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ZC16 Holiday villa in Gaucín mountains

Málaga, Ronda Mountains, Gaucín

What a beautiful place to wake up to!

Offering country-style living at its absolute best, this very comfortable family home has charm, joy and rustic beauty in abundance. The pool and its surroundings are absolutely breathtaking ...

Secluded, private and oh, so peaceful, its four acres of mature olive, almond, carob, fig and oak trees open up to fields full of wild flowers.

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This house is a dream … as pretty as a picture and as delightful as can be. As one guest put it, “this is probably the closest place to heaven we’ve visited. The house is charming and comfortable, the pool and its surroundings are absolutely breathtaking”.

And breathtaking is the word … it is set in the most wonderful bowl of natural beauty, tucked into the gloriously wooded mountainside just a kilometre south of lovely Gaucín village.

Secluded, very private and oh, so peaceful, its four acres of mature olive, almond, carob, fig and oak trees open up to fields full of wildlife and a huge variety of wild flowers in Spring. Flowering shrubs, fruit trees and palms surround the house.

The views which open up all around are as magnificent as they are spectacular: down to the Mediterranean Sea and the Rock of Gibraltar, across to the Rif Mountains of Morocco beyond.

Compellingly romantic

Entirely in harmony with its glorious natural surroundings, the villa has charm, joy and rustic beauty in abundance.

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All around, the majestic scenery of the Serranía de Ronda provides brilliant brush strokes of colour and contrast. It’s a view which can be enjoyed for ever.

Sheep’s bells clink gently in the distance, birds sing happily in the trees – here there are just the wonderful sights, scents and sounds of pastoral bliss to keep you company.

The house itself is entirely in harmony with its glorious natural surroundings. A compellingly romantic family home, it has charm, joy and rustic beauty in abundance.

 

And then there is the fabulous swimming pool just a few meters away across the shaded patio … Oh, what a spot! Oh, what a pool!

Behind, the thickly forested, rocky terrain clambers dramatically up the mountainside, forming a beautiful natural wrapping around the wide pool terrace. To the south and west, views are far and wide.

A thousand stars twinkle

Glistening gloriously blue in the day-long sunshine, the magnificent swimming pool is stunning at night, too.

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The pool is both big (12.5 m x 5 m), and deep (2.5 metres at one end) so safe for diving. At the other end (1.2 metres deep) it is accessed by wide entry steps.

Glistening gloriously blue in the day-long sunshine, it is an idyllic scene, surrounded by terraces on different levels, some shaded by olive and carob trees, others perfect for sun bathing.

You’ll find deck chairs and outdoor furniture around the pool, sunbeds and parasols, as well as a hammock slung casually between the olive trees.

Stunning at night, too, when the underwater lighting comes into its own, a thousand stars twinkling up above. As one client said, “A night swim with the pool lights is not something to be missed”.

On a lower terrace there is a ping pong table with bats, balls and views to Africa! All around, mile upon mile of wild, rocky mountainside to explore 

Gleaming white and bright in the sunshine, its cottage-style beauty is complimented by verdant greenery all around and the deep blue sky above.

The pool is gated so safe for little children. It’s not bad for adults either! Not least because a charming little stone house next to the pool has been made up as a perfect and delightfully cool “siesta” spot – by mid-afternoon its good-sized single bed, wobbly walls and ancient cane ceiling are utterly compelling!

Between the pool and the house is the original bread oven.

Bougainvillea clambers up the entrance pillars of the property; flowers spilling out of weathered terracotta pots adding other splashes of bright colour. It’s a large house (effectively two, joined together) and it gleams – white and bright – in the sunshine, its cottage-style beauty complimented by the verdant greenery all around and the deep blue sky above. It’s really attractive, a sublimely lovely place to be.

One enters to a large living /dining room with a log burning Nordic stove (with glass doors). The house also has central heating throughout. But it’s not just cosy, it’s also very comfy and attractive. The owners are both artists and his training in the visual arts, her’s in textiles, is a magic combination – the result of their labours over the years is a stunningly cheerful and really gorgeous family home. Some of his art is on display here and there – and it’s not bad either!

There are all mod-cons, not least being high-speed internet connection (14 MB) which is a rarity in Andalucía. A great family house, it is also a perfect “get away from it all” for business people or researchers with a project to complete (there is very attractive desk space in the master bedroom, as well as other excellent working areas downstairs). Mobile phone coverage is also good here.

