- english, french, a little Spanish and German
My husband, Rupert, and I live just outside London and have three grown up daughters. Ru is an antiquarian book auctioneer and I, having had a career in magazine marketing, now have a business of my own teaching children to touch type. We are a good few years off retiring but are beginning to have more time to spend abroad now that the children are only periodically living at home.
Clare purchased this House in 2015
Why Clare chose Montefrío
We have always wanted a sunny bolt-hole of our own. We considered France (Ru speaks French well) and Italy (where we've spent many lovely family holidays) but settled on the south of Spain because of the mild winter climate. We explored extensively and then came across Montefrio and fell in love with the town and its warm and friendly inhabitants. It is big enough to be really useful and enjoyable, and small enough to be unsophisticated and very thoroughly Spanish. The house itself appealed because of the pretty, rural views, the flat land (with the opportunity to grow our own fruit and veg should we ever be lucky enough to live here semi-permanently) and the proximity to town (local wine sampling an option without the need to drive). We knocked the house about a bit to achieve spacious and comfortable living and have tried to maintain some of the Moorish character that influences Andalucia in its decoration.
What makes this House unique
In anticipation of grand-children visiting (very much thinking ahead here), it was important to us to have a pool that was safe. Being raised, ballustraded and gated not only gives the pool area full sunshine all day long but it also means it is child-proof and therefore worry free. It was also important to us that we have neighbours (though not close ones and not very many of them) to avoid feeling isolated and one of these neighbours is the lovely Fransisco who looks after our land.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great villa and pool near Montefrio
Spacious villa and pool were as described on website. We had a great week spent mostly by the pool, with a day trip to the Alhambra (which is highly recommended - book in advance). Diane & Chibby met us in Montefrio, showed us the villa, and were really helpful throughout our stay. Beds were very comfortable, certainly better than other villas I have rented. With daytime temperatures over 30c, some bedrooms were rather hot at night. The fans helped, but air conditioning would have added to the wow factor. Overall, a great 4 bedroom villa with a larger than average pool. Definitely worth a 5 star rating.
We're so glad you enjoyed the house and had a lovely holiday! Please visit again anytime. I'm sure you'd agree that the house is naturally cool and keeping the shutters down in the bedrooms during the day works a dream for cooler nights. Air con is a luxury that one pays considerably more rental for in this neck of the woods but it is something we will certainly consider for the future. Thank you for your feedback.
Great area and great property!
This property is amazing, really well equipped and the area is very peaceful. We had a great time! Clare is very responsive and Diane and Chibby were very welcoming and helpful. Iznajar lake is beautiful, and so is Montefrio. I really recommend this property. Thanks for having us, we had a great time!!
You're welcome Carla - so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Clare
A wonderful friend and family holiday. Lovely relaxing time by the pool cooking and eating late into
Property had everything we needed and any problems or questions quickly answered. Rural location suited us fine . You need a car as walking into town is not realy a possibility due to windy road location. Plenty of places to eat but favourite for quality and quantity was Casablanca.
So glad you had a wonderful stay. I think you must have missed the track, to the left of the bridge, which takes you through the olive groves and along the river and comes out on a wide pedestrian pavement with pretty street lamps at the bottom of the town - we wouldn't dream of walking the 'windy road', though the locals do! I will try to make the route clearer in the house information book.
Perfect family friendly holiday home near some wonderful cultural sites and very friendly locals
We enjoyed a fantastic week of sunshine, sightseeing and best of all lazing around by the pool. The villa was perfect for our family we could eat in or drive to nearby Montefrio with lots of choice of restaurants. There was plenty of culture and sightseeing when we had recharged our batteries and lots of help on hand from the locals whenever we wanted advice which was great as our Spanish was very limited.
The castle and church of Montefrio are fascinating and Granada is close by if you want more but make sure you book well in advance online and take photo ID with you if you plan on visiting the alhambra palace.
The owner was in regular contact to make sure everything was sorted for our stay and Diane and Chibby were a brilliant help meeting us and providing peace of mind if we needed any help.
Sounds like you really got the most from your Andalucia base and enjoyed some rest and relaxation too. You and your family are welcome anytime - there's plenty more to see and do!
Lovely escape in the sunshine
Really well equipped, naturally cool villa situated in peace and quiet. We were met by Diane and her husband Chibby who were incredibly welcoming and clearly keep the villa in great shape on behalf of the owner Clare who again was really helpful in checking we had every piece of information we needed to have a successful holiday.
We were not left wanting for anything on this holiday, it is well equipped, spacious and has everything you could likely need. The master bedroom has a really comfy bed with a decent mattress (something I have found lacking outside of the UK often!) and the en suite bathroom is a lovely size.
Thanks for a lovely holiday, will definitely recommend to friends and family!
So glad you had a wonderful stay Tom - do come again anytime. We use the villa as our second home and space, comfort and ease of living is important to us so the beds, sheets and towels are all good quality and the house is well equipped - it's home-from-home but with sunshine! .
Fantastic rural house with private pool for a family holiday
House is perfect for a large family holiday. Great layout, very comfortable with very well equipped kitchen including a paellera which we made good use of! Nearest town is Montefrio, which we fell in love with! Very Spanish and people extremely friendly. Recommend visiting Cafeteria Elena for morning coffee and churros! The bar Los Canarios for a drink and tapas and also Casablanca for good tapas. Alcala la Real and Priego de Cordoba are worth visiting and really recommend making the drive to Cordoba. El Caminito del Rey is well worth the drive to Malaga but not for the faint hearted!! We love this part of Spain and will most definitely be returning!!
It was a pleasure having your family to stay - you left the house wonderfully clean and tidy - and I'm so glad you found it comfortable and well equipped and a good base from which to explore. Great list of recommendations - thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back at any time - remember the house is fully heated and has a log burner too so perhaps a winter stay when lots of lovely, long walks in the sunshine (but not the heat of summer) are a real joy.