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ZC 36

3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Stunning views from a splendidly located townhouse

In Gaucín, the 'Balcony of the Ronda mountains', this traditional townhouse has its own private balconies which overlook its pool, the village and the sea ...

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Review Icon"Thank you for a wonderful stay. We love the house. We loved the fresh flowers, the many lovely sunny terraces and the hot tub and watching the eagles and vultures circling above. It is a beautiful village with stunning views every way you look. We will be back again."

Joslyn (Mar 2017)

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Bedrooms

Three (two double, one twin bedded).

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Pool

Small private swimming pool approx. 4 m x 3 m, 1.2 m deep.

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Location

In the village of Gaucín in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).

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Price

Sleeping 2 from 650 € to 910 € per week.

Sleeping 3/4 from 780 € to 1,040 € per week.

Sleeping 5/6 from 910 € to 1,170 € per week.

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Villa Description

A wonderful location

The house is situated within a stone's throw of all the amenities that Gaucín has to offer, there is even a little supermarket at the end of the street.

Right in the heart of this picturesque pueblo blanco is a pretty town house which is centuries old. Lovingly cared for by its delightful Spanish owner, it is a traditional village house which has been restored and decorated in an authentic Andalus style.

The house is easy to find and parking is in the quiet road outside the house. The owner loves flowers as is shown by all the well-tended plants on the walls. Even from the front door you are treated to the sea views which are a feature of this holiday home.

First impressions of this house are that it is a little village property, but don't be fooled. From the street, the antique front door opens directly into a downstairs salon and the house opens out from there into an ever-expanding, tardis-like property.

Splash!

A townhouse with the added holiday attraction of a pool ... and a rooftop jacuzzi.

The pool terrace is on the same level as the double bedrooms and has space for two sunloungers and a parasol. There are five steps down to the pool itself and although more of a plunge pool for size, nevertheless it  sparkles in the sun and is perfect for cooling off. Although the house is in the heart of the village, the pool terrace is not overlooked by neighbouring properties so any sunbathing you do will be private.

The jacuzzi terrace is at the top of the house with the most amazing views, of the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar and, on a clear day, Africa. The jacuzzi has a hot water shower and its own hot water supply (for winter dips if you're brave). The terrace is made pretty by pots of orange trees, nisporo and bonsai which turn this into more of a rootop garden. A marble topped table seats four, perfect for a group supper.

An eagle's eye view

Being high up in the Serranía de Ronda, the views all round are nothing short of spectacular.

The house has three levels in total with room for the pool terrace and rooftop jacuzzi. Village homes of yesteryear would house their livestock at ground level and this property was no exception; the ground floor was once cobbled and was originally the stable.

Authentic features can be found everywhere.  For example, the front door is studded with traditional bosses (claves), perhaps from a church, and antique crockery found during  the renovation is on display . The breakfast bar in the kitchen was once the original front door and beams. An ancient stone sink (lavadora) for washing clothes has been preserved in the corner of the downstairs patio. Next to it sits the washing machine, new meets old you could say.

The drive to Gaucín is through the Serranía Ronda overlooking the Genil valley, green with trees, cork oaks (encinas), almonds and figs. Big, rocky outcrops  and grazing goats become a regular feature as you climb higher inland. The picture of the view below was taken from this house.

Gaucín truly has the right to it's name 'the Balcon de Serranía' the balcony of the Ronda mountains, with fantastic views south to the Mediterranean towards Gibraltar. The house has views to the sea and to the Eagle's Castle which perches high above the village.

Gaucín itself is a beautiful mountain town. The locals look after their town well, the houses are decorated with pots of flowers and vines, traditional drinking fountains are on many corners and someone is always sweeping  their doorstep. Bird identifications plaques are on many of the street walls, a decorative testimony to the importance placed on the wildlife population.

The decor of the downstairs salon is traditionally village-Andalucían in that it is not flash or luxurious, but solid and functional. The salon has a dining table seating four, close to the wood-burning chimney (chimenea). The sofa is a sofa bed which would be suitable for an adult or perhaps two small children.

Traditional skills

The owner is a skilled needlewoman and most of the bedspreads are her work.

The ground floor bedroom is a small, twin bedded room with antique bedsteads and although it doesn't have a wardrobe, there are hooks for hanging clothes. A window from the salon into this adjacent bedroom gives the bedroom light during the day but has a curtain for privacy. 

Going back, further into the house on the ground floor is the kitchen and a bathroom. The kitchen, although small,  is very cosy, bright and clean. It has all the cooking equipment necessary for a self-catering holiday including plenty of glasses and crockery.

