An Andalucian 3 bedroom, rural retreat with its pool and large grounds.
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About Sheila Puri
Hi I'm Sheila and with my husband, owner of Bajo La Maroma in Canillas de Aceituno and La Rijana in Almunecar. We have 3 children, the eldest two work in finance in London and the youngest as an accounts analyst in Madrid.
Sheila Puri purchased this Villa in 1997
Why Sheila Puri chose Canillas de Aceituno
We bought our villa in Canillas de Aceituno about 20 years ago. We had lived in Peru and spoke an amount of Spanish, and were looking for a holiday home in the sun, not too far away from UK and in a Spanish speaking area, where we could take our 3 young children. The southern coast of Spain was the obvious answer. We didn't want to be involved in the British invasion along the coast west of Malaga and came across the wonderful white hillside village of Canillas de Aceituno. The villa just outside Canillas was perfect - in a beautiful setting, with its own pool and far enough away from neighbours not to have to worry about the noise the children made as they played in the pool all day long! The traditional whitewashed village of Canillas, just 2 minutes away, was full of charm and character and the people there very friendly. Not only that, but the coast was just half an hour away, so we could still go down to the sea, water park, horse riding, go-carting etc and had lots of shops, supermarkets and restaurants available should we need them.
What makes this Villa unique
Time flies and so have the 'children' but we still adore going out to the villa. Despite living in a village in UK, there is no silence there that compares with the peace in the Andalucian hills around Canillas and the blackness of the sky for star-gazing. You really feel that you are getting away from it all, and without the distraction of TV, you seem to return to the simple life and can actually unwind; read all those books you've been meaning to; exercise your artistic, literary or photographic skills or do some bird-watching (don't forget the binoculars). If you should want it though, the village is just 2 minutes away, the local town 20 minutes and Malaga less than an hour. The high vaulted and beamed ceilings give the place real character and now with the modernisation and open plan style, the traditional and modern are perfectly combined. I love to see the sun rise over the mountain (La Maroma - the highest in the Axarquia) and at the end of the day, take my G+T and watch as the rocky face of El Penon turns through a range of golden hues, ending rose-red in the evening sun. (I've tried to mirror this gorgeous colour in the tiles of the en-suite bathroom which looks out to the mountains.) After that, we BBQ, then maybe watch for shooting stars and take a midnight swim. It is all so beautiful, that I hate having to leave, and just long for the next trip back!
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Amazing location and villa
What a gorgeous villa and experience! We all totally loved Heather and her furry family! They looked after us if we needed anything ! Fabulous Alley,Debbie,George,Alan and Jackie ! WE WILL BE BACK
Nice villa in a beautiful location
Perfect relaxing stay...
Our third visit to this hidden gem, until next time...
Glad you all enjoyed it and hope you liked the new-look pool and pool furniture!
I look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Beautifully located, safe, stunning views framed by arcs, lovely Heather and Mike. We hope to come back!
Thanks for your lovely review and I'm so happy that it met your hopes and expectations.
Just from your brief but concise review I get the feeling that your stay in Bajo La Maroma absolutely 'hit the spot' and that you had a very relaxing 3 weeks in the villa surrounded by the awesome views.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your villa, tucked away in the mountains, with spectacular views all around. Spacious as it was, comfortably furnished and friendly neighbours around we can recommend this address to everyone who loves peace and tranquillity.
I'm delighted that you enjoyed your stay in the villa and appreciated the peace and quiet and the outstanding mountain views.
I hope that you found it as relaxing as we always do and also managed to spend some time in the village, local towns and the nearby coast.
Amazing villa and lovely village.
The villa was idyllic and peaceful. Quite rural and charming. The local village was so traditionally Spanish and welcoming. Thanks to mike and heather for all their tips.
Many thanks for your review.
I'm glad that after the 1 day of rain, the rest of your 12 days was lovely and sunny - so you got more than just the 2 sunny days you were hoping for!
It's also good to hear that you enjoyed the village - it really is traditional but nevertheless caters for all ones needs and is extremely welcoming.
This rural property has no postal address with which to locate it. The address above is for the village.
You must follow the instructions and references I provide.
Things to do in the area:
Relax by the pool, or on one of the terraces; wander along the local paths and tracks; swim; discover the local wildlife within our grounds or round and about, including wild flowers, birds, chameleons and lizards; climb Mount Maroma (the highest in the Axarquia area of Andalucia); explore the local bat caves, or the ancient Arabic water sources and the historic village of Canillas de Aceituno itself which boasts both Roman and Moorish remains. From above the village you can look over the mountains to the Mediterranean, and on certain days, even see Morocco.
In the village you can shop, eat, drink and make use of the free wifi at the same time. Within 20 minutes you can drive to the beautiful historic town of Velez Malaga (which also has a water-park and modern shopping complex with cinema). Just beyond that you will encounter the buzzing coastal town of Torre del Mar.
Here you can hire cycles or walk along the 8 kilometers of promenade and gardens, complete with a whole variety of beach restaurants and activities. In fact, the coast is there for you to explore and you can take your pick according your interests: relaxing, swimming, fishing, body-boarding, paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, pedalos, jet ski, nudism….. It is certainly worth checking out also the beaches of the Costa Tropical to the east of Nerja. Don't miss the huge and impressive lit caves at Nerja.)
If you are lucky enough to be in Spain in July – August, you may catch a traditional village Flamenco Fiesta, but don't worry if you are not, because there are many other festivals throughout the year which offer an insight into the culture of Andalucia.
Malaga is just an hour away and the fabulous Botanical Gardens even closer. The old city centre with its castle, fort, cathedral, ancient Roman ruins, museums, galleries (including the Picasso museum/gallery) and interesting bars and restaurants is well worth a visit. The port area is also fascinating for its contrasting modern architecture, shops, bars and eating places.
Further afield, you can visit Ronda, an ancient city famous for it's massive gorge (spanned by a bridge built in the 1700's) and its bullring. The World Heritage Sites of Granada, Seville and Cordoba can all be visited from Canillas, though better to take an overnight stay for the latter two.