Richly planted gardens, extensive grounds, a gorgeous infinity pool, amazing views and an attractively furnished interior ...
"The house and gardens (and magical tent) are every bit as spectacular as the photos suggest, you won't be in the least bit disappointed with them. When we arrived we were given a brief informative tour and directions to the nearest markets and towns by the owners. The fridge was already full though with enough snacky food to keep us going for 24 hours though so all we had to do was drop our bags and relax, what a joy. The joy just didn't stop, the house is so roomy you'll soon find your favourite spot, the house is just made for relaxing and switching off. Small towns and markets are close by if you need them, but we hardly made it out of the gates, we didn't need anything else! I'll be totally honest and say that before we went, we'd been a tiny bit nervous about the owners being on site. The emails we exchanged prior to arriving were always promptly and courteously answered, there was no difficulty there, it's just that we're quite private people and were looking forward to a bit of solitude. But we needn't have worried, they both are consummate professionals and it shows. It shows in everything from the decor, the kitchen utensils and spices provided (enough to keep a keen cook happy), the gardens which were ours to roam and most of all their absolute invisibility except when they were needed. We honestly can't fault them, they managed to be around when an orange juicer needed replacing (within minutes we had another one, that's how well organised they are) and to tell us about some local festivals, but that was it, the rest of the time the house, the tent, the pool and the gardens were ours to enjoy in peace. A truly wonderful holiday and we're very grateful to them for sharing their beautiful house with us"
"We stayed at ZX37 for two blissful weeks this summer. As a family, we enjoy getting to know and explore different countries, and this was our first - and hopefully not last - holiday in Spain. In fact, our adult son, who loves to travel to new places each year, said that this was one place he would definitely choose to return to. The accommodation itself could not be faulted. Lovingly restored by the owners, Kathryn and Donald, to its traditional charm, the villa met all our needs, and more. Eating outside each day was such a treat, soaking up the warmth and marvelling at the beautiful setting - the cortijo's own grounds, with the magnificent mountains beyond. Plenty of shade too, in the heat of the day. Then, of course, there was the pool area, which we returned to late afternoon most days, to relax following daily excursions and before our evening meal. This property could not be more conveniently located. Approximately 40 minutes' drive from Malaga airport, yet it seemed a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the coastal resorts. Set in peaceful surroundings, with olive trees as far as the eye could see, our accommodation was still only a short drive from neighbouring towns such as Archidona, Antequera and Rio Frio, with their interesting buildings, market squares, shops, nooks and crannies and selection of good restaurants. Easy access, too, to the Malaga-Granada motorway and to the high-speed railway line near Antequera, where we hopped on trains to Ronda and to Cordoba. The Alhambra in Granada and the La Mezquita in Cordoba are wonders to behold. We also enjoyed walking in the unusual terrain of the El Torcal mountain area. The owners were so welcoming and interesting to talk with - always available nearby, yet offering us complete privacy. We also found the Spanish people we met when we were out and about to be friendly and helpful too. Would love to return to this property - perhaps at a different time of year, to see its beauty in a different light."
"It was our third time to visit the place we've come to know as paradise villa, so needless to say we love it and couldn't recommend it highly enough. I've been here with friends, and family and loved it each time. The house itself is beautiful and everything you could need or want is provided. The grounds are simply stunning, the pool, the BBQ area (which is my screen saver on my pc in work!) the tent, the boules court....the pictures simply don't do it justice. The villa is also fabulously situated if you can drag yourself away for a day trip; The owners are wonderful hosts to boot. What can I say, I'll be back again!"
