Perfectly private Ronda villa on hillside above a turquoise lake

El Gastor, Ronda Mountains, Andalucia Property Ref: RD30
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    3 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 6
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  • Property Ref: RD30

Very private Andalucia holiday villa with a large swimming pool. In a secluded hillside spot, overlooking Zahara lake. Ronda is 30 minutes. Sleeps 6.

Booking information for RD30

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm – 10 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 dry location from June to September owing to forestry regulations.

  • Please specify in advanced if you will need the limited WiFi boosted during your stay.

Changeover day for RD30

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

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Summary

Very private Andalucia holiday villa with a large swimming pool. In a secluded hillside spot, overlooking Zahara lake. Ronda is 30 minutes. Sleeps 6.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    3 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    2 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 6

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet (limited due to rural location); Satellite TV (limited channels only in English); 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; Barbecue (except summer months: see Notes below).

Self-catering
4-ring vitroceramic hob; Electric oven; Dishwasher; Microwave; Coffee maker; 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.

Notes on Facilities
Please note that barbecues are only permitted from October to May at this dry 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.

Layout

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.

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Overview

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 onto 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 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. It's simple and functional, with 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.

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 well cared-for holiday home, a very good mid-range but not luxurious villa, and we warmed to the genuine country atmosphere. We 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 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.

From here you can continue to old Grazalema village and the fabulous walking of its Natural Park.

For haute cuisine there’s Ronda, one of Andalucia’s star cities, just 30 minutes away.

Sevilla, Jerez, Cadiz are all day trip 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. Near Zahara on the lake, though, is a well-maintained bathing spot with facilities for picnicking.

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Location

Setting

Sunny hillside high above Lake Zahara.

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 4 km
Simple shopping, restaurants, banks
Algodonales 20 mins
 
Zahara 25 mins
Lakeside village
Ronda 30 mins
Historic town
Grazalema Natural Park 30 mins
Walks
Cordoba 2 hrs 15 mins
Historic city
airport Nearest Airports
Jerez (XRY) 1 hr 15 mins
Sevilla (SVQ) 1 hr 30 mins
Malaga (AGP) 1 hr 45 mins
Gibraltar (GIB) 2 hrs
Granada (GRX) 2 hrs

Prices

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

Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€840
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€1,080
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 28 Apr 201728/04/2017
€840
29 Apr 201729/04/2017 26 May 201726/05/2017
€980
27 May 201727/05/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
€1,080
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
€1,280
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
€980
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
€880
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
€840
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
€1,080
Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€840
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€1,080
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 28 Apr 201728/04/2017
€840
29 Apr 201729/04/2017 26 May 201726/05/2017
€980
27 May 201727/05/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
€1,080
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
€1,280
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
€980
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
€880
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
€840
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
€1,080
Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
£709
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
£911
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 28 Apr 201728/04/2017
£709
29 Apr 201729/04/2017 26 May 201726/05/2017
£827
27 May 201727/05/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
£911
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
£1,080
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
£827
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
£743
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
£709
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
£911
Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
$772
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
$993
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 28 Apr 201728/04/2017
$772
29 Apr 201729/04/2017 26 May 201726/05/2017
$901
27 May 201727/05/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
$993
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
$1,177
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
$901
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
$809
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
$772
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
$993
Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
AU$1,125
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
AU$1,446
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 28 Apr 201728/04/2017
AU$1,125
29 Apr 201729/04/2017 26 May 201726/05/2017
AU$1,312
27 May 201727/05/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
AU$1,446
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
AU$1,714
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
AU$1,312
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
AU$1,178
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
AU$1,125
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
AU$1,446
Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
CAD$1,675
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
CAD$2,153
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 28 Apr 201728/04/2017
CAD$1,675
29 Apr 201729/04/2017 26 May 201726/05/2017
CAD$1,954
27 May 201727/05/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
CAD$2,153
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
CAD$2,552
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
CAD$1,954
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
CAD$1,755
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
CAD$1,675
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
CAD$2,153

Booking information for RD30

  • Normal check-in time: 3 pm – 10 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 dry location from June to September owing to forestry regulations.

  • Please specify in advanced if you will need the limited WiFi boosted during your stay.

Changeover day for RD30

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

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YOUR REVIEWS

Evelyn | June | 2016

The house was perfectly situated for an ideal family holiday. We loved discovering the nearby villages, the complete solitude of the home, and the vultures that circled overhead. Our biggest concern in advance was the absence in the air conditioner - turned out there was no need to worry, the house was very well ventilated and the fans served us perfectly. We stayed for two weeks, but could have easily stayed another two and we would not have scratched the surface of things to do."

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Martin | June | 2015

The service and web-site of Rustical Travel was simple and effective. We like and have stayed at the villa before but the views are better now that the vegetation has been lowered. We have stayed in El Gastor for six years on the trot and would gladly use Rustical Travel and this property again. Thank you, Martin."

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Phil | July | 2014

We returned yesterday after an excellent holiday in RD30, which was one of the best properties we have ever stayed in."

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Adrian | July | 2014

We had a lovely time at RD30. Although, your pictures on the website of a artificial grassed area and play house are incorrect, as they are not there. The owner informed me that they have not been there for 5 years, which was a disappointment to our 2 young children. Also, the WIFI was terrible - you struggled to even access facebook. We felt slightly mislead about this also. "

Rustical Update

We confess to not knowing about the playhut having gone.  We have removed the photo of the play area and the owner has now added a table tennis instead. We also now warn that the WiFi signal is only weak unless a booster is purchased (this can be arranged).

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