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ZX 16

4 bedrooms, sleeps 8

Country life in the heart of Andalucia

Set in rolling fields, this spacious villa is perfect for a secluded, relaxing holiday.

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Bedrooms

Four (two doubles, two twin bedded).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

8 m x 4 m, 0.9 m - 2 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 5 mins from Villanueva de la Concepción in the Antequera region (Province of Málaga).

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Price

From 1,200 € to 1,940 € per week.

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Villa Description

The view from the pool is just ... gorgeous

Green fields stretch towards Villanueva and the lofty crags of El Torcal. Eagles are a common sight, circling high above.

This secluded villa is a real rural getaway. Surrounded by rolling arable countryside, under a big sky, peace and privacy are assured. The English owners are farmers and it was natural that when they were looking for an Andalucían retreat, they chose to buy seven acres of land in the middle of wonderful countryside. Sadly, the original farmhouse was too much of a ruin to save and a new house had to be put in its place. Despite this, the owners wanted to remain true to the locality and whilst having the modern comfort of a new house, the property has a farmhouse hacienda look, in keeping with its landscape.

The villa has a very comfortable feel to it and because the owners come out when they can, it has a warmth to it that only 'lived in' houses have. The house is decorated throughout with high quality furnishings appropriate to a home from home. The rooms of the house are all on one level with the large basement garage downstairs.

Make yourself at home

Ideal for families, the house is single storey and open plan. It's a sociable space for young and old.

The living room, kitchen and dining area are all in one open space under a pitched ceiling with exposed beams. Two patio doors  open out to give direct access to the (gated) pool terrace and three large windows let light flood in. The open plan room is large yet sociable so anyone in the kitchen will feel included in what's going on in the living area. The whole feel is of a farmhouse hub, the heart of the house.

The kitchen has an island food preparation area housing all the pots and pans as well as numerous terracotta pots for use as well as for decoration. The cooker has a three-ring induction ceramic hob and electric oven. All the work tops are stone and there are twin sinks. Basic condiments like oil and vinegar, salt and pepper are left for guests' use. The dining table between the kitchen and living room seats eight, but is long enough to seat more.

Welcome to your hacienda

The layout of the villa is along the lines of a Spanish country farmhouse. From the courtyard cobbles to the clay roof-tiles, it's all in keeping with tradition.

The house is easy to find as its track is immediately off a main road to Villanueva de la Concepcíon. The track is 600m long, concrete in places, a bit bumpy in others, but nothing that a normal hire car can't cope with. The house is situated on a hill at the end of this track and commands spectacular views all around. The perimeter is encircled by a rockery which provides a natural-looking border between the house and the surrounding fields. There is plenty of space for parking, a gravel drive runs behind the house.

As is usual for a hacienda, you enter through a cobbled courtyard patio made pretty with giant pots and bougainvillea. There is a table for four and a parasol, ideal to sit with a paper or perhaps take breakfast here, away from the main living area. The only sound will be the birds singing overhead and perhaps a goat's bell or two.

The spacious entrance hall gives you an idea of the tasteful decor that carries on throughout the house. White walls and terracotta tiles are in keeping with the rustic-chic flavour of the property while solid items of furniture, chests and trestle table, remind you of its farming heritage. The entrance hall leads directly into the open plan living area.

The Wifi is in this living area and is very good in the rest of house (apart from, possibly, the twin bedroom furthest away which may have a weaker signal at times).

The living area is an inviting and friendly place to chill out. Three comfy sofas are arranged around a coffee table and two extra armchairs mean there's no shortage of places to sit. For entertainment there is a flatscreen TV, dvd player and books, books and more books on the shelves close by. For cooler months, there is a log burner to keep you cosy.

Sweet dreams

All the bedrooms are spacious with big windows for fresh air and pretty views.

All four bedrooms lead off from the main entrance hall and all have en suite facilities. The master bedroom suite (pictured here) looks out across the fields and towards the wonderful view of El Torcal. This romantic room has French doors giving direct access to a side terrace where there is a sitting area and dining table seating eight. This terrace is west facing, making it extra special for sunset drinks and meals. The perfect end to a perfect day.

In the bathroom, there won't be any arguments over the facilities as there is a bath tub with a shower over, as well as a separate walk-in shower, twin sinks and twin mirrors.

The other three bedrooms are equally all of a good, large size. Two of the bedrooms are twin bedded with views of the fields. Their bathrooms have walk in showers with large, overhead roses and a hand extension, wc and marble surrounded basins.

What could be better?

Take maximum advantage of the sunshine and spend all day outdoors. Meals are something extra special when eaten al fresco with family and friends.

The third bedroom is a double bedded room which looks out on the opposite side of the house to the pool area. As with all the other bedrooms, there is plenty of wardrobe space. This room has an overhead walk-in shower, its wc is separate from the shower and basin area.

Although the house does not have air conditioning, all the bedrooms have the benefit of quiet ceiling fans.

