Farmhouse in Iznajar, Cordoba Region Andalucia, Spain - Tranquil Location, 5 Minutes Drive To The Beach And Town Of Iznajar
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About Mary Payne
I live and work in the beautiful Hampshire/Dorset borders running a pottery painting studio/cafe. I bought Cortijo Olivas in 2001 and we have had some fabulous family holidays there often visiting up to 6 times a year. Since opening the studio we have still continue to visit but less so - which is why we decided to rent it out. The house has been refurbished recently 2014/2015 to provide new bathrooms and kitchen, improved living areas. This work has been carried out in a sensitive manner preserving it's character and original features. We still visit as a family when we can - and love the new changes. We hope you will take the opportunity to share our little jewel in Iznajar.
Why Mary Payne chose Iznájar
We wanted to find something very different from where we lived at the time - Surrey. I looked at a few properties but absolutely fell in love with the location and the house. The village literally tumbles down the side of the mountain and is topped by an ancient castle. Simply idyllic. We quickly established this as a second family home for holidays and installed the pool - the rest is history! It is tranquil but just off the main road to town so in town in 5 minutes, where you can buy everything in the small shops, butchers, fishmongers, local market. If you wished to you could shop here for the duration of your stay. There is even a GP, Optician, Medical Centre, Dentist. Amazing.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We have a great lake view it is magical sitting out there first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. It is very close to town and the beach and major routes but remains tranquil. We have the comforts of home including British and Sky TV, movie channels and Internet Access if you want to keep up with what is going on or if you are simply missing those at home - wherever that may be!
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Lovely farmhouse with great views
We had a lovely stay at the farmhouse, which was well-equipped, clean, spacious and homely. The terrace had fantastic views over the lake, and the kids really enjoyed the pool. The rural location was peaceful, and the coast and cities such as Granada and Seville were all accessible by car. We were particularly grateful for the warm welcome given by Karen and Paul who look after the property and were very friendly and helpful.
A great, relaxing holiday in a lovely, beautifully situated and well equipped villa.
The photos didn't do this place justice. The house is light, bright, airy and very tastefully decorated. The layout of the property makes it feel even larger than it is and, although there are other properties nearby, we always felt private. The surrounding area is covered in olive trees and this certainly helped. The view from the terrace is spectacular with olive covered hills and the lake below. Both sunrise and sunset were a pleasure to witness from here. We immediately felt at home and this was helped by the place being very well equipped. The kitchen was much used. The pool was a very welcome respite from the daytime heat though the fact that the pool area is one side of the house and the terrace is the other meant that it was always possible to find a place 'near' the sun but not actually in it. The opposite is obviously true as well in that you could always be in the sun should you wish.
We were welcomed by Karen and Paul who were very friendly and offered good advice about the locality and amenities - you've really got to check out the Chinese shop in Rute which appears to have pretty much anything you want or need and a lot which you didn't realise you needed!
Iznajar itself is a short drive away and has a great feel with bars and restaurants as well as being a great place to wander around. We never got to see inside the castle as we never quite timed it right but we'll have to save that for next time.
One piece of advice - the road to access the property is pretty steep and has got loads of bumps and humps. That in itself is not a huge problem but I would recommend that, if you are hiring a car, maybe to get something with higher clearance and a bigger engine than a FIAT 500! Speaking of driving, Cordoba was easily accessible (under an hour and a half) and was well worth the visit.
We had a great time, loved the place and would definitely go back. Mary has been great to deal with all the way through and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend a stay.
Thank you for your lovely review Enrico. Just an update regarding the road - the Town Hall are resurfacing the entire road at the end of October so should erradicate the current issues. Pleased you had a great stay and will look to updating my photos!
