Villa rental with private pool in Antequera, the heart of Andalucia

El Torcal, Antequera, Andalucia Property Ref: AX21
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    2 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 4
  • Poll
     Pool  Pool
  • Property Ref: AX21

The scenic views and relaxation in the pool and garden go perfectly with days out to Granada, Cordoba or Seville. There are local tennis, horseriding & spa facilities. WiFi. Sleeps 4.

Booking information for AX21

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated, and the water will be too cold for winter swims.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit and fee apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for AX21

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility.

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Booking information for AX21

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated, and the water will be too cold for winter swims.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit and fee apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for AX21

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility.

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Summary

The scenic views and relaxation in the pool and garden go perfectly with days out to Granada, Cordoba or Seville. There are local tennis, horseriding & spa facilities. WiFi. Sleeps 4.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    2 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    2 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 4

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet; Satellite TV (limited Astra channels only); DVD; CD/radio; Private pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.30 m to 1.60 m deep); Sunloungers; Furnished porch; Barbecue.

Self-catering
4-ring gas hob; Small grill oven; Microwave; Kettle; Coffee maker; Toaster; Juicer; Dishwasher; Hand-held stick blender; Fridge-freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Iron & board; Hairdryer; Central heating (except in bathrooms); Glass-fronted woodburning stove; Cot on request; All bedding and towels provided, including pool towels; Private parking.

Notes on facilities
The WiFi signal comes from the hotel and can sometimes be weak.

Layout

All on one floor
Open plan living / dining room / kitchen; Bedroom 1: Double bed, with en suite bathroom/WC (shower over full bathtub). Bedroom 2: Twin beds with en suite bathroom/WC (shower over full bathtub).

Exterior
Covered, furnished porch; Lawned garden; Pool area.

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Overview

Some decades ago, a local Antequera shepherd on his daily rounds decided to climb a high hill. When he arrived at the top, he discovered another landscape, another country almost: the spot had outstanding views all the way south as far as the sea, and he fell in love with the beautiful piece of land just below the ridge. At the time, he never dreamed that many years later he would build right there, in an impressive estate by Torcal Natural Park, a holiday cottage. Sheep and goats must be more profitable than we thought.

The cottage remains a tranquil retreat, distinctive and persuasive. It is on its own, totally private and not overlooked. Decades after the shepherd found it, the location feels very rural and unspoilt, on a hillside with evergreen oaks.

Five minutes' walk away, just below the cottage, an associated hotel has facilities which you can use, including tennis, a spa and a restaurant.

The location has much to recommend it. The Antequera mountain area is just about the prettiest point in central Andalucia from which day visits to Cordoba, Granada and Seville are all possible.

The property is very private. It has excellent views, a lovely pool and lawned gardens.

The house is well-finished, well-equipped and roomy, with high ceilings. We weren’t much enamoured of the decorative hangings (pictures and engravings being rather tacky), but the furniture is agreeably chunky and sofas very comfy. The layout works well, too: all on one floor with a shaded porch area, and the pool and barbecue close at hand. A good design for easy, lazy holidays.

The requirements you would expect of a decent quality villa are all there. Only the TV reception seemed to be unreliable.

As you come in there is a kitchen with breakfast bar, dining area and lounge, all open plan. A hallway leads to two bedrooms, one twin-bedded and one double-bedded. Each has en suite bathroom facilities with full-size bathtubs and showers.

From the porch terrace area, as well as from the delightful gardens, the views of the Montes de Malaga mountains and the Guadalhorce valley are superb. It is peaceful and pastoral, very rural here in the heart of Andalucia. On clear days you can just make out the Mediterranean Sea.

There is a good-sized swimming pool and garden furniture. The pool is not gated, otherwise we consider the property to be child-friendly.

This is a good place to rest and relax, maybe take up goat-watching? The sound of their bells typifies this very Spanish region of El Torcal. The road opposite the house is very quiet and it is only occasionally that a car goes by.

It's very handy having a hotel such a short stroll away, not only for drinks or meals (including breakfast) when you don’t feel like cooking, or the fabulous spa bath and massage treatments on offer there, but also for the tennis court (racquets and balls provided) and bicycle hire. As Rustical Travel clients, you are invited to make use of these facilities in the same way as the hotel guests, simply paying for whatever you wish to use. The Reception can also arrange horseriding, as well as being a good source of local information.

Clients staying here have liked the way privacy is combined with the proximity of the hotel, while enjoying the charm of the very beautiful scenery. La Joya (“the jewel”), a predominantly farming village that is far less touristy than similar places in the region, is just 2 km from the villa. It has a restaurant that offers traditional food with a lovely terrace by the square in summer months.

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Location

Setting

Hillside by El Torcal natural reserve, in rural Antequera.

Location

Easily accessed via private country lane. 2 km from La Joya village (simple shopping, bars, bank, restaurant).

Associated hotel 5 mins walk
Restaurant, tennis, spa treatments
La Joya village 2 km
Bar, restaurants, bank, basic shopping
Villanueva de la Concepcion 15 mins
Most facilities
Antequera 25 mins
Historic town
Malaga coast 55 mins
Beaches
Granada 1 hr 15 mins
and Alhambra Palace
Cordoba 1 hr 45 mins
Historic town
airport Nearest Airports
Malaga (AGP) 1 hr
Granada (GRX) 1 hr 15 mins
Seville (SVQ) 2 hrs

