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Rustic-Luxury - A Private Country Home In The Tranquil Hills of Andalucia

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 4 bath with plentiful outdoor lounges, BBQ terrace and private pool

Tune in to the surrounding nature and slow your pace in this idyllic, private country home loaded with character and oozing with class and charm. Set on the pastoral slopes of the Sierra Tejeda mountains with the peak of La Maroma looming high above, this cosy home-away-from-home sits sympathetically in the ancient landscape and connects you with the authentic Spain at any time of year.

Four en suite double bedrooms offer a sound, silent night’s sleep for up to eight guests. Each of the four bedrooms has its own separate entrance and its own adjacent bathroom with two of the bedrooms opening onto the pool terrace from opposite sides. On two levels thanks to the sloping hillside, the house features an upper balcony overlooking the light and spacious living/dining room complete with a fireplace for the chillier months. The dining area connects with the fully stocked kitchen via a service window for character and convenience, while the entrance landing area with a piano connects all of these spaces with the upstairs via a beautiful iron and wood stairway.

Everywhere the décor and finishings convey contemporary rustic luxury; built only about ten years ago but in the traditional style of the Andalucian countryside, the home was designed by its original owner, an architect in the city of Malaga. The design maximises comfort and privacy, and keeps the house cool in summer and warm in winter, though with a fireplace and air conditioning throughout comfort is always in order. The white-wash, the terra-cotta floor and roof tiles, and the antique wooden fittings and fixtures never let you forget you are in an Andalucian country home. However, it is the outdoor spaces that will draw you out and keep you lapping up the sun or enjoying the cool shade as you please.

There is a wide, open lawn to the front of the house with two covered lounge spaces, a covered dining terrace with an open barbecue and a built in bread/pizza oven to the side and then leading upward from there is the sunny, private pool terrace with yet another covered lounge area adjacent. The pool terrace is at least as stylish as the rest of the property, with colourfully landscaped gardens, an outdoor shower and a fountain feature splashing into the pool for the relaxing sound of running water.

The rows of large cypress and pine trees surrounding the property hug it in and give it a feeling of private intimacy, while above and beyond the trees the breath taking landscape of mountains, valleys and hillsides is a constant reminder of the immensity of your surroundings. The peak of La Maroma, at over 2000m looms majestically above at all times. Only minutes from the property, the endless hiking trails and ancient Roman footpaths of the Sierra Tejeda mountains meander past, though the property itself offers space for exploration and walks through the trees.

Further afield, the legacy cities of Granada and Cordoba are within distance for a day trip, and if you’re simply looking for sun and sea, the nearest beach is only 25km away. Slightly further down the coast you’ll find some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches on the southern coast near Nerja, where you will also find some of the best restaurants east of Malaga. Malaga too is well worth exploring, with numerous world class museums including the Picasso Museum (the artist was born in Malaga).

La Albahaca also offers a variety of services delivered right at or from the property, including a top rate chef service, massage, manicure, pedicure and other spa and beauty treatments, trail guides and also guided visits for wine tasting and local food markets, for starters.

More Details

Alan Hazel
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Canillas de Aceituno around the Axarquía

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Each of the four bathrooms sits adjacent to the bedrooms as en suite. There is also an outdoor shower on the pool terrace just off of bedroom number 2.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , With separate entrance direct from the pool terrace.
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , Ground floor with separate entrance from covered terrace.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , En-suite bedroom with separate entrance from outside.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , With separate entrance from covered terrace by pool.
  • All bedrooms have separate outdoor access and each has its own adjacent en-suite bathroom. Two bedrooms on the upper level access the pool terrace from opposite sides, while the third bedroom on the ground level has access to the covered barbecue terrace and the fourth bedroom opens onto the garden. The single beds can be joined to make large doubles.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(5 traveller reviews)

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Rustic-Luxury - A Private Country Home In The Tranquil Hills of Andalucia
average rating of 3.4 based on 5 reviews

A peaceful, comfortable escape in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at La Albahaca with my family for the Easter holiday, 2016. We arrived to a warm welcome with tapas and wine after Alan greeted us to show us around and we quickly settled in after a long day of travel. The property has loads of traditional Andalusian character and is very private and peaceful; it was carefully prepared and clean, with more than enough space for the six of us. Alan was helpful throughout the week, offering recommendations for restaurants and helping us find our way to the Semana Santa celebrations in Velez-Malaga and the city of Malaga - a truly incredible experience. From this location we were able to visit Granada and Malaga for day trips and hit the nearby beaches as well. The local village of Canillas de Aceituno is quaint but lively and has a couple of nice traditional restaurants, and the surrounding mountainous area is truly spectacular. I'd recommend the property and the location to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this peaceful villa for a week and had an amazing experience. We were a group of 5 adults and 3 children under 10 and the house made us all happy. The pool is a nice size and there is a lot of spacious outside seating. Every night we used the outdoor kitchen to grill our own dinners. We made day trips to Alhambra, Ronda and Nejra beach. Each bedroom had its own bathroom and the common space was perfect for when we were actually indoors. Alan the house manager was helpful in every way and quickly responded to any questions we had about the house or local activities. We would all recommend this home to anyone looking to feel secluded when they want to and being able to go on fun day trips when they want to.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outdated furniture/beds and fleas due to cat

