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Perfectly private Ronda villa on hillside above a turquoise lake

Property Ref: RD30
€ 840 to € 1280 per week convert prices to | GB£ | US$ | AUS$ | CAN$
Sleeps: 6Bedrooms: 3
secluded & private • nstural hillside setting • lake view • 10 m pool • Ronda 30 mins
Very private Andalucia holiday villa with a large swimming pool. In a secluded hillside spot, overlooking Zahara lake. 30 minutes from Ronda. Sleeps 6.

Full property description & Rustical Review

Outside the small white village of El Gastor, by the good country road that runs between Ronda and Sevilla, a track rises up to a secluded villa that looks down, not on the village, but a vast lake, and beyond that to the mountains of Grazalema Natural Park.

You are completely private here. It’s just right both for couples seeking the calm of complete intimacy, and families who want outdoor areas for children to play. The villa is all on one floor with no steps, so suitable for little ones: you simply need to keep an eye on the pool (easily observed from the house), as it’s not gated.

The villa does has a WiFi internet, although it's quite weak unless an extra temporary booster is purchased (ask us if it's important to you). But  you can at least be connected to a certain extent at this secluded location.

The hillside location is sunny, warm and open to a wide blue Andalusian sky crossed by birds migrating to and from Africa.

From ample private parking, you enter the single-storey villa from under a broad porch; this acts as a shaded terrace overlooking the generously-sized pool. It has a ceramic-tiled table and six chairs for outdoor dining.

The living room is high-ceilinged and open-plan with kitchen and dining areas. There’s a large, wrap-round, black leather sofa, solid wooden dining table, plenty of crockery and kitchen appliances. The floor is cool terracotta to complement the typically warm air temperarure.

There are three pleasant and ample bedrooms decorated in cheerful Mediterranean colours, with windows that have shutters, blinds and curtains:

-A double bedroom in a yellow wash has a wide (1.50 m) double bed and iron bedstead, fitted wardrobe and a table and chair. This room has an en suite bathroom.
-A second double bedroom in shades of green.
-Children especially will feel at home in the third bedroom in red and blue, which has two separated single beds.

The main bathroom is large and very complete, the wall half-tiled in blue-and-white, a round window to let in natural light and double wash basins.

It’s a professionally cared-for holiday home, a very good mid-range if not luxurious villa, and we warmed to the genuine country atmosphere. We liked the more than adequate equipment and furnishing and noted one or two nice touches, such as the regulated lighting in living room and main bedroom, swimming pool illumination and the wealth of local information (in English) in the housebook.

Hot water (a huge 300 litres) is provided by solar panels and there’s a mains water heater as back-up just in case.

Outside, there’s not only the 10-metre swimming pool to enjoy, but a rounded hillside planted with olive trees to ramble. It’s fine for children to go and explore, simply bear in mind that this isn’t a lawned, imitation-English garden estate but an authentic Ronda landscape which you share with occasional rabbits, partridges with their chicks scooting after them in springtime, and eagles overhead.

All the time, wherever you are here, the marvellous, truly grand view from on high of the lake – turquoise in the morning light – is a natural wonder that gladdens the heart and eye.

There is a variety of opportunities for eating out in nearby villages. One restaurant with lake-view is to be found in the village you can see on the far side of the lake, under the ruined fortress: Zahara.

For haute cuisine there’s Ronda, one of Andalucia’s star cities, just 20 minutes away.

Sevilla, Jerez, Cadiz are all daytrip options, nearer at hand local activities include wonderful walks, horse riding, canoeing, even paragliding.

Those intent on a beach should bear in mind that this is the Ronda mountain warm interior of Andalucia and you need over an hour to reach Marbella or Estepona beaches.

Facilities

Self-catering
4-ring vitroceramic hob; Electric oven; Dishwasher; Microwave; Coffee machine; Kettle; Toaster; Juicer; Fridge-freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Iron & board; Hairdryer; Fans; Glass-fronted fireplace with hot air turbines (firewood included); Radiators; First aid kit; Cot and highchair (on request); Terrace and garden furniture; All bedding and towels provided, including pool towels; Private parking.

