|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Delightful rural house set in a magnificent umbrella pine wood by the historic village of Hinojos on the edge of the Donana National Park. 35 mins from the vibrant flamenco city of Seville and miles of golden sandy beaches. This perfect rural get-away-from-it-all retreat house is ideal for relaxing, swimming in the child friendly pool, sunbathing and enjoying a barbecue with friends. The peaceful house has air-conditioning, fans, 4 double bedrooms (1 en-suite) and a double sofa bed, fully-fitted kitchen, large lounge with open log fire and ample off-road parking. The private and secure 1000m2 garden is complete with orange and lemon trees, children’s play area & sand pit. There are bars and restaurants within a 15 minute walk and the centre of the village and supermarkets are a 5 min drive. The area is central to all the major birding sites in the Donana region and the rare Spanish Imperial Eagle has been regularly seen close to the house. This is a fabulous get-away-from it house which is very well located to many wonderful locations.
Ali and I bought this house for a number of reasons. The primary reason for buying the property was for us to be able to enjoy family holidays with our three children, especially while they are young. Another key reason was partly selfish because I love bird watching and coming here with my brother who is also an avid birdwatcher. Finally of course we saw it as an opportunity to rent this property out to other people who may also enjoy it for these and other reasons.
Reuben Gates purchased this house in 2003
Because it is so well located to the best birdwatching arguably in Europe and also because it is off the beaten track with as few Brits as possible. We also chose this part of Andalucía because we wanted to ensure that the weather would be as good as possible, ie South Spain should be more regularly warm and lovely compared to say France or Northern Spain.
As mentioned pretty unrivalled access to wildlife and very much off the beaten track. The cowboy town of El Rocio is also totally unique.
We have been here more tyan 10 times. The property has been upgraded several times and we really enjoy the new bathrooms and the kitchen. We are keen birdwatchers and come usually during the early winter - only once have we been here late spring in May. For less hard-core nature trotters that time must be the best - swimming-pool, lovely garden and warm weather for sure. However, you can get the great weather in November-December as well!
We recommend this place as a base for making trips around the SW Spain. We have visited Portugal, Aracena, Sevilla (and the Roman Italica), Sanlucar and Ronda from here and fly in and away fro Malaga nowdays. This way it is easy to include Granada or Cordoba to the same visit.
After a long old drive from Blighty it was great to be welcomed by Mary who gave us a look round the house and a guide to various local places of interest, shops, restaurants, beeches, etc.
We had a week of exploring a very interesting part of Southern Spain, Seville, Cordoba, the mines at Nerva were very interesting, as are the national parks that are near Hinojos
A curious place to look at is El Rocina!!
The beechs at Matalascanas were very therapeutic.
The house us in a great location, not to far to travel to the beach or to explore the beautiful cities of Andalucia.
The town of Hinojos is a short walk away with plenty of bars to enjoy a tapas.
The house had everything we needed, including an extra cot provided by Mary!
The swimming pool was just what we needed in the heat and we loved that we didn't have to worry about the children going into the pool unsupervised due to the picket fence surrounding it.
A great place to stay.
We have just returned from a 2 week holiday and had a great time. The house is good and the swimming pool amazing. We were a party of 4 adults 3 children aged 2/3/4 so the house was a good size to fit us all in. It was great that there were also toys available for the children the play house and tree swing went down a storm and of course not forgetting the pool! The house caretaker and pool cleaner/ gardener were amazing and really helpful providing valuable information to the local area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the village of Hinojos is really lovely.
Well located property, great for visiting Seville or for heading to the beach / nature reserve. Property comfortably sleeps 8, and has lots of space outside for al fresco dining etc. and has wifi. Pool area is very pleasant, and front garden is practical for kicking a ball about! Driving through the nature reserve to the beach is lovely, and the beach itself great (30-40 mins away). We were there late Oct, so a lot of the beach cafes were closed for the season, however weather was still wonderful (23/24) and sea was very warm. 30 mins the other way is Seville - a beautiful city to get to know - great sights and history, good tapas. Overall, a great break.
Following many wonderful holidays here, we just love coming back to Casa Donana year after year.
The house is set in a beautiful and tranquil area, right on the edge of spectacular stone pine forests, with stunning walks right from the doorstep.
The house itself is very well equipped and appointed and is comfortable and homely.
The newly re-fitted kitchen has all of the equipment you could possibly need, including fitted oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, main fridge and importantly separate drinks fridge..!
The two bathrooms have also been recently re-fitted and are very smart with modern fixtures.
There is aircon for the hotter months and a lovely open fire for the cooler months. For those needing it, there is also now a very good WiFi connection.
Outside, the swimming pool is great, regularly cleaned and very well maintained and the garden is just delightful, very well attended, with lovely plants and flowers and an extensive herb garden, not to mention the numerous orange trees and the wonderful mulberry tree, providing lovely shade from the August sun..
The younger kids always enjoy the sandpit !
The local village of Hinojos has nice restaurants and amenities, within walking distance and the locals are always very friendly. Only a 10 minute drive away is Pilas, which again has nice tapas bars and restaurants and excellent supermarkets.
Casa Donana is perfectly located to feel that you are away from it all, but is close enough to reach the fantastic cities of Seville and Huelva or even closer to some wonderful local towns and villages.
The busy but lively beach at Matalascanas is only 30mins away by car, and drive another 10mins or so along the coast and you can find lovely, clean, semi deserted beaches as well.
Mary and the local team are very helpful on arrival and throughout your stay, if needed, which is a real bonus.
We just love coming to Casa Donana and are so grateful to Reuben and Ali for sharing their wonderful villa, which we recommend highly.
Other Activities: Bird Watching
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
33% (not 50%) deposit is required to confirm the booking. Min. 3 nights. You can have any combination of days provided there is availability. This will gives you access to cheaper flights. I am happy to receive payment in £ or Euros via (on-line) bank transfer but can also accepts cheques. As soon as the deposit is paid I will put you in touch with my local agent for your arrival requirements. Please ensure property is vacated by 11am on day of departure.