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ZX 46

3 bedrooms, sleeps 4 or 6

Class and quality in glorious pastoral serenity

This villa is exceptional, a fabulous blend of classy European modernity and beautiful Far Eastern furnishings in a glorious setting ...

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Review Icon"I just wanted to say that the villa was absolutely superb - probably the best we have ever stayed in - marvelous location and the fittings and furniture all great. The owners were also incredibly friendly and helpful. Would recommend without hesitation"

Christian (Jul 2018)

Review Icon"What a wonderful place to spend a holiday - gorgeous house and gardens, fabulous scenery and of course, the crystal clear pool!! What more could you ask for? We have just spent a week here but wish we were staying longer! It has been so relaxing that we skipped the sightseeing and just chilled out by the pool - much to our children delight! Thank you so much for sharing your house with us, we absolutely loved it and hope to come again. "

Elizabeth (Aug 2017)

Review Icon"Thank you for a great week at your lovely villa. We all enjoyed the holiday and the weather. Very impressed by the Rustic/Contemporaneous design of the villa and interior. What more can we say but thank you."

Virginia (Jul 2017)

Review Icon"Just had the most enjoyable and relaxing holiday. It is not every week that our family of five can pass a whole week in the same house without a cross word. We can only put this down to the tranquil and luxurious vibe that is here!"

Merrell (Jul 2017)

Review Icon"What a beautiful and restful place to spend a week. The house and garden are so well designed; simple and elegant. It felt like staying in a Boutique Hotel! We have loved the daily sounds of bees, goats' bells and bird song. We will be leaving rejuvenated and "blissed out" by our time in your glorious house. Thank you."

Previous Guest (Jun 2016)

Review Icon"I write this having just about reluctantly finished our packing before hitting the road/track at sparrows tomorrow! Thank you for "lending" us your lovely house for these last two weeks. It has been a joy and you have been wonderful "landlords"! Once here it is hard to leave. I remember reading that on the Rustic Blue website and I can see why. It is an idyllic location. We have enjoyed many an evening watching the light change over the mountains and the valley. You have both designed and created a fabulous holiday home and I wonder that you can bring yourselves to share it with others! It is the perfect blend of Spanish tradition and modern comforts and technology. We have had a very happy and comfortable time here."

Previous Guest (Aug 2014)

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Three (two doubles, one twin bedded).

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Private swimming pool

L shaped, 8 m x 4 m, 1.45 m - 1.80 m deep plus childrens part, 3 m x 2 m, 0.7 m deep

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In open countryside, 7 km from Comares in La Axarquía region (Province of Málaga).

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Sleeping 4 from 1,430 € to 2,210 € per week.

Sleeping 6 from 1,560 € to 2,210 € per week.

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Villa Description

Delightful countryside

A wonderful haven of peace and tranquillity, it is set within its own three acre estate of almond and olive dotted hillsides.

A little lane runs from the spectacularly situated village of Comares through delightful countryside to the market town of Colmenar. Ten minutes along the way is where you will find this magnificent villa, a wonderful haven of peace and tranquillity set within its own three acre estate of almond and olive dotted hillsides.

Less than an hour from Málaga, it is beautifully rural here and completely private too, with views extending far and wide across a delightful vista of hills, dales and distant mountain ranges.

It's a lovely spot, one where only the soft sound of clinking goat bells or the breeze rustling through the trees will interrupt the pastoral serenity.

The villa does this location proud, too. Built to the owners exacting specifications, it demonstrates a flair for design and furnishing which is exceptional.

The result is fabulous

Built to the owners exacting specifications, it demonstrates a flair for design and furnishing which is exceptional.

The result is fabulous, a villa which combines the best of traditional and modern comforts, one which blends together classy European modernity with some outstandingly beautiful furnishings from Bali and other exotic Far Eastern locations.

One enters from the garden which surrounds the villa (there's maple, jacaranda, magnolia, red plumb and false pepper trees, to name but a few) through lovely "Alhambra style" wooden doors to the entrance lobby.

To the right this opens to a large, stylish and superbly equipped kitchen. The owner has a great passion for cooking and this is reflected in the way she has designed and equipped it.

There is plenty of working space as well as everything you need to create highly imaginative dishes, should you wish to.

Romantic evenings

There's soft lighting for those romantic evenings and splendid views of the mountains through it's big "open" windows.

