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Stunning villa with pool , 10min to Alhambra, 25min ski resort, 45 beach

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,960 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Self catering villa rental with pool ideal for both Granada and Sierra Nevada

Cortijo la Mata, owned and run by Johnny & Angie Thirkell and managed by Laura , is a traditional Andalusian farmhouse constructed in the year 1911 converted into a holiday villa with breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, gated swimming pool, digital TV .

Prohibidas fiestas y despedidas de soltero.

For those who are looking for a complete escape to the Andalusian countryside yet want to take advantage of all that the city of Granada has to offer plus take in the ski slopes of Spain's highest mountain range the location is perfect. Situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the villa is located just outside the old village of Monachil in an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by olive, almond and cherry trees.

Total land area of 1,500m2 which includes the villa (275m2 distributed over three floors), beautiful mature gardens of over 100m2, several patios and terraces totalling around 300m2, parking area of 100m2 (for 4 cars) and private mountainside of 800m2. The large pool is fully enclosed and there are 9 sun loungers to relax on while the kids splash in their own.

Ideal for a large family (with grandparents) or two families taking a holiday together in 6 bedrooms. Set amongst mature gardens with beautiful shrubs and trees the barbecue area with fabulous views of the countryside is big enough for family celebrations & gatherings. There are quiet corners for relaxation, so everyone can relax and enjoy their well earned family holiday.

The villa is ideally located within a couple of minute walk of the local shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, banks, a post office, pharmacy, DIY shop, tobacco shop, bike rental and bus stop. Cortijo la Mata is registered with the Andalusian Tourist Board VTAR/GR/00194.

Location :

- 10 minutes (8km) to Alhambra Palace

- 15 minutes to the city of Granada

- 20 minutes walking to Granada`s top climbing area-Los Cahorros

- 30 minutes to Sierra Nevada ski resort ( there is a separate road from the village to the resort )

- 30 minutes to Granada's Federico Garcia Lorca airport.

- 45 minutes to beach resorts such as Salobreña and Almuñecar

Facilities :

- 6 Bedrooms including suite on top floor plus sofa bed and baby cots

- 3 Living areas each one with Spanish digital TV ( each living area has a chimney, open fire or woodstove )

- 3 independent kitchens

- 2 dining rooms and 2 bathrooms

- 3 Large patios furnished with rattan furniture, dining tables and chairs for 12 guests

- Barbecues ( one brick built and one metalic )

- 8 pool side sun loungers

- Private parking lot for 4 cars

- Around 800m2 of private mountainside in which to roam

- Air conditioning in top floor bedroom

Child friendly :

- Security gated pool, ideal for families with young children

- 2 travel cots and 1 wooden cot

- 2 standard high chairs

- Microwave

- Plastic plates and cups

- Children toys and books

- 1 bike, 1 baby walker and 1 large playpen


- Check-in time is 16:00 and check-out 10:00.

- Swimming pool open according to season (open mid May thru end of September inclusive - weather permitting). Dimensions 7m length x 3.5m width and 1.2m (shallow end) to 2.0m (deep end) depth.

- Maximum capacity is 14 guests.

- A fully returnable breakage deposit of 300€ is payable together with the balance. This is returned provided the house is found to be clean and in order on departure day.

- No pets permitted.

- All bedlinen and towels are supplied and included in the price at no additional cost. For longer stays bedlinen and towels are changed on request. Please note that towels for the pool are NOT supplied.

- Cleaning materials and associated equipment are provided in the villa for your use during your stay.

- Change over day during summer months is Saturday. We can be flexible at other times so please ask.

- Late availability discounts - unlet dates within 7 days are discounted by 15%

- Long stay discount - 5% discount will be applied to full weeks after the first week

More Details

Laura Castro
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2017

About Laura Castro

My name is Johnny Thirkell and together with my wife Angie we own Cortijo la Mata farmhouse in Granada. We live in the UK but manage the villa together with our fantastic local housekeeper Laura, who is always available to assist guests.

Laura Castro purchased this villa in 2002

Why Laura Castro chose Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

We were looking for somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the coast but with easy access to the beach if we fancy a day there. Somewhere where we could relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery that Andalusia has to offer along with the cultural and historical delights of Granada. Ooh, and there's skiing 20 minutes away too!

