Cortijo near Loja, Poniente Granandino, Andalucia - Secluded Location, Breathtaking Views down to Lake Iznajar, Near Granada
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About Nik Rainer
Nik, Jacqui, Rosie and George left the UK in 2003 to start their new life in Andalucia. Having lived around the world and stayed in the best and the worst the world had to offer, we think we know what people want from a holiday. We bought this old Spanish farm house, Casa Caballos and then later illa San Cristobel because we love everything about this part of Spain. The food, the people, the architecture and just about everything here that makes you feel that you are alive! We live here full time and are committed to our life here and providing a memorable holiday for you. With over 10 years experience, we think we have cracked it!
Nik Rainer purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Nik Rainer chose Loja
Villa San Cristobel is located in Puerto Blanquillo or White Haven, a small hamlet nestled in the Sierra Martilla, at the heart of Granada's olive growing region. Just an hour's drive from the coast, airport and Granada. The nearest villages; Zagra and Ventorres de San Jose, both retain a peaceful, traditional Andalucian way of life that is quickly disappearing on the coast and in many of the well visited Pueblo Blancos or 'White Villages' elsewhere. None of the Bars or Restaurants will appear in the Zagat or Michelin guides, however armed with a few Spanish words and a phrase book you will be welcomed by the friendly patrons and locals.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Amazing location, beautiful house. Will be back!
We loved our stay at the Villa. From the time we arrived (with the very generous welcome pack) to Nik helping us with arranging extra beds, we couldn´t have felt more at home. Set in its own rural location looking down to lake, we spent most days just hanging out around the beautiful pool.
The house has very well equipped and we had everything we needed. Nik was very helpful with things to see and do and nothing was too much trouble for him. We are already planning our next trip!
Beautiful tranquil stay
What a beautiful place! We stayed here with a group of friends and had an amazing time. This felt like so much more than a holiday home, it's a perfect place to get away from it all whilst still having all home comforts, a pool and stunning views, I could spend hours just sitting on the terrace, in fact I did!! A short drive from a village with a traditional rustic andalusian feel, and some good tapas so you're not completely in the sticks. We also had a great day trip to Granada from here and visited the local dolmens. We would definitely recommend. Property was clean and the owners helpful in all communications.
Thanks Louise so much for review. Hope to see you again soon.
Beautiful villa with amazing views
We stayed for one glorious week at Niks villa. It was faultless from the booking process to arrival. We did arrive very late but to be greeted by this beautiful villa and home comforts made us feel relaxed to begin our weeks holiday. The villa is home from home and has everything and more we needed. We had planned to visit a few local areas, but because of how well relaxed and the awesome Spanish weather was we spent a week chilling by the pool and enjoying Spanish sunsets along with one or two tintos. We will definitely be back, thank you Nik.
Lovely and spacious house
I stayed in the villa with my husband, daughter of 4 years old, brother and sister in law and their 1 year old little girl. Spacious house with lovely terrasse. The kitchen is well equipped. The all house was very clean. Fresh flowers in the house made our arrival very welcome. A cot and highchair were supplied by the owner and a stair gate also was left out if we needed it. What a lovely thought. Beautiful outside surroundings with the views of olives trees. Lovely and clean swimming pool. We liked that the swimming pool is all fenced with gate for security. Perfect when you have children. Will definitely recommend...
We were an extended family staying with 6 adults and 4 children from 0 - 70 years old. The Villa was spotlessness clean when we arrived and the owners had left food and essentials for us as we arrived very late at night. A lovely touch! There was plenty of space to find a secluded corner away from each other if needed and the views are to die for and we enjoyed watching the sunset from the terraces. Our favourite thing was the fab secluded pool among the olives groves and swimming at night with the pool lights on. The pool is gated, so no worrying about the children and there was loads of room for them to play.
We had a fantastic stay in the villa- and for me it was the perfect combination of modern and rustic style with loads of special touches.We really loved the original art work! It was great to have all the mod cons to make the holiday go smoothly, wifi etc...but still have such a unique,tranquil setting.
We really loved the location and managed to get to Granada and Cordoba with no problems.The owner's local knowledge was vast and helped us make the most of the local fiestas and sights- of which there are too many to mention Loved our stay i wouldn't hesitate to recommend it! Thank you Nick and Jackie for a wonderful stay!
A beautiful homely family villa in Andalucia
Our family of six adults and four children (two 5-year olds and two 1-year olds) had wonderful time in this isolated rural villa situated among the olive groves. The accommodation was very comfortable and as described by the owner except that the third bathroom has no shower. There was plenty of space and lots of toys to amuse the children. The pool was beautifully clean and well-maintained.
Things that could be improved:
1. The garden is getting overgrown and needs some attention e.g. the large prickly Agave specimens are beautiful but not very safe for children and there is now little space outside for them to run around.
2. The house was superficially clean but would benefit from a deep clean sometime soon.
3. The equipment around the pool was looking a bit tired and some of the garden furniture was broken.
Unfortunately, the local farming community relies heavily on tethered dogs to protect their property. They tended to be quite vociferous at night time.
In spite of these quibbles we had a wonderful time at the villa.
Special interest holidays:
1 hour to the beach. 30 mins to beach at Iznajar (freshwater lake)
Malaga is just over an hour away. Granada 45 mins.
Trains and buses everyday
Villages 1- 3km away. Outside Bar by waterfall - 1 km away. Lakeside beach and restaurants - 25km away. Costa Tropical - 1 hour away.
5 minutes to the nearest villages and 20 minutes to Loja, a major town.
Nearby villages Ventorres de San Jose and Zagra boast many bars and fiestas, banks, doctors and convenience shops.