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Vi n t a g e Tr a v e l 2 0 1 4 S PA I N P O RT U GA L S PA N I S H I S LA N D S

Experience more destinations

France, Italy, Croatia

Experience SPAIN PORTUGAL SPANISH ISL ANDS

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Contents

94 Spanish Islands

158 Portugal

10 Spain BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY Perfect holidays Our service More online Our destinations at a glance SPAIN Catalunya Andalucía Galicia

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SPANISH ISLANDS Mallorca Menorca Ibiza Lanzarote

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PORTUGAL Costa Verde and Minho Algarve

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Experience A

2014 property collection

very warm welcome to our 2014 collection of holiday properties with private swimming pools.

The word “Experience”, our theme this year, encompasses what Vintage Travel is about.

Most important is helping you to experience a taste of the local way of life in one of the beautiful destinations within the following pages, relaxing by the pool at your holiday home with no regime or timetable to fit in to. Then, we are proud of the skills and knowledge of our team, who have travelled extensively in the destinations that we offer and have first-hand knowledge of the properties. It is this experience and insight that enable us to interpret your needs and attend to the fine details that will help you select the perfect holiday. In this, our 24th year of arranging great holiday experiences, we have an expanded range of houses in all our well known and loved areas. 2014 also sees the introduction of the Greek island of Paxos and, closer to home, Devon and Cornwall. We hope that you will enjoy the experience of perusing this brochure and will give us the opportunity to help arrange your 2014 holidays.

Steve Eccles Managing Director

We are proud to have been placed amongst the Top 10 Villa Rental Companies in the prestigious Condé Nast readers travel awards. Thank you to all who voted, we really appreciate it.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW Getting there 198 Sea crossings 199 Flights 200 Car hire 201 Travel insurance 202 Important information 203 Booking conditions 205 Booking your holiday 207 Experience our other destinations 208 Book online 211


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Perfect holidays From town houses or village properties to a house that is far from the beaten track, the choice is yours. Whatever you are looking for, we have a property to suit. Staying in a private home is the perfect way to spend your holiday. It gives you complete freedom, privacy and your very own space in which to relax and unwind. Our wide selection of properties covers everything from ancient, historic houses in rural areas to modern day contemporary homes close to beaches. They are suitable for holidays for every occasion: from a cottage hideaway for a couple or a two or three bedroom house for a family holiday, to villas large enough for several families wishing to holiday together.

Whichever destination you choose, you are assured of our commitment to providing carefully selected houses, usually off the main tourist trails, where you can discover the local lifestyle. Whether it’s a traditional mountain retreat or a modern villa just a few steps from a delightful beach, you will be able to experience the authentic character and spirit of the region from your holiday home.

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“I was very impressed wit h al l t he staf f I spoke t o on t he phone during booking - al l friend ly, helpful and knowledgeable. Beautiful, spacious, wel l equipped pr operty. I real ly appreciated t he pre-departure information pack and rep visit - made us feel like valued cust omers and gives your service a real personal t ouch! Thank you!” The Macdonald family, Welshpool (stayed at Sardana, April 2013)

Just a few of you!

Unlike other companies we never charge an under occupancy supplement, in fact in many cases we offer an under occupancy discount. If there are just a few of you travelling, outside of the peak summer holidays, why not stay in one of our larger houses and pay a reduced rental price. Our unique pricing offers you the opportunity to enjoy the extra space and the privacy provided by a larger property. Of course, we promise that you will still have exclusive use of the property, grounds and swimming pool. Just look out for the phrase ‘small party rate’ and the dual pricing panels, as shown below, throughout the brochure. Sample price panel PRICE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

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• A complimentary welcome food pack including essentials such as tea, coffee, water, milk, bread, preserves, pasta and sauce and the all-important bottle of wine will be waiting for you on arrival. • Pool/beach towels are provided at most properties, so there’s no need to use up luggage space. • Flight search service. We are happy to research flights on your behalf. • Pre-holiday information pack, including detailed directions to the property, travel documents, luggage labels and other useful information. The prices shown throughout this brochure are for the rental of the property on a ‘per week per property’ basis, and are not per person.

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Included in your Vintage Travel holiday:

• A very personal and knowledgeable service both here in the UK and overseas. • Your chosen property will be as described and will be fully prepared for your arrival. • All beds will be made up with freshly laundered linen. Your bed linen and towels will be changed at least once a week. • We recognise that many of our clients travel with infants and may require a cot and highchair to be readily available at our family houses. In most cases these will be provided free of charge, if requested at the time of booking.

Vintage Wow Properties

The Vintage Wow logo indicates a property that we feel has a particular quality which is that little bit extra special. It might be its location, its view, its stylish interior. For whatever reason, we are sure you will say ‘Wow’ on arrival, just like we did!

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Our service Personal service from the experts with a passion for creating the holiday that is just right for you. Our helpful reservations team regularly visit all the areas, are highly knowledgeable about the houses that we offer and have a wealth of first hand experience of the unique character, traditions and customs of each of our destinations. When you call us you will speak to a member of our dedicated team who has in-depth knowledge of the houses that we offer and their surrounding areas. We encourage you to talk to our specialist team, who take a pride in their ability to answer those detailed questions that are so important in making the right choice of holiday. Whether you are travelling as a couple, a family or part of a large group, we are here to guide you through the selection process of finding the perfect holiday.

Our wealth of experience extends far beyond selecting character houses and whilst we have added more destinations over the years, we remain truly passionate about the holidays we offer. This passion continues to the people who will look after you abroad, who will be keen to share with you their knowledge of the region and its local secrets. We are also here to help with your travel arrangements and although we are not a ‘package holiday’ company, we are happy to help you organise flights, ferry transfers, car hire and travel insurance.

How to contact us Vintage Travel Milkmaid House Rampton End Willingham Cambridge CB24 5JB T: 01954 261431 E: holidays@vintagetravel.co.uk www.vintagetravel.co.uk Opening hours: Monday–Friday 09:00–17:30 Saturday 09:30–13:00 Our office is closed on bank holidays.

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More online

Book online

We love to talk to our clients but we recognise that our office might not be open when you need to know if a house is available – the website never closes! Real time availability

You can go online and check the availability of your chosen property 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

More photos

We are limited as to how many photographs we can show in the pages of our brochures, however you will find many more pictures of your chosen property online.

Client reviews

Read the reviews from other clients who have stayed in the property. Also read the ‘great things to do’ to get the most out of your holiday.

Advanced search

Looking for a property with a gated swimming pool, a tennis court or Wi-Fi? Maybe you want a specific date or even a particular budget range – with our advanced search you can find exactly what you are looking for quickly and efficiently.

Of course, you may also wish to book online; that’s fine with us but we will call you back to answer any questions you may have and ensure that the property is just right for you!

Prices for flights and car hire

As well as seeing the real-time availability and weekly rental rates of our properties, you can check the prices for car hire, flights and insurance.

“An excel lent service and experience fr om t he word go. V intage Travel stands out because of t he personal t ouch and attention t o detail. You have sur passed al l expectations and we wil l use your company again for years t o come.”

To see more, search availability or book online go to www.vintagetravel.co.uk

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Our destinations at a glance Over the years we have travelled throughout Spain, Portugal and their islands to discover the areas that we feel offer the most picturesque of settings for your holiday – local towns and villages that are rich in heritage and traditional culture, unspoilt coastlines of hidden coves and sweeping beaches, and idyllic surroundings in the heart of the countryside. These are the destinations featured in this brochure.

Spain (mainland)

CATALUNYA

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Along this stunning stretch of the Costa Brava coastline, fragrant pine-clad slopes tumble down the hillside into idyllic coves of crystal blue waters and atmospheric fishing villages that seem to have changed little over the years. Inland, between here and the verdant foothills of the Pyrenees, medieval villages of warm stone sit amidst a picturesque landscape of sunflowers, vineyards and cork forests to complete the enticing vistas that have inspired artists for centuries.

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Ronda and surrounding areas The historic town of Ronda with its impressive architecture and spectacular gorge is surrounded by a picture-postcard landscape of rolling hills, wide unspoilt countryside, glistening lakes and hilltop ‘pueblos blancos’. Costa de la Luz

Long stretches of seemingly endless golden sands line what we feel to be the most undiscovered section of Andalucia’s coastline. Backed by charming fishing villages such as Conil de la Frontera and glorious tracts of countryside that become awash with colourful flowers in the spring, this is an idyllic location for a holiday by the sea. Granada and The Alpujarras

The majestic peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains form an impressive backdrop to our houses in the Alpujarras, a delightful area of hills, valleys and oasislike white villages that lies between Granada and the coast.

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Boasting the highest number of blue flag beaches in Spain, this beautifully unspoilt corner of the Iberian peninsula is home to some of the most picturesque scenery we have seen, and it is in the southerly ‘Rias Baixas,’ with its favourable microclimate, that we have chosen our properties.


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Spanish islands

MALLORCA

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This unique island of contrasts with its majestic mountain ranges, fertile plains and spectacular sandy beaches plays host to cosmopolitan resorts, fishing villages, market towns, traditional hamlets and the vibrant city of Palma. In the tranquil south east corner, small intimate coves are gently washed by the warm turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. In the north, the large sandy bay of Puerto Pollença shelves gently into the sea and rolling hills surround the atmospheric medieval town of old Pollença.

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On this sedate and most tranquil of the Balearic Islands, a pretty landscape of gently undulating countryside is dotted with traditional towns and villages that display the sleepy, laid-back ambience so synonymous with Mediterranean life. Our properties are situated across the island and are never far from one of the many delightful ‘calas’ of sheltered golden sand and turquoise blue waters that fringe the scenic coastline.

Portugal

IBIZA

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Home to a laid-back, easygoing spirit and with a sense of style unlike any other Balearic island, take the time to discover Ibiza and you will be richly rewarded. Bathed in nearly 3000 hours of sunshine a year an impressive 210km of coastline, indented with picturesque coves and sweeping sandy bays, encircles a contrasting landscape of green pine-studded hillsides dotted with whitewashed houses, almond groves and traditional farmsteads. Celebrated worldwide as a creative centre for musical experimentation Ibiza certainly has a livelier side and yet remains an overwhelmingly rural, peaceful place where one of the friendliest welcomes in the Mediterranean is assured.

LANZAROTE

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In what seems to be a world away from the bustle of the popular resorts, we have discovered a selection of properties in and around the traditional local villages of this fascinating and most easterly of the Canary Islands. Clusters of dazzling white homes are decked with flowers and interspersed with elegant palm trees, whilst a stunning natural landscape offers much to explore.

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THE NORTH – Costa Verde and Minho

Beyond a natural and untouched coastline of wide dune-backed beaches, an ancient network of cobbled lanes wind their way past woods and vineyards through a picturesque countryside of multi-coloured shades of green. It is amidst these charming local scenes that our properties are located, all within a short drive of the sea.

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The long stretch of Atlantic coast of southern Portugal, which is the Algarve, has an exciting variety of beaches to suit everybody, ranging from long flat stretches of soft golden sand to intimate coves and bays backed by stunning cliffs or rolling dunes. The dramatic coastline is sprinkled with delightful fishing villages, bustling resorts and historical seafaring towns.

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ver the years, our travels have taken us across the length and breadth of Spain’s vast and varied regions, over its wide plains and imposing ‘sierras’, through charming local villages, beautiful historic cities, and along an extensive coastline of dramatic scenery and hidden coves.

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It is however the picturesque scenery and unspoilt natural shorelines of Catalunya,Andalucía and Galicia that have particularly captured our attention and it is these three different corners of the country in which we are delighted to be offering our selection of properties.Each region is unique. In the north east, the pine-clad hillsides that tumble down into idyllic sandy coves draw‘aficionados’ of Catalunya back to its shores time and time again. In the west, it is the Caribbean-like sandy beaches and cultural gems such as Santiago de Compostela that make Galicia such a favoured destination, whilst down in the southerly climes of Andalucía, the scent of orange blossom wafts across the pavement cafés of dazzling white villages, and neat fields of olive and fruit trees stretch out towards a coastline of seemingly endless golden sand.


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Zahara de la Sierra, AndalucĂ­a

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Calella de Palafrugell

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Catalunya Catalunya could be described as a country within a country; an amazing diversity of landscapes, a people justifiably proud of their language and culture, traditions that date back thousands of years and world renowned gastronomic excellence. asy access by road, rail and air makes catalunya an ideal destination for holidays, offering something for everyone; sporting facilities, cultural activities, fascinating places to visit and stunning beaches. Barcelona, surely the most exciting, modern city in Europe, is easily reached from any of the properties we offer on the following pages.

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the north of the region sits below the foothills of the Pyrenees. dense forests of cork and pine trees surround the picturesque walled village of Sant Llorenç de la Muga, famous for its carefully restored stone houses, and nearby Maçanet de Cabrenys, reputedly one of the most beautiful villages of the alt Empordà. close by the vast natural reservoir of Boadella offers kayaking, whilst the medieval town of Besalù is famed for its stunning medieval bridge, replete with portcullis. Within an easy drive are the beaches of Port de la Selva and Port de Llança, whilst the Marine natural Park of cap de creus lies just to the south with the imposing monastery of St Pere de Rodes perched on the mountain behind. a scenic drive southwards reveals the country beaches that line the bay of Roses, taking in the Empordà Marshes national Park en route.

Sant Marti d’Empuries, just a short walk from the famous ruins, is a perfect example of a carefully restored medieval village whose narrow streets open into a tiny square, under the shadows of the church, where there are a handful of restaurants serving fine local catalan cuisine. Heading south, the vast plains of the Baix Empordá are home to a number of stunning medieval villages such as Madremanya, Monells, Cruilles and Púbol, where the 11th century castle home of gala, the wife of Salvador dali, proudly stands. Ullastret, Palau-Sator, Peratallada and Pals form an important part of the ‘golden triangle’ of carefully preserved hamlets. the lively commercial town of La Bisbal is the center of the ceramics trade and has a colourful market.

the market town of Palafrugell has three coastal bays within a few kilometres. Calella de Palafrugell, a pretty, whitewashed fishing village plays host to the festival of the ‘havaneres’ or sea shanties, during the early summer. Stylish Llafranc has a perfectly formed bay with a tiny yacht harbour. Here you will find an array of traditional restaurants along the sea front serving an impressive range of tasty local cuisine.

Tamariu is the next beauty and, perhaps the most authentic spot along the coast, with its narrow horseshoe bay and sandy beach surrounded by pine clad cliffs. at night, the atmosphere is truly Mediterranean with fishermen preparing to put to sea at dusk in search of ‘calamar’ and sea bass and the sprinkling of restaurants come alive, prettily lit For reservations call 01954 261 431 book online at www.vintagetravel.co.uk | 13


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Catalunya up and offering the freshest of fish from the day’s catch. as darkness falls local artisans offer their wares below the light of burning gas lamps and amateur jugglers and would-be violinists visit from time to time, adding to the magic of the evening. Picturesque Aigua Xelida has hidden coves and sits on a spectacularly indented coastline, whilst the other side of the pine clad hill reveals the stunning sandy bay and shimmering turquoise waters of Aigua Blava neatly tucked away out of sight, a secret waiting to be discovered. nearby, the hilltop castle town of Begur offers amazing panoramas and hidden alleyways and squares among the narrow streets of its old quarter. Below, its headland drops breathtakingly to the tiny shoreline villages of Sa Riera and Sa Tuna and beyond to the Mediterranean. the catalan fishing harbour of Palamós proffers a maze of back streets with hidden tapas bars and some of the best fish restaurants in the area. the wooded hillsides of Mont Ras offer superb facilities for mountain biking through the trees; alternatively the ‘green Way’ for cyclists and walkers links Palafrugell to Palamós via the

picturesque country beach of Platja d’en Castell, backed by its protected nature reserve. Just inland, the hamlet of Vall Llobrega lies quietly amidst vines and woodland and boasts two respected local restaurants. Follow the back road through the wooded foothills of the gavarres mountains via the hamlet of Romanyà, famed for its two excellent restaurants.

Heading west towards girona, the very local village of Santa Cristina d’Aro offers a mix of shops and restaurants and a varied range of sporting opportunities. the countryside around the hamlets of Bell Lloc and St Miguel d’Aro is ideal for walking and cycling.

the catalan capital, Barcelona, teems with life and atmosphere, unforgettable architecture, wonderful museums, a gothic quarter, a thriving port, vibrant ‘ramblas’, the best in shopping, traditional bars and restaurants… and so much more. this colourful and exciting city is seemingly inexhaustible and easily traversed via its efficient public transport system.

“We real ly enjoyed our stay here. We visited lots of lovely places, like Pals and Begur. They had some great restaurants. Also enjoyed t he near by beaches – Sa Riera, P latja del Raco. Also, t here’s some nice wal ks ar ound – lovely!” The Dillon, Scally and Byrne families, Dublin

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Local knowledge Getting there

girona is served by Ryanair and thomson and is the closest airport to the majority of our houses in catalunya, being just under an hour’s drive from the costa Brava. alternatively a range of scheduled airlines and low cost carriers offer flights to Barcelona, which is less than a 2 hour drive from our properties. For those who prefer to drive, catalunya is easily accessible by road. For further information, see pages 198–201.

Climate

catalunya has a Mediterranean type climate, with hot, dry summers and mild winters.While summers are hot and at times humid, in coastal areas the afternoon heat is usually tempered by sea breezes and the influence of the Pyrenees means temperatures are more comfortable than in the south of Spain.

Local Cuisine

catalan cuisine encompasses flavours most of us all love – tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, onions, dried nuts and lots of dried herbs. the catalans are justifiably proud of their culinary skills and some typical dishes include chicken with prawns, quails with grapes, snails with tomato and chorizo or lobster with chocolate.

Most meals start with ‘pa amb tomàquet’, bread rubbed with tomato and garlic and then drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt. this is often topped with anchovies, red peppers or chorizo.

Fiestas

an important part of life in catalunya, fiestas range from local village celebrations to large scale organised activities. Most villages acknowledge their patron saint’s day with a ‘feste’. to herald the start of summer, the festivities of Sant Joan are held on the night of 23rd June, with the traditional dessert after dinner being ‘coca’ a type of sweet bread accompanied by a glass of cava. informal fireworks are then enjoyed until the early hours. On the national day of catalunya, 11th September, large scale celebrations take place all around the province, culminating in the dancing of ‘sardanas’ and fireworks into the night.

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Casa Gloria Rio d’Oro (Calonge) Map ref: E4 Web ref: 112 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 6km

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this impressive property enjoys a splendid position nestling into the gentle wooded slopes of Rio d’Oro. From the poolside and terraces of this very private house there are eye catching sea views across the valley to the distant glistening bay of Palamós.

Painted a warm ochre colour and with attractive green shutters adorning the exterior casa gloria is a welcoming home, tastefully furnished in a light, modern Mediterranean style, well proportioned, bright and thoughtfully laid out. Outdoor living is a real pleasure with the sitting room opening onto an ample terrace, shaded by a large sun awning and ideal for al fresco dining. Parents in particular will find this a very convenient vantage point from which to supervise activities in the private swimming pool just below.

a 10 minute drive will bring you to the charming village of calonge with its medieval castle and good amenities including shops, bars, a weekly market and a choice of restaurants. Five minutes further on, the long sandy beach of Sant antoni is ideal for swimming and water sports. the seafront promenade provides a delightful walk to the local fish auction, which takes place Monday to Friday at 4pm on the quayside when the Palamós fishing fleet arrives.  criss-crossed with a network of well marked walking and cycling trails and renowned for their Romanic churches, the lush, ancient forests close to the house are steeped in history and invite exploration.

Accommodation • Entrance hall • Open plan living/dining room (wood burner,TV, DVD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and access to terrace • Twin bedroom with access to terrace

• Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Central heating throughout the house

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Garage (washing machine) Poolside shower Private parking Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Tiered grounds • Decked sun terrace • Covered dining terrace

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Casa Safir Bell Lloc (Sta Cristina d’Aro) Map ref: E4 Web ref: 108 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Situated in an enclosed garden in a peaceful area of similar properties and with views of the pine clad lower hillsides of les gavarres in the distance, this attractive house has been stylishly furnished by its caring owner.

Bell lloc is just a short drive from Santa cristina, a bustling local village with a comprehensive range of shopping facilities and some good local restaurants, offering excellent value. the sandy beach at S’agaró is an easy 15 minute drive.

internally, the accommodation flows easily through spacious rooms where light coloured fabrics, chosen to give a feeling of coolness, blend comfortably with the antique floor tiles, a perfect marriage of old and new. For those who seek a little shade and solitude, the small covered terrace with overhead ceiling fan situated at the front of the house provides a tempting spot in which to settle down with a good book. On the opposite side and overlooking the private pool, the delightful covered dining terrace is the ideal place to linger over a drink or a meal and admire the open country views beyond the gardens.

the flat, enclosed grounds are partly laid to lawn while the pool has extensive paved sun terracing around providing ample space in which to spread out and relax in comfort.

Please note: casa Safir is a non smoking property.

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PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

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Entrance hall Living/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD) Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) Two double bedrooms Twin bedroom Bathroom Shower room Central heating throughout the house

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OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • Barbecue • Laundry room (washing machine) • Enclosed grounds • Vegetable garden (guests are welcome to help themselves to produce) • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

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Can Pitu Ullastret Map ref: C4 Web ref: 120 Sleeps 9 | 5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Village House | Fenced Pool | Games Area a gem hidden away in the picturesque medieval village of ullastret, can Pitu is a traditional stone ‘masia’ dating back to the 17th century, which has been lovingly restored over the past 25 years by its owner Sr. Sala, a local stone mason specialising in the restoration of old buildings. Many original features such as tiled floors, open faced walls and vaulted, beamed ceilings have been carefully retained whilst the combination of tasteful rustic colours and antique furniture create a feeling of stepping back in time. Outside, the lawn, pool, spacious barbecue area and covered dining terrace are all enclosed by a private walled garden. Forming part of one of the outer stone walls of the village itself, can Pitu enjoys a countryside aspect and yet is just 200m from the ancient ‘llotja’ or roofed square, through which the village centre is entered and where a selection of fine restaurants and bars with open air terraces plus a local grocery store are to be found.

With its well preserved medieval walls, reinforced towers and battlements, ullastret is a fascinating village while the striking rural views and Romanesque chapels that dot the surrounding area make walking the country lanes a pure delight. Just 12 km away lie the market town of Palafrugell and the beautiful unspoilt beaches of aigua Blava,tamariu and llafranc, whilst a 10 minute drive brings you to the pottery town of la Bisbal with its bustling Friday market.

Please note: use of the air conditioning is payable locally.

“Excellent holiday in an area completely new to all of us. Fantastic property in a beautiful village, surrounded by lovely countryside and coastal area. I have already been going through your website looking at villas for next year.” The Gavaghan family, Kent

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting room (TV, CD, DVD) • Dining room • Kitchen (fireplace, oven, microwave, dishwasher) with doors to covered terrace • Single bedroom • Shower room • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (continental bed, A/C), with en suite bathroom (separate shower) and private terrace • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom and Juliet balcony • Inner hallway (A/C) • Twin bedroom • Double bedroom • Bathroom

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 9 guests

March

28

april

4

11

18 995

May

25

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23 30 1095

6 1295

OUTSIDE: • Shower • Poolside cloakroom • Shaded poolside games area with table football and snooker • Barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Utility room (washing machine) • Fully enclosed garden with lawn • Private parking • Private fenced swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner Roman steps July

June

13 1395

20

27 1495

4

11 1995

18 2495

august

25

1

8 2695

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 5 1695 1295

12

19 1195

26

3

10 995

17

24

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Catalunya | SPAIN

Mas Noguer La Pera Map ref: C4 Web ref: 3116 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Fenced Pool far-reaching views from Mas noguer encompass the most scenic of landscapes. look out across the garden and you will see the picturesque hamlet of Púbol and the 11th century castle that Salvador dalí bought and restored in 1969. now home to a quirky museum, it offers a fascinating insight into the life and times of dalí and his wife gala.

Sitting amidst picturesque countryside on the outskirts of the medieval village of la Pera, just a 250m walk from the local restaurant and shop, this attractive 18th century residence is a superb example of a lovingly restored catalan ‘masia’.

charm and character can be found in abundance within its ancient walls. Exposed timber beams, sloping ceilings, low doorways and battened clay under-roofing are just some of the many traditional features that combine so pleasingly with the welcoming details and creature comforts of what has for many years been a much loved family home.

an evening stroll along country lanes provides a perfect opportunity to admire the gently rolling pastures of the Baix Empordà. delightful stone villages such as Rupiá and Madremanya dot the area and share a selection of excellent restaurants that pride themselves on the quality of their local cuisine. Just 10km away is the famous pottery town of la Bisbal whilst the wonderful sandy beaches of aigua Blava, tamariu and llafranc are all within a 25–30 minute drive. Just inland, the cobbled stone alleyways, old Jewish quarter and Michelin starred restaurant of historic girona are well worth a visit.

the one-time manger is now an eye-catching dining room with a glorious vaulted ceiling whilst the kitchen retains a rustic country charm with its traditional open fireplace and original terracotta floor tiles. Outside, shaded dining/ sitting areas, spacious sun terraces and a lush established garden and lawn surround a larger than average private swimming pool which has been thoughtfully fenced to give added peace of mind to parents with younger children.

Please note: We mention out of courtesy that the caretakers live in adjacent quarters accessed via a completely independent entrance. With the exception of the parking area they do not use any of the facilities of Mas noguer and your privacy is completely assured.

this beautiful corner of catalunya is widely recognised for its peace and rural ambience whilst at the same time being temptingly close to the stunning unspoilt coastline. it is easy to see why it has been such a haven for artists since the

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall leading to further hall with doors to covered terrace • Cloakroom • Living room (fireplace) with elevator to first floor double bedroom • Dining room • TV/sitting room (TV, DVD) • Traditional country kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, oven, microwave, fireplace) • Wi-Fi

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

31

april

7

14

21 N/A

5

12

OUTSIDE: • Mature lawned grounds • Covered and open terraces • Barbecue • Outhouse (washing machine) • Parking • Private fenced swimming pool (11.5m x 6m) with corner Roman steps

La Pera

May

28

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing/library with door to open terrace overlooking pool area • Double bedroom (TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock) with en suite bathroom (spa bath) and separate shower • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Double bedroom (elevator to living room) • Twin bedroom • Shower room

Monday changeover

19 1095

18 | Flights, car hire, cross channel travel see pages 198–201

July

June

2 9 16 23 30 26 1295 1095 1295 1495

7 1995

14 2095

21 2495

august

28

4

11 2695

18

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

25

1 8 15 1695 1395

22

29

6 13 N/A

20

27


SPAIN | Catalunya

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Mas Gras Cruïlles Map ref: D4 Web ref: 135 Sleeps 13–15 | 7 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms this classic stone built ‘masía’, dating from 1801 is a real gem. Sitting proudly in over 70 acres of immaculately kept grounds, just outside the medieval village of cruïlles, and a country home to several generations of the same catalan family, it has been lovingly preserved and maintained through the years.

great care has been taken to retain vaulted ceilings, open fireplaces, ancient beams and original stone floors, to name but a handful of the distinctive features. Fine antique furnishings span several eras including pieces from the French empire and gothic époques. large, airy rooms offer ample space and there is a seemingly endless choice of quiet corners and shaded terraces to seek out with a drink and a good book. the summer living room, with its air conditioning and plate glass windows, looks out across the shaded front courtyard, providing an ideal spot in which to relax after an al fresco dinner under the trees. a huge swimming pool awaits you. On a raised hidden section of garden behind mature olive and mimosa trees you have the added convenience of two changing rooms and even an additional fridge for cooling poolside drinks!

extensive woodlands providing dappled shade for cool walks and extensive views across hillsides of holm oaks to the rolling landscape of les gavarres. cruïlles itself is one of several beautifully restored medieval villages which also include nearby Monells, Peratallada, Palau Sator and Pals. la Bisbal, the local market town, just 5km away, offers excellent shopping facilities and several reputable restaurants. as the centre of the ceramics industry, la Bisbal’s main street is a long line of interesting shops displaying a unique range of brightly coloured pottery. a 30 minute drive brings you to the idyllic horseshoe cove bays of tamariu and aigua Blava. Here a dramatic rocky landscape slopes gently down into crystal clear waters. Just alongside, llafranc and calella de Palafrugell have further sandy beaches backed by promenades lined with renowned restaurants. the nearby, dune-backed Platja de Pals stretches for miles towards the marshlands at the estuary of the River ter and offers excellent facilities for windsurfing, wake boarding and sailing.

Please note: the housekeepers live in adjacent quarters with their own independent entrance. they do not use any of the house facilities.

in addition to the manicured lawns, mature trees and shrubs that grace the surrounding gardens, there are

Summer room

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Vaulted entrance hall • Dining room (fireplace) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Utility room (washing machine) • Wine store • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Shower room • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Landing/living room (fireplace) • Living room (TV,DVD, telephone) with door to terrace • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (half bath) and sofa bed

• Double bedroom with en suite shower room and doors to outer terrace • Single bedroom with en suite shower room • Library (fireplace,TV, sofa bed) with a door to terrace and spiral wooden staircase to.... • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 15 guests

March

31

april

7

14

21 N/A

May

28

5

12

Monday changeover

19

26

2

OUTSIDE: • Summer room (A/C) off front terrace • Twin changing rooms (fridge, shower, basin, WC) • Barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Extensive mature grounds • Private woodland • Pond • Covered private parking • Private swimming pool (20m x 10m) July

June

9

16 23 3295

30

7

14 4195

august

21

28

4

11 4995

18

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

25

1

8

15 3295

22

29

6

13 N/A

20

27

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Catalunya | SPAIN

Mas Mascaró Planils (La Bisbal) Map ref: D4 Web ref: 194 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Fenced Pool the interior décor very much reflects the rich heritage of Mas Mascaró with period furniture, original oil paintings and rustic memorabilia creating an enticing, historical ambience to be relished by all who stay within its ancient stone walls.

Serene and majestic with oodles of old world charm, this superb medieval manor house stands like an elderly country gentleman amidst soaring walnut trees and grassy meadows. its tall wooden gates lead the way into a delightful walled courtyard where the original open sided stable has been converted into a spacious covered barbecue area.

appealing and attractive, the outdoor areas are sure to be the focal point of your holiday. as well as the courtyard barbecue area the house also boasts a covered outdoor dining terrace which is conveniently located close to the kitchen and enjoys splendid views across grassland and a wooded copse towards the gated private pool area beyond.

Behind this imposing façade lies a fascinating interior. timber beams, low doorways, arched and vaulted ceilings, stone window seats and a traditional catalan kitchen with large canopied fireplace are just some of the many ancient and charming features that showcase the different architectural elements that from the late 14th century through to the Renaissance have bestowed upon this property the charming character it enjoys today.

although tucked away in a truly rural setting surrounded by forests of cork oak, walnut, wild broom and rosemary, a 10 minute drive will take you to the bustling pottery town of la Bisbal (4.5 km) which enjoys all amenities, a colourful Friday market and a selection of excellent restaurants. the wonderful, unspoilt beaches and coves of llafranc, tamariu and aiguablava are just a 20 minute drive away or alternatively the delightful Platja del convent beach adjacent to the picturesque village of Sant Marti d’Empúries is a similar distance.

Occupying the ground floor in what was once the ‘bodega’ is an atmospheric billiard/ sitting room and from the adjacent entrance hall stone steps provide access to an impressive dining room. Exuding grandeur with its solid wood cross beams and long oak dining table, this magnificent hall acts as central hub for the rest of the house with doors leading off it to the bedrooms, kitchen and living rooms.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Billiard/sitting room FIRST FLOOR: • Dining room • Kitchen(dishwasher, oven, microwave, open fireplace) • Living room (TV, DVD, open fireplace) with doors to covered dining terrace • Two double bedrooms

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

31

april

7

14

21 N/A

May

28

5

12

Monday changeover

19

2 26 1195

16 23 1595

SECOND FLOOR: • Reading/sitting room (accessed via stairs off kitchen)

July

June

9

• Twin bedroom • Master double bedroom suite with en suite bathroom (also accessed from dining room) • Bathroom • Utility area (washing machine)

30

7 1695

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14

21 2195

august

28

4

11 2995

18

OUTSIDE: • Walled courtyard • Covered dining terrace • Covered and open terraces • Covered barbecue area • Covered barn (open on one side) with goal posts for indoor football • Grassed fields and woodland • Private parking • Private fenced swimming pool with Roman steps (8m x 4m) Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

25

1

8

15 1195

22

29

6

13 N/A

20

27


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Les Oliveres Rupiá (Near La Bisbal) Map ref: D4 Web ref: 195 Sleeps 8 | 5 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

SPAIN | Catalunya

a 30 minute drive inland from the coastal beauty spots of llafranc, tamariu and aigua Blava takes us to les Oliveres, a delightful, character property that sits on the edge of the pretty stone village of Rupiá, just a short walk from the main central square and the medieval church of Sant Vicenç.

Once a working farmhouse, les Oliveres is now a welcoming and comfortable abode that displays many of its original architectural features.  Vaulted ceilings, exposed stonework and pieces of period rustic furniture all combine to create an interior of restful cosiness and real charm. the open plan living/dining area, commodious and authentic, boasts a magnificent terracotta brick archway that runs across the centre of the room whilst the fully equipped farmhouse kitchen is segregated from the dining area by a gently curved ingress decorated with an antique polished wooden yoke. Families with small children will appreciate the spacious, sunny, enclosed courtyard with its ample poolside dining pergola whilst those seeking some peace can relax under the shade of the two delightful olive trees that grow in the lawned area to the side of the house.

Rupiá (200m) is home to a bakery, butchers, grocery store and a bar/restaurant where locals and visitors alike congregate around its open air terrace during the balmy summer evenings. the pottery town of la Bisbal (6.7km) has an excellent choice of amenities and a bustling Friday market whilst the provincial capital of girona is only a 25 minute drive away. les Oliveres is undoubtedly an excellent choice for those who wish to enjoy a holiday that combines the pleasures of picnics on the beach and country walks amidst fields of sunflowers with the added advantage of being able to wander into the village in the evening and be part of catalan country life. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, fireplace) • Cloakroom • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Master double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom • Two single bedrooms • Twin bedroom • Shower room.

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden of lawns and pebbled terraces • Covered dining area • Shower room • Utility room (washing machine) • Barbecue  • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner Roman steps 

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

12

May

19

26

3

10

Up to 8 guests

17 N/A

Saturday changeover

24

31

7

July

June

14

21

28

5

12 1595

august

19

26

2 9 2095

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30

6

13

20

27 N/A

4

11

18

25

La Bruguera de Púbol Púbol Map ref: C4 Web ref: 3192 Sleeps 8 | 5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi

Just 25 minutes by car from the picturesque fishing villages of llafranc, tamariu and Sant Martí d’Empuries, this stunning country estate sits within 7 acres of enclosed forest and garden amidst picturesque rolling countryside, only 1.5km from the ancient stone hamlet and renowned restaurant of Púbol.

Home of the celebrated catalan artist Francesc d’assis casademont, this hidden retreat was undoubtedly a source of inspiration, surrounded as it is by dense woodland interlaced with tiny winding footpaths, each leading to some secluded corner. Wandering through its mature and picturesque grounds you will find a babbling brook gently spilling into a lily pond, a quiet leafy glen, a gazebo in which to take afternoon tea and a wooden picnic table set under a canopy of pines. designed in the ‘le corbusier’ style, the ground floor is given over to a spacious open plan kitchen/living area that connects to a capacious dining room with long sliding patio doors that open out to the lush gardens and pool. the partially glassed ceiling further captures the essence of a holiday spent amidst the beauty of nature whilst whimsical touches such as the campanile (the bells can be turned on or off at the request of guests) and the crenellated tower housing the bedrooms hint at ‘folly architecture’ and will surely be enjoyed by all who stay there.

you may choose to spend your time simply relaxing by the pool, visiting the many local medieval villages and swimming in the crystalline waters of the nearby Mediterranean. Shopping can be done in the local grocery shop in la Pera, just 2.6km from the house, or in the nearby pottery town of la Bisbal. However, should you wish to venture further afield, a one hour train journey will bring you to the chic city of Barcelona.

Please note: the housekeeper lives in independent accommodation below the property Accommodation

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

28

april

4

11

18 N/A

May

25

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23 30 6 1295 1195

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall with door to large enclosed covered terrace • Bathroom (half bath) • Open plan kitchen/breakfast/living room (A/C, TV, DVD, dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Dining room with patio doors to garden (A/C, ceiling fan) • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room July

June

13 1395

20

27 1495

4 1995

11 2095

18 2495

• Laundry room (washing machine) • Wi-Fi FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Bathroom • Single bedroom (A/C) with doors to covered terrace • Twin bedroom (A/C) august

25

1

8 2595

15

with doors to covered terrace SECOND FLOOR: • Landing • Shower room • Twin bedroom • Single bedroom OUTSIDE: • Vegetable garden

29 5 1695 1295

12 1195

19

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

• Extensive grounds of lawns, woodland, open and covered terraces • Poolside shower room • Private open and covered parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m)

26

3

10

17

24

N/A

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El Puig Verd Catalunya | SPAIN

Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 173 Sleeps 7 | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Heated Pool Table Tennis | Wi-Fi | Beach 950m

tucked away in a sheltered corner abutting woodland, this traditionally built house enjoys sweeping rural views over pine clad hillsides, yet is only a 20 minute walk downhill to the pretty cove beach of tamariu, with a good selection of seafront bars and restaurants. Bustling Palafrugell with its daily markets is a 10 minute drive away whilst Begur with its castle and narrow streets is close by.

With extensive use of wood and ceramics, a spacious and comfortable interior is set off by an eye catching wide curving staircase sweeping down from the top entrance above, past bedrooms on the first floor to the living area and kitchen below. designed very much with a country ‘masia’ in mind, but with light modern touches, the handmade cupboards and tiled worktops of the kitchen blend tastefully with the cherry wood doors and light ceramic floors throughout the house, and as the emphasis is very much on outside living, patio doors from the living room open onto a choice of terraces.

Further around, the wide swimming pool deck within the garden area enjoys lovely views. to complement the natural surroundings of the area, the subtly coloured pool adjoins one side of the house and facing south-west benefits from the best of the late afternoon sun which often sets spectacularly behind the hillside opposite.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Kitchen with small terrace off (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) • Single bedroom • Shower room • Store room (washing machine) • Cloakroom • Wi-Fi

FIRST FLOOR: • Two double bedrooms with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom and terrace off with lovely views SECOND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Air conditioning throughout the house (payable locally)

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK March

27

april

3

10

17

May

24

1

Up to 7 guests

8 N/A

15

OUTSIDE: • Pretty grounds of covered and open terraces, wooden decking and lawned area • Barbecue • Table tennis • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner steps

thursday changeover

22

29

5

July

June

12

19

26 3 1295

10 17 1495

august

24

31

7 2295

14

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

21

28 1395

4

11

18

25

2

9

16

23

N/A

Ca La Francesca Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 187 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 700m | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi

ca la Francesca is a delightful property that enjoys a particularly privileged location just 700m from tamariu, one of the coastline’s prettiest fishing villages with its sandy curved beach, seafront fish restaurants, local bakers and grocery store.

comfortably furnished and flowing easily across one level, all rooms enjoy a bright, attractive, Mediterranean colour scheme. to one side, the well equipped, country-style kitchen conveniently opens to a covered outdoor dining terrace (replete with both an in-built charcoal grill and a gas barbecue) while patio doors from the tastefully decorated, beamed living/dining room, invite you into the delightful, southwest facing garden comprising lawn, mature shrubs and natural woodland.   appealing and eye-catching, the outdoor areas of this lovely house are sure to be the focal point of your holiday. Encompassed by tall cypress tress the garden enjoys excellent privacy with cork oaks, soaring pine trees, mimosas and lush foliage creating hidden corners of cooling shade. younger guests will surely relish the opportunity to explore the densely wooded copse that lies within the grounds offering a natural, adventure-filled play area and allowing parents to indulge in a glass of something chilled and relax to the gentle twittering of the local birdlife. Within 900m lie the little known coves of cala aigua Xelida where, according to local maritime folklore, 18th century smugglers used to land their contraband under cover of darkness. today their translucent waters, submerged caves and abundance of marine life are a snorkeller’s paradise.

Wednesday is market day in the medieval centre of nearby Begur (6.5km), a vibrant and fascinating town of interlaced cobbled alleyways nestling below the ramparts of an 11th century hilltop castle. With numerous chic boutiques and fine restaurants it is a wonderful spot for dinner and a gentle evening ‘paseo’ (stroll) with the locals. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Cloakroom • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with doors to covered dining terrace • Living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, iPod dock) with doors to sun terrace

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

29

april

5

12

19 N/A

May

26

3

10

17

Saturday changeover

24 31 1295

22 | Flights, car hire, cross channel travel see pages 198–201

7 995

July

June

14

21

28 1295

5 1395

12 1695

19 1995

• • • • • • • •

Sitting room (antique piano, CD) Shower room Bathroom Utility room (washing machine) Two twin bedrooms Double bedroom Wi-Fi Central heating throughout the house

august

26

2

9 2395

16

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed mature garden of lawns and woodland • Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Table tennis • Shower • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 5m) Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1195 995

13

20

27

4 N/A

11

18

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El Racó del Bosc SPAIN | Catalunya

Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 140 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi Heated and Gated Pool | Beach 450m | Small Party Rate*

Situations, on this dramatic stretch of coastline, do not come much better than this! El Racó del Bosc is an impressive and attractive property nestling in the pine woods on the slopes that rise up from the picture postcard horseshoe bay that is the fishing village of tamariu. literally within a few hundred metres of this fine property you will find a lovely curving sandy beach, shops, bars and some excellent locally recommended fresh seafood restaurants all tucked into a charming village whose beauty has remained intact. a few minutes walk down the nearby rustic steps brings you to the small crescent of pedestrian only promenade, lined with restored fishermen’s cottages and restaurant terraces overlooking the translucent water. Bathing from the beach or snorkelling off the rocks at its extremities is sheer pleasure.

the appeal of the house itself matches its fine situation. Mellow walls of l’Escala stone enclose both the area on the lower level and the neat garden which is laid mainly to lawn. the interior has been carefully designed with extensive use of traditional local materials, is comfortably and tastefully furnished and, as expected of a property of this calibre, has all necessary conveniences, including central heating, making it a practical choice for early and late season visits.

there is a mini market in the village, whilst Palafrugell with comprehensive amenities and a daily food market is just 5km away. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting/dining room (ceiling fan, TV, DVD, video, CD, telephone, iPod dock) • Kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Shower room • Central heating throughout the house • Wi-Fi

FIRST FLOOR: • Principal double bedroom (king size bed, ceiling fan) with en suite bathroom and terrace • Double bedroom (king size bed, ceiling fan) with terrace • Two twin bedrooms (ceiling fans) with terrace • Bathroom • Playstation

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

april

5 550 695

12

May

19

26

3

595 695

10 595 850

OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Enclosed garden • Open and covered terraces • Roof terrace • Basketball net • Table tennis • Private parking • Private heated and gated swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner Roman steps Tamariu

Saturday changeover

17 24 31 7 695 895 1595 895 1195

July

June

14 950 1295

21

28 1795

5

12

1895

2595

august

19

26

2

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

2695

30

6 1095 1395 1395

13 995 1250

20

27

4

11

595 695

18

25

495 650

Villa Mariposas Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 130 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 1.2km

named after the abundance of butterflies that always seem to be fluttering amongst the colourful shrubs dotted around the garden, Villa Mariposas is a charming property in a lovely location. this part of the coastline is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty with development strictly controlled, hence there are beautiful sea views across woods of Mediterranean pine to be enjoyed from this privileged, gently elevated position.

From the entrance hall you step into an open plan living/dining area with the kitchen conveniently to one side. doors open onto a beamed, covered terrace, ideal for outdoor dining and conveniently overlooking the swimming pool just below. Backing onto woodland you are just a 5 minute drive from the picturesque fishing village of tamariu where you will find a sandy cove beach and good amenities including some fine locally recommended fish restaurants lining the curved promenade. local walking trails around the craggy coastline take you to many hidden coves with opportunities for snorkelling and rock bathing. From tamariu itself one particularly scenic coastal path leads around the headland to llafranc.

Please note: 36 steps lead up from the lane to the pool terrace.

Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (wood burner,TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom • Shower room

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

27

april

3

10

17 N/A

May

24

1

8

15

thursday changeover

22

29

5 950

July

June

12

19

26 1095

3

10 17 24 1595 1695

august

31

7 14 1895

21

OUTSIDE: • Shower • Enclosed garden • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps and handrail

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

28 1195

4 895

11

18

25

2 N/A

9

16

23

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Can Lari Catalunya | SPAIN

Vall Llobrega Map ref: D4 Web ref: 116 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Beach 5.9km Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate*

Occupying an impressive elevated location in the wooded environs of Vall llobrega with sea views, can lari is a wonderfully spacious property belonging to charming local owners. designed and constructed to high standards, evidence of the meticulous attention to detail can be seen in the quality of the wood, ceramics and décor where a sympathetic blend of both traditional and modern materials creates a welcoming house very much in harmony with its rural surroundings. adjacent to the foothills of the les gavarres mountain range, the area around Vall llobrega is famous for virgin forests of cork and pine. Just 1.5km away, the hamlet of Vall llobrega is home to a local bar and two restaurants, both renowned for their excellent value and much frequented by the local catalan community. the tiny square is a meeting place for families and echoes to the chatter of old and young in the late afternoon and evenings.there is also a bakery within the hamlet and further shopping facilities are easily found just a 5 minute drive away.

the beautiful sandy beach of Platja d’en castell is a 10 minute drive away, whilst the nearby port of Palamós is famed for its ‘gambas’ (prawns) and many other fresh and tasty dishes served in the numerous ‘tapas’ bars dotted amongst the cobbled back streets. Please note: Parties paying the 6 person rate will have access to all five bedrooms. However the maximum of 6 persons must not be exceeded. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with doors to covered terrace • Utility room (washing machine) • Living room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD, A/C, Playstation 2) • Double bedroom • Shower room

• Central heating throughout the house • Air conditioning (payable locally) • Wi-Fi FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite shower room (A/C) • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom

OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Lawned and wooded grounds • Table tennis • Basketball net • Badminton net • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m) with Roman steps and handrail

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests

12

May

19

26

3

N/A

Saturday changeover

10 17 24 31 695 1495 950

7 995 1295

July

June

14

21 1295 1695

28

5 1795

12

august

19

1895

26

2

2295

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

2495

30 6 1395 1095 1795 1395

13 995 1395

20 895 1395

27

4

11 695 950

18

25

Villa Farigola Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 166 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Heated Pool | Beach 650m

the pretty pine clad slopes that encircle the charming fishing village of tamariu have always featured high on our list of prime locations along this stunning stretch of coastline. it was therefore with delight that we discovered Villa Farigola, which sits on one of the residential lanes that wind their way across this hillside, just 650m from the lovely sandy bay and its adjacent bars, restaurants and local grocery store.

neatly presented with rooms that are bright and airy, this is a home that is perfectly suited to summer living and forms an ideal base for a holiday by the sea. Occupying much of the ground floor is a light and attractive living room of open plan design that incorporates clearly defined areas for cooking, dining and lounging. From here, doors lead the way to an outdoor dining terrace that looks out across the spacious garden where a grassy bank slopes gently down to the wide lawns that spread out towards the pool and provide a pleasing space for children’s play.

the great appeal of this prestigious area of aigua Xelida is its close proximity not only to a range of rocky coves that will delight snorkelling enthusiasts but also the sandy horseshoe shaped beach of tamariu, which is just a 12 minute walk away. Slip the catch of the front gate of the house, stroll along the road past other similar properties, follow the rustic wooden steps downhill and you will find yourself on the picturesque seafront promenade where a handful of excellent restaurants look out towards the water and the colourful boats of local fishermen. From here, keen walkers may wish to follow the coastal path that leads to the majestic beach of llafranc, perhaps stopping off en route for a drink at the Sant Sebastià lighthouse whilst surveying the far reaching views that stretch from the rugged Mediterranean coastline to the imposing Pyrenean mountain range in the north.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room/kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, oven, microwave, dishwasher) with doors to covered dining terrace • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom and door to terrace • Laundry room (washing machine)

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

28

april

4

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9 895

16

Friday changeover

23 30 1395 995

6

July

June

13 1195

20

27 1450

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4

11

august

18 2295

FIRST FLOOR (accessed via open tread stairs): • Bedroom (bunk beds) • Double bedroom (continental bed) with en suite shower room • Double bedroom (continental bed) • Shower room

25

1

8 2395

15

OUTSIDE: • Spacious lawned garden • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Private heated swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 5 1595 1495

12 1395

19 995

26

3 895

10

17

24 N/A


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Casa Aillada SPAIN | Catalunya

Llafranc Map ref: D5 Web ref: 127 Sleeps 9–10 | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Beach 1km | Table Tennis Heated Pool | Small Party Rate*

Bordered on three sides by the impressive woods of catalan pine that cover the hillsides above llafranc, casa aillada enjoys a particularly privileged position. a 15 minute walk downhill from the house brings you into the charming local village of llafranc with its traditional catalan atmosphere. the pretty horseshoe bay, beach and marina are backed by an attractive tree lined promenade offering a selection of bars and shops together with several recommended restaurants whose tempting menus include many regional specialities. inside, casa aillada has been very tastefully and comfortably furnished, and offers spacious accommodation on two floors. For discerning cooks the kitchen has been well equipped and there is central heating should it be required in very early or late season.

the large principal bedroom on the first floor has its own sun terrace which enjoys partial views of the nearby bay. children will enjoy the table tennis and basketball net, whilst the fully enclosed garden has plenty of lawn and terrace space for youngsters to play. add to this the advantage of a shaded barbecue terrace which overlooks the swimming pool and has a gate which can be closed as an extra safeguard. While all amenities are close at hand in llafranc, do not overlook the fishing village of tamariu (only 3km away) and the local town of Palafrugell, with its daily food markets, which is a 7 minute drive.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, video, iPod dock, telephone) with patio doors to terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) • Two twin bedrooms (ceiling fan) • Bathroom • Shower room

• Central heating throughout the house FIRST FLOOR: • Principal double bedroom (king size bed, ceiling fan) with terrace • Single bedroom (ceiling fan, additional pull-out bed) • Bathroom (accessed from both bedrooms)

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

30

april

6

*Up to 5 guests 6–10 guests

OUTSIDE: • Shaded rear terrace (gated) • Garden with lawned areas • Garage (table tennis, washing machine) • Barbecue • Basketball net • Private parking • Private heated swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

13 595 795

May

20

27

4

11 695 895

Saturday changeover

18

25 1795

1

8

950 1195

July

June

15 22 29 6 1050 1395 1795 2095 1295 1795

13

august

20

27

2595

3

10

17

2895

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

24

31

7 1095 2695 1695 1395

14 995 1295

21 695 895

28 595 850

5

12

19

26

495 750

Selva del Mar Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 167 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 1km

located in a pleasant residential area and built to a high standard with tastefully chosen décor and furnishings, Selva del Mar has a definite Mediterranean feel. Being just 1km from the lovely curving sandy beach of tamariu with its charming sprinkling of seafront restaurants, local bakers and grocery store makes this charming property the perfect base from which to enjoy this stunning coastline. From the light and airy open plan living/dining room, south facing sliding doors lead straight out to the garden and pool area where a covered terrace offers shade on hot summer days and an in-built barbecue provides the ideal place to enjoy al fresco dining whilst supervising the children as they play in the swimming pool.

upstairs, all of the bedrooms open onto a large sun terrace and provide the perfect spot to relax with a book or just enjoy the sea and mountain views. Visible in the distance is the ancient hilltop hermitage of San Sebastià, below which lies the majestic beach of llafranc with its pretty marina and tree lined promenade.

Keen walkers will enjoy the abundance of coastal and inland walks whilst the more adventurous may wish to rent a boat from the little stone jetty in tamariu and visit some of the many hidden coves, ideal for snorkelling and fishing.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock) with doors to covered terrace • Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, dishwasher) • Utility room (washing machine, microwave) • Cloakroom • Central heating throughout the house

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

28

april

4

11

18

May

25

2

9

16 N/A

Friday changeover

23

30

6

July

June

13

20

27

4

11

august

18 1995

FIRST FLOOR: • Principal double bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite shower room and access to covered terrace • Two twin bedrooms, each with ceiling fan and access to shared sun terrace • Bathroom

25

1

8 2195

15

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Private parking • Table football • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29

5

12

19

26 N/A

3

10

17

24

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Mas dels Avis Vall Llobrega Map ref: D5 Web ref: 117 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi | Beach 3.3km

Catalunya | SPAIN

the local owners of this traditional ‘masia’ or farmhouse spent several years in its meticulous restoration and debated at length over layout, colour schemes, decorations and furnishings. the result is a happy blend of classic features such as stone walls, vaulted beamed ceilings, extensive use of local ceramics, wood and traditional fabrics together with all the modern day comfort and amenities you would expect.

Part of a tiny catalan hamlet bordered by fields and pine woods, this lovely property is within a 12 minute drive of two beautiful, sandy Mediterranean beaches – the impressive sweep of Platja d’en castell and the picturesque rural cove of cala Estreta. also close by is the local fishing harbour of Palamós with its maze of ancient back streets and over 50 restaurants, many of which specialise in the fresh seafood for which the town is renowned. you are within easy walking distance of the village of Vall llobrega with its two local restaurants, and from the enclosed lawned gardens you can enjoy views of the green hills that skirt the sheltered bays of the coastline. Historic girona is a 45 minute drive away, rich in history and well worth a visit. closer to hand Begur with its medieval castle, excellent shops and restaurants takes about 15 minutes.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Traditional arched entrance hall • Sitting/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD, Nintendo Wii, telephone) with door to side terrace

• Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Shower room • Laundry room (washing machine) • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

Up to 8 guests

12

19 N/A

May

26

3

10

OUTSIDE: • Lawned garden • Terraces • Spacious covered barbecue terrace • Basketball net • Table tennis • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9.5m x 4m) with Roman steps

Saturday changeover

17 24 31 895 1295

7 1095

July

June

14

21

28 1295

5 1495

12 1995

august

19 2295

26

2

9 2395

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1495

6 995

13

20

27

4 895

11

18

25

Villa Llafranc Llafranc Map ref: D5 Web ref: 123 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Beach 450m

We are always delighted to discover properties that are within walking distance of a beach and all amenities, hence the location of Villa llafranc is undoubtedly amongst our best. Elevated on the lower slopes of San Sebastian, the hill skirting the famous village itself, there are commanding views to the sparkling Mediterranean and les gavarres mountains in the distance.

inside, the accommodation is furnished in a traditional and unpretentious local style, with rooms that are bright and airy, whilst the south-west facing pool has lawned terracing on three sides and a shaded patio close by for hotter parts of the day.  the great appeal of this property is however its situation since the shops, bars and excellent restaurants that line llafranc’s elegant tree lined promenade and sandy beach are just 450m downhill from the house.

this area remains one of the most picturesque and unspoilt corners of catalunya. a stroll around the headland to neighbouring calella is not to be missed, while the local markets, particularly at nearby Palafrugell, are a wonderful source of fresh produce. llafranc has long been a secret haven for world famous artists, writers and actors. the bar of the popular Hotel llafranc on the seafront is adorned with autographed photographs of the many celebrities who have visited over the years - and the many who still do.

Please note: there are 66 steps from the garage up to the house.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (TV,DVD,CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Shower room

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

28

april

4

11 18 N/A

May

25

2

9

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6 1195

OUTSIDE: • Open and shaded terraces on three levels with lawns • In-built barbecue on first floor terrace • Basketball net • Private swimming pool (8m x 5m) with Roman steps

Llafranc

Friday changeover

16 23 30 895 1495

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing with access to front sun terrace • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom • Heating (payable locally)

July

June

13

20 1395

27 1595

4 1895

11

august

18 2550

25

1 8 2650

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22 29 2550 1695

5

12 1295

19 850

26

3

10 N/A

17

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Els Pins SPAIN | Catalunya

Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 133 Sleeps 7–8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi Gated and Heated Pool | Beach 420m | Small Party Rate*

it would be hard to find a more sought after location on this unquestionably picturesque coastline than that which is enjoyed by this beautifully presented home.

Sitting comfortably on the wooded hillside above the attractive fishing village of tamariu, Els Pins is just a short walk from the steps that lead down to the sandy cove beach some 420 metres below, where a traditional catalan family atmosphere prevails indeed, life in general here seems to progress at a much gentler pace altogether with early evening the ideal time to enjoy a drink in one of the beachside cafés, stroll along the pedestrianised promenade and watch the ‘petanc’ matches or the informal beach volleyball games.

comfortably furnished and decorated with flair, well laid out accommodation lends itself easily to relaxed summer living. Open and covered terraces lead from the main living room, the kitchen is well equipped for large party catering and there is table tennis for impromptu tournaments! Mature trees set in the lawn provide additional shade and an ideal spot for post lunch siestas.

tamariu offers a small selection of shops and bars, a grocery store and a sprinkling of restaurants which enjoy an excellent reputation for their fresh fish. Just 5km away, Palafrugell boasts a colourful daily market, whilst medieval Pals, Monells, Peratallada, the pottery town of la Bisbal and the dalí Museum at Figueres are all within easy reach. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock) • Inner hall (telephone) • Shower room • Kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Utility room (washing machine)

• Central heating throughout the house • Wi-Fi FIRST FLOOR: • Principal double bedroom (king size bed) with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom

• Single bedroom (additional pull-out bed) • Each bedroom has access onto the sun terrace • Bathroom BASEMENT: • Garage (table tennis)

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

april

5 550 695

12

OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Enclosed garden • Open and covered terraces • Private gated and heated swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner Roman steps

May

19

26

3

595 695

10 595 850

Saturday changeover

17 24 31 7 695 895 1595 895 1195

July

June

14 950 1295

21

28 1795

5

12

1895

2595

august

19

26

2

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

2695

30

6 1095 1395 1395

13 995 1250

20

27

4

11

595 695

18

25

495 650

Sardana Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 185 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Heated Pool | Beach 1.2km | Wi-Fi nestling into a gentle wooded hillside and enjoying an excellent south-west facing position on one of the most picturesque stretches of the catalan coastline, Sardana is the perfect choice for those seeking an enjoyable family holiday. Exuding a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, the property boasts a spacious, airy open plan living/dining area with beamed ceiling and solid wood furniture. From here, French doors open onto a large covered dining terrace where beautiful views encompassing verdant pinewoods and the sparkling Mediterranean beyond can be appreciated whilst supervising activity in the swimming pool below.

Outside, the tiered garden offers a number of sunny and shady corners, perfect for relaxing with a book and glass of chilled white wine, whilst the pool area with its attractive arched covered patio and adjacent brick built barbecue will undoubtedly be the focal point of outdoor living. a drive of 5 minutes downhill brings you to tamariu, a delightful fishing village of unique charm and character with a grocery shop, bakery and a number of excellent fish restaurants that border the seafront promenade and child friendly sandy beach.

Further afield, the medieval roots of local towns such as Begur and Pals can be seen in their hilltop positions, castles and ancient monuments. numerous cove beaches including llafranc, aigua Blava and Platja Fonda are all within a 10-15 minute drive.

Please note: Pool heating is payable locally (€158 per week) Accommodation UPPER LEVEL: • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Open plan living/dining room with patio doors to covered terrace (TV, DVD, open fireplace) • Double bedroom (continental bed) with en suite bathroom

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

28

april

4

11

18 750

May

25

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23

30 895

6

July

June

13 995

20 1195

27 1295

4 1395

11 1895

• Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house LOWER LEVEL: • Two twin bedrooms, one with doors to swimming pool terrace • Shower room

august

18

25

1 8 2095

15

OUTSIDE: • Lawned area • In-built barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Outdoor shower • Private parking • Private heated swimming pool (8m x 4m)

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1295

5

12 995

19

26 795

3

10

17

24

750

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Can Perals Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 191 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Beach 860m

Catalunya | SPAIN

ideally situated on the hillside between the delightful fishing village of tamariu (670m) and the hidden beach of cala aigua Xelida (870m), can Perals is the ideal choice for those seeking a comfortable property with attractive grounds that is within easy reach of all amenities and walking distance of the many secret coves that are to be found along this stunning stretch of coastline, designated as being an area of ‘outstanding natural beauty’. inside, the house offers traditionally furnished accommodation for large groups or perhaps two sharing families, with the bedrooms and bathrooms conveniently spread over two levels and therefore offering a comfortable degree of independence. the ample glassed-in dining gallery cleverly opens up to convert it into a semi-open air ‘al fresco’ area which, along with its adjacent brick built barbecue, will no doubt be the scene of many a spring or summer feast.

Outside, the spacious enclosed grounds have been delightfully landscaped using magnificent, natural ‘Begur’ stone walls that wind their way throughout lawned areas and colourful shrubbery. a wonderful south west facing sun terrace, complete with a wooden pergola for shade, surrounds the larger than average swimming pool. tamariu remains largely untouched by tourism and still retains a delightful sense of old world charm. its seafront promenade hosts a sprinkling of excellent fish restaurants frequented by local families and visitors that come to enjoy its truly Mediterranean atmosphere.

Accommodation FIRST LEVEL: • Entrance hall • Living room (TV, DVD, ceiling fan, enclosed fireplace) • Dining area opening onto covered barbecue terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) also opening into covered barbecue terrace • Double bedroom • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom

• Shower room • Central heating throughout the first level

LOWER LEVEL: • Garage for two cars OUTSIDE: • Enclosed grounds comprising lawned area, open sun terraces and pergola • Utility room (washing machine) • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

UPPER LEVEL: • Landing • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Large open terrace

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK

Property occupancy

Up to 12 guests

March

31

april

7

14

21 N/A

May

28

5

12 995

Monday changeover

19 1095

June

2 9 16 23 30 7 26 1395 1295 1395 1495 1895 1995 2295

July

14 2895

august

21

28

4

11 3295

18

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

25

1 8 15 22 1595 1395 1295

29

6

13 N/A

20

Experience In and Around

Beaches – the costa Brava, or ‘wild coast’, is renowned for its spectacularly beautiful coves, with pine trees tumbling down to the water’s edge, washed by the crystal clear Mediterranean. Some of these can only be accessed by boat or on foot via the coastal paths. discover your own favourite but make sure you keep it a secret!

Medieval villages – take a drive around the charming restored medieval villages, such as Peratallada, ullastret, Monells and Madremanya, known as ‘the golden triangle’. there are some great local restaurants offering excellent value traditional catalan food.

Barcelona – Something for everyone here from shopping, to museums, the cathedrals, the architecture, the football stadium, the tapas bars or simply strolling down the Ramblas, taking in the colourful spectacle of la Boquería market down to the sea front and port area.

Must Go and See

Best Dates to Experience

Castellers – this tradition of human towers originated to finalise religious ceremonies. there is now fierce competition between the various towns and villages, each one trying to out do each other with yet more daring achievements. it is an amazing spectacle to watch, the main centres to see them being south of Barcelona in places like Vilafranca del Penedès, Valls and Reus.

Havaneres, or ‘sea shanties’ – the most famous of these are performed on the first Saturday in July on the Port-bo beach in calella de Palafrugell where up to 35,000 people cram into this tiny bay. However, they are also performed on various occasions throughout the summer, usually as part of the celebrations of the ‘Festa Major’ of a seaside village.

Sardanas – the traditional dance of catalunya, which you will most likely see being performed on a Sunday morning in a town square and during the ‘Festa Major’, celebrated in most villages at some point during the summer.

The Greco-Roman ruins of Empúries – Reflect upon life as it was many centuries ago as you stroll around the remains of the settlements, said to be the gateway to the iberian peninsular for the greek and Roman civilisations. it is possible to build up a picture of their lives and the layout of their towns from the remains of the market place, the forum and some beautifully preserved mosaics.

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23rd June – the eve of Sant Joan, is celebrated widely, to coincide with the summer solstice. the principal ritual is the lighting of bonfires, which is now usually accompanied by fireworks. the traditional ‘coca’ bread and a glass of cava round off the evening’s dinner.

The Cap Roig Music Festival – this is held in the grounds of the gardens of the same name. it is usually held from mid July until mid august with famous international acts performing, from flamenco guitarists and dancers to musicians and world famous singers, both classical and modern.

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Aldea Repos Regencós Map ref: D5 Web ref: 190 Sleeps 16 | 8 Bedrooms | 8 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate* this beautifully converted catalan ‘masia’ sitting majestically amid multi-levelled gardens of lawns, olive groves and mature sub tropical shrubbery has been beautifully restored over a period of years using a mixture of reclaimed and local materials of the highest quality. the result is a spacious, comfortable abode that combines the ambiance and charm of a traditional catalan farmhouse with all the comforts of modern day fixtures and fittings.

comprising two adjoining and completely self-contained houses, aldea Repos is the perfect choice for large family groups who wish to holiday together and at the same time retain a certain amount of privacy and independence. its well appointed accommodation includes two open plan living/dining areas and two fully equipped farmhouse style kitchens, whilst every bedroom is thoughtfully equipped with its own en suite shower room, each tastefully decorated with eye catching, pretty hand painted tiles. nestling into verdant hillside behind the medieval stone village of Regencós (400m), the location feels undoubtedly rural and yet some of the coastline’s most beautiful beaches and picturesque fishing villages such as aigua Blava, tamariu and llafranc are all within a 20 minute drive, allowing visitors to enjoy both the picturesque rural surroundings of a country retreat and the shimmering translucent waters of the Mediterranean.

Regencós is a delightful, unspoilt and essentially catalan village with a local population of just 350 inhabitants. Here, life continues at a relaxed pace and guests will no doubt relish an evening stroll down to the main square for dinner in the local restaurant. due to its excellent location, midway between the market town of Palafrugell (4km) and castle-top Begur (3km), all amenities, including several recommended restaurants, are close to hand.

Please note: Parties paying the small party rate will have use of aldea Repos (sleeps 8) only.

Accommodation FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room

ALDEA REPOS (SLEEPS 8) GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (TV,DVD,CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Cloakroom • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite shower room • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout house

HERMANA (SLEEPS 8) GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room/kitchen (TV, CD, oven, dishwasher, washing machine) Cloakroom • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout house

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 8 guests 9–16 guests

March

29

april

5 750 1095

12

19

May

26 795 1095

3

FIRST FLOOR: • Two twin bedrooms (ceiling fans) with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room • Double bedroom with en suite shower room OUTSIDE: • Mature gardens of lawns, olive groves and shrubbery • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 6m) with Roman steps

Saturday changeover

10 17 24 31 895 995 1795 1295 1495

7

14 1195 1595

July

June

21

28 1995

5

12

2295

2995

august

19

26

2 3195

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1495 1295 2095 1995

13 1195 1595

20 995 1595

27 895 1295

4

11 795 1095

18

25 750 1095

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Villa Tamariu Tamariu Map ref: D5 Web ref: 132 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 950m

Catalunya | SPAIN

Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, Villa Tamariu is within walking distance of the beautiful, essentially Catalan fishing village of Tamariu which can be found just 950m downhill. Here, clustered around the family friendly, sandy cove beach are a local grocery store, several bars and a selection of locally recommended seafront restaurants. Funished in a simple, traditional style, this is a bright and comfortable property which has an enclosed garden and large outdoor dining/sun terracing that provides an ideal spot in which to relax and enjoy a drink, whilst supervising the younger party members in the private swimming pool alongside. Internally the house is unpretentious and well proportioned. On the first floor, the principal bedroom leads off a landing area that itself opens onto a sun terrace offering partial views through the surrounding pine woods to the sparkling Mediterranean beyond.

Criss-crossed by country footpaths leading through picturesque woodland and along the rugged coastline, much of the area around Tamariu has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty rightly celebrated for a natural, unspoilt landscape which is home to many hidden coves and beaches. Just a few minutes drive away, the nearby town of Palafrugell with its daily fruit and vegetable market is an ideal source of fresh, local produce. The beautiful medieval villages of Begur, Pals, Palau Sator and Monells are all nearby.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Twin bedroom (sun terrace) • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing (sun terrace) • Double bedroom (continental bed) with en suite bathroom

OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • Barbecue • Private parking • Enclosed grounds • Private swimming pool (9m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

LOWER FLOOR: • Utility room (washing machine)

PRICE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK

Property occupancy

March

29

April

5

12 N/A

Up to 6 guests

May

19

26

3

10 895

17

Saturday changeover

24 31 1295

7 1195

July

June

14

21

28 1595

5 1795

12 2195

August

19 2450

26

2 9 2550

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23 30 6 2450 1495 1350

13

20 1295

27

4

11 N/A

18

25

Mas Sureda Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 137 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Beach 900m Small Party Rate*

A lovely situation on the outskirts of the delightful fishing village of Tamariu means that Mas Sureda is ideal for families of different generations who wish to enjoy their independence by walking down to the sandy beach and seafront restaurants. Alternatively, a short drive over the pine clad hills will bring you to the hidden coves of Aigua Xelida, perfect for snorkelling, and to the stunning bay of Aigua Blava with its fine sandy beach and excellent bar/restaurant.

This is a light and airy house.The spacious living/dining room is comfortably furnished, with an open plan kitchen to one side and large sliding doors leading to the covered dining terrace from where children can be easily supervised in the swimming pool. For added comfort each of the six bedrooms has air conditioning and all are decorated in fresh colours with the use of tasteful fabrics. A short walk downhill takes you to the horseshoe seafront promenade. Amateur jugglers, would-be violinists, local artisans offering their wares below the light of burning gas lamps, fishermen preparing to leave at dusk in search of ‘calamar’ - all this makes one realise that this is the Mediterranean coast the ancient Greeks and Romans once discovered and fell in love with. Early evening is a great time to sit beside the beach with a drink and let the children play on the sand, watch a beach volleyball match or simply mingle with the locals and watch a game of ‘petanc’ while soaking up the gentle family atmosphere of this stunning bay.

Accommodation

Tamariu Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–12 guests

PRICE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK March

30

April

6

13 650 895

20

May

27

4 695 995

11

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD CD) • Open plan kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Two double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms Sunday changeover

18 795 995

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25

1 995 1795 1195

15 995 1295

Two twin bedrooms Bathroom (half bath) Washing machine Central heating and air conditioning throughout the house (payable locally)

July

June

8

• • • •

22 29 6 1395 1895 2095 1695

FIRST FLOOR: • Twin bedroom with doors to covered terrace • Double bedroom with doors to covered terrace • Shower room

August

13

20

2795

2895

27

3

10 3095

17

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

24

31

7 1095 1495 1295

14

21 1095 1195

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Covered and open terraces • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 4.5m) with corner Roman steps

28 795 895

5

12 650 750

19

26 650 695


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Nous Pins Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 192 Sleeps 7–8 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 490m

SPAIN | Catalunya

Much sought after yet seldom found, this well appointed property offers the enviable combination of a private pool and lawned garden in a pinewood setting whilst at the same time being just a 250m walk from the unspoilt fishing village of tamariu and 490m from its family friendly sandy beach. the interior is comfortable and bright with a spacious open plan kitchen/dining/living area that opens out via sliding patio doors to the pool and garden where a conveniently located brick built barbecue will no doubt provide many enjoyable poolside feasts. the garden itself is fully enclosed with a flat, lawned area surrounding the pool that then slopes down to a children’s play corner with swings and slide. From the peaceful cul-de-sac in which the house is located, head down the nearby rustic steps and wander through typical streets to reach the sandy beach of this unquestionably picturesque coastal village. Such close proximity to tamariu also means that the fine wines and fresh seafood on offer in its excellent beachside restaurants can be enjoyed to the full without dependence on a car to return home for that final nightcap by the pool. For snorkelling enthusiasts, the pretty cove of cala aigua Xelida (1.4km) lies just over the hill and boasts an abundance of marine life and hidden, underwater caves whilst other renowned beauty spots such as llafranc (5.5km) and aigua Blava (2.5km) are all a short drive away. there is a summer bus service to the local town of Palafrugell (4.5km) which hosts a daily fruit and vegetable market as well as a wonderful, bustling Sunday market where all manner of local produce and goods are on offer.

Accommodation UPPER FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Two twin bedrooms • Double bedroom with Juliet balcony • Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed • Bathroom

LOWER FLOOR: • Open plan kitchen/dining/living room with patio doors to garden and pool (dishwasher, oven, microwave, TV, DVD) • Utility room (washing machine) • Shower room

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

27

april

3

Up to 8 guests

10 N/A

May

17

24

1

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed lawned garden • Children’s play area with swing • Sun terrace • In-built barbecue • Street parking • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with corner Roman steps thursday changeover

8 15 22 29 795 1495

5 1195

July

June

12

19

26 1395

3 10 17 1595 2195

august

24

31

7 14 2295

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

21

28 1495

4

11 1095

18

25

2

9 795

16

23

Irina Regencós Map ref: D5 Web ref: 193 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi

When relaxing by the poolside, looking out across olive groves and cork oaks towards the delightful cluster of pretty stone cottages that form the rural village of Regencós, one is immediately transported back in time, to an era when life’s concerns revolved around simpler things; working in the vineyard, harvesting olives, leading the goats to pasture and of course, with the Mediterranean so close by, bringing in the daily catch from the nearby fishing villages.

lovingly restored by its proud owners, irina permits guests to savour the ambiance and pleasures of a centuries old rural/coastal farmhouse in an idyllic setting with manicured lawns, abundant bougainvillea and a superb swimming pool. you are welcomed, via an atmospheric outdoor covered dining terrace which boasts a traditional battened clay tiled ceiling, into a timber beamed living/dining room. to the right a spacious country kitchen, again with beamed ceiling, continues the rustic atmosphere whilst the colourful ceramics that set off the en suite bath and shower rooms enjoyed by all the bedrooms complete the overall effect.

With such expansive views of the surrounding countryside and distant mountains spreading out ahead, it is easy to forget the fishing villages that played such an important part in the lives of those who lived here in bygone times. nearby Sa tuna (6.5km), Sa Riera (5.5km), aigua Blava (6.5km) and tamariu (9.5km) are charming coastal enclaves offering delightful sandy coves, beaches and a number of excellent fish restaurants. these still retain their old world charm thanks to the local fishermen who continue to catch squid, sea bass and lobster. For shopping, both Palafrugell (4km) and Begur (3km) are just a short drive away and have all amenities. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living/dining room (TV,DVD,CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Cloakroom • Laundry room (washing machine) • Wi-Fi. • Central heating throughout house.

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

28

april

4 750

11

May

18

25 795

2

9 895

16

Friday changeover

23 30 1395 995

6

July

June

13 1195

20

27 1495

4

11 1995

FIRST FLOOR: • Twin bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite shower room • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite bathroom

august

18

25

1 8 2395

15

OUTSIDE: • Mature gardens of lawns and shrubbery • Covered terrace • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 5 1495 1295

12 1195

19 995

26 895

3

10 795

17

24 750

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Villa Petunias Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 183 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Games Room | Beach 1.4km

Catalunya | SPAIN

Enjoying a privileged location alongside other similar properties in the attractive coastal neighbourhood of aigua Xelida, Villa Petunias is located between the renowned beauty spot of cala Marquesa and the shimmering turquoise waters of aigua Blava bay. From its wonderful south facing, elevated position, the property commands stunning views across pine clad mountains to the sparkling Mediterranean beyond. traditional in style and furnishings, the house flows over three levels and will prove to be a welcoming, comfortable choice for larger families or groups of friends wishing to holiday together. the open plan living/dining room with its high, beamed ceiling is a bright and airy space with a well equipped kitchen opening to one side. Patio doors lead out onto a spacious, shaded terrace inviting the enticing sea views to become part of the house itself. another large terrace and two private balconies, all enjoying the same picturesque outlook, provide ample space for everyone to find their own quiet spot to relax with a good book and glass of chilled wine or to simply soak up the fabulous views out towards the rugged coastline. Surrounded by a sun terrace, the swimming pool is conveniently located close to the games room, which will no doubt become the main centre of attraction for both adults and children.

a drive of 5 minutes downhill brings you to the beautiful fishing village of tamariu, with its curving promenade, family friendly sandy beach and selection of fish restaurants and bars. there are also two grocery shops in the village where essentials can be purchased whilst Palafrugell, with its comprehensive amenities and wonderful daily fresh produce market, is just 5km away. nearby Begur is a charming medieval town with several renowned restaurants, a weekly market, numerous chic boutiques and an impressive hilltop castle.

Southern facade showing all levels

Accommodation UPPER LEVEL: • Entrance hall • Two double bedrooms (one with private balcony) • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Living/dining room with patio doors to covered terrace (TV, DVD, fireplace)

• Kitchen (oven, microwave dishwasher) • Utility room (washing machine)

LOWER LEVEL: • Games room (table tennis, satellite TV) with doors to covered terrace and access to pool area via steps • Kitchen • Shower room

MIDDLE LEVEL: • Two twin bedrooms (one with private covered balcony) • Bathroom • Shower room

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

28

april

4

11

18 N/A

Up to 10 guests

May

25

2

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Tiered garden with flower beds • Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Poolside shower • Garage • Private swimming pool (10m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

Friday changeover

23 30 1595

6 995

July

June

13

20 1595

27

4

11

august

18

25

1695

1 2495

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1395

5

12 995

19

26 695

3

10

17

24

N/A

Casa Alsina Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 189 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 1km | Wi-Fi

casa alsina is a welcoming, comfortable home located in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. ideally situated on a south west facing hillside, it nestles within a pretty residential area of the beautiful fishing village of tamariu, just 1km from the picture-postcard sandy bay and the appetising selection of excellent seafront restaurants which overlook its translucent waters, and within a short walk of the local bakers, grocery store and bars.

the well furnished interior of the house is light and spacious. doors open from the fully equipped kitchen onto a covered terrace, the ideal place to enjoy breakfast whilst admiring the delightful vista across pine clad hillsides to the gavarre mountain range beyond. conveniently overlooking the pool and garden area, an open terrace provides the perfect suntrap from mid morning until early evening after which it will, no doubt, become the focal point of many memorable evenings after having enjoyed a supper grilled on the brick barbecue nearby. a ten minute drive along a scenic back road leads to the renowned beauty spot of aigua Blava with its local restaurant and lovely sandy cove. Just a few minutes further on, crowned with a medieval castle and encircled by narrow winding streets, elegant boutiques and a choice of several fine restaurants, the charming town of Begur (6km) is the ideal spot for an evening stroll. Special mention should also be made of the abundance of picturesque, hidden coves that can be found all along this rugged coastline. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room (enclosed fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Central heating throughout the house • Wi-Fi

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

29

april

5

12

19

May

26

3

10 N/A

17

31

7

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden • Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 4.5m)

LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Utility room(washing machine)

Tamariu

Saturday changeover

24

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite shower room

July

June

14

21

28

5 1195

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12 1995

august

19

26

2 9 2195

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1195 1095

13

20

27

4 N/A

11

18

25


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Casa Verity Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 128 Sleeps 6 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 490m | Heated Pool

SPAIN | Catalunya

it is always a pleasure to discover a property that is within walking distance of the beach and good amenities. ideally situated on a south-facing hillside, casa Verity sits adjacent to the rustic steps that lead directly down to the delightful fishing village of tamariu with its renowned seafront restaurants, bars and local grocery store. Famed for its rolling pine clad hills, unspoilt landscapes and abundance of hidden coves, this rugged coastline has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Sitting at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, casa Verity is a comfortable, well decorated and well furnished property that provides an ideal holiday base from which to enjoy this beautiful part of the world. conveniently overlooking the pool and lawned garden is a covered dining terrace. adding even further to the appeal is the provision of pool heating and central heating throughout the house which makes this a particularly attractive choice for holidays in the late or early season.

a 10 minute drive will bring you to the soft, sandy cove beach at the renowned beauty spot of aigua Blava while a little further on, the town of Begur with its medieval, hilltop castle and narrow winding streets full of boutiques and restaurants provides the perfect spot for an evening stroll.

Please note: Part terraced grounds mean that very young children may need supervision.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall with door to garage • Cloakroom • Open plan living/dining room (wood burner, TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock) with covered terrace and steps down to garden/pool • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher)

• Central heating throughout the house

OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Part sloping and part terraced grounds with lawns • Garage (washing machine) • Private parking • Private heated swimming pool (8m x 3.5m) with Roman steps

LOWER FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and access to garden/pool • Twin bedroom • Two single bedrooms • Shower room

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK

Property occupancy

March

27

Up to 6 guests

april

3 N/A

10

17

May

24 850

1

8

thursday changeover

15 22 29 895 1395

5 1195

July

June

12

19

26 1395

3 10 17 1695 2195

august

24

31

7 2295

14

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

21 2195

28 1395

4

11 995

18

25

2

9 825

16

23

Cal Nano Vall Llobrega Map ref: D5 Web ref: 177 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 5.8km nestling at the bottom of a tree clad hillside that forms part of the les gavarres mountain range, just a 10 minute drive from the unspoilt virgin beach of castell, this smartly appointed home enjoys a pleasing location in the pretty wooded area of Vall llobrega and sits within a lawned garden that makes it ideal for young children.

a light and airy atmosphere prevails within the house thanks to the sliding patio doors that open from the spacious living/dining area onto a large covered terrace from where vistas to the sea at Palamós bay can be admired. the accommodation is comfortable and well laid out with furniture and fittings of the highest standard.  catering will be a pleasure in the up-to-date, well equipped kitchen, which is separated from the dining area by a breakfast bar. its situation on the border of a recognised local beauty spot, and so close not only to a good choice of restaurants but also the protected sandy bay of castell, makes cal nano a perfect choice for those who wish to enjoy the pleasures of a beautiful coastline and at the same time relax in an area of vineyards, meadows and ancient forests of pine and cork oak.

Just 1.5km away, two restaurants and a local bar can be found in the hamlet of Vall llobrega itself, whilst a short drive away is the fishing harbour of Palamós, famous for its succulent ‘gambas’ (prawns) and boasting an impressive choice of seafood restaurants and ‘tapas’ bars within its warren of cobbled back streets.

