Casa Irene

Ronda and El Gastor

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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Entrance hall. Open plan sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, A/C, fireplace)/kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom with en suite shower room (A/C). Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (A/C). Single bedroom. Shower room. Internet via satellite (limited usage).
  • Outside: Attractive grounds of open and covered terraces. In-built barbecue*.  Private parking.
  • Private gated swimming pool (7m x 4m) with corner Roman steps.

If a stunning vista of panoramic Andalucían scenery is what you seek, the views to be savoured from this delightful stone-clad country cottage will not fail to impress.

Enviably positioned amidst the olive-studded slopes that rise up from the shimmering inland lake of Zahara, the beautifully presented grounds of Casa Irene enjoy the most sought after of outlooks. Within the pool and its surrounding terraces you will find yourself gazing out across picture-postcard scenery to the medieval hilltop town of Zahara de la Sierra, which sits on the opposite side of the water against the mountainous backdrop of the Sierra de Grazalema.

Up above on the barbecue terrace you will discover an equally enchanting vista whilst inside the house a charming combination of high pitched beamed ceilings, warm coloured paintwork and country-style furnishings will provide a taste of authentic southern Spanish living.

Just 2.4km away, El Gastor provides all amenities, some good local restaurants and a typical village atmosphere whilst a drive of about 30 minutes will bring you to the historic sites of Ronda.

*As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans will be enforced from early June and an electric 'plancha' will be provided for outdoor catering.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa Irene

Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada

A great day trip to do is visit the Alhambra palace in Granada, just over a two-hour drive away. Tickets must be booked well in advance, so book online before your holiday to avoid being disappointed! www.alhambra-tickets.es

Have a day trip to Seville.

Seville, Andalucía’s capital, has some of the region’s most beautiful monuments. Easily reached, using the park and ride system by metro, taking the strain from trying to park in a busy unfamiliar city. Exit the metro in “Puerta Jerez” and you will find yourselves in the very heart of the city, close to the Cathedral. It’s a flat city so walking is easy, cycles can also be hired for a day, horse and carriages are plentiful, or “hop on – hop off “city open top bus tours can be easily found

Relax and gaze!

Sit beside Casa Irene's lovely pool and just gaze... at the stunning view, at the large variety of birds flying by, at the pretty white village of Zahara in the distance over the lake. This is true relaxation therapy.

Don't forget to bring your binoculars!

The views from Casa Irene are wonderful, but are even more enjoyable if you have some binoculars. There are vistas all around the house, towards the white washed village of Zahara over the lake and the peaks of Lagarin and Las Grajas just behind. Bird watchers will not be disappointed, especially with large groups of Griffon Vultures riding the thermals above you.

Be active and do a great cycle ride!

The Via Verde or Green Way runs for 36 kilometers along the old railway line near the village of Olvera. This is an ecotourism route that can be done on foot, bicycle, horseback, and even donkey! Contemplate exuberant nature, valuable plant and animal species and the most beautiful landscape. Bicycles can be hired for a day. www.fundacionviaverdedelasierra.com

Hire a Kayak on the nearby lake.

In the summer months kayaks can be hired for fun for all the family, on the turquoise waters of the nearby lake.

Explore the pretty white villages.

At Casa Irene you have a wonderful base to go out and explore the white-washed local villages dotted around the hills and mountains. All have their own special charm and culture, the local people are always friendly and welcoming. Many villages, such as Zahara and Olvera, are topped with Moorish castles which make them a great place to explore with children too.

Take a stroll back in time.

This area has been settled since prehistoric times and around El Gastor evidence has been found of dolmens, or Megalithic burial grounds. The most famous of these is El Charcón, commonly known as the ‘Tumba del Gigante’. This ‘Giant’s Tomb’ dating from the Bronze Age is formed by three-metre high stone pillars and a nine-metre long passageway. Just a short walk uphill from the village it makes a pleasant ramble with some great views too!

Ronda Romantica

A date not to be missed in Ronda is “Ronda Romantica”, 25th to 28th May 2017. The whole town centre comes alive with the Recreation of the Romantic Era. A genuine encounter with the legendary past of this land and its identity. There are parades, battles, markets and parties galore as everyone is dressed up as old age travellers, horsemen and Bandits of the Serrania de Ronda. For the old and the young it’s a great Festival in Ronda.

Visit Ronda - the City of Dreams

Standing on the 'Puente Nuevo', (which is actually an old bridge and not new at all) and peering into the dizzying depths of the gorge which divides the town is just one not-to-be-missed experience that Ronda has to offer.

Jerez, the home of Sherry and Horses

The lovely city of Jerez is under an hour's drive from Casa Irene, and is home to the sherry wineries and the Royal Equestrian School. Watch the amazing 'How The Andalucían Horses Dance' show and then pop along for a guided tour of a winery and, of course, the chance to sample the local tipple!

Say Cheese

A visit to nearby Grazalema wouldn't be complete without strolling around some of the shops selling local produce from the 'Sierras'. Most popular here is a Goat's Cheese made from the milk of Payoyo goats. It is delicious washed down with a good red wine from Ronda!

Nearby

Towns

El Gastor 5 mins
Ronda 30 mins
Grazalema 30 mins
Zahara de la Sierra 30 mins
Arcos de la Frontera 45 mins

Beaches

Cadiz 90 mins
El Puerto de Santa Maria 90 mins
Conil 110 mins

Airports

Jerez 60 mins
Sevilla 90 mins
Malaga 120 mins
Gibraltar 135 mins
Times are approximate

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