in the evenings - so adults can relax on their patios and enjoy a glass of wine and a barbeque, while listening to the sounds of the owls and crickets.

For those new to self-catering or booking independently online, we are a small family registered business with over 12 years experience - as well as recognised by respected and 'green' travel companies such as Alistair Sawdays, Responsible Travel and Green Traveller, so are independently inspected on a regular basis. We have welcome wonderful guests from around the world, many who have returned or recommended us to family and friends - so please read their comments on our online 'Guestbook'. We are always happy to answer questions and are also pleased to be able to offer a cancellation and refund policy (please read our Terms and Conditions on our website).


Barbate House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Our full Terms & Conditions are available on request
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Washing machine
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Larger twin - 2 twin/ single , Can be made up as a king double bed
    Main - 1 queen
    Smaller twin - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
* For families & beach lovers, some of the best beaches on the Costa de la Luz are just 10-30 minutes away by car. (Our Information Book gives details of over a dozen different ones to try!) * A wide range of outdoor activities are available nearby including walking, hiking, cycling, horseriding, surfing, windsurfing and canoeing. * The parklands of Dehesa Montenmedio just 500m away offers an 18 hole golf course, equestrian events (Sunshine Tour) and NMAC art centre. * For nature lovers, go whale & dolphin watching, take a 'safari' exploring National Parks such Donana & Los Alcornocales, or simply relax birdwatching, and local flora and fauna walks. * For foodies, delicious tailor-made cookery courses, wine & sherry trips and tapas tours. * For those who enjoy history, culture & exploring, visit Roman ruins in Bolonia, or take a day trip to Seville, Cadiz or even Morocco!


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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Jerez, Gibraltar, Seville, Malaga
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Venta Paquito (seasonal)
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Tarifa, Cadiz
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Dehesa Montenmedio
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Cadiz Bahia Sur, Jerez, Algeciras
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Dehesa Montenmedio
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Playa del Carmen, Barbate
Car: necessary


There are several airports that are all within driving distances offering a wide choice of airports and airlines for our guests. Jerez (40 mins), Gibraltar (1.25 hr), Seville (1.5 hours) and Malaga (2.5hrs) - all offering several airline carriers from many airports national and international. Car hire is essential due to our semi-rural location, and we are pleased to recommend a local company. Public transport and taxis are also available - although on a more limited basis than urbanised areas.


The beautiful 'white village' of Vejer de la Frontera is just 8 minutes by car, with the seaside villages and towns of El Palmar, Canos de Meca and Conil just 10-20 minutes away with miles of undeveloped golden beaches inbetween. The historic & cultural towns of Jerez, Seville, Ronda & Cadiz (to name just a few!) are also from 40 mins to a day trip distance. Morocco (Tangiers) is also just an hour or so away, door-to-door including the sea-cat!

Further Details:

There is a choice of excellent local restaurants and tapas bars, shops and local markets all within easy reach. Banks, internet cafes, doctors and pharmacies can be found in all local towns, including Vejer just 5 minutes away. For any particular requests or requirements, please just ask! Each property comes with its own Information Book containing essential and local information as well as suggestions for places to eat, visit and enjoy. A local caterer can provide delicious home-cooked meals as well as a shopping service on request. Childminding is also available too!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $184.59

As a registered business, prices include IVA (VAT), currently 10%. Please enquiry about last minute offers, seasonal booking discounts eg 10% for two person occupancy or two weeks during Low & Regular Season periods. Our prices include complimentary children items, free Wifi, all utilities, a shared Casitas laundry room, daily caretaker who will also clean the pools and secure private parking - while the price for a two week booking also includes a light general clean on the middle Saturday morning, with a full change of cotton bedlinen and bathroom towels. Additional housekeeping, catering, shopping service, personal chef, tailor-made cookery lessons in the Casita and childminding are all available on request. Assistance dogs, eg g guide for the blind, always welcome!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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