Mountain views and complete facilities in a Malaga beauty spot

nr Casarabonela, Ronda mountains, Andalucia Property Ref: RD70
  • Doors
    6 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 11
  • Poll
     Pool  Pool
  • Property Ref: RD70

Perfect for a family looking for a private villa-based holiday amidst unspoilt mountain scenery. Especially good outdoor facilities include a solar-heated pool. WiFi Internet. Sleeps 11.

Booking information for RD70

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, and solar heating may allow for swims in early spring and autumn months.

  • Pool towels are available at 3 euros per towel, payable locally.

  • Air conditioning or heating, if required, has an extra cost of 150 euros per week, payable locally.

  • Available on request: catering; food shopping ahead on arrival.

  • A security deposit of 300 euros applies to this property, refundable in full subject to deductions for breakages, damage or exceptional cleaning.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a fee will apply. Please ask.

  • The villa can accommodate an 11th person in a gallery room accessed by a short ladder and not suitable for small children or people with reduced mobility.

Changeover day for RD70

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility, as long as undesirable gaps between high season bookings are not left.

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Summary

Perfect for a family looking for a private villa-based holiday amidst unspoilt mountain scenery. Especially good outdoor facilities include a solar-heated pool. WiFi Internet. Sleeps 11.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    6 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    5 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 11

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet; Satellite TV (Spanish TV and few channels only in English); HiFi/CD player; DVDs & Books; Private pool (10 m x 5 m, 1.6 m deep), solar heated; Sunloungers, Sunshade; Furnished & covered barbecue area and Porch; Large private grounds; Table Tennis; Badminton; Telescope.

Self-catering
Hob (vitroceramic and gas rings); Double oven with grill; Dishwasher; Microwave; 2 large Fridge-freezers; Kettle; Coffee Maker (Italian); Blender;  Manual juicer.
Barbecue area: Barbecue grills; Gas-fired paella maker; Gas hob; Fridge; Sink; Large display cabinet.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Iron & board; Glass-fronted fireplace; Air conditioning in living room and two main villa rooms (Extra cost: see Booking information); Fans; Hairdryer; 3 Cots & 1 Highchair; Baby bath; All bedding and towels (except pool towels: on request at extra cost); Catering and advance food shopping available on request; Parking on premises.

Notes on Facilities
The air conditioning is only installed in the main living/dining area and Bedrooms 1 & 2.
All bedrooms have ceiling fans or portable fans.
Extra services available from villa caretaker: Simple cooking; Shopping orders; Taxi; Babysitting; Extra cleaning. These should be arranged in advance and are payable locally.
Please note that at this rural location, it is normal to dispose of lavatory paper in the bin provided.

Layout

Ground floor
Patio; Hallway reception; Open plan kitchen-dining room; Archway to main lounge; Large conservatory room with sitting and dining areas.
Bedroom 1: Double bed (twin beds made up as a double) with en suite shower room/WC.
Bedroom 2: Twin beds; bathroom with shower over tub/WC.
Bedrooms 3 & 4 (in casita across rear patio): Twin beds with en suite shower room/WC.
Bedroom 6 (accessed by a wooden ladder): Large single bed.

Lower floor
Swimming pool and terraces; Barbecue area; Furnished, Shaded porch;
Bedroom 5: Double bed with en suite shower room/WC (accessed from pool area).

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Overview

We first visited this villa in late spring and were very pleasantly surprised. Less than an hour from Malaga Airport, yet how beautifully green and unspoilt it was, here in the Sierra de Las Nieves.

Looking out to this eastern range of the Ronda mountains, which turn golden later in the summer sun (it’s a very warm, sunny part of Andalucia), the villa is a quality property, the kind of place where swims in the pool are complemented very nicely by excellent barbecue facilities.

The villa is spacious, well-built and well-appointed. Plenty of attention has been paid to detail. It’s relatively modern in style but does retain natural warmth. Living areas are inviting as well as comfortable, decorated with good taste and stylish touches include some traditional features.

To the rear of the villa, separated by a patio and facing away, is a cottage where the caretaker lives. She lives courteously apart, professionally conscious of the importance of guests’ right to privacy, and there is no need for you to have any contact unless you wish and require anything.

The accommodation is almost entirely at ground level, although bedrooms are spread out somewhat.

One of the bedrooms is something of an oddity, being accessed up the rungs of a wooden ladder; we offer this gallery room for one (agile) person only, bringing the total capacity of the villa 11 people.

