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Stylish townhouse with superb views, elegant courtyard, pool and fountains

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,679 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Impressive 3 bedroom house in quiet corner of lively town

In the town of Alora but perched on a hill overlooking the Guadalhorce valley in the Andalucian mountains, Cuarenta is a superb base for exploring Inland Spain, for enjoying a lively Spanish style of life or just chilling out, lounging on the terraces looking at the wonderful views to the mountains of the El Chorro and El Torcal National Parks. The house has been completely refurbished over the last few years to give a light and spacious feel with a large (27 ft x 14 ft) open plan living area, 3 generous bedrooms, new bathroom and separate shower room and revamped kitchen. We have redecorated and retiled throughout and all furnishing and equipment is to a high standard. In this part of Spain for much of the year life is best conducted outdoors. There is a delightful, plant filled courtyard, three terraces and stunning views. So, explore historic Old Spain, walk in wonderful hills or enjoy restaurants, shops and life in a lively and very Spanish town - delightful.

Accredited by Your Holiday Matters: We are extremely pleased to have been accredited by “Your Holiday Matters” - an independent assurance of quality. Membership can not be bought, and is only awarded to owners who demonstrate that they really care about providing a consistently high level of customer service and accommodation. Additionally, all applications are objectively assessed by an owners' panel who also directly consult former guests to vouch for their holiday experience. So if you book with us you can be sure the accommodation will live up to expectations and that we will provide everything we say we will!

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Kevin Mawdesley
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018


Álora House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1679 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All rooms recently refurbished, plenty of clothes and storage space, towels and linen provided
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
The interior of the house has been totally refurbished recently but what really makes this house is the space outside. In this part of Spain for much of the year life is best conducted outdoors and the quality of the space outside of the house is just as important as the accommodation inside. At Cuarenta you first walk into a delightful, plant filled courtyard. Then steps lead up to the first terrace with a brick built BBQ and a small but thoughtfully designed pool, wonderful sitting on the back wall, sipping a drink, dangling your feet in the water and looking across at the mountains. The second terrace is covered to provide a shady area then up to the highest terrace with stunning views across Guadalhorce valley to the mountains of the El Chorro and El Torcal National Parks. We have really had good fun working on the courtyard and terraces and we guess that, like us, you will spend most of your waking hours enjoying the space outside rather than in!


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Stylish townhouse with superb views, elegant courtyard, pool and fountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

The house is located in a quiet area a short distance from the town centre. Views from the terrace are amazing. The house is well equipped with all you need for a comfortable, hassle free stay. The welcome pack adds a nice touch when arriving without provisions. As well as the shops in town where you can buy Fresh fish, Meat, Vegetables and fruit, there is a large Mercadona supermarket at the other end of town. Listen out for the horn of the bread van and fish van in the mornings where you can buy goods pretty much on the doorstep.

All in all a good house in a nice location ideal for exploring the local area.

The excellent rail links make getting out and about simple if you decide to take a break from driving. We took the train to Malaga on one occasion and Ronda on another.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lou - glad you enjoyed the house and Alora so much.
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Fantastic base for a family adventure in Andalucia

  • 5 of 5

First impression of the house is wow! The pictures do not do this place justice, from the spacious living area and generous bedrooms through to the kitchen (with a welcome pack of bread, milk, snacks and wine) out to the traditionally decorate outside dining area you start to think you made the correct decision to come on holiday here. but, then you go up the stairs to the sun terrace with the plunge pool, BBQ and upper terrace area and you really know you have arrived at the perfect holiday home!

We used the house as a base to explore the region, here are our tips : drive up to the lake (la Isla) at El Chorro and dive in to the water off a pedalo then stop off at la garganta on the way home. Get the train to Ronda from Alora station to visit the most stunning place you could hope to see. Get the train to Malaga Maria Zambrano and amble around this historic city, go to the Tuesday market at Fuengirola for bargains. Walk in to Alora in the evenings and eat Tapas in D'Kanas and have beers in the many bars while you soak up the Spanish way of life... you start to imagine yourself living here!

But most of all don't forget to just relax in the sun drinking cruzcampo and cooking on the BBQ.

Everything about this holiday and especially this property was wonderful and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing break away from the crowds and the beaten track.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful house and allowing us to experience such a perfect holiday.

We will be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this Stuart - really glad you enjoyed your time in Alora!!
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Climber's Paradise

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect week in Alora! The climbing areas in El Chorro were astonishing beautiful and this feeling was strengthened by the Cuarenta House. A house in which we totally relaxed, felled like home from the first minute and truly had everything we needed (hot water, nice beds, terraces in the sun and a greatly equipped kitchen). Picture this: starting a day with a nice cup of coffee in the early morning, seeing the sun rise, with nothing but white houses, calmness and a mountain view from your own terrace.. This was not something we were used to (we come from a total flat country). A truly magical week..! Thank you very much for this beautiful week and we hope we will be allowed to use the house once more in the future when we return to the nostalgic rocks. Kind Regards, Marc, Makosja, Koen and Robbert from the Netherlands ^.^

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect base to explore Southern Andalucia...

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a fantastic week here in June.

From the initial enquiry with Kevin until the post-holiday chat we found him to be nothing short of faultless. It was our first holiday booked through a private rental website and I obviously had initial concerns...but believe me, there is nothing to worry about!

The property itself is beautifully located in a "proper" Spanish town, a short drive from Malaga and the airport. Rail links with the city are frequent and easy.

The first thing that strikes you as you enter the house is the size...three good sized bedrooms, a decent living area and a pretty well appointed kitchen. At this point you wonder if you are at the right place...the price paid seems such good value!

And then you walk out into the back courtyard...

Past the outdoor dining area and up the stairs. Past the pool...admittedly small, but perfect for a refreshing plunge. Past the barbeque and the first level sunbeds and swing lounger...

And on to the upper terrace with yet more seating. The views afforded from here left me speechless. I spent most of my waking time at the house standing with a beer just taking in the view. Even after nightfall it is nice to sit here and gaze at the stars...there is hardly any light pollution here so the extreme dark offers a great view of the night sky.

Alora itself is situated halfway between the Costa Del Sol, with its bustling resorts, and the spectacular lakes and mountains of El Chorro...both within a half hour drive.

Further afield lie Marbella, an hour's drive, and Gibraltar...well worth the hour and a half car journey.

Malaga, with its fantastic Cathedral, museums and endless tapas bars is a short, cheap train ride away.

If it has not already become obvious...I loved my week here and would recommend a stay here to anybody.

We WILL be going back...

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spanish siesta

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfull week in Alora and in this house. It had a lot of space and the terrace was very relaxing. The house is in a perfect place to visit the village. The restaurant behind the white church is really good. And you can drive to Malaga or the mountains easily. Or you could go by train to Malaga as wel. It all has a real Spanish vibe and it calls for a Spanish siësta.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review and, as ever, we're really glad you enjoyed your holiday and the delights of this lovely town. KM
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Good selection
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Costa del Golf
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Good selection
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Costa del Sol / Ardales Lakes
Car: recommended

Alora is a dramatic small town set astride three steep hills and dominated by an old Moorish Castle. For the most part it is still a pueblo blanco (white-walled village) with narrow whitewashed streets, steep slopes, churches, lemon trees and squares where people gather. However, it also has a more modern quarter with reasonable and interesting shops and many bars and restaurants. The town and the house overlook the Guadalhorce valley to the mountains of the El Chorro and El Torcal National Parks beyond. The town is small enough to walk everywhere. You are in a quiet cul-de-sac below the church, away from traffic but only a five minute walk through the winding streets to the main square - always full of life, particularly in the mornings when the men come to smoke, drink coffee (maybe brandy) and talk and the evenings as people come out to be social. So explore historic Old Spain, walk in dramatic hills then enjoy restaurants, shops and life in a lively and very Spanish town.

Other Activities: Hill walking - routes provided


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We ask for 25% deposit on booking, the balance about 6 weeks before the holiday.

Cheaper airfares tend to be in mid-week and to let you take advantage of these we keep the changeover day flexible, even in the main summer season. For a family of four this can save you £200 or more on flights. We also try to help you by accepting bookings for whatever length holiday suits you, not just full weeks

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.