Rancho del Marques

Jerez and Arcos de la Frontera

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  • All on one level: Sitting/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD, WiFi) with doors to covered terrace and courtyard. Kitchen (counter-top oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom (continental bed). Twin bedroom with en suite shower room. Twin bedroom. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Enclosed courtyard. Covered and open terraces. Barbecue. Parking. Table tennis. Badminton net.
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 4.5m) with Roman steps.

Some 20 minutes by car from the sherry producing centre of Jerez, a country lane winds its way through open fields to this charming ancestral estate, still a working farm to this day. As you travel along the gated driveway, you can take in the extensive panorama of the Sierra de Cádiz which stretches out in the distance, before arriving at this much-cherished family home.

Stepping into this comfortable rural retreat, a flair for interior design and obvious attention to quality and detail is clear to see. Walking through the tasteful and traditionally styled kitchen, you are brought into the spacious living area where smart and beautifully coordinated sofas form two areas of soft seating at either end of the room with the dining table at the centre. Throughout, carefully chosen antique pieces from across the globe add character and neutral tiles of unpolished marble line the walls of the attractive bath and shower rooms.

Doors from the living room lead onto the covered terrace, surely the perfect place to relax with your morning coffee or an evening glass of wine, and the table tennis table is also certain to provide hours of enjoyment.

The private swimming pool and its surrounding patios and lawns provide plenty of space for family fun and completing the outside space is a pretty enclosed courtyard decorated with vibrant bougainvillea.

You’ll find two restaurants and a small supermarket in the local village of Cuartillos which is just 2km from the house and a short 10-minute drive will bring you to the Montecastillo Country Club, home to an 18-hole golf course and a spa. For beach days, you can head to the golden sands of the Costa de la Luz, the nearest being at Puerto de Santa María which is a 10-minute drive beyond Jerez. No visit to the area would be complete without a visit to Jerez itself, an enchanting city where you can while away the hours in fine boutique shops, authentic flamenco bars and sherry bodegas which still produce the fortified wine for which the city is famous.

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Great Things to Do Near Rancho del Marques

Carthusian Horse Centre

Visit the most important stud farm in Spain which breeds the Andalusian Cartujano horses. An interesting tour around the estate, followed by a show, highly recommended.

Culture in Jerez de la Frontera.

Visit the beautiful city of Jerez and marvel at its architecture, the Moorish alcazar and its beautiful gardens, palaces, the cathedral and its ancient monastery. The bull ring and theatre are worth a look too, even if you don't go inside.

Sherry tasting

The sherry triangle consists of Jerez, Sanlucar and El Puerto de Santa Maria. Visit one of the famous bodegas including Fundador, Tio Pepe, Harveys, Williams Humbert and Lustau. Bodegas Tradicion is one of the oldest wineries and also houses an impressive collection of Spanish art including work by Picasso.

Visit Medina Sidonia

See the Santa Maria church, the Roman fortress and explore the old town that was once largely owned by Spain's wealthiest family. Then stop for a coffee and one of the famous cakes in the main square.

Bolonia

Be amazed by the scale of these largely overlooked Roman remains. A whole Roman city at the foot of a huge sand dune. Afterwards enjoy freshly cooked fish and seafood at one of the little beach bars.

Cádiz

The old town is an absolute gem. Visit the Cathedral, climb the Torre Tavira, explore the castle and get a sense of its naval history. Wander round the flower and food markets and the boutique shops this city has on offer.

Visit Seville

Discover its cathedral and the exquisite Moorish Palace, the Alcazar. You can even take a city bus tour - it's a great way to orientate yourself and to see the sights.

Doñana National Park

Take a boat from Sanlúcar up the River Guadalquivir and continue the tour in a 4-wheel drive desert bus! This is Europe's largest birdlife reserve and quite unique - look out for the Iberian Lynx, deer, wild boar and much more.

Go to the Races

Horse racing on the beach at Sanlúcar, there are 2 dates in August when this spectacular takes place.

Scenic Drive

Drive further inland towards the mountains of Grazalema. Stop off at the white towns of Arcos de la Frontera, Alcala, Ubrique (famous for its leather goods), Grazelama and El Bosque.

Visit Gibraltar for a Day

Definitely not Spain - and not Britain either. A good day trip - the best bit is the Rock itself so take a cable car ride or taxi and visit the Barbary apes and St Michael's caves.

Take the kids to Aquasherry Water Park

Situated just outside El Puerto de Santa Maria. Enjoy the slides, flumes and rapids, there is also an area for very young children.

Play Golf

Some great courses in the area and all available to non-members. The famous Montecastillo Resort is the closest. Sherry Golf in Jerez and the course at El Puerto are all within an easy drive.

Go to the Zoo

Jerez Zoo is interesting and well run. It's a worthwhile half-day outing. There is also a separate Exotic Reptile Centre on the outskirts of the city.

The Royal Equestrian School in Jerez

Visit the museum of equestrian arts, the horse carriage museum and see an exhibition and training of these famous Andalucian horses.

Acampo Abierto

Visit the estate of Alvaro Domecq and see how the horses and fighting bulls are bred in their natural habitat. A great morning out for all ages.

Shopping & food markets

Jerez and El Puerto de Santa Maria have great boutique shops in their central pedestrian streets. For everything under one roof, try the El Corte Ingles department stores or the Area Sur or El Paseo shopping malls. For food shopping don't miss the hustle and bustle of the indoor market in Jerez, a fantastic range of local produce and a great atmosphere.

Flamenco

The Santiago district in Jerez is where you will find the genuine flamenco bars, shows and a museum.

Arabic Baths

Visit the Hamman Baths by the cathedral in Jerez, book in for a massage too if you fancy a real treat.

Honey and Bee Museum

Take the children to the Cortesano Farm just down the road from El Rancho, its free entry and you can see over 1,700 hives and sample some delicious honey.

Nearby

Towns

Cuartillos 5 mins
La Barca de la Florida 10 mins
Jerez 20 mins
Arcos de la Frontera 30 mins
Medina Sidonia 35 mins
Cadiz 40 mins
Sevilla 70 mins
Ronda 90 mins

Beaches

Cadiz 35 mins
El Puerto de Santa Maria 35 mins
Sanlucar de Barrameda 40 mins
Chipiona 45 mins
Conil 55 mins
El Palmar 60 mins

Airports

Jerez 20 mins
Sevilla 65 mins
Gibraltar 90 mins
Malaga 140 mins
Times are approximate

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