Rural Ronda villa for a couple deserving some rest & relaxation

El Gastor, Ronda mountains, Andalucia Property Ref: RD76
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  • Property Ref: RD76

In the early folds of the Ronda mountains, affordable and attractive, the villa offers a sweet retreat for couples with or without a child. A bicycle ride from El Gastor village. Sleeps 3.

Booking information for RD76

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

  • In dry summer months there may be restrictions on barbecue use if forestry regulations are enforced; in which case a hot plate griddle can be provided.

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

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

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Summary

In the early folds of the Ronda mountains, affordable and attractive, the villa offers a sweet retreat for couples with or without a child. A bicycle ride from El Gastor village. Sleeps 3.

Facilities

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

Enjoyment
WiFi internet; Satellite TV (limited Astra channels only); DVD; CD/radio; 4 Sunbeds; Shade on terrace; Salt-filtered private swimming pool (6 m x 3 m, 0.8 – 1.5 m deep) pool terrace lighting; Pool shower; Barbecue (hot plate griddle in its place if fire restrictions are in force); Table tennis; 2 Bicycles (availability is subject to due care by previous guests and the use of them is at your risk).

Self-catering
4-ring gas hob; Electric oven; Dishwasher; Microwave; Kettle; Coffee maker; Toaster; Blender; Fridge freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Iron & board; Hairdryer; Cot & highchair available; Standing fan; Air conditioning/air heating from main room; Open fireplace; Terrace furniture; All bedding and towels provided, including pool towels; Automatic security gate and private parking by house.

Notes on facilities
In dry summer months there may be restrictions on barbecue use if forestry regulations are enforced; in which case a hot plate griddle can be provided.

Extras
A very basic hamper is provided on arrival with some juice, bottled water and wine.

Layout

All one floor (except mezzanine room)
Open plan kitchen - living area; Bedroom 1: Double bed (1.35 x 1.90 m); Bathroom (walk-in shower, WC).

Mezzanine
Bedroom 2: Twin beds (0.90 x 1.90 m)

Exterior
Entrance via electronic gates to private parking; Furnished porch and terraces; Utility room; Pool area.

Notes on Layout
All on one floor except for the mezzanine gallery room inside, and the swimming pool which is down steps at a lower level.

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Overview

What we have here is a straightforward, well-cared for villa where all the important elements are supplied plus some interesting extras.

The property is completely private, with the extraordinarily broad views you can appreciate from the photos.

It’s designed with the accent on outdoor living to make the most of a climate typified by long, warm, sunny months from spring to autumn.

It’s also in a very peaceful spot where you have every reason to expect peaceful days and nights in the Andalucia setting. The locals cultivate the land, but there is no heavy farming activity.

The house is fully equipped for self catering.

We'd have liked proper wardrobe space in the main bedroom rather than shelves, but the bed felt comfortable cushioned with latex, and shutters plus curtains shut out the sunlight if you want to sleep in, or take a siesta.

For indoor dining, you're fairly limited. There’s a breakfast bar and a small dining table with low stools provided for the purpose.

You have much better options outside. On the viewing terrace there are two dining tables, one of which can always be in shade. There’s a barbecue here, which may sometimes be subject to restrictions during the very dry summer months, so to supplement this, and if required, the owner provides an electric hotplate for outdoor grilling at any time of year.

The kitchen is small but very adequate. It’s the views from the kitchen that we remember best. This really is a beautiful area and the views of the Ronda hills will stay with you long after you leave.

The villa has a salt-filtered pool: it is very inviting, and nicely separated from the villa on a lower level.

The steps down to the pool terrace can be gated at the top, so the villa may be of interest to those of you with a child. The wall around the terrace patio is around 1.5 metres high and we did not feel that there were drops that made the property unsuitable for children. Only the fact that the mezzanine bedroom is upstairs might not make completely suitable for little ones. This second room has relatively low ceilings and overlooks the living area.

Poolside, the views continue. There is an additional small table under a simple pergola which also provides some shade.

You can set up the outdoor table tennis here for games of ping pong. Given the space, the ball may end up more than once in the pool, but we reckon this could well be part of the fun.

All in all, it’s a very nice choice for a couple who don’t need luxury but do want privacy and a decent standard of accommodation.

Especially recommended local trips are Ronda, just half an hour away and Grazalema at the same distance, where hikes in the Natural Park are a treat.

Another tip, which you’ll find explained in more detail in the local guide we send you as one of your holiday documents, is a bathing area on Lake Zahara on the way to Grazalema. Dinner at a restaurant overlooking the lake in Zahara village itself can be a highlight of a holiday here.

For other days out, Seville is less than an hour and a half.

Five minutes from the villa, El Gastor is a placid village where you will get a feel for genuine Andalucia and can buy all the simple shopping you may need. It has café-bar terraces where you can sit out of an evening.

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Location

Setting

In the early folds of the western Ronda mountains, near the Natural Park of Grazalema.

Location

5 mins drive from El Gastor village. Accessed along a steepish 600 metres tarmac road perfectly negotiable with an ordinary car in 1st gear.

El Gastor village 2.5 kms
Simple shopping, bars, restaurants
Algodonales 15 mins
Most facilities
Ronda 30 mins
Historical town
Grazalema Natural Park 30 mins
Beautiful mountains and villages
Zahara 30 mins
Lakeside village
Granada 2 hrs 15 mins
and Alhambra Palace
Cordoba 2 hrs 15 mins
Historic city
airport Nearest Airports
Jerez de la Frontera (XRY) 1 hr
Seville (SVQ) 1 hr 20 mins
Malaga (AGP) 1 hr 45 mins

Prices

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Sleeps up to 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 12 May 201712/05/2017
info€540
13 May 201713/05/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
info€610
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
€820
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 22 Sep 201722/09/2017
€610
23 Sep 201723/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€540
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Sleeps up to 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 12 May 201712/05/2017
info€540
13 May 201713/05/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
info€610
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
€820
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 22 Sep 201722/09/2017
€610
23 Sep 201723/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€540
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
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01 Jan 201701/01/2017 12 May 201712/05/2017
info£452
13 May 201713/05/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
info£511
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
£686
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 22 Sep 201722/09/2017
£511
23 Sep 201723/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
£452
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 12 May 201712/05/2017
info$485
13 May 201713/05/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
info$548
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
$736
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 22 Sep 201722/09/2017
$548
23 Sep 201723/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
$485
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 12 May 201712/05/2017
infoAU$689
13 May 201713/05/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
infoAU$779
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
AU$1,047
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 22 Sep 201722/09/2017
AU$779
23 Sep 201723/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
AU$689
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 12 May 201712/05/2017
infoCAD$998
13 May 201713/05/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
infoCAD$1,127
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
CAD$1,515
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 22 Sep 201722/09/2017
CAD$1,127
23 Sep 201723/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
CAD$998
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction

Booking information for RD76

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

  • In dry summer months there may be restrictions on barbecue use if forestry regulations are enforced; in which case a hot plate griddle can be provided.

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

Changeover day for RD76

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

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YOUR REVIEWS

Mike | October | 2016

Property Reference RD76 is a fabulous little "villa" operated by a friendly and helpful local man, Jose Antonio. After the noise and bustle of 3 days in Seville, the peaceful location of the villa and the fabulous views (the photos on the website do not do it justice) were just what we had hoped for. The weather during our stay (4th to 8th October) was apparently exceptional for the time of year - we had continuous sunshine and temperatures around 30 degrees C. The pool was just right for a (very) refreshing dip - brrr. It is not really big enough to swim in but great for cooling off and mucking about with the inflatables provided (I have yet to grow up!). I didn't see any sign of the bikes mentioned on the website entry for the villa - maybe they were being serviced. The villa had everything needed to cook, eat, drink, sleep, shower etc and relax - the kitchen is small but well supplied with crockery, utensils etc. Some pegs or snap closures to seal plastic bags would have been useful - there were a couple of "tupperware" boxes however. The surrounding area is great for exploring - the road from Zahara to Grazalema is spectacular and precipitous. We visited several "white villages" and would recommend a small car for hiring. On our last day, we visited the town of Olvera just to the north east of us and on our way to the airport saw on the map a "natural park" which turned out to have one of the largest populations of griffin vultures in Europe. It was called el peñón de Zaframagón (the rock of Zaframagon) and at one time in the air above the car we had 60 or so vultures circling on the warm air updrafts. We would definitely go back to RD76."

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Carole | September | 2016

This was our second visit back to this fab villa! This time the pool was warm and delightful because the weather this September was much better than last year! Can't fault the owner or Rustical Travel, all went smoothly and if its a break from the hustle and bustle of busy life that you want then this is the place!!"

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Jonathan | September | 2016

Wow - quite possibly the best holiday i've ever had. We spent a night in wonderful Seville then headed down to the villa the next day. We were blown away by the views when we arrived - everything was perfect, exactly what we wanted for a romantic, relaxed break. The pool was great, we had everything we needed, and the villa was in a great remote location, but still situated well enough for some good excursions to Ronda, Grazalema, San Diego (great little beach down there), Cadiz and numerous rural villages. The driving was always dramatic and fun - some amazing mountain roads - take it easy and enjoy! Wonderful memories of this lovely place."

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Keith | June | 2016

This was our second stay at this property and hopefully won't be our last. It is the perfect retreat. The views are breathtaking and everything you could wish for provided in the cortijo. The pool was spotlessly clean as was the house. The wifi signal was strong so we were able to send our lovely photos home to make everyone jealous. Love the ping pong table! Thanks"

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Bevan | May | 2016

The villa and surrounding area was everything we dreamed of. The service from Rustical Travel was impeccable. We plan to return as soon as we can."

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Elaine | May | 2016

We loved this little villa and peaceful location. The Villa, patio, pool and gardens just delightful and the views are amazing. We will be back soon!

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Carole | September | 2015

Highly recommend this villa just outside El Gastor! Exactly as described on the website but I suggest its even better than that, the view is to die for and the villa itself has everything that you need for your stay! I cannot fault either Rustical Travel in our preparation for the holiday, or the owner Jose, for making our stay one to remember. Cannot wait to come back!!"

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Sharon | September | 2015

We had a wonderful week relaxing at this villa. It had everything we needed and the views were an added bonus. José was very friendly and helpful, as were the locals at the nearby village, El Gastor. We are definitely planning to make a return visit. The directions and information about the surrounding area were also most helpful."

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Patricia | August | 2015

Wonderful place - went there with my husband and 7 year son, and we had a great time. The house was just the right size for us and it had everything we needed. Beautiful setting and the most amazing sunsets - we were extremely sad to leave and the owners are wonderful and extremely helpful - thanks again for looking after us."

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Jenny | July | 2015

Very enjoyable holiday. The villa is in the perfect spot with sunshine all day. Would recommend for sure."

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David | June | 2015

It is such a lovely place! The villa is in a quiet location with spectacular views. The high quality of the property and attention to detail exceeded our expectations. The owner is very friendly and helpful, and we could tell that he took pride in his villa and in ensuring that everything was perfect for guests. We had such a wonderful holiday we really didn’t want to leave and we hope to return to the villa in the future. We were impressed with the service provided by Rustical Travel. Everything went smoothly and the information provided about the property, travel routes, etc. was very accurate. The company were very quick and helpful in replying to our queries. The villa and Rustical Travel are recommended. Kinga and Dave"

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Anne | June | 2015

Lovely cottage in a great location. It's very well equipped with everything you need. The pool is great and there are fantastic views from the terrace. A very relaxing place for a holiday."

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Ingrid | May | 2015

Superb location, friendly, unspoilt village, plenty to do in the area. The cortijo had all we needed, pretty gardens and Jose Antonio looked after us well - ideal for two people or a young family, we would definitely go back. The beauty of RD76 is the peaceful location. The only drawback is that there is another holiday let next door, further down the hill to the left - we could hear voices in the evening. If there were a noisy crowd here it would spoil things for anyone looking for peace and tranquility. The house to the right was quiet. It would help if clients were given the NAME of the house as well as directions. When we arrived we found it difficult to tell which was the right house, despite the directions. There is a sign to the cortijo at the corner of the lane but we did not know the name of the house, so it did not help!"

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Further details included on our directions to the property assure the house can be easily located.

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Jamie | April | 2015

Thank you Rustica. Everything exceeded our expectations. Such amazing valued money. The villa was so secluded, well equipped and am ideal escape from city life. We'll be back next year. Jamie and Tracy x"

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