Vacation Rental Description
This is a 16th-century house rough plastered over the local tufa, a yellow, sandy stone. It was probably originally a small house at the front with a large arched granary attached and land for small livestock in the rear.
Last century it would have been occupied by three to four or more families, each with their own room and kitchen but for the last fifty years it has been a family house in the Andalucian style - massively thick walls to keep the heat out, all-white, terracotta floors.
Downstairs there is a large comfortable living room and a large kitchen/eating area. There is a TV, video and DVD, music centre. Both rooms give out onto the large, open, tiled courtyard (which has a huge blind that can be drawn over the entire roof - vital in Summer!).
Upstairs there are four double bedrooms, three with double beds and one with twins plus two bathrooms (actually one has a shower rather than a bath). Outside there is a garden - about 200 sq m - with a tiled patio and a full-sized football table. The garden is coming on – the last owner used to grow asparagus, but our fruit trees and vine are slowly growing ....
The house is a holiday home for us too so you will find lots of things like reading and guide books. Feel free to borrow them but please return them. And we are always grateful for extra leaflets and maps you have picked up from tourist offices to add to our stock. There's a dishwasher and a washing machine – very easy and there are clear instructions in situ. Drying is in the open air and there's a retractable line. The kitchen range is gas (bottled) and electric and the water inside is all electric. Should you be really unlucky and have a bottle run out in you, there are spares in the utility room but do tell us so we can order a new one. If it's cold (only really December/January) there are electric fires in each bedroom and downstairs, a very efficient butane heater plus a wood burner (with lots of wood in the courtyard).
The house is situated in the middle of Osuna, a delightful medieval town which is charming on its own account but also convenient for the major Andalucian sites - Seville, Granada, Ronda and Cordoba as well as less well known ones, Antequera, Ecija, Carmona and lots of others. Osuna retains its sixteenth century aspect, just walking through its streets is a pleasure. It is dominated by the Colegiata on the hill alongside the Monasterio and the Universidad Viejo but it is full of restaurants and bars as well. Lots of churches to see, if that attracts, plus Roman and pre-Roman ruins (including a necropolis) on the heights above the town by the old tufa quarries. There's a sometimes active bull-ring, markets and lots of friendly Andalucians (you won't hear any English voices except your own).
- Cleaning Service
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Linen Service
- Open Fire
3 double bedrooms
1 twin bedroom
large sitting room
3 bath/shower rooms
veranda and garden
- Mountain Biking
You can while your time away very happily in Osuna. The town is delightful, there are bars and restaurants, churches, (some containing important art) a sports centre, riding. But there is also the whole of Andalucía on your doorstep and Osuna is an excellent base for visiting Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda and lots of others.
- Nearest Airport : seville at 90 kilometers distance;
- Nearest Train Station : osuna at 0.5 kilometers distance
- Travel Info: Frequent flights from everywhere to Malaga (1 hr 20 away) and some to Seville (about 45 minutes).
Car hire It's cheapest and most sensible to book a hire car from home. DoYouSpain.com. are a good agency. You don't want a big car – you'll be visiting lots of places where the streets are narrow. Do go for the excess waiver charge (sometimes it's included), that way there's no hassle over whether you've scratched the paintwork or not.
Train Yup, you can get a train, Osuna is remarkably well served being on the way to Seville. Timetables are available at http://horarios.renfe.es/hir/ingles.html and there's a good map of the local network at http://www.renfe.es/mediadistancia/mapa_andalucia.html