Rooms have thick curtains so that you’re not unnecessarily woken by the sun on your holiday, and ceiling fans (or standing fans, if required) keep you gently refreshed.

The living room and two main bedrooms also have air conditioning, but it’s not generally needed and charged as an extra (see Booking information).

The kitchen is designed and equipped for easy self-catering. It’s very neat and practical.

The open plan kitchen and dining areas allow you to both cook and dine indoors with views of the beautifully rugged mountain scenery.

A breakfast area for six people by the kitchen is the modest alternative to the main dining table for twelve in the long conservatory overlooking pool and grounds.

There are two indoor sitting areas, also.

The main living room has leather sofas to seat 9 people.

The other sitting area is in the conservatory. This runs along the front of the villa, with french windows that slide open to the views. We very much liked the way this conservatory room with its comfortable, chunky seating can be opened to the vibrant nature outdoors, allowing you to relax in contact with the natural surroundings.

The conservatory doubles as observatory by night, when you can view the moon and stars using a telescope provided there.

A clear, cloudless sky is the norm at this Ronda mountains location in the Malaga interior. Sunny days and the warm climate are an open invitation to spend more time out-of-doors than inside.

The the water temperature of the pool is raised by a solar heating system. As long as the sun shines, swims may be possible in early spring and well into autumn.

The poolside is attractively finished with paving and river pebbles.

Like the rest of the villa, the pool is completely private and not overlooked. The caretaker comes to tend the pool in the early morning, only to disappear again. If you knock on her door or phone her, she is happy to help with information or provide additional services such as babysitting or cooking (she can also arrange a professional cook on your behalf), otherwise you are completely on your own here.

Outdoor areas are designed for enjoyment and relaxation.

The barbecue area is one of the most complete we’ve seen at an Andalucia villa. In addition to a large double grill, there’s a paella pan that works on gas, a normal gas cooker, a fridge and a sink. The entire barbecue corner, which is right by the swimming pool, is shaded with local cane and there are two sitting areas.

You can also sit or lie out under the shaded porch on the broad pool terrace, or under olive trees. There’s no lawn, but roses and other flowering plants give colour and life to the terrace areas.

The views of the Sierra de las Nieves are positively uplifting. These Ronda mountains are popular for walking, birdwatching amd horseriding. The surroundings of the villa itself are very natural and the landscapes always interesting, whatever the time of year. As we approached the villa, driving past the village of Casarabonela, we understood why the Sierra has been declared as Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. There is a healthy balance here between farming, village life and nature.

A few minutes’ drive brings you to a mountain pass where a summer bar-restaurant offers meals and refreshments in a pretty rocky landscape by the woods.

From El Burgo village you can delve further into the mountains for walks among the Mediterranean woodlands.

It’s the same distance to three villages: El Burgo, Casarabonela and Ardales, at all of which you can eat out at well-priced, uncomplicated Spanish restaurants. Continue from Ardale and you’ll come to a lake where you can swim or hire pedal boats and rowing boats.

At Ardales campsite on the river bank you can dine inexpensively at a restaurant terrace with a view of the lake.

Continue another 10 minutes and you’re at Gaitanes and the dramatic gorge of El Chorro. A very special attraction here for the more adventurous is the Caminito del Rey. Once dubbed the most dangerous walkway in the world, and apparently clinging improbably to the cliff at a great height, it has been completely repaired and made safe for visitors and is open for the 2015 season.

For a more placid, seaside experience, Torremolinos is an hour away.

Generally speaking, we’d recommend this holiday property to a family who want to have a villa-based holiday in rural Andalucia enjoying significant comfort, a good swimming pool, barbecue, unspoilt views and dramatic scenery.

The only disadvantage would be for people with reduced mobility as the pool area is down steps from the main accommodation.

We couldn’t find any hazards and consider the villa to be suitable for young children, simply bearing in mind that the pool is not gated. Access to the pool can be restricted by locking the conservatory door, however, and the pool terrace is fenced round for safety.

Children will be quite at home here and enjoy playing ping-pong or badminton on the rear patio.

Catering is available at this villa.

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Location

Setting

In open countryside surrounded by Sierra de las Nieves mountains. This is a European Biosphere reserve.

Location

Accessed via a 1.2 km track; the last 100 metres are steepish but perfectly manageable in a normal car.

