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ZX 18

2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Over the hills to far away ...

It has to be said that the views from this pretty cottage are enough to fall in love with.

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Review Icon"What a beautiful house - we have loved the view and peace and quiet. Pool was fabulous. We enjoyed a few meals out in Villanueva and the playground. Thank you for the care and attention to everything in the house'"

Previous Guest (Mar 2016)

Review Icon"An excellent week with day trips to Granada ,Cordoba, El Chorro (and nearby lakes) and it was wonderful to come back to the house, garden, heated pool and views. Very many thanks."

Previous Guest (Apr 2015)

Review Icon"The week has gone by far too quickly, always a sign that we have had a great time. The girls have loved the pool. The little touches have made the house great to return to after day trips, and serenity, views and bird life - a wonderful place to simply relax. Thankyou "

Previous Guest (Apr 2015)

Review Icon"Our first trip to Andalucia and one we won't forget in a hurry. ZX18 is such a gorgeous and relaxing spot that it's hard to tear yourself away."

Previous Guest (Oct 2014)

Review Icon"A beautiful and peaceful oasis away from our busy lives. Thankyou for a fantastic week. "

Previous Guest (May 2014)

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Two (one double, one twin bedded).

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Private swimming pool

8 m x 4 m, 1.2 - 1.8 m deep.

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In open countryside, 10 mins from Villanueva de la Concepción in the Antequera region (Province of Málaga).

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From 1,280 € to 1,560 € per week.

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Villa Description

A breathtaking landscape

The countryside of Andalucía never fails to amaze. Rough and rugged, soft and green, both are found around Villanueva de Concepción.

This sweet cottage is set in landscape which is breathtakingly beautiful. Rolling hills of open farmland spread out before you, the massive crags of El Torcal rear up in the distance, and little birds fly out from the verges as you drive along. From the main road, the dirt track to the property is about 1km, and although a little bumpy in places, easily navigable. You can't drive too fast anyway because of the numerous partridge which keep running across the road!

The house was a goat herder's ruin but the owners loved this area so much, they knew that this was their dream cottage; restoration was finished in 2003. The owners like to spend time here when they can, it's their home when they come to Andalucía. For this reason, it's very well maintained and furnished to a high standard. The house and gardens are kept crisp and neat all year.

Shades of blue

Relax and breathe in this tranquil interior. The colour scheme is soothing and cool, a contrast to the holiday sunshine outside.

The first room on entering the house is the living room and dining area. The decor is very tasteful, done out in pale blues and with the white walls, the interior effect is calm and serene.Two two-seater sofas and a coffee table are arranged for relaxing, watching tv or perhaps taking advantage of the fast Wifi internet access. The living area has the benefit of five windows which allows the light and views to flood in. The kitchen is off the living area with the dining table in between. But why not eat al fresco on the lovely covered veranda?

The veranda, which leads directly to the pool, can be converted into a windproof glass room terrace, perfect for holidays taken earlier or later in the year. Innovative glass curtains on the sides of the veranda mean you can sit outside but be 'inside' enjoying the sunshine out of any chill breeze.

Spanish rural life

"The most wonderful holiday! The views, the home from home, the pool, the wildlife and the locals!"

Guests can fold back the glass curtains on the veranda, which opens it up to the air. This terrace is perfect for lounging, with an inviting comfy sofa, two armchairs and a coffee table for your holiday reading matter and drinks. There is a round dining table and four chairs on the veranda as no doubt you'll want to eat 'outdoors', taking advantage of the amazing views that surround you.

The utter peace is like nowhere else. Watch the agricultural life going on and observe the ever-changing landscape. The few properties in the distance, seen from the cottage, are uninhabited. You may hear the soft bleating of a herd of goats and the tinkling of their bells. Goats cheese is a popular local product with milk from local goats being used at the cheese dairy you'll see when you drive to the house. This cheese is for sale locally and what could be a better accompaniment to fresh, crusty bread, a handful of olives and a glass of wine. Simple pleasures couldn't taste sweeter.

The house is surrounded by friendly, farming neighbours who have been known to drop off olive oil and almonds as gifts ... that's just what people do round here. By day, the green fields of barley sprout, grow and are finally harvested. By night, enjoy the unique experience of the bright starscape.

Imagine a candle-lit dinner on the terrace on a warm summer night ... as the sunset fades, the candle flame will burn brighter, with hardly another light to be seen for miles around.

The villa is all on one storey and the bedrooms lead off from the living area. The double bedroom has a view overlooking the pool terrace and the rolling fields. For warmth during cooler times in the year and for holidays taken out of the summer season,  there is central heating. Although there is no air-conditioning, with the ceiling fans and heavy curtains to keep out the sun, the bedrooms stay comfortably cool. All the bedlinen and towels are of the best quality brand.

From sunrise to sunset, it’s a perfect day

From a soft, lilac dawn to the fiery, red sunset, the sky is big and blue, not a cloud in sight.

Both bedrooms have pitched ceilings, white walls, wooden furniture and pretty bedlinen. The double bedded room has a built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets with reading lamps. The blue and white tiled en suite bathroom is pristine and comes equipped with a walk-in power shower. A large mirror above the sink makes getting ready in the morning a quick and simple process. This bedroom is west-facing and catches the evening sun.

A word should be said about the sunsets in this region ... they are, quite simply, spectacular.

The twin bedded room is east facing and so catches the sunrise. The views from this room are of the garden. As with the other bedroom, it has en suite facilities with the benefit of a walk in power shower.

A colourful garden completes the picture

"Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful villa with us. There are very few places we would rather be."

The pool is sparkling and inviting, just a towel's throw from the veranda. Accessed by shallow steps, it's suitable for younger ones to just splash around in as well as for swimming. A poolside shower is close by, as is a Weber charcoal barbecue, to make some fun holiday meals. The laundry room is also outside, housing the washing machine and fridge freezer.

The owners are horticulturalists with considerable expertise. Their home in England has been in the National Garden scheme for twenty years. As you would expect from such keen gardeners, their garden here is very important to them. They have used native plants suitable to the climate: colourful margaritas, succulents, palms, lavender and citrus, as well as their favourite roses, to create a very pretty Mediterranean-style cottage garden.

Such a relaxing holiday

" A beautiful and peaceful oasis away from our busy lives! Waking to the green hills, mountain views, birds singing and the goat herds going by is certainly the relaxing week we wanted."

The house is a fifteen minute drive from the town of Villanueva de la Concepción. The town has all the amenities you'd need for a villa holiday: supermarkets, banks, post office, pharmacies. The ancient town of Antequera with more facilities is a bit further down the road and the city of Malaga is an hours' drive away.

The national park of El Torcal is quite close and is a unique site. Weathering by water and wind have eroded the limestone cliffs into weird and wonderful formations resembling statues, stacks of plates, faces and animals. A visitors' centre tells you about the wildlife here. Walking routes are marked out, colour coded according to difficulty.

Another specialty that this area has is its birdlife: from the big birds of prey soaring over the crags of El Torcal, to the exotic migrants like the bee eaters and flamingos. Laguna Fuente de Piedra is a lagoon 50 kms away which is home to Europe's second largest flamingo population.

There's always a day trip to the beach for a change of scene. Take a dip, breathe in the sea air, and when you've worked up an appetite, head for a seafood lunch.

Drive to the coast taking the minor road which follows the route of the river Río Campanillas. This deserted, winding road goes along a Hobbit-like valley, past rustic smallholdings and scenery of rural Spanish life.

Antequera, rich in history, is well worth a visit in its own right despite being best known as the "Crossroads of Andalucía" for its geographical location. It lies just off the motorway network which links Sevilla, Málaga, Granada and Córdoba, with Ronda and Marbella not far away. It's an ideal starting point for those who want to explore more of southern Spain.

The owners absolutely love their house and their visitors' book is packed with comments from guests who have loved it too:

"We've been coming to Andalucia for about 7 years and this area 4 times. This has to be the nicest property we've stayed in"

"We came here to relax and now we're too relaxed even to say ... a beautiful house, beautifully done and a swimming pool in the sun on the edge of most quiet and magnificent hills...what more could anyone ask?"

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa


All on one floor

  • Living room (open plan with dining area, dining table seats four)
  • Kitchen
  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 queen size double with en suite bathroom (walk-in power shower, wc, hand basin, heated towel rail)
    • 1 twin bedded, with en suite bathroom (walk-in power shower, wc, hand basin)
  • Glass-sided veranda with dining and lounging terrace (furnished)
  • Garden and grounds



  • 38" Wall mounted TV with Satellite (UK Channel Information)
    This property has a Satellite TV with Skyplus, Sports and Movies, but due to changes to the UK satellite services does not receive UK terrestrial programmes, BBC, ITV etc.
  • DVD player
  • Collection of DVDs, books and maps of the area
  • WiFi internet, bring your own laptop


  • Central heating
  • Ceiling fans in the living area and bedrooms
  • Additional free standing fans in the bedrooms
  • Washing machine, iron and board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Hair dryer
  • Highchair, Cot and Cot Linen. (Hired in on request)


  • Electric oven
  • Gas hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, kettle, coffee machine, food processor
  • Cooking and baking utensils
  • Cutlery, crockery
  • Iron and board


  • Chlorine filtered swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.2 m - 1.8 m deep) with underwater lighting
  • Poolside shower
  • Pool terrace / garden
  • Sun beds, sun shades
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Weber charcoal barbecue
  • Parking


The swimming pool will be open throughout the entire time that the villa is available. For off season rentals the pool can be heated but this comes at an extra charge, paid locally. Advance notice is needed to pre-heat the pool prior to the start of the holiday.

Linen is changed weekly.

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in summer months, but there is flexibility so please ask.

Please, no smoking in the house.


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.

Villa is not available from 1st November to 15th December

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZX 18

2023 Season Dates Week Fortnight
29th April to 27th May 1,410 € 2,820 €
28th May to 29th September 1,660 € 3,320 €
30th September to 27th October 1,410 € 2,820 €

ZX 18

2023 Season Dates Week Fortnight


The house is unavailable from 1 Jan to 28 April 2023 and from 28 October to 31 December 2023.

Pool heating and central heating are only available with off season/winter rentals. There is a charge of 300 Euros per week for each, which is paid locally to the owner.

Security Deposit

A 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.

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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)


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

Antequera (all facilities) 40 mins.

Sierra de Torcal Natural Park 40 mins; Laguna de Fuente de Piedra 1 hr; Montes de Malaga Natural Park 1 hr; Lake District of Ardales 1 hr; Sierra de las Nieves 1¼ hrs.

Málaga (all facilities) 1 hr.

Torre del Mar (and Mediterranean beaches) 1¼ hr; Nerja 1½ hrs; Marbella 1½ hrs.

Granada 1½ hrs; Ronda 1¾ hrs; Córdoba 1¾ hrs; Sevilla 2¼ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Málaga 1 hr; Granada 1½ hrs; Sevilla 2¼ 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.


  • 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!


  • 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 20 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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