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Mike and Emma

Member since: 2007
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Speaks English, French, Spanish

Spacious 10 bedroom villa, huge pool, stunning location & views, total privacy

People20
Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms7
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 10 bedroom holiday villa in Iznájar - Finca El Almendrillo

Big Andalucia house, modernised and sensitively refurbished to original grandeur

Stunning renovation of 150 year old Farmhouse with views over the Granada countryside. This is the real thing, a real Cortijo farmhouse (in 6000 square metres of its own land) far from busy roads and offering total seclusion in a central location. No photo tricks with our pool - at 17 x 7 metres it is the biggest you will find, room enough for 20 plus.

Since Mike & Emma bought this huge farmhouse this is their fourteenth successful year offering luxury accommodation to families seeking privacy, tranquillity and outdoor fun. Unforgettable holidays beckon whether groups of families looking to entertain the kids or large groups of adults simply wanting to mix poolside relaxation with the best sites of classical Spain (Granada, Cordoba, Malaga 1 hrs drive).

Indoor and outdoor kitchens and the traditional cobbled courtyard ensure mealtimes to remember, with loads of space for playing.

Whole Finca sleeps 20 plus, discount for smaller groups. Please contact Mike & Emma for details.

Here are early reviews, for recent reviews up to last year see the reviews section

Just letting you know we had a fantastic holiday at El Almendrillo. Such a great place with rooms for everyone to wander off in in the midday sun and so well placed for visits around Andalucia.

Thanks again and I'll pass on info for Almendrillo if anyone friends are looking for a fab place for a holiday.

Anne (July 2006)

The facilities are excellent. The interiors are beautiful.

We had a terrific time at Almendrillo, thank you. It is a lovely property

Richard (August 2006)

Just wanted to say thank you. We had a great couple of weeks. So far all

I've got out of the kids is the holiday was 'totally wicked!' High praise indeed!

Karen (Aug 2006)

I just wanted to say we had a fabulous week at the Finca. the accommodation was perfect, the countryside beautiful. We used your Moro cookbooks and had some fabulous meals - will need to try out the London restaurant now.

We all agreed we would love to go back if we ever have the chance again!

Karen (Dec 2006)

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mike and Emma (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Spanish

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(64 traveller reviews)
Spacious 10 bedroom villa, huge pool, stunning location & views, total privacy
average rating of 5.0 based on 64 reviews
5

Totally amazing holiday from start to finish!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with a large group of 20 people for two weeks, which in normal circumstances would start to grate on any normal person. But in reality, at the Finca, there were so many different places to get away and be on your own if you needed to that this was just not the case. Upon first arriving we were totally blown away by how beautiful and peaceful the finca and its surroundings were. Everyone in the party was so chilled out for our whole stay, it was just perfect.

Even the children never got bored, they always had something to keep them occupied, from table tennis to swimming in the full size pool overlooking the valley, playing pool or just relaxing with the many books at the finca. I've never seen our kids more relaxed. The whole family were just at ease.

Another bonus was where the Finca was located. The area is just beautiful, we spent numerous days down at the beach on the huge blue lake at Iznajar. With pedal boats, canoes, drinks and the most comfortable sunbeds. The kids loved it here and we would definitely recommend a visit to the cafe on the lake, the food is great value for money and traditionally Spanish, plus tastes amazing. Also in Iznajar town there is an English bar called bar Verde, which we stumbled across when having a drive out. We had our last meal out as a group, the food was amazing and they really looked after us.

Another invaluable thing was the information pack left in the finca by the team, this told us where the supermarkets were, where to eat out, how to walk to the bar in the village. Which was one fun experience through the olive groves, even though we were very hot and bothered when we got there. The cold beer and great free tapas put on by Antonio was well worth the walk.

We would definitely return to this breathtaking place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Stunning location for our perfect wedding.

  • 5 of 5

We came across Finca El Almendrillo totally by chance, when looking for a wedding venue in Andalusia, instantly falling in love with the place. We just had to have our perfect wedding day in this stunning location. It was everything we had dreamed of and more. Remote, untouched and traditionally Spanish through and through. The Finca certainly gave us that and more.

We first contacted Mike, the owner of the property back in early 2015 asking if our dates were available, which they were.