Accommodation • Open plan living/dining area (fireplace, TV, CD, DVD, ceiling fans) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite bathroom (separate shower) • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) • Twin bedroom (ceiling fan) • Bathroom • Central heating throughout the house

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

28

april

4

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9 695

16

Friday changeover

23 795

30

6 850

July

June

13

20 1095

27

4 1195

11 1495

august

18 1795

25

1

8 1995

15

OUTSIDE: • Lawned garden. • Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking. • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1095

5 995

12

19 795

26

3

10 695

17

24

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Can Tilly Tamariu Map ref: D5 Web ref: 136 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Beach 1km | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi

Catalunya | SPAIN

the situation of this fine and imposing stone ‘masia’ is privileged. in an elevated spot on the pine clad slopes that rise up from the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, can tilly looks out across a picturesque panorama of wooded hillside, with the nearby sea sparkling just beyond. careful craftsmanship and skilled masonry have ensured that the construction of can tilly faithfully respects the style of a traditional ‘masia’, whilst at the same time incorporating the modern appliances and home comforts that befit a property of such status. generously proportioned over three levels, the interior is light and spacious, with the principal bedroom at the top of the house boasting three arched windows that perfectly frame the superb sea views.

Whilst many happy hours will be spent surveying this impressive scene from the house patios and terraces, a leisurely stroll downhill will bring you to the village of tamariu. Here, the golden sands of the pretty horseshoe bay are backed by a pleasing selection of local restaurants with open terraces that overlook the translucent water.

Whilst most amenities can be found here, Palafrugell is only 5km away with a wide range of shops, restaurants and a colourful Sunday market. close to the house a well marked walking trail takes you along the stunning coastline to llafranc, via the picturesque cove of la Pedrosa, perfect for a mid-walk swim and picnic.

Please note: terraced grounds mean that very young children may need supervision. in recognition of its superior quality and enviable location, can tilly was featured as one of the ‘top ten Villas in Spain’ by the daily telegraph. Accommodation LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Double bedroom (king size bed) with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom (king size bed) • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Laundry room (washing machine) • Central heating throughout the house

GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD) with doors to terrace • Dining room • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Wi-Fi FIRST FLOOR: • Principal double bedroom (super king size bed) with en suite shower room

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

28

april

4

11

18

May

25

2

9

16

Up to 8 guests

OUTSIDE: • Tiered lawned grounds • Covered and open terraces on several levels • Barbecue • Table tennis • Poolside shower • Private swimming pool (9m x 3.5m) with corner Roman steps

Friday changeover

23 N/A

30

6

July

June

13

20

27

4

11

august

18 2995

25

1

8 3250

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29

5

12

19

26 N/A

3

10

17

24

Casa Mimoseta Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 141 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 950m | Table Tennis Wi-Fi

those seeking a comfortable holiday base within easy reach of amenities will find casa Mimoseta an excellent choice. Situated off the back road between the picturesque bay of aigua Blava and the delightful fishing village of tamariu, it is just 950m downhill to the curved sandy beach, seafront restaurants and bars of tamariu itself.

this charming home boasts a spacious split level living/dining room with high, beamed ceilings and patio doors opening onto a large sun terrace. the pool is surrounded by lawn and thoughtfully placed in a private corner of the screened garden. children can be easily supervised whilst parents relax on the terrace or use the adjacent barbecue to cook some of the wonderful fresh produce found in nearby Palafrugell market. the terrace, pool and garden face south and hence enjoy sunshine all day long.

this part of the costa catalana has been designated an ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ and as such it is home to many secret coves sheltered by picturesque pine clad slopes. Family friendly sandy beaches are plentiful with Sa tuna, Sa Riera, aigua Blava and Pals all within easy distance. dotted around the countryside, medieval hilltop towns such as Begur (6km), Pals (10km) or Peratallada (16km) are rich in both history and atmosphere and are all fascinating places to explore.

Accommodation • • • • • • • • •

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

28

april

4

11

18

May

25 N/A

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23

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30

6

13 1095

Split level sitting /dining room (TV, DVD, CD) Kitchen (oven, microwave) Utility room (dishwasher) Double bedroom with doors to sun terrace Twin bedroom with doors to sun terrace Twin bedroom Bathroom Shower room Wi-Fi

July

June

20

27 1295

4 1395

11 1695

18 1995

OUTSIDE: • Sun terrace • In-built barbecue • Table tennis • Lawned garden on two levels • Private parking • Garage (washing machine) • Private kidney shaped swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

august

25

1 8 2295

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22 29 2195 1295

5

12

19

26

3 N/A

10

17

24


SPAIN | Catalunya

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STYLISH VILLA IN A PRESTIGIOUS LOCATION

Villa Marta

Aigua Blava Map ref: D5 Web Ref: 171 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Beach 400m Oozing charm and character, this wonderful Renaissancestyle villa enjoys a unique and privileged location in aigua Blava, one of the most unspoilt, scenic and exclusive enclaves along this dramatic coastline. Situated just a 10 minute walk from the tiny harbour of Fornells and the virgin beach of Platja Fonda, Villa Marta is set in very private, manicured grounds with palm trees, soaring cypress trees and beds of scented lavender.  Shading the poolside pergola a magnificent bougainvillea, bursting with colour, cascades down from the ceramic balustrades adding the final touch to what is a truly classical Mediterranean garden. this stunningly picturesque stretch of coastline is renowned for the individuality and exclusivity of its properties and Villa Marta is a fine example that will not fail to impress. its exquisite interior exudes quality and elegance through a pleasing mix of antiques, hand painted furniture, subtle pastel shades and carefully chosen paintings.  a sweeping staircase leads the way to a landing with a dainty minstrel gallery from which the bedrooms are accessed. Furnished and decorated with the same impeccable taste that features throughout the rest of the house, each room opens onto a beamed covered terrace that runs the length of the house and offers magnificent vistas across the bay to the sandy cove beyond. downstairs, a series of arched patio doors allow light to flood into the warm and inviting living/dining area from

where guests can absorb uninterrupted views of the vivid turquoise waters of the sea below. they also provide access to the outdoor terrace that flanks the property’s impressive 15m pool, alongside which a spacious sunroom comes complete with armchairs, sofa and cd player and is the perfect spot to relax with a favourite book or simply pause and appreciate the lovely surroundings.

it is Villa Marta’s close proximity to such a pretty coastline that makes its location so stunning. at the bottom of the garden, amidst lush shrubbery, a small wrought iron gate opens out onto a secluded lane from where a walk of just 10 minutes reveals the charming harbour of Fornells and unspoilt beach of Platja Fonda, a short distance  behind which three smart restaurants can be found within the graceful surroundings of the aigua Blava hotel. the adjacent coves of Malaret and Port de ses Orats are perfect for snorkelling.

With beaches and rocky inlets so close to hand and a choice of excellent restaurants just a few minutes away, you may feel no need to venture further. However, a drive of just 5 minutes takes you to Begur, a charming bustling town crowned with an impressive hilltop castle, whilst aigua Blava beach is just 1.5km away and is the ideal place to relax at the waters edge whilst enjoying grilled fresh fish accompanied with a glass of chilled white wine.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Shower room • Open plan living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, ceiling fan) • Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, fireplace) • Utility room (washing machine) • Walk-in pantry • Ironing room

FIRST FLOOR: • Master double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Two double bedrooms • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • All bedrooms have doors leading to shared covered terrace

OUTSIDE: • Established two tiered garden with lawned area on lower level • Large partially covered dining terrace with steps down to pool area • Large covered terrace on first floor • Private parking for three cars

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK

Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

28

april

4

11

May

18

25 N/A

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23

30

6

• Poolside sun room on lower level comprising sitting room (CD), shower room and WC • Outdoor shower • Barbecue • Table tennis • Private swimming pool with Roman steps (15m x 4m)

July

June

13 3495

20

27

4

11

august

18

25 4395

1

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 5 3495

12

19

26

3 N/A

10

17

24

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La Rajoleria Palafrugell Map ref: D5 Web ref: 197 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 4.5km

Catalunya | SPAIN

in a delightful location that offers the best of both rural and urban, this charming character property offers that winning combination of a peaceful rustic setting and close proximity to all amenities, being situated on the outskirts of the thriving market town of Palafrugell.

dating back to the 18th century, la Rajoleria is a wonderful example of a superbly executed stone barn conversion and is located just a 5 minute walk from the centre of town and less than 5km from the delightful coastal beauty spots of llafranc, calella and tamariu. Once a centre for the production of handmade terracotta tiles, evidence of its rich heritage can still be seen in the property’s unique design and characteristic features such as the original brick kiln which is preserved beneath a glass floor off the master bedroom. the sensitive restoration has respected the charm of the original character whilst ensuring that comfort and convenience is provided throughout. the living/dining room conveniently opens out to a spacious pool area, the south facing aspect of which ensures sunshine throughout the day whilst shade is provided by a long covered pergola. due to the vast number of cork oaks that grow in the region, local family run businesses have been supplying the wine industry with cork stoppers for over three centuries. it therefore comes as no surprise that running adjacent to the house is some 5000m² of the property’s own private enclosed cork forest.

the proximity of la Rajoleria to Palafrugell is particularly appealing. a walk of just 500m along a country lane brings cafés, restaurants and a wide range of shops (not to mention the daily fruit and vegetable market and colourful Sunday market) within easy reach. the town’s main square is a hub of local activity with regular live music and dancing, the perfect spot in which to spend a relaxing, Mediterranean evening dining on one of the many restaurant terraces before strolling home for a peaceful nightcap by the pool. Accommodation • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, in-built wood burning stove) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Double bedroom • Two twin bedrooms • Shower room • Bathroom

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed grounds of lawns, terraces and approximately 5000m² of private cork forest • Original stone well • Utility room (washing machine) • Poolside pergola for outdoor dining

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

28

april

4

11

May

18

25

2

9

16

• Barbecue • Covered private parking • Private kidney shaped swimming pool (6m x 3m at widest point, all one depth)

Friday changeover

23

30

N/A

Up to 6 guests

July

June

6 795

13

20 995

27

4 1095

11 1595

august

18

25

1 8 1895

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 5 1095 895

12

19

26

3

10 N/A

795

17

24

Mar Bona Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 163 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Beach 1.6km

this eye catching property showcases modern Mediterranean architecture at its best! cleverly designed to merge into the hillside over three levels, Mar Bona can claim wonderful sea views from its windows and terraces. indeed, the private decked swimming pool area, with its sweeping backdrop of azure Mediterranean sea, is a particularly striking feature that merits special mention. Mar Bona is a well appointed house with furnishings and décor being both contemporary and tasteful. the delightful living/dining room is large, airy and bright with panoramic windows and doors opening onto a large sun terrace from where the magnificent sea views can be enjoyed to full effect. the well equipped kitchen also opens onto the terrace providing convenient access to the perfect location for breakfast or perhaps dinner under the stars. On the lower level all three bedrooms are comfortably furnished.

a drive of 5 minutes downhill brings you to the sandy beach and restaurants of tamariu. you may also wish to visit the nearby cove of aigua Xelida itself, or the pretty, sandy beach at aigua Blava which is only 5km away.this picturesque stretch of coastline, designated an ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’, is renowned for its wealth of unblemished scenery and abundance of hidden coves. coastal walks take you to impressive beauty spots such as aigua Blava and llafranc while, further afield, several stone medieval villages are easily reached via pretty country lanes. dominated by a stone castle, the hilltop town of Begur (5.5km) was once a refuge for the local fishermen in the days when marauding pirates, including the infamous Barbarosa, plundered the coastline. Visitors to Begur today will find a bustling, colourful town of winding cobbled streets filled with shops, pavement cafés, market stalls and a good selection of fine restaurants. Accommodation

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

30

april

6

13

20

May

27

4 N/A

11

Sunday changeover

18

25

1

STREET LEVEL: • Entrance hall • Sun terrace (washing machine)

LOWER LEVEL 1: • Living/dining area (TV, DVD, CD) • Shaded dining terrace • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Cloakroom • Central heating throughout the house • Wi-Fi

July

august

June

8

15 22 29 1195 1395

6 1495

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13

20 2050

27

3 10 2295

17

LOWER LEVEL 2: • Hallway opening onto decked walkway leading to pool area • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

24 31 7 2095 1295 1095

14 895

21

OUTSIDE: • Gently sloping, walkway/staircase down to pool area • Poolside shower • Poolside cloakroom • Barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m)

28

5

12 N/A

19

26


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Can Jomil Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 138 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 1.1km

SPAIN | Catalunya

ideally situated on a south facing hillside amidst the stunning scenery of this most picturesque stretch of the catalan coastline, can Jomil is a welcoming and well presented home that is within easy reach of coastal amenities. Bordered by properties of a similar style, it is just 1.1km from the picture-postcard sandy bay of tamariu alongside which a stone-paved promenade is lined with an appetising selection of seafront restaurants and bars, whilst within the typical streets of the fishing village itself a local grocery store and bakers are also conveniently close to hand. the well furnished interior is light and spacious. Sliding French doors open from the living/dining room onto a long covered terrace with a barbecue conveniently adjacent and the swimming pool just beyond. Each bedroom has been thoughtfully fitted with a ceiling fan and there are partial sea views from the first floor terrace. can Jomil also has the benefit of central heating should it be required, for very early or late season visits. a 10 minute drive along the scenic back road leads to the renowned beauty spot of aigua Blava, with its local restaurant and lovely sandy cove. Just a few minutes further on, crowned with a medieval castle and encircled by narrow winding streets, elegant boutiques and a choice of several fine restaurants, the charming hilltop town of Begur is the ideal spot for an evening stroll. Special mention should also be made of the abundance of picturesque, hidden coves that can be found all along this rugged coastline. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining area (fireplace,TV for use with DVD only, CD) with patio doors to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to covered terrace • Utility room (washing machine) • Cloakroom • Stairs down to garage • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing with door to covered balcony • Double bedroom (continental double bed, ceiling fan) with en suite shower room and access to shared rear terrace • Two twin bedrooms (ceiling fans) with access to shared rear terrace • Bathroom

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK

Property occupancy

March

28

april

4

11

May

18 895

Up to 6 guests

25

2

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Shower • Sun terrace • In-built barbecue • Covered dining terrace • Private parking • Garage for 1 car • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m) with Roman steps

Friday changeover

23 30 6 1195 1095

July

June

13 1195

20 1395

27 1495

4 1595

11 2095

august

18

25

1 8 2295

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1395

5

12

19

1195

26

3

10

995

17

24

895

El Jardi Bonic Aigua Xelida (Tamariu) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 188 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 750m

Encircled by a delightful mature garden of sub tropical shrubbery, classical Mediterranean trees and colourful foliage, and just 750m from the picturesque sandy bay of tamariu with its waterfront restaurants, this simply-styled coastal property provides a convenient base for guests seeking easy access to the beach and amenities from enclosed and attractive grounds.

the verdant colours of pine, olive, tamarind and bougainvillea surround the spacious and flat lawned area that spreads out beyond the swimming pool, with their mature foliage providing welcome areas of shade both here and on the neighbouring dining terrace. they provide the most attractive setting for a home that is unassuming and decorated in traditional local style.

Stroll downhill from the house along the residential lanes that meander across the hillside that skirts this beautiful coastline and you will find yourself on the seafront promenade of tamariu’s sheltered cove. lined with a number of excellent fish restaurants and framed by the most stunning backdrop of pine-clad slopes, the golden sands and calm waters are as pretty as a picture, whilst a scenic footpath leads from here around the shoreline to the equally delightful bay of llafranc. Just 5km away, the local town of Palafrugell is worth a visit for its fine weekly market and colourful ‘plaça’ whilst in the nearby medieval streets of Begur you will find several renowned restaurants, varied shops and the atmosphere of a bygone era.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Open plan living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with doors to garden • Kitchen (microwave, countertop oven, dishwasher) • Double bedroom

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

27

april

3

10

May

17

24 N/A

1

8

15

thursday changeover

22

29

5 1095

June

12

19 1195

July

26 3 10 17 24 31 1295 1395 1495 1695 1795

• • • •

Two twin bedrooms Bathroom Shower room Utility room (washing machine)

august

7

14 2095

21

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed lawned garden with mature shrubbery • Open sun terraces • Barbecue • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

28 1295

4 1195

11

18

25

2 N/A

9

16

23

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La Puesta del Sol Sa Punta (Sa Riera) Map ref: C5 Web ref: 148 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Beach 840m

Catalunya | SPAIN

tucked into the sunny south-western hillside just 840m from the beach and a short drive from various picturesque fishing villages, this well appointed house offers comfortable, well laid out accommodation.carefully chosen furnishings and fittings make la Puesta del Sol a very homely and welcoming property perfect for relaxed summer living. the spacious living/dining area opens onto a large covered terrace overlooking the enticing private swimming pool. Steps lead down past the barbecue on the mid-terrace to the pool itself, paved with traditional Begur stone and a real ‘sun-trap’. the enclosed, mature garden adorned with flowerbeds, numerous plants and shrubs and a gorgeous bougainvillea is a riot of colour.the early evening views of the sun setting over this classic Mediterranean scene also deserve special mention.

ideal for families, the broad, sandy beach of Platja de Pals is within easy distance and offers windsurfing, sailing and striking views across to the isles Medes. Formerly a refuge for pirates, the islands are now a protected Marine Park and a renowned dive site. Platja del Racó naturist beach is within 1km while Sa Riera and Sa tuna are two other cove beaches with a unique ‘costa catalana’ atmosphere. cosmopolitan Begur, crowned by its hilltop medieval castle offers a choice of restaurants in its warren of backstreets while the enchanting villages of tamariu, llafranc and calella are all equally accessible. golfing enthusiasts can choose from three excellent local courses. Accommodation UPPER LEVEL: • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock) with doors to terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Utility room (washing machine) • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room and doors to terrace • Double bedroom • Bathroom

• Central heating throughout the house LOWER LEVEL: • Twin bedroom with doors to pool area • Twin bedroom • Shower room • Pool room with doors to garden/pool area (drinks fridge)

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

30

april

6

13

May

20

27

4

11

OUTSIDE: • Shower • In-built barbecue • Covered and open terraces • Enclosed garden • Off road parking • Table tennis • Private kidney shaped swimming pool (7m x 5m)

Sunday changeover

18

N/A

Up to 8 guests

25 1195

1

July

June

8 995

15 22 29 6 1095 1195 1495

13 1750

august

20

27

3 10 1995

17

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

24

31 7 1295 995

14

21

28

5 N/A

12

19

26

Jardí dels Tarongers Sa Riera (Begur) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 146 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Beach 560m

the location of Jardí dels tarongers is ideal for those who wish to enjoy the picturesque, undeveloped coastline so emblematic of this area. Elevated on the hillside just behind Sa Riera it is just a 5 minute drive to the charming hilltop town of Begur. Views encompass the medieval stone castle on one side and, through the pine trees, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea on the other. a 510m walk downhill takes you to the steps leading to the grocery store, bars, local restaurants and sandy cove beach. Well decorated and thoughtfully designed, our photographs of Jardí dels tarongers do not do justice to the quality of the property or the 160 square metres of living space it provides. Excellent facilities include an open plan kitchen, an airy and spacious living/dining room with doors to the garden terrace and three bedrooms, each with an en suite shower room and television. Outside, the front terraces conveniently overlook the pool area allowing children to be easily supervised and the garden is well stocked with a variety of sub-tropical plants and shrubs. Sa Riera has retained its traditional atmosphere with catalan fishing boats dotted around its horseshoe cove. Many additional beauty spots such as the unspoilt coves of Sa tuna and aigua Freda and the protected Marine Reserve of Ses negres lie within easy reach, and all amenities can be found at Begur.

Accommodation • Cloakroom • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with doors to terrace • Open plan kitchen (American fridge freezer, oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Two double bedrooms (continental bed, TV) with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom (TV) with en suite shower room • Heating throughout the house

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

28

april

4

11 695

18

May

25

2 9 750

16

Sa Riera

Friday changeover

23

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30

6 1095

OUTSIDE: • Steps lead up from the garage to the house • Sun terraces • Barbecue • Terraced garden • Private parking • Garage (washing machine) • Private swimming pool (6m x 3m) with Roman steps

July

June

13

20

27 1195

4 1495

11

august

18 2095

25

1

8 2250

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1195

5

12 950

19

26 795

3

10

17 695

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Níspero Begur Map ref: D5 Web ref: 164 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Beach 2.4km

SPAIN | Catalunya

this charming, semi-detached house is aptly named after the Medlar tree that adorns the pleasant, enclosed garden. níspero enjoys a sunny situation, with a swimming pool to the front, shaded and lawned grounds to the rear and an attractive covered front terrace that serves as the ideal viewpoint from which to watch over children as they play in the pool. comfortably furnished and with a modern, fitted kitchen this is a good choice for couples or smaller family groups who wish to be close to amenities as well as the spectacular coastline below the Begur headland. Within a 10 minute drive of the house you will find an excellent choice of unspoilt cove beaches while, a little further afield, the large bay of Pals offers a wide sandy beach with good amenities and a range of watersport facilities.Well preserved, ancient walled villages such as Pals, Peratallada and Palau Sator with their cobbled streets, traditional restaurants and unique atmospheres are easily discovered inland, the bustling market town of Palafrugell with its lively central square is 6kms away and the local beauty spots of llafranc and tamariu are just 10kms away. Begur itself is an appealing hilltop town, crowned with a spectacular 11th century stone castle and privileged to wonderful views of the Medes isles and the Pyrenees to the north. narrow winding streets, boutiques and restaurants with peaceful romantic walled gardens make it a wonderful place for a pleasant evening stroll.Wednesday is market day, when local farmers from nearby villages come to town and set up their colourful stalls in the shade of the imposing stone church of Sant Pere. the colour, aroma and general outdoor life is pure Mediterranean. Accommodation • Split-level living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Shower room (washing machine)

OUTSIDE: • Lawned garden with picnic table and bench • Covered terrace • In-built barbecue • Fenced garden • Private shaped swimming pool (6m x 4m at widest point) with Roman steps.

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

Up to 4 guests

12 N/A

May

19

26

3

10 550

17 595

Saturday changeover

24

31

7 695

July

June

14

21

28 850

5 1095

12 1150

august

19

26

2 9 1350

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 895

6 695

13

20

27 495

650

4

11

18

25

N/A

El Sueño Sa Riera Map ref: C5 Web ref: 147 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 700m

Enjoying an elevated position in a smart residential area, El Sueño is a wonderful addition to our portfolio of houses around the picturesque catalan fishing village of Sa Riera. From this very well appointed house it is just 700m downhill to the long, shelving sandy beach at Pals, where a choice of beachside restaurants and lovely views across to the isles Medes await. Hidden on the other side of the headland lies the naturist beach of Platja del Racó while a little further on Sa Riera itself is a picturesque, pine clad sandy cove boasting an additional handful of local restaurants.

internally the spacious living area is light, airy and ideal for relaxed summer living. Patio doors lead out onto a sunny terrace overlooking the fine pool just below with steps leading down from here and from the principal bedroom directly to the poolside sun terrace.

Pals’ family friendly beach is renowned for its windsurfing, sailing and surfboarding facilities. the archipelago of the isles Medes is the Mediterranean’s largest natural marine reserve and a noted location for scuba diving enthusiasts with several local schools offering lessons and day trips. golfers will enjoy the nearby championship golf course. Palau Sator, Peratallada and Monells, the celebrated ‘golden triangle’ of medieval hilltop villages are all very close while a short 8 minute drive brings you to Begur with its medieval castle, excellent amenities and several respected restaurants. Accommodation UPPER LEVEL: • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, playstation, iPod dock) with patio doors to terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Utility room/cloakroom (washing machine) • Central heating throughout the house

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

30 N/A

april

6

13 650

20

May

27

4

11 750

Sunday changeover

18

25

1 8 995

July

June

15

22 29 6 1195 1395 1450

13

august

20 1895

LOWER LEVEL: • Double bedroom with en suite shower room and doors to terrace • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bedroom (bunk beds) • Shower room

27

3

10 1995

17

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

24

31 1095

7

14 995

OUTSIDE: • Sun terrace • Barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 4.5m) with corner Roman steps

21

28 695

5

12

19

26

650

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La Mar Begur Map ref: D5 Web ref: 3142 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Gated Pool | Beach 3.75km

Catalunya | SPAIN

Enjoying picturesque views across the scenic tree-clad mountain range of gavarres, this attractive and inviting house sits in a residential neighbourhood just 3.5km from the charming medieval town of Begur and 3.75km from the delightful virgin beach of Platja Fonda, offering an ideal holiday base from which to explore this stunning stretch of the costa Brava coastline.

the cosy, split -level interior is comfortably furnished with a pretty kitchen that is fully equipped with all modern appliances. a spacious open plan living/dining area opens onto a covered dining terrace where al fresco meals and country vistas can be enjoyed within easy view of the children as they play in the swimming pool below. Fully enclosed and offering an attractive grassed area, the garden also incorporates a spacious south facing swimming pool area with an in-built barbecue that offers excellent privacy and which, for added safety, is completely fenced and gated.

nearby in the ancient town of Begur you will find a lively open-air café lifestyle amongst narrow winding streets which are steeped in history and filled with all types of shops, boutiques and fine restaurants. From here, a drive of five minutes downhill will bring you to the sandy beach and local restaurants of the unspoilt fishing village of Sa tuna where local fishermen still tend their nets along the seafront in a practice that has been handed down for generations. this picturesque coastline has been designated an “area of outstanding natural beauty” and is justifiably renowned for its wealth of unspoilt scenery and abundance of hidden coves and beaches. coastal walks will take you to impressive beauty spots such as aigua Freda and Sa Riera (both popular snorkelling locations) whilst further afield several stone medieval villages can be easily reached via pretty country lanes. Accommodation • Entrance hall • Open plan living/dining room with doors to covered terrace overlooking pool area (TV, wood burning stove) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house

8 STEPS LEADING TO UPPER LEVEL: • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom with Juliet balcony • Double bedroom • Shower room

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK

Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

12

19

May

26

3

Up to 6 guests

10 N/A

17

OUTSIDE: • Lawned garden • Covered terrace with awning • Gated pool area with in-built barbecue • Garage for 1 car (washing machine) • Private parking for 1 car • Private swimming pool (7.5m x 3.5m) with Roman steps Saturday changeover

24

31

7

Begur

July

June

14

21

28

5 1295

12 1495

august

19 1695

26

2

9 1995

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1495

6

13

20

27

4

11

18

25

N/A

Sargantana Begur Map ref: D5 Web ref: 3117 Sleeps 4 | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Fenced Pool | Wi-Fi

a perfect base for couples or smaller family groups, this pretty semi-detached house sits snugly within enclosed grounds of lawns and terraces just 2km from the historic hilltop town of Begur.

its situation, conveniently off the road that leads into Begur, makes Sargantana an ideal choice for guests wishing to be within easy reach of the shops, bars and restaurants of one of the area’s most picturesque hilltop towns as well as some of the most beautiful sandy coves and unspoilt fishing villages to be found along this spectacular coastline. Only 10 minutes away by car is the delightful beach of aigua Blava, pretty tamariu (3.5km) can be easily reached via a back road that winds through pine woods, whilst the impressive sandy bay of Pals with its wide range of water sports is also close by.

Furnished in a simple but comfortable style, the focal point of the house is its open plan living area which neatly incorporates designated spaces for lounging, dining and cooking. this opens out onto a covered front terrace overlooking the pool and its surrounding lawn, which are thoughtfully enclosed by a fence for added security.

With its well equipped kitchen, in-built barbecue and choice of outdoor dining areas, Sargantana is ideally prepared for catering as well as being within easy reach of some excellent local dining options. Only 1.5km away is a popular local restaurant, whilst an evening stroll around the cobbled streets of Begur’s fascinating old quarter, just 2km from the house, is an ideal way to end the day. Here local families meet to chat over a ‘digestif ’ in many of the pavement cafés and the market stalls display jewellery, artwork and local crafts alongside a fine array of shops, tapas bars and restaurants.

Please note: Whilst there are three bedrooms, the property is suitable for a maximum of 4 guests. Accommodation • Split level open plan living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors to covered terrace (fireplace, TV, DVD, ceiling fan, oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) • Double bedroom • Single bedroom • Shower room • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

March

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

May

26

3

10 550

17 595

Saturday changeover

24

31

7 695

July

June

14

21

28 795

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5

12 1095

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed lawned garden • Covered terrace with in-built barbecue • Canvas covered dining area • Washing machine • Private parking for two cars • Private fenced swimming pool (7m x 3.75m) with Roman steps

august

19

26

2 9 1295

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 895

6 695

13 595

20 550

27

4

11 N/A

18

25


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Mas del Bosquet Maçanet de Cabrenys (Alt Empordà) Map ref: A2 Web ref: 180 Sleeps 6 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Games Room

SPAIN | Catalunya

amidst the picturesque, natural landscape of the alt Empordà, with its rolling forested hills and stunning backdrop of Pyrenean foothills, this recently restored 18th century ‘masía’ enjoys an enviable position in this blissfully unspoilt corner of catalunya.

Just a 5 minute walk away via a scenic forest path is the beguiling town of Maçanet de cabrenys, a charming centre of ancient stone buildings and cobbled streets housing a host of fine restaurants and all amenities. in the surrounding area, an abundance of stunning medieval villages such as San lorenç de la Muga and terrades will leave you spoilt for choice for places to visit. lake Boadella (12km) is a great spot for swimming and picnics whilst for beach lovers the whitewashed fishing villages of llança and Port de la Selva are a 30 minute drive. the sympathetic refurbishment of Mas del Bosquet has skilfully combined the very best of the property’s rustic origins with modern day conveniences to provide a charming holiday base that is comfortable and full of character. it is yours to enjoy in seclusion since whilst the house in its entirety is vast, it is the western wing only that is allocated to accommodation, the building opposite occupying an impressive games room (pictured on the left of the photo) and the rest being closed off and unused.

Both the house and games room are accessed from an atmospheric dining terrace, reached by way of stone steps that lead up from the poolside lawn and terraces. From here majestic views can be enjoyed across the countryside towards the shimmering Mediterranean, whilst down below an outdoor sitting area, recessed into the stonework of the house, provides the perfect shaded spot in which to relax whilst supervising activities in the pool beyond.

Please note: • Whilst there are four bedrooms, we feel that the property is best suited to a maximum of 6 guests. • this is a non smoking property. Accommodation FIRST FLOOR (entered from the outdoor dining terrace): • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, wood burning stove) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Utility room (washing machine) • Two shower rooms

• Central heating throughout house SECOND FLOOR: • Two double bedrooms • Two twin bedrooms

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

28

april

4

11

May

18

25

2

Up to 6 guests

9 16 N/A

OUTSIDE: • Games room (pool table, table tennis) • Outdoor dining terrace with in-built barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Rustic football pitch • Private parking • Private swimming pool (5m x 6m) with corner Roman steps Friday changeover

23

30

6

July

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Holganza Sant Martí d’Empúries Map ref: B4 Web ref: 179 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 1.4km

there can be little doubt that when the renowned Barcelonan architect Josep Pratmarsó was commissioned to design this delightful villa he had in mind the luxuriant lifestyle enjoyed by the Romans and greeks who once inhabited the surrounding area.

Holganza lies on a gentle slope just over 1km from the remains of the once glorious greekRoman city of Empúries, where magnificent mosaics and stone columns reach gently down the hillside and create a unique backdrop to the sandy, unspoilt beaches that shelve into the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean, the nearest of these being just 1.4km from the house itself. laid over one level, an abundance of light floods throughout the house with each bedroom opening to the garden and pool area. Families will no doubt appreciate the larger than average private swimming pool and undulating lawned garden where children can play, whilst adults can enjoy the welcome areas of shade provided by the soaring cypress trees.

the open plan living/dining area sweeps through to a well equipped kitchen backed by a splendid covered dining terrace adorned with curtains to keep out the midday sun or the evening breeze, an ideal place to relax with a glass of local wine and a platter of grapes whilst contemplating how life might have been for those greeks and Romans who came to settle here so many centuries ago. the picturesque medieval stone village of Sant Martí d’Empúries is a mere 700m away and once again plunges us back into history. Early evening is a great time to have a casual wander around its narrow cobbled streets and medley of street cafés and restaurants. alternatively, head north towards the sweeping bay of Roses to reach the beach of Sant Pere Pescador, a paradise for kite and windsurfers. Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room with patio doors to garden (TV, wood burning stove) • Kitchen with door to outdoor dining area (washing machine, dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Double bedroom (TV) with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom (no WC) • Separate toilet adjacent to bathroom • All bedrooms have door to garden Platja del Convent

Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

PRicE FOR tHE PROPERty PER WEEK March

28

april

4

11

18 N/A

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25

2

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16

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30

6 850

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June

13

20 1195

27

4 1295

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18 1795

OUTSIDE: • Large enclosed garden with mature trees and lawn • Covered and open terraces • Barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (12m x 4m) with corner Roman steps

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25

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8 2195

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19 950

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“A fantastic relaxing holiday getaway wit h t he most stunning views, packed wit h wild life of al l kinds. V isit t he beautiful timeless white vil lages t hat surr ound t he area and see t he real Spain! Ronda is a must if you like shopping plus end less restaurants t o dine and amazing old architecture. Thanks again t o V intage Travel for an unforgettable family vacation.” The Amin family, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

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Andalucía Andalucía evokes dazzling white towns, ancient cities, imposing mountain peaks, regiments of olive groves, golden sandy beaches, the scent of orange blossom, a temperate climate and the purest light. rom the seemingly endless stretches of golden sand that line the undiscovered costa de la luz to the unmissable cities that bear witness to 700 years of Moorish influence, the region boasts a wealth of attractions that will not fail to impress. Hilltop white villages of snaking narrow streets, hidden inner patios of abundant carnation pots, Islamic arches, formal gardens heavy with the scent of jasmine and orange blossom, breathtaking palaces, and above all, a warm, extrovert people who instinctively create an exuberant street life.

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The historic hilltop town of Ronda offers the visitor tranquillity, a rich and diverse history and an authentic andaluz atmosphere. Its eclectic mix of architectural styles stand testament to the diverse peoples that have fought over, occupied or simply visited the town across the centuries.

Home to picturesque ‘pueblo blanco’ streets, a profusion of wrought iron balconied houses and Spain’s oldest and most splendid bullring, the Mercadillo quarter has its own special atmosphere. dividing the old part of the city from the new is a dramatic river gorge, its plunging 90m drop being bridged by the Puente nuevo from where there are spectacular views. Our houses are scattered across the beautiful Serranía surrounding the town and all are within an easy drive.

Further afield through a landscape of craggy forested sierras lies Sevilla, a city that lives life to the full. The luxuriant jungle of botanical gardens that is the Maria lluisa Park, the once Jewish quarter with its picture book wrought iron clad houses and the vast cathedral are just a few of the good reasons to visit. Heading west you will find Arcos de la Frontera, an original frontier town from the old Muslim kingdom of Granada, whilst the vineyards and wineries that start in earnest after here leave no doubt that you are entering the world capital of sherry production – Jerez.

The stunning stretch of coastline known as the Costa de la Luz is perhaps andalucía’s best kept secret. This magnificent, unspoilt fringe of golden sand stretches practically unbroken from the Portuguese border to the Straits of Gibraltar.

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Andalucía Our property selection centres around the pretty white towns of Vejer de la Frontera and Conil de la Frontera. nearby Cádiz is one of Europe’s oldest cities. now a busy port, it is rich in Moorish style buildings arranged around narrow streets and alleyways that criss-cross the historic peninsula.

To the east, dramatic scenery is formed by the deeply plunging gorge of El Chorro, which carves its way through breathtakingly pretty valleys of lush wooded slopes. north of here, Córdoba offers the awesome dimensions of the ‘Mesquita’ or Great Mosque and the myriad of white alleyways and flower filled patios that is its ancient Jewish quarter. no visit to andalucía would be complete without witnessing the spectacular sights of

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historic Granada. nestling against a stunning backdrop of the often snow capped peaks of the Sierra nevada, the imposing silhouette of its sumptuous alhambra Palace towers above a delightful and intriguing network of ancient narrow streets that bear witness to the city’s Moorish past. a short drive south of here, tucked between the Sierra nevada and the coast, the delightfully undiscovered Alpujarras is unquestionably picturesque, its valleys and hillsides being dotted with oasis-like white villages and criss-crossed by a network of ancient paths that make this area a delight to discover on foot.

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Local knowledge Getting there

a wide range of scheduled, charter and ‘no frills’ flights operate from most regional airports to Málaga, which is 1.5 hours from Ronda, 2 hours from the alpujarras and 2.5 hours from the costa de la luz. alternatively, Ryanair offer services to Jerez and Sevilla whilst other scheduled flights fly to Málaga, Sevilla and Gibraltar. another option is the 20 hour sea crossing to Santander from where a 12 hour drive brings you to your destination. For further information, see pages 198–201.

Climate

Its temperate, almost sub-tropical climate makes andalucía Spain’s kitchen garden, producing an appetising variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and olive oil. Spring arrives early and brings with it warm temperatures, making the months of april and May a pleasant time to visit. Inland, summer temperatures frequently exceed 30°c, whilst sea breezes temper the heat on the costa de la luz.

Local Cuisine

local specialities include scrambled eggs with wild asparagus and various flavourful game dishes. Finish off with ‘piñonate’ (a sweetmeat of almonds and pine seeds) or the exquisite ‘pestinos de almendras’ (almond pancakes). On the coast, tuna is offered in any one of over 1000 different recipes while the ‘caldillo de perro’ (fish soup) is always delicious. Meals can be complemented by a smooth glass of ‘manzanilla’ from Sanlucar de Barrameda, perhaps a sherry from Jerez or El Puerto de Santa Maria, or a glass of local wine from chiclana de la Frontera. The light, white ‘Tierra Blanca’ is a perfect lunchtime accompaniment.

Fiestas

The exuberance of andalucía is never more evident than at festival time. On the coast, in July, there are fiestas in honour of the ‘Virgen del carmen’, patron saint of sailors and fishermen. The impressive nocturnal procession that takes place at sea in Barbate should not be missed.

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Casa Encantadora Órgiva (Alpujarras, Granada) Map ref: C6 Web ref: 761 Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi

Andalucía | SPAIN

Houses with just one bedroom that offer a private pool facility are hard to find. So too are properties that are within walking distance of all amenities. In casa Encantadora we have therefore uncovered a gem since this attractive cottage is set in pretty lush gardens that are enclosed and private and yet only 100 metres from the market square of Órgiva. Its slightly elevated position on the edge of the upper part of the town means that the lawned garden that surrounds the pool looks out across a splendid vista of mountains, with the rooftops of the town just visible to the side. So neat and pretty are the grounds that much of your time is likely to be spent here soaking up this picturesque scene, although should you feel the need to mingle with the locals, a 5 minute stroll down the lane will bring you to the bustling centre of Órgiva, with its local shops and restaurants and a colourful Thursday morning market. This is a perfect base for couples wishing to explore the picturesque and undiscovered alpujarras. In the house your comfort is assured since the charming rooms are tastefully decorated, with smart terracotta floors, beamed ceilings and colourful fabrics combining to make the accommodation cheerful and appealing. For days out, you are spoilt for choice since the area has so much to offer: trek or cycle along the myriad of ancient roads and footpaths that traverse the surrounding countryside; drive south through stunning mountain scenery to coastal Salobreña (a 30 minute drive) or, for a dose of culture, head north to discover the ancient Moorish city of Granada, just 40 minutes away by car. Accommodation • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (fireplace, A/C, TV, DVD,CD, microwave, counter-top oven) • Double bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • Wi-Fi

OUTSIDE: • Gardens of lawns and terraces • Covered dining terrace • Poolside shower • In-built barbecue • Washing machine • Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m) with Roman steps

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

Up to 2 guests

12 N/A

19

May

26

3

10 17 595

Saturday changeover

24

31

7 695

July

June

14

21

28 750

5

12

august

19

26

2 795

9

16

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September

23

30

6

13

750

20

27

4

695

11 595

18

25

Casa El Valle Órgiva (Alpujarras, Granada) Map ref: C6 Web ref: 771 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Fenced Pool

nestling in the pretty Tíjola valley amongst fields of olive groves, with the imposing Sierra nevada mountains behind and the rolling hills of the Sierra de lújar in front, this charming cottage enjoys an idyllic location and forms a picturesque rural retreat for a couple or small group. all around, the valley floor is populated with neatly ordered fields of fruit trees, across which the views are uninterrupted towards the surrounding hills and mountains that make this such a favoured area amongst trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers. With its well kept lawn and smartly tiled terraces, the pretty garden of casa El Valle forms a pleasant and comfortable spot from which to soak up this vista, whilst parents supervising young children will appreciate the security provided by the fence that encloses the pool.

Inside, the accommodation is equally appealing, thanks to the warm hues of colour washed walls and matching fabrics that blend beautifully with exposed wooden beams and attractive furnishings. Whilst its setting is essentially rural, the house is nevertheless pleasingly close to amenities. a scenic drive of just 3.5 km along the country lane that wends its way through the valley brings you to the local town of Órgiva, which is home to a range of shops, restaurants and a colourful weekly market. alternatively you may wish to spend a day exploring the area’s pretty mountain villages, head south to one of the beaches of the costa Tropical (30 minutes) or soak up the historic sights of the Moorish city of Granada (40 minutes). Accommodation • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, microwave, counter-top oven, washing machine) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Shower room

OUTSIDE: • Garden with lawn, covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue* • Poolside shower • Private parking • Fenced private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with Roman steps

Please note: *As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans may be enforced from early June. If this is the case, an electric ‘plancha’ will be provided for outdoor catering.

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

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29

april

5

12 N/A

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26

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10

17

Saturday changeover

24 31 595

7

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12 795

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16

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September

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Casa Buganvilla Órgiva (Alpujarras, Granada) Map ref: C6 Web ref: 774 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate*

SPAIN | Andalucía

as we walked through the entrance gates and stood in the colourful, mature garden of this pretty stone cottage, looking out towards the pleasing rural scene of the undulating hilltops of the Sierra de lujar, it was hard to believe that we were only 100m from the market square of the lively local town of Órgiva. It is this enviable location that makes casa Buganvilla such a sought after holiday home. Stone walls, strewn with the bright blooms of trailing plants, surround a garden that is private and enclosed and yet just a short walk away is the bustling centre of the typical alpujarran town with its animated weekly market and local bars, cafes and restaurants.

With Órgiva so close to hand and the picture postcard mountain villages and scenic walking trails of this unquestionably picturesque region just a short drive away, this is an ideal base from which to explore the area. You may, however, simply wish to relax in the charming accommodation where an open plan living room displays an attractive exposed wooden ceiling, local ceramic tiles and a charming brick archway leading the way to the kitchen. Patio doors make this area light and bright and provide easy access to a pretty covered terrace, which looks out across the garden and pool towards the peaks of the nearby mountains, visible beyond. The in-built barbecue that is conveniently situated to the side makes this an ideal spot for meals al fresco.

Please note: clients paying the small party rate will have use of one bedroom. Please advise which bedroom you require at time of booking.

Accommodation • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, A/C, oven, microwave, washing machine) with patio doors to covered terrace • Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Wi-Fi

OUTSIDE: • Garden of lawns and flowerbeds • Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8.5m x 5.5m)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

*Up to 2 guests 3–4 guests

12

19

May

26

3

N/A

10 17 595 695

Saturday changeover

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31

7 695 795

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June

14

21

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12

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26

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16

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23

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13

20

27

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25

Cortijo Las Gallinas Órgiva (Alpujarras, Granada) Map ref: C6 Web ref: 785 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Wi-Fi

Encircled by olive groves and the bright blooms of Mediterranean flora, this charming alpujarran cottage nestles attractively amongst the picturesque countryside that surrounds the local market town of Orgiva. Its delightful rural position offers a restful outlook across a sea of silvery grey olive leaves towards the rolling hills of the Sierra de lujar and is yet just 900m from the lively bustle of local village life.

In typical regional style, its neatly presented rooms display an attractive combination of fresh white walls, terracotta tiled floors and exposed ceiling beams, with the open plan layout of the living area creating a pleasing sense of spaciousness. Outside, a south facing covered terrace provides the perfect spot from which to soak up the absorbing vista, the high slopes of the sierra forming a striking backdrop to the wide expanse of olive groves that stretch out ahead. To the side, the same view can be enjoyed from the pool and its surrounding terraces, whilst the property’s own olive orchard lies at the back.

Its scenic setting makes cortijo las Gallinas an ideal retreat for those wishing to simply relax and admire the delightful surroundings that make the alpujarras such a favoured destination for walkers and nature lovers, but at the same time it is conveniently close to all amenities. Just 900m away, via a rustic country track, Orgiva is home to shops, bars and a range of local restaurants whilst up above, a drive through the foothills of the Sierra nevada will reveal a series of picturepostcard mountain villages. also within easy reach are the beaches of the costa Tropical (30 minutes drive) and the historic sights of Granada (40 minutes).

Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room/kitchen (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, microwave, washing machine, counter-top oven, Wi-Fi) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Shower room

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

March

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

May

26

3

10 750

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Saturday changeover

24 795

31

7 950

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June

14

21

28

5

12

OUTSIDE: • Covered and open terraces • Orchard of olive trees • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Private swimming pool (6m x 4.5m) with corner Roman steps

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Casa Anvife Órgiva (Alpujarras, Granada) Map ref: C6 Web ref: 3006 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Small Party Rate*

Andalucía | SPAIN

The rounded green slopes of the Sierra de lújar spread out before you like a scenic picture at this smart alpujarran cottage, which sits within a lawned garden amidst the fruit filled orchards that carpet the floors of this beautiful range of mountain valleys. Just 700m away, via a network of unmade country lanes, the provincial market town of Órgiva hums with the sights and sounds of local life. Thursday mornings see its typical streets filled with the colourful stalls of the weekly market, which sells everything from fruit and vegetables to arts and crafts. up above, mountain roads snake their way up the hillside towards the high slopes of the Sierra nevada, passing a series of delightful mountain villages en route. designed and built by its local owners, the beautifully presented rooms and stylish features of casa anvife are the proudly created result of a much loved family project. an inspired design for the ceilings has combined exposed wooden beams and curved terracotta tiles with charming effect whilst cheerfully painted walls of rich yellow provide a striking backdrop for traditionally styled furnishings of solid wood.

Just as much thought and care has been invested in the layout and design of the exterior facilities, which include a covered stone flagged terrace, an impressive barbecue house and a neat lawn which all look out across the pool towards the stunning mountain vista. around the sides, orange, lemon and olive are just some of the fruits to be found both in the property’s own orchard and those that occupy the land beyond.

Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room/kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, dishwasher, oven, microwave, wood burning stove) with door to covered terrace • Shower room • Two twin bedrooms • Double bedroom

OUTSIDE: • Grounds of lawn, covered and open terraces and fruit orchard • Covered barbecue house with in-built barbecue • Cloakroom (washing machine) • Poolside shower • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7.5m x 4.5m)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

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29

april

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Casa Rilke Ronda Map ref: C3 Web ref: 701 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Town House | Fenced Pool | Wi-Fi One is sometimes instantly captivated by a house, especially by its situation. This interesting find enjoys a dramatic rural outlook and yet is close to the centre of the ancient town.

casa Rilke is on the very edge of Ronda itself. Just above the ‘Paseo de los Ingleses’, it turns its back on the town and looks breathtakingly from its impressive heights across the valley way below to the peaks of the encircling Serranía. This is the beautiful rural scene that can be viewed daily from the pretty garden and private pool.

Slip the catch of the front gate, cross the end of this quiet cul-de-sac, take the virtually hidden path that leads off and you will find yourself on the fine ‘albero’ of the park. On the other side is the famous bullring and pedestrian only streets and squares, full of interesting shops and several locally recommended restaurants. cross the gorge via the magnificent Puente nuevo and you are in the ancient arab quarter of this beautiful and fascinating town. To have all this within easy walking distance makes casa Rilke one of our most popular Ronda houses. Internally the personal touches of the owner which include antiques, paintings and other memorabilia create the welcome of a first home. The garden is kept neat and tidy by regular care and attention and you are very welcome to help yourself to fresh apricots from the two trees when in season.

Accommodation • L-shaped living/dining room (TV, CD, DVD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Principal double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Three twin bedrooms • Two shower rooms • Conservatory • Laundry room (washing machine) • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house (payable locally)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

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28

april

4

11

18

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16

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OUTSIDE: • Gardens • Patio with awning • Garage for one car • Barbecue • Fenced, shaped, private swimming pool (9m x 4m)

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Casa Maria Ronda Map ref: C3 Web ref: 712 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Wi-Fi

SPAIN | Andalucía

This pretty and immaculately kept villa sits on a neighbouring hillside overlooking the spectacular white ridge that announces the ‘pueblo blanco’ of Ronda, just a 20 minute walk away. Being within such easy reach of one of andalucia’s most picturesque historic hilltop towns, with its dramatic river gorge, the oldest and most splendid bullring in Spain and a charming labyrinth of cobbled streets, makes casa Maria one of our most popular houses in this delightful region of southern Spain. The house interior is beautifully decorated and very welcoming. Beamed ceilings combine together with some tasteful furnishings and fabrics, all of which have been carefully chosen to match a bright, fresh colour scheme. Outside, mature gardens with lawns and olive trees surround the house and private swimming pool. To one side of the poolside terrace is a most impressive, well equipped, covered barbecue area. From casa Maria’s semicircular entrance terrace there are some lovely views across to the town and surrounding ‘serrania’ making this location the obvious choice for summer eating at whatever hour.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Split-level living room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen (microwave, counter-top oven) • Two double bedrooms • Shower room • Wi-Fi

LOWER LEVEL (via outside terrace): • Cloakroom • Laundry room (washing machine)

OUTSIDE: • Gardens • Large covered barbecue house • Covered and open terraces • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m) with Roman steps

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

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28

april

4

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18

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6 695

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June

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20

27 895

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11

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12 650

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17

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El Nogal Ronda Map ref: C3 Web ref: 707 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Ball Games Court

Situated off an unmade country lane a short drive from the historic centre of Ronda, this attractive country home provides smart and comfortable accommodation amidst well maintained and thoughtfully planned grounds.

Its recent design ensures that the house enjoys all of the advantages of modern living, the fittings and appliances being up to date and carefully chosen. at the same time, the use of thick wooden beams, open stone walls and attractive archways adds an air of rusticity, the result of which is charming. nevertheless, guests will no doubt be tempted to spend most of their time outside, since the gardens boast not only a pool, but also a children’s play area and a court for games of ‘paddle’, a Spanish game similar to tennis but played on a smaller court. These activities may be supervised from the terrace that flanks the front of the house, to the side of which sits an in-built barbecue and a shaded patio.

a 10 minute drive from the house takes you to the lively town of Ronda, with its wealth of ancient buildings and wide selection of cafés and restaurants serving local fare. The coast at San Pedro de alcántara can be reached in 45 minutes, whilst for those who wish to sample the cultural gems of Sevilla, Granada and córdoba, all three cities are an appealing option for a day trip.

Accommodation • Open plan dining/living room/kitchen (wood burning stove, TV, DVD, CD, counter-top oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Cloakroom • Double bedroom (continental bed) with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room • Central heating throughout the house

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

29

april

5

12

19 695

May

26

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10

17

Saturday changeover

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31

7 850

July

June

14

21

28 1095

5

12 1395

19 1595

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2

9 1650

16

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30 995

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13 850

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27

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11 695

18

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Hacienda Los Olivos Andalucía | SPAIN

Ronda Map ref: C3 Web ref: 711 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Tennis Court | Wi-Fi Small Party Rate*

Hacienda los Olivos enjoys a most enviable location. Set deep in the countryside yet only 10 minutes’ drive from Ronda itself the property has been extensively renovated with great care and pride by a very thoughtful owner.

It is reached by an unmade country track winding through a landscape of mature holm oak trees and olive groves which surrounds the property. The spacious, mature gardens are home to a large private swimming pool, a tennis court and a lovely barbecue area alongside the pool.

Internally standards are just as high with quality fabrics and pretty hand painted local tiles used in the décor. The open plan living room has a well equipped kitchen with breakfast bar just to one side. Two twin bedrooms and a shower room complete the ground floor accommodation while upstairs there are two beautifully decorated bedrooms, one a double and one a twin, each with their own en suite bathroom. Both upstairs bedrooms open onto a sun terrace that runs the length of the house, from where there are superb panoramic views across the olive trees and the open countryside towards Ronda and the surrounding hills.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Two twin bedrooms • Shower room • Wi-Fi

• Central heating throughout the house (payable locally – €120 per week) FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Sun terrace with lovely views

OUTSIDE: • Mature garden area surrounded by trees • Pool terrace with barbecue area • Front terrace • Private tennis court (please bring own equipment) • Private parking • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m) with corner steps

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

28

april

4

11

May

18 695 750

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

25

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23 30 950 1195

6 850 1050

July

June

13

20

27 995 1350

4

11

august

18

25

1

1495

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

1995

29 995 1250

5

12

19

26

3

850 1050

10

17

24

695 750

La Oliva Ronda Map ref: C3 Web ref: 710 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi

We are delighted to be able to offer this immaculately presented property, which sits amidst spacious and well tended grounds and boasts all of the detail and comfort of a much loved family home.

From the attractive garden of wide lawns, mature trees and colourful flowerbeds framed by neatly clipped hedges, the pleasing outlook encompasses a picturesque panorama of rural scenery, with the impressive mountains of the national Park of Sierra de las nieves clearly visible in the distance.

This view can be enjoyed from the covered terrace that lines the front of the house, whilst to the rear, the smart belvedere, wide patio and in-built barbecue that lie to the side of the swimming pool provide an ideal setting for dining al fresco. Situated off a country lane that leads to a number of other similar properties, the location of la Oliva is essentially rural and yet amenities are nevertheless conveniently close to hand.

a 10 minute drive will take you to the historic centre of Ronda, where a famous gorge divides the old part of the town from the new and the choice of restaurants is extensive. alternatively, the impressive cities of Sevilla, córdoba and Granada are all appealing options for a day trip.

Please note: • In recognition of the facilities and comfort provided by la Oliva, the property has been awarded a certificate of quality by the local Tourist Board. • Holidays taken between 12/7/14–30/8/14 include a supper of typical local tapas, served with wine on a day and time of your choice. Accommodation • Living room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, video) • Kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Two twin bedrooms • Shower room • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

May

26

3

10 850

17

Saturday changeover

24 995

31

7 895

July

June

14 950

21

28 1095

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5

12

august

19 1395

OUTSIDE: • Spacious garden of lawns and flowerbeds • Covered and open terraces • Table tennis • Badminton • In-built barbecue • Garage • Private swimming pool (11m x 6m) with Roman steps

26

2

9 1595

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1095

6

13 950

20

27 895

4

11

18 N/A

25


SPAIN | Andalucía

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Huerta Atienza Ronda Map ref: C3 Web ref: 754 Sleeps 8 | 6 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Enclosed Pool

a wide expanse of lawn provides ample space for sunbathing or children’s play.

Topped with an imposing tower and gleaming with the bright white paint of its immaculately presented façade, this imposing country residence forms an eye catching landmark amidst the picturesque countryside that gently undulates in a scenic patchwork of fields and sierras just a 20 minute drive north of the historic town of Ronda.

Ideally located for those wishing to explore this unquestionably picturesque area of andalucía, Huerta atienza is just a 20 minute drive from the famous gorge, ornate buildings and charming ‘pueblo blanco’ streets of the historic hilltop town of Ronda. a similar distance in the other direction is the pretty village of Grazalema whilst closer to hand, the village of Montecorto offers a local restaurant and shops just under 6km from the house.

Sitting within spacious grounds of wide lawns, shady retreats and attractive terraces, and surrounded by a wide expanse of rolling fields and rural vistas, this recently restored home provides the perfect venue for family gatherings. Your entrance to its smart interior is via a neat terracotta tiled terrace, decorated with pretty walled flowerbeds and home to a stone table and benches that sit beneath a shady tree. From here, the main door leads the way into a spacious hall where exposed wooden beams, crisp painted walls and carefully chosen occasional chairs are a pleasing introduction to the beautifully coordinated and stylish rooms of what is a truly charming home.

Please note: Whilst there are six bedrooms, a maximum of 8 guests is permitted.

"W hat a fantastic vil la. There is so much space both inside and out and it is wel l equipped. Our 7 year old daughter loved reading up in the tower. Even though you have total privacy, you are stil l a short drive from the beautiful town of Ronda and many other lovely vil lages. If you don’t mind driving up the mountain roads then there are some breathtaking views up from Grazalema."

Particularly appealing is the tower, added to the original building over the course of its restoration and set up as an informal reading room with windows on all four sides capturing the pretty rural views. another attractive feature is the enclosed courtyard, which is accessed through a door at the back of the living room and offers another pleasant venue for outdoor catering. Outside, a pretty stone pathway leads the way to the swimming pool which sits within a tiled terrace and is thoughtfully enclosed for added security. Just below,

The Badge family, Derbyshire

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, fireplace) with doors to enclosed courtyard and stairs leading to galleried sitting area • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher)

• Laundry room (washing machine) • Double bedroom • Shower room • Central heating available throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom • Two twin bedrooms • Single bedroom with door to further single bedroom • Open tread staircase to tower with sitting room accessed via single bedroom • Bathroom

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

29

april

5

12

19

May

26 N/A

3

10

17

Saturday changeover

24

31

7

July

June

14 1195

OUTSIDE: • Open terraces, lawn and flowerbeds • Enclosed courtyard • Barbecue • Spacious private parking area • Enclosed private swimming pool (8m x 5m)

21

28 1495

5

12

august

19 1795

26

2

9 1895

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30

6

13 1195

20

27

4

11

18

25

N/A

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El Aljarafe Andalucía | SPAIN

Ronda Map ref: C3 Web ref: 702 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Table Tennis Wi-Fi Standing within immaculately kept grounds of well tended lawn, ornate raised flowerbeds and pretty terraces, this smart home offers a winning combination of well proportioned rooms and a stylish presentation. The provision of both heating and air conditioning throughout adds further to its appeal, ensuring comfort at whatever time of the year. The focal point of the ground floor accommodation is the welcoming sitting room, where wooden beams and exposed stone create a charming backdrop for comfortable furnishings.Three of the bedrooms are on this level, whilst the fourth occupies a spacious area under the eaves and is privileged to its own balcony, from where an impressive vista of rural scenes takes in the mountains of the Sierra de las nieves on one side and those of Grazalema on the other.

The house sits off a small country lane in an area of other similar properties and with its picturesque mountain backdrop enjoys an essentially rural outlook. nonetheless, the bustling centre of historic Ronda with its ancient labyrinth of narrow streets and wealth of shops and restaurants is just a 10 minute drive away. Even closer to hand are two local ventas (country restaurants), which serve traditional fare.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting room (wood burning stove, TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and doors to covered terrace • Two twin bedrooms

• Separate shower room • Wi-Fi • Air conditioning and central heating throughout the house FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite shower room (low ceiling to one side) and door to terrace

OUTSIDE: • Attractive gardens of lawn, patios and flowerbeds • Poolside shower • Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Table tennis • Children’s play area • Private swimming pool (7.5m x 3.5m) with Roman steps

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

12

Up to 8 guests

19 795

May

26

3

10

17

Saturday changeover

24 31 1095

7 995

July

June

14

21

28 1195

5

12

august

19

26

2 1895

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1295

6

13 995

20

27

4

11 795

18

25

Casa Montaña Grazalema Map ref: C3 Web ref: 779 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Enclosed Pool

Stunning mountain scenery and a unique position within the protected natural environment of the Sierra de Grazalema natural Park are yours to enjoy at this attractive and beautifully presented cottage, which sits amidst one of the most impressive landscapes in southern Spain, just 3.5km from the picture-postcard village of Grazalema. Soaring limestone peaks, covered with the abundant flora that makes this area such a favoured haunt for botanists and artists, are framed like a painting by the stone-clad arches that span the property’s front terrace. It is here that guests will no doubt spend much of their time, looking out across the pretty cobbled patio with its colourful rosebushes and ornate fountain, and soaking up this exquisite panorama.

Situated to the side of the house, the pool enjoys an equally impressive outlook, whilst inside, a combination of colour washed walls and rich wood furnishings create the welcoming ambience of a homely country cottage.

Just a 5 minute drive away are the neat streets of Grazalema, lined with whitewashed buildings and made colourful by the bright flowers that spill through elegant wrought iron balconies. In its centre, the Plaza de España and its surrounding cobbled alleyways are home to some excellent restaurants and shops selling locally produced wares. all amenities and a bustling local atmosphere can be found here, although should you wish to venture further afield, the historic town of Ronda with its famous bullring and awesome gorge is just 20 minutes away by car.

Accommodation • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Two double bedrooms • Twin bedroom • Bathroom

OUTSIDE: • Grounds comprising flowerbeds, covered and open terraces • Barbecue* • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m)

Please note: *As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans may be enforced from early June. If this is the case, an electric ‘plancha’ will be provided for outdoor catering.

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

May

26

3

10 595

17

Saturday changeover

24 695

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31

7 795

July

June

14

21

28 895

5 995

12 1295

august

19

26

2 9 1395

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1095 895

13

20 795

27

4

11 595

18

25


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La Pozailla Grazalema Map ref: C3 Web ref: 3140 Sleeps 6–8 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Additional Mezzanine | Wi-Fi Air Conditioning

SPAIN | Andalucía

Stunning mountain views, an idyllic riverside setting and stylish accommodation are to be found at this beautifully restored former mill owner’s house which enjoys a privileged location in the Grazalema natural Park amidst one of the most picturesque areas of natural beauty to be found in Southern Spain. Soaring limestone peaks, pastoral river valleys, lush Mediterranean woodland and abundant fauna encircle the property’s colourful grounds to form a captivating and scenic backdrop that will not fail to delight. This area has always been a favourite haunt of nature lovers, artists, climbers and walkers and it is easy to see why since from the wide lawns, smart swimming pool and delightful foliage-strewn nooks of la Pozailla’s spacious grounds you will find yourself gazing up at this picture-postcard landscape. along the property’s eastern boundary, the river along which the former owner’s corn mills used to operate is overlooked by a charming balcony-style patio, whilst adjoining the front of the house is a covered dining terrace which benefits from an in-built barbecue and views across the pool and the mountains ahead. The interior is no less impressive. Within the charming original framework of thick stone walls and solid wood beams the current owners have skilfully created a home that subtly blends modern comforts with the traditional rustic ambience that so befits a property of this style. a lofty high-pitched ceiling and open-plan layout provide an immediate sense of spaciousness in the ground floor living area whilst upstairs in the bedrooms beautifully coordinated fabrics sit alongside smart furnishings of chunky wood.

nestling into the beautiful mountain scenery just 7km from the house is the pretty ‘pueblo blanco’ of Grazalema which offers shops, restaurants and bars amidst its quaint cobbled streets. also close to hand is the historic town of Ronda, which is just a 20 minute drive from the house. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Spacious open plan living/dining room/kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, open fireplace, CD, TV, DVD) • Shower room (washing machine) • Wi-Fi

FIRST FLOOR: • Galleried mezzanine area with twin single beds • Two double bedrooms • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Air conditioning in the bedrooms and living room

OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds of lawns, covered and open terraces • Poolside shower • In-built barbecue* • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7.5m x 3.5m)

Please note: *As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans may be enforced from early June. If this is the case, an electric ‘plancha’ will be provided for outdoor catering.

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK

Property occupancy

March

28

april

4

Up to 8 guests

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9 795

16

Friday changeover

23

30

6 895

July

June

13

20 1095

27

4 1195

11 1495

august

18

25

1 8 1750

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 5 1195 1050

12

19

26

895

3

10

750

17 650

24

El Balcón El Gastor (Ronda) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 776 Sleeps: 5–6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Enclosed Pool | Air Conditioning Games Room and Gym | Wi-Fi

If it is impressive views across a picture postcard panorama of quintessential andalucían countryside that you seek, then this is the house for you! With its accommodation spreading across the first floor level, this beautifully presented home will inspire admiration as guests take in the breathtaking rural vista that is captured so perfectly by the wide picture windows that line two sides of its striking living room.

Whether relaxing in one of the stylish leather sofas that occupy the bright and airy sitting room, dining al fresco on its adjacent terrace or swimming in the pool down below, it is this scenic landscape that will be your outlook. Rolling hills spread out ahead, punctuated every now and again by the dazzling white outline of a typical ‘pueblo blanco’. It is charming villages such as these that you will no doubt wish to visit on your travels throughout this unquestionably pretty area, Olvera, algodonales and Zahara de la Sierra being just a short drive from the house. closer to hand, the local village of El Gastor is just 3km away and offers all amenities and some good restaurants whilst historic Ronda is just 30 minutes away by car. Equally enticing are the extensive facilities that have been so thoughtfully incorporated into El Balcón. air conditioning and heating ensure comfort at all times of the year, the provision of wireless internet connection is an added bonus, whilst down below the ground floor has been equipped with an extensive gym and games room. Outside, families with young children will appreciate the security provided by the enclosed pool and gated first floor terrace.

Please note: We respectfully request that you do not allow children to use the gym facilities without appropriate adult supervision. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Spacious gym and games room (table tennis) • Shower room

with door to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom

FIRST FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Sitting/ dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

29

april

5

12

19 695

May

26

3

10

17

• Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed • Bathroom • Wi-Fi • Heating and air conditioning throughout the house

OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • Barbecue* • Poolside shower • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9.5m x 5.5m) with Roman steps

Please note: *As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans may be enforced from early June. If this is the case, an electric ‘plancha’ will be provided for outdoor catering. Saturday changeover

24 850

31

7 795

July

June

14

21 995

28

5 1095

12

august

19

26

2 1595

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 995

6

13 895

20

27

4

11 595

18

25

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Llanama El Gastor (Ronda) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 767 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Tennis Court | Wi-Fi

Andalucía | SPAIN

Just outside the pretty pueblo blanco of El Gastor, a series of country lanes wind their way through picturesque countryside of gently undulating hills and meadows of silvery grey olive groves. down below, the lake of Zahara shimmers invitingly and creates a breathtakingly beautiful scene, with the imposing mountains of the Grazalema national Park and the charming hilltop village of Zahara de la Sierra rising up behind it. This is the enviable setting that is enjoyed by llanama. Just off a rural lane, surrounded by fields of olive groves and commanding fine views out towards the lake, this is an idyllic spot. Within spacious grounds, pretty stone flowerbeds are stocked with colourful plants, olive trees cast welcome areas of shade and an attractive swimming pool sits within a smart wide patio with barbecue and covered terrace conveniently located alongside.

Inside, the accommodation is equally appealing, displaying soft tones of orange and gold that blend successfully with chestnut wood beams, thick wooden doors and areas of exposed stone to create a space that is warm and inviting. The provision of air conditioning and heating throughout adds further to the sense of comfort. Whilst many hours will no doubt be spent at the house enjoying the pretty grounds and picturesque views, guests at llanama are perfectly positioned to explore this pretty part of andalucía. Just 5 minutes away by car, the charming local village of El Gastor provides all amenities and some excellent restaurants, whilst also within easy reach are some of the region’s unmissable gems: Ronda (30 minutes), Grazalema (15 minutes) and Sevilla (1 hour). Accommodation • Sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with doors to terrace • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Double bedroom • Two twin bedrooms

• Bathroom • Wi-Fi • Heating and air conditioning throughout the house

• • • • • •

OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds of flowerbeds and terraces • Private floodlit tennis court

(bring your own equipment) Basketball court Children’s swings Barbecue* Poolside shower Private parking Private swimming pool (9.5m x 6.5m) with Roman steps

Please note: *As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans may be enforced from early June. If this is the case, an electric ‘plancha’ will be provided for outdoor catering.

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK March

Property occupancy

28

april

4

11

Up to 8 guests

18 695

May

25

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23 850

30

6 795

July

June

13

20 1295

27

4 1395

11 1595

august

18

25

1 8 1795

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1395

5

12 1295

19

26 895

3

10

17

24

595

La Zarza El Gastor (Ronda) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 715 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning

The setting of this delightful stone clad cottage is superb. From its elevated position on the slopes of the hillside that rise up to the local town of El Gastor, it commands extensive views across the nearby lake of Zahara and out across the mountain scenery of the Sierra Margarita. naturally wishing to take full advantage of such a spectacular location, the owners of la Zarza have ensured that the pool and terraces look out across this impressive vista. Whether you are taking a dip or dining on the terrace, this will be your outlook.

Equally charming however is the colourful interior, where richly painted walls of warm hues, carefully coordinated fabrics and deep terracotta floor tiles combine beautifully to create a welcoming and attractive home. all amenities are close to hand in the local village of El Gastor, which is just 2km from the property. alternatively, a drive around to the other side of the lake will reveal the unquestionably pretty town of Zahara de la Sierra, where whitewashed houses encircle the hillside beneath an imposing medieval castle. also within easy reach is historic Ronda, which is just 30 minutes away by car.

Accommodation • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, oven, microwave, washing machine) • Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Shower room • Air conditioning is payable locally

OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • Barbecue* • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

Please note: *As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans may be enforced from early June. If this is the case, an electric ‘plancha’ will be provided for outdoor catering.

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

March

28

april

4

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9 495

16

Friday changeover

23 695

30

6 595

July

June

13

20

27 750

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4

11

august

18 995

25

1 8 1095

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22 29 995 695

5

12 595

19

26

3

10 495

17

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La Atalaya El Gastor (Ronda) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 3028 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi

SPAIN | Andalucía

Panoramic rural vistas and a welcoming home-from-home ambience are yours to enjoy at this stylish and beautifully presented country house which sits off a rural lane amidst the picturepostcard scenery that surrounds the quintessential ‘pueblo blanco’ of El Gastor.

Just 2.5km from the winding streets and gleaming whitewashed buildings of El Gastor itself, la atalaya is the family home of the owner of three of our most popular properties in this outstandingly beautiful area of andalucía. The stunning views, smart furnishings and architectural flair of llanama, El Balcon and la Olgava have made them firm favourites with guests and it is these same characteristics together with the enticing comforts of a much loved home that we discovered at la atalaya.

chunky wood furnishings, warm coloured fabrics and plump leather sofas sit against a rustic backdrop of wood beamed ceilings, feature stone walls and brick-lined archways to create the most comfortable of homes and from their position on the upper floor of the property, the rooms are at the same time rewarded with a pigeon’s eye view of the seemingly endless rolling countryside that spreads out ahead. down below in the grounds, the swimming pool sits beneath a gently sloping garden of lawns and flowerbeds and enjoys the same breathtaking panorama. Bordered on all sides by a smart sun terrace, it looks out across a patchwork of almond and olive covered fields, in the midst of which El Gastor can be seen nestling beneath the slopes of the Tajo de algarín. This charming village is home to two restaurants and some local shops and bars whilst a drive of just 30 minutes from the house will reveal the ancient old town, plunging gorge and famous bullring of historic Ronda. Accommodation OUTSIDE: • Attractive grounds incorporating terraces of lawns and flowerbeds, covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue* • Private parking • Poolside shower • Private swimming pool (9m x 5.5m) with Roman steps

• Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Principal double bedroom with en suite shower room • Heating and air conditioning is available in the bedrooms and the living/dining room • Wi-Fi

ALL ON UPPER LEVEL: • Entrance hall with door to covered terrace • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, fireplace) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with door to covered terrace (washing machine) • Double bedroom

Please note: *As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans may be enforced from early June. If this is the case, an electric ‘plancha’ will be provided for outdoor catering.

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK March

Property occupancy

29

april

5

12

19 695

Up to 6 guests

May

26

3

10

17

Saturday changeover

24 850

31

7 795

July

June

14

21 995

28

5 1195

12 1595

august

19

26

2 9 1695

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 995

6

13 950

20

27

4

11 595

18

25

Los Milagros El Gastor (Ronda) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 773 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi

The breathtakingly pretty countryside and wide panoramic views that surround the charming local town of El Gastor have frequently been considered one of the highlights of our exploratory visits to andalucía. From the country lanes that wend their way through gently undulating fields of olive groves, a sweeping landscape unfolds below, spreading out into the distance towards the turquoise blue waters of the Embalse de Zahara inland lake and the imposing mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema that rise up behind.

It is amidst this picture postcard setting that we discovered los Milagros, a delightful and beautifully presented cottage that provides an ideal retreat for couples or small groups. Within its charming rooms, striking features such as exposed stone walls and vaulted ceilings are set off against a décor of pretty colours to create a home that instantly appeals whilst the provision of both air conditioning and heating adds to the sense of comfort. Situated just off a rural lane, two of the property’s borders are lined with the silvery grey olive trees so emblamatic of the area whilst on the other side is a spectacular 180-degree vista of mountains, lake and dazzling white villages.  So extensive is this outlook that guests can sit on the poolside terraces or eat al fresco around the in-built barbecue whilst identifying the places they wish to visit on their travels.  To the left is the Grazalema national Park, a favourite haunt of nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts; down below the eye-catching hilltop village of Zahara de la Sierra forms a striking landmark on the shores of the lake, whilst directly ahead are the pretty ‘pueblos blancos’ of algondonales and Olvera. closer to hand, the local town of El Gastor is just a 5 minute drive from the house and provides all amenities and some good restaurants, whilst the historic town of Ronda is just 30 minutes away.

Accommodation • Entrance hall • Sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with door to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher) • Double bedroom

• • • •

Twin bedroom Shower room Wi-Fi Heating and air conditioning throughout the house

OUTSIDE: • Covered and open terraces • Barbecue* • Poolside shower • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with Roman steps

Please note: *As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans may be enforced from early June. If this is the case, an electric ‘plancha’ will be provided for outdoor catering.

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

March

29

april

5

12 395

19

May

26

3

10 450

17 495

Saturday changeover

24

31

7 695

July

June

14

21

28 795

5

12

august

19 995

26

2

9 1095

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 795

6

13 695

20

27

4

11 495

18

25

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La Olgava El Gastor (Ronda) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 784 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi

Andalucía | SPAIN

Following the success of its sister properties, llanama and El Balcon, this exciting new addition to our portfolio of properties in El Gastor is the latest creation of one of our most long-standing owners in the area.

as with his other houses, the owner has succeeded in selecting a wonderfully private plot that looks out across the most captivating vista of the picturesque rolling countryside that unfolds like a picture around the charming ‘pueblo blanco’ of El Gastor. a short pull up the driveway brings you to a sweeping semi-circle which spreads out like a large outdoor gallery overlooking the extensive panorama; a private viewpoint with in-built barbecue and picnic table perfectly positioned for dining with a view. From here, a few steps lead up to the smartly terraced poolside, which enjoys the same stunning outlook and is thoughtfully appointed with attractive cane parasols and a covered dining terrace, via which the stylish stone house is entered.  displaying the quality furnishings, attractive beamed ceilings and feature stone walls that have become such a trademark of this caring owner, the interior will instantly appeal.  In the charmingly colourful bathrooms, stylish ceramic hand basins catch the eye with their exquisite glazed finish whilst in the immaculate kitchen even washing up will be a pleasure, since the sink is positioned just under a window that perfectly captures the vista ahead. The attractions of this unquestionably scenic region of andalucía are plentiful.  Just a 5 minute drive from the house is the typical white village of El Gastor which provides all amenities and some excellent restaurants within its flower-bedecked streets and squares.  also within easy reach are the following unmissable meccas: Zahara de la Sierra (20km), Ronda (30km), arcos de la Frontera (60km), Jerez (90km) and Sevilla (110km). Accommodation • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, fireplace) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, washing machine) • Double bedroom with en suite shower room

• • • • •

Double bedroom Twin bedroom Bathroom Wi-Fi Heating and air conditioning throughout the house

OUTSIDE: • Covered and open terraces • Poolside shower • In-built barbecue* • Private parking

• Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m) with corner Roman steps

Please note: *As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans may be enforced from early June. If this is the case, an electric ‘plancha’ will be provided for outdoor catering.

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

12

19 695

Up to 6 guests

May

26

3

10

17

Saturday changeover

24 850

31

7 795

July

June

14

21 995

28

5

august

12

19

26

1095

2 1595

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 995

6

13 895

20

27

4

11 595

18

25

Villa Alaju El Gastor (Ronda) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 708 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Mini Golf | Air Conditioning Small Party Rate*

Privileged to one of the most spectacular locations of any house in our andaluz collection, Villa alaju sits atop its own private peninsula on the shores of the Embalse de Zahara inland lake.

The landscape in which the house is located is famed for its outstanding natural beauty and there are breathtaking views to be savoured in all directions. Immediately across the lake lies Grazalema natural Park while to the right the hilltop arabic castle at Zahara is a stirring sight particularly at sunset. Fishing is permitted from the lakeside banks within the borders of the property and nature lovers will appreciate the rich diversity of wildlife that populates the surrounding countryside where birds of prey can regularly be seen soaring overhead. Much thought and care has been put into the interior decoration. Tastefully chosen local fabrics and tiles blend in sympathetically with the beamed ceilings and practical, attractive furnishings. Outside, the well equipped barbecue area with its adjacent terrace overlooking the private swimming pool is quite simply a superb place in which to relax and enjoy a meal.

The nearby village of El Gastor, 5km away, has a supermarket and other basic amenities while a couple of good local restaurants can be found in the larger towns of algodonales (9km) and Zahara (17km). a visit to Ronda, which is an easy 30 minute drive, should not be missed and several very pretty villages including the picturesque ‘pueblo blanco’ of Setenil are dotted throughout the surrounding area. Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with lovely views • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, washing machine) • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom • Bedroom with bunk beds • Bathroom • A/C and heating throughout the house (payable

locally) OUTSIDE: • Extensive grounds of almost 10 acres • Barbecue* with adjacent covered and open dining terraces • Wonderful lakeside views • Private parking • Mini golf • Private swimming pool (7m x 5m)

Please note: *As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans may be enforced from early June. If this is the case, an electric ‘plancha’ will be provided for outdoor catering.

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 2 guests 3–6 guests

March

28

april

4

11 795 850

18

May

25

2

9 16 895 950

Friday changeover

23

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30

6 13 950 1050

July

June

20

27

4 1395

11

august

18 1450

25

1

8 1695

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1050

5

12

19 950 1050

26

3

10

17 795 895

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Huerta de las Vegas SPAIN | Andalucía

Ubrique Map ref: C3 Web ref: 720 Sleeps 7 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Mini Golf Air Conditioning

This house really lives up to the estate agent’s well known adage that location is everything. lying amidst the trees in private grounds of about one acre within a bow of a narrow river, in a bowl of the hills of the Grazalema natural Park this is a wonderful tract of country that is specially protected. as well as a great location the spacious and carefully furnished interior of the house invites guests to really feel at home. The attractions of the immediate vicinity, not least walking the byways of this impressive landscape, are plentiful. 6km in one direction lies the ‘pueblo blanco’ of ubrique, famed for its leather crafts; a similar distance in the other direction is the pretty, whitewashed hilltop town of El Bosque and not far off is the spectacular white town of Grazalema itself. With such marvellous sights on your doorstep you could be forgiven for not wanting to wander much further afield. However, it would be well worth considering a visit to arcos de la Frontera (40km), Jerez (70km), cádiz (100km) and Sevilla (110km) all of which are between 50 and 90 minutes’ drive away.

Accommodation • Split level living/dining room (central fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) • Open plan kitchen (counter-top oven, microwave, dishwasher) with breakfast bar • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bedroom with three single beds • Bathroom • All bedrooms have air conditioning and heating

OUTSIDE: • Extensive grounds • Poolside shower room (washing machine) • Table tennis • Mini golf • Basketball court • Open and covered terraces • Electric barbecue with covered dining area • Private covered parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 6m)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 7 guests

March

31

april

7

14 N/A

21

Monday changeover

May

28

5

12 695

19

26

2 9 795

July

June

16

23 895

30

7 995

14 1295

21 1495

august

28

4

11 1595

18

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

25 1495

1 8 15 950 895 795

22

29

6

13 695

20

27

Experience Best Beaches

El Palmar and Tarifa – Stunning sandy beaches on the costa de la luz and great destinations for wind and board surfing. Kite surfing lessons can be taken here too. Zahora – With its low tides, weak currents and rock pools, this is an ideal beach for younger children.

Fontanilla and Fuente del Gallo – dip your toes in the sand and gaze out across the ocean whilst enjoying the freshly fried fish and delicious paella served at the ‘chiriniguitos’ on these beaches fringing the charming town of conil.

Must See

Best Tastes

Views from the Puerto de Las Palomas Pass – This picturesque mountain road winds its way from the white village of Grazalema to Zahara de la Sierra and offers the most spectacular views. Watch Griffon vultures ride the thermals overhead whilst looking down on the azure waters of the lake below.

Almadraba tuna – caught off the coast of Zahara de los atunes, Barbate and conil using the ancient way of catching bluefin tuna, this is a local speciality on the costa de la luz. Try it as sushi, tuna and onion stew or tuna steaks.

Grazalema National Park – Spring is the best time to discover the abundance of rare wild flowers of this beautiful national Park, the wild orchids being particularly worth seeing. If you are in luck, there are over 30 species to be found.

Chocolate con Churros – Treat yourself to this delicious Spanish indulgence in the calle de la Bola shopping street in Ronda: a traditional round of deep fried dough pastry, dipped in thick hot chocolate, typically eaten at breakfast time!

Vejer de la Frontera – This quintessential hilltop village is the costa de la luz’s gastronomic centre, offering trendy tapas bars and an appetising range of excellent restaurants serving traditional Spanish dishes as well as Moroccan, Italian, French and danish cuisine.

The sherry bodegas of Jerez – In the world capital of sherry production, enjoy a tour of the famous bodegas. Some have activities for children and others have art galleries attached with displays of works by Picasso, Morillo and Goya.

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Andalucía | SPAIN

La Soledad Arcos de la Frontera Map ref: C2 Web ref: 757 Sleeps 12 | 7 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Tennis Court | Fenced Pool | Children’s Pool | Small Party Rate* Just 6km from the spectacular ‘pueblo blanco’ of arcos de la Frontera, we followed a country lane past open fields and then through a clearing between lush trees and foliage to discover this attractive country home, which stands graciously amidst mature lawned gardens and comes complete with its own tennis court.