"From the moment we were approaching the villa, we couldn't stop smiling because it was so breathtakingly beautiful. We received such a lovely, warm welcome from the owners - we knew that this was going to be just perfect. And it proved to be the case, in every single respect. They had left us a wonderful selection of tapas and a delightful bottle of Rioja, which was very much appreciated after our long journey. The villa was delightful, full of character from the old beams in the bedrooms to the beautiful decor. It was so apparent that the villa had been lovingly and painstakingly restored. It was scrupulously clean and all mod. cons provided - powerful showers, well-equipped kitchen, very comfortable lounge area. In all, a real home from home. The grounds were absolutely stunning - from cactus to palm trees to roses and rosemary bushes and then, to top it all, the eclectic mix of garden decor, the eye catching Moroccan tent, hammocks, barbecue area under the beautiful old Spanish oak tree ... The list is endless. The piece de la resistance (although hard to choose, because there were so many!) was the wonderful infinity pool - with the view stretching to the mountains - cypress and olive trees being the only break to that exquisite view. The weather was fantastic - we took full advantage of the very well-equipped pool area - sun loungers (six, although only two of us!) and parasols, cooling outdoor shower etc. We ate every evening outdoors; we were spoil for choice with there being three areas for dining. Although we had every intention of eating out, we simply couldn't drag ourselves away from this beautiful haven of peace, eating to the sounds of the birds and geckos and watching the stunning tableau change as the sun sank down ... The owners were so intuitive to our needs - we were seeking privacy and peace but we knew that they were there to give us tips, heads-up of local events of interest to us. We had the best of both worlds, thanks to them. The villa's location was ideal: Seville, Cordoba, Grenada, the coast (just to mention a few) all within easy reach but, as mentioned above, the property was more than perfect for us. We can't wait to return. "
"Imagine a place where everything you can imagine is real... Only exists in Picasso's imagination you say? That's what we thought... until we found this place. Pure beauty, peace and calm. Fantastic hideaway, be it as a couple seeking a love nest in solitude or be it as a family (as we were) playing around in the immense and wonderfully established grounds (couple of hectares), amazing swimming pool, breathtaking views,... One of our fondest memories is the perfect heaven of stars in the evening/night, when spotting a falling star is like childsplay. We had a fantastic stay there and, need it said, I cannot recommend this place highly enough... "
"Just what we were looking for, lovely surroundings, the property is comfortable and cared for, Peace and Quiet is what we were looking for and that is what we got. The owners are lovely, helpful and unobtrusive. "
"What makes this property so special for me is the peace and quiet, the space of the grounds, the truly beautiful house, and the wonderful owners who go to so much trouble to ensure their guests are happy without being at all intrusive (a rare skill). "
"We have just returned from ZX37, having spent a week there with family. The owners were the most perfect hosts and went out of their way to make us feel welcome (some of our party joined us at very short notice and they couldn't have been more accommodating). The house is very comfortable and is beautifully decorated with lots of character and lovely touches which make it a unique place to stay. The extensive grounds and gardens of the Cortijo are amazing with wonderful views towards the mountains and surrounding olive groves. So much thought has gone into planning the gardens with lovely places to sit and appreciate the beautiful scenery. There is even a Bedouin tent which is a gorgeous place to relax in and escape the midday heat or sip a cocktail or two! The infinity pool is really wonderful, again with great views out towards the mountains - a wonderful place to while away the afternoons. It is well placed to visit all the great sites of Andalucia, e.g. Granada, Cordoba, Malaga and the coast, etc.. However, on this holiday we really didn't want to go far as the villa is such a great place to be. We would highly recommend ZX37 - one of the best places we have stayed in"
Three (two doubles, one twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
11 m x 6 m, 0.70 m - 2.0 m deep.
In open countryside, 6 km from Villanueva del Rosario in the Antequera region (Province of Málaga).
From 1,300 € to 1,560 € per week.
Situated in an area of marvellous natural beauty, amidst rolling hills punctuated by olive groves, almond trees and pine forests, and with distant mountains as a backdrop, this 100 year old Hispano-Moorish farm is a charmingly restored rural hideaway.
In days gone by, this pretty annexe was a bakery. Now extensively refurbished, the bread oven carefully restored, it retains its authentic rustic character.
The decoration reflects the owners appreciation of the inherent traditional style of the farmhouse, as well as their interest in world travel.
They have beautifully restored the beams in all the rooms, uncovered stone walls and finished it all off with rustic and antique furnishings and original paintings.
Eleven acres of extensive grounds surround the property which are shared with the owners (who live just behind the farmhouse). The carefully tended and richly planted gardens are a special delight.
Jasmine, honeysuckle, roses and other climbers clamber over a pergola, creating an intimate tunnel access to the pool area which overlooks the beautiful hills and countryside all around.
Plenty of these outside spaces are reserved for the exclusive use of guests staying here. These include a large terrace, a barbecue area, a covered al fresco eating area (with an antique dining table) and the gorgeous infinity swimming pool (11 m x 6 m), floodlit at night, with large sun decks on three sides.
A desert tent in the grounds is not only ideal for meditation, yoga and private events but is also a great place just to chill out or take a relaxing meal.
Guests are free to use the tent at any time during their stay, and enjoy it in any way they want to. Indian head massage, pedicure, aroma therapy and lymphatic drainage treatments can be arranged on request (but need to be booked well in advance).
