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Romantic, rustic, luxury house with private pool, gardens and stunning views

Bob Brittaine

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Bob Brittaine

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Speaks: english
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Romantic, rustic, luxury house with private pool, gardens and stunning views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Coin House Rental Photos and Description

Private, family friendly holiday home with easy access to town and coast.

Finca El Albero is a luxury three bedroom House, guest House and pool set amongst orchard gardens, waterfall and palm trees. With amazing views down to the coast and created from an abandoned farmhouse, this lovingly restored and improved holiday home incorporates much of the original features of beamed ceilings and wooden floors. Now with up to date luxuries this house makes for a fantastic 'get away from it all' holiday' but close enough to town for all essentials. The main house has two double bedrooms (both with AC); an adjoining luxury bathroom; a sitting room with a dining area; an air conditioned entertainment room with HD Satellite 42' TV, Home Cinema & Music System; a modern kitchen, dishwasher and fridge freezer; wireless Internet access; and a music system for al fresco dining and swimming pool area. The Guest House is air conditioned with twin beds and en suite luxury shower. Many quiet areas can be found in the extensive gardens affording shade from the midday sun.

Gardens, BBQ and terraces: The properties are surrounded by extensive terraces capturing sun or shade at whatever time of day. Adjoining the secluded swimming pool there is a large barbeque and shaded dining area perfect for day time and evening alfresco living. The gardens designed and built by award winning Chelsea Gardner are planted with ornamental trees, flowering shrubs and a variety of fruit trees, including banana, fig, lemon, cherry, avocado and the owners are quite happy for these to be picked by the guests throughout the year. Considerable thought has gone into creating the external living space whether it be day or evening time. The terraced areas can be lit at night to create the right ambiance for dining or just socialising. A waterfall in the orchard and pergola together with sweet smelling plants add further ambiance to this. Although there are many local restaurants the property is fully self contained having a fully fitted modern kitchen with large fridge, dishwasher, oven and hob.

Location: You approach this rustic property from the main town of Coin and through the orange groves of the Guardalhorce region. The road to the Finca although tarmaced is single track with passing places. La Finca El Albero is approached through a gated portico covered in bougainvillea and climbing roses then into the huge driveway in front of the property.

The costs include a weekly maid service, who will clean the Finca and change the bedding. Additionally a Gardner will twice weekly tend the garden and clean the swimming pool. We have our local housekeepers on hand for advice or help and any emergencies. We can also arrange a welcome pack for your arrival, so as your holiday can get off to a hassle free start.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Bob Brittaine (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Why Bob Brittaine chose Coin

Finca El Albero, formerly called the Stone House (as it’s built from the local stone) came into our lives as a result of us both visiting a property exhibition in Milton Keynes. We didn’t know at the time that a brochure containing an advertisement of partly reformed property, was eventually to become our new holiday home.

On arrival at Malaga we were met by the agent who showed us a range of new properties before arriving at the Stone House. At first sight we both fell in love with what was a 150 year old cottage, set in over grown and run down, large piece of land.

The next 3 months comprised the purchase and arranging the finishing of the building work and adding a swimming pool. This was both an education and at times an alarming experience. Picking the keys up in August 2001 was a huge delight and with credit cards at the ready, we spent a fortnight kitting out our new home, to be ready for a big family Christmas gathering.

Since 2001 we have continued to add to and improve our home by for example, developing the gardens, with help from my brother, an award winning horticulturist. Adding Home Cinema, Ipod Docs and Wifi too, enabling anyone staying there to keep in touch with civilisation, whilst relaxing.

Finca El Albero is a home, not a holiday home. The fittings and finishes installed are of a high standard, cared for by our housekeeper Elaine. Additionally, the gardens which need equal care and attention are cared for by Bartolme’ our local Spanish “friend” and having got to know him well over the years has invited us to their celebrations including his daughter’s and son’s weddings.

Originally the Stone House and now the Yellow House (Albero is the colour of the sand used in bullrings) our Finca gives us great delight whenever we go and we sincerely hope that those that spend their holidays there, are as equally delighted.