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Colourful and relaxing

Light, airy and attractive, above all else this is a real home which offers country-style living at its very best.

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There’s a flat screen TV with “Apple TV and Netflix” (bring your own Apple device), a DVD player and collection of DVD’s, plus an excellent collection of books. The Hi-Fi has CD and radio plus cable connection for MP3 players and iPods. Your laptop can be connected to the TV, so if you have films downloaded, you can watch them on the bigger screen.

A large ceiling fan keeps the living room cool in summer. Comfy sofas and easy chairs are gathered at one end of the room, the round dining table (which comfortably seats six) at the other end. It’s colourful, casual and relaxing – country-style living at its very best.

The living room leads through to a pretty bathroom (shower over bath tub). At the other end, to the side, is the open-plan kitchen area. It’s not a big space but it’s decently equipped with a 4-ring ceramic hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer and all the other usual kitchen gear. There are cookbooks, plenty of saucepans and enough china, glasses and cutlery for eight people.

A magic combination

The owners are both artists and the result of their labours over the years is a stunningly cheerful and really gorgeous family home.

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Above all else, this is a real “home” with toys, games, and lots of interesting books. Children will find plenty to keep them happily occupied both inside and out: Lego, building blocks, a rocking horse, puzzles, a children’s library and a few children’s videos and DVD’s will no doubt compete with ping pong in the sunshine and exploring the great outdoors.

Whatever the time of day – or night – we are sure you will wile away many a happy hour around the barbecue terrace, accessed from the kitchen through lovely old wooden doors. A great space, its wooden dining table (comfortably seating six) is ideal for al-fresco meals under the shady awning.

The attractive brick barbecue and a drinks fridge (in summer) are close at hand. There’s lots of casual bench seating too, some in the shade, some in full sun, all of it surrounded by tropical plants, trees and natural splendour.

From the kitchen, a short corridor leads to the two very spacious bedrooms, one downstairs, one upstairs. As everywhere in this lovely home, they are pretty rooms, cheerfully decorated and attractively furnished.

Views to Africa

All around, the majestic scenery of the Serranía de Ronda provides brilliant brush strokes of colour and contrast. It's a view which can be enjoyed for ever.

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Both have double beds. The lower one, which has double doors opening to the terrace outside, also has two single beds so lends itself equally well as a children’s room for up to three kids. Or it could sleep a couple and two children. You choose! Whoever you share with, there’s an Ipod docking station with radio/alarm clock to keep you company. An independent air-conditioning unit ,with remote control, adds the choice of being extra cool in summer and even warmer in winter.

There are few downsides to this beautiful property but please note that this bedroom doesn’t have en-suite facilities. There is the full bathroom at the other end of the living room, of course, and there’s also a W.C. on the landing upstairs.

The master double bedroom is also on the first floor, a light, airy and very attractive room with windows on both sides. Views from here (all the way to Africa on clear days) are stunning. It opens through on one side to the en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub, double wash basins, bidet and a heated towel rail); on the other side it opens to a well appointed little office area. An independent air-conditioning unit ,with remote control, adds the choice of being extra cool in summer and even warmer in winter.

Absolutely perfect

"We have stayed in a number of Rustic Blue properties over the past few years but this one tops them all."

Both bedrooms have portable fans. A hair-dryer is provided as are electric blankets (in winter months). A cot and highchair are available on request.

The house book is full of notes on how things work, and what to do if they don’t, as well as tips about what to do in emergencies, maps with suggested places to visit, opening hours etc. The visitors book and leaflet box has more information about the area and recommended restaurants. The owners are on call, too, if required; their studio is on the estate on the other side of the hillside.

 

The location is fantastic, just a kilometre from pretty Gaucín. One of the classic white villages it has just about all the facilities you will need – small shops, a chemist, banks and, of course, several bars and restaurants. And, as everywhere in Andalucía, more than its fair share of fiestas, traditional Saints days and processions, each an excuse for merrymaking and dancing.

Just a few minutes away by car, it is also a very pleasant walk (it will take you 15 / 20 minutes to get there, just 10 minutes to return as it’s downhill).

About two thirds of the track down from the village is concreted with the remainder being unmade. This is perfectly passable in an ordinary family car driven with appropriate care, and has the advantage that it keeps other traffic away!

This part of Andalucia is a paradise for walking, exploring, riding and bird watching. There is beautiful countryside in every direction. It is also an ideal base for day trips to wonderful towns like Ronda, Jerez, Cadiz and Sevilla. There are delightful little villages to explore, Mediterranean beaches are half an hours drive away; the Atlantic coast with its fine white sand and famous wind surfing is one and a half hours drive.

If pure rest and relaxation is what you are after … we will leave it to one of the guests who have stayed here to sum it up: “Goodness, what a beautiful place to wake up to! I am almost embarrassed to confess that we left the house just twice, and only then because we had to buy food at the market. We’ve had such a lovely time, it is just wonderful here.”

For those looking to explore a little further, the owners of this villa have an equally delightful apartment, ZC102, in the heart of Jerez which can be booked either independently or in conjunction with this villa.

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All the facts and features about these villas

Distribution

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Ground Floor
  • Open plan living / dining room / kitchen
  • Bathroom (walk in shower)
  • Double bedroom (with 1 double and 2 single beds) and access to the terrace
  • Furnished, part covered terrace
  • Furnished pool terrace
  • Cottage with “siesta” bed
  • Original bread oven
  • Gardens and Grounds
First Floor
  • Double bedroom (the bed is 160 x 200 with lumbar support), en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub) and office area
  • W.C.
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Outdoors
  • Gated, filtered swimming pool (12.5 m x 5 m, 1.2 m – 2.5 m deep) with entry steps and underwater lighting
  • Pool terrace (furnished)
  • Outdoor ping pong table
  • Sun beds, Deck chairs, Sunshades, 2 Hammocks
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Cooking station with electric griddle
  • Drinks fridge in the kitchen patio where the barbecue resides (not in low season)
  • Second drinks fridge, with freezer for ice and ice creams by the pool, next to the pool-house (not in low season)
  • External night lighting
  • Gardens & gated estate grounds
  • Parking

Facilities

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Entertainment
  • Flat screen TV with “Apple TV and Netflix” (bring your own Apple device) (More TV Information)
  • DVD player
  • Hi Fi with CD, Radio & cable connection for MP3 players and iPods
  • Radio/alarm clock with iPod dock
  • Collection of DVD’s and books
  • Toys, Games & Children’s library
  • High speed 8MB internet (Boosted WiFi available inside and outside – including pool area – bring your own laptop)
Amenities
  • Log burning Nordic stove in the living room
  • Central heating throughout (see note below)
  • Electric blankets available in winter
  • Ceiling fan in the living room
  • Air conditioning in both bedrooms
  • Washing Machine, Tumble dryer, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided
  • Hair dryer
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request)
  • Bed for a 5 year old available (on request)
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Kitchen
  • Electric Oven
  • Ceramic hob (4 rings)
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Coffee machine
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery
Location

In open countryside, accessed by a mainly paved track, easily accessible in an ordinary family car (although a bit steep in a few places).

  • 1 km from Gaucin (most facilities) in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).
  • San Pablo de Buceite (basic facilities) 20 mins; Casares (most facilities) 25 mins; Jimena de la Frontera (most facilities) 30 mins.
  • Ronda 45 mins; Estepona 45 mins; Marbella 1 hr; Gibraltar 1¼ hrs; Málaga 1½ hrs; Tarifa 1½ hrs.
  • Jerez 2 hrs; Cádiz 2¼ hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs; Granada 3 hrs; Córdoba 3 hrs.
Nearest Airports
  • Gibraltar 1 hr
  • Málaga 1½ hrs
  • Jerez 2 hrs
  • Sevilla 2½ hrs

Notes

Most of the 1km. track to the house is paved and easily accessible in an ordinary family car.

Weekly maid service is provided for stays of more than one week.

Additional maid service is available on request (for a supplement).

The kitchen is usually well stocked with provisions (rice, pasta, sugar, flour, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spices and other dry goods).

Cleaning products, washing powders & spot removers etc are also provided.

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season, but are flexible at other times. Please enquire.

Mountain-biking, guided walking, horse riding & other activities (massage, aromatherapy, bird-watching, painting lessons taught by local artists) can be arranged (advance notice is always required).

