Located in one of the most beautiful corners of the Iberian Peninsula, this villa for rent in Spain sits in the central square of the small rural town of Villalba de los Barros.
Built in the 17th century, the owners set out to preserve the historic elements that make the house so unique, restoring the interiors with hand crafted materials and color finishes in tones of the Tierra de Barros landscape.
From the street level entrance, the original ground floor layout has been preserved, with the communal living areas, a large dining room and fully equipped kitchen that open out to a walled courtyard patio with a cooling plunge pool at the back.
The top floor once served as the former larder and has been slightly expanded to accommodate three double bedrooms.
Kept sparsely decorated, with meticulously refined craftsmanship, the house retains it’s earthy character and richly defined heritage.
Continental breakfast, included. Wifi throughout, cable TV, DVD player, X-Box 360 console and video games, land line telephone, Kitchen and bath amenities, pool accessories, wheelchair accessible with facilities for disabled guests.
The charming small town of Villalba de los Barros dates back to the 16th century and is an ideal base to explore Extremadura and the provinces of Badajoz and Caceres. Surrounded by forests, vineyards and olive groves, below the imposing castle, the area is largely rural with numerous paths and trails for hiking, horseback riding or cycling.
Extremadura’s UNESCO capital of Merida is under an hour north and is known as the cradle of the Roman Empire in Spain, with some of the most important and impressive ruins dating back to 25 BC scattered throughout the city. The ancient theater still hosts the International Classical Theatre Festival every summer, and is the oldest classical theatre festival in the world.
Thirty minutes south is the historic city of Zafra dating back to the 15th century and and half hour northwest is the town of Alange home to the areas best Roman thermal baths from the time of the Empire.
An hour north is the Cornalvo National Park and the ancient dolmen of Lacara. Over four thousand years old, they are the largest and one of the most monumental treasures of Extremadura’s rich heritage.
The region’s UNESCO sites of Dehesa Extremena settlements are considered by many an environmental jewel, and harbor vast swaths of unique natural and cultural biodiversity in the world.
Villalba de los Barros, Extremadura, Spain. Nearest Airport: Badajoz Airport (42 km), Seville airport (171 km)
BEST TIME TOI VISIT: Spring through Fall
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