With a history stretching back to the year Columbus discovered America, this Moorish luxury villa in Andalusia is a work of art, history, and painstaking restoration. Every bedroom is a miniature palace: unique, enchanting, and luxurious. Every turn of an outdoor path leads to a secret garden overhung with vines. And when you come to the edge, the view… Well, words can't describe the panorama at this holiday villa in Andalusia. You'll scarcely even need to visit the museum room in this Andalusia villa, because history unfolds around you like a fine silk tapestry. Smell that warm, dusty Spanish air, tinged with the scent of flowers? That's Time.
(6,660 m2) Behind the protective wall that surrounds the estate, you will delight in this villa's 200-year-old Moorish ornamental gardens, which have been laboriously restored to their former glory. Here you can wander or relax in total peace and tranquility, surrounded by centuries-old palm trees, shady bowers, and colorful exotic plants. Ancient cypress hedges border an attractive swimming pool fed by a natural spring, and other facilities on-site include a private chapel (open for guests at any time; see description below), a tennis court, and an outside summer bar/dining area. There is also a former mill on the grounds that can now be used as a dining hall for a large gathering. It can seat up to 100 people. Everything is surrounded by magnificent views of the hillsides and valley. Entrance to the property is controlled electronically, guaranteeing privacy at all times.
This villa estate, which is comprised of a main house and a chapel, has been elegantly and thoughtfully renovated so as to preserve its unique atmosphere and outstanding historical features, including some of the original furniture and decorations. The owners work hard to maintain a residence that is as visually authentic as possible—that's why you won't see the typical air conditioning or central heating units, or find mini-bars or telephones in the rooms. In the winter heating is provided electrically and on open log fires for the lounge areas. Guests can communicate by telephone, fax, or email from the library.
Ground Floor: The focal point of the main floor is without a doubt the magnificent vaulted and columned drawing room, with an original stone fireplace, chairs, couches, and tables scattered throughout the room. Other main rooms include a wood-paneled drawing room, a library, an inner patio, and a billiard room/museum. The formal dining room has seating for at least 14, while the large kitchen is fully equipped with two ovens, 4 refrigerators, industrial dishwasher, microwave, toasters, and other kitchen appliances. A separate laundry room has a washing machine, iron, and ironing board as well as a large deep freeze. There is also one bedroom on the ground floor:
Room 10 has two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower.
Another bedroom, Room 11, is reserved as a staff room.
First Floor: There are ten bedrooms on the first floor. All rooms are individually decorated and, like the rest of the house, furnished with antiques and curios. Bathrooms are all ensuite except for room 12.
Room 1: This large, north-facing room has a 160 cm queen-size bed, a sitting area, and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with handheld shower-head.
Room 2: This suite contains a 160 cm queen-size 4-poster bed, a living room area, and a luxury ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, large bathtub, and separate shower. The bedroom faces south and west.
Room 3: This bedroom is south-facing and has a 160 cm brass queen-size bed, an ensuite bathroom (sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head), and views over garden.
Room 4: A south-facing room with two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head.
Room 5: This south-facing room has two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head.
Room 6: Facing south and east, this bedroom has the best views. It is spacious and contains a canopied 160 cm double bed and a luxury bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with handheld shower-head.
Room 7: This bedroom has two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head. A connecting room contains a sofa bed suitable for one. The room faces north and east.
Room 8: This north facing room with a living area has two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and tub with handheld showerhead.
Room 9: In the rear tower, this bedroom contains a 4-poster 160 cm queen-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head. It faces south and east and also has a private terrace.
Rooms 10 and 11 are on the ground floor.
Room 12: In the front tower, this room contains two twin-beds (can be joined upon request), with a separate bathroom (sink, toilet, and bathtub with handheld shower-head) in a converted dovecote on the floor above.
The Chapel: Constructed circa 1890, the chapel was dedicated to the Virgin of Lourdes by the Marquesa, the last member of the original family, after a pilgrimage to Lourdes cured her of cancer. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-9), the chapel was ransacked, but after the war, the Marquesa returned, refurbished the chapel with religious artifacts from her home in Madrid. The building then resumed its role as religious centre of the estate, used for wedding blessings, baptisms, and other religious services. Today, a statue of the Virgin of Lourdes presides over the altar, which is more than two centuries old. Colorful carved saints look down from the walls, and the original marble font stands beside the entrance. The chapel's vaulted roof and high windows provide subtle lighting and atmosphere for an intimate ceremony. Seating capacity is for 35 people. Power outlets are available for extra photographic lighting or taped music.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Chef Service: 13 Euros per hour
* Extra Maid Service: 9 Euros per hour
* Airport Transfer: Upon request
* Babysitting: Upon request
* Wedding Coordinator: Upon request
* Event Catering: Upon request
* This villa can be rented for weddings; please inquire for more details.
* Pets are not allowed.
* Although there are excess beds, the number of guests in the main house is restricted to 20 for reasons of wear-and-tear.
* Pool heating is available on request from November - May, with at least two weeks advance notice.
* Conference and business equipment (audiovisual, translation, etc.) are available.
Additional amenities include: tennis court - private, housekeeping - included, cook service available - extra cost, outside area - private, independent villa....Read more
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4.6 / 5.0based on 2,826 reviews and 641 properties
Left on 08/27/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Absolutely excellent. It could not have been a more appropriate setting for a family get-together of 17 people of various ages.
The whole property was superb. While retaining the quaint, antique nature of the houe, the modern bathrooms and comfortable bedrooms were combined with tasteful decor and beautiful rooms. The grounds dating back 400 years are absolutely stunning.
Nothing. It was all superb.
We hardly went off the property as it was so great to just enjoy the viilla and its grounds. A day trip to Granada was an excellent excursion.
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Carol's review of Villa La Reina
Left on 06/30/2007 for a stay in June 2007 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The villa is beautiful and very private. It was perfect for a family reunion with day trips out from the villa.
After the first two nights, we cooked for ourselves and the outdoor seating was fabulous for meals. The staff brought fresh bread every day.
There was some confusion over the food preparation. We had ordered flats of water and other items which were never provided. We ordered meals prepared at the villa for Saturday and Sunday night. The staff was told that we had 5 vegetarians out of 20 people but the meal on Sunday had a lot of fish, but few vegetables. The clothes washer takes a long time to wash clothes.
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