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 ...
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.
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.
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".
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
Prices include firewood (see note above)
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.
In Cortes de la Frontera (most facilities) in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).
Gibraltar 1¾ hrs; Málaga 2 hrs; Jerez 2 hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.
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The wild and wonderful mountains which surround Ronda are spectacularly beautiful, a taste of much-touted 'Real Spain' …
Between two fabulous natural parks, Cortes has a superb vantage point. Grand 18th century mansions are evidence of its affluence from cork production.