- Maison110 m²
- Salle(s) de bain2
- Toilettes séparées0
- Séjour minimum3 - 7 Nuitées
- Taux de réponse :
- Délai de réponse :
- inférieur à un jour
- anglais, français, espagnol, italien
- Dernière mise à jour du calendrier :
- 13 août 2018
A propos de Reuben Gates
Ali et moi avons acheté cette maison pour plein de raisons. La première raison a été pour nous de pouvoir profiter de vacances en famille avec nos 3 enfants, surtout pendant leur jeunesse. Une autre raison clé était en partie égoïste car j'adore l'ornithologie et l'idée était donc de pouvoir venir avec mon frère qui est également un fervent amateur d'oiseaux. Pour finir, bien sûr, nous l'avons vu comme une opportunité de louer cette propriété à d'autres personnes qui l'apprécieront aussi pour ces raisons mais également pour bien d'autres.
Année d’acquisition : 2003
Pourquoi Reuben Gates a choisi Hinojos
En raison de si son bel emplacement proche des meilleurs sites d'ornithologie probablement en Europe mais également car c'est hors des sentiers battus avec aussi peu d'Anglais que possible. Nous avons également choisi cette partie d'Andalousie car nous voulions être sûrs d'avoir un climat aussi bon que possible, par exemple, le sud de l'Espagne est plus souvent chaud et charmant en comparaison avec la France ou le nord de l'Espagne.
Les points forts de cette location
Comme indiqué : accès incomparable à la faune et flore et vraiment hors des sentiers battus. La ville de western d'El Rocio est également complètement unique.
Salle(s) de bain
Type de destination
Salle à manger
Equipements de loisirs
Piscine / Spa
Sports & Loisirs à proximité
Great family holiday in peaceful villa
We spent 12 lovely days at Casa Donana. The house was perfect for our 3 kids (ages 8/6/4). The rooms are small but it’s spotless and kitted out with everything you need. The pool area is great, there’s a bbq & shaded eating area and a big yard for kids to run around. It’s off the beaten track in a very quiet residential area so you need to be prepared to drive around. With the car there’s easy access to local (lovely) beaches (approx 30 mins). It’s also a really good base to explore Seville. You can drive to the city in 45 mins or drive and park at a metro station (approx 20 mins) and take the metro into the city centre. Reuben & Gaby were great to deal with, checking in to make sure everything was ok, but without being intrusive. Gaby was waiting for us when we arrived to show us around and give us all the local info and although we didn’t have any issues we knew she was close by if we needed her. I’d recommend Casa Donana to anyone looking for a family holiday in this part of Andalusia. We’ll be back!
Spacious and peaceful property but outside area in need of more care
Overall we enjoyed our stay - it’s an authentic Spanish house in a great location for exploring Andalusia and even for popping over to Portugal. The inside seemed clean enough on arrival, with an updated kitchen and nice bathrooms, but it would benefit from a deep clean - lots of the kitchen utensils and crockery were dirty. The outside area was very disappointing on arrival - the patio’s were not swept and we actually had to clean up dog poop, the garden furniture shabby and full of dust and bird droppings, the BBQ had not been cleaned after it’s last use (so my husband cleaned it all, but I’m afraid we left it the way we found it) and the pool was unusably dirty - which I had to request to be attended to. The property owner and the housekeeper were, however, very responsive and pleasant to deal with and the pool was attended to immediately. It was not the way to start a holiday, though. This could be a great property if it was looked after better.
Dear Nicola, thank you for your review; we appreciate it although naturally disappointed and very sorry. Permit me to address each point in turn:
Re. the house requiring a deep clean: we were so surprised to read this as Gaby has such incredibly high standards of cleanliness and every time we or friends have stayed everyone has always remarked how clean the place is. I am particularly surprised about the point re crockery / utensils because Gaby always rewashes - by hand - everything prior to the arrival of the next guest even if the previous guest has already washed everything through the dishwasher! I can only think this a one off and we are still scratching our heads. I'm really sorry.
Re the outside area, we are extremely sorry. Gaby has been trialling a new gardener for the past couple of months since the last gardener had to stop due to health problems (leading to the garden falling below our and our clients' expectations). We were promised so much by the new gardener but he has let us down terribly. He will not be returning and we have just recruited a new gardener (Hans) who lives on the same urbanisation with a wonderfully maintained pool and garden (which he does himself).. We are taking immediate steps to address all the issues and are confident the garden will be returned to its former glory soon. So sorry re the dog poop: we haven't had any dogs staying so can only imagine it is a fox or something comparable. Either way it should have been picked up of course (Dogs are allowed to stay on condition owners pick up dog poop). With regards to the area not looking swept we have a policy of ensuring the place is swept the day before or the day of the arrival of our guests. I've invested in a petrol leaf blower to help make it easier for the gardener to do this. N.B. the house is in a rural setting so leaves can fall off the mulberry tree quite quickly and dust can come in to the grounds. As an additional measure, I have given the green light to Gaby to add an additional screen to the front hedge-line to ensure minimum dust can come into the grounds. The bbq not being cleaned is inexcusable; this should have been done by the gardener. This won't happen again. Once again, please accept my sincerest apologies for your stay not being up to scratch. Gaby has worked so hard to provide a super customer experience and a great-value-for money holiday. We've taken quick measures to ensure this high standard resumes and continues. Sorry again. Reuben and Ali.
