Situated in olive groves with the gentle 'bingle-bongle' of the nearby goat herd Casa Los Linares is a dream. A fully restored Cortijo or Country House, it sleeps 9 and has all the amenities you would expect from a modern home. Internal space is generous - 4 reception areas, one of which is a games room of 60 square meters complete with pool table and bar. Outside is a huge terrace for sunbeds plus a covered area for relaxing in the shade and dinning al fresco, all within view of the 15 metre pool. In 2015 we added a deck onto the end of the pool which is home to 2 double sunbeds.
Las Piedras, Rute, Cordoba, Spain - A self-contained heaven in a peaceful location.
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- 30 Dec 2018
About Claire Wilkings
We are a professional couple who have worked all over the world and this world experience is reflected in our beautiful house together with our love for entertaining and relaxing. Sadly our work commitments will be keeping us away from Spain for a while and therefore we thought you'd like us to share our home with you and your family and friends. This means we're unlikely to meet you but the house is being looked after by our good friends Peter and Claire Wilkings.
Claire Wilkings purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Claire Wilkings chose Rute
We chose this house as it was a clear break from the hustle and bustle of life in China and the Middle East. Peaceful with just the 'bingle-bongle' of goat bells - but Rute's night life and bars just 10kms away and accessible to Malaga, Cordoba, Costa Del Sol, Seville and Granada for day trips.
What makes this Villa unique
Our house sleeps up to 9 people comfortably. There is so much space even 9 of you will 'rattle around' to some extent. The facilities on offer mean that you could do one huge shop and 'hole up' for week without having to leave if you so wished. Our favourite thing though is the 15 x 6 metre salt water pool - roomy enough for chilling on a lilo or having a water themed sport's day which we had last year, great fun. Raining? Retire to the games room complete with huge sofas, huge tv, huge bar area, and full sized pool table, plus a load of board games to keep you amused and wifi if you'd rather not play with others :D
Pool / Spa
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We had the best time. Peaceful, beautiful, scenery, pool is exceptional and property, although in need of some tlc is ideal for families. We took 3 kids and Grandparents and there was plenty of room for all. The Grandparents struggled with the different floor levels as there are little steps everywhere, but it didn't affect the overall enjoyment of our holiday. Thank You Claire. Xx
You all looked so happy there too!
Don't forget us for your return to Spain.
Lovely quiet villa with great pool
This is a lovely quiet rural villa with plenty of space and a large pool which is the main attraction (although a bit cold). The rooms were all very clean and comfortable, the bathrooms newly updated for an old house and plenty of utensils in the kitchen. There is the added benefit of a games room with a pool table and very comfortable couches. The large clean Gas BBQ was also very good.
There were a couple of items we would recommend the owners taking care of....while the main TV had power, we were only able to watch DVDs as could not get any signal working and most of the remotes had no batteries. While there are also many CDs in the house, we did not find any device to play them. Having stayed in many villas, we also didnt find any visitors book which was a shame as prior guests always tend to give good advice and comments. There is a long dirt track to the entrance which is not unusual for rural villas so make sure to get really clear directions as its easily missed even when using the GPS coordinates supplied..
Overall a very enjoyable visit and would recommend for those who like a quiet rural retreat in very comfortable surroundings..
Beautiful, unusual, charming and challenging.
There is a great distance between "I loved it" and "not really." My family and I have wonderful memories of our two weeks in this truly unusual country home: A double elimination pool tournament, on-going chess and card games, morning pool-side yoga sessions, over the mountain hikes to Cortiijo las Piedras for coffee, dining outside every evening we were at home, reading.... and tons of pool activity. The wonderful surprise was the weather - hot days and cool evenings! And the views are stunning, specially as the sun hits them at the end of the day. Fabulous photo opportunities.
On the realistic side, you have to be prepared for awkward country issues. Constant need to dispose of garbage and recycling if you have a house full, deeply potted dirt roads (made good use of the car wash in Rute), very curvy mountain roads - great for a motorcycle! Sometimes loud farm activities that sounded too much like suburbia, but the charming clanging of goat bells as the herds climbed the mountain each evening and returned in the morning compensated for the annoying sounds.
Claire is a real asset for this property, although I disagree with some of the unrealistic pages of rules that we were supposed to follow. Many are 'understood' when living in a borrowed home. Some are crazy. The pool is a major attraction and they think no one is going to jump or dive in?!! With water that cold, I have no idea how else to bite the bullet. It provided us with hours of great entertainment. We are happy to have had this experience together.
The pictures on this site do not do justice to the house. It is far larger than was expected and furnished in a comfortable, traditional style. Stepping into the entrance on arrival was a real treat but the bar and pool room were even better. Wifi, TV and DVD all worked well and were easy to operate. The outside space around the pool was just fantastic, plenty of lounging areas, a large table and a gas BBQ meant we ate outside every night. The mountain setting among the olive groves is lovely, it was just so peaceful, the silence only broken by the goat bells. Thanks to Claire for greeting us on arrival and explaining everything we needed to know. We had a fantastic week it was a shame we couldn't stay longer.
Thank you Dianne. I'm so glad you all enjoyed the house and it sounds like you made full use of the facilities lol. Yes it's a wonderful place for a chill out time with friends or family. Cxxx
Amazing scenery, great pool and house
We had a wonderful three weeks here, far from the madding crowd, and were just sad that our children and partners could join us for only one of the three weeks. The setting and the views are spectacular: this part of Andalucia, on the edge of a national park, is full of magnificent scenery and seems very light on tourists. The house is not all that easy to find, but that, for us, was part of its charm. You're 600m down a dirt track in the middle of an olive grove (everywhere in this part of the world is olive groves) and next to a goat farm.
The house was indeed very spacious, clean and well equipped, with quirky but welcome extras like the bar, pool table and daybeds. (I have to admit we did sleep outdoors under the stars one very warm night.) Our only criticism was the lack of aircon in the annex – something I think the property owner should remedy for next year, as sleeping there is difficult when it's hot. I almost reduced my star rating because of that, but decided that overall this was such a great place as to merit 5 stars.
The very best thing for me was the 15m non-chlorine pool - probably the best house pool we've had. I managed 1km most days (70 lengths by my estimation), if that's not showing off too much.
Claire was a very efficient manager and responded very promptly to any concerns; eg a small plumbing issue resulted in a plumber on site within hours. And Francisco and his wife Toni who maintain the house and pool were delightful and offered a good chance to practise my ropey Spanish.
Thank you for the lovely review Wendy. I've had mixed views an the annex re aircon, some say essential other say with the windows open it's fine. It is something we have been looking into after now 2 very hot long summers. It is very likely it will be installed for next season. It is a wonderful house and I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves. Cx
Amazing villa set amongst Olive groves and with superb views of the Andalucian mountains.
Our family stayed at Los Linares in order to attend a wedding and also to celebrate our 60th birthdays. The villa was very spacious and was very well stocked with everything we needed. We were impressed with the welcome pack as we'd had a very early start in the U.K. The pool was superb and the shaded areas were well used.
The villa proved hard to locate as we'd had a delay in our flight, so maybe a map and a sign on the main road would have helped. The air conditioning was essential as even Spain was experiencing a heat wave! The annexe bedroom would benefit from the same air con as the others.
In conclusion, we had a fabulous holiday. The views were stunning and we loved lazing around the pool all day and the sitting out and watching the bats in the warm evenings. Thank you.
I'm so glad everything went smoothly for you and yes bat and swallow watching is one of the best pasttimes at the house I think
Regarding your feedback the house is pinned on Google Maps (I think I did mention it before you came) and the GPS is provided. Unfortunately aircon in the annex is not practical because of it's open plan aspect. Most people find they get a through draft when upper and lower windows are open, but yes it has been very hot for an extended period this year. There isn't a sign on the road for security reasons.
The nearest beach is on the lake at Iznajar, 20 minutes drive south. There are water sports available and 2 restaurants waterside. The Costa Del Sol is do-able in a day - leave Rute early and stay all day. There are cool boxes and bags for guest us if you want to take a picnic. (We often go to Cabo Pino/Marbella for the day).
Rute is the nearest small town - 12 minutes drive. The nearest bar is 5 minutes drive, or a brisk walk (take a torch). Granada, Malaga, Seville, Cordoba are all within 60 to 120 minutes away.
The actual location of the house is as little south of the marker on the map, If you switch to satellite view and zoom in you will see the blue pool.
Full details of local amenities will be found in our welcome pack at the house. Banks, supermarkets, doctors, pharmacies etc can all be found in Rute.
This villa is registered through the Casa Rural scheme operated by the Junta de Andalucia Tourism Office - VTAR/CO/171
Additional pricing information
Check out time will be 10.00am. New arrivals will be welcomed from 4.00pm. (if there are no bookings before or after your holiday these times become flexible and you will be advised.) Notes on prices: Non standard periods over 7 days are welcome. Periods of less than 7 days can be considered on application. Check in/out is available for any available day to allow our guests to take advantage of lower cost flights during week days. All guests will be required to have their travel insurance in place as soon as they book in the event of not being able to travel for any reason. No cancellation refund is available, however if you have paid the security deposit it will be refunded.