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3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Comfortable, traditional, still delightfully rustic

At the head of a valley with sweeping views of the hillsides all around, this restored farmhouse retains all its tradition and character ...

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Bedrooms

Three (one double, two twin bedded).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

8 m x 4 m, 1,10 m - 1,80 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 6 km from Colmenar in La Axarquía region (Province of Málaga).

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From 780 € to 1,200 € per week.

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Villa Description

An idyllic place to be

Set at the head of a valley with views across olive and almond covered hillsides, this old farmhouse is as peaceful as can be. Far away from any hustle or bustle.

Recently restored, this traditional Spanish farmhouse is within easy reach of Colmenar, a pueblo with much to recommend it, a little market town which still retains its time-honoured Andaluz character and charm.

Set at the head of a valley with views across the olive and almond covered hillsides which surround it, this old farmhouse is a peaceful, idyllic place to be. Far away from any hustle or bustle.

Delightfully rustic inside, the best of its traditional features have been retained, adding character to the excellent restoration work that has been done by its current owners.

You will still find the old bread oven in the kitchen (albeit unused these days) a reminder of the self-sufficient lifestyle of days not-so-long gone by. The stone cobbled path which leads into the house is another original feature.

Traditional features

Earthen floor tiles, timber beamed ceilings and substantial walls are just some of the farmhouse delights of old here.

On two floors, downstairs you will find the living room, the kitchen / diner and one twin bedroom (with en-suite shower room). Both the kitchen and the living room have outside access.

Separate stairways lead up to the master double bedroom (also with an en-suite shower room) and the second twin bedroom. The latter doesn't have it's own bathroom but there is a third shower room downstairs, leading off from the sitting room.

Please bear in mind that the stairs are quite steep, perhaps not ideal for anyone with wobbly legs.

All of the rooms are attractive and appropriately rustic, with earthen floor tiles and beamed ceilings. Being an old property, the walls are substantial, properly constructed to provide good insulation, keeping out the chills of winter and maintaining a cool interior in mid-summer.

Integrated into the nature

The pool area is lovely, with views which extend down the valley to the peaks of Málaga's distant mountains. This is a place easy to fall in love with.

The kitchen / dining room is decently equipped and the living room has a nice, cosy feel to it. Facilities include a washing machine, dishwasher, satellite television, DVD and a CD/radio.

Outside all is gorgeous nature, the south facing terraces leading down to a jade-green, infinity swimming pool. Colourful plants on the terrace areas add vibrancy to an already beautiful scene, the surrounding hillsides bedecked with olive and almond trees.

The pool area is lovely, with views which extend down the valley to the peaks of Málaga's distant mountains. Carefully integrated into the nature which surrounds it, this is a place easy to fall in love with.

South facing, its terrace surround is equipped with sun loungers, just the place to take in a little of La Axarquía's famous sunshine (more hours per year than anywhere in Europe, they claim).

The higher terrace which runs along the front of the house provides plenty of options for more relaxation and for meals al fresco.

Although there are farmhouses in the far distance, privacy is, to all intents and purposes, total.

Part covered, part shaded by a vine and part open to the elements, all you have to do is choose your spot.

Rural Andalusian life

Although just 45 minutes from Málaga and the hustle and bustle of the coast, here life goes on in its time honoured, relaxed and easy way.

The local village of Colmenar is only 6 km from the farmhouse. With a population of just over 3,000 it is largely untouched by the commercial tourism of the coast and continues a traditional rural way of life where the olive, almond and grape harvests are an important part of the social calendar.

That said, Colmenar can be a lively place at times and there is a good range of bars, shops and restaurants all of which are very welcoming.

Every year Colmenar hosts a number of fiestas including the spring festival in honour of the Virgin de la Candelaria, Semana Santa (Easter), the mid-summer feria and the autumn festival to celebrate the grape harvest.

The nearby villages and towns of Riogordo, Comares, Casabermeja and Alfarnate all have their own fiestas making this an ideal base from which to enjoy typical rural Andalusian life.

Culture and beauty

The farmhouse is well situated to enjoy both Andalucía's amazing Moorish heritage and its magnificent natural beauty.

There is excellent information at the house with suggestions of where to go and how to get there, good places to eat, the best beaches to go to for the day, sight seeing and ideas for visits further afield. Plus guides to the nature reserves of Andalucía and details of nearby footpath trails.

It is well situated to enjoy both the amazing culture and the wonderful natural beauty that Andalucía has to offer.

