Five units make up this magnificent countryside estate and combine perfectly for a large private group. Two beautiful swimming pools and much, much more to enjoy ...
"We had a fantastic stay at ZC30. The houses are beautifully kept, and the gardens are wonderful. The 2 swimming pools both have spectacular views from them and we spent many hours in the glorious sunshine and peace and quiet enjoying the stunning surroundings of this beautiful place. Also, our horse ride up into the mountain was an experience not to be missed. We will definitely be going back!!!""
"I just wanted to extend our thanks for such a lovely holiday at ZC30. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want to leave! in fact there were a few tears upon departure! We have all said there isn't a thing we would change, the property is stunning and the set up was perfect for us! We'd very much like to visit again!"
"I only now wish me and my family had taken the whole holiday there now. I have stayed in many fabulous properties over the years ,yet they always seem to lack that special touch....and that is what will have us coming back again to this property. Again thank you sincerely for making our trip a memorable one and being so hospitable with our every needs. My little ones are still asking me when we are planning to go back, I am planning to make that happen very soon."
The estate comprises five unit: there are nine bedrooms in total (5 doubles, 4 twin bedded).
2 private swimming pools
one is 11 m x 4.8 m; the other circular, 10 m in diameter
In open countryside, 5 km from the village of Casares in the Western Costa del Sol region (Province of Málaga).
Full Estate from 1,850 € to 5,060 € per week.
Here, in the midst of glorious countryside, yet just twenty minutes from Mediterranean beaches, is where renowned architect, Aubrey David, built his own remarkable and very special home.
He subsequently converted this magnificent estate into five unique villas.
One has three bedrooms, two have two bedrooms, the other two have one bedroom, so, in total there are nine bedrooms (four doubles, five twin bedded), sleeping eighteen.
If required, there are extra beds or sofabeds for a further four guests, ideally for children.
They combine together perfectly for a large group of friends or family who wish to holiday together, while still enjoying the privacy of each self contained unit - with all of the Estate's marvellous facilities (which include two wonderful swimming pools, a sauna and beautiful gardens and grounds) for their private use.
El Cortijo (which sleeps 4), West House (which sleeps 4 and a child) and La Casita (which sleeps 2 and a child) are all part of the main estate building. Each has its own entrance and facilities.
Villa Carmen (sleeping 6 and 1 child) is alongside and only a few metres away from the main house.
Casa Mario (which sleeps 2 and a child) is set a little apart from the others, a couple of minutes stroll away across the lawns.
Both the kitchen and dining area in El Cortijo are huge and extra tables can be added to accommodate all the guests so they can enjoy their meals together.
There's plenty of space and facilities to cook up a banquet for all.
The five villas are each described in detail below. They all have fireplaces, air conditioning / heating units, satellite television (Freeview), safety deposit boxes, fully equipped kitchens, car parking and private patios. The style throughout was described by one client as "slightly rustic, rural luxury" which sums it up pretty well.
Surrounded, as everything is here, by wonderful nature, there are four and a half acres of beautiful gardens and grounds in which to lose yourselves so there is no sense at all of being in a complex.
There are two beautiful, spring-fed, filtered swimming pools, (both open throughout the year), one revelling in full Andalusian sunshine from dawn until dusk and which can be heated (on request, for a supplement); the other is secluded by trees and natural shade.
There's a sauna big enough for 10, too.
Our clients always report back favourably. Comments such as, "We had a fantastic stay. The houses are beautifully kept, and the gardens are wonderful. The two swimming pools both have spectacular views and we spent many hours in the glorious sunshine and peace and quiet enjoying the stunning surroundings of this beautiful place. We will definitely be coming back! Everyone we met was so friendly and could not have done more to help".
Another said, "It´s been an amazing stay for all of us. We loved the houses, the beautiful garden, the surroundings, the different energies at the pools. The property offers so many different opportunities, inside and outside … Thank you so much".
"El Cortijo" has a style and ambience befitting the home of an accomplished architect, perhaps exemplified by the high, timber-beamed cathedral roof and windows.
The kitchen is big and well equipped so ideal for catering for the whole group. Additional dining tables are added to accommodate all the guests so they can enjoy their meals together.
The villa has a large and spacious living / dining area with a bar and breathtaking views to the countryside. It opens onto a south facing terrace under a pergola shaded by grapevines, perfect for dining al fresco.
The master bedroom is on the ground floor with a bathroom leading off.
An attractive stairway leads up to the second, first floor bedroom where french doors open onto a balcony with a lovely view over the valley. The en-suite bathroom, from which you can enjoy beautiful views over the mountains, has a bath only, separate W.C. and bidet.
The villa has three levels, a twin bedroom with en suite bathroom on the upper floor and the kitchen and living area on the middle level, opening onto a sun terrace with access down to a garden terrace shaded by a 250 year old cork oak.
