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Amazing mountain views: Private rural villa in Andalucia with own pool. Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

An Andalucian 3 bedroom, rural retreat with its pool and large grounds.

• 2 kilometres from the beautiful white hillside village of Canillas de Aceituno

• 20 minutes from the lovely typically Spanish town of Velez Malaga

• 25 minutes from the coast

• 60 minutes from Malaga airport

Read the reviews to see how much people have loved our villa, even before the recent renovations! (Please note that these are all genuine reviews from our guest book, which I copied and submitted, hence unable to add a star rating.)


With open-plan living, sitting and kitchen areas, high vaulted ceilings, pine doors and window shutters this villa has a fabulous spacious feel and wonderfully combines the modern with the traditional.

Sitting and dining areas:

• sitting area with log fire, seating for 6, coffee and side tables and bookcase with Hi-fi (with ipod jack socket - take your own lead) games, CD’s books, information and walking files. Wifi is available free in the village

• dining area with a large dining table and seating for 6


• newly fitted with modern units, double Belfast sink, ceramic hob, combination microwave/convection oven, fridge-freezer, electric kettle, toaster, food processor, a good collection of cooking utensils, tableware and even a selection of herbs and spices.


• 3 spacious double bedrooms, 1 with king bed and the others, each with 2 single beds

• large built-in pine wardrobes

• fans, hairdryer, chests of drawers, side tables, chairs and also some toys and items left for your considerate use


• bathroom 1: newly fitted in modern, rustic style with bath, shower, loo, wash-basin and fitted wooden shelving

• bathroom 2: en-suite to main bedroom – fitted with loo, basin unit and shower; tiles chosen to mimic the red glow of evening sunlight on the mountain which is viewed from the window.

2 gas heaters are available, but please note that these should never be used in a closed room.


• Private pool 8x5m with pool terrace, built-in BBQ and Arab bench

• extensive garden and grounds which include olives, pomegranates, almonds, apricots, figs and herbs, in addition to specimen and natural trees and shrubs, cultivated and wild flowers

• back patio

• Moorish style outdoor, shaded, chill-out / dining area

• tables and chairs, garden bench, parasol, sun-loungers

More Details
Registration Number : VTAR/MA/01400

Property Manager
Sheila Puri
Member since: 2003
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish, reasonable English needed to understand my notes.
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

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 a financial manager in a startup company 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; relax with 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!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We loved your villa - the setting is beautiful and it was so relaxing to get away from it all. We thought we'd do lots of sight-seeing but in the end we didn't do much - we were happy to stay by the pool and wander around locally. We enjoyed the food at the Bodegon in the village, but best was having a BBQ by the pool most nights and watching the stars!

Thanks so much. We hope to be back.
Jun 2012
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Canillas de Aceituno Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , basin on granite, fitted wooden shelves and storage boxes
    Bathroom 2, en-suite - toilet , shower , wash basin in wall unit, fabulous shower enclosure, views!
  • Both bathrooms are stylish and designed to merge the natural colours and materials of our area with the crispness and efficiency of modern products. They are clean, crisp, are fitted with plenty of storage and have large mirrors. In addition, each bathroom has a hairdryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , large fitted pine wardrobe, chest of drawers
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , large fitted pine wardrobe, chest of drawers,
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , large wardrobe, chest of drawers, tables, chair
  • Please state beds and bedrooms required when booking. All bedrooms have large fitted wardrobes, a chest of drawers, bedside lights, etc. Each bedroom has a fan for hot weather.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
This is a country villa - the idea when you stay at Bajo La Maroma is to relax in simplicity; get back to basics: escape from your daily lifestyle and instead converse, read, relax, swim, play traditional games, draw, write, eat well, observe and explore the natural world around you, stargaze ... For these reasons we have chosen a life without TV or internet .(If you do need internet it is available at no cost. 2 minutes away in the village, at restaurants and bars - what better excuse!). In accordance with this ethos, we have elected not to run energy sapping appliances such as AC or electric heating, but provide alternatives. Our villa is therefore essentially an idyllic spot in which to relax in fair weather. The last 200m of road is unsurfaced and can deteriorate in heavy rains. Low out of season rates obviously reflect these conditions. A travel cot is available (at slight additional cost) but it is preferable to bring your own bedding.


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Amazing mountain views: Private rural villa in Andalucia with own pool. Sleeps 6
average rating of 4.785714 based on 34 reviews

Amazing villa and lovely village.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. sheila
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Stunning views, very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Most relaxing holiday ever! I went with a group of girl friends and spent the weekend sunbathing, enjoying drinks on the terrace and admiring the views. We didn't explore the area too much as we were happy to stay in the villa but there are many natural walks and the village is close by :) I would really recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very special villa with amazing mountain view!

