A hillside holiday villa with pool in picturesque rural Andalucia

Casabermeja, Axarquia, Andalucia Property Ref: AX20
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    2 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 4
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  • Property Ref: AX20

The location and natural setting in the sunny Malaga interior makes it a recommended choice for anyone who wants to combine a pool holiday in rural Andalucia with visiting the region's star cities. For day trips, take your pick from Granada, Cordoba or Malaga, even Seville. Sleeps 4.

Booking information for AX20

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated.

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

Changeover day for AX20

  • The changeover day is Saturday from end of June to end of September and flexible at other times.

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Booking information for AX20

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated.

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

Changeover day for AX20

  • The changeover day is Saturday from end of June to end of September and flexible at other times.

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Summary

The location and natural setting in the sunny Malaga interior makes it a recommended choice for anyone who wants to combine a pool holiday in rural Andalucia with visiting the region's star cities. For day trips, take your pick from Granada, Cordoba or Malaga, even Seville. Sleeps 4.

Facilities

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

Enjoyment
Satellite WiFi Internet; Satellite TV (limited Astra channels only); DVD; Board games; Private pool (6.5 m x 3.5 m, 1.20 m to 1.80 m deep), with shower & WC serving the pool area; Sunshade; Sunloungers; Gardens with outdoor furniture for meals; Barbecue.

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

Practicalities
Washing machine; Tumble dryer; Iron & board; Hairdryer; Electric radiators in bedrooms; Open fireplace; Fans; Cot on request; All bedding and towels provided, including pool towels; Private parking.

Layout

All on one floor (but with a few steps leading up and down from bedrooms and kitchen)
Living area; Bathroom/WC (shower over full bathtub); A few steps up to Kitchen/Diner; Bedroom 1: Double bed (1.50 m x 1.90 m) and balcony with view of El Torcal; Bedroom 2: Twin beds (0.90 m x 1.90 m).

Exterior
Parking space; Porch area; Terraced landscaped gardens, including pool terrace with outdoor shower/WC.

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Overview

A lovely little villa for a small family or a couple seeking a holiday retreat, set in a wonderfully leafy spot with views of El Torcal mountains.

Amidst the exuberant Mediterranean vegetation you feel thoroughly out-of-the-way and ensconced in nature. There are over two acres of semi-wild gardens and centuries-old trees.

The countryside location nevertheless allows you to connect with the road network that brings you to Granada, Cordoba, Seville (at a push), plus a Malaga beach or two.

There’s something inspiringly intimate about being at this cottage. We think it has to do with the age of the building – a restored 1822 property – and the way the landscaped gardens are arranged on terraced levels, providing natural shade and making the outdoor areas so inviting.

A previous holidaymaker wrote:

"Fabulous. What a place! Peaceful, quiet, relaxing, comfortable, clean. The cottage was superb. 30 degrees outside, cool on the inside, nice pool, expansive patio, glorious dining area and incredible views all round." Guy T. 2012

On our most recent visit (Nov 2014), we found ourselves in complete agreement with this. We know the villa to be fresh in the summer when it matters, so that fans aren't really needed.

The location is hidden away on a hillside, from where the terrain then slopes down to a ravine. There 's a farmhouse in the distance, so we wouldn't say it's totally secluded (see the photo to make your own mind up), but we thought the villa was really very private.

The owners kept as much of the original building as possible when they carried out they restoration, thick stone walls, terracotta floors and beamed ceilings. The same goes for outside, where battles clearing briar and scrub revealed beautifully made dry-stone walls around the gardens.

It has all the character of a Malaga farmstead, of the lived-in farm labourer's home that it once was, but now smartened up and given decent holiday facilities.

As you come in the house, there is a pleasant living area, rustic in style, with two comfy sofas. A few steps take you up to a a kitchen with a fold-out dining table. The kitchen door leads directly out to the gardens.

The accommodation is all ground floor, with only a few internal steps, and there are two bedrooms.

Guests share one ample, full bathroom, well finished and well presented.

The cottage's setting represents a natural invitation to outdoor living in civilized fashion, with its furnished terrace for meals, private swimming pool and a sun terrace.

It’s extremely natural and relaxing: the perfect place to unwind, read or write, or simply admire the panorama from a viewpoint just above the house.

The pool area has a particularly well-made barbecue in the shade of an orange tree. Although the pool is not gated, the villa is otherwise suitable for families with young children.

The Axarquia is famously warm and sunny and this is one of the few properties we have where the pool is open all year. In winter the water will be cold, mind, and the weather may preclude swims, but the pool is maintained continuously.

Our favourite spot was the shaded porch by the house –just the place for morning breakfasts– but then there's also the bottom garden, where all you’re likely to hear are birds and the occasional goats. Seriously relaxing.

It’s well situated for excursions, too, with Montes de Malaga Natural Park just 3 km away. A short track from the cottage leads to a look-out point over the Torcal mountain formations and down to the Mediterranean Sea. El Torcal’s impressive geological cragginess is an obvious walking destination, but Montes de Malaga has plenty to offer, also, not least the ventas (roadside restaurants) for a lunchtime break.

Casabermeja, a large Andalucia village or small town, depending on how you see it, is only 15 minutes’ drive. There are three or four good places to eat here, including a fish restaurant that's so good that people drive up especially from Malaga. You can also buy at excellent butchers if you're planning to barbecue.

You'll find all normal services in Casabermeja.

Malaga and its beaches with great fish and seafood restaurants are 40 mins. Cultural city enthusiasts will be eager to visit Granada, Cordoba or Seville, all within day trip reach. Others will be content to sit back and enjoy the peaceful countryside and the birdsong.

The cottage is easy to get to: virtually straight up the road from Malaga Airport to Casabermeja, then down a 5 km track which is in good condition and paved for all but the last 800 metres. You can park right by the house.

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Location

Setting

Secluded hillside in the Montes de Malaga Natural Park.

Location

Accessed along a 5 km track in good condition. The last 800 metres are a dirt track with some bumps but perfectly passable in an ordinary car.

Montes de Malaga 3 km
Natural Park
Casabermeja 15 mins
Most facilities
Antequera 30 mins
Historical town
El Torcal Limestone Park 30 mins
Signposted walks
Malaga coast 40 mins
Beaches
Granada 1 hr 15 mins
and Alhambra Palace
Cordoba 1 hr 30 mins
Historical town
airport Nearest Airports
Malaga (AGP) 45 mins
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 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€580
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 17 Apr 201717/04/2017
€1,090
18 Apr 201718/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
€580
01 May 201701/05/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
€760
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
€1,090
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 15 Oct 201715/10/2017
€760
16 Oct 201716/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
€580
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
€1,090
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€580
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 17 Apr 201717/04/2017
€1,090
18 Apr 201718/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
€580
01 May 201701/05/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
€760
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
€1,090
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 15 Oct 201715/10/2017
€760
16 Oct 201716/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
€580
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
€1,090
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
£530
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 17 Apr 201717/04/2017
£995
18 Apr 201718/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
£530
01 May 201701/05/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
£694
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
£995
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 15 Oct 201715/10/2017
£694
16 Oct 201716/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
£530
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
£995
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
$623
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 17 Apr 201717/04/2017
$1,171
18 Apr 201718/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
$623
01 May 201701/05/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
$816
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
$1,171
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 15 Oct 201715/10/2017
$816
16 Oct 201716/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
$623
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
$1,171
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
AU$924
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 17 Apr 201717/04/2017
AU$1,736
18 Apr 201718/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
AU$924
01 May 201701/05/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
AU$1,210
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
AU$1,736
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 15 Oct 201715/10/2017
AU$1,210
16 Oct 201716/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
AU$924
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
AU$1,736
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
CAD$1,367
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 17 Apr 201717/04/2017
CAD$2,569
18 Apr 201718/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
CAD$1,367
01 May 201701/05/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
CAD$1,791
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
CAD$2,569
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 15 Oct 201715/10/2017
CAD$1,791
16 Oct 201716/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
CAD$1,367
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
CAD$2,569

Booking information for AX20

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated.

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

Changeover day for AX20

  • The changeover day is Saturday from end of June to end of September and flexible at other times.

+ Booking information and changeover day for AX20

Booking information for AX20

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated.

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

Changeover day for AX20

  • The changeover day is Saturday from end of June to end of September and flexible at other times.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Nick | April | 2016

A wonderful place which exceeded our expections"

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Russell | June | 2015

I cannot recommend Rustical Travel and this Villa enough, we were looking for somewhere with true peace and quiet and this is exactly what we found. I have read other feedback on this villa and dogs barking occasionally and the poor quality of the kitchen and household items are not enough to stop us booking this property again sometime in the future, as the position and views are magical one commentator was correct in saying that whilst it was very hot outdoors it reached 47 degrees on the car temp indicator. Inside the house remained cool and manageable couldn't agree more. We arrived on a Sunday please take this into account as there were no supermarkets open so we had to scavenge what we could from the garage and small shop in Casabermeja. get these items before you follow the key-holder to the property as its a long way back to the shop. The one thing that I would say is that the wasp situation is awful by the swimming pool although the owner came to try to sort the situation out. they never really abated the whole of our time there, thus rendering the pool useless at certain times of the day. All this said it was one of the best holidays I have ever had. The villa would best be described like this. it is near to absolutely nothing. but its not for from almost everything. Enjoy!"

