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Tarifa cliff garden villa with sea view, WiFi and large shared pool

Property Ref: RD35
€ 460 to € 690 per week convert prices to | GB£ | US$ | AUS$ | CAN$
Sleeps: 2Bedrooms: 1
Location: Nr Tarifa, Costa de Luz, Andalucia
garden apartment • views of ocean & Africa • shared 12 m pool • Tarifa and beaches 20 mins
A sweet cottage, glorious gardens and a pool with a superb view across the sea to Africa. Close to Tarifa and Atlantic beaches. Sleeps 2.

Full property description & Rustical Review

Q. Where are the most impressive sandy beaches in southern Spain?

A. On the Costa de Luz, west of Gibraltar and along the coast from Tarifa. Long, broad and golden and free of the high-rise apartments that blight the Costa del Sol.

Here, in an area where tourism is more low-key, our choice takes the form of a rural hideaway. It’s 20 minutes from Tarifa, which has superb sandy beaches popular with bathers and especially windsurfers.

Disappear from the motorway and slip down a track though cork oak forest towards the coast. Your holiday accommodation is set in massive, secluded gardens high above the Strait of Gibraltar. The 12-metre infinity pool (shared with up to two other couples) and views are tremendous.

Here you can enjoy a very peaceful pool holiday, watching the ships go by, with trips out to the sea and the sandy beaches at Tarifa and along the coast towards Cadiz represent the prime attraction at this southernmost tip of sunny Andalucia.

RD35 is a one-bedroomed villa for two people. There are two other cottages in the estate which are similarly offered for a couple only (no children).

It’s bright, cheerful and gives directly onto the gorgeous gardens that make the property so pleasing.

Luminous thanks to large plate windows on two walls and cooled by ceiling fans if need be, it’s an intimate and uncomplicated place to enjoy as a holiday base. The living space is open plan with a small but properly equipped kitchen, there’s a twin bedroom (beds can be pushed together) and a nice big shower. Classical prints decorate the walls.

Eating in here or on your furnished terrace is really very cosy and many guests alternate between catering for themselves and going out to restaurants in the area (Moroccan, French, Mexican, Italian and traditional Spanish). Bear in mind that if you intend to eat out, you’ll need to drive back along the track to the highway.

You have a small but perfectly adequate kitchen for cooking meals and WiFi internet for keeping in touch. It's a fast connection for all normal browsing, although please note that the configuration doesn't allow for streaming.

The private, shaded porch terrace, screened off from the neighbouring cottage by a hedge, is a natural place to enjoy drinks, meals, or a barbecue, while the lawn spreading out in front of you offers oceans of space to arrange sunbeds.

The gardens may be shared by guests staying at the two other small cottages, but that means no more than two other couples, and the gardens so extensive that you can feel very much in your own space, if intimacy is your first consideration. One area of the vast lawn extending from the cottage terrace all the way down to the pool is private to your cottage to all intents and purposes, and there are quiet, shaded spots under trees or the pergola where you can be on your own.

The owner has created colourful gardens reminiscent of English landscaping. There are peach and fig trees, roses, clematis and agapanthus, with a special emphasis on scented plants. You can sit by a fountain in the shade of a Peruvian pepper tree or walk the springy lawn down past palms, cypress and jacaranda to the swimming pool.

There are sunloungers to laze on and a hammock is slung between palm trees as soon as the fair weather arrives in early spring.

The cool green, mosaic-tiled, infinity pool (12 m x 4 m) is positioned at the foot of the gardens, where it has an incredible view out over the sea and across to Morocco which is as close as it looks: just 15 kilometres of the Strait of Gibraltar plied by ocean-going liners and merchant ships.

To get here you come off the coastal highway and drive down a long (3 km) but well-maintained track through cork oak forest, passing occasional cows, to the private, secluded finca. You park directly outside and walk round to the garden entrance of your bungalow-style holiday home.

Similarly, to get to beaches and restaurants, you need to drive back up to the main highway and take your pick of heading towards Tarifa or Cadiz.

