Attractive and welcoming self catering holiday cottage in genuine Andalucia

El Gastor, Ronda mountains, Andalucia Property Ref: RD82
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    2 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
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  • Property Ref: RD82

What a sweet holiday cottage! With or without children, a very satisfactory holiday retreat for couples beautifully set near Zahara lake and genuine El Gastor villa in the Ronda Mountains. Decidedly a great self catering holiday choice to suit all budgets in genuine Andalucia. Sleeps 2 plus 2 children.

Booking information for RD82

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 11 am.

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

Changeover day for RD82

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

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Booking information for RD82

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 11 am.

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

  • Firewood is available on request at an additional cost, payable locally in cash.

Changeover day for RD82

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

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Summary

What a sweet holiday cottage! With or without children, a very satisfactory holiday retreat for couples beautifully set near Zahara lake and genuine El Gastor villa in the Ronda Mountains. Decidedly a great self catering holiday choice to suit all budgets in genuine Andalucia. Sleeps 2 plus 2 children.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    2 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    1 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 2/4

Enjoyment
Satellite Internet (limited, no streaming); TV & DVD (with USB port); Private swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.5 - 1.9 deep with shallow corner for children); Pool shower; 5 Sunloungers; Bali bed; Portable barbecue.

Self-catering
4-ring gas hob; Extra gas hob outdoors; Microwave; Gas oven; Fridge freezer; Cafetiere; Toaster; Electric juicer; Blender.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Open fireplace (firewood not included); Gas heater; Air conditioning; 2 Fans; Hair dryer; Cot and highchair (on request); Baby bath; All bedding and towels provided (including pool towels); Parking in premises.

Notes on Facilities
The air conditioning runs on solar energy and thus its use is limited. Set on a timer, it can be used all day except from 11 am to 3 pm.
As the air conditioning is less effective in the attic / mezzanine room (sleeps up to 2 children) during the hottest months, we think the property is best suited for couples only in July and August.

Extras
Firewood is available on request at an additional cost, payable locally in cash.

Layout

All on ground floor (except mezzanine room)
Open plan living and kitchen area; Bedroom 1: Double bed (1.50 m x 2.00 m); Bathroom (walk-in shower, WC).

Mezzanine
Bedroom 2: twin beds on wooden pallet frames.

Exterior
Furnished porch and terraces; Pool area; Private grounds and caves; Parking space.

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Overview

We are delighted to be able to offer this beautiful summery cottage for a couple and two children in a genuine Andalucia location we simply love for its long late summers, the memorable scenery and the endless opportunities for activities, exploring and outdoor living: these are the Ronda Mountains near Zahara lake, Ronda and Natural Parklands, where life still goes on at a blissfully rural and gentle pace.

Cosy and welcoming, the cottage has been put together as an unpretentious but smart holiday home with an enjoyable stay in mind and good attention to detail. While it is comfortable inside, outdoor living has been given some thought too: the terraces all around the property offer a countless number of opportunities to enjoy outdoor living, not to mention the delicious pool with a lovely fountain detail that children will just love playing with. Speaking of which: if you come with little ones, the pool features a little shallow space for the toddlers.

Situated in a cul de sac country lane, you may get to see some locals on their way to a fishing trip to Zahara lake. Further away, a countryside road leading to El Gastor can be seen in the distance, but it is far enough not to be off putting and otherwise very rural, affording the cottage a good level of privacy.

We found the open plan living and kitchen area to be comfortable, neat and cheerful: simple but completely satisfactory. The high wooden ceilings give it a nice homely feel. The bedroom is bright with a comfortable bed and enough wardrobe space for two. Cute as it is, the mezzanine upstairs is however best suited for children with the twin beds on wooden pallet frames and low ceilings. A bullseye window that flips all the way lets the fresh breeze into the mezzanine. During the hottest months, the air conditioning is less effective in the updatirs mezzanine room so perhaps furing July and August the house is most suited for couples only.

Outdoor areas at this cottage are a delight, and fresh aromatic herbs were happily growing among aloe vera and other plants in the patio stone jardinieres when we first visited the house in late summer 2015. The lively and active local family owners live in a nearby village and love bringing seasonal fruit and veggies to guests, but feel welcome to pick your own fruit. 

Besides the pool and the terraces for dining and sunbathing, there is even a shaded siesta area with a rustic but irresistible Balinese double day bed where you will inevitably —and sooner rather than later— find yourself sipping some wine, reading or just 'siesting' at leisure. By the pool and shaded by cane roofing is a dining terrace as a perfect spot for al fresco meals. 

Thanks to the endless hours of sun per year, this holiday home runs on a smart solar power system. It even allows guests to enjoy air conditioning during a few hours every day, which does help to cool off on very hot days. Environmentally friendly with zero impact from conventional electricity, the cottage features other eco-friendly touches such as the recycled pallets used as bed frames in the Bali bed siesta area and the childrens' mezzanine.

On the cottage grounds above the actual house you will not only be able to explore the property's caves, but also to enjoy magnificent views of the much photographed Zahara lake. Don't just look and join in: a refreshing splash in the lake awaits a pleasurable walk away. Top it off dining at one of the restaurants overlooking the lake and you'll be in for a special treat.

For day trips out in magnificent Seville or heritage-rich Cordoba, the former is just over 1 hour and the latter around 2 hours driving: these are without doubt two of the most interesting cities in Andalucia.

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Location

Setting

By Ronda mountain's lake, next to the Grazalema Natural Park. Surrounded by a mix of olive orchards, market gardens and hills.

Location

Just above a country lane that ends 1.3 km further down, at Zahara lake. Easy and direct access from lane by a very short track to the property.

Zahara lake 1.3 km
Pretty lakeside
El Gastor village 5 mins
Simple shopping, bars, restaurants
Grazalema Natural Park 20 mins
Wonderful hiking
Ronda 30 mins
Historical town
Seville 1 hr 20 mins
 
Cordoba 2 hrs 10 mins
 
Granada 2 hrs 10 mins
and the Alhambra
airport Nearest Airports
Jerez (XRY) 1 hr
Seville (SVQ) 1 hr 20 mins
Malaga (AGP) 1 hr 40 mins

Prices

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

Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201801/01/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
€625
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
€790
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 31 Dec 201831/12/2018
€625
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201901/01/2019 22 Mar 201922/03/2019
€625
23 Mar 201923/03/2019 14 Jun 201914/06/2019
€690
15 Jun 201915/06/2019 13 Sep 201913/09/2019
€790
14 Sep 201914/09/2019 25 Oct 201925/10/2019
€690
26 Oct 201926/10/2019 31 Dec 201931/12/2019
€625
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201801/01/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
€625
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
€790
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 31 Dec 201831/12/2018
€625
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201901/01/2019 22 Mar 201922/03/2019
€625
23 Mar 201923/03/2019 14 Jun 201914/06/2019
€690
15 Jun 201915/06/2019 13 Sep 201913/09/2019
€790
14 Sep 201914/09/2019 25 Oct 201925/10/2019
€690
26 Oct 201926/10/2019 31 Dec 201931/12/2019
€625
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201801/01/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
£554
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
£700
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 31 Dec 201831/12/2018
£554
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201901/01/2019 22 Mar 201922/03/2019
£554
23 Mar 201923/03/2019 14 Jun 201914/06/2019
£612
15 Jun 201915/06/2019 13 Sep 201913/09/2019
£700
14 Sep 201914/09/2019 25 Oct 201925/10/2019
£612
26 Oct 201926/10/2019 31 Dec 201931/12/2019
£554
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201801/01/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
$710
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
$897
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 31 Dec 201831/12/2018
$710
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201901/01/2019 22 Mar 201922/03/2019
$710
23 Mar 201923/03/2019 14 Jun 201914/06/2019
$783
15 Jun 201915/06/2019 13 Sep 201913/09/2019
$897
14 Sep 201914/09/2019 25 Oct 201925/10/2019
$783
26 Oct 201926/10/2019 31 Dec 201931/12/2019
$710
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201801/01/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
AU$975
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
AU$1,232
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 31 Dec 201831/12/2018
AU$975
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201901/01/2019 22 Mar 201922/03/2019
AU$975
23 Mar 201923/03/2019 14 Jun 201914/06/2019
AU$1,076
15 Jun 201915/06/2019 13 Sep 201913/09/2019
AU$1,232
14 Sep 201914/09/2019 25 Oct 201925/10/2019
AU$1,076
26 Oct 201926/10/2019 31 Dec 201931/12/2019
AU$975
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201801/01/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
CAD$934
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
CAD$1,180
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 31 Dec 201831/12/2018
CAD$934
Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
01 Jan 201901/01/2019 22 Mar 201922/03/2019
CAD$934
23 Mar 201923/03/2019 14 Jun 201914/06/2019
CAD$1,031
15 Jun 201915/06/2019 13 Sep 201913/09/2019
CAD$1,180
14 Sep 201914/09/2019 25 Oct 201925/10/2019
CAD$1,031
26 Oct 201926/10/2019 31 Dec 201931/12/2019
CAD$934

Booking information for RD82

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 11 am.

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

Changeover day for RD82

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

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Booking information for RD82

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 11 am.

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

  • Firewood is available on request at an additional cost, payable locally in cash.

Changeover day for RD82

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

+ Booking information and changeover day for RD82

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YOUR REVIEWS

David | September | 2018

My wife and I spent a week at the lovely cottage enjoying the warm September sun. Yolanda who met us at the cottage was very helpful and pleasant giving us a full introduction to the holiday property. The cottage has all you need and is in a great location for exploring the area. There is a quiet country lane by the property but we did not find this an intrusion in any way as it's hardly used, only by a handful of locals travelling down the dead end to the lake. I would recommend walking down to the lake as the views are beautiful and the only noise are the crickets in the background. I would also like to thank Rustical Travel both for the very useful local guide pack and the precise instructions of how to get to the cottage, which cleverly included photos of road signs etc of the journey. We thought this a perfect place for a couple to stay with a lovely pool and various seating areas on the property for reading and relaxing. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday cottage !"

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Neil | May | 2018

Thank you Rustical travel for having this lovely villa on your books. Everything about our stay was wonderful, Yolanda and her family were so welcoming and kind when we arrived and nothing was too much trouble, Yolanda made sure we knew she was contactable if we needed anything at all during our stay, which was reassuring. The villa is a beautiful retreat, perfect for couples or small families, wonderfully cool in the heat of the day, well laid out and everything supplied that you could possibly want or need for a holiday, the pool was a welcome addition too as was the day bed. The villa is close to the excellent roads too so easy to get out and about if you want too. With lovely views all around, wild flowers and birds in abundance, I was so excited to see the vultures and Bonellis Eagle, among many other birds. Not to mention the Andalucian horses happily grazing the hillside opposite the villa, the walk down to the lake was lovely for an early morning stroll and the walk back up got much easier as the week went on! We visited Ronda, El Gastor, Algodanales and Zahara (take a walk up to the tower if you are feeling energetic, views are spectacular) but our favorite place was Montecorto, just so pretty with the water running through, colourful flowers everywhere and some good walks through the forest. We have never visited Spain before and not being very fluent in Spanish I was a little worried that we may have made a mistake coming so far inland, I really needn't have worried, everyone we met was friendly, kind and helpful and made us feel very welcome, this definitely won't be our last trip. Rustical travel have been marvelous too, the map and detailed instructions were very helpful, although we did end up going the wrong way back to the airport (up and over the mountain instead of around) that was more pilot error than lack of instruction! Thank you Rustical travel and Thank you Yolanda and family for welcoming us to your beautiful home."

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Gerhard | May | 2017

Wonderful cottage and great hospitality. We've liked our stay very much!"

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Jordan | October | 2016

Beautiful location and a cottage that we fell in love with. Yolanda and Antonio were so helpful, particularly when we arrived."

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Amanda | June | 2016

We were very impressed by the service, communication and attention to detail that Rustical Travel offered during the booking process so we had high expectations for our cottage. We weren't disappointed, our host Yolanda and her father Antonio were delightful and the cottage was all that we expected. The location of the cottage is also superb with so many beautiful villages within easy reach, and if you like hiking as we do, you're in for a real treat. The mountain paths around Grazelema are breathtaking and a dip in the cool (actually very cold!) natural pool at Cuevo el Gato was extremely refreshing. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cottage and Rustical Travel to friends."

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Ed | April | 2016

Excellent property, very nice owners. The property was spotlessly clean and had everything needed for a perfect stay. The owners have put a lot of care and thought into how the property is presented, we could not find anything about it that we did not like. As far as the outside was concerned we loved it, if we were to level any small criticism it would be that we would have liked a bit more privacy from the main road at the top of the lane. It is possible for passengers in passing traffic to look down towards the pool area, however this does not detract from the overall quality of the property and visitors enjoyment. We will visit again hopefully."

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