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Overview

The Villa is only a few years old and is situated in the awe inspiring countryside of the Velez Blanco valley. It is in a very quiet and peaceful setting but is not isolated being only a few minutes from the market town of Velez Rubio and the smaller historical town of Velez Blanco, both of which have an extensive choice of cafes bars and restaurants.

The Villa sits in its own plot of around 1 acre with mature olive trees. It has glorious views across the valley and nature lovers will appreciate sitting on the balcony and watching all sorts of wildlife which often includes owls & eagles soaring overhead.

The official website for the Los Velez area is well worth looking at it can be found at losvelezturismo.org

Les Velez
Within 5 minutes drive are the towns of Velez Rubio and Velez Blanco both of which have bars, restaurants and shopping. There is a lovely swimming pool complex in the town of Velez Rubio with slides, main pool, childrens pool picnic area and a bar with all day entrance for just a few euros. (we often have free tickets)

Velez Rubio is a market town in a picturesque setting, surrounded by sierras, olive groves and fields of wheat.

There is a museum situated within a beautiful 18th century hospital which has a fascinating exhibit of artifacts and ceramics dating from prehistoric to Moorish times, including a section on the ancient cave paintings in this area.

The main monument of note in the town is the magnificent Baroque Church of La Encarnación. Built in the 18th century, this has an imposing carved facade. Inside, the main altar has a superbly detailed, 20-metre-high carved wood retablo.

Even more spectacular than this, though, are the prehistoric cave paintings of the Cueva de los Letreros, 3km out of town.

It is a reasonable treck to get there but worth it as you will be able to see surprisingly fresh looking red and brown sketches of human figures, birds, animals, astronomical signs and indalos which have been dated to around 4000 BC and are amongst the oldest representations of people and animals in the world.

Further paintings at La Cueva del Gabar, to the north of Vélez Blanco, are in a still better state of preservation but you can only visit here with a guide who will provide you with a rope and ladder to get you up the sheer rock face which is one of the reasons, of course, why they have survived more or less intact.

Velez Blanco is a beautiful historic town with a 16th century castle at its centre. The castle is currently undergoing a long restoration as most of its contents were stripped out during the 20th century and currently reside in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. There is also a spa fountain in the town from which each resident can collect upto 25 litres of spring water each day. There is a spectacular panoramic view from Velez Blanco down the valley.

Out and about
A car is essential and a hire car to and from the airport is the best way to get there. The main airports at Alicante, Murcia and Almeria are all around 90 minutes away. The villa is only 10 minutes from the virtually empty Murcia / Granada motorway.

There are numerous beaches and resorts within easy reach with the closest being Aguilas within 50 minutes and the large stretches of beaches at Vera, Garrucha and Mojacar all within an hours drive to the south with Cartogena and La Manga easily accessible to the north.

For skiers, the resort at Sierra Nevada which is around 2 hours drive, caters specifically for sun and ski winter breaks by providing ski passes that do not have to be used on consecutive days. It now has extensive snow making facilities and a greatly extended ski season.

This area of Spain is rapidly challenging to be the new golf capital of Europe with many new courses including the fantastic Desert Springs course within an hours drive.

Summary:

Luxury Villa in awe inspiring countryside 5 mins from Velez Rubio. 5 large bedrooms, large grounds, ideal for 2 families

Facilities

Property type: Villa

Room details

Bedrooms:

5 bedrooms, sleeps 11

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 3: 1 Single bed
Bedroom 4: 1 Single bed
Bedroom 5: 1 Single bed

Additional beds:
1 cot
Seats:
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 8 in the living area
Bathrooms:
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
Radio
TV Languages in Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Open fire
Household:
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Dishwasher
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Other:
Balcony or terrace
Barbecue
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
Extra information (Splendid long distance views over the mountains and valley The Villa currently has 2 double beds, 6 single beds and a cot. All the bedrooms are very large and can accommodate additional temporary beds if required We try to keep the price down by not including bed linen and towels as many people prefer to bring their own. If you do need us to supply these we can at the cost of £10 per person. There is a washing machine at the villa and things tend to dry very rapidly outside during the summer months)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants

Sports and activities

Climbing
Fishing
Golf
Horse Riding
Mountain Biking
Sports Center
Swimming

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Museum
Shopping

Prices and availability

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Arrival and departure days Whole weeks only Minimum stay (nights)
4th June 2015 to 30th November 2015 None set No 7

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Discounts

Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 24 Weeks 10%
1st January to 31st December 12 Weeks 5%
Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 2 Weeks 10%
1st January to 31st December 1 Weeks 10%
1st January to 31st December 4 Weeks 5%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 4 Weeks 10%
1st January to 31st December 2 Weeks 5%

Extras

This property does not have any extras set

Location

This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 50km
  • Nearest bar: 3km
  • Nearest restaurant: 3km
  • Nearest supermarket: 3km
  • Beach resort of Aguilas: 50km
  • Mojacar / Garrucha: 60km
  • Velez Rubio / Velez Blanco: 5km
  • Sierra Nevada skiing centre: 120km

Reviews

2 out of 2 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Saturday 03 September 2005
We (just 2 of us) specifically went for the convenience of a private pool (5 bed villa but it gave us the pool we wanted) so it was good value to us. Had we gone with all our family then the value for money would have been excellent. The villa itself is modern, roomy and with all the necessary facilities. There is no TV signal but the owners have provided a huge amount of videos, books, games and, in my opinion as it nearly mirrored my own, a superb record collection for local entertainment. The property met nearly all our expectations but was a little further out of town than we expected 4.5km). This meant we pretty much had to drive to restaurants and bars when we would have preferred to walk on occasions. That said, the villa is perfectly situated for touring and the surrounding countryside, mountains and lakes are stunning, whilst the towns and villages are quaint and relaxed. The owners and local key holders couldn't be more helpful. Directions to the villa, information about the villa and the locality, including shops, restaurants and places to visit were all brilliant and provided without asking. As our flight was late the very flexible response about gaining access to the villa was also much appreciated. Going the extra mile, the owners also provided information on local airports, flights and car hire. Again, very helpful. The owners made local arrangements to ensure we were looked after during our stay and we were made to feel most welcome by the local key holders who cleaned the pool regularly and provided us with additional local information. We had a fabulous time and I would definitely recommend Villa Maria if you are looking for a high quality, but slightly remote location, within beautiful rural Spain.
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Stayed Saturday 13 August 2005
The property was wonderful. It was very spacious, bright, clean and very well equipped (a super large fridge - wonderful!) All the windows had mosquito nets on them and the lounge had a tv with lots and lots of videos which was fun. the upstairs terrace was a great place to watch the sunset The pool was so lovely and clean and in the most wonderful peaceful setting. Lovely for watching the Milky Way and shooting stars at night. The local village, although 6/7mins away was full of bars that came to life in the evening! The owners were also very helpful before we went, answering our questions and sorting out anything in particular that we needed. ( eg sheet & towel hire) A truly relaxing holiday. Thank you.
The location was beautiful surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The villa was well presented with tasteful decor and offered a good wellcome on arrival after the journey from the airport. The swimming pool was lovely and refreshing where we spent much time relaxing. The local towns and markets were well worth visiting as well as the prehistoric cave paintings. For a well earned rest this villa offers tranquility and remoteness without being too cut off from civilisation. However, if you enjoy being close to the sea and nightlife perhaps this is a little too isolated.

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