|Space||1,184 sq. ft.|
This simple farm cottage has a small plunge pool, perfect for cooling off in the hot summer months. The cottage has one double-bedded room, and one room with twin beds, each one has a bathroom en suite, perfect for families. There is an additional sofa-bed in the living rooms if required. There is no TV but an i-pod dock is provided so that you may listen to your favourite music.
If you are taking the cottage for a week, we include a welcome back which holds ingredients for a simple evening meal, and breakfast the first morning. We also include a bottle of wine, fruit juice, milk and beer.
Guests can pick their own organic vegetables at certain times of year (variety depends on seasons)
In the summer months it's possible to book dinner at the main house, subject to availability. (Sometimes the house is booked by private groups and we are unable to offer dinner).
Jeannie (from Scotland) and Sam (from London) came to the Sierra de Aracena in 1983. We built our home and B&B and moved into the main house in 1986. Later we restored the two cottages which are down in the orchards. Finca Buenvino estate covers around 120 acres of countryside; mainly forests of cork oak and chestnuts, and we raise and kill our own Iberian pigs and cure our own hams. Jeannie runs cookery classes at the main house for resident B&B guests, and we have the two cottages for clients who prefer self-catering.
Our two sons Jago and Charlie live on the property and we have a daughter in London.
Charlie Chesterton purchased this cottage in 1983
Staying at Finca Buenvino, you will have a rare opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the deep Andalusian countryside; far from the madding crowd and the fleshpots of the coastal areas, in the green heart of the south west. Small whitewashed villages, each with a distinct character, are strung out like pearls on a necklace; along a network of mule trails which offer great walking and a glimpse of Spain as she was.
Great olive oil, good wine, and excellent meat, fish and vegetables are the ingredients of the honest fare of this region. And some of the most famous Jamón Ibérico de Bellota comes from Jabugo, just down the road.
Each cottage has a small plunge pool, and a shady terrace. A barbecue is provided.
Although you will be staying in the heart of the countryside, a mere 8 Kms away is the market town of Aracena with its early Gothic church, and spectacularly beautiful cave system, Las Grutas de las Maravillas.
In town, you will find plenty of shops, from butchers, bakers, and fishmongers, to supermarkets, and there is a wide choice of restaurants, and bars should you wish to enjoy a night out.
Los Marines, 1.5Kms away, is our local village, and our favourite place to go. Our children all went to junior school here, and a few years ago the town hall adopted us officially as children of Los Marines. Here you will find several bars, some of which serve excellent home cooked meals. Los Marines is accessible by mule trail from the farm, and it takes about 30 minutes to walk over there from the cottages.
A little further west (2Kms) is Fuenteheridos, a lively larger village with several bars and restaurants.
All through the summer months there are fiestas or romerias in one village or another. The Andalusians are welcoming, and enjoy sharing their festivals and customs with visitors from abroad.
Sam and Jeannie have lived here for 30 years now, and can advise you on places to visit and sights to see.
We can inform you about local festivities which mainly take place weekends, from May to September.
Don't miss the spectacular pilgrimage to the Peña de Alájar, when pilgrims from 12 villages converge upon the small chapel where they venerate the image of La Reina de Los Angeles (Mary, Queen of the Angels).
The pilgrimage is held every year on the 8th of September. Arriving on horseback, dressed in flamenco finery, pilgrims enjoy themselves after mass, with much eating and drinking. Each village has its own cordoned-off area where people can sit and enjoy the food and drink they have brought with them to share with friends and visitors alike.
The views are spectacular, and it is a fine sight to see so many people having fun before returning to the places they have come from; walking slowly, in the wake of the bullock carts adorned with flowers and the banners of La Reina de los Angeles.
On the 6th of September, in the village of Galaroza, the young and old of the town congregate to throw water at each other. Turn up around 12 o'clock with a plastic bucket, and join in the fun!
In June, the men of Los Marines go out into the countryside and cut down a tall poplar tree. This is carried into the village on their shoulders, and then erected in the village square, with much huffing and puffing as men haul on ropes.
In November in Aracena, the children spear dry chestnut leaves onto long stakes, and then on 6th December these are ignited from large bonfires in the village streets. The flaming poles are whirled round and around in the dark night.
In August, at Cortelazor, on the last night of the village fiesta a man runs through the streets with rockets firing off in all directions. He is known as the Toro de Fuego and sports a pair of bull horns.
There's always something to do and something to see. The Spanish know how to party!
Lying at the heart of the Sierra de Aracena nature park, our farm is not far from the famous Aracena Caves. This is the home of Jamon Iberico, Spain's luxury food, and Jabugo, centre of production, is only 8 Kms away. Wild mushrooms are to be found in the forest in autumn and we grow our own organic vegetables in the orchards here.
A network of walking trails links the attractive small white villages. If you long for peace and silence, this is the place for you.
Spring is coloured by carpets of wild flowers, and the woods are full of birdsong. Summers are hot, but each cottage has its own small pool.
Seville is only 75 minutes away, and Mérida, with the National Museum of Roman Art is 105 minutes north of here.
There is a 9th century mosque to be visited in the Village of Almonaster la Real, around 30 minutes by car. It's possible to organise kayaking on the Aracena reservoir.