Evidently a much loved property, la Soledad is beautifully kept and cared for by the family who have owned it for many generations. Its spacious reception rooms and ample garden have provided the setting for many happy gatherings and are perfectly prepared for large groups to holiday together in comfort.

a smart entrance hall with vaulted ceiling and impressive archways leads the way to a long sitting/dining room. From here, doors provide access to an attractive vine covered terrace that looks out across the lush garden, where mature palm trees cast welcome pockets of shade upon a wide lawn. To the side is the pool area, thoughtfully enclosed by a fence and boasting a separate children’s pool alongside the main facility as well as a conveniently located poolside shower room.

Whether you wish to play tennis on the private court that lies beyond the pool or simply relax with a book under the shade of a tree, the attractive grounds of this smart country home provide the perfect setting in which to do so. For trips out, the delightful town of arcos de la Frontera with its narrow maze like streets and Moorish style alleyways is only a 5 minute drive from the house and offers a wide range of shops and restaurants and some stunning views from its elevated position. also well worth a visit and within easy reach for a day trip are the charming cities of Sevilla, Jerez and cádiz, whilst the lovely sandy beaches of the costa de la luz are 1 hour away.

Please note: Whilst there are seven bedrooms, a maximum of 12 guests is permitted. Parties paying the small party rate will have use of the ground floor accommodation only.

Accommodation

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 8 guests 9–12 guests

March

29

april

5

12

May

19 N/A

26

3

10

17

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall with sitting room • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with doors to vine covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to courtyard • Two twin bedrooms • Two double bedrooms • Principal double bedroom with en suite shower room • Two bathrooms (half baths) Saturday changeover

24 31 1095 1695

7 995 1550

21 1195 1895

28

5 1395 2095

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12 1695 2595

• Private tennis court (bring your own equipment) • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (12m x 8m) • Children’s pool (4m x 3m)

OUTSIDE: • Lawned garden • Enclosed courtyard • Covered and open terraces • Poolside shower room • Laundry room (washing machine)

July

June

14

FIRST FLOOR: • Twin bedroom with Juliet balcony • Double bedroom with Juliet balcony • Bathroom

19 1995 2995

august

26

2

9 1995 3095

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1095 1650

6

13 995 1550

20

27

4

11 995 1395

18

25


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Please note: The swimming pool is now fenced

El Molino del Pilón Arcos de la Frontera Map ref: C2 Web ref: 724 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Fenced Pool | Small Party Rate* This beautifully converted mill house sits within 17 acres of grounds, where shady areas of mature woodland are interspersed with grassy open spaces. The former millstream that runs across the land falls into pretty waterfalls, whilst the large natural lake that lies on a raised plain behind the house is another of the many attractive features. Great care and thought has been put into the refurbishment to create a unique house of immense charm with a rustic atmosphere. Beamed ceilings, exposed stonework and the presence of the original water wheel in the sitting room ensure that the traditional character is preserved whilst throughout, the accommodation provides comfort and convenience with well proportioned and tastefully furnished rooms. The main house is complemented by two charming ‘casitas’, which lie immediately adjacent. With each having its own private entrance next to the lake, larger families or

groups of friends can holiday together whilst still retaining their own independence if required.

Meals can be taken together either inside the main house or on the sunny front terrace and the ample grounds provide an ideal setting for outdoor living. The private swimming pool is bordered on all sides by pretty lawns, whilst a meander up the slopes at the back of the house leads to several shady pathways through the surrounding woodland. The historic ‘pueblo blanco’ of arcos de la Frontera with its narrow whitewashed streets is 9km from the house, whilst Ronda, Sevilla and Granada make excellent destinations for day trips. Golfers will appreciate the proximity of the arcos Gardens Golf course, which is just a 15 minute drive from the house.

Please note: Smaller parties paying reduced rentals will have use of the main house only.

“If you’re looking for rustic charm rat her t han al l mod cons, and if peace and quiet coupled wit h a feeling of being at one wit h nature is what you’re after, t hen look no furt her. The gr ounds are bot h beautiful and beautiful ly kept and t he pool is fantastic and maintained t o a high standard.” The Allen family, Berkshire Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Sitting room (wood burning stove) • Secondary sitting room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) • Dining room • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Cloakroom

FIRST FLOOR: • Three twin bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms • Two adjacent ‘casitas’, each with private entrance, small kitchen and twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Central heating throughout the house

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests

March

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

May

26

3

OUTSIDE: • Small cave off kitchen patio (washing machine) • Large natural lake (not suitable for bathing) • Barbecue • Private parking • Nearby woodland and countryside ideal for walking • Private fenced swimming pool (12m x 6m) with steps

Saturday changeover

10 17 24 31 895 1695 1295 1895

7 1095 1495

July

June

14

21

28 1295 1995

5

12

19 1895 2295

august

26

2

9

16 1895 2395

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1195 1695

6

13

20 1095 1495

27

4

11

18

25

895 1295

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Andalucía | SPAIN

Cortijo Alcornocosa

STUNNING VIEWS

El Bosque (Arcos de la Frontera) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 725 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Table Tennis amidst the picturesque and unspoilt countryside of the alcornocales national Park, we followed the private driveway of this grand estate as it meandered its way through gently undulating grounds of cork oaks. However, it was not until we reached a clearing and saw the imposing, gleaming white walls that encircle the fine house that we really appreciated how truly magnificent the setting of cortijo alcornocosa is. Spreading out ahead of us was a vast, uninterrupted panorama encompassing what seemed to be miles and miles of breathtakingly beautiful scenery. down below in the valley bottom, the turquoise green waters of the Embalse de los Hurones shimmer invitingly between vegetated slopes. Beyond, higher peaks of grey and green signal the start of the Sierra de Grazalema natural Park.

Our delight at discovering such a spectacular location was increased even further as we made our way through the stone flagged courtyard and entered the house, for here beneath high pitched ceilings, exquisitely furnished rooms exude comfort and style. From the entrance hall, we gasped as we once again admired the view, clearly visible through the wide picture window that stretches from one end of the spacious living room to the other.

Beautifully coordinated sofas and armchairs have been thoughtfully positioned, some around a coffee table by the window and others either side of the fireplace. From the dining area, French windows open out onto a wide covered terrace, beyond which a pretty stone pathway curves through well kept lawns to the swimming pool. Within the main house, four smart bedrooms lie off a wide inner hall and all enjoy the comfort of en suite facilities.

With such fine accommodation and unrivalled views to enjoy, guests could be forgiven for not wishing to leave the grounds of the property. nevertheless, the nearby whitewashed towns and villages are well worth exploring: the pretty ‘pueblo blanco’ of El Bosque nestles beneath green hillside just 12km away. a little further on, the leather making centre of ubrique hangs dramatically over the Río Majaceite, whilst only 30 minutes from the house the larger centre of arcos de la Frontera spreads out across a huge rock and looks out onto the Guadalete valley. For trips further afield, Jerez, cádiz and Sevilla are all between 50 and 90 minutes’ drive away.

Accommodation MAIN HOUSE: • Cloakroom • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to covered dining terrace • Sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, A/C) with doors to covered dining terrace • Four twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms • Central heating throughout the main house

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

28

april

4

11

18 1395

May

25

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23 30 1795

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6

July

June

13 1595

ANNEX (accessed externally from courtyard): • Bathroom • Games room (fireplace, TV, table tennis)

20

27

4 1795

11

august

18 2095

25

1

8 2595

15

OUTSIDE: • Wide covered dining terrace • Laundry room (washing machine) • Barbecue • Courtyard • Private parking • Private swimming pool (11m x 5m) with Roman steps, surrounded by lawns and patios

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 2095

5

12 1695

19

26 1595

3

10

17 1395

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Hacienda La Parrilla Alta San Jose del Valle (Arcos de la Frontera) Map Ref: C2 Web Ref: 723 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | House Keeping Service Originally built in 1881 this unique and imposing property lies in the heart of the countryside near arcos de la Frontera and has been in the family of one of the world’s most famous and respected sherry producing dynasties for over two generations.

Sedately positioned at the end of a long, private country track in an estate of some 900 acres, la Parrilla commands impressive rural views. In the distance stands the former Moorish castle of Gigonza whilst a grove of 400 almond trees starts next to the swimming pool. Whichever direction you choose to explore you will never be far from the vineyards themselves - still an integral feature of the ‘hacienda’. While remaining very much part of a working country estate with the normal comings and goings of country life, this will have no effect on your own privacy which is assured from the moment you enter the impressive front courtyard. a small family chapel lies adjacent to the arched entrance.

The owners have thoughtfully and tastefully refurbished the entire property to a high standard. Internally, rooms are

generously proportioned and care has been taken to retain the character of a bygone era. Externally there is a shaded, lawned area to the rear with steps at the side leading down to the private swimming pool where the terrace alongside makes a splendid spot in which to enjoy a barbecue. at la Parrilla you are ideally placed to explore this wonderful region - indeed you are spoilt for choice. a 15 minute drive takes you to the town of Paterna de Rivera which has all amenities including three local ‘ventas’ (country restaurants) and a pizzeria.

The spectacular hilltop town of arcos de la Frontera is within 25km, Medina Sidonia (21km), Jerez (36km) while cádiz and the unspoilt costa de la luz are around a one hour drive. The natural park of Grazalema, home to some breathtaking scenery, is an hour away while the stunning city of Sevilla and rich history of Ronda can also be sampled as excellent day trips.

Please note: Included in the price is a housekeeping service from Monday to Friday (daily cleaning and cooking if required)

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Cloakroom • L-shaped sitting room (TV, DVD, CD) • Dining room (fireplace) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Store room (feature olive oil well) • Billiard table

FIRST FLOOR: • Wide curving marble staircase leading to spacious landing with original patterned tiles • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Four twin bedrooms • Two bathrooms

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 12 guests

March

28

april

4

11

18 N/A

May

25

2

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Table tennis • Spectacular views from poolside terrace and gardens • Lovely walks around the open farmland of the estate • Parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) surrounded by lawns

Friday changeover

23 30 1495

6 1350

July

June

13

20 1795

27 1895

4 1995

11 2595

18 2795

august

25

1

8 2895

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1595

5

12

19 1395

26

3

10

17

24

N/A

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Andalucía | SPAIN

Atrera El Bosque Map ref: C3 Web ref: 721 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Fenced Pool | Small Party Rate* Sitting graciously in grounds of some 700 acres in the middle of the national Park of alcornocales, there can be no doubt that the situation of this impressive country home is privileged. From the slightly elevated position of the house, look to the front, the rear or to the side and a blissfully unspoilt panorama of lush wooded slopes is uninterrupted as far as the eye can see.

The immaculately kept garden at the front of the house has clearly been designed to take full advantage of such fine views. Wide lawns that flank one side of the pool are dotted with shady mature trees, whilst the outlook to the front remains unbroken and encompasses the wooded slopes of the nearby Sierra de Grazalema. a wander down the driveway to the rear will take you past fields and through woodland to the private lake. a feeling of spaciousness is also evident in the interior, with the generous proportions of the living room meaning that there are ample soft furnishings and dining area for large groups to sit together in comfort. The French doors that line one side of this room allow convenient access to the pool and garden.

all amenities can be found in the pretty ‘pueblo blanco’ of El Bosque, which is 8km from the house and boasts a pleasing selection of restaurants serving local fare. a 30 minute drive in the other direction will take you to the charming town of arcos de la Frontera, whilst the impressive heritage of Sevilla and Ronda are easily accessible as a day trip.

Accommodation • Entrance hall • Spacious sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with French doors to the garden • Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Utility room (washing machine) • Double bedroom (continental double) with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests 11–12 guests

March

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

May

26

3

10 17 1195 1595 1795

Saturday changeover

24

31

7

14 1595 2095 2595

• Two twin bedrooms and a bathroom (accessed independently from both bedrooms) • Two twin bedrooms • Two bathrooms

21

28

5 1995 2695 3195

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12

august

19

Covered dining area Private lake (not suitable for bathing) Private parking Private fenced swimming pool (9m x 7.5m) with corner steps, flanked by wide lawns with spectacular views

OUTSIDE: • Spacious wooded grounds • Wide open terraces

July

June

• • • •

26

2 2195 2895 3395

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1995 2695 3195

6

13

20 1595 2095 2595

27

4

11

18 1195 1595 1795

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Rancho del Marques Cuartillos (Jerez de la Frontera) Map ref: C2 Web ref: 722 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Table Tennis

SPAIN | Andalucía

Some 20 minutes by car from the sherry producing centre of Jerez, a country lane winds its way through wide open fields and leads to the imposing whitewashed walls of this fine country estate. The air of grandeur displayed in the façade does not diminish as the property is entered, for here in the spacious and stylishly furnished rooms, the owner’s flair for interior design and obvious attention to quality and detail is clear to see.

Smart and beautifully coordinated are the numerous sofas that form two areas of soft seating at either end of the elegant living room, whilst the comprehensive range of kitchen appliances is screened behind curtained wood doors of the most tasteful design. Throughout, carefully chosen antique pieces from various countries add charm and neutral tiles of unpolished marble line the walls of the attractive bath and shower rooms. doors from the living room lead onto a covered terrace where breakfast can be taken whilst surveying the extensive panorama of open farmland that stretches out towards the pretty ‘pueblo blanco’ of Medina Sidonia, visible in the distance. To the side, the swimming pool and its surrounding patios enjoy the same vista, whilst to the rear a sheltered courtyard is enclosed by bougainvillea strewn walls on all sides.

The local village of cuartillos is just 2km from the house and is home to two restaurants and a small supermarket, whilst golfers will appreciate the proximity of the 18 hole Montecastillo course, which can be reached within 10 minutes by car. The golden beaches of the costa de la luz are an appealing destination, the nearest being those of Puerto de Santa María, which is a 10 minute drive beyond Jerez. Accommodation • Sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with doors to covered terrace and courtyard • Kitchen (counter-top oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom (continental bed) • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom • Bathroom

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed courtyard • Covered and open terraces • Barbecue • Parking • Table tennis • Badminton net • Private swimming pool (9m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

28

april

4

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9 995

16

Friday changeover

23 30 1395

6 1195

July

June

13

20

27 1395

4 1495

11

august

18

25

1

1995

8 2095

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29

5 1295

12

19 1195

26

3

10

995

17 N/A

24

Experience In and around Andalucía

Best dates to experience

Ronda – a lovely mountain town, surrounded by stunning countryside, pretty white villages and important archaeological remains.

July 16th – The Festival of the Virgen del carmen, patron saint of fishermen and celebrated in all coastal towns. The image of the Virgin is carried to the sea, to be given a rapturous welcome from the fishermen on their gaily decorated boats.

Costa de la Luz – This wonderfully unspoilt western coast is one of Spain’s best kept secrets. It boasts some of the best beaches in Europe and one of the oldest cities: cádiz, whose golden-domed cathedral is a must-see.

Easter – If Holy Week falls within our season, don’t miss the fantastic processions. Easter in andalucia is unique.

Granada – The beautiful, historic city and the unique Berber villages of the alpujarras are a delight to explore.

June–July (dates vary) – The Granada Festival of Music and dance. classical concerts, ballet, flamenco and much more in evocative venues such as the alhambra, the Generalife gardens and churches in the city.

Must go and see

The Alhambra in Granada – a former fortress and palace and the jewel in andalucía’s Moorish crown. Wander around its Generalife gardens before heading inside and admiring the intricately decorated rooms and beautiful courtyards of the nasrid Palace.

The Cueva de la Pileta – a cave just outside Ronda, with amazing wall paintings and an underground lake. The Doñana natural park – On the costa de la luz, the protected home of an incredible range of wildlife.

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Andalucía | SPAIN STYLISH ACCOMMODATION AND STUNNING VISTAS AMIDST THE ALCORNOCALES NATIONAL PARK Benalup de Sidonia Map ref: D2 Web ref: 3149

La Hoya

Sleeps 18 | 9 Bedrooms | 8 Bathrooms a stunning situation amidst the undulating wooded countryside of the alcornocales national Park and sweeping panoramic vistas across the shimmering waters of the Embalse del celemin towards the coast beyond Vejer de la Frontera give this impressive country residence that ‘wow’ factor that will not fail to impress and which left us in no doubt that this should be the latest addition to our andaluz portfolio.

We followed a long private unmade track which wound its way through the woodland and fields of la Hoya’s 150 hectare estate before arriving at a beautifully crafted entrance courtyard of crazy paved stone. Here, we discovered a sloping garden of shrubs, pretty stone walls and pathways encircling the most exquisite façade of muted olive which blended subtly and seamlessly into its beautiful natural surroundings. The quality of the materials and workmanship employed in the construction of this fine home was immediately apparent but it was not until we stepped into the spacious entrance hall that we realised how truly spectacular the setting and design of la Hoya was. as we looked through to the sitting room, the patio windows which lined its south western aspect revealed the most absorbing of vistas. an infinity edged pool, flanked by smart lawns and wood decked

terracing flowed out towards the turquoise waters of the lake which sparkled invitingly beneath wooded slopes; in the distance we could just make out the outline of the hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera, silhouetted against the horizon. Inside, we wandered through rooms that exude elegance and style. Smart furnishings and pretty fabrics were perfectly complemented by beautifully cared for terracotta floors and a colour scheme of soft neutral tones; a selection of different sitting rooms provided a choice of cosy retreats, with the owner’s various hunting trophies proudly displayed on the walls; in the spacious kitchen sleek white units of the most up-to-date design housed an extensive range of appliances.

Its situation amidst the beautiful natural scenery of the alcornocales national Park makes la Hoya a perfect base for those looking for a rural retreat and yet at the same time the picturesque coastline of the costa de la luz is within easy reach. drive just 30 minutes to reach the hilltop ‘pueblo blanco’ of Vejer de la Frontera, 10 minutes beyond which are a range of golden sandy beaches. closer to hand, the local town of Benalup is just 10km from la Hoya and provides shops, restaurants and an 18 hole golf course. For basic groceries and local meals, there are two ‘ventas’ just under 2km from the house.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Cloakroom • Dining room • Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Sitting room (fireplace, TV, CD, DVD) with patio doors to covered terrace • Secondary sitting room (fireplace) • Reading room/sitting room (fireplace)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 18 guests

March

29

april

5

12

19

May

26

3 10 N/A

17

Saturday changeover

24

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31

7

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room • Two double bedrooms with en suite bathroom • Two twin bedrooms with en suite bathroom • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom

July

June

14

• Two twin bedrooms with en suite bathroom and French windows to terrace • Central heating throughout the house

21

28 2595

5

12 3595

august

19

26

2 9 3995

16

OUTSIDE: • Covered parking for four cars • Spacious grounds of lawns, gardens, covered and open terraces • Electric barbecue • Private infinity edge swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 2395

6

13

20

27

4 N/A

11

18

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Casa Olivo Roche Viejo (Conil de la Frontera) Map ref: D2 Web ref: 749 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom

SPAIN | Andalucía

Houses for couples or smaller groups that offer the comfort and convenience of a private pool are hard to find and so it was with delight that we discovered casa Olivo, a smart and immaculately presented cottage that sits within an enclosed and pretty garden. adding further to the appeal is its situation, since the house is a mere 10 minute drive from a wide range of sandy coves and beaches, making this a perfect base for a holiday by the sea.

Within the attractive grounds, a swimming pool sits alongside an area of lawn, around the side of which elegant flowerbeds display a stylish range of tropical plants, interspersed with ornate pebbles. Inside, a smart décor combines elements of both traditional and modern design. Exposed wooden beams contrast pleasingly with crisp painted walls to add an air of rusticity to the open plan living area, whilst in the attractive bedrooms colourful fabrics dress solid wood furnishings with charming effect. a drive of just 1km from the house along a country lane that is bordered by woodland takes you to El colorado, where the nearest shops and restaurants can be found. alternatively, follow the road through the woodland in the other direction to discover the many sandy beaches that stretch north of the charming seaside town of conil de la Frontera, where a wide selection of restaurants can be found within a delightful network of narrow whitewashed streets.

Accommodation • Open plan living/ dining room/ kitchen (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, counter-top combination microwave/oven, washing machine) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Shower room

OUTSIDE: • Garden of lawns and flowerbeds • Poolside shower • Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Parking • Private swimming pool (6m x 3m)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

Up to 4 guests

12 N/A

19

May

26

3

10 395

17

Saturday changeover

24 495

31

7

July

June

14

595

21 695

28

5 795

12 995

august

19 1095

26

2 9 1250

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23 30 1195 995

6 795

13

20 695

27 495

4

11

18

450

25 395

Villa Patio Conil de la Frontera Map ref: D2 Web ref: 739 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi

This attractive and imposing property enjoys a typically andaluz layout and design, being all on one level with an inner courtyard. The house is spacious and well proportioned, sitting amidst neatly tended established gardens with manicured lawns bordered by well stocked flower beds. at the rear, a covered terrace and barbecue are situated close to the kitchen, all overlooking the impressive 12m swimming pool. a small football pitch is laid out to one side of the house and a garage houses table tennis, making this residence ideal for families with children.

Villa Patio enjoys great seclusion. Fir tree hedging surrounds the garden whilst the front entrance is walled and gated. The pathway to the front door is lined with pretty shrub covered arches leading to the entrance courtyard with feature lion’s head fountain. Internally, the house is well laid out with spacious rooms that are perfectly suited to relaxed summer living. The sitting room is large, remaining cool on even the hottest summer days. The kitchen too is a generous size with a separate laundry room and exit to the pool area.

Should you choose to leave the property, the town of conil de la Frontera (3km) offers all amenities with an appetising selection of restaurants strewn along the beachfront promenade, many of which serve that day’s seafood catch. Heading north, you may wish to visit the atmospheric town of cadiz which boasts some stunning Baroque and Gothic architecture within its ancient city walls. Further up the coast is elegant Jerez where ample boulevards, lined with trees of palm and orange, separate one famous sherry bodega from another. alternatively, for unspoilt, natural beaches, head south to El Palmar where the sandy shoreline shelves gently into the sea. Accommodation • Inner entrance courtyard with retractable sun shade • Entrance hall/sitting area • Sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests

March

28

april

4

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23

30 1395 1895

6

July

June

13

• Laundry room (washing machine) • Twin bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom (separate shower) • Three twin bedrooms • Double bedroom • Two bathrooms • Wi-Fi (payable locally)

20

27 1695 2195

4 1995 2295

11 2295 2495

OUTSIDE: • 1.5 acre grounds • Garden of lawns, mature shrubs and palm trees • Fruit orchard • Covered dining area • Barbecue • Small football pitch • Table tennis

august

18

25

1 2695

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 2295 2495

5

12 1995 2195

19

• Poolside shower room (cold water only) • Private parking • Garage • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m) with corner Roman steps

26 1895 2095

3

10

17

24

1395 1895

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Andalucía | SPAIN HISTORY AND STYLE ON ANDALUCÍA’S COSTA DE LA LUZ

El Torero

Vejer de la Frontera Map ref: D2 Web ref: 775 Sleeps 16 | 8 Bedrooms | 8 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi Grand and elegant, with a sweeping entrance and impressive façade that are reminiscent of an important noble residence, this imposing and exquisitely furnished country home sits atop its own hillside just opposite the charming ‘pueblo blanco’ of Vejer de la Frontera. Being surrounded by some 350 hectares of wild olive trees and cork oaks, it enjoys a private and desirable location whilst being only 2.5km from the dazzling white streets and ornate squares of one of andalucía’s most picturesque towns and only a 10 minute drive from the long sandy beaches of the costa de la luz.

It is both a pleasure and a privilege to be able to offer such a prestigious and well-positioned property. dating back to the 19th century, the fine stone tower that now forms such an eye catching and majestic feature provides guests with the opportunity to experience part of Spain’s history in what was originally an important watchtower to defend the town. Over the years, as its purpose changed and additional wings were added, it was extended and refurbished to provide the stylish accommodation available today. With high vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and elegant archways forming the perfect backdrop for beautifully coordinated furnishings, and the recent restoration subtly combining the most up-to-date of fittings and appliances, this is a spacious house that exudes comfort and quality. The ground floor of the tower is now home to a sitting

room where cosy areas of soft seating create a smart and welcoming ambience. The well-proportioned bedrooms are all equipped with en suite facilities and air conditioning, with the principal room displaying a charming four-poster bed, tastefully upholstered furniture and a delightful covered balcony, framed by arches and decorated with ornate tiles. This attractive balcony looks down onto the enclosed garden where a wide lawn spreads either side of the swimming pool and its adjacent terrace. Tall palm trees stand proudly and cast welcome areas of shade, bougainvillea trails colourfully around window frames and to one side a covered terrace offers a comfortable area of soft seating.

With the quintessential white village of Vejer de la Frontera being so close to hand, the typical shops, bars and restaurants that are housed within these beguiling narrow streets and the town’s ornate Plaza de España are likely to become a regular haunt for residents of El Torero. For days out on the beach, the lovely golden sands of El Palmar are just a 10 minute drive away whilst a short distance up the coast from here is the pretty seaside town of conil de la Frontera.

Please note: • Maid service is daily. • The housekeepers live in a separate house behind El Torero. They will not use the garden and pool and your privacy is respected.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Cloakroom • Sitting room with doors to garden (TV, CD, DVD, fireplace) • Dining room • Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Four twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 16 guests

March

29

april

5

12

19

May

26

3

10

17

Saturday changeover

24

31 N/A

7

21

28

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5

12

august

19

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed lawned garden • Covered and open terraces • Private parking • Barbecue • Private swimming pool (11m x 6m) with Roman steps

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Principal bedroom with four poster bed, en suite bathroom and three balconies • Three twin bedrooms with Juliet balconies and en suite bathrooms

July

June

14

• Central heating and air conditioning throughout the house • Wi-Fi

26

2

9

16 5995

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 3595 2995

13

20

27

4 N/A

11

18

25


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Casa Abeto Roche Viejo (Conil de la Frontera) Map ref: D2 Web ref: 748 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom

SPAIN | Andalucía

couples or small groups seeking charming accommodation within easy reach of the sea will be delighted to discover this attractive cottage, which sits within pretty and beautifully maintained gardens and is just a 10 minute drive from the long golden sands that stretch out along the coastline beyond the atmospheric fishing town of conil de la Frontera.

Just off a country lane in the pretty area of pine woods that backs onto this section of the coast, casa abeto sits amidst beautifully presented grounds. From the tiled covered terrace that adjoins the front of the house, the smart garden forms a pleasing outlook: a wide area of lawn, bordered at the sides by stylish beds of ornate pebbles and tropical plants, extends out to the pool. The whole area offers a pleasing sense of privacy thanks to the attractive ochre coloured wall, topped with mature foliage, which forms the boundary. Inside, the same care and attention to detail is evident. Beautifully coordinated furnishings sit upon a floor of terracotta tiles beneath ceilings that display open wood beams. The result is a most comfortable and appealing holiday base where guests will no doubt wish to spend much of their time. Trips out, however, will most probably include many visits to the wide selection of beaches and coves around conil de la Frontera, just a short drive from the house. closer to home, the village of El colorado provides shops and restaurants just over 1km away.

Accommodation • Open plan living/ dining room/ kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, fireplace, counter-top combination microwave/oven, washing machine) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Shower room

OUTSIDE: • Garden of lawns and flowerbeds • Covered and open terraces • Poolside shower • In-built barbecue • Parking • Private swimming pool (6m x 3m)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

3

10

May

17

24

N/A

Up to 4 guests

1

8

15

395

22 495

Thursday changeover

July

June

29

5

12

595

19 695

26

3 795

august

10 17 24 995 1095

31

7 1250

14

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

21 1195

28 995

4 795

11

18 695

25 495

2

9

16

450

23 395

Casa de la Fuente Libreros (Vejer de la Frontera) Map ref: D2 Web ref: 727 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Enclosed Pool | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi

Just inland from the dazzling white hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera, a rural lane meanders through pretty countryside and leads the way to this beautifully presented home, which offers smart and comfortable accommodation that is ideal for couples or small groups.

The house sits within its own private garden within the grounds of a small fruit farm and enjoys a picturesque outlook across trees of oranges, with a pleasing panorama of open fields stretching out beyond. The wide covered terrace that spans the front façade is likely to become a well frequented spot, its whitewashed archways framing the rural scene and ornate Moroccan lamps lighting it up at night. To the side, steps mark the way to the pool, which sits elevated within the orange grove and looks out across to the mountains in the distance. Inside, the light and contemporary rooms are stylish and homely, with the care and attention to detail of the thoughtful owners being much in evidence. Equipped with central heating, this is an appealing choice for winter holidays, whilst ceiling fans and mosquito nets ensure comfort in the height of the summer. For sightseeing, you are well placed for visits to the charming ‘pueblo blanco’ of Vejer de la Frontera, which is just a 10 minute drive from the house and offers a wide range of shops and restaurants. The long golden beach of El Palmar is equally accessible, being 20 minutes away, whilst for those interested in horse riding, this is available just 4km from the house.

Accommodation • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (wood burning stove, TV, CD, DVD, iPod dock, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Shower room

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

January

February

March

Thursday changeover april

May

June

July

august

• Central heating throughout the house (payable locally) • Wi-Fi (payable locally) OUTSIDE: • Garden area with lawn • Poolside shower • Covered terrace September

• • • •

In-built barbecue Table tennis Parking (shared with owners) Steps up to enclosed private swimming pool (10m x 4m) with Roman steps and terracing • The swimming pool is available all year (unheated)

October

2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 27 6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 1 8 15 22 29 5 12 19 26 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 2 9 16 23 30 6 795 650 595 650 850 795 895 1050 1195 1395 995

Prices shown are in £ sterling

november

13 20 27 595

december

4

11 18 25 650

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La Olivilla Libreros (Vejer de la Frontera) Map ref: D2 Web ref: 755 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Andalucía | SPAIN

Situated off a country lane just a 10 minute drive from the pretty hilltop pueblo blanco of Vejer de la Frontera, this beautifully presented property sits within the grounds of an estate of olive groves. an obvious talent for interior design and careful attention to quality and detail has been employed in its recent restoration to produce smart and comfortable accommodation in a picturesque rural setting that is sure to delight couples or smaller groups.

The focal point of la Olivilla is an attractive cobbled courtyard, with an olive tree in its centre. From here, an open view across to the east encompasses the neat rows of the surrounding olive groves with the mountainous scenery of the Sierra de Grazalema just visible in the distance. The swimming pool, surrounded by lawn and colourful flowerbeds, sits snugly in a corner just below. alongside the courtyard sits the house, the ground floor of which is home to a well proportioned and tastefully furnished open plan living area. upstairs, the two bedrooms both offer spacious and en suite facilities and are accessed by way of external doors from a terrace.

Whilst the property enjoys a rural situation, amenities are nevertheless pleasingly close to hand within the charming narrow streets and whitewashed walls of Vejer de la Frontera. a wide range of shops, tapas bars and restaurants can be found here, whilst just a 10 minute drive beyond the town lies the superb sweep of golden sand that is the beach of El Palmar.

Please note: • The owner of la Olivilla is a retired Michelin starred French chef and is able to organise various services for you from daily cooking to individual cookery lessons. arrangements are made direct with him (payable locally). Please ask us for details. • The owners live in a separate house off one side of the courtyard. They will not use the garden and pool. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan sitting/ dining room/ kitchen (fireplace, TV, CD, DVD, washing machine, dishwasher, counter-top oven, microwave) • Cloakroom • Central heating is available throughout the house (payable locally)

FIRST FLOOR: • Two twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms • Both bedrooms are accessed via external doors to covered terrace • It should be noted that the ground and first floors of the house are separately accessed externally and there is no connecting staircase inside

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

28

Up to 4 guests

april

4 795

11

18 895

May

25

2 9 795

16

OUTSIDE: • Pretty flowerbeds and lawns • Covered and open terraces • Private parking • In-built barbecue • Private swimming pool (10m x 4m) with Roman steps

Friday changeover

23

30

July

June

6 895

13

20

27 1050

4

11 1395

august

18

25

1 8 1495

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 995

5

12 895

19

26

3

10 795

17

24

Casa Maymi Conil de la Frontera Map ref: D2 Web ref: 783 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Beach 600m | Wi-Fi | Gated Pool Village House Favourably positioned alongside a sweeping, unspoilt shoreline of long beaches and sheltered coves, the picturesque fishing village of conil de la Frontera oozes charm within its higgledy-piggledy labyrinth of narrow streets and whitewashed buildings. In its centre, a gentle hum of conversation drifts across intimate squares and winding lanes from tapas bars and restaurants whilst along the seafront golden sands stretch as far as the eye can see.

It is this enviable location that is enjoyed by casa Maymi. nestling amidst other local properties in a residential area of the village, this attractive cottage sits within enclosed grounds just 600m from the nearest beach and a short walk from the varied shops, restaurants and bars of this atmospheric coastal community.

Throughout its well presented interior, a successful combination of eye-catching timber beams, terracotta tiles, quality carpentry and crisp white walls create a charming backdrop for a pleasing collection of smart rustic furniture and stylish soft furnishings. From the open plan living room doors lead the way to a pretty garden, laid mainly to lawn, with an olive tree and covered terrace providing welcome areas of shade. Beyond here, the pool and its surrounding lawn lies within another enclosed area, separated from the garden by a gate and therefore ideal for those wishing to keep younger members of the group under close supervision.

Accommodation • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (TV, DVD, fireplace, washing machine, oven, microwave) with doors to terrace • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Wi-Fi

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

april

3

10

May

17 N/A

24

1

8 550

15

22 650

Thursday changeover

July

June

29

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5 795

12

19

26 895

3

10 17 24 1095 1295

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden of lawns and terrace • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Private swimming pool (8.5m x 4m) with Roman steps

august

31

7 1395

14

21

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

28 995

4

11 895

18

25 795

2

9 650

16

23 550


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Casa Manué Roche Viejo (Conil de la Frontera) Map ref: D2 Web ref: 750 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

SPAIN | Andalucía

From the fine sandy beaches that fringe the coastline north of conil de la Frontera, we followed a country lane through a pretty wooded area of pine and eucalyptus and arrived at the gates of this charming and beautifully presented home. Of open plan design, the attractive living accommodation sits beneath a lofty, wood beamed ceiling that is set off against crisp white walls that are attractively adorned with colourful and carefully chosen prints. From here a handsome open tread staircase leads the way to the upper floor where two of the three bedrooms display beautifully coordinated furniture of chunky wood, with high sloping ceilings adding character. Step out of the main door and the terracotta tiled covered terrace that flanks the front of the house forms a natural extension to the smart living area, whilst at the same time providing an ideal vantage point from which to survey activities in the garden beyond.

With the golden sands of the costa de la luz so close to hand, trips to the many coves and beaches that stretch either side of the charming seaside town of conil de la Frontera are an appealing option. This coast can be reached by way of a 10 minute drive along country lanes, whilst for some local shops and restaurants, the village of El colorado is just over a kilometre away.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/ dining room/kitchen (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, oven, microwave, washing machine) • Twin bedroom • Shower room

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Shower room

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden of lawn and flowerbeds • Poolside shower • Covered terrace • In-built barbecue • Parking • Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m) with Roman steps

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

28

april

4

Up to 6 guests

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9 495

16

Friday changeover

23 795

30

6 695

July

June

13

20

27 895

4 995

11

august

18

25

1

1395

8 1895

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 995

5 895

12

19

26

795

3

10

595

17 495

24

Finca Cigüeña Hozanejos (Conil de la Frontera) Map ref: D2 Web ref: 732 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Fenced Pool

Boasting a wonderful rural view from its garden across open fields, Finca cigüeña is an immaculate and well presented house in an appealing situation. The seemingly endless golden sands of the costa de la luz lie within a short drive, with the charming fishing village of conil de la Frontera touching the waterfront in one direction and two 18 hole golf courses flanking the shore in the other. a typical combination of white walls and tiled floors creates a light and airy feel throughout the house, whilst thoughtful touches such as decorative wrought iron lamps and attractive fabrics add an air of comfort. Mention must be made of the well designed kitchen, which with its wealth of appliances and conveniently incorporated eating area will without a doubt delight keen cooks. For meals al fresco, the poolside terrace with its outlook across such a pleasing countryside vista provides an ideal setting.

alternatively, should you wish to sample the local cuisine, restaurants and a supermarket can be found in El colorado,which can be reached by way of a 5 minute drive, whilst a little further down the coast the bustling and lively centre of conil de la Frontera exudes a truly Spanish charm. In the other direction, the historic towns of cadiz and Jerez are close enough for day trips and will provide a contrast to days of lazing by the pool or on the beach.

Accommodation • Living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock) • Kitchen/ breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom with en suite shower room (large walk-in shower) • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) • Twin bedroom (ceiling fan) • Bathroom

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

28

april

4

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9 595

16

Friday changeover

23 895

30

6 650

July

June

13

20

27 895

4

11 1095

18 1295

OUTSIDE: • Lawns • Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private fenced swimming pool (10m x 4m) with Roman steps

august

25

1

8 1495

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 995

5

12 695

19

26

3

10

17

24

595

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Laurel Roche Viejo (Conil de la Frontera) Map ref: D2 Web ref: 3152 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Andalucía | SPAIN

Following the success of our other properties in this pretty area of Roche Viejo, we are delighted to introduce the latest creation of one of our most longstanding owners. Being situated within the picturesque pine woods that stretch back from the stunning golden beaches of the costa de la luz, just a 10 minute drive from the shoreline itself, this pretty semi-detached cottage provides an ideal base for a holiday by the sea whilst the detailed care and attention invested in its recent construction mean that comfort is assured within smartly furnished rooms and a pretty garden.

The owner’s keen interest in building and his imaginative flair for interior design have been channelled into the creation of a beautifully presented home that exudes a welcoming ambience from the moment it is entered. In typical andalucían style, its crisp whitewashed walls and cool floor tiles are perfectly suited to the heat of the southern Spanish summers, whilst light floods through the eye-catching feature of glass blocks that has been cleverly incorporated into the walls of the landing. at the same time, richly coloured fabrics, plump sofas and chunky wood furnishings combine to create an appealing sense of homeliness. Outside, a neat enclosed garden of lawns and terraces is home to a swimming pool, an in-built barbecue and an attractive covered dining terrace that provide the ideal setting for dining, relaxing and swimming. From here, a drive of just 10 minutes through pretty pine-clad scenery will reveal the golden sands that stretch out beyond the fishing village of conil de la Frontera. all amenities and a lively atmosphere can be found within conil’s charming labyrinth of narrow streets and pretty squares whilst closer to hand the local village of El colorado offers local shops and a restaurant just 1km from the house. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room/kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, oven, microwave) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Shower room

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Double bedroom • Two twin bedrooms • Shower room

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden of lawns and terraces • Covered dining terrace • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m) with corner Roman steps

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

3

10

May

17

24

1

N/A

Up to 6 guests

8 495

15

22

Thursday changeover

July

June

29

5 695

12

19

26 795

3 895

august

10 17 1295

24

31

7 1795

14

21

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

28 995

4 895

11

18 795

25

2

9

595

16 495

23

Casa Chano Zahora Map ref: D2 Web ref: 780 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Beach 400m

The fine golden sands of the picturesque beach of Zahora form one of our favourite spots along this scenic coastline. Backed by grassland, occasional palm trees and a charming rustic restaurant, this beautifully unspoilt stretch of sand sweeps down towards the distinctive lighthouse of Trafalgar amidst the most natural of settings, and will no doubt become a favoured haunt of guests staying at casa chano.

Only 400m from the beach, this local home sits within an enclosed garden in the neighbourhood of coastal properties that lie beyond the shoreline. In typical regional style, its crisp white walls and terracotta floor tiles set off a neat interior that is simple and unpretentious whilst the lawned garden that surrounds it is dotted with shady trees and a selection of terraces. up above from the roof terrace, views can be enjoyed across the surrounding countryside, with the sea visible beyond. It is however its excellent location that makes casa chano such an appealing residence since to be within such close proximity of the sea and find a house with its own pool is rare in this much sought after area. a series of residential lanes, bordered with similar properties, provides the pleasant route for a gentle stroll to the beach, where the rustic wood tables and benches of its local restaurant provide the perfect setting for dining alongside the ocean. Just 400m away in the other direction are the amenities of the village, which include a butcher, baker and another restaurant whilst a short drive north reveals the charming coastal town of conil de la Frontera. Accommodation • • • • •

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

March

28

april

4

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9

16 695

Friday changeover

23

30 795

6 895

Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) Kitchen (oven, microwave, washing machine) Shower room Double bedroom Twin bedroom

OUTSIDE: • Lawned garden • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Private parking • Roof terrace • Private swimming pool (5m x 3m) with Roman steps

Zahora July

June

13 995

20 1050

27 1195

4 1395

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11

18 1495

august

25

1

8

15 1795

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 5 1395 1095

12 995

19 895

26 795

3

10

17 695

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Casa Leza Roche Viejo (Conil de la Frontera) Map ref: D2 Web ref: 752 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Small Party Rate* an imaginative design has ensured that this smart country home is charming and full of character, whilst its recent construction means that up-to-date features and appliances are very much in evidence. The result is a most comfortable and appealing holiday base that is only 10 minutes away by car from the unspoilt sandy beaches for which the costa de la luz is famed. Your entrance, by way of a covered terrace that adjoins the front of the house, will reveal a superb open plan living area that exudes an impressive sense of spaciousness thanks to an attractive wood panelled ceiling that extends up to the highest point of the building.

The beautifully finished wood that makes this such an eye-catching feature has also been used in the open tread staircase that winds its way up from here to the first floor, where a cosy landing sits beneath the eaves and leads the way to two of the beautifully furnished bedrooms.

Outside, the private pool sits within an attractive garden of lawn, terraces and flowerbeds around which the ochre painted walls and mature foliage that mark its boundary create a pleasing sense of privacy. From here, sorties to the nearby coast are an appealing option since a wide range of sandy coves and beaches can be reached by way of a short drive. The pretty fishing town of conil de la Frontera is just 10 minutes away, whilst for basic amenities, the village of El colorado is just over 1km from the house.

“Casa Leza lived up t o expectations – lovely rustic feel, fantastic garden and swimming pool. Great part of t he world; love t he lack of commercialism.” The Curry, Bradford and Pemberton families, Middlesex

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room/kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, fireplace, A/C, heating, washing machine, oven, dishwasher) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Shower room

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom

OUTSIDE: • Gardens of lawn and flowerbeds • Poolside shower • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 3m)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

March

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

May

26

3

10 495 595

17

Conil Beach

Saturday changeover

24 1195

31

7 895 1195

July

June

14

21 1095 1295

28 1195 1395

5 1395 1595

12

august

19

1895

26

2 2095

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1395

6

13 995 1195

20

27 795 995

4

11 595 695

18

25 495 595

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Casa Almendro Roche Viejo (Conil de la Frontera) Map ref: D2 Web ref: 751 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Fenced Pool | Small Party Rate*

Andalucía | SPAIN

Situated within attractive enclosed grounds in a pretty area of open fields and woodland, this smart country home enjoys all of the advantages of a rural location whilst at the same time being only 10 minutes by car from the long sandy beaches that make the costa de la luz such an appealing destination. You are welcomed, via a covered terrace, to an inviting and beautifully presented living room which exudes a pleasing sense of spaciousness thanks to its open plan layout. The warm hues of terracotta tiles and softly coloured paintwork add warmth, whilst pretty fabrics of floral or striped print finish off the homely ambience that prevails throughout the house. upstairs, two of the bedrooms benefit from their own access to a covered terrace, which looks out across the open countryside that extends behind the property. down below in the garden, lawns and a covered patio area surround the swimming pool. So easily accessible are they from the house that the long beaches of golden sand that fringe this attractive coastline are likely to become a regular haunt of visitors staying at casa almendro. Whether you opt for one of the quiet country coves that lie just north of the charming whitewashed ‘pueblo blanco’ of conil de la Frontera or a stretch of sand backed by a selection of the town’s beachfront restaurants and cafes, you will never have far to travel. conil is just a 10 minute drive from the house, with some of the rural beaches being even closer. all amenities and a good range of restaurants can be found in the charming fishing town, although just 1km away is the village of El colorado, which has some small shops.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room/ kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, washing machine, oven, dishwasher) • Double bedroom • Bathroom

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom with door to covered terrace • Twin bedroom with door to covered terrace • Twin bedroom • Shower room

OUTSIDE: • Gardens of lawn and flowerbeds • Covered terrace • In-built barbecue • Parking • Private fenced swimming pool (6m x 3m)

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

March

28

april

4

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

11

18

May

25

2

N/A

9 16 495 595

Friday changeover

23

30

895

6 695 795

July

June

13

20

27 795 995

4 895 1095

august

11

18

1395

1795

25

1

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

1895

29

5

12

1295 895

19 795

26 695 795

3 495 695

10

17 495 595

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El Cortijo de Beatriz Libreros (Vejer de la Frontera) Map ref: D2 Web ref: 778 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Fenced Pool | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate*

Sweeping lawns, lush established grounds, scenic rural vistas and beautifully presented accommodation come together at this charming country home to create a spacious and characterful retreat in one of the most picturesque areas of this south western corner of andalucía. Just a 10 minute drive away, via rural lanes, is the stunning hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera, its dazzling white painted facades forming a striking outline across the hillside upon which it sits, whilst a short distance beyond are the long stretches of golden sands that fringe this pleasingly unspoilt coastline. 

Having been used for many years as the owner’s principal residence, this is a property that exudes character, style and the individual charm and detail of a much loved home. Reminiscent of the owner’s native Provence, the chic interior displays a delightful fusion of pretty upholstery, traditional quarry tiled flooring and carefully selected furniture. 

It is outside, amidst the wide lawns and colourful foliage, that the charm of cortijo de Beatriz can be fully appreciated since these impressive grounds stretch out on all sides of the house to provide an expansive area of beautifully mature garden, where gently rolling lawns are dappled with the shade of olive trees and handsome palms. as is so typical in an area with such strong equestrian traditions, a cobbled courtyard is lined on one side by the stables that would have originally housed the estate’s horses. It may be tempting not to venture away from such impressive grounds but should you feel the need to mingle with the locals, the narrow cobbled streets and ornate squares that criss-cross their way throughout the typical ‘pueblo blanco’ of Vejer de la Frontera are home to all amenities and some excellent restaurants, whilst the sandy beach of El Palmar is just 20 minutes away by car.  Accommodation

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 4 guests 5–6 guests

March

28

april

4

11

18 750 850

May

25

2

9

16

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with doors to terrace • Kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Cloakroom • Two twin bedrooms • Two bathrooms

Friday changeover

23

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30

6 795 995

July

June

13

20 895 1095

27

4 995 1195

11

FIRST FLOOR: • Principal double bedroom with en suite shower room, separate dressing area and doors to covered terrace august

18 1195 1495

• Central heating throughout the house • Wi-Fi (payable locally)

25

1

8 1495 1795

15

OUTSIDE: • Spacious lawned grounds • Covered and open terraces • Barbecue • Enclosed courtyard • Private parking • Private swimming pool with Roman steps (11m x 5m) Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 5 995 895 1195 995

12

19 795 895

26

3

10 750 850

17

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Las Marciagas Aznalcázar (Sevilla) Map ref: B2 Web ref: 756 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate* Equal attention to style and design has been paid to the swimming pool area, which is reached by way of wooden steps down a flower covered sloping bank. The ornate white painted stonework and elegant brick terrace that surround the water make this an eye catching feature, whilst the seemingly endless rows of fruit trees that spread out beyond it provide a most appealing rural vista.

It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to offer this smart and imposing andaluz residence, which commands far reaching views from all sides across the neatly ordered rows of cherry, orange and olive trees that occupy the 30 hectares of grounds within which it stands. In a style so typical of a southern Spanish country estate, the smart and beautifully presented accommodation is built around an attractive cobbled courtyard, its gleaming white walls strewn with the striking deep colours of pretty bougainvillea and an impressive tower guarding one corner.

The recent construction of the property has been perfectly executed to produce an effective blend of old and new. Reclaimed materials such as solid wooden doors, traditional windows and floor tiles combine with pretty and beautifully coordinated liberty style fabrics to create the ambience of a grand and comfortable country home. Four of the bedrooms can be found in the main house, where two living rooms display superb high pitched ceilings of exposed wood and handsome open tread stairways that lead to the upstairs bedrooms. as these staircases are part open and the banisters have wider than average gaps, very young children would need supervision. Two further bedrooms are housed in the tower, the upper floor of which serves as a superb viewpoint with windows lining each wall of the bedroom that occupies this space.

Just 2km from the property is the local village of aznalcázar where restaurants, shops and a 9 hole golf course can be found. alternatively, a good range of amenities and places to eat can be found in Benacazón, which is 4km in the other direction. However, one of the great attractions of las Marciagas is its close proximity to Sevilla, andalucía’s capital city and home to some of the region’s most ornate and beautiful architecture. Being just 30 minutes away by car, the ancient streets and ornate squares that surround its superb cathedral quarter are sure to become a favourite haunt.

Please note: • The housekeepers live in a separate house off one side of the courtyard but they will not use the private pool. • Groups paying small party rates will have use of the main house only.

Accommodation MAIN HOUSE: GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting/ dining room (fireplace) • Second sitting room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom (half bath) • Cloakroom • Wi-Fi

FIRST FLOOR: • Two double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms (A/C, low beamed ceilings)

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) • Air conditioning is payable locally

TOWER HOUSE: GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan twin bedroom/ living area with en suite shower room and stairs leading to first floor

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed courtyard with covered and open terraces • Laundry room (washing machine) • Table tennis • Private parking

PRIcE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK

Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–12 guests

March

28

april

4

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9 16 1495 1995

Friday changeover

23

30

6 1595 2095

• Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner steps, surrounded by open terraces, lawned garden and barbecue

July

June

13

20

27 1695 2095

4

11

august

18

25

1 2895

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1695 2095

5

12 1595 2095

19

26

3

10 1495 1995

17

24

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Galicia In this north-western pocket of the Spanish mainland lies a rich region of great diversity – a scenic coastline, shaped by fjord like ‘rías’, an abundant land of wooded slopes, pretty stone villages and the occasional impressive silhouette of an historic city. t is on and around the spectacularly indented coastline of the Rías Baixas, with its wide sweeping bays and sheltered beaches of golden sand, that many of our properties are to be found.

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at the southern tip of the Ría de Vigo lies the delightful harbour town of Baiona, a colourful port lined with an extensive promenade that stretches for some 5km along the coast. The town’s old castle stands proudly by the sea with the well preserved historic centre just behind, lined with noble manor houses and tempting shops and cafés that prove difficult to resist.

Further up the Ría de Vigo, at the point where it meets the river, daily catches, mainly of oyster and mussel, are hauled onto the shores of the ‘seafood capital’ of Arcade. Naturally, it is this that dominates the menus of the restaurants that line the streets behind.

in the nearby Ría de Pontevedra, a wander up the forested hillside that backs the bustling coastal town of Sanxenxo reveals the impressive panorama of seascape, and the imposing outline of the protected islands of Cíes and Ons, home to long sweeping beaches of fine white sand and a haven for birds. around the corner in the local fishing port of Portonovo, details of the freshly caught fish once again fill the menu boards of the adjacent restaurants to tempt the passer-by. continuing northwards, the road soon turns a corner to reveal the long majestic sands of A Lanzada, where dunes and open grassland form the backdrop, with not a building in sight. Beyond, a bridge now joins the mainland to the idyllic island of A Toxa, home to the fishing town of O Grove and famed for its ‘conchas’ or shellfish, which are served in their shells and combined with a delicious mixture of finely chopped onion and pepper.

inland from the waterfront, country lanes wind their way through an ever changing landscape of multi shades of green, splashed with the bright colours of wild flowers. Pale green are the vines that curl around granite pillars, whilst the darker green cabbages or potatoes occupy the space below. above higgledy-piggledy villages of soft stone rise densely forested slopes of oak and chestnut, eventually stopping to give way to the wild stretches of moorland that dominate the upper heights. Down below, well tended fields are dotted with wigwam shaped corn stacks and stone built ‘horreos’ stand on tall stilts to protect the harvested crop. in the valleys, arched Romanesque bridges cross lush banked streams of salmon and trout with their limpid bathing pools, whilst cowbells echo from the hillside.

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Galicia No visitor can leave galicia without witnessing the spectacular city of Santiago de Compostela. a melting pot for pilgrims who flock here every year to pay homage to St James the apostle, this must undoubtedly rank among the most beautiful cities in the world. Within its medieval walls, the impressive cathedral and its adjacent stone flagged square is surrounded by an intriguing network of ancient, flagstoned streets, noble houses and intimate cloisters. lesser known but also rich in its heritage is the more southerly centre of Pontevedra, easily accessible from many of our houses. From the arcaded Plaza de la Peregrina, its impressive old quarter boasts a delightful maze of narrow backstreets that lead to an equally appealing array of restaurants.

This south-western corner of galicia is rich and abundant, with its sheltered sandy bays, easily accessible islands of unquestionable beauty, undulating green countryside where life is Cíes Islands unhurried and an impressive wealth of historic sites. add to this the genuine warmth and generosity of its inhabitants and the appeal becomes even greater. aquí estás en tu casa’ (here you always have a home) and ‘Yo no tengo prisa’ (i’ve got all the time in the world for you) were phrases that were frequently uttered by our delightful hosts as they enthusiastically introduced us to the land of which they are so proud.

“This is t he very loveliest part of Spain; a treasure t hat so few people at home are aware of. It has absolutely everyt hing for a per fect holiday: great weat her, charming people, seafood t hat you would not believe, great local pr oduce, t he best wine in Spain (Al barin˜o), a lively and fun loving culture and not a word of English t o be heard anywhere.” Mr E. Greenwood, Dorset

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Local knowledge Getting there

galicia is easily accessible. By air, flights are available to Santiago de compostela from Stansted with Ryanair, from gatwick with easyJet and from Dublin with aer lingus, whilst Vueling fly from Heathrow to a coruña. alternatively, flights are available to the Portuguese city of Porto from gatwick with both air Portugal and easyJet and from Stansted, liverpool and Dublin with Ryanair. From Porto, a drive of 2–2½ hours will bring you to your destination. By car, Brittany Ferries provides sailings from Plymouth and Portsmouth to Santander and from Portsmouth to Bilbao, with both Spanish ports being within a day’s drive of the area. For further information, see pages 198–201.

Climate

The Rías Baixas enjoys a gentle climate, with summer temperatures ranging between 25 and 30°c and dropping only slightly in June and September.

Santiago de Compostela

Local Cuisine

choose from the flavourful ‘caldo’, meat stock combined with vegetables and potatoes and often presented in an earthenware bowl, the roasted ham, typically served with a sauce, or the tender roast beef. ‘Empanada de berberecho’, a pie of smooth, light pastry filled with cockles, seafood croquettes, ‘pulpo a la gallega’, octopus in paprika and olive oil, and a mouth-watering range of freshly caught fried fish are some of the many seafood options available. a perfect accompaniment is the deliciously fruity white albariño wine, or the lighter Ribeiro, both locally produced.

Events

Regarded as the third most sacred city after Jerusalem and Rome, Santiago de compostela is a focal point for hundreds of pilgrims. The years in which the saint’s day falls on a Sunday are designated ‘Holy Years’. The opening of the Saints Door of the cathedral at the end of the previous year marks the start of a year of celebrations, when the city becomes an even more important holy site.

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Casa do Lagos Playa Lagos (Bueu) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 901 Sleeps 8 | 5 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 300m

Galicai | SPAIN

There is no doubting that the combination of a private pool and an unspoilt sandy beach at virtually the end of the garden is an ideal one. add to this the pleasure of an ever changing seascape as yachts and colourful fishing boats make their way in and out of the little fishing port of Bueu, and we suspect that most guests will find it hard to tear themselves away from casa do lagos.

a tiered garden on three levels allows full access to these sea views to the west over the Ría de aldan, a tiny, sheltered inlet of the Ría de Pontevedra, so that the lighthouse of Punta cousa seems only a stone’s throw across the water.

a covered dining terrace overlooks the lawned garden with its barbecue house; below this sits the swimming pool, also surrounded by an area of grass; then in turn a few steps further down lead to a garden retreat with fruit trees providing shade to simply read or doze undisturbed. The area around is designated as natural parkland, which ensures an unspoilt holiday setting. However, if the need arises to mingle with humanity, market day in nearby Bueu (5km) provides ample opportunity for people watching, perhaps whilst sipping a glass of albariño and enjoying a dish or two of tapas.

around 10km beyond Bueu is the larger town of Marin, where a wide range of shops and restaurants can be found. Excursions by boat from both towns to the island of Ons make for an interesting view of the seafaring and fishing tradition of the Rías Baixas.

Please note: Whilst there are beds for more people, the accommodation is suitable for a maximum of 8 guests. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Shower room

FIRST FLOOR: • Small hallway/sitting area • Double bedroom with doors to covered balcony • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

4

11

May

18

25

2

N/A

Up to 8 guests

9 695

16

23 895

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed gardens extending over three levels with lawns, trees and flowerbeds • Covered and open terraces • Poolside shower • Barbecue house • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

Friday changeover

30

6

Playa de Lagos

July

June

13 950

20

27

4

11

august

18

25

1350

1 1950

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1095

5

12 950

19

26

3

10 695

17

24

La Pintoresca Playa de Limens (Cangas) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 920 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 180m

imagine stepping out of your garden gate and following a country lane for just under 200 metres to reach a dune-backed beach of fine white sand, where a collection of homes, a beach bar and local restaurant do little to interrupt the lush green slopes that rise gently from either end of the shore. ahead, looking out to sea, the distinctive silhouette of the nearby cíes islands forms an impressive backdrop. This is the enviable situation of la Pintoresca, which, set just back from the unspoilt beach of limens, enjoys one of the most sought after locations in this pretty corner of galicia. With such a superb beach so close to hand, you will no doubt spend much of your time here. Nevertheless, should you decide to retreat to the privacy of your own pool, the enclosed neatly presented grounds of the property with their wide lawns and spacious barbecue area offer a thoroughly attractive setting in which to do so. From here, a covered terrace, accessed by steps, leads the way to the interior, where a smart living area with light tiled floors is cosy and welcoming. Upstairs, wooden floors and ceilings add character to the comfortable bedrooms, and an open terrace looks out across the garden to the nearby water.

Whilst the local restaurant and small shop by the beach can be reached on foot, a journey of just 3km takes you to the waterside town of cangas, which offers all amenities, some excellent restaurants and a twice weekly market. From here, you may wish to take one of the frequent 20 minute ferry crossings over the water to Vigo, a bustling and attractive centre with a wide range of shops and a daily morning fish market. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD), with door to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave) • Double bedroom • Shower room

Playa de Limens

Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK april

4

11

May

18 N/A

25

2

9 595

16

23

Friday changeover

30 750

6

July

June

13

20 850

27

4 1195

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11 1495

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing with doors to open terrace • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Shower room

august

18

25

1 8 1795

15

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed grounds of lawns and terraces • Barbecue and adjacent dining terrace • Shower • Cloakroom (washing machine) • Covered parking area • Private swimming pool (7m x 3m, no deep end) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 995

5 850

12

19 695

26

3

10 N/A

17

24


SPAIN | Galicia

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La Torre Playa de Aguete (Marín) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 903 Sleeps 14 | 8 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Beach 150m | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate* if we were to compile a list of prime locations, this would undoubtedly be at the top! Sitting amidst mature enclosed gardens only 150m from the sandy shore of the Ría de Pontevedra, this smart home lies within striking distance of all the appealing features we seek. a picturesque cove sheltered by lush tree covered slopes, a local restaurant with spectacular views across the water and a typical port with narrow winding streets can all be reached on foot. The orientation of the property towards the water means that whether you are swimming in the pool, relaxing on the wide lawn or dining on the covered terrace, the nearby estuary will be visible ahead.

From the entrance gate, follow the road for just 100 metres and you will reach a restaurant, which sits elevated above the beach and offers an appetising menu of regional dishes. alternatively, cross the road and take a path through the trees to reach the beach of aguete, where golden sands curve around to the nearby port, which sits on the headland and offers all amenities. With so much available so close to hand you may not feel the need to use the car. Nevertheless, a drive of just 5 minutes takes you to Marín, a bustling port with an attractive centre of narrow streets and typical bars and restaurants.

continue eastwards from here for a further 10 minutes to discover the impressive heritage of Pontevedra, where fine historical buildings line a delightful network of narrow cobbled streets, opening out every now and then into ornate stone flagged squares. inside, the well equipped house is equally appealing. Frequently used by its owners until recently, the comforts and attention to detail of a much loved family home are clearly evident and combine with an air of spaciousness to create an appealing and welcoming abode. Downstairs, the bedrooms are accessed from a wide hall, whilst French windows lead from the roomy living room onto the covered terrace at the front. an additional sitting room is available upstairs, where sloping ceilings and exposed beams in all rooms introduce an air of character and charm.

Please note: Parties paying the small party rate will have use of the ground floor bedrooms only.

Playa de Aguete

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock) with French doors to covered terrace • Telephone • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Two double bedrooms • Two twin bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Secondary sitting room (TV, DVD) • Two twin bedrooms • Single bedroom with en suite shower room • Single bedroom • Two shower rooms

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK

Property occupancy

*Up to 8 guests 9–14 guests

april

4

11 N/A

May

18

25

2 595 795

9

16

23 995 1295

Friday changeover

30

6

13 1195 1495

OUTSIDE: • Mature garden with lawns and flower beds • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Private covered parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

July

June

20

27 1595 1995

4 1995 2495

11 2095 2595

august

18

25

1 3595

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1595 2595 1995

5

12 1195 1495

19 995 1295

26

3

10 595 795

17

24

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Galicia | SPAIN

O Bergando Loureiro (Carballedo) Map ref: C4 Web ref: 929 Sleeps 16 | 8 Bedrooms | 8 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Fenced Pool | Table Tennis | Small Party Rate* Downstairs on the lower ground floor an extensive living room is ideal for large gatherings, its spacious dimensions being used to house different sections of cushioned sofas and a smart dining area. Subtle lighting here highlights the soft coloured stone of the walls whilst attractive traditional doors provide convenient access out to the garden.

Eight thousand square metres of lawned gardens, interspersed with colourful flowerbeds and sweeping down to a delightful children’s play area, an in-built barbecue and a swimming pool provide the idyllic setting of this 300 year old farmhouse, which has recently been restored to provide welcoming and stylishly furnished accommodation that ranks amongst some of the finest in our portfolio.

Outside, the sweeping grounds look out onto a picturesque scene of lush wooded countryside, whilst to the back the charming stone hamlet of loureiro seems to have changed little over the years, its narrow lanes leading to higgledy piggledy stone built homes, a village church and local shop, all of which are just a short stroll from the house. Two kilometres away the pretty village of carballedo sits alongside the river and offers local shops and two restaurants whilst only 15km from O Bergando is historic Pontevedra, just beyond which are the many sheltered sandy beaches that line the indented coastline of this stunning corner of galicia. En route and just a short drive from the house, a picturesque spot by the river has been prepared for river bathing, with an adjacent children’s play area and bar.

The stone built ‘horreos’ that stand within the grounds bear witness to the property’s history, since in former times it was one of the most important producers of corn in the area and it was in these attractive grain stores that the harvest was kept. as in many important country homes in galicia they have been carefully preserved and now form a feature that is both eye-catching and a symbol of status.

Over recent years, the present owner has transformed O Bergando into a charming country residence that oozes charm and character. The finest of craftsmanship has been employed to restore thick stone walls and intricate wood beamed ceilings and these now form a striking backdrop for the warm coloured fabrics and restored antique furniture that occupy the spacious and welcoming rooms. Each of the eight beautifully presented bedrooms come complete with their own en suite bath or shower room with those on the first floor being particularly charming thanks to their sloping wood ceilings.

Please note: • Maid service is daily. • as all beds are double, additional single beds may be provided as long as the capacity is not exceeded.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Five double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms (two of the bedrooms have doors to a balcony and terrace) • Wi-Fi • Central heating available throughout the house

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 8 guests 9–16 guests

april

5

12

May

19

26

3

10

17

24

Saturday changeover

N/A

80 | Flights, car hire, cross channel travel see pages 198–201

7

14

OPEN TREAD STAIRCASE TO FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Three double bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms and one with en suite shower room (sloping ceilings)

July

June

31

LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Living room with door to garden (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) • Dining room (fireplace) • Two cloakrooms

21

28

5 1695 2095

12

august

19 2095 2895

26

2

9 2095 3195

16

OUTSIDE: • Spacious semi-tiered grounds of lawns and flowerbeds • In-built barbecue • Children’s play area • Table tennis • Utility room (washing machine) • Pond • Covered terraces • Private parking • Private fenced swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30

6

13

20

27 N/A

4

11

18

25


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Muiño de San Lorenzo Santiago de Compostela Map ref: A4 Web ref: 905 Sleeps 8 | 5 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate*

SPAIN | Galicia

This restored mill house is a real find for those who want the best of both worlds, rural and urban. Nestling over a stream and secluded in a cosy hollow below wooded slopes, the property offers privacy in a natural setting and yet is a mere 15 minute stroll from the impressive cathedral quarter of Santiago de compostela with its ancient alleyways and first class fish restaurants. in the charming interior of the house, open stone walls and solid wooden beams combine to create a traditional feel. Modern comforts are tastefully combined, with the bathrooms being up-to-date and the original kitchen hearth being complemented by a range of fitted appliances.

Outside, open patios and areas of grass line the banks of the millstream, whilst the swimming pool is positioned at the back on a raised level and commands picturesque views across the surrounding hillside. Please note: • The charm of this property is its waterfront location, but inevitably young children would need to be supervised. • Whilst there are 5 bedrooms, the accommodation is suitable for a maximum of 8 guests. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Sitting room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD, feature millstone) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to terrace • Conservatory style dining room with doors to open terrace • Laundry room (washing machine)

• Shower room • Double bedroom with patio doors to lawned area • Metered telephone • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house FIRST FLOOR: • Landing/sitting room • Three twin bedrooms • Single bedroom • Bathroom (half bath)

OUTSIDE: • Ample grounds on various levels incorporating lawns, open and covered terraces • Barbecue • Steps from lower level to private open and covered parking and pool area • Private swimming pool (8m x 5m), flanked by a lawn and terrace

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

4

11

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

May

18

25

2

N/A

9 16 625 1050

23

Friday changeover

30

6

July

June

13

20

1095

27

4

1295

1495

11

august

18

25

1

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

1995

29

5

1395

12

19

1095

26 625 1050

3

10

17

24

N/A

Las Marinas Baiona Map ref: E3 Web ref: 924 Sleeps 5 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Ball Games Court

Views do not come much better than the extensive vista of open ocean that can be surveyed from the paddle court and lawned gardens of this charming wooden chalet, which occupies an elevated position on the slopes that rise up above the coast just south of Baiona.

The spacious grounds of las Marinas spread across three different levels. Below the house, steps lead down to the pool, which is surrounded by lawns and made private by the high conifer hedges that line two sides of the boundary. above here, the enclosed lawned garden that surrounds the house is fully fenced and gated on all sides, making this a perfect spot for children to play, whilst up above, stone steps lead the way to the paddle court, where the best viewpoint of the property is to be found. This racquet game is similar to tennis but played on a slightly smaller court and is becoming increasingly popular in Spain. inside, the accommodation is cosy and welcoming, with the soft hues of its wooden structure being perfectly complemented by warm coloured upholstery. it is, however, the lovely covered veranda that lines the front of the building that is likely to become the most favoured spot. With its cushioned sofas, view across the garden, and the sea just visible beyond, this simply invites guests to sit back and relax.

a scenic drive of just 6km along the coast from the house brings you to the nearest sandy beaches, which are those that fringe the elegant seaside town of Baiona. The ancient narrow streets and formal squares of this attractive resort are also home to an impressive selection of restaurants, although should you prefer to stay closer to home, the nearest restaurant is just 500m from the house. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen (oven, small dishwasher) • Double bedroom • Single bedroom • Shower room • Bathroom (half bath)

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 5 guests

april

5

12

May

19 N/A

26

3

10 595

17

24 895

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7

14 750

21

28

5 995

12 1595

FIRST FLOOR: • Twin bedroom (portable A/C unit) OUTSIDE: • Covered veranda • Lawned garden • Private paddle court (paddle racquets provided)

august

19

26

2 9 1795

16

• • • • •

Private parking Electric barbecue Washing machine Children’s play house Private swimming pool with Roman steps (8m x 4m)

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 950

6

13 750

20

27

4

11 595

18

25

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Casa de Anunciada San Anton (Baiona) Map ref: E3 Web ref: 912 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Small Party Rate*

Galicai | SPAIN

as we wandered through beautifully furnished rooms and admired the picturesque view out towards the sea from the balcony of the principal bedroom, we were in no doubt that casa de anunciada should be the next addition to our portfolio. With its polished wooden floors, stylish soft furnishings of the most tasteful fabric and homely finishing touches, this is a home that exudes comfort and quality to such an extent that guests are unlikely to want to leave. adding further to the appeal, the substantial garden that surrounds the house offers a wide expanse of lawn that creates a great sensation of space. in one corner, an impressive stone built barbecue house comes complete with fitted kitchen, table and chairs, whilst the attractive tiled terrace that adjoins one end of the property is an ideal spot for dining al fresco.  across the grounds, mature trees cast welcome areas of shade and the swimming pool sits on a slightly lower level, flanked by more lawns. Situated in a pretty locale of other similar properties, with woodland extending beyond one end of the garden and the sea visible in the distance to the front, the house enjoys a pleasing location.  Moreover, it is only 1km from the delightful coastal town of Baiona, a sophisticated centre housing a wealth of excellent restaurants and smart shops and bordered by some lovely sandy beaches.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (TV, DVD, CD) with French windows to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with French windows to covered terrace • Laundry room (washing machine) • Twin bedroom • Shower room

• Central heating throughout the house FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Double bedroom with en suite shower room and small balcony • Bathroom

OUTSIDE: • Garden, mainly laid to lawn • Poolside shower • Garden house with barbecue • Covered dining terrace • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 4.5m) with side Roman steps

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

4

11

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

May

18

25

2

N/A

9 695 795

16

23

Friday changeover

30

6

1295

July

June

13 995 1095

20

27

4

11

august

18

25

1495

1

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29

5

12

995 1095

2295

19 695 895

26

3

10

17

24

695 795

La Solana Chaín (Gondomar) Map ref: E3 Web ref: 931 Sleeps 4 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Mini Golf | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate* Tucked away off a rural lane amidst the lush wooded countryside that spreads out beyond the charming riverside town of gondomar, this immaculately presented home offers an idyllic retreat in one of the most picturesque and unspoilt corners of galicia. almost chalet-like in style, with its wide covered veranda and exposed wooden beams, the house sits within a smart lawned garden that is spacious and pleasingly private thanks to the verdant foliage of mature trees and hedges that surround its boundary on all sides. To the rear, mini golf and a football goal post are provided for more active guests whilst at the front, the covered terrace that flanks the property’’s eastern façade is conveniently equipped with an in-built barbecue and looks out across the swimming pool and its surrounding lawns.

Entering the house via this covered terrace, you will be greeted with a welcoming interior where a colourful selection of fabrics is displayed within rooms that are light, airy and beautifully prepared. The ambience is cheerful and homely and will no doubt make days at home by the poolside seem like an appealing option. Nevertheless, should you wish to venture out, the nearby town of gondomar is only 2km away and is home to all amenities and a good selection of restaurants within its pretty streets and squares, whilst the sandy beaches that stretch alongside and beyond the chic coastal town of Baiona are just a 15 minute drive away. Accommodation • Entrance hall • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, fireplace) and patio doors to covered veranda • Kitchen (oven, dishwasher) • Shower room • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Two single bedrooms • Wi-Fi

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 2 guests 3–4 guests

april

4

11

May

18

25

2 N/A

9

16

23

Friday changeover

30

6

July

June

13

20 750 895

27

4 995

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11

august

18

25

1 1395

8

15

OUTSIDE: • Garden, laid mainly to lawn • Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Mini golf • Football goal post • Utility room (washing machine) • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29

5 850 995

12

19

26

3 N/A

10

17

24


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Casa Camboa Vilacoba Map ref: C4 Web ref: 904 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Small Party Rate*

SPAIN | Galicia

To learn that the owners’ occupation was interior design came as no surprise to our vetting team as we wandered from one beautifully furnished room to the next in this impressive country house. The restoration of the 100 year old property has incorporated materials of the finest quality. Handmade tiles line the walls of the attractive bathrooms, plump sofas and soft lighting combine to create a cosy sitting room and the dining room opens onto a light conservatory where further cushioned seating and tables are designed to take advantage of the picturesque views.

The overall effect is without a doubt one of comfort, and yet the accommodation is not precious, the solid furnishings being refreshingly uncluttered. Equally charming is the setting. The typically local village of Vilacoba, with its traditional stone buildings and vineyards, lies to the back of the house and its small shop and bar can be reached on foot. To the front, wide tiered lawns sweep down to form a sheltered arc beyond the swimming pool terrace, the views beyond this incorporating a scene of lush woodland on rolling slopes. in the background, the pleasant sound of the nearby river can be heard as it meanders its way through the valley below. Whilst basic items can be purchased in the village, a wider range of amenities and a restaurant can be found in the nearby town of Moraña, which is 5km away. also close to hand is the historic town of Pontevedra with its attractive old quarter and nearby sandy beaches,which can be reached by way of a 30 minute drive. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall with original kitchen hearth • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Dining room (access to conservatory/garden room) • Cloakroom • Front and rear conservatories • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Sitting room (TV, DVD, CD, video) • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Single bedroom with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room • Telephone

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

4

11

*Up to 5 guests 6–10 guests

May

18

25

2

N/A

9 795 995

16

23

SECOND FLOOR: • Spacious double bedroom with en suite bathroom (sloping ceiling) • Spacious double bedroom with en suite bathroom and additional single bed (sloping ceiling)

Friday changeover

30

1095

6

July

June

13 850 1095

OUTSIDE: • Wide tiered lawns • Open patios • Private parking • Utility room (washing machine) • Barbecue • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps and part flanked by wooden decking

20

27 995 1195

4

11

august

18

25

1695

1

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

2095

29 995 1195

5

12

19

26

3

895 1095

10

17

24

895 1050

Os Padrons Pintens (Hio) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 930 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Beach 100m | Small Party Rate*

idyllic beaches of fine golden sand fringe the shoreline of the sheltered waters of one of galicia’s most picturesque rías and meandering lanes wind their way down to the waterfront through vineyards and meadows. This is the delightful scene that surrounded us as we viewed Os Padrons, a smart coastal home that sits at the end of a small group of houses, overlooking a pretty rural meadow through which we walked just 100m to reach the sheltered sandy beach of Pintens.

Recently built and displaying a fashionable contemporary style, the house has been designed to take full advantage of its enviable location. Being at the coastal end of a lane of houses, it enjoys views out to sea that are uninterrupted and clearly visible from the lawned garden within which the pool sits. The same coastal outlook can be enjoyed from inside, where large windows frame the scene and create a light and bright ambience for a smart décor of up-to-date furnishings, colourful fabrics and quality carpentry. ideal for sharing families who may seek a degree of independence from time to time, the accommodation is spread over two levels, access to the first floor being by way of a separate entrance at the side of the house. Just a short walk away is the lovely sandy beach of Pintens. in the summer months of July and august, a local ‘chiringuito’ (beach bar) opens just behind the beach, a perfect spot for suppers of freshly caught fish. alternatively, a drive of just 1km reveals the local village of Hio which boasts some excellent restaurants, whilst 6km further on is the charming waterfront town of cangas with its bustling centre and wide range of shops and restaurants.

Please note: • Parties paying the small party rate will have use of the ground floor only. • Maximum capacity is 6 for bookings from 02/5–27/6/2014 and from 29/8–31/10/2014.  Accommodation

Playa Pintens Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–12 guests

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK april

4

11

May

18 N/A

25

2

9 750 N/A

16

23

Friday changeover

30

6 995 N/A

13

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with Juliet balcony • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with doors to covered terrace • Two twin bedrooms • Shower room • Principal double bedroom with en suite bathroom July

June

20

27 1095 2795

4 1395 2995

11

august

18 1995 2995

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing with door to terrace • Secondary kitchen/breakfast room (microwave) with Juliet balcony • Living/dining room with doors to terrace • Two twin bedrooms • Shower room • Principal double bedroom with en suite bathroom

25

1

8 1995 3295

15

OUTSIDE: • Lawned garden • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Two garages (washing machine) • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 4m) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1395 N/A

5

12 995 N/A

19

26

3

10 750 N/A

17

24

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Pazo de Mendez Vilariño de Arriba (Nigran) Map ref: E3 Web ref: 3139 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi

Galicai | SPAIN

as we arrived outside this charming 300 year old galician property we could not fail to be impressed by the castellated stone walled entrance through which we were invited. The tall gates opened up to reveal the most idyllic of scenes and we found ourselves looking out across pretty cobbled terraces, immaculate lawns dotted with fruit trees and a large swimming pool beyond which a panoramic vista of lush rolling hillside completed the captivating scene. To find a house for just four people with such ample grounds is rare and we were therefore delighted to discover this impressive and characterful home which includes not only a two bedroom stone cottage but also a spacious garden house incorporating a dining room and a charming traditional kitchen for barbecues. Whether you wish to dine inside or out, this is a perfect spot since the dining area is flanked by doors that lead out to a covered terrace overlooking the pool.

Nestling attractively amidst orange trees and shrubs on the other side of the pool is the house itself which exudes the charming and welcoming ambience of a typical country cottage thanks to an enchanting combination of open stone walls, pine ceilings and traditional stone window seats. light floods into the open plan living area through windows on three different facades whilst doors from both here and the double bedroom provide access to the covered terrace that adjoins the house.

The hamlet of Vilariño de arriba is home to a local restaurant which can be reached on foot from the house. also close to hand are the spectacular golden sands that line the picturesque coastline of the Rías Baixas, the sweeping beach of Playa america being only 3.5km away and the chic coastal town of Baiona just a 10 minute drive. Accommodation • Open plan living/dining /room/kitchen with door to covered terrace (oven, microwave, TV, DVD, in-built wood burning stove) • Double bedroom with door to covered terrace • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Wi-Fi

OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds of lawns, covered and open terraces • Garden house with in-built barbecue, dining area and kitchen (dishwasher) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Shower room • Poolside shower • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 6m) with corner Roman steps

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

5

12

May

19

26

3

N/A

Up to 4 guests

10

17 595

24

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 695

14

21

28 895

5 995

12

august

19

26

2 1395

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 995

6

13 695

20

27

4

11 595

18

25

Casa de Pontes Pontes (Sanxenxo) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 935 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Beach 1.4km

Stretching out beyond the stunning shoreline of caribbean-like sandy beaches of galicia’s beautiful western coast is a pastoral landscape of gently undulating fields, interspersed with lush woodland and local vineyards. it is here, amidst these picturesque, natural environs and just 1.4km from the unspoilt beach of Pragueira that casa Pontes is located, a smart and up-to-the-minute home that enjoys the benefits of both coast and countryside. advantageously positioned at the end of a country lane of other similar properties, the house looks out across the most pleasing of vistas. From the wide lawns that sweep across its well-kept grounds, a calm scene of typical rural life stretches out ahead. Pockets of verdant woodland and vines occupy rolling fields that spread out to the nearby coast; from the first floor terraces the sea can be seen glistening in the distance, with the protected natural islands of Ons silhouetted against the horizon.

inside, this is a fashionable home that displays the clean lines and fresh décor so favoured by contemporary designers. a combination of light-toned walls and floors creates a striking contrast to the statement colours displayed in fabrics, furnishings and pictures whilst at the same time ensuring that the ambience is bright, airy and welcoming. Patio doors from the living room provide easy access to the swimming pool, its surrounding terraces and extensive lawns, from where a walk of just 100m reveals a local restaurant which is perfectly located for those wishing to dine out without having to use a car. also close to hand are the lovely white sands of Pragueira, one of a string of stunning beaches that fringe this spectacular coastline. Just north of here is the majestic sweep of Praia de lanzada, one of the finest and longest rural beaches in the Rías Baixas, whilst to the south and only 6km from the house is the bustling fishing port of Portonovo. This, together with its neighbouring coastal town of Sanxenxo, offers all amenities and some excellent restaurants. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with patio doors to covered terrace • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, washing machine) with door to covered terrace • Twin bedroom • Shower room

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

april

5

12

May

19 N/A

26

3

10 695

17

24 1095

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

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7

14 995

21

28

5 1295

12

august

19 1895

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing with door to covered terrace • Two twin bedrooms, one with door to covered terrace • Principal double bedroom with dressing area and en suite shower room • Bathroom

26

2

9 1995

16

LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Garage OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden of lawns, covered and open terraces • Barbecue • Private swimming pool (8m x 5m) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1095

6 995

13

20 795

27

4

11 695

18

25


SPAIN | Galicia

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Casa do Remesal Remesal (Tui) Map ref: E4 Web ref: 913 Sleeps 14 | 7 Bedrooms | 7 Bathrooms | Table tennis if it is fine views that you seek, the situation of this beautifully converted 17th century country home will surely impress. Nestling in an elevated clearing amidst lush wooded countryside, it looks out across a sweeping panorama of forested hillside rolling down to the banks of the River Minho. it is an idyllic hideaway and yet the sandy beaches of Baiona can be reached in less than half an hour, and the historic hilltop town of Tui is a mere 4km away. The homely comforts that are the abundance of soft sofas, carefully chosen antique pieces and well stocked bookshelves have been combined with modern conveniences so that each bedroom boasts its own en suite shower room and the two kitchens are up-to-date.

