Offering country-style living at its absolute best, this very comfortable family home has charm, joy and rustic beauty in abundance. The pool and its surroundings are absolutely breathtaking ...
"My family loved our week at this lovely house in the beautiful countryside just outside Gaucin. Jim and Alice were the perfect hosts, and we relished every moment of our stay. The views from the house are just amazing, and we particularly loved our morning coffees by the pool gazing out at the mountains. The children also enjoyed exploring the beautifully landscaped and terraced gardens and the quiet tracks outside the house. Although it feels remote, the house is actually not very far from a whole range of interesting places, and we filled our days with horse riding, wild swimming in local rivers, trips to Ronda, Gaucin and other white villages for fantastic meals and a grudging final day visit to the beach. A very memorable week for us, and we hope to be back again some day soon."
"We have fallen in love with your home. You have created something really special. You can never be sure of reviews when looking for holiday accommodation. Yours were so positively glowing. So we've been delighted to realise they were absolutely true! After lazy al fresco breakfasts we've had so much fun in the pool. We've pottered about in Gaucín and taken day trips to Seville (had to see the castle as two of us are avid Game of Thrones fans and some of the story was shot there -a good way to introduce a bit of culture to 12 and 16 year old sons); two trips to Ronda which has stunning views down into the gorge from the "new" bridge; a a trip to the South Western Tarifa with clear views across to Morocco. Ah, sad to be leaving but we will take such happy memories with us. Thanks for your advice and for sharing your beautiful home."
"Thank you for such a wonderful, relaxing stay for us all. We love your home and the village. We have relaxed, lay by the pool, swum, eaten and drunk. From very happy people many thanks to you from us all."
"Such a beautiful place and the perfect way to relax and unwind on our honeymoon! Stunning views, peaceful, beautiful gardens, lovely little quiet town with incredibly friendly people! We loved it! We definitely recommend "Bodeguita Chaparro" by the petrol station -fantastic tapas! Would love to return!"
"So many superlatives used in previous comments. Needless to say we agree with them all. Peace and happiness away from the rush of London was what we sought and found here. We leave with many happy memories and undoubtedly will return. Thank you for "sharing" heaven with us."
"Sorry to miss you this morning, I was having a long overdue sleep, it's such a comfortable bed I slept through for hours (not at all like me!) anyway feeling much better for it and the sunshine and the beautiful surroundings, what an absolutely stunning villa, I can't begin to tell you how beautiful I find it all. We haven't had a proper holiday in four years and what a way to break that spell! "
"Thank you so much for letting us share your wonderful home! Such a chilled and relaxing time. "
"We have had the best week. The house and the setting are just exactly what we’d been looking for. This was greatly helped by the pool. Our kids spend more time under than above the water. Thanks again"
Two (one double, one with a double and two singles).
Private swimming pool
12.5 m x 5.0 m, 1.2 m - 2.5 m deep.
In open countryside, 1 km from the village of Gaucín in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).
From 1,190 € to 2,790 € per week.
This house is a dream … as pretty as a picture and as delightful as can be. As one guest put it, "this is probably the closest place to heaven we’ve visited. The house is charming and comfortable, the pool and its surroundings are absolutely breathtaking".
And breathtaking is the word … it is set in the most wonderful bowl of natural beauty, tucked into the gloriously wooded mountainside just a kilometre south of lovely Gaucín village.
Secluded, very private and oh, so peaceful, its four acres of mature olive, almond, carob, fig and oak trees open up to fields full of wildlife and a huge variety of wild flowers in Spring. Flowering shrubs, fruit trees and palms surround the house.
The views which open up all around are as magnificent as they are spectacular: down to the Mediterranean Sea and the Rock of Gibraltar, across to the Rif Mountains of Morocco beyond.
All around, the majestic scenery of the Serranía de Ronda provides brilliant brush strokes of colour and contrast. It's a view which can be enjoyed for ever.
Sheep's bells clink gently in the distance, birds sing happily in the trees - here there are just the wonderful sights, scents and sounds of pastoral bliss to keep you company.
The house itself is entirely in harmony with its glorious natural surroundings. A compellingly romantic family home, it has charm, joy and rustic beauty in abundance.
