African Eco Hut @ The Source
Located in a little piece of paradise in an area of outstanding natural beauty, nestled in a secluded valley in the stunning Sierra Sur. The Source is surrounded by 30 acres of our private oak, cherry trees and olive groves. A tranquil and ecological space.
We have a range of unique accommodation including two traditional, hand-crafted mongolian yurts, two African Huts as well as a masterfully crafted poolside casita.
Experience fabulous sunsets and stunning natural scenery and landscapes at The Source at Cortijo Vadillo. We have ample space to unwind and relax as well as a wealth of opportunities for adventure and frivolity.
With far-reaching views of unspoilt countryside, these rural retreats celebrate the best of outdoor living without sacrificing on comfort.
Set in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Sur, Cortijo Vadillo takes its name from the old, local Andalucían word vadillo, which means ‘watery valley’. And the beautiful valley in which the The Source sits is indeed abundant with springs, fertile river farming land, and extensive local flora and fauna.
The mongolian yurts are tiled and close to our our newly built eco-roundhouses within our grove of olive (la oliva) and cherry (la cereza) trees, with views down the valley and up to the mountain topped with the limestone cliff. This area is perfect for small groups, parties, families or couples as it can accommodate up to 12 people. The yurts are furnished with traditional rugs, cushions and blankets with proper beds. We accommodate between 2-4 people in each yurt and we offer them as twins or four singles. Each eco roundhouse (African Hut) can accommodate 2 as a twin.
Here you are within easy access to the ecological toilets and shower area where the sinks and showers have constant hot water. The compost toilets provide manure for the trees and have all the cleanliness and comfort you would expect from standard toilets.
Separate from the other accommodation our charming, open-plan, poolside, casita caters for two people. We can easily add beds for young children or another couple if requested. It offers a comfortable working kitchen/ living area and a sleeping area with a double-bed. The studio comes with its own bathroom with shower.
The self-contained casita is equipped with a refrigerator and a wood-burning stove allows for cosy winter nights.
All our guests are welcome to also use the wider land with many places to relax and unwind. If others are booked into the yurts below then they will also have access to the pool in the day time.
Whether you want a slice of authentic spanish life, a sanctuary from the city, an adventure, wellness escape or to chill with friends and family. The Source at Cortijo Vadillo can accommodate.
If you are staying in a yurt or hut you will also have exclusive access to La Terraza de las Uvas a fully equipped kitchen and beautifully tiled banqueting table which gives a whole new meaning to the idea of luxury camping. It is the perfect setting for al fresco dining and socialising, shaded with vines, hung with fat juicy grapes during the summer months, and surrounded by pomegranate, pear and walnut trees.
An inviting outdoor swimming pool located at The Source is available for you to use, with stunning views down the valley and up at the mountain with plenty of room for you to swim, jump and dive.
Natural fresh spring water pools, with a bar (in the summer months) are only a 10 minute stroll away, provide cooling off opportunities for guests, and extensive tracks though the valleys and up the mountains mean you can explore the olive groves and wild land, straight from your door.
We can offer delicious, fresh, seasonal breakfast, (including eggs from our chickens) lunch and dinner which are available at request and served at La Terraza de La Uvas. We grow our own herbs and vegetables so you can eat organic, straight from the ground. The abundance of fruit growing in our garden means we can also offer fresh fruit juices and smoothies.
Our large yurt La Casa Redonda acts as the living room at The Source. A large, high-roofed and welcoming, open space available to you during your stay. Rays of sunlight shine through the glass door and the reclaimed Andalucían windows. Perfect for chilling, yoga, socialising or a mini festival or party.
We also offer Hatha yoga, mindfulness meditation and relaxation sessions with a qualified local instructor to help you to calm the body and mind and unwind.
We have few rules here as we want you to relax, noise issues are not a problem as we are so secluded.
There will always be someone available at The Source as our home is close to the accommodation. We will be here to welcome you, and if requested can help to answer any questions to ensure you get the most our of your stay. We are happy to point you in the direction of local beauty spots, cook meals etc. We also respect your privacy and you will be left to come and go as you please.
We offer group discounts so please get in touch to find out more.
If you are looking for adventure then The Source is a perfect place to find it.
We have been here for over ten years and with adventurous spirits we have an excellent knowledge of local hidden gems. We are happy to point you in the direction of delightfully secluded wild swimming spots, waterfalls and lakes and help you with the following:
There is a fantastic cycling route close by “La Via Verde” which has been converted from the old tracks of the olive railway route. We will be happy to arrange cycle hire for you from a local company if need be.
The surrounding unspoiled countryside of the Sierra Sur is one of the hidden gems of Andalucía. Extensive tracks though the valleys and up the mountains mean you can easily explore the land and surrounding area.
The Source at Cortijo Vadillo is situated on the original walking route of the Caliphs. This route was taken by the Moorish kings of centuries past and links up the ancient fortresses and castles between Granada and Córdoba.
Within the immediate area of The Source there are a wealth of undeveloped crags, with stunning views of the area.
A short drive to either the Sierra Subbettica or the Sierra Magina offers both marked and unmarked routes within a beautiful landscape.
If you’re interested in doing some horse riding during your stay, whether in the form of lessons or excursions, we can arrange this with one of the local riding centres.
Castillo de Locubin is a traditional Andalucian white village, set in the mountains of the Jaen Province. The heart of this place is the source of the San Juan river. The village has friendly locals, several bars and restaurants serving a range of tapas and authentic spanish food, various shops and banks with cash machines and ample festivals throughout the year.
We offer airport transfers if requested from Granada and Malaga at an extra cost as well as pick ups from Alcala la Real bus station if needed. We can also give you info on local car hire, help you to rent bikes or arrange alternative transport as an extra.