  • 1 of 5

Nicely situated in the mountains. Although our stay started nice we soon discovered the furniture to be outdated and the beds to be uncomfortable. Furhtermore we had a bad experiences with fleas, aparently brought in by a cat. Kids suffered from bites still as we returned home. Owner was not available for comments and refused to take any responsibility. Sorry to be so negative, but we wouldn't recommend this home to others.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: While we do regret the experience these clients had, it's not true that the owner was not available for comment. As the property manager I communicate on behalf of the owner who only speaks Spanish. I did address the concerns and complaints from these clients through the booking agent (they didn't actually book through HomeAway). They requested a refund which the owner was not inclined to offer on the grounds that the house was thoroughly checked after the report of bites but there was nothing to be found. The problem only arose after the guests had departed after 7 nights in the property and only with the children. The owner wondered whether it may have been possible that the children suffered bites whilst playing outside in the yard or with the cat that appeared. Regarding the cat, the owner has already spoken with the neighbour about keeping it away and putting a flea collar on it. The owner has also already replaced two of the beds on my recommendation that they could be larger and more comfortable. As for the "dated furniture", the house is a traditional Andalucian country home with characterful Spanish antiques and the guests had seen photos prior to arrival. The sofas, tables and other furnishings are brand new. I do regret that these guests left unsatisfied and we take seriously any complaints. We have already acted to prevent such an occurance again though it was impossible to determine exactly how they came to suffer these bites.
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  • 5 of 5

Cuando llegamos, la vivienda nos sorprendió, porque si ya nos gustó la descripción y las fotos, la vivienda y la finca son aún más bonitas en la realidad.

La casa está muy bien equipada y resulta muy cómoda, todo perfectamente ordenado y organizado, La casa estaba perfectamente limpia y en muy buen estado.

Desde cada habitación puedes salir al jardín y las habitaciones de arriba directamente a la deliciosa piscina.

La parcela es muy amplia y espaciosa con mucho jardín y está muy bien cuidada.

Tiene una cocina interior en la vivienda muy amplia y equipada, pero tiene otra en el exterior, con barbacoa, con zona de comedor exterior en el que pasamos unas fenomenales veladas, es ideal para almorzar, aunque los desayunos en el jardín también eran un gustazo. Tuvimos muy buen tiempo a pesar de que fuera Abril, nos llegamos a bañar en la piscina, y tomábamos el sol en las cómodas hamacas que habían en el jardín,

El pueblo no queda muy lejos, y está muy bien para salir a dar una vuelta y tomar algo.

En definitiva, pasamos unos días geniales y por supuesto que la recomendaríamos a cualquiera de nuestros amigos,... de hecho, repetiremos en cuanto podamos volver de vacaciones, nos encantó esa zona de Canillas de Aceituno

  • Review Submitted: 28-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bed bugs

  • 1 of 5

We stayed in the house for one week. Our family slept upstairs. We stayed in the bedroom near the front door. During the week we got a lot of itchy bumps, mostly three or four in a row. It got worse to the end of the week and even when we returned home. We went to the doctor and he concluded: bed bug bites. Bed bug bites only start to itch after 2/3 days. That explained why it even got worse after getting home. In total we had four weeks with a terrible itching. It drove is crazy. In the end we got Prednison to help fight the itchy bumps. We sent an email with pictures of the bites and never heard anything back from the owners...

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would invite the unfortunate guest to check their HomeAway mail account for my responses; having received the message through HomeAway, I responded through the dashboard. I did respond the same day with concern, and not having had a response I followed up some days later with a second response to check on their physical well being and to solicit further information that might help me solve this problem. Meanwhile, as the property manager and not the owner, I have convinced the owner to replace the beds and have the entire house fumigated, to which he has agreed. We deeply regret this occurrence and are taking all possible measures to prevent any similar issue in the future.
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
La Badaluke
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Asador La Maroma
Nearest Ski
125 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Torre del Mar
Car: necessary

Canillas de Aceituno is a historic white washed village of Moorish origins sitting more than 600m high in the Sierra Tejeda mountains. The first of a string of such villages (making for a scenic driving tour), it's a quaint and friendly village with all basic services and amenities including restaurants, bars, shopping, children's playground and Olympic sized public swimming pool. The villa sits in the countryside outside of this village, surrounded by the peaks and valleys of this breathtaking natural region. Just minutes from your door is the massive Sierra Tejeda nature park reserve and endless hiking through both forested areas and open panoramic mountainsides. You'll feel a million miles away, yet the coast and the beaches are only 25km off and the city of Velez-Malaga with full facilities only about 15km.


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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £443.63

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