The front of the house looks onto the pool terrace and the pool gardens. The terrace has plenty of space for outside dining and relaxing. A gas barbecue is provided as well as a dining table which can be extended to seat eight. The rattan sofa suite means you can supervise pool activity in comfort. As the sun goes down, you'll be treated to the smell of jasmine while enjoying the vibrant sunsets that this region is famous for. The garden is a pleasure, very well maintained with fruit trees, yuccas and succulents, in keeping with the sunny climate.

A dramatic landscape

With natural wonders on offer, as well as easy access to other corners of Andalucía, this is a superb holiday location.

The pool itself can be reached directly from the gated front terrace or by a gravelled path planted on either side with a variety of fruit trees: plum, apricot, almonds, lemon, pomegranate and olive. Figs are in abundance in June and July and guests are kindly invited to help themselves to these and any fruit which happens to be in season during their holiday. The pool is bordered with terracotta flagstones and fragrant rosemary. There is a convenient poolside shower with sunbeds and parasols for relaxing. Both the gardens and the pool have the benefit of night lighting, a swim under the stars has to be done!

Although the pool itself is not fenced, the terrace facing the pool is gated and the garden surrounding the pool is totally walled-in. If the two doors in this garden wall are closed and the terrace gates shut, the pool will be inaccessible to little ones.

And finally ... from the hall, the stairs go down to the big garage basement where the table tennis table is set up and the pool toys are kept. Guests are welcome to use the lilos; there are also buckets and spades for the little ones. The washing machine and laundry sink are down here, in the utility room.

The house is very quiet and private, the nearest neighbours are a small herd of goats (not too) nearby. You can sometimes hear their bells but it's a gentle sound and adds to the charm of this rural Spanish area.

Interesting sights provided by the natural world are in abundance. Geological features such as El Chorro with its dramatic Gorge of the Gaitanes and of course, El Torcal National Park with its incomparable rock formations, are worth a day visit. All sorts of birdlife can be spotted too. The big raptors: eagles, vultures and buzzards are a common sight. Europe's second largest flamingo population at Laguna Fuente de Piedra (30 kms away) is not to be missed.

The house is only five minutes' drive from the town of Villanueva de la Concepcíon. A typically Spanish working town, it services the agricultural community and is not your typical tourist trap. It has all the amenities you'd need for a villa holiday: banks, post office, pharmacies. You can stock up on groceries here at the local supermarkets. The ancient town of Antequera with more facilities is only further down the road and the city of Malaga is half an hours' drive away.

Antequera lies in the very heart of Andalucía, 46 kilometres inland from the Costa del Sol, just off the motorway network which links Sevilla, Málaga, Granada and Córdoba. With Ronda and Marbella also close at hand it is, truly, the "Crossroads of Andalucía".

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

All on one floor

  • Courtyard patio with table and chairs
  • Entrance hall
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  • Living room (open plan with kitchen)
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  • Kitchen with dining area
  • 4 bedrooms :
    • 2 doubles (one king-sized bed, one super king) both with en suite bathrooms (walk in showers, wc, hand basin. The master bedroom also has a bath tub with shower over)
    • 2 twin bedded, both with en suite bathrooms (walk in showers, wc, hand basin)
  • Two dining terraces (furnished)
  • Garden and grounds

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Flatscreen satellite TV (UK Channel Information)
    This property has a Freeview box but due to changes to the UK satellite services currently does not receive UK terrestrial programmes, BBC, ITV etc. We will provide updates if this situation changes.
  • DVD
  • Digital radio / CD Player
  • WiFi internet, bring your own laptop

Amenities

  • Glass fronted woodburner in the living room
  • Underfloor heating
  • Ceiling fans in the living area and bedrooms
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  • Washing machine, iron and board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
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  • Hair dryers (two)
  • Cot and highchair. Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric oven
  • Electric induction hob (3 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer and wine cooler
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, juicer, hand blender, kettle, coffee machine, various cafetieres
  • Cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery

Outdoors

  • Chlorine filtered swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 0.9 m - 2 m deep) with underwater lighting
  • Poolside shower
  • Pool toys
  • Table tennis
  • Boules
  • Pool terrace / garden
  • Sun beds, sun shades
  • Solar night lighting in the garden
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Kingstone gas barbecue
  • Rotary line for drying clothes
  • Parking

Notes

The swimming pool will be open throughout the entire time that the villa is available ( July to mid October, inclusive).

The pool is cleaned midweek.

Linen is changed weekly.

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in summer months.

Although the tap water is safe to drink in this region, most comes from an underground well system. We would recommend bottled water for drinking.

A grocery shopping service and extra cleaning can be arranged if requested in advance, to be paid locally.

Please, no smoking in the house.

A welcome pack of basic essentials is included in the price.

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZX 16

2018 Season Dates Sleeping 4
per week
Sleeping 4
per fortnight
1st January to 29th June N/A N/A
30th June to 31st August 1,560 € 2,940 €
1st September to 26th October 1,200 € 2,380 €
27th October to 31st December N/A N/A
2018 Season Dates Extra bedroom
per week
Extra bedroom
per fortnight
1st January to 29th June N/A N/A
30th June to 31st August 190 € 310 €
1st September to 26th October 180 € 310 €
27th October to 31st December N/A N/A

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2019 Season Dates Sleeping 4
per week
Sleeping 4
per fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---
2019 Season Dates Extra bedroom
per week
Extra bedroom
per fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---

Notes

There is a minimum price (sleeping 4) for this villa with an additional charge per bedroom up to the maximum of 4 bedrooms.

