La Casa de Agua is located in the Sierra de Segura in the heart of Spain's largest national park and the second largest protected area in Europe - Parque Natural Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas. Sitting in the river valley at an altitude of 1,080m (3,500ft) means cool nights even at the height of the Andalusian summers.
The house is in the small hamlet of Huelga Utrera - the crystal clear river Segura runs through the village from its source 14km away and joins its first tributary, the Rio Madera. There are sun warmed natural pools just a 5 minute walk from the house, ideal for a dip in the summer.
Venture a little further afield, and you'll find several wild-swimming sites in the nearby Anchuricas reservoir, and inviting though chilly pools a short walk from the house on the Segura river.
An acequia (irrigation canal) runs down the middle of the only street in the village, right past the front door of the house. The sound of water is never far away.
The house is a spacious three bedroom property which sleeps 6 + children in comfort. A traditional build with wooden beam ceilings and 80cm (30in) thick walls which ensure a cool interior in summer, and with the central heating and cosy wood burner in the lounge, warm winter nights.
If you enjoy hiking and viewing the local wildlife, then your front door is great place to start. Several marked trails start from the hamlet, and you are likely to spot foxes, deer, vultures and golden eagles from the patio of the house.
Early Autumn brings the berrea, or rut of the mountain deer and their calls can be heard echoing down the valley. Fallen fruit from hazel, blackberries, walnut and forgotten orchards bring mountain goats, deer and wild boar foraging into the village in the evenings. Mushroom collecting is a popular autumn activity for those who know what can and can't make good eating.
Prices start from 95€/night for the whole house including wifi, cleaning, heating and wood for log burner in the lounge.
Contact Simon or Dolores on the number above for further details.