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Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:Air Conditioning, CD Player, Central heating, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Iron, Ironing Board, Laundry, Lounge, Microwave, No Pets, Patio, Phone, Shower, Swimming Pool
Activities:Museums, Swimming, Tennis
Description: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 viewe280a6 Well, words can't describe this vista. With a history dating back to the year Columbus discovered America, this Moorish holiday villa in Andalusia is a work of art, history, and painstaking restoration. You won't even need to visit the museum room in this Spanish luxury villa in Andaluca, 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. n(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. n(1,600 m2) nThis villa estate is comprised of a main house, a cottage (which is 50 yards away and outside of the property's electronic gate), 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 possiblee28094that'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 also communicate by telephone, fax, or email from the library. n(1,200 m2, sleeps 20) nMain House nGround 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: nRoom 10 has two twin-beds that can be joined upon request and an ensuite bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower. nAnother bedroom, Room 11, is reserved as a staff room. nFirst 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. nRoom 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. nRoom 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. nRoom 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. nRoom 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. nRoom 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. nRoom 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 showerhead. nRoom 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. nRoom 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 shower-head. nRoom 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. nRooms 10 and 11 are on the ground floor. nRoom 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. nCottages nThere are two cottages, each sleeping 6 people. The cottages are located 50 yards away from the main house. Each cottage has three twin-bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms with showers. nThe 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. nExtra 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. n* Chef Service: 13 Euros per hour n* Extra Maid Service: 9 Euros per hour n* Airport Transfer: Upon request n* Babysitting: Upon request n* Wedding Coordinator: Upon request n* Event Catering: Upon request nPlease Note: n* This villa can be rented for weddings, please inquire for more details. n* Pets are not allowed. n* Although there are excess beds, the number of guests in the main house is restricted to 20 for reasons of wear-and-tear. n* Please be aware that the cottage is located 50 yards away from the main house outside of the property's walls and is situated next to a few other residential houses. n* Pool heating is available on request from November - May, with at least two weeks advance notice. n* Conference and business equipment (audiovisual, translation, etc.) are available. n nAdditional amenities include: tennis court - private, housekeeping - included, cook service available - extra cost, outside area - private, independent villa.
Property Type:Vacation Home
Amenities:Fireplace, Swimming Pool
Description:This wonderful Marquesa's mansion dates from 1492 - the year Columbus reached America. 500 years later it was immaculately restored along with its outbuildings. The splendid Moorish gardens have also been rescusitated - with tall palms, sculpted hedges and exotic lilies, and a pool and tennis court for good measure. Paths lead to a belvedere, perched above lush chirimoya groves and dwarfed by the rugged peaks of the Sierra de Chaparral: as stunning and romantic a spot as you could wish for. The interiors do not disappoint: there's a splendid, vaulted drawing-room on the ground floor, and a dining room and games room too, upstairs are 11 stately bedrooms (2 of them perched at the top of the tower), with tall ceilings, antique furniture and garden views. If you are planning a house party, conference or wedding, and looking for a stunning Mediterranean location, then look no further.La Palacete is also a convenient base from which to explore the area. Historic Granada (approx 50 km), the Sierra Nevada and the Alpujarra mountains are all within a short drive of the property. Those interested in more active pursuits will find a huge choice of sports nearby, from deep sea diving to hanggliding. The sea at Almunecar is about 15 kms away.The property comprises the mansion house, a separate cottage with two bedrooms, spacious ornamental gardens, the chapel, a pool, tennis court, a stunningly converted Olive Mill which seats up to 100 for large-scale, indoor dining functions and an outside bar and eating area - all with magnificent views. The manor house sleeps up to twenty in eleven bedrooms (five doubles and six twins), all but one with en suite bathrooms. There is a drawing room with vaulted ceilings and marble fireplace, a spacious and rustic kitchen and a stunning dining room (with timbered ceiling) leading to the garden. There are two more double bedrooms in the courtyard cottage, which has particularly fine views.
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