Enjoyment
Limited WiFi internet; Satellite TV; DVD; CD/radio; 6 sunloungers; Sunshade; Private swimming pool (10 m x 5 m, 1.2 – 2 m deep, with ladder and steps at shallow end); Table tennis.
 

Notes on Facilities:
-Please note that barbecues are not permitted at this location owing to forestry regulations.
-The pool filter operates on a timer and the owner will not normally need to intrude on your privacy for maintenance.

Distribution

All on one floor: Open-plan living and dining room with kitchen; Bedroom 1: Double bed with en suite bathroom (walk-in shower & WC); Bedroom 2: Double bed; Bedroom 3: Twin beds; Bathroom (shower over full bathtub, two washbasins, WC & bidet).
Exterior: Furnished, covered porch terrace and pool area; Swings and table tennis; Private parking.

Changeover day for RD30

  • The changeover day is normally a Saturday.

Booking information for RD30

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.
  • The swimming pool is open April to October, weather permitting, but not heated.
  • Please note that barbecues are not permitted at this location owing to forestry regulations.
  • Please specify if you will need the limited WiFi boosted during your stay.
  • Access is up a longish 2.5 km track, a little bumpy in places, but manageable in a normal car.

Prices for Property Ref. RD30

Rustical Travel's prices are in euros and fully inclusive. No hidden costs, no surcharges.
Sleeps up to 6 people
From ToPrice per week
30 August 2014 19 September 2014 €980
20 September 2014 24 October 2014 €880
25 October 2014 19 December 2014 €840
20 December 2014 06 December 2014 €1,080

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Available Booked Dates on hold Changeover days

Changeover day for RD30

  • The changeover day is normally a Saturday.

Booking information for RD30

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.
  • The swimming pool is open April to October, weather permitting, but not heated.
  • Please note that barbecues are not permitted at this location owing to forestry regulations.
  • Please specify if you will need the limited WiFi boosted during your stay.
  • Access is up a longish 2.5 km track, a little bumpy in places, but manageable in a normal car.

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Start the day with a view to remember
Start the day with a view to remember
RD30 backs onto the hillside in complete privacy
RD30 backs onto the hillside in complete privacy
Andalusian open-plan design
Andalusian open-plan design
Lake Zahara at sunset
Lake Zahara at sunset
Mountain views with the lake below
Mountain views with the lake below
Porch terrace
Porch terrace
Main room
Main room
Open plan dining / kitchen
Open plan dining / kitchen
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Shower room
Shower room
Bedroom
Bedroom
View to Zahara on the other side oif the lake
View to Zahara on the other side oif the lake
10 m x 5 m swimming pool
10 m x 5 m swimming pool
Lovely setting for a swim
Lovely setting for a swim
The look and style of a Ronda mountain villa
The look and style of a Ronda mountain villa
Pool and a view of the lake
Pool and a view of the lake
Completely private
Completely private
Terrace view
Terrace view
El Gastor village
El Gastor village
RD30
RD30
Lake Zahara in Spring
Lake Zahara in Spring
Lakeside
Lakeside

Setting

Sunny lakeside hill

Location

At the end of a 2.5 km track, a little bumpy in places but manageable in a normal car, 4 km from El Gastor village (simple shopping and café-bars, simple but good restaurants, banks with ATM, pharmacy).

El Gastor (simple shopping, bars, restaurants, banks) 4 km
Ronda 20 mins
Algonodales 20 mins
Zahara (lakeside village) 25 mins
Grazalema Natural Park 30 mins
Jerez Airport 1 hr 15 mins
Seville Airport 1 hr 30 mins
Malaga Airport 1 hr 45 mins
Granada Airport 2 hrs
Gibraltar Airport 1 hr 15 mins 2 hrs
Cordoba 2 hrs 15 mins
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