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.
- House1184 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
4 Bed, 2 Bathroom House with private pool between Seville and golden beaches
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- English, French, Spanish, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Jul 2018
About Reuben Gates
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
Why Reuben Gates chose Hinojos
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.
What makes this House unique
As mentioned pretty unrivalled access to wildlife and very much off the beaten track. The cowboy town of El Rocio is also totally unique.
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Excellent family holiday location
This was our first family holiday abroad and wanted somewhere quiet and secluded for some quality time with our two young daughters….We were not disappointed!
Casa Donana is set within a quiet estate with beautiful surroundings and is very peaceful. The villa is well equipped and has everything you need for a nice relaxed stay. The rooms are basic, very clean and the beds were comfortable. The bathrooms are modern and have both showers and a bath. Overall the villa is comfortable, basic, clean and well maintained.
The place was great for our kids. With the main gates closed, there is plenty of room for them to run around and play safely outside. There is also a child’s play house, which our daughters turned into their own little café!
The pool area is excellent and we spent most afternoons chilling out on the sun loungers watching the numerous birds flying about their business. It’s a wonderfully secluded spot in beautiful gardens and defiantly the main highlight of the villa.
The villa is located approx 40 mins from Seville and on the one day that it did rain, we drove into the city for a bit of an explore. There are good directions and information on where to park within the welcome pack at the villa, which we found very helpful. A visit the Cathedral is a must!
The beach is a pleasant 30min drive away and we spent most mornings there. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants and the beach itself is clean and very picturesque. As the tide goes out, it leaves a small lagoon on the beach which is perfect for the kids to safely play in.
Overall, we loved staying here and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone! The only problem with the place was………… having to leave!
We shall definitely be returning! Thank you Rueban and Alison!
Great location. Charming rustic villa with pretty garden.
We stayed for the whole month of May in this charming rustic villa with pretty garden and pool.
Our family joined us so we were 2 then 6 and finally 8 people.
The villa was spacious and clean. The area was lovely.
Seville within an hour's drive, the beaches the same. The local village was within walking distance and had several supermarkets and nice restaurants. Reuben and Gaby answered our queries very promptly.
Great Location and Accommodation
Great time in Hinojos!
.. The site made it possible for us to meet up with our two sons, their partners and children .. all ten of us" Only about 1.5 hours from the Faro airport, and about 45 minutes in to Spain from the Portugal border! And about 35 minutes from Seville! Perfect location.
Met by Gaby ... who was a saint ...we were jet-lagged and a little late, but she was cheery and helpful in getting us settled.
Lovely property and pool ....OHHH, did I mention the fruit trees ... the BEST oranges, lemons and a couple of limes too. Quiet neighbourhood and a gated-property!
Great accommodation .... and location ...Loved Mercadona, in Pilas ... absolutely everything we could want.
Thanks also for your lovely kind words. So pleased you had such a great holiday!! We would love to have you back.
Thanks again for being fantastic guests.
Reuben and Ali
LOVELY base to explore the beautiful area
This home-from-home is perfectly located to explore the local area, and is under an hour from Seville airport. Some of the most beautiful beaches feel close with a good road to the coast, and the area is perfect for nature lovers.
The house itself has a very nice kitchen with good quality plates and utensils for self-catering... including an essential orange squeezer to enjoy the oranges growing right outside in the garden!
We were there in winter so didn't go in the pool, but even in late December we had a day by the pool under the orange trees in the warm sun.
The whole house is very well equipped, with a gorgeous open fire (great for winter nights), cosy living room and very well-furnished outside area (play house for kids, many sunloungers, table for al fresco dining etc).
The aircon may be needed for summer but also served as a heater for winter :-)
This is a lovely home-from-home, perfect for anyone wanting to avoid the sterile, touristy atmostphere of hotels. Great for kids and nature lovers alike. We had a lovely stay and I'm sure will be back!
Thank you Reuben, Gaby and Doris !
Great relaxing stay, beautiful pool to enjoy all day and night! We stayed here for 3 weeks. Weather was perfect🌞�!
There were up seven of us in the house and only two of us at times, plenty of room close to Sevilla and not far from the beaches, plenty to do if you choose, there are many restaurants in Almonte , grocery store and great pizza In Pilas (Gabys pizza) and a couple good restaurants in Hinojos, "la choza" We had plenty of days to just relax!
Gaby and Doris are close by if you need anything! We will definitely plan on going back.
Hi Patrick and Tracy, thanks you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to all of us. We are really pleased you had such a great holiday. You are fabulous guests. Thanks also for the kind words regarding Doris and Gaby.
We would love to welcome you back.
Thanks also for providing some recommendations in your review it's really helpful for other guests.
Reuben and Ali
Really lovely place to stay, great for family with children.
Really nice place to stay. We had two families staying, one family with three children and one family with two children. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The pool was great and the villa had everything we needed. Plus a bonus of airconditioning. A five minute drive to the local shop or a 10 minute drive to a larger supermarket. We enjoyed walks around the local town and drove into seville for a day at the theme park. A great information pack at the villa full of things to go and do. The children actually just wanted to stay at the villa and go in the pool!! We stayed middle of May and the weather was between late twenties and early thirties, nice and hot! The area is lovely and quiet, a great place to relax.
Daniella, thank you so so much for your kind review. It's wonderful to know you had such a great holiday! Thank you for being such a great guest. It would be lovely to welcome you all back again.
With warm regards
Reuben and Ali
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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.