El Deseo is a charming townhouse providing privacy, comfort and quality, with its own pool and courtyard, in the old part of the quiet Andalucian village of El Colmenar, also known as Estacion de Gaucin. The village is in the midst of the mountainous Parque Natural Alcornocales with the river just a 5min. walk away. Within easy reach of the coast and the major sites of Andalucia: El Deseo is approx an hour's drive north of Gibraltar. The house would suit a couple or up to 4 people, with its two spacious, double/twin bedrooms and has a secluded south facing walled courtyard with a mosaic tiled swimming pool and lovely countryside views. Local food shops and some excellent restaurants and bars are within walking distance. The house is accessible via road and by train. Decorated and furnished to a high standard, El Deseo provides the opportunity for a tranquil holiday experience as well as scope for walking, cycling, horse riding, canyoning, bird watching and golfing.
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House in El Colmenar, Nr. Gaucin - Peaceful Location in the Parque Natural Alcornocales
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- Jul 18, 2018
We live in west London and both of us work in the mental Health field. Having a space in the South of Spain gives us a lovely retreat from the busy-ness of 21st century life: a simpler way of living and being that enriches our lives and steeps us in the very different feel and flavours of the Andalucian culture. We have had the house for almost 10 years now, and are fortunate to be able to spend more and more time there ourselves. We enjoy having guests to visit our home, knowing that they can also share in the beauty and simplicity of the space.
Richard purchased this House in 2004
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The hosts were very caring. The house was a home with a lot of thought & consideration put in to it. It was so so relaxing we rarely ventured out. We loved the views & the privacy of the sweet little courtyard garden & pool, amazing in the heat. We totally relaxed. The village was very quiet but a couple of good bars; the tapas were good at meson de Flores, staff were friendly & it was fun to meet some of the local characters. We would highly recommend this home to stay in for peace and tranquility.
Loved being in the village, so close to the bars and shop but not overlooked in the little courtyard. Fantastic walks on the doorstep, birds a plenty. Hope to return.
This was a fantastic property just 30mtrs from the local Bars and Restaurants which were not crowded or noisy.
The property was very well equipped and extremely clean. There is ample hot water when needed and a great shower. The pool is a welcome feature after a long day out and the patio or if you prefer the balcony provide great outdoor spaces.
The locals are very friendly and helpful and the local mini market has sufficient to provide for your needs.
All in all a fantastic place to get away from it all and experience real Spain.
leuk huis in rustig maar levendig dorp
Ideale plek om tussen de Spanjaarden en de prachtige natuur tot rust te komen. Het huis ligt in een mooi typisch dorp. Ondanks het feit dat het een klein dorp is zijn er twee winkeltjes en twee restaurants en een bar, dus levendig genoeg. Je kan ook zo de natuur intrekken voor een mooie wandeling of bezoek aan de natuurparken. Afstanden naar andere steden kosten wel wat tijd door de bergachtige omgeving.
Coast/Beach: The Mediterranean coast of the Costa del Sol is approx 45 mins away. The long white beaches of the Atlantic coast (Eg at Tarifa) and associated water and wind sports are 1hr 15mins drive away. Travel: Via any of the following airports Gibraltar 1 hour scenic and gentle route up from the coast. Malaga 1.5 hour along the coastal motorway and then winding up through the mountains. Sevilla 2 hr from the plains up into the mountains via Ronda. Jerez de la Frontera 2 hr- another pretty run, from low lying Jerez up into the Parque Natural. Car hire recommended, although as there is a station in the village, airports could be reached by train. Distances: The mountain village of Gaucin, 20 mins by car, or a good hike away, has lovely views out to Gibraltar and Africa, and has a good selection of restaurants, a petrol station and shops, including a health food shop (with organic fresh meat and veg) and an internet cafe. The nearest larger town is Ronda (with its famous gorge) which can be reached easily by train from El Colmenar (around 50 mins), the train gradually climbing the picturesque Guadiaro valley to the hilltop town, Ronda. Further Details: The village has good food stores, bakeries, a pharmacy and a good selection of restaurants (5 in total), using local produce. There is also a new spa treatment centre/eco restaurant in the village. A cordon bleu restaurant (El Hacho) with great views of the village, is 5 mins by car away. Nearby Gaucin has a daily market and larger supermarkets are available on the coast or in Ronda. The area is great for outdoor enthusiasts such as walkers and cyclists, as well as providing opportunities for bird watching and rock climbing. For a slower pace in high summer, the Parque Natural has many beautiful picnic spots, with stunning views to the other white villages/pueblos blancos. Two further natural parks in the Serrania de Ronda are nearby: Grazalema and Las Nieves offering a more rugged terrain for the more adventurous walker. Information, maps and walking routes are available at El Deseo. We can also put you in touch with english speaking walking and cycling guides in the area.
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: A booking deposit of 50% is required. Full payment 4 weeks before arrival. Payment by bank transfer in either sterling or euros. Changeover Day: The changeover day is Friday or Saturday. 11am check out, 4pm arrival. Some flexibility may be possible. Please contact us regarding this. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds for 2 people. For 4 people please add £50 per week. Lets over 2 weeks may be available at reduced rates. Reductions for single parents + children - please email us for prices. Please note: we can also be paid in euros.