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Alba Lucía Castellanos

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Speaks: english, spanish

Traditional Spanish Villa In Comares With Swimming Pool And Great Views

17 Reviews
Sleeps15
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Axarquia (Costa del Sol) Cottage Rental Photos and Description

5/6 bedroom,4 bathroom, 3 terraces (different levels) and garden

Villa Carlitos offers traditional country villa facilities near the stunning hilltop village of Comares on the edge of the Montes de Malaga Natural Park - one hour from Malaga. Bob and Alba Lucia have spent 4 years renovating their property in the small hamlet of Los Ventorros. From the beginning the idea was to use as many recycled or second hand materials as possible. All the doors, for example, have come from 'junk yards' (although you wouldn’t believe it when you see the renovated results) and practically all the furniture is second hand and restored. The result is that everything contributes to the cosy, 'rustic' style that we wanted to create. We enjoy the cosiness of evenings in front of the fire and the refreshingly cool areas of the shady patios under the vines in the summer. Villa Carlitos is for people who appreciate the countryside and value the old instead of the new. If you are amongst these and you want to see a part of 'real' Spain, you will probably enjoy Villa Carlitos as much as we do. The property is spacious and constructed on 3 levels with large outside terraces offering both sunny and shaded aspects. The views across open countryside from both the front and rear terraces are beautiful. Most attractive are the traditional Andalucian features, including beams, heavy wooden doors and window shutters. The log fireplace is a cosy feature where we enjoy dinners with friends around the large dining room table and the small but nice pool is perfect in summer when we can enjoy late dinners on the back patio, with the silhouettes of the mountains as a backdrop and the chirping of the cicardas to keep us company.

Furnished in rustic style with modern comforts, the villa will appeal to anyone wishing to enjoy a traditional Spanish house in a convenient village countryside location.

The welcoming bar/restaurant and village shop is just a few metres walk and there is ample free parking right outside the villa. Comares hilltop village, with views to the Mediterranean coast in the distance, has attractive narrow streets and good facilities ..

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Alba Lucía Castellanos (Owner)
Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english, spanish

About Alba Lucía Castellanos

Bob and Alba Lucia have lived in Malaga for around 20 years. He is from UK, having grown up in the south of England, before going to University in Oxford and then working in London and later Torbay. Alba Lucia comes from Colombia and lived for a while in the south of England before coming to Malaga. Bob works in Malaga as the Marketing Director of a leading Spanish language school while Alba Lucia helps to run ASIC (Asi es Colombia) an association dedicated to showing positive aspects of Colombia, improving the relations between Colombians living in Spain and the Spaniards and to providing services to the Colombian community in Malaga. She also runs the Banco de Tiempo in the east of Malaga, Their 14 year old son, Charlie, is at school in Malaga, and is, of course, football mad and loves the fact that the Comares city council have created one of Spain's longest 'zip-lines' (tiro lineas), together with a rock climbing site and hanging bridges in the village just 7 mins by car from Villa Carlitos. When the house isn't rented we love to invite friends for the weekend for dinners by the fireside in winter and out on the terrace in summer.

Alba Lucía Castellanos purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Alba Lucía Castellanos chose Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

With its 4 bathrooms and 5-6 bedrooms, Villa Carlitos is ideal for a couple of families with kids or an extended family wanting a relaxing holiday together. It also works for anyone looking to find the real Andalucia, peaceful but not dead (a couple of bars and neighbours around), great walks, plenty of space on the various terraces to relax in and ideal for cooking great, leisurely meals, or going next door to Encarnita in 'El Molino' for lovely Andalucian, home-cooked, comfort-food or to the 'Table Mountain' if you want food a bit more sofisticated.

In the winter, the evenings centre around the log fire with candelight and music or videos and games. Breakfast and lunch can be eaten on the terrace most of the year. In the summer the various terraces ensure that you can always find shade or sun as you like and provide wonderful relaxing environments for late dinners and bottles of wine, star-gazing, listening to the crickets and watching the galactic fights to the death of the geckos against all-comers played out on the wall of the house.