Summer bar-restaurant 5 mins
 
Casarabonela 15 mins
Bars, restaurants, supermarkets
Ardales 20 mins
Most facilities
Guadalhorce lake 30 mis
Good for swimming and water sports
El Chorro 40 mins
Gorge & reservoir
Ronda 55 mins
Historic town
Torremolinos 55 mins
Beaches
Marbella 1 hr 10 mins
and Puerto Banus
airport Nearest Airports
Malaga (AGP) 55 mins
Gibraltar (GIB) 2 hrs
Sevilla (SVQ) 2 hrs 15 mins

Prices

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

Sleeps up to 11 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -11
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
€1,670
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€2,270
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info€1,900
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
€2,790
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 29 Sep 201729/09/2017
€1,900
30 Sep 201730/09/2017 03 Nov 201703/11/2017
€1,790
04 Nov 201704/11/2017 15 Dec 201715/12/2017
€1,670
16 Dec 201716/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
€2,270
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 11 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -11
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
€1,670
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€2,270
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info€1,900
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
€2,790
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 29 Sep 201729/09/2017
€1,900
30 Sep 201730/09/2017 03 Nov 201703/11/2017
€1,790
04 Nov 201704/11/2017 15 Dec 201715/12/2017
€1,670
16 Dec 201716/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
€2,270
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 11 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -11
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
£1,468
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
£1,995
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info£1,670
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
£2,452
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 29 Sep 201729/09/2017
£1,670
30 Sep 201730/09/2017 03 Nov 201703/11/2017
£1,573
04 Nov 201704/11/2017 15 Dec 201715/12/2017
£1,468
16 Dec 201716/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
£1,995
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 11 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -11
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
$1,641
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
$2,231
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info$1,868
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
$2,742
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 29 Sep 201729/09/2017
$1,868
30 Sep 201730/09/2017 03 Nov 201703/11/2017
$1,759
04 Nov 201704/11/2017 15 Dec 201715/12/2017
$1,641
16 Dec 201716/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
$2,231
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 11 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -11
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
AU$2,420
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
AU$3,290
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
infoAU$2,753
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
AU$4,043
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 29 Sep 201729/09/2017
AU$2,753
30 Sep 201730/09/2017 03 Nov 201703/11/2017
AU$2,594
04 Nov 201704/11/2017 15 Dec 201715/12/2017
AU$2,420
16 Dec 201716/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
AU$3,290
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 11 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -11
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
CAD$3,586
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
CAD$4,875
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
infoCAD$4,080
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
CAD$5,991
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 29 Sep 201729/09/2017
CAD$4,080
30 Sep 201730/09/2017 03 Nov 201703/11/2017
CAD$3,844
04 Nov 201704/11/2017 15 Dec 201715/12/2017
CAD$3,586
16 Dec 201716/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
CAD$4,875
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction

Booking information for RD70

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, and solar heating may allow for swims in early spring and autumn months.

  • Pool towels are available at 3 euros per towel, payable locally.

  • Air conditioning or heating, if required, has an extra cost of 150 euros per week, payable locally.

  • Available on request: catering; food shopping ahead on arrival.

  • A security deposit of 300 euros applies to this property, refundable in full subject to deductions for breakages, damage or exceptional cleaning.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a fee will apply. Please ask.

  • The villa can accommodate an 11th person in a gallery room accessed by a short ladder and not suitable for small children or people with reduced mobility.

Changeover day for RD70

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility, as long as undesirable gaps between high season bookings are not left.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Caroline | May | 2015

Spectacular views tranquil setting spotlessly clean swimming pool with lovely shaded areas to relax and BBQ in. Villa exceptional in comfort and space. Access to local bars shops etc not as far as we first thought. Within an hour you can Visit Fonda El Chorro fabulous turquoise lakes Marbella which has a fantastic SeaWorld nearby We travelled with family and had a wonderful ho Our view was that a toddler pool in the shade and a safety gate to close off concrete stairs may add to the fun and relaxation at the pool Otherwise probably best if you wait and go when your children are 3+ Another big bonus is Rona the owner of this amazing place is onsite yet invisible until you call her and her Artworks a welcome splash of colour and interest to the fabulous Villa"

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Edward | September | 2014

Great property in wonderful location. The views from the house are spectacular. House facilities are very good and the open space indoors and outdoors is great. Roma was on hand to help as required, but here presence was never intrusive. The property is remote, so guests should stock up well in supermarkets at Malaga or Ronda."

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James | July | 2014

A truly remarkable property and location, superb views and a true sense of isolation. The pool is a perfect size and ideal for relaxing in the heat. Roma is an excellent host; discreet but available whenever needed. We will return."

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