Not so very long ago a humble shepherd´s house, it is now a comfortable holiday home in an enviable location ...
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Two (one double, one twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
8.5 m x 4.5 m, 1.40 m - 1.90 m deep.
In open countryside, 8 mins from Villanueva de la Concepción in the Antequera region (Province of Málaga).
From 730 € to 1,260 € per week.
Not so very long ago this was a humble shepherd´s house. No longer! Now it is offered as a cheerful holiday home in an excellent location with great views.
It still retains its large original estate, 10,000 m2, planted with olive and almond trees where once the goats used to roam. So, there's plenty of space to spread out and really enjoy outdoor living, Andaluz style.
Amid gently rolling hillsides in the heart of Andalucía, it's a great place to be - private and intimate, tranquil and unspoilt. A place to really appreciate the fresh air, sunshine and birdsong of a delightful rural landscape.
All on one level, it is comfortable and decently equipped, yet still retains its lovely old character. Original terracotta floors, windows and walls are still there and existing materials have been used in its restoration wherever possible.
The house is well finished and furnished in typical Spanish style. Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and good sized, comfortable beds.
Wooden beams, earthen tiles, cane ceilings, original doors and windows have been carefully restored to maintain the rustic atmosphere. These are complimented by modern appliances - a dishwasher, central heating and satellite TV.
The result is charming, still with that 'rustic' feel that an old cottage like this deserves. There are other advantages too: for example, the original thick walls offer insulation which few modern constructions can match, retaining warmth in winter and keeping the hot summer sun at bay.
Good as it is inside, our guess is that you will want to spend as much time as possible outdoors, enjoying a barbecue, perhaps, or lounging by the pool.
There is plenty of terrace space and a porch from which to enjoy the delightful scenery and the mature gardens. Wherever you are on the property, you will be surrounded by rolling hills and countryside bliss.
The grounds rest within an area that feels like genuine working farmland rather than a holiday destination and the views are truly wonderful.
Beginning at nearby hills, they encompass the high, rocky mountains of the Sierra de Las Nieves and the forest-covered Montes de Malaga with the Mediterranean sea in the far distance: you are looking south over a significant area of the Province of Malaga.
Plus, of course, the added attraction of the lovely, good-sized (8.5 metres) swimming pool, making this holiday home a perfect spot for relaxing, outdoor living.
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, and there's a restaurant.
Banks and restaurants are 8 minutes away in Villanueva de la Concepcion with simple shopping and a bar closer still, in La Higuera, 2 km from here.
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.
There's lots more beauty close at hand, too: the Montes de Málaga, El Chorro, Guadalteba Lake (and its narrow pass, Los Gaitanes) all offer an incredible variety of topography and natural wealth.
And not just beautiful countryside ... here you are just 20 minutes away from 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.
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".
So, if you want to venture further a field, whether it be to visit magnificent landscapes, the beaches of the Costa del Sol or to the great historic cities of Andalucía, you could not be better placed.
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 summer months
A welcome pack is included
An eye should be kept on young children because, although protected to a degree by plants and shrubs, there is an unguarded slope down from the terrace by the house to the pool on the lower level.
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.
In the tiny hamlet of Las Chozas (no shops); 2 kms from La Higuera (tobacco shop, groceries, bar); 8 mins drive from Villanueva de la Concepción (most facilities, bars, restaurants, shops, banks) in the Antequera region (Province of Málaga)
Antequera (all facilities) 20 mins.
Sierra de Torcal Natural Park 15 mins; Laguna de Fuente de Piedra 30 mins; Montes de Malaga Natural Park 30 mins; Lake District of Ardales 1 hr; Sierra de las Nieves 1¼ hrs.
Málaga (all facilities) 50 mins.
Torre del Mar (and Mediterranean beaches) 1 hr; Nerja 1¼ hrs; Marbella 1¼ hrs.
Málaga 50 mins; Granada 1½ hrs; Sevilla 2 hrs.
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