And then there is the fabulous swimming pool just a few meters away across the shaded patio … Oh, what a spot! Oh, what a pool!
Behind, the thickly forested, rocky terrain clambers dramatically up the mountainside, forming a beautiful natural wrapping around the wide pool terrace. To the south and west, views are far and wide.
The pool is both big (12.5 m x 5 m), and deep (2.5 metres at one end) so safe for diving. At the other end (1.2 metres deep) it is accessed by wide entry steps.
Glistening gloriously blue in the day-long sunshine, it is an idyllic scene, surrounded by terraces on different levels, some shaded by olive and carob trees, others perfect for sun bathing. You’ll find deck chairs and outdoor furniture around the pool, sunbeds and parasols, as well as a hammock slung casually between the olive trees.
Stunning at night, too, when the underwater lighting comes into its own, a thousand stars twinkling up above. As one client said, "A night swim with the pool lights is not something to be missed".
On a lower terrace there is a ping pong table with bats, balls and views to Africa! All around, mile upon mile of wild, rocky mountainside to explore …
The pool is gated so safe for little children. It's not bad for adults either! Not least because a charming little stone house next to the pool has been made up as a perfect and delightfully cool "siesta" spot - by mid-afternoon its good-sized single bed, wobbly walls and ancient cane ceiling are utterly compelling!
Between the pool and the house is the original bread oven.
Bougainvillea clambers up the entrance pillars of the property; flowers spilling out of weathered terracotta pots adding other splashes of bright colour. It's a large house (effectively two, joined together) and it gleams - white and bright - in the sunshine, its cottage-style beauty complimented by the verdant greenery all around and the deep blue sky above. It's really attractive, a sublimely lovely place to be.
One enters to a large living /dining room with a log burning Nordic stove (with glass doors). The house also has central heating throughout. But it's not just cosy, it's also very comfy and attractive. The owners are both artists and his training in the visual arts, her's in textiles, is a magic combination - the result of their labours over the years is a stunningly cheerful and really gorgeous family home. Some of his art is on display here and there - and it's not bad either!
There are all mod-cons, not least being high-speed internet connection (14 MB) which is a rarity in Andalucía. A great family house, it is also a perfect "get away from it all" for business people or researchers with a project to complete (there is very attractive desk space in the master bedroom, as well as other excellent working areas downstairs). Mobile phone coverage is also good here.
There's a flat screen TV with "Apple TV and Netflix" (bring your own Apple device), a DVD player and collection of DVD’s, plus an excellent collection of books. The Hi-Fi has CD and radio plus cable connection for MP3 players and iPods. Your laptop can be connected to the TV, so if you have films downloaded, you can watch them on the bigger screen.
A large ceiling fan keeps the living room cool in summer. Comfy sofas and easy chairs are gathered at one end of the room, the round dining table (which comfortably seats six) at the other end. It's colourful, casual and relaxing - country-style living at its very best.
The living room leads through to a pretty bathroom (shower over bath tub). At the other end, to the side, is the open-plan kitchen area. It's not a big space but it's decently equipped with a 4-ring ceramic hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and all the other usual kitchen gear. There are cookbooks, plenty of saucepans and enough china, glasses and cutlery for eight people.
Above all else, this is a real "home" with toys, games, and lots of interesting books. Children will find plenty to keep them happily occupied both inside and out: Lego, building blocks, a rocking horse, puzzles, a children’s library and a few children’s videos and DVD’s will no doubt compete with ping pong in the sunshine and exploring the great outdoors.
Whatever the time of day - or night - we are sure you will wile away many a happy hour around the barbecue terrace, accessed from the kitchen through lovely old wooden doors. A great space, its wooden dining table (comfortably seating six) is ideal for al-fresco meals under the shady awning.
The attractive brick barbecue and a drinks fridge (in summer) are close at hand. There's lots of casual bench seating too, some in the shade, some in full sun, all of it surrounded by tropical plants, trees and natural splendour.
From the kitchen, a short corridor leads to the two very spacious bedrooms, one downstairs, one upstairs. As everywhere in this lovely home, they are pretty rooms, cheerfully decorated and attractively furnished.