What makes this villa unique

This is a unique property. Travellers will be hard pushed to find such a traditional yet updated villa so close to Granada city whilst surrounded by the Andalusian countryside.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you Sari and Scott for a warm welcome to Cortijolamata. The cottages are home from home. We have had a wonderful 5 days, enjoyed visits to Alhambra Palace, city tour of Granada on the open-top bus, sun and sea at Salobreña and relaxing by the pool taking in the stunning views.
Aug 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Monachil in Vega de Granada

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , This shower is only used in summer months
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , air conditioning
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , air conditioning
  • The Attic suite (bedroom 1) offers the following additional facilities: * private sitting room with TV and wood burner * open plan kitchen dining room with gas hob/electric oven and fridge freezer * air conditioned king size bedroom (200cm X 160cm) * baby cot * sofa bed for occasional use * private terrace with access to boiler room/ extra bathroom (wc and shower room) Bedroom two has its own private balcony with table and chairs
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 16 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
Private chef and housekeeper available at extra cost


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Stunning villa with pool , 10min to Alhambra, 25min ski resort, 45 beach
average rating of 4.625 based on 13 reviews

An amazing beautiful villa, stunning views and close to some fabulous walking.

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 12 adults, there was enough room in the villa to accommodate us all comfortably. There was the lovely swimming pool, a local town with buses to Granada every hour and a gorge nearby for those who liked walking. All in all a fabulous holiday was had by all.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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the mountains

  • 4 of 5

10 of us - 3 families - stayed at Cortijo la Mata. It was perfect. Lots of space inside and outside, walking distance to great hiking (Las Cohorres, the mountains), short driving distance to Granada and only 45 minutes to the Mediterranean beaches. As another reviewer said, getting to the house is up a long winding narrow dirt road - get there the first time during the day! Monachil is a cute town with everything you need. At the house it as if you are in the jungle and the desert at the same time ... tons of birds and green, and at the same time, it's very dry. The pool is great for a nice dip when it gets hot. We were made to feel very much at home. Definitely have Jose come and cook for you - the most delicious paella and bbq for us. We had a great time!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Weeks

  • 5 of 5

Great Stay! Plenty of room for all.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike, I am so happy you enjoyed your stay.
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Early November in Monachil, Sierra Nevada

  • 4 of 5

Having found the villa on Owners Direct it looked the perfect place to celebrate a big anniversary with family and friends. The owners have been very helpful and made it a trouble-free stay in late October/early November sunshine.

The track to the property is not for the faint-hearted, but the villa itself is very attractive, well-appointed and maintained. The housekeeper, Laura, is marvellous and able to both sort out where the various people would be sleeping, and to rustle up the best celebration dinner of paella imaginable.

Everyone enjoyed the range of activity around the property and the area, from river walks to pavement cafes to drives into the Sierra.

Why not 5 stars? Just that by that time of the year, the sun avoids the pool and makes the pool redundant, really. However, that's a small price to pay for the quiet, the relaxed surroundings, friendly people and stunning scenery.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent - delightful and spacious retreat

  • 5 of 5

Photos on website don't do this villa justice, far exceeding our expectations - It's beautifully appointed, with spacious accommodation, the grounds and adjacent walks perfect for relaxed holidaying. Spotlessly clean throughout, the 6 bedrooms and loads of extra entertaining spaces, with well equipped kitchen were a delight to stay in. Special thanks to the delightful Laura for looking after our needs and ensuring everything was just perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you and your family had such a nice stay and found the house and surrounding area to your taste. As I have said in other responses Laura goes to a huge effort to maintain both the house and attend to guests, both to a very high standard. Thank you for your kind words Donna!
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Rural retreat with easy access to town

  • 5 of 5

It was just perfect. A real home away from home only with comfier sofas and a pool. Everything had a lovely feel to it. Everything you could need is there. The village at the bottom of the hill is pretty and has all the basics. There is a supermarket within easy access and a petrol station before you get on the Granada ring road. Easy access to the Al Hambra palace. The town is beautiful. Loads of delicious places to eat too.

The really rather lovely housekeeper got shopping in ready for our arrival and prepared a buffet dinner for ten. She also cooks set menu meals. Have to say the quality and convenience were second to none.

Strongly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your fantastic review, I am so happy you and your family had a nice holiday. My local manager Laura goes out her way to provide a good service, we are lucky to have her, and she'll be delighted by your comments.
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Granada Airport
Nearest Barpub
1200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Ronda Sur de Granada
Nearest Restaurant
1200 Metres
Nearest Ski
28 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Playa Granada or Salobreña
Car: recommended

Cortijo la Mata is a traditional Andalusian farmhouse constructed in the year 1911 situated only minutes walking distance from the village of Monachil and 10 minutes by car from the Alhambra Palace. Located in an area of great beauty bordering the Sierra Nevada Natural Park the well known Cahorros rock climbing area is only a short distance away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Monachil, Andalusia

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
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21 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Precio por noche
23 Jul 2018 - 23 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
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28 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Precio por noche
25 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £269.27

Electricity is charged according to meter. The meter is read on arrival and again on departure and the amount due calculated. This is then deducted from the security deposit prior to being returned. We endeavour to return the damage deposit within 7 days of departure from the villa.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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