Whilst the beautifully furnished rooms flow from one to another throughout the property, a door from the entrance hallway can be closed to create two distinct sections, each with their own kitchen and living room. Sharing families can therefore enjoy independence from time to time if required. Outside, whether you are relaxing on the covered terrace, dining by the barbecue or swimming in the pool below, the superb vista of open countryside will be your outlook. Walkers will enjoy following the rural tracks that lead from the house through this attractive scenery, with one riverside walk passing an impressive 40 mills. The nearest restaurant is only 1km from the house, although all amenities and restaurants can be found in Tui, which is a 10 minute drive. Just 5km away is the Portuguese border, beyond which lies the attractive fortified town of Valença with its ancient walls enclosing a charming old town.

Accommodation FIRST SUITE GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (fireplace) with doors to barbecue terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Two cloakrooms • Wine cellar with doors to barbecue terrace • Central heating throughout the house FIRST FLOOR: • Two double bedrooms • Three twin bedrooms • All bedrooms have en suite shower room and door to covered balcony overlooking barbecue terrace and pool

LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom and doors to terrace • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room and doors to terrace

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 14 guests

april

5

12

May

19

OUTSIDE • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Washing machine • Table tennis • Basketball net • Private parking area • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps, flanked by lawns

SECOND SUITE GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting room (fireplace) with door to covered terrace • TV room (TV, DVD, CD) with door to covered terrace • Dining room • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Cloakroom

26

3

10 17 N/A

24

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7

14

21

28

5

12

august

19

26 3195

2

9

16

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September

23

30

6

13

20

27 N/A

4

11

18

25

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La Colina Ventín Map ref: D5 Web ref: 934 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Galicai | SPAIN

Enjoying an elevated position above the local village of Ventín, this attractive country home sits amidst spacious grounds of wide lawns and mature trees and overlooks a sweeping panorama of rolling fields and wooded hills.

The spacious well tended gardens are clearly designed for outdoor living. Beyond the rear door of the house, a wide terrace looks across the lawned garden and pool, to the side of which a spacious garden house complete with long table, benches and barbecue provides a charming venue for outdoor catering. lined on one side by wide windows, the latter encompasses views over the pool below and across the picturesque countryside beyond. in the well appointed interior of the house, the accommodation is bright and comfortable, with picture windows framing the country scenes.

Whilst the property sits on its own above Ventín, the local village shop can be reached on foot although a wider range of facilities and some local restaurants can be found in nearby Fornelos, which is some 3.5km away. The charming town of Pontevedra with its attractive old quarter and nearby sandy beaches is some 25 minutes from the house, making the sea easily accessible for a day trip.

Accommodation • • • • • • • •

Entrance hall Living/dining room (TV, DVD) Kitchen (oven, dishwasher) Double bedroom (bed is twin single beds together) with en suite bathroom Double bedroom Twin bedroom Bathroom Central heating throughout the house

OUTSIDE: • Spacious gardens, mainly laid to lawn • Washing machine • Terraces • Garden house with barbecue • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

5

12

May

19

26

3

Up to 6 guests

10 17 N/A

24

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7

14

21

28

5 995

12 1395

august

19

26

2 9 1595

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30

6

13

20

27 N/A

4

11

18

25

O Arno Vilarchán (Ponte Caldelas) Map ref: D4 Web ref: 933 Sleeps 9–10 | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Games Room

We were immediately struck by the quality and attention to detail as we wandered through the attractive rooms of this impressive family home, where smart accommodation sits amidst beautifully maintained grounds a short walk from the amenities of the local village.

Traditional materials have been combined  with modern appliances to create a welcoming and comfortable abode. in the spacious living room, leather sofas sit atop a polished wood floor and doors lead onto a terrace that conveniently overlooks the swimming pool below. There is no shortage of facilities in the gleaming kitchen, with the bathrooms being equally up-to-date.

Outside, the swimming pool is surrounded by a wide expanse of sweeping lawns that span the front of the house, perfect for children’s play, whilst a spacious games room on the lower level of the property, with doors onto a wide covered terrace, is another attractive feature. Situated off a country lane some 900 metres from Vilarchán, the house is within easy reach of the village shop and bar, whilst being a short drive from the riverside town of Ponte caldelas, which offers restaurants and all other amenities. Some 9km in the other direction lies the ancient town of Pontevedra with its delightful maze of cobbled alleyways and colonnaded squares, beyond which stretch the sheltered sandy beaches of its adjacent ría. Accommodation

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 10 guests

april

4

11

May

18 N/A

25

2

9 995

16

23

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Living room with fireplace and doors to covered terrace (TV, DVD, CD) • Bathroom • Children’s bedroom with single bed and additional pull-out bed Friday changeover

30

6 13 1095

July

June

20

27 1895

4

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11

• Double bedroom • Twin bedroom FIRST FLOOR: • Master double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom

august

18

25 2250

1

8

15

LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Spacious games room (TV, CD, table football, children’s games and books) and doors to covered terrace • Shower room • Laundry room (washing machine) • Central heating is available throughout the house

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 1295

5

12

19 1095

OUTSIDE: • Spacious lawned gardens, dotted with fruit trees • Large covered terrace with in-built barbecue • Private swimming pool (9m x 4.5m, all one depth) surrounded by terraces

26

3

10

17 995

24


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Casa Aréas Playa de Limens (Cangas) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 927 Sleeps 8 | 5 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 300m | Ball Games Area

SPAIN | Galicia

The fine white sandy beach of limens has for a long time been one of our favourite spots along this stunning stretch of coastline. Backed by a collection of homes, a beach bar and a family run restaurant, it looks out across an eye-catching vista of sheltered waters, bordered by lush green slopes, towards the distinctive silhouette of the cíes islands that marks the horizon in the distance. it was therefore with great delight that we discovered casa aréas, which occupies a privileged position in this much sought after neighbourhood. From the upper lawns and terraces of its enclosed and beautifully maintained garden, breathtaking views across the water can be surveyed, whilst down below a generously proportioned swimming pool of 15 metres in length sits within a smart terrace of terracotta tiles. Whilst keen swimmers could be forgiven for not wishing to leave this fine pool, the beach is so close that it too is likely to become a well frequented spot; just slip the catch of the front gate and walk 300 metres down the lane to reach the waterfront. inside, the light and spacious home has been equipped and laid out for family breaks by the sea, with terraces leading off both the ground and first floors offering fantastic sea views and easy access to and from the garden.

With the beach and a delightful local restaurant only a short walk from the house, you may not feel the need to venture any further. close to hand however is the waterside town of cangas, which is just 3km away and offers all amenities, some excellent restaurants and a twice weekly market.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Double bedroom • Single bedroom with door to covered terrace • Twin bedroom with door to covered terrace • Bathroom with two separate shower cubicles (shower and WC) • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living/ dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with sliding doors to terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Bedroom with bunk beds (suitable for one person only) • Double bedroom with sliding doors to terrace • Bathroom

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

5

12

May

19

26

3

N/A

Up to 8 guests

10 750

17

24

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden of lawns and flower beds • Covered and open terraces • Ball games area • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Private parking • Private swimming pool (15m x 5m) with Roman steps

Saturday changeover Please note: Two week bookings only from 5 July–30 august. July

June

31

7 995

14

21

28

5

12

1195

19

26

1895

2 9 2095

Playa de Limens

august

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23 30 1995 1095

6

13 995

20

27

4

11 750

18

25

Finca Gallufe Santa Maria de Tebra (Gondomar) Map ref: E3 Web ref: 917 Sleeps 5 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

This must surely be the perfect hideaway! We followed a country lane through lush woodland and stopped at a clearing, where this charming cottage snuggles against a backdrop of forest, its pretty lawned gardens stretching out at the front. To the side, grassland slopes gently down to more trees, across the tops of which can be seen a splendid panorama of the picturesque hills and valleys that extend to the border with Portugal.

Finca gallufe enjoys a truly rural setting and yet it is nevertheless only a short distance from the fine beaches of golden sand that fringe the nearby coast. a drive of just 15 minutes reveals the superb wide sands of Playa america, which are backed by delightful stone built houses, seemingly unchanged over the years, and an appetising selection of bars and restaurants. Just around the corner, the intimate bay of Panxon, encircled by the terraces of restaurants serving the day’s fresh catch simply must be visited.

For all amenities, the attractive town of gondomar is 7km from the house, whilst just 2km away is the small village of Santa Maria de Tebra, which has a restaurant and shop. inside, the accommodation is smartly presented and you will no doubt enjoy spending time in the bright sitting room, where wide windows stretch from one side of the wall to the other to capture the pleasing rustic scene. in the attractive garden, the pool is surrounded by lawn, with occasional fruit trees creating welcome areas of shade.

Accommodation • • • • • •

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 5 guests

april

5

12

May

19

26

3

10

17

24 N/A

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7

14

Sitting room (TV, DVD, CD) Kitchen (oven, microwave) Double bedroom with en suite shower room Double bedroom Single bedroom Bathroom

21

28

5

12

august

19

26

2 1495

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Garden of lawns and fruit trees • Covered dining area • Private parking • Washing machine • Barbecue • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 995

6 750

13

20

27

4 N/A

11

18

25

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La Toxeira Galicai | SPAIN

Souto (A Estrada) Map ref: B4 Web ref: 918 Sleeps 9–10 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Two Games Rooms | Children’s Pool Tennis Court | Internet Access | Small Party Rate*

Situated in the small hamlet of Souto with open views across rolling countryside, this substantial and lovingly restored country home sits amidst majestic grounds of sweeping lawns and mature trees that spread out beyond the house like an extensive area of private parkland.

Our vetting team instantly fell in love with the beautifully refurbished rooms, which gleam with cared for wellbeing and boast a delightful combination of solid wood furniture, bright attractive fabrics and clear attention to detail. at the same time, traditional features such as ornate fireplaces, arches carved out of thick stone walls and the occasional low doorway call to mind the impressive 200 year history of the property. Of particular interest is the original kitchen, which with its huge hearth and old stone bread oven has been retained as a charming feature. a spacious and up-to-date version is housed in a separate room and provides the wherewithal for catering for large groups. amenities can be found in the nearby village of arca, which has a shop and bar and is a 5 minute drive from the house, whilst the larger centre of a Estrada is 15 minutes away. alternatively, the impressive heritage of Santiago de compostela with its superb cathedral quarter and wealth of local tapas bars and restaurants can be reached by way of a 30 minute drive. Nevertheless, guests may not feel the need to venture far, since the property itself offers a wealth of diversions: an attractive billiards room is lined with windows that frame the rural scene; the sweeping gardens incorporate a wide expanse of well kept lawns with swings, whilst a separate stone building within the grounds houses table tennis and a fine array of children’s toys. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Bathroom • Reading room/library (open fireplace) • Dining room • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Games room (billiards table) • Computer and internet access • Central heating throughout the house

STEPS UP TO FIRST LEVEL: • Sitting room (TV, DVD, video) with sliding doors leading to double bedroom with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom • Additional folding bed available on request STEPS UP TO SECOND LEVEL: • Double bedroom • Cloakroom

SPIRAL STAIRS LEADING TO THIRD LEVEL: • Children’s bedroom with three single beds and en suite shower room OUTSIDE: • Extensive grounds of lawns, flowerbeds and open terraces • Swings • Two in-built barbecues

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

4

11

May

18

25

2

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests

9

16

23

Friday changeover

30

6

• Games room (table tennis, children’s toys) • Private tennis court (bring your own equipment) • Private parking • Washing machine • Private swimming pool (7.5m x 3.5m) with Roman steps • Children’s pool (3m x 2m)

July

June

13

20

N/A

27 895 1095

4

11

1395

1695

august

18

25

1

8

15

1995

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 995 1195

5

12 895 1095

19

26

3

10

17

24

N/A

Punta Bazar A Guarda Map ref: E3 Web ref: 928 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Basketball Court

if we were to score a property on its location, this would undoubtedly receive full marks. at virtually the most southerly point of the dramatic, unspoilt galician coastline, Punta Bazar occupies a stunning and enviable position just above the waterfront. With only a gently sloping bank of grassland and shrubs separating it from the picturesque, rocky shoreline and the nearest neighbours only just visible in the distance, this is an idyllic spot from which to admire the rugged beauty for which this corner of Spain is so renowned. Understandably proud of their coastal retreat, the owners have clearly devoted much time and attention to creating a home that is smart, comfortable and immaculately kept. Within enclosed grounds that are private and sheltered, well stocked flowerbeds border the manicured lawns that encircle the house, at the back of which a covered dining area, basketball court and swimming pool are perfectly positioned to enjoy the wonderful sea views that spread out ahead.

From the poolside terrace, steps lead up to a covered veranda, from where the house is entered. With a cheerful décor of softly coloured hues, attractive furnishings and up-to-date fittings, this is a welcoming environment, made light and bright by wide picture windows and patio doors that frame the stunning ocean vistas.

Known locally as the ‘‘lobster capital’’ thanks to the excellent quality of its seafood, the fishing town of a guarda is just 3.6km from Punta Bazar and boasts not only some excellent restaurants but also the fine sandy beach of area grande. From here, a short ferry crossing over the Río Minho takes you across the border to the pretty Portuguese town of caminha. alternatively, you may wish to follow the coast road north of the house, where the chic seaside resort of Baiona is just 30 minutes away. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Sitting room (fireplace TV, DVD, CD) with steps up to kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) and patio doors to covered veranda

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

april

5

12

May

19 N/A

26

3

10 795

17

24

Saturday changeover

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7 895

14

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Laundry room (washing machine)

July

21

28

5 1195

12 1495

19 1695

august

26

2 9 1795

16

Covered dining area Basketball court Poolside shower In-built barbecue Open and covered terraces • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23 30 1695 1095

• • • • •

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden of lawns and flowerbeds • Pond

Playa de Area Grande

June

31

• Double bedroom with patio doors to covered veranda • Double bedroom • Bathroom (separate shower) • Central heating throughout the house

6 995

13

20 895

27

4

11 795

18

25


SPAIN | Galicia

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Las Rocallas Baiona Map ref: E3 Web ref: 923 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate* it would be difficult to find a more impressive vista than that which is enjoyed by las Rocallas. Situated on a hillside just above the fashionable seaside town of Baiona, this spacious and well appointed home has been carefully designed so that its numerous balconies, covered terraces and large windows look out across the wide and captivating view that stretches out ahead. Beyond the garden, wooded countryside slopes gently downhill towards the red rooftops of Baiona, which lies just 2km below. Behind here, the sea reaches out across the bay to meet up with the sandy shores on the opposite side whilst to the west, water is visible as far as the eye can see, being interrupted only by the distinctive silhouette of the cies islands.

The golden beaches of Baiona are only a 5 minute drive from the house making this an appealing base for a holiday by the sea, whilst there is no shortage of fine restaurants within the ancient stone flagged streets that form a labyrinth throughout the elegant town. inside, the ample and smartly furnished rooms spread across four floors, with each level having access to either a terrace or balcony that looks out to sea. Together with the wide windows that feature throughout, this creates a light and airy ambience whilst the recently fitted kitchen and bathrooms display the most up to date of appliances. Outside too, within the attractive landscaped grounds your comfort is assured since a spacious dining area has been provided alongside the pool to make catering al fresco an easy and appealing option.

Please note: as many of the bedrooms have double beds, an additional single can be provided as long as the capacity is not exceeded.

Accommodation LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Spacious poolside dining area with in-built barbecue and doors to covered terrace • Laundry room (washing machine) • Shower room • Wi-Fi • Garage GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Underfloor heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Galleried landing overlooking entrance hall • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to balcony • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD) with door to balcony • Double bedroom (TV) with en suite bathroom and doors to balcony • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room and door to balcony • Separate bathroom with door to balcony

SECOND FLOOR: • Landing (door to terrace) • Sitting room (TV, DVD, CD, video) • Two double bedrooms • Shower room

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

april

4

11

May

18 N/A

25

2

9 595 695

16

23 1095

Friday changeover

30

6

13 895 995

OUTSIDE: • Attractive landscaped grounds of lawn, covered and open terraces • Rockery garden • Poolside shower • Private parking • Table tennis • Billiard Table • In-built barbecue • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner steps

July

June

20

27

4 1295

11

august

18 1895

25

1

8 2095

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29

5

1095

995

12

19

26

3 595 695

10

17

24

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Galicia | SPAIN

Casa del Molino Samieira Map ref: C3 Web ref: 922 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | Games Room | Beach 1.5km | Small Party Rate* stairway and bedrooms leading off a large galleried landing combine to give the feel of a traditional gallego manor house. However, casa del Molino is very much a family home and provides comfort and relaxation together with games and pastimes for the more actively inclined.

When first invited to view casa del Molino, we could not anticipate the near perfect setting which awaited us: from the entrance gate, a sloping driveway through landscaped grounds led to an imposing granite house with its own large swimming pool set in the centre of a spacious lawned garden. as we stepped through to that garden, however, the panorama which revealed itself was literally breathtaking.

"We had a great time at Casa del Molino. The house is very well equipped, spacious and the view is amazing. The best beach by far was Praia de Areas near Sanxenxo which has a stream, rock pools, shaded parking, shade on the beach, cafes, well kept toilets and a playground. The water is clear and shallow for quite a distance – perfect for kids.”

Virtually every point of the broad lawns on each side of the pool enjoys uninterrupted views over the waters of the Ría de Pontevedra, with the beaches of Marín and aguete on the opposite side of the estuary looking so close you could almost touch their pale golden sands. Just below you lies the waterside village of Samieira, with its sheltered beach, local shops and restaurants only a short walk away. as you would expect, the locally grown mussels and excellent seafood of all types, for which galicia is so renowned, feature strongly on menus.

inside the house too, echoes of this spectacular waterside location are evident in the light and bright décor, with splashes of blue, green and aquamarine used to great effect in furnishings, rugs and fabrics. The comfortable sitting room and principal bedroom above face the water and have large picture windows to take in the entrancing views. although a relatively new building, the layout of its well proportioned public rooms, impressive polished wood

The Scaiff family, Cheshire

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD) with French windows to partly covered terrace • Dining room • Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Cloakroom • Annexe with games room (table football table)

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 8 guests 9–12 guests

april

5

12

May

19 N/A

26

3

10 17 995 1295

Saturday changeover

24 31 1350 1795

14 1350 1595

21

28

5 2450

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12

august

19 3395

OUTSIDE: • Landscaped garden with lawns and flower borders • Hard surfaced ball games area • Barbecue house (table tennis, two shower rooms) • Open and covered terraces • Garage • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m) with Roman steps

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom with dressing area, en suite bathroom and private terrace • Four twin bedrooms each with en suite bathroom

July

June

7

• Cloakroom • Central heating throughout the house (payable locally)

26

2 3495

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1350 3395 1695

6

13 1350 1595

20

27

4

11 895 1095

18

25


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O Chapitel Baiona Map ref: E3 Web ref: 910 Sleeps 9 | 6 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Small Party Rate*

SPAIN | Galicia

Views of the ocean do not come much better than this! Situated on a hillside just a short drive from the chic seaside resort of Baiona, this smart home is perfectly positioned to take full advantage of the extensive vista that spreads out before it across the water whilst at the same time being only 6km from the sandy beaches and elegant squares of Baiona.

at O chapitel you will no doubt fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the waves below you. When swimming in the pool or reclining on a sun lounger on its adjacent lawn, the sea will be your outlook whilst inside, the first floor location of the smart sitting room and its wide windows mean that you will be able to soak up the vista from the comfort of a plump sofa. Throughout, the pride taken by the caring owners in their property is easy to see; carefully selected furniture, an immaculate presentation and homely touches make this accommodation comfortable and appealing.

With the numerous attractions of Baiona so close to hand, it is likely that the stylish shops, stone flagged squares, and restaurant filled alleyways of this fashionable town will become a regular haunt. Moreover, the pretty beaches of fine golden sand that flank its smart waterfront add further to the appeal. However, should you wish to stay closer to home, there is a local restaurant just 200m from the house.

Please note: Whilst there are beds for more people, the accommodation is suitable for a maximum of 9 guests.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Shower room • Secondary kitchen (washing machine)

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing with door to covered terrace and steps leading down to garden • Sitting room (TV, DVD, CD, video) with doors to open terrace at the back • Bathroom

• Two double bedrooms • Two twin bedrooms • Single bedroom SECOND FLOOR: • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room (sloping ceiling)

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

april

4

11

*Up to 5 guests 6–9 guests

May

18

25

2

N/A

9 550 695

16

23

OUTSIDE: • Poolside shower • Lawns and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

Friday changeover

30

6

July

June

13

20

695 895

995

august

27

4

11

18

1395

1495

1595

1795

25

1

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

1895

29 950 1150

5

12 695 895

19

26

3

10 550 695

17

24

Casa da Labandeira Mondariz Balneario Map ref: E4 Web ref: 932 Sleeps 8 | 5 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Small Party Rate*

To find a house in the chic spa town of Mondariz Balneario that offers spacious, enclosed grounds and a rural backdrop of lush woodland and is yet at the same time just a 400m stroll from the shops and restaurants and 750m from the thermal baths of this historic centre is unusual. We were therefore delighted to discover casa da labandeira, a charming property incorporating two beautifully presented cottages that sit within pretty and mature gardens in this much sought after location. ideal for sharing families or smaller groups who may wish to take up the option of occupying the main house only, this is a property that exudes flair and style, and it came as no surprise to learn that its owner’s occupation is interior design. Subtle colour schemes set off furnishings that are elegant and homely, colourful rugs complement floors of polished wood and terracotta tile, and the incorporation of original features and antique pieces adds character. Equally enticing is the colourful garden within which the houses nestle. Made beautifully private by the mature foliage that surrounds it, this is an idyllic retreat of wide lawns, shady trees, beds of scented lavender and bright flowers and an impressive covered barbecue area equipped with stone table and benches for eating al fresco. To the rear, mature woodland stretches beyond the lane off which the property sits, whilst in the other direction a short walk gently downhill reveals the ornate façades, riverside promenade and extensive facilities of galicia’s most historic spa town. Offering some appealing options for a truly relaxing holiday, its amenities include a ‘Palacio de agua’ with thermal leisure activities beneath a transparent dome, a celtic Spa with saunas and baths, and an 18 hole golf course. 

Please note: guests paying the small party rate will have use of the main house only. Accommodation MAIN HOUSE: GROUND FLOOR: • Living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD) with patio doors to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Twin bedroom • Single bedroom • Shower room • Heating throughout the house

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 5 guests 6–8 guests

april

5

12

May

19 N/A

26

3

10

17 595 795

24

Saturday changeover

7

14 795 995

CASITA: • Open plan living/dining room/kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, TV) • Twin bedroom • Single bedroom with en suite WC • Shower room • Heating throughout the house

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June

31

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28

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12

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September

23

30 1195

6

13 795 995

20

27

4

11

18

25

595 795

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Eido Vello Vilas (Gondomar) Map ref: E3 Web ref: 3141 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Wi-Fi

Galicai | SPAIN

as we stood by the poolside of Eido Vello and looked out across the wonderful panoramic vista of gently undulating countryside and lush woodland that stretched out ahead of us, we felt that we were in the very heart of rural galicia. in the distance however, the blue sea shimmered invitingly on the horizon and reminded us that we were in fact only 13km from the caribbeanlike sandy beaches of the region’s stunning southernmost coastline.

Nestling against the western foot of the hill of O galiñeiro in the typical rural hamlet of Vilas, this charming stone cottage provides an idyllic retreat for couples or small groups. it is situated in an area where time seems to have stood still and a traditional, unhurried way of life has been delightfully maintained. Narrow country lanes wind their way past traditional smallholdings and country homes amidst a picturesque patchwork of pastures and copses in an elevated position that provides the must captivating of views towards the ocean. a scenic drive of just 10 minutes reveals the pretty local town of gondomar where all amenities and some good local restaurants can be found, whilst just a short distance further on are the sweeping golden sands of Playa america.

The house itself exudes the welcoming ambience of a typical country cottage. Hand painted tiles and units create charm in the pretty kitchen; tastefully coordinated fabrics sit alongside smart wood furnishings in the living areas; the attractive shower room offers an unusual combination of two separate showers in the same room. Outside, the swimming pool and its surrounding lawns lie on an upper level, from where steps lead down to more lawns and a charming stone flagged terrace. Accommodation LOWER FLOOR: • Entrance hall/TV room (TV, DVD) • Wi-Fi

UPPER FLOOR: • Sitting/dining room (CD) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Shower room • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom

OUTSIDE: • Grounds of lawns and terraces • Cloakroom (washing machine) • Garden house/dining room • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m)

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

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4

11

May

18

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25 N/A

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16

23

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30

6

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June

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20

27

4 795

11

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25

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15

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26

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24

El Cantil Monte Lourido (Playa America) Map ref: E3 Web ref: 3144 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Beach 700m | Wi-Fi

a privileged position on the hillside of the prestigious neighbourhood of Monte lourido means that this smart coastal home is just a short walk from the beachside amenities and golden sands of Playa america and enjoys picturesque views across the sheltered waters of the bay from its leafy garden and swimming pool. it is easy to see why the locals consider this to be such a sought after setting. The long sweep of fine golden sands of Playa america is backed by a pretty stone paved walkway; behind it ornate stone houses are interspersed with cafes, shops and restaurants; on the beachfront a range of water sporting activities can be booked in the summer months.

at the end of the beach, an attractive collection of stylish homes occupies the slopes of a small hill which is surrounded on almost all sides by water and provides its residents with the most scenic of waterfront vistas. On its southern side, overlooking the pretty beach of la ladeira and just 700m from Playa america, El cantil sits within attractive tiered grounds.

Nestling snugly against the mature foliage of flowering trees and shrubs, the house opens onto an idyllic outdoor area where a wood-decked terrace and shrub-lined lawn flank either side of the swimming pool and look out through trees onto the calm waters ahead. On the other side of the bay, the chic seaside town of Baiona can be seen hugging the coastline, its ancient stone flagged streets and bustling waterfront being just a five minute drive from the house. inside, light floods through wide patio windows into ground floor reception rooms that are spacious, smart and full of the welcoming comforts of a much loved family home whilst upstairs all of the four beautifully presented bedrooms enjoy views across the water.

Please note: There are 62 steps leading down to the house from the road. Accommodation

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

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5

12

May

19

26

3 10 N/A

17

24

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July

June

31

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14

21 1295

• Sitting room with patio doors to covered terrace (fireplace, TV, DVD) • Dining room with patio doors to wood-decked terrace • Central heating throughout the house • Wi-Fi

28 1495

5 1895

12

FIRST FLOOR: • Three twin bedrooms • Principal double bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom • Bathroom

august

19

26

2 2595

9

16

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September

23

30 1495

6

13 1295

20

OUTSIDE: • Mature terraced garden with lawn and terraces • Covered dining terrace • Portable gas barbecue • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m at widest point) with Roman steps

27

4

11 N/A

18

25


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Pedra Rubia

STUNNING COASTAL VIEWS

Limens (Cangas) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 3143 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Beach 1km | Table Tennis | Small Party Rate* inside, the far-reaching ocean vistas can be admired from spacious, light and smartly furnished rooms, many of which have windows and doors that look out to sea. The benefits of this having originally been the owners’ principal residence are clear to see in the well equipped kitchen which has doors that open out to a patio overlooking the water. Next door, the open plan living room manages to be both spacious and cosy at the same time, whilst upstairs one of the double bedrooms sits alongside a wonderfully light study with gallery-style windows that capture the picturesque seascape.

Situations on the beautiful natural coastline of galicia’s southerly Rías Baixas do not come much better than this! as we walked through the entrance gates of Pedra Rubia and stepped onto the sweeping lawns that wrap around the front of the house we were met with the most stunning of ocean vistas. glistening invitingly beyond the property’s neatly hedged grounds, the sheltered waters of the fjord-like ‘ría’ stretched out ahead of us towards the sandy shores of the beach of canido on the other side. The mussel beds so characteristic of this seafood-producing region bobbed up and down on the surface, whilst to the west the imposing outline of the cies islands was silhouetted against the skyline.

When you can prise yourself away from this enviable setting, you will no doubt wish to make your way to the pretty beach of Santa Marta, which is just 1km from the house. From here, the bay curves around to meet the dune-backed golden sands of limens, behind which you will find a family run restaurant and beach bar. alternatively, head 2.5km in the other direction to discover the lively port of cangas where shops, restaurants and a twice weekly market can be found within a charming maze of waterside streets.

it is this stunning panorama that you will be able to enjoy as you relax around the wide lawns, pretty stone terraces and swimming pool of this impressive coastal home. at the same time you will discover a wonderful sense of privacy within the spacious garden that lies to the back of the house where pretty pathways wind their way through a gently sloping oasis of mature trees, shrubs, flowerbeds and shady retreats towards the woodland of tall eucalyptus that encircles the property to the rear.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Split level living/dining room (TV, DVD) with patio doors to terrace and sea views • Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with patio doors to terrace overlooking the sea • Laundry room (washing machine) • Cloakroom • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house

PRicE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests

april

5

12

May

19 N/A

26

3

10 795 995

17

24 1695

Saturday changeover

7

14 995 1495

SECOND FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite shower room

July

June

31

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Double bedroom with door to covered terrace • Twin bedroom with door to covered terrace • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Study • Double bedroom with en suite shower room

21

28

5 2095

12

august

19 2595

26

2

9 2995

16

OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds of lawns, covered and open terraces and a garden of trees and shrubs • Table tennis • Portable gas barbecue • Pond • Private parking • Garage for two cars • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 1695

6

13 995 1495

20

27

4

11 795 995

18

25

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parkling aquamarine waters and sandy beaches are never far away from our island properties, making these destinations an ideal choice for a holiday by the sea.

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Encircled by the Mediterranean off the north eastern coast of Spain, the Balearic Islands exude a charm that leaves their visitors wanting to return year after year, and it is easy to see why. Scenic rural lanes wend their way through gently undulating countryside to hidden coves and sandy beaches, quaint villages and picturesque fishing ports hum with the sounds and sights of local life and traditional fiestas are proudly maintained with colour and exuberance. The largest of the islands is Mallorca, which sits in the centre of the archipelago, whilst its smaller sister islands of Menorca and Ibiza lie to the east and west. For those seeking more tropical climes and an enviable climate for holidays year round, the unique island of Lanzarote is the most easterly of Spain’s Canary Islands and lies in the Atlantic Ocean off the north west coast of Africa. Its varied coastline offers something for everyone, from bustling resorts to secluded coves and remote beaches whilst in its sedate and tranquil interior, flower-bedecked white villages are surrounded by gently rolling countryside.


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“We had a super holiday. This was our f irst visit t o Mal lorca and our f irst Eur opean holiday wit h our t hree year old granddaughter. Mal lorca was beautiful and t he vil la was ever yt hing we could have wished for. The gardens were very wel l kept and per fectly safe. The bar becue was good and t he swimming pool was a great success. The location of t he vil la was per fect for exploring t he nort h of t he island and we did manage t o visit some very pretty coves and beaches. Our holiday was wonder ful and I'm sure we wil l be visiting Mal lorca again in t he very near future.� The Smith family, stayed at Finca Josepet

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Mallorca Tranquil, relaxing, full of striking landscapes and surrounded by sun dappled Mediterranean waters, this magnificent island has a unique charm and casts a spell that has captivated visitors for centuries. he limestone peaks of the Serra de tramuntana mountain range on the west coast never fail to impress. Small settlements with their neatly terraced gardens sit haphazardly between fields. arriving in spring you will be greeted by a sea of white almond blossom stretching across the central plain while later in the year the colours metamorphose into the shimmering gold of wheat fields, the rich dark green hues of maize crop or the vibrant, day-glow yellow of sunflowers.

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much of the unspoilt arable interior is a microcosm of a bygone age. medieval market towns are surrounded by their patchwork fields of olives and citrus fruit groves, each has its own charm and individuality with the majority offering few concessions to progress or the modern age of consumerism. the windmill pumps of old water wells still litter the terrain.

Centuries old allure

moving eastwards across the Serra de llevant the skyline is dominated by the ridge of coastal hills, several of which have monasteries clinging precariously to their summits. the eastern seaboard is an inviting stretch of small sandy ‘calas’ or fjord like inlets, sometimes totally rural, sometimes a haven to a fishing village. all are just waiting to be discovered. in the rural south-east, not far from these unblemished coves of turquoise water, our hand-picked portfolio of properties are part of the natural landscape and way of life. Some lie secluded in and around the sparsely populated valley by the farming communities of Ca’s Concos, and S’Alqueria Blanca, others are near the vibrant market town of Felanitx.

a little to the south, Santanyi is a small picturesque roman town of narrow alleys and houses built from its own famous, light golden stone. beyond can be found calm straggly inlets of beautiful aquamarine water ending in narrow fine sand beaches with just the mandatory beach bar. the one at Cala Llombards serves fresh fish and some fine chilled whites, whilst by S’Horta the pretty, rural cove of Sa Nau is found at the end of a lane that winds its way through carob trees.

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Mallorca the striking beauty of Cala Figuera adorns many a postcard with its narrow harbour lined with higgledy-piggledy fishermen’s houses. by contrast, the sheltered sandy cove of Cala Mondragó is ideal for swimming. tiny sheltered bays lie beyond the quaint, old fashioned fishing village of Portocolom, where the fishermen’s homes are as they would have been a hundred years ago. a little further south, Porto Petro is another unexploited fishing village with a picturesque yacht harbour, a smattering of waterfront cafés and excellent seafood restaurants. to its north, for those with teenagers, Cala d’Or provides the necessary entertainment while at the same time remaining more relaxed than other better known resorts. Heading northwards, many of our properties nestle in or near to the scenic foothills of the Serra de tramuntana or close to some very local towns such as Selva, Moscari, Campanet and Búger. For lovers of old world charm, cobbled side streets of traditional shops,

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sophisticated restaurants and a swarming Sunday market, a visit to the old roman market town of Pollença must be included in any itinerary. close by, along a vast sweep of bay, lies the port of the same name with safe bathing, yachting, fishing, beach side cafés and the curve of a pedestrian palm lined promenade. along the western shoreline of the Alcúdia peninsula are some sleepy country coves that take a little finding. nearby you will discover the sand dunes, pine woods and salt flats of S’Albufera bird sanctuary, rugged mountains to explore and aged market towns such as Santa Margalida. From Pollença take the scenic drive to the stunningly beautiful towns of Sóller, Deià and Valldemossa.

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Local knowledge Getting there

Palma is one of the best served european airports with a wonderful choice of services. at the time of going to press, virtually all the ‘no-frills’ airlines operate to the island from various london airports, as well as from many UK regional and republic of ireland airports. in addition, british airways offers a flight on a Friday from london city airport. For further information, see pages 198–201.

Climate

mallorca enjoys a temperate, mediterranean climate. the spring and autumn months will be comfortably warm during the day and cool at night, whereas the summer months, particularly July and august, are likely to be hot and dry, offset by mountain breezes.

Local Cuisine

Pork, lamb, chicken and rabbit are favourite staples in dishes such as ‘Frito mallorquin’, ‘lomo con col’ and ‘espalda de cordero’. across the island, small market gardens or ‘hortas’ produce all manner of fruit and vegetables, with the emphasis on flavour; the traditional ‘Sopes mallorquines’, combines cabbage and bread in a tasty soup. onions, aubergines, beans, peppers and tomatoes are turned into a rich vegetable ‘stir fry’ that is a meal in itself. ‘tumbet’, containing courgettes, peppers and aubergines, is often served in restaurants as a starter or vegetable accompaniment. the full flavoured, robust wines of binissalem are an excellent compliment to this traditional fare and the locally produced cava is excellent with fish and seafood dishes.

Fiestas

all across the island, Saints’ Days and feasts are an outstanding feature of a mallorcan summer. normally such an occasion unites the whole town in an exuberant celebration of street dancing, eating and drinking. one of the most notable ‘fiestas’ is held in Pollença in early august when the locals re-enact a battle between christians and moors, complete with costumes, props and war paint. the famous Pollença summer music festival held over several weeks in the open air of the old cloister is attended by some of the most notable performers in world music and is one of the major dates on the european music calendar.

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Ca’n Miguel Mallorca | BALEARICS

Son Proenç, Felanitx Map ref: D5 Web ref: 213 Sleeps 10–11 | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi Children’s Pool | Table Tennis | Beach 15km

beautifully secluded amongst orchards and fields this 100 year old, characterful farmhouse is conveniently placed both for excursions to the coast and exploring the picturesque interior. the local owners are delightful, having carefully restored the property so as to retain the rustic atmosphere and highlight all the original features, while at the same time adding modern conveniences such as air conditioning in the bedrooms. in typical mallorcan style ca’n miguel rambles through spacious rooms spread over two floors, providing comfortable accommodation that is particularly well suited to large families or perhaps a group of sharing friends.

outside amidst the lovely, immaculately kept gardens there is an ample private swimming pool, separate children’s pool, and extensive sun terraces. a large barbecue house with a 12 seater table sits adjacent surrounded by a well tended lawn, mature shrubs and palm trees. a winding country lane takes you into the thriving market town of Felanitx just over 3km away and where all amenities can be found, whilst the fishing village of Portocolom celebrated for its fine choice of fresh fish restaurants, is only 15km away. the east coast offers a rich choice of unspoilt, sandy cove beaches all easily reached from ca’n miguel. For a fun day out take the train from nearby manacor (9km) to the island’s capital, Palma and visit the impressive cathedral, stroll around the marina and along tree lined boulevards or relax in the pavement cafés and wonderful seafront tapas bars.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, telephone) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, pantry) • Utility room (washing machine) • Double bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) • Three twin bedrooms (A/C) • Landing/sitting area (sofa bed) • Two bathrooms OUTSIDE: • Table Tennis • Barbecue house

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Open and covered terraces Sun terrace Lawned garden Private covered parking Private swimming pool (12m x 5m) with Roman steps and handrail • Separate children’s pool

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

april

march

29

5

12

19

may

3

26

10

17

24

31

7

N/A

Up to 11 guests

July

June

14 1095

21 1150

28 1295

5 1495

19

12 1795

9 2 1995

26

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

23

6 30 1650 1450

13

20

27

4 N/A

11

18

25

Casa Margarita Ca’s Concos Map ref: D4 Web ref: 214 Sleeps 6–7 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Air Conditioning | Fenced Pool | Beach 14km With a feel and style of times gone by, this unpretentious, restored farmhouse is very conveniently placed for exploring both the picturesque hinterland as well as the numerous sandy cove beaches of the south east coastline. as they have been for several generations, both the surrounding farmland and adjacent homestead (on the opposite side from casa margarita) remain in the family of margarita herself, one of the most charming and friendly of all our mallorcan property owners; someone whose daily life still revolves around working the land, planting, tending and picking the crops, collecting eggs from her chickens and generally supervising her motley collection of animals (much to the delight of younger guests in particular)! the cool interior of the farmhouse is simply and comfortably furnished, decorated in rustic style with interesting little antique touches. the ground floor comprises a traditional entrance hall/sitting room and a separate kitchen/diner. to one side is a double bedroom with air conditioning and en suite bathroom while upstairs you will find an additional smaller seating area off the landing together with two air conditioned bedrooms and a further bathroom.

Families with younger children are sure to appreciate the gated private swimming pool which has roman steps and spacious terracing affording pleasant views across fields, orchards and scattered farmsteads towards the iconic sanctuary of Sant Salvador dominating the rural landscape from its privileged hilltop position. at arm’s length is one of those typical covered barbecue houses with wooden table and benches, whilst a further picnic table is set on the lawn in the mature garden next to the pool.

local customs and traditional mallorcan dialect still prevail in ca’s concos, about 1km away where you will find three respected restaurants, a bar, supermarket, post office and bakery. a scenic back lane takes you directly to the market town and comprehensive amenities of Felanitx (8km). all along the nearby coastline are a series of family friendly, sandy coves that are well worth seeking out; try S’amarador and cala llombards which can each be reached within a 20 minute drive. the surrounding countryside is dotted with local restaurants serving tasty regional specialities and where it is still easy to find those tremendous value “menus of the day”.

Please note: air conditioning is on a timer. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting room (TV, DVD, Wi-Fi) • Kitchen/diner (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 7 guests

march

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

may

26

3 10 695 750

17 825

Saturday changeover

24 31 950

7 995

July

June

14 1050

21 1095

FIRST FLOOR: • Sitting area (sofa bed) • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom

28 1195

5 1395

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12 1595

19 1695

OUTSIDE: • Shower room (washing machine) • Sun terrace • In-built barbecue • Covered dining terrace

august

26

2 1795

9

16

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September

23 30 6 1695 1395 1195

13 1050

20 895

27 795

4 695

11

18 N/A

25


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Sa Marina

Cala Sa Nau (Cala Mitjana) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 208 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis | Beaches 750m ‘Privileged’ is the only way to describe this splendid property: privileged in terms of style, décor and its excellent facilities but, perhaps most of all, privileged in terms of location. tucked in pretty countryside on the outskirts of cala d’or, Sa marina sits in private grounds of nearly nine acres and is just a few hundred metres walk from two of the prettiest cove beaches to be found on the east coast.

a long time favourite with Vintage travel guests for its gently shelving, family friendly sands, cala Sa nau is many people’s idea of the idyllic mediterranean cove, however its lesser known, but no less attractive near neighbour, cala mitjana, which can be accessed only on foot or by boat certainly must not be overlooked. each of these beaches are easily reached via nearby country paths. as befits such a unique location, Sa marina’s local owners have designed, furnished and equipped their property with care and attention to detail. the house is generously proportioned and easy to live in with a welcoming feel and rooms that are light and airy. the good size kitchen has a farmhouse style, feature fireplace and each of the five bathrooms has its own individual colour scheme set off by tastefully chosen local ceramics.

outside, extensive sun terraces surround the impressive private pool which boasts family friendly roman steps and a shallow, circular pool incorporated into one end that younger party members in particular are sure to enjoy. From the first floor terraces there are far reaching sea and country views. on one side the sparkling, azure mediterranean falls away towards the distant horizon while, on the other, a broad rural panorama criss crossed by picturesque low stone walls encompassing wild shrubs and fields of citrus, olive and carob trees stretches across to the village of S’Horta and beyond to the hilltop monastery of San Salvador near Felanitx.

While this location is undoubtedly rural, all amenities can be found within a 10–15 minute drive at either cala Figuera, cala d’or or the village of S’Horta. You are also very well placed for exploring many of the most interesting towns, villages and coves of south-east mallorca. the capital, Palma, can be reached in under an hour and several local restaurants are easily found nearby although, dare we suggest that with such a splendid property and position at your disposal, you are sure to find leaving Sa marina particularly difficult!

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Dining room • Sitting room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) with doors to terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, fireplace) • Larder • Utility room (washing machine) • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (spa bath) • Twin bedroom (A/C)

• Shower room • Central heating throughout the house (payable locally) FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (plus separate shower) and sun terrace • Two twin bedrooms (A/C) with en suite bathroom, dressing area, and access to shared sun terrace

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 10 guests

march

28 N/A

april

4 795

11 850

18 950

may

25 995

Friday changeover

2 9 16 23 30 6 1050 1195 1295 1695 1750 1795

OUTSIDE: • Shower • In-built barbecue • Table Tennis • Open and covered terraces • Private parking • Private swimming pool (11.5m x 5m) with Roman steps and shallow circular section

July

June

13 1895

20 2050

27 2195

4 2495

11 2850

18 3150

august

25

1

8 3250

15

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September

22

29 5 2750 2195

12 1850

19 1395

26 1150

3 950

10 895

17

24 850

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Ses Crestes Portocolom Map ref: D5 Web ref: 282 Sleeps 5–6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Fenced pool | Beach 125m

Mallorca | BALEARICS

Portocolom retains a laid back atmosphere and gentle charm so redolent of the traditional, sleepy fishing village it once was. tucked away in a select, uncrowded neighbourhood on a virtually hidden headland towards the far side of the bay, this substantial, semi-detached house makes a more than comfortable holiday base. bright, modern and welcoming it also has the great privilege of being just a 125m walk from two little sandy coves and a simple beach bar/restaurant.

looked after with equal care and pride as sister property la tierra buena, all rooms are spacious and well furnished with parquet flooring upstairs, a contemporary fitted kitchen and fashionable bathrooms. From the front balconies there are lovely sea views across the bay to Portocolom centre, the village of S’Horta and the imposing hilltop landmarks of Santueri and Sant Salvador. Parents of younger children will note that the private swimming pool can be fenced off if desired (please ask at time of booking) and there are retractable stair gates fitted at both top and bottom of the house staircase.

immediately across the street an unmade path, leads down through scrubland to two little sandy coves where, over the main summer months, a convenient beach bar opens every day until late serving simple lunches, dinners, ice creams and cold drinks with occasional live entertainment provided by local musicians. a pizzeria and mini-market are within 1.2km with the main harbour (2km) home to a good selection of amenities including shops, banks, a chemist, supermarkets and some very highly regarded seafood restaurants. Vall d’or golf course is 6.5km, there are tennis courts in Portocolom and cala’d’or (14km) and popular boat trips leave from the local harbour to remote coves for lunch and a swim.

Please note: While there are beds for 6 guests (see details above) the sleeping accommodation is suitable only for a maximum of 5 adults. in any group of 6 guests at least one guest must be a child under 10yrs of age. air conditioning (if required) in the double bedroom is on a timer with usage paid directly to the house owner (€45 per week). Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) with balcony. • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with doors to rear terrace

• Utility room (washing machine) with door to rear terrace • Shower room • Central heating throughout the house (payable locally)

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) with balcony and en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom • Single bedroom (with pull-out single bed suitable for a child)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

march

29

april

5

Up to 6 guests

12 N/A

19

may

26

3 10 775 875

• Shower room • The twin and single bedrooms share a balcony overlooking the pool

• • • •

OUTSIDE: • Open and shaded terraces

Saturday changeover

17 24 31 7 995 1150 1195 1295

Shower Barbecue Private parking Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m) which can be fenced on request

July

June

14 1395

21 1495

28 1650

5 1850

12 2095

august

19

26

2 9 2195

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1795 1495

13 1195

20 995

27 850

4 750

11

18 695

25

La Tierra Buena Cala Sa Nau Map ref: D5 Web ref: 210 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Beach 800m

this is a lovely house in a location that, quite simply, offers the best of both worlds – a private swimming pool surrounded by picturesque gardens, yet within walking distance of one of mallorca’s prettiest sandy cove beaches.

looked after with great care by its charming local owners, this is a perfect house for smaller parties seeking a comfortable holiday base with the convenience of a fine local beach close at hand. Set back from the country lane that leads to cala Sa nau, la tierra buena features a spacious living/dining room, a well fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

bordered by an almond grove, the swimming pool faces in a sunny south-easterly direction and is surrounded by a delightful garden featuring various mature trees, shrubs and flowers that burst into colour over the summer. conveniently alongside, a covered terrace provides shade for the warmer times of the day and is a lovely spot for al fresco dining. You are only 1.7km from the nearest amenities at cala Ferrera, where the restaurant Ficus comes recommended to us for its pizzas and paellas. the village of S’Horta is 3km. cala Sa nau is just one of the picturesque coves very near to the house. appearing on few maps, cala brafi and cala mitjana are also close by and well worth seeking out. the beach bar at cala mondragó (about a 20 minute drive) is widely known for its freshly caught fish and lunchtime paella, and many good value restaurants dot the surrounding countryside.

Accommodation • Living/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) with doors to terrace • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) • Twin bedroom (ceiling fan) • Shower room • Bathroom (washing machine)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

march

28

april

4 N/A

11

18 625

may

25 695

Friday changeover

2 9 16 23 30 6 795 950 1050 1250 1295 1350

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July

June

13 1450

20 1595

27 1650

4 1695

11

august

18

25

1 1795

8

15

OUTSIDE: • Covered and open terraces • Shower • In-built barbecue • Mature garden with pond • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with side Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29 5 1595 1450

12 1250

19 1150

26 950

3 795

10 695

17 650

24 595


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Es Pujolet

S’Alqueria Blanca (Portopetro) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 3130 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis | Beaches 6-8km nestling on a gentle rise in the land, private and serene, substantial and imposing, with dramatic far-reaching views across a rolling rural landscape of ancient olive and almond groves to the sea, es Pujolet is a true ‘hidden gem’. this area of mallorca is a revelation both for its extraordinary beauty and for the delightful surprise in finding that appealingly unspoilt places such as this can still be found in our frenzied and frantic modern world!

tall iron gates usher you onto the estate’s private unmade drive that wends its way across grounds of almost 4 acres. eye-catchingly clad in golden Santanyi stone, es Pujolet’s attractive façade is interspersed with arches, balconies and various terraces ideal for making the most of those irresistible views. competing for attention is the gorgeous south-east facing private swimming pool with wide roman steps and capacious sun terrace while a covered dining area, very sociably placed barbecue and table tennis enhance the already family-friendly feel even further. and there is no shortage of space inside either with quality furnishings, antique ornaments, local pictures, carefully selected tiles, coordinated curtains and linens all combining to create a wonderfully comfortable home. the well equipped kitchen is great for large party catering and has the added convenience of direct access onto the dining terrace.

an impressive marble staircase sweeps up to the first floor where opposing north-east /south-west facing terraces provide memorable views across spectacular countryside to local landmarks Sant Salvador monastery and Santueri castle. this floor, in its entirety, comprises the expansive master suite; a large double bedroom with King size bed, dressing area, bathroom with separate shower cubicle and a private balcony that, once again, looks out over the pool and pretty pastoral scenery to the distant sea.

essentially rural you remain within easy distance of shops, bars and some excellent restaurants at Santanyi and Portopetro (both 5km). S’alqueria blanca (1.2km) offers two bakeries, a chemist, minimarket, three restaurants and tuesday morning market while the coast and wonderful beaches that include cala mondragó and S’amarador is around a fifteen minute drive. Part naturist, the dune-backed beach of es trenc (17.5kms) offers gently shelving sands and a handful of casual beach bars serving local drinks and fresh seafood. there is golf at Vall d’or (7km) and the elegant island capital, Palma, is just a 40 minute drive.

Please note: • air conditioning usage (and central heating available in april and october only) is on a timer. • a low wall around the poolside terrace means that younger children may need supervision.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living room (satellite TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) with doors to terrace • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Utility room (washing machine) • Continental double/twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom and doors to terrace

• Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Shower room • Central heating throughout the house (available in April and October only) FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Two sun terraces

• Master suite (A/C) with king size double bed, en suite bathroom (plus separate shower), walk-in wardrobe/ dressing area and private balcony BASEMENT: • Table tennis

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

march

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

may

26 895

Saturday changeover

3 10 17 24 31 950 995 1195 1595

7 1650

OUTSIDE: • Entrance gates onto private unmade drive • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Sun terrace • Covered dining terrace • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

July

June

14 1850

21 1995

28 2195

5 2495

12 2795

19 3095

august

26

2

9 3295

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 2895 2395

13 1995

20 1750

27 1450

4 1250

11 1095

18

25 995

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Es Rafal Nou Santanyi (Ses Salines) Map ref: E4 Web ref: 206 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis | Fenced pool Children’s Pool | Beach 6km | Small Party Rate*

this magnificent property consists of an old, fully restored farmhouse with a more recent addition carefully planned along traditional lines to remain perfectly in keeping. the accommodation is spacious, most attractive and very well suited to families or larger groups. the arched open plan interior has been designed to give a feeling of space, with a large, elegant sitting/dining room opening onto the shady covered terrace overlooking the pool.

the large, shaped swimming pool with its own separate children’s section is surrounded by a mature garden that looks out over the picturesque countryside, neatly criss crossed by the drystone walls so typical of the island.

although peaceful and totally rural, the amenities of Ses Salines village, which include a minimarket and a local bar, are close at hand (just 5 minutes by car) while the market town of Santanyi (5km in the other direction) offers an even more comprehensive choice that includes two locally recommended restaurants.

the sparkling mediterranean Sea is very close at hand and it is undoubtedly a great pleasure to explore the many gorgeous sandy beaches which lie all along this pretty coastline. may we particularly mention the unspoilt country coves of cala llombards, cala Santanyí, cala mondragó and S’amarador, which each have an excellent reputation for being family friendly and are all within easy distance of this lovely property.

“W hat a wonderful place, so peaceful and relaxing. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Made very good use of the barbecue and the children loved the swimming pool. Visited Cala Figuera and had great fun at the beach at Cala Llombards. Santanyi is a lovely little place and a hive of activity in the evening.” The Lawrence family, Reading Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) • Dining room • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Utility room (washing machine) • Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • Shower room • Central heating (payable locally)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests

march

22

29 595 895

april

5

12 650 950

19 695 895

Saturday changeover

may

26 650 950

3 10 17 24 31 7 695 750 895 1295 1295 1595 995 1050 1195 1595 1595

July

June

14 1395 1695

21 1550 1850

FIRST FLOOR: • Principal double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom, dressing area and sun terrace • Double bedroom (A/C) with balcony • Twin bedroom (A/C) with balcony • Bathroom (separate shower)

28 1695 1995

5 1950 2250

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12 2595

august

19

26

2 2795

9

16

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Table Tennis • Lawned garden • Covered and open terraces • Roof terrace • Private parking • Private fenced swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps and separate children’s section Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1695 1450 2595 1995 1750

13 1050 1350

20 895 1195

27 750 1050

4 695 995

11

18 650 950

25


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Es Puig BALEARICS | Mallorca

S’Horta (Cala d’Or) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 204 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis | Fenced pool Beach 5km

Painstakingly designed to high personal specifications, this beautiful house is constructed in the warm sandstone of the area. one of our most popular mallorcan properties, it sits atop the low hill that dominates the little farming town of S’Horta and, as such, is privileged to marvellous sweeping views across the surrounding landscape to the sea as well as inland to a magnificent range of rolling green hills. Pinewoods, too ensconce the house, which is both private and tranquil. the selection of secluded poolside patios and magnificent, shaded upper terrace will doubtless prove an irresistible invitation to enjoy outdoor living at its very best. Upon entering you are welcomed by a splendid, typically mallorcan interior patio of potted plants. to one side is a light spacious l-shaped living/dining room and open plan kitchen. the ample bathrooms are adorned with tasteful ceramics whilst most of the broad, fitted bedrooms have access out onto terracing and those far-reaching views to either the sea or countryside. all in all, the house spreads stylishly and with many singular touches over three floors, the wealth of external patios providing families or sharing parties with an opportunity for individual peace and quiet if required. Within an en easy 5km drive are various picturesque sandy coves, the nearby golf course and the fishing village of Portocolom. You can walk downhill into S’Horta, an essentially mallorcan country town with a selection of basic amenities that includes a couple of minimarkets and cafes, a tapas bar and a regular fresh vegetable market in front of the church. there is a very popular country restaurant about 2km away, just one of several that dot the surrounding countryside.

Please note: Families with younger children will be interested to know that a gate on the upper terrace plus another at the rear of the house can be closed preventing direct access down to the pool area. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, CD) • Open plan kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with breakfast area and pantry • Laundry room (washing machine)

• Cloakroom • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom FIRST FLOOR: • Two twin bedrooms with terrace • Bathroom

UPPER LEVEL: • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom and balcony OUTSIDE: • Various ample open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

march

29

april

5

12

19

N/A

Up to 8 guests

may

26 750

• Table tennis • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 4.5m) with side Roman steps

Saturday changeover

3 10 17 24 31 795 895 1050 1350

7 1395

July

June

14 1495

21 1650

28 1850

5 2095

12 2295

august

19

26

2 9 2495

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 2095 1795

13 1495

20 1250

27 1050

4 950

11 850

18

25 795

Ses Tanquetes S’Horta Map ref: D5 Web ref: 201 Sleeps 6 | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Beach 4.5km

this large, imposing and spacious former farmhouse basks in three acres of private grounds on the outskirts of sleepy S’Horta. all amenities, including a local tapas bar, are within walking distance and one of mallorca’s prettiest cove beaches just 4.5km away. internally, quality furnishings, fixtures and fittings are enhanced by traditional, tasteful décor. Pictures of rural scenes (handiwork of the house owner herself) adorn the expansive dining hall and many character features have been carefully preserved. exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and hand painted local tiles are all very much in evidence. the stylish kitchen is very well equipped and conveniently adjacent to a most impressive covered barbecue terrace that looks onto the garden and private pool.

From the first floor, striking views stretch out across a swathe of countryside to the sparkling sea; a quite marvellous panorama encompassing the indented coastline between the fishing villages of Portocolom on the left and Portopetro on the right. reached by a winding country lane through carob trees, the nearest beach, cala Sa nau (4.5km), is also one of the island’s finest – a charming cove with white sand and clear, sparkling waters. Several more unspoilt beaches are easily found within a 20 minute drive, the Vall d’or golf course is only 2km and various watersports including scuba diving and boat hire are on offer in nearby cala d’or and Portopetro. S’Horta is home to a couple of mini-markets, a chemist, tapas bar and two cafés. a stroll of 1.2km takes you to a thai/pizzeria (!) with the well known bona taula restaurant 200m further. Various eateries dot the surrounding country lanes and there are many good fish restaurants in both Portocolom and around the impressive marina at cala d’or.

Please note: While the bedroom capacity at Ses tanquetes is suitable for eight (per details below) the maximum number of guests permitted at the property is six. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Dining hall • Fitted kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to barbecue terrace • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

march

29

april

5 650

12

19 695

may

26

3 10 725 795

17 950

Saturday changeover

24 31 1250

7 1295

July

June

14 1395

21 1595

• Bathroom • Shower room (washing machine) • Central heating throughout the house (payable locally)

28 1695

5 1850

12 1950

19 2150

FIRST FLOOR: • Living room cum landing area (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, balcony) • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom

august

26

2

9 2250

16

OUTSIDE: • Lawn • Garden • Covered barbecue/dining terrace (ceiling fan) • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps and handrail

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1650 1450

13 1195

20 995

27 825

4 775

11 725

18

25 695

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Sa Cova d’es Pujol Felanitx Map ref: D4 Web ref: 3027 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 14km Peacefully tucked away in a gently sloping valley close to both the market town of Felanitx as well as the many sandy cove beaches dotting the coastline of mallorca’s south east corner, Sa cova d’es Pujol is a most impressive country house in a lovely location. Spreading out before you is a gorgeous rural landscape of fields and rolling hillsides covered with fir, olive, almond and palm trees, a perfect backdrop for one of the island’s most distinctive images, the iconic monastery of Sant Salvador, perched high on its imposing cliff top in the near distance. From the grounds, private pool and expansive dining terrace you have nothing less than a front row seat for this inspiring panorama. For many years the home of a delightful local family, it is obvious that Sa cova is a house of great stature. enviably located, in an extensive plot, private, welcoming and extremely well cared for both inside and out, the scene is set perfectly on arrival as you sweep in through the iron entrance gate to be greeted by an imposing façade of local Santanyi stone and a lovely, mature arbutus (colloquially known as the ‘strawberry tree’ after its vivid red fruits). internally décor is fresh and uncomplicated with a tasteful blend of antique and modern furnishings perfectly complementing the attractive beamed ceilings. original, patterned ceramics are subtly inlaid in the staircase and local mallorcan fabrics blend seamlessly with the more contemporary coloured cushions and curtains. Without

exception the living accommodation is open and spacious allowing for easy sharing and relaxed summer living. Fringed by extensive sun terraces, tall potted cacti and various mature shrubs, the larger than average private pool is south facing and easily accessed via roman steps. an infinity edge ensures those bucolic views can even be enjoyed whilst swimming and the large in-built barbecue, sociably placed nearby, is sure to figure strongly in the lunch/dinner arrangements!

this is an authentic, unspoilt part of the island with everything needed to ensure an unforgettable holiday very close by. Just 3kms away Felanitx offers all amenities including a comprehensive weekly market, there are several country restaurants within a 10–15 minute drive while Porto colom’s numerous waterfront cafes (12kms) are the destination of choice for seafood-loving locals. Golf at Vall d’or is 14kms while the cosmopolitan atmosphere of cala d’or (18kms) will appeal to anyone seeking brighter lights and a nightlife that is lively but never overpowering. there is a long list of beautiful sandy beaches along the nearby coastline with cala Sa nau (17kms), cala mondragó (23kms) and dune-backed es trenc (25kms) being just three of our particular favourites.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. central heating (if used) is paid directly to the property owner.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Open plan living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi) with doors to covered terrace • Split level kitchen/diner (oven, microwave) with door to rear terrace • Utility room (dishwasher, washing machine) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • Central heating (payable locally)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

march

29

april

5 950

12

19 995

may

26

Saturday changeover

3 10 17 24 31 1050 1095 1195 1450

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7 1550

July

June

14 1650

21 1795

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom • Two twin bedrooms each with A/C • Shower room

28 1995

5 2250

12 2395

august

19

26

2 9 2595

16

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Open and shaded terraces • Landscaped grounds with fruit trees • Private parking • Private infinity swimming pool (10m x 5m) with side Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 2250 1895

13 1550

20 1295

27 1195

4 1095

11 1050

18

25 995


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Son Monavi Son Vent (Ca’s Concos) Map ref: D4 Web ref: 3183 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis Beach 8.5km

BALEARICS | Mallorca

Peaceful pastoral perfection. Please forgive the alliteration but we feel it summarises the (many) charms of Son monavi. newly built, this beautifully finished property is the culmination of a lifelong dream for local owner, cati, whose family have worked the surrounding land for generations. Having achieved her ambition to build a fine house in a spot that played such an important part in her childhood, cati is delighted she can now offer others the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this picturesque corner of the island.

an attractive façade of golden Son Garau stone, perfectly complements the gorgeous 360° country views that can be admired from the pool and teracces. to one side the shallow cliffs of Sa Penya bosca rise dramatically, to the front the hilltop monastery of San Salvador beckons alluringly while, in the distance, the rugged tramuntana mountains make a hugely impressive backdrop. an unmade track leads to grounds of over one acre where, both inside and out, the care invested in design and décor is obvious. a wide covered terrace, ideal for shaded dining looks across to the private pool which has roman steps and a long, family-friendly shallow ledge. internally Son monavi is spacious, well equipped and welcoming, each of the three bedrooms boasting its own bathroom and air conditioning.

Within 250m you will find a local hotel/restaurant, nearby ca’s concos (2.7kms) and S’alqueria blanca (3kms) have mini-markets, bakeries and further eateries while Porto Petro (8kms) and cala d’or (11kms) could not be more contrasting – the former sleepy and laid-back, the latter lively and animated. a choice of sandy beaches lie within a 15 minute drive; the small cove of Sa torre is 8.5km while mondragó and S’amarador (11km) are considered amongst the island’s best. Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) with doors to dining terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with doors to dining terrace

• Games room (table tennis) • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room, dressing area and doors to dining terrace • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and doors to exterior

• Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to exterior • Bathroom OUTSIDE: • Cloakroom (washing machine) • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

march

29

april

5

12

595

Up to 6 guests

19 675

may

26 725

• Open and covered terraces • Roof terrace • Private shaded parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner Roman steps and designated shallow section

Saturday changeover

3 10 17 24 31 7 850 995 1095 1295 1350 1395

July

June

14 1495

21 1650

28 1750

5 1795

12 1895

august

19

26

2 9 1995

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1795 1550

13 1350

20 1195

27 995

4 850

11 750

18

25 695

S’Aljub de Son Amer Es Llombards Map ref: E4 Web ref: 3115 Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 4.5km

Houses of this size and quality, in such sought-after locations, are rarely found. a marvellous choice for two people seeking a comfortable, conveniently positioned holiday base, S’aljub sits off the local access road on the fringe of sleepy es llombards village. Within walking distance you will find a bakery, several bars and a restaurant while a choice of beautiful sandy beaches are just a short drive away.

Well proportioned and very easy to live in guests will quickly feel at home in the welcoming, attractively decorated interior. Upon entering directly into the open plan living/dining area, simple, tasteful furnishings below high vaulted ceilings create a sense of space that belies the property’s two person capacity. to the left hand side a hallway leads through to a modern, fitted bathroom and airy double bedroom with mezzanine.

Fully enclosed and south-facing the large grounds are dotted with citrus and almond trees, a young olive grove and several whimsically placed metal sheep! a barbecue, dining terrace and attractive expanse of lawn around the pool ensure there is no shortage of space in which to relax. Within a 10 minute drive cala llombards (4.5km), cala Santanyí, es trenc and S’almunia are some of mallorca’s most notable beaches. Peaceful country lanes entice walkers and cyclists while horse riding at Son menut and golf at Vall d’or are each about 15 minutes away. es llombards is also connected by bus with other inland and coastal towns for connections on to Palma. a short stroll away the village restaurant regularly serves fresh local specialities including paella and an excellent value lunchtime ‘menu del dia’. considered a ‘local secret’ the laid back cocktail/tapas bar tucked away on the opposite side of es llombards attracts a fashionable, cosmopolitan clientéle.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, A/C, Wi-Fi, wood burner) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, washing machine) • Double bedroom (A/C) with mezzanine • Bathroom (half bath with shower)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 2 guests

march

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

may

26 550

3 10 595 650

Saturday changeover

17 24 31 750 850 895

7 995

July

June

14 1050

21 1095

28 1195

5 1295

12 1450

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Dining terrace • Sun terrace with solid parasol • Part-ploughed, enclosed grounds with lawn, shrubs and olive trees • Private parking august

19

26

2 9 1550

16

• Private swimming pool (6m x 3m) with corner Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1450 1350

13 1150

20 995

27 850

4 750

11

18 675

25 N/A

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Fort de l’Eau Randa (Llucmajor) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 287 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom

Mallorca | BALEARICS

Hidden away off a rural track in a lush corner of the south-east with views towards the elevated monasteries of cura and randa this quaint country cottage is the perfect place to choose if you are seeking seclusion, tranquillity and the sound of birdsong in a lovely pastoral setting. an avenue of palms welcomes you to grounds of some six acres planted with a comprehensive array of indigenous plants, cacti, vegetables and fruit trees including olives, lemons, figs, apricots and plums.

nestled in the foliage, this delightfully rustic, stone farmhouse is testament to a careful restoration by artistic owners. appealing decorative touches include antique ceramics, countrythemed memorabilia, original paintings of local scenes and high wooden beams overlooking walls of exposed stone. the good size double bedroom and smaller twin bedroom are separated by a well-appointed shower room off the internal hallway and a beamed dining terrace has been artfully incorporated into the body of the property by a wall of flat-folding glass panels. an oasis of charm and calm the lovely pool area is fringed by mature flora, a decked sun terrace, covered dining area and an open air shower partly ensconced, safari-style, amongst the foliage. respect for the environment (and these unspoilt environs) has inspired the owner to install solar power at the property with generator back-up if required.

Haphazardly criss-crossed by winding country lanes the surrounding landscape is great territory for bird watching and walking, lluchmajor (4km) has all amenities while the long sandy beach at Ses covetes/es trenc (27km), fringed by some impressive dunes, is a favourite with naturists. Golfers are sure to enjoy the two 18 hole courses at Son antem (10km).

Please note: *as the house is solar powered, roger, the property owner, asks that use of either the dishwasher or the washing machine is limited to once per day. Accommodation • Open plan sitting/dining room (fireplace/woodburner, feature well, TV, DVD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher*) • Double bedroom (woodburner) • Twin bedroom • Shower room

• Covered dining terrace with folding glass wall (iPod dock, in-built barbecue, original bread oven) • Solar powered electricity OUTSIDE: • Cloakroom (washing machine*) • Open and shaded terraces

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

29

april

5

Up to 4 guests

12 N/A

19

may

26

3 10 675 725

• • • • • •

Shower Children’s play area Garden with pond Six acres of grounds/farmland Private parking Private swimming pool (8m x 5m) with corner Roman steps

Saturday changeover

17 24 31 775 850 925

7 995

July

June

14 1095

21 1195

28 1295

5 1395

12 1550

august

19

26

2 9 1695

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1550 1350

13 1150

20 995

27 850

4 775

11 725

18

25 675

Son Mulet Llubí Map ref: C4 Web ref: 228 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis tucked away off an unmade country track in the beautiful rural heartland this comfortable property has become one of our most popular. Son mulet’s thoughtful owners take care to provide everything needed for a wonderful holiday making this house the perfect choice for anyone seeking a completely relaxing escape in unspoilt, scenic surroundings.

the fully enclosed grounds are home to a variety of colourful plants, mature shrubs, fruit trees and an interesting vegetable garden with pride of place going to the large and very attractive private swimming pool. all amenities including a popular local restaurant can be found at nearby llubí (2km), a small agricultural town of just 2000 inhabitants famous for almonds, carobs and capers. From llubí ‘s railway station, the train will take you through some lovely countryside directly to Palma in about 45 minutes.

Further amenities are found at Santa margarita (8km) and the fascinating town of Sineu (7km), which locals consider to be the central point of mallorca. Here, as it has done for the past 700 years, the Wednesday market fills the narrow alleyways around the church and over 20 individual restaurants compete for attention. Walkers will find a pleasing choice of routes around the local countryside, many using llubí ‘s ancient hermitage as a landmark. the beaches and sweeping sandy bays of the north and north-east coastlines can be reached in about a 20 minute drive.

Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, iPod dock, A/C) • Kitchen area (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

march

29

april

5

12 19 N/A

may

26

3

10 675

Saturday changeover

17 24 31 725 825 895

7 995

July

June

14 1095

21 1250

28 1350

5 1450

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12 1595

august

19

26

2 9 1675

16

OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Store room (washing machine) • Table tennis • Fully enclosed grounds • Covered private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1375 1150

13 995

20 850

27 725

4 675

11 595

18

25 575


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Son Real Sencelles Map ref: C3 Web ref: 221 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate*

BALEARICS | Mallorca

this unique house has become one of the most sought after in our mallorcan collection. an imposing property, Son real stands in rolling countryside just outside the sleepy town of Sencelles surrounded by 17 acres of picturesque orange grove, holm oak and young carob trees. Seekers of the “real” mallorca will surely relish the opportunity to stay in such an immaculately kept, traditional house and at the same time experience the gentle pace of life still found in the heartland of this magnificent island. Sitting peaceful and secluded behind high grilled gates off a narrow rural track, Son real is perfect for a ‘get away from it all’ type of holiday and yet retains the option of easy access both to the coast and many typical local towns. For many years the much loved second residence of a distinguished local family, Son real boasts a wealth of carefully preserved detail throughout. Décor and furnishings are a combination of both antique and modern pieces, creating an attractive, pleasingly comfortable interior. comprising a main house and adjacent ‘casita’ (cottage), the accommodation layout permits excellent flexibility for larger parties.

in this central island location you are never far from anywhere.. the wine producing town of binissalem together with the amenities, restaurants and expansive weekly market of inca lie just 10 minutes west, a 30 minute drive north brings you to the magnificent, sweeping sandy bay of Pollença while the capital city of Palma is a similar distance south. it is about a 20 minute stroll into the charming little town of Sencelles where you will find a couple of shops selling everyday essentials, two local bars and a michelin-recommended local restaurant.

Please note: Parties of up to 8 persons paying reduced rental rates will have use of the main house only. air conditioning (if used) is payable locally according to meter. Families with younger children will be interested to know that gates on both the front and back terraces can be closed preventing direct access to the pool area. Accommodation CASA (Main house): GROUND FLOOR: • Dining room (A/C) with doors to terrace • Sitting room (TV, DVD, A/C, Wi-Fi) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, A/C) with door to terrace

• Twin bedroom (A/C) • Shower room FIRST FLOOR: • Two double bedrooms (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • Shower room

CASITA (Detached cottage next to main house): • Sitting/dining room (TV) • Kitchen • Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom (hip bath)

march

22

april

29

5

*Up to 8 guests 9–12 guests

Dining terrace Lawn Orange grove Laundry room (washing machine) • Gated driveway with private parking • Private swimming pool (11m x 4.5m) with separate children’s section

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

• • • •

12

Saturday changeover

19

26

3 10 17 24 31 7 750 795 895 1450 1650 895 950 1095 1650

N/A

July

June

may

14 1550 1750

21 1695 1895

28 1795 1995

5 1895 2095

12

august

19

26

2595

2

9

16

2795

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1995 1550 2650 2195 1750

13 1250 1450

20 1050 1250

27 850 1050

4 795 995

11

18 750 895

25

Ca’n Coll Sencelles Map ref: C3 Web ref: 223 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Air conditioning | Wi-Fi

Winding up the driveway through the pine wood to this very private and secluded property you will not fail to be struck by how extensive the grounds are – infinitely more substantial than the capacity of the house would indicate. landscaped and planned with care, the almost five acres of land that surrounds ca’n coll composes a horticultural treasure trove of indigenous flowers, bushes, shrubs and trees. to one side sits a delightful ‘secret garden’ of classical statues, palms and flourishing ferns, a small, well-tended lawned area lies just below the pool, an eclectic collection of fruit trees just beyond.

From its elevated position the long, arched pool terrace permits far reaching rural views across the island heartland towards Sencelles, one of those quintessential mallorcan towns whose acquaintance with the fast pace of modern life is, at best, tenuous. From the extensively equipped kitchen an arch of mellow, Santanyi stone leads through to a spacious dining area furnished with a huge wooden table. the fine fireplace in the homely and comfortable sitting room makes a natural focal point. Guests regularly tell us that this is an easy house in which to relax, a fact undoubtedly due to the care and attention invested by angela, one of the most hospitable and welcoming of all our mallorcan house owners. a mini-market, bakery, fishmonger, pharmacy, two local cafes and a restaurant listed in the michelin guide can all be found in Sencelles – although you are unlikely to encounter many fellow tourists. indeed, a stroll through this sleepy settlement at siesta time breathes new life into the clichéd description ‘off the beaten track’! For a little more activity and even more local colour the market town of inca (a 15 minute drive) is famous for producing a vast range of leather goods and has some excellent ‘cellars’ (local restaurants) hidden behind unpretentious façades. cosmopolitan Palma and the northern coast at Pollença are no more than 30 minutes away and easily reached via a variety of routes. Accommodation • Hall (wood burning stove) • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock, WiFi, fireplace) • Open plan kitchen/ breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

april

march

29 N/A

5 550

12

19 595

may

26

3

10 650

17 725

24

31 850

7 950

July

June

14 1050

21 1195

• Double bedroom (A/C, ceiling fan) with en suite shower room • Two twin bedrooms (A/C, ceiling fans) • Bathroom (half bath)

28 1350

5 1495

12 1750

• Shower room (washing machine) with access from front terrace • Heating OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Table tennis

19

26

9 2 1850

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

23

6 30 1395 1195

13 1050

20 875

• Open and covered terraces • Mature grounds of five acres • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9.5m x 5m) with corner Roman steps

27 725

4 625

11

18 595

25

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Son Genet Mallorca | BALEARICS

Búger Map ref: B4 Web ref: 260 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Pool Table Table Tennis | Beach 15km

Painstakingly refurbished, this stunning former farmhouse, bordered by lush citrus groves, sits in gorgeous private grounds just outside the hilltop village of búger with particularly impressive views across to the tramuntana mountains.

a seamless blend of old and new, the eye-catching interior décor remains tastefully in keeping with the property’s location and origins. exposed stonework, beams, local ceramics and colour-washed walls abound. the large dining/kitchen is well equipped and the living room features quality contemporary furnishings alongside a fashionable, if somewhat eclectic, collection of antique movie posters.

conveniently split on either side of the inner hallway the sleeping accommodation comprises; to the left, a mezzanine double bedroom with an en suite shower room and dressing room below; to the right, a further shower room and adjacent staircase leading up to the other two bedrooms. all three bedrooms are air conditioned, more than comfortably furnished and boast fabulous views. Surrounding the private pool is an exceptionally spacious sun terrace, an idyllic spot in which to relax to the sound of birdsong and soft tinkle of sheep bells. Views from this commanding, elevated position compete with each other for the right to be centre of attention.

a gated country track leads uphill (or it is an easy 4 minute drive) to búger where amenities include a Saturday market, cafés and a bakery selling essential groceries and fresh croissants (get there early for those!). Several good restaurants can be found in the surrounding countryside while Pollença bay and the north coast beaches, bird sanctuary of S’albufera and pretty walled enclave of old alcúdia are all around 20 minutes away.

Please note: as a courtesy to guests we have been asked by the owner of Son Genet (toni) to mention that the citrus groves are harvested once a year by hand, usually around end may/early June. the harvest is very low key and there remains little to no impact on your holiday privacy during this time. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, pool table) • Dining room with doors to shaded terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with doors to dining terrace • Hallway • Shower room

GROUND/FIRST FLOOR (LEFT): • Mezzanine double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and dressing room FIRST FLOOR (RIGHT): • Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

march

29

april

5

OUTSIDE: • Extensive decked sun terrace • Shower • Barbecue • Dining terrace • Table Tennis • Terraced grounds • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9.5m x 4.5m)

12

725

19 795

may

26

3 10 850 895

Saturday changeover

17 995

24 31 1250

7 1295

July

June

14 1395

21 1595

28 1850

5 2095

12

august

19

26

2 2395

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1850 1595

13 1295

20 1150

27 995

4 895

11 850

18

25 795

Experience In and around

Palma, the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital has something for everyone: a wealth of history and culture, diverse shops and interesting buildings such as the magnificent cathedral ‘la Seu’, the almudaina Palace and bellver castle.

Sóller and Port de Sóller are best approached by the oldfashioned wooden train which leaves from Palma and chugs sedately through the mountains amid orange and olive groves. the final leg of the journey to the port is then completed by tram. A boat trip to Cabrera, one of the smallest balearic islands, makes a lovely day out. lying off the south-east coast, the island is a nature reserve and as well as rare wildlife, you can visit the museum and swim in the ‘blue cave’ which can only be reached by sea.

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Must go and see

Valldemossa is a beautiful town perched on a hillside in the tramuntana moutains and surrounded by a picturesque landscape of olive and almond groves, perhaps most famous for its 13th century carthusian monastery where chopin spent a winter.

Es Trenc is said to be the best beach on the island and worth a visit to the south-east coast for the day. there are 4 kilometres of beach, backed by sand-dunes and natural bush land with hardly a hotel in sight!

The glass blowing industry on the island dates back to roman times. indeed, 16th century mallorcan glass rivalled that of Venice. You can still watch craftsmen blow glass at various places on the island, the best being casa Gordiola, menestralia and lafiore.

Dates to experience

Battle of the Moors and the Christians – Pollença is famous for this simulated battle which takes place 1st–2nd august. Join the townspeople in their celebrations that are still held annually to mark the battle of 30 may 1550! Festes de Sant Agustí – on 28th–29th august, the town of Felanitx plays host to giants which parade and dance in the streets to the sound of bagpipes, flutes and drums. the tradition of the mallorcan giants started in Sóller during the 17th century when handmade ‘gegants’ were first paraded there during the corpus cristi festivities. nowadays, most mallorcan pueblos proudly display their own pair of giants on festive days.

The Wine Festival of Binissalem – three days of celebrations are held during the last week of September to celebrate the end of grape harvesting, involving street parades, floats and dancing at night.


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Tiraset Petit Llubí Map ref: C4 Web ref: 229 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi

BALEARICS | Mallorca

We are very pleased to have discovered this delightful country retreat. Well equipped and comfortably furnished in rustic style, tiraset Petit sits in spacious enclosed grounds with a lovely pool and some very pleasant views to Santa magdalena mountain. this house is an excellent choice for a family or anyone looking to experience the charm and relaxing pace of life found in the real heartland of mallorca. essentially rural, you are just 3km from the small town of llubí, home to all amenities including a weekly market and two local restaurants serving cuisine much recommended by the townsfolk. the rich and very fertile soil in this area has been farmed since the time of the moors and is particularly famous for producing first class grapes, fruit, herbs and capers. Stopping at llubí, the Palma to Sa Pobla railway line meanders along a very scenic route and provides an interesting option for a day trip to the island’s capital, a 45 minute ride away. ramblers will enjoy discovering the various trails around the local countryside as well as in the nearby tramuntana mountains, while it is only about a 25 minute drive to Pollença and the beaches on the north coast. Sineu, Santa margarita and inca are larger towns all very close to llubí and each has a comprehensive selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

“ Tiraset Petit is a little slice of heaven!” The Maclean family, Inverness Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (wood burning stove,TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher) • Two twin bedrooms (each with A/C)

• Shower room

• Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

OUTSIDE: • Sun terrace • Barbecue • Fully enclosed grounds • Small football pitch

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

29

april

5

12

450

Up to 4 guests

may

19 26 495

3

10 525

17 595

Saturday changeover

24 31 695

7 750

July

June

14 850

21 950

28 1050

5 1150

12 1195

august

19 1250

26

2 9 1350

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23 30 6 1250 1095 950

13 825

20 725

27 595

4 550

11

18 525

25

Ca’n Gallú Moscari Map ref: B4 Web ref: 234 Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Restaurant 350m consistently popular with Vintage travel guests, this welcoming and comfortable country retreat remains a perfect hideaway for anyone seeking peace and privacy while at the same time being within walking distance of basic amenities. Providing welcome shade and an ideal location for dinner in the evening, a long front terrace overlooks the pool. From here lovely views can be enjoyed across olive and almond groves to the rural heartland of mallorca, an almost unbroken 270° vista encompassing the picturesque foothills of the Sierra tramuntana, hilltop towns of búger and campanet and, on clear days, the sea at ca’n Picafort.

the simply styled interior has a large, open plan living/dining/kitchen area and a double bedroom with shower room conveniently adjacent. air conditioning in the bedroom and living space has been a thoughtful installation by tomeu the friendly property owner.

it is just a 200m walk into moscari, a typical mallorcan village, virtually untouched by tourism and with a noticeably gentle pace of life (it would not be true to say that time has completely forgotten moscari but it does look like it might be ignoring the place!). amenities include a simple snack bar and a tiny boutique-style hotel with a short but interesting reataurant menu of fresh local dishes. moscari also has one of those little grocery-cum-hardware-cum-everything stores that, entertainingly, seem to stock almost anything you care to ask for!

more comprehensive amenities can be found at campanet or Selva, which are each 3km away or binibona is 4km. Palma is a 45 minute drive or can also be reached by train from Sa Pobla while the beaches of Port de Pollença and cala Sant Vicenç are around 20–25 minutes via the impressively scenic country back roads.

