The first time I visited Hacienda El Valle was in May. The wildflowers were a riot of colour, the sun was shining, and the house looked magical. The situation is delightful with captivating views and a wonderfully peaceful central courtyard. This house allows you the flexiblity to create the holiday you need, to get away from it all and recuperate.
- 6 En-suite Bedrooms
- 6 Bathrooms
- Sleeps 12 + 3 Children
- Breakfast Service Included
- Pool with whirlpool
- Rural Location
- Tennis Court
- Daily Housekeeping
- Optional Chef
- Villa Concierge
On approach, Hacienda El Valle looks like something out of a fairytale - the sort of place where a romantic Moorish fable would unfold.
A hacienda-style house in the Lecrin Valley, surrounded by olive and orange tree-filled fields, misty peaks and undulating valleys, its setting is gloriously Andaluz.
There's no need to look outward, though, as the soothing, sun-dappled, fountain-gurgling central courtyard of the hacienda is truly special.
At a glance
Four generous ground floor bedrooms with bathrooms; one corner junior suite and a duplex principal suite with living room, kitchen and first floor terrace and bell tower.
Private pool (12m at longest side) with whirlpool and shady pool house.
Comfortably sleeps up to 12 + 3 children (in extra beds). Each bedroom has a private terrace.
Enjoy several seating areas throughout the property with panoramic views.
Get a tennis tournament organised between your party with use of the private court.
Cook al fresco on the BBQ with local produce.
Walk through the private estate of rolling hills and olive groves where the hacienda's olive oil is from.
Just 30 minutes from skiing at Sierra Nevada and 35 minutes from Granada city centre. Closer to home is a charming village (Saleres) just 5 minutes’ drive away with restaurant.
Welcome to Hacienda El Valle
Hacienda El Valle is set within 4.5 hectares of organic private land, and enjoys complete seclusion from its elevated position overlooking the valley. It’s a short drive from the charming village of Saleres (small – but not so small that it doesn’t have a restaurant).
A relatively modern villa, it’s nevertheless reminiscent of Granada’s Moorish past. Caramel-hued and semi fortress-like, it has the soul and inner peace of a much older dwelling. A serene inner courtyard, spacious suite-style bedrooms with terraces, an impressive principal suite/guest house, a pool and cosy outdoor and indoor fireplaces make for an idyllic place to press pause.
Their own olive oil is served at the complimentary breakfast while you admire the groves down in the valley. It’s all ridiculously Andaluz.
In spring wildflowers sway in the meadows around the Hacienda. In summer it’s all about the pool and enjoying the cool air trapped by the central patio, while in winter you can enjoy the three open fires – one outdoors the other two in the comfortable cosy living rooms.
Traditionally Spanish Décor with ARTISTIC Flourishes
All the bedrooms are inward-looking mini suites – with the principal bedroom being the star of the whole house. The en-suite bathrooms are well lit, practical and perfectly formed.
The high notes of the interiors are the decorative wall murals – charming, wistful and reminiscent of Central America.
The exterior of the house harks back to southern Spain’s Moorish past, but the interior is heavily entrenched in traditional country Spanish style. Terracotta, stone, and wrought ironwork are constant throughout. Mediterranean elements of blues, okra and browns are present with metal accents. Rich tapestries, hand-painted murals, oversized art and rugs are added for a dramatic touch. The décor isn’t chic and precious it’s homely.
The hacienda has a tower overlooking the front of the house, towards the pool. This enclosed room, and its two sun terraces, makes for a wonderful yoga/meditation space or can be set up for a romantic meal for two.
A Faux Moorish Triumph
The genius of this villa largely lies outside in its location, central courtyard and picturesque bell tower. The setting truly is exceptional.
From the babbling fountains and shady nooks to a sun-soaked pool, whirlpool and your own off-room terrace, there are plenty of places to rest and reflect. It would be easy to steal away for some alone time at Hacienda El Valle under a pine tree or in the second courtyard.
Gathering together is taken care of, too, from the back terrace with outdoor fire, basic fire BBQ and dining table or in the central patio.
There are many hidden outdoor seating spots for a morning coffee or sundowning salute.
Getting active is easy with a private tennis court and a pool with a small pool house/chill-out seating zone.
How Hacienda El Valle works for you
- 6 en-suite bedrooms each with private terrace
- Idyllic rural location
- Tennis court
- Basic wood burning BBQ & outdoor fire
- Central courtyard with fountain and seating
- 2 living room/dining rooms
- Grand piano
- Stunning views
- Two characterful viewing towers
- Practical basic kitchen
- Dedicated concierge
For the winter, the formal living room located off the courtyard has a grand piano, dining table, desk and comfy seating round an open fire. There’s also a chess set and gramophone in this area.
In the principal suite/guest house, you have a second living room and dining room located on the ground floor, and this leads to the covered terrace at the rear of the house. The kitchen is off this dining room, and the principal suite is above this area on the first floor. There isn’t a door dividing the living space on the ground floor and the suite above.
To encourage complete disconnection, there’s no TV or speaker system onsite. But if a soundtrack to your holiday is a must, or you need to make the odd check-in to the outside world, there’s WiFi throughout the villa.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. There are three main areas, all on the ground floor: the casual living/dining room, a formal dining room and al fresco on the terrace. Each table seats eight people, but they can be extended to 12.
The pool area is a stroll away from the house. Mixing full sun, shade, bathing and comfy, reclining seating it’s a space to spend the day, all the while looking over mountainous countryside views.
The chillout pool house is ideal for a lunchtime refreshment, and the whirlpool dipping pool is just the touch after travelling.
The view through the valley, down to the pretty village and onto the lake or snow-capped mountains is truly something to behold. This is the romance, the reason you stay here. Yes there’s a private pool, whirlpool, tennis court and six mini suites but none of this compares to the dazzling location.
Bedroom 1: Principal suite on the first floor with king-sized bed (150x200cm), en-suite bathroom with Juliet balcony, bath and separate shower. There’s also a dressing area and a huge private dual aspect terrace with mountain and valley views, seating area and access to the bell tower overlooking the central courtyard.
Bedroom 2: The junior suite is on the ground floor with king-size bed (150x200cm), en-suite bathroom, seating area and covered terrace with comfortable seating. There’s a neutral colour palette of creams and whites and high, vaulted ceiling in all the bedrooms. There’s a desk and Nespresso coffee machine too.
Bedroom 3: Ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower room. A super-king bed (180x200cm) that can be made into two singles, a chaise longue, seating area with ornate traditional armchair and coffee making facilities. Private patio with table and chairs and views over the valley.
Bedroom 4: Also on the ground floor it has a king-size bed (150x200cm), seating area with a comfy sofa, chaise longue and writing desk. Private terrace with table and chairs and views over the valley. Tiled en-suite bathroom with bathtub and over-tub shower and marble sinks. Large window with traditional wooden shutters and countryside views.
Bedroom 5: Ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower room. Twin beds (2 x 90cm) with dark mahogany headboards, which can be pushed together to form a super-king (180cm). Nespresso machine, wardrobe, seating area and doors leading to a private terrace with seating.
Bedroom 6: Large bedroom off main courtyard featuring a king-size bed (180x200cm) with ornate metal headboards (which can be split to form two twin beds). Seating area with blue upholstered sofas and armchair, glass coffee table and French windows leading out onto a private courtyard. The en-suite bathroom is wheelchair adapted with a spacious walk-in shower.
Notes: Some bedrooms have space for an additional bed for a child or a cot. Please ask us for details.
The LVC Difference
Your rental includes a daily visit from the housekeeper to include lay-out and clearing away after breakfast, plus a linen and towel change twice a week. Additional housekeeping hours can be booked and paid for directly to cover things like after-meal clearing up, nightly turn-down, or personal laundry.
Your breakfast is included in the price of the rental and will be prepared and laid out each morning by your housekeeper, with assistance to clear away. Some light cooking may also be requested. Continental-style, includes fresh local produce and home grown and pressed olive oil.
Catered to your choosing
If you prefer not to cook, we work with Michelin-grade professional villa chefs who can prepare a range of local or international dishes for you and your guests.
For a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine, ask about our gourmet Spanish menus, paella demos, wine tasting, or book a tapas tour with our expert foodie tour guides.
Your Guest Experience Team
When you book a villa with The Luxury Villa Collection, your Guest Experience Team will be on hand to help with all your holiday arrangements to ensure a smooth stay.
Our ‘Little Black Book’ of hand-picked destination experts, who are based locally and are pre-approved, is at your disposal to help enhance your stay.
Hacienda El Valle is looked after by a Villa Manager, who will show you around on arrival and you can contact them during your stay to help with anything villa-related.
Your Villa Manager can also help you in advance to arrange services such pre-arrival shopping, wine orders, chefs, chauffeurs, masseurs, Granada city visits, skiing, etc. They will be on hand locally throughout your stay.
A complete villa pre-stocking service is available through your Villa Manager, with goods paid for locally on arrival. We can also stock the bar or bodega for you.
Hacienda El Valle is within easy reach of a whole range of amazing experiences to add to your travel memories. From exciting family adventures like canyoning or diving to golf, in-villa gourmet chefs to wellness treatments, we work closely with the best local suppliers to help make your stay extra special.
Skiing is always popular during the season (from December to late April). Sierra Nevada is great for beginners and children. Passes and ski hire can be arranged by the villa concierge.
For Spanish culture, explore the cities of Andalucia with a personal guide direct from your villa. Granada is an easy day trip away with the Alhambra Palace an absolutely must-see. For foodies we have selected the best places to eat in Granada city. Enjoy a selection of day tours or bespoke itineraries all with a door to door service in air-conditioned vehicles.
Why we love it
Good to know...
The principal suite is above the kitchen and formal dining room. Taking up the whole first floor it's wonderful but doesn't have a door separating the first floor and ground floor.
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THE CELEBRATION COLLECTION
Hacienda El Valle has a dedicated event planner to make sure your wedding, special birthday, anniversary or launch goes perfectly. With their little black book of the very best suppliers in Granada you can be at ease.
- Private location with several options for ceremony, dining and dancing
- Caters for up to 250 guests
- Characterful property with lots of aesthetic appeal
- Central patio and belltower for a special ceremony space
- Romantic principal suite
- Separate toilets for events located in grounds
- Parking available and space for transport to drop off additional guests if required
- Countryside setting with land extending to 45,000m2
THE HOTEL COLLECTION
Enjoy all the perks of a boutique hotel during your stay at Hacienda El Valle, including:
- Daily housekeeping
- Linen and towel change every three days
- Dedicated live-in Villa Manager
- Daily breakfast layout
- Chef, babysitter and masseuse can also be arranged on request*
THE RURAL COLLECTION
Hacienda El Valle has a 45000m2 plot within the picturesque Lecrin Valley in Granada province. This area is a paradise of mountains, valleys and rivers teeming with flora and fauna. Enjoy true seclusion in this spectacular rural villa with views unfolding in every direction.
The location is rural but not remote, this stunning hacienda offers the privacy of a rural retreat a mere 30-minute drive from the bustling streets of Granada.
Peace, quiet and calm – just 40 minutes from the Costa Tropical coast.
Enjoy the local area
Hacienda El Valle is located just outside Saleres, a small village in the Lecrin Valley, Granada. The surrounding area is famed for its local produce, including oranges and olives. During breakfast the estate olive oil is served with fresh bread and any seasonal fruit.
The villa has the added advantage of being situated a half-hour drive from the centre of Granada city and 40 minutes from the coast of Salobreña with its beautiful beaches. Skiing at the Sierra Nevada is only 1 hour away.
Granada is where Moorish and Christian Spain meet, visit exceptional sights like the Alhambra Palace and the Albayzin. This soulful city was home to romantics like Federico Garcia Lorca (writer and poet, part of the generation of ’27), and the musical legend Enrique Morente (flamenco singer and composer). Granada city with all the shopping, restaurants, flamenco and sightseeing is a not to be missed day trip from Hacienda El Valle.
The house is also on the doorstep of some fantastic hiking trails, cycle routes (road and mountain) and is also a short drive from a nature reserve and stunning reservoir. Don’t miss the river walking close to the Hacienda – a perfect way to cool down and get some exercise. The Concierge can also organise everything from cookery courses and yoga to live music and massages held in the villa itself.
Lakes in the Lecrin Valley
From the villa, Beznar reservoir is visible in the distance and Lake Padul is a little further away. Fun activities in the Beznar reservoir are sailing, kayaking, windsurfing or paddle surf. Lake Padul is a protected nature reserve within the National Park of Sierra Nevada. It’s famed for its water bird colonies. Prehistoric animals as well as mammoth remains have been found there.
Fiestas & Ferias
- Saleres Fiesta (last weekend in October) includes religious celebrations, fireworks and a musical festival.
- The feast day of Santiago Apostol (last Sunday of October), where effigies of Santiago Apóstol, the Virgen del Rosario and the Corazón de Jesús are carried in a procession around the village.
- Easter is one of the most important celebration in Spain. The date changes every year falling late March and/or early April. The first day being Palm Sunday and the festivities carrying on for a week. It’s an unique spectacle where processions are held throughout towns and cities. Granada is no exception and is a fantastic time to visit.
Oranges, lemons and pomegranates are in abundance in the Lecrin Valley. In local restaurants expect hearty food like stews from chicken stock and fennel, migas (fried breadcrumbs) and homemade sweets made from almonds and dates.
Other Local Amenities
- Nearest airports: Malaga AGP 135 km (1hr 30 min), Granada International Airport 51km (40 minutes)
- Nearest beach: Salobreña Beach 42km (40 min)
- Ski resort: Sierra Nevada 67km (1hr 5 min)
- Supermarkets: Small supermarket located 2km (4 minutes) from the property. A larger supermarket, Mercadona, is located 12km (18-minute drive away) on the way to the neighbouring town of Durcal.
- Golf: Impressive Playa Granada Golf (29 minutes)
- Local areas of interest: Just a short drive across the valley are the charming white villages of the Alpujarras region.
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