Excellent family holiday location
This was our first family holiday abroad and wanted somewhere quiet and secluded for some quality time with our two young daughters….We were not disappointed!
Casa Donana is set within a quiet estate with beautiful surroundings and is very peaceful. The villa is well equipped and has everything you need for a nice relaxed stay. The rooms are basic, very clean and the beds were comfortable. The bathrooms are modern and have both showers and a bath. Overall the villa is comfortable, basic, clean and well maintained.
The place was great for our kids. With the main gates closed, there is plenty of room for them to run around and play safely outside. There is also a child’s play house, which our daughters turned into their own little café!
The pool area is excellent and we spent most afternoons chilling out on the sun loungers watching the numerous birds flying about their business. It’s a wonderfully secluded spot in beautiful gardens and defiantly the main highlight of the villa.
The villa is located approx 40 mins from Seville and on the one day that it did rain, we drove into the city for a bit of an explore. There are good directions and information on where to park within the welcome pack at the villa, which we found very helpful. A visit the Cathedral is a must!
The beach is a pleasant 30min drive away and we spent most mornings there. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants and the beach itself is clean and very picturesque. As the tide goes out, it leaves a small lagoon on the beach which is perfect for the kids to safely play in.
Overall, we loved staying here and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone! The only problem with the place was………… having to leave!
We shall definitely be returning! Thank you Rueban and Alison!
Great location. Charming rustic villa with pretty garden.
We stayed for the whole month of May in this charming rustic villa with pretty garden and pool.
Our family joined us so we were 2 then 6 and finally 8 people.
The villa was spacious and clean. The area was lovely.
Seville within an hour's drive, the beaches the same. The local village was within walking distance and had several supermarkets and nice restaurants. Reuben and Gaby answered our queries very promptly.
Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate it and would love to have you back.
We were over end of May and have bought a brand new sofa and have upgraded the electricity so that we should hopefully never have a power cut again!
Thanks again for being a great guest.
Great Location and Accommodation
Great time in Hinojos!
.. The site made it possible for us to meet up with our two sons, their partners and children .. all ten of us" Only about 1.5 hours from the Faro airport, and about 45 minutes in to Spain from the Portugal border! And about 35 minutes from Seville! Perfect location.
Met by Gaby ... who was a saint ...we were jet-lagged and a little late, but she was cheery and helpful in getting us settled.
Lovely property and pool ....OHHH, did I mention the fruit trees ... the BEST oranges, lemons and a couple of limes too. Quiet neighbourhood and a gated-property!
Great accommodation .... and location ...Loved Mercadona, in Pilas ... absolutely everything we could want.
Thanks also for your lovely kind words. So pleased you had such a great holiday!! We would love to have you back.
Thanks again for being fantastic guests.
Reuben and Ali
LOVELY base to explore the beautiful area
This home-from-home is perfectly located to explore the local area, and is under an hour from Seville airport. Some of the most beautiful beaches feel close with a good road to the coast, and the area is perfect for nature lovers.
The house itself has a very nice kitchen with good quality plates and utensils for self-catering... including an essential orange squeezer to enjoy the oranges growing right outside in the garden!
We were there in winter so didn't go in the pool, but even in late December we had a day by the pool under the orange trees in the warm sun.
The whole house is very well equipped, with a gorgeous open fire (great for winter nights), cosy living room and very well-furnished outside area (play house for kids, many sunloungers, table for al fresco dining etc).
The aircon may be needed for summer but also served as a heater for winter :-)
This is a lovely home-from-home, perfect for anyone wanting to avoid the sterile, touristy atmostphere of hotels. Great for kids and nature lovers alike. We had a lovely stay and I'm sure will be back!
Alex and Hugh,
Thanks for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review and for your really kind words.
Hugely appreciated. Come back soon :)
All the very best
Ali and Reubs
Autres activités : ornithologie
33% (not 50%) deposit is required to confirm the booking. Min. 3 nights. You can have any combination of days provided there is availability. This will gives you access to cheaper flights. I am happy to receive payment in £ or Euros via (on-line) bank transfer but can also accepts cheques. As soon as the deposit is paid I will put you in touch with my local agent for your arrival requirements. Please ensure property is vacated by 11am on day of departure.