Please note: air conditioning (if used) is payable locally. Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, A/C, wood burning stove) • Kitchen (oven, microwave) • Double bedroom (A/C) • Shower room

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

Up to 2 guests

april

march

5

29 550

12

19 575

may

26

3 625

10 17 695

24 31 795 825

7 850

July

June

14 895

21 950

28 995

5 1095

12 1195

OUTSIDE: • Covered front terrace • Sun terrace • In-built barbecue • Open garage area (washing machine)

26

9 2 1250

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

19

• Private parking • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with Roman steps

23

6 30 1095 950

13 825

20 725

27 650

4 595

11

18 550

25

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Finca Josepet Mallorca | BALEARICS

Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 288 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis Beach 10.5km

in the heart of the colonya valley yet a mere 3km from the wonderful roman town of Pollença, this desirable property provides everything needed for a relaxing rural hiatus while being conveniently close to all amenities, sandy beaches, a nine hole golf course and an assortment of well-marked walking and cycling trails. the larger than average private swimming pool is bordered by verdant lawns, towering palm trees, mature shrubs and sculptured hedgerows. adorned by red roof tiles and cheerful green shutters the solid, well-crafted stone exterior of this former farmhouse creates a most welcoming first impression. richly embroidered in red, plump and comfortable soft furnishings blend seamlessly with whitewashed walls, rustic floor tiles and timeless wooden rafters. the already spacious living room is augmented by a spiral staircase leading to an additional mezzanine sitting area.

the galley-style kitchen has gleaming counter tops, smart stools under the breakfast bar, colourful cupboards and a selection of modern fitted and free-standing equipment. each bedroom is air conditioned and roomy with décor that includes exposed brickwork, antiques and interesting artwork. one of the double bedrooms features a wonderfully restored bed frame that is considered a family heirloom; however, we would mention that the comfortable mattress it houses definitely does not qualify for heirloom status!

encouraging a life lived alfresco are an ample sun terrace bordering the pool, comfy rattan sofas, in-built barbecue and designated dining area. Pollença Golf club is just 2km with the quaint streets and squares of the town itself offering a weekly market and a marvellous choice of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. the sandy coves of cala Sant Vicenç and sweeping bay of Pollença are each within a 15 minute drive.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) • Dining room • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room

• Double bedroom (A/C) with doors leading to terrace • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • Spiral staircase to... MEZZANINE: • Additional seating area

OUTSIDE: • Utility room (washing machine) • Shower room • In-built barbecue • Covered dining terrace (ceiling fan) • Sun terraces

• Mature garden with lawn • Table tennis • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover

Property occupancy

april

march

5

29 695

Up to 6 guests

may

26 795

19

12 750

3 10 17 24 31 1350 895 950 1095

7 1495

July

June

21 1695

14 1595

28 1795

5 1995

19

12 2250

26

9 2 2350

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

23

6 30 1950 1650

13 1450

20 1250

27 1095

4 895

11 795

25

18 750

Villa Valldemossa Valldemossa Map ref: B2 Web ref: 269 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Town House Small Party Rate*

Situated in a select residential area, close to the town centre, this recently built town house offers a prized combination of comfortable, well-appointed accommodation within walking distance of all amenities, including several excellent restaurants. tastefully decorated and furnished with style, anyone seeking home from home comforts should not be disappointed with the design, décor and standard of equipment on offer. all rooms are comfortable, bright and airy with most having at least one pair of French doors through which the green-tiled roof and soaring campanile of the landmark carthusian monastery can be admired across the townscape in the near distance. externally the sun terrace has both open and shaded sections and it is pleasing to see such a good size private pool as this is not always possible in locations such as this where space is often at a premium.

the Port of Valldemossa (8km) has a pebble shoreline and two waterside eateries while cala Deià (12km) has a sandy beach and further beachside restaurant. essential to visit for so many different reasons, the nearby towns of Deià and Sóller have oodles of olde-worlde charm and unique situations beneath soaring peaks. take time to stroll their peaceful back streets and enjoy an atmosphere and architecture that has remained largely unchanged for generations. a breathtakingly scenic coastal road meanders northwards via lluc to Pollença and south to the white sandy beaches of andratx. Palma’s tree-lined boulevards, bustling port, exclusive yacht club and excellent shopping are only 18km away or it is just 10 minutes downhill to the car park at the University from where the efficient metro service will whisk you directly into the centre of the capital in 15 minutes. Accommodation

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

22

29 5 *Up to 4 guests 1350 N/A 5–8 guests 1850

april

12

19

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, iPod dock) with French windows and covered terrace (steps to pool) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) Saturday changeover

may

26 1395 1895

3

10

17 24 31 7 1450 1595 1695 1750 1950 2095 2150 2195

21 2095 2295

FIRST FLOOR: • Bathroom

July

June

14 1895 2250

• Utility room (washing machine, dryer) • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • The house has air conditioning (centrally controlled)

28

5

12

2295

2350

2395

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• Double bedroom with French windows, balcony and en suite bathroom (spa bath) • Bedroom with double bed, French windows, dressing area and en suite bathroom (spa bath)

august

19

26

2 2495

9

16

30 6 2095 1895 2295 2250

13 1750 2195

20 1695 2150

OUTSIDE: • Shower • Barbecue • Open and shaded terrace • Private parking • Private swimming pool (6.5m x 4.5m) Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

• Bedroom with twin beds and French windows

27 1550 2050

4 1450 1950

11

18 1395 1895

25


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Es Mirador BALEARICS | Mallorca

Campanet Map ref: B4 Web ref: 283 Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis Sauna | Beach 16km

Discretely tucked away in a wonderfully private location off an unmade country track es mirador is one of the most appealing hideaway cottages we have discovered. For honeymooners seeking a post-nuptial oasis of calm, or anyone looking to enjoy a restful, relaxing escape in what could be called ‘the real mallorca’, this perfectly positioned, thoughtfully appointed and comfortably furnished property offers everything needed.

both inside and out, attention to detail is impressive with comfort and convenience given priority. Décor and equipment are of a very high standard, furnishings have been chosen with taste and care and selected thoughtful touches include an extremely well appointed kitchen, hydro-massage shower in the bathroom and air conditioning in the living area and bedroom.

From the spacious terraces bordering the house, poolside and landscaped grounds, there are sweeping panoramic views across the undulating campanet Valley, a vision of pastoral perfection stretching as far as the pine clad foothills of the rugged tramuntana mountains. to the left hand side, one of mallorca’s highest peaks (massanella), further enhances the already inspiring backdrop. While undoubtedly a rural location good amenities remain close to hand. campanet (1.1 km) is home to bakeries, mini-markets, banks, several café/bars and a typical village market on tuesday. there is a tennis court within 2.5 km and three restaurants within a fifteen minute drive. the area is also well known for a network of fascinating subterranean caves that open for public visits yet rarely see the crowds found at other similar island attractions. Further afield, the beach at Playa de muro is 16km, Pollença 19km and Port de Pollença with its sweeping sandy bay 26km. Palma is reached in less than an hour by a scenic train ride from Sa Pobla (6.5km). Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, A/C, Wi-Fi, wood burner) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, washing machine, clothes dryer) • Double bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom (¾ bath with hydromassage shower)

OUTSIDE: • Various open and covered terraces (CD) on three levels • Poolside shower • Changing room with sauna and shower • In-built barbecue • Tiered, landscaped grounds

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

29

april

5

12

19

N/A

Up to 2 guests

may

26 595

3 10 650 750

• Table tennis • Private covered and open parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m) with side Roman steps

Saturday changeover

17 24 31 850 925 995

7 1095

July

June

14 1195

21 1295

28 1395

5 1495

12 1550

august

19

26

2 9 1650

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1550 1450

13 1250

20 1050

27 925

4 825

11 750

18 695

25 N/A

Ca’n Jaume Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 274 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 4km character and style are offered in abundance at this gorgeous country house. Sitting in spacious, well-tended grounds looked after with care and pride, ca’n Jaume’s seamless integration of contemporary fixtures, fittings and equipment with a wealth of old-world authenticity, charm and atmosphere creates a unique home where relaxing and quickly feeling at ease are both effortless.

it is a tribute to the caring local owners that in furnishing and equipping the property to modern standards they have, at the same time, artfully managed to maintain the authentic and welcoming feel of a traditional mallorcan farmhouse. reinforcing can Jaume’s indelible links with days gone by, exposed stone walls, sloping beamed ceilings and hand picked items of rural memorabilia are all eye-catching features of the house décor.

outdoor living is an equal pleasure. bordered by a large lawn, mature shrubs, hedging and trees the private pool has family-friendly roman steps and there is ample terracing both open and covered on which to relax in the sunshine. the surrounding landscape of hills, farmland and unspoilt countryside is quintessential Pollença.

criss-crossed by winding rural lanes and well marked cycle tracks this area will also interest birdwatchers as a fascinating mix of species including terns, warblers, kestrels, ospreys, migrating herons and cranes all regularly visit the nearby albufera national Park. comprehensive amenities, a lively Sunday market and an excellent choice of restaurants are all found at Pollença (3km) and you are extremely well placed for visits to the coast with the long sweeping beach, boat trips and water sports of Port de Pollença just 9km. the two sandy coves of cala Sant Vicenç are also within easy distance and a fine nine-hole golf course is about a 10 minute drive.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) • Dining room

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

march

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

may

26

3 10 625 725

17 895

Saturday changeover

24 31 1150

7 1195

July

June

14 1250

21 1395

• Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Shower room (washing machine)

28 1595

5 1750

12 1850

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Double bedroom (A/C) • Two twin bedrooms (A/C) • Bathroom

august

19

26

2 1895

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Shower • Barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Lawn • Private parking

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23 30 6 1850 1595 1395

13 1195

20 1050

• Private swimming pool with corner Roman steps (9m x 4.5m)

27 895

4

11

18

25

N/A

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Marina de na Jero Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 284 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 9km

Mallorca | BALEARICS

Within easy distance of lovely sandy beaches and a wealth of excellent amenities including the lush fairways and highly regarded restaurant of Pollença Golf club, marina de na Jero sits off a short country track in a restful, rural location surrounded by eye-catching scenery. With commanding views to enjoy from both pool and terraces across open countryside to the spectacular tramuntana mountains, this sought-after combination of situation, comfort and convenience is a perfect Pollença location. it is so easy to feel at home here. the open plan interior has a welcoming, rustic ambience with a well equipped, fitted kitchen, breakfast bar and direct access onto a shaded outdoor dining terrace from the large, comfortably furnished living area. High, beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floors add character while air conditioning helps to keep each bedroom appealingly cool when summer temperatures are at their height. Families, in particular, will appreciate the roman-stepped private pool, good size lawn and fully enclosed grounds providing younger party members with ample space in which to run around and play.

the exterior dining terrace (with in-built barbecue conveniently alongside) enjoys far-reaching views over adjacent fields of olive, almond, fig, carob and citrus trees towards the golf club (1.5km), creating a most attractive spot for a long, al fresco linger in the sunshine.

Pollença’s unique atmosphere and extensive facilities are just 4km with a further choice at cala Sant Vicenç (9km) and Port de Pollença (10km), the latter also home to one of the longest, most impressive sandy bays in mallorca. a series of well-marked routes for both cyclists and ramblers criss-cross the surrounding landscape while the nearby protected parkland of S’albufera (open to visitors) is home to a wealth of indigenous and migratory birdlife.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, wood burner) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Shower room

OUTSIDE: • Open and shaded terraces • Outhouse (washing machine) • In-built barbecue • Lawned grounds • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 5m) with Roman steps

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

april

march

5

29

19 550

12

495

Up to 4 guests

may

26

3 10 595 695

17 795

24 31 995

7 1095

July

June

14 1250

21 1450

28 1550

5 1695

12 1795

19

26

9 2 1950

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

23

6 30 1650 1350

13 1095

20 895

27 750

4 625

11 575

25

18 525

Ca Na Xidoia Old Alcúdia (Pollença) Map ref: B5 Web ref: 267 Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 1.3km

ca na Xidoia (pronounced she-doy-yah) is that rarest of finds; a property for two people in an excellent location offering a wealth of original character and interior detail plus the comfort of modern conveniences. Guests at this cosy hideaway will surely enjoy the best of both worlds – a predominantly countryside situation which is, at the same time, only 1.3km from the beach and 1.1km from the amenities, bars and excellent restaurants found inside and around the impressive roman walls of old alcúdia.

Greeting you on arrival, the pretty grounds and shaded front terrace are an inviting introduction to the restful, rustic ambience reflected throughout the house interior. the ground floor, open-plan in design, has a sense of spaciousness that belies the property’s capacity whilst the beamed ceilings, terracotta floor tiling and exposed stone walls (decorated with an eclectic selection of rural memorabilia) all create a striking impression. a sitting area sits to one side, dining area on the other with Xidoia’s original wood-burning stove an interesting focal point between the two. the kitchen is conveniently adjacent to the dining area and a bathroom completes the downstairs accommodation. an open tread staircase rises to the galleried sleeping area, where a double bed sits beneath the sloping eaves. Furniture, fixtures and fittings throughout have been carefully chosen to reflect and remain faithful to the property’s rustic origins. encircling the house is a large enclosed garden, home to a fine private swimming pool surrounded by lawn and an interesting selection of mature shrubs, fig, olive, palm and almond trees. as there are good amenities within striking distance this would be an excellent choice of property for those not wishing to rely on a car for the whole duration of their holiday.

Please note: as the open tread staircase leading to the galleried bedroom is quite steep this property would not be ideal for young children or anyone unsteady on their feet. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, wood burner) • Kitchen (oven, microwave) • Bathroom with half bath (shower over)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

Up to 2 guests

april

march

5

29 450

19

12 495

may

26 525

3 10 550 625

17 24 31 725 875 950

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7 995

July

June

14 1150

21 1250

28 1350

5 1450

12 1495

• Open tread staircase (quite steep) leads to.. GALLERY/BEDROOM: • Sleeping area with double bed (A/C)

26

9 2 1595

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

19

OUTSIDE: • Covered front entrance terrace • In-built barbecue • Outhouse (washing machine) • Large enclosed grounds • Private parking   • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

23

6 30 1450 1250

13 1050

20 925

27 775

4 650

11 550

18 525

25 495


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Marvil Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 291 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 3.7km

BALEARICS | Mallorca

enjoying a great location tucked into the peaceful Pollença countryside, marvil is a comfortably furnished mallorcan cottage with a very pretty pool and garden. With views across to the mountains and iconic Puig de maria the good-sized grounds are home to various mature shrubs including a pine, fig and cherry tree as well as an extensive lawn perfect for younger party members to enjoy an impromptu kickabout. relaxing around the private pool, it is easy to believe that you are in a deeply rural location when, in reality, a range of excellent amenities together with several gorgeous sandy beaches are nothing more than a few minutes’ drive away.

oozing rustic mallorcan charm the attractive décor of the open plan interior features highly polished dark wood beams, worktops and cabinets, local fabrics and tasteful ceramics. bright prints on the walls, decorative rural memorabilia and selected family ornaments further enhance the traditional ambience and seamlessly blend with the modern fixtures, fittings and equipment of the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms. a designated solarium cum sitting room not only allows access directly onto the terrace just a few steps from the pool but also provides a most convenient, shady refuge for when summer temperatures are at their height.

being almost equidistant between the famously atmospheric town of Pollença (3km) and the sandy beach at llenaire (3.7km) brings all amenities including a superb choice of restaurants within easy distance. laid-back cala Sant Vicenç (6.5km) also boasts two striking, family-friendly cove beaches as well as a further, comprehensive choice of shops, bars and cafés. altogether marvil is a wonderful spot in which to relax with the benefit of some of the island’s loveliest scenery and beaches eminently accessible. Accommodation • Open plan kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher)/dining room (woodburner) • Solarium cum sitting room (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi) with doors to terrace • Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace • Bathroom

OUTSIDE: • Shower room, utility room (washing machine) • In-built barbecue • Terrace with retractable sun blind • Enclosed grounds with lawn • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

april

march

450

395

Up to 4 guests

19

12

5

29

may

26 475

3 10 525 575

17 24 31 650 750 795

7 895

July

June

14 995

21 1095

28 1250

5 1395

19

12 1595

26

2 1750

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

6 23 30 1650 1450 1195

13 1050

20 925

27 775

4 650

11 575

25

18 525

Ca’n Bobis Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 3030 Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis

tucked into tranquil, attractive countryside within easy distance of all amenities as well as the sweeping bay of Pollença this delightfully appointed cottage sits in large mature grounds, fringed by lawn and citrus trees. Fast becoming one of our most sought after properties, ca’n bobis is an excellent choice for two people looking to ‘get-away-from-it-all’ in a comfortable, conveniently positioned holiday base.

comprising the whole of the building in the accompanying aerial photograph, guests enter into an open plan living area extending across to a bright and modern kitchen/diner that looks directly out over the pool and garden. two-tone floor tiles plus vaulted beamed ceilings create airiness and an irresistible feeling of space. to the left hand side a large shower room sits alongside the spacious, attractively decorated double bedroom which is also air conditioned and has double doors onto the long front terrace. outside well-kept lawn surrounds the pool and a covered dining terrace offers cooling shade. Hedging and pretty, mature foliage including citrus, oleaster, carob and bougainvillea bring vibrant splashes of colour while atractive views to the cap de Formentor, la Victòria peninsula and tramuntana foothills can all be enjoyed. Vibrant, atmospheric and friendly there is always something of interest happening in Pollença (5.5km). restaurants to suit all taste and budgets can be found there as well as in Port de Pollença (4.5km) where the gently shelving sandy beach offers watersports, scuba diving and boat trips. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy exploring the intricate network of country lanes threading through the immediate area, the nearby S’albufereta nature reserve attracts a wide variety of birdlife while golfers have both a nine hole course at 4.5km and a particularly scenic eighteen hole course (with a highly regarded restaurant) at alcanada, 11km.

Accommodation • Living area (Satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi) • Kitchen/diner (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace • Shower room

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

Up to 2 guests

april

march

29

12

5 N/A

19

may

26 550

3 10 595 650

17 24 31 750 850 895

7 995

July

June

14 1050

21 1150

28 1250

5 1350

12 1395

19 1450

OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Table tennis • Open and covered terraces • Mature, enclosed grounds with lawn • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

26

9 2 1495

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

6 23 30 1450 1395 1250

13 1095

20 950

27 825

4 725

11 650

18 595

25 550

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Mallorca | BALEARICS

Ca’n Seguí Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 273 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis | Beach 8km Small Party Rate*

two ground floor bathrooms are both recently refurbished and there are independent air conditioning units in each of the five bedrooms.

larger groups seeking a well appointed property with a lovely private pool will be hard pressed to find a better location than this characterful home. in the same local family as two of our most sought-after Pollençan properties, baldregat and Serelleta, ca’n Seguí enjoys a wonderfully convenient position tucked away behind mature foliage only 250m from the famous roman bridge designating the entrance to Pollença itself and from where it is just 400m further to the town’s central square. Such a fine location means you have all amenities, including a vast selection of good restaurants within walking distance and the need to rely on a car is considerably reduced, if not removed completely.

outside, lush mediterranean foliage keeps the shaped private pool wonderfully private and creates such a pastoral atmosphere that it is hard to believe you are so close to one of the island’s most celebrated roman towns. encompassing the Puig de maria and famous 365 step walkway of calvario, the view from the first floor terrace extends out across the treetops and the town outskirts. the scene as you look out from here early evening with the sun setting behind the mountains and the lights of Pollença beginning to glow is a perfect reminder of what a privileged position this is!

much larger than can be conveyed in these accompanying pictures, ca’n Segui has been a cherished family home for several generations. the local owners are constantly seeking ways to further improve and update their property while at the same time taking great care to preserve the traditional atmosphere of an authentic mallorcan farmhouse.

the two family-friendly sandy coves of cala Sant Vicenç (8km) as well as the glorious sweeping beach and comprehensive amenities of Port de Pollença are all about a ten-minute drive while golfers have a respected 9-hole course within five kilometres. criss-crossed by numerous, well marked walking trails suitable for a wide range of abilities, the rugged tramuntana foothills provide the most eye-catching of backdrops to this breathtakingly pretty corner of the island.

Styling throughout is simple, even unpretentious, but no less welcoming for that. the attractive living room blends contemporary and antique furniture to great effect, the fitted kitchen/diner has excellent modern appliances, the Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (A/C, TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, Playstation II) • Kitchen/diner (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C) with king size bed, en suite shower room and door to rear terrace • Two twin bedrooms each with A/C • Shower room

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

22

*Up to 6 guests N/A 7–10 guests

april

29

5 695 895

12

19 850 1050

Saturday changeover

26

3 10 17 24 31 7 895 950 1050 1650 1695 1095 1150 1250

July

June

may

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • Twin bedroom (A/C) with large sun terrace

14

21

28

5

12

1795

1895

1995

2495

2850

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august

19

26

2 2995

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Laundry room (washing machine) • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Open and covered terraces • Table Tennis • Private parking • Shaped private swimming pool (8m x 5m at widest points)  

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30

6

2850 2550 2150

13 1595 1795

20 1395 1495

27 1095 1295

4 950 1150

11 850 1050

18

25 795 995


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Ca Na Reieta BALEARICS | Mallorca

Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 253 Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi Beach 5km

this beautifully designed, deceptively spacious and very well equipped property is the perfect choice for a couple seeking a comfortable and relaxing holiday base in the picturesque north of the island. ca na reieta boasts a lovely location just 1.2 km from the celebrated roman town of Pollença and only a five minute drive from the long seafront promenade at Port de Pollença. comprehensive amenities which include supermarkets, boutiques, bars, cafes, many first class restaurants and a wonderful sweeping sandy beach are therefore all very close to hand.

tastefully chosen furnishings, attractive artwork and a décor of soft pastel tones create a tranquil, welcoming atmosphere. of open plan design the living room sits to one side, a pretty kitchen/diner to the other while the mezzanine is home to a double bed, lovely en suite shower room and an air conditioning unit cleverly positioned to efficiently serve the whole property.

the craggy peaks of the Sierra tramuntana foothills dominate the near distance. Sunset sees innumerable changes of colour over the rockface, a panorama best enjoyed perhaps from the shaded front terrace while the evening meal cooks on the adjacent barbecue. as one of the most emblematic locations in all mallorca Pollença needs little introduction. nearby cala San Vicenç (5km) has two sandy coves, while the Port of Pollença (6.5km) boasts a pinetree-lined coastal walkway, outstanding seafood restaurants and a superb beach. the surrounding hills and coastline are ideal for walking, cycling and bird watching. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open-plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Open-tread staircase rises to...

MEZZANINE: • Double bed • Shower room • Air conditioning

• • • • •

OUTSIDE: • Cloakroom • Shower

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 2 guests

march

29 450

april

5 495

12

19 595

may

26

3 10 650 695

In-built barbecue Covered and open terraces Fully enclosed grounds Private parking Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

Saturday changeover

17 24 31 795 850 995

7 1095

July

June

14 1150

21 1250

28 1295

5 1395

12 1495

august

19

26

2 9 1550

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1425 1225

13 1050

20 925

27 775

4 625

11 575

18

25 495

Ca’n Bennassar Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 257 Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 9km ca’n bennassar is a delightful country hideaway within easy distance of Pollença. Quintessentially mallorcan, this pretty, stone clad cottage sits bordered by olive and citrus groves looking out across the colonya Valley with the soaring peaks of the Sierra tramuntana as a backdrop. both house and grounds are very generously proportioned offering more than ample space for two people to enjoy a comfortable, relaxing holiday. the living/dining room is of traditional, open plan design with feature fireplace and a vaulted, beamed ceiling inset with attractive, curved terracotta tiles while the comfortable double bedroom alongside is air conditioned with an en suite shower room. boasting gorgeous views over the pool, garden and valley a spacious ivy clad rear terrace provides the perfect dining location.

the good size private pool sits in an impressive, lawned garden of fruit trees, flowering shrubs and mature palms with an assortment of uniquely shaped rocks dotted amongst the foliage each one individually raised on supports to create artistic and unusual focal points.

Just over 2km away, Pollença is mallorca’s most iconic roman town where something of interest is always taking place. the town’s wide range of social and cultural events includes art exhibitions, local craft shows, fresh produce markets, musical performances by world famous artistes, re-enactments of historical events, exuberant fiestas and various colourful processions. the atmospheric, cobbled back streets host all amenities including several highly regarded restaurants and tapas bars.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, fireplace) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, washing machine) • Double bedroom (A/C) • Shower room

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 2 guests

march

29

april

5 495

12

19 575

may

26

3 10 625 695

Saturday changeover

17 24 31 795 925 995

7 1095

July

June

14 1150

21 1195

28 1250

5 1350

12 1395

august

19

26

2 9 1495

16

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Mature garden with lawn • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m) with wide Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1350 1195

13 1050

20 925

27 725

4 625

11 550

18

25 495

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Mallorca | BALEARICS

Baldregat

OUTSTANDING LOCATION

Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 259 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms |2 Bathrooms |Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 12km nestling on the wooded hillside of the ca'n bosc Valley in the tramuntana foothills, baldregat enjoys a truly unique location. not only does this wonderful hideaway cottage offer privacy, tranquillity and the convenience of having all amenities close at hand but the striking panoramic sea views on offer from such a privileged, elevated position are amongst the best we have found.

looked after with great care and pride, baldregat provides the perfect retreat for a small party or a couple seeking a spacious, well equipped holiday base. essentially rural it is still only 4.5km to the roman town of Pollença where all amenities including a colourful Sunday market and some of the island's best restaurants can be found.

From the shaded front terrace you are welcomed into an open plan living/dining room with kitchen area to one side. each bedroom is air conditioned with its own bath or shower room; the larger than average en suite to the double bedroom has a separate shower cubicle in addition to the bath and twin washbasins while the shower room serving the twin bedroom, has been imaginatively built directly into the hillside and incorporates an entire wall of natural mountain rock.

Undoubtedly most holiday time will be spent in and around the large oval pool from where those superlative views encompass the chapel-topped Puig de maria, the entire bay of Pollença including the Formentor and cabo Pinar peninsulae, the boquer and cala Sant Vicenç valleys and, on the clearest days even neighbouring menorca. Surrounded by densely wooded hillside of holm oaks, olive and carob trees baldregat also has an immensely impressive backdrop of soaring mountainside where birds of prey such as eagles and hawks regularly circle and swoop around the rockface. a renowned stop-off point on migratory routes, the birdwatchers paradise of albufera national Park is not far away on the lowlands with species such as terns, warblers, kestrels and ospreys as well as herons and cranes regularly visiting. the sweeping sandy beach of Pollença bay, and the coves at cala Sant Vicenç are each a 15 minute drive while the golf course is just 7.5 kms away. ramblers have the added attraction of good walking in the mountains... on their doorstep!

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer.

“Baldregat is a haven of peace and tranquillity with a romantic view as a bonus.” Mr A Brown, Devon

Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (A/C, TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, wood burner) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (separate shower cubicle) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Shower room

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

april

march

29 625

5 675

12

19 775

may

26 825

7 3 10 17 24 31 895 995 1150 1350 1395 1495

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July

June

14 1625

21 1795

28 1895

5 1995

12

OUTSIDE: • Spacious open and shaded terraces • Barbecue • Landscaped grounds • Laundry room (washing machine) • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 6m)

19

26

2 2095

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

23

6 30 1995 1750

13 1495

20 1250

27 1050

4 925

11 825

25

18 750


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Ca’n Guillem BALEARICS | Mallorca

Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 290 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Children’s Pool | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi Beach 10km a long-standing favourite of Vintage travel guests, ca’n Guillem is nestled in the pretty environs of the fertile colonya Valley at the end of a narrow country track just outside the old roman town of Pollença. this is an ideal property for smaller parties who wish to enjoy the breathtakingly scenic countryside, yet at the same time be close to all the excellent amenities and attractions found in this spectacular part of the island. With the tramuntana foothills providing an enviable backdrop, this comfortable country house is set in a pretty garden. a rockery, mature shrubs, palm, fruit and olive trees fringe the private pool and the dedicated shallow section to one end is sure to be appreciated by families with younger children.

meander back from here along the little path that leads to the house itself and you arrive at the front terrace which is a lovely shady spot ideal for outdoor dining, an evening aperitif or perhaps a siesta over the hotter part of the day. inside, the comfortable interior of ca’n Guillem has a welcoming, open plan design with two bathrooms and air conditioning thoughtfully fitted in each bedroom as well as in the living room. criss crossed by tracks and rural lanes, with birds of prey regularly soaring overhead, this stunningly pretty part of mallorca is a walkers’ and birdwatchers’ paradise.

the famous Sunday market, wonderful restaurants and excellent amenities of Pollença town are a 10 minute drive while days out to the coast are easily enjoyed at the sandy coves of Sant Vicenç (a 15 minute drive) or the wide sweeping sandy beach of Port de Pollença (10km).

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation • Open plan living/dining room (A/C, TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, wood burner) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom

OUTSIDE: • Open and shaded terraces • In-built barbecue • Garden • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) incorporating separate children’s section (3m x 1m)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

28

april

4

11

18 550

495

Up to 4 guests

may

25

2 9 595 695

16 795

Friday changeover

23

30 995

6 1095

July

June

13 1250

20 1450

27 1550

4 1695

11 1795

august

18

25

1 8 1950

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29 5 1650 1350

12 1095

19 895

26 750

3 625

10 575

17

24 525

Ca’l Perdiu Vell Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 240 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis Beach 10km

ca’l Perdiu Vell is a very pretty house sitting in a mature, well stocked garden at the end of a short country track. With impressive views across to the mountains bordering the nearby roman town of Pollença this lovely location offers very easy access to all amenities and at the same time enjoys an essentially rural and tranquil position. the best of both worlds one might say. the immaculately kept interior, well decorated and comfortably furnished is graced by a splendid dining room, living room and kitchen, two large bedrooms and two bathrooms. an impressive staircase leads up to the first floor where there is a marvellous double bedroom with en suite shower room. From the first floor as well as from the covered front terrace and poolside there are spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

there is ample sunbathing space around the private swimming pool which enjoys a particularly sunny position in the grounds surrounded by shrubs and well tended lawn. mature olive trees on the pool terrace provide additional shade in which to relax with your holiday reading or maybe take a post-lunch siesta. or both. From this lovely position, you are only 1km from Pollença golf club and just over 2km from the wonderful old town itself where cobbled streets, a superb range of amenities and a wealth of locally recommended restaurants combine to create one of the most atmospheric locations on all mallorca. the sandy, family friendly cove beaches of cala Sant Vicenç are a 12 minute drive away with the impressive broad sweep of Pollença bay just 5 minutes further.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) • Dining room • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (includes a separate shower) • Twin bedroom (A/C)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

april

march

5

29 675

19

12 725

may

26 775

3 10 17 24 31 850 950 1050 1250

7 1350

July

June

14 1495

21 1695

28 1795

5 1950

12 2050

• Shower room • Heating FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room

26

9 2 2150

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

19

OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • Barbecue • Mature, lawned garden • Utility room (washing machine) • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7.5m x 4m) with side Roman steps

23

6 30 1850 1550

13 1295

20 1095

27 950

4 795

11 750

25

18 725

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Mallorca | BALEARICS VIEWS TO MENORCA

Serelleta

Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 261 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 12km the most magnificent, sweeping views are yours to enjoy at this cosy, rural retreat. tucked away on the peaceful, wooded slopes above the ca'n bosc Valley Serelleta is in the same local family as one our most popular mallorcan properties, baldregat and shares the same unrivalled hillside location as its illustrious neighbour. Privately ensconced in its own mature grounds, a spectacular panorama spreads out before you from the house terraces and poolside. Showcasing one of mallorca's most picturesque landscapes at its impressive best, the quite breathtaking view encompasses the Puig de maria, the boquer and cala Sant Vicenç valleys, the extensive bay of Pollença, rugged Formentor peninsula, the cabo Pinar and, stretching out as far as the eye can see, the sparkling mediterranean. From this truly prestigious vantage point even the island of menorca can frequently be seen on the horizon. accessed from Pollença via a country lane that gently winds its way up into the tramuntana foothills, Serelleta has the charm and feel of a true country hideaway and yet is only 4.5km from all amenities including the many first-class restaurants that populate the celebrated roman town.

entering from the long, covered front terrace the house interior conveys an instant homely feeling with the principal living accommodation being open plan in design. comfortable soft furnishings surround the fireplace, a dining area alongside and the kitchen, designated by an american bar, is located at the far end of the room. each bedroom is well furnished with independently controlled air conditioning. two bathrooms (one en suite) complete and perfectly compliment Serelleta's excellent facilities.

appealing and attractive, the outdoor areas are sure to be the focal point of your holiday. there is plenty of space for alfresco dining with a brick barbecue conveniently located close to the kitchen and gated stone steps leading directly down to the lower level where the spacious private pool and sun terrace are fringed by mature shrubs. Dotted around the grounds are holm oaks, lemon, pine, olive and carob trees.

Pollença golf course is 7.5km, various sandy beaches within a 15 minute drive while ramblers and birdwatchers will not be disappointed with the choice of walking trails and natural wildlife in the surrounding hills – although with a view that is undoubtedly amongst the best we have seen the temptation never to leave this bucolic haven is guaranteed to be high.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer.

“It is hard to imagine a more perfect villa – fabulous views, secluded location, wonderful house and pool, and only 10 minutes’ drive from a lovely town.” Dr B Lord, Dundee

Accommodation • • • • •

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

march

29 575

april

5 625

12

19 725

may

26 775

Saturday changeover

3 10 17 24 31 7 850 950 1095 1295 1350 1450

Open plan living/dining room (A/C, TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, wood burner) Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom Twin bedroom (A/C) Bathroom

July

June

14 1575

21 1750

28 1850

5 1995

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OUTSIDE: • Open and shaded terraces • In-built barbecue • Washing machine • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m)

august

19

26

2 2095

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1950 1695

13 1450

20 1195

27 995

4 875

11 775

18

25 695


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Busqueroles Petit Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 246 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms |2 Bathrooms |Air Conditioning | Beach 9km

BALEARICS | Mallorca

originally a shepherds’ refuge, this pretty cottage nestles in the countryside just outside the old roman town of Pollença. Sympathetically extended and refurbished to a high standard, this house offers the best of both worlds – a beautiful rural situation at the foothills of the Puig de maria and easy access to the excellent amenities of Pollença town and Port de Pollença. Décor is modern, light and pleasant while at the same time retaining the feel of a traditional countryside property. For added comfort the thoughtful owner has installed air conditioning in the living room and bedrooms.

externally a wide sun terrace leads onto the private swimming pool sparkling just beyond and tiled in an attractive green colour to blend with its rural surroundings. the extensive grounds around the house are a fascinating natural landscape of wild grasses, plants, olive, carob and fig trees.

all amenities and many excellent restaurants can be found in the narrow cobbled streets of Pollença town, which is a convenient 10 minute drive. the sandy beaches of cala Sant Vicenç and impressive Pollença bay are 5 minutes further and Pollença Golf club is 5km. this is truly a delightful hideaway cottage in a lovely location. Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer.

“We have had a wonderful week here. Busqueroles Petit is a really lovely villa in such a peaceful location.” Miss S Storer, London Accommodation • Living/dining room (wood burning stove, TV, DVD, CD, A/C) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C)

• Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • Shower room (washing machine) with external access

OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

29

april

5

12

550

Up to 4 guests

19 595

may

26 625

3 10 675 750

17 825

Saturday changeover

24 31 950

7 995

July

June

14 1095

21 1195

28 1325

5 1450

12 1495

august

19 1595

26

2 9 1650

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23 30 6 1595 1395 1195

13 995

20 825

27 725

4 650

11

18 625

25

Ca’n Camarroja Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 280 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Air conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis Beach 4km

tucked into the peaceful Pollença countryside, ca’n camarroja is a comfortably furnished stoneclad mallorcan cottage with a very pretty pool and garden. Surrounded by enclosed, colourful grounds of mature shrubs, palms and cacti, this characterful, former farmhouse is also bordered on one side by a large orchard of fig, lemon, plum and olive trees, as well as several ‘nispero’ (loquat) and almond trees. relaxing around the private pool, it is easy to believe that you are in a deeply rural location when, in reality, a range of excellent amenities together with several gorgeous sandy beaches are all just a few minutes’ drive.

For several generations, ca’n camorroja has been in the family of Pedro and maria, the hospitable local owners. maria says her main wish is that guests feel immediately welcome and at ease – something we feel is very much achieved as you enter into the open plan ground floor from the shaded front terrace where the care and pride taken in looking after the house is evident and an inviting homely ambience quickly apparent.

Décor throughout is a simply-styled combination of the traditionally mallorcan (fabrics, dark/light wood furniture, framed antique photos) with the contemporary (modern appliances, satellite tV, air conditioning in each bedroom). outside the well-tended grounds host a small lawn and a choice of open and shaded terraces on which to relax in the sunshine. Partially covered by a grapevine, the front terrace makes a particularly appealing spot for open air dining to the accompaniment of gentle birdsong. being almost equidistant between the atmospheric town of Pollença (3kms) and the spacious curving beach at Port de Pollença (4.5kms) brings all amenities including a superb choice of restaurants within easy distance. laid-back cala Sant Vicenç (4 kms) also boasts two striking, family-friendly cove beaches as well as a further, comprehensive choice of shops, bars and cafés. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, Playstation II) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

april

march

29

5

12 N/A

19

may

26

3 10 525 625

17 24 31 750 950 995

7 1095

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C)

July

June

14 1250

21 1350

28 1450

5 1595

12 1795

• Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom OUTSIDE: • Cloakroom (washing machine) • In-built barbecue • Shaded and open terraces

26

9 2 1895

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

19

• Mature, well-stocked garden with lawn • Pool table • Table tennis • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

23

6 30 1650 1395

13 1195

20 950

27 795

4

18

11

25

N/A

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Ca’n Colet Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 272 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 7km

Mallorca | BALEARICS

Directly opposite the venerable old roman town of Pollença, the Puig de maria is a small hill from whose summit the far-reaching views over the surrounding area to the coastline are indeed special. nestling on the gently sloping lower reaches of the Puig we are proud to present ca’n colet; a beautifully finished stone house in an undoubtedly privileged position.

From the house windows and terraces excellent views can be enjoyed across to the outskirts of Pollença itself, a town with so much to offer. competing for attention in and around the narrow cobbled streets are ancient buildings full of character, a vibrant central square, enticing Sunday morning market and an excellent range of amenities that includes shops, banks, bars and many fine restaurants.

From this lovely property all of this can be reached in around a 15 minute walk (1km), just downhill and across the main road. With such a convenient location as your holiday base, many will consider a car far from essential. Designed with care and attention to detail, the interior is very well proportioned and features beamed ceilings, a bright, fresh colour scheme, attractive artwork and individual air conditioning in the living room and bedrooms. outside, extensive terracing, both covered and open, runs around the house with a good size lawn bordering one side of the ten metre long pool. all in all ca’n colet is a most welcoming home from home. nearby Port de Pollença (8km) marks the start of a sweeping sandy bay that stretches as far as old alcúdia while cala Sant Vicenç (7kms) has two further sandy beaches. cycling, wine tasting, golf and even bird watching are some of the readily available pastimes.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, A/C) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Cloakroom

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Lawn • Private parking • Private swimming pool with Roman steps (10m x 5m)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

april

march

12

5

29 525

Up to 4 guests

19 595

may

26

3 10 650 750

17 895

24 31 1050

7 1150

July

June

14 1350

21 1550

28 1650

5 1795

12 1895

19

26

9 2 2050

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

23

6 30 1750 1495

13 1250

20 1050

27 850

4 725

11 650

25

18 595

Ca’n Gató Vives Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 286 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Air Conditioning | Beach 5km

this welcoming country cottage sits tucked away in a lovely private position just 5km from the magnificent sweeping sandy beach of Pollença bay and 4km from the famous old roman town itself. Surrounded by mature foliage, well appointed and very pleasantly decorated, first impressions on arrival at ca’n Gató Vives are more than appealing; an instantly welcoming home from home.

externally the speckled roof tiles and ochre-hued façade belie a surprisingly contemporary interior. on the open plan ground floor an oval-shaped, glass dining table designates the tasteful living area from the gleaming, thoroughly modern kitchen while sharing parties will appreciate the additional degree of privacy created by positioning an independent bathroom and bedroom on each floor. each bedroom also has access to a balcony or terrace offering attractive views across to the tramuntana foothills. reminiscent of the bow of a ship, a whimsical, arc-shaped wall separates the pool area from the house itself and there is much evidence of the owner’s gardening talent in the surrounding grounds which are home to a fine selection of colourful bougainvillea, indigenous shrubs, pine and fruit trees. cooled by dappled shade from the rambling white rose overhead the delightful veranda next to the kitchen is a lovely spot in which to enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

this is a perfect location from which to explore one of mallorca’s most celebrated and attractive areas. criss-crossing the surrounding landscape walkers and cyclists have an intricate network of trails and rural lanes to discover as well as the celebrated flora and fauna of S’albufereta nature reserve which is a ten minute drive. tennis, golf, water sports and scuba diving are also nearby while the boutiques, Sunday market and excellent restaurants in historic Pollença town are a treat.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room, (wood burner, TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, A/C) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • Utility room (washing machine)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

april

march

29

12

5 N/A

19

may

26 550

3 10 595 695

7 17 24 31 825 995 1050 1150

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OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • Barbecue • Mature, well-stocked grounds • Covered, ornamental well • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with Roman steps

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room

July

June

14 1295

21 1395

28 1495

5 1695

12 1895

19

26

9 2 2050

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

23

6 30 1750 1450

13 1195

20 950

27 795

4 695

11 650

25

18 N/A


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Ca’n Menonge Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 271 Sleeps 5 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 7km

BALEARICS | Mallorca

With one of mallorca’s most iconic roman towns on your doorstep, the position of ca’n menonge is hard to beat. on the road leading from Pollença towards lluc monastery, this pretty house, only 600m from the celebrated main square of Pollença itself, is an excellent choice for those not wishing to rely on a car as every essential amenity is within walking distance.

internally, décor, facilities and fittings have all been chosen with care. outside, lawn surrounds the private pool and a barbecue sits conveniently adjacent to the lovely covered dining terrace. Well-screened grounds make it hard to believe you are so close to so much and the whole property is meticulously looked after by a thoughtful local owner. Pollença is a wonderfully historic spot whose winding backstreets are home to fresh bread, fish, fruit and vegetable stores, many interesting boutiques and a wide selection of cafés, tapas bars and restaurants. annual events include exhibitions, processions and concerts including one of the mediterranean’s finest cultural festivals held in the old cloisters over the summer months when a host of world-class artistes perform across a variety of artistic disciplines. every Sunday morning the main square is taken over by the weekly market; a vibrant spectacle that should not be missed. the sandy coves of cala Sant Vicenç and impressive Pollença bay are each within a ten minute drive while Pollença golf club is only 4km. there is also a variety of cycling and walking trails in the surrounding countryside. nearer to home, a climb up the famous ‘calvario’ or to the monastery atop Puig de maria will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views to the sea.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to covered terrace • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Single bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • The house has central heating

OUTSIDE: • Laundry room (washing machine) • Shower • In-built barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Garden with lawn and pond • Covered private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with side Roman steps

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

april

march

5

29

12

625

Up to 5 guests

19 695

may

26

3 10 775 875

17 995

24 31 1250

7 1350

July

June

14 1495

21 1695

28 1795

5 1950

12 2050

19

26

9 2 2150

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

23

6 30 1895 1595

13 1350

20 1150

27 950

4 850

11 750

25

18 695

Ca’n Pep Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 270 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 7km Heated Pool

With such a sought after location it is no surprise that ca’n Pep, together with sister property ca’n menonge, has fast become one of our most popular properties in Pollença. on the road leading from Pollença to lluc monastery and the scenic west coast mountains, the location of this attractive, stone clad property is convenience itself.

comfortable, homely and unpretentious, ca’n Pep would be an excellent choice for those not wishing to rely on a car to make the most of their holiday. turn right out of the gate and a 650m walk takes you to all the atmosphere and history this esteemed roman town has to offer as well as a selection of excellent amenities including supermarkets, bakeries, boutiques, banks, bars and a wonderful range of restaurants.

internally, the house décor features local tiles and selected pieces of family memorabilia. curtains and bed covers in the bedrooms are made from that celebrated, distinctively patterned mallorcan cloth – a simple, stylish and very effective choice of fabric. You will find everything needed for a comfortable and relaxing holiday including a well equipped kitchen, a flat screen tV with some satellite channels, a DVD and the thoughtful addition of air conditioning in each of the bedrooms. With dual access off the living room and kitchen, outdoor living is only enhanced by a covered dining terrace with barbecue nearby. the smart shower room off this terrace is ideal for pool use and a very useful addition to household facilities while the terrace itself provides the perfect spot in which parents can relax while keeping an eye on younger party members in the pool just across the lawn.

Please note: the pool can be heated at a cost of €115 per week paid directly to the property owner. air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with doors to covered dining terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • The house has central heating

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Saturday changeover Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

april

march

5

29 575

12

19 650

may

26

3 10 725 825

17 950

24 31 1195

7 1295

July

June

14 1450

21 1650

28 1750

5 1895

12 1995

OUTSIDE: • Shower room (washing machine) • In-built barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Private parking • Private swimming pool with side Roman steps (8m x 4m) • Crescent-shaped Jacuzzi

19

26

9 2 2095

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

august

23

6 30 1850 1550

13 1295

20 1095

27 895

4 795

11 695

25

18 650

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Mallorca | BALEARICS

Ca’n Torres

HEART OF GORGEOUS ROMAN TOWN

Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 279 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Town House | Beach 7km Properties of this quality and specification in such an exceptional location are rare indeed. recently renovated to the highest of standards, it is a great privilege to include this magnificent town house in our mallorca portfolio. For several generations the home of a much-respected local family, ca’n torres nestles in a typical, narrow backstreet of atmospheric Pollença within easy walking distance of all amenities including the celebrated central square and some of the island’s finest restaurants. externally, and unchanged for nearly a century, the flat, typically mallorcan façade of the house gives little clue to the remarkable interior which lies behind. as you step from the lane directly into the entrance hall, it is nothing short of a revelation to see the care and attention to detail invested in the property during what has been a painstakingly comprehensive refurbishment personally carried out by the owner and the many talented craftsmen within her own family.

bringing the property firmly into the 21st century, whilst at the same time fully respecting the authentic charm inherent in such an historic building, is a difficult balancing act but one which, in this case, has been accomplished with aplomb. From the hallway, sliding doors beckon you through to the body of the house and into a spacious living/dining room made bright and welcoming by the glass-panelled, andaluzstyle patio to one side. at the far end, the kitchen/breakfast room is another large, airy space all the more inviting for the two sets of patio doors that lead directly out to the poolside terrace.

alongside the in-built barbecue is a covered patio for outdoor dining with the remaining area left open to provide a generous sunbathing terrace. From the private pool and first floor there are impressive views across the rooftops to the picturesque Puig de maria, verdant colonya Valley and craggy foothills of the famous tramuntana mountains. With three on the first floor and one on the ground floor the bedroom distribution at ca’n torres lends itself particularly well to sharing parties and larger families. each of the four bedrooms is a very good size, individually air conditioned and has its own shower or bathroom facilities. Wherever you are in this lovely house the furnishings, fabrics, décor and atmosphere are all hard to fault.

as one of the mediterranean’s most fêted, iconic and vibrant roman towns, Pollença may need little introduction. Wonderful sandy beaches as well as various walking and cycling trails are all within a 15 minute drive while, conveniently ‘on the doorstep’, are all the facilities one could reasonably need to enjoy a relaxing holiday including a fresh bakery (200m),a grocer and butcher (300m) and a local restaurant serving an excellent value ‘menu del día’ (300m). Fringed by bars, restaurants and focal point of the raucous moors and christians celebrations in early august – one of the highlights of the cultural calendar – the town square is only a five minute walk while the old cloisters, home to world class performers during the annual music festival are just 10 minutes. all in all, ca’n torres is a comfortable and convenient oasis offering visitors the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in the very best of island life.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) • Kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with doors to terrace • Double bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom with separate shower cubicle

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

march

29 895

april

5 950

12

19 1050

may

26

Saturday changeover

3 10 17 24 31 1095 1195 1395 1795

7 1895

July

June

14 1995

21 2095

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and doors to terrace (stairs to poolside terrace) • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and balcony • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room • Utility room (washing machine)

28 2250

5 2550

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12 2895

august

19

26

2 9 3095

16

OUTSIDE: • Cloakroom • In-built barbecue • Covered dining terrace • Sun terrace • Private parking (250m) • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with corner Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 2795 2295

13 1995

20 1595

27 1295

4 1150

11 1050

18

25 995


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Sant Jordi BALEARICS | Mallorca

Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 292 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Town House | Beach 7km Small Party Rate*

Hidden away in a narrow backstreet behind a classically unprepossessing mallorcan façade, this gorgeous town house enjoys a marvellous location in the heart of historic Pollença, an iconic mediterranean town where the charm and atmosphere of days gone by still resonates strongly through the buildings, squares and picturesque cobbled streets. a perfect choice for anyone seeking an authentic island experience, guests will not fail to feel part of the fabric of this vibrant and culturally rich part of Spain where the pace of life (and friendliness of the people) seems to have remained unchanged for centuries. Having all amenities including a wonderful choice of restaurants within a few minutes’ walking distance also means car use can be minimised, or even removed completely as taxi transfers to/from the airport can be easily arranged.

accommodation flows elegantly and logically over three levels. a living room at the front merges seamlessly into the dining area and contemporary kitchen cum breakfast room. Sliding doors invite you into the compact courtyard at the rear where there is a separate barbecue house and good privacy to enjoy cooling dips in the plunge pool before relaxing either on the small sun terrace alongside or on the first floor sun terrace. each of the three bedrooms has its own bath or shower room and all are tastefully furnished and decorated. everything needed to enjoy a carefree holiday is very close at hand including a bakery and chemist (200m), supermarket (300m) and bus stop (500m). Famed for their music, fireworks and general revelry into the early hours, the riotous moors and christians celebrations in early august centre on the main square (400m), walking/cycling trails abound in the surrounding area and several marvellous sandy beaches are within a 15 minute drive, taxi or bus ride.

Please note: air conditioning usage is on a timer. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Vestibule • Living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, CD, A/C, Wi-Fi) • Kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with doors to terrace • Cloakroom • Open tread

staircase to… FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) with four poster bed and en suite shower room • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and sun terrace

SECOND FLOOR: • Sitting/reading room • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • Utility room (washing machine)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

march

22

*Up to 4 guests N/A 5–6 guests

april

29

5

12

Saturday changeover

26

3 10 17 24 31 7 595 650 750 895 1050 695 750 850 995 1150

July

June

may

19 550 650

495 595

OUTSIDE: • Courtyard with sun terrace • Barbecue house • Sun terrace • Private parking (300m) • Private plunge pool (6m x 1.5m) with Roman steps

14

21

28

5

12

1250

1350

1550

1695

1750

august

19

26

2

9

16

1795

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30

6 1295 1750 1595 1395

13 1095 1195

20 895 995

27 750 850

4 625 725

11 550 650

18

25 495 595

Ca’n Mateu Pollença Map ref: A4 Web ref: 250 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Town House | Beach 7km this beautifully restored cottage sits off a narrow lane on the edge of the old roman town of Pollença, and has become one of our most popular and sought after houses. Upon arrival your eye will instantly be drawn to the terraces and patios around the private swimming pool. Here, the hospitable local owners have arrayed a blaze of cactus, palms, mature shrubs, pot plants and colourful bougainvillaea. Spending time in the sunshine in this pretty environment enjoying the pool, the two sun terraces and, of course, the fruits of the adjacent barbecue is pure pleasure.

inside, modern fixtures and fittings combine effortlessly with the feel and atmosphere of traditional mallorca. Decorated and looked after with great care, the interior is roomy and instantly welcoming with comfortable solid wooden furniture, quality prints and items of local memorabilia adding character. the lovely beaches of cala Sant Vicenç and Port de Pollença which are each a 10–15 minute drive or leave the car at home and take a leisurely stroll into the celebrated market town itself where all amenities are found. enjoy the wide selection of shops and boutiques, climb the 365 steps of ‘calvario’ for a magnificent view across the rooftops, eat in a wonderful variety of locally recommended restaurants (the nearest being only about a ten minute walk) or simply join in that popular Pollença pastime of taking an aperitif on the spacious café terraces in the church square while idly watching the world go by. ca’n mateu is also the perfect location for music lovers wishing to experience the annual summer festival of recitals, concerts and artistic performances, (many by internationally famous artists) as the centre of events at the imposing Santo Domingo cloisters is within a 15 minute walk. Accommodation • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, woodburner) • Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom • Central heating (paid locally)

Price For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

march

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

may

26

3 10 650 695

17 775

Saturday changeover

24 31 895

7 995

July

June

14 1095

21 1195

28 1350

5 1495

12 1650

august

19

26

2 9 1795

16

OUTSIDE: • Shower room • In-built barbecue • Covered dining terrace • Two sun terraces • Private swimming pool (7.5m x 4.5m) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 6 1595 1350

13 1150

20 950

27 795

4

11

18

25

N/A

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“Menorca is a jewel in t he Balearic cr own wit h its wealt h of hist ory, old-world charm and spectacular coastal scenery.� The Cross family, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

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menorca

Menorca Welcoming, peaceful and serene, Menorca is an island of unique charm and beauty. Over the centuries, diverse cultural influences have bestowed on the island a distinctive character, evident in its landscape today. ncient dry stone walls criss cross fields of green, mysterious stone monuments and burial mounds arouse curiosity, farmhouses with graceful whitewashed arches are glimpsed amongst copses of pine and oak, whilst deep wooded ravines run to white sand bays and onwards into a translucent turquoise sea.

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To their immense credit the menorquins have taken great steps to protect their environment. as a result, the island’s mainly natural coastline still offers a remarkable number of virgin fine sand coves to explore. Inland the pace of life is gentle with its feet firmly planted in the past and where time slips by unhurriedly in small towns and villages.

The capital Maó, to the south, rises in a maze of pastel hued houses and intimate squares above a stunning natural harbour. To the north lies some of the loveliest rural scenery, such as the local beauty spot of ermita de Fátima, whose tiny chapel is popular for weddings.

The picturesque fishing village of Fornells offers the hungry traveller a choice of superb quayside restaurants whilst its sweeping bay is an ideal spot for windsurfers. Further on, the wetlands and nature reserve of S’Albufera teem with birdlife whilst coastal Son Parc offers a golf course and a curved semi rural beach, which is ideal for families. The countryside between Alaior and the north-eastern coast is ideal walking territory with its backdrop of evergreen carob, olive and fig trees. Look up and you may see birds of prey soaring on warm thermal currents.

The highest point and geographic centre of the island is Monte Toro (358m) with its magnificent 16th century monastery perched at its pinnacle offering far reaching views of the entire coastline. Sheltering beneath monte Toro is Es Mercadal, a pretty whitewashed market town of vaulted alleyways, famed for its gastronomy. at Ferreries, centre of the footwear and jewellery industries, a handicrafts market can be found in the heart of its 14th century centre, whilst further south the spectacular gorge of Trebaluger meets the sea at an unspoilt ‘cala’ (cove).

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Menorca a must see highlight to the western side of the island is the lovely old port of Ciutadella with its sloping fortress wall and ancient fishermen’s houses. Spend a day meandering its labyrinthine cobbled streets, feast on a terrace at one of its many fine restaurants, wander stepped alleyways, stately squares and crooked passageways lit by old gas lamps, or simply while away the day at one of its Ciutadella

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pavement cafés. Beyond ciutadella lie a variety of delightful rural coves including Cala Morell, a sensitively developed local beauty spot with dramatic high cliffs forming a sheltered bay for anchored yachts.


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Local knowledge Getting there

a good choice of charter flights from most regional airports makes maó an easily accessible destination. monarch airlines operate scheduled services from Luton, Gatwick, Birmingham, manchester and Leeds Bradford, whilst British airways fly from London city. alternatively, ‘no frills’ airlines add to the options: easyJet fly from Bristol, Gatwick, Liverpool and newcastle whilst Jet 2 offer services from edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, manchester, newcastle and east midlands. For further information, see pages 198–201.

Climate

Like all the Balearic Islands, menorca enjoys a mediterranean, maritime climate which is normally mild with hot summers, tempered by pleasant breezes. In spite of its small size, the climate in the centre of the island is more extreme than that along the coast.

Local Cuisine

menorca is famous for the quality and variety of seafood served in its many fine restaurants. apart from the famous ‘calderetas’ and maó cheese, you might wish to try stuffed squid or ‘perol’ of baked cuttlefish. ‘cabrito’ (goat), ‘cordero’ (lamb) and ‘conejo’ (rabbit) are all widely available as well as delicious local dishes such as partridge with cabbage or ‘arros de la tierra’ a simple meal based on ground maize, yams and tomatoes. Gin, a legacy of the British occupation, is still produced on the island and is often served mixed with lemon squash as a ‘pomada’.

Fiestas

ciutadella: the town comes alive during the celebration of the fiesta of Sant Joan in June. This remarkable medieval spectacle is without doubt one of the most colourful and exuberant celebrations to be held anywhere in Spain. Horses and their riders pack the town streets and squares to joust, parade and perform their traditional ‘cargols’ or turns.

maó: the centuries old tradition of horse racing in the street is a spectacular sight that has recently been revived for the town’s annual fiesta held in early September.

alaior: the mid august fiesta of Sant Lorenzo, when horsemen take to the streets, is the highlight of the summer.

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Es Pi Verd Son Parc Map ref: B5 Web ref: 801 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 1.5km | Wi-Fi

Menorca | BALEARICS

Situated in a cul-de-sac close to amenities, this attractive house enjoys an enviable location within close proximity of both a sandy beach and the island’s only golf course.The property has woodland to the rear, and the light spacious interior is comfortably furnished with much attention to detail by its careful owner. It has the benefit of heating for cooler evenings out of season, and plenty of patios for hot summer days.

With two supermarkets and several simple restaurants and bars just under 1km away, it is possible to stroll out to eat in the evening, although for those who wish to stay at home, there is a barbecue terrace behind the house. only 1.5km away, the local sandy beach at Son Saura has shallow water for children and the benefit of a good bar/restaurant at one end, whilst the 18 hole Son Parc golf course is just 2km away. Tennis and bicycle hire are also available locally.

although you have all facilities close to hand, es Pi Verd is only 10km from the picturesque fishing harbour of Fornells in the north with its excellent selection of fish restaurants and choice of watersports. The market town of es mercadal is 15 minutes away and here you will find a good choice of shops and typical restaurants; the island capital of maó is within easy reach.

Accommodation ALL ON FIRST FLOOR (Steps up to gated front terrace): • Living/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom • Telephone • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house

OUTSIDE: • Open and shaded patios and terraces • Enclosed lawned garden to front • Barbecue • Rooftop sun terrace • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner steps

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

28

april

4

Up to 6 guests

11 395

18

may

25

2

9 495

16

Friday changeover

23 695

30

6 895

July

June

13

20 1195

27

4 1295

august

11 18 1395

25

1

8 1595

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29 995

5 895

12

19

26

795

3

10

495

17 395

24

Casa Aina Son Parc Map ref: B5 Web ref: 802 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Beach 1.1km | Air Conditioning Small Party Rate* amongst the pretty pine tree lined lanes of Son Parc, casa aina is situated in a cul-de-sac, only a few hundred metres from the shops and restaurants that form the focal point of the area.

our guests regularly comment to us that this hidden corner of the island has something to offer for all tastes and age groups. many return year after year attracted by Son Parc’s appealing wooded aspect, good facilities (which include tennis courts and an 18 hole golf course) as well as the gently shelving and family friendly beach of Son Saura which is just over 1km from the house. Bicycles can also be hired locally and there is a horse riding school off the nearby maó/Fornells road. casa aina is a comfortable and well equipped holiday base. The unspoilt country beaches of the northern coastline lie within 9km or a 12 minute drive will take you to the picturesque port of Fornells, famous for watersports and tasty lobster stew! The island’s capital of maó is about a 20 minute drive and here you will find a marvellous choice of restaurants, varied markets, one of the world’s deepest natural harbours, stepped cobbled streets and an intriguing history.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (TV, DVD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Shower room (washing machine) • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 2 guests 3–4 guests 5–8 guests

march

28

april

4

11

18 450 595 750

may

25

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23 1395

30

6 1095

July

June

13

20

27

4

1395

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• Air conditioning available throughout the house (payable locally) FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Sun terrace

august

11

18

2195

2395

25

1

8 2495

15

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Garden with mature shrubs and pine trees • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29

5

1395 1150

12 1095

19

26

3

10 450 595 750

17

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Torroelleta Cala Morell Map ref: B2 Web ref: 3021 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 700m | Fenced Pool

BALEARICS | Menorca

a charming and uniquely menorcan design is displayed throughout the spacious and well presented rooms of this delightful coastal home, which sits within ample grounds on the edge of the seaside neighbourhood of cala morell, just a few hundred metres from the steps that lead down to the pretty coved bay itself.

Long before the arrival of the pretty white painted homes that are now dotted across the coastal hillside, the inhabitants of this picturesque north western corner of the island occupied a cluster of pre-historic caves. These still exist today, tucked away into the natural landscape of wild grasses and indigenous shrubs that stretches back from the sea, and it is just above here that Torroelleta is situated. enjoying enticing views across gently sloping countryside and over the tops of whitewashed homes towards the shimmering sea, the property’s pretty gardens and terraces are enviably positioned. Lawns dotted with shrubs and shady palm trees stretch out beyond a thoughtfully fenced pool, a selection of covered and open terraces provide a choice of al fresco dining venues and all benefit from this picturesque outlook. entered via a covered terrace with graceful archways and an eye-catching ceiling of honey coloured stone, the interior is equally appealing. Its airy rooms exhibit polished wood floors, high pitched ceilings, reclaimed beams and feature stone walls, and many of its windows look out to sea. a walk down to the beach may include a wander through the fascinating caves or a visit to the restaurant and snack bar that lie within the residential area itself. alternatively, a drive of some 12 minutes to the east will reveal the beautiful countryside of La Vall, where twin sandy beaches are set into the horseshoe bay of algaiarens. Accommodation • Sitting room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with doors to terrace • Three twin bedrooms • Shower room with door to garden • Shower room • Kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Laundry room (washing machine) with door to garden • Double bedroom with doors to terrace

OUTSIDE: • Pretty grounds of lawns, shrubs, open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Private parking including covered parking for one car • Private fenced swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

28

april

4

11 N/A

Up to 8 guests

18

may

25

2

9 895

16

Friday changeover

23 995

30

July

June

6 1195

13

20

27 1795

4

11 2195

august

18 2495

25

1

8 2795

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29 1395

5

12 1195

19

26

3

10 895

17

24

Hidra Cala Morell Map ref: B2 Web ref: 3135 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Beach 1.1km

along one of the leafy residential lanes of cala morell, just 1.1km from the steps that lead down to the sheltered cove beach of this picturesque local beauty spot, we discovered Hidra, a beautifully presented home which sits amidst a pretty garden of lawns, shrubs and palm trees.

The immaculate interior immediately welcomes with a delightful sense of style, care and attention to detail. The deep wooden beams that span gently sloping ceilings add an almost cottage-like ambience to rooms that are dressed with the most stylish of furnishings. attractive fabrics of check and floral perfectly compliment solid wood pieces whilst high ceilings and a light pastel décor add a pleasing sense of spaciousness. overlooking the pool and lawned garden, a covered terrace sits conveniently alongside the living room and forms the ideal spot for dining al fresco. Facing south, both this terrace and the garden that lies beyond it look out onto a pleasing backdrop of pine woods and are perfectly positioned to enjoy the sunshine. a pleasant walk through this attractive coastal neighbourhood will bring you to the waterfront, where you have the choice of soaking up the ocean vista from the pretty coved bay or one of the levelled rock platforms that lie below the cliffs. also in cala morell is a snack bar and restaurant, although for a wide range of excellent dining options you will no doubt find yourself heading for the medieval stone flagged streets of the historic harbour town of ciutadella, which is just a 10 minute drive away.

Accommodation • Entrance hall • Sitting room (TV, DVD) with doors to covered terrace • Kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with door to covered terrace • Laundry room (washing machine) • Wi-Fi • Two twin bedrooms • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Bathroom

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

april

5

12

may

19 N/A

26

3

10 695

17

24

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 895

14

21

28 1195

5 1395

12 1595

august

19

26

2 9 1795

16

OUTSIDE: • Garden of lawns and shrubs • Covered dining terrace • Barbecue • Poolside shower • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 1195

6 995

13

20 895

27

4 795

11

18 695

25

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Casa Rockmorell Menorca | BALEARICS

Cala Morell Map ref: B2 Web ref: 803 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Beach 1km | Fenced Pool | Wi-Fi Small Party Rate*

This fine house is peacefully located in pine tree enclosed grounds, just 1km from the steps leading down to the pretty cove beach of cala morell itself.

casa rockmorell provides a most comfortable and attractive holiday base. all the rooms are well proportioned, light and welcoming, with four bathrooms serving five bedrooms, an indication of the care that has gone into the property’s design. Those seeking a little more privacy will be interested to note that the first floor accommodation has its own independent access via an external staircase from the side terrace. outside, the swimming pool and terraces are south facing and hence catch the sunshine over the whole day. Surrounding pine trees provide convenient shade and, thoughtfully, access to the shallow end of the pool is via a gentle slope, which may particularly appeal to non swimmers. Within a 10 to 12 minute stroll downhill from the house you will find a snack bar and restaurant. The surrounding area is excellent for walking and bird watching, and a 12 minute drive takes you to the beautiful sandy beach of algaiarens La Vall. ciutadella’s tree lined squares, picturesque harbour and superb restaurants are an easy 15 minute drive.

Please note: • Parties paying the small party rate will have use of the ground floor accommodation only. • The caretaker lives in the lower rear part of the property accessed by a completely independent entrance. • The fence around the swimming pool can be removed if preferred. Please advise at time of booking. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with doors to terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Shower room • Two double bedrooms (continental beds) with en suite shower rooms • Double bedroom (continental bed) • Central heating throughout the house • Wi-Fi

FIRST FLOOR (independent access): • Large sun terrace • Secondary kitchen (dishwasher) • Sitting room (TV, wood burning stove) with door to terrace • Two double bedrooms (continental beds) • Shower room

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

march

28

april

4

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests

11

18

may

25

N/A

2 695 995

9

16 895 1150

OUTSIDE: • Grounds with mature pine trees • Shower • Barbecue • Laundry room (washing machine) • Private parking • Private fenced swimming pool (8m x 4m) with sun terrace

Friday changeover

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30

6 995 1295

July

June

13

20

27 1195 1395

4 1395 1595

11

august

18 1595 1995

25

1

8

15

2595

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29

2395

5 1195 1395

12

19

26

3

895 1195

10 695 895

17

24

Sa Mosquera Ses Mongetes (Ciutadella) Map ref: C2 Web ref: 804 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Fenced Pool | Air Conditioning Table Tennis | Small Party Rate*

Warm coloured fabrics, carefully maintained family heirlooms, beamed ceilings and attractive archways lend a homely and inviting feel to this beautifully presented property, which sits amidst mature and spacious grounds in the rural neighbourhood of Ses mongetes. You are welcomed, via a covered arched terrace that is ideal for dining al fresco, into an open plan living area. Here, beneath a high pitched ceiling of wooden beams and overlooked by a galleried landing, a plump sofa and matching armchairs occupy a cosy corner. Beyond, a wide arch leads the way to a dining area, where a well equipped kitchen sits conveniently to one side. Three of the colourful bedrooms are upstairs, whilst the fourth sits under an impressive vaulted ceiling on the ground floor.

appealing as the interior is, you will no doubt spend most of your time outside, since this ample plot offers a pleasing combination of wide terraces, an abundance of shady trees and a swimming pool that is thoughtfully fenced. activities in the pool can be supervised from the covered terrace whilst on the other side of the house, a large open patio is home to an in-built barbecue. In between, a wide area of mature trees provides a welcome retreat from the sun. With medieval ciutadella just 5km away, the charming labyrinthine cobbled streets and arcaded squares of this delightful town are within easy reach, whilst a range of pretty coved beaches is a 10 minute drive from the house.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (wood burning stove,TV, DVD, CD, oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Twin bedroom with en suite WC • Shower room (washing machine)

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

march

28

april

4

11 N/A

18

may

25

2

9 650 795

16

Friday changeover

23

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30

6 995

July

June

13

FIRST FLOOR: • Two twin bedrooms • Double bedroom • Bathroom • All bedrooms are equipped with heating and air conditioning.

20

27 1495

4

OUTSIDE: • Poolside shower • Table tennis • Children’s swings • Basketball net • Spacious grounds of mature trees • Covered and open terraces

august

11

18

25

1895

1995

2295

1

8

15

2395

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29

5

1295 1195

12 795 1095

19 650 995

• In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private fenced swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

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10 650 795

17

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Bella Esperanza Ciutadella Map ref: B1 Web ref: 3007 Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 2 Bathrooms

BALEARICS | Menorca

Bella esperanza offers that enviable combination of features that is hard to find and such a delight to discover – a detached rural retreat for just two people with its own private swimming pool and attractive grounds. nestling amidst a charming rustic landscape of fruit orchards, vegetable plots and higgledy-piggledy smallholdings, this typical menorcan home is perfect for those looking to be in the heart of the island’s pretty countryside and yet just a short drive from the medieval charms of its former capital.

accessed via a narrow unmade track best suited to small vehicles due to its limited turning space, the neat whitewashed house sits amidst attractive grounds that blend in perfectly with their natural surroundings. Here you will discover shady corners, an intimate lawned garden and a pool with views across the neighbouring fields and orchards, as well as an area of covered and open terraces for outdoor dining with an in-built barbecue conveniently located alongside.

Step inside the house from either of its two covered terraces and you will find yourself in a spacious open plan living area, which has been well equipped and comfortably furnished by its caring owners. The bedroom and its en suite shower room lie off the side of here, whilst a second shower room is conveniently located off the terrace that looks out towards the pool.

With such charming rural scenes providing the setting of this cosy retreat, it is hard to believe that Bella esperanza is in fact only 1.4km from the ancient vaulted streets, stone flagged squares and restaurant lined harbour of historic ciutadella. also close to hand are a range of pretty sandy beaches, the nearest of which is just 4km away. Accommodation • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (A/C, TV, CD, DVD, dishwasher, oven, microwave) with doors to covered terraces • Double bedroom with en suite shower room

OUTSIDE: • Shower room • Open and covered terraces • Lawned garden • In-built barbecue • Washing machine • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps across full width of pool

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april

5

12

may

19

26

3

N/A

Up to 2 guests

10 495

17

24

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 595

14

21

28 795

5

12

august

19

26

2

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

995

30 795

6

13 595

20

27

4

11 495

18

25

Bepis Son Santandria (Ciutadella) Map ref: C1 Web ref: 828 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 700m | Wi-Fi

close proximity to one of menorca’s picturesque sandy coves, spacious enclosed grounds and a homely ambience are just some of the many enticing features of this smart and beautifully presented property which sits in a sedate neighbourhood of local homes only 700m from the sheltered arc of golden sands of cala Santandria. Just 5 minutes’ drive south of the historic harbour town of ciutadella, a pretty inlet of translucent turquoise waters is met by a curve of fine sands at the lovely cove of Santandria. Dotted amongst the gentle slopes that surround it an appetising choice of local dishes can be found on the menu boards of typical restaurants, some offering a position on the sand itself whilst others enjoy ocean views from up above.

Being just 700m from here and at the same time so close to the ancient arcaded streets, ornate squares and atmospheric port of ciutadella makes Bepis Son an ideal choice for those looking to be within easy reach of both sea and culture, whilst a selection of unspoilt rural coves on the south coast are all within a 20 minute drive. The house itself is situated within a neat garden of lawns, palm trees and terraces and being the owner’s principal residence outside the rental season, it is equipped with all the comforts and facilities of a much loved family home. on entering, the living room instantly provides a warm welcome with its plump soft seating, smart furnishings and feature wall of exposed stone, and this impression continues throughout each well appointed room. outside, the arched terrace that adjoins the front of the house enjoys a broad view across the pool and garden beyond. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, fireplace) with door to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave) with door to covered terrace • Double bedroom • Bathroom • Shower room (washing machine) • Wi-Fi

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

april

5

12

may

19

26

3

10

17

24 N/A

FIRST FLOOR: • Two twin bedrooms, one with door to terrace OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden of lawns, covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

Cala Santandria Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7

14

21

28

5

12 1795

august

19

26 1995

2

9 16 2095

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30

6

13

20

27 N/A

4

11

18

25

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Son Sineta Ses Mongetes (Ciutadella) Map ref: C2 Web ref: 3160 Sleeps 4 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Menorca | BALEARICS

an excellent choice for couples or a small family, Son Sineta is a compact, pretty house which sits at the end of a country lane in the rural neighbourhood of Ses mongetes, just 5km from the beautiful stone paved streets, handsome squares and atmospheric harbour of historic ciutadella.

In a style so typical of menorcan properties, entry to the house is via a covered terrace bordered with attractive archways. This leads the way into a cosy living room of warmly coloured soft seating, to the side of which a small cottage-style kitchen enjoys views across the garden and pool. The three bedrooms and main bathroom are accessed from a corridor beyond the living room whilst the second bathroom lies off the covered front terrace and is easily reached from both the house and garden. outside, the mature grounds are home to an attractive selection of trees and shrubs which include what is thought to be one of the oldest olive trees in the area. elegant palms cast welcome pockets of shade across the neat lawns and terraces that surround the swimming pool, from where views sweep across the owner’s well tended orchard of fruit and vegetables to the pleasing countryside scenes that lie beyond. Here at Son Sineta you are ideally placed to explore this unquestionably picturesque corner of the island. Drive just 10 minutes to reach the nearest of a range of pretty coved beaches that fringe the scenic coastline or head north for 5km to discover the ancient labyrinth of atmospheric streets, shady squares and architectural delights that makes the island’s former capital such a delight to visit.

Please note: Whilst the property has beds to sleep 5, we suggest that it is suitable for a maximum of 4 guests. Accommodation • Covered entrance patio with bathroom off (hip bath) • Living/dining room (TV, CD, wood burning stove) • Kitchen (oven, microwave) • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) • Twin bedroom (ceiling fan) • Single bedroom • Bathroom (washing machine)

OUTSIDE: • Garden of lawns and flowerbeds • Open and shaded terraces • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner Roman steps

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

28

april

4

11

may

18

25

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23

30

N/A

Up to 4 guests

6 695

July

June

13

20

27 1050

4

11

august

18

25

1 1395

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29 895

5

12 695

19

26

3

10 N/A

17

24

Ca’n Xiscu Ciutadella Map ref: B1 Web ref: 820 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Situated off a country lane on the rural outskirts of ciutadella, this well presented home enjoys an excellent location. Surrounded by a picturesque patchwork of open farmland, criss-crossed by traditional dry stone walls and dotted with the whitewashed cottages and abundant orchards of local smallholdings, it benefits from a scenic rustic outlook and is yet only 1km from the elegant, historic town of ciutadella with its atmospheric restaurant-lined harbour and ancient labyrinth of cobbled streets. The pretty dry stone walls that are so typical of the area enclose a neat garden of well kept lawns and occasional fruit trees, amidst which sits the swimming pool, flanked on one side by a sun terrace. Inside, comfortably furnished rooms have been designed to create a practical living space that offers easy access to the outdoor facilities, with patio doors leading out from both the sitting room and kitchen to a covered terrace that looks out across the pool. Its close proximity to medieval ciutadella makes ca’n Xiscu a perfect base for exploring this delightful town, which is just 1km away. Here, you may choose to browse the stylish shops lining the narrow stone-flagged streets, stop for a coffee in one of the smart squares or head down to the charming harbour where some of the island’s best restaurants are to be found.

Trips to the coast are also easy, the unspoilt beaches of Son Saura, cala en Turqueta and macarella in the southeast being particularly worth a visit and only a 20 minute drive from the house.

Accommodation • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with patio doors to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave) with door to covered terrace • Two twin bedrooms • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Bathroom (half bath) • Laundry room (washing machine)

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

march

28

april

4

11 N/A

18

may

25

2

9 695

16

Friday changeover

23 795

30

6 995

July

June

13

20 1150

27 1395

4 1495

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11 1595

august

18

25

1 8 1650

15

OUTSIDE: • Lawned garden • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29 5 1195 1095

12

19 995

26 895

3

10

17 695

24


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Caseta Blanca Alaior Map ref: C4 Web ref: 823 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Fenced Pool

BALEARICS | Menorca

This charming country cottage offers that ideal combination of a secluded rural setting and close proximity to a typical town that offers all amenities. Moreover, its use as the owners’ principal residence outside the rental season means that it exudes the welcoming atmosphere and offers the many comforts of a much loved home.

Just over 1km from the old market town of Alaior, an unmade lane winds its way downhill and ends at Caseta Blanca, which sits snugly beneath the hillside and looks out across a beautifully unspoilt vista of gently undulating slopes covered with the lush green leaves of fruit trees. It is this pleasing outlook that can be enjoyed from the covered and open terraces and the fenced pool that occupy the property’s external space and make this such a pleasant spot for outdoor living. Inside, a colour scheme of rich, warm hues blends perfectly with solid wood furnishings, exposed ceiling beams and terracotta floors to create a look that instantly appeals and creates the ambience of a welcoming home that is both smart and cosy. At the same time, eye-catching features such as the stone archway that connects the dining and sitting rooms add character. Within easy reach of the house is not only the typical whitewashed town of Alaior, which can be reached on foot in around 20 minutes along an unmade rural track, but also the long sandy beach of Son Bou. A drive of just 5.3km will bring you to the 3km stretch of pale golden sands that form Menorca’s longest beach.

Please note: Part open stairs leading from the ground floor to the first floor mean that younger children may need supervision.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Bathroom • Dining room with door to covered terrace • Sitting room with door to terrace (TV, DVD, CD, wood burning stove) • Kitchen (oven, microwave)

• Laundry room (washing machine, dishwasher) FIRST FLOOR (accessed via part open stairs): • Two twin bedrooms • Double bedroom with door to open terrace • Shower room

PRICE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

28

April

4

OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • Poolside shower • Covered and open private parking • Private fenced swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner steps

11 N/A

18

May

25

2

9

Friday changeover

16 795

23

30

6 995

July

June

13

20

27 1295

4

11

August

18 1595

25

1

8 1795

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

22

29 5 1450 1295

12

19 995

26

3

10

17

24

795

Experience In and Around

Beaches – With 216 kilometres of stunningly beautiful coastline, Menorca is famous for its countless beaches and coves, all of which offer an individual charm. From chic resorts with sandy beaches where a full range of facilities are on offer, to pretty secluded pine-fringed coves that are only accessible on foot or by boat, there is a perfect place for everyone to relax and unwind.

Countryside – Get away from it all and explore the quiet country roads and meandering paths and tracks of Menorca’s scenic countryside. The best way to do this is by bike, horse or on foot and of course it is also possible to enjoy the understated beauty of the rolling hills and green wooded ravines by car.

Towns and Villages – Pretty fishing villages, charming market towns and the grand historic cities of Maó and Ciutadella offer something for everyone: shops, museums, cathedrals, architecture and many excellent restaurants serving local cuisine. From July to September, each town holds a festival to pay homage to its Patron Saint.

Must Go and See

Maó Harbour – The second biggest natural harbour in the world. Take a trip around it by boat and see the evidence of the British occupation such as the La Mola fortress and the Isla de Rey, a former British military hospital.

Monte Toro – This is the highest point on the island, rising to 358 meters above sea level and offering panoramic views over the island and even as far as Mallorca. Torre d’en Galmes prehistoric settlement – One of the largest and best conserved archaeological sites in the Balearic Islands. Dating back to around 1400BC, the site was mainly occupied until the Roman Conquest. It consists of public areas with features unique to Menorca such as ‘talayots’ and the ‘taula’ enclosure, a hypostyle hall, dwellings and a rainwater collection and filtration system.

Best Dates to Experience

23rd–24th June – Ciutadella celebrates the famous Sant Joan festival, which attracts visitors from all over Spain. See the famous ‘Caixers’ (horse riders) dance their horses through the crowds before showing off their jousting skills in the ‘Jocs de Pla’, take part in the hazelnut battle and sample a ‘pomada’, the traditional festival drink made from Menorcan gin and lemon. May – This is the best month for walking since the countryside is awash with colour from an abundance of wild flowers and lush and green after the winter. This is also a good time for bird watching. 16th July – This is the Día de la Virgin de Carmen, the patron saint of sailors and fishermen falls. Around this day, processions of colourfully decorated boats, making as much noise as possible, take place in Maó, Ciutadella and Fornells.

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La Morera Alaior Map ref: C4 Web ref: 824 Sleeps 7–8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning

Menorca | BALEARICS

Just 4.5km from menorca’s longest stretch of golden sands and facing southeastwards across a panoramic vista of open fields crisscrossed by ancient dry stone walls, this recently restored country residence forms a striking landmark. Topped by an eye-catching stone cross, its whitewashed facade, contrasting deep green shutters and graceful arched entrance are just some of the charming features that make this such a quintessential menorcan home, whilst the stylish furnishings and up-to-date appliances added during its refurbishment serve to further increase its appeal. In the smart interior, a perfect blend of old and new has been created within rooms that are spacious and welcoming. The deep hues of solid wood furnishings and richly coloured fabrics contrast pleasingly with dazzling white walls of thick stone and in the charming farmhouse style kitchen the original hearth has been retained as an eye-catching reminder of the property’s origins. outside, the swimming pool sits within a terrace from where the extensive vista that unfolds ahead can be fully appreciated. Behind, a welcome area of shade is provided by neatly planted rows of mulberry trees, whilst just beyond the semicircular courtyard that flanks the front of the house is an in-built barbecue.

