A fantastic Villa and superb surrounding area.
We chose the Villa from Trip Advisor due to its location (in a small village and on the edge of a National Park). Hontanar is a municipality located in the province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. According to the 2006 census, the municipality has a population of 132 inhabitants (currently stated as 156).
As a family of eight the Villa accommodated us perfectly although there was room for more. The Villa has 5 bedrooms all with en-suite. The bedrooms are split into 2 x doubles, 2 x 2 singles and 1 x 3 singles. Each bedroom has a balcony.
The kitchen is well equipped with an electric cooker and hob, dish washer, washing machine, toaster etc. The only item missing as an English family was a Kettle but a small saucepan sufficed.
The Kitchen and lower area incorporated a large table seating 10 – 12 and adequate comfortable seating. Upstairs there is also an area with a football table and open area which has an additional balcony.
From the ground floor, there are two patio doors leading out onto the patio area. There is further comfortable seating and table and chairs. There are also sun loungers around the pool. The pool itself is superb, large enough to have a swim or play a game or two and very welcome as the temperatures climb into the late 30s early 40s. The Villa itself is beautifully designed.
We ate mainly in the Villa getting supplies from Navahermosa which is about a 10/15 minute drive. There are at least three supermarkets offering everything you will need. There are also restaurants there. We ate out at the Salones Restaurante Alameda one evening. This was a very nice meal and reasonable priced. For 8 people, starter, mains and dessert along with two bottles of wine and drinks for all it was 190 euros. The staff were extremely understanding of a group with only one Spanish speaking person.
The location of the Villa is 1hr 45 minutes from Madrid. We hired cars and drove down. (please note when hiring a car check where the pick up is, some are right by the airport and others are a 10 to 15 minute drive once you locate the shuttle bus point!)
From the Villa, Toledo is 45 / 50 minute drive and well worth a visit. Toledo also provides an ideal point to pick up the train to Madrid (30 minutes – about 21 euros return per person). Both train stations are amazing visually as well as practically, especially Madrid). Madrid is a must see city, steeped in history and modern exuberance. It is well worth picking up the open bus tour of the attractions (Madrid City Tour). Adult – 21 euros – OAP and under 15s Euros. This allows you to get off at designated stops have a look and then pick up the next bus as it comes past. You will need all day to take everything in, so arrive early.
Parque Nacional de Cabaneros is a short car journey away through the hills to the south of Hontanar. These roads are well maintained and well sign posted but may not be for those less at ease with steep slopes and hill top views. There are a number of great photo opportunities along the road with ample opportunity for a few minutes to appreciate some stunning scenery. Once on the edge of the national park you reach Navas de Estena, a pleasant village sized settlement which offers the first opportunity to park up at the local camp site and explore the national park along a number of sign posted walks. Another short trip along the main road and you arrive at Retuerta del Bullaque. We fuelled the cars here and enquired about a restaurant. We were sign posted to Casa Roman, in the centre of the town. A relatively discrete restaurant/café where the service and food far surpass initial impressions, a meal for 6 (Hand made burgers, local tapas and sandwiches), including drinks, came to less than 36 Euro’s which cemented a pleasant experience. Further on down the main road and a right turn at CM-403 takes you to a large lake with accompanying spectacular views however, as we were short on time, we were unable to explore this area further. Our journey back to the villa offered an alternative route to the initial hilly experience, travelling around the hills and back through Navahermosa.
Points to note, the restaurants in Hontanar and Navahermosa generally do not open for food until 2100 in the evening, unless at weekends. Your whole experience will be enhanced if you are willing learn and speak some Spanish, Google translator is excellent if not.
Thank you Jose for a lovely week.
We booked this villa for our son's wedding. On arrival the amenities which were stated or promised during our communications were not provided and owner denied all knowledge of them such as WiFi, Barbecue and cooling fans. We wasted a lot of money by having to purchase fans because the temperature during the day was in the 40s and nights in the 30s and we had elderly relatives who were suffering because of the heat. The caretaker was extremely rude and unhelpful and kept blaming the owner and when we spoke to the owner he blamed the caretaker for the shamble service. Because of all the problems we had at this place the wedding and our holiday was completely ruined. If you book with these people make sure you get EVERYTHING in writing and record their calls otherwise they will deny it. They lied there was no WIFI in the villa that it was impossible to get a cable up to the property when their listing clearly stated Wifi included. We stayed 10 days without WIFI no cooling system and food was disposed of because the caretaker hid the barbecue so we couldn't use it. I hope they will learn by what they did to us and improve on their service and maybe replace the caretaker with someone who has some idea about customer service.
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