Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Istan - Finca Brisas del Cielo
A rustic villa and self contained cottage, near Marbella - 4 bedrooms - sleeps 8
A 4 bedroom rustic finca style country villa, sleeps 8, six in the main house and two in the self contained cottage.
This country property has a large private infinity pool and is set in a rural and tranquil location in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park but is within easy driving distance of Marbella and Puerto Banus. Set in its own grounds of nearly two acres the property has three double bedrooms and a self contained double bedroomed cottage overlooking the large pool. There are 180 degree rural lake views from covered and open terraces and a large barbecue terrace.
Peaceful and tranquil, the finca is ideal for a relaxing break close to some of the best amenities on the Costa del Sol including numerous Golf Courses, which are within easy reach. The lake is great for fishing and kayaking and we have a double and a single kayak for use to explore the various inlets. There is great walking for all levels in the surrounding countryside and horse riding is available locally.
Check the testimonials to see what previous guests have thought of their stays.
BEACHES: The coast is only 10kms away and offers a great range of beaches to cater for all tastes. There are plenty of family friendly beaches, luxury beaches (Nikki Beach), disco beaches (Puerto Banus), and even a naturist beach at Cabopino. All offer beach bars or restaurants. A range of water sports is also available from the beaches as well as the large number of marinas and ports in the area including Puerto Banus, Marbella, Cabapino, and Estepona.
The vibrant and throbbing marina of Puerto Banus is only 9kms from the finca and offers international shopping alongside bustling ethnic markets and an outstanding range of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The cosmopolitan town of Marbella with it's galleries, boutiques and seafront promenade is only 10kms away offering some of the best shopping and visitor facilities in Southern Spain. The cobbled streets and alleyways around it's world famous Plaza de Naranjos (Orange Square) offer ethnic goods alongside haut couture. The Square itself has a range of excellent restaurants with many more nearby.
ACTIVITIES: The villa is close to Marbella & Puerto Banus, but it's rural position offers easy access to an exciting and diverse range of other activities. It is on the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park (so beautiful it has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere) and offers easy and challenging walks as well as horse riding and guided Jeep and quad bike tours. The countryside has an incredible range of spring flowers, fauna and wildlife including Golden Eagles, Ibex, and wild boars. We have private access to the reservoir which is great for swimming, kayaking and has good carp fishing and we have a double kayak for exploring the lake and inlets.
Tennis and Padle is available only 6 kms away at the Manolo Santanna Racquets Club, which also has a fully equipped gymnasium for working out.
There is a Sea Life Centre, Amusement Park and Dolphinarium in Benalmadena, about 25kms away, which also has a cable car ride to a café and viewing point in the hills behind the town where you can take a donkey ride or watch horse riding displays.
There is a great Water Park at neighbouring Torremolinos.
Selwo Aventura wildlife enclosure near Estepona is 20kms away, where you can take a Jurassic Park type ride and see lions, tigers, elephants and giraffes and more, in natural settings.
Clay Pigeon Shooting is available at the Monda Gun Club, in Monda, about 15 km away. It is a great place to enjoy a family day and has fantastic 360 degree hilltop views, a good pool, bar, and restaurant and also offers Archery and Cross Bows, Horse Riding and Air Pistols.
Less than an hours drive away is Gibraltar with it's cable car to the top of the Rock. There is plenty to do and see including scuba diving and visiting the 300 year old defensive caves.
For the adventurous who might like to visit Africa, it’s only 25 km away across the Straits of Gibraltar – an easy 30 minute trip by the catamaran ferry which leaves several times daily from Tarifa to Tangiers.
Tarifa, with it's wide sandy beaches and dunes, is recognised as the kite and wind surfing centre of Europe.
PLACES TO VISIT: The villa is a great base for visiting other villages, towns and cities within the area. Little can rival the spectacular drive to Ronda or crossing the bridge above it's deep gorge which housed it's ancient prison, or a visit to it's bull ring, said to be the oldest in Spain.
The city of Malaga is steeped in history but enjoys many modern facilities including a busy commercial port. The other Pueblo Blancos of Mijas, Casares and Benahavis are all nearby and worth visiting.
Granada with it's beautiful and historic Alhambra Palace is under two hours drive away and makes a wonderful day out.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Gordon & Carolyn Westcott
I was working in the City when I was offered the opportunity of working for a friend in Spain and, after much deliberation, decided to give it a go and try to redress the work/life balance and take a sabbatical from the world of insurance.
We were incredibly lucky to find this finca (rural property), built but not finished, which gave us an almost blank canvass to develop our own Spanish Dream. We had three fabulous years living there, mostly in a perpetual building site, but it never stopped us enjoying the sheer pleasure of our surroundings. We altered the layout, fitted the kitchen, finished the bathrooms, extended the original house, built the infinity pool, laid new terraces and set out the gardens and still found time to harvest our olives and almonds.
We were thrilled to be selected by BBC's Groundforce to do a complete makeover on our back garden. It was shown as their last ever episode and those memories will remain with us forever.
Since returning to the UK we have kept as closely involved with Spain, Istan and the finca as possible and get no greater pleasure than hearing that our guests get as much enjoyment from their stay as we did, and still do.
Gordon & Carolyn Westcott purchased this villa in 2002
Why Gordon & Carolyn Westcott chose Istan
When we decided to buy we spent a long time finding the perfect spot. A view over water was our biggest wish and also to be away from the coastal strip but not miles away from anywhere. We searched from Gaucin & Casares to Alhaurin, Coin & Mijas but fell in love with Istan. It's position at the end of the mountain road at the head of the Rio Verde valley means it is one of the lesser known Pueblo Blancas (White Villages) and has not been spoilt by tourism and still retains Spanish charm and traditions.
The finca is only 10kms (about a 15 minute drive) from the bustling coastal area but enjoys a seclusion, peace and tranquillity all it's own, truly the best of both worlds.
What makes this villa unique
Because we finished the house in the way we liked and furnished it for our own living it feels very homely and this comment has been passed by many of our guests and also that the villa has a certain ambience - but it's the location that is stunning.
The house sits comfortably on the hillside, surrounded by mountains and overlooking the lake with few other houses in view. It has several living spaces and families of 8 have been able to have as much personal privacy or communal 'get togethers' as they may want, yet a single couple can get just as much pleasure without feeling they are 'rattling around'.
We feel the uniqueness of our house is the ability to get as much life and activity as anyone might want in Marbella and Puerto Banus, and other towns, villages, beaches and marinas on the Costa del Sol and yet return easily to the silence and tranquillity of the mountain. Whenever we are there we make sure we are always on the front terrace for when the sun dips below the hills on the far side of the lake, glass of chilled wine in hand, toasting 'end of day' and listening to relaxing music. Our choice of music? Enya's 'Day Without Rain'. What will yours be?