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You'll be happy and rested in this 5 bedroom home for your stay. Contemporary and relaxed with comfortable beds and bedding, all that you need for food preparation is in the kitchen. Walk to the bars and restaurants, cash machine, WiFi at the library. Sunny terraces offer views to the valley. Off road or on road cycling. We are only 45 minutes from Jerez - 1 hour from fantastic beaches. Plenty of hiking trails, easier walks, beautiful natural setting, days trips to stunning historic locations and other white villages make getting to know Southern Spain easy from this beautiful base.
Lovely house perfectly situated in a quiet, charming, non touristy village. It is well appointed, aptly depicted by the listing, and with a friendly and helpful caretaker. A welcome retreat from the bustling summer crowds at some adjacent Adulasian towns, with character and charm-- a gem!
Nearly nine years ago I went to a small pueblo blanco (white hilltop town) called Grazalema in Cadiz province on a chilly November weekend, to see a friend’s photography exhibition. While I was there, myself and my then-boyfriend made a spur-of-the-moment decision (on my suggestion) – to get engaged. No bended knee or engagement ring, just a “Let’s do it!”. Families were informed excitedly by mobile phone, and a guest list and possible dates and venues drawn up on a napkin. Our wedding the following summer was a wonderfully English day (with some Spanish spice) of castle and pub, jamon iberico and salmon, sunshine and showers. But that’s another story. You won’t be surprised to hear, therefore, that Grazalema, which sits in a lush national park where eagles soar and wild boar roam, holds an important place in my heart. I haven’t been back since that weekend, but recently I was invited to stay in a house in a village called Benamahoma, which is close to Grazalema.
The walk up to Punta de las Palomas viewing point, with baby pinsapo firs.
A pinsapo, a type of fir tree only found in this region.
Craggy outcrop – dramatic scenery of the sierra. The Sierra de Grazalema has truly spectacular scenery – all windy, zig-zagging roads and jaw-dropping views across vast valleys and up sheer granite cliffs, with splashes of vermillion pink from wild oleanders. This area is famous for its pinsapar, a pine forest with a species of fir tree only found in this part of Andalucia, at 1000-1700m above sea level – the pinsapo. While you need a permit to enter the forest, you can see examples of this rare species by the roadside and at viewing points along the road, such as Puerta de las Palomas on the Grazalema – Zahara road. I had never heard of Benamahoma, but I know the prefix “Ben¨-” means son of, as it’s quite common here in Andalucia, which was ruled by the Moors for eight centuries. Flowers bloom in a street in Benamahoma, in the Sierra de Grazalema, one of the wettest areas of Spain. Pretty fountain in Benamahoma, which is famous for its pure natural spring water. One of Benamahoma’s restaurants with terrace. As we followed the windy road from the nearest town, and gateway to the Sierra, El Bosque, Benamahoma itself was hidden from view until we came round the corner and suddenly saw a higgledy-piggledy line of white houses, strung out along the side of the hill. We drove up the main street (well, the main of two streets) passing pavement cafes, stone hillside plazas, along hairpin bends and up steep slopes. At the top of Calle Royal was a house with a blue front door, number 66. This was to be our home for the weekend. Each floor has its own spacious balcony-terrace – this was the top floor one, outside our bedroom. Pots and climbers in the beautiful terraced garden. As the house is on a hillside, overlooking a wooded slope opposite, the view is one of its best features. Below you have a pretty terraced garden, sloping down to the pool, refreshingly green and bursting with glorious flora and foliage, from bougainvillea to roses; beyond, allotments of vegetables owned by Benamahomans, and then the tree-covered hill stretching up to the sky. Each of the three floors has a long terrace-balcony stretching along the width of the house, with plenty of room for chairs and tables, so you can sit outside and soak up that natural scenery. Sitting room with dining area, opening to kitchen, and door to balcony with view of garden. Cooks will love all the kitchen gadgets, from juicers to blenders. Double bedroom with green and (very) pleasant view. The top floor has four bedrooms, three doubles (one with access to the balcony) and a single, along with a bathroom. The sitting room is on the ground floor (also with balcony access), with an open fireplace, sofas and a dining area; a hatch connects to an excellently-equipped kitchen – as well as the gas cooker and oven, fridge and microwave, there was a juicer, coffee grinder, two hand blenders, loads of pots and pans, earthenware cooking dishes, and some pretty chinaware and glasses. You can have fun trying out Spanish recipes using wonderful fresh local ingredients. The allure of the TV room was irresistible for my kids.
Coloured hanging lamp casts pretty reflections on the ceiling. Essential for younger visitors (like my children), there are plastic bowls and glasses, a notch up from your standard, ubiquitous IKEA fare. In the basement there’s a TV room with wood-burning stove, two squishy sofas and arm chair with big foot rest. Very cosy for wet winter evenings, and there’s a double bedroom next-door with plenty of DVDs and CDs. A door leads from here to the lowest balcony of the three, and down into the terraced garden, with the pool at the bottom. Altogether, nine people can sleep in the house comfortably; for the four of us, it was like being in (see blog Scribbler in Seville)
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
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My rates should be in EUROS and I am working on changing this:
9 people entire house - minimum 3 nights - EURO 275 per night x 7 for the week. 10% discount for month
6 people entire house - minimum 3 nights - EURO 250 per night x 7 for the week. 10% discount for month
4 people entire house - minimum 3 nights - EURO 175 per night x 7 for the week. 10% discount for month
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.