Casa Los Algarrobos is the ideal spot to sit and enjoy tranquility and seclusion. An intimate dining area, two large terraces and shady spots to enjoy a good book. Spend some time on one of the many sun loungers on the large private terrace surrounding the heated pool, or walk among olive, almond and carob trees in the 5 acres of grounds. The house faces south, so you will get the sun all day long. The front, covered terrace is like an additional room for relaxing and dining - a great place to enjoy the uninterrupted views to the hills beyond and to spend time with friends over a long lazy meal or a bottle of wine. Accessed from outside, up a spiral staircase, is the turret room which is the 3rd bedroom. Kids and teenagers love this. The pool is 8mx4m and ranges from 1-2 metres in depth. Outside in the garden is a separate stone BBQ, well equipped with a large serving area. Fast internet broadband and Wifi are available if you need to keep in touch with home.
Located in a tranquil spot at the end of a rural track, 8 minutes from the main road, Casa Los Algarrobos is a private haven of quiet where you can relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. It is such a peaceful setting, the stillness only broken by birdsong or the chiming of goat bells far away on the opposite hillside, as they are led home in the evening. Cool off in the private pool or top up your tan on one of terraces. Take some shade under one of the umbrellas or chill out on the comfy chairs on the covered terrace if the Andalucían sun is too hot. Spend long summer nights eating alfresco and, when the sun finally goes down, lie back on one of the sun-loungers and marvel at the Milky Way turning above and try to spot meteors. Light pollution is almost non-existent here and it's great for star-gazing. The property is a lovely bright modern south-facing house, with a covered terrace (where you may be tempted to spend most of your time). There is an awning on the terrace so you can adjust the amount of sun you get. The main part of the house has 2 bedrooms; a master bedroom with double bed and an ensuite with shower, and a twin-bedded room. There is plenty of cupboard space. The third bedroom is up in the turret and is accessed via a spiral staircase on the outside of the house. This is not therefore recommended for small children or anyone who might struggle with a spiral staircase. Anyone sleeping in the turret room would need to re-enter the main part of the house to use the bathroom. This usually appeals to teenagers or older children who do not need supervision. There is a TV and DVD player in the turret room.
Most of the rooms in the house are fitted with external shutters which are extremely good at shutting out the light. If you want to have a lie-in and not get woken by the beams of sunlight, you can close the shutters completely and it
will be almost pitch black. All the bedroom windows are fitted with screens to prevent mosquitoes and other insects flying in.
Satellite TV is available with free-to-air channels in English, French, Dutch, German, etc.The DVD player in the lounge accepts USB connections from iPods, for example. So you can play music through the TV.
The villa is equipped to a very high standard with the following amenities/facilities.
Cooking is by gas hob and electric oven. All electricity and gas for heating and cooking is included. There is a microwave, toaster, cafetiere and kettle available.
Most rooms have ceiling fans. For those holidaying during the winter months, heating is by electric radiators, free-standing radiators and a wood burning stove (logs can be purchased from us). Electric blankets are also available to ensure you are comfortably warm overnight.
Plenty of parking space is available. There is a large carport which will accommodate a large vehicle like a motor home and keep it cool. There is also space for another two cars.
All bed linen and towels (including pool towels) are provided and are changed weekly. The villa is cleaned to a high standard for your arrival.
The pool can be heated for your arrival, at a small additional daily cost.
A hair-dryer and an iron/ironing board are available for use by guests.
We provide a welcome pack of milk, bread, butter, water, tea bags, coffee, butter, jam, eggs, fruit juice and a bottle of wine for holidays of one week or more.
A travel cot and high chair are available at a small extra cost for baby or small child. Please specify this when you book.
Almogía, Antequera, Málaga, Andalucía
Andalucía is one of the most beautiful areas of Europe, and was immortalized by Ernest Hemingway. The region is quintessentially Spanish; think flamenco, guitars, sherry, olives, cured hams, week-long fiestas, bullfights, whitewashed houses clinging to the hillside, ruined castles and you'll get the picture. This is a land rich with the legacies of the Moors and the Romans, among many other invaders, all of whom have left their mark on the culture and landscape of this specular region. Famous Andalucians include Pablo Picasso, Antonio Banderas and Miguel Jiménez, all of whom were born in Málaga.