Whilst its immediate surroundings are essentially rural, La morera is just 3km from alaior, which provides all amenities within its delightful tangle of narrow streets. equally accessible in the other direction, Son Bou is 4.5km from the house and is home to the island’s longest beach, the golden sands of which cover an impressive distance of 3km. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Sitting room (TV, DVD, wood burning stove) • Bathroom • Twin bedroom • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom

• Central heating throughout the house • Air conditioning in all bedrooms FIRST FLOOR: • Landing/ sitting area • Shower room • Double bedroom

• Single bedroom with additional pull out bed SECOND FLOOR: • Tower comprising sitting area (CD)

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

march

28

april

4

11

Up to 8 guests

18 795

may

25

2

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds of lawn and terraces • Poolside shower • Washing machine • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

Friday changeover

23

30

July

June

6 1150

13

20

27

4 1695

1595

11 2395

august

18

25

1 8 2495

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29 5 1395 1195

12 19 1150

26

3

10 795

17

24

Casa Piedra Alaior Map ref: D5 Web ref: 825 Sleeps 4–5 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Small Party Rate*

Tucked away at the end of a country track amidst a quintessential rural menorcan landscape of meadows and wild olive trees, this delightful stone hideaway is a rare find that incorporates the best of both worlds; a stylish retreat that is private and secluded and yet at the same time only 5km from the island’s picturesque capital in one direction, 8km from the charming market town of alaior in the other and a short drive from a range of unspoilt coves on both northern and southern coasts.

recently converted from its former use as a byre, casa Piedra offers smart, up-to-date accommodation within grounds that have been imaginatively designed to blend in perfectly with their rustic surroundings.

Lined with attractive sandy coloured tiles that reflect the natural hues of the mature, leafy trees that encircle the property, the swimming pool sits within a stone terrace, bordered by a rockery of colourful plants. Just below and adjoining the house is a patio of crazy paving, partly covered to provide shade, with an in-built barbecue conveniently located to the side. Step inside through the arched doorways that line the property’s façade and this beautifully restored home will instantly appeal. Sitting beneath an eye-catching wood panelled ceiling, the spacious living room with its exposed stone walls and terracotta floor flows easily through pretty archways to the kitchen where an equally tasteful choice of furnishings and fabrics is displayed with striking effect. The bedrooms, each with a shower room conveniently positioned, lie to the back and boast similarly charming features.

Please note: casa Piedra is a short drive from the airport and this means that aircraft noise can be heard from the house. Accommodation • Kitchen/breakfast room with doors to terrace (oven, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher) • Sitting room with door to terrace (TV, DVD, CD, sofa bed) • Twin bedroom • Shower room • Double bedroom with en suite shower room

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 2 guests 3–5 guests

april

5

12

may

19 N/A

26

3

10 650 750

17

24

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 850 995

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14

21

28 995 1195

5

12

august

19 1195 1495

OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

26

2

9 1550

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30 1095

6

13 850 995

20

27

4

11 650 750

18

25


BALEARICS | Menorca

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Es Puntarro Maó Map ref: C5 Web ref: 3008 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms property’s southern façade. clearly created and cared for by someone with a love of horticulture, its gently sloping lawn is encircled by flowerbeds, shrub borders and multi-layered rockeries that bloom with the bright colours of mediterranean flora and look out across the pleasing rural scene. From here, steps lead the way down to a spacious 11m swimming pool, which sits privately within a sun terrace behind a border of stone walls and mature foliage.

commanding stunning panoramic views across a quintessential menorcan landscape of gently undulating fields and woodland, this elegantly refurbished country residence sits privately amidst the most picturesque of rural surroundings and is yet just a five minute drive from the colourful restaurant-lined harbour of maó. Full of charm and character, the restoration of this traditional island home has produced a stylish and beautifully presented interior whilst at the same time retaining the delightful design and layout of the original building and a wealth of authentic features.

The seemingly infinite patchwork of fields and farmland that stretch out on all sides of es Puntarro make it hard to believe that amenities are so close to hand and yet just 6.5km away is the island’s capital, with its ancient network of stone flagged streets and bustling harbour front. a 10 minute drive will reveal the dune-backed bay and child-friendly shallow waters of the charming seaside village of es Grau, whilst horse lovers will be delighted to discover that the estate on which the house is situated has its own equestrian centre, just a short stroll from the house itself.

on the ground floor a range of cosy reception rooms lies off a generously proportioned hall, all displaying typical crisp white walls, exposed beamed ceilings and the occasional low doorway that calls to mind the property’s history. Happy gatherings can be envisaged in the welcoming farmhouse-style kitchen, whilst upstairs in the pretty bedrooms and bathrooms tastefully coordinated tiles and fabrics are displayed beneath often sloping ceilings of eye-catching wood beams.

Please note: Since many of the bedrooms have double beds, an additional single folding bed can be provided as long as the capacity is not exceeded.

equally enchanting is the flower filled garden that stretches out beyond a pergola covered dining terrace on the

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Spacious entrance hall • Sitting room (TV, DVD, CD) • Dining room • Sitting room (TV, DVD) with French doors to open terrace • Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave) • Laundry room (dishwasher, washing machine) • Shower room • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing/sitting area • Two double bedrooms (ceiling fan) • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (separate shower) • Shower room LANDING LEADING TO: • Double bedroom (four poster bed, two ceiling fans, TV) with en suite bathroom (this bathroom has a low sloping ceiling and can also be accessed from the landing) • Twin bedroom (ceiling fan, low sloping ceiling)

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 10 guests

april

5

12

may

19

OUTSIDE: • Lawned garden with flowerbeds, rockeries and paths leading through a shaded area of trees • Covered dining terrace • Poolside terrace • Barbecue • Private parking area • Private swimming pool (11m x 4.2m) with Roman steps

26 N/A

3

10

17

24

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 1395

14

21

28 1795

5

12 2495

august

19

26

2 9 2795

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30

6

13

20

27 N/A

4

11

18

25

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Villa Tranquilidad Menorca | BALEARICS

Son Remei (Punta Prima) Map ref: E6 Web ref: 830 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 1.2km Bathing Platform 300m

Just 300m from the waterfront at the most south easterly tip of menorca’s shoreline, this attractive coastal home sits within sheltered enclosed grounds in the local neighbourhood of Son remei and is an ideal choice for those seeking well presented accommodation within close proximity of seafront amenities. Slip the catch of the property’s front gate, stroll along a residential lane of other similar houses and you will find yourself on the rocky headland that faces east towards the tiny isle of Illa de L’aire. Whitewashed cottages are sprinkled along its edge, a highly regarded restaurant makes the most of the stunning ocean views and steps lead the way down to a bathing platform for dips in the sea. From here, follow the path that winds its way along the water’s edge for just over 1km to reach the sweeping crescent of fine white sand that adjoins the lively restaurant-lined streets of Punta Prima, where all amenities and a range of water sport facilities can be found.

a south facing aspect provides Villa Tranquilidad with a light and cheerful ambience both inside and out. originally the local owner’s childhood home, its neat rooms have been recently refurbished to display up-to-the-minute fittings and an uncluttered décor of stylish muted tones. Wrapping around the front façade, a long covered terrace extends the living area out to the garden, overlooking the pool and its surrounding lawns and adjoined on one side by a well equipped outdoor dining area. Accommodation • Entrance hall • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with French doors to covered terrace • Principal double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and French doors to garden • Twin bedroom • Double bedroom • Shower room

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden of lawns, covered and open terraces • Covered dining area with in-built barbecue • Washing machine • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner Roman steps

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

march

28

april

4

11 595

Up to 6 guests

18

may

25

2

9 695

16

Friday changeover

23

30

July

June

6 895

13

20

27

4

11 1495

1295

august

18

25

1 8 1695

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29 5 1250 995

12

19

26

895

3

10

795

17 695

24

Ca Na Luisa Es Castell Map ref: D6 Web ref: 806 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Small Party Rate*

This is a charming, light and beautifully presented house that sits within enclosed grounds in the countryside between es castell and Sant Lluís. Its location is enviable since both towns are equidistant and within easy reach. Whilst es castell’s pretty thumb shaped cove of cales Fonts and its waterfront bars and eateries are just over 2km away in one direction, a short drive of the same duration in the other reveals the trim, brightly whitewashed terraced houses and restaurants of Sant Lluís. recently converted, the property offers accommodation that is cheerful and attractive. In the open plan living room, comfortable furniture sits atop a floor of terracotta tiles and a breakfast bar divides the well equipped kitchen from the sitting/dining area.

one of the bedrooms and a pretty shower room sporting colourful rustic tiles lie off this area, whilst the other two bedrooms and second shower room are on a lower level, accessed via stairs from the living room. outside, the well maintained grounds have most certainly been designed with outdoor catering in mind. alongside the pool, an impressive barbecue terrace comes complete with sink and work surfaces, whilst tables and chairs can be found either under the shade of a nearby tree or on the covered terrace that adjoins the house.

Set back along a country lane just off the road that joins es castell to Sant Lluís, ca na Luisa enjoys easy access to the two nearby towns, although guests do not need to travel much further to discover the delightful capital of maó, which is only 5km away.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, oven, microwave) • Twin bedroom • Shower room

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 2 guests 3–6 guests

april

5

12

may

19 N/A

26

3

10 550 695

17

24 895

LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7

14 795

21

28

5 995

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12

august

19 1295

26

2

9 1595

16

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed garden of lawns, open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Laundry room (washing machine) • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30

6

995

795

13 650 795

20

27

4

11 550 695

18

25


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Casa Sueños BALEARICS | Menorca

Binibeca Map ref: E5 Web ref: 3191 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Air Conditioning | Beach 300m Small Party Rate*

enticing sea views are yours to enjoy from the south facing terraces of this recently refurbished coastal residence, which sits amidst attractive grounds off a leafy residential lane just 300m from the pretty beach of Binibeca with its waterfront restaurant and golden sands.

Imaginatively designed over various different floors, this is a smart and beautifully presented home. Linking bright rooms that are filled with light thanks to an enviable sunny aspect, steps lead up and down the various levels and add a delightful sense of character and charm whilst the updated décor is crisp and contemporary.

on the upper floor, a refreshingly bright living room displays stylish furnishings, a colour scheme reflecting the tones of the nearby sea and patio doors to a covered dining terrace from where views sweep across the pool and over treetops and rooftops to the ocean. on the lower levels, pretty bedrooms enjoy the same light and airy ambience and a cosy television room incorporates an impressive selection of entertainment equipment.

encircling the house, an attractive combination of covered patios, terracotta tiled terraces and colourful mediterranean flowerbeds provide an idyllic setting for outdoor living and swimming in the pool. Steps lead the way from here up to the entrance gate from where a pleasant stroll down the road reveals the golden sandy beach and its adjacent restaurant, a little further on from which are some pleasant seafront restaurants and a mini supermarket. For those wishing to explore the area, this picturesque south eastern corner of the island is fringed by the most scenic of beaches whilst the intimate squares, ancient narrow streets and stunning harbour of maó are just 6km away. Accommodation UPPER LEVEL: • Sitting/dining room with doors to covered terrace (sea views) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Three steps from sitting/dining room leading down to: • Double bedroom with doors to covered terrace • Shower room • Wi-Fi

MIDDLE LEVEL: • Twin bedroom (sea views)

• All four bedrooms and the TV room are equipped with air conditioning

LOWER LEVEL: • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom • TV room with door to covered terrace (TV, DVD, i-Pod dock, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii) • Shower room

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

april

5

12

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

may

19

26

3

N/A

10 595 895

17

24

OUTSIDE: • Grounds incorporating flowerbeds, open and covered terraces • Covered dining terrace with in-built barbecue and sea views • Private swimming pool (8m x 5m at widest point) Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7

1495

14

21

28

1295

5 1795

12

august

19

26

2

2395

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

23

30

2595

6

13

1795

20

27

4

1195

11 595 895

18

25

Dar-es-Salaam Binibeca Map ref: E5 Web ref: 812 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 200m | Wi-Fi Air Conditioning

The prime location of this smart property means that it is just a 200 metre walk from the pretty beach of Binibeca with its waterfront restaurant and fine golden sands. add to this the appeal of the beautifully maintained and established lush mediterranean garden within which the house sits, with its shady olive trees, various cacti and rich assembly of colourful flowering plants, and we are not surprised that Dar-es-Salaam has become a firm favourite with guests. Inside, the light and well equipped accommodation is equally inviting, with the provision of both air conditioning and central heating ensuring that it remains comfortable at whatever time of the year.  entry is via a covered terrace, which shelters the front of the house and leads the way to an open plan living space, where the dining room is on a higher level to the sitting room. This, together with high, sloping ceilings supported by crossbeams adds a feeling of loftiness. a short stroll down the road, past other similar properties, brings you to the beach, its restaurant and then a nearby mini supermarket and pleasant seafront restaurants. With such amenities on the doorstep, you could be forgiven for not wishing to stray too far.  However, should you wish to explore the area, a short journey of just 6km to the north brings you to maó where the waterfront restaurants that line the broad, deep natural harbour form the ideal location for sitting and watching the yachts coming and going.  For meals out, this picturesque south eastern corner of menorca will not fail to impress, since it is home to many of the island’s top restaurants. Accommodation • Open plan sitting/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD/CD player) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Courtyard (washing machine) • Double bedroom • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom • Shower room

PrIce For THe ProPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

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28

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4

11 695

18

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25

2

9 795

16

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23 30 1295

6

July

June

13 1095

20

27

4 1495

11 1595

• Air conditioning and central heating throughout the house (A/C payable locally) • Wi-Fi

august

18

25

1 8 2250

15

OUTSIDE: • Established gardens and lawns • Poolside shower • In-built barbecue • Covered and open terraces • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7.5m x 4m) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling october

September

22

29

5 1550

12

19 995

26

3

10 795

17

24

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“On my f irst visit t o t his unique and multi-faceted island, it was a revelation how Ibiza appeals t o people of al l age gr oups and wit h diverse preferences. It is a place t hat successful ly delights acr oss t he board.� Andrew Hillyard, Vintage Travel

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France Spain ibiza

Ibiza Ibiza, colloquially known as ‘the white island’ due to its prodigious salt production, could scarcely be more saturated in colour; green pine-studded hillsides spring from fertile rusty red earth and vivid turquoise waters sparkle in the golden sun. hose who know the island only for its lively music scene may be surprised to learn it is predominantly a place of tranquil unspoilt countryside dotted with whitewashed houses, encircled by an impressive 210km of coastline and with a wealth of gorgeous beaches. Covering a total area of only 572 km2, ibiza is also small enough to explore coast to coast wherever you are based.

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Diverse visitors over the centuries have collectively left a rich legacy of architectural wonders, archaeological sites, quaint customs and dialects. More recently, the Hippy Movement found ibiza an ideal host for its freedom loving lifestyle and this welcoming, easygoing spirit still enchants present day visitors.

World famous for its thriving, upmarket, and in many cases ultra-exclusive, nightclub scene it would be a grave injustice to the island’s myriad cultural, historical and natural attractions to allow this one aspect to dominate perceptions. ibiza is overwhelmingly laid back, rural and peaceful and whilst the ‘party’ aspect is readily available it is unobtrusive and limited to pockets of nocturnal activity mainly in ibiza Town and San antonio. During the day visitors can enjoy the ambience and amenities of these bustling, friendly towns with little awareness of the club scene that thrives after dark.

beach lovers can choose between scores of picturesque coves and sweeping bays, which are bathed in nearly 3000 hours of sunshine a year on average and whose waters are invitingly balmy in the summer months. On the west coast, gathering to watch the sun set has become an established modern day custom with an almost sacred significance; to enhance the experience classical and chill-out music is played in some bars, or rhythmic drum playing takes place (benirrás beach) whilst elsewhere the spectacle unfolds in an atmosphere of hushed awe (Platges de Compte). Perhaps the most iconic image of ibiza is the rock of Es Vedrà dramatically silhouetted at sundown and said to hold mystical, magnetic qualities. The walled Renaissance centre of Ibiza Town is one of various sites around the island granted ‘World Heritage’ status by UNESCO. The narrow streets of the old town (Dalt Villa) regularly stage traditional events and other notable buildings are the Cathedral, the Castle, and the Madina Yabisha museum. La Marina is a cosmopolitan waterfront area full of bars and restaurants.

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Ibiza in the south western corner of the island, the San Jose municipality has an extensive list of excellent beaches along 80km of coastline, the majority being relaxed and family-friendly with good amenities (Cala d’Hort has spectacular views across to Es Vedrà). The offshore islets are designated a natural reserve as they provide sanctuary for numerous endangered flora and fauna. This region also contains the salt lakes of Ses Salines, Sa Talaia (487m) the highest point on the island, several lookout towers, the unique battlements atop Sant Jordi’s church and the Phoenician ruins at Sa Caleta, another World Heritage Site.

Lively San Antonio has a wealth of cafés, restaurants and shops with several well appointed beaches around the bay offering a host of water sports. Less than 3km from the town, the little bays of Cala Gració and Cala Gracioneta are beautifully secluded. The Cueva de Ses Fontanelles hosts bronze age cave paintings, Santa agnès has an underground chapel, there are vineyards at San Mateu and a craft village at San Rafel de Sa Creu. San Joan de Labritja is the most rural municipality, known for the quality of its honey, its fertile hillsides, babbling brooks and springs. The port of San Miquel is a bustling harbour town offering a wide range of water sports as well as pedaloes for a more sedate afternoon. Head to charming benirràs beach to experience the laidback, hippy atmosphere and some spectacular sunsets often accompanied by impromptu drumming from the bohemian crowd of spectators. Can Marçà cave has stalactites, a 20m high waterfall and prehistoric fossils while Es Culleram cave is an ancient shrine where the

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Carthaginians worshipped Tanit the goddess of fertility. You can walk to Es Culleram from Cala San Vicente which is also the departure point for boat trips to the island of Tagomago. Santa Eulalia del Río offers a great number of attractions including well maintained beaches such as Es Figueral and the naturist beach S’aigua blanca, a vibrant art and craft scene, the so called Street of Restaurants and a lively marina. boat trips can be taken across to ibiza’s sister island Formentera.

Centrally located Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera has a surprisingly lively atmosphere due to numerous bars and restaurants, artisan shops and art galleries. San Carlos de Peralta is home to the famous Las Dalias Hippy Market, where a multitude of stalls appear every Saturday selling a wide range of clothes, crafts and accessories: on the spot massages, aromatherapy and diverse street performers all add to the fun. in peak season night markets are held on Mondays and Tuesdays with the focus more on tapas and live music. between april and October a similar market takes place every Wednesday at Punta arabí in nearby Es Cana. ibiza Golf Club offers a new 18-hole course as well as an older 9-hole course. Horseriding, sea fishing, hiking and cycling are all available or, for those looking to pamper themselves, there are various spa centres offering saltwater treatments and other relaxation therapies.


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Local knowledge Getting there

Charter flights from most regional airports make ibiza easily accessible. at time of writing, the ‘no frills’ airlines including Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2 also fly from a selection of airports. Please note – should you wish to consider a ‘night-flight’ (ie arriving in ibiza between 22:00 and 07:00) please check with us before booking as access to your chosen property may not be possible until the following day/later that same day. For further information, see pages 198–201.

Gastronomy

The importance and joy of eating fresh, local ingredients is cherished by ibicencos. Key foodstuffs produced on the island include cheeses, honey, herbs and almonds. Olive oil has been produced using traditional methods for centuries. Local meat dishes include sofrit pagès (country fry-up) and sobrasada (paprika sausage). Sweet specialities include flaó (soft cheese tart with spearmint), greixonera (cinnamon pudding) and magdalenas de almendras (almond cakes). There are three main wineries on the island, the largest being Can Rich in buscastell which uses organic and ecological methods to produce wine from various grape varieties. The Can Maymó cellar in Sant Mateu offers a red wine infused with thyme.

Music, Fashion & Art

ibiza has become known the world over as a creative centre for musical experimentation, most notably perhaps as being the birthplace of the ‘chill out’ genre. The island regularly plays host to pop, rock and jazz festivals as well as classical and acoustic concerts. The adlib fashion show ‘Pasarela de Moda adlib’ has become a major international event. Traditional ‘adlib’ attire consists of delicate lacework and embroidery fused with a floaty alternative look favoured by the hippy movement. inspired by the bohemian atmosphere and diverse landscapes, the artistic community also thrives in ibiza. The monthly ‘Ruta del arte’ offers the opportunity to meet local painters, sculptors, potters and photographers in their studios or in the village squares.

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Ana Santa Eulalia Map ref: C5 Web ref: 2901 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 4km Tucked away off an unmade country track, on a gentle, pine-fringed incline ana enjoys a gorgeous rural location and yet is only 4km from the blue Flag, sandy beach and thriving family-orientated coastal town of Santa Eulalia. approaching along the private driveway you are greeted by the eye-catching spectacle of a shimmering turquoise pool surrounded by flower bedecked terracing. Chunky Roman steps may well prompt an impromptu swim while the adjacent patio, shaded bedouin style with overlapping canvas sails, simply invites you to kick back and relax with a glass of something chilled. Cross the threshold from the covered outdoor dining terrace into the spacious living/dining room and this generously proportioned house is a delight to discover. Retaining a classical air, charming wall-hung tapestries, a glass chandelier and ornate carved furniture blend seamlessly with contemporary décor establishing a comfortable hub to the villa. Look a little closer and you may well discern a subtle north-african influence in the house décor.

in true ibicencan style the kitchen is a very good size, traditionally designed and well-equipped for family catering. accessed off the central hallway all three bedrooms are, once again, spacious with contrasting tiled floors, domed doorways and ecclesiastically shaped window frames. Each has a dedicated bath or shower room and all display an adroit touch in the decoration which sees an eclectic collection of the old and new deftly mixed together to emphasise the airy, cool spaces so important in a warm climate.

Outside, centred on the charming kidney-shaped private pool, whitewashed walls, ornate columns and smart terracotta tiled verandas are fringed by lawn and luxuriant flora and fauna. Stout ali baba-type urns spout colourful geraniums while fanciful statues and a pretty dry stone wall add elegance and intimacy to the pool terrace, a favoured spot and one not easily forsaken. Tucked snugly into a wall alcove, the barbecue is sure to become the focal point for laid back evenings dining under the stars whilst cicadas chirrup and trees stir in the gentle breeze.

Restful days can also be indulged at the nearest sandy beaches. Platja des Riu/Mariner’s beach (a 10 minute drive) and Cala Llonga (a 20 minute drive) both of which have excellent amenities and a range of watersports including windsurfing, parasailing, jet skis, pedaloes, snorkelling and scuba diving. if the lure of bright lights becomes irresistible, relaxed Santa Eulalia (4km) or lively ibiza Town (11km) are both within easy distance, each bursting with shops, bars, restaurants, local character…and local characters! it is a joy to saunter through these lovely towns, soaking up the unique atmosphere and deciding where to dine. The flea market of Cala Llenya and colourful ‘hippy markets’ of Es Cana and San Carlos are also great fun to visit whilst a wealth of activities from mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, walking the coastal footpaths, horse-riding and even watching the sunset from a hot air balloon are amongst the numerous unique experiences that can be enjoyed on this fascinating island.

Accommodation • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (A/C, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, DVD, CD) with doors to covered terrace • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, washing machine) with door to terrace

PRiCE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

april

5

12 N/A

May

19

26 3 1295

Saturday changeover

10 17 24 31 7 1350 1495 1895 2350 2595

July

June

14 2995

• Double bedroom (A/C, king size bed) with en suite bathroom and doors to front terrace • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom and doors to front terrace • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Shower room

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28 3195

5 3295

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12 3595

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Shower • Open and covered terraces • Grounds of mature trees and shrubs • Private parking

august

19

26

2 9 3695

16

• Private kidney-shaped swimming pool (9m x 5m) with corner Roman steps. Separate children’s pool (1.3m wide).

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 3395

6

13 2995

20 2595

27 2350

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Atzi I San Carlos Map ref: B5 Web Ref: 2902 Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beaches 7.5km in a gentle rural setting on the edge of a pine forest and with views to undulating hills, this little gem offers guests the opportunity to enjoy nature at its best while, at the same time, being a drive of only five minutes from the amenities of San Carlos village and less than 15 minutes from several sandy beaches including Es Cana, Cala Nova, Cala Martina, Cala Pada, Es Figueal and Cala Llenya.

The atmosphere in the well appointed interior is intimate and relaxed with a modern yet classic flavour. Terracotta tiled floors and simple, tasteful décor contribute considerable charm while a carefully positioned air conditioning unit keeps the whole house cool. Pretty woodland scenery is framed by the windows of the elegant double bedroom which has a bathroom conveniently adjacent and the dining/kitchen area is imbued with good creature comforts. Heart of the home is an attractive, comfortably furnished living room, a light and peaceful haven in which to while away a little time if sanctuary is needed from the midday sun. as we hope these accompanying photographs show, the amount of space on offer is most impressive and normally associated with a property of much larger capacity. Long, lazy days reclining on the ample sun terrace will merge seamlessly into evenings spent dining next to the pool. breathing in the fresh aroma of pine, whilst marvelling at the expanse of fields and hills beyond, will make it tempting not to stray far from this tranquil hideaway however this beguiling island has plenty to entice.

a plethora of excellent beaches are just waiting to be discovered; those mentioned above (as well as numerous others near to them) are great for a quick dip but some of the more secluded coves are also well worth seeking out. Locally referred to as the “cove of mystery” (although nobody seems to know exactly why!) tiny Cala Mastella, just past San Carlos, has beautifully clear water for bathing and a respected waterfront fish restaurant; Cala Gracioneta on the west coast is a quaint, rustic cove, perfect for snorkelling, whilst Cala Olivera, another serene little spot on the East coast, is a lovely place to head for with a picnic. San Carlos is a laid back treat; a small charming village centred on a beautiful church it has played host to a community of artists for decades. an unmistakeably bohemian vibe pervades to this day, best epitomised by the popular Saturday Hippy Market (and occasional night markets on Sunday and Monday) held in and around the restaurant Las Dalias. another atmospheric landmark is bar anita where locals claim to have seen Mick Jagger and bob Marley perform impromptu concerts over the years. Renowned as a gathering point and informal post office for sixties free spirits and sun-worshippers (the 400 post boxes are today used mostly by owners of remote farms) do look out for the eclectic display of paintings left for sale by penniless patrons as credit towards their bar bills!

Accommodation • • • • •

Open plan kitchen/diner (oven, microwave, dishwasher) Living room (TV, DVD, CD, A/C, Wi-Fi) Double bedroom Bathroom Washing machine

OUTSIDE: • Covered dining terrace with sink, small fridge and in-built barbecue • Extensive sun terrace • Garden with lawn • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with side Roman steps

PRiCE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 2 guests

april

5

12 N/A

May

19

26 525

3 675

10 725

17 775

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24 31 825 895

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June

7 950

14 1050

21 1150

28 1350

5 1550

12 1695

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19

26

2 9 1750

16

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September

23

30 6 1650 1495

13 1250

20 1050

27 925

4 750

11 675

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La Calma San Joan Map ref: B4 Web ref: 2907 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Beach 4.5km La Calma is a most charming example of a rural ibicencan finca which has been imaginatively renovated, decorated and furnished to create a welcoming and contemporary family home. From this authentic, traditional setting, there are stunning views to be enjoyed from the pool terrace across densely wooded hillsides to the town of Santa Eulalia in the distance and, from the slope immediately behind the house, to the glittering Mediterranean at benirrás and the neighbouring island of Formentera.

Outdoor summer living could not be more inviting. The south-facing private pool sits enticingly in a handsome broad flagstone surround, or you may choose to recline on the chill-out sofa, thoughtfully positioned to look over both the pool and the impressive view. The covered dining terrace running along the front façade of La Calma is surely destined to be the venue for many an open air meal whilst simultaneously feasting on that mesmerising vista. a small neat cactus garden, children’s play area, hammock and in built barbecue complete the excellent outdoor facilities.

From the front covered terrace double doors lead into the long living room where the tasteful quality of the property is immediately apparent: gleaming quarry-tiled floors combine attractively with the wood-beamed ceiling, indented with a sequence of skylights skilfully admitting daylight whilst deflecting the direct sunshine. This is, in effect, the hub of the house with three highly individual en suite bedrooms opening on to this area and the kitchen and dining room accessed from one side. Throughout, subtle detailing is

much in evidence. Look for the odd stained glass window, occasional panels of open stone wall and the restrained but bold use of dazzling primary colours all of which contribute to the unique, relaxed ambience of La Calma. Equally well appointed, a spacious, self-contained casita adjoins the house. With its own dedicated access, covered terrace, kitchenette, sitting area, double bed and shower room, this private ‘suite’ would be ideal for an individual or couple seeking an extra element of privacy while at the same time remaining very much a part of holiday proceedings Nearby San Joan (5km) remains one of the most authentic of ibiza’s small towns with a gentle pace of life that has remained largely unchanged for centuries. architecture here features sloped roof houses, a rarity amongst the traditionally cubist style of most ibicencan buildings and amenities include a couple of bars and restaurants, a chemist and a minimarket for everyday essentials. Similarly appointed San Miguel (7km) hosts weekly folk dancing in front of the church and a Thursday craft market while the comprehensive amenities, sandy beach and many good restaurants of Santa Eulalia are about a 15 minute drive. Other nearby beaches include San Miguel and Portinatx (each 6.5km) as well as world famous benirrás (4.5km) where bongo-playing hippies regularly offer lively accompaniment to the dramatic sunsets!

Please note: Flexible changeover days may be possible at certain times. Please enquire.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting room (TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, Playstation II) • Dining room with doors to barbecue terrace • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with

PRiCE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

april

5

12

May

19 N/A

26

3

10 1395

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21 1995

CASITA: • Sitting area (TV, DVD, Playstation II, ceiling fan) • Kitchenette (sink, fridge microwave) • Double bed • Shower room

July

June

14

en suite bathroom • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite shower room • Separate exterior access to...

28 2295

5 2550

12 2650

19 2750

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26 2850

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9

16 2995

OUTSIDE: • Shower room • Utility room (washing machine) • Poolside shower • In-built barbecue with covered dining terrace • Further covered and open terraces

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September

23

30 6 2395 2195

13 2150

20 2050

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Inés Santa Eulalia Map ref: C5 Web ref: 2906 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 3.5km This delightful house is smart, elegant and stylish in equal measure. From a privileged, gently elevated position the property boasts lovely views over olive groves and market gardens towards the pine clad slopes that border the relaxed, coastal town of Santa Eulalia. Everything about inés is most convivial and welcoming. Fringed with lawn, various lush palms, cacti and olive trees, the completely private and beautifully maintained grounds offer a number of tempting vantage points from which to enjoy the impressive vista; to one side a large, part-covered dining terrace, on the lawn a Jacuzzi/hot tub and near the pool a raised, ‘chill-out’ gazebo replete with soft mattress, all compete for the right to be centre of holiday attention. internally, broad glass doors lead into an open plan living/dining room warmly decorated and furnished in contrasting shades of taupe and coffee-cream. Notable amongst the furniture is a magnificent, dark wood carved wall mirror complementing the cooling floor tiles and partially stone clad wall. an archway leads through to the bedroom corridor where an air conditioning unit has been thoughtfully positioned to maximise its cooling effect. all three bedrooms are very well furnished with two benefitting from imaginatively designed en suite facilities (one an unusual open-plan design, the other boasting a spa bath attractively set into a curved alcove accessed via a Moorish-style archway). The third bedroom is served by a separate cloakroom.

Sedate Santa Eulalia, barely 3km from inés, dates from the 16th Century when its fortified church, Puig de Missa, was established - a building now regarded by many to be the loveliest and best-preserved example of its kind in ibiza. a leafy rambla leads down to the seafront promenade bordering the long, family-friendly sandy beach and the town is home to a wonderful array of shops as well as an extensive choice of bars, restaurants and cafés.

Please note: a low fence along one edge of the raised garden area means younger children would need supervision.

Accommodation • Covered entrance porch • Cloakroom • Living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, CD, A/C,Wi-Fi) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with doors to covered terrace • Double bedroom (A/C, TV) with open plan en suite (shower, double basin) and separate WC • Inner hallway (A/C) • Double bedroom (TV) with en suite bathroom (spa bath, separate shower) and doors to covered terrace • Twin bedroom

OUTSIDE: • Shower • Utility room (washing machine) • Lawned garden • Open and covered terraces • Gazebo • Barbecue • Hot tub • Private parking • Private kidney-shaped pool (9m x 4m)

PRiCE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

april

5

12

May

19

26 N/A

3

10

17

Saturday changeover

24 31 7 1450 1550 1650

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June

14 1750

21 1895

28 2095

5 2395

12 2695

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26

2 9 2895

16

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September

23

30 6 2695 2395

13 1995

20 1895

27

4

11 N/A

18

25

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Experience In and around

With more than 25 designated cycle routes on the island, it is easy to explore on two wheels. Tracks range from short gentle rides through pine forest to 90km Olympic standard courses. There are numerous walking routes for those who prefer to venture out on foot, whether striking out into the hills, along the coast or up the winding streets of Dalt Villa, the historic walled centre of ibiza Town. Watching the sunset has become somewhat of a daily ritual on ibiza, with people gathering en masse in beachfront bars who play chill-out music to heighten the awed atmosphere.

Must go and see

Religion has played an important role in shaping the traditions and architecture of the island, with each town having its own church dedicated to its patron saint. Santa Eulalia boasts the most impressive church on the island. Standing 52m above sea level, the Puig de Missa dominates the skyline. Set beside it is the Ethnological Museum a great place to discover ibiza’s fascinating culture.

Visiting one of ibiza’s hippy markets is a real must. The biggest markets are Punta arabí in Es Caná every Wednesday and Las Dalias in San Carlos on Saturdays, which goes on until 1am during the summer with food and live music. ibiza is frequently referred to as ‘the white isle’, a reference to the vast salt flats of Ses Salines which stretch across the southern tip of the island. it is now a National Park which is home to over 210 species of birds including flamingos, falcons, warblers, larks and the audouin and yellow-legged gull.

Best dates to experience

Celebrated in many coastal towns, the feast day of the Virgen de Carmen is where the local fishing boats are blessed by their patron saint. Held on the 16th July, it is a bank holiday in ibiza Town, San antonio and Formentera. There are many local fiestas too with each town organising their own festivities, to which visitors are welcome. and you can get a taste of ibicencan folklore by heading to the square outside the church in San Miguel any Thursday at 6.15pm, where men and women in traditional dress perform the traditional folk dancing known as ‘ball pagès’.

Beaches

ibiza is renowned for its beaches. From small resorts which cater for families and offer all types of amenities to the off-the-beaten track coves. There are over fifty beaches to discover, but here are just a few:

Cala Salada – Just a short drive from San antonio, Cala Salada’s sheltered sandy cove is bordered by pine forest and has remained relatively undeveloped, although there is a restaurant and basic facilities.

Cala Bassa – a swathe of soft golden sand and the clearest water with a protected swimming area and plenty of trees for shade, this is a popular family beach near to San antonio. Benirrás – a medium-sized beach with pebbly sand and clear water, benirrás is located on the north west coast just beyond San Miguel. a mix of locals and visitors relax here, and it is popular with families as there are plenty of amenities. Cala Llenya – With white sand and gently sloping shallows, this is a great option for families and it is generally not too crowded, thanks to its location in the quieter north east of the island.

Cala Llonga – Surrounded by pine forest, this wide horseshoe-shaped bay just south of Santa Eulalia is sheltered and picturesque and the waters are calm and shallow, ideal for families with young children.

Cala Jondal – backed by dramatic rusty coloured cliffs and pine trees, in a conserved area of natural beauty on the south coast near San Jose, this stunning beach is part pebble and part golden sand. The fashionable party crowd sip cocktails in the trendy bars while young families gravitate to the opposite end of the beach.

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Campo Verde Santa Gertrudis Map ref: C3 Web ref: 2903 Sleeps 9 | 5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis | Beach 9km a classic of its type, Campo Verde is a dazzling whitewashed ibicencan farmhouse standing in generous lawned grounds on a gentle incline in the heart of ibiza. Just 3km from the sleepy village of Santa Gertrudis, this gorgeous house enjoys a peaceful, pastoral outlook over extensive pinewoods and olive groves to the distant modest mountains; a beautiful view and typical of the island’s wonderfully scenic inland terrain. With a garden that positively encourages relaxation it is likely the majority of your time will be spent outside at Campo Verde. and what an environment you have to hand. Edged with oleander, surrounded by neat lawns and overlooked by an assortment of crazy-paved open and covered terraces the larger than average private pool glitters invitingly and benefits from easy access via Roman steps spanning the width of the shallow end. To one side of the large front terrace a substantial covered pergola provides a marvellous spot in which to unwind with a cool drink and just absorb the view, your current favourite novel…or both! inside, thick, whitewashed walls and cooling terracotta floor tiles contribute to the simple, extremely effective décor to give a crisp and fresh ambience. Conveying an immediate sense of space the high ceiling of the entrance hall has is supported by solid glazed beams of locally sourced Sabena pine, a fundamental component in traditional ibicencan construction, and evident throughout

the house. From here an archway leads through to a most attractive split level living/dining room where the sunken seating area resembles a snug due to its feature secondary ceiling lined with bamboo and which was originally used as a perch for drying carob pods in the property’s former life.

accessed from the hall are two double bedrooms and a ‘suite’ comprising a twin and separate single bedroom together (perhaps ideal for a family with a younger child). Off the first floor landing a terrace looks out to the garden, pool and rural view beyond while a further twin bedroom is located below a dramatic vaulted ceiling. Fans of asian cuisine have a well known open-air restaurant just 850m away from the house and another much-respected local restaurant specialising in fresh meat dishes within 2.5km. Nearby Santa Gertrudis offers a very good range of amenities including a couple of mini markets, several bars and various restaurants clustered around the main square which is flanked on one side by an interesting eighteenth Century church. Numerous sandy beaches can be reached within a 20 minute drive, the nearest just 9km away at Santa Eulália and it is the same distance to the bright lights, boutiques, fine dining and lively waterfront at vibrant ibiza Town.

Please note: Flexible changeover days may be possible at certain times of the year. Please enquire.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall (A/C) • Split level living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to front terrace • Utility room with corner shower cubicle (no WC or basin), washing machine and door to side terrace • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (spa bath)

• Double bedroom (A/C) • ‘Suite’ comprising twin bedroom (A/C) with separate single bedroom off • Shower room • The house has central heating FIRST FLOOR: • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room • Terrace

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“A unique island t hat combines a stunning v olcanic landscape wit h original architecture and art. Lanzar ote also pr ovides warmt h in its climate and in its hospitality.� The Kitson family

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Spain

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Lanzarote Beguiling, contrasting, inspiring and relaxing; just a few of the epithets readily associated with this unique destination. As the most easterly and oldest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Lanzarote nestles in the Atlantic Ocean off the north west coast of Africa. Boasting an average annual temperature of 22ºC and over 2500 hours of sunshine per year the climate of this wonderful island is the envy of many. ver 40 years ago, showing commendable far-sightedness, the local government completely ruled out the idea of developing lanzarote for mass tourism meaning that today over 40% of the land is officially protected. While clear pockets of tourism development most certainly exist, it is still the case that large tracts of hinterland as well as long stretches of the coast remain pleasingly devoid of any obvious tourist presence and it is in these unsullied and attractive spots that we have chosen to focus our hand-picked selection of properties.

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Famously volcanic in origin, lanzarote stretches 60km from north to south, is 25km wide and has a total coastline of 213km. a designated UneSCo Biosphere reserve since 1993, it is home to one of the most dramatic landscapes on earth, the Timanfaya National Park, locally and accurately known as ‘the Mountains of Fire’. Formed when a chain of now dormant volcanoes erupted in the 18th and 19th Centuries, timanfaya is one of only fourteen national parks in Spain and remains a part of the world completely frozen in time. resembling a sprawling pool of melted chocolate, the topography is in equal measure spectacular, eerie and stunningly beautiful having played a starring role over the years in many film and television productions including ‘one Million Years BC’, ‘Journey to the Centre of the earth’ and ‘Doctor Who’. the most influential figure (many say the key figure) in the movement to preserve lanzarote’s natural state and innate wonders was the celebrated local artist César Manrique and evidence of his pervasive influence can be seen all across the island. testament to the enduring legacy of one of Spain’s greatest 20th Century artists is a magnificent body of work comprising sculptures, murals, buildings, landscaped gardens and even a selection of large quirky mobiles. alongside tourism it is agriculture that provides the mainstay of the island’s economy. onions, potatoes and spinach are the chief crops and it is still not uncommon to see camels being used by the older generation of farmers to plough their land in traditional, time-honoured fashion (although these days they are mainly found carrying visitors through the national park – the camels that is, not the farmers!).

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Lanzarote Capital of the island until 1852 (when that honour passed to arrecife), the sleepy demeanour of Teguise disguises a rich history. one of the oldest towns in the Canaries and the epitome of laid-back island life for six days a week, teguise bursts into life only on Sunday mornings when a rambling market takes over the streets and bouts of exuberant folk dancing break out in front of the parish church. Heading south, La Asomada is a gentle rural community, full of pastoral charm and perfectly positioned for easy forays to the island’s most notable attractions. the bright lights and vibrant nightlife of bustling Puerto del Carmen are also within easy distance – although you would never know it.

regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in the Canaries, whitewashed Yaiza, together with its satellite settlement Las Breñas, is the gateway to some of the island’s most notable beaches. Papagayo, the name given to lanzarote’s most southerly tip, has also become the assumed name for a series of remarkable coves of soft black and gold sand that border the peninsula. In contrast to nearby Playa Blanca, not an iota of development has ever been permitted here and strictly controlled access ensures Papagayo has been and is being kept in as virgin a condition as possible. It is a gorgeous spot.

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Wonderful views of timanfaya and la Geria can be enjoyed both on the way to and looking back from Tinajo, another typically relaxed village. Here the road forks; north leads to the impressive sporting centre of la Santa (a regular pre-season training camp for famous sporting individuals and teams); east brings Famara, one of the wildest and most dramatic, cliff-backed sandy beaches in Spain, renowned as a world class location for all forms of surfing.

lanzarote is home to over 500 different plants (around 20 of which are endemic), none more impressive than the soaring Date Palm found in abundance around Haría and the romantically named Valley of 1000 Palms, a stirring sight all year but particularly when vegetation is at its most colourful in February and March. Crown jewel of views on an island of remarkable scenery is undoubtedly the 479m high Mirador del río. an incredible architectural achievement and brainchild of César Manrique, the panoramic vista across to neighbouring La Graciosa island, spread out in bas relief just 1000m away, is one of the most impressive in europe.

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lanzarote is frequently referred to as the ‘Island of eternal Spring’ thanks to its enviable subtropical climate and it is this that makes it an attractive destination for holidays at any time of the year. Summers are long and warm with average temperatures of between 23 and 30°C, whilst during a ‘canarian winter’ thermometers rarely drop below 20°C. equally agreeable are the sea temperatures, which remain warm throughout the year.

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the arid region of la Geria is a renowned centre of viticulture and there are some 18 bodegas on the island, although many people have a few vines to produce their own wine. Using an ingenious method to make the vines grow in such a barren landscape, the islanders plant individual vines in semi-circular stone walls (zocos) where moisture gathers on the picon stone and funnels down towards the roots.

the vast majority of production is dedicated to the Malvasia grape which produces a high strength sweet wine of excellent quality.

Isla Graciosa

admiring Isla Graciosa from lanzarote’s Mirador del río is a delight but visiting it is even better. regular ferries cross the ‘río’ to this 27km² outcrop of unblemished sand, rock and pristine beaches which has no tarmac roads, a population of about 500, a bakery, three supermarkets, a DIY shop and a supply of simply-styled bars and restaurants. this is a place for the sort of barefoot, sun-soaked and chilled-out living normally only associated with the more remote parts of the Caribbean.

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Casa Yuno La Asomada Map ref: D3 Web ref: 2505 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Village House

Lanzarote | CANARY ISLANDS

enjoying a privileged position on a south facing hillside just a short drive from the island’s southern coastline is the charming local village of la asomada, a neatly presented cluster of whitewashed houses, accompanied by a typical tapas bar and small supermarket.

nestling amidst this charming collection of properties and looking out across a panoramic vista towards the nearby sea, we discovered Casa Yuno, a delightful village home that offers that much sought after convenience of being within walking distance of the local amenities whilst at the same time only a short drive from the coast.

a traditional décor of exposed stone walls, wood beamed ceilings and charming rustic furnishings creates a welcoming and atmospheric ambience within the cottage’s neatly arranged rooms, from where doors lead out from an open plan living area to the pool and its adjacent terraces. It is here that the enticing view reveals itself since this outside area enjoys a stunning outlook towards the ocean, the waters of which shimmer invitingly below. this shoreline can be reached by way of a 10 minute drive from the house, with the nearest beaches being those of the bustling and cosmopolitan resort of Puerto del Carmen.  alternatively head north from la asomada to enter the wine growing area of la Geria, a fascinating landscape where the bright green foliage of the vines provides a striking contrast to the dark rock within which it is planted. along the way, a choice of smart bodegas offer some excellent dining options and the chance to buy some of the fresh Malvasia wine they produce. Accommodation • Kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave) • Sitting room (TV, DVD, CD) with doors to covered terrace • Bathroom (half bath, washing machine) • Two double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms • Twin bedroom

OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Private parking • Private solar heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

PrICe For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

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Villa Cactus La Asomada Map ref: D3 Web ref: 2509 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Gated Pool | Small Party Rate* the deep blue waters of lanzarote’s southern coastline glisten invitingly beyond the lush garden of tropical plants that surrounds this charming Canarian cottage, which nestles within the sleepy village of la asomada just a 10 minute drive from the sea.

the nearby shoreline, with its sandy beaches and wide selection of water activities, is pleasingly close to hand and yet the pretty cluster of typical homes and local amenities that make up this attractive hamlet retain the traditional character, unspoilt charm and tranquil ambience of local island life. Its well stocked shop and typical tapas bar are both within 800m of the house whilst its privileged position on a south facing hillside provides it with stunning views down onto the coast. rustic stone walls and a colourful collection of exotic plants and cacti encircle the poolside and al fresco dining terraces of this attractive home to create a picturesque outdoor area with a distinctly tropical feel. Inside too, a light and welcoming ambience prevails thanks to the mellow hues of pastel paintwork, the warm wood of doors and ceilings and a combination of skylights and wide picture windows that frame the enticing sea views. trips to the nearby coast can be planned whilst looking out towards the shimmering waters, whilst also within easy reach in the other direction are the majestic multicoloured volcanic cones of the timanfaya national park and the vineyards and bodegas of la Geria, the island’s fascinating wine growing region

Please note: Since all beds are doubles, an additional folding bed can be provided as long as the capacity does not exceed 6. Accommodation • • • • • •

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*Up to 2 guests 3–6 guests

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Entrance hall Living room (TV, DVD, table football) Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) Two double bedrooms Double bedroom with en suite shower room Bathroom (washing machine)

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OUTSIDE: • Attractive grounds of covered and open terraces and flowerbeds • Private parking • In-built barbecue • Enclosed private solar heated swimming pool (7m x 4m) with Roman steps

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5

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Villa La Acequia Tinajo Map ref: C3 Web ref: 2503 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Gym

CANARY ISLANDS | Lanzarote

Just 500m from the centre of the typical village of tinajo, this spacious and smartly furnished residence forms an impressive landmark. Private and serene, it sits against a backdrop of gently rolling hills and looks out across a panoramic vista towards the shimmering blue waters of the island’s northern coastline, with the nearby isle of la Graciosa visible in the distance. 

to stay in Villa la acequia is to experience being in the heartland of this beautiful and fascinating island. a short walk from the house reveals the local shops and restaurants of one of lanzarote’s quintessential villages, seemingly unchanged over the years and characterised by its uniformly painted white walls and green shutters. to the west and just a short drive away is the unique and untouched landscape of the timanfaya national Park, whilst to the north the dramatic sweep of sands that is the beach of Famara can be reached in just 15 minutes. owned by a carpenter and displaying many of his own individual and beautifully carved pieces, the house itself is stylishly decorated and boasts generous proportions that allow space for a private gym on the lower level.  Various areas of soft seating include a bright gallery-style room with windows that capture views across the village and out towards the sea, whilst to the rear and accessed via a door from the dining room is the swimming pool with its surrounding terraces and in-built barbecue. Made pleasingly private by the walls that surround it on all sides, this enclosed outdoor area forms a perfect retreat, with only the tops of the hills that spread out behind the property being visible beyond.

Please note: • twin single beds can be locked together to become a double. Please advise at time of booking. • We respectfully ask that you do not allow children to use the gym facilities without appropriate adult supervision. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Gym

FIRST FLOOR: • Sitting room (TV, DVD, CD) • Reading room • Kitchen/ dining room (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with door to pool area

• Laundry room (washing machine) • Twin bedroom • Double bedroom with covered terrace (sea views) • Bathroom

PrICe For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

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OUTSIDE: • Covered and open terraces • Shower room • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m, all one depth)

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Experience In and Around

Beaches – lanzarote boasts a wide variety of beaches ranging from quiet little coves to larger stretches of sand with plenty of activities to keep a family of all ages amused. they have predominantly golden or white sand and on the eastern side nearly all have quiet warm seas suitable for snorkelling or warm rock pools ideal for the little ones. Some around Costa teguise are great for wind and kite surfing while Famara beach on the northern side of the island has large waves ideal for serious surfers.

National Park/nature reserves – about 40% of the island is protected nature reserve or natural space, the largest of which is timanfaya which holds 25 craters of volcanoes. the last eruption in the area in 1730 created an amazing lunar landscape of extraordinarily coloured lava formations. the ‘el Diablo’ restaurant here cooks with the tremendous heat which rises through a vent from the earth below.

Must see

La Graciosa – about 500 people live on this tiny island off the northern coast of lanzarote, most of whom are fishermen. Here streets, stress and hustle and bustle do not exist, instead the pace of life is best described as total tranquillity. Step off the ferry in the little town of Caleta de Sebo, where the harbour is dotted with delightful fish restaurants, and either hire a bicycle or take a 4x4 taxi to some of the amazing isolated beaches.

Teguise Market – the sleepy town of teguise comes alive every Sunday when the market comes to town. there are hundreds of stalls, food and drink to sample, and street entertainers displaying folk dancing to the sound of pan pipes and guitars. not to be missed!

Best dates to experience

Iron Man competition – this annual competition held in May now attracts nearly 2,000 male and female athletes who must swim 3.8 km, cycle 180 km over some of the hilliest terrain on the island and then run 42 km along the beach from Puerto del Carmen. If you enjoyed the olympics, you’ll also enjoy watching the athletes at this lanzarote Ironman event, one of the World’s most difficult triathlons. Carnivals – For terrific displays of colourful costumes be sure to go to one of the many fiestas on the island. amongst the biggest and best include Carnival, held just before the start of lent. the fiesta works its way round the island stopping at each of the larger villages in turn. or in mid September buy a traditional costume in arrecife and join in the pilgrimage to the tiny village of Mancha Blanca to enjoy the celebrations to ‘our lady of the Volcanoes’ who, it is said, stopped a deadly lava flow in its tracks!

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Cortijo de Cabreron Costa Teguise Map ref: D5 Web ref: 2500 Sleeps 5 | 4 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Beach 4.3km

Lanzarote | CANARY ISLANDS

Surrounded on all sides by a seemingly endless expanse of open countryside with barely a neighbour in sight and yet only 4.3km from the sandy palm lined beaches of the bustling coastline of Costa teguise, this traditional and beautifully presented country cottage is a charming and unusual discovery.

Sitting sedately at the end of an unmade country track, Cortijo de Cabreron enjoys an idyllic rural location. In all directions, the view ahead is of a sweeping panorama of moorland stretching out towards gently undulating hills, interrupted only occasionally by the white outline of a distant property. to the east, the waters of the nearby sea can be seen on the horizon.

Such apparently infinite rustic vistas make it hard to believe that amenities are so close to hand, but a drive of just over 4km reveals the lively shoreline with its golden sand beaches, shops, cafés, restaurants and water sporting activities. alternatively, head some 20 minutes north through blissfully unspoilt countryside to discover the authentic fishing village of arrieta, where traditional narrow streets house a collection of typical whitewashed homes and one of the island’s most highly recommended local restaurants. Built by its current owner’s great grandparents and lovingly cared for by successive generations of the family, the house itself oozes character and a delightful sense of homeliness. thick stone walls, colourful ceramics and paintwork sit alongside beautifully coordinated furnishings and a wealth of eye catching traditional features. equally charming is the outdoor area where the swimming pool is surrounded by a rustic stone terrace, a wood covered dining area and a garden of bright flowers and cacti.

Please note: • Whilst there are 4 bedrooms, we feel that the property is best suited to a maximum of 5 guests. • a laundry service is available on request (payable locally). Accommodation • Entrance hall/dining room • Sitting room (TV, DVD, wood burning stove) • Reading room (CD) • Kitchen (oven) • Twin bedroom

• Double bedroom (continental bed) • Single bedroom with open tread steps leading up to additional single bedroom • Bathroom

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Up to 5 guests

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Casa Mariola Las Breñas Map ref: D2 Web ref: 2502 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Village House | Fenced Pool | Beach 3.5km Small Party Rate* It is hard to imagine a better vantage point from which to appreciate the many and varied features of this fascinating island than that which is provided by this stylish village home. ahead, the shimmering blue waters of the nearby sea are enticingly close by; to the back rolling hills rise up above the rooftops of the pretty village and in the distance, the imposing outline of enigmatic mountains signal the proximity of the timanfaya national Park. all of this can be surveyed as a splendid 360 degree panoramic vista from the property’s roof terrace, whilst the pool and its adjacent terraces enjoy the most picturesque of views across gently undulating countryside towards the nearby sea.   Its privileged position in the pretty rural community of las Breñas means that Casa Mariola is only 300m from the nearest of the village’s two restaurants, whilst the island’s sandy shores are just 3.5km away via scenic lanes. this picturesque south-western corner of lanzarote is home to some of the island’s most sought after beaches, with the string of unspoilt sandy coves of Papagayo being only 20 minutes from the house on the most southerly tip of the coastline.  another of the islands highlights, the flower-decked village of Yaiza, provides all amenities and is just 7 minutes away by car.  a recent and contemporary design has ensured that Casa Mariola’s smart rooms are light and airy, with up-to-date furnishings and attractive pastel colour schemes. Upstairs on the first floor an en suite bedroom enjoys easy access to the property’s roof terrace whilst downstairs in the spacious living room patio doors lead the way to the outdoor area where a shady pergola provides an ideal spot for al fresco dining whilst looking out onto the pool and a pretty garden of cactus plants, splashed with the bright foliage so typical of these southerly isles. Please note: Parties paying the small party rates for up to 2 persons and 3–4 persons will have use of the ground floor only. 

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• Private parking • Private fenced swimming pool with corner Roman steps

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Villa Oasis CANARY ISLANDS | Lanzarote

Oasis de Nazaret Map ref: C4 Web ref: 2508 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Gated Pool | Village House | Wi-Fi Small Party Rate*

extensive panoramic vistas that stretch out to encompass the nearby sea, south facing grounds framed with the vivid colours of flowering plants and a privileged village location just 200m from one of the island’s leading restaurants make us suspect that Villa oasis will soon become a firm favourite with guests.

nestling into the hillside within a pretty enclave of traditional homes, this is a light and welcoming residence with colourful, airy rooms and wide outdoor terraces that look out across the swimming pool towards a wonderful sweep of typical countryside. Beyond clusters of dazzling whitewashed homes, the rounded tops of lanzarote’s distinctive mountains loom impressively in the distance, whilst an outline of shimmering blue waters signals the proximity of the coast. a south facing aspect enables all three of the property’s bedrooms, as well as its spacious living room, to enjoy this impressive outlook. 

Formerly home to the actor omar Sharif, the village of oasis de nazaret offers an elegant restaurant and museum in the atmospheric surroundings of the Hollywood film star’s former home. this is just a short walk from Villa oasis, whilst the village’s well-stocked supermarket and other typical restaurant are also within easy reach. not to be missed however is the historic town of teguise, the island’s former capital and a delightful centre of cobbled streets and typical squares that become a hub of activity on Sundays when the town plays host to the island’s largest weekly market. this is just 3km north of nazaret and is accessible on foot for those feeling energetic, via a rural footpath that passes over the hillside above the village.

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Entrance hall Living room (TV, DVD, CD) Dining room Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) Laundry room (washing machine) Shower room Two twin bedrooms Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (half bath) Wi-Fi (payable locally – €30 for duration of the holiday)

OUTSIDE: • Pretty grounds of flowerbeds, open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Shower room • Poolside shower • Private gated swimming pool (8m x 5m)

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Villa Placeres Guatiza Map ref: C5 Web ref: 2510 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Village House Small Party Rate*

neat grounds that are enclosed and sheltered, attractive accommodation bearing all the welcoming traits of a well equipped and much loved home and a position in the sleepy village of Guatiza make this delightful property a perfect choice for couples or small groups who wish to soak up the atmosphere of a traditional Canarian community from a charming and comfortable base. Just 3km from the blissfully unspoilt north eastern coast with its rugged shoreline, secret swimming pools and charming seaside towns, the pretty streets and squares of Guatiza epitomise the traditional architecture and laid back ambience of a typical island village. life still revolves around the atmospheric main square, which together with the local supermarket, a couple of bars and a restaurant serving evening meals is just a short stroll from the house. However, the village is perhaps best known for its famous Cactus Garden, a wonderful display of the plant world’s finest species, created by the island-born artist and architect Cesar Manrique.

When not exploring these charming surroundings, guests can relax and enjoy the homely details and smart facilities provided at Villa Placeres. originally set up and furnished as the owner’s principal residence it is spacious and beautifully presented, with a tasteful décor of light paintwork and cool terracotta floor tiles, punctuated with the rich colours of attractive upholstery. outside, the external space is ideally prepared for lazy days by the pool, with a covered barbecue area spanning one end of the poolside terrace and easy access provided by patio doors from the living room.

Please note: • Parties paying the small party rate will have use of one bedroom only. • the owners live in an apartment to the rear of the property, which has separate access. they will not use the facilities and swimming pool of Villa Placeres and your privacy is assured.  Accommodation

PrICe For tHe ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

January

5 12 19 26 2 *Up to 2 guests 495 3–4 guests 695

February

March

• Entrance hall (A/C) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Living/dining room (TV, DVD) with patio doors to poolside terrace • Shower room Sunday changeover april

May

June

July

august

• Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom • Internet via USB dongle OUTSIDE: • Enclosed grounds with lawn, flowerbeds and open terraces September

9 16 23 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 27 4 11 18 25 1 8 15 22 29 6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 650 650 750 495 650 750 850 850 950 695 850 950

october

5

• Table tennis • Covered dining area with in-built barbecue • Private parking • Private solar heated swimming pool (8m x 4m at widest points) with corner Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling

november

December

12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 750 650 495 750 950 850 695 950

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ituated at the western end of Iberia where the land ends and the sea begins, Portugal has so much to offer: a dramatic shoreline of stunningly unspoilt beaches, quaint fishing villages, medieval walled towns, castles galore, vineyards producing exquisite local wines and charming people from whom a warm welcome can always be assured.

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This is a country where hospitality seems to know no bounds. Whether you choose to holiday alongside the unspoilt dunebacked beaches of the Costa Verde or by the golden shores of the Algarve, it will be with delight and warmth that you are met by your hosts. Encompassing the most northerly and southerly points of the country, the two regions we feature offer distinct landscapes and their own unique personalities. In the north western corner, local life evolves in a delightfully unhurried way along the sandy shores of the Costa Verde, where time seems to have stood still and a lush landscape of woodland, vineyards and stone villages remains delightfully unspoilt. Occupying the southernmost province, bustling resorts and charming fishing villages can be found along the Algarve’s dramatic shoreline, whilst typical villages and traditional market towns nestle amongst the almond groves that cover the hillsides above.


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Costa Verde and Minho When the only traffic jam is caused by a horse drawn cart laden with the grape harvest, or a black clad old lady ushering her herd of goats, a meander along the blissfully unspoilt rural byways of Northern Portugal cannot fail to be relaxing. he countryside is a rich patchwork of maize fields and vineyards, with green vines atop tall granite pergolas shading spindly cabbages below and traditional wigwam shaped corn stacks dominating the landscape. Women, heads held high with produce, make their way to and from the fields, or from the river banks where the age old ritual of clothes washing and companionship takes place in defiance of modern technology.

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the river lima meets the ocean at the ancient port of Viana do Castelo. on the right bank of the estuary lies the historic old quarter of the town, whilst on the left straggles a wild dune-backed beach, the unexpected home of some smart seaside villas. to the north of the town, the charming village of Areosa with its delightful network of cobbled streets and vine covered hillside is bordered by mile upon mile of rolling sand with cabbage patches and pine coppices behind. the whitewashed fishing village of Vila Praia de Âncora, with its fine fish restaurants, touches the sand but its atmosphere is essentially Portuguese and on its southern edge, the ubiquitous country beach joins that of Afife, not long ago voted ‘cleanest beach in Portugal’. Caminha, at the estuary of the river minho, is a pretty market town, where local life revolves around the elegant central square of pavement cafés and restaurants. the nearby chic resort of Moledo do Minho is a local beauty spot much favoured by discerning Portuguese, with its country beach protected by pine forest.

Further up the estuary, the picturesque town of Vila Nova de Cerveira with its picture postcard stone flagged squares and ornate fountains, boasts an enviable waterfront location. Wide terraces of friendly cafés, well kept lawns and shaded picnic areas line the riverbanks, with the bright colours of proudly kept boats marking the moorings below. coastal Esposende offers the visitor patioed squares, traffic free streets, delightful fish restaurants and mile upon mile of unspoilt sandy beach as far as the eye can see. southwards, linked by a criss-cross of cobbled lanes through well tended smallholdings, are fishing villages like A Ver-o-Mar or Aguçadoura, a little ramshackle perhaps, but Portuguese to the core. Black clad old ladies worship at a shrine, fishermen mend their nets, boats strew the approaches to beaches uncluttered by tourists.

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Costa Verde and Minho a short drive inland, the riverside centre of Ponte de Lima is especially attractive, encompassed by green hills, now with a challenging rolling wooded 18 hole golf course. in the town itself, a fascinating maze of cobbled alleyways leads the visitor from one pretty square to the next, elegant façades house shops and cafés alike, and on the banks of the river, wide sandy beaches are home to the local fortnightly market. in the nearby little explored Peneda–Gerês National Park, you will meet few other cars, even at the height of the season. For the ultimately picturesque, meander through the garden town of Monçao, perched above the

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river minho valley and arguably one of the prettiest in Portugal; or Barcelos, famed for its handicrafts and vast weekly country market; or the beautifully preserved fortified border town of Valença. the changeover day for our properties is either Friday or saturday, as specified in the house descriptions. however, some of our owners can be flexible for both the arrival day and the duration of your stay.


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Getting there

the costa verde and minho is easily accessible. Flights to Porto are offered by air Portugal and easyJet from gatwick and by ryanair from stansted, liverpool and dublin. alternatively the spanish cities of santiago de compostela, vigo and a coruña in galicia are just a 1–2.5 hours drive from our properties. Flights are available to santiago de compostela with ryanair from stansted, easyJet from gatwick and aer lingus from dublin, whilst vueling fly from heathrow to a coruña. By car, Brittany Ferries provides sailings from Plymouth and Portsmouth to santander and from Portsmouth to Bilbao, with both spanish ports being within a day’s drive of the area. For further information, see pages 198–201.

Climate

the costa verde and minho is a land of vines and citrus fruits and therefore enjoys a sunny and warm climate. especially beautiful is the month of June, when the countryside retains the fresh greenness of spring, the meadows are splashed with the blue and yellow of cornflower and buttercup and summer temperatures are well under way – around 25°c.

Local knowledge

Cuisine

the abundant pergolas of the vinho verde grape produce young, gently fruity white wines. the rounder alvarinhos are a worthy accompaniment to the freshly caught seafood or ‘arros de marisco’ – rice cooked with shellfish, and a variety of pork and chicken dishes, often casseroled and served with rice and vegetables. the portions are unfailingly generous and yet the restaurant bills for this fare are negligible.

Festivals

hospitality is second nature to this unspoiled people and genuine friendship easy to come by. they are, quite simply, people who have time for people. occasionally, these quiet unassuming folk will break the tranquillity of the countryside with their boisterous religious festivals or ‘festas’, which take place mainly in July and august.

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Casa da Cuca Moreira do Lima (Ponte de Lima) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 301 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Pool Table

Costa Verde and Minho | PORTUGAL

a property that combines the tranquillity of a rural setting with easy access to amenities is always a pleasure to discover and so it was with delight that we viewed this pretty stone cottage. nestling in colourful gardens amidst fields of vines and rolling woodland, the surroundings are truly rural and yet the picturesque market town of Ponte de lima with its ornate buildings and wide sandy river beaches is an easy 10 minute drive.

the restoration has respected the original 18th century features so that a vast traditional hearth spans one wall of the spacious kitchen, a vaulted wooden ceiling covers the sitting room and throughout, open stone walls combine with pretty archways.

outside, abundant foliage and covered patios provide welcome pockets of shade around the swimming pool, whilst on a lower level lies a lawned area with a badminton net. a gentle stroll along cobbled lanes will take you to the nearest shop, which sells basic items, whilst Ponte de lima with its wide range of local restaurants is 5km from the house. the attractive port of viana do castelo and its nearby stretches of dune-backed beach can be reached in 15 minutes.

Please note: twin single beds can be locked together to become a double. Please advise at time of booking.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Traditional kitchen (oven, microwave) with original hearth • Sitting room (stone fireplace,TV, DVD, CD) • Steps down to room with pool table and doors leading to garden

• Double bedroom with door to terrace • Shower room • Central heating throughout the house FIRST FLOOR: • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room

OUTSIDE: • Lawn with badminton net • Garage (washing machine) • Barbecue • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m), surrounded by lawns and terraces

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

april

5

12

may

19

26

3

N/A

Up to 4 guests

10 495

17

24 595

saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 695

14

21

28

5

795

12

august

19

26

995

2 1095

9

16

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september

23 995

30 795

6

13

20

650

27 495

4

11

18 N/A

25

Casa do Bosque Lugar da Marasca (Ponte de Lima) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 342 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

sympathetically designed to blend in subtly with its natural surroundings, the smooth wooden panels, neutral paintwork and sleek style of this smart contemporary home enable it to nestle inconspicuously amidst picturesque wooded countryside just 3.5km south of historic Ponte de lima. sitting at the end of a tree lined driveway just outside the typical local hamlet of carvalhal, with the trickling waters of the nearby río trovela pleasingly audible in the background, casa do Bosque offers up-to-date and beautifully presented accommodation amidst the most natural of settings.

steps lead the way up the side of the house to a wood-decked terrace which incorporates an in-built barbecue and wide glass doors that slide back to reveal an inviting open plan living room. this neat interior is made light and spacious by a combination of white painted walls, cream floors and wide windows that showcase the lush foliage of surrounding mature trees, whilst every modern convenience is ingeniously housed within a design that is sleek and seamless.   Up above the house on a raised level is the swimming pool, which sits within a spacious lawned plot, conveniently equipped with a covered terraced area and poolside facilities. Bordered by mature shrubs and foliage, it looks out towards the cluster of typical homes that make up the local hamlet. it is a perfect retreat in which to soak up the charming environs of this unquestionably scenic corner of Portugal, whilst at the same time being only a 10 minute drive from Ponte de lima, the country’s most ancient town and home to elegant squares, ornate architecture, an 18 hole golf course and arched bridges spanning a river bordered by sandy beaches.

Accommodation LOWER LEVEL: • Laundry room (washing machine)

OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds with lawns, covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Poolside changing room, kitchenette and cloakroom • Poolside shower • Private parking • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m)

UPPER LEVEL: • Open plan sitting/dining room/ kitchen (CD, DVD and selection of films, in-built fireplace, dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

april

4

11

may

18 N/A

25

2

9 595

16

23

Friday changeover

30

6 695

13

July

June

20

27 795

4

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18

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september

22

29 795

5

12 695

19

26

3

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Casa da Galé Verde and Minho

Moledo do Minho Map ref: B2 Web ref: 3138 Sleeps 4 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Heated Pool | Wi-Fi | 1.1km Beach Table Tennis | Village House

in the heart of the picturesque coastal village of moledo do minho, within walking distance of one of the area’s most scenic sandy beaches and an appealing selection of local restaurants and village shops, we discovered this charming stone cottage amidst spacious grounds of lawns and fruit trees. a local beauty spot much favoured by discerning Portuguese, the fine sandy beach of moledo sweeps gracefully in an arc and looks out across the water towards the village’s historic 17th century fortress. a selection of fashionable cafes and restaurants can be found alongside whilst both to the north and the south a series of wonderfully unspoilt country beaches fringe a stunning coastline, their golden sands attractively protected by pine forests.

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Just 1.1km from the shore, off one of the cobbled lanes that wind their way through the village and only 300m from the nearest restaurant, casa da galé has been cleverly designed by its architect owners to nestle snugly into the hillside, its typical stone walls and mature garden blending seamlessly into its natural surroundings. on its lower level an open plan living area sits cosily within thick stone walls and forms a welcome retreat from the sun during the hotter summer months. Upstairs, the bedrooms and bathrooms lie off a central landing whilst in between, patio doors lead out onto a pretty stone flagged terrace which will no doubt become a favoured spot for meals al fresco. From here, pathways and steps wind their way through the terraced grounds, via a verdant fruit orchard, to the spacious garden where the swimming pool sits amidst a wide expanse of lawn.

Please note: • terraced gardens mean that very young children may need supervision. • the internet connection is delivered by myFi, which is via a Wi-Fi dongle. • Whilst the house is suitable for a maximum of 4 guests, one of the single bedrooms has an additional pull out bed and can be made up as a twin room if preferred. Please advise at time of booking. Accommodation LOWER FLOOR: • Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Wi-Fi

MIDDLE FLOOR: • Landing with doors to terrace UPPER FLOOR: • Landing • Double bedroom • Two single bedrooms

• Bathroom (half bath) • Shower room OUTSIDE: • Spacious garden of lawns and fruit trees • Terrace with retractable awning

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

april

5

12

may

19

26

3

N/A

Up to 4 guests

10 595

17

24

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Private parking Barbecue Washing machine Private heated swimming pool (9.5m x 4m) with corner Roman steps

saturday changeover

July

June

31

7

14 795

21

28

5 995

12

august

19

26

2 1195

9

16

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september

23

30

6 795

13

20

27

4

11

18

25

595

Casa da Eira Gondomil (Valença) Map ref: B3 Web ref: 303 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate*

Beautifully presented accommodation, spacious grounds and a charming rural outlook come together at this smart country residence to provide the most comfortable of homes from which to enjoy this delightfully unspoilt corner of iberia. situated amidst picturesque countryside just 8km from the historic border town of valença, casa da eira provides the perfect base from which to explore both spain and Portugal in the same holiday. having discovered the narrow cobbled streets, ornate fountains, typical restaurants and local handicraft shops that are housed within the ancient fortress of valença, continue southwards down the river minho to reach the long dune backed beaches of Portugal’s stunning costa verde. alternatively, cross the border into spain to sample the renowned seafood and sheltered sandy bays of galicia’s southern coast.

Within the house itself you will discover a beautifully restored property that displays the talents of a top Portuguese designer who has skilfully combined practical accessories of the most modern style with the charming traditional features that befit a house of this age. downstairs, light and spacious rooms flow from one to another through attractive arches, bordered with light exposed stone; upstairs each immaculately presented bedroom sits alongside its own private bath or shower room. step outside onto an attractive patio and a pretty stone path leads the way through wide lawns to the swimming pool which is flanked by terraces and looks out onto a pleasing panorama of lush wooded slopes. Just 500m from the house is a small café/shop that sells basic items although all amenities and a good range of shops and restaurants can be found in valença. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (wood burning stove, TV, DVD, CD) with patio doors to terrace • Dining room • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to terrace • Cloakroom • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests

march

29

april

5

12

19 895 995

may

26

3

10

17

saturday changeover

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31

7 14 1095 1450

July

June

21

28

5 1595

12 1895

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing with doors to open terrace and lawns • Double bedroom (TV) with en suite bathroom • Two twin bedrooms (TV) with en suite bathroom • Two twin bedrooms (TV) with en suite shower room

august

19

26

2 2495

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds of open patios and lawns • Citrus orchard • Private parking • Utility room (washing machine) • Barbecue • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m)

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30

6

13 1095 1450

20

27

4

11

18

25

895 995

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Quinta d’Azenha Azavedo (Caminha) Map ref: B2 Web ref: 306 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Tennis Court

Costa Verde and Minho | PORTUGAL

In a near idyllic setting this former mill house with two pools and private tennis court is backed by high wooded banks and is skirted by the former mill stream at the front.

A waterfall cascades down the stone bank at the far end of the garden into a delightful natural swimming pool in front of the house. Leaving the pool, the stream then runs down alongside the property. At this point it is crossed by a wooden bridge to the house and then continues down past the grassy area below. The standard private pool is set on a slightly higher garden level opposite. Set in lush well kept gardens, this very pretty stone house has a barbecue terrace above the pool and views across the garden towards the waterfall.  The interior is detailed and comfortable with a beamed high pitched ceiling in the open sitting room area, and a colourful kitchen to the side. Two of the bedrooms are on this level, whilst the third bedroom is reached by steps down in front of the house with independent access.

Although the setting is essentially rural you are nevertheless only 3km from a local baker, shop and a bar in the village of Venade and 10 minutes from the historic town of Caminha on the Minho estuary, with an excellent selection of restaurants and amenities. The nearest beaches are within a 5 minute drive of Caminha either at the river mouth or at nearby Moledo do Minho. Please note: The charm of this house is its waterside location but inevitably young children would need supervision.

Accommodation MAIN LEVEL: • Open plan kitchen (oven)/ living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with doors to barbecue terrace • Two double bedrooms • Shower room • Central heating throughout the house

OUTSIDE: • Steps down to twin bedroom with en suite shower room • Large enclosed gardens with lawns, paths and flower beds • Natural spring water pool • Tennis court (bring your own equipment) • In-built barbecue

• Private parking • Store room (washing machine) • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

PRICE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

April

5

12

May

19 26 N/A

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3

10

17 695

24

Saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 895

14

21

28

5

12

1295

August

19

26

1695

2 9 1795

16

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September

23 30 6 1695 895

13

20

27

4

695

11 N/A

18

25

A Casinha Lage (Vila Praia de Ancora) Map ref: C2 Web ref: 334 Sleeps 4–6 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Just inland from the local fishing town of Vila Praia de Ancora, a series of cobbled lanes wind their way up through lush wooded countryside to the little stone hamlet of Lage. Here, in an elevated position at the top of the village, A Casinha commands far reaching views across a picturesque rural landscape from its pretty terraces and poolside lawns, with a thick forest of eucalyptus dominating to the rear.

This unquestionably pretty setting and superb panoramic vista are two of the qualities that make this such an appealing residence. The thoughtfully positioned swimming pool provides the perfect place from which to soak up the scene whilst the terrace that lines the eastern façade of the house will doubtless become a well frequented area throughout the holiday. Here, guests have the option of choosing a sun soaked corner or retreating to the shade under a foliage covered pergola, just to the side of which a barbecue is conveniently located for cooking meals al fresco. Equally inviting is the cosy interior, where attractive colour schemes, well stocked bookshelves and wide sofas generously strewn with bright cushions create the ambiance of a homely and much loved country cottage. The two main bedrooms are spacious and each benefit from the convenience of en suite facilities, whilst the two small single rooms that lie under the eaves at the back of the house are ideal for younger occupants. For trips out, the nearest beaches are only a 5 minute drive away in Vila Praia de Ancora, where a wide range of shops, restaurants, and a daily fresh fish market can also be found. Alternatively, a 5 minute walk downhill from the house brings you the local village shop, which sells basic items.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall/dining room (feature fireplace, CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with door to terrace • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and door to terrace • Two single interconnecting children’s bedrooms (one with en suite bathroom) • Sitting room (fireplace, TV, DVD) with French windows

PRICE FOR THE PROPERTY PER WEEK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

April

4

11

May

18

25

2

9

16

Friday changeover

23 30 N/A

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June

20

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FIRST FLOOR: • Small landing with door to small balcony • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom OUTSIDE: • Pretty garden of lawns and flowerbeds • Open and covered terraces • Barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 6m)

August

18

25

1 8 1495

15

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September

22

29

5

12

19

26 N/A

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10

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24

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Casa de Sequiade Sequiade (Barcelos) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 333 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | Games Room | Small Party Rate* the restoration of this fine 18th century country home has been a true labour of love for its proud owners. determined to maintain the charming features of the original building whilst at the same time introducing the high degree of comfort that today befits a property of such status, they have achieved a delightful blend of old and new amidst attractive grounds that are equally appealing.

Your entry through the main gates will reveal wide sweeping lawns, attractive stone terraces and a well equipped barbecue area. Further investigation will uncover an impressive games room providing pool, board games and cards, whilst below on a covered terrace more activities include table tennis and table football. With such a wealth of diversions on your doorstep, you may not wish to wander far and amenities are conveniently close to hand. the local village of sequiade in which the property stands has a range of basic shops, including a small supermarket, chemist and café, all of which are within 700m of the house. the nearest restaurant is 3km away, whilst the historic towns of Barcelos and Braga can be reached by way of a 10 and 15 minute drive respectively. ideal for large groups or sharing families who may require privacy from time to time, the three bedrooms that form part of the main house are complemented by three self contained suites. Finished to the same high standards as the rest of the accommodation, these flank the other side of a stone terrace and boast charming wood balconies that overlook the pool. Within the principal residence, the smart living room is spacious and thus enables everyone to relax together in comfort.

Please note: Parties paying the 6 person rate will have use of the main house only.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with feature bread oven and original hearth • Steps up to living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, video) with doors to covered terrace LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Two double bedrooms • Twin bedroom • All bedrooms have en suite shower room • Secondary sitting room (fireplace,TV, CD) with doors to terrace

THREE SEPARATE SUITES, EACH COMPRISING: • Sitting room (TV) • Kitchenette (microwave) • Shower room • Stairs up to galleried double bedroom with balcony • Air conditioning

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–12 guests

march

29

april

5

12

19 1150 1395

may

26

3

10

17

OUTSIDE: • Games room (A/C, pool table) • Table tennis and table football • Children’s play area • Covered barbecue house • Two cloakrooms • Wide lawns • Open and covered terraces • Private parking • Washing machine • Private swimming pool (10m x 5.5m) with Roman steps

saturday changeover

24

31

7

14 1195 1450

July

June

21

28

5

12

1795

2295

august

19

26

2 2795

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30 1295 1450

6

13 1195 1450

20

27

4

11 1150 1395

18

25

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Casa do Barral Gondar (Vila Nova de Cerveira) Map ref: B2 Web ref: 308 Sleeps 5 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Costa Verde and Minho | PORTUGAL

a short drive inland from the picturesque riverside town of vila nova de cerveira, a landscape of rolling hillside and extensive woodland provides the setting of this attractive stone retreat. tucked away at the end of a cobbled lane on the edge of the hamlet of gondar, the property enjoys an uninterrupted panorama of the surrounding slopes whilst at the same time being a short stroll from the amenities of the local shop.

the charming rooms of the rustic interior are full of character. Beamed ceilings combine with wooden floors and open stone fireplaces to create a traditional feel, whilst the far reaching views that surround the house are framed by picture windows, set into walls of thick stone. nonetheless, modern comforts are by no means in short supply, with the well appointed kitchen housing a comprehensive selection of appliances and the pretty bathrooms being very much up-to-date. outside, an attractive stone terrace is backed by sweeping lawns where the swimming pool lies, surrounded by spectacular views.  a short stroll along a cobbled lane to the back of the house brings you to the local hamlet of gondar with its small shop, whilst for a wider range of amenities, the attractive border town of valença with its fortified walls and cobbled streets is a 10 minute drive. the unspoilt dune-backed beaches south of vila nova de cerveira can be reached in 20 minutes.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Twin bedroom • Bathroom Steps down to: • Single bedroom • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and door to terrace • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Sitting/dining room (fireplace,TV, CD, DVD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) SECOND FLOOR: • Secondary sitting room (TV, CD) • Bathroom

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

april

5

12

OUTSIDE: • Open and covered terraces • Extensive lawns • Shower room (washing machine) • Barbecue • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner steps

may

19

26

3

10

17

24

saturday changeover

31

7

N/A

Up to 5 guests

July

June

14 895

21

28

5

12 1295

995

august

19

26

2 9 1595

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30

6

13

20

27 N/A

4

11

18

25

Casa do Lagar Porto d’Ave (Povoa de Lanhoso) Map ref: D4 Web ref: 341 Sleeps 2–3 | 1 Bedroom | 2 Bathrooms

exuding charm, character and a stylish interior design, this former olive press has been imaginatively converted and extended over the years to create a striking home that successfully incorporates a host of eye-catching features, home comforts and a pleasing sense of spaciousness within its traditional stone walls.

