• El Buho private terrace
    El Buho private terrace
  • El Buho bathroom
    El Buho bathroom
  • El Buho dining area
    El Buho dining area
  • El Buho seating area
    El Buho seating area
  • El Buho kitchen
    El Buho kitchen
  • El Buho private terrace
    El Buho private terrace
  • El Buho sleeping area
    El Buho sleeping area
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    Molino Rio Alajar - El Buho Image 8
  • The raised communal pool
    The raised communal pool
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    Molino Rio Alajar - El Buho Image 10
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    Molino Rio Alajar - El Buho Image 11
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Molino Rio Alajar - El Buho

Andalucia Region, Spain

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The Owner / Manager

Peter Mulder

Member since Nov 2012
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:4 minutes
  • Availability Updated:5 days 10 hours


BFB's Overview

There can be few better places in Spain to check-out of the hectic pace of modern life and unwind than here. Molino Rio Alajar is idyllic cluster of six guest cottages sharing a pool, tennis court and a sociable guest lounge nestled in the heart of the Aracena-Aroche National Park, around 90 minutes from Seville, and about two hours and a world apart from the fly'n'flop Spanish Costa resorts.

The stunning natural scenery of the sierra and relaxed pace of life has most parents completely unwinding in a matter of hours, whilst mini guests become full-blown, free-range adventurers within minutes. Urban tots soon settle into new routines centred around feeding scraps to the pigs, exploring the countryside from the back of a donkey and splashing around in the pool, whilst parents revel in days spent soaking up the scenery on foot, taking respite in one of the many good local bars and restaurants (10-30mins walk), playing games of tennis and relaxing by the pool, followed by evenings bonding with fellow guests in the communal lounge and library, or rediscovering each other over self-cooked dinner and drinks on their private cottage terraces.

Hidden away in the South West corner of Andalucia, between Seville and Portugal, Molino Rio Alájar is an amazing place for families to find out just how stunning and unspoilt Spain can really be. Like us, most people will probably have never heard of the Sierra de Aracena Mountains but once discovered it’s hard to forget, so just as well these six Casas Rurales make wonderful boltholes to return time after time.

The cottages at Molino Rio Alájar are surrounded by Chestnut and Cork Oak forests, set high enough up the valley to make the most of the views, which are spectacular through the dense, lush foliage of spring and summer to the blazing colours of autumn. The ochre local stone of the rustic-style cottages glows in the sun, the roofs are terracotta and each one is distinctly individual to suit couples with a baby or families of up to six. Whichever fits the bill, the cottages offer every comfort and a blend of Spanish and Moorish influences, including chunky raftered ceilings and minstrel galleries, stone fireplaces, authentic furnishings and colourful tiling in the cook’s kitchens, family bathrooms and wet room showers. The Dutch owners have also made sure they are well equipped with all mod cons and helpful baby kit, from five-burner gas hobs, microwaves and wi fi, to cots, highchairs and baby monitors.

The cottages have pretty patios for nibbling on tapas al fresco and the gardens are a haven for frazzled parents to chill out in deckchairs while children have fun, splashing in a paddling pool or sploshing into the shared pool, playing boules, outdoor chess or table tennis. The cottages also share a Common Room which features a library of books and DVD’s, a dining table, log fire, table football and barbecue on a covered terrace. Children can help pick veggies from the garden and, although there are not meals available, the owners can provide stocked picnic hampers for treks into the surrounding countryside on their resident donkeys, bookable by the hour. Other activities include lessons in Spanish and playing the Spanish guitar, tennis coaching, horse riding, bird spotting trails and guided mushroom hunts. Families can spend their holiday being busy or just busy doing nothing and a world away from the brash beach resorts of the Spanish Costas, Molino Rio Alájar is paradise.

Accommodation Overview - El Buho:

El Buho is suitable for a couple with a baby in a cot, comprising a bed-sitting room with cast iron double bed, seating area, dining area, TV, DVD player and a wood-burning stove. The bathroom houses a shower, WC and basin and the kitchen is fully equipped with oven, microwave, hob, fridge etc. The cottage has its own small terrace to the side which is furnished with deckchairs and dining table and chairs. The cottage benefits from central heating for cooler months of the year. Barbecues are available on the communal terrace.

Location Information

Molino Rio Alájar might be pleasantly off the beaten track and ideal for getting away from it all, but a short walk from the cottages, along quiet country lanes, leads to the pretty village of Alájar which takes its name from a craggy cliff brooding over the whitewashed houses. Cosy bars and character restaurants are tucked away in winding cobbled streets along with shops to buy the fine Iberico hams and sausages, made from free ranging pigs snuffling amongst the oaks for acorns. Three restaurants recommended by the owners are the ancient Casa El Padrino, El Corcho with amazing cork art and the former olive mill of La Botica.

The main town for the National Park is Aracena, which is a scenic 20 minutes drive from Molino Rio Alájar. Aracena has a Spanish Mercadona supermarket and also a Lidl to stock up on provisions plus the town boasts an impressive Knights Templar castle and the acclaimed Cave of Wonder.

While Molino Rio Alájar is ideal for simply relaxing and enjoying the Andalucian sunshine, it’s also great for enjoy Spain’s unspoilt great outdoors. There are numerous walking trails on the doorstep for all abilities, criss-crossing cobbled Roman tracks, passing bubbling springs and streams, seeing mules ploughing tiny allotments and hearing the tinkle of goat bells as they are herded through the woods. Besides exploring on foot, the owners offer donkey treks by the hour, mountain bikes for hire and horse riding excursions are available from 1 to 5 hours. Don’t forget to pack the binos either, because this is top bird spotting country, with a series of suggested trails and guided walks to look out for up to 130 species, depending on the time of year, from Golden Eagles, Black Vultures and Storks to Nightingales and Cuckoos. With special appeal for foodies, the owners offer guided mushroom walks from October to March which ends in a feast of the fungi finds at El Corcho restaurant. There are also wine tasting evenings with dinner at El Padrino.

Getting There: The Nearest airport to Molino Rio Alájar is Seville (1.5 hrs) and car hire is essential.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 11:00


Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 11:00


Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 11:00


Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

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Fast Facts

Sleeps 2 + cot in an open-plan cottage with 1 x double bed, a shower room, kitchen-diner area and seating area.

Airport under 2 hours drive

Nearest airport is Molino Rio Alájar is Seville (1.5 hrs)

Amenities within Walking Distance

The village of Alajar is about 15-20mins walk and has some lovely bars and restaurants.

Any Pool

There's a pretty, communal pool hidden amongst trees a discreet distance from the cottages


Babysitting is available at 10 euros per hour but should be requested well in advance.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby-friendly gear available on request includes: cots, highchairs, baby baths, baby monitor and stairgates.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

The cottages have toys for little ones, U rated DVDs and books and bath toys.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

A complimentary welcome hamper of local goodies usually covers guests for their first evening and breakfast. Pre-arrival shopping is also available on request and guests are welcome to raid the vegetable patch in summer. Picnic baskets available on request.

Outdoor Toys

The common area has a football table, a chess table, Boules, table tennis, a swing and padding pool.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates available on request.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The cottage has a small private terrace with lovely views, deckchairs and dining furniture.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Complimentary WIFI is available.

Friendly Animals

Mini guests love feeding scraps to the pigs and donkey rides (approx. 10euros an hour)

Tennis Court(s)

There is a professional standard tennis court (synthetic grass). Coaching available on request.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Several highchairs and cots are available on request

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