Almogía loves to celebrate all things that rural life has to offer and there are regular fiestas and feria throughout the year. They celebrate the coming of summer, the goat (wonderful cheese and puddings made from goats milk etc.), the almond harvest, Easter and of course the week long summer Feria to name just a few. Almogía is about 10 minutes drive from the house. To the north of Almogía, a 20 minute drive brings you to the larger village of Villanueva de la Concepción, where you will find many more restaurants and bars.
The house is ideally situated as a base for outdoor activities, sight-seeing, shopping, night-life and the beaches of the Costa del Sol. To the north and west you'll find such attractions as; the El Torcal mountain - where you can hike
among the haunting rock formations, Laguna Fuente de Piedra - wetlands incorporating a 13km² salt water lake and home to the largest concentration of breeding pairs of flamingos in Europe, the Lobo Park - 100,000m² of woodland where you can get into close contact with native Iberian wolves, European wolves, Timber wolves from Canada and Tundra wolves from Alaska.
The historic town of Antequera is a 40 minute drive away, along an impressive route skirting El Torcal with fantastic views. Antequera has a bullring, pretty streets and pavement cafes, where you can eat well and cheaply. There is a relatively new shopping centre (La Veronica) just outside town for the shopaholics.
Ardales and the Embalses (lakes) are a short drive away (45 minutes), where you can swim in the turquoise waters, surrounded by pinewoods, on small private beaches away from the crowds. If you're feeling more energetic there are canoes, kayaks and paddle-boats ('waterbikes') for hire. You can fish here too.
The whitewashed village of Valle de Abdalajís is the Andalucían 'flying capital' and you can organise many activities such as paragliding, hang-gliding, mountain-biking, rock-climbing and horse-riding. About 30 minutes away.
To the south are Malaga, Marbella and Puerto Banus. Here there are many fine beaches and, being a large city, Málaga offers enticing shopping opportunities, cultural attractions and buzzing night-life, beautiful parks and great architecture, as well as a football team currently playing in La Liga, the Spanish premier league.
There is a large Aqualand water park in Torremolinos (35 minutes) and an active Sea-Life Marine Park just down the coast in Benalmádena (40 minutes).
Further afield, it is possible to take day trips to Ronda, Granada, Sevilla and Córdoba.
Ronda is worth making the effort to visit. The old town retains its historic charm, and the area is famous for its dramatic escarpments and and views of the Serranía de Ronda mountains. Most impressive is the 18th century Puente Nuevo (new bridge), which straddles the deep gorge carved out by the river Guadalevín 100m below. Also recommended is the Palacio Mondragón, with the remains of its exquisite miniature water gardens dating from its time as a Moorish palace. Ronda is about 90 minutes away.
Essential viewing in Granada (only 90 minutes away on a good road) is the Alhambra Palace - built for muslim rulers in the 14th century, this unique palace/fortress is the finest example of Moorish architecture in Europe, if not the world. Don't miss the Generalife gardens and the views of the Sierra Nevadas!
Other destinations you should consider for excursions are the major cities of Sevilla and Córdoba (2.5 and 1.5 hours away respectively). Sevilla is the capital of Andalucía, the home of Carmen and rightly famous for the length and exuberance of its festivals. Built on the banks of the Guadalquivir river, it is home to the most famous bullring in the world and of course the 'tapeo' - the home of tapas. Must-see attractions are the Plaza España the Alcázar (castle) and if you have time, the cathedral and Giralda tower. Unmissable sights in Córdoba include the Mezquita, a quite beautiful former mosque built by the Moors, and the Palacio Municipal.
The Sierra Nevada mountains are just 2hrs away. In winter months the skiing resorts are open from November to April, while in summer, kayaking and white-water rafting are available. Golfers are well catered for, with the spectacular 18 hole Antequera Golf and a par 72 course designed by Seve Ballesteros in Alhaurín el Grande, both about 40 mins away.
The area is also home to many species of birds, with Golden eagles and Egyptian and Griffon vultures in the mountains and other predators can be spotted in lowland forests including red kites, buzzards and kestrels. The golden oriole can be seen in orchards during the summer, and we have seen owls and woodpeckers and many other smaller species locally.
The quality of the light, the colours, flora and fauna, architecture and scenery combine to make Andalucía pretty much an ideal place for the artist and photographer.