Having weddings at the Finca before, Mike filled us with confidence from the outset and was on hand for the next 14 months leading up to our stay and wedding day. He helped us organise everything from caterers to the wedding coordinator and everything in-between. Even drinks, food and staff if we required them.

The pain we gave him in the run up to the wedding was intense, but yet never too much trouble for Mike and his team at Almendrillo, who were instrumental in the planning and overall smooth running of our perfect wedding day.

Now onto the property which can only be described as exquisite and unimaginably stunning. It is difficult to describe in words how breathtaking the house and location is. But I will try.

We arrived late at night and were surprised at how out on it's own the Finca was, this was even more perfect than we had imagined. Walking into the courtyard and seeing the beautiful architecture of the huge farmhouse took our breath away, after, sitting with a glass of Rioja, gazing up at the enormity of the stars in the sky. Never had we felt more relaxed than we did right at that moment.

We knew we had made the right choice of location for our two week holiday and wedding day.

Our other 18 guests arrived later that night and were equally blown away by this gorgeous place.

The facilities and bedrooms were equally amazing, we stayed in the main double and my god was it big, the bed was huge and comfy plus the bathroom and shower were great.

But the best surprise was to come when we woke early on Sunday morning and opened our bedroom window. The view across the valley to the distant mountains can only be described as breathtaking. Myself and Jemma (my wife to be) spent at least 30mins fixated on this oil painting. It didn't look real, it was that perfect.

We stayed with a large group of 20 people for two weeks, which in normal circumstances would start to grate on any normal person. But not at Almendrillo. We would visit again perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Perfect vacation venue for time with friends

  • 5 of 5

El Almendrillo was exactly what we were looking for to accommodate our group of 16 adults; couples and singles. The farm was located in a lovely and remote area with incredible country quiet and amazing stars at night. There is a bucolic view of patchwork fields below. The property is as described in the listing - or better. The charming and rustic architecture was beautiful but the house didn’t lack any of the modern amenities, dishwasher and clothes washer, included. We visited during a spell of wicked hot weather, but the masonry construction and plentiful fans meant that we were all comfortable while sleeping. The two kitchens, ample bathrooms and so many nooks and crannies meant that we could all be together when we desired, but alone when we needed to have space .The pool and grounds were well maintained and the ping-pong table proved to be a source of great fun. The owner, Mike was so helpful with everything from very detailed directions (which from afar seemed overkill, but once on the road are necessarily detailed), advice on where to buy provisions, where to eat out (love Dracula’s) and even hooking us up with caterers for a special celebration dinner. I’ve been telling folks that this was the best vacation of my life. True story.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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5

Wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

El Almendrillo was, if anything, better than advertised. Tastefully brought up to date, it retains a traditional feel and accommodated our group of 14 adults perfectly. It is set on a hillside at the very end of a small country road in the middle of a sea of olive groves, and views of the valley below are stunning. Other than the surrounding farms, there are few neighbors so it's peaceful and private. There are several outdoor areas for gathering and eating, including the courtyard where we ate every evening and the large, well maintained pool where we cooled off every afternoon. Granada is not far; Cordoba, Ronda and Malaga are within range too. Even closer, Loja and Iznajar are interesting.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This place is truly magical. We stayed for a week with four families. Ten children aged five to fifteen and eight adults. The farmhouse was absolutely perfect for a large group. We drove through the night from Madrid and arrived at dawn (mikes driving instructions were spot on) through the village and up into the hills. The property, the location and the views are simply breathtaking. The rooms were beautifully furnished and the two kitchens were very well equipped and set round the most beautiful courtyard. The pool is stunning and what is absolutely fantastic is the many and varied outdoor seating areas. Infact one day I sat admiring the olive trees for a good hour and didn't see a single other person! A wonderful wonderful stay. Thank you so much

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Awesome place - would highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at El Almandrillo with a group of friends - 18 of us, ranging from age 5 to semi-retired - and it was really amazing. A dream come true. What a perfect place for a holiday with friends and/or family! First, the location. As we wound our way to the villa through beautiful olive groves it felt like driving right out of the stresses and strains of the real world into a peaceful haven. And the views! The photographs give you an idea but in real life they are stupendous. You can sit and stare at the surrounding countryside all day.

