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Splash-space for big groups of friends and families in the 17 metre private pool Dine in the atmospheric cobbled courtyard
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Beautiful huge house in its own private gardens
Splash-space for big groups of friends and families in the 17 metre private pool
Dine in the atmospheric cobbled courtyard
Farmhouse, garden, pool and majestic valley view to mountains
Gardens, bikes, pool and trees great for kids on holiday
Lots of space - large family groups are our speciality
All-day shade for kids on the play-tent and children´s picnic table (plus hammocks for parents !)
Join in the fun and festivities at the local fiestas
Our closest town is the ancient Moorish white village of Iznajar with shops, banks and cafes
Find tapas & dinner at Antonio's Bar, a 20 minute walk through Almond Groves or past the Go
Total privacy set in olive trees and ancient oaks
Aesthetic pergola gives shade on 17m (55ft) pool
Relax on the Italian leather furniture in the Casita
Enjoy the space and atmosphere of 11 metre Gran Sala
Chill out in The Cortijo Kitchen by cooking or sitting on the sofa chatting to the cooks!
Wake up in the Writer's Room and stroll onto its balcony to take in the views of the Sierra Nev
The Blue Room has an ensuite with large shower and a private door leading to the central courtyard
The Yellow Room has an arched doorway to the ensuite with exposed stone wall and bespoke shower
Lots of different options for eating all together
Massive porton gated entrance to central courtyard
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10 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 20
Granada, Province of Granada, Andalucia

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stevejem
Castleford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“The perfect property, in the perfect place, for our perfect wedding, truly unforgettable!!”
Reviewed August 15, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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We came across Finca El Almendrillo totally by chance, when looking for a wedding venue in Andalusia, instantly falling in love with the place. We just had to have our perfect wedding day in this stunning location. It was everything we had dreamed of and more. Remote, untouched and traditionally Spanish through and through. The Finca certainly gave us that and more.
We first contacted Mike, the owner of the property back in early 2015 asking if our dates were available, which they were.
Having weddings at the Finca before, Mike filled us with confidence from the outset and was on hand for the next 14 months leading up to our stay and wedding day. He helped us organise everything from caterers to the wedding coordinator and everything in-between. Even drinks, food and staff if we required them.
The pain we gave him in the run up to the wedding was intense, but yet never too much trouble for Mike and his team at Almendrillo, who were instrumental in the planning and overall smooth running of our perfect wedding day.
Now onto the property which can only be described as exquisite and unimaginably stunning. It is difficult to describe in words how breathtaking the house and location is. But I will try.
We arrived late at night and were surprised at how out on it's own the Finca was, this was even more perfect than we had imagined. Walking into the courtyard and seeing the beautiful architecture of the huge farmhouse took our breath away, after, sitting with a glass of Rioja, gazing up at the enormity of the stars in the sky. Never had we felt more relaxed than we did right at that moment.
We knew we had made the right choice of location for our two week holiday and wedding day.
Our other 18 guests arrived later that night and were equally blown away by this gorgeous place.
The facilities and bedrooms were equally amazing, we stayed in the main double and my god was it big, the bed was huge and comfy plus the bathroom and shower were great.
But the best surprise was to come when we woke early on Sunday morning and opened our bedroom window. The view across the valley to the distant mountains can only be described as breathtaking. Myself and Jemma (my wife to be) spent at least 30mins fixated on this oil painting. It didn't look real, it was that perfect.
We stayed with a large group of 20 people for two weeks, which in normal circumstances would start to grate on any normal person. But in reality, at the Finca, there were so many different places to get away and be on your own if you needed to that this was just not the case. Everyone in the party was so chilled out for our whole stay, it was just perfect.
Even the children never got bored, they always had something to keep them occupied, from table tennis to swimming in the full size pool overlooking the valley, playing pool or just relaxing with the many books at the finca. I've never seen our kids more relaxed. The whole family were just at ease.
Another bonus was where the Finca was located. The area is just beautiful, we spent numerous days down at the beach on the huge blue lake at Iznajar. With pedal boats, canoes, drinks and the most comfortable sunbeds. The kids loved it here and we would definitely recommend a visit to the cafe on the lake, the food is great value for money and traditionally Spanish, plus tastes amazing. Also in Iznajar town there is an English bar where we had our last meal out as a group, the food was amazing and they really looked after us. Plus we being the bride and groom got a free bottle of fizz, just for being there.
Another invaluable thing was the information pack left in the finca by the team, this told us where the supermarkets were, where to eat out, how to walk to the bar in the village. Which was one fun experience through the olive groves, even though we were very hot and bothered when we got there for my stag do drinks. The cold beer and great free tapas put on by Antonio was well worth the walk.
But now onto the main event, our wedding day, well this has got to be the most amazing and perfect day in our lives so far and made so by Finca El Almendrillo, Mike and the team at the location. Sian who manages the property was invaluable in the run up to the day and the caterers she recommended were just perfect. We wanted a relaxed and personal family orientated wedding ceremony and meal. Which is exactly what we got. Thanks to Mike and his teams recommendations, everything went better than we could every have imagined. We have added some pictures to the review to give an idea of our simple and perfect Spanish wedding day.
Finally I'd like to thank Mike and the team for their support in the run up to the wedding and for allowing us to enjoy such an authentic Spanish experience. We will definitely be returning to Almendrillo in the future. It's a must.

