About Nigel Watt
Born in Manchester England in 1955. Now a retired ex company director living in East Yorkshire.
Nigel Watt purchased this House in 2006
Why Nigel Watt chose Villanueva de Tapia
I bought this property in 2006 as a renovation project as I love inland Andalusia. Villanueva de Tapia is a typical Andalusian pueblo close to the excellent motorway system providing easy access to some of the most beautiful and historic cities in Spain. The house itself was in a very sad condition which I have attempted to renovate in a sympathetic Andalusian style with hints of the areas Moorish heritage.
What makes this House unique
What struck me about this house was the amount of land at the back which is most unusual to find in a house of this type and position. The views to the rear are outstanding as was the layout and potential of the building itself. Its proximity to all facilities was and is an added factor.
on balcony and outside only
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
A perfect taste of real Spain in a beautiful house
Everything was perfect from start to finish. All communication with the owner was easy, quick and very helpful. Any questions were answered really promptly both before and during the stay. Pepi was there to allow us to get into house early and 6 cold beers in the fridge were a welcome touch. House was the best equipped we've ever stayed in and the pool area was amazing. We loved all the chilling out areas around the house. The village was great and we saw no-one that wasn't Spanish in our time there (perfect for us). We loved the "nightlife" -sitting out on the street for a copa and enjoyed choosing a free tapita with drinks. Our favourite bar was Miguel's at the entrance to the village-very friendly and great food but the food in all the bars was good. Recommend the pizza place for takeaway chicken at the weekend with homemade alioli. Highly recommended and hope to be back someday.
We have just returned from staying at the house and had a fantastic time. The house is huge and has a really nice pool. As stated in the blurb, there is a bar next door so the front of the house is noisy at night but my daughter slept in the back and was absolutely fine. Communication with the owner was easy. Many thanks!
Fantastic house, lovely pool, great location
We loved this house. Spacious and beautifully decorated. Very comfortable. Pool and garden were relaxing and well maintained and the barbeque area was the icing on the cake. Pepi, who manages the property, was friendly and helpful. The bar next door didn't bother us at all. Whilst you could hear a bit of noise in the evening, for us it gave the village a sense of life and community. It also serves great food and drinks at very reasonable prices and we found the locals charming. Overall a real gem and we would definitely come back.
I would highly recommend this house. It is centrally located in Andalucía so you can access Seville, Cordoba and Granada with a 1:30 to 2 hour drive. The kitchen was well stocked with staples so all you need to worry about is the food you want to prepare. Their are 3 local bars on the street that are a lot of fun to meet the people of the town. Would go again in a heartbeat. Thank you Nigel
Fantastic townhouse, excellent host
Nigel's Townhouse is near the borders of the areas of Malaga, Granada and Cordoba, in the heart of the olive production that dominates the surrounding hills. The setting is village more than town, in a good way, typically tranquil - although our stay coincided with a 3 evening festival of traditional song and poetry which filled the street outside with happy locals. The village is big enough to have general stores that was very friendly as well as pizza, bar etc. Just beyond the village many dusty tracks lead into the olive trees, many officially for walking/hiking for anyone who can take the heat or is investigating in cooler months.
We wanted to give our children a snapshot of real Spain, without everything automatically translated into English and during our 10 day stay at the villa we enjoyed the local flavour, the nearby lake - diving from a pedallo into the clean cool waters - and also went cultural in visits to Granada and Malaga central. We also hiked in El Torcal, 50 mins away in the car and a spectacle that was quite breathtaking. Antequera, near to El Torcal was also well worth a visit. Of course the seaside is also quite accessible, and we did a day at a water park - though we preferred the gentle buzz of the beach at the lake just 15 mins away by car.
As to the Townhouse itself if was as pictured, stylish, well furnished, comfortable beds, very well functioning galley kitchen, more than enough bathrooms, good showers, plenty of towels, sunbeds for the pool, BBQ, good Wifi... we have nothing other than praise for it, for Nigel, and for his local help in the shape of Pepi.
From booking through to departure we felt like everything had been thought through carefully for our benefit.
Lovely Spanish townhouse in a very Spanish village
The townhouse, village and area were all beautiful and the weather amazing. While being in the heart of the village took me a few days to get used to, once settled we felt very relaxed, chilled and part of village life. Eating out with the locals in the evenings and exploring nearby Iznajar and it's amazing lake, was a wonderful experience. The views in the morning from the balcony were fantastic. We will certainly visit the area again and would certainly stay in the townhouse.
It can be a little noisy in the mornings and evenings but that's just part of village life and we embraced it - wonderful week! Thanks Nigel 👍☀️🕶🍷😎
Villanueva de Tapia is a small village of 1700 inhabitants situated just off the A333. It is typical of the white villages of the Antequera region of Spain. It can be reached via an easy 1hr drive from Malaga airport passing through rolling hills studded with olive groves and cereal fields. The village is quintissentially Spanish and moves to the ryhthms of rural working life. In the village itself can be found banks, grocery stores, pharmacy, butchers, general store and fