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ZX 28

3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Farmhouse with a lovely old-world ambience

The first thing that strikes you is the magnificent location, south facing, perched on the side of a hill with expansive views and one of the best swimming pools in Andalucía ...

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Review Icon"We had a fantastic week. The house and pool were perfect and just what we were looking for. You have a lovely property in a stunning location. We'll certainly recommend it to friends and family. "

Previous Guest (Jul 2014)

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Three (one double, two twin bedded).

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Private swimming pool

8 m x 4 m, 1.4 m - 1.8 m deep.

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In open countryside, 5 km from Colmenar in La Axarquía region (Province of Málaga).

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From 1,110 € to 1,640 € per week.

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Villa Description

A magnificent location

South facing, perched on the side of a hill, views extend over the surrounding hills and valleys to distant farms and the coastal mountain ranges beyond.

Ten minutes drive from the pretty white village of Colmenar, through olive and almond covered hillsides brings us to this property, a very attractively restored 19th Century Andalusian farmhouse.

The first thing that strikes you is the magnificent location, south facing, perched on the side of a hill, with expansive views over the surrounding hills and valleys to distant farms and the coastal mountain ranges beyond.

The farmhouse is situated within its own seven acres of olive and almond trees, a supremely tranquil, very beautiful and private environment where only the soft sound of clinking goat bells and the breeze rustling through the trees will interrupt the peace.

And the house does this location proud, too. A rustic, rural country farmhouse, gleaming white in the southern Spanish sun, it has been carefully renovated and restored by it's English owners to create a very comfortable and friendly home.

Tradition maintained

The renovation has kept faith with materials which have served so well over the centuries, cane ceilings, eucalyptus beams and thick lime-washed walls.

Throughout its restoration, tradition has been carefully maintained: materials used are those which have served so well over the centuries, including cane ceilings, eucalyptus beams and thick lime-washed walls which keep the heat in during winter, and out during summer.

The house is tiled throughout and thick Andalusian rugs cover the floors, another typical feature which combines Spanish style with its Moorish past.

With three bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, dining room and lounge there is plenty of space to enjoy the country charms of this property.

The outside dining area consists of a porch to shade you from the sun (but with a fireplace to keep the chill off in spring and autumn when eating outside) and an outside barbecue area including kitchen area with fridge, sink and cupboards. This is in addition to the main kitchen in the house.

Comfortable and friendly

Delightfully rustic and charming throughout, there are all modern conveniences too - flat screen satellite TV, DVD with surround sound, WiFi internet et al.

On the ground floor there is a fully equipped country kitchen, a wood beamed dining room, bathroom and a large, spacious living room up a couple of little steps.

Delightfully rustic throughout, there are all modern conveniences too. The comfortable, colourful living room has a large, flat screen satellite TV, DVD with surround sound and there are plenty of DVD's to watch and books to read. The main downstairs rooms now have under floor heating as well as their log burning stoves.

One thoughtful little detail here is a notice board with local information about horse riding, quad bikes and other things to do locally, as well as an excellent selection of restaurants in the surrounding area.

The dining room is the 'hub' of the house with doors leading off to the lounge, staircase and bathroom and is decorated in keeping with the house's rural style, an intimate area where you will enjoy a change from alfresco dining outdoors.

The charming country kitchen is as homely as can be, suitably equipped with all mod-cons.

Upstairs (the staircase is steep compared to modern houses) there are three bedrooms, one double and two twins. The Andalusian theme continues, the furnishings delightfully traditional under their eucalyptus beams and cane ceilings.

Spanish feel

The house is tiled throughout and thick Andalusian rugs cover the floors, another typical feature which combines Spanish style with its Moorish past.

Beware of the shutters … they do such an excellent job of keeping out the light that you may have unintended lie-ins!

Thick floor rugs and Andalucian wall tapestries complete the Spanish feel. If you are staying at the beginning or end of the season, there are electric wall heaters to keep away any chills.

Under its traditional beamed ceilings, all the amenities of a quality holiday home are here, furnishings made by local craftsmen, WiFi internet access, satellite TV, DVD and a music system.

At the front of the house runs a shaded, cobbled patio, and to the side is the wonderful, filtered infinity swimming pool with sun terrace, sun loungers and a brick built barbecue area alongside. Just behind, outdoor dining is provided under the porch.

What a pool!

As you gaze over its infinity edge you can almost feel yourself floating off into the valley beyond!

Enjoying expansive views over the surrounding hills and valleys towards distant coastal mountain ranges and beyond, this is one of the best swimming pools in Andalucía. As you gaze over its infinity edge you can almost feel yourself floating off into the valley beyond!

The outdoor dining area is probably where you'll enjoy the majority of your meals, situated just off the kitchen adjacent to the barbecue area where you can dine outside enjoying the Mediterranean climate in total privacy.

There is a rustic pergola to shade you from the mid-day sun, together with a teak table and chairs from which to admire the pool area and plan your next swim, possibly listening to the water cascading over the infinity edge beyond.

Within the flower beds, rosemary, thyme and mint are available so please feel free to use them. In return, please feel free to give them a drink (your recycled dishwater is perfect) to allow them to thrive in the hot Spanish sun.

Authentic Andalucia

Pretty villages, beautiful countryside and dramatic mountains, beaches of powdery sand and sparkling clear water, Andalucia's great historic cities ...

And, should you grow restless of this rural paradise, there is lots to do nearby: 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.

Walking, horse and mule riding, cycling, quad biking and other outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed. A little further afield, Mediterranean resorts such as Nerja and Torre del Mar are less than half an hour away and the historic city of Granada is an easy day trip.

Elsewhere there are donkey sanctuaries, wolf and flamingo parks. And, of course, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge your palate at any one of numerous ventas and restaurants that dot the area. There are some excellent ones (full details are in the house).

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 and tranquillity will not fail to impress.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa


Ground Floor

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom (separate shower and bath tub)
  • Sun terrace
  • Shaded porch / outdoor dining area
  • Barbecue and pool terrace

First Floor

  • 3 bedrooms :
    • 1 double
    • 2 twin bedded



  • Flat screen TV (for watching DVD's only)
  • DVD
  • CD Player
  • 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker system
  • Selection of books and DVD's
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own devices)


  • Wood burning stoves in the living room and dining room
  • Underfloor heating in the living and dining rooms
  • Electric wall heaters in the bedrooms
  • Portable fans
  • Laundry room with washing machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Hairdryer
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied


  • Electric Oven
  • Gas Hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery


  • Filtered infinity swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.4 m - 1.8 m deep, plus children's paddling area 8 m x 1 m)
  • Pool toys/accessories
  • Pool shower room / W.C
  • Pool terrace (and enclosed courtyard/pool area for small children)
  • Sun beds, shaded day bed
  • Night lighting
  • Dining porch (with its own external fireplace)
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (brick)
  • Gardens
  • Parking


Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open throughout the year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from April to September, inclusive)

Pool cleaning and maintenance takes place once a week

Please, no smoking indoors

The gardener comes every Wednesday morning for an hour

A weekly change of linen and towels is included for rentals of more than one week

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

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2023 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 24th March 1,110 € 2,220 €
25th March to 9th June 1,290 € 2,580 €
10th June to 25th August 1,490 € 2,980 €
26th August to 6th October 1,290 € 2,580 €
7th October to 8th December 1,110 € 2,220 €
9th December to 31st December 1,290 € 2,580 €

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2024 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---

Security Deposit

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.

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Villa Location

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In open countryside, 5 km from Colmenar (most facilities) in La Axarquía region (Province of Málaga)


5 km (the last 1 km 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.

Granada 1½ hrs; Córdoba 2¼ hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Málaga 45 mins; Granada 1½ hrs; Sevilla 2½ 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.


  • The local village of Colmenar is only 5 km from the cottage. With a population of just over 3,000 it is largely untouched by the commercial tourism of the coast and continues a traditional rural way of life where the olive, almond and grape harvests are an important part of the social calendar.
  • That said, Colmenar can be a lively place at times (when the local fiestas are in full swing) and there is a good range of bars, shops and restaurants all of which are very welcoming.
  • 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.
  • You are also well placed to visit the dramatic Sierra de Torcal (to the south of Antequera), a massive, Mars-like mountain of heavily eroded rock formations. The imagination plays tricks as giants, monsters and castles seem to appear before your eyes.
  • Lake Vinuela is a man-made lake but none the less spectacular and picturesque for this. Its azure-blue waters are surrounded by rolling hills and a number of delightful villages including Canillas de Aceituno, Alcaucin, Periana and Riogordo. Close by, the villages of Comares, Competa and Benamargosa are equally charming.
  • Torre del Mar is the closest seaside resort and boasts one of the longest, and certainly one of the widest, beaches on the coast. It is very Spanish in character although, as with most places these days, you will find quite an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants. There is excellent fresh fish and seafood to be enjoyed, chiringuitos (beach bars) and other watering holes. For the young at heart, there's plenty of night-long, night life too.
  • Nerja is a little further east along the coast. Much more "international" with a strong British presence (you can have a curry here ... ) it boasts 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water.
  • The heart of Nerja is its spectacular Balcón de Europa, a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff, with sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below, against an awesome backdrop of hazy blue mountains.
  • However, Nerja's most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly its magnificent caves - a series of huge caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and home to the world’s largest stalagmite, a 32 metre high column measuring 13 metres by 7 metres at its base. Located three kilometres out of town there are archaeological treasures galore including paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains.
  • One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many fabulous performances (classical and flamenco) are staged during the summer. The International Festival of Music and Dance takes place in mid July each year.
  • Just inland from Torre del Mar is Vélez-Málaga, capital of La Axarquía. It is the centre of an agricultural region known for its strawberries and vineyards, which produce the muscatel grapes from which the famous Málaga wines are made.
  • If you are here on a Thursday, take time to wander around its weekly market, always an enjoyable experience. The 13th Century Moorish castle and the lovely old town are also worth visiting.
  • A great day out and a favourite with many of our guests is the Water Park at Velez Malaga.
  • 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.
  • The mesmerising Alhambra Palace and its exquisite gardens, one of the world's greatest wonders; the narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful walled gardens of the ancient Arab quarter, El Albaicín; the magnificent Cathedral, just one of many superb examples of Renaissance architecture; the caves of Sacramonte, nostalgic legacy of the gypsies.
  • A city which inspired García Lorca, Andalucía's finest poet, it is, above all, a people's city, full of life and colour, energy and fun.
  • Antequera and, further a field, both Sevilla and Córdoba are accessable too. From Colmenar it's only a short 10 minute drive to the motorway network which links all the great cities of Andalucía.


  • There are many sporting activities on offer including horse riding, golf, hang gliding and walking. In the main these activities are offered by enterprising Brit's and other Europeans who have settled in the area.
  • Both Las Montes de Málaga and, to the east, La Sierra de Tejeda (which rises up above 2,000 metres), offer a wealth of wonderful nature and walking possibilities. Superb hiking country, the numerous steep crags of Tejeda also make it ideal for aspiring rock climbers.
  • Sailing and a variety of other watersports are available at the fishing port and marina, La Caleta de Velez. All major water sports are also available in Nerja including water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.
  • For golf enthusiasts, there are several excellent golf courses to choose from. Many speak highly of the course at Antequera (an hour away).

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