The Alhambra with its moorish palace dominating the magical city of Granada is a must-see for many while on holiday. Also worth visiting is the Albaicín, the old Moorish part of town with its lovely flower-filled alleyways and squares.

In the city below the Renaissance Cathedral contains the remains of Los Reyes Católicos, Ferdinand and Isabel.

A guest comment

"The most tranquil place ... wonderful views, pool ... owners fantastic, nothing too much trouble. GO THERE!"

Closer to home, Málaga has transformed itself over recent years into a vibrant and dynamic city well worth a visit. The new Picasso Museum housed in a 16th Century palace sits in the heart of the old centre close to the magnificent cathedral.

The streets of Málaga are thronged with newly opened trendy bars, restaurants and Arabic tea houses, as well as traditional ‘bodegas’ and tapas bars. Easter processions and the August Feria are not to be missed.

The nearest beaches are at Torre del Mar, about a 45 minute drive away, where traditional ‘chirringitos’ (beach bars) serve charcoal-grilled sardines and other great seafood.

Nerja is a little further east along the coast. Much more "international" with a strong British presence (you can have a curry here ... ) it boasts 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water. And don't forget its amazing caves, a series of huge caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and home to the world’s largest stalagmite - and some of the best classical and flamenco performances.

For nature lovers you are ideally placed too. The magnificent 1,100 hectare El Torcal National Park is also just 45 minutes drive from here (to the south of Antequera). A massive, Mars-like mountain of eroded rock formations, the imagination plays tricks as giants, monsters and castles seem to appear before your eyes.

Immediately beyond Colmenar, take the wonderful road through Las Montes de Málaga which winds through the forested hillsides down to the coast. Remote and peaceful, it's a gentle, hilly area criss-crossed by streams which have carved small valleys, extensively planted with pine trees and ancient Mediterranean species too, holm oak, corks and carib trees. The lovely scenery, and some great views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea below, can also be enjoyed on any one of numerous walking routes through the Park.

But we are sure there will be days when you prefer to stay right here at the farmhouse: simple and traditional, above all very Spanish, still a private little piece of Andalucía and its rural history.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground Floor

  • Living Room
  • Kitchen / dining room
  • Shower room
  • Twin bedroom (with en-suite shower room)
  • Dining Terrace / porch (furnished) along the front of the house (part shaded)
  • Bathing terrace
  • Grounds

First Floor

  • 2 bedrooms :
    • Master bedroom (double, with en-suite shower room)
    • Twin bedroom

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Smart TV (with broadband internet access and Local Digital Channels)
  • DVD
  • Radio / CD Player
  • Books and games
  • WiFi Internet (Via TV or bring your own laptop)

Amenities

  • Wood burning stove in the living room
  • Electric Radiators in all bedrooms
  • Portable gas heater
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  • Portable Fans in all bedrooms
  • Washing Machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Hair dryer
  • Travel cot & Highchair (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric Oven
  • Gas Hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Filtered swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1,10 m - 1,80 m deep, with Roman steps)
  • Pool terrace
  • Sun beds, sun shades
  • Night lighting
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • 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

 

 

Please bear in mind that the stairs are quite steep, perhaps not ideal for anyone with wobbly legs

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Prices and Seasons

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2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 7th April 780 € 1,560 €
8th April to 16th June 940 € 1,880 €
17th June to 1st September 1,200 € 2,400 €
2nd September to 22nd September 940 € 1,880 €
23rd September to 31st December 780 € 1,560 €

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

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, 6 km from Colmenar (most facilities) in La Axarquía region (Province of Málaga)

Location

Accessed by a 2 km track (unsurfaced but in good condition), near the hamlet of Solano (no facilities); Colmenar 6 km (Thursday market, bars, restaurants, small supermarkets, banks, taxi service) in La Axarquía region (Province of Málaga)

Montes de Malaga Natural Park 20 mins; Sierra de Torcal Natural Park 45 mins.

Málaga (all facilities) 45 mins.

Velez Málaga (all facilities) 45 mins; Torre del Mar (and Mediterranean beaches) 50 mins; Antequera 1hr; Nerja 1¼ hrs; Marbella 1¼ hrs.