Just an hour from Malaga's international airport and situated on a good-quality tarmac road, Villa Carlitos is relatively easy to get to but offers dramatic mountain and country views with walks from the front door. At around 700 metres above sea-level and in a small hamlet 10 minutes from the white-washed village of Comares, we are in the heart of the Axarquia and a short drive from the Montes of Malaga National Park. The hamlet of Los Ventorros is a combination of the most authentic Andalucian country life (the old men playing dominoes and cards in the bar next door, the sound of goat bells from the local herd, the friendlieness of the local people, the great country recipes) with a touch of the cosmopolitan provided by a few international neighbours from the surrounding villages (Brits, Dutch, German) who have also decided that they enjoy the good life of rural Andalucia.

What makes this cottage unique

• 1-hour from Malaga’s airport, 30 minutes from the beach, 700 metres above sea-level

• 5-6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps up to 13 comfortably.

• Exposed beams and lots of old wooden doors and features make it very cosy and atmospheric

• A large open log fire is great for fire-side evenings from October through to May

• The kitchen is very well-equipped for those who, like us, enjoy cooking

• The front, back and lower terrace provide lots of space for reading, relaxing, playing games, sun-bathing or whatever. The old vine helps provide lovely shade in summer

• The small pool is perfect for cooling off and the full-sized table tennis table in the basement is a favourite of the kids

• Lots of the furniture, all the doors and quite a lot of fixtures and fittings are second hand or have been re-cycled, creating a warm, bohemian feeling while making the most of existing resources

• Great hill-walking from the front door, the lovely village of Comares 30 mins walk away (10mins by car), mountain biking available in the Montes of Malaga and rock climbing/zip-lining in Comares

• Easy access to the beach in Velez Malaga, an hour and a bit to Granada to visit the Alhambra and even ski in winter, 40 minutes to the historic, cultural and Mediterranean city of Malaga!

Reviews

4.9
based on 17 traveler reviews

Traditional Spanish Villa In Comares With Swimming Pool And Great Views
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
5

A gorgeous, homely countryside villa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the villa for a week, and it was absolutely perfect. The villa is perfect for a big group with 3 different beautiful terraces where you can sit and lounge all day long. The pool is great for cooling down, and there is a another local pool just up the road. It is a very peaceful area, but close enough to a couple of small bars and a gorgeous, quaint town centre. Bob and Alba were so helpful and friendly, they made us very welcome. We will definitely be back. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Villa Carlitos - muy bueno!

  • 5 of 5

This is our third visit to Comares staying at Villa Carlitos. The house is excellent for a large group (there were eleven of us). The house has a very authentic Spanish feel to it with lots of lovely plants and flowers, while offering plenty of shade at different times of the day. We really enjoyed eating outside on the covered terraces. The pool is ideal for a cooling dip and the local swimming pool in Comares is a super facility in a lovely setting. The table tennis was also a big hit with the children as was the outside hammock - great for a relaxing read. The bar next door, is run by a very friendly Spanish woman and is great for a cold beer and reasonably priced food. Another restaurant close by offers an alternative venue for food and drink. Comares is a beautiful hilltop village and it is definitely worth walking up to the ruined fortress for great views of the surrounding area. There is a very well stocked small supermarket in Comares which can provide for all your shopping needs. Malaga itself, is well worth visiting and a bus to Malaga stops just outside the house after 7am and returns in the early evening - a great day out! We really enjoyed our stay and Alba and Bob are very welcoming and approachable if you need anything.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Owner's Response: Many thanks for the great review. Glad to hear you had another great stay. Dont forget that its very nice by the fireside in winter.
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I was told it was brilliant - it was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

I visited this lovely villa this year with my sister and my two sons, they had spent two weeks here in 2014 and raved about their holiday. It was everything they had described, fantastic location with stunning views, a spot for all no matter how big your group. A lovely warm greeting from Alba when we arrived who is always on hand should you need her. My husband John particularly loved the front terrace, he would have his breakfast there each morning then sunbath until the pub next door opened- he was then off to join the locals for a friendly chat & drink. My sons both 25 + returned because they love the friendly locals, the restaurant often holds street parties. These are not rowdy but offer a great social gathering, we had a brilliant night entertained by a local band. I would highly recommend this villa to families or small groups, great for walking, sun drenched days on the various terraces and lovely local food.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Owner's Response: I apologize for answering so late. I´m glad to hear so nice comments about Villa Carlitos and the general area where the house is. I would like to let you know that Villa Carlitos is suitable for the summer or for the winter, so why not booking for Christmas or New Years?. Best regards
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5

Lovely villa in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this traditional Spanish property in the middle of some of Spain's most beautiful hills. It's in a fantastic location just outside of the village of Comares - where you can access the amenities you might need, whilst being situated in a small group of properties, including a couple of restaurant/bars, making it a peaceful and tranquil experience but without being too cut off. The locals at these two restaurants are really friendly and welcoming so we really got to enjoy a bit of village life too! The villa itself was great for a big group as there are lots of living spaces including terraces, space by the pool and a room downstairs to play table tennis so we didn't feel on top of each other at all even if all of us were relaxing in the house together. Plus, the kitchen is a great space for cooking for lots of people and is decked out with all the utensils you could need! We just loved cooking some great dishes and then enjoying them on the patio outside looking out to the beautiful views!

We did a variety of walks into the area surrounding the villa - there are both short and longer walks to suit your taste, and we enjoyed exploring Comares itself, which is a lovely town with some spectacular views.

Bob and Alba are incredibly welcoming and helpful, and take a real pride in their property. We would highly recommend it, and are looking forward to returning as soon as we can squeeze a visit in!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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AWESOME VILLA in a beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this perfect villa as a group of 8 people, I would highly recommend you stay here if you are looking for a location that offers amazing views, peace and tranquility but not too cut off from amenities. The villa offers a setting where you can spend time together in a group or space to chill out on your own on the many terraces. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything that you need should you wish to cook. The bar/ restaurant next door is a huge bonus, Encarnita the owner will cook you anything you ask for. There is also a restaurant called table mountain, this too offers delicious food and great hospitality.

On arrival we were greeted by the owners Alba & Bob, they were very welcoming and are on hand should you need any help or advice. The service we received could not be faulted, it was first class. The villa is very quaint, we found it very clean and well maintained. The local people are very friendly, they seem to welcome visitors to their small village.

Comares is a short drive uphill, we often walked both there and back. I would advise that you take a small torch if walking back in the dark as there is no road lights. Don't be put off from walking it is a pleasure to see all the views and the village has great bars and restaurants. We were lucky to be there whilst the festival was on, very traditional and a fantastic atmosphere. There is also an outdoor community pool, for 2 euros you can stay all day.

We drove to many surrounding towns and beaches, all had something that we found interesting - well worth getting out and about.

In summary I would say that all of our group have come back home a little sad to have left this perfect villa and location. My husband and nephew want to return and live there, it was just so idyllic.

Thank you Alba & Bob for your hospitality.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Owner's Response: Dear Sue and Carl We are thrilled to read your great review and to see how much you and your familly enjoyed Villa Carlitos. Its interesting to see that you appreciated it for the same reasons as we do: tranquility, different spaces for different moods, the views, the kitchen for creating home cooking and Encarnita when you can't be bothered. Thank you for loving Villa Carlitos - the house really appreciates guests like you. Bob and Alba
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AN UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAY

  • 5 of 5

We spent a delightful week at Villa Carlitos (a group of 9 adults) in a very relaxing and peaceful location with good access to the coastal beaches only half an hour away. We wanted to stay inland in the mountains where we could go for interesting walks with impressive scenery. Our hosts Bob and Alba Lucia were very pleasant, friendly and helpul with suggestions of places to visit and things to do. They made our trip special.

The villa itself has been restored in a beautiful rustic fashion typical of Andalucia and is very comfortable with a well-equipped kitchen, barbecue, pleasant garden, table tennis and a nice pool for cooling off. The terraces in the villa are ideal for relaxing in the shade or sun with beautiful views over the countryside.

We visited the historic hilltop village of Comares, only 10 minutes away by car, from which we enjoyed the stunning views of the area. Here there is a good restaurant and supermarket.

We ate some evenings at the bar/restaurant "El Molino" next door to the villa where they cooked excellent Andalucian food. We had a fantastic holiday and Bob and Alba Lucia made us feel completely at home.

We recommend this cosy Villa Carlitos to a family or group of friends who like to stay in the Spanish countryside in a lovely and peaceful rural retreat which is only one hour from Malaga airport. We definitely want to go back again.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Málaga
Nearest Barpub
6 Metres
El Molino
Nearest Ferry
26 Kilometres
Málaga Port
Nearest Golf
29 Kilometres
Añoreta Golf,
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
María Zambrano, Málaga
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
A-7
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
The Table Mountain
Nearest Ski
145 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada, Granada
Nearest Beach
24 Kilometres
Velez Málaga
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach, 40 minutes drive to the beaches of Malaga city, Rincon de la Victoria and Velez Malaga. These have relatively unspoilt beaches lined with typical beachfront restaurants (chiringuitos)serving delicious fresh fish and seafood at domestic, Spanish prices. Golf, This is not really a golfing area (700 m above sea level) but there are plenty of golf courses within 30-60 mins drive. The nearest is Añoreta. The longest Zip Lines (Tirolinas) in Spain(430 metres) plus 3 NEW aerial walkways with different levels of difficulty. Rock climbing. Guided Tours of Comares and surrounding areas on donkeys. Five fabulous signposted walking routes of various lengths and difficulty. Mountain Bike' tracks in the countryside around Comares. Guided tours around the historic village of Comares and local sites of great historical and archaeological interest. Spanish or English language lessons. Travel: Excursions to Marrocco.Long weekends.

Local Ferias of Los Ventorros: Normally Los Ventorros has its ferias on the second weekend of July. Literally in frot of Villa Carlitos you will enjoy 2/3 days this festival with live music (verdiales, Coros Rocieros and bands); typical dances (sevillanas, verdiales, flamenco).

Ferias of Comares: This festival is held the third or last weekend of August, where if you have not had a chance to be in Los Ventorros, this is a good alternative to enjoy more music and dances of the region.

Make sure the exact date of each year by contacting before booking.

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Rates & Availability

Comares Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High season
Jul 1 2016 - Sep 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
$982
 
 
Mid season
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$726
 
 
Low Season
Oct 3 2016 - Dec 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
$631
 
 
Mid season
Dec 2 2016 - Jan 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
$726
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $219

Please note that in Low & Mid Season the 575 and 662 euros per week price are for up to 10 people. For occupancy of 11 people or more there is an additional cost of 20 euros per person per week. eg, In low season, 13 persons = 575+60=635 euros. Great value!. In Mid seson 13 people: 662+60=722 euros. Prices include: accommodation for the number of people contracted. normal consumption of electricity water and gas, linen, towels. Wood, 10 euros per night. EXtra cleaning 60 euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Axarquia (Costa del Sol) Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In bed room 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Guest bath room upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , In bed room 5.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , In bed room 6
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Ensuite large double bedroom. Shower, full bath room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , 1 single bed plus 1 bunk bed. Sleep 3 people.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Extra large double bed, can converted into 2 single beds.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 child bed , Ensuite double bed room.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double sofe bed, ensuite.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
Notes:
Spanish or English language lessons. Travel: Excursions to Marrocco. Long weekends. We will do the shopping for you if you request it. We will send you a shopping list for you to choose what you want us to buy and get ready for your arrival. Would you like us to meet you at the airpot? we are happy to do it. Please ask for more information. Would you like a profesional tour of Málaga city. We will organize it for you. Encarnita, from next door restaurant would cook for you and take the food (nice paellas, estofados, patatas fritas con huevo) home so that you can enjoy it.

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