Perfect for a couple or small family, it sits privately within an extensive garden of gently rolling lawns, colourful shrubs and ancient olive trees in the local hamlet of Porto d’ave, just 5.5km from the town of Povoa de lanhoso with its picturesque castle and romanesque church. Whilst the local shop, café and restaurant of the hamlet are just a short walk away, these enclosed grounds provide an ideal retreat, their many lawned areas and poolside terraces made private by the lush foliage of mature trees.

the interior is equally inviting, welcoming you into an impressive open plan room, topped with a high pitched ceiling of wooden beams and surrounded on all sides by thick stone walls that bear witness to the property’s rustic origins. in the centre, elegant sofas surround a wood-burning stove; on a slightly raised level is a charming dining area whilst off to one side a single bedroom is ingeniously hidden behind a wall and ornate screen. the spacious master bedroom, made bright and airy by the wide patio windows that connect it to the poolside terrace, is housed within a newer wing at the back. With local amenities available within the hamlet, you may not feel the need to venture far, although the shops and restaurants of Povoa de lanhoso are just a ten minute drive away. some 10km further on lies the historic city of Braga, whilst the sweeping sandy beaches of the blissfully unspoilt costa verde can be reached in under an hour. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Spacious open plan sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, wood burning stove) incorporating designated sleeping area (single bed) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Laundry room (washing machine)

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 3 guests

april

4

11

may

18

25 N/A

2

9

16

23

Friday changeover

30

6

13 795

July

June

20

27

4

11 995

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LOWER GROUND FLOOR (accessed via open tread stairs from sleeping area): • Bathroom

august

18

25

1 8 1195

OUTSIDE: • Mature gardens of lawns and flowerbeds • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m) with corner steps

• Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and patio doors to poolside terrace • Central heating throughout the house

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

22

29 850

5

12 795

19

26 595

3

10

17 N/A

24

31


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Casa do Eido da Devesa Bárrio (Ponte de Lima) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 310 Sleeps 16–18 | 8 Bedrooms | 7 Bathrooms | Gym | Sauna | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate* complete with sauna, small gym, large and well equipped kitchen and dining area, and tasteful furnishings of the highest standard, this superbly restored 17th century property provides ideal accommodation for large groups and sharing families. With so many facilities and such comfortable accommodation in the house itself, guests may not feel the urge to wander far. nevertheless, for those who do wish to explore, the pretty riverside town of Ponte de lima with its delightful network of cobbled streets and elegant buildings is a mere 8km away. in a privileged situation on the tiered slopes of the wooded and vine covered valley of labruja, the pool, terraces and lawns command impressive views across lush green hillside. inside the house, the spacious dining room with ample seating and large windows looks out onto these terraces, with the door from both here and the adjacent kitchen providing convenient access to them.

the wide windows that create such a light and attractive dining area extend along this wing of the house to the small gym and sauna, from where there is also a door to the pool and its surrounding terraces.

the restoration has combined two houses to create a spacious abode that displays a pleasing blend of old and new. Whilst the poolside wing with its tall windows and cheery atmosphere is more modern in style, a wander through an arched corridor reveals the beautifully furnished bedrooms where open stone walls with pretty window seats and typical furniture of solid wood creates a more traditional feel. a small shop with basic items lies a mere 1km from the house, although the country road that winds its way past the side of the house provides convenient access to Ponte de lima. the latter can be reached by way of a 10 minute drive and offers a wide range of local restaurants and all other amenities.

Please note: We would like to point out that whilst the terraced grounds offer superb views across the surrounding countryside, young children would need supervision.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD) • Two twin bedrooms • Double bedroom • Double bedroom with additional single bed • All of these bedrooms have an en suite shower room • Dining room (TV) with bar and doors to open terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher)

• Two cloakrooms • Small gym with doors to poolside terrace • Sauna for approximately six people (payable locally) • Central heating throughout the house (payable locally) • Wi-Fi LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Bedroom with two double beds • Double bedroom (four poster bed) with doors to lawn

• Both bedrooms have an en suite bathroom • Table football FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (small double, A/C) • Double bedroom with additional single bed (A/C) • Bathroom

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 8 guests 9–18 guests

april

5

12

may

19 N/A

26

3

10 950 1295

17 24 1195 1495

OUTSIDE: • Lawns and open terraces on different levels • Covered dining terrace • Table tennis • In-built barbecue • Badminton net • Laundry room (washing machine) • Private parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 6m)

saturday changeover

July

June

31

7

14

21 1395 1995

28

5

12 1995

august

19

26

2 3195

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23 2995

30

6

13 1395 1995

20

27 1195 1495

4

11

18

25

950 1295

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Casa de Gondarem Gondarem (Vila Nova de Cerveira) Map ref: B2 Web ref: 343 Sleeps 7 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Gated Pool | Games Room | Village House

Costa Verde and Minho | PORTUGAL

From the picturesque river minho that runs along Portugal’s border with spain, cobbled lanes wind their way through a scenic landscape of gently sloping countryside and quaint stone villages. here, nestling amidst the local houses and smallholdings of gondarem, this beautifully presented home sits within a mature garden of lawns, flowers, lush trees and shrubs and provides the most comfortable of bases from which to soak up the local ambience of this charming unspoilt corner of Portugal.

in typical minho style, the stone-clad properties of gondarem are interspersed with pockets of local vineyards, orchards and fields occasionally used for grazing sheep, with local village life proceeding in an unhurried, traditional way that seems to have changed little over the years. Just 800m from the house, the country estate of Quinta da Boega houses an elegant restaurant within its stately rooms with wonderful views across the river minho. a short walk in the other direction is a local café/bar, 1.5km away is the nearest of a number of sandy river beaches, whilst all amenities and a good selection of restaurants can be found in riverside vilanova de cerveira (3km). entered via a traditional façade of rustic stone walls, casa de gondarem’s multi-level grounds of lawns and patios encircle a family home that has been stylishly restored with a clear talent for interior design. a chic décor of warm coloured paintwork, rich fabrics and classical furniture creates a striking sense of style and flair; on a lower level the one-time stable is now home to a charming games room, made warm and inviting by the deep red hues that decorate its walls.

Please note: one of the double bedrooms can be prepared with twin single beds if preferred. Please advise at time of booking.

Accommodation UPPER FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (A/C, TV, DVD, CD, wood burning stove) with patio doors to terraces on two sides • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Central heating throughout the house

MIDDLE FLOOR: • Landing • Shower room • Single bedroom • Two double bedrooms, each with door to terrace • Principal double bedroom with door to terrace, en suite bathroom and dressing room

LOWER FLOOR (accessed from the garden): • Games room (billiards table, table football, grand piano)

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

april

4

11

may

18

25

2

N/A

Up to 7 guests

9 695

16

23

Friday changeover

30

6 795

OUTSIDE: • Tiered garden of lawns and flowerbeds • Open and covered terraces • Washing machine • In-built barbecue • Private gated swimming pool (11m x 5m) with corner Roman steps and surrounded by lawns

July

June

13

20 895

27

4 1095

11 1495

august

18

25

1

8 1795

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

22

29 895

5

12

19

26

3

795

10

17

24

695

Casa do Santa Azoes (Vila Verde) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 318 Sleeps 4 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Fenced Pool | Small Party Rate*

in an elevated position that affords impressive views across a picturesque landscape of green terraced slopes, this rustic stone cottage sits snugly amidst mature, leafy gardens and provides an ideal retreat for couples and smaller families. the restoration has preserved many of the original features, with what is now the living area being the oldest part of the building. here, an old stone hearth and typical fireplace are among some of the many historic items that have been subtly combined with cushioned sofas and modern appliances. Beyond, a corridor leads the way to the newer part, where smart bedrooms display solid furnishings of local design. From the living room, a door opens out onto a vine covered terrace, in front of which spread the spacious grassy grounds, where the swimming pool is to be found. the impressive vista creates a pleasing backdrop.

a short drive down the hillside will take you to the village of rio mau, which is 2.5km away and has a small shop that sells basic items. a local restaurant can be reached by way of a 10 minute drive, whilst for a greater range of amenities, a good choice of restaurants and an 18 hole golf course, the attractive riverside town of Ponte de lima is 15km from the house.

Please note: Whilst there are three bedrooms, the accommodation is suitable for a maximum of four guests.

Accommodation • Small kitchen (oven, microwave) • Steps up to sitting/dining room (stone fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with door to covered terrace • Principal bedroom suite comprising sitting area and en suite shower room on ground floor and stairs to galleried area with double bed • Two double bedrooms • Bathroom

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 2 guests 3–4 guests

april

5

12

may

19 N/A

26

3

10 550 695

17

24

saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 650 695

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14

21

28 795

5

august

12

19

995

1195

26

2

9 1295

16

OUTSIDE: • Grassy gardens • Covered and open patios • Private parking • In-built barbecue • Washing machine • Private fenced swimming pool (11m x 5m) flanked by terraces Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30

6 750 795

13

20

27

4 550 695

11

18

25


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Casa da Fontainha Orbacem (Vila Praia de Ancora) Map ref: C2 WebRef: 312 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms | Gated Pool

Verde and Minho

Just outside the local village of orbacem, a cobbled country lane winds its way through fields and woodland to form the route to this charming cottage of honey coloured stone. nestling in a clearing beneath forested hillside, it looks out across a far reaching panorama of the interlocking slopes that border the river Âncora as it makes its way to the nearby sea. the sensitive restoration of the 19th century property has respected the charm of the original character whilst ensuring that comfort and convenience is provided throughout.

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doors from both kitchen and living room open out onto a wide terrace, shaded by vines. With an in-built barbecue within easy reach on one side and the impressive views clearly visible ahead, this forms an ideal spot for outdoor catering. Walk up some stone steps to the side of this and the swimming pool, thoughtfully gated, sits on an upper level whilst a spacious area of grassland, dotted with fruit trees, lies below.

though rurally situated, this country retreat also enjoys the advantage of being close to the coast. a mere 12 minute drive away is the local fishing village of vila Praia de Âncora, where a wide choice of restaurants look out across the adjacent sandy beaches and a daily morning market sells the fresh catch. closer to hand, walkers will be able to enjoy a variety of routes from their doorstep, there being a number of pathways in the surrounding countryside.

Accommodation • Kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, washing machine) • Sitting room (wood burning stove) with French windows leading to vine covered terrace (CD) • Steps to landing • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom (separate shower)

OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds of grassland • Covered and open terraces • Two in-built barbecues • Private gated swimming pool (8m x 4m), flanked by stone terraces

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

april

5

12

may

19

26

3

N/A

Up to 4 guests

10 595

17

24 750

saturday changeover

July

June

31

7

14 695

21

28

5

12

august

19

26

795

2 1195

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30

6

13

795

20

27

4

695

11

18

595

25 N/A

Quinta do Espinheirinho Espinheirinho (Candemil) Map ref: B2 Web ref: 344 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Perfectly positioned and astutely designed to take full advantage of the stunningly picturesque landscape that makes the minho region one of Portugal’s best kept secrets, this smart detached residence incorporates sweeping lawned grounds, an impressive 12m swimming pool and stylish accommodation, all of which look out across the most scenic of panoramas. From the typical rural lane that winds its way through the local hamlet of espinheirinho, entrance gates open to reveal the clean straight lines of an up-to-the-minute styled home sitting amidst terraced private grounds. ahead, a far reaching vista of interlocking slopes spread out like a picture towards the Peneda–gerês national Park, the hills of which can be seen silhouetted against the skyline.

overlooking beautifully kept grounds of expansive lawns, neat wood-decked terraces and a smart poolside dining area are the glass-lined rooms of a home that successfully combines classical elegance with contemporary architecture. distributed over two floors, both the living areas and bedrooms are bathed in light by the patio windows that line their south facing facades and all enjoy wonderful views. those able to prise themselves away from these relaxing surroundings will no doubt enjoy a visit to the charming riverside town of vilanova de cerveira (7km) for dinner in one of its typical restaurants. alternatively, drive a further 10 minutes south of here to discover the long sandy beaches that fringe the shoreline as the river meets the sea.

Please note: • large terraces in the grounds and a part open staircase mean that this property would not be suitable for young children. • the housekeeper will do laundry when required. • the housekeeper’s laundry room adjoins the house. her access to this is via an external door and your privacy within the house will be respected. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Cloakroom • Living/dining room (TV, DVD, iPod dock, wood burning stove) with patio doors to covered terrace and garden • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with patio doors to garden

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

april

4

11

may

18

25

2

9 16 N/A

23

Friday changeover

30

6

13

July

June

20

27

4 1995

11

• Central heating throughout the house FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Three twin bedrooms, all with doors to balcony • Two shower rooms • Principal double bedroom with en suite shower room and doors to balcony

august

18

25 1 2195

8

15

OUTSIDE: • Terraced grounds of lawns, open and covered terraces and flowerbeds • Covered dining area with in-built barbecue • Poolside shower room • Private parking • Private swimming pool (12m x 4.5m) with Roman steps

september

22

29

5

12

19 26 N/A

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

3

10

17

24

31

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Quinta de São Bento Vila de Prado (Braga) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 311 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 7 Bathrooms | Tennis Court | Billiard Table | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate* situated on the edge of the local town of vila de Prado, this beautifully maintained manor house with its extensive grounds of sweeping lawns, wide terraces, swimming pool and tennis court is yours in its entirety.

the numerous living areas that spread throughout the spacious interior will delight large groups and sharing families. Whilst the vast windows that line one side of the house create a bright and attractive eating area, the adjacent formal dining room conveys an air of splendour, housed between high walls of thick stone. Beyond, the original stone wine cellar has been tastefully converted to house an attractive games room. throughout, original features are combined with modern conveniences to create a comfortable and immaculate interior. Pretty armchairs sit upon wooden floors in the light sitting room; modern bathrooms display borders of attractive tiles and fine furnishings of solid wood decorate the bedrooms.

outside in the spacious grounds, the swimming pool and tennis court sit amidst well kept lawns and terraces, and an ornate chapel adjoins the house. on one side, neat rows of fruit trees line the banks of the nearby river, whilst the local town of vila de Prado sits conveniently on the other, its pleasing range of shops and restaurants being a short stroll from the house.  Well placed for visits to a number of historic centres, the ancient town of Braga is a mere 15 minutes away whilst Barcelos with its famous thursday morning market can be reached within half an hour. the long dune-backed beaches of the coast at esposende are a 50 minute drive although the wide sandy river beaches of the rio cavado lie within walking distance of the house.

Please note: the housekeepers live in a cottage in the grounds but do not use the private swimming pool and tennis court.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Formal dining room (TV, DVD, CD, video) with original stone fireplace • Secondary dining room • Games room (billiard table) with door to barbecue terrace • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Shower room • Telephone • Wi-Fi • Central heating throughout the house

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests 11–12 guests

march

29

april

5

12

19 1250 1495 1650

may

26

3

10

17

saturday changeover

24

31

7 14 1295 1550 1695

FIRST FLOOR (accessed via open tread staircase): • Sitting room • Four double bedrooms (TV) with en suite bathrooms • Two twin bedrooms (TV) with en suite bathrooms

July

June

21

28 5 2095 2095 2195

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12 2150 2150 2550

august

19

26

2 9 2350 2350 2750

16

OUTSIDE: • Tennis court (bring your own equipment) • Wide lawns • Open terraces • Private parking • In-built barbecue • Pool room with access to ground floor sun room and cloakrooms only • Poolside shower • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30

6

13 1295 1550 1695

20

27

4

11 1250 1495 1650

18

25


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Casa Picolino Moledo do Minho Map ref: B2 Web ref: 320 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Village House

Verde and Minho

We were delighted to find this pretty village house off a tiny cobbled lane less than 1km from the favoured resort of moledo do minho with its rural beaches, both north and south. although very much in a village, the house is well situated, facing the hills behind in one direction and enjoying sweeping panoramic views across the river minho estuary in the other.

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inside, casa Picolino has been furnished with a rustic flair by its owner who is the nearest neighbour. the house is on two levels with the very comfortable lofty living room opening onto the pool terrace, and picture windows framing the lovely hill and views across the river to spain. much use has been made of local materials such as granite, wood and colourful fabrics, with antique touches to complement the overall homely effect and the ground floor kitchen is well equipped.

outside, the garden area is on two levels with terraces, lawns and flowerbeds above and around the well finished pool terrace with barbecue. in the village itself there are some small shops and cafés, whilst less than 5 minutes away by car (or 20 minutes on foot) you will find a wide selection of amenities in the resort itself. once on the coast road, the pretty town of caminha on the river minho is very close at hand, and the port of viana do castelo is less than 20 minutes away. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Large sitting/dining room (wood burning stove,TV, DVD, CD) with doors to pool terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, washing machine) • Cloakroom

• Shower room (can also be accessed from the pool terrace) • Central heating throughout the house FIRST FLOOR: • Twin bedroom • Double bedroom • Bathroom

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

april

5

12

may

19 N/A

OUTSIDE: • Garden area with lawns, patios and flowerbeds • Patio and terracing • Barbecue • Parking (shared with owner when in residence) • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m)

26

3

10 695

17

saturday changeover

24

July

June

31

7

14 795

21

28

5 995

12

august

19

26

2 1195

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30

6 795

13

20

27

4

11

18

25

695

Experience In and Around

Peneda Geres National Park – one of the least explored natural reserves in europe. Wander along ancient shepherd trails, past rivers and waterfalls or travel on horseback along the old roman paths. here you will come across ancient oak trees, an abundance of wildlife and historic villages where the way of life has remained unchanged for centuries.

The Lima River – Passing through beautiful towns and ending in the old sailing port of viana do castelo, the river valley meanders through one of the most beautiful parts of Portugal. cycle along the river paths or try canoeing at Ponte de lima. take the funicular railway up to the santa luzia basilica in viana from where the views are spectacular.

Must see

Barcelos market, held each thursday morning under the shade of trees and with an exquisite renaissance fountain at its centre. everything is for sale here from furniture to food, but the colourful Barcelos hand painted earthenware roosters, lace and embroidered linen items are irresistible. Braga, with around 35 churches, is Portugal’s religious capital and its centre is a splendid mix of gardens, waterfalls, grandiose arcades and traditional streets. the pilgrims church of Bom Jesus receives penitents who even to this day climb the magnificent staircase on their hands and knees.

Best dates to experience

The Feast of the Senhora de Agonia takes place in viana do castelo for 3 days around 20 august, the biggest and best in Portugal. it’s a lively mixture of street parades, floats, folk dancing, music and local costumes, all spectacularly rounded off with a giant firework display.

Ponte de Lima International Garden Festival, which runs from the end of may to october. garden architects from across the globe design unique gardens based on a different theme each year and the results are truly amazing.

Coastal towns such as vila nova de cerveira, caminha and valença were all once fortified and their charming narrow cobbled streets are lined with interesting old buildings and delightful cafes. the coast around vila Praia da ancora is great for surfing or sunbathing on the uncrowded beaches backed by pine trees and sand dunes.

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Casa da Encruzilhada Cabração (Ponte de Lima) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 314 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | Tennis Court | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis | Solar Heated Pool Small Party Rate* as we wandered from one beautifully furnished room to another and marvelled at the panoramic vista of uninterrupted wooded hills from the spacious and well tended grounds, we were in no doubt that this finely restored country home should be included in our portfolio.

the refurbishment has incorporated materials of the highest quality. carved wooden ceilings have been designed to reflect the traditional style, attractive fabrics are carefully coordinated and gleaming bathrooms display pretty combinations of wood and marble.

each bedroom is privileged to its own en suite bath or shower room, whilst a separate cloakroom lies off the kitchen and can be easily accessed by all. From the spacious living room, doors open out onto the grassy gardens and stone terraces that surround the house, where the facilities are equally impressive.

enclosed to the rear by a high wall, the property sits in an elevated position on the slopes of a tree covered river valley and commands impressive views across the hillside. on an upper level sits the house, flanked by a smart lawn and pretty stone terraces on one side and a superb summerhouse on the other.

the summerhouse echoes the style of the main house, displaying the same fine furnishings and quality materials. its spacious dining room is separated from a fully equipped kitchen by a stone built barbecue and wide windows line the walls on all sides to reveal the picturesque surroundings. step out of the summerhouse, walk down some steps and the large swimming pool sits on a lower level, surrounded by wide terraces. Below this, the tennis court lies amidst spacious landscaped grounds, which are backed by wooded hillside. Whilst the property enjoys a rural setting, amenities are nevertheless close to hand.the local shop in the small village of cabração is about 1km from the house, whilst the pretty riverside town of Ponte de lima is 12km away and offers all amenities and a wide range of local restaurants. the sandy dune-backed beaches that stretch both north and south of the attractive port of viana do castelo can be reached by way of a 20 minute drive.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, small TV) with door to covered terrace • Living room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with doors to terrace • Double bedroom (TV) and en suite bathroom • Cloakroom • Telephone for incoming calls • Wi-Fi

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–12 guests

march

29

april

5

12

19 1295 1595

may

26

3

10

17

saturday changeover

24

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31

7

14 1395 1695

• Central heating throughout the house FIRST FLOOR: • Two double bedrooms (TV) with en suite bathroom • Two double bedrooms (TV) with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom (TV) with en suite shower room • Doors from the landing to a terrace July

June

21

28

5

12 2395

OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds of open and covered stone terraces, lawns, flowerbeds and water feature • Table tennis • Covered parking • Laundry room (washing machine) • Summerhouse with kitchen, stone barbecue, dining room and bar (TV)

august

19

26

2 2895

9

16

• Sun room and poolside shower room (WC) • Tennis court on a lower level (bring your own equipment), surrounded by landscaped grounds with two ponds • A pen of ducks and chickens lies on the edge of the grounds • Private enclosed solar heated swimming pool (16m x 6m), surrounded by covered and open terraces Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30 6 1495 1395 1895 1795

13 20 1395 1695

27

4

11 1295 1595

18

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O Vergel Argela, Caminha Map ref: B2 Web ref: 317 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Games Room | Small Party Rate*

Verde and Minho

no expense has been spared in the construction of this superb stone property, which has been designed to reflect the style of a ‘pazo’, the smart country home that is so typical of the owners’ native galicia.

PORTUGAL | Costa

marble surfaces, attractive handmade tiles, solid wood ceilings and floors are some of the many fine features that reveal the high specifications imposed when creating the abode. add to this the stylish décor of the four bedroom suites, all of which have adjoining bathrooms, and the feeling of comfort is complete.  outside, the mature terraced gardens that surround the house display the same attention to detail, with the wide expanses of well tended lawn being bordered by carefully chosen shrubs and trees.

the situation is equally appealing. in the heart of argela with two small shops within walking distance, the house enjoys the advantages of a village location and yet its outlook is across a picturesque landscape of open fields and vineyards, with hillside visible in the distance. a covered terrace, accessed from the living room and flanked by a spacious barbecue house, overlooks the swimming pool, for which this view forms the backdrop.  Whilst many guests may not wish to stray from such a pleasant setting, the coast at caminha is only a 10 minute drive from the house and the town itself boasts a good range of restaurants. alternatively, a short ferry crossing from caminha will enable you to reach the sandy beaches of neighbouring galicia in spain. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with patio doors to covered terrace • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to covered terrace • Laundry room (washing machine) • Central heating throughout the house

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing with door to back garden • Double bedroom suite with en suite bathroom and sitting area • Twin bedroom suite with en suite bathroom and sitting area • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room

OUTSIDE: • Attractive terraced gardens of lawns and flowerbeds • Open and covered terraces • Large covered barbecue house • Private covered parking • Games room (table tennis) • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

april

4

11

*Up to 4 guests 5–8 guests

may

18

25

2

N/A

9 695 750

16

23

Friday changeover

30

6

1195

July

June

13 995 1095

20

27

4

11

1250

august

18

25

2095

1

8

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

22

2195

29 1095 1295

5 695 895

12

19

26

3

695 795

10 695 750

17

24

Casa de Campo Venade (Caminha) Map ref: B2 Web ref: 340 Sleeps 7–8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis

From the elegant riverside town of caminha, a country road meanders through a scenic landscape of maize fields and vineyards and leads the way to this smart home, which sits within a spacious lawned garden in a small hamlet just 2.5km from the town itself. recently refurbished, casa de campo provides charming accommodation, an attractive garden of lawns and vine covered terraces and a picturesque outlook across the lush, wooded countryside that spreads out ahead towards the border with spain. Perfectly arranged to take full advantage of these enticing views, the accommodation occupies the first and second floors of the property. on entering, it is the beautifully presented living/dining room into which you are welcomed, where elegant wood furniture and fashionable leather seating sit upon a gleaming floor of terracotta tiles, made homely and welcoming by the provision of stylish rugs.  Upstairs on the second floor, a pleasing sense of space prevails in the amply proportioned rooms, with character being added by sloping ceilings. the combination of wide lawns, vine and pergola covered terraces that surround the house and pool make this area ideal for outdoor living. in the distance, the rounded hilltop of santa tecla in spain signals the proximity of this neighbouring country, which can be reached by way of a short ferry crossing from caminha. all amenities and a pleasing selection of restaurants can be found within the ornate streets and buildings of caminha, just a 5 minute drive away along the nearby road. closer to hand a local café/bar is a short walk from the house within the hamlet, whilst for visits to the coast, long stretches of golden dune-backed beach can be reached by way of a 5 minute drive from caminha.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Laundry room (washing machine)

• • • •

FIRST FLOOR: • Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with doors to open terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Twin bedroom • Single bedroom

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

april

5

12

may

19 N/A

26

3

10 695

17

24

saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 850

14

21

28

5 1150

12

SECOND FLOOR: • Twin bedroom (sloping ceiling) • Secondary living room (TV, DVD, playstation) with single bed and en suite shower room

august

19 1595

Double bedroom Bathroom Shower room Wi-Fi

26

2 9 1895

16

OUTSIDE: • Garden of lawns, open and covered terraces • Barbecue • Private parking • Table tennis. • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23 30 1595 995

6 850

13

20

27

4 695

11

18

25

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Costa Verde and Minho | PORTUGAL

Quinta da Agra Ponte de Lima Map ref: C3 Web ref: 325 Sleeps 16 | 8 Bedrooms | 8 Bathrooms | Billiard Table | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate* an imposing stone portal, topped with a cross, forms the impressive entrance to this charming 16th century property and gives some indication of the grandeur of the accommodation that lies within its walls.

Quinta da agra has belonged to the owner’s family for many generations and whilst it has been updated and refurbished over the years, a delightful sense of history remains pleasingly evident throughout its impressive rooms. two houses, each tastefully furnished, sit amidst colourful terraced gardens that are populated with bright flowerbeds, orange and olive trees. these look out across a splendid open vista of the pretty countryside that surrounds the nearby town of Ponte de lima: green fields, vineyards and a backdrop of mountains stretch out beyond the grounds. down below, the rio trovela is famed locally for its trout. the division of accommodation into two separate houses will appeal to large groups or sharing families who may seek independence from time to time. nevertheless, the larger house provides ample space in which everyone can congregate.  the former kitchen, with its stone flagged

floor and enormous original hearth, has been converted to create a charming dining room, whilst the living room is so vast that it is home not only to an area of soft furnishings but also a billiard table. From this living room, French windows provide access to the swimming pool, which lies behind the main house.

the proximity of Quinta da agra to the delightful riverside town of Ponte de lima is particularly appealing. a walk of just 1.5km along a rural lane past open fields and vineyards brings cafés, restaurants and a wide range of shops within easy reach. alternatively, should you be tempted by a day on the coast, the wide dune-backed beaches that stretch north and south of viana do castelo are just 20 minutes away by car.

Please note: • terraced gardens mean that young children would need supervision. • Parties paying the 8 person rate will have use of casa de agra only. • Parties paying the 9–14 person rate will have use of casa de agra and eira de agra. • Parties paying the 15–16 person rate will have use of casa de agra, eira de agra and the separate suite.

Accommodation CASA DE AGRA (SLEEPS 8) GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall/drawing room with door to covered terrace • Dining room with original stone hearth • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Cloakroom • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 8 guests 9–14 guests 15–16 guests

march

29

april

5

12

19

may

26

3 10 1450 1795 1995

17

saturday changeover

24

31

7

• Central heating throughout the house • Wi-Fi LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Sitting room with French windows to open terrace (billiards table, fireplace,TV, DVD, CD)

14

July

21

28 1650 2095 2295

5

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12 2595 2595 2795

FIRST FLOOR: • ‘Galería’ style landing with picture windows • Two twin bedrooms with en suite bathroom SEPARATE SUITE (externally accessed): • Twin bedroom • Shower room

EIRA DE AGRA (SLEEPS 6) GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting room (fireplace) with door to open terrace

June

• Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and door to covered terrace • Central heating throughout the house

august

19

26

2 9 2995 2995 3295

16

• Living room (fireplace) OUTSIDE: • Terraced gardens • Open and covered patios • Poolside shower • Pond • Garden house incorporating living room, two shower rooms, gym and kitchen (dishwasher) • Private parking • Washing machine • Private swimming pool (8m x 5m) with Roman steps surrounded by lawns Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30

6 1650 2095 2295

13

20

27

4

11 1450 1795 1995

18

25


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Quinta de Sao Simao Couto (Santo Tirso) Map ref: E3 Web ref: 329 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Games Room

Verde and Minho

this substantial and beautifully maintained home sits on its own off a country lane and offers extensive facilities within its 5000 hectares of grounds. vine covered terraces, tiered gardens of smart lawns and mature flowerbeds, a poolside games room and private woodland of grassy pathways, verdant trees and a lake are all available for the exclusive use of guests.

PORTUGAL | Costa

the elevated position of the property means that the gardens and pool look out across a wide vista of the valley below. You will no doubt spend many happy hours here, whether relaxing on the wide poolside terrace, reading a book under the shade of a tree or fighting out battles of table tennis and football in the games room. to the rear of the house, a pretty vine covered terrace is another attractive spot from which a gate leads the way to the wood. to discover shops and restaurants, you do not need to venture far since the small village of couto is just 2km away and has two local shops and cafés, whilst santo tirso with all amenities and restaurants is just 5km from the house.

Being constructed around the natural rock of the hillside, the house itself is charming and oozes character thanks to the delightful natural features that have been retained. the stairs wrap their way around an enormous boulder of open stone, which is an impressive and unique feature although young children would need supervision. in the cheerful kitchen of brightly painted units a traditional bread oven has been hewn into the thick wall. this rusticity blends perfectly with smart floors of polished wood and tastefully upholstered furnishings to create an ambiance that is both comfortable and unique.

Please note: the housekeeper will do laundry when required. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (TV, CD, DVD) with stone fireplace and French windows to vine covered terrace • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with doors to vine covered terrace • Two twin bedrooms

• Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Bathroom • Central heating throughout the house LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Games room (wood burning stove, billiard table) with door to open patio

OUTSIDE: • Extensive tiered grounds of lawns, flowerbeds, open and covered terraces • Poolside shower room • Games room (table tennis) • Two ponds

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

april

4

11

may

18

25

2

9

16 N/A

Up to 6 guests

23

• Woodland with natural lake (not suitable for bathing) • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m) with Roman steps

Friday changeover

30

6

July

June

13

20

27

4 1150

11 1495

august

18 1695

25

1 8 1795

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

22 29 5 1695 850

12 695

19

26

3

10

17

24

N/A

Casa do Rio Seixas (Caminha) Map ref: B2 Web ref: 331 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Village House | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate* this must surely be one of the best situations we have come across! a comfortable house, with pretty gardens and a position on the edge of the lovely river minho estuary with far reaching views across to galicia on the other side. Within the village and enclosed by high walls, it enjoys open views across the pool level to the river beyond. it is very much a family home and occupies a wonderful spot on the water’s edge. the interior is well equipped for self catering, with practical open plan kitchen and living areas and many of the rooms enjoy sweeping river views.

a meander down a cobbled lane from the gates of the house will bring you to the river, and here you can enjoy a drink in a little summer bar, or continue up another path crossing the single track railway to the village centre 5 minutes away, where you will find all local amenities. several trains pass daily but none at night and from the small village station you have easy access to all resorts down the coast, or further afield to viana and Porto.

seixas has all local amenities; the historic market town of caminha with a pretty square and good restaurants is 3km away and the once fortified border town of valença with its textile shops is 25 minutes away. there are regular ferries to spain from caminha and although there is river access from the house, we recommend that you drive the 10 minutes or so to the coast where you will find country beaches.

Please note: When the small party rate is paid, 2 bedrooms and 2 bath/shower rooms will be prepared. Please advise which bedrooms and bath/shower rooms you require at the time of booking. Accommodation

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 4 guests 5–6 guests

march

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

may

26

3

10 595 850

17

GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting areas with central staircase (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock) • Kitchen/dining area (dishwasher, oven, washing machine) with spectacular river views • Cloakroom • Shower room • Telephone for incoming calls • Wi-Fi saturday changeover

24 31 695 1150

7

July

June

14 995

21

28 1350

5

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (river views) • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom • Shaded verandah

august

12

19

1695

1995

26

2

9 2095

16

OUTSIDE: • Open and shaded patios • Lawned garden • Barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m)

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30 995

6

13 695 995

20

27

4

11

18

25

595 850

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Costa Verde and Minho | PORTUGAL

Quinta da Bemvisa Calheiros (Ponte de Lima) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 346 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | Tennis Court | Small Party Rate* contemporary chic meets traditional heritage in this beautifully restored country residence, which sits amidst sweeping lawned grounds that incorporate a private tennis court, an idyllic infinity pool, a smart outdoor dining area and the most picturesque of vistas across undulating countryside towards the historic riverside town of Ponte de lima, which is some 8km away. his commitment to preserving the original style of a home that has belonged to his family for many generations led the owner of Quinta da Bemvisa to employ only the most skilled of craftsmen in the property’s recent restoration. age old methods and techniques have been used to produce the exquisite honey coloured stonework that is displayed both in the house and the nearby barbecue area, whilst charming 16th century features have been delightfully retained in the stone seats that adjoin bedroom windows and the ornate stone archways that span many of the doors. these charming period features have been skilfully interwoven into a fresh décor of stylish muted tones, crisp white furnishings and carefully selected pinewood to produce an elegant interior that exudes quality, tradition and a delightful contemporary twist.

outside, ample space is provided by the extensive grassed grounds, which slope southwards down from the house in wide terraces, dotted with fruit and olive trees and encircled at the bottom by a lush border of woodland and shrubs. on a raised level at the back lies the tennis court, which together with the swimming pool and its adjacent dining terrace looks out across the panoramic vista after which the house takes its name. nestling amidst the hills and valleys that make up this scenic view, a cluster of rooftops and spires signals the proximity of one of Portugal’s oldest and most historic towns. sitting on the banks of the river, Ponte de lima offers a delightful range of shops, bars and restaurants within its ornate squares and cobbled alleyways. this is a 10 minute drive from the house, whilst just 20 minutes further on lie the long stretches of sandy dune backed beach for which the costa verde is so favoured. closer to hand, basic items can be bought in the village shop in calheiros, just 1.5km away.

Please note: terraced grounds mean that very young children may need supervision.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Sitting room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with doors to garden • Shower room (sloping ceiling) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to garden • Dining room with sitting area (wood burning stove, TV, DVD, CD) with doors to garden and courtyard • Central heating throughout the house

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 6 guests 7–10 guests

march

29

april

5

12

19 1195 1595

may

26

3

10

17

FIRST FLOOR: • Hall/sitting area with door to steps leading down to the grounds • Double bedroom (four poster bed) with en suite bathroom and door leading to steps down to garden • Two double bedrooms with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom with open en suite bathroom SECOND FLOOR: • Double bedroom incorporating shower cubicle, WC and basin

saturday changeover

24

178 | Flights, car hire, cross channel travel see pages 198–201

31

7 14 1250 1695

July

June

21

28

5 2395

12

august

19

26

2 2695

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds of lawned terraces • Open and covered terraces • Tennis court (bring your own equipment) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Covered poolside dining area • Poolside shower and WC • Barbecue • Private parking • Private, infinity swimming pool (11m x 5m) with wide Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30 6 1450 1350 1895 1795

13 20 1250 1695

27

4

11 1195 1595

18

25


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Casa do Monte do Moledo Moledo de Minho Map ref: B2 Web ref: 347 Sleeps 7 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Beach 2.2km

Verde and Minho

Floor-to-ceiling patio windows line the entire width of the sleek façade of this contemporary home to perfectly capture the absorbing panorama that spreads out before it. Providing a bird’s eye view across the terracotta rooftops of the chic coastal village of moledo do minho, they look out towards the shimmering waters of the nearby sea, which stretch out ahead to meet the horizon and form the stunning picture-postcard vista that can be enjoyed from almost every part of this attractive coastal residence.

PORTUGAL | Costa

nestling against a backdrop of woodland on the hillside at the back of the village, it will come as no surprise that casa do monte do moledo occupies one of the most sought after locations along this wonderfully unspoilt coastline. a walk of just over 2km downhill along the charming cobbled lanes that snake their way through the village’s higgledy-piggledy homes brings you to the sweeping beach of fine golden sand, which is backed by dunes and a selection of cafes and restaurants. For those seeking more seclusion, a range of picturesque rural beaches line the shores both to the north and south, whilst the other charming waterfront villages of vila Praia de ancora, afife and caminha are all within a short drive.

inside the house, a neat and up-to-the-minute décor of polished wooden floors and ceilings, pastel coloured walls and smart furnishings combine to create a comfortable and welcoming ambience in rooms that are bathed in light and look out towards the sea. With the living room, kitchen and every bedroom opening out onto the wood decked terrace that spans the property’s ocean facing façade, access to the pretty garden that encircles the house is easy. its well kept lawns, shaded in places by mature foliage, slope gently down towards the swimming pool, which sits within a wood decked terrace and enjoys glorious views towards the water.

Please note: there are 24 steps leading up from the parking area to the house. Accommodation • Living room (TV, DVD, CD, wood burning stove) with patio doors to terrace • Kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with patio doors to terrace

• Laundry room (oven, washing machine) • Heating (payable locally – €120 per week) FIVE STEPS LEADING UP TO: • Bathroom (half bath)

• • • •

Twin bedroom Double bedroom Single bedroom Twin bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom • All bedrooms have patio doors to terrace

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

april

5

12

may

19

26

3

N/A

Up to 7 guests

10 695

17

24 795

OUTSIDE: • Garden of lawns and terraces • Barbecue • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 850

14

21 995

28

5 1150

12 1595

august

19

26

2 9 1895

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

23

30 995

6

13

20

850

27

4

11

695

18

25

595

Casa dos Fernandos Pico de Regalados (Vila Verde) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 349 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Table Tennis | Wi-Fi | Village House | Fenced Pool

Years of painstaking labour and fine attention to detail have been invested in the restoration of this fine 19th century country home, which sits within extensive grounds of fruit orchards and woodland on the edge of the picturesque village of Pico de regalados. the result is a faithful representation of the property’s original style and an exquisite blend of contemporary architecture and traditional features that would make it more than worthy to grace the pages of a stylish homes magazine. reclaimed windows occupy alcoves within thick walls, adjoined in the bedrooms by the charming stone seats so typical of the era in which the house was first built. Pitched wood ceilings and original stone fireplaces catch the eye and yet at the same time are seamlessly interwoven with features and fittings of the most up-to-date design.

in addition to this quality and elegant design, it is perhaps the delightful feeling of spaciousness that flows throughout the building that creates such a sense of grandeur within this beautiful home. each room is generously proportioned; all bedrooms are adjoined by their own smart bathroom and in the master suite a wall made entirely of sliding shutters can be opened up so that the wooded garden seems to be incorporated into the room itself. outside and to the front of the house is the swimming pool, which sits amidst a lawn and wood decked terrace and looks out across the property’s well stocked orchard garden towards a pleasing rural scene of gently rolling hills. in the other direction, a quintessential church tower of ornate white and grey rises above rooftops and foliage to signal the proximity of the village, the centre of which is just 800m from the house and offers a bank, chemist, supermarket and a range of typical restaurants. the larger town of vila verde is a ten minute drive to the south, whilst the lovely dune-backed sands of esposende and its neighbouring coastal villages are just under an hour away by car.

Please note: the bedrooms with continental double beds can be made up as twin beds if required. Please advise at time of booking. Accommodation UPPER FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Sitting room with doors to covered terraces • Double bedroom (continental double) with Juliet balcony, doors to terraces, TV and en suite shower room

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

april

4

11

may

18 N/A

25

2

9 695

16

23

Friday changeover

30

6 795

13

• Double bedroom with TV and en suite shower room • Landing • Master double bedroom suite (continental double) with sitting area, dressing room, TV and en suite shower room

• Wi-Fi • Heating throughout the house LOWER FLOOR: • Kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with doors to covered barbecue terrace

July

June

20 895

27

4 1095

11 1495

• Cloakroom • Living room (TV, DVD, CD) with door to garden OUTSIDE: • Spacious grounds of lawns, terraces and extensive orchard of fruit trees

august

18

25

1

8 1795

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

22

29 895

• Covered dining terrace with in-built barbecue • Table tennis • Badminton net • Poolside shower • Private parking • Private fenced swimming pool (12m x 6m) with side Roman steps

5

12 795

19

26

3

10

17

24

695

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Casa da Trindade Moledo do Minho Map ref: B2 Web ref: 3003 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | 900m Beach | Solar Heated Pool

Costa Verde and Minho | PORTUGAL

locations on the beautifully unspoilt coastline of the costa verde do not come much better than this! situated in the heart of the seaside village of moledo do minho, this impressive architect designed property is 900m from the golden sandy beach, 200m from the nearest of a number of excellent restaurants and just across the road from the local shop.

dating back to the 18th century, casa da trindade is one of the oldest and most prestigious residences in the village and has always belonged to the local family whose current generation has masterminded its recent restoration. architects by profession, these owners have re-modelled their ancestral home to create a wonderfully light and bright interior that showcases the very best of modern design within its ancient walls. outside, the enclosed grounds are surprisingly spacious for such a centrally located village property and stretch out to the side and back of the house in a series of beautifully maintained lawned terraces, the uppermost of which incorporates a solar heated swimming pool. to the side, the imposing bell tower and ornate church that adjoin the grounds are a delightful reminder of casa da trinidade’s important history, being privately owned by the property’s owners. step out of the front gate and you will find yourself on the cobbled lane that leads down through the village to the sweeping sands of moledo’s beach, which is backed by a selection of cafes and restaurants. From here, a short drive along the coast road will reveal the pretty riverside town of caminha to the north and the ancient port of viana do castelo to the south.

Please note: • as the grounds are terraced, younger children would need supervision. • since all beds are doubles, an additional single bed may be provided as long as the capacity is not exceeded.  Please ask at time of booking. Accommodation UPPER FLOOR: • Living room with patio doors to wood decked terrace • Dining area • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Corridor leading to bedrooms with door to covered veranda

• Two double bedrooms • Shower room • Double bedroom with en suite shower room • Master double bedroom with en suite shower room and door to covered veranda • Underfloor heating • Wi-Fi

LOWER FLOOR: • Secondary sitting room with TV • Shower room • Laundry room (washing machine) OUTSIDE: • Terraced garden of lawns and patios

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

april

4

11

may

18

25

2

N/A

Up to 8 guests

• Open and covered terraces • Private parking • Barbecue • Private solar heated swimming pool (9m x 4.5m, uniform depth 1.4m)

9 795

16

23 1295

Friday changeover

30

6

Moledo beach

July

June

13 1195

20

27

4

11

1395

august

18

25

1

2195

8 2295

15

Prices shown are in £ sterling october

september

22

29

5

12

1295

19 895

26

3

10

17

24

795

Casa das Pintoras Vile (Vila Praia de Ancora) Map ref: C2 Web ref: 302 Sleeps 9 | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Billiard Table | Beach 2km Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate*

sitting within a wide garden of lawns and shady trees on the edge of the local village of vile, this charming traditional stone house enjoys a superb outlook across a picturesque scene of fields and wooded hillside whilst being only 2km from the lovely sandy beaches of coastal vila Praia de ancora. this is without a doubt a most appealing choice for families or large groups who are looking for roomy and comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the sea. the thick stone walls of the property enclose spacious rooms, with most of the ground floor being occupied by a bright living room housing an area of soft seating around the original fireplace on one side and a billiard table on the other.

the row of doors that lines one side of this area provides easy access to the pretty garden where enclosed grounds of lawns and mature foliage form a perfect spot for children’s play. around the corner, the swimming pool and its surrounding lawns have been positioned to take full advantage of the pleasing rustic vista, which spreads out ahead. a short walk from the house brings you to the local village shop, which sells basic items, whilst a drive of just 5 minutes reveals the attractive fishing town of vila Praia de ancora with its golden sands, waterfront restaurants and daily fish market. also close to hand is the bustling port of viana do castelo, which is just 8km away and boasts a beautiful historic old quarter.

Please note: guests paying the small party rate for up to 4 persons will have use of two bedrooms only. Please advise which bedrooms you require when booking. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance/sitting/games room (billiard table) • Dining room with covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Cloakroom • Wi-Fi

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 4 guests 5–9 guests

april

5

12

may

19 N/A

26

3

10 595 725

17 695 725

24

Ground floor sitting room

saturday changeover

July

June

31

7 750 895

14

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing/sitting room (TV, DVD, CD) • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (balcony) • Twin bedroom • Two double bedrooms • Single bedroom • Bathroom • Shower room

21

28

5 1350

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august

12

19

1795

1995

26

2 2250

9

16

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september

23

30

2150 1195

6 750 895

13 695 895

20

OUTSIDE: • Enclosed lawned garden • Open and shaded terraces • Private parking • Barbecue • Private swimming pool (10m x 5.5m)

27

4

11 595 725

18

25


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Quinta da Pousada Vitorino das Donas (Ponte de Lima) Map ref: C3 Web ref: 3137 Sleeps 12 | 6 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | Small Party Rate* expansive lawns sweep gracefully across the 5 hectares of walled grounds that surround this beautifully restored 16th century country residence and call to mind the parklandstyle gardens of an impressive national trust property or stately home.

large gatherings in the attractive dining room whilst the adjacent sitting room manages to be both elegant and cosy at the same time.

situated amidst picturesque wooded countryside just 7km from the historic riverside town of Ponte de lima, this is a lovingly maintained family home that will inspire admiration from the moment its imposing stone topped entrance portal is crossed. here within the most spacious and carefully tended grounds you will find colourful flowerbeds, mature shrub borders and a fascinating variety of trees. Further investigation will reveal wisteria covered pathways winding their way through wide lawns; every now and then a garden bench will beckon invitingly; in the centre of one of the spacious grassed areas you will find a well stocked pond, bordered with colourful plants. overlooking these picture-postcard gardens, the main house retains a wonderful sense of history whilst at the same time offering a high degree of comfort thanks to the stylish taste and meticulous attention to detail of its caring owners. carved wooden ceilings catch the eye as each of the beautifully presented rooms is entered and blend perfectly with polished wood floors and traditionally styled furniture. a large round table provides an ideal setting for

each side of the house is flanked by an enticing selection of terraces. on the southern façade doors lead out to a charming courtyard which is overlooked by a stone pillared covered terrace, whilst on the other side a foliage covered patio offers a shady retreat looking out across the grounds. From here, a wander through the flower covered walkways of the beautiful gardens will reveal the swimming pool which sits within extensive lawns next to poolside house, which provides accommodation for four further guests and is perfect for those seeking a degree of privacy from the rest of the group. Whilst you could be forgiven for not wishing to leave such attractive and extensive facilities, Quinta da Pousada is ideally placed to explore this scenic and pleasingly undiscovered area of Portugal. Just 7km away, the charming cobbled streets and riverside squares of Ponte de lima are a delight to explore, a drive of 30 minutes will bring you to the wonderful dune-backed sandy beaches of the costa verde; whilst for basic amenities the local shop is only 1.3km from the house.

Please note: Parties paying the small party rate for up to 8 guests will have use of the main house only.

Accommodation MAIN HOUSE: • Entrance hall • Cloakroom • Laundry room (washing machine) • Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with door to courtyard • Dining room with doors to covered and foliage covered terraces

• Sitting room (fireplace, TV, CD) with Juliet balcony and door to terrace • Two twin bedrooms with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom and door to courtyard • Double bedroom • Bathroom

• Hall with door leading to foliage covered terrace

• Twin bedroom with en suite shower room

POOLSIDE HOUSE: • Entrance hall • Twin bedroom • Shower room • Living room (TV) incorporating kitchenette (microwave)

OUTSIDE: • Expansive grounds of sweeping lawns, shrubs and trees • Pond • Covered pergola • Open and covered terraces • Table football

Price For the ProPertY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

*Up to 8 guests 9–12 guests

april

5

12

may

19

26 N/A

3

10

17

saturday changeover

24 31 895 1095

July

June

7

14 995 1295

• Poolside kitchen (dishwasher) • Gas barbecue • Poolside shower room with two showers, basin and WC • Private parking • Private swimming pool (14m x 7m) with corner Roman steps

21

28

5 1195 1595

12 1895 2295

august

19

26

2 9 2095 2595

16

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september

23

30 6 1095 995 1495 1295

13

20 795 950

27

4

11

18

25

N/A

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“W O W -a most amazing 30t h wedding anniversary celebrating in style at t his most wonder ful pr operty. Felt real ly relaxed enjoying t he fabulous garden, pool and beautiful vil la -could not wish for more. Far o and boat trip a big highlight. Beaches al l amazing and hot , hot , hot! Thank you for your attention t o detail and f irst rate standards. We've discovered a beautiful and friend ly Portugal.” The Norman family – stayed at Solar da Montanha – July 2013

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Algarve The spectacular Atlantic coast of The Algarve is blessed by dramatic rocky outcrops, wonderful sandy beaches and one of the longest sunshine records in Europe. ome to an impressive selection of golden sand beaches warmed by over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, the algarve coastline of southern Portugal stretches from the Spanish border at vila real across to Cabo de São vicente, the most westerly point of continental europe. Being just 40km in width from north to south means the region can be easily explored within a relatively short period of time.

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The western algarve is renowned for its sandy cove beaches and many traditional fishing villages while the east, with the region’s capital at Faro, has flatter sandy stretches of beach and many pretty islands, accessed by boat, lying just offshore. Forming a natural border between Portugal and Spain is the rio guardiana surrounded by a collection of scenic hilltop towns with stunning views out to sea as well as a renowned nature reserve. a pedestrianised bridge dating back to roman times spans the gently flowing rio gilão which flows through Tavira, one of the eastern algarve’s most attractive towns with its maze of cobbled streets, interesting shops and river front cafés. Ferries depart from the town’s fish market for the spectacular local beach at Tavira Island, where 14km of golden sand and a backdrop of rugged dunes await.

Heading westwards, small towns such as Estói with its roman ruins and Loulé, in the rolling foothills of the Serra do Caldeirão and famous for its colourful market are both well worth a visit. Faro offers something for everybody including museums, an impressive Cathedral, an intricate network of bustling streets filled with all types of shops, various restaurants and many local cafés in which to sit and watch the world go by.

almost halfway along the algarve’s 180km of coastline sits Vilamoura, home to one of europe’s busiest marinas flanked by a promenade of convivial waterside cafés, bars, boutiques and a tempting selection of international restaurants. Pristine stretches of wide sandy beaches, world class golf courses and a wealth of sporting facilities all contribute to its wide appeal.

Stretching to the west of the erstwhile fishing village but now established resort of Albufeira are more glorious golden sandy beaches. Vale de Parra, bordered by a fertile plain and low hills fringing the atlantic Ocean, overlooks the picturesque and intimate coves of Castelo and Coelha at São rafael as well as the sweeping golden crescent of sand that is Galé beach. Bustling Armação de Pêra marks the end of this huge expanse of sandy coastline and has some excellent fish restaurants.

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Algarve Heading inland Monchique is a small hill town famous for its smoked meats and locally crafted x-shaped chairs. Nestling in a valley of eucalyptus, pine and cork oaks is the pretty spa town known as Caldas de Monchique whose natural springs date back to roman times and are reputed to have healing powers. Fóia, at 902m the highest peak on the algarve, affords breathtaking views on a clear day of both the south and west coastlines. The important fishing port and regional centre of Portimão lies at the mouth of the ribeira de arade, which has its source in the hills of Monchique. Offering excellent shopping facilities it is also famous for quayside restaurants where the tradition is to eat freshly caught sardines, barbecued over charcoal and accompanied by salad, fresh bread and the local ‘vinho verde’ (young red or white wine).

Lagos is the gateway to the western algarve, an area of glorious beaches and peaceful villages. Originally established by the Moors this fortified city is steeped in a rich cultural history with walls dating back to the 15th and 16th Centuries, narrow cobbled streets, an eclectic array of churches, an excellent daily market, many traditional craft shops and a wealth of first rate restaurants. enjoying an ideal climate of mild winters followed by hot and sunny summers, cooled by pleasant sea breezes, the algarve lends itself perfectly to outdoor living. However, this lovely region has so much more to offer

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than just those wonderful beaches! Probably the most famous of the wide variety of sporting facilities available is golf with various championship courses dotted along the coast and more being planned all the time. World class facilities include the famous royal Course at Vale do Lobo, the more recently opened Millennium course and four other celebrated courses at vilamoura. Tennis, horse riding, scuba diving, surfing, water skiing, sailing and fishing are but a few of the other activities on offer. There is also a variety of walking trails through woodland in the Serra de Monchique, along rugged cliff tops, or amongst the flora and wild grasses of the coastal sand dunes. Several nature reserves are home to huge varieties of wildlife with storks, flamingoes, eagles, owls and vultures among the many species. The rio Formosa wetlands of the eastern algarve provide habitat for a diverse selection of indigenous and migrating birds. Within this protected area, accessed via a short, scenic boat trip from the mainland, the islands of Faro, Farol, Culatra and armona all boast beautiful, natural beaches. Portugal as a nation boasts a rich history and this region is a full contributor to that heritage. There are castles, forts and ruins to discover, interesting museums to meander around, statues, monuments and churches to visit. This coastline was also the departure point from which several epic voyages of discovery were launched hence the famous explorer Henry the Navigator features prominently in local history. Why not follow in Henry’s footsteps and explore for yourself this diverse and appealing corner of a fascinating country?


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The algarve is well served by a wide range of no frills, charter and scheduled airlines flying into Faro airport. From here, all our properties can be reached in a drive of between 30 and 90 minutes. For further information, see pages 198–201.

Cuisine

Cuisine here varies from the simple and unpretentious in the form of freshly caught sardines at a quayside bar to sophisticated Michelin starred restaurants. There is a huge variety of fresh fish, meat and vegetables to be sampled with sweet dishes using eggs, almonds, sugar and butter appearing on most menus. likewise, the high standards of the wines are gaining a well deserved reputation with ‘vinho verde’ perhaps the best known. There are some fine reds, whites and rosés to be sampled and all at very reasonable prices.

Fiestas

Hardly a week goes by without some kind of ‘festa’ taking place in towns and villages along the algarve. These vary from highly organised displays of folk dancing and traditional music followed in the evenings by dazzling firework extravaganzas, to more simple traditional gatherings in small communities, all accompanied by sumptuous feasts of food and wine. The algarve – a fascinating land of stunning beaches, diverse sporting facilities, wonderful countryside and lovely cuisine waiting to be explored and enjoyed… with a charming population waiting to welcome you!

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Quinta de la Cruz Carvoeiro (Sesmarias) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 2319 Sleeps 5 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 3.5km

Algarve | PORTUGAL

This spacious, converted farmhouse is possibly the most traditionally styled property in our algarve portfolio. With modern fixtures alongside numerous original features, the furnishings and décor throughout Quinta de la Cruz comprehensively fuse old and new creating an atmosphere that is welcoming, homely and more than a little evocative of a bygone era. Inside, 16th Century hand-painted ceramics surround the fireplace, handmade ladrillo tiles form the dining room floor and an eclectic selection of aged oil paintings, ornaments and memorabilia adorns the shelves and walls. acid etching to certain mirrors and the ceiling of the en suite bathroom further enhance the traditional ambience. With a double, twin and two single bedrooms, the sleeping accommodation lends itself particularly well to families of mixed ages. Of note is that one of the single bedrooms is quite simply furnished and accessed from either the covered terrace and/or the Jack n’ Jill bathroom shared with the twin room. With plenty of space for seekers of sun, shade or solitude, the colourful garden also offers views across to the sea and Carvoiero outskirts.

a mini-market, pizzeria, two local bars and an a la carte restaurant are all within a few hundred metres while the Carvoiero Club (about a 20 minute walk) has various sports facilities hireable by the hour. Five supermarkets, two local markets, two golf courses, five sandy beaches, the fishing village of Ferragudo as well as Carvoeiro itself are all within 4km.

Please note: • Maid service is three days per week. laundry service can be arranged with housekeeper (reasonable use is free of charge). • The maximum occupancy at this house is five people. While six beds remain available for use we ask that the maximum occupancy of five is not exceeded. Accommodation • Entrance hall • Living room (satellite TV, CD, DVD, Wi-Fi, telephone, fireplace) • Dining room with doors to terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C, king-size bed) with en suite bathroom • Single bedroom • Shower room

• Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom (with independent access from the twin bedroom and simple single bedroom) • Simple single bedroom (with access from bathroom and/or exterior terrace).

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

Up to 5 guests

March

27 N/A

april

3

10

May

17

750

24 1 795

8

OUTSIDE: • Shower • Sun terrace • Barbecue • Covered dining terrace (fridge) • Covered seating area • Mature garden • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with side Roman steps

Thursday changeover

15 22 29 895 950 995

5 1050

July

June

12 1150

19 1195

26 3 10 17 1295 1395 1550

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24

31

7 1695

14

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September

21

28 1495

4 1350

11 1195

18 1095

25 995

2 9 850 795

16 23 750

29 N/A

The Stables Carvoeiro (Sesmarias) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 2325 Sleeps 3 | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 3.5km

Neatly tucked away within an extensive ‘quinta’ of open land, citrus, olive, fig and almond trees this simply-styled and unassuming country cottage enjoys distant ocean views and a convenient location near the picturesque family resort of Carvoeiro. The Stables (yes it is indeed a former horse stable), caters to anyone seeking a tranquil, unpretentious holiday base while at the same time wishing to remain close to the algarve’s many coastal attractions.

Sitting invitingly in front of the cottage the private pool is bordered by an abundance of colourful flowers, palms, shrubs and cacti with ancient olive and carob trees offering additional shaded areas by the summer house. Two separate dining areas provide excellent space for enjoying al fresco meals during warm summer evenings.

Overlooking the pool a broad front terrace gives direct access into a compact, open plan living area where the imposing fireplace with 16th Century azulejo-tiled surround is fringed by an attractive, if somewhat eclectic, mix of furnishings. Interesting decorative features include abstract oil paintings, an original arraiolos tapestry and a large collection of english-language books spanning many genres. To one side of the living area the small, well equipped kitchen is designated by a breakfast bar and has direct access out to a side dining/barbecue terrace.

a mini-market, several cafes and a popular restaurant are within walking distance while three large supermarkets, tennis courts and a gymnasium (hourly charges) are within a five minute drive. The six beaches of Carvoeiro and Ferragudo, some of the most iconic along the algarve, are just a few minutes further or the old algarvean capital of Silves (20km) makes a great destination for a day trip.

Please note: • laundry service can be arranged with housekeeper (reasonable use is free of charge). • The pool can be heated at a cost of €150 per week (minimum 24hrs notice to be fully effective) paid directly to the housekeeper. • The front/side terrace is uneven and would not be ideal for young children or anyone unsteady on their feet. Accommodation

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 3 guests

March

22 29 N/A

april

5

12

19 595

Saturday changeover

May

26

3

10 17 625 675

24 31 725

7 775

• Living room (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, woodburner, A/C, ceiling fan) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to exterior

• Bathroom • Double bedroom (A/C, ceiling fan) with door to single bedroom (A/C, door to terrace)

OUTSIDE: • Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Poolside shower • Summer house (fridge) • Open land

July

august

September

June

14 850

21 895

28 1050

5 1150

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12 1250

19

26

2 1295

9

16

23 30 6 1250 1150 1050

13 895

20 795

• Private covered parking • Private heated swimming pool (7.5m x 3.5m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

27 695

4 650

11 625

18

25 595


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Solar da Montanha

STYLE, SPACE AND CONVENIENCE

Santa Barbara de Nexe (Estoi) Map ref: D6 Web ref: 3013 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 17km Two further bedrooms overlooking the pool are found on the first floor both with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. an inviting place to enjoy some time-out reading, or perhaps an afternoon siesta, there is also a lovely conservatory enjoying far reaching views. The lower ground floor is home to a separate utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

Within walking distance of several traditional restaurants and cafés this impressive property sits overlooking beautiful countryside between the typical algarvean villages of Bordeira and Santa Barbara de Nexe.

Beautifully landscaped with flowers, ancient oak trees and stately palms, the fully enclosed grounds offer privacy and tranquillity within a relaxed rural setting. Imposing wrought iron gates open onto a traditional Portuguese cobbled driveway which weaves its way through the well-kept, lawned gardens where shaded, furnished terraces invite leisurely outdoor meals whilst appreciating the country views and markedly slower pace of life.

Should you ever wish to venture away from this appealing location you will find the excellent beaches, smart shops, bars and restaurants at Quinta do lago and vale do lobo just a 20 minute drive. The roman ruins at estoi (5km) offer an insight into the area’s chequered past while the enchanting historic centre of Faro with its cobbled streets, pavement cafés and family-run eateries remains a little gem surprisingly unknown to many tourists. all along the algarve tennis centres, water sports and over 30 top class golf courses provide a wealth of tempting diversions for more active family members.

guests at Solar da Montanha will find a welcoming, sophisticated home in which it is very easy to unwind. Stylishly classic with a hint of North american chic the light décor, contemporary furnishings and wood flooring in the living areas create a most relaxing space. an elegant dining area sits alongside the spacious beautifully equipped kitchen which has a central island and French doors to an exterior terrace. also on the ground floor there is a large, air conditioned double bedroom with en suite bathroom and a separate cloakroom.

Please note: air conditioning (if used) is payable locally €70 per week.

Accommodation LOWER GROUND FLOOR: • Utility area (washing machine, tumble dryer)

FIRST FLOOR: • Conservatory with dining facilities (off landing) • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom and balcony

GROUND FLOOR: • Living/dining room (A/C, satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi) with doors to poolside terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with doors to terrace • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (roll-top bath) • Cloakroom

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

22 29 575

april

5 625

12

19 695

Saturday changeover

May

26 775

3 10 17 24 31 7 825 895 995 1095 1150

OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Open dining area and terracing with steps to pool • Lawned areas • Landscaped gardens • Poolside shower • Private parking • Fully enclosed grounds • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps

July

June

14 1250

21 1395

28 1550

5 1750

12 1895

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19

26

2 9 1950

16

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September

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30 6 1750 1450

13 1250

20 1095

27 950

4

11

18

25

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Monte Verde Vale Telheiro (Loule) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 3134 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi

Algarve | PORTUGAL

Thoughtfully designed and very well-proportioned, this welcoming country house enjoys a splendid location within unspoilt verdant hills above the attractive market town of loule. enticing guests to enjoy the famous Portuguese outdoor lifestyle, the lovingly maintained garden features an abundance of sweet smelling flowers, numerous terraces and an impressively well-equipped summer kitchen. From the private pool a gorgeous vista can be enjoyed across rolling hills to the pretty whitewashed village of Salir in the distance.

To one side of the attractive entrance hall is a well-equipped fitted kitchen with central breakfast island and separate utility room, on the other you will find a spacious and airy conservatory. a large, air conditioned living/dining room replete with comfortable furnishings and stylish décor has direct access to the covered terrace next to the pool as well as to an additional side terrace. a twin bedroom and the principal double bedroom with en suite bathroom face the pool, each with its own small private terrace, while the second double bedroom has a door into the conservatory. all three bedrooms are tasteful and welcoming.

vibrant loule (4km) offers excellent shopping and a popular Saturday market held within the beautifully restored central market building. There are plenty of good eateries to choose from here and in the nearby town of almancil (10km) which also boasts two Michelin starred restaurants. excellent blue flag beaches are found at the exclusive resorts of vale do lobo (16km), and Quinta do lago (19km), while those seeking water sports and first class golfing facilities need look no further than cosmospolitan vilamoura (17km). For day trips the pretty coastal town of Tavira to the east (45km) is a must for those seeking a traditional algarvean experience.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, CD, A/C) with doors to pool and side terraces • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) • Conservatory

• Principal double bedroom (TV, A/C) with en suite bathroom (plus separate shower) and doors to pool area • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with door to conservatory • Twin bedroom (ceiling fan) with doors to pool area • Shower room

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

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22

29

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5

12

Up to 6 guests

19 26 N/A

OUTSIDE: • Poolside shower room • Open and shaded terraces • Summer kitchen with barbecue, fridge, sink and covered dining terrace • Fully enclosed grounds • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 5m) with corner Roman steps

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21

28 1450

5 1495

12 1550

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16

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Laranjeiras Porches (Lagoa) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 3014 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Beach 7km

Hidden away down a rural lane in the heart of citrus-growing countryside, yet at the same time within very easy distance of the coast laranjeiras sits in wonderfully colourful, well maintained grounds encircled by orange groves and working farmland.

Thoughtfully laid out, the living area benefits from the spacious airiness of an open plan room with a small air conditioning unit on hand for added comfort. Splashes of colour from original artworks adorn the walls and various organic decorations and sculptures, complement the tasteful cream décor. an inviting atmosphere also emanates from both the well equipped kitchen and covered summer kitchen directly alongside; the latter an impressive outside space that is, effectively, a natural extension of the interior.

Fully enclosed and gated, the grounds enjoy excellent privacy and seclusion. extensive open and covered terraces provide plenty of space for the party to spread out. Fringed by flower beds, lawn and mature palm trees, the private pool lies within an attractive, walled terrace that extends around the house to create an inviting, sheltered sun-trap. Finally, there are wide-reaching views across the surrounding orange groves to be enjoyed from the first floor terrace. renowned for its traditional ceramics and a couple of local restaurants, the village of Porches is just 1.5km while lagoa (5km) is home to good shops and supermarkets. a short drive will take you to both the comprehensive amenities of popular Carvoeiro plus a choice of golden sandy beaches including the lovely Praia de Benagil (8km) and famously photogenic Praia da Marinha (7km). local attractions include vineyard tours around lagoa, the well-known chapel at sleepy alcantarilha (9km) and impressive Silves Castle (10.5km), one of several buildings testifying to the region’s Moorish past. Accommodation

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

22 29 N/A

april

5 995

12

19 26 1050

Saturday changeover

May

3

10 17 1095

24 31 1295

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7 1350

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Open plan living/dining room (wood burning stove, satellite TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, A/C) with doors to pool terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, wood burning stove)

with doors to side summer kitchen/covered terrace • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and doors to front terrace • Two twin bedrooms • Bathroom

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august

June

14 1395

21 1495

28 1650

5 1795

12 1850

19

26

• Shower • Covered terrace with in-built barbecue, washing machine and billiard table • Garden with lawn area • Private parking. • Private swimming pool (9m x 5m) with Roman steps

FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom (spa bath) • Informal TV room with doors onto wrap around terrace (stairs down to garden) OUTSIDE: • Sun terrace

2 9 2150

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1750 1550

13 1350

20 1250

27

4 1095

11

18 1050

25 995


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Villa Papoila Torre (Armação de Pera) Map ref: D4 Web ref: 3019 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 2km

PORTUGAL | Algarve

Overlooking a gentle, sparsely populated valley and with distant views to the glittering sea, villa Papoila sits peacefully off a country lane in the little hamlet of Torre between armação de Pera and Porches, a welcoming and comfortable retreat, only a five minute drive from some lovely beaches and the vibrant activities of several coastal resorts.

lawned areas bordered with bougainvillea, hibiscus and citrus trees surround the property and an attractive ‘secret’ garden provides an inviting spot for contemplative moments. The private pool has a retractable hard cover for added security and a large barbecue with dining area is perfect for enjoying long balmy evenings. South facing, fully enclosed and offering good privacy, the grounds also boast appealing views out over the valley to the glittering ocean. Inspiration for the house name comes from the eye-catching, stained glass window featuring bright red poppies overlooking the galleried entrance hall where a collection of colourful, original artwork lines the staircase. Patio doors in the open plan living area allow light to flood in and further enhance the already relaxing ambience. all three bedrooms benefit from air conditioning and en suite facilities.

armação de Pera (2km) offers a long sandy beach, all amenities and a variety of restaurants. Praia grande (3km) and Salgados (5km) are two notable, family-friendly beaches while birdwatchers and ramblers will certainly enjoy the Salgados nature reserve (4.7km). The beautiful old algarvean capital of Silves (21km) with its Moorish castle of red sandstone makes a lovely day trip.

Please note: • The owners of villa Papoila respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house. • The pool can be heated (minimum 24hrs notice to be fully effective) at a cost of €150 per week paid directly to the house owners. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Galleried entrance hall • Cloakroom • Living room (A/C, ceiling fan, fireplace, satellite TV, DVD, Playstation II, Wi-Fi) with doors to poolside terrace • Kitchen/diner (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with doors to terrace

• Utility room (washing machine) with door to car port • Principal double bedroom (A/C, ceiling fan, TV) with king-size bed, dressing area, en suite bathroom (plus separate large shower) and doors to poolside terrace

FIRST FLOOR: • Large landing with seating area • Double bedroom (A/C, ceiling fan) with en suite shower room and large terrace • Twin bedroom (A/C, ceiling fan) with en suite shower room and two Juliet balconies

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

22 N/A

april

29

5

12

19 850

775

Saturday changeover

May

26

3 10 17 24 31 7 895 995 1050 1150 1195 1250

OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Open and shaded terraces • Lawned areas • Fully enclosed grounds • Private car port and further private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 5m) with corner Roman steps and retractable hard cover July

June

14 1350

21 1495

28 1595

5 1750

12 1895

august

19

26

2 9 2095

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1750 1550

13 1350

20 1195

27 1050

4 995

11 950

18 895

25 850

Villa Gomes Estoi Map ref: D6 Web ref: 3188 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 10km

elegantly situated within fully enclosed grounds, surrounded by an undulating landscape of open countryside dotted with farmsteads and villages, villa gomes is a wonderfully secluded spot in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Combined with easy access to sandy beaches, traditional villages and towns, this is a delightful base from which to make the most of the algarve’s many attractions. Inside you will find a contemporary, unfussy and roomy home with subtle décor, tasteful furnishings and cooling terracotta floor tiles combining to create a peaceful, calming ambience. Off the entrance hall are a cloakroom, large living/dining room, well equipped kitchen and an air conditioned bedroom with en suite bathroom. Patio doors open directly onto a pergola-covered dining terrace looking across to the south-east facing private swimming pool. The first floor bedrooms again offer air conditioning and have access onto a spacious terrace, ideal for some private sunbathing or perhaps an evening aperitif while admiring the distant ocean view. an in-built barbecue is conveniently located outside the kitchen and there is ample space in which to relax on the pool terrace and lawn amongst a variety of shrubs (look out for the thriving medronheira – the tree species from which famous ‘medronho’ brandy is made).

The magnificent 19th Century rococo palace at estoi (2.5km) is now a little hotel with lovely gardens and a respected restaurant. Olhão (10km) has a colourful daily (Mon-Sat) morning market and seafront restaurants serving some of the freshest seafood around. This is also the place to take a short ferry ride across the estuary to some gorgeous sandy beaches. Nearby towns including Faro (15km), loule (17km) and Tavira (25km) all boast numerous places of interest including local handicraft shops and further excellent dining options. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Cloakroom • Living /dining area (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, A/C) with patio doors to terrace and pool area • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Utility room (washing machine)

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

22 29 495

april

5 550

12

19 625

Saturday changeover

May

26 675

3 10 17 24 725 795 895 995

31 7 1050

July

June

14 1150

21 1295

28 1450

5 1650

12 1795

• Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (A/C) FIRST FLOOR: • Master double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (spa bath) • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom • Doors from each bedroom to shared sun terrace august

19

26

2 9 1850

16

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Covered and open terraces • Lawn • Private parking in shaded car port • Private swimming pool (10m x 4m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1650 1350

13 1150

20 995

27 850

4 795

11 750

18

25 675

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Quinta dos Bisavos Ferreiras, (nr Guia) Map ref: D4 Web ref: 2320 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 7km

Algarve | PORTUGAL

a traditional and very welcoming algarvean quinta full of warmth and Portuguese charm. Beautifully kept grounds and a pristine interior stand as testimony to the care and attention invested by the owner, not just in the initial restoration of the property, but the immaculate preparations made for each guest.

Individual architectural touches include archways lined by terracotta bricks with matching brick edging to the alcoves and fireplace, vaulted, beamed ceilings and wrought ironwork set into the doors. as is customary in this region, quality dark wood furniture throughout the living area and bedrooms is perfectly balanced by the fresh whitewashed walls that help keep the house agreeably cool in the height of summer.

Trailing bougainvillea, citrus bushes, lawn and a monkey puzzle tree fringe the private pool. Providing a lovely venue for al fresco barbecues, the covered summer kitchen features a unique glass-topped table fashioned from a wooden wheel alongside a brightly decorated Portuguese cart. Mostly enclosed, courtyard style, a combination of tall walls, flowering plants and mature shrubs ensure excellent privacy around the pool and garden. restaurants and a supermarket can be found in Ferreiras (1.5km), with a wider selection of restaurants and shops at guia (4km) or algoz (5.3km), a pretty village whose streets host a daily fish and fruit market. Just above algoz, the chapel of Our lady of the Pillar is a good place to stop and admire the panoramic view across rooftops and groves of orange, fig and almond trees. The nearest sandy beach is at cosmopolitan albufeira (7km) with a vast selection of smaller coves easily found within a 15–20 minute drive. vilamoura (15km) boasts numerous cafés, boutiques, tennis and water sport centres as well as several world class golf courses.

Please note: We mention, for information only, that the property owners live adjacent to Quinta dos Bisavos. They do not use any of the house facilities and your privacy is completely assured at all times. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Open plan living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, CD) with doors to front terrace

• Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom (A/C) • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Shower room

OUTSIDE: • Shower room (washing machine) • Sun terrace • Summer kitchen (in-built barbecue, pizza oven)

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

22 N/A

april

29

5

12

525

• Open and covered terraces • Table tennis • Private parking • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with Roman steps

Saturday changeover

May

19 26 575

3

10 17 24 595 650 750

31

7 795

July

June

14 850

21 950

28 995

5 1095

12 19 1150 1295

august

26

2

9 1395

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1150 995

13 850

20 725

27 625

4 595

11

18 575

25 N/A

Oliveira Guia Map ref: D4 Web ref: 2329 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi

an appealing, well equipped property sitting in an elevated, corner position within a quiet residential district of the thriving village of guia. With both an adult and a children’s swimming pool as well as a comprehensive range of local cafés and restaurants within walking distance this is an excellent, centrally located position and a great choice for making the most of all that this wonderful region has to offer. Comfortable and traditional in style the immaculate, well maintained interior offers an attractively subdued décor with cooling floor tiles throughout. From the entrance hall there is a conveniently placed shower room and a family-sized bathroom separates two spacious air conditioned bedrooms, a double with patio doors to the poolside terrace and a twin with picture windows. a raised dining area overlooks the living room from where patio doors lead to a very attractive covered terrace, ideal for outdoor meals. a towering palm stands above a neatly trimmed lawn and an array of tropical flora provides colour and fragrance. Sun terracing surrounds the two pools and a balustrade (with gate) designates the pool area from the garden and terrace. guia is the hometown of chicken piri-piri and a wealth of nearby restaurants serve this famous dish. Fresh fish and seafood are also local favourites especially at the beachside restaurants all along the coast. Several of the algarve’s best beaches (many with watersports) are within 5–15km plus other attractions such as world class golfing, waterparks, the sand sculpture village and Salgados nature reserve are also within easy distance. less than an hour’s drive, the Monchique hills offer shady picnic areas and forest footpaths. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Split-level living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, CD) with patio doors to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C) with patio doors to terrace • Twin bedroom (A/C) • Bathroom • Shower Room

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

March

22

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

Saturday changeover

May

26

3 595

10 17 695

24 31 795

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7 850

July

June

14 950

21 1050

28 1150

5 1295

12 1450

19 1495

august

26

2 9 1595

16

OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Outhouse (washing machine) • Shower • Lawn • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) • Children’s pool (2m x 3m) Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23 30 6 1495 1295 1095

13 950

20 850

27 750

4

11

18 N/A

25


PORTUGAL | Algarve

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SWEEPING, PANORAMIC VIEWS

Periquita

Caldas de Monchique Map ref: C3 Web ref: 3018 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis | Beaches 20km Small Party Rate* Nestling into the picturesque slopes of the Serra da Monchique, Periquita sits proudly within mature landscaped gardens overlooking a quite outstanding vista of rolling hills, pine and eucalyptus forest. lapping the golden sands of some of the best beaches in europe the turquoise waters of the atlantic Ocean sparkle enticingly in the distance, further enhancing this already magnificent setting. Thoughtfully designed, stylishly furnished and decorated with a discerning taste this exceptional property makes a wonderfully comfortable holiday base. Highlights from an extensive list of impressive features include spacious living/dining areas, comprehensive summer kitchen and various open and shaded terraces bordering the beautiful infinity pool.

a private driveway and parking area lead to the front entrance where large double doors open into a highceilinged entrance hall. The living/dining room features plump sofas, a substantial fireplace and sliding glass doors giving onto a covered terrace where myriad potted plants and flowers provide vibrant colour.

a comfortable television cum reading room provides additional space in which to relax of an evening or perhaps during the day when summer temperatures are at their height; keen cooks are sure to appreciate the modern

well-equipped kitchen which also has an outdoor dining area conveniently adjacent. Completing accommodation on this floor you will find a laundry room, cloakroom and a good-size double bedroom with en suite bathroom and private terrace. Three further spacious bedrooms are found on the lower level; a double with en suite bathroom and two twins with en suite shower rooms all face the beautifully maintained gardens and gorgeous private pool. alongside the pool, a shower room, cloakroom and substantial summer kitchen with barbecue provide for shaded alfresco cooking and dining whilst absorbing those marvellous views.

Forest footpaths, cobbled streets, beautiful architecture and several respected local restaurants at the lovely spa village of Caldas are virtually ‘on the doorstep’ as is the renowned ‘longevity Wellness resort’ which offers comprehensive fitness and relaxation facilities. at 902m Foia (10km) is the highest point on the algarve while beach lovers have an impressive selection of picturesque coves and sandy coastline all within a 30 minute drive.

Please note: • additional discounts are available for parties of 6 or less wishing to book for a minimum of 14 nights – please enquire. • Maid service five times per week. • air conditioning (if used) is payable locally at €150 per week.

Accommodation UPPER LEVEL: • Entrance hall (A/C) • Cloakroom • Living/dining room (A/C, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, ceiling fan, fireplace) with doors to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, A/C) with breakfast area and door to covered dining area • Television/reading room (A/C, TV, DVD, wood burner) with door to covered dining terrace

• Double bedroom (A/C, ceiling fan, TV) with en suite bathroom, separate shower and covered terrace • Laundry room (washing machine). LOWER LEVEL: • Double bedroom (A/C, ceiling fan) with en suite bathroom, separate shower, dressing area and door to terrace/garden • Two twin bedrooms each with A/C, ceiling fan, en suite shower room and door to terrace/garden

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

March

22 29 *Up to 6 guests 1095 7–8 guests 1195

april

5

12 1150 1250

19

Saturday changeover

May

26 3 10 17 24 31 7 1450 1550 1150 1195 1250 1295 1650 1650 1750 1295 1350 1395 1450

OUTSIDE: • Summer kitchen with barbecue, sink, fridge and covered dining area • Cloakroom • Shower room • Table Tennis • Landscaped garden with lawn • Open and covered terraces • Private infinity swimming pool (10m x 5m) with gently-shelved access to one end

July

June

14 1595 1795

21 1650 1850

28 1995 2250

5

12

2495

2850

august

19

26

2 2995

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30

6 1850 2550 2095

13 1595 1795

20 1495 1695

27 1395 1595

4 1295 1495

11 1250 1395

18

25 1150 1295

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Algarve | PORTUGAL

Casa Nova da Eira Azinheiro (Estói) Map ref: D6 Web ref: 1011 Sleeps 11 | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Small Party Rate* This stunning, colonial-style house, set in the little hamlet of azinheiro, commands sweeping views of the surrounding landscape and coastline from its impressive elevated position. Designed by Jose Meixa, one of Portugal’s most famous landscape gardeners, the beautifully maintained grounds of the property total over 6000m² and feature rolling lawns, colourful rockeries, mature pine and fruit trees as well as a vast variety of indigenous Mediterranean shrubs. Originating from the ruins of a tumbledown farm building (now converted into a lovely annex with twin beds and en suite shower room) Casa Nova da eira has grown into a magnificently proportioned and imposing residence. a cobbled courtyard leads to the front door and entrance hall off which the living accommodation and bedrooms radiate. light, airy and very welcoming throughout, the room distribution provides interesting options for a larger family or group of sharing friends.

Two of the ground floor bedrooms have twin single beds, en suite bathrooms and views across the grounds while the third has three single beds, an en suite bathroom, adjacent family/reading room and doors onto the garden. The large sitting/dining area features an open fireplace, vaulted Portuguese ceiling and doors onto a shaded dining terrace with gorgeous views over the garden to the pool while the

well-appointed kitchen has two fridges a wine cooler and separate pantry.

The entire first floor has been given over to the principal suite comprising a spacious double bedroom, bathroom and shower, a dressing room and a balcony with farreaching views to the atlantic. elegantly displayed throughout Casa Nova da eira, fine paintings and an interesting collection of model boats in glass cases, betray the owner’s enthusiasm for art and sailing. a restaurant, café and minimarket for essentials are within 1.8kms while estói (4.7kms) boasts roman ruins, a Pousada, pretty 16th Century church and a cluster of typical local restaurants. Olhaõ (8kms) and Faro (a twenty minute drive) have all amenities and regular ferries that ply the short distance across to the archipelago of little islands that make up the ria Formosa Natural Park. reached via a bridge Faro Island, with its beautiful sandy beach, makes a lovely day trip while golfers have the famous courses at Tavira, Quinta do lago and vilamoura all within a 25–30 minute drive.

Please note: • Maid service 5 days per week. • Parties paying the small party rate (for up to 9 people) will not have access to the annex. • air conditioning in the twin bedroom is payable separately (if used) and directly to the housekeeper.

