Andalucian villa with character in a very private country setting

near Gaucin, Ronda mountains, Andalucia Property Ref: RD56
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    4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 8
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  • Property Ref: RD56

Once a smithy for shoeing horses, this country house has plenty of room inside and out for a wonderful rural holiday in Andalucia, with trips down to the seaside, nearby Gaucin and Ronda. Very private. Sleeps 2 to 8.

Booking information for RD56

  • 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.

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

  • When reduced rates are applied not all bedrooms downstairs are always prepared.

Changeover day for RD56

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and flexible at other times.

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Summary

Once a smithy for shoeing horses, this country house has plenty of room inside and out for a wonderful rural holiday in Andalucia, with trips down to the seaside, nearby Gaucin and Ronda. Very private. Sleeps 2 to 8.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    4 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    2 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 8

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet; Satellite TV (BBC & ITV free-to-air); DVD; Gated swimming pool (10 m x 5 m 1.40 m – 2 m deep); 8 sunloungers; Sunshades; Terrace dining furniture; Large barbecue.

Self-catering
4-ring vitroceramic hob & electric oven; Microwave; Toaster; Blender; Coffee makers; Kettle; Dishwasher; Fridge; Freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Tumble dryer; Iron & board; Hairdryer in upstairs Master bedroom; Portable fans; Central heating; Log fire (firewood included); Cot & highchair; All bedding and towels provided (including pool towels); Private parking.

Notes on Facilities
The mobile phone signal is weak and only works effectively on the other side of the lane but there is WiFi in the villa.

Layout

Ground floor
Open-plan main room of living room-dining-kitchen; Bedroom 1: Double bed with french windows to main terrace; Bedroom 2: Twin beds; Bedroom 3: Twin beds; Bathroom (shower over bathtub).

First floor
Bedroom 4 (Master bedroom): Double bed with sitting area and en suite bathroom (shower over 3/4 bathtub).

Exterior
Furnished, shaded side terraces; Main sun terrace, also furnished; Barbecue area; Gated swimming pool and gardens; Parking.

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Overview

Solid, traditional and genuine: this first impression of the house is confirmed by longer acquaintance, as one notes the wood beams and ceilings, terracotta underfoot, a hunting and fishing theme in paintings and nicely glazed china plates.

An easy drive from Gaucin village brings you to this very secluded old country villa and its inviting outdoor spaces. When we come across properties like this, we cannot help but tell the unique stories behind them. Back in another time, this villa used to be a roadhouse not just servicing arrieros bringing fresh fish by mule from the coastal villages to the interior of Malaga —using an old mule pathway from Algeciras to Ronda— but also shoeing horses and serving meals to travellers in the afternoon. In the evenings, locals would gather here to chill and dance to live music.

Cared for with detail by its proud owners and still in the same family, the property has evolved into a beautiful villa full of character offering comfort and a fantastic holiday experience in the heart of Malaga.

The villa and its private parking back onto a virtually unused country lane. Unseen from here, all the interesting gardens and the grassy pool area are on the other side of the villa where you will enjoy perfect privacy and bucolic views.

With an outstanding Master bedroom upstairs and three ground floor bedrooms, it is suitable for families or a couple who want somewhere special to stay all to themselves.

The kitchen comes properly equipped and there is no shortage of glasses and crockery.

It's cool and fresh inside, providing a welcome contrast with the warm-to-hot outdoors. Fans are also provided in case you need them.

There's indoor dining to seat 8 people and the living area has comfortable sofas for everyone also, by a large fireplace that comes into its own in winter.

Downstairs are three bedrooms. One's a spacious, airy room, simply furnished with table and chairs and enjoying direct access to the main terrace via french windows.

The most striking feature of the house, where a forge once served to shod wayfarers' horses while they put up at the hostelry, is the upstairs. The entire first floor is one fabulous bed-sitting room with its own en suite bathroom. The great expanse of the space comes as quite a surprise: even after providing the room with a new king size bed, there is still plenty of space and a sitting area under a vaulted wood ceiling. There's a sofa, rocking chairs, and windows with different views. There's also a good wooden cot. We did find the bathtub a little small and it's probably best used as a shower.

