Beautiful 3 bed family villa in rural Spain. Completely secluded private pool, barbecue area and parking for 3 cars. Near to bustling town of Puente Genil.
The villa is set in its own ground completely detached and gated. The Villa is beautifully furnished. The lounge has leather sofas a beautiful wood burning fire for those cold winter months. A large solid oak dining table and leather chairs that comfortably seats six. There is a lovely enclosed terrace to the front where you can sit and have morning coffee while watching the locals go by. While waiting for the fresh bread delivery. The villa has hot and cold air conditioning. There is a television with some free digital TV channels. A DVD, video player, stereo and a games console. There are also some music Cds, books, videos and games for your enjoyment. The kitchen is fully equipped with full size fridge freezer, washing machine, oven, hob, microwave, pots pans and all other kitchen implements.
The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and is fully furnished with wardrobes chest of drawers bedside cabinets and table lamps.
Second double bedroom is also fully furnished with wardrobes and bedside tables and lamps.
The third bedroom has heating for winter and a ceiling fan for the summer and has two single beds, bedside cabinet and wardrobe. All towels and bed linen are supplied.
The main bathroom has a Jacuzzi bath and a separate shower.
The pool is 9 meter by 5 meter and is completely secluded. The pool has walk in steps ideal for children.There is a large terraced area around the pool with sun-loungers, parasols and drinks tables are provided for your relaxation. There is an out side shower and toilet. There is also a covered area for when it gets too hot!
There is a barbecue with dining table and chairs for alfresco dining.
At the front of the house there is room for 3 cars to park. And in spring there are lots of daffodils and roses in the garden. Also mustn't forget the orange and lemons trees. So whether its a jug of sangria or a gin and tonic the fruits are there waiting for you to pick them.
The villa is secluded and tranquil but only 5 minutes drive from town. We recommend car hire as it would be very difficult to truly appreciate the area without one. The surrounding area is all olive groves. In which the locals go on long walks to keep fit. There is also a laguna just five minutes drive towards aquilla del a frontera for picnics, walks and bird watching. Puente Genil is a large bustling town with lots of shops, bars, restaurants and night clubs if that's your fancy. As you drive into Puente you come to Carrefour its a large supermarket with all the provisions you need for a good holiday, but for some lovely wine very cheap go to Lidl just behind .There is also Dia and Mercadona supermarkets. Carrefour is open from 10 am to 10 pm Monday to Saturday. It does not close for siesta. All shops are closed on Sunday and the town shops close between 2 pm and 5 pm for siesta.The area around Carrefour has a bowling alley, fast food place, Pizza place, internet cafe, cinema, coffee shops and a very good restaurant called La Lemon. Further into town you have Central bar, Casa Pedro a highly recommended restaurant to eat and also a Chinese restaurant. There are numerous fiestas through- out the year so keep an eye out. Pete & Sylvia who manage the villa for us will also be up to date on whats going on. Puente Genil really comes to life at night when all the Spanish families come out to chat in the bars and cafes along the street.
Things to do
Now that you know what’s in the local area it’s time to spread your wings.
There are many day trips to be made from here if your into rambling, mountaineering cycling or horse riding they are all available. El Torcal is one of Spains most beautiful natural parks, and is an ideal area from where to explore the very best of rural Andalucia. 10 kilometers west of Antequera , El Torcal Park is a haven of peace and tranquillity, 17 square kilometers of some of the most beautiful and impressive limestone landscapes in Europe To reach the heart of the park the road winds up to 1,100 meters above sea level with spectacular views all along. At the end of the road is a parking area with an information center and small museum exhibiting the flora and fauna of the park. Orchid enthusiasts will be captivated by the 30 varieties growing in the park.
There are three marked walking routes through the park marked with coloured arrows. The green route is the shortest and easiest at 1.5 kilometres and taking about 30 minutes. The yellow route is 2.5 kilometres, taking you to "Las Ventanillas" (The Windows) at 1,200 metres for panoramic views of the valley of Málaga. The red route is the longest and most difficult, at 4.5 kilometres it takes about three hours, with a viewing point 1,339 metres altitude where you can see the whole of El Torcal Park and the Africa Coastline.
Also nearby is Lobo Wolf Park it has 40 hectares of protected, untouched nature park with numerous rare plant and animal species it is located at Ctra Antequera-Alora Km 16, Tel: 952 031 107 The park features Four large enclosures with European wolves, Timber wolves, Polar wolves and Iberian wolves. A petting zoo, horse riding and wolf tours and museum.
Grutas - caves used in Temple of Doom film are in Aracena
Antequera is an historic town and also boasts a superb 18 hole golf course. As mentioned above closer to the villa is The Laguna nature reserve for bird watching , walking and picnics. From the villa follow signs for aguilla del a fontera and then signs for Laguna Nature. (It's quite a long winding road going back on yourself.)
The coast & beyond
Now moving to the coast It takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to get to Malaga from the villa . Malaga town is a very busy town with a lovely beach. There is a market on Sunday. Then there's Fiuengorola for the lovely beaches and the fantastic shopping center mira mar it has all the British shops and also some lovely Spanish shops it also has all the fast food places to eat and is typical of the Costa del Sol. Benalmadena is also a lovely place the marina is wonderful, and it is a little quieter than Fuengirola.
Granada a day trip not to be missed visit the Alhambra and also the cave houses where at night the gypsies who live there do flamenco dancing in the bars. It takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to Granada don’t forget the Sierra Nevada which is a bit further out but absolutely wonderful.
Seville is a must the Cathedral the third largest in the world is breathtaking and the Giralda tower is stunning the view across the whole of Seville is lovely. Why not have a picnic in Park Maria Luisa a great way to relax after all that walking around. Or a ride around the city in a horse drawn cart will take you to the Plaza de Espana and through beautiful gardens in the city center.
Cordoba is a must and is only 35 minutes away. The Mezquita Cathederal is one of the most important in Spain. There are of course some fabulous shops in the town center. The old town is all cobbled streets and very quaint.
Gibraltar and Morocco are also good days out but maybe an overnight stay would be a nice treat after all that driving. Day trips to Gibraltar are available by coach from Mollena for more information please ask Pete & Sylvia.
So as you can see there is a vast amount to keep you busy on your stay here but, you could always decide to do nothing and relax all day by the pool soaking up the Spanish sun . Its entirely up to you the peace and quiet here helps you truly unwind. What you do when you've unwound is up to you.
Enjoy your holiday!
Stayed 11 nights here with our 3 grandsons. Had a fabulous time. The villa is very comfortable and the air conditioning in the rooms worked very well and was needed as it was very hot. The pool is brilliant, good size and depth. Out of the last 10 villa holidays we have taken this is by far the best pool. Location is great with only a 2 minute drive to the supermarkets. Prices in the supermarkets were much cheaper than the UK.
Pete and Sylvia are lovely and very welcoming.
We didn't venture far as we wanted to make the most of the pool. We did go to the waterpark near Córdoba which was good but if I was to go again I would take a picnic as the food was expensive and not very good.
The only negative thing is having to come home!
Reply from Jackie
Thank you for your lovely review. I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully you will come again.
Lovely villa which unfortunately had serious issues whilst we were there i.e. No mains electric for entire stay.
We made the most of it but unfortunately it was not the relaxing break we had intended as it was very hard to sleep properly without aircon in very high temperatures and we were constantly looking out for engineers turning up whilst around the pool.
Everything possible was done by Peter & Sylvia to remedy this but to no avail.
Once the electric is back it will be fab!
Theresa from Cornwall
We have just stayed at Villa Isabella for the third time. As always we had a fantastic family holiday. On arrival the villa was extremely clean and Pete and Sylvia were very kind and flexible with our arrival time. The villa has absolutely everything you need whilst there including very efficient and much needed aircon for an August holiday. The local supermarkets are convenient and reasonably priced. The town of Puente Genil is a good size with plenty of bars/places to eat and locals are very friendly. The pool is amazing at the villa with good lighting for a late swim and a BBQ ! Our 2 children aged 12 & 11 loved being able to use the pool whenever they liked. We would highly recommend this villa to families/groups of friends. We had a very relaxed and chilled holiday and will definitely return again. Many thanks again to Pete and Sylvia.
We had a wonderful 2 weeks in the villa and it was extremely good value for money. Peter and Sylvia, who manage the villa, are very welcoming, friendly and helpful. They were more than happy to help us out and offer advice when we needed to take our son to the hospital. The villa itself was clean, well kept and well furnished. The kitchen is very small - tricky even to fit 2 people in at a time, but it didnt detract from our experience there, as it was too hot to cook very much and we made excellent use of the BBQ on the patio! The air conditioning in 2 of the bedrooms was efficient, although the unit in the living room did not seem particularly effective. What really makes the villa is the beautiful pool. It is a good size, very private and goes down to a depth of over 2 metres - it really made our stay there. Be sure to pop into the Tourist Information in Puente Genil - Sandra speaks English and was very helpful in recommending places of interest. A visit to Fuente Alamo - the 2000 year old remains of a Roman Villa - is a must. Sandra gave us a guided tour in English. Other highlights include Lobo Wolf Park and the rock formations up in the stunning hills of El Torcal. Further afield, The Alhambra, in Granada is breathtaking. We would strongly recommend Villa Isabella as a place to stay - a lovely villa, a beautiful pool and a super location.
We have just returned from a very relaxing stay and would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to get away from it all. Villa is well equipped and swimming pool and outside area is great.
Peter and Sylvie keep everything spotless and are available if you need anything. Hope to return again.
The villa is clean and comfortable, well furnished inside, air-con works well, once you get the knack of the control The bedrooms are fine and beds comfortable. The kitchen is adequate galley style , clean and well equipped. we spent most of the time using the outside BBQ. The pool (great size ) and outside areas are the main attractions of the property - very large and very clean. In fact we spent most of our time there and if you wanted shade it was always available from the palms or the trees .
We chose the villa as it was central for Seville , Granada and Cordoba and the recent refurbishment of the road system made it so easy to visit each of these as well as the other small towns within the area ( a sat nav makes it so easy and enjoyable).
Pete and Sylvia were very welcoming and informative and when we had a problem with the water heater they advised us over the phone how to resolve it.( a simple process which could have been included in the house information folder).
In all i would highly recommend for those looking for a quiet , relaxing location with opportunity to explore Adalucia at your own pace.