An L-shaped room, the kitchen opens through to the dining area which comfortably seats six around its wooden table. Double doors also open to an outside dining area under the shade of a cane awning.

This is a lovely space to take your meals al fresco, with bench seating and wrought-iron chairs around an antique Javanese circular table. There's soft lighting for those romantic evenings and splendid views of the mountains through it's big "open" windows.

Both the entrance hall and the kitchen / diner also open through to a delightful living room. Light floods in from the huge picture window (and with surrounding mountains and distant villages to look out to, it's quite a picture!), setting off elegant white sofas which are arranged in front of a beautiful Chinese wooden chest which serves perfectly as the coffee table.

Exquisite furnishings

Classy European modernity is combined with some outstandingly beautiful furnishings from Bali and other exotic Far Eastern locations.

Another exquisite import, this one from Bali, a stone carving of Mother Earth, looks down benignly over the room which has a delightfully calm, cool and serene ambience.

White predominates, perfectly setting off the lovely old terracotta floor tiles and other fittings which include teak cupboards from Indonesia and a more traditionally Spanish glass-fronted wood burning stove (not usable).

There is a CD player / radio which will also connect to your iPod or MP3 player. Lighting has been carefully designed to create subtle highlights in all the right places and includes gentle LED's which can be left on all night long, a very useful detail in a house one is not familiar with. There is WiFi internet access throughout the property.

All walls are double insulated and the windows are double glazed, thus ensuring that the villa keeps beautifully cool in summer, warm and comfortable in winter.

Whilst it is unlikely that you will ever be cold, there are convection heating panels in all rooms to keep everything nice and cosy.

In summer, the security blinds come in handy too; drop these down whilst you are out for the day and everything will stay as cool as a cucumber, whatever the temperature outside.

And all doors and windows have retractable mosquito nets built in, so you can enjoy the breezes which freshen up even the hottest of mid summer days. All three bedrooms have air conditioning.

Subtle highlights

Lighting has been carefully designed to create subtle highlights in all the right places and includes gentle LED's which can be left on all night long.

There are two bedrooms on the ground floor, separated by a lovely shower room with a mosaic stone-tiled floor.

The double bedroom is painted in soft blue/grey and features a 2 x 1.5 m bed (which, like all the beds and bedding here is of the highest quality), antique wooden wardrobe doors and access to the rear terrace and swimming pool.

The second downstairs bedroom (painted in soft beige) has two single beds (which can be joined together if preferred) and it also serves as a TV lounge because the beds are equally comfortable as sofas.

The flat screen 32" Philips TV is wall mounted and connects to a DVD player as well as receiving Free to View UK channels via satellite.

A beautiful bedroom suite

Quite a bedroom it is too, starting at the door made from a wonderfully intricate temple carving from Bali. The double bed is a splendid Indonesian one.

The master bedroom is upstairs. And quite a bedroom it is too, starting at the doorway which is actually a wonderfully intricate temple carving from Bali. The double bed is a splendid Indonesian one. A balcony window looks down over the swimming pool and the room opens at the front to a fittingly attractive, large en-suite bathroom.

It's a beautiful bedroom suite.

There is also access from upstairs to a huge sun terrace with magnificent views of the countryside all around.

As cool, calm and delightful as everything is indoors, the magnificent pool and its surrounding terraces and garden will be most peoples favourite place. At the rear of the house, it is accessed through secure gates, so the whole area can easily be kept out of reach of young children.

Crystal clear waters

There's plenty of sunbathing space, attractively planted areas beyond and hillsides of olives and almonds rising up all around. It's an irresistible spot.

A large shaded terrace runs along the length of the villa, looking out to the pool and sun terrace beyond. An ideal spot to sip your gin and tonic whilst watching the fun and frolics going on in the pool.

And if that all gets too much for you, the extra wide, built-in day beds are perfect for taking a little nap!

The pool with its beautifully tiled surround is L-shaped, with a child's shallow pool in the foot of the L (3m x 2 m) where the crystal clear water is just 0.7 m deep.

From here steps go down into the pool proper which is 8 m x 4 m and 1.45 - 1.8 m deep.

There's plenty of sunbathing space surrounding the pool, attractively planted areas beyond and hillsides of olives and almonds rising up all around. An irresistible spot.