Both have double beds. The lower one, which has double doors opening to the terrace outside, also has two single beds so lends itself equally well as a children's room for up to three kids. Or it could sleep a couple and two children. You choose! Whoever you share with, there's an Ipod docking station with radio/alarm clock to keep you company. An independent air-conditioning unit ,with remote control, adds the choice of being extra cool in summer and even warmer in winter.
There are few downsides to this beautiful property but please note that this bedroom doesn't have en-suite facilities. There is the full bathroom at the other end of the living room, of course, and there's also a W.C. on the landing upstairs.
The master double bedroom is also on the first floor, a light, airy and very attractive room with windows on both sides. Views from here (all the way to Africa on clear days) are stunning. It opens through on one side to the en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub, double wash basins, bidet and a heated towel rail); on the other side it opens to a well appointed little office area. An independent air-conditioning unit ,with remote control, adds the choice of being extra cool in summer and even warmer in winter.
Both bedrooms have portable fans. A hair-dryer is provided as are electric blankets (in winter months). A cot and highchair are available on request.
The house book is full of notes on how things work, and what to do if they don’t, as well as tips about what to do in emergencies, maps with suggested places to visit, opening hours etc. The visitors book and leaflet box has more information about the area and recommended restaurants. The owners are on call, too, if required; their studio is on the estate on the other side of the hillside.
The location is fantastic, just a kilometre from pretty Gaucín. One of the classic white villages it has just about all the facilities you will need - small shops, a chemist, banks and, of course, several bars and restaurants. And, as everywhere in Andalucía, more than its fair share of fiestas, traditional Saints days and processions, each an excuse for merrymaking and dancing.
Just a few minutes away by car, it is also a very pleasant walk (it will take you 15 / 20 minutes to get there, just 10 minutes to return as it's downhill).
About two thirds of the track down from the village is concreted with the remainder being unmade. This is perfectly passable in an ordinary family car driven with appropriate care, and has the advantage that it keeps other traffic away!
This part of Andalucia is a paradise for walking, exploring, riding and bird watching. There is beautiful countryside in every direction. It is also an ideal base for day trips to wonderful towns like Ronda, Jerez, Cadiz and Sevilla. There are delightful little villages to explore, Mediterranean beaches are half an hours drive away; the Atlantic coast with its fine white sand and famous wind surfing is one and a half hours drive.
If pure rest and relaxation is what you are after … we will leave it to one of the guests who have stayed here to sum it up: "Goodness, what a beautiful place to wake up to! I am almost embarrassed to confess that we left the house just twice, and only then because we had to buy food at the market. We’ve had such a lovely time, it is just wonderful here."
For those looking to explore a little further, the owners of this villa have an equally delightful apartment, ZC102, in the heart of Jerez which can be booked either independently or in conjunction with this villa.
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open throughout the year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from late April to September, inclusive).
The pool casita is closed from November to the end of March.
Most of the 1km. track to the house is paved and easily accessible in an ordinary family car.
Please, no smoking indoors.
Weekly maid service is provided for stays of more than one week.
Additional maid service is available on request (for a supplement).
The kitchen is usually well stocked with provisions (rice, pasta, sugar, flour, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spices and other dry goods).
Cleaning products, washing powders & spot removers etc are also provided.
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season, but are flexible at other times. Please enquire.
Mountain-biking, guided walking, horse riding & other activities (massage, aromatherapy, bird-watching, painting lessons taught by local artists) can be arranged (advance notice is always required).
Catering, transport (pick-up / drop off service from the airport or trips to Tangiers) and bilingual babysitting can also usually be arranged (again, with advance notice).
All services are provided by local businesses. We provide the info and can make arrangements on your behalf.
Prices are inclusive of first load of firewood and normal use of electricity and gas (for the central heating which is on a timer, 7 hours per day). Additional use will be charged at cost to clients on their departure.
A 350 Euro security deposit is required on each booking. This is held against your credit or debit card and will be cancelled one week after your holiday, subject to any reductions for breakages or damage. See Terms and Conditions for full details.
In open countryside, accessed by a mainly paved track, easily accessible in an ordinary family car (although a bit steep in a few places), 1 km from Gaucin (most facilities) in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).
Gibraltar 1 hr; Málaga 1½ hrs; Jerez 2 hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.
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