Accommodation

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

*Up to 9 guests 10–11 guests

March

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

May

26

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Cloakroom • Open plan sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, telephone for local calls only) with doors to covered terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, two fridges, wine cooler) with doors to covered patio • Pantry

Saturday changeover

3 10 17 24 31 7 1195 1250 1295 1495 1595 1695 1395 1450 1495 1695 1795

July

June

14 1750 1995

21 1850 2095

• Utility room (washing machine) • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Bedroom with three single beds and en suite bathroom • Family/reading room (TV, ceiling fan) with doors to patio • Central heating throughout the house

28 1995 2250

5 2150 2395

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12 2695 2895

FIRST FLOOR: • Landing • Principal double bedroom (fireplace, ceiling fan) with en suite bathroom and shower • Dressing room • Balcony ANNEX (accessed from front courtyard): • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room • Central heating

august

19

26

2 3195

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Barbecue • Covered and open terraces • Mature landscaped grounds with lawn • Cobbled entrance courtyard with private covered parking • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 2095 1750 2295 1950

13 1550 1750

20 1350 1550

27 1250 1450

4

11

18 1195 1395

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Alto do Botelho São Bras de Alportel Map ref: D6 Web ref: 1014 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi

PORTUGAL | Algarve

Inviting and very stylish, this beautiful property sits in a lovely rural position close to the town of São Bras de alportel commanding far-reaching views across open countryside from its privileged hillside position. amongst a wealth of charming, characterful features, offered by the house surely the most impressive is the exceedingly spacious, thoughtfully landscaped grounds which border the shaded terraces and enticing private swimming pool. Italianate in design, perfumed by lavender and featuring a vast array of indigenous shrubs, plants, trees, lawns, statues, rockeries and sculpted hedgerows, the garden at alto do Botelho is not only a haven of tranquillity but a delight for any horticulturalist. This welcoming external ambience carries seamlessly through to the interior which is very tastefully furnished and adorned with eye-catching features such as the traditional vaulted entrance hall (a marvel of the stonemason’s craft), two wall frescoes of rural scenes, a large comfortable living room and an adjacent dining room replete with dado rail and distinctive Toile de Jouy wall covering. extending easily over one level, most rooms also offer direct access onto the covered terrace that edges three sides of the property providing an ideal focal point for al fresco living. each of the bedrooms is well appointed and air conditioned; the principal bedroom benefiting from not one but two, individual en suite bathrooms.

renowned as a centre of cork production, São Bras (3km) is home to all amenities including a large supermarket and several interesting local restaurants. estoi (10km) has further facilities, famous roman ruins and a ‘posada’ with a restaurant. gateway to the magnificent sandy beaches of the ria Formosa Natural Park, Faro (15km) is the vibrant regional capital while the countless churches, beautiful gardens, squares and narrow cobbled streets of Tavira as a well as the Moorish castle at Silves also merit exploration.

Please note: • The tiered garden means younger children would need supervision. • The owners of alto do Botelho respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house. Accommodation • Entrance hall • Cloakroom • Living room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, fireplace) with doors to terrace • Dining room with doors to terrace

• Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C) with dressing area, door to covered terrace, en suite bathroom and separate en suite shower room

• Double bedroom (A/C) with door to covered terrace • Twin bedroom (A/C) with door to covered terrace • Bathroom

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

March

22

29

april

5

12

Up to 6 guests

19 N/A

OUTSIDE • Barbecue • Open and shaded terraces • Tiered, landscaped garden • Private parking • Private swimming pool (9m x 5m) with Roman steps

Saturday changeover

26

3

10

17

24 895

31 950

7 995

July

June

May

14 1095

21 1195

28 1295

5 1450

12 1650

august

19

26

2 9 1850

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1550 1350

13 1195

20 1050

27

4

11 N/A

18

25

Casa La Dona Loulé Map ref: D5 Web ref: 991 Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi

a very short distance inland and yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of the coast sits loulé, an attractive market town, renowned for its traditional handicrafts. In the hills bordering the town we made a delightful discovery, Casa la Dona, a lovely country cottage, a hundred years old or more, nestled on peaceful slopes with a wonderful, mature garden and quite the most breathtaking views across the countryside to the sea. The house is charming. lovingly restored it boasts many original features, such as open-faced stonework, vaulted ceilings, low door frames, thick stone walls and exposed Santa Caterina tiled floors all complemented by a tasteful mix of contemporary and antique furniture, rustic memorabilia and attractive artwork. all on one level, there is a rustic kitchen, two dining areas and a spacious living room. The two bedrooms both have their own bathrooms.

Outside, a covered and open terrace runs along the back of the house, an ideal location from which to admire the superlative view. We are sure the table and chairs here will be the venue for many an al fresco meal. The private swimming pool, on a lower level from the terrace, is accessed via a gate to the garden, and sits amongst mature trees and established shrubbery, which ensure privacy. a local café is within 2km and a country restaurant about 2.5km from la Dona, and do be sure to visit the market in loulé (5km) on a Saturday for the freshest fish, delicately flavoured herbs and spices, or cakes made from local ingredients such as almonds and figs. explore the nearby ruined castle, which betrays Moorish origins, or head down to the sandy beach at vale de lobo, about a 20 minute drive, where two championship golf courses can also be found.

Please note: • air conditioning is payable locally. • as the garden is terraced and encircled by a low stone wall younger children would need supervision. Accommodation • Entrance/dining hall (A/C) • Living/dining room (Satellite TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, fireplace, A/C) with double doors to terrace • Kitchen (oven, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 4 guests

March

22

29

april

5

12

19

Saturday changeover

26

3 N/A

10

17

24

31

7

July

June

May

14

21 1195

28 1350

5 1550

12 1750

OUTSIDE: • Shower • Barbecue • Open and shaded terraces • Mature gardens • Terraced grounds • Private parking • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with corner Roman steps

august

19

26

2 9 1895

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1650 1450

13 1250

20

27

4

11

18

25

N/A

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Casa Val del Rey Val del Rey (Carvoeiro) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 1019 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Beach 5km | Small Party Rate*

Algarve | PORTUGAL

Close to the coast, some of the region’s best sandy beaches and the excellent amenities of Carvoeiro, this fine country home sits in over 8,000sqm of land, private, serene and with no near neighbours. Both internally and externally, Casa val del rey is one of the prettiest algarvean houses we have found.

Silently extending an irresistible invitation to linger in the sunshine, the gorgeous pool area has an extensive choice of open and shaded terraces from where the view encompasses a picturesque undulating landscape of two distinct areas. Immediately adjacent to the house, the garden comprises rolling lawns, colourful rockeries of oleander and bougainvillea plus a motley assortment of fig, olive, pomegranate and mango trees; further away the land transforms into a natural landscape of wild scrub, unkempt grasses and shrubs fringed by mature pines. Tasteful furnishings adorn the spacious interior where the owner has determinedly sourced only local artisans and craftsmen for the design and construction of many of the most substantial pieces. gathered on his worldwide travels, various items of memorabilia include a noteworthy collection of artwork and an attractive set of hardwood, director-style dining chairs from Kenya. a nautical theme pervades but never overpowers the house décor.

Widely considered two of the most picturesque, family-friendly beaches on The algarve, Benagil (5km) and Praia da Marinha (6km) are beautiful sandy coves. all amenities as well as a vast choice of restaurants can be found in both lagoa (3.5km) and Carvoeiro (6km) from where boat trips take visitors to quiet coves for snorkelling and a close up view of the famous rock formations at algor Seco. Accommodation • Open plan split level sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) with doors to pool terrace and side terrace/barbecue • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, ice maker) • Utility room (washing machine) with door to rear terrace

• Summer room with door to pool terrace • Cloakroom • Twin bedroom with en suite shower room • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom • Central heating

throughout the house (paid locally). OUTSIDE: • In-built barbecue • Open and shaded terraces • Mature landscaped grounds over two levels with lawn

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

March

april

22 29 5 *Up to 2 guests 1050 3–6 guests 1295

12

19 1095 1350

• Cobbled entrance courtyard with private covered parking and stone steps to covered entrance • Private, L-shaped swimming pool (9m x 7m at widest points) with side Roman steps

Saturday changeover

26 1495 1850

3

10 17 1550 1895

24

31

July

June

May

7 14 1650 1995

21

28 1750 2095

5

12

2195

2295

august

19

26

2

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

2595

30 1750 2095

6

13 1650 1995

20 1550 1895

27 1150 1395

4 1095 1350

11

18 1050 1295

25

Casa Por do Sol Vale de Telha (Aljezur) Map ref: C1 Web ref: 3012 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Gated Pool | Beach 2km Small Party Rate* an unspoilt region of dramatic seascapes and rolling hills, the pretty ‘Costa vicentina’ National Park is the privileged location for Casa Por do Sol. a wonderful choice for anyone seeking a tranquil getaway in a laid back and authentic part of Portugal, our most westerly algarvean property is also within walking distance of the golden sands at arrifana (2km), one of the country’s most iconic Blue Flagged beaches. Those who enjoy outdoor-orientated holidays in laid back, relatively untouched parts of the algarve should look no further.

Open plan by design, the main living accommodation enjoys an immediate sense of space and a bright, welcoming airiness. Furnishings and décor are attractively unfussy with the large wood-burning stove in the sitting area a natural focal point. Satellite television, a DvD player, Wi-Fi and a well–equipped kitchen ensure home comforts have not been neglected with easy access to the pool area, barbecue and covered dining terrace making outdoor living appealingly accessible. From the front of the house there are sweeping, uninterrupted views across cliff tops to the glittering atlantic. Bordered by rockeries of indigenous shrubs and flowers, steps lead up to the private swimming pool and gated access onto the sun terrace providing added peace of mind to parents of younger children.

a much sought-after destination (yet still a closely guarded secret!) for surfers and water sports enthusiasts, the impressive bays of arrifana and Monte Clerigo (5km) are inspiring stretches of soft golden sand each with a choice of fresh seafood restaurants and a mini market for essentials. Comprehensive facilities and amenities are found in the interesting town of aljezur (4km). Further afield lagos (20km), former capital of The algarve, mixes history with a cosmopolitan beach-resort atmosphere. Accommodation

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

March

april

22 29

*Up to 4 guests N/A 5–6 guests

5 725

12

19 625 725

• Entrance hall • Living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, woodburner) with doors to terrace • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to rear Saturday changeover

May

26

3 10 17 650 695 750 750 795 850

24 31 850 950

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7 895 995

July

June

14 950 1050

21 995 1095

28 1050 1150

5

12

1150

1195

• Double bedroom with en suite bathroom • Double bedroom • Twin bedroom • Bathroom

august

19

26

2 1295

9

16

OUTSIDE: • Open and shaded terraces • In-built barbecue • Fully enclosed grounds • Private parking • Garage (washing machine)

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1050 950 1150 1050

13 895 995

20 795 895

27 725 825

4 675 775

11 650 750

18

25 625 725


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Onda Azul PORTUGAL | Algarve

Ferragudo Map ref: D3 Web ref: 3187 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Town House | Wi-Fi | Beach 850m Small Party Rate*

Secreted behind a colourful tiled façade on a narrow cobbled street, Onda azul is a quirky, stylish and original holiday home. Mixing antique and modern furniture, vivid artwork, traditional ceramics, stone and wood the artist owner has created a unique, wonderfully characterful house right in the heart of this friendly coastal town.

The spacious living room has a high wood-beamed ceiling, comfortable seating, wood burner and a large feature archway leading to the dining area, modern kitchen and bathroom. a twin bedroom sits to one side of the living area and stairs lead up to a galleried landing, master double bedroom with en suite and further twin bedroom. On the ground floor, doors from both the dining area and bathroom lead to external steps accessing the decked terracing and plunge pool on the upper level (also reached via patios doors from the master bedroom). With a tall, elegant palm, ceramic-tiled walls and further sunbathing space artfully provided by making the roof terrace accessible, the first floor terrace provides a sheltered outdoor haven for relaxing, dining or just cooling down in the private plunge pool.

Ferragudo is a little gem; a maze of winding streets with a bohemian atmosphere that sees art galleries, antique and traditional craft shops mingle with pavement cafes and excellent restaurants. Ferragudo’s sandy beach is only 850m away and many other delightful beaches lie within a 15–30 minute drive. vibrant Portimão (4.5km), the historic former capital of Silves (15km) and the cooling surrounds of the Monchique mountain range (25km) are all easily reached for appealing day trips.

Please note: For loading/unloading, cars can be driven directly up to the house front door but cannot be parked there indefinitely. There is plenty of (free of charge) parking space within easy distance of the property in/around Ferragudo. Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, CD/i-Pod dock, wood burner), with archway to dining area • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Bathroom with sunken bath plus separate shower

• Twin bedroom • Exterior steps up to terrace/plunge pool area from dining area and bathroom • Open-tread staircase from living room to…

FIRST FLOOR: • Master double bedroom with en suite shower room and patio doors to terrace/plunge pool area • Twin bedroom

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

March

29

april

5

12

May

19

*Up to 4 guests 5–6 guests

26

3

10

OUTSIDE: • Split level terrace incorporating a roof terrace • Barbecue • Shower • Utility room (washing machine) • Private plunge pool (3m x 2.5m)

Saturday changeover

17

24

N/A

31 850 950

7 895 995

July

June

14 995 1095

21 1050 1150

28 1195 1295

5 1295 1395

12

august

19

26

1495

2

9

16

1595

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 1195 1095 1550 1295 1195

13 995 1095

20 895 995

27 795 895

4

11

18

25

N/A

Mimosa Albufeira Marina Map ref: D4 Web ref: 3000 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 1km

Striking a stately pose in its hillside residential setting Mimosa enjoys a more urban-orientated position than many properties in our algarve collection overlooking vibrant albufeira marina just west of its sweeping sandy bay. Being in such rare proximity to the bustle, excitement and comprehensive amenities of albufeira itself means that anyone wishing to have the option of town and beach conveniently close at hand but relatively unobtrusive are sure to find this magnificent villa an ideal base. Furnished and equipped to a high standard Mimosa is thoughtfully decorated in elegant shades of cream and white with tasteful accents of colour. The classic grandeur of the property’s façade is echoed inside where romanesque columns frame the impressive fireplace in the stylish and capacious living room. each bedroom has access to the exterior with the first floor twin bedroom and principal bedrooms enjoying attractive views across the rooftops to the marina and ocean beyond. extensive sun terracing surrounds the south-facing private pool providing plenty of space in which to relax. an al fresco dining area and manicured garden with lawn to the side/rear offer welcome shade and some mature trees create a certain sense of privacy but it should be noted that Mimosa’s outstanding position on the edge of this popular town precludes the possibility of total seclusion.

Both albufeira beach and marina are within 1km walking distance. Just downhill, several shops, terrace cafés and restaurants form part of the ongoing development along the waterfront while, on the other side of the headland, the town itself offers a famously lively nightlife together with a full selection of amenities. Praia da Oura’s golden sand is only 7.5km and there are many other gorgeous cove beaches, water parks and golf courses within a 30 minute drive. Please note: The owner of Mimosa respectfully requests that guests do not smoke inside the house. Accommodation

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

March

22 Up to 10 guests N/A

29

april

5

12 1495

19

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Open plan living/dining room (A/C, fireplace, satellite TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) with doors to sun and dining terraces • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace • Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace Saturday changeover

May

26

3 10 17 24 31 7 1550 1595 1650 1995 2195 2250

July

June

14 2395

21 2595

28 2795

5 2995

12 3295

• Bathroom • Utility room (washing machine) • Basement den (table tennis) FIRST FLOOR: • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (spa bath) and large terrace • Two twin bedrooms (A/C) each with terrace • Bathroom (spa bath) august

19

26

2 9 3595

16

OUTSIDE: • Shower • In-built barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Table tennis • Enclosed grounds with lawn • Private parking. • Private swimming pool (9m x 5.5m) with Roman steps

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 2895 2395

13 1995

20 1795

27 1595

4

11 18 1495

25

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Isabella Vale Covo (Boliqueime) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 3017 Sleeps 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Wi-Fi | Beaches 8km

Algarve | PORTUGAL

Tucked away off an unmade country lane, this neatly proportioned villa offers simply-styled, homely accommodation within a tranquil landscape of open land and citrus groves. Capturing that ideal combination of being removed from the busy coastal resorts whilst retaining easy access to beaches, within walking distance of a local restaurant and close to the pretty village of Boliqueime (birthplace of the current Portuguese President), Isabella is an excellent choice for larger families or a group of friends looking to unwind and relax. large entrance gates invite you onto a long driveway leading to a private parking area where an ancient carob bean tree provides shaded respite from the summer heat. Beckoning invitingly, the large south-facing pool is edged with a Santa Catarina-tiled sun terrace, a further covered terrace sits in front of the central patio doors and to the rear, a dining area with in-built barbecue is perfect for enjoying outdoor meals. Pretty flowers and shrubs border the fully enclosed grounds and there is a large unmade garden space where children can run and play.

large patio doors front and back keep the open plan living/dining room light and airy while two of the four bedrooms have a ceiling fan and en suite facilities. a separate bathroom is located off the living area as well as a functional kitchen with convenient door to the exterior barbecue area. a popular local restaurant is just 700m while Boliqueime (3km) has a beautiful parochial central church, a couple of restaurants, cafés and mini-markets. Superb golfing, water sports and numerous restaurants, cafes and bars surround the marina at cosmopolitan vilamoura (10km) or head for the pretty hilltop village of alte (27km) to enjoy a picnic under shady riverside trees and cobbled narrow streets filled with local life. Two lovely sandy beaches are found within 8km; the attractive golden sands of Olhos d’agua as well as Praia da Falesia (the latter one of the longest and most impressive beaches on The algarve). Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Open plan living/dining room with patio doors front and back (satellite TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, CD) • Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine)

• Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite shower room and doors to pool terrace • Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with doors to pool terrace

• Twin bedroom with en suite shower room • Twin bedroom • Bathroom OUTSIDE: • Private parking

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

Up to 8 guests

March

22 N/A

29

april

5 725

12

19 750

• Covered and open terraces • In-built barbecue • Enclosed grounds • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

Saturday changeover

26 775

3 10 17 795 850 895

24 31 995

7 1050

July

June

May

14 1095

21 1195

28 1295

5 1395

12 1495

august

19

26

2 1650

9

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23 30 6 1495 1150 1050

13 925

20 875

27 795

4 775

11

18 725

25

Casa Laura Sesmarias (Carvoeiro) Map ref: D3 Web ref: 2318 Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Beach 3.5km Casa laura enjoys a relaxing setting, tucked into the small village of Sesmarias within walking distance of local restaurants and just a short distance from the wonderful beaches and comprehensive amenities found in and around bustling Carvoeiro.

Including several quintessentially Portuguese features, the architecture of Casa laura is in turn both modern and traditional with ceramic tiles, rounded archways and chimney stacks fully complementing the striking lines of the glazing. Bright whitewashed walls and three sets of French windows allow plenty of light into the living space where an elegant fusion of contemporary and older styles has again been sought.

The attractive pool area is edged by a low, courtyard-style wall and fringed by a selection of established trees and shrubs providing a good level of privacy from neighbouring properties. There is ample terrace space for enjoying the sunshine, together with a covered dining area and a charming barbecue corner with stone table and bench to one side. a large first floor terrace looks directly down onto the pool and garden; a real suntrap during the day and a great spot for a sundowner in the evening! a stroll of some 450m brings you to a local restaurant with a further small selection of bars, restaurants and local shops just a few hundred metres further on. a wider range of amenities and the nearest beach are just 3.5km away in the centre of Carvoeiro while several other excellent beaches and the renowned vale do Milho golf course lie within a 15 minute drive. Heading inland past groves of orange and almond trees, the former capital of The algarve, Silves (12km) is well worth a visit to explore its atmospheric streets and imposing gothic castle of distinctive red sandstone. Accommodation

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK Property occupancy

Up to 6 guests

March

22

29

april

5

12

19

Saturday changeover

3 10 N/A

17

24

31

7

• Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (plus separate shower) and doors to pool terrace • Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (plus separate shower)

FIRST FLOOR: • Principal double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom (plus separate shower), small seating area and large solarium/terrace

July

august

September

June

May

26

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Cloakroom (washing machine) • Open plan living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi, A/C, woodburner) with doors to pool terrace • Dining room (A/C) with doors to pool terrace

14

21

28 1595

5 1750

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12 1795

19

26

2 1895

9

16

23 30 1850 1595

6

13

20

OUTSIDE: • Shower • In-built barbecue • Open and covered terraces • Private parking • Private kidney shaped swimming pool (8m x 5m) Prices shown are in £ sterling October

27

4 N/A

11

18

25


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SWIM TO THE HORIZON

Quinta dos Tomilhos

Malhão (Boliqueime) Map ref: D5 Web ref: 990 Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | Wi-Fi | Table Tennis Situations on this coastline do not come any finer. From its commanding position, this grand country residence can justifiably lay claim to the most impressive, sweeping panoramic views encompassing a 180º swathe of country and coastline that stretches from the outskirts of Faro in the east all the way to the Monchique mountains in the distant west. The natural backdrop to this amazing vista is the atlantic Ocean, filling the horizon and seamlessly merging the border between sea and sky into a breathtaking azure collage to which the accompanying photographs cannot possibly do justice. To relax in the infinity swimming pool or recline on the spacious terraces and survey this vast, ever-changing panorama is pure pleasure. as if those spectacular views were not enough, Quinta dos Tomilhos (the estate of Thyme) simply exudes style and elegance and, quite simply, has to be one of the most comfortable, homely and welcoming properties we have the pleasure to offer. Inspiration for the design of Tomilhos was drawn from the grand manor houses of the Portuguese aristocracy, hence the grounds are entered via a cobblestone driveway that sweeps up through welltended, landscaped gardens into an expansive walled courtyard. Wide double doors under the porch lead into a cool, tiled hallway with raised open hearth to one end - the first example of a decorative style that impeccably blends rustic comfort with modern practical amenities. Throughout the property thoughtful architectural features, including wide doorways, ample stone arches and well placed windows, not only allow light to flood in and further enhance what is an already spacious interior but also help to keep the house agreeably cool in the height of summer. Tastefully displayed ornaments and antiques add even more character while a striking collection of colourful artwork adorns the walls.

The splendid kitchen boasts a five ring gas hob, large eye-level oven, microwave, dishwasher, long marble worktops and a huge american-style fridge freezer with integrated drinks cooler, ice maker and filtered water system. To one end, an impressive twelve-seat table, specially commissioned from 200 year old pine, effectively creates a second dining room.

The vast living room is equally well equipped with various plush sofas and armchairs, a flat screen Tv with satellite and DvD, a triple CD player and access onto a long covered terrace that leads around to the pool area and provides the perfect spot for relaxing during the day and dining in the evening. Conveniently split over two levels, the sleeping accommodation sees each of the five bedrooms benefiting from independently controlled air conditioning and its own, well appointed en suite bath or shower room. This would be a great choice of house for larger families or groups of friends looking to share a holiday together whilst each retaining their own space. Outside, surrounded by acres of aromatic wild thyme after which the house is named, an air of quiet tranquillity pervades the colourfully landscaped grounds. Neatly arranged banks of flowering shrubs, manicured lawns and bougainvillaea decorate the secluded gardens and a divine, south facing, infinity swimming pool, appears to reach out into the atlantic itself. Praia de Falésia (14km), one of our favourite sandy beaches, is about a 20 minute drive while the shops and amenities at Boliqueime are just 4km, or Paderne 8km. various local restaurants serving excellent value set menus can be easily found in the sleepy villages that nestle in the surrounding countryside.

Accommodation GROUND FLOOR: • Living room (fireplace, satellite TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi) • Dining room with doors to poolside terrace • Large kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to poolside terrace

• Utility room (washing machine) • Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and doors to covered terrace • Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room • Central heating throughout the house

PrICe FOr THe PrOPerTY Per WeeK

Property occupancy

March

22 Up to 10 guests N/A

29

april

5 1350

12

19 1395

FIRST FLOOR: • Three twin bedrooms each having A/C and en suite bathroom OUTSIDE: • Covered and open terraces • Shower • Barbecue

Saturday changeover

May

26 3 10 17 24 31 7 1495 1650 1795 1995 2150 2295 2350

• Table tennis • Landscaped grounds • Large entrance courtyard with covered private parking • Private, infinity swimming pool (10m x 6m) with Roman steps

July

June

14 2395

21 2595

28 2750

5 2995

12 3195

august

19

26

2 9 3695

16

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 6 2795 2125

13 1795

20 1650

27 1495

4 1395

11

18 1350

25

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Getting there Getting there

With all aspects of your holiday, the watchword is flexibility. This is true of your travel arrangements and although we do not offer pre-organised packages from specific departure points, we are happy to organise your travel to your property. Alternatively you may wish to book your own.

Book now at

www.vintagetravel.co.uk/gettingthere

Maps and guides

To assist in planning your route and exploring your holiday area, we are able to supply an extensive range of maps and area guides. You will be sent details of these with your invoice, and we will be pleased to assist you in ordering them.

We will be pleased to research availability and prices and book flights, ferries and car hire on your behalf. We can quote competitive fares from UK departure points.

Amendments to travel arrangements

Where we make travel arrangements (flights, ferries, car hire) on your behalf, you are bound by the operator’s own booking conditions and fees covering cancellation and amendments. Please, therefore, make sure that all details concerning passenger names are correct at the time of booking. Please also ask for a copy of the carrier’s booking conditions as cancellations or changes (including name or initial change) will usually incur a charge.

Accessing your holiday property

If you decide to make your own travel arrangements please bear in mind our property access times and avoid flights with very early or very late timings.

It is essential that you let us know your travel details as soon as possible, and at least one month prior to travel. As part of our service, we provide you with detailed directions to your property from the appropriate nearby airport or seaport; we will not be able to produce these until we know these details.

Airport parking and hotels

Once your flight is booked you will want to plan your journey from home to the airport and arrange car parking for the duration of your holiday. At many UK airports you can pre-book Valet Parking or Meet and Greet service, either driving straight to the airport terminal where you hand the car over to a representative, or to the secure parking area from where you will be taken in a shuttle vehicle to your departure terminal. If your flight departure is an early one, why not stay the night before at an airport hotel? Hotels with parking are often cheaper than parking alone and prices usually include transfers to and from the airport terminal. Many hotels offer free child places, special meal offers and use of leisure facilities, so your holiday gets off to a stress-free start. You may find that the Airport Car Hire service suits your needs: pick up a hire car, up to 24 hours before your flight, drive to the airport and either walk or be transferred to the terminal. On return you have up to 24 hours to return the car, and you can even fly out of one airport and into another at no extra cost. Another option is to book into an Airport Lounge, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal and relax for up to 3 hours before your flight. Through our partnership with ‘Holiday Extras’ we are able to offer these services at most UK airports. To book Airport Parking, Airport Hotels and Lounges simply visit the ‘Holiday Essentials’ section of our website, where you can book online.

Book now at

www.vintagetravel.co.uk/airportextras Overnight stops

If you are driving to your holiday destination, breaking your journey with an en route hotel stop can make all the difference. We recommend ACCOR, Europe's largest hotel group, for the best choice of accommodation. Accor handles on-line bookings for several hotel chains: • Formule 1 less than €30/night • Etap €30 to €40/night • Ibis €45 to €65/night • Novotel, Mercure and Sofitel all about €60 to €90/night

Book now at

www.vintagetravel.co.uk/overnighthotels

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Responsible tourism

At Vintage Travel we acknowledge that travel and tourism have a potential effect on the environment, both at home and in our destinations abroad. We recognise that as an organisation we need to be responsible for our actions and be aware that the decisions we make will have an environmental, social and economic impact.

As an organisation we are committed to: • Protecting the environment, its flora, fauna and landscapes • Generating greater economic benefits for local people in our holiday destinations and helping them prosper through tourism • Promoting a greater understanding of local cultures, religions, environmental and social issues • Working with our property owners, agents and other suppliers so that they too can make a difference • Making positive efforts to conserve natural resources and fossil fuels, both at home and abroad. • Encouraging our staff and clients to make use of recycling facilities • Informing our clients of how they can participate in all areas of Responsible Tourism

Driving distances

The following table gives approximate mileages from the ferry ports to towns near to our properties. The information is based on the route planning facility on www.viamichelin.co.uk, using the mileages given as ‘Recommended by Michelin’. In Miles

Calais

Cherbourg St Malo 646

699

752

Santander

736

761

Roscoff

761

667

Caen

Girona

823

731

490

Conil de la Frontera

1255

1140

1040

1090

1125

555

Ronda

1334

1201

1110

1180

1211

598

Santiago

1099

964

874

1047

959

294

Barcelona

Pontevedra

1180

Ponte De Lima 1150 Porto

1194

757

1067 1039

1059

968 940

968

1628 1583

1044

1012 1067

1054

438

370 385

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Sea crossings

Just as you have taken great care with the selection of your holiday property and destination, we believe that the choice of travel arrangements is equally individual: some may opt for a short hop across the Channel, perhaps taking a few days’ leisurely drive through France; others may prefer the relaxation of a longer crossing spending one or two nights at sea.

BRITTANY FERRIES

Our preferred supplier, Brittany Ferries offers a great choice for travellers to make the journey part of the holiday. They offer a selection of western Channel routes to France as well as the longer crossings from Plymouth or Portsmouth to Spain.

Choose your preferred crossing routes then call us 01954 261431. Our staff will be happy to guide you through the options and quote our exclusive discounted rates for your journey.

CROSSINGS TO FRANCE

Sailing from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth, directly to the western Channel ports of Caen and Cherbourg, St Malo and Roscoff, as well as Cork to Roscoff.

Portsmouth–Caen

Up to 4 daily crossings by classic cruise ferry, with daytime and overnight crossings. From Caen, there are excellent road links to the Autoroutes to the south and west.

Portsmouth–St Malo

The longest Channel crossing, sailing direct into Brittany and giving the shortest driving distance to the south-west. Average sailing duration is 8 ¾ hours, with daily crossings (overnight from Portsmouth/daytime return from St Malo).

Portsmouth and Poole–Cherbourg

Brittany Ferries’ shortest crossings, with a journey time of 3 hours on the high speed service (ex Portsmouth), or a more leisurely crossing by cruise ferry (ex Poole).

CROSSINGS TO SPAIN Brittany Ferries operates luxurious cruise ferries to Spain with a choice of routes from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander and Bilbao. The Cap Finistère and sister ship Pont-Aven offer comfortable cabins, stylish lounges and plenty of onboard entertainment including cinemas, swimming pool and a choice of quality restaurants.

Portsmouth–Bilbao (Cap Finistère) PORTSMOUTH–BILBAO

BILBAO–PORTSMOUTH

DEP Wed 1145

DEP Thu 1530

DEP Sun 2230

ARR Tue 0745

ARR Thu 1245

DEP Tue 1030

ARR Wed 0900

ARR Fri 1415

Portsmouth–Santander (Cap Finistère and Pont Aven) PORTSMOUTH–SANTANDER

SANTANDER–PORTSMOUTH

DEP Fri 1700

DEP Sat 2030

DEP Tue 1715

ARR Wed 1815

ARR Sat 1730

Plymouth–Santander (Pont Aven) PLYMOUTH–SANTANDER DEP Sun 1545

ARR Mon 1215

DEP Mon 1515

ARR Tue 1415

ARR Sun 1945

SANTANDER–PLYMOUTH DEP Wed 2115

ARR Thu 1615

On-board accommodation

Air conditioned cabins, two-berth, four-berth with own facilities, the choice varies from ship to ship. On certain routes there are also luxury Commodore Class and De Luxe cabins – these are very popular so book early.

Call

01954 261 431 for exclusive discounted rates

Plymouth–Roscoff

Brittany Ferries’ only route to France from Plymouth brings you direct to Brittany in a 6–8 hour journey, with a choice of daytime and overnight crossings.

Cork–Roscoff

Flagship cruise ferry Pont-Aven sails overnight from Cork once a week (Saturday), returning from Roscoff on Friday overnight.

OTHER SEA CROSSINGS – ROUTE FINDER The table below is a guide to sea crossing routes to France and Spain. Please note this information is correct at time of going to press, but routes and operators can be subject to alteration. WEBSITE

www.dfdsseaways.co.uk

ROUTE

P&O Ferries

www.poferries.com

www.dfdsseaways.co.uk

Poole-St Malo

Weymouth-St Malo

Condor Ferries

Eurotunnel

www.eurotunnel.com

Hull-Zeebrugge

P&O Ferries

ROUTE

OPERATOR

Dover-Calais

DFDS

Dover-Calais

My Ferry Link

Dover-Dunkirk Dover-Calais Folkestone-Calais

Newhaven-Dieppe

DFDS

DFDS

www.myferrylink.com

www.dfdsseaways.co.uk

Portsmouth-Le Havre

Guernsey/Jersey-St Malo Poole-Santander

OPERATOR

DFDS

Condor Ferries Condor Ferries

LD Lines

WEBSITE

www.dfdsseaways.co.uk

www.condorferries.co.uk

www.condorferries.co.uk www.poferries.com

www.condorferries.co.uk

www.ldlines.co.uk

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Getting there

Flights

www.vintagetravel.co.uk/flights

Flying to your destination

Galicia and Northern Portugal

Book early for BEST PRICES

Many of our houses in these areas are equally accessible from Porto or from the airports of A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela, widening the choice of flight possibilities.

Nowadays, the variety and choice of flights from UK airports to European destinations is considerable. We do not tie you in to a package holiday with pre-arranged travel; you are free to choose flights from your closest airport using any charter, scheduled or ‘no frills’ airline.

Algarve

We always recommend booking your flights and hire car as soon as you have decided on your holiday accommodation. You will find that fares are usually lower and the choice of flight times is wider.

The table below is a guide to airline routes for the destinations in this brochure. Please note this information is correct at time of going to press but airline routes can be subject to alteration. We are happy to research flights on your behalf and where we book flights for you, there will be a booking fee of £30 per person.

Catalunya

Girona Airport is closest to the majority of our Catalunya houses, being under an hour’s drive from the Costa Brava. Alternatively, Barcelona Airport is less than 2 hours’ driving time from our properties.

The Algarve is well served by a wide range of ‘no frills’, charter and scheduled airlines flying into Faro airport. From here all our properties can be reached within an hour’s drive.

Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza

The island of Mallorca has always been one of our most popular holiday destinations, so it is no surprise that there is a good selection of flights to Palma with departures from most UK regional airports. Menorca (Mahon) and Ibiza do not have as wide a range but a good choice exists between charter, ‘no frills’ and scheduled operators.

Lanzarote

Andalucía

Charter and ‘no frills’ flights operate from most regional airports to Málaga, which is a 1½ hour drive from Ronda, 2 hours from the Alpujarras and around 2½ hours from the Costa de la Luz. Also suitable for our Andalucía houses are the airports of Sevilla, Gibraltar and Jerez.

A good choice of charter and scheduled flights is available from most regional airports. Adding to the options are the ‘no frills’ airlines, such as easyJet, Ryanair and Jet 2.

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www.vintagetravel.co.uk/cars

Given the location of most of our properties, the use of a car is essential and moreover generally enhances the pleasure of your holiday by enabling you to explore the surrounding area at your own pace. We strongly recommend that you book your hire car at the same time as you confirm your holiday property, to be sure of your choice of vehicle and the best price. This is especially true of larger vehicles (people carriers for 6, 7, 8 or 9 passengers) which are often in short supply.

When you book car hire with Vintage Travel, here are some of the benefits:

• Booking your car in good time avoids the risk that your chosen vehicle might not be available, especially for larger vehicles or at peak times. • Your vehicle will be ready and waiting at the airport of your arrival to meet your flight, thus enabling you to proceed to your holiday property with the minimum of delay. It is equally simple at the end of your holiday, just return the car as instructed to the airport and proceed to your flight departure terminal. • Pay for your car hire in sterling, as part of your holiday invoice, with no risk of last minute surcharges or exchange rate fluctuations. • The vehicle rates quoted include unlimited mileage and all local taxes. • Guaranteed child seats when ordered in advance (payable locally when you collect your vehicle). It may work out cheaper for you to purchase a ‘BubbleBum’ seat from us prior to leaving the UK.

For competitive car hire prices go to

Insure the Excess Your car rental agreement normally includes cover for Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft. However you are still liable for the Excess on CDW and Theft. When a rental car is damaged or stolen, the driver is asked to pay the first portion of the repair or replacement costs. This is known as the Excess. For a low, annual premium (currently £40), our insurance partners can provide excess insurance to protect against Excess charges whenever you rent a car. This covers you not only for the total amount of Excess for which you are liable if the car is damaged or stolen, but also for damage to the roof and undercarriage of the car, and windows and tyres. This policy will give you peace of mind while renting cars in Europe for the next 12 months. It is valid for 31 continuous days for any one rental and covers the policyholder and all additional drivers on the car rental agreement for multiple use throughout the year. A daily policy is also available (£3.99 per day). For more information please click on the ‘Insure the Excess’ button on the Car Hire section of our website, www.vintagetravel.co.uk, or telephone us.

Annual policy From £39.99 Daily policy From £3.99 www.vintagetravel.co.uk

www.vintagetravel.co.uk/cars or call our reservations team on 01954 261 431 BubbleBum – car booster seat We are delighted to offer our customers a fantastic and exciting new product that we believe will save you money and alleviate any unwanted stress caused by child seats overseas.

BubbleBum, the cost-effective, portable, lightweight, brightly coloured, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 3–11 easily deflates and folds flat so that children or parents can carry it in rucksacks or handbags, making it perfect for when travelling and renting a car or taking a taxi. When travelling, it's the perfect companion. There's no need to carry a bulky booster seat again with this lightweight, compact solution. Weighing less than half a kilo, it can fit comfortably into mum's hand luggage or a child's travel rucksack ready to inflate quickly and easily. The BubbleBum has been approved under the United Nations ECE Regulation R44/04 for safety for both Groups 2 and 3. It is designed for use with a standard 3 point adult seatbelt that has been approved to ECE Regulation 16 or equivalent.

Only

£26.95 inc P&P from Vintage Travel

Check our current competitive car hire pricing online www.vintagetravel.co.uk/ cars

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Travel insurance

www.vintagetravel.co.uk/insurance

Important information

COMPLETE PEACE OF MIND Evidence of insurance

Personal insurance – complete peace of mind It is essential that you have travel insurance, both to protect you against liability in the event of cancellation and also to cover medical and other losses whilst on holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have adequate travel insurance in place and any alternative cover should be at least equivalent to that shown below. Vintage Travel have arranged competitive travel insurance with Travel & General Insurance Services Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FRN 304788). Details of all companies can be found on the FSA website (www.fsa.gov.uk) Vintage Spain Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Travel & General Insurance Services Limited.

Eligibility

Our policies are only available to UK residents.

Standard Policy Premiums

Adult**

Couple

8 Days

£27

N/A

24 Days

£37

N/A

18 Days 31 Days

*Annual (Europe)

*Annual Worldwide (EXCLUDING North America and Caribbean) *Annual Worldwide

£32 £43

£58

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£101

Child (age 3–17)

Infant (0–2yrs)

Family†

£16

Free

£64

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£54

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£74

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£35

Free

£133

£80

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Free

£154

* Includes 17 days winter sports ** 66–70 years of age 2 x adult premium, 71–75 3 x adult premium 76–100 years, call 01954 261 431 for a quote. † Two adults and up to 4 children under 18 living at the same address

Schedule of standard cover Section

A Cancellation charges or curtailment

B Emergency medical repatriation and associated expenses abroad Hospital benefit Criminal injuries benefit

C Personal accident D Delayed departure Travel delay

Missed departure Missed connection Hijack of aircraft, train or sea vessel

Sum insured per person

Up to £5,000

£25 first 12 hour period and £25 each subsequent 12 hours to maximum of £100 Up to £1,000 Up to £1,000 £100 per complete day up to a maximum of £3,000

G Legal expenses

Up to £15,000

H Winter Sports Cover* Own ski equipment Single item limit Ski equipment hire Hired ski equipment Ski pack Piste closure Delay due to avalanche

Up to £2,000,000

Up to £2,500 £600 Up to £500 Up to £500 Up to £500 £50 per day to a maximum of £500 Up to £500

CONDITIONS, EXCLUSIONS AND WARRANTIES

Excess per person

Disability Up to £25,000 Death Up to £10,000 (age limits apply)

Up to £2,500 £400 £500 £500 Up to £100 Up to £250 Up to £1,000

An insurance policy can only provide cover in respect of an event/ occurrence which is sudden, unforeseen and beyond your reasonable control. Therefore any facts known to you, which could possibly result in you having to make a claim, must be disclosed otherwise you may not be covered. In addition, anyone named as insured under this policy must answer the following questions (the legal guardian must make the declaration for anyone under the age of 18 years old):

Claims for baggage and personal effects – The insurance does not provide cover on a ‘new for old’ basis, which means that deductions for age, wear and tear will be made where applicable.

Up to £5,000,000 £20 for each 24 hour period to a maximum of £500 £100 for each 24 hour period to a maximum of £5,000

E Personal effects Single item limit Valuables limit Personal money Delayed baggage (after 12 hours) Passport or visa Tickets F Personal liability

£111

£127

Health declaration

1. Do you or a close relative have a pre-existing medical condition? 2. Have you or a close relative received a terminal prognosis for any medical condition? 3. Are you or a close relative aware of a medical condition but have not received a formal diagnosis? 4. Are you or a close relative on a waiting list or have the knowledge of the need for surgery in a hospital? 5. Are you aware of any circumstances that could reasonably be expected to give rise to a claim on this policy? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you must contact Healthcheck on: 0844 826 2711.

£86

£69

A policy document that fully defines the cover, conditions and exclusions will be sent to you with your booking confirmation. When you receive your policy, please take the time to read it carefully to ensure you understand what is and what is not covered, and that all activities that you may wish to participate in are included. If it does not meet your requirements, please return the policy, proof of premium and any other relevant documents to us within 14 days of receipt and we will refund the premium in full, provided you have not travelled or made a claim.

*17 days winter sports cover included as standard under the Annual multi trip policy and can be extended on payment of additional premium.

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Sums insured or limits – All sections of the insurance have a limit on the amount that the insurer will pay. Some sections have internal limits such as the amount the insurer will pay for any one item or the total amount for all valuables. Excesses – The table shows any excess that is payable.

Reasonable care – You are required to take reasonable care of yourself and your property. Activities – The insurance may not cover you when you take part in certain activities. You must check that the insurance covers your requirements.

Failure to comply with the terms & conditions of the policy may result in cover being restricted. If you have any doubts concerning the cover provided please contact Travel & General Insurance Company plc, Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ, Telephone 0845 4080 580

Pre-existing medical conditions Travel & General Insurance Services Limited are sympathetic to the needs of those with a pre-existing medical condition and will endeavour to provide cover wherever possible. Simply call Healthcheck on 0844 826 2711, and speak to a knowledgeable advisor who will be able to conduct a medical screening service over the phone. For further information follow the link on our website (www.vintagetravel.co.uk). In addition, all UK residents should carry the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This enables you to get free or reduced medical treatment if you fall ill or have an accident on holiday. For more information and to apply online visit www.ehic.org


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Acting as Agents

Vintage Spain Ltd (trading as Vintage Travel) acts only as agent for the owners/managers of the properties and providers of the other services (except flights) featured on our website and in this brochure. Except for flights, your contract will be with such third parties. Please see our booking conditions for details. References to ‘we’ and ‘our’ below mean Vintage Travel acting as agent (except in relation to flight bookings where Vintage Travel will be principle).

Additional Services

Whilst we are happy to assist clients, when possible, with arranging certain additional services (payable locally), please note that we do so as your agent and do not enter into any contract with you or the local supplier for these. We cannot guarantee that any such service will be provided (even where confirmed) and will not be liable if it isn’t. We have no liability for the acts and omissions of the supplier or for the performance of the service. Your contract will be with the supplier of the service concerned (who may be the property owner), which will be subject to the supplier’s own terms and conditions. Such services may include the provision of a telephone service, Wi-Fi and/or internet at the property, televisions, videos/DVDs, pool heating, extra cleaning or cooking services, bicycle or boat hire etc. If things go wrong, the property owner or, where appropriate, our local agent or representative will on request endeavour to liaise with the supplier to try to find a solution.

Amendments

Please consider your requirements for travel arrangements, car hire and additional items such as cots at the time of booking your holiday. Should you wish to make an addition or amendment to your reservation after your original invoice has been sent, no administration charge will be made for up to two amendments but we then reserve the right to impose a £15 fee per amendment request to cover the administration costs involved in re-invoicing for any subsequent changes. Any amendment requested within ten weeks of the start of your holiday will incur a £20 admin fee and within seven days of departure £35 per amendment request where the amendment can be made. Any charges payable to the property owner or other service provider will of course be payable in addition for all amendment requests.

Amendments to travel arrangements

When we book flights, ferries or car hire on your behalf, you are bound by the operator’s own terms and conditions. These terms set out the charges payable and applicable procedure in the event that you want to change your booking.

Ants and insects

Insects such as flies, mosquitoes, wasps, bees and ants are a common problem in all hot countries and you should take the appropriate action to protect yourself. Keeping food in cupboards and fridges, keeping floors clean and removing rubbish on a daily basis will certainly help control the issue.

Barbecues

The vast majority of our properties have a BBQ, either in-built or portable. There are a few instances where local by-laws do not permit the use of naked flame BBQs and where this is the case it will be highlighted in the property description. Please note that it is not the maid’s responsibility to clean the BBQ and we would kindly ask guests to leave it in good and clean condition.

Bathrooms

The information shown on the line immediately under the name of each property indicates the capacity of the house, the number of bedrooms and the number of bathroom facilities within the house. The term ‘bathroom’ here implies a room with either bath or shower. Within the description of each property we use

the following terms to describe these facilities in more detail: Cloakroom: A WC and usually a basin. Bathroom: A bath (usually with a hand held shower attachment to taps), basin and WC (there may also be a bidet). Sometimes the bath may be smaller than full size, which we indicate by the term ‘half bath’. If there is also a separate shower cubicle in a bathroom, this will be indicated as ‘Bathroom with separate shower’. Shower Room: A shower (cubicle or walk-in), basin and WC (there may also be a bidet).

Booking conditions

When you confirm your booking with us you are entering into a binding contract with the owner of your chosen property and (where applicable) the provider(s) of any other services you book through us (except flights - please see our booking conditions). Our Booking Conditions as varied and supplemented by the terms and conditions of the individual property owners and service providers constitute the basis of your contract(s) as well as dealing with our agency relationship. Please read all of these carefully.

Building work

Even though you are on holiday, the locals are not and on rare occasions building work might commence without any prior warning near to a property. We obviously have no control over this but, if advised, we will ask the owner to do what he can to prevent this having a material effect on your holiday. Naturally, if we are made aware of any nearby building work we would always try to advise you in advance of your holiday.

Capacity

Only those persons named on your booking are entitled to stay in the property. Any additional persons (up to the maximum capacity) will be charged for at the pro rata full rental rate. Property owners do not allow overcrowding of properties and the maximum house capacity stated in the description cannot be exceeded. However, if an extra folding bed or cot can be accommodated for a child under two, the owner may agree to the maximum being exceeded in relation to that child in which case a minimum charge of £50 per week (but may be up to £150 per week), will be payable to cover extra rental and laundry costs. A few properties have double beds in every bedroom; we can usually arrange for the owner to supply one or two folding single beds for convenience of sharing parties, so long as the house capacity is not exceeded. ‘Continental double’ beds also feature in some property descriptions. These are usually two single mattresses on a large base and cannot be separated.

Check-in/Check-out times:

Check-in 4.00pm, check-out 10.00am Your property will usually be available for occupation from 4pm on your arrival date. However, cleaners may still be working at this time and we ask that guests show understanding in allowing them to finish preparing the property. In a few cases, the arrival time may not be until 6pm and this will be detailed in your final travel documents. You will usually be required to vacate your property by 10am on your departure date although cleaners and pool technicians may arrive as early as 9am. Please bear in mind these timings when you book your travel.

Cleaning

You must leave the property clean and tidy at the end of your stay, with dishes washed and put away/the dishwasher emptied, rubbish cleared and any items which have been moved returned to their original position. It will be cleaned after you leave and if found to be in a dirty state extra cleaning charges may be made which will be invoiced at the rate of £20 per hour. The accommodation is properly prepared for your arrival. Depending on the house and the area, the cleaning service will vary from a minimum preparation clean, to two or three times weekly. In some cases extra cleaning can be arranged during your stay (payable locally).

Cots and highchairs

A cot, for babies under two years, and a highchair, can in most cases be provided free of charge if requested at the same time as booking the property. If there is a charge for a cot or highchair then you will be advised of this at the time of booking. Cots may be a travel cot or of a more traditional style. We cannot guarantee that they will comply with British Standards, and if in doubt it is best to take your own. Additional cots and highchairs can sometimes be provided and where this is the case cots will be charged at £30 each and highchairs at £15 each. All cots and highchairs added after the holiday booking has been confirmed will be charged at the rates above. Bedding may not be provided for cots and you may need to take your own.

Directions to property

Directions to your property, along with any flight tickets, car hire vouchers etc will usually be sent out 2 weeks prior to the start of your holiday. It is very important that you let us know your anticipated arrival and departure details so that we can ensure that the housekeeper or local representative is aware of your expected arrival and departure time.

Entertainment equipment

In some properties, there may be entertainment equipment such as a playstation, i-Pod dock etc. Where this is the case you should take your own games and/or other equipment with you. The equipment is used at your own risk and we and the owner cannot be liable for any damage caused to any games etc.

Electricity, water and gas supplies

Normal summer usage of water, gas and electricity is included in your rental. There is sometimes an extra charge for heating and air conditioning, which must be paid locally; if this is the case, it will be mentioned in the property description. On occasions, supply of water and electricity can be erratic, particularly in peak summer months when demand is high. Water supply can be interrupted or electric fuses may trip if, for example, several high wattage appliances are switched on at the same time.

House locations

The majority of the properties we feature are in rural locations, a little off the beaten track and without close neighbours. However, we appreciate that some of our guests may wish to be closer to amenities – perhaps within walking distance. To help with this selection, the information on the line immediately under the name of the property may indicate that it is considered a ‘Town House’ or ‘Village House’. This would be the case if the property is in the heart of a town or village, probably in close proximity to other houses, and within walking distance of at least one shop and restaurant. Access to the houses may be by a steep or unmade track. Our staff will always be happy to discuss this aspect with you to ensure that your holiday property meets your expectations in every way.

House standards

All the properties we feature are individually owned and range from large converted farmhouses to smaller modern villas. Standards vary enormously from basic but serviceable furnishings and equipment, to the more sophisticated and comfortable. Unless otherwise specifically stated, we make no representations as to the suitability of any property for children or persons with reduced mobility. Our staff will be pleased to assist with any queries about suitability of your chosen property.

Just a few of you – Small party rates

Where a lower rental price is shown in a property description, this will apply to the weeks specified, for couples or smaller groups up to the maximum specified. For these bookings, it is normal that not all bedrooms will be prepared or available. If you have paid a small party rate and have a preference for specific bedrooms to be prepared please let us know well in advance.

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Kitchens

Important information

All kitchens have a refrigerator and cooking facilities, although these do vary enormously (from full split level ovens to simple hobs and local equipment). If you intend to extensively self-cater, or if a specific kitchen item is important to you, please consult a member of staff before confirming your booking. If there is a dishwasher, microwave or washing machine it will be mentioned in the property description.

Laundry/linen

Bed linen and towels are provided and laundered weekly (normally one bath towel and one hand towel per person). In most properties pool/beach towels will be available. We request that at the end of your stay all towels are left at your property, as missing towels will be charged for.

Local representation

Should a problem, deficiency or breakdown arise in or affect your property it is essential that you report it immediately to the property owner/agent in order for it to be rectified. If the property owner/agent is unable to resolve the problem to your satisfaction, please contact the local representative who will endeavour to assist in our capacity as agent for the owner. If you fail to promptly notify any problem, deficiency or breakdown so that the owner has the opportunity to remedy it, any claim for compensation you may have is likely to be affected or even lost as a result.

Passport and visa requirements

If you are a British citizen and hold a valid British passport, you do not generally require a visa to travel to any of the destinations in this brochure. However, your own particular circumstances may mean that a visa is required for you or another member of your party. This may also be the case if you are not a British citizen with a British passport. We would strongly urge you therefore to contact the embassy or consulate of the country/ies that you will be visiting to obtain the most up-to-date information before making your booking through us. Children will need their own passports. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice also provides information and links to assist you in establishing the passport and visa requirements which are applicable to you as well as providing advice on a range of subjects relevant to overseas travel.

Pets

If you would like to take your pet on holiday, please contact us before confirming your booking to discuss whether pets are allowed in your chosen property.

Privacy and noise

Because the properties we feature are individual, the degree of privacy and seclusion varies greatly from one to another. Many properties do have neighbours and during the course of a holiday, pool cleaners and gardeners may visit regularly. Although rural properties should enjoy relative quiet, please remember that there will always be noise of some sort, be it from tractors, delivery lorries, locals playing their radios, or simply increased traffic on local roads in the summer months. At fiesta time music and bells will play from church towers, and fireworks are the norm in village streets. We urge clients to discuss this aspect with our staff when considering suitable properties.

Property Damage Waiver (PDW)

The Property Damage Waiver will be added to your invoice at the rate of £4 per person. The PDW provides you with protection against accidental damage or loss to the property up to the value of £250 in total. It will not, however, cover any damage or loss which is caused negligently or deliberately or incidental breakages such as glasses, crockery etc which should be replaced locally. For any damage or loss that exceeds the £250 limit, the owner reserves the right to invoice you in respect of the excess amount which must be paid immediately. Alternatively, you authorise us on behalf of the owner to take payment for any damage or loss in excess of the £250 limit from the credit or debit card used to pay for the booking up to £600. If payment is made in this way, your liability to the owner will not, however, be limited to £600 and the owner has the right to pursue you for the full amount of the damage or

loss. If you do not want to pay the PDW, a security deposit of £500 (which may be higher for some properties) will be required which we will collect and hold on the owner’s behalf. This will be refunded (less deductions for any damage, loss or breakages) after your return from holiday. At some properties a refundable security deposit is mandatory. Where this is the case, no PDW is payable. Your liability for any damage or loss is not, however, limited to the amount of any security deposit and you must ensure that your travel insurance covers the risk of this occurring.

Property descriptions and photographs

The descriptions and photographs of properties appearing in our brochure and on our website are intended to indicate overall facilities and general standards and may not reflect any recent alterations/improvements made to the layout, décor, furnishings or equipment. If we are aware of a significant change to the information given, we will endeavour to advise you at the time of booking. Please also be aware that artistic techniques may have been employed to enhance some of the natural aspects/ elements in the photographic presentation and incidental accessories (eg candles, flowers etc) may not necessarily be part of the property inventory. Whilst every effort is made to describe and portray all properties accurately in our brochure and on our website, Vintage Travel will not be held liable in the unlikely event of an error or omission.

Rural life

Given the rural situation of many of our houses it is likely that owners or caretakers may visit their properties from time to time during your stay, to tend and water plants, crops and animals (some properties are part of or close to working farms). You may also be aware of unaccustomed noise such as dogs barking, cockerels crowing, sheep bleating and although sometimes offensive to our British sensibility, it is commonplace to see dogs tied up. As in Britain, farm smells from animals and crop manure are normal in the countryside, as are insects such as flies, mosquitoes, wasps, bees and ants. Rodents may also come in from the fields.

Swimming pools

Pools are generally open from April to October, although in some areas they are opened later. In Lanzarote, pools are open throughout the year. Most are not heated and may be cold, particularly in early and late season. However where a heated pool is available, this is considered an ‘additional service’. In any event, pool heating is payable as extra, must be pre-arranged and is normally only possible in low season months. We show the length and width of each pool in metres and we endeavour to be as accurate as possible with these. However, some measurements may be approximate, especially in the case of an unusual shaped pool. Most pools have shallow and deeper ends, although there are some which are the same depth throughout. Increases in depth are not always uniform and can be steep/sudden. Our staff can usually advise of approximate depths. Please remember that depth markings and any information provided about depths may not be accurate. It is your responsibility to check the depth of the pool (including any unexpected changes) before first use. If a pool is fenced off or enclosed by some other means this will be mentioned in the house description. However, we stress that this feature should not be relied upon and is not to be considered a substitute for parental supervision of children near pools. You are strongly advised not to swim after drinking or at night.

Swimming pools (heated)

Most swimming pools are not heated. However, where we do state ‘Heated Pool’ in the property description, this is considered an “additional service”. The cost of providing pool heating is usually payable as an extra and must be pre-arranged. Please note that in the vast majority of cases pool heaters are designed to increase the water temperature by approximately 3°C–6°C from the ambient water temperature at the time (up to a maximum of 26°C to 28°C). The water may therefore still feel cold even where heated. Pool heating is not normally available in July & August. If there is a pool cover it is recommended that this is deployed when the pool is not in use as this will help the pool water retain heat.

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Telephone

If a property has a telephone, this will be indicated in the description. Usage may be restricted to incoming calls or local calls only. Outgoing calls are payable locally where phones are metered. In other cases, billing is administered by us and charged to your credit card (at cost + £15 admin fee). If taking a mobile phone you should ensure that it is set up for use abroad.

Television and satellite television

Where we state TV in the property description, this will refer to television showing local channels. If we state DVD player you should take your own DVDs. Where we state Satellite TV there will usually be a selection of channels broadcast in the English language although we cannot guarantee which channels or the reception of any channels.

Travel advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes regularly updated travel information on its website www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice which you are recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure.

Travel insurance

It is essential that you have travel insurance, to protect you against cancellation charges in the event that you have to cancel, damage to the holiday property and medical expenses (including the cost of repatriation in the event of medical need) whilst on holiday. Our insurance cover is summarised on page 202 and on our website. If you do not purchase insurance from us, we will require you to provide us with details of alternative cover arranged, which must be to a similar or higher level. In addition, for holidays in the EU/EEA, all UK residents should carry the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which enables you to get free or reduced cost medical treatment if you fall ill or have an accident on holiday. Please ensure that your EHIC is in date. EHICs can be obtained or renewed at www.ehic.org.uk

Welcome packs

At most properties owners offer a complimentary pack of food and drink to provide a snack on arrival. In some properties we can offer an enhanced service whereby the owner or owner’s agent will do some minor shopping on your behalf. We will be happy to arrange this (with at least 2 weeks’ notice before your holiday); the cost of the items (plus any service charge) should be paid in local currency on arrival.

Wi-Fi and internet

If a property has Wi-Fi/an internet connection, this will be indicated in the description. Data limits may apply and reliability cannot be guaranteed. Please also see Additional services.

Your health

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of all recommended vaccinations and health precautions in good time before departure. Details are available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org. Information on health abroad is also available on www.nhs.uk/Livewell/ Travelhealth. Whilst we are not aware of any requirements for vaccinations in any of the countries in which the properties we feature are located, we urge you to check on the up to date position and any specific health concerns with your GP before booking a holiday.

ABTA

We are a member of ABTA. ABTA and ABTA members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint (see our booking conditions), contact ABTA at 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ or see www.abta.com


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Remember you are entering a binding contract and there is no right to vary or cancel other than as set out below. The following terms and conditions together with the information specified under ‘Your holiday’ and ‘How to book your holiday’ (pages 203–204 & 207) constitute the basis of your contract as varied or added to by the terms and conditions of the individual property owners and service providers as referred to below and/or advised at the time of booking. They also govern our relationship where we act as agent. Please read this information carefully. PLEASE NOTE Vintage Spain Ltd (“Vintage Travel”, “we”, “us” and “our” in these booking conditions) acts only as agent for the owners (“owner(s)”) of the properties (“property” or “properties”) and providers of the other services featured in our brochure or on our website (owners and other service providers together and individually referred to as “service provider(s)” in these booking conditions). Except for flights which we sell as ATOL holder, your contract will be with the relevant service provider(s) for your confirmed property/other services. Their terms will apply in addition to these booking conditions (copies available on request). Where there is any difference between these booking conditions and the relevant service provider’s terms, the service provider’s terms will vary these booking conditions. We do not sell or offer for sale any “packages” or act as an “organiser” within the meaning of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 and these Regulations do not apply to any booking you may make. As referred to in clause 5, your arrangements may constitute a Flight-Plus which will be protected by the ATOL scheme. The flights we arrange as part of a Flight-Plus will be sold by us as ATOL holder or as agent for another ATOL holder. The Flight-Plus itself will be protected by our ATOL. References to service providers in these booking conditions include the airline and any aircraft charterer, ATOL holder (other than Vintage Travel) or other intermediary and references to services includes flights where appropriate. In these booking conditions, “you” and “your” means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date) or any of them as the context requires. OUR/THE SERVICE PROVIDER(S) OBLIGATIONS TO YOU 1. Your holiday confirmation and contract

When your booking is verbally confirmed by us or a Holiday Confirmation is issued where you book online, a contract or contracts with the relevant service provider(s) and/or Vintage Travel (for any booking of a flight with us) comes into effect. Where you book through our website, any electronic acknowledgement of your booking is not a confirmation of it. Please carefully check your Holiday Confirmation as soon as you receive it and let us know immediately if any information appears to be incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes later. All contracts are governed by English law unless the service provider requires that your contract with them is governed by the law of the country where their property is located or service provided. In the event that you have any dispute with any service provider, you will generally be able to ask the Courts of England and Wales to deal with this (or Scotland or Northern Ireland if you are resident in either of these countries). If you have any dispute with Vintage Travel in respect of any booking of a flight with us or which concerns our actions as agent (and not the acts or omissions of the service provider or the property or other services themselves), we both agree this will be dealt with by the Courts of England and Wales only (unless dealt with by arbitration as set out below). 2. The holiday price

The prices shown in this brochure and on our website are believed correct at time of going to press/publication on our website. We/service providers reserve the right to amend prices during the year and to correct errors in brochure and website prices when we/service providers become aware of them. Once a contract comes into existence, the price will not change except as set out below. The price is payable in accordance with the booking procedures in our brochure and on our website.

Property prices will not change after confirmation. The price of other services may be subject to increase in accordance with the service provider’s terms. We will advise you as soon as possible if we are notified of any increase. 3. Alteration and cancellation by service providers

It is very unlikely that any changes to your property booking will be made however, circumstances may mean that your confirmed property cannot be provided for the booked holiday dates. In this case, the owner and we as agents will endeavour to offer the same property at a different time acceptable to you or an alternative property of a comparable standard. Where the owner is able to do so, you will usually have the choice of:

A. Accepting the alternative holiday dates or property with your paying or receiving a refund in respect of any price difference or B. Cancelling your booking and receiving a full and immediate refund of any monies paid to us by you for it.

The owner will provide a full refund if alternative holiday dates or a suitable alternative property acceptable to you cannot be offered.

If your property booking is cancelled in the above circumstances, you are not automatically entitled to cancel or alter (without paying any applicable cancellation or other charges) any other service booked in connection with the property. Other services may be altered or cancelled by the service provider in accordance with their applicable terms. Flights may be altered or cancelled by the airline or charterer, ATOL holder or other intermediary. We will notify you as soon as we become aware of any material alteration or cancellation. The cancellation or alteration of any services booked in connection with your property does not entitle you to cancel or alter your property booking without paying any applicable cancellation or other charges. We are not liable for any expenses or losses which you incur as a result of any cancellation or alteration of any booking by your service provider and you will need to pursue these with the service provider concerned. 4. Responsibility for your booking

a) As set out above, except for flight bookings made with us as ATOL holder, we act only as agent and your contract is with the relevant service provider(s) of your confirmed property/ other services. Accordingly, we are not liable for the act(s) or default(s) of service providers or for the performance or non performance of their contractual obligations. We do not sell or offer for sale any “packages” or act as an “organiser” within the meaning of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 and these Regulations do not apply to any booking you may make. b) As agent, our responsibilities are limited to making your booking in accordance with your instructions. In the event of our failing to do so or your otherwise proving liability on our part (on whatever basis), our maximum liability is limited to twice the commission we are entitled to in relation to the services concerned in the event of your suffering loss or damage as a result (other than personal injury – see below) c) We sell flights as ATOL holder and as agent for another ATOL holder. Where we sell your flight as ATOL holder, you will have a direct contract with us. Our only obligations under that contract (other than those set out in these booking conditions) are to make your flight booking with your confirmed airline (or such other airline as may be substituted) and provide you with a ticket for travel or other equivalent means of accessing your booked flight where no paper ticket is issued. The airline’s conditions of carriage will also apply. Where we sell your flight as agent for another ATOL holder, you will have a contract for the flight with that other ATOL holder whose details will be provided at the time of booking. Their terms and conditions, in addition to the airline’s conditions of carriage, will apply to your booking. d) Regardless of whether we sell your flight as ATOL holder or agent for another ATOL holder, in the event that we are found liable in relation to the flight itself or for the airline’s acts or omissions in any respect or on any basis whatsoever, our liability (including the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you, the types of claim and the circumstances in which compensation will be payable) will be limited as if we were the carrier in question in accordance with applicable international convention(s) or regulation(s)

(for example, the Warsaw Convention as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air). We are also entitled to rely on all defences, exceptions, exclusions, time-bar and other provisions relating to liability as are available to the airline. The airline is also entitled to limit its liability on the same basis.

e) Neither we nor any service provider will be liable where the performance or prompt performance of any obligation(s) is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any expense, loss or damage of any description as a result of any event which we or the service provider concerned, as applicable, could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events are likely to include (whether actual or threatened) terrorist activity, industrial dispute, civil unrest, natural or nuclear disaster, war, adverse weather conditions, fire, flood, closure, restriction or disruption of airspace or any airport, port or other transport hub and all similar events and circumstances. f) If you suffer death, bodily injury or illness, we can only accept responsibility where caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of our employees whilst acting within the course of their employment.

g) Entirely without prejudice to the remainder of these booking conditions, in the event of our being found liable in respect of any contracted services on any basis, we are entitled to rely on all available limitations and exclusions of liability including, but not limited to those set out in Regulation 15 of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. We are further entitled to rely on all limitations and exclusions of and defences to liability available to sea or rail carriers under international convention and/or EU Regulation (including the Athens Convention relating to the carriage of passengers and their luggage by sea 1974 (as amended by the 2002 protocol), EC Regulation 392/2009 and COTIF, (the Convention on International Travel by Rail) as if we were the carrier where ferry or Eurotunnel services are concerned on the same basis as if the service concerned was a flight (see clause 4(g)). h) Where you book ferry crossings, Eurotunnel or car hire through us, the terms and conditions of the companies providing / operating the same will apply to your contract. These conditions may contain terms which affect your right to bring a claim or to compensation. You should ask us for a copy of the relevant conditions from our offices or these are otherwise available on the websites of the companies concerned. We regret we cannot provide any assistance in the event of any flight delay. i) In our capacity as agent, we will do our reasonable best to assist you with any problems which arise with your property or other services booked through us. 5. Financial protection for Flight-Plus bookings

If your booking includes any flight(s) which we have agreed to arrange for you, it will be protected by the ATOL scheme as set out below. If you book a flight with us and on the same day, the day before or day after, you also book your property and/or car hire with us, a Flight-Plus will be created of which we will be the arranger. Your Flight-Plus includes, as applicable, the flight(s), accommodation, car hire and any other tourist services (providing these form a significant part of the arrangements) which are booked through us within this period of time. Your Flight-Plus will be financially protected by our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL No. 2787) and by the ATOL scheme as set out below. When you buy an ATOL protected flight or Flight-Plus from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL

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holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit, you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent or your credit card issuer where applicable. You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. *The flights and Flight-Plus bookings we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. YOUR COMMITMENT 6. Booking

When booking, you accept these conditions whether or not you have signed a booking form. 7. Deposit

On booking you must pay a deposit of £75 per person (based on the full capacity of the property) or 30% of the total property rental, whichever is the greater, unless booking on or after the balance due date (usually 10 weeks before the rental start date but as advised at the time of booking and shown on your Holiday Confirmation) in which case you must pay the full cost of the property rental at the time of booking. You must in addition pay the applicable deposit for any other services booked unless you book them on or after balance due date or full payment is required at the time of booking, in which case full payment must be made at the time of booking.

11. Problems during your holiday

If there are any problems with your property or any other services booked through us during your holiday then you must follow this procedure:

a) Tell our local representative or agent and the property owner/manager or other service provider as soon as possible and ensure that our representative/agent has a written note of the problem. b) If you cannot contact our local representative/agent within a reasonable time, or if the response of that person or the relevant service provider is not satisfactory, then telephone our UK office and we will endeavour to assist in our position as agent.

c) Allow sufficient time for the representative/agent and service provider to deal with the problem and bear in mind that this can take longer in some foreign countries. Unfortunately some problems such as those arising from the climate (water shortage, storm damage etc) are beyond the control of service providers/ourselves. Whilst we cannot be liable for these problems, we will do our best to help. The requirements of the above procedure have legal force. If you do not follow the above procedure then we/the service providers will rely on that failure where any subsequent complaint is made or claim brought against us and/or any service provider. Wherever possible notify complaints or claims to us within 28 days of your return from holiday. An investigation whilst the facts are fresh may help us to achieve an early resolution. 12. Conduct and behaviour

Balance due date(s) are shown on your Holiday Confirmation. No reminders will be sent. You must pay the final balance of all services booked by the balance due date(s). If you fail to do so, you will be in breach of your contract and the service providers concerned (or Vintage Travel in respect of any flight booking made with us as ATOL holder) can cancel your booking. You will remain liable for the full amount of the property rental unless the relevant rental period can be resold or the owner otherwise agrees. In the event of resale, you will receive an appropriate refund in respect of the amount you have paid us taking account of the monies received on any such resale and our reasonable administrative costs. In any event you will forfeit your deposit. For other services, the service provider’s applicable cancellation charges will apply.

It is your responsibility to take good care of the property and its grounds and avoid causing nuisance to others. If your conduct affects our relations with any of our service providers, we will hold you liable for any costs or losses resulting from your actions. Where any damage or loss is caused to the property or its contents during your stay, you agree to our taking payment on the owner’s behalf for such damage or loss directly from your credit or debit card up to a value of £600 where the owner requests us to do so. This agreement to our debiting your card does not limit your liability for damage or loss to this amount and owners reserve the right to claim the full value of the damage or loss from you. Service providers reserve the right, at their reasonable discretion, to terminate your access to the property or other services immediately if, in their opinion, your actions cause or are likely to cause damage to any property or danger or distress to any third party. Should this happen then no refunds will be payable for any unused part/s of the service/s booked through us. Furthermore we and service providers will not be liable for any additional costs incurred by you due to any such action. On leaving the property after your stay the property must be left clean and tidy, with dishes washed and put away/ dishwasher emptied and all rubbish cleared. If the property is left in a dirty state you will be invoiced for extra cleaning at the rate of £20 per hour.

9. Payment for flights provided by another ATOL holder

13. Arbitration

8. The balance

All monies paid to us for flights which we sell as agent for another ATOL holder will be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust subject to our obligation to pay such monies to the relevant ATOL holder in accordance with our trading terms unless the ATOL holder fails. In this situation, all monies then held by us or subsequently paid by you to us for any such flights will be held by us on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation on our part to pay such monies to the ATOL holder. All such monies will be subject to the deduction of our commission before payment to the ATOL holder or Air Travel Trust. 10. Cancellation or alteration by you

Your cancellation or alteration request must be made in writing and will only be effective when received by us. If you cancel your property booking, you will remain liable in exactly the same manner as if you were to fail to pay the balance as set out above. It is imperative that you take out appropriate insurance cover to protect you against this liability. For other services, the service provider’s applicable cancellation charges will apply. 100% cancellation charges from the time of booking apply to flights with low cost carriers. Any alteration request is subject to availability, the service provider’s applicable charges and our reasonable administration costs.

If any dispute arises between you and Vintage Travel relating to our obligations as set out in these booking conditions (as opposed to the obligations of any service provider) which we cannot resolve with you, you may refer the matter to a court of law or we can attempt to settle the dispute under the ABTA arbitration scheme which though devised by arrangement with ABTA, is administered quite independently. The scheme (details on request or from the ABTA website www.abta.com) provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount of greater than £5,000 per person or £25,000 per booking nor to claims which are solely or mainly in respect of physical injury or illness or the consequences of such injury or illness. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your application for arbitration and other required documents must be received by ABTA within 18 months of your return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the scheme may still be available if we agree, although the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA mediation procedure and we have the option to agree to this.Unless the service provider is also a member of ABTA, only disputes relating to our actions as agent or concerning any booking of a flight made with us can be dealt with by the arbitration scheme or mediation procedure and not complaints about the property or other services themselves or the acts/omissions of the service provider.

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OTHER CONDITIONS 14. Airlines and Flights

In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community list” which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the European Union. The Community list is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_en.htm. We are required to advise you of the carrier(s) (or, if the carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. Any change in the identity of the carrier, flight timings, and/or aircraft type (where advised) will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying the applicable charges except as set out below. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we/the carrier/ other ATOL holder with whom you have a contract are unable to offer you a suitable alternative, you will receive a full refund of the money you have paid us for the flight(s) concerned. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm the flight timings which will be used in connection with your flight. The flight timings shown in our brochure, on our website and/or detailed on your Holiday Confirmation are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. Flight timings are outside our control. They are set by airlines and are subject to various factors including air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions, potential technical problems and the ability of passengers to check in on time. Specific instructions relating to departure and travel arrangements will be sent with your air or other travel tickets approximately 2 weeks before departure. You must accordingly check your tickets very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure you have the correct flight times. It is possible that flight times may be changed even after tickets have been despatched – we will contact you as soon as possible if this occurs. 15. Travel Advice

You should check up-to-date travel advice available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before booking/departure by visiting their website www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice 16. Data Protection

The following is a summary of our full data protection policy which appears on our website. Please read the full version before you provide us with any personal information such as your name, address, contact details and any special needs/dietary requirements etc (“data”). References to data include any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. In order to process your booking, we need to use the data you provide us with. We take appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your data against unauthorised or unlawful processing and accidental loss, destruction or damage. We must pass the data on to the relevant owner and other service provider(s). The data may also be provided to security or credit checking companies, public authorities such as customs/ immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Where your holiday is outside the European Economic Area (EEA), controls on data protection in your destination may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will not, however, transfer data to any country outside the EEA other than those approved by the EU unless the conditions set out in our full data protection policy have been satisfied. If we cannot pass your data to the relevant persons (as above), whether in the EEA or not, we cannot accept your booking. In making this booking, you consent to your data being passed on to the relevant persons. You are generally entitled to a copy of your data which we hold. If you would like to see this, please contact us. We may make a small charge for providing this to you. We will hold your information, where collected by us, and may use it to inform you of offers in the future or to send you our brochure or other marketing material. If you do not wish to receive information from us in the future, please notify us by email, holidays@vintagetravel.co.uk or by telephone, 01954 261431.


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The next step

1. Check availability of your chosen property by visiting our website www.vintagetravel.co.uk or alternatively telephone 01954 261 431 and speak with a member of our reservations team, who will be pleased to offer help with all other details of your holiday arrangements including: • Flights and ferries • Car hire • Insurance At this stage, subject to availability, we will be happy to confirm your booking with the property owner/other service provider or if required we can hold the property on an option for up to 48 hours. Please read the Booking Conditions which can be found on pages 205–206, on our website and accompanying your invoice. 2. To confirm your booking you will be required to pay a deposit of £75 per person based on full house capacity or 30% of the total, whichever is the greater (minimum £250). We can be flexible where small groups are occupying a large house. This payment can be made over the telephone and taken on a credit/debit card. Full payment is required to confirm a booking where your holiday departure date is within ten weeks. 3. An invoice confirming all details will be sent to you. This will include holiday insurance premiums, Property Damage Waiver and costs of travel/car hire, as appropriate.

4. Any remaining balance after the deposit has been paid is split into two equal payments, the first being due three months after the booking is confirmed and the final balance payable ten weeks prior to departure. Please note that credit card payments are subject to an additional fee of 1½ % for Mastercard or Visa, 2% for Amex.

5. Ensure all information given to us is correct, as any changes at a later date will be subject to amendment fees.

How to contact us

You can reach us at the address below and we look forward to hearing from you. Vintage Travel Milkmaid House Rampton End Willingham Cambridge CB24 5JB

Tel: 01954 261 431 International: 0044 1954 261 431 Fax (UK): 01954 260819

e-mail: holidays@vintagetravel.co.uk

Office hours: Monday-Friday 9.00–5.30pm Saturday 9.30–1.00pm Our office is closed on Bank holidays

Answer phone at other times. For training purposes, from time to time calls may be monitored and recorded.

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When you purchase your flights through Vintage Travel your flights will be ‘Flight Plus’ Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2787. We are also members of ABTA, The Travel Association, with whom we have also lodged a bond to protect clients who do not book flight arrangements through us. Vintage Travel is a Member of ABTA. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct.

For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EG or visit www.abta.com

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Experience more In addition to the houses featured in this brochure, our property collection extends to other unspoilt corners of Europe, including France, Italy, Croatia and Greece.

France, Italy & Croatia Glistening bays, verdant valleys and the heady scent of a lavender field; succulent seafood, shimmering olive groves and the charm of a timeless hilltop village: a journey to these diverse regions will delight the senses and captivate the soul. Brittany – an enchanting landscape steeped in legend, dotted with charming villages and vibrant towns, and encircled by a spectacular coastline; equally captivating is the distinctive Breton culture and identity, forged by their Celtic heritage and seafaring past.

South-west France – bounded by the imposing peaks of the Pyrenees to the south and the Atlantic coastline to the west, the variety of landscapes is impressive: lush river valleys, an abundance of fruit orchards and vineyards, higgledy-piggledy villages and medieval bastides.

Provence and the Côte d’Azur – a land of light, warmth and picturesque beauty; olive groves and vineyards slope up to statuesque mountains and down to deep river canyons, ochre coloured cliffs give way to purple lavender fields, and pretty stone hamlets perch high above the azure Mediterranean. Italy – capturing the hearts of many throughout the ages,Tuscany, Umbria, Le Marche and Lazio remain as timeless and as captivating as ever; a wealth of history, art, culture and beauty.

Croatia – that rarest of destinations; a natural, unexploited landscape, crystal clear waters, history, culture and warm, welcoming people.

Order your France, Italy and Croatia brochure now. Call

01954 261 431

We add new properties in all our destinations throughout the year. View our latest villas on our website at:

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Our Greek destinations Imposing mountains, a wealth of spectacular beaches and countless pretty, charming villages. Its unique history is fascinating to discover and the friendly people pride themselves on their hospitality giving a warm welcome to all who visit. Paxos – villages and hamlets are hidden away amongst the thousands of olive trees that cover Paxos, so small it is easy to discover the island on foot in a day, following ancient footpaths and goat tracks! Splendid coves, cliffs and caves abound and Anti-Paxos a neighbouring islet has a fabulous sandy beach, a must see for all those who succumb to the simple island charms of beautiful Paxos. Corfu – in this most northerly of the Ionian Islands sandy, gently shelving beaches are in abundance with more than thirty holding coveted Blue Flag status. It is a joy to hire a boat and explore the many coves and hidden corners where tiny hamlets maintain a simple way of life amid a myriad of olive groves. Kefalonia – truly offering something for everyone, the largest Ionian island has family friendly sandy beaches at Skala and Katelios in the South, cosmopolitan Argostoli near the centre and picturesque Fiscardo with its hidden coves in the North. Crystal clear waters, tiny villages and unforgettable views make captivating Kefalonia a joy to discover.

Crete – with a sunshine record of over 300 days a year, Crete has a backdrop of tall imposing mountains, a wealth of spectacular beaches and countless pretty, charming villages. Its unique history is fascinating to discover and the friendly Cretan people pride themselves on their hospitality, giving a warm welcome to all who visit.

Skopelos – a walker’s paradise, this tranquil island has a wealth of foot trails meandering through orchards and olive groves as well as over 120 individual churches and monasteries to explore. Quayside tavernas, coffee bars and a maze of cobbled streets make the timeless harbour capital a delight, while around the coastline white sandy beaches like Limonari or Kastana’s fine pebbles boast idyllic settings. Peloponnese – dramatically steeped in history, the Peloponnese offers a huge diversity of culture, nature, and tradition. It is spectacularly scenic and full of ancient sites, pristine beaches, mountain ranges and wild untamed landscapes. Sleepy villages and harbour towns dot the whole peninsula from rugged, enchanting Mani in the East to lush verdant Messinia in the west where sandy Voidhokilia beach is an absolute delight.

Rhodes – known as the Island of the Sun, thanks to being the birthplace of the sun God Apollo, endless days of sunshine are guaranteed. Down in the south of the island, the pace of life is slow and measured, with wide beaches and pretty whitewashed villages. Lindos is a labyrinth of tiny cobbled streets, and Rhodes Town, in the north, a medieval masterpiece with centuries of history.

Order your Greece brochure now. Call

01954 261 431

Our team regularly visit our destinations and have first hand knowledge of our properties. For helpful advice on your holiday call:

01954 261 431

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Experiences closer to home

New experiences for

2014

We are delighted to introduce our programme of cottages in Great Britain – initially with an offering in Devon and Cornwall.

Devon and Cornwall

We have hand-picked a selection of holiday cottages in Devon and Cornwall; from cosy coastal cottages to large country houses, you’re sure to find just the right place for a happy holiday – many are dog friendly too. A holiday in Cornwall is wonderful for ‘getting away from it all’. It’s a place of exquisite natural beauty with 296 miles of stunning coastline, golden beaches and dramatic moorland and a wealth of fascinating local history. And for those with a spirit of adventure, Cornwall is perfect for all sorts of exciting outdoor activities.

Devon is a beautiful place to take a break – whether you dream of stretching out on a gorgeous, sandy beach, getting active in the great outdoors, discovering some of the South West's history or exploring picturesque villages and bustling towns.

Whether you opt for a beach holiday for fresh sea air and relaxation, to explore the dramatic headlands and secret coves, to enjoy some exciting water sports, or immerse yourself in the area’s welcoming attractions and rich, unspoilt landscapes – whatever holiday experience you wish for we have a superb range of cottages to choose from.

We add new properties in all our destinations throughout the year. View our latest villas on our website at:

www.vintagetravel.co.uk

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Two easy ways to book your holiday Book online at www.vintagetravel.co.uk • Use our search facility to find the perfect property • View additional photographs • New properties added throughout the year • Read client comments and discover great things to do nearby • View our ‘live’ availability • Book online 24/7

Or call our dedicated team 01954 261 431 • No automated telephone system! • Speak to one of our specialist team • Our team regularly visit our destinations and have first hand knowledge of our properties • Helpful advice

Office hours: Monday-Friday 9.00–5.30pm Saturday 9.30–1.00pm Our office is closed on Bank holidays

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