Highly recommended

"The villa is exquisite, the most comfortable family villa we have ever stayed in! We highly recommend this villa to anyone who wants to get away from it all".

There are several pretty villages around and about, the nearest being Comares, a village of authentic character and spectacular views. The timeless countryside of La Axarquía and the even more dramatic mountain terrain of the Montes de Málaga and Sierras de Tejeda National Parks are all close at hand, just waiting to be explored.

Further afield, Granada (and its world famous Alhambra Palace) is not to be missed. Another very popular day out is the Water Park at Velez Malaga, only 40 minutes drive away. Just a little further along the coast is Nerja with its sweeping Mediterranean views, coves and beaches of powdery sand and sparkling clear water. All major water sports are available here, including water-skiing, scuba diving and sailing.

An excellent location for getting around and about, beautiful countryside as far as the eye can see and … one of the most comfortable and relaxing villas in Southern Spain. One that offers exceptional quality and real class.

As one of our clients put it, "We would like to feedback just how wonderful our holiday was. The villa itself is exquisite and the most comfortable family villa we have ever stayed in! We highly recommend this villa to anyone who wants to get away from it all."

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa


Ground Floor

  • Entrance hall
  • Kitchen / dining room
  • Living room
  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 double (king-sized bed)
    • 1 twin bedded (the beds can be pushed together if preferred)
  • Bathroom (walk-in shower, no bath tub)
  • Shaded outdoor eating area (furnished)
  • Gardens & grounds

First Floor

  • Master double bedroom (king-sized bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath tub, no shower)
  • Sun terrace



  • TV located in the living area (UK Channel Information)
    This property has a selection of UK channels available.
  • DVD
  • CD Player / Radio with iPod / MP3 connectivity
  • Selection of books and DVD's
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)


  • Convection wall panels throughout
  • Double glazing
  • Air conditioning in the three bedrooms
  • All windows have blackout blinds and retractable mosquito blinds
  • Washing Machine, Iron & board
  • Hairdryer
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Travel cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied


  • Electric Oven
  • Gas Hob (5 rings)
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Coffee machine
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery
  • Water filter tap


  • Gated, filtered swimming pool (L shaped, 8 m x 4 m, 1.45 m - 1.80 m deep plus childrens part, 3 m x 2 m, 0.7 m deep) with underwater lighting
  • Pool terrace
  • Pool shower
  • Sun beds
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (gas)
  • Garden and grounds
  • Parking


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)

Please, no smoking

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday



Prices are inclusive of a welcome pack

Essential store cupboard items are provided

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

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZX 46

2019 Season Dates Sleeping 4
per week
Sleeping 6
per week
1st January to 31st May N/A N/A
1st June to 5th July 1,560 € 1,690 €
6th July to 23rd August 2,210 € 2,210 €
24th August to 6th September 1,560 € 1,690 €
7th September to 20st September 1,430 € 1,560 €
21st September to 31st December N/A N/A

ZX 46

2020 Season Dates Sleeping 4
per week
Sleeping 6
per week
Prices Pending --- ---


Prices are dependent on the number of guests staying.

The villa is not available for rental in winter months.

Security Deposit

A 500 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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ZX 46

Availability 2023

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Villa Location

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In open countryside, 7 km from Comares (basic facilities) in La Axarquía region (Province of Málaga)


Accessed by a 1 km farm track in decent condition, easily negotiable in an ordinary car with due care (although one client did find it difficult in a people carrier)

7 km from Comares (basic facilities, restaurants, bars, banks) in La Axarquía region (Province of Málaga).

Colmenar (most facilities, restaurants, bars, banks) 15 mins.

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 villa lies between the pretty village of Comares, which perches in spectacular fashion on top of its fortress-like rock face, and the more work-a-day market town of Colmenar.
  • Little changed over the years, still quiet and far enough from the coast to remain properly Spanish, Comares has authentic character and spectacular views, as well as catering for basic everyday needs: you will find a supermarket, post office, pharmacy, two excellent restaurants, tapas bars and a couple of banks within its narrow winding streets. Colmenar is bigger, with all facilities, a bustling but friendly place.
  • 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. Pine trees add to the sense of tranquillity and the feeling of being at one with nature, while they provide the perfect habitat for many different species of birds.
  • 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 (1¼ hours away).

The Area

La Axarquía

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