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An entire hacienda in the warm climate of a green Andalucia coastal valley

Property Ref: RD42
€ 2220 to € 5600 per week convert prices to | GB£ | US$ | AUS$ | CAN$
Sleeps: 15 to 22Bedrooms: 6 to 9
superb style • generous spaces • huge gardens • 2 pools, one heatable • beaches 20 mins
Intelligent architecture, understated luxury, fabulous grounds, pools and natural setting. Beaches 20 mins. Sleeps up to 18 adults & 4 children in 9 bedrooms with 9 bathrooms.

Full property description & Rustical Review

If you want to share somewhere uniquely satisfying with a number of friends or family, not showy, not luxuriously modern, simply beautifully put together in a gorgeous location, this is for you.

Spread out over a huge estate of 18,000 m² with gardens galore, massive well-kept lawns and two swimming pools (one heatable), the nine bedrooms are distributed between no fewer than five houses.

You can book the hacienda for differing numbers of people, but whether you take all 5 houses or don't need that many bedrooms, exclusive use of the whole estate is guaranteed, unused houses remaining closed and unoccupied.

You can see the layout of the estate in the image gallery.

The main house (Cortijo) has a large country kitchen and dining area where you can all come together to share meals, while always enjoying the option of the space and privacy of your own self-contained accommodation as much as you wish.

The Andalucia hacienda is something of an understated masterpiece, the one-time home of an architect who made imaginative rural properties his speciality.

The design hallmarks here are generosity of spaces, quality of light and comfort, an awareness of the human requirements of practicality and intimacy, and an embracing of the rich natural world, plants and indoor gardens linking interiors with the very warm climate of the outdoor world.

One of the most reassuring aspects of the property is that after a period of being administered by managers who let standards start to slip, it is now fully back in the hands of the architect’s family. They have put in time, effort, expense and a lot of love to bring it back to its best – and continue to make improvements, extending the lawns, adding pool heating and a large sauna.

The hacienda wasn’t built in one go, but grew as an organic whole to occupy the estate grounds in an unusually green valley just 15 minutes from the coast.

It’s very beautiful with high standards, without being artificially prettified, neighboured by horses rather than people, the surrounding valley and mountains populated by wildlife, streams and a wealth of forest.

There are two swimming pools with a  long season that benefits from a very warm climate. In October, just in case, the main pool is heated and the heating is included in the price.

From private parking, after driving three minutes down a maintained track, access is along a path through an inviting garden of bamboo and high fronds with a jungly feel.

From the garden, a gate opens to a lovely rear circular pool with lawns, on the other side of which is the sauna. Three of the houses – Cortijo, Westhouse and La Casita – are ranged along two sides of the pool and garden.

Cortijo, which is the main villa, and the neighbouring Westhouse share a long, broad terrace, arched and roofed, furnished with cushioned armchairs and planted with ivy and jasmine.
This leads on through another gate and small patio to La Casita.

Cortijo (2 bedrooms with views for 4 people)
A lovely old door opens to a vast living area. A leather wrap-round sofa on a richly coloured rug is served by a white latticed table and large hearth, large screen TV and DVD, all under light flooding from high-set windows in an arched ceiling.
The dining area beyond seats 14 people comfortably beside a wall of windows that opens to a cooling breeze. There’s a country kitchen and a side terrace which connects to one of the two bedrooms.
The kitchen has an impressive gas-fired Leisure range to cook on and it leads out to a wonderfully large, recessed and roofed dining terrace with a tiled table for 9 people, in-built barbecue and superb views over the gardens and hills.
A discrete corner staircase has a lower door to an en suite twin bedroom (can be made up as double bed) with the terrace mentioned above; the stairs rise to a vaulted double bedroom which has great views from Juliet balconies and a mountain view from the shower.

Westhouse (2 bedrooms with views for 4 people, plus sofa bed for child)
A welcoming lobby invites takes you to a lounge where olive-green sofas are set around a low table. The ceiling is wood-beamed and not too high, lending an intimate atmosphere to the place. There are more armchairs at the window end of a kitchen and dining area, and a corner planted with an indoor garden. The accomodation faces south and is illuminated by natural light through three sets of high windows. A terrace where morning glory and bougainvillea bloom has 4 comfy chairs and a round table for eating out. The views are lovely and garden steps go down to the pool and lawns.
Inside, the two en suite bedrooms are separated onto different levels. Upstairs is a very spacious, high-vaulted twin bedroom, carpeted in ivory white, with views of the gardens and hills. The bathroom’s stained glass panel bears a jungle scene with monkeys. Downstairs, in a large open-plan room, a double bed is part-screened from a dressing room which can easily be converted to a child’s sleeping area, and open to here is a full bathroom. French windows open to the views.

