Beautifully secluded and peaceful, comfortable and relaxing, this is one of the most spectacular holiday villas in all Spain ...
"We had a wonderful stay in your beautiful home. The view, pool, countryside are all stunning and you looked after us well while giving us our space. Thank you."
"Thank you for a truly wonderful week, this has been by far the most relaxing family holiday we have ever had. This incredible house and fabulous pool have provided all the entertainment our three children needed, and as we reluctantly return home, we take with us wonderful memories of this breathtaking scenery, of the changing light on the mountains, the starry skies and the blisssful silence."
"This was the most spectacular and enjoyable property we have ever stayed in. We can't fault anything and after nearly two decades of family holidays this is the first property we would wish to return to. We wanted spectacular scenery and peace and were not disappointed. The tuned grand piano was a treat and as keen swimmers we made full use of the longest swimming pool we have ever rented and are much fitter in consequence. The owners are delightful and informative hosts and as well as ensuring that our stay in the house was trouble free, came up trumps in response to some bizarre requests. This property cannot fail to enchant you!"
"We have been two families with six kids staying here for a week. The kids loved the pool and spent most of the days swimming and playing. Their parents also enjoyed walking and (in early morning) jogging in the beautiful, unspoiled scenery. Each evening we enjoyed a drink while watching the sun set in the fantastic scenery on the northern side of the house. The villa itself is beautiful and impressive and really feels luxurious. It is a remote and beautiful setting, perfect if you want to relax and explore nature. Yesterday we had Maria cooking paella, good food and nice company, recommended! Thanks to the owners for hospitality, helpful information, and for sharing their place with us! "
"ZC25 is a delightful country villa which is actually better than in the photos. The villa is large and spacious with all the bedrooms well spaced so you do not get any noise from other bedrooms. The villa is on top of a hill with great views and you are not overlooked from any direction. It is very quiet and the only noise comes from songbirds and the occasional eagle. The swimming pool is lovely and is the biggest private pool I have seen with the added benefit of a cover if the weather is a bit cool. I highly recommend this villa for a relaxing holiday. "
"Our two week stay was really wonderful and exceeded our expectations. This is a beautifully designed country home in a serene and very pretty area. The owners made sure we had everything we needed from firewood to local information and restaurant recommendations. Cooking in the kitchen was a delight and the pool area is fantastic and the kids had a ball. Sitting on the terrace to eat lunch was a daily treat as was lighting a fire in the big yet welcoming living room. We would recommend this house to two families or big groups as there were plenty of bedrooms each with their own attractive ensuites. All in all a happy wonderful stay."
Five (three doubles, two twin bedded). 2 extra folding beds can be added for children.
Private swimming pool
20 m x 5 m, 1.4 m deep (which can be heatedto extend the pool season to end of October).
6 km from Gaucín in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).
Sleeping from 4 people up to 10/12. Starting at 2,220 € up to 4,990 €.
Situated within its own incredibly beautiful 60 acre countryside estate, this villa combines the very best of traditional and modern comforts. It's a quite remarkable property, the labour of love of its architect / designer owner who has a keen eye for the spectacular and the sumptuous.
The icing on the cake is its fabulous location with nothing but glorious nature all around. It doesn't matter which direction you are facing, thickly wooded hillsides and dramatic mountain scenery beckons.
Looking across a vast sweep of rolling green hills and forests of cork, carob and wild olive, there's not another house in view. It's both magnificent and truly inspirational.
Walk out across the estate for a morning's stroll, look out for deer, partridge, soaring eagles and hawks, wonderful wildflowers ...
Constructed as a ‘no expenses spared' family home using the architect's own unique combination of European and Moorish styles, the villa does its fabulous location proud.
He doesn't like corridors and you won't find any here … the design features a really huge central living space with the other rooms - bedrooms, kitchen etc. leading off on three sides. The fourth opens to the wide terrace and gardens with the magnificent swimming pool just beyond.
Characterised by high-pitched ceilings, spacious rooms and quality features, it is a very special property.
Inside, the main focus of the house is the capacious central living space.
This living / dining room needs to be seen to be believed; it's vast, both in size and height. Light pours in through tall windows, revealing comfortable sofa seating around its huge fireplace and also to one side where the satellite TV is hidden away in a cabinet.
A grand piano has its own space as does the long and very beautiful refectory dining table.
It's a perfect construction which has been cleverly divided into varying environments for games, reading and dining. There are some outstanding antique furniture pieces and splendid original paintings, and a very obvious Moorish influence too, with intricate tilework, arched doorways and cabinets and a vast central ceiling lamp.
French doors on either side of the fireplace open to the terrace and garden spaces and to the pool outside.
All on one floor, the other rooms lead off: a big, well appointed kitchen, the laundry room and one of the double bedrooms are to one side; the other two double bedrooms are accessed from the opposite side of the living room.
These are all very spacious rooms; two of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, the other one has a bathroom alongside.
Two, only slightly smaller, twin bedrooms (also with en-suite bathrooms) are either side of the main entrance hallway.
There is a small room with low ceilings on the mezzanine floor above the living room. It is accessed by an attractive spiral stairway.
The double bedrooms all have their own glass fronted fireplaces so you certainly won't feel the winter chill here, not least because there is central heating throughout the villa (and air conditioning too).
Bathrooms feature intricate mosaic tiling and one of them has a gorgeous sunken bath which is big enough to fit half a rugby team in!
When it comes down to the little details of daily life, everything works splendidly.
Details like instant hot water throughout the house, power pumps which maintain perfect pressure no matter how many people are showering at the same time, a filtration system for the drinking water (so, there's no need to purchase bottled water). A huge water deposit ensures that, no matter how little it rains in Spain, there will always be plenty on tap here.
A wide sun terrace runs along the front of the villa suitably furnished with comfortable sunbeds and other outdoor furniture. A central, pillared awning provides shade for those essential outdoor diner parties on long, balmy summer evenings. There's a barbecue alongside and also direct access to the kitchen.
Pretty gardens spill gently down the slope to the pool just below. And, oh what a pool it is! A spectacular 20 metres long, it is heated to a perfect 26ºC throughout the autumn and spring months when it is covered by a retractable greenhouse-style roof.
In July and August the pool is left completely uncovered and during mid-season it may be fully or partially covered (depending on the weather). Ideal for either a cool dip or a serious swim, it's completely irresistible!
Views are unsurpassed anywhere in Andalucía, encompassing the broad sweep of the valley of the Rio Guadiaro with the Ronda and Grazalema mountain ranges beyond. Delightfully rural and completely private, this is the perfect place for a truly relaxing holiday.
Perfect because, although it's beautifully secluded and joyously peaceful, it isn't remote: it has an all-weather access road and is little more than 15 minutes drive from the charming village of Gaucín, one of the prettiest in all Spain.
But please bear in mind that the track is quite a long one and requires very slow driving in a normal car, so it will take you close to 10 minutes to get to or from the tarmaced road).
Clients love it here. Here are a few of the things some have had to say:
"One of our best vacations ever. We enjoyed the beautiful home, its views, the pool, the town of Gaucin, Ronda and Gibraltar".
"All of us, from the grandparents to the youngest, have had a wonderful time. The mountains are breathtaking, the sunshine sublime and the villa beautiful and welcoming. Thank you for a special and memorable stay".
"We have a rule, we never come back to a villa, always looking to find a new one each year. This is the first time we are breaking that rule! Views to die for, the changing colours of the morning and evening light, a huge pool that tempts you to think you are as fit as you were 20 years ago, and lastly space, tranquillity, calm, and skies that light up with a myriad of stars".
Although just a village, Gaucín nevertheless offers an excellent selection of restaurants, tapas bars, a tennis court and, of course, all the customary local traditions of an Andalusian pueblo in the form of many ‘ferias and fiestas'.
In the other direction the country road descends into a huge and very beautiful valley, the little road winding down and down to the village of Colmenar at its foot. This is another excellent destination for a tapa or two or a relaxing, lazy lunch. On the other side, immediately beyond the village, the hills rise up again, magnificently and richly forested by the huge cork oaks of the Alcornocales Natural Park. It's wonderful walking country.
There are several excellent day-trip destinations, none of which should be missed: to the historic towns of Ronda, Jerez de la Frontera and Cádiz, each of them offering good shopping and fine restaurants as well as lots of history and architecture of great beauty. Each has its own unique atmosphere.
For those who want a day on the beach, Mediterranean resorts are just 30 minutes drive to the south while the white Atlantic beaches of the Costa del la Luz are ninety minutes away.
And there's always the option of a day trip to Morocco … ships leave regularly from both Algeciras and Tarifa. Just 35 minutes to Tangiers on the fast ferry from Tarifa, the longer, 3 hour trip from Algeciras is also a wonderful trip, the ship often accompanied through the Straits by dolphins and whales.
When you step ashore, you will certainly know that you are in a different world!
Whichever direction you head off to, one thing is for sure: you will be returning to one of the most comfortable and relaxing properties in Spain. A perfect all-year-round holiday destination, one that has absolutely everything.
The swimming pool is available for use from April to end of October
During the colder months (April to October inclusive) the swimming pool can be heated for 200 Euros per week (payable on arrival). It is covered by its glass roof to conserve the heat of the pool. This is not removed until early / mid June. Pool heating is not available November to March.
Telephone & Firewood Deposit : a 100 euro deposit is payable on arrival (to the owners) for telephone and firewood usage (telephone charges are obtained online from Telefonica). The unused balance will be refunded at the end of your stay
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in summer
A weekly change of linen and towels (but not pool towels) is included for rentals of more than one week
A food hamper can be provided (if requested) for 50 euros (payable on arrival)
Basic household supplies are included in the price
Walking guides, riding stables, yoga & massage (on site) can also be arranged
* 2017 Note: The prices sleeping 4 up to 8 is based on 2 people sharing per bedroom - additional bedrooms will be closed off. The sleeping 10/12 price is for parties of 4 to 10 adults plus 2 children (total 12).
Prices include heating in the cooler weather and air conditioning , if needed, in the summer. Firewood is extra and is charged at cost (currently @ 25centimos/kg) at the end of the stay.
Pool heating is available on request from April to October inclusive. The cost is 200€ per week paid locally on arrival.
Please note that rentals for this villa are accepted on the following terms: (1) a non-refundable deposit of 25% will confirm the booking (2) the balance to be paid eight weeks before the holiday start date. There will be no refund of monies paid on cancellations after that date.
A 500 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.
San Pablo de Buceite (basic facilities) 25 mins; Jimena de la Frontera (most facilities) 35 mins.
Gibraltar 1 hr; Málaga 1½ hrs; Jerez 2 hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.
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