A neatly restored town house in pretty Jimena de la Frontera with its own small pool and lovely countryside views ...
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Two (one double, one twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
6 m x 3 m, 1.5 m deep.
In the small hilltop town of Jimena de la Frontera in the Western Costa del Sol region (Province of Cádiz).
From £370 to £720 per week.
Jimena de la Frontera, once a frontier village of the Moors, is set in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra de Ronda, built on a hill crowned by a Romano-Moorish castle.
Situated just below the castle (and just above the best international restaurant in the village) this traditional house has been restored and comfortably refurbished, retaining its original tiled floors and ornamental ironwork. Simply furnished, original paintings and Moroccan artefacts add sparkle here and there.
It's a terraced house located on one of Jimena's winding little hillside streets. Obviously there are neighbours around and about, including the friendly Spanish families living on either side. As one client said, "their smile and hola added to the magic".
The small back garden is now home to an inviting little 6 m x 3 m swimming pool. This is as good a place as any to enjoy the beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.
Please note that the attractive pool occupies almost all of the garden, so there's not a lot of space around or in front of it for relaxing or dining.
The open-plan ground floor consists of a sitting room, dining room and kitchen which opens onto a breakfast room with splendid views.
Upstairs are two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one with a bath, the other with a shower).
The double bedroom opens onto a furnished terrace with views over the roof tops to the mountains of Ronda. A lovely spot to relax with a drink to watch the sunset, you will also enjoy waking up in the morning to the spectacular view.
The twin bedroom has a balcony which looks up to the castle and over the countryside to the Rock of Gibraltar.
Jimena de la Frontera is one of the most charming of Andalucia's small towns, its 13th Century Moorish castle presiding over the pretty town houses, tapas bars, restaurants and churches which climb up the hillside.
A lovely little lane descends on the other side of the hill down through the marvellous countryside of Los Alcornocales and within minutes you will be down by the river side. Popular in summer (because one can swim in the deep pools of the Hozgarganta river), it's a very beautiful spot whatever the time of year.
From Jimena's Moorish castle there are uninterrupted views to Gibraltar, Africa beyond, and mile upon mile of fertile valleys, orange groves, forests and mountains.
The Parque Natural de los Alcornocales, which surrounds the hilltop village, is ideal for bird watching, walking, horse riding, painting and photography.
If walking in paradise is not your thing, you can choose between Mediterranean beaches on the Costa del Sol (just half an hour away) or, a little further on, the wilder beaches on Spain's Atlantic coast. Sotogrande and Tarifa are both popular choices for day trips.
For golf enthusiasts, there are at least 25 top quality golf courses (including Valderrama, Sotogrande and San Roque) close by. Or, if you are looking for something really different, how about nipping over to Morocco for the day!
Heading inland, the timeless beauty of some of Spain's most impressive Natural Parks awaits you. There are lots of charming towns and villages to discover along the way - Gaucín, Genalguacil and, further to the north, delightful old Ronda and the mountain village of Grazalema are all very attractive, lovely places, all well worth visiting.
If you don't want to take the car, try the wonderful, narrow gauge railway which runs from Jimena to Ronda, stopping at little white villages along the way.
Further afield the great historic cities of Andalucía - Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba - are between two and three hours drive.
The owner, a delightful English woman, has lived in the village for many years. As well as providing an information pack in the house, she will always be happy to make suggestions and recommendations.
All in all, a sweet and unpretentious house in one of Andalucia's most fascinating little towns.
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)
Because the staircase doesn't have a banister, we do not consider this property suitable for small children
Rental start and finish days for this property are usually flexible
Parking is on the street. It's not always easy to find a space near the house during the busier months of the year
Please, no smoking indoors
A 250 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.
Gaucín (most facilities) 20 mins; Sotogrande 30 mins; Gibraltar 45 mins; Estepona 50 mins.
Gibraltar 45 mins; Málaga 1½ hrs; Jerez 1½ hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.
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