El Molino de San Luis, Los Barrios, Nr. Tarifa with Private Swimming pool
New for 2013 Private Swimming Pool for guests of the Molino's exclusive use!
A fabulous old grain mill that dates back to before the 16th century that has been lovingly restored into a stunning family home with understated luxury and charm. The buildings unique character has been emphasised in its re-design, combining traditional with contemporary; a glass window in the floor downstairs sheds light on how the mill functioned and clever lighting highlights the columns and the archways stonework. Other original features from its milling past have also been preserved, its metre-thick walls and flag stone tiles, which help to ensure that El Molino is wonderfully cool even at the height of summer.
This stunning property is in a truly inspirational setting on a private organic cattle and cork estate (1000 acres) within the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales, yet at just a short drive from the famous beaches of the Costa de la Luz and its magnificent wild oceanic scenery with Morocco as its backdrop!
The downstairs is of a large open-plan design with vaulted ceilings that encompass the state-of-the-art modern kitchen with its enormous silestone work surface and breakfast bar. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with enough to satisy even the most accomplished cook; its six-hob range cooker and American style fridge/freezer/ice-machine make this an ideal setting to capatalise on some of the fantastic local produce (Algeciras market is a one-off, with the best in Mediterranean and Atlantic fish in the area, not to mention the plethora of Moroccan delicacies) or even for trying the home grown organic beef! Beyond the kitchen is the dining area and where better to feast than off the wild olive dining table. The sitting room’s focus is the huge log fireplace, with its plump sofas, chaise long, large brown leather arm chair and large floor cushions for the children to lounge on.
Downstairs there is one double bedroom ensuite with its own Moroccan- style wet room. The other bedrooms are all upstairs – the master bedroom is the largest of the bedrooms, with a super kingsize bed; in August one needs only reach out the window to pick some of the delicious figs from the tree! The other bedrooms are one bedroom with three beds, a twin bedroom and lastly a smaller double (with door leading onto the rear terrace and garden), all with splendid wooden beamed high-ceilings complete with roof fan. There are two bathrooms upstairs; the 'white’ bathroom has been decorated with Tarifa beach shells and has a large bath, twin antique sinks and a walk in shower. The second bathroom has a bath/shower and is ideal for the children.
The garden is out the back of the house on the entreplanta, it looks as though it goes on for as far as the eye can see, as the lush lawn tumbles away into the farms pastures where the long- horned Retinto red cattle graze and the storks nest and clack. The rear terrace has been recently expanded to fit the large banquet style wooden table and benches, ideal for entertaining and for protection from the midday sun, serviced by the industrial size stainless steel Weber barbecue!
The garden is very child friendly with a huge sand pit area for the children, a hammock in the wild olive tree, a trampoline and a table tennis table. There is also a small swing for babies and a climbing frame with slide, playhouse and two swings and a trapeze. (Toys can be left for guests use on request).
Spanish country living can be experienced first hand, tucked away here deep in the countryside, yet at just 20km from the nearest airport and 3,5km to the nearest town. There is plenty to do both on the farm and nearby. The farm boasts stunning walks that include a visit to its own Moorish thirteenth century look out tower, fishing in the reservoir, feeding the chickens and the horses. There are excellent opportunites for bird watching as the farm sits below the bird migration route to and from Africa. Tarifa and the beaches of the Costa de la Luz are a 20km drive with endless opportunities for watersports and kids clubs. Sotogrande also 20km away has plenty of activites on offer, including polo, sailing, tennis and not to mention golf - there are 25 quality golf courses close by.
Location of the Property
Previous Guest Comments
Family from Dublin, Ireland
'I just wanted to write to say a big thank you to you and Ben for the great time we had staying at Molino de San Luis for the last two weeks. We were really sad to leave adults and children had a fantastic time.
The children were delighted with all the toys that you so kindly left for us to use at the house, not to mention the swings, trampoline and the swimming pool! The information about the local area was really useful in deciding which beach to visit each day and where to have lunch and dinner. We were spoiled for choice in deciding what to do each day and my husband even got addicted to wind surfing!
Thanks for organising the eco basket for us at and for the very kind gifts of wine and the most delicious honey that you left for us. We all had a really relaxing time in your beautiful house and it was one of the most enjoyable holidays we've had in a long time.'
" a wonderful place, just what we were looking for for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Thanks for lending all the exciting toys and for all the tips for exploring Andalucia..the boys woke up this morning claiming they want to stay forever...can you blame them?"
Family from Bristol, UK
"What a fabulous and peaceful place. Thank you so much for letting us share in your wonderful home - wish it had been for two weeks! We are now leaving with thoughts of moving to the country!"
Family from London, UK
"Had a wonderfully relaxing time here. Thank you! Tarifa was great, thanks for the tips re beach cafes Tangana our favourite. The children on the farm were all lovely - nice to meet them and share the gorgeous pool. Ours loved collecting the eggs everyday..now the cow man can enjoy his eggs again! Enjoy the rest of the year in your fabulous country home!"
Seasons and Rates in Euros per week for El Molino de San Luis
This is a private home and only available for rent in the months of July and August
Easter with no swimming pool 1800€ per week available from the 23 March - 13 April (minimum stay 2 weeks)
June, July, August and September with private swimming pool 2700€
Minimum stay is one week
Saturday Arrival: from 4pm
Saturday Departure: from 10am
- All bed linen, bath and beach towels are provided
- Bedrooms: Sleeps 10-11 people (Bedroom 1 Downstairs: Double bed ensuite; Bedroom 2 Upstairs: Double bed; Bedroom 3 Cot or single bed; Bedroom 4: Single bed; Bedroom 5: Twin beds; Bedroom 6: Double bed)
- Countryside views within the Natural Cork Forest
- Cots and cot bedding available on request
- Additional beds available on request
- Supplementary large fridge and freezer
- Utility room with washer and dryer
- Hammock and sun loungers
- 2 TV´s and DVD
- Computer and printer/scanner/copier with Broadband Internet
- Speakers for IPod or MP3 player
- Private swimming pool
- Wheelchair access (one bedroom and walk in shower on the ground floor)
- Extras: Cleaning & cooking can be arranged on request at additional cost
- Gardener and Pool Maintenance and Cleaning
- Pets: On request
- Collection of Keys: By arrangement
50% non-refundable deposit to be paid when confirming the booking. The remaining 50% should be paid by bank transfer 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Security Deposit: 600€ in CASH refundable on departure if the house is left as it has been found (includes breakages and cleaning)
Villa el Molino de los Cachones also known as El Molino de San Luis