This Andalusian farmhouse is homely and full of character. Set amongst olive and almond groves, the magnificent views stretch far and wide to the distant Tejeda mountains ...
"We have just returned from 10 days at this beautiful farmhouse feeling relaxed and refreshed. No one wanted to go home - what a find! We love Andalucia and have visited many times but this has been our favourite place to stay by far! The perfect mix of exploring and relaxing, table tennis and the trampoline were a real hit and the barbecue was fired up most nights as we ate outside admiring the fabulous views. The house itself was large and rambling which provided plenty of space for us all and the reviews are right - very comfy beds. We all loved it! The owner was the perfect hostess - just there when you needed her. Thank you so much for such a lovely holiday."
"This is the second time we have stayed at this glorious farmhouse as a family. The children have plenty of things to keep them occupied, chickens, walks, trampoline, tree house, table tennis along with the requisite pool and sunshine! A real home from home and extremely comfortable and a bonus, good quality cotton sheets! I really am transfixed with the views each time we have stayed and the gorgeous countryside. Although located in the countryside, waving to the goat herder each evening and watching the sunrise over the mountains, the village is not too far away.The owner was very helpful which made our stay even more enjoyable. "
"We had 7 days of bliss. The house is homely, tastefully furnished with ample space. The house excessed our expectations. With five adults, 3 children and 1 infant their is plenty to do and fun to be had. The kids loved the pool and playing table tennis for hours plus adventuring amongst the olive trees. An excellent and handy location with stunning views. We had the best time and our host was friendly and helpful. Thank you for letting your beautiful farm house to us, we truly had a wonderful Spanish holiday."
Four (two doubles, two twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
7 m x 3.5 m, 1.5 m deep.
In open countryside, 4½ km from Colmenar in La Axarquía region (Province of Málaga).
From £980 to £2,080 per week.
This is a lovely old farmhouse, high in the hills with spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see. Overlooking the valley below, across white-washed villages in the distance, the joyous scenery stretches to the Tejeda mountain range on the horizon.
It's a very relaxing, completely rural spot, a place where you will feel totally at peace with the rest of the world.
The farmhouse has been a family home for many years and has been lovingly restored with its original features carefully retained. Most rooms have traditional beamed ceilings, many with terracotta floor tiles, open fireplaces or wood-burning stoves, decorative wrought iron lights and beautiful wooden doors.
'Modern' and 'comfort' have been carefully introduced too. Tradition has been beautifully augmented by quality furnishings and matching decorations.
It all adds up to a really lovely place to stay, a real home-from-home in an outstandingly beautiful part of Andalucía.
Five minutes drive from the pretty white village of Colmenar, through olive and almond covered hillsides brings us to the farmhouse which is accessed by a 300 metre track (in excellent condition) which winds down the hillside to the villa, gleaming white and bright in the Andalusian sunshine, as pretty as a picture in its blissful countryside location.
There is extensive private parking at the front of the property. Wrought iron gates from the entrance terrace open on to a spacious, partially covered patio. Bordered by colourful flowers and plants, it is a delightful spot to sit and relax, contemplating the fantastic views which spread out all around.
Here, a traditional wooden door opens to the terrace which wraps right around the farmhouse.
One enters to a fully equipped country kitchen, with a big wooden table and chairs at its centre. It's a lovely room, beautifully decorated, with some very attractive features which include a fantastic, antique cast-iron wood burner which will keep everything warm and toasty in the middle of winter. There's a flat screen TV too.
Doors at each end of the room open to the pretty, flower-filled patios and terraces outside. A bathroom leads off, with a shower over the bath tub.
The kitchen also interconnects with the other living areas: a huge lounge with a cast iron wood burner, two Oakland Fairfax sprung edged sofas, a recliner, air conditioning and four metres of picture windows which make the very best of the magnificent countryside views, as well as a second comfy and relaxing sitting room with an antique wood burner and air conditioning.
There is a stereo system, a 42" flat screen satellite TV (Free-to-view) and DVD plus a good selection of books, board games and DVD's to choose from. There is Playstaion 2 and direct internet access as well as WiFi.
The sitting room leads through to a very attractive dining room. Here quality antique furnishings and beautifully polished wood predominates. As elsewhere in the house, there are original paintings, photos and prints on the walls.
At the far end of this ground floor is one of the bedrooms (Nº 4), twin bedded, which enjoys a fabulous view of the mountain scenery all around, the little village of Periana glinting white in the distance. Built under the eaves of the house, this is a really cool room so no air conditioning is necessary here. Note however that there's no bathroom in its immediate vicinity; the nearest one is on the other side of the kitchen.
A large staircase leads up to the three other bedrooms (all with air conditioning / heating units).
A twin bedroom (Nº 2, with balcony views through double doors to the olive covered hillsides) and a double bedroom (Nº 3, with views over the pool terrace, 22" flat screen TV and DVD), share a shower room between them.
The master double bedroom (Nº 1) also makes the best of the wonderful views with windows on two sides of the room. This big, spacious bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom with a shower over the bath tub as well as a walk-in shower.
A laundry room (accessed from outside) houses two washing machines and a tumble drier. These are shared with two other holiday cottages nearby, one built on the terrace below the farmhouse, the other sixty metres further up the lane. Neither of them overlooks this one and there's plenty of room for all!
Doors lead out from various parts of the farmhouse to the rear and side patios and also to the gorgeous suntrap which is the pool area.
A vast and varied profusion of flowers add more joy and colour: roses, marguerites, honeysuckle, jasmine, hibiscus, lavender, geranium, orchids and bougainvillea (to name but a few) spill out from under trees of willow, orange, lemon, plum, almond, olive, palm, pomegranate, fig and yucca.
There is both welcome shade and plenty of room to sunbathe too, by the inviting swimming pool (7 m x 3.5 m), which also offers unrivalled views across the valleys.
A barbecue and a covered dining terrace are the perfect complements to enable you to enjoy a relaxing meal amidst all this greenery and serene natural beauty.
Lastly, but not least, there is a large play area for children between the parking area and the small chicken coop. This includes a tree house (with a slide) under a large holm oak tree, a bouncy trampoline (with a protective netting surround), swings, a basket ball net and table tennis. This area should be used under adult supervision at all times. A large toy box can also be provided on request for younger children.
Locally, outdoor activities include birdwatching (especially in spring), cycling, horse riding and walking. Málaga is just three quarters of an hour away and other Mediterranean resorts such as Nerja and Torre del Mar are even closer with their marinas, restaurants and beautiful beaches. Exclusive golf clubs are also within easy reach.
Inland there are pretty villages to explore with their authentic Andalusian character, the timeless countryside of La Axarquía - with it's beautiful lake, La Viñuela as it's centrepiece - and the dramatic mountain terrain of the Montes de Málaga. It is also ideally situated to explore many of Andalucia's great historic and cultural centres, including Ronda, Granada and Córdoba.
Wherever you go, you will be happy to return here, where the character and atmosphere of a previous era blends gracefully with the comfort of modern conveniences. Beautiful views and an unchanging peace will be your constant companions.
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)
The owners keep chickens only a short walk away which can be fed and fresh eggs collected
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season
The property and grounds are not all on one level so would not be suitable for a wheel chair or for the very elderly. There are small steps connecting some rooms and one or two low door frames
A weekly change of linen and towels is included for rentals of more than one week
Starter packs can be provided (on request) for your arrival eg. milk, local cheese and wines, bread etc (payable locally)
A large toy box can be provided (on request for younger children)
Extra maid services can be arranged upon request, (payable locally)
This property is now available for rental all year round.
A 200 pound (or euro) security deposit is payable on arrival to the house owner. This will be refunded in full at the end of your holiday, subject to any reductions for breakages or damage.
4½ km (the last 300 metres along a track easily driven in an ordinary car) from Colmenar (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.
Málaga 45 mins; Granada 1½ hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.
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