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Sleeps - 14
Region - Spain
Sporting Mixed sporting · Stalking
Activities Mountain biking · Riding · Swimming · Walking / Hiking
Facilities Swimming pool · Wifi
Features Children Friendly · Fully Catered · Self-Catered
Las Herrerias is 1600-acre private estate hidden deep in one of Western Europe’s finest areas of wilderness, where high mountains and sweeping pine forests surround a spectacular valley. Las Herrerias de Rio Madera is a working estate set in the Natural Park of the Sierras of Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas. This vast mountainous park covering 214,000 hectares and forming the second largest forested area in Europe, is situated in the north-eastern Andalucia region of Spain. Through a careful management programme, the estate ensures the protection of its wonderful natural environment, which is home to a great variety of indigenous wildlife. The wide diversity of species in the Natural Park – some of which are protected – range from the tiny and exquisite ‘viola cazorliense’ (Cazorla violet) to wild boar, eagles, vultures, mountain goats, wild cats and deer. For the visitor, the estate offers the very large, superbly restored 100 year-old farmhouse, el Cortijo de Rio Madera; completely rebuilt, and traditionally but very comfortably furnished. The Cortijo sleeps 16 people, has its own swimming-pool, and is set in a wide and beautiful valley within the estate. The Cortijo is now available for self-catering rental with additional services available. The breathtaking scenery and year-round sunshine make the perfect combination for an unforgettable holiday, with on-site activities including animal observation from a tree hide, bird-watching, nature trails, and many miles of forest and mountain tracks for both walking and mountain biking. Hunting is available during the main season from October to February. There is a wide assortment of outdoor pursuits available within easy driving distance; from fishing and pony-trekking to more high-adrenaline activities such as rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, abseiling, paragliding, paramotoring and flying. The original estate farmhouse – el Cortijo de Río Madera – was built in two different periods. It has been completely restored in the traditional style by local architects and artisans, whilst incorporating the latest environmentally-friendly technology. Original stone and timber features have been retained where possible, solar power and under-floor heating have been installed, whilst wood from the estate serves as fuel for the large open fireplace and stoves. The Cortijo has its own private, solar-power-heated swimming pool, barbecue area, large pergola-shaded terrace with stunning 360-degree views.
Complimentary Services Arrival meal Mid week clean Full concierge service (to arrange any trips, buy and send in the shopping, as well as general assistance). Half day excursion into mountains in 4-wheel drive vehicles with trained drivers – picnic provided. Arrange pre-arrival shopping and hand picked, excellent wine selection (you just pay cost of the materials). Cooks as required from just one dish per day to complete meals. Give yourselves a well deserved rest.
On-site activities Include walking, trekking, and mountain biking. There is also unlimited mountain climbing, animal observation from our tree house, bird watching, four wheel drive guided expeditions, marked nature trails, hunting from October to February, and guided tours. Other off-site activities; para-gliding, para-motoring, para-triking, zip-lining and rafting.
The farmhouse is registered by the Spanish Ministry of Tourism and was awarded the highest grade possible – Superior Grade.
A hidden gem of secret Spain. A 1,600 acre private estate in the mountains of Andalucia – undreamed of space and natural beauty.
500 square metres on two floors –seven double/twin bedrooms and six bathrooms. The communal areas include: two living rooms, a dining room, kitchen, larder and laundry room, a library, games-room, and TV room. A computer with internet facility is available in the Cortijo and mobile reception is adequate. One massive open fire and two wood burners. Incorporates latest environmentally friendly technology.
Flexible accommodation – Las Herrerias can cater for executives or young families.
Outside – massive terrace and pergola with unimpeded, incredible views, swimming pool (with electric cover), sunning area, large barbeque, childrens’ play area, original working outdoor oven, and more.
Services provided free – include arrival meal, mid week clean and full concierge service to arrange any trips, buy and send in shopping and general assistance. Half day excursion into mountains in 4-wheel drive vehicles with trained drivers – picnic provided. Pre-arrival shopping and hand picked, excellent wine selection (you just pay cost of the material), cooks as required from just one dish per day to complete meals.
Complimentary meal – On arrival, all guests receive a complimentary meal; be it a warming fireside casserole in winter or a refreshing gazpacho and tortilla in summer. Organic local produce – the Cortijo is kept well-stocked with basic foodstuffs and domestic supplies. Local products are provided whenever possible, such as the honey from hives kept on the estate which is available during spring and summer, or the locally-produced award-winning olive oil. Good local restaurants can be found, with three in Segura de la Sierra alone. Pre-order service – Guests making use of the optional food supply service will find their pre-ordered shopping waiting for them. The Cortijo’s wine store can also be stocked as required with a carefully chosen selection of Spanish wines, supplied with wine-tasting notes. Guests place their orders with payment in advance. Maid service – Apart from the weekly clean and change of linen, a mid-week tidy-up is provided. All beds and bedrooms are of course kept to a high level of comfort. Should further cleaning assistance be needed, this can be arranged. A cook can also be hired occasionally if required.
Hunting – Las Herrerías can make arrangements for hunting parties, mainly during the winter season – October to February – with some possibilities outside these months. Game includes wild boar, red deer, fallow deer and Spanish ibex.
On-site activities include walking, trekking, and mountain biking. There is also unlimited mountain climbing, animal observation from our tree house, bird watching, four wheel drive guided expeditions, marked nature trails, hunting from October to February, and guided tours. Other off-site activities; para-gliding, para-motoring, para-triking, zip-lining and rafting.
Trekking – The estate is ideal for trekking, mountain-biking and hill-climbing, or just long walks along kilometres of well marked forest tracks used for centuries by mountain folk, and many other smaller hidden trails used by shepherds, loggers and animals which can be re-discovered. Walking and climbing starts at the very door of the Cortijo. Guided tours – Official maps of the area as well as maps of the estate with colour-coded routes are available in the Cortijo. Tours by local guides can be arranged for a half or full day, if required. Biking – A selection of mountain bikes for adults are kept at the Cortijo. Visitors will be informed of the best cycling tracks and routes to follow, although they are advised that bikes are used at their own risk. Tree House – A Tree House is available for guests to observe animals – mainly wild boar and deer – at dawn and dusk in their natural habitat. The tree-house has been located strategically at an important junction of established animal tracks. Hunting – Las Herrerías can make arrangements for hunting parties, mainly during the winter season – October to February – with some possibilities outside these months. Game includes wild boar, red deer, fallow deer and Spanish ibex. Other Activities – Established operators in the Natural Park offer activities which include: fishing during season, rafting, canoeing, white-water kayaking, abseiling, zip-lining, caving and potholing, canyoning, horse-riding and trekking, archery, four-wheel drive expeditions and safaris. The local aerodrome has a flying school, and also offers paragliding, paramotoring and paratriking.
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