This upstairs floor-and-bedroom has a door at the foot of the stairs to close it off from the sitting room below. Some people will desire this, while parents with very young children may wish to consider if they want to be separated from the little ones on a different floor.

Outside the kitchen is a simply furnished dining area, whose shade makes it ideal for lunches in the fresh air. Children will be curious about the swallow's nest which is something of a fixture here, the birds returning year after year to the same simple home.

Continue round to the main terrace and you come to the main outdoor area, where you're likely to be spending the lion's share of your holiday time.

Dining with a view from the broad terrace is very agreeable and you have the use of a large brick-built barbecue among the clementine trees.

Gardens, which include a gated pool garden, run down to beautiful Ronda hill country, with some pretty walks in the woods from the doorstep. The swimming pool is a large 10 m by 5 m. It's tiled in mosaic and there's a pool shower. You're secluded and not overlooked, looking out at the natural scene and a few cows —who needs a lawn mower?— belonging to the finca, whose bells are about the only sound you will hear in the distance. There's a handsome white bull, too, who roams the hillside.

After our most recent visit in Spring 2015, we were very pleasantly surprised to see that plenty of work, as well as dedication and attention to detail, has been put in to raise general standars, such as a new latex matress, memory foam pillows or the improved fence outside —just to name a few— and many other little details that keep adding to the general comfort and quality standards of this unique holiday home.

No shortage of sunbeds here, and there are brushwood sunshades, although the poolside trees provide a better, more complete shade.

The views and the peacefulness go very happily together.

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Location

Setting

Wooded Mediterranean countryside and hills.

Location

6 km from Gaucin, where it is reached down a short (150 m) country lane.

Gaucin 8 mins
Most facilities
Jimena 25 mins
Castle ruins and restaurants
Sotogrande 40 mins
Beaches, golf
Ronda 50 mins
Historic town
Marbella 1 hr
and Puerto Banus
Tarifa 1 hr 15 mins
Atlantic beaches, fast ferry to Morocco
airport Nearest Airports
Gibraltar (GIB) 1 hr
Malaga (AGP) 1 hr 30 mins
Jerez (XRY) 1 hr 45 mins

Prices

Rustical Travel charges Euros. All prices are fully inclusive, no hidden costs, no surcharges.

Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-4pax 5-8
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
€920
€1,120
€1,360
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
€1,150
€1,350
€1,630
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
€1,280
€1,590
€1,920
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
€1,910
€2,120
€2,540
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
€1,280
€1,590
€1,920
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
€1,150
€1,350
€1,630
01 Nov 201701/11/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€920
€1,120
€1,360
Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-4pax 5-8
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
€920
€1,120
€1,360
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
€1,150
€1,350
€1,630
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
€1,280
€1,590
€1,920
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
€1,910
€2,120
€2,540
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
€1,280
€1,590
€1,920
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
€1,150
€1,350
€1,630
01 Nov 201701/11/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€920
€1,120
€1,360
Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-4pax 5-8
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
£777
£946
£1,149
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
£972
£1,141
£1,377
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
£1,082
£1,344
£1,622
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
£1,614
£1,791
£2,146
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
£1,082
£1,344
£1,622
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
£972
£1,141
£1,377
01 Nov 201701/11/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
£777
£946
£1,149
Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-4pax 5-8
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
$850
$1,035
$1,257
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
$1,063
$1,248
$1,507
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
$1,183
$1,470
$1,775
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
$1,766
$1,960
$2,348
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
$1,183
$1,470
$1,775
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
$1,063
$1,248
$1,507
01 Nov 201701/11/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
$850
$1,035
$1,257
Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-4pax 5-8
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
AU$1,244
AU$1,514
AU$1,839
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
AU$1,555
AU$1,825
AU$2,204
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
AU$1,731
AU$2,150
AU$2,596
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
AU$2,582
AU$2,866
AU$3,434
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
AU$1,731
AU$2,150
AU$2,596
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
AU$1,555
AU$1,825
AU$2,204
01 Nov 201701/11/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
AU$1,244
AU$1,514
AU$1,839
Sleeps up to 8 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-4pax 5-8
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
CAD$1,855
CAD$2,258
CAD$2,742
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
CAD$2,319
CAD$2,722
CAD$3,287
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
CAD$2,581
CAD$3,206
CAD$3,872
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
CAD$3,851
CAD$4,275
CAD$5,122
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
CAD$2,581
CAD$3,206
CAD$3,872
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
CAD$2,319
CAD$2,722
CAD$3,287
01 Nov 201701/11/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
CAD$1,855
CAD$2,258
CAD$2,742

