Farmhouse near Montefrio, Granada Province, Andalucia - Peaceful Location Surrounded By Olive Groves, 5 Minutes Drive ( 30 Minutes Walk) To Town
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About Margaret Cook
Recently retired, we like to spend as much time as we can at El Cortijo de Los Siete Olivos. As city dwellers we love the beauty and slower pace of life that Montefrio offers us. Seven grandchildren, living variously between Edinburgh and Oxford keep us rooted in the UK.
Margaret Cook purchased this Farmhouse in 1996
Why Margaret Cook chose Montefrío
We wanted to experience life in traditional Spain, so chose to buy in Montefrio as it offered us a country area within easy access of the coast and a major city. We feel incredibly lucky that we chanced upon this little town as its beauty never fails to delight us every time we return. The local area offers so much in terms of history, walking and bird watching, and with the proximity to Granada, access to restaurants, shops, city life in general and of the course the wonderful Alhambra Palace. For families with children, there are many activities to enjoy, the Aquaola Water Park and the amazing Science Park in Granada, and watching flamingos. Locally in Montefrio horse riding and cycling are available.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Our 150 year old farmhouse was restored about twenty five years ago using traditional methods and materials. White uneven lime-washed walls and birchwood beams and the local brightly coloured Alpujarran fabrics used throughout the house reflect its traditional past, whilst offering comfortable modern convenience. We enjoy beautiful views of the Parapanda mountain across the valley from all the terraces around the house, and starry nights are quite magical. The approach to the house is along one of the many pale dusty tracks that meander over these hillsides, lined with almond trees, through groves of Hojiblanca and Picual olives. Although only five minutes from town by car you feel you are in a different world.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Most terraces are gated but pool is unfenced.
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had a lovely (and hot!) two weeks at the farmhouse. The property is old and rustic but clean and the view from the terrace is breathtaking! The pool was a welcome relief from the boiling heat and Gerardo did a great job keeping it clean over the two weeks. Would highly recommend a stay here especially if you want to chill out and relax. The only (very minor!) downside was the distance from the nearest town as it meant a car ride to go out for dinner or do a food shop. However the owner did make me aware of this when I queried during the booking process and to be honest you wouldn’t get the amazing views if located in the centre of a town. Highly recommend!
Lovely place to stay
Fabulous family holiday in a rustic farmhouse.
Just returned from 2 weeks in this fabulous property, it was everything we wanted and more! Rustic and rural with a fabulous terrace...the views are wonderful and the pool is great for a cooling dip. The weather was hot and sunny and we ate all of our meals outside. The kitchen is incredibly well equipped and had everything we could possibly need. There's lots of information in the house about exploring the local area which we found very useful. Numerous walks start from the house if you don't want to drive. Would highly recommend this property if you like relaxed and rustic with a great location.
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you really enjoyed your stay .
We spent two weeks here in the hot sun of July. The pool was well used to cool us down. The place is idyllic and the owner has thought of everything in the kitchen. The views are wonderful and the town and area are unspoilt by tourism. The sunbeds had seen better days and the beds were lumpy (we got used to them) but if you can live with that the Cortijo is full of charm, very rustic and the history of the building and it’s owners/occupiers is very interesting. The owner, Margaret, was extremely helpful and understanding. We all fell in love with El Cortijo de los Siete Olivos. We visited the Dolmans in an area run by a crazy lady, passionate about their safe-keeping. The Alhambra palace is also a must see.
Thank you for your review, and 5 star rating, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Los Siete Olivos. You clearly appreciated the rustic and peaceful nature of our house and the surrounding area. Thank you also for your helpful comments. With regard to your remark about 'lumpy beds' we are surprised, as neither family nor other guests have ever mentioned this before. Could it have been the quilted Ikea mattress toppers that are under the mattress protectors, on every bed? In any case we will make comprehensive checks when we return to the house ourselves in a weeks time, to ensure optimum comfort for future guests.
Its true that the strong summer heat especially around the swimming pool terrace do cause some wear and tear on the sunbeds. We will certainly look to renew these before next summer letting season.
Our best villa ever!!!
We absolutely loved our stay in this beautiful villa. I am always looking for a place like this to stay and they are so rare to find. Romantic authentic rustic and beautiful. The views and location are stunning. The pool was big and provided hours of entertainment. the separate casita was brilliant for hosting friends and mother. Montefrio is a beautiful walk away and is a real gem if authentic Spain is what you are looking for. We loved it, very pretty, friendly and full of character. Margaret the owner was the perfect host providing gems of advice and wisdom, and always replied to our enquiries straight away so generously.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are so pleased you really enjoyed your month long stay in Montefrio, and enjoyed such a traditional Spanish experience.
Margaret and Geoff
Beautiful location, lovely quaint cottage and great pool
The terrace was gorgeous, with spectacular views although don't forget the mosquito repellent if sitting out in the evening. Wifi was good and the kitchen spacious and well equipped. Loved the pool area - great temperature in pool. Unfortunately the weather was unusually hot some of the time we were there so the upstairs rooms were difficult to sleep in - downstairs remained relatively cool though. We had a very relaxing time at the cottage with plenty of privacy. Rather a lot of ants both in and out of the cottage but you get used to them! We would recommend the restaurant Jomay as the family and staff were very friendly (despite our language barrier) and generous and food the best in village. Stunning views in Montefrio.
Montefrio has been designated in 2015 as 'one of the 10 most beautiful village views in the world' by National Geographic Spain.
The coast of the Costa del Sol with all its pretty towns and lively attractions is a drive of an hour and a half. Malaga itself is a fine city with an historic quarter including Picasso Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum and roman amphitheatre. There you can find great shopping , lively bars and street entertainment. Historic Granada, with the world famous Alhambra Palace, bars shops and cafes is a 40 km drive away.
Our nearest airport is Granada, which is 40 minutes from the house, but Malaga offers many more flights from the UK , and is an hour and a half's drive. We consider car hire from Malaga is more or less essential, as although it's possible to reach Montefrio by public transport via Granada and to walk from town to the house, it is a 50 minute walk up quite a steep hill, from where the bus stops.
Three kilometers from the town and forty kilometers from Granada make daily living simple. The Alhambra Palace is easily accessed in Granada. The wonderful cities of Cordoba and Seville are within easy reach. Cordoba is a day's outing and Seville is a five hour round trip. Local towns, villages and nature parks within an hours drive from Montefrio offer many other opportunities for sightseeing.
Montefrio is one of the white towns (pueblos blancos) of Andalucia and is unspoilt by tourism. It's a working town of olive farmers where few people speak English, but their friendly helpful manner more than compensates for our inadequate Spanish. Montefrio offers a full range of local shops, banks, supermarkets. There is friendly competition between Bars to entice visitors with fine tapas, offered free with each drink. Also, the town swimming pool which is open in summer has a great bar/restaurant. In the evening you can eat there and it's very popular with locals, , but as usual in southern Spain, if you want to eat much before 9/9.30 you'll be eating alone!
All bars offer meals, there are also restaurants for a more formal dining experience.
For additional food shopping there is a weekly market, a bakery, cheese and olive oil cooperatives offering local produce and also locally produced 'jamon'.
Montefrio is a colourful community with many celebrations and fiestas throughout the year.
The region of Montefrio has been inhabited for thousands of years, going back to the middle of the Stone Age. A historic town, its Moorish tower was the last place to be besieged by catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in 1486 before the final retreat of the Moors from Granada. You can see traces here of many different cultures and civilizations as well as finding opportunities for walking, cycling, climbing and bird watching. We provide visitors with a lot of information and guidance to the town and the area and places of interest including walks from the house. A walk through the olive groves can take you to a ruined mediaeval village, remains of a Roman fort and further on to an amazing neolithic site of dolmens. A guided tour of the dolmens from the site owner can be booked at the tourist office in Montefrio.