Inside, on the ground floor, there's a lovely old farmhouse-style country kitchen / diner equipped with a gas hob, small electric oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge freezer, espresso machine, toaster and electric kettle. It also features a pine dresser, an old pine dining table, chairs and a bench seat.
The huge, restored bread oven is, of course, the focal point in the dining area which is attractively decorated with farmhouse implements and attractive Moroccan bowls hung on the walls.
The living room is equally charming and comfortable, with rustic settees and chairs grouped around the wood burning stove nestled within the stone fireplace.
It has a small library, board games, satellite TV, DVD and VCR, Radio/CD player, a selection of CD's, DVD's and videos. There's WiFi internet connection too.
Also on the ground floor is one of the double bedrooms, decorated in an understated oriental style. The shower room / WC. is acroos the living room.
The romantic master bedroom is upstairs, with its high beamed ceilings, lovely four-poster double bed, window and balcony which enjoy the amazing view over the grounds to the mountains beyond....It is ideal but just a little care must be taken on entering the room - the door is the original and it is low!
There is also a large twin bedroom on this floor, this one decorated in Mexican style, with wrought iron beds and an antique walnut wardrobe. It offers equally lovely views over the gardens and surrounding hills.
Between the two upstairs bedrooms is a well appointed shower room.
The owners house is adjacent to and behind the holiday home. Always discrete and conscious of guests wish for privacy, they will nevertheless be more than happy to provide you with recommendations about what to do, where to go and to ensure that your stay is the most enjoyable possible.
The villa is strategically situated, just 35 minutes north from Málaga airport, between the lovely old Andaluz towns of Archidona and Antequera (15 and 30 minutes away respectively).
Quite apart from offering secluded relaxation and country rambling, from here you have the opportunity to visit all the great Moorish heritage cities of Andalucía, as it is located just an hour away from Granada, and little more than 90 minutes from Córdoba, Sevilla and Ronda.
Within easy reach of the amazing nature of El Torcal, unique in Europe, it is, nevertheless, only 45 minutes away from the beaches - and golf courses - of the Costa del Sol.
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.
Nearby villages with all local amenities are reached by car within ten minutes; Both Archidona and Antequera have major supermarkets and shopping malls.
Outdoor activities which are available and which can be booked are cycling (there is one bicycle available at the house), quad biking, mountain hikes and horse riding. There are also golf courses which can be reached within 30 minutes drive.
As one of our clients said, "this property far exceeded the expectations of myself and my family. It is a magnificent property which is beautifully kept and furnished. Your web site said 'extensive garden' but this was actually five acres which would be better described as enormous. Donald and Katherine were perfect hosts and the way they prepared and kept the villa, added to their hospitality, made our holiday perfect."
Another commented, "can I also say what a great stay we had at the villa. They are the most welcoming people, the villa, the grounds and pool are amazing, you feel you have your own kingdom to play in when you're there. The photos on your web site don't do it justice!"
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)
Price includes an initial load of firewood for the wood burner. Further wood can be purchased locally as required (owner can assist with this).
Electric heating is included in the price during winter months
The owners house is adjacent to the holiday villa. They share the grounds and gardens with clients but all other facilities described above (including the pool) are for the exclusive use of the clients
Please note that they have a few dogs and cats (and a couple of horses) which are kept in a separate area within the owners property
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in summer months
Prices are inclusive of a welcome pack (milk, instant coffee, tea, sugar, bottle of red wine)
If requested, the owners will also do some grocery shopping for you in advance of your arrival (there's a charge for this and they will need your shopping list at least 3 days in advance of arrival)
The owners speak English, French, Dutch, German and Spanish.
Electric heating is included in the price during winter months.
Price includes an initial load of firewood for the wood burner. Further wood can be purchased locally as required (owner can assist with this).
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 open countryside (accessed by a 4 km. dirt road), 6 km from the village of Villanueva del Rosario (tobacco shop, groceries, bars) in the Antequera region (Province of Málaga)
Archidona (most facilities) 15 mins; Antequera (all facilities) 30 mins.
Sierra de Torcal Natural Park 45 mins; Montes de Malaga Natural Park 45 mins; Lake District of Ardales 1 hr.
Málaga (all facilities) 35 mins.
Torre del Mar (and Mediterranean beaches) 45 mins; Marbella 1¼ hrs.
Málaga 35 mins; Granada 1 hr; Sevilla 2 hrs.
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