If you wanted, you could very easily stay at the villa for your whole holiday (I was tempted!). But it's easy to get out and about, to the Alhambra palaces (and very well worth the hour's easy drive), Malaga and Iznajar, which is really pretty and also worth the 15-minute drive.

Back at the villa, there are so many lovely spots to relax in that we found it very easy to switch off and totally relax. The kids spent most of their time in the superb, huge pool (no near neighbours = no objections to screaming silliness!) while the adults could relax without worrying about them. We loved the hammock, the table tennis table (many tournaments were played and not just by the children) and the choice of outdoor furniture, including the poolside loungers where you could be in either sun or shade.

Overall, the villa has such character and has obviously been restored with enormous care and cleverness. It was beautifully presented with lovely, comfortable furniture, plenty of spacious rooms and lots of bathrooms. One thing we loved about our bedroom was the shutters, which made it cool and dark - and we slept late every day! SO relaxing. The kitchen was well equipped and easy to use - we did a combination of eating out, cooking for ourselves and also were lucky enough to have a paella cooked for us one night by a gorgeous local cook who created two enormous pans that catered for both grown-ups and children, and all with complete discretion and charm. How she managed it I do not know. the piece de resistance was the courtyard with its long, thin outdoor table. A great site for a BBQ. Really pretty and so sociable - it was the centre of our week and we came and went, sat and chatted (drank a little!) and could not have enjoyed ourselves more. There was space for us to all spent time as one large group, or go off and read a book or have a nap somewhere if we wished. We would highly recommend El Almandrillo. Thanks Mike!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Granada and Malaga
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Antonio´s
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Malaga
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Antequera
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Loja
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A92
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Antonio´s
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Malaga
Car: recommended

Many holiday-makers at El Almendrillo never leave the Finca ! But if after a few days' relaxation you need to get out and about, 10 minutes through beautiful countryside from the Finca there is the village of Fuente del Conde with bar/restaurant and a supermarket. A variety of local restaurants within 15 mins drive. Nearest big towns are picturesque Iznajar and bustling Antequera (more bars, restaurants and night-life here). Almendrillo is uniquely placed within an hour and a quarter of Granada and Cordoba, and the beaches of Malaga and Motril. Slightly further away lie Sevilla and Ronda, or to the east the romantic Alpujarras

Close to home there is horse-riding for all ages and abilities, walking in the Torcal national park, Wolf Park, further afield water-park attractions, marine parks, a zoo.

At Almendrillo you can take one of our mountain bikes to visit local farms for baby goats, sheep, peacocks or see hoopoes, eagles and other Spanish wild birds.

Other Activities: mountain biking, pool, table tennis, table football, painting, drawing

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Iznájar, La Subbetica

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
2016
17 Sep 2016 - 21 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 
 
2017
4 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 
 
2017
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,500
for 7 nights
£3,500
 
 
2017
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£4,250
for 7 nights
£4,250
 
 
2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,950
for 7 nights
£2,950
 
 
2017
30 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 7 nights
£2,250
 

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Iznájar in Cordoba Province

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 650 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Each shower room consists of shower, sink and WC. Four shower rooms are ensuite. Four showers have luxury large walk-in cubicle.
Bedrooms:
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , singles can be provided if required
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , singles can be provided if required
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 9 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 10 - 1 Double Bed
  • Sleeps 20 adults and children using beds. 3 cots / cribs are available so the capacity is greater if you have children under 3. Additionally three sofabeds can be used in living rooms or moved into bedrooms. Total capacity is therefore described as '20 plus' If you are unclear about the layout and number of the bedrooms please do not hesitate to enquire and we will provide floor plans and full list of all 14 main rooms and their possible uses Linen and towels are provided. For guests staying for two weeks or more there will be a mid-stay clean and change of linen and towels.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Sand Pit
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 14 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Luxury Granada farmhouse - Finca El Almendrillo is offered as The Farmhouse only (7 bedrooms) or the Whole Finca (10 bedrooms). Either is with exclusive use of the very large 17 metre (55 ft) pool and all garden and terraces. Prices given are for the Whole Finca. If your group is 14 or less please enquire about discounted price for the Farmhouse only. If you are interested in having meals provided either regularly or for a one-off feast please contact us and we will be happy to arrange. Likewise daily help with cleaning, washing-up etc. .

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