Casa Rustica

Ronda and El Gastor

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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room (counter-top microwave/oven, dishwasher, fireplace, TV, WiFi).  Double bedroom (two single beds prepared as a double, A/C) with French doors to terrace and en suite shower room (washing machine). 
  • Outside:  Extensive grounds of olive trees.  Open and covered terraces.  Barbecue.  Private parking. 
  • Private swimming pool (6m x 4m)

If you are looking for a picturesque hideaway for two that oozes charm throughout its rustic, character-filled rooms and gazes south onto a panoramic vista of one of the prettiest scenes of lake and mountains that we have come across, then Casa Rustica is the place for you!

From the typically Andaluz ’pueblo blanco’ of Algodonales a series of rural lanes wind their way through a pretty patchwork of gently undulating countryside and provide a scenic approach to this delightful stone cottage. 

It is not until the property’s entrance gates are reached, however, that the specialness of its setting can be fully appreciated.  Off a 1.5km stretch of unmade lane, amidst a hectare of south-facing slopes, dotted with the silvery-grey leaves of olive trees, Casa Rustica looks out from its stone-clad terraces, picture-windows and enticing pool onto the waters of the Embalse de Zahara.  Shimmering in a captivating range of ever-changing colours to reflect the peaks of the Sierra de Grazalema that rise imposingly behind, this stunning inland lake and its mountain backdrop spread out ahead like a picture-postcard.

The charm of these idyllic surroundings is echoed within the house itself, which immediately enchants with its delightfully rustic open stone walls, a country ceiling of painted wood and typical terracotta flooring that extends across a quirky range of different levels.

It is an ideal retreat in which to switch off, relax and soak up the views, whether this be from the wooden decking that flanks the pool, from the shade of one of the many olive trees or through the wide picture-window that spans a sunken level of the living room.  And yet at the same time, the surrounding area offers a tempting range of places to visit:  historic Ronda (35 mins by car), the lakeside castle-topped village of Zahara de la Sierra (7km), and picturesque Algodonales with its local shops and restaurants (2km) to name but a few. 

Please note:  The terraced nature of the grounds and pool area mean that this property is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa Rustica

Discover the Pueblos Blancos

Dotted around the mountains are many wonderful white washed villages to explore. A firm favourite with many guests is Grazalema, nestled in the heart of the National Park, the Sierra de Grazalema. Just the wonderful drive there is worth it! It has an excellent choice of cafes and restaurants. You can easily spend the afternoon browsing the array of gift shops selling local produce such as hand woven wool shawls and blankets, pottery, cheese, cakes, wine and leather goods.

Be King of the Castle!

The picturesque village of Zahara de La Sierra is seen from the villa. It's a steep walk up to the medieval castle perched high above the rooftops - but well worth the effort for the fabulous views over the lake, the terracota roof tiles below and the mountains far beyond. Zahara is a small, but lively mountain village with a welcoming square to sit and have a drink to cool off

Make a wish!

Casa Rustica is perched on the border of the Sierra de Grazalema National Park. An area of great protected beauty. On a warm summer's evening, Casa Rustica is a perfect retreat to sit and star gaze, it is not uncommon to see shooting stars!

You can't miss Ronda

The historic town of Ronda is a short drive away and is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Spain. Its impressive gorge and famous bridge are not to be missed. A stroll through the old town feels like you have turned the clock back in time. The third most visited place in Andalucia, Ronda has something for everyone.

Explore the area on two wheels!

A local company offers cycling day trips with fully qualified British Cycling guides. There are a variety of different trips, from easy country rides to more difficult mountain climbs for more experienced cyclists. Contact Hike and Bike before your holiday to arrange dates with them. http://www.hikeandbikeholidays.com/cycling-spain/day-trips

2 de Mayo celebrations in Algodonales

A great event, normally the first weekend in May, 2 de Mayo is a celebration of the Spanish War of Independence between 1808 and 1814, when Spain fought against the First French Empire of Napoleon I. Re-enactments of battles are performed, all locals dress in traditional costume, and you really feel you have stepped into the past.

Feria time

Experience all the fun of the fair at a 'feria'. Every city, town and village has one at some time during the year, with fairground attractions for the young (and the not-so-young!), music, dancing, and marquees serving food and drink. The party goes on all night, and if you find yourselves flagging, have some sinfully delicious chocolate and churros to perk you up. In nearby Algodonales the Feria is at the end of July.

Visit Jerez and try the local tipple - Sherry!

Many of the wine cellars in Jerez include other attractions such as art galleries, museums, equestrian demonstrations and flamenco shows as well as bodega tours and wine sampling. Go for the day and enjoy the whole Jerez experience under one roof. Jerez is under an hour from Casa Rustica

Enjoy the water of Zahara's lake

Looking out towards the glistening waters of Lake Zahara you will surely be tempted to go down and explore. You can hire Kayaks on the lake and explore in the summer months.

Mix with the locals in Algodonales

Algodonales is lively market town, around the main sqaure and side streets there is any array of little shops offering all you'll need; grocers, bakers, butchers etc. The locals are really friendly and will make you welcome. The main square has an array of little bars and cafes where you can try the local tapas with a cool drink on the terrace. The weekly market is worth a visit too.

Nearby

Towns

Algodonales 5 mins
Zahara de la Sierra 10 mins
Ronda 35 mins
Arcos de la Frontera 40 mins
Cadiz 60 mins

Beaches

El Puerto de Santa Maria 75 mins
Sanlucar de Barrameda 80 mins
Conil 90 mins

Airports

Jerez 70 mins
Sevilla 80 mins
Malaga 110 mins
Gibraltar 130 mins
Times are approximate

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