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Liked best: The amazing location and peace that it gave to everyone staying there.
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Large Group
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Deidrelal
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Best vacation of my life - perfect location for it”
Reviewed July 19, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

El Almendrillo was exactly what we were looking for to accommodate our group of 16 adults; couples and singles. The farm was located in a lovely and remote area with incredible country quiet and amazing stars at night. There is a bucolic view of patchwork fields below. The property is as described in the listing - or better. The charming and rustic architecture was beautiful but the house didn’t lack any of the modern amenities, dishwasher and clothes washer, included. We visited during a spell of wicked hot weather, but the masonry construction and plentiful fans meant that we were all comfortable while sleeping. The two kitchens, ample bathrooms and so many nooks and crannies meant that we could all be together when we desired, but alone when we needed to have space .The pool and grounds were well maintained and the ping-pong table proved to be a source of great fun. The owner, Mike was so helpful with everything from very detailed directions (which from afar seemed overkill, but once on the road are necessarily detailed), advice on where to buy provisions, where to eat out (love Dracula’s) and even hooking us up with caterers for a special celebration dinner. I’ve been telling folks that this was the best vacation of my life. True story.

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KatyCrowe
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“Peaceful stay in picturesque rural haven”
Reviewed July 8, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

15 friends (and 3 babies) stayed at the finca in June 2015. We have been holidaying together at villas in Europe for nearly 10 years and Finca Almendrillo was one of the finest we've ever stayed in.
The accommodation was spacious and full of character but the surrounding grounds and different areas to eat or just relax in really made it special. The beautiful courtyard and outside kitchen was regularly used each night for dinner and we often had lunch in the shaded area overlooking the olive groves, a view which was truly spectacular! The balcony off the living area was also used for sundowners as the sunsets were gorgeous.

The shade of the tree provided another peaceful spot to read a book and the hammock was a popular napping spot- heaven!!

The communal space in the casita was very big and comfortable and we dined in there with no issues one evening when it was too cool to sit outside.

The pool is huge and we stayed there all day as there was a shaded area for babies and plenty of sun-loungers for the sun worshippers! Having a toilet there is a great idea, saved running back and forth to the main building all day!

We made the most of the recommended extras listed on the website and had the most fabulous meal cooked by Ian and Diana from 'wherever next'- not to be missed!! We also had lovely massages to get the holiday started from Sarah Jackson and her team.

Mike's communication was prompt and very thorough, his manager on site in Spain also provided an excellent service buying and delivery food and drinks for us so we had supplies on arrival.

All in all a fantastic holiday in a fantastic setting- would recommend it without question!

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Reviewed July 6, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Traveling group: Extended Family
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Peter L
1 review
“Wonderful Retreat”
Reviewed July 6, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

El Almendrillo was, if anything, better than advertised. Tastefully brought up to date, it retains a traditional feel and accommodated our group of 14 adults perfectly. It is set on a hillside at the very end of a small country road in the middle of a sea of olive groves, and views of the valley below are stunning. Other than the surrounding farms, there are few neighbors so it's peaceful and private. There are several outdoor areas for gathering and eating, including the courtyard where we ate every evening and the large, well maintained pool where we cooled off every afternoon. Granada is not far; Cordoba, Ronda and Malaga are within range too. Even closer, Loja and Iznajar are interesting.

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Liked best: Multiple outdoor areas for gathering and eating; the pool on warm days; modern upgrades in an overall well preserved traditional finca.
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed July 3, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

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100KES
Penzance, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“A truly wonderful place to say - highly recommended”
Reviewed July 3, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We stayed at El Almandrillo with a group of friends - 18 of us, ranging from age 5 to semi-retired - and it was really amazing. A dream come true. What a perfect place for a holiday with friends and/or family! First, the location. We flew into Madrid Airport and it was a very easy, straight run that took about five hours or so. If you chose Malaga or another, closer airport it would be even easier to get there. And Mike's directions were great. As we wound our way to the villa through beautiful olive groves it felt like driving right out of the stresses and strains of the real world into a peaceful haven. And the views! The photographs give you an idea but in real life they are stupendous. You can sit and stare at the surrounding countryside all day.
If you wanted, you could very easily stay at the villa for your whole holiday (I was tempted!). But it's easy to get out and about, to the Alhambra palaces (and very well worth the hour's easy drive), Malaga and Iznajar, which is really pretty and also worth the 15-minute drive.
Back at the villa, there are so many lovely spots to relax in that we found it very easy to switch off and totally relax. The kids spent most of their time in the superb, huge pool (no near neighbours = no objections to screaming silliness!) while the adults could relax without worrying about them. We loved the hammock, the table tennis table (many tournaments were played and not just by the children) and the choice of outdoor furniture, including the poolside loungers where you could be in either sun or shade.
Overall, the villa has such character and has obviously been restored with enormous care and cleverness. It was beautifully presented with lovely, comfortable furniture, plenty of spacious rooms and lots of bathrooms. One thing we loved about our bedroom was the shutters, which made it cool and dark - and we slept late every day! SO relaxing. The kitchen was well equipped and easy to use - we did a combination of eating out, cooking for ourselves and also were lucky enough to have a paella cooked for us one night by a gorgeous local cook who created two enormous pans that catered for both grown-ups and children, and all with complete discretion and charm. How she managed it I do not know. the piece de resistance was the courtyard with its long, thin outdoor table. A great site for a BBQ. Really pretty and so sociable - it was the centre of our week and we came and went, sat and chatted (drank a little!) and could not have enjoyed ourselves more. There was space for us to all spent time as one large group, or go off and read a book or have a nap somewhere if we wished. What more can I say. We would highly recommend El Almandrillo to anyone thinking of booking. Thank you so much Mike.

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