Prices

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Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 18 Mar 201718/03/2017
€675
19 Mar 201719/03/2017 10 Jun 201710/06/2017
€825
11 Jun 201711/06/2017 16 Sep 201716/09/2017
€1,125
17 Sep 201717/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
€825
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 21 Dec 201721/12/2017
€675
22 Dec 201722/12/2017 03 Jan 201803/01/2018
€885
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 18 Mar 201718/03/2017
€675
19 Mar 201719/03/2017 10 Jun 201710/06/2017
€825
11 Jun 201711/06/2017 16 Sep 201716/09/2017
€1,125
17 Sep 201717/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
€825
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 21 Dec 201721/12/2017
€675
22 Dec 201722/12/2017 03 Jan 201803/01/2018
€885
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 18 Mar 201718/03/2017
£595
19 Mar 201719/03/2017 10 Jun 201710/06/2017
£728
11 Jun 201711/06/2017 16 Sep 201716/09/2017
£992
17 Sep 201717/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
£728
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 21 Dec 201721/12/2017
£595
22 Dec 201722/12/2017 03 Jan 201803/01/2018
£781
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 18 Mar 201718/03/2017
$708
19 Mar 201719/03/2017 10 Jun 201710/06/2017
$866
11 Jun 201711/06/2017 16 Sep 201716/09/2017
$1,180
17 Sep 201717/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
$866
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 21 Dec 201721/12/2017
$708
22 Dec 201722/12/2017 03 Jan 201803/01/2018
$928
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 18 Mar 201718/03/2017
AU$1,050
19 Mar 201719/03/2017 10 Jun 201710/06/2017
AU$1,283
11 Jun 201711/06/2017 16 Sep 201716/09/2017
AU$1,750
17 Sep 201717/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
AU$1,283
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 21 Dec 201721/12/2017
AU$1,050
22 Dec 201722/12/2017 03 Jan 201803/01/2018
AU$1,377
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 18 Mar 201718/03/2017
CAD$1,540
19 Mar 201719/03/2017 10 Jun 201710/06/2017
CAD$1,882
11 Jun 201711/06/2017 16 Sep 201716/09/2017
CAD$2,567
17 Sep 201717/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
CAD$1,882
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 21 Dec 201721/12/2017
CAD$1,540
22 Dec 201722/12/2017 03 Jan 201803/01/2018
CAD$2,019

Booking information for AX21

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated, and the water will be too cold for winter swims.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit and fee apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for AX21

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility.

+ Booking information and changeover day for AX21

Booking information for AX21

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated, and the water will be too cold for winter swims.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit and fee apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for AX21

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility.

+ Booking information and changeover day for AX21

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YOUR REVIEWS

Marja | April | 2016

Great house with stunning views. Easily the hotel and village are within walking distance. : Housekeeping came only upon request after the 1st week. Maintaining the pool could be better. We'll be back!"

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Roger & Paula | September | 2015

Excellent location with stunning views. Very private and quiet (apart from the goats!!) Just what we wanted and expected. It was good to have the hotel near for occasional meals. Villa was very comfortable although there was a lack of storage space in the kitchen. garden and pool very well maintained. We did have to go to the hotel and remind them to change linen and towels after the first week which they did very swiftly and there was no problem the following week. There was a very comprehensive booklet. Directions were good but maybe you could include distances between places/turnings?. Be assured we were very happy with the villa and none of the above would put us off going again."

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Beccy | August | 2015

We have nothing but positive things to say about this property. We loved everything about it - not least the incredible views! It was spacious, clean, quiet, private, comfortable, and totally relaxing. The thoughtful presentation and welcoming touches made us feel pampered and at home straight away. We were very sad indeed to leave (we are a family, kids 10 and 13)"

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Laurie | March | 2015

We very much enjoyed our holiday at AX21. The property was exactly what we expected from your description and pictures and the location was just what we were looking for. We would love to come back another time, for a longer period! We did not make use of the facilities at the neighbouring hotel, but they were kind enough to lend us some coffee when we forget to buy some, and accepted our luggage, which missed our plane, the day after our arrival, allowing us to go out on our planned day trip and not have to wait around for our luggage to be delivered. A real bonus to having a property manager nearby! The directions to the property provided by Rustical Travel were straightforward and simple to follow - and when our luggage needed to be delivered the next day, I gave your printed directions to the airport clerk, she phoned the hotel phone number you provided, and they sent her the same instructions in Spanish for their driver. What more could you ask for? We have used several European Rental agencies over the past 18 years, and Rustical Travel gave us the best service by a mile. The ease of booking, the value of the price paid, the quality of the local information and directions, and the accurate depiction of the property were all first class. We will definitely use you again in the future, and will be recommending you to others. Thanks for a great holiday!"

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Sheila | September | 2014

We thought the cottage was excellent. We enjoyed the welcome pack. Had to ask for the swimming pool to be topped up. The water supply to the property stopped two or three times. The staff at the hotel were always polite and helpful but not terribly proactive. The lovely views made it all worthwhile."

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Paul | July | 2014

A wonderful holiday thanks and we will recommend Rustical Travel to our friends. Property was excellent and good value for money. Views were spectacular. We would certainly book with you again when we next visit Spain. The only minor points of concern were: 1. The hotel had a party on our final night with music late into the morning. 2. Whilst directions to the property were very good, it is worth reminding customers that the mountain roads are quite narrow and isolated, as we did wonder at one point if we were still on the right road! Thank you."

Rustical Update

The staff at the hotel confirmed to us that events or weddings playing music at the hotel are very unusual, so this was pretty unlucky. They rarely host celebrations as they are aware that it can spoilt the special tranquility of the setting. We have added a note to the directions, as suggested here.

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David | June | 2013

This house is everything we hoped for. The shopping we found on our arrival went way beyond our expectations and was very thoughtful of you. Breakfast on Sunday was perfect and just what we wanted. We thank you and the hotel for making everything so easy for us. Once again you gave us the magic of the spanish scenery and a wonderful place to stay. All your information and advice was very useful and we really appreciate all you do to make our stay so comfortable. Rustical Travel always give that little bit extra which is why we keep coming back."

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