  • 5 of 5

We loved it, I went with some friends for a whole weekend, the view is amazing, the weather is magnificent, and there's a lot of terrain to go hiking. It was super relaxing in a spiritual way.

There are also Easter eggs hidden all over the house, like interesting sculptures and decor!!! Would love to come back very soon.

Thanks to the Landlords they are so lovely!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review and I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend away from it all. It was good to meet you and your friends and we look forward to receiving your next booking!
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Bajo La Maroma, tranquil and peaceful mountain retreat. Stunning!

  • 4 of 5

The journey from Malaga was eye opening, to say the least, with motorway to main road and then be prepared for the hairy mountain road for the last few miles. Although the road condition was mostly very good, the last part from the village to the villa needs a bit more care to negotiate (single track and then dirt road down to the villa). It does get easier with familiarity though!

Sheila's villa was everything you could wish for in this very quiet mountainside location. Spacious, airy, rustic charm with enough room for all of us as well as managing to do some entertaining with a pool BBQ too. Canillas is a beautiful little mountain village, complete with traditional white wash buildings, amazing hanging baskets and genuinely friendly people with good amenities and shops and some great food. We would highly recommend the La Maroma restaurant where I even tried some local goat. Speaking of which, the only noises that really disturbed the peace and quiet (except for us in the pool obviously!)was the morning clang of the goat herd somewhere in the distance, the Cicada orchestra and the chicken that laid pointy eggs in the valley!

We had friends staying in a nearby villa (Heather's) who had visited previously, which helped with some great excursions but I think they would have been OK if we had attempted them ourselves. Torre del Mar promenade in the evening was fantastic and the beaches are kept immaculate. Finding the supermarkets in Velez Malaga was also easy to be able to stock up. We had a great couple of days out in Nerja at the truly stunning caves and then two of the town's beaches. Both our 15 and 9 year old daughters discovered the bug for snorkeling in the clear warm sea, the latter venturing to swim in the sea for the first time and loving it on the very safe, shallow beaches.

Myself and a friend went 'all adventurous' and completed the Bat Cave and Magic Grotto trek from the walks folder in the villa. It took us 3 hours on one of our hottest afternoons (approx 38 degrees) and we were very glad to find the mountain stream and pool on the valley floor. We survived by scrumping grapes, almonds and figs (not that many honestly) from the hillsides and appreciated the pool on our return. Our two daughters also fell in love, but only with Heather's pets and I was surprised not to Benji in the suitcase when we got home.

Altogether a very enjoyable 10 days, many thanks Sheila.

The Skittrells, 22nd August 2016

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Stunning house in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my husband and we had the most amazing time. The house is full of character and the master bedroom with ensuite was fantastic. The outside area is very spacious with panoramic views of the mountains. There is plenty of outside eating areas and our favourite was in the 'Arabic themed' corner. It was so peaceful and very relaxing. The house has its own private pool which we used all the time. We took some country strolls and the village is close by. We drove to the beach and water park which I would also recommend. We will definitely be visiting here again. Thank you Sheila for all your help and information you provided.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review; I'm very glad that you enjoyed your stay so much and you certainly seem to have taken advantage of the local activities, all within 30 minutes walk or drive. Please come again and next time you'll qualify for returners' discount!
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The Edmondson family visit to Canillas de Aceituno August 2016

  • 4 of 5

What can I say yet another relaxing week at the side of the mountain, the family thoroughly enjoy the swimming pool and evening meals in the quaint village. The villa is a perfect resting place for any family and I would fully recommend; fully equipped with everything that you need. It's a no brainer - hope to be back soon...

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Owner's Response: Great - we look forward to welcoming you back again. In the meantime, very best wishes. Sheila
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Nearest Airport
63 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Canillas de Aceituno
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Velez Malaga
Nearest Train
53 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Velez Malaga
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Canillas de Aceituno
Nearest Ski
140 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Torre del Mar
Car: necessary

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, snorkeling, 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.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $276.97

The rates include house linen, cleaning, water and electricity, but not fuel during low rate periods.
Smoking outside only please.
Reductions for long let possible.
Dogs considered.
Arrival 16.00hrs, departure 10.00hrs unless by arrangement.
Change-over generally Saturdays but negotiable.
The house should be left in a clean and tidy condition and all waste removed from the villa and disposed of appropriately.
The owner must be notified immediately of any damage.
Fire bans imposed by the local authority must be adhered to - there is a genuine risk, in the dry months, of fires breaking out and spreading due to carelessness.
In dry conditions it is possible that bans may be imposed by the local authority for using water on land, in gardens and for swimming pools. The owner cannot be responsible for any effects caused by this.
Indoor furniture and furnishings should not be taken outside.
Guests are expected to look after our home as they would their own.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund