Set on the top of a gentle hill covered in olive trees and at an altitude of 850 meters above sea level, this very special and private location and is not overlooked by any other property. Complete seclusion and yet only 2 miles from nearest village (only five minutes by car)
Access to Constanza is via a well maintained lane that has been used by the local olive growers for hundreds of years.
The local highway (motorway) is only a ten minute drive away which gives speedy connections to all of the major cities in southern Spain.
- Because of Constanzas rural location a car is essential to your visit
From the elevated position of the house, on all sides one experiences a blissfully un spoilt panorama of uninterrupted views as far as the eye can see. Truly breathtaking! These are probably some of the best views from any house in the area. The house has been designed to take full advantage of such fine views, enjoying a full 360 degrees of unobstructed views of the lake to the front with views of the mountains to the sides and back. This means that all of the rooms in the house enjoy a fabulous view from their own window.
This stunning home is in a very private location within an ancient traditional olive grove overlooking the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Iznajar.
The Olive Farm
Lovingly restored over a period of five years from an abandoned ruin into a relaxing and tranquil retreat, this is the perfect place to unwind and recharge ones batteries.
The owners love of interior design and artwork is evident everywhere here! Great care and thought has been put into the refurbishment and decoration of this lovely house with a healthy respect given to the simple vernacular architecture of the building.
The house wraps itself around a traditional ‘Cordoba style’ inner courtyard (patio) with a wishing well in the center. There is a shaded open air dining area and a sunny breakfast dining table too. Plants and pots of Geraniums cascade from the balconies and are arranged around the walls. This house is particularly suitable for families as the accommodation is in two connected sections – both have separate entrances but are linked by the central courtyard.
The property has been totally refurbished to the highest standards and includes fast WIFI broadband connection. All rooms are furnished in a smart country style with plenty of family antiques but with new beds, new super modern bathrooms with powerful showers. Handmade terracotta tiles throughout.Wishing well
There are five good sized bedrooms:
1 with a king size bed,
2 with twin single beds
2 with double beds (all rooms have an uninterrupted view of either lake or mountains).
There is an airy and cool characterful Spanish style living room and a fully equipped, handmade farmhouse style kitchen with an open plan dining area and breakfast bar.
Both reception rooms have cozy wood burning stoves for those cooler evenings (from November through to April). The 3 foot thick stone walls keep the house warm in winter and also cool in the hot Spanish summers. There are wooden shutters at all windows for the same reason.
There is plenty of outside garden space too – both sunny and shaded areas for relaxing with a glass of something refreshing or for dining ‘al fresco’. In all locations there are lots of chairs, tables and comfortable sun loungers.
We have two large barbeques – one gas and one wood burning for the true outdoor eating experience ! Enjoy the unique ‘Desert Oasis’ style pool with waterfall cascade and a sunbathing areas. Luxuriate on the sunbeds under the natural grass parasols swaying in the breeze!
The gardens are designed to give full advantage of the views and also to blend in with the olive groves. Locally quarried stone is used to give a natural feel to both the pool area and the pathways. The landscaping uses indigenous drought resistant plants, trees & shrubs throughout which makes watering more eco- friendly. Flowers, fruit trees & olive trees dominate the planting and simply brushing past the lavender, rosemary and jasmine which grows abundantly in the borders releases the most intoxicating scents! The old mule paths make lovely walking excursions and you have free access to the olive groves all the way down to the lakeside. We can even supply a dog or two if you wish for company on your walk!
Meet the real Spain
The property is central to many top cultural tourist destinations e.g : Cordoba, Granada, Seville & Malaga all within 1- 2 hours drive.
After a hard days sightseeing …….. return to base – Cortijo Constanza …….. this is the most ideal spot in which to unwind and relax & to watch the spectacular sunsets !
Looking for the true un spoilt Spain? This is an olive farming region of some repute. Our local area is famous for the very best olive oil in the entire world (Competition Gold Medalists every year) Some of our olive groves were here in Roman times ! The province is also famous for the locally produced Montilla wines and Serrano hams, not to mention our acclaimed Anis Liquor, Chocolates and rich Marzipan .We can arrange private visits to bodegas, factories and speciality restaurants.
For the true ‘Unspoilt Spain’ experience, why not drop into our local villages and try the traditional tapas or the ‘menu del dia’ (dish of the day ) The local hostelries are inexpensive and the food is of good quality, fresh & tasty. This is a farming area and therefore the size of the portions and the prices are reflected in that : the locals expect excellent quality and value for money when they go out to eat! A three course lunch menu costs on average around 9 euros a head!
If you want to get to know the real Spain – this is where to find it!
Mountain Walking, Cycling, Horseback or Donkey Riding, Sailing, Canoeing, Rock climbing, Fishing, Bird watching and Caving can all be arranged for you.
If you need help…
Either before you come to Spain….We can help with advice on Tourist or Cultural destinations including availability and booking information.
Or when you arrive in Spain….The owners live in separate accommodation adjacent to the holiday home with their pets.
They are available for help and advice at all times to ensure you have an enjoyable stay.
Languages spoken: English, Dutch, Spanish and Italian.