The groundfloor bathroom has a full bath tub with shower over, wc, basin and bidet. A heater will be provided for rentals in the cooler months.

Full of sunshine

The terraces of this house are south facing and whatever you are doing, relaxing or dining, it will have a true Mediterranean feel.

Upstairs is the sunlit-filled living room with two very comfortable three-seater sofas, two armchairs, tv, coffee table and woodburner. The terrace from the living room has a round table which seats four. It's a south facing suntrap with views to the sea, the castle on the hill, over the town's roofscape and the swimming pool below.

If you come out here early on a summer morning, all will be silent, except for the swallows twittering and whirling through the air.

The main bedroom is spacious with windows looking out onto the very quiet street. Its windows have both curtains and blinds to keep it cool in the summer. The bedroom is furnished in a traditional way with whitewashed walls, a double brass bedstead and antique washstand. The whole effect is simple and quite charming.

Eat out and walk home

'This was our second visit to Gaucin, first time in this property. When we return we will look no further. Great house, central location & lovely host'

The second bedroom is also a double bedded room, smaller than the main bedroom but just as sweet with its white walls and traditional decor. Two features characterise this house as a village home in that it has a wardrobe space is set into the wall (an 'armario encrustada') and an interior shuttered window to let in light coming from the rest of the house. Although the bedrooms are not en suite, there is a bathroom on this floor with a walk-in shower, wc and basin.

Gaucín certainly has more than its fair share of good restaurants, bars and cafes. Staying at a house so conveniently placed means that you can eat out everyday without having to drive. For things to do, you can walk to the ruined castle, visit the fifteenth century church of San Sebastián, take in the colour of the local markets and explore the surrounding countryside.

The house is also an ideal base for day trips. The Mediterranean coast is only half an hour's drive away, while the Atlantic beaches with their white sand and famous wind surfing mecca of Tarifa, is one and a half hour's drive. For the more cosmopolitan face of Andalucía, visit Ronda, Jerez, Cádiz and Sevilla.

With a glass of wine in hand and the vistas around you, the conversation will be about what a perfect day you've had and the promise of another one tomorrow. One visitor wrote:

"Rooftop jacuzzi bliss"
'3 beautiful evenings enjoying the fabulous views & watching the sunset from the rooftop jacuzzi with a cheeky little bottle of fizz. Life doesn't get much better'.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Salon with two armchairs and sofa (converts to a bed), dining table for four
  • Kitchen
  • 1 bedroom:
    • 1 twin bedded
  • Bathroom (bath tub with shower over, wc, basin, bidet)
  • Utility patio with washing machine

First floor

  • Living room
  • 2 bedrooms:
    • Both double bedded
  • Bathroom (walk-in shower, wc, basin)
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  • Pool terrace with two sunloungers
  • Balcony terrace with table for four

Second floor

  • Furnished jacuzzi terrace
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Facilities

Entertainment

  • Local Digital TV (TDT)
  • DVD Player
  • CD / Radio
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)

Amenities

  • Glass fronted fireplace in the living room and salon
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  • Electric wall heaters
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  • Portable fans in all bedrooms
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  • Washing machine, iron and board
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  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
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  • Hair dryers (one in each bathroom)
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  • Cot and highchair available (on request)

Kitchen

  • Electric oven
  • Vitroceramic hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, kettle coffee making facilities
  • Cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery

Outdoors

  • Small swimming pool (4 m x 3 m, 1.2 m deep) with narrow pool terrace surround
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  • Rooftop jacuzzi with shower
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  • First floor furnished terrace
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  • Second floor furnished terrace
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  • Sun beds, sun shades
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  • Outdoor dining furniture
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  • Charcoal barbecue

Notes

The property is available for rental throughout the year.

For winter rentals, firewood is supplied at a charge of €30 per week payable locally.

Please, no smoking inside the house.

The house is on three levels so is not suitable for guests with mobility problems.

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in summer, but there is flexibility so please ask.

Pets may be allowed, please ask.

Linen and towels are changed once a week.

Babysitting, maid service and catering can be organised if requested in advance.

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZC 36

2017 Season Dates Sleeping 2
per week
Sleeping 3/4
per week
Sleeping 5/6
per week
7th January to 28th April 650 € 780 € 910 €
29th April to 29th September 910 € 1,040 € 1,170 €
30th September to 5th January 2018 650 € 780 € 910 €

ZC 36

2018 Season Dates Sleeping 2
per week
Sleeping 3/4
per week
Sleeping 5/6
per week
Prices Pending --- --- ---

Notes

The villa is available for rental all year and the changeover day is flexible. The sleeping 2 and sleeping 4 prices are based on the use of 1 or 2 bedrooms respectively. There is a 50€ extra cleaning fee for guests wishing to use extra bedrooms, payable locally on arrival.

Security Deposit

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.

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Villa Location

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In the village of Gaucin (most facilities) in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga)

Location

In the village of Gaucin (most facilities) in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).

San Pablo de Buceite (basic facilities) 20 mins; Casares (most facilities) 25 mins; Jimena de la Frontera (most facilities) 30 mins.

Ronda 45 mins; Estepona 45 mins; Marbella 1 hr; Gibraltar 1¼ hrs; Málaga 1½ hrs; Tarifa 1½ hrs.

Jerez 2 hrs; Cádiz 2¼ hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs; Granada 3 hrs; Córdoba 3 hrs.

Nearest Airports

Gibraltar 1 hr; Málaga 1½ hrs; Jerez 2 hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.

See our Links Page for web sites of airlines traveling to Andalucia from the UK.

Around and About

This is an excellent base from which to explore this delightful and very beautiful part of Andalucía.

Excursions

  • La Costa del Sol with its wealth of sandy beaches, sun, fun and nightlife is just 30 minutes away. Resort towns include Estepona (45 minutes) and glitzy, glamorous Marbella (under an hour).
  • Gibraltar, steeped in history, VAT free shops … and plenty of fish & chips is 1¼ hours away.
  • Tarifa on the southernmost point of Spain is 1½ hours from here. Looking directly across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco, Africa is so close you feel that you can almost touch it!
  • Beyond lie mile upon mile of magnificent white beaches on Spain's Atlantic coast, La Costa de la Luz.
  • A taste of Morocco perhaps? The fast boat from Tarifa to Tangiers takes 35 minutes, so you can be exploring the local souks in just a few hours. Fascinating and colourful, it really is a different world.
  • Spain's unique sherry wine region (Jerez and Sanlúcar), is well worth a visit, enhanced no doubt by stopping at one or two of the famous bodegas along the way! Jerez de la Frontera is 2 hours.
  • Cádiz (2¼ hours) continues to evoke the romance, intrigue and mystery of centuries of trade (some legal, some not so) between Europe, Africa and the Americas.
  • One of Europe's most important wetland reserves and bird sanctuaries, the Doñana National Park, is a popular attraction for nature lovers (4 hours). Its enormous variety of bird species include everything from flamingos to imperial eagles.
  • A beautiful road winds over the spectacular mountains to Ronda (45 minutes), with its spectacular gorge and Spain's oldest bullring, Hemmingway’s favourite town in all of Spain.
  • Sevilla takes 2½ hours. It is impossible not to be captivated by its exuberant atmosphere: stylish, confident, ancient and proud, yet also convivial, intimate and fun-loving. If you don't know what alegría means, Sevilla is the place to learn!
  • The fantastic railway between Algeciras on the coast and Ronda, to the north, stops at the little pueblo of Colmenar (20 minutes away). One of Europe’s great short railway journeys, running through landscapes which offer constantly plunging and spectacular views, this is a remarkable and wonderful way to see some of Andalucía's best and most dramatic countryside.
  • There are a plethora of beautiful white villages and hilltop towns to explore and enjoy in the magnificent countryside of the Serranía de Ronda – Jimena de la Frontera, Casares and Genalguacil to name but a few.
  • Nearby National Parks include the fabulous Los Alcornocales Natural Park and the Grazalema National Park, one of the most beautiful tracks of mountain anywhere in Europe. Jagged peaks, gorges, chasms, faults and caves, underground rivers and deep canyons are interspersed, here and there, by some of the prettiest villages in Spain, Grazalema, Zahara, Setenil and the other famous "pueblos blancos".
  • Córdoba and Granada are both 3 hours drive from here

Activities

  • Guided and self-guided walking, horse riding, mountain biking and yoga are all available in or around Gaucín.
  • The village has an excellent municipal swimming pool, a tennis court and gymnasium.
  • For golf enthusiasts, there are at least 25 top quality golf courses (including Finca Cortesin, Valderrama, Sotogrande, and San Roque) within 50 minutes drive.
  • On the coast (both the Costa del Sol and the Costa de la Luz) there’s every beach pursuit imaginable, from sailing and windsurfing, diving and snorkelling to whale and dolphin watching.

The Area

Ronda Mountains

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Gaucin

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