350 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.

Catering, transport (pick-up / drop off service from the airport or trips to Tangiers) and bilingual babysitting can also usually be arranged (again, with advance notice).

All services are provided by local businesses. We provide the info and can make arrangements on your behalf.

Please, no smoking indoors.

Tourist Ref:

RB/VTAR/MA/00620

Location

In open countryside, accessed by a mainly paved track, easily accessible in an ordinary family car (although a bit steep in a few places), 1 km from Gaucin (most facilities) in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).

  • San Pablo de Buceite (basic facilities) 20 mins
  • Casares (most facilities) 25 mins
  • Jimena de la Frontera (most facilities) 30 mins
  • Ronda 45 mins
  • Estepona 45 mins
  • Marbella 1 hr
  • Gibraltar 1¼ hrs
  • Málaga 1½ hrs
  • Tarifa 1½ hrs
  • Jerez 2 hrs
  • Cádiz 2¼ hrs
  • Sevilla 2½ hrs
  • Granada 3 hrs
  • Córdoba 3 hrs
Nearest Airports
  • Gibraltar 1 hr
  • Málaga 1½ hrs
  • Jerez 2 hrs
  • Sevilla 2½ hrs
Málaga, Ronda Mountains, Gaucín

Reviews

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Previous Guest

September 2022 My husband and I stayed for the second time at Finca ZC16 this September. Jim and Alice have created an amazing retreat here on the hills outside Gaucin. The house has been beautifully decorated and everything you could possibly need is provided. We really enjoyed cooking locally bought food on the BBQ and lounging in the outdoor dinning area listening to our favourite tunes on the very good sound system. The pool is fantastic. Great swim looking out at the hills and listening to the goats heading home from the neighbouring fields in the evening. Very good location for day trips in the surrounding area and plenty of good restaurants in town when you can pull yourself away from the house. Enjoy!
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June 2022 Wonderful place We really loved this house, a little paradise. Everything was just perfect. The views are amazing, on a clear day we could even see the mountains of Africa! Jim and Alice are very warm, helpful and friendly people.
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Previous Guest

August 2022 family 2 teenagers The most beautiful setting and home We had a week in Finca ZC16, from the moment we arrived we knew it would be hard to leave. The house and gardens are stunning, with beautiful views all around you. It has all been so well designed and considered, and made for a very comfortable holiday home. The bedrooms are very large and comfortable, with a spacious living area downstairs too. The four of us were all very comfortable. We cooked a lot, the kitchen was well equipped and a pleasure to cook in. There’s a lovely big walk in shower downstairs and a large en-suite upstairs. There is plenty to do in the region, but we were more than happy to relax at the house and pop into Gaucin. We did venture out, but my best memories of the week are the times we spent together as a family in the house. The area outside the kitchen is shaded and relaxing, a lovely spot to eat but also to read, and nap… The pool is a fantastic size, deep enough to dive and swim lengths. Lots of places to explore and seating areas to enjoy the views of the mountains (or have a nap). The table tennis was the most picturesque we have played, loved our evening tournaments as the sun set. Alice and Jim are perfect hosts, always available with local advice and information about the home. It was lovely to meet them, they are very considerate and did everything they could to ensure we had a wonderful week. They are respectful of your space, whilst being very accessible, an impressive balance. Also have to mention the books, so many books to read! Huge variety and kept us all happy, took my books home unread, other people’s books are more interesting. Honestly, one of the best weeks we have had together as a family. Thank you Alice and Jim for opening up your home, it’s very special indeed.
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August 2019 family of 4. We’ve had a wonderful relaxing holiday- the biggest decision on some days whether to sit int the sun or shade. The house is superbly equipped and we love all the outside seating areas. We we did venture out, our favourites included Ronda with delicious tapas lunch at Santa Maria and lunch in Gaucin at Platero&Co. (we booked + asked for a table on the terrace). A fabulous place to relax, with fabulous views. Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality.
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Previous Guest

31. August-7. Sept. Sarah & Mick We came to relax and mission accomplished. This is a real home and it felt like one. We stayed poolside most of the time with a few walks into Gaucín. Thank you hugely to Jim and Alice for sharing this beautiful spot and for their superb hospitality. Delightful place, delightful hosts, a bit of a shock I didn’t actually live here and had to go home.

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