A lovely well equipped house in a secluded location near Iznajar
We had a lovely holiday in this farmhouse, which was well equipped, in a secluded location but with a few houses nearby, with views over Iznajar Lake. The pool was secluded and had a good array of sun loungers and sun umbrellas. The house is very furnished in a charming way, with modern bathrooms and kitchen. We were made very welcome by the couple looking after the house. It is off the beaten track, but within easy driving distance from Granada, Cordoba, Ronda and Malaga. We also visited Gibraltar one day. We would highly recommend it as a lovely place to stay.
Lovely house - and surroundings
There were three of us on this trip - my wife, 12 year old daughter and I.
We have stayed in the Iznajar area a few times before, and have come back as we love it. The local area and Iznajar itself is lovely, the local lakes and their beaches are a real bonus.
The location of the house is great, nice and near to Iznajar and the main road for all directions. It is really peaceful with amazing views off the hills and the lakes, and the house was as described with plenty of living space, and very very clean. The kitchen specifically was excellent and well equipped. Two bathrooms and showers was also a bonus.
My daughters priority is a nice pool - and this one was great with the slide being an added bonus as well as being really close to the house. The outdoor seating area was especially lovely early in the morning and watching the sun rise, with grape vines overhead.
Its a great base also with a view to trips to the coast, Cordoba, Granada and even Seville (which is only 2 hours or so away).
Mary was very helpful before and during the stay, and I am sure when we come back to the area we will be sure to look up this house and would recommend it without question.
Thank you Phil for your great feedback. I think our house is quite special and I aim to keep everything clean and tidy which is where I rely on Karen and Paul. Would love to have you back no problem. Thank you. Mary.
Property was immaculate and just what we required for our holiday.
The property location was ideal. It permitted us to travel to all neighbouring large cities and indeed the lesser local villages. It was a pleasure to return to the property after a days' excursion to sit on it's terrace and relax whilst the children enjoyed the pool. I will return to that terrace and to the comforts of Cortijo Olivas to further enjoy more of that wonderful region! I highly recommend to those planning to explore by car this part of Spain. Thank you very much Mary! We have made great family memories in your beautiful Cortijo!
Thank you for being great guests and for the lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you and your family in a future visit.
Fantastic Family Holiday
First time in this house and area and would certainly go back to both!
The farmhouse combines rustic charm with all the modern essentials. It has a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces which was perfect for a family with 3 teenagers. The pool was a great size and the slide was an added bonus. We also enjoyed sitting on the front terrace with stunning views over Lake Iznajar. The beach at the lake is great and the pedalos are great fun and good value.
We enjoyed eating out at some of the recommended restaurants. The family particularly liked Antonio's in Fuente Dell Conde.
Thank you for your lovely review. We are pleased you had a lovely family holiday and got out and about to see some of the lovely local area and restaurants.
Special interest holidays:
Bird watching, cookery courses water sports, sailing are all available locally.
The lake at Iznajar has a beach (Valderenas) which has a watersports centre offering windsurfing, pedaloes with slides, bikes and kayaks for hire. From Spring to the end of the Summer there are two excellent beach bars serving reasonably priced food and drink and very good value lunchtime menu of the day. The nearest coastal beaches are those on the Costa Del Sol less than 50 minutes away.
Malaga 50 minutes
Granada 40 minutes
Seville 2 hours
Gibraltar 2 hours
All route offer fast and easy journeys.
It is 3 miles to Iznajar village which tumbles beautifully down the hillside and provides a comprehensive range of individual shops, banks etc. There is a local market on Tuesdays. Regular fiestas are held. Cortijo Olivas is an excellent base for taking in all the wonderful sights and pleathora of attractions of Andalucia.
Cordoba - 1 hour to the north.
Granada - 50 minutes
Seville - 2 hours
Gibraltar - 2 hours
Excellent selection of local bars and restaurants locally.
Horseriding 7km away.
Waterparks at Granada, Seville and on the coast.
Excellent science museum at Granada.
Superb walking opportunities.
Tennis courts in town.
Cash machines in Village.
Supermarkets in Village.