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ZC 90

3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

As delightful as a cottage in a story book

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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Bedrooms

Three (one double, two twin bedded).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

10 m x 5 m, 1.0 m - 2.0 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 4 km from the village of Casares in the Western Costa del Sol region (Province of Málaga).

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Price

From 945 € to 1,750 € per week.

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Villa Description

A heavenly spot

There's just birdsong and the relaxing sound of the crickets chirruping away in the jungly undergrowth to keep you company.

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.

Old nooks and crannies

Full of traditional, old-world charm, this is a genuine Spanish farmhouse from days long gone by.

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.

Calm and mellow

The country cottage ambience is enhanced by weathered old terracotta floor tiles, wobbly walls and intricate timber beams.

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.

Delightfully rustic

Wild gardens ramble down the sloping terrain to the swimming pool on the terrace below. Wonderful views stretch out across the valley.

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.

Left or right?

Choose between the timeless beauty of some of Spain's most delightful countryside or the buzz, bars and beaches on the Costa del Sol.

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.

Authentic Andalucia

If your looking for the no-frills, authentic experience of old-time rural Spain, this is the place. Tastefully charming - with bags of rustic appeal.

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.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground Floor

  • Large kitchen / dining room
  • Living Room
  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 double with en-suite bathroom (shower over bath)
    • 1 twin bedded with en-suite shower room
  • Storage room & extra shower WC
  • Furnished terrace
  • Wild gardens and grounds

First Floor

  • 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Flat screen TV (Spanish programmes only)
  • DVD
  • Wifi Internet (bring your own devices) *See price notes

Amenities

  • Open fireplace in the living room
  • Wood burning stove in the kitchen
  • Radiators in the bedrooms
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  • Fans
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request)

Kitchen

  • Gas Oven
  • Electric hob (3 ring induction)
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Kettle, Coffee maker
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Filtered swimming pool (10 m x 5 m, 1.0 m - 2.0 m deep)
  • Sun beds, sun shades
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Night lighting
  • Parking

Notes

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

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZC 90

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
7th January to 28th April 945 € 1,890 €
29th April to 30th June 1,225 € 2,450 €
1st July to 8th September 1,750 € 3,500 €
9th September to 27th October 1,225 € 2,450 €
28th October 15th December 945 € 1,890 €
16th December to 5th January 2018 1,750 € 3,500 €

ZC 90

2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---

Notes

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.)

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 open countryside, 4 km from Casares (most facilities) in the Western Costa del Sol region (Province of Málaga)

Location

In open countryside, 4 km from Casares (most facilities) in the Western Costa del Sol region (Province of Málaga).

Costa del Sol beaches 15 mins; Gaucín (most facilities) 30 mins.

Estepona 25 mins; Marbella 40 mins; Gibraltar 40 mins; Tarifa 50 mins; Ronda 1 hr; Málaga 1¼ hrs.

Jerez 1¾ hrs; Cádiz 2 hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs; Granada 2¾ hrs; Córdoba 3 hrs.

Nearest Airports

Gibraltar 40 mins; Málaga 1¼ hrs; Jerez 1¾ 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 15 / 20 minutes away. Resort towns include Estepona (25 minutes) and glitzy, glamorous Marbella (40 minutes).
  • Gibraltar, steeped in history, VAT free shops … and plenty of fish & chips is also a 40 minute drive from here.
  • Tarifa on the southernmost point of Spain is less than an hour away. 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.
  • 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 1¾ hours.
  • Cádiz (2 hours) continues to evoke the romance, intrigue and mystery of centuries of trade (some legal, some not so) between Europe, Africa and the Americas.
  • 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 and Genalguacil to name just a couple.
  • And, of course, Casares, just five kilometres away. Because of its stunning setting, perched precariously on the side of a precipitous sandstone buttress, it is known as the "hanging village", one of the most photographed villages in Spain.
  • It is steeped in history with its Roman baths and aqueduct still in place. Climb to the castle at its very top, where the Moors held out against the Catholic troops surrounding the town, and enjoy the breathtaking view clear across the sea to Africa.
  • Talking of which, the fast boat from Tarifa to Tangiers in Morocco 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.
  • From Gaucín (25 minutes away) a beautiful road winds over the spectacular mountains to Ronda (45 minutes from Gaucín), with its spectacular gorge and Spain's oldest bullring, Hemmingway’s favourite town in all of Spain.
  • All around Casares, the beautiful scenery of the rugged Sierra Bermeja mountains provide a wonderful backdrop. The crags around Casares are home to a colony of Griffon vultures. These majestic birds, with a wing span of two metres, glide on the thermals high above countryside of deep gorges and pine forested ridges. The Sierra Crestellina Nature Reserve which lies alongside the village is a popular destination for birdwatchers and walkers.
  • Other National Parks not so far away include the fabulous Los Alcornocales Natural Park and, just to the north of Ronda, 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".
  • 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!
  • Córdoba and Granada are both within 3 hours drive from here.

Activities

  • There are excellent riding stables ten minutes from here which cater for all - experienced riders and complete novices alike. They will match you up with a horse and a ride to suit your requirements. Reviews are highly complimentary.
  • There's great walking too, with several marked routes through the delightful countryside.
  • Here you are in the heart of the "Costa del Golf" with at least 25 top quality golf courses (including Finca Cortesin, Valderrama, Sotogrande, and San Roque) all within half 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

Costa del Sol

The western Costa del Sol and its beautiful rural hinterland extends south from Marbella to the rocky British outpost of Gibraltar …
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Casares

A picture postcard village which clambers up a spectacular rocky outcrop just nine miles inland from the Costa del Sol …
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