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Rikke & Michael

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, german

Refurbished holiday apartment in an Andalusian farmhouse in The Lake District

62 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Antequera (Costa del Sol) Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Complete silence, peace & quiet. Magnificent panoramic lake view. Lake 100 m.

Be tantalised by turquoise lakes flashing in and out of view on the way to this old

farmhouse. It stands alone amid wild flowers, and borders the National Park where

golden eagles soar, and olives and peppers ripen in the sun. Rikke and Michael (who

live round the back) have created a little beach by the lake and there’s magical footdangling

to be had from the pontoon. These spotless open-plan studio apartments with

their kitchenettes, shower rooms and terraces are cosy, bright and functional; three are

upstairs and three are down. Bag one of the bigger ones on the first floor for

mesmerising views over one of the three lakes. The apartments are simple but there are

some individual touches too: hand-stitched quilts, family paintings. Listen out for the

baker who brings deliciously fresh bread three times a week, and note the onsite shop

for bare essentials. Lap up the unspoilt outdoorsy flavour with fantastic walking,

kayaking, biking, swimming and fishing – or just relax.

Activities: By the lake you will find different restaurants and picnic sites as the area is a quite popular excursion spot. Here you have the option to do different water sports such as kayak or canoeing. You can even fish in the lake, we have a couple of fine fishing rods for free disposal. Do you enjoy walking or mountain biking you will find several marked walking paths across the fields. And the mountains behind our finca have some of Spain's best possibilities for mountain climbing. Paragliding and Repelling is also very popular. The beautiful lakes and the amazing mountains are just outside the door of your holiday apartment. Kayaks and water bikes are rented out at 3 different places by the lakes. Here you also find different picnic places where you can enjoy yourselves for a whole day. Paragliding points are only 1,5 km. from the finca and the mountains behind gives you some of the best climbing or rappelling challenges in Spain. Also endless kilometers of hiking and biking routes.

Nature: The nature reserve by our finca is called Desfiladero de los Gaitones and has an area of 2.016 hectares situated between the municipalities of Ardales, Antequera og Alora. The area is characterized by its many funny and fascinating stone structures which have evolved through thousands of years by water and wind. A dramatic and lovely tourist attraction is La Garganta del Chorro; a 3 kilometer long and 400 meter high gorge, which connect the three lakes; Embalse de Gaitanejo, Embalse del Conde de Guadalhorce og Embalse del Guadalteba-guadalhorce by the river Guadlahorce that runs to the coast of Málaga. The area's flora is a true pleasure for everyone. There are lots of aromatic pine, eucalyptus, olive, oak tree, cactus and cypress. Smaller vegetation as rosemary, thyme, wild roses and different flowers make small bushes up to 40 cm high. No matter the time of the year the nature is always covered in the most beautiful colors and the air is fresh and clean.

Culture: El Arpa is close to Malaga and some of the World's most appreciated cultural treasures such as the impressive Alhambre Palace in Granada, the big Moorish mosque in Cordoba with the beautiful columns, La Giralda cathedral in Seville and not to forget the bullring and the impressive bridge in Ronda. Malaga has been going through a huge development both cosmetic and cultural during the last 10 years. In 2003 the opening of the impressive Picasso Museum took place and today it exhibits more than 200 pieces of his art. Also a visit to the village museum by the Alcazaba-Gibralfaro- fortress and the roman theatre is very interesting. Picasso's native home and the magnificent cathedral. Or maybe just a walk through the city with all its life, small alleys with busy coffee bars and modern shops on the renovated main street Calle Marques de Larios. Everywhere lots of life and joy. Antequera is a very historic city and the city with the highest amount of churches per inhabitant in Spain (200).

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Rikke & Michael (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, german

About Rikke & Michael

We are a Danish couple and came already in the early 1990's to Andalusia, where we left our hearts. Back then we worked as tour guides and after having been around Europe we returned more than 10 year ago and have been living and working here since then.

Rikke & Michael purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Rikke & Michael chose Antequera (Costa del Sol)

We bought and restored the old Andalusian farmhouse 'El Arpa' in The Lake District of Malaga, where we let apartments to hikers, birdwatchers and other nature lovers - and we live here ourselves.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Panoramic views over the lake. Even lake views from your bed!

Reviews

4.6
based on 62 traveler reviews

Refurbished holiday apartment in an Andalusian farmhouse in The Lake District
average rating of 4.596774 based on 62 reviews
5

Nature and silence

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at El Arpa.

The old farmhouse is located in the middle of nature without a house in sight. The view from the terrasse is wonderful and it is only a 2 min. walk to take a dip in the lake in front of the house.

There are lots of beautiful walking trails nearby and also some nice restaurants within short driving range.

After a week we felt refreshed and energised.

Thank you to Rikke and Michael for their hospitality and greetings to Hugo too.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Die Seele baumeln mit fantastischem Seeblick

  • 5 of 5

Eine Woche Klettern in El Chorro. Wo fährt man da hin? Wir haben uns diesmal nicht für El Chorro selbst sondern dieses wirkliche schöne Appartment an den nördlich gelegenen Stauseen entschieden. Und die Entscheidung war goldrichtig! Sehr schön gelegen - direkt oberhalb des Stausees. Der Sektor Desplomilandia liegt direkt hinterm Haus. In El Chorro ist man mit dem Auto in 15-20 min. Die 6 Appartments sind wirklich mit Liebe zum Detail eingerichtet. Ein gelungener Mix aus nordischen Elementen (Die Gastgeber sind Dänen) und andalusischem Flair. Ein schöne Außenanlage rundet das ganze ab. Was uns besonders gut gefallen hat: Super Betten und eine Küche, in der man wirklich selber kochen kann.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Traumhaft ruhige und schöne Lage!

  • 5 of 5

Es war eine tolle, entspannende Woche! Die Finca ist traumhaft gelegen, die Apartments sind gut eingerichtet und die Freundlichkeit von Rikke und Michael ist einfach nur toll!

Weiter so!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Skønne El Arpa

  • 5 of 5

5 dejlige dage i hos Rikke og Michael i deres skønne hus. Det var ren afslapning, at komme tilbage efter ture i bjergene, del Ray eller besøg i småbyer, og nyde stilheden på terrassen, i haven eller ved søen. Og så er nattehimlen helt fantastisk.

Vi boede i et af de underste værelser, og der var noget lydt fra værelset ovenpå, men vi kommer gerne tilbage en anden gang.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Prachtplek

  • 5 of 5

El Arpa is een oase van rust. De prachtige ‘Finca’ ligt heerlijk afgelegen aan een mooi groot meer waarvan je vanwege de stilte vaak het idee hebt dat het er helemaal alleen voor jou ligt. Het is een ideale uitvalsbasis als je de steden Sevilla, Cordoba en Granada wil bezoeken, of in het geval je het dichter bij huis wil houden, Ronda, Malaga en Antequera (vooral het bezoek aan El Torcal is erg de moeite waard). Maar gewoon lekker op de Finca blijven kan ook. Wij hadden een van de appartementen op de bovenverdieping, en dan heb je een prachtig uitzicht over het meer en de omringende heuvels. Restaurants liggen op wat afstand (vanaf een kilometer of 4, wel goed en snel bereikbaar met de auto), maar de appartementen zijn ook uitermate goed uitgerust met keukengerei zodat je ‘s avonds heerllijk zelf kunt koken en eten op je mooie terrasje.

In de omgeving zijn tal van mogelijkheden voor actieve ontspanning, veel mooie wandeltochten, en voor wie geen hoogtevrees heeft de Caminito del Rey. Mikael en Rikki kunnen je veel tips geven, en hebben tal van geplastificeerde kaarten die je mee kunt nemen. En na een actieve ontspanning is het heerlijk zwemmen in het meer. Prachtplek om lekker tot rust te komen, en een ideale uitvalsbasis voor als je wil genieten van dat wat Andalusie te bieden heeft.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
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Fantastische ligging met nodige luxe.

  • 3 of 5

Compacte prima onderhouden woning met nodige service in prachtige omgeving aan rand van meer.

De eigenaars bieden je de nodige informatie zondermeer.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
68 Kilometres
Malaga
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
4 Restaurants mit Bar
Nearest Ferry
68 Kilometres
Malaga
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Antequera
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Bobadilla
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
A-92 Granada-Sevilla
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
4 Restaurants
Nearest Ski
200 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Guadalhorce See
Car: recommended

Our finca is situated near Ardales and El Chorro, this area is a true Mekka for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, no matter age. The lakes are divided into three different lakes called; Embalse de Gaitanejo, Embalse del Conde de Guadalhorce and the biggest of them all Embalse del Gualdalteba-Guadalhorce, which is the one in front of our finca. By the lake you will find different restaurants and picnic sites as the area is a quite popular excursion spot. Here you have the option to do different water sports such as kayak or canoeing. You can even fish in the lake, we have a couple of fine fishing rods for free disposal. Do you enjoy walking or mountain biking you will find several marked walking paths across the fields. And the mountains behind our finca have some of Spain's best possibilities for mountain climbing. Paragliding and Rapelling are also very popular. The neighboring villages are Alora, Antequera, Pizzara, Bobadilla and Campillos. El Torcal is also nearby.

Other Activities: Rock climbing, canoing, kayaking, hiking, rappelling, arch shooting, etc.

Golf: 60 golf courses in Andalucia - Antequera Golf is the closest (30 km).

Ski: Ski resort Sierra Nevada 200 km

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Antequera Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Amenities

Antequera (Costa del Sol) Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 25 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Room 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Room 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Either double bed or twin bed
  • El Arpa offers relaxing holiday accommodation in a self-catering apartment for two persons with a double bed. The apartment is comfortably furnished and the Spanish charm is well kept.
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The apartment is with a well-equipped kitchen with four-burner hob, fridge with freezer and dining set for four people and an equipped bathroom with shower. To make your arrival comfortable we provide you with a little welcome pack to make your first day easier. The apartment has its own private entrance and in fronts a little patio or terrace with a barbecue to make your Spanish nights unforgettable. While enjoying the beautiful view over the lake you can make tasty grilled meat or vegetables on the barbecue and not to forget the taste of the delicious Spanish wines. Just outside your apartment we have made a little herb garden and you are more than welcome to use a tuft of tasteful Rosemary or Oregano in your dinner.

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