Villa Madreselva (Honeysuckle) is set in six acres with great views all round. There is a superb 12 x 6-metre pool enclosed on three sides by a flower-covered trellis. Nearby is a comfortably furnished pergola where you can relax away from the sun. The countryside is stunning with mountains, farmland, lakes, wild flowers, gorges, caves...
Nearby is Algodonales, with a big, orange-tree-lined central square and plenty of bars, cafes, shops and banks... and fresh running water from mountain springs which you can bottle at two fountains. Ronda, split in two by a massive gorge, is the most dramatic pueblo blanco (white hill town) in the whole of Spain. It's just 30 minutes away.
The villa has four en suite double bedrooms, two with a double four-poster bed and two with twin beds. Three have their own terrace. The big, comfortable and attractive lounge has two sofas, two armchairs, coffee tables, writing desk. soft lighting, an HD TV with English channels, and an internet connection. It has a dining table and chairs for eight.
There is a new American-style kitchen along one wall and an arch leading to a utility room with new electrical equipment - oven, fridge/freezer, wine cooler, dishwasher and washing machine.The kitchen has another fridge, a four-ring cooking hob and a microwave oven. There are plenty of plates, cutlery, glasses and kitchen equipment.
On the villa terrace is a table for eight with comfortable, relaxing chairs and a big umbrella. There is also a big barbecue. The terrace has views of the pool and mountains.
A top chef is available to cook meals with a choice of dishes. The price is €30 for a three-course lunch or dinner. Tapas meals are also available.
There are sun-loungers, umbrellas, garden chairs and drink tables around the pool. The pool and grounds - both lit up at night - are for the exclusive use of villa guests.The grounds have a mature vineyard with around 250 vines, and a newly planted small orchard with citrus fruit, cherries, apricots, peaches, pomegranates, apples and pears. There are palm trees and fig trees in the grounds, and an olive grove. There is one other house in the villa's grounds - Finca Alta Cocina, the home of William and Eva, who run the villa holidays. Eva is a great chef and also runs cookery courses when no holiday guests are staying in the villa. And when there are villa guests, Eva offers them cooking lessons in Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine if two or more people want them. The price is €70 per person for a three-and-a-half-hour lesson, followed by by a three-course lunch or dinner with wine included. Any partners or friends can join in the meal with wine for €25 per person.
You have a choice of three airports with economy flights to get to Villa Madreselva. Ryanair fly to Jerez (50 minutes away) and Seville (just over an hour). Easyjet fly to Malaga (1hr 45mins away) ...with a car drive through outstanding scenery. Although the villa is in beautiful, tranquil countryside, it is only a few kilometres from the A384. The villa is in a great central position for trips to Seville, Granada, Jerez and Cadiz.
Here are a few comments from Villa Madreselva guests...
"VILLA Madreselva is sheer paradise. As you lie beside the beautiful swimming pool, all you can hear are the clinking of goat bells, the songs of the exotic small birds and the occasional loud bray from grazing donkeys. Six of us had a wonderful two weeks there. The views are amazing and we enjoyed looking at the masses of stars every single night. The weather was superb with non-stop sunshine and clear, vivid blue skies. Chef Eva and her husband William live in a house in the grounds but keep themselves to themselves unless you want some help. We got Eva to cook a meal for us one night and it was so fantastic we got her to cook several times... If you like stunning seenery, trips to great cities, tons of sunshine and enjoy real gourmet cooking, try Villa Madreselva."
"WHAT can I say? Fab? Great? Wonderful? No, bloody brilliant!!! We were one of three couples who went away together But most of the time we just had fun together. and it worked out smashing. The secret was that there is so much space at Villa Madreselva. We could spend as much time as we wanted together in the villa, in the grounds or around the pool. But if any couple wanted some private time it was easy to achieve. We really enjoyed days out to beautiful cities. The accommodation and surrounding area are truly beautiful. My husband said it was the most relaxed he had been in years."
"VILLA Madreselva is a great place to stay. Everything in the villa is in top-class condition We were four adults and four children of various ages and everyone enjoyed the holiday.There are two super towns nearby - Zahara de la Sierra and Algodonales. It was a sheer delight to enjoy the beautiful pool and the grounds with lots of olive trees on the side of a mountain that was not too steep to climb. The weather was fabulous. We hope to be back soon."...Read more
Villa Madreselva is just below the town of Algodonales in the province of Cadiz. It is tucked away in stunning countryside in an undiscovered part of Andalucia in southern Spain. It is in a picturesque area of mountains, hills, olive groves, farms, wild flowers and wild herbs. Algodonales is just 10 minutes away from the villa by car and has a big central square with orange trees all round it. There are plenty of bars, places to eat, shops,and banks. There is clear water from mountain streams which you can collect in bottles at two fountains in the town. There are plenty of parking spaces in Algodonales and at Villa Madreselva. A car is essential to tour the fabulous area and it is wise to hire one at the airport when you arrive. It is possible to get to Ronda and Seville by public transport from Algodonales. But the service is not reliable. The villa is in a great area for sightseeing, walking and horse riding.
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Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
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Last updated on May 18, 2015
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