Granada 1½ hrs; Córdoba 2¼ hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Málaga 45 mins; Granada 1½ 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

  • The local village of Colmenar is only 6 km from the farmhouse. With a population of just over 3,000 it is largely untouched by the commercial tourism of the coast and continues a traditional rural way of life where the olive, almond and grape harvests are an important part of the social calendar.
  • That said, Colmenar can be a lively place at times (when the local fiestas are in full swing) and there is a good range of bars, shops and restaurants all of which are very welcoming.
  • Immediately beyond Colmenar, take the wonderful road through Las Montes de Málaga which winds through the forested hillsides down to the coast. Remote and peaceful, it's a gentle, hilly area criss-crossed by streams which have carved small valleys, extensively planted with pine trees and ancient Mediterranean species too, holm oak, corks and carib trees, making it an ideal habitat for the chameleons and other protected species of wildlife and birds of prey which reside here. The lovely scenery, and some great views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea below, can also be enjoyed on any one of numerous walking routes through the Park.
  • You are also well placed to visit the dramatic Sierra de Torcal (to the south of Antequera), a massive, Mars-like mountain of heavily eroded rock formations. The imagination plays tricks as giants, monsters and castles seem to appear before your eyes.
  • Lake Vinuela is a man-made lake but none the less spectacular and picturesque for this. Its azure-blue waters are surrounded by rolling hills and a number of delightful villages including Canillas de Aceituno, Alcaucin, Periana and Riogordo. Close by, the villages of Comares, Competa and Benamargosa are equally charming.
  • Torre del Mar is the closest seaside resort and boasts one of the longest, and certainly one of the widest, beaches on the coast. It is very Spanish in character although, as with most places these days, you will find quite an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants. There is excellent fresh fish and seafood to be enjoyed, chiringuitos (beach bars) and other watering holes. For the young at heart, there's plenty of night-long, night life too.
  • Nerja is a little further east along the coast. Much more "international" with a strong British presence (you can have a curry here ... ) it boasts 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water.
  • The heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcón de Europa, a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below, against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains.
  • However, Nerja's most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly its magnificent caves - a series of huge caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and home to the world’s largest stalagmite, a 32 metre high column measuring 13 metres by 7 metres at its base. Located three kilometres out of town there are archaeological treasures galore including paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains.
  • One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many fabulous performances (classical and flamenco) are staged during the summer. The International Festival of Music and Dance takes place in mid July each year.
  • Just inland from Torre del Mar is Vélez-Málaga, capital of La Axarquía. It is the centre of an agricultural region known for its strawberries and vineyards, which produce the muscatel grapes from which the famous Málaga wines are made.
  • If you are here on a Thursday, take time to wander around its weekly market, always an enjoyable experience. The 13th Century Moorish castle and the lovely old town are also worth visiting.
  • A great day out and a favourite with many of our guests is the Water Park at Velez Malaga.
  • Granada is, of course, a must-see city. Soaring high above is the spectacular back drop of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains. And what a city lies below, a city of classical beauty, the jewel in the Spanish Crown.
  • The mesmerising Alhambra Palace and its exquisite gardens, one of the world's greatest wonders; the narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful walled gardens of the ancient Arab quarter, El Albaicín; the magnificent Cathedral, just one of many superb examples of Renaissance architecture; the caves of Sacramonte, nostalgic legacy of the gypsies.
  • A city which inspired García Lorca, Andalucía's finest poet, it is, above all, a people's city, full of life and colour, energy and fun.
  • Antequera and, further a field, both Sevilla and Córdoba are accessable too. From Colmenar it's only a short 10 minute drive to the motorway network which links all the great cities of Andalucía.

Activities

  • There are many sporting activities on offer including horse riding, golf, hang gliding and walking. In the main these activities are offered by enterprising Brit's and other Europeans who have settled in the area.
  • Both Las Montes de Málaga and, to the east, La Sierra de Tejeda (which rises up above 2,000 metres), offer a wealth of wonderful nature and walking possibilities. Superb hiking country, the numerous steep crags of Tejeda also make it ideal for aspiring rock climbers.
  • Sailing and a variety of other watersports are available at the fishing port and marina, La Caleta de Velez. All major water sports are also available in Nerja including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.
  • For golf enthusiasts, there are several excellent golf courses to choose from. Many speak highly of the course at Antequera (an hour away).

The Area

La Axarquía

Inland from Nerja and the Mediterranean, the hillsides of La Axarquía enjoy one of Europe's warmest and sunniest climates' …
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Colmenar

Described by the locals as the "pueblo with a taste of honey", it's a pretty, bustling little market town, its 3,000 inhabitants going about their cheerful ways …

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