Booking information for RD56

  • 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.

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

  • When reduced rates are applied not all bedrooms downstairs are always prepared.

Changeover day for RD56

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and flexible at other times.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Susan | April | 2016

The property was lovely and very private we will be booking it again next year but for 2 weeks as we only booked 1 this year. Great shop in Gaucin that did home made cooking so if we wanted we could go in there each day. The sound of the cow bells each morning also very relaxing. The service from Rustical Travel was 10/10 and all the directions perfect. I want to come later in year but partner wants to go Sailing!!! Will be in touch soon about the 2 weeks next year. Thank you for a wonderful experience. Sue Stuart"

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Fiona | August | 2015

Thank you for a beautiful and comfortable villa. We arrived later than expected and were so grateful to Ines who looked after us well and gave us a wonderful welcome. The villa was well equipped and had everything we needed. The pool was superb, the views amazing and the sound of the cow bells in the evening with a glass of wine was so relaxing and peaceful. The Gaucin area is somewhere we would definitely visit again."

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Lis | May | 2015

We found the villa and the setting beautiful, it is an excellent place for outdoor living.The scenery from the terraces and pool were abosultely stunning and the weather was just fabulous.It exceed our expectations, thank you.Lis

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Jean | October | 2014

We had a wonderful time at the property reference RD56. The property was in a perfect location with superb views. Our only criticism was that with the master bedroom upstairs being so vast a larger double bed would have been expected."

Rustical Update

Master bedroom has now a king size bed since early 2015.

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Jane | August | 2014

You are right it is a bit of a distant memory! But here goes: We really enjoyed our stay in RD56 and Gaucin was very pretty and was a good place for restaurants and shops particularly the daily fish market and butcher (although it was a bit of a drive)Good points 1. plenty of loungers by pool 2. very friendly owner who kept us supplied with figs! 3. Lots of outside eating areas 4. Serious barbecue 5. Good bedrooms (we thought the details suggested the downstairs rooms would only be suitable for children but we found them perfectly ok for our "grown up" children and partners.) 6. Good separate laundry area 7. Great views and melodious cow bells! 8. Paella delivery. Points for improvement 1. Pillows not enough and poor quality -asked the caretaker for more but she was unable to supply. 2. Kitchen equipment a bit rudimentary eg no whisk, weighing scales, cake tin. Making a birthday cake a bit of a challenge but we did manage! Pans had been non-stick but this had worn off so difficult for cooking. Plenty of frying pans but could have done with more saucepans especially medium size. Good supply of crockery, cutlery and glasses. 3. Upstairs bathroom sink a bit tired, enamel worn and a lot of lime scale. 4. Lighting a bit random, many bulbs gone and couldn't get light to work on stairs despite changing bulb. Also lighting on outside terrace a bit poor for supper. (it was September so less of a problem probably in summer) Fine by the barbecue. 5. Provision of a visitors book might be an idea. Most places we stay have these and people can jot down good restaurants, place they've visited, what day you can get fresh churros from the market etc "

Rustical Update

Kitchen equipment and lighting has been improved for 2015.

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