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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.

MENORCA

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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

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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

9

16

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23

30

6 850

July

June

13

20 1195

27

4 1295

11

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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12

19 950

26

3

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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

March

29

april

5

12 N/A

19

May

26

3

10

17

Saturday changeover

24 31 595

7

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June

14

21

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12 795

august

19

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16

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September

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13

20

27

4 595

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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

24

31

7 695 795

July

June

14

21

28 795 895

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12

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19

26

895

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9

16

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23

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13

20

27

4

695 795

895

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18

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

17

Saturday changeover

24 795

31

7 950

July

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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19

26 995

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9

16

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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

March

29

april

5

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May

19

26

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31

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June

14

21

28 895 1095

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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

March

28

april

4

11

18

May

25 N/A

2

9

16

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4 1295

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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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18

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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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25

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9 595

16

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30

6 695

July

June

13

20

27 895

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11

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25

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12 650

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10 595

17

24

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

august

26

2

9 1650

16

OUTSIDE: • Gardens with lawn and flower beds • Children’s play area • Open and covered terraces • In-built barbecue • Private parking • Paddle court (paddle racquets are provided) • Basketball net • Private swimming pool (10m x 6m) with Roman steps Prices shown are in £ sterling October

September

23

30 995

6

13 850

20

27

4

11 695

18

25

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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

24


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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

24


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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

Prices shown are in £ sterling October

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

July

June

31

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28

5 1295

12

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26

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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

april

4

11

May

18

Up to 4 guests

25 N/A

2

9

16

23

Friday changeover

30

6

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June

13 695

20

27

4 795

11

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18

25

1 1295

8

15

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September

22

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12 695

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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

april

5

12

May

19

26

3 10 N/A

17

24

GROUND FLOOR: • Entrance hall • Kitchen with doors to wood decked terrace (dishwasher, oven, microwave) • Laundry room (washing machine) • Bathroom (half bath) Saturday changeover

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

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13 1050

20 895

27 795

4 695

11

18 N/A

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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

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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