Modern comforts in an old, beamed mountain cottage. Spectacular views in every direction from the one-acre garden. Great walking, wild swimming and wildlife in the Sierra Castril natural park, with the charming market town of Castril 4 km away. A short film on You Tube, Castril Cortijo El Villar, gives you a good idea of the house and its setting. The film shows the whole house; this is the first-floor apartment.
Chestnut beamed ceilings, comfortable beds and cool cotton sheets. High quality bathroom and kitchen (electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, full size fridge freezer, washing machine). Constant hot water, and central heating for chillier winter nights. Two double bedrooms, sitting room, dining table for 4. Wifi and smart TV (internet only). Outside, a sunny terrace with table and chairs overlooking olive and almond groves, and an acre of rocky, herb-scented terraces with stunning views of mountains and lake.
Servicios y zonas comunes
Your apartment is on the first floor, with its own front door, terrace and barbecue. There is a ground floor apartment which shares access to the large garden. If you want to have the whole property to yourself, please look for "Castril Cortijo El Villar: wildlife and walking" on Airbnb, and book for 5 or more people.
Atención a los huéspedes
We can be contacted by email or phone if you would like advice in English. Carmen, who welcomes you to the flat, can be contacted in Spanish. Your neighbour, Adolfo, has a spare key. Full notes and contact details are provided in the house.
Otros aspectos destacables
This is a mountainous rural area. There are level terraces around the house for relaxing, but the garden rises through rocky ledges to a sheer edge, so children need supervision. They will love it, though!
Roads from main airports are very good, but the last 2 km to the house is along a narrow tarmac lane. We provide a detailed map, and our housekeeper, Carmen, will meet you and take you the last bit of your journey.
The mobile phone signal is weak unless you climb up the garden or go into town. We rely on the broadband connection for communication.
We ask that, if you smoke, you do so outside. The garden has steep rocky edges, so young children need to be supervised.
We have a biological waste system so ask guests to be careful what goes down the loo.
Water shortages sometimes happen. We have a 1000 litre reserve tank which should see you through, but ask you to use water carefully.
We leave basic supplies in the house (our own olive oil, a few spices, detergents, loo rolls, toothpaste and razors...) and you are welcome to use them. It would be kind of you to replace anything that runs out for the next guest's sake.
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I divide my time between York, where I have another holiday flat (New Walk Coach House) and lovely Castril. We love walking in the mountains and swimming in the lakes. On our travels, we've come to appreciate the comfort and freedom of holiday homes. That's influenced the way we host this place. It can be used as a 4bedroom house or two smaller apartments, so we have listed three options.