Spacious villa in a peaceful valley a 20-minute drive from the beach.

Spacious villa in a peaceful valley a 20-minute drive from the beach.


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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
3 Bathrooms
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Our home

In the countryside in eastern Andalucia, this spacious four-bedroom, three-bathroom house sleeps from two to eight people. It was fully refurbished in 2005, and is part of a country estate known as El Cortijo Grande, in a secluded valley with its own golf course in the foothills of the Cabrera mountains. This area gets on average 320 days of sunshine per year. From March to November you can enjoy swimming and outdoor living, and it's warm enough to have lunch outside all year round. Children really enjoy staying here as there is lots of space and places to explore around the house.

The house is on two levels. Upstairs is an open-plan living and dining room, kitchen and utility room. There are several terraces for sunning and lounging.

One of the twin rooms and bathrooms is on the upper level. Downstairs are the other three bedrooms – two doubles and a twin. The lower-level rooms have great views overlooking the valley. All have French windows and two have their own private terrace.

The house is rented out when we're not there, but some weeks are available for exchange between the dates above.

Property features

Who we are

  1. Martin works in the film industry and Celia is a journalist. Our work means we are based in London but we enjoy going to the house in Spain when we can. We enjoy travelling and would be very interested in seeing other parts of the world by swapping homes. Celia has swapped apartments several times before.

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Where is it?

Your neighbourhood

Turre is the nearest village, a five-minute drive, with bakery, supermarket with good deli counters, post office, bars, restaurants and an internet café.

A little further on is the Moorish hilltop town of Mojacar with a wide choice of restaurants and nightlife. We are a 20-minute drive from the beach at Mojacar Playa, which has all shops and services.

The beaches between Mojácar and Almería are thought of as the best in the region. You can easily find quiet coves and bays backed by a beach bar-restaurant. Between Tranquila and Almería is the Cabo de Gata natural park. Tucked between headlands of volcanic rock are low-key resorts offering good food, sandy beaches and clear sea.

At the saltwater lagoon at Salinas you can see flamingo in their hundreds in summer as they flock in to feed as the sun drops.

A fun day-trip involves heading inland to the semi-desert region around Tabernas to visit one of the old movie lots where spaghetti westerns such as The Good the Bad and the Ugly were made in the 1960s and '70s.

The 12-hole (soon to be 18-hole) golf course at El Cortijo Grande is just minutes away from Villa Tranquila. Other golf courses include Valle Del Este, Marina Golf and Desert Springs. All these courses are within a 20-minute drive.

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