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Stuart | October | 2014

A lovely, relaxing few days spent here. The villa is beautifully secluded and relaxing. Weather was great. The dogs next door barked invessantly first few days throughout the night, but having contacted our holiday rep the problem was sorted. Make sure you do this rather than suffer sleepless nights! The best supermarket was the Dia% in Antequera. A great few days.

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Peter | September | 2014

A charming little villa. The location is quite remote being 10 minutes from a main road, but once on that road, not far into town. Very clean and well looked after. Being in a valley, the sun goes a bit earlier. Nice little pool and private sun terrace which is great for getting an all over tan! Juicy fruit trees including oranges and figs. We’ll be back one day."

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Scott | August | 2014

We had a bit of an issue with a wasp infestation and eventually had to move out as the pool was not usable. We totally understood this was due to the hot Summer and that little could be done in a rural property for wildlife. However, the owner came to try and remedy the situation and the approach of Rustical was amazing - they really tried to help and we're genuinely concerned to make things right. We moved out to the coast and were even more amazed to get a partial refund, setting we didn't ask for. Rustic should be very proud of their approach to customer service - they made the holiday stay on track with their support and kind words and it is rare to find a company and individuals who express such genuine concern about the needs of customers. Well done!"

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Wayne | July | 2014

Paradise found!! One of the most beautiful places in the world. Peace and quiet. Nothing at all to do but enjoy yourselves and relax leaving the rest of the world go by. El Torcal mountains were well worth a visit. enchanting. The Spanish way of life is spot on. So relaxed even the ants don´t bother you. Tis place ia a hidden gem. We will return one day for sure!!! A week here was like heaven on earth.

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Guy | June | 2014

I thought you might like some feedback on our stay at AX20. Fabulous. What a place! Peaceful, quiet, relaxing, comfortable, clean. The cottage was superb. 30 degrees outside, cool on the inside, nice pool, expansive patio, glorious dining area and incredible views all round. 99% excellent. The other 1%, and this is a refection of its importance and I do think it is important to provide constructive criticism. It would have been nice to have had a kind of "this is how the cottage works" booklet. A light bulb blew and we struggled to sort out the issue, found the fusebox and resolved the problem. However some spare light bulbs in the house would have been good as well. A booklet would have been helpful with the AV equipment as we couldn't get the Satellite TV to work and we didn't know the WiFi only worked outside. We would have liked to have known where to dispose of rubbish and where to recycle glass and plastic bottles. We go abroad on our holidays to enjoy, as much as we can, local life. So I like to shop for food and I like to cook. This may be unusual but it is why we choose self-catering. So I thought the kitchen was under-equipped. The toaster was a Health and Safety issue that would not be permitted in the UK. A kettle that turned itself off would be good, a better range of knives for the kitchen and proper non-stick pans would have made my life easier. These are minor grumbles. The whole place was fantastic, the weather was glorious. It was a superb holiday. So thanks to you all at Rustical, and to Juan (?) the owner, whom we met, we will tell everyone we know."

Rustical Update

As from May 2015, satellite WiFi is available throughout the villa.

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Andrea | June | 2014

The villa is in an idyllic setting and a great place to unwind with a book and a glass of wine while listening to the goat bells and the humming of the bees in the lavender. The thick stone walls of the villa kept it cool inside even on the hottest days, but at night it was very dark inside, so take a torch! The pool was very refreshing, but is overlooked by a property above the villa whose two dogs could be noisy at times. The route to the villa is pretty straightforward with only a small piece of unmade track to negotiate. Nothing too frightening, though a bit rough in places. The satellite TV only had two English speaking channels that we could find, (SKY News and CNN News) and the WIFI coverage was intermittent. With no security deposit to leave, or additional cleaning bills to pay on top of the rental fee, this property is very good value and we would be happy to go back there. I would suggest that a basic welcome pack would be useful on arrival as there are no shops close by."

Rustical Update

A lot of free-to-air satellite channels were lost in Andalucia when the service was migrated to a different orbiting satellite in 2014. As no welcome pack is provided, we now explain on the directions to the villa where you can stop and shop en route.

As from May 2015, satellite WiFi has been made available throughout the property. 

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James | May | 2014

This villa is beautiful, the pictures look good on the website but simply don't do it justice. The views over the mountains from the master bedroom are stunning (the pictures on-line say "view of El Torcal Mountains" - but would be better if it said "view from bedroom" as it wasn't clear if that was a picture in the area or from the property - which it is! The grounds and patio areas are nicely landscaped and inside there is enough space and is nicely furnished with all appliances that are needed to be comfortable. The surrounding area is especially beautiful and the small towns and villages are very traditional. We were hoping for a quiet weekend away and that is just what it was, great weather and quiet and peaceful! Thank you!"

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