This villa is only open during the main summer season.

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, 10 mins drive from Villanueva de la Concepción (most facilities) in the Antequera region (Province of Málaga)

Location

10 mins drive from Villanueva de la Concepción (most facilities, bars, restaurants, shops, banks); 15 mins drive from Casabermeja (most facilities) in the Antequera region (Province of Málaga)

Antequera (all facilities) 35 mins.

Sierra de Torcal Natural Park 20 mins; Laguna de Fuente de Piedra 45 mins; Montes de Malaga Natural Park 45 mins; Lake District of Ardales 1¼ hr; Sierra de las Nieves 2½ hrs.

Málaga (all facilities) 40 mins.

Torre del Mar (and Mediterranean beaches) 55 mins; Nerja 1¼ hrs; Marbella 1¼ hrs.

Granada 1½ hrs; Ronda 1¾ hrs; Córdoba 1¾ hrs; Sevilla 2 hrs.

Nearest Airports

Málaga 45 mins; Granada 1¼ hrs; Sevilla 2 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

  • Nature lovers will be drawn here by the fact that the property is located on the southern slopes of El Torcal, a magnificent 1,100 hectare National Park of massive, Mars-like mountains of eroded rock formations. Here the imagination plays tricks as giants, monsters and castles seem to appear before your eyes.
  • Unique in Europe, this dreamy, surrealistic landscape has inspired generations of artists and film makers as well as climbers, walkers and nature lovers. Rare birds of prey, Spanish ibex and wild orchids are just some of the attractions. The sunsets are a bit special too.
  • To the south-west lies an area of mountains, pine and eucalyptus forests cut by wide river valleys, of which the Río Guadalhorce is the most well known, a land of small farms, fertile fields and rural villages. This is the region known as El Chorro and the Lake District of Ardales.
  • The scenery in the higher reaches of the valley, just to the north of Álora, is dramatic. Garganta del Chorro is a huge natural gorge, 180 metres high, three kilometres long, spanned by an ancient iron bridge. It offers some very challenging rock climbing, walking and hang-gliding and is a favourite place for the extreme sport set.
  • A dam at the head of the gorge has created Andalucía's very own Lake District, three turquoise blue lakes bordered by pine forests. This is an altogether more tranquil retreat, a place to swim, fish and canoe or just to picnic by the lake shore or enjoy a glass of wine and a bite to eat at a local taverna.
  • Wonderful terrain for walkers, too, with shaded paths through oak forests and olive groves and gentler, scenic routes along the shores of the lakes.
  • To the north west of Antequera, the flat agricultural lands yield up to Andalucia's largest natural lake, Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, also know as "The Pink Lagoon" because it is the only inland breeding ground of pink flamingos outside of Africa.
  • To the south and west of Antequera, La Sierra de las Nives (literally, the mountains of the snows) is, some would argue, the most beautiful National Park in all Andalucía. It is certainly one of Spain's richest natural enclaves, now protected by UNESCO with Biosphere Reserve status.
  • It's most prized treasure is the Spanish fir tree, an almost extinct relic of the Ice Age. It is also famous for its potholes, including the third deepest in the world, a mere 1,098 metres! Many are still to be explored.
  • 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.
  • For "civilisation" look no further than Antequera, a very pretty town with an almost medieval air and a history to match. It's so much more than just another sleepy, sun-soaked 'pueblo' of Southern Spain.
  • For seaside destinations you are spoiled for choice. To the east of Málaga there's Torre del Mar, still very Spanish in character, and Nerja a little further along the coast offering 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water.
  • To the west of Málaga, try the resort towns of Estepona and Marbella. Estepona is a little quieter than most of the Mediterranean resorts and still retains some of its old, fishing village character. The same cannot be said of Marbella, but if you want to check out what the beautiful people are doing, with their designer shops and jet-set marinas, or just enjoy the sparkling sun, sand and sea, this is the place to be.
  • 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.
  • You are not far from the motorway network which links Sevilla, Málaga, Granada and Córdoba so all the great cities of Andalucía are easy to get to from here. Ronda too.
  • The world is your oyster!

Activities

  • An extra offered at this property is the opportunity to make use of the facilities of an associated spa hotel some five minutes' drive away. By paying for what you wish, as if you were a hotel guest, you can play tennis, arrange horse riding and enjoy the spa baths and treatments. They sometimes have bicycles for hire, too.
  • Horse riding is available nearby. For walkers and all nature lovers you have some of the most varied and beautiful terrain in all Europe on your doorstep. See above.
  • Very challenging rock climbing, walking, hang-gliding and other extreme sports are available at El Chorro.
  • For golf enthusiasts, many speak very highly of the course at Antequera (just 30 to 40 minutes away).
  • All major water sports are also available on the Costa del Sol including water skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing.

The Area

Around Antequera

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