Las Herrerias de Rio Madera is a 1600 acre working estate set in the Natural Park of the Sierras of Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas. This vast mountainous park covering 214,000 hectares and forming the second largest forested area in Europe, is situated in the north-eastern Andalucia region of Spain.
Through a careful management programme, the estate ensures the protection of its wonderful natural environment, which is home to a great variety of indigenous wildlife.
The wide diversity of species in the Natural Park – some of which are protected – range from the tiny and exquisite ‘viola cazorliense’ (Cazorla violet) to wild boar, eagles, vultures, mountain goats, wild cats and deer.
There is a superbly restored 100 year-old farmhouse, el Cortijo de Rio Madera; completely rebuilt, and traditional but very comfortably furnished. The Cortijo sleeps 16 people, has its own swimming-pool, and is set in a wide and beautiful valley within the estate. The Cortijo is currently being run as a self-catering rental business and is registered by the Andalucian Ministry of Tourism. It has been awarded the highest grade possible “Superior”
The original estate farmhouse – el Cortijo de Río Madera – was built in two different periods. It has been completely restored in the traditional style by local architects and artisans, whilst incorporating the latest environmentally-friendly technology. Original stone and timber features have been retained where possible, solar power and under-floor heating have been installed, whilst wood from the estate serves as fuel for the large open fireplace and stoves.
The Cortijo has its own private, solar-power-heated swimming pool, barbecue area, large pergola-shaded terrace with stunning 360-degree views.