La Casita (1 bedroom for 2 people, plus sleeping area for child)
The house is entirely open plan (except for the WC), making it a romantic favourite with couples, and unsuitable really for anyone else… It’s all on one floor except for a couple of internal steps. A cushioned reading corner, sofa, dining table and daybed provide different places to sit and relax. It’s the only north-facing house, yet receives plenty of light through well-placed windows. The kitchen is simple and there are not the same views as you get in the other houses, but there are several things we liked about this little house, especially the strikingly large bathroom of mirrors with its burnished tiles, jacuzzi bath, orange Chinese lanterns, giant yucca, door out to the pool and giant conch soap shells; also the vaulted ceiling, the smooth bare stone wall dividing internal spaces and the flyscreen door that slides open easily.

The two other houses are Carmen and Mario. Carmen completes the raised, south-facing buildings begun by Westhouse and Cortijo. Mario is tucked away on its own in a private corner of the bottom lawn.

Carmen (3 bedrooms with views for 6 people)
Reached via its own garden path from parking, Carmen is distributed on three levels. The entrance level is given over to an open-plan arrangement of a living space with a deep blue sofa and armchairs, dining area with wood dining table and kitchen. There are colourful abstract paintings and a horse theme in other artwork.
From the kitchen, steps go down to the house’s pièce de resistance and, in our opinion, the sweetest spot in the entire hacienda. It’s a sitting area of four cushioned armchairs with table on a small garden terrace, very private, planted round with flowering shrubs and shaded by foliage. It feels and looks lovely. Its raised position makes it a vantage point for views over the massive gardens, main swimming pool and out to the mountains. Beautiful!
The upper level has a twin bedroom (can be made up as a double) with a super view from the bed. It has a sofa bed, Juliet balcony and open plan shower room. The lower level with its two double bedrooms (sharing another bathroom) has access to both the garden terrace and the upper of the hacienda’s interconnecting lawns.

Interconnecting is a key concept here. Just when you think you’ve discovered everything, a pathway and steps lead round, up and down, joining one part of the property with another.

Mario (1 bedroom with view for 2 people, plus sleeping area for child)
On the lower of four long and wide green lawns that slope into each other and provide an apt setting for the main swimming pool (heated in cool months), Casa Mario is the most private of all the houses. It is reached from a separate driveway and you may in fact drive across the broad lawn to park outside in the shade of the squat palm tree.
This garden cottage has a vine-covered, furnished terrace with pretty views of lawn and hills. It was the first of these houses designed by Aubrey David and his personal base and retreat. It’s all open plan and more or less square. Under the vaulted, beamed ceiling are a lovely old leather sofa, attractive cast iron stove, and a daybed by a large corner window where a child can sleep. The double bedroom is on a slightly higher level and curtained off from the living room. The bed is solidly wood-framed, there’s a fitted wardrobe, open plan shower and tall windows out to the garden. The house has its own kitchen facilities.

Booking options (all options give you exclusive private use of the entire property)
RD42(A) 6 bedrooms for 12 adults & 3 children  Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Mario
RD42(B) 8 bedrooms for 16 adults & 3 children  Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Carmen
RD42(C) 9 bedrooms for 18 adults & 4 children  Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Carmen + Mario

Taking all normal parental precautions, the hacienda is a property where children of all ages can be brought and enjoy themselves immensely.

The main swimming pool is 11 m x 4.5 metres and heatable in cool months. It has a shallow area where parents can play with young children.

The rear, circular pool is 10 metres across and doors and gates can be closed to keep young children from this area.

Both pools are filled with spring water and the same drinking water is piped to all the house taps.

The houses all have dual air conditioning in summer and air heating in winter and some have wood stoves. TV is satellite with Sky. There is WiFi internet at the estate, although do note that it doesn’t work everywhere.

With sandy Mediterranean beaches only 20 minutes away and even more exciting Atlantic strands further west at Tarifa, a mecca for windsurfers, the hacienda is a very attractive proposition.

A short drive away are four satisfyingly different country restaurants that offer a range of very good food. And Casares is a delightful village, with all manner of local shops and a pleasure to stroll around. Its position, perched on a promontory with impressive views, adds to its charms.

Local golf courses are among the best in Europe. Nearby Finca Cortesin held the 2012 World Match Play Championship and there are many more courses to choose from at the coast. The climate allows for a round of golf, or horse riding, easily arranged locally, at any time of the year.

The valley area, home to aquifers, is a green and genuinely rural corner of Malaga province, well suited to walks and countryside exploring.

Children may be interested to know that the jungly Selwo Wildlife Adventure Park is only 30 minutes away. Footpaths with rope-bridges or a truck safari take you to flamingoes, monkeys, elephants, bears, giraffes, Bengal tigers and a batcave.

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Facilities

Self-catering
Houses have varying kitchen equipment but all have cooking facilities including fridge freezer; Cortijo and Westhouse have dishwashers.

Practicalities
All houses have dual air conditioning or air heating; Open fireplace or wood stove (first load of firewood free of charge); Hairdryer; Shared laundry room. All beddding and towels provided, including pool towels; Parking on site.

Enjoyment
WiFi (does not work in all villas); Satellite TV (Sky); Shared use of both swimming pools (one is 10 m x 4.5 m, 1.50 – 1.70 m deep with a round shallow area at steps, and can be heated on request at a supplement; and one is circular and 9.50 m across, 1.30 - 1.60 deep); Shared use of sauna (payable locally); Table tennis (please bring your own bats & balls); Table football.

Distribution

Up to 9 bedrooms for 18 adults plus additional accommodation for 4 children:

Cortijo (2 bedrooms with views for 4 people)
Bedroom 1: Double bed with Juliet balcony
Bedroom 2: Twin beds (can be made up as double bed) with terrace access.

Westhouse (2 bedrooms with views for 4 people, plus sofa bed for child)
Bedroom 3: Twin beds with ensuite bathroom/WC
Bedroom 4: Double bed part-screened from a dressing room (it can be converted to a child’s sleeping area) and en suite bathroom.

La Casita (1 open plan bedroom for 2 people, plus sleeping area for child/Day bed)
Bedroom 5: Double bed

Mario (1 bedroom with view for 2 people, plus sleeping area for child/Day bed)
Bedroom 6: Double bed with open plan shower.

Carmen (3 bedrooms with views for 6 people)
Bedroom 7: Twin beds (can be made up as a double), sofa bed, Juliet balcony and open plan shower room.
Bedroom 8: Double bed
Bedroom 9: Double bed

Booking options (all options give you exclusive private use of the entire property)
RD42(A) 6 bedrooms for 12 adults & 3 children  Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Mario
RD42(B) 8 bedrooms for 16 adults & 3 children  Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Carmen
RD42(C) 9 bedrooms for 18 adults & 4 children  Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Carmen + Mario

Changeover day for RD42

  • The changeover day is Saturday at this property

Booking information for RD42

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.
  • All booking options give you exclusive private use of the estate and its grounds.
  • RD42(A) 6 bedrooms for up to 12 adults & 3 children Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Mario
  • RD42(B) 8 bedrooms for up to 16 adults & 3 children Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Carmen
  • RD42(C) 9 bedrooms for up to 18 adults & 4 children Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Carmen + Mario.
  • The swimming pools are maintained and open all year, weather permitting, but only the main pool is heated.
  • Pool heating is optional. It is has an additional charge of 210 euros per week; if required, it must be arranged and paid for at least 2 weeks in advance. Not available from mid-November to end of March.
  • The sauna heating is payable locally; it is coin-operated and inexpensive.
  • Weddings or similar events may sometimes be permitted: please ask. These events are subject to a venue fee of 1,000 euros and a returnable local deposit of 500 euros. The deposit (but not the venue fee) is refundable in full, subject to deductions for breakages/damage, exceptional cleaning and observance of noise level regulations.

Prices for Property Ref. RD42

Rustical Travel's prices are in euros and fully inclusive. No hidden costs, no surcharges.
Sleeps up to 22 people, including children
From ToPrice per week
1 - 15 guests
Price per week
16 - 19 guests
Price per week
20 - 22 guests
30 August 2014 03 October 2014 €2,750 €3,400 €3,480
04 October 2014 31 October 2014 €2,430 €2,850 €2,910
01 November 2014 19 December 2014 €2,220 €2,640 €2,700
20 December 2014 02 January 2015 €2,750 €3,400 €3,480
03 January 2015 27 March 2015 €2,340 €2,740 €2,800
28 March 2015 03 July 2015 €2,840 €3,500 €3,580
04 July 2015 28 August 2015 €4,500 €5,500 €5,600
29 August 2015 02 October 2015 €2,840 €3,500 €3,580
03 October 2015 18 December 2015 €2,340 €2,740 €2,800
19 December 2015 08 January 2016 €2,840 €3,500 €3,580

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Changeover day for RD42

  • The changeover day is Saturday at this property

Booking information for RD42

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.
  • All booking options give you exclusive private use of the estate and its grounds.
  • RD42(A) 6 bedrooms for up to 12 adults & 3 children Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Mario
  • RD42(B) 8 bedrooms for up to 16 adults & 3 children Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Carmen
  • RD42(C) 9 bedrooms for up to 18 adults & 4 children Cortijo + Westhouse + Casita + Carmen + Mario.
  • The swimming pools are maintained and open all year, weather permitting, but only the main pool is heated.
  • Pool heating is optional. It is has an additional charge of 210 euros per week; if required, it must be arranged and paid for at least 2 weeks in advance. Not available from mid-November to end of March.
  • The sauna heating is payable locally; it is coin-operated and inexpensive.
  • Weddings or similar events may sometimes be permitted: please ask. These events are subject to a venue fee of 1,000 euros and a returnable local deposit of 500 euros. The deposit (but not the venue fee) is refundable in full, subject to deductions for breakages/damage, exceptional cleaning and observance of noise level regulations.

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RD42 and its gardens
RD42 and its gardens
Steps and lawns go down to the main pool
Steps and lawns go down to the main pool
Main living room
Main living room
Rear pool with Casita and gallery entrance to Cortijo and Westhouse
Rear pool with Casita and gallery entrance to Cortijo and Westhouse
Cortijo barbecue terrace
Cortijo barbecue terrace
Cortijo
Cortijo
Extensive lawned gardens
Extensive lawned gardens
Cortijo living room
Cortijo living room
Cortijo living room
Cortijo living room
Cortijo living room
Cortijo living room
The kitchen is at the far end
The kitchen is at the far end
Main dining room
Main dining room
Dining room
Dining room
Cortijo dining room
Cortijo dining room
Main dining terrace
Main dining terrace
Barbecue terrace
Barbecue terrace
Formal and informal
Formal and informal
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bathroom
Cortijo bathroom
Cortijo bathroom with a view
Cortijo bathroom with a view
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo bedroom
Cortijo living and dining areas
Cortijo living and dining areas
Cortijo living and dining areas
Cortijo living and dining areas
Gardens
Gardens
Westhouse living
Westhouse living
Westhouse
Westhouse
Westhouse bedroom
Westhouse bedroom
Westhouse bedroom
Westhouse bedroom
Westhouse kitchen
Westhouse kitchen
Pool and view
Pool and view
Heated pool
Heated pool
Steps to garden
Steps to garden
Carmen and its pretty terrace
Carmen and its pretty terrace
Carmen interior
Carmen interior
Carmen living area
Carmen living area
Carmen bedroom
Carmen bedroom
Carmen bedroom
Carmen bedroom
Carmen
Carmen
Hacienda layout
Hacienda layout
La Casita
La Casita
Casita
Casita
Casita jacuzzi
Casita jacuzzi
Casita bedroom
Casita bedroom
Rear pool with Casita and gallery entrance to Cortijo and Westhouse
Rear pool with Casita and gallery entrance to Cortijo and Westhouse
Rear pool
Rear pool
Rear pool
Rear pool
Rear pool
Rear pool
Mario
Mario
Mario
Mario
Mario bedroom
Mario bedroom
Mario view
Mario view
RD42 heated pool
RD42 heated pool
RD42 valley setting
RD42 valley setting
Casares village restaurant
Casares village restaurant
Sabinillas beach
Sabinillas beach

Setting

Green valley near Mediterranean coast

Location

Reached via a maintained track 3 mins from main road.

Four country restaurants 8 mins
Casares village 10 mins
Mediterranean coast & beaches 20 mins
Choice of golf courses 20 mins
Gaucin village 30 mins
Selwo Wildlife Adventure Park 30 mins
Gibraltar Airport 50 mins
Tarifa windsurfing and Atlantic beaches 1 hr
Ronda 1 hr
Malaga Airport 1 hr 15 mins
Jerez Airport 1 hr 45 mins
Seville Airport 2 hrs 30 mins
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