Monte de la Torre
Apdo. de Correos 66, 11370 Los Barrios,
Puzzling to come across this Edwardian building in the south of Spain, built by the British when they were pushing the railway through the mountains to Ronda. This commingling of northern architecture and southern vegetation and climate is as seductive as it is unexpected. The house stands alone on a hill, surrounded by stables, mill, resplendent gardens; bask in the shade of the trees, gaze onto the Bay of Gibraltar, drop into the deep freshwater pool. Quentin's family has farmed here for generations; now offspring Tom, Lucy and Ben run the show, along with their families. The drawing room is panelled, the dining room elegant, there are books, family portraits, a grandfather clock... a sense of faded grandeur in a much-loved home. Light lofty bedrooms, reached by a grand staircase, are furnished with family heirlooms and have period bathrooms: a festival of tubs and taps. The self-catering apartments lie in the former servants' quarters, the magnolias are intoxicating in spring, and storks chatter high in the trees: the garden is a birdwatcher's paradise.
- Credit cards
- Credit or debit card payment accepted.
- English spoken
- Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
- Wireless internet access available.
- Public transport
- Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
- Working farm
- Or vineyard.
- Owner has pets
- Animals living on the property.
- Swimming pool
- On the premises.
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- 3 Twin/doubles
- 2 Apartments for 5
Children welcome in apartments.
15 December to 15 January; July & Aug.
Apdo. de Correos 66, 11370 Los Barrios, Cádiz