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'House of Dreams' with pool on laid-back finca, nr Vejer, beaches & restaurants

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4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
8 guests
Minimum stay varies
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Translated as the 'House of Dreams', the Cortijo del Sueño is the spacious original old stone country house with Moorish origins sitting at the heart of an 8 acre ecological finca - beautifully and sustainably renovated to retain a real sense of local history and character, with its own infinity swimming pool. Harmonising home comforts and modern technology with traditional local design and architecture, to provide a unique and spacious country house full of mellow charm in peaceful, natural surroundings - with stunning views across the water meadows and private lake teeming with birds and wildlife, up to the 'white village' of Vejer de la Frontera on the hill. Perfect for families and friends, the Cortijo can sleep up to 8 guests in four double en-suite bedrooms - two king size four-pos...Translated as the 'House of Dreams', the Cortijo del Sueño is the spacious original old stone country house with Moorish origins sitting at the heart of an 8 acre ecological finca - beautifully and sustainably renovated to retain a real sense of local history and character, with its own infinity swimming pool. Harmonising home comforts and modern technology with traditional local design and architecture, to provide a unique and spacious country house full of mellow charm in peaceful, natural surroundings - with stunning views across the water meadows and private lake teeming with birds and wildlife, up to the 'white village' of Vejer de la Frontera on the hill. Perfect for families and friends, the Cortijo can sleep up to 8 guests in four double en-suite bedrooms - two king size four-poster beds, with two twin singles (which can also be made up as super- king double beds) - arranged in pairs of a double and a twin, so ideal for two families. The en-suite bathrooms all have double-ended baths with an antique-style Victorian shower over, sink, toilet and bidet. Each bedroom has its own set of patio doors that lead out to a tiled balcony which runs along the front of the house with stunning views across the valley to Vejer. Downstairs there is a fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine (& dryer for Winter months), electric oven and gas hob, microwave and large fridge-freezer - well-stocked for when the Cortijo is booked with other Casitas on the finca, so larger groups can comfortably eat and socialise together. The separate dining room with a large oak table can seat up to 12 guests, with a bar area with second fridge to the side for entertaining. There are two sitting rooms with open fireplaces and comfortable sofas & armchairs - the cosy Snug has a flatscreen television with freeview satellite, while the larger front sitting room with plenty of space for everyone to relax together. Free wifi, ipod docking station & DVD player, board games, books & a box of children's toys makes this the ideal property for guests to enjoy together - while still large enough for everyone to have their own favourite corner. In the cooler winter months, there is under-floor heating in all bedrooms & living rooms - with real open log fires in both sitting rooms. Two pairs of patio doors from both the large front sitting room and the dining room open onto the large cool stone patio shaded and perfumed by jacaranda trees and jasmine. Here guests can simply relax with hardwood sunbeds and a Moroccan ironwork sofa with two large armchairs - while for al fresco dining, there is a large Moroccan tiled mosaic dining table & chairs with a traditional charcoal barbeque. Just a few steps away is the the private ecological infinity swimming pool (open April to October ), with its large natural stone patio, vine shaded tree trunk pergola & a poolhouse with bar area & private bathroom/changing room. El Sueño is a relaxed & mellow retreat in a peaceful rural location, the antithesis to a managed holiday resort - where adults can sit back and relax in their own private space, while children run free to explore and meet new friends in acres of gardens with two play areas for children. Welcoming guests for 12 years (many who return more than once), Finca El Sueño is found in one of the most unspoilt areas of the Costa de la Luz, nestled into a secluded valley by the sea between the hilltop 'white village' of Vejer & the seaside towns of Zahara and Barbate. Tucked within organic laid-back grounds including a large Bees & Butterfly Herb Garden, Citrus Walk and a lake in the water meadows, there are just five individual country houses sleeping one to eight persons - offering a choice of individual accommodation for couples, families and friends as well as larger groups. The spacious and private Cortijo (farmhouse) with four en-suite bedrooms has its own walled swimming pool, so perfect for families and friends to share or base for larger groups - while for larger groups there are also four Casitas (cottages) located at the top of the finca offering 1-3 bedrooms, each have their own private shaded patio & garden and sharing a second swimming pool safely fenced for little ones. Our two bedroom Casita is particularly suitable for those with mobility/wheelchair requirements. Just minutes away are miles of glorious beaches, delicious restaurants & tapas bars to suit all tastes either in town, beside the sea or tucked in away in rural settings, along with a wealth of shops & markets, stunning nature reserves & a range of activities from wildlife tours, cycling, surfing, horseriding to whale watching for all ages. Dehesa Montenmedio just 500m away with its renowned NMAC art centre, acres of natural deer park, 18 hole golf course and international annual equestrian Sunshine Tour, while within easy reach are many of the historical and cultural gems of Bolonia, Cadiz, Seville & even Morocco to explore. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: TAR/CA/01231More
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About the Owner
Tanya M
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2012
Interaction with guests
We appreciate guests want to enjoy their own privacy and space, so a comprehensive Information Book is in the property with plenty of suggestions for local beaches, restaurants, days out & activities, while a bilingual caretaker will be on the finca daily to water plants and check/clean the pools and offer assistance. 24 hour contact numbers for emergencies are also provided, with phone & email support for all other general queries offered by us every day. To offer guests as much flexibility as possible with travel plans & flights, the front gates are coded & each property has its own key lock-box - so guests can arrive/depart at a time to suit you within the booking period, rather than meet a keyholder within a limited time frame.
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Stunning secluded cottages and expansive herb filled grounds meant our first holiday abroad in three years with kids met all high expectations. Manager Chus available daily to any queries, in English, plus Spanish-only garden pool guy very helpful. Cottage extremely comfortable and massively well equipped...More

Date of stay: October 2013
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Safe
Towels Provided
Private Garden
Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Hairdryer
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Playground
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Swingset
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
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Are there nightlife options close to this holiday rental? YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
Our guests can enjoy a range of activities such as golf and horseriding in the parklands of Dehesa Montenmedio, which is just a few minutes walk away (- which also hosts the annual international Sunshine Tour equestrian competition every Spring). There is a wealth of choice for nature lovers too - from whale and dolphin watching to safaris exploring the wonderful National Parks such Donana and Los Alcornocales, or simply birdwatching and enjoying the local flora and fauna walks. Your days can be as active or as laid-back as you wish and you also do not have to arrange everything in advance, rather just take it day by day.
How to get there
We have four local airports within two hours driving distance of El Sueño - Malaga (2.5 hours) and Gibraltar (1.5 hour) to the South East, with Seville (2 hours) and Jerez (1 hour) to the North East. We can also provide advice on national and regional train travel to our closest stations of Cadiz, Jerez or Algeciras, as well as recommend car hire and local taxis. There are good local bus routes between all the main towns, with the closest main bus stop about 3km at the base of Vejer hill. However, for both overall price and ease of use, we highly recommended hiring a car to explore the area.
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