If you want more than a beach, and wind or kitesurfing isn’t your thing, you might try horseriding, take a trip out on one of the whale or dolphin-watching boats, visit Gibraltar, Roman Baelo Claudia, or Cadiz. You can also take the fast ferry (just 35 minutes) from Tarifa to Morocco to enjoy a day out in Tangiers.

Birdwatchers will appreciate the bird guide book left in the cottage for guests to spot and learn about the dozens of birds that inhabit or migrate the Strait of Gibraltar, including storks, grey herons, vultures and eagles.

The English-speaking Spanish owner – and her old (non-barking) dogs – live on site in independent accommodation.

Facilities

Self-catering
2-ring vitroceramic hob; Small electric oven/grill; Kettle; Coffee maker; Toaster; Fridge freezer.

Practicalities
Shared use of washing machine and tumble dryer in laundry area; Iron & board; Hairdryer; Cot & highchair on request; Overhead and portable fans; Central heating; All linen, including pool towels; Parking space by cottage.

Enjoyment
Satellite WiFi internet (for all normal browsing. although not streaming); TV (Spanish channels only); CD/radio; Shared use of extensive gardens and large swimming pool (12 m x 4 m, 0.5 – 1.80 m deep, with steps) and pergola; Sunloungers; Barbecue.

Distribution

All on ground floor (47 m²)
Open plan living room-dining room-kitchen; Bedroom 1: Double bed (1,60 m x 2,00 m) with large en suite shower/WC.

Exterior
Private, furnished garden patio with night lighting and barbecue; Shared gardens & swimming pool; Private parking.

Changeover day for RD35

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility

Booking information for RD35

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10:30 am.
  • Access to the property is via a 3 km track in good condition and suitable for any car with normal clearance, but low-slung sports cars are not advised.
  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated.
  • The owner lives in independent accommodation at the property.

Prices for Property Ref. RD35

Rustical Travel's prices are in euros and fully inclusive. No hidden costs, no surcharges.
Sleeps 2
From ToPrice per week
01 July 2014 30 September 2014 €690
01 October 2014 31 December 2014 €460

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Available Booked Dates on hold Changeover days

Changeover day for RD35

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility

Booking information for RD35

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10:30 am.
  • Access to the property is via a 3 km track in good condition and suitable for any car with normal clearance, but low-slung sports cars are not advised.
  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated.
  • The owner lives in independent accommodation at the property.

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RD35 garden cottage looks across the garden to the sea
RD35 garden cottage looks across the garden to the sea
Pool area
Pool area
Cosy and Neat
Cosy and Neat
Tarifa beach
Tarifa beach
Garden and view
Garden and view
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Shower
Shower
Kitchen
Kitchen
Interior
Interior
Private porch
Private porch
12 m x 4 m pool and view of the Rif Mountains in Morocco
12 m x 4 m pool and view of the Rif Mountains in Morocco
Rural and coastal
Rural and coastal
Cottage rear
Cottage rear
Garden view
Garden view
Surroundings
Surroundings
Flower garden
Flower garden
Private porch
Private porch
Pergola
Pergola
View
View
Garden detail
Garden detail
Tarifa beach and kites
Tarifa beach and kites
Pool and views
Pool and views
Terrace
Terrace

Setting

Coastal hillside

Location

At the end of a 3 km track from Pelayo. The track is in good condition with a few small dips for drainage and suitable for any car with normal clearance.

Pelayo (roadside village for simple shopping and café-bars, restaurant, bank, pharmacy) 3 km
Tarifa (beaches, boat trips, Tangiers ferry, all facilities, including hypermarkets) 20 mins
Gibraltar Airport 45 mins
Costa de la Luz Atlantic beaches and Roman ruins 45 mins
Jerez Airport 1 hr 15 mins
Malaga Airport 1 hr 30 mins
Cadiz 1 hr 30 mins
Sevilla Airport 2 hrs 15 mins
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