This delightful old farmhouse, completely surrounded by gorgeous, verdant nature, has bags of authentic character, a lovely pool and one of the finest locations in Andalucia ...
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Three (one double, two twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
10 m x 5 m, 1.0 m - 2.0 m deep.
In open countryside, 4 km from the village of Casares in the Western Costa del Sol region (Province of Málaga).
From 945 € to 1,750 € per week.
Rustic and completely authentic, this lovely old farmhouse has one of the finest locations in all Andalucia. It was originally rediscovered by a Canadian painter in the 60's and you can see why he chose this enclave to be his sanctuary.
Hidden away amongst wonderfully lush woodlands and surrounded by eucalyptus and olive trees, you would never guess that this heavenly spot is just eight kilometres from the Costa del Sol, and only 40 minutes from Marbella.
In an area which is usually famous for its luxury villas, this traditional farmhouse is an unusually rare find.
Private and secluded, it is set in its own grounds of approximately 15,000 m2, completely surrounded by gorgeous, verdant nature. Views are wonderful and there's nothing to disturb your idle revelry, just birdsong and the relaxing sound of the cicadas (crickets) chirruping away in the jungly undergrowth to keep you company.
Built on a hillside, its wild gardens ramble down the sloping terrain (a little steep in places)with stepped access to the swimming pool situated on a lower terrace. Here, the wonderful views stretch out across the valley.
There's private parking to the side of the property. Leafy surrounds open through to a wide terrace running along the front of the farmhouse which makes the most of the views over the richly forested hillsides. There are a few other houses dotted about here and there, but all are in the far distance. It's both idyllic and very private.
Inside, the farmhouse is as rustic as a cottage in a story book.
Recently renovated and comfortably furnished, all its lovely old nooks and crannies have been carefully retained and it is this traditional, old-world charm that makes this such a special place, its serene atmosphere enhanced by the gorgeously wooded countryside all around. One is immediately transported back to the Spain of days long gone by.
One enters through old wooden double doors to a large and really characterful, timber-beamed kitchen / dining room. Walls are roughly hewn but what was, not so long ago, the original hay barn, is now smartly kited out with all mod cons and a lovely wooden dining table seating six.
There's plenty of work space, dishwasher and fridge/ freezer. An attractive, wood-burning stove keeps everything cosy during winter months.
At the heart of the house is the spacious living room, a lovely room with two comfy leather armchairs and a two seater sofa gathered around a big coffee table by the open fireplace. With its double-height ceiling, two French windows opening to the front terrace, weathered old terracotta floor tiles and intricate (almost delicate) timber beams, the ambience is cool, calm and mellow.
The three bedrooms lead off (one of them accessed by a flight of steps) from this room.
The master double bedroom is lovely, in keeping with the old-world character of the property, with French windows opening onto the front terrace. The en suite bathroom has been fully renovated with a large sunken bath. The entire room is of a microcement finish, the bathroom fittings (throughout the house) are handbuilt, exposed copper pipes and industrial taps adding a very unique, vintage look to the bathroom.
There is also a twin bedroom (with en-suite walk-in shower room) and a second twin (also with an en-suite walk-in shower room) at this end of the house, the latter upstairs.
At the other end of the living room, a long, narrow general storage room and it leads on to a small walk-in shower room, handy as an extra wc.
All in all, this is a very welcoming home, neat and tidy, furnished and decorated entirely in keeping with its romantic, country-cottage style. It's as genuine a piece of old-time rural Andalucía as you will ever find - Set in an area that is well known for its natural beauty and rich birdlife.
Which is all the more surprising because of its location. It is just off the minor road (access is easy, down a 50 metre track) which winds gently through the beautiful countryside between the little town of Casares and the coast, so getting around and about couldn't be easier.
Casares, is considered one of the prettiest of the classic white villages in Southern Spain, its hilltop position dominating some of Andalucia's most seductive countryside.
Several excellent out-of-town tavernas and restaurants are even closer. We had a superb lunch in one, Arroyo Hondo, which is owned by an English and Japanese couple. Their food combines the best of both cultures and is delicious, they are endlessly getting rave reviews. Others sing the praises of Venta Victoria (500mts away) and Venta Garcia.
If you head inland, the timeless beauty of some of Spain's most impressive Natural Parks awaits you. There are lots of charming towns and villages to discover along the way - Gaucín, Jimena de la Frontera, Genalguacil and, further to the north, delightful old Ronda and the mountain village of Grazalema are all attractive, lovely places, well worth visiting.
The great historic cities of Andalucía, Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba are between two and three hours drive.
The Mediterranean coast is an easy ten minutes drive from here. The beaches of the western reaches of the Costa del Sol are much less "touristy" and less congested than those further east and it is still possible to find swathes of empty golden sand here.
But if you fancy some 21st Century activity, there are plenty of resorts to choose from as well. Estepona is the nearest, just twenty minutes away. Marbella, with all its glitz and glamour, and Gibraltar, take 40 minutes.
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, less than ten minutes away.
Not, perhaps, the right choice for anyone looking for Marbella-style opulence or even just for straight walls … but for many, this is what a holiday in rural Andalucía is all about, a delightfully rustic home in beautiful surroundings, bags of authentic character and a multitude of things to see and do close at hand.
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open throughout the year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from late April to September, inclusive)
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season
Please, no smoking indoors
The grounds are steep in places and the access to the pool, situated on a lower terrace, is quite steep
Internet: As internet is provided via a satellite service provider, there is a weekly limit of 10GB. Each 1GB used over this is charged at 10 Euros and paid locally on departure.
Post stay cleaning: There is a cleaning charge of 75 Euros payable on arrival. (This is not included in the price of this property as it is paid directly to the housekeeper.)
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) 30 mins.
Gibraltar 40 mins; Málaga 1¼ hrs; Jerez 1¾ hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.
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