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ZC 41

2 bedrooms, sleeps 2 plus 2 children

Where the old muleteer once lived

A really attractive little home, neatly appointed, in the centre of Cortes de la Frontera, a pretty little pueblo deep in the limestone hills of the beautiful Ronda Mountains ...

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Two (one double, one twin bedded).

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N/A; no swimming pool.

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In the village of Cortes de la Frontera in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).

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£560 per week.

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Villa Description

Light and bright

The lovely terracotta floor tiles and the old roof beams of the original house remain but all else is light, bright and perfectly appointed.

This was once a humble little village house where the old muleteer lived with his wife and ten children. Amazingly, they all seemed to have slept downstairs (sometimes three or four to a bed) as the upstairs was used to store animal feed for the mules and pigs they kept.

As you would imagine, the house looks a little different now!

Ceilings have been raised and windows enlarged, creating light and space, but the new owners have retained as much as they possibly could of the original masterpiece, including the fabulous, original terracotta floor tiles and the old roof beams.

The open-plan kitchen / dining room is downstairs and this leads on to a comfortable sitting room - with two sofas, lots of games and a wood burner for the chillier winter evenings.

Panoramic views

The bedroom and its lovely sun terrace enjoy splendid views over the church spire and terracotta roof tops of the little town.

Beyond there is a bedroom for children and a bathroom (with shower). The plant-filled back patio is ideal for secluded al fresco dining.

Upstairs, the beautiful master bedroom with its lovely king-sized bed has views over the church spire and terracotta roof tops of the little town. It has a large en-suite bathroom.

Leading off the bedroom is a big sun terrace with fabulous panoramic views of the town and the whole valley beyond.

Cortes de la Frontera is set in a powerful range of limestone hills which look out over gently sloping valleys of olive groves, pasture and oak trees. With roughly 1,500 inhabitants, it has excellent butchers and fishmongers, a couple of fruit and veg shops as well as three supermarkets. And bars (some with WiFi) and restaurants of course! There are numerous other good eateries in the area (all written up in the cottage notes) as well as some really interesting vineyards that have opened around Ronda.

A superb vantage point

With a spectacular backdrop of the Ronda mountains and sandwiched between two natural parks - Alcornocales and Grazalema - this is a great base from which to explore Andalucia's dramatic beauty.

This is not just a pretty home, it's also an ideal base from which to explore the Ronda Mountains and the Grazalema and Los Alcornocales National Parks, each of them vast areas of glorious, protected nature. Each of them incredibly beautiful, each entirely different …

And for something a little out of the ordinary, why not explore a little of Andalucía on the fabulous train which stops at nearby Estacion de Cortes?

One of Europe’s great short rail journeys, this 50-mile stretch through the Ronda mountains runs through a landscape which offers constantly plunging and spectacular views. The single track line is so steep (by rail standards) that sand must be deposited onto the rails when wet to avoid slippage.

There are four trains running daily between Algeciras on the coast up to Ronda, stopping at little hilltown pueblos - San Roque, Castellar, Jimena, Gaucin, Cortes and Benaojan - along the way.

It's a remarkable and wonderful way to see some of Spain's best and most dramatic countryside.

Clients had this to say: "Stephen and I wanted to let you know how wonderful the rental you found us was. The owners have done a brilliant job of fixing up this historic little house and they have appointed it perfectly. The house's location and views are hard to beat. Thanks once again".

Villa Details

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Ground floor

  • Kitchen / dining room
  • Living room
  • Part shaded dining patio (furnished)
  • 1 twin (children's) bedroom (with en-suite shower room)

First Floor

  • Master bedroom (with king-sized bed and en-suite bathroom, shower over bath tub)
  • Sun terrace (furnished)




  • CD Player / Radio
  • Board Games


  • Wood burning stove in the living room
  • Electric Radiators
  • Portable Fans
  • Washing Machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (but not pool towels)
  • Hair dryer
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request)


  • Gas oven
  • Gas hob (3 rings)
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Juicer, Kettle, Coffee machine
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery


  • Sun beds, sun shades
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture



Starting and finishing days at this property are flexible

Firewood is included in the price for winter rentals but we do ask clients to be reasonable in their use of this expensive resourse

Please note that the stairs up to the bedroom are steep, not ideal for anyone with wobbly legs

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Prices include firewood (see note above)

Security Deposit

A 200 pound 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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In the small town of Cortes de la Frontera (most facilities) in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga)


In Cortes de la Frontera (most facilities) in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).

Gaucin (most facilities) 30 mins; Ronda (all facilities) 45 mins; Grazalema 50 mins; Estepona 1¼ hrs; Marbella 1½ hrs; Gibraltar 1¾ hrs; Málaga 2 hrs; Tarifa 2¼ hrs.

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

Nearest Airports

Gibraltar 1¾ hrs; Málaga 2 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.


  • A beautiful country road winds through the spectacular mountains to Ronda (45 minutes), with its spectacular gorge and Spain's oldest bullring, Hemmingway’s favourite town in all of Spain.
  • There are a plethora of beautiful white villages and hilltop towns to explore and enjoy in the magnificent countryside of the Serranía de Ronda – Gaucín, 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".
  • La Costa del Sol with its wealth of sandy beaches, sun, fun and nightlife is just over an hour away. Resort towns include Estepona (1¼ hours) and glitzy, glamorous Marbella (1½ hours).
  • Gibraltar, steeped in history, VAT free shops … and plenty of fish & chips is 1¾ hours away.
  • Tarifa on the southernmost point of Spain is little more than two 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 (2½ 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.
  • 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 nearby little pueblo of La Cañada del Real Tesoro. 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.
  • Córdoba and Granada are both 3 hours drive from here


  • There are various guide companies in Ronda offering everything from one day caving adventures to hiking and bicycling trips. Guided and self-guided walking, horse riding, mountain biking and yoga are also available in or around Gaucín.
  • Bicycle hire is easily arranged in Ronda. There are excellent cycle ways in the area.
  • There is no more thrilling way of viewing the Ronda mountains than from a balloon. End your once-in-a-lifetime flight with a champagne breakfast overlooking Ronda’s old town.
  • For golf enthusiasts, there are at least 25 top quality golf courses (including Finca Cortesin, Valderrama, Sotogrande, and San Roque) within an hour's 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

The wild and wonderful mountains which surround Ronda are spectacularly beautiful, a taste of much-touted 'Real Spain' …
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Cortes de la Frontera

Between two fabulous natural parks, Cortes has a superb vantage point. Grand 18th century mansions are evidence of its affluence from cork production.

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