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La Panificadora is a tribute to its owner, Stephen Todd, an architect who restored the old mill with sympathy and style. Set in the hills above Nerja at the southern entrance to Frigiliana, this place oozes atmosphere.
We were five in number and generously accommodated in a property that offers impressive communal space as well as large bedrooms. The outside area is beautifully shaped and crafted, with the pool set back on an elevated terrace offering welcome shade.
We had intended to explore the area to a greater degree, but this is a hard place to leave. Nerja is an easy five-minute spin in the car, and Frigiliana just a couple of minutes away or 20-minutes on foot. More than anything there is a real sense of old Andalucia preserved in the house, which is impossible to recreate in more traditional holiday lets.
Though the house sits back from the main road between Nerja and Frigiliana traffic is not heavy and, though cars can be heard, what noise there was did not disturb our stay. At the back of the house around the patio and pool you could be deep in the surrounding hills.
Highlights included a walk into Frigliana following the course of the river bed that traces a route behind the house; a tour of the caves in Nerja; golf at Braviara; a trip to Malaga (40 mins, if that) to explore the old town, waterfront, and CF Malaga (football, 1-2 v Almeria); Maro beach (kayaks a must). We ate good food out and cooked up a storm on the barbecue.
The weather clubbed us with an early September storm that raged for two days, which just goes to show, you can't have everything, even in paradise.
We stayed for 5 days in August as part of a longer trip. The house, gardens and pool are exactly as described and very comfortable and in excellent condition. Pool and terrace in particular are really nice and private. The area is very suburban and not touristy, for us that was a great thing, but it does mean you need a car or taxi to get to restaurants etc.
Just a word of note the owner does actually live on site in an apartment underneath the house which we were not really aware of. However they are very discrete and we never saw them unless we needed to during our stay.
It would have been 5 star except location was a little more distant than expected and we had a few niggles with power cuts etc during the our stay. If you have a large car, 4X4 or minivan beware the parking is a little tight and not much manoeuvre room. The nearest beaches are a 20 minute walk, parking is tough but nice area once you walk through the less nice apartment blocks and very much a locals area with great range of beach side restaurants.
This is a good base to visit other areas being a very short drive to the main coast highway, Nerja only 30 minutes away etc.
Overall a very well spec'ed and comfortable villa in suburban Malaga with excellent hosts who were very helpful before and during our stay.
PS - A kettle would be a fantastic addition for British visitors