Traditionally Spanish, Private Location, Mountain Views, private enclosed pool
We live in England with our three children. We manage to go over to our house in Spain once or twice a year, but wish it was more often! We love the peaceful life in rural Andalucia, where we can truly relax and get away from our busy working life in the UK. Our children love being in Spain - both in the summer when they can make full use of the pool, or in the winter when they enjoy the log burning fire and the pretty walks in the area. Holidays there offer us space, fresh air, privacy and a truly relaxed lifestyle. In April we try to go skiing while we are there, the two hour drive to Sierra Nevada is fine for a day trip, where we can catch the low season cheaper ski prices. My husband and I grew up in Cape Town, and this rural area of Spain reminds of us of the rural cape: rolling hills, pretty countryside and very peaceful. We bought the house in order to have a bolthole: somewhere to go away from our busy lives and jobs, so you won't find wifi or tv here! When we visit, we like to spend time tending to the fruit trees and have started planting some vegetables too - so if anything is ripe when you are there, help yourself! If this sounds like your cup of tea (or glass of sangria!) do come and enjoy our little cottage in a very pretty part of Spain!
Liane purchased this Cottage in 2003
Why Liane chose Colmenar
We bought in rural Andalucia because of the stunning views, the peaceful, tranquil area and the outdoor space it offered our growing family. We thought the location was ideal - 45 minutes from Malaga, only 10 minutes from the nearest villages and 8 minutes walk to the nearest pub. We prefferred being away from the hustle and bustle of the Costa and wanted to be in the "real" Spain, where traditional customs still exist.
What makes this Cottage unique
The property is not far from local amenities such as villages with their own markets, access to 24 hour hospital care if needed, and a local restaurant. The motorways to Malaga and Granada are both excellent, so we can easily either go to Malaga where we can enjoy a day of tourist attractions, or the beach - alternatively we can head towards Granada and the Sierra Nevada in the winter to enjoy the skiing. We think this gives us the best of both worlds! The area is a stunning walking or mountain biking area, with the Montes De Malaga just a 20 minute drive away. The property itself is very private, with its own private pool, ideal for couples or families. The walled pool area offers special safety for people with kids, something not very many properties can offer.
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A quirky little cottage,
A quirky little old farmer's cottage with no glass in the window just cute little shutter but everything else you need of a quite getaway. Mountain views and seclusion all in one. Only a small bar/restaurant near by with very friendly people but Colmenar, a mountain village, only 15min drive away. The house was conformable with two spacious bedrooms and the owner have equipped it with all we needed. A very enjoyable stay.
What a fantastic hideaway fabulous views, very comfortable. Away from it all, a lovely place to spend a holiday. Well worth a visit.
Easy enough to find. At least 1.6 engine car required due to steep hills! Location pefect for us. We had a wonderful relaxing week which is exactly what we wanted. Cottage very pretty, perfect size. Hot water a bit hit & miss. Fine for washing but had to boil kettle to wash dishes. Only discovered how to actually get hot water when mgr came to clean pool & showed us the "knack" required to get the boiler to fire. Must stress this is the only negative!!! Would love to visit again for longer, so much to see & discover. Many thanks for our fabulous week in your cottage.
What a amazing place ! Comfortable, surprisingly spacious behind those doors. Fantastic location and views, the pool area was very inviting and refreshing ! Too short a stay on this occasion, hope to re visit. Roads are definitely not for the faint hearted ! All in all a fantastic hidden gem, Thank you.
Thank you - we are so pleased you had a lovely stay and hope to welcome you again soon!
Wonderful cottage to escape and relax
We stayed here for 9 nights/10 days in June 2015
The villa/cottage is wonderful!
Very remote and peaceful, perfect for a relaxing getaway
The villa has everything you need for your stay (cooking, washing etc.)
There are fantastic views from the house and pool. Right across the valley and up to the hill top town of Comares.
We spent many days just sat in the pool area with a G&T and a good book, then a nice afternoon dip in the pool.
Then just grab yourself some wonderful fresh food from the local supermarket or market and stoke up the BBQ. Sit back and relax with a nice glass of wine!
We had a really relaxing chilled time and will definitely be back in the future
The villa is remote! So you have to hire a car and make sure you get a decent car as the roads in the area are very hilly and the driveway up to the house is also very steep (we had a Fiat Punto 1.4 and it was JUST about capable! Next time i'd hire something more powerful!)
The nearest town with shops is a 15 min drive so stock up your cupboard! However the local bar is only a 5-10 min walk and they were very friendly and hospitable and the food was quite good too (also v. cheap!)
Plenty to see and do in the area if you want to get out and about also, and the owners have helpfully left some information on sights and things to do in the villa
We would definitely love to come back again in the future!
So pleased you enjoyed your holiday so much, we look forward to welcoming you back again one day!
We stayed here for a week. The views are spectacular, the property has every thing you need, and the private pool just adds that little touch of luxury. You will need a car to get your groceries at the local supermarket, and visit the local area. The people in this here are incredibly friendly and very helpful.
We are so glad you enjoyed it and that you so much for your lovely email you sent us on your return.
Distance to beaches is approx 45 mins by car. Guests can choose whether to go to the busier beaches around Torremolinos, or to the quieter local Spanish beaches on the other side of Malaga. (e.g. Nerja)
A 45 min uncomplicated drive from Malaga airport to the cottage. We provide clear directions which even have photographs of signposts along the way! Car hire is essential and we are happy to provide information on local car hire companies if needed.
Nearest villages are Colmenar, Riogordo and Comares, which are a 10-15 min drive away. Both Colmenar and Riogordo have their local markets on Thursday mornings and Comares is well worth a visit, as it is recognised as the most beautiful village in Andalucia. There is a 45 min drive to Malaga, or a 90 minute drive to Granada / Alhambra palace. Horseriding is 9 mins drive away and the area is very popular with walkers and birdwatchers. For skiing, the Sierra Nevada is 2 hours drive.
Colmenar has much of what you will need to buy locally - supermarkets, banks, a 24 hour medical centre, pharmacy, butchers and market on a Thursday morning. It also has many local restaurants and tapas bars. The local bar/restaurant is only a 5 mins walk away, where you will get a warm welcome from the locals, who admittedly speak little English but will do their best to accommodate you.