What makes this house unique

Why do the Spanish leave their old properties to go to ruin? And even if they do redevelop them, typically they would tear down the old and replace with new. Finca El Albero is fairly unique in this respect. We are told it was left abandoned and rat infested for nearly 30 years as the family that owned it, could not agree what to do. That was until a local British builder saw the potential, tracked down the owners and purchased it. Then running out of money he put it up for sale as an unfinished partly reformed Finca.

Preserving as much of the original character as possible, this old house has been transformed from a wreck and a jungle of a garden all brought back to life now with its own orchard, vines, wild flowers, palm trees, flowing bougainvillea, waterfall and cactus gardens.

The Spanish inheritance laws are such that parental properties are left to all the heirs resulting in family struggles over ownership. In a changing Spanish society, where using small holdings for crops is becoming rare the typical option is to try and sell to a developer, if the family can agree or if not, abandon the property.

Finca El Albero we are pleased to say, is a success story and we hope that the transformation is pleasing to all that spend a holiday there.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for 10 wonderful days in your Finca, an easy and relaxing way to feel at home immediately. Hope to come back soon!
Mar 2013
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Romantic, rustic, luxury house with private pool, gardens and stunning views
average rating of 4.88 based on 40 reviews

Wonderful holiday and house

  • 5 of 5

The Finca is a beautiful old restored farmhouse. Very clean with a wonderful big garden with fruits. The view from the house and the garden over the andalusien hills and mountains is magnificent. The gardener is very friendly. We stayed there for 2 weeks in February. It was sunny and warm during the daytime and at the evenings we used the wood burner. The finca is perfectly situated - very near to Malaga and the beach. We went (by car) to Gibraltar, Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada. We will recommend the finca to our friends.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive review. We are also glad you used the wood burning stoves as they are so much more homely than the warm air system! Indeed more efficient too as we provide the firewood for free.

Romantic house with nice garden and stunning views

  • 4 of 5

Finca del Albero is really a pleasant, peaceful and romantic house to stay. It is clean and well maintained and the facilities are functional. It's important to read the written instructions carefully to get keys and heating to work... No problems with english speaking and young people!

The map to the house is not working very well and you need the name of the street in spanish so Please, ask for the spanish written street name or coordinates.

We visited the house for three weeks on December so it was really nice to get the lounges warmed by fireplace; we had good firewood for it :)

And the garden is beautiful, also on December: oranges, lemons, grapefruits, avocados.. special enjoyable for us Finns that fruits are growing in trees, in the winter :))

With own car it was easy to visit Ronda, Chorro natural park, El Torcal natural park, Fuengirola and Malaga... And Granada is for one day visit if you departure early in the morning.

And Coin itself is natural spanish town with friendly people if you even try to speak some spanish:) And the New Years events are really something: losts and losts of people on the church plaza and on the streets with performance clothes, music and dancing middle of the night !!

We would recommend the house to our friends!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We were concerned that you would not find the Finca warm for the winter months but clearly you did and the free firewood we provided and the use of the heating in the house was sufficient. We have noted your comments regarding the instructions....which are of course in English and this would be a challenge to others who do not have a good command of English. For the future and for non english speaking guests we shall ask our Housekeeper to spend time showing how everything works. Finally, we shall add the location coodinates in the details for our SATNAV users. Thanks again for the great review.


  • 5 of 5

It was our third stay at Finca el Albero and it was as beautiful as ever! The views are just amazing and the finca and its extensive grounds provide everything you need for a truly relaxing holiday. It was a wrench to leave!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great that this was your third time at the Finca....first time guest in 2008, some 6 years ago. Since 2008 we have added several new facilities too. For example the new pool seating and BBQ area, free wifi, smartphone connectivity so you can play your own music and the swimming pool upgrade. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you back again in the future. Thank you for your review.

Lovely place and had a great break

  • 5 of 5

The Finca is very well maintained, clean and impressive.

The owner provided a very detailed summary of the property before our stay and the cleaners contacted us on the first day to make sure we had settled in ok and answer any questions we had.

There are lots of things to do within a short drive or you can sit by the pool, enjoying the views and weather. We went to Jerez, Mijas and Malaga.

Would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive email. We also encourage our housekeeper to make contact and welcome guests, giving an opportunity to answer any questions at the time.

a rustic gem with amazing views and gardens

  • 5 of 5

An old but beautifully restored farmhouse that has kept all of its rustic appeal . we loved the gardens which were separated into three distinct areas each of which had its own appeal. The views out across the area were beautiful to see at different times of day. The addition of the tiny cat (who actually doesn't come in the house) added a little something special to the holiday. A great base for visiting many other towns is Puerto banus, ronda. A great place for a relaxing holiday

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments.


  • 5 of 5

This villa has everything you could need for a relaxing holiday, all facilities are as described, the gardens are very well kept, the pool area was immaculate with a great pool. Everything was perfect, the wifi was essential with two teenagers and the house was so full of character we didn't want to leave.

Coin is a lovely town with plenty of shops and restaurants close by and we have stayed in other villa's in the area, this has been the best one by far. Finally Elaine the housekeeper was very helpful as were Bob and Denise.

Thank you for letting us stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review.


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Alhaurin Golf
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
La Bohemia
Nearest Beach
19 Miles
La Carla
Car: recommended

This romantic Finca El Albero is located close by the old Spanish market town of Coin in the Guardalhorce region of Andalucia and is renowned for its market garden produce, especially oranges, lemons and avocados. The centre of Coin is 10 minutes walk away from the Finca and has a good range of resturaunts,shops with a market every Saturday. Just outside Coin is a newly built shopping mall which includes a cinema, night club and bowling. With its central location, Coin is close to many other amenities such as golf courses, beaches, water parks, Selwo natural safari park, natural parks, botanical gardens, zoo and much, much more. Towns such as Marbella, Puerto Banus, Ronda, and Gibralter are all easily accessible.

Other Activities: Cinema, Ten pin bowling, night club

Golf: There are many Golf courses on the coast. The nearest however, is a brief 15 minutes drive at Alhaurin.


Rates & Availability

From £499 Per week

Coin House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Medium Plus
Apr 21 2015 - Jul 15 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jul 16 2015 - Sep 6 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2015 - Dec 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jan 11 2016 - Apr 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
Apr 2 2016 - Apr 20 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £250
Notes Please note that if booking for more than 2 weeks please contact the owners re the security deposit sum.
Please note that a supplement is charged for Easter and School holidays. Please email us for more details.
The cost of electricity isn't included in the rental charge. We charge this based on meter readings and deduct at cost from the security deposit.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Coin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The main bathroom is fitted with luxury tiles, power shower and heated towel rail. A seperate vanity unit houses the sink and mixer tap all set on oak strip flooring. Fabulously lit with overhead halogen lighting the bathroom is real luxury! The Casita, which is located just a few steps away from the Finca, is also fitted out with modern luxury tiles W/C wash hand basin and power shower enclosure. There is also an outside shower alongside the swimming pool.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The bedrooms in the Finca and Casita both have air conditioning/heating. There are also fitted wardrobes and have plenty of hanging and storage space throughout. The beds in the Finca are both queen sized double beds whilst the Casita has two single beds. The two main bedrooms flooring is rustic oak with luxury rugs. The Casita flooring is covered in luxury tiles. A baby cot is also available for hire. In addition there is summer and winter bedding supplied.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
The Casita is self contained with two single beds, shower and toilet. The Casita is also air conditioned. This separate accommodation, within a few steps from the main Finca, is ideal for children whose parents want to give them a little bit of independence whilst on holiday. It would also suit friends and other family members such as grandparents for a similar reason. For relaxing there is a range of entertainment systems. Entertainment inside the property includes a surround sound cinema system and a library of DVD movies. In addition there is a Satellite TV system with access to High Definition channels. You can play your own music through the Sony music system via an iPOD connection or access the CD library. Outside there is also a music system for the pool area and covered dining area. If you wish to get away from everyone and into the garden there is a portable music system or an iPOD docking station for use with your own music. Wireless broadband access is also available.

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