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Delightful 4 bed house in beautiful woodland setting with private pool & aircon

Bedrooms 4
Space 110 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bed, 2 Bathroom House with private pool between Seville and golden beaches

Delightful rural house set in a magnificent umbrella pine wood by the historic village of Hinojos on the edge of the Donana National Park. 35 mins from the vibrant flamenco city of Seville and miles of golden sandy beaches. This perfect rural get-away-from-it-all retreat house is ideal for relaxing, swimming in the child-friendly pool, sunbathing and enjoying a barbecue with friends. The peaceful house has air-conditioning, fans, 4 double bedrooms (1 en-suite) and a double sofa bed, fully-fitted kitchen, large lounge with open log fire and ample off-road parking. The private and secure 1000m2 garden is complete with orange and lemon trees, children’s play area & sand pit. There are bars and restaurants within a 15 minute walk and the centre of the village and supermarkets are a 5 min drive. The area is central to all the major birding sites in the Donana region and the rare Spanish Imperial Eagle has been regularly seen close to the house. This is a fabulous get-away-from it house which is very well located to many wonderful locations.

Reuben Gates
Member since: 2008
Speaks english, french, spanish, italian
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Reuben Gates

Ali and I bought this house for a number of reasons. The primary reason for buying the property was for us to be able to enjoy family holidays with our three children, especially while they are young. Another key reason was partly selfish because I love bird watching and coming here with my brother who is also an avid birdwatcher. Finally of course we saw it as an opportunity to rent this property out to other people who may also enjoy it for these and other reasons.

Reuben Gates purchased this house in 2003

Why Reuben Gates chose Hinojos

Because it is so well located to the best birdwatching arguably in Europe and also because it is off the beaten track with as few Brits as possible. We also chose this part of Andalucía because we wanted to ensure that the weather would be as good as possible, ie South Spain should be more regularly warm and lovely compared to say France or Northern Spain.

What makes this house unique

As mentioned pretty unrivalled access to wildlife and very much off the beaten track. The cowboy town of El Rocio is also totally unique.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Hinojos, Spain

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 (ensuite) - toilet , shower enclosure , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 (shared) - toilet , bath with shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed , Safe is also provided in the wardrobe
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Child's Swing
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • sand pit
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • long term rentals available
  • Singles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Please note the house is fully cleaned and beds made up on arrival. House is available from 2pm and must be vacated by 11am


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Delightful 4 bed house in beautiful woodland setting with private pool & aircon
average rating of 4.6486487 based on 37 reviews
Ontario, Canada

Great Location and Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

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 again,


  • Review Submitted: 09/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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LOVELY base to explore the beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 05/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cape Elizabeth Maine

Thank you Reuben, Gaby and Doris !

  • 5 of 5

Great relaxing stay, beautiful pool to enjoy all day and night! We stayed here for 3 weeks. Weather was perfect🌞�!

There were up seven of us in the house and only two of us at times, plenty of room close to Sevilla and not far from the beaches, plenty to do if you choose, there are many restaurants in Almonte , grocery store and great pizza In Pilas (Gabys pizza) and a couple good restaurants in Hinojos, "la choza" We had plenty of days to just relax!

Gaby and Doris are close by if you need anything! We will definitely plan on going back.

  • Review Submitted: 30/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Patrick and Tracy, thanks you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to all of us. We are really pleased you had such a great holiday. You are fabulous guests. Thanks also for the kind words regarding Doris and Gaby. We would love to welcome you back. Thanks also for providing some recommendations in your review it's really helpful for other guests. Reuben and Ali
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Really lovely place to stay, great for family with children.

  • 5 of 5

Really nice place to stay. We had two families staying, one family with three children and one family with two children. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The pool was great and the villa had everything we needed. Plus a bonus of airconditioning. A five minute drive to the local shop or a 10 minute drive to a larger supermarket. We enjoyed walks around the local town and drove into seville for a day at the theme park. A great information pack at the villa full of things to go and do. The children actually just wanted to stay at the villa and go in the pool!! We stayed middle of May and the weather was between late twenties and early thirties, nice and hot! The area is lovely and quiet, a great place to relax.

  • Review Submitted: 07/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Daniella, thank you so so much for your kind review. It's wonderful to know you had such a great holiday! Thank you for being such a great guest. It would be lovely to welcome you all back again. With warm regards Reuben and Ali
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Great Spring Half Term Week at Casa Donana

  • 5 of 5

Had a great holiday! Weather was fab and the house was great. Liked the repainted pool and really enjoyed using the new barbecue.

Kids loved the new beds too.

  • Review Submitted: 02/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay. It's greatly appreciated.
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A good house in a good place!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Donana suited us very well for our stay of three weeks in April-May 2017. The kitchen & bathrooms worked well and the beds were comfortable. We used the pool once only but the pool itself and the area around it were very well-maintained by Doris and always looked very good. The Lantana/Plumbago/Bougainvillia hedge was a very attractive feature to look out on when sitting on the shady porch. The garden area behind the house is quite wild in character; we liked this, especially as it meant we had breeding Sardinian Warblers present.

I am a very keen birdwatcher and the proximity of the house to Donana was an important factor for me in the choice of the property. Many of the best birding sites are within easy reach of the house and it is far enough away from the marshes not to be troubled by mosquitoes, so the position is close to perfect.

The neighbourhood was very quiet and peaceful during our stay, with houses nearby unoccupied for much of the time.

We hope to return in March 2018, deliberately coming at a different time of year to get a different birdwatching experience. The fact that we have already decided to return speaks volumes about how much we enjoyed our stay.

The roads in the urbanizacion had all been turned into potholed dirt-tracks prior to our arrival, with major works being carried out. This could be a concern to some people but detracted little from our experience. Work was in progress throughout our stay and I expect the roads will be properly re-surfaced quite soon.

In summary, if you want a quiet, calm place to stay that is near to the Donana birding area, then this is a fine choice.

  • Review Submitted: 23/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Philip, Thank you ever so much for your kind review and for taking the time to share so much. We really look forward to welcoming you back in the spring. All the very best. Reuben and Alison
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
La Choza
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A49 Junction 34 Seville to Huelva
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
La Choza
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Bird Watching


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house on Hinojos, Spain

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring half term 2018
26 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
June mid season 2018
4 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
High season 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 5 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
October half term 2018
20 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
Christmas holidays 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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