Half a level down from the living area is the second, double bedroom with open plan dressing, bath and shower areas. A child may be accommodated here because the couch converts into a single bed.
The kitchen is fully equipped and has a built-in dining table. Its open-plan design blends with the stone-walled lounge room and the internal garden to provide a very comfortable living area. The open fireplace is an ideal surround for enjoying a cool winter's night and perhaps a bottle of Rioja!
"La Casita" has a semi open-plan design with sloping timber beamed ceilings.
It has its own shaded patio (alongside one of the swimming pools) and this leads in to the living dining/area, approached via the open-plan kitchen. Besides central heating, a cast iron open fireplace adds to the ambience.
You will wake to views of Sierra Bermeja from the carpeted bedroom which is separated from the living area by a natural stone wall. The bedroom opens onto a second private, south-facing patio.
There is a separate dressing room (which can accommodate a supplementary bed) and a lovely bathroom with a spa bath. The shared porch by the round pool to the rear is a fine place to watch the sunset - with a G & T, maybe, flavoured by a hand-picked lemon …
The architect and his wife lived in this villa whilst the renovations were taking place. It is separate (a few metres away) from the main building but also designed with split levels.
Entering to the living room and kitchen on the middle level, an external half level stair leads to a covered south facing terrace which in turn leads on to a private, terraced garden, overlooking the second swimming pool and the estate grounds. Views are far, wide and handsome.
There are three bedrooms, one double upstairs (with dressing area and en-suite bathroom) and two twin rooms downstairs which share a bathroom between them.
The upstairs dressing area can accommodate an extra child's bed if required.
Semi-open plan in style with round timber beamed ceilings, "Casa Mario" has a south facing terrace under a grapevine covered pergola. An ideal sun trap in winter it is also a shady retreat from the summer heat.
It has its own car access and parking, by a large lawned terrace which leads to the cottage past fir trees and a grand date palm. It offers the most privacy of all the villas yet is only a short stroll across the lawn to one of the two swimming pools.
The living area has a wood burning stove. The north facing window commands a beautiful view over the mountains. A picture window seat here can be converted into a large single bed - it also serves as a great "siesta" bed!
There is a fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar. From the living area three steps lead to the double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.
It would take wild horses to drag most people away from this rural paradise. But anyone who wants to see a little more of Andalucía will be spoiled for choice here.
Some of the prettiest and least commercialised beaches on the Mediterranean Sea are literally "just down the road". So, head for the beach, hire a boat and set sail - or just enjoy that special "costa" atmosphere from a restaurant at one of the marinas.
If you follow the little country road up through the wonderful countryside you will soon arrive at the delightful village of Casares, perched, seemingly precariously, on its steep and dramatic rocky outcrop.
A little further away is Gaucín, the other white village in this region which has rightly earned plaudits for its charm and quality of life.
And, of course, there's Ronda, Gibraltar, Tarifa, Jerez, Estepona, Marbella …
Take to the countryside and walk to rarely visited Roman baths, hike up Estepona mountain (keeping an eye out for the rare pinsapo pine and cabra hispanica) or wander through fields of spring wild flowers. There's horse riding available locally too.
Some of the best little restaurants and little tavernas anywhere in Andalucia are all located on this side of Casares village - Arroyo Honda, Venta Garcia, Venta Victoria and the Forge.
For golf enthusiasts, there are at least 25 top quality golf courses (including Valderrama, Sotogrande, and San Roque) within 30 minutes drive. Highly recommended is "Finca Cortesin", host to the Volvo Masters Matchplay Championships, just ten minutes away from the villa.
Weather permitting, the swimming pools will be open throughout the year. The rectangular pool in the front grounds can be heated (see below).
Heating for the pool is on request. Electricity used for pool heating is charged along with the household electricity at the end of your stay (see price notes). We recommend that you request heating to be started two or three days in advance of your holiday to ensure it is at a comfortable temperature ready for your arrival.
The prices given are for the full property sleeping a maximum of 18 adults and 4 children. For smaller parties or last minute bookings, please enquire for prices and availability.
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in summer months although some flexibility can usually be offered in low season.
The prices above are for the full property sleeping a maximum of 18 adults and 4 children. For smaller parties or last minute bookings, please enquire for prices and availability.
Electricity used during the clients stay is metered and charged at a rate of 0.25 centimos / kWh, paid locally on departure. This applies to household usage (normally around 180 to 200 Euros per week) and pool heating (normally 20 to 25 Euros per day, if needed).
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.
Costa del Sol beaches 15 mins; Gaucín (most facilities) 25 mins.
Gibraltar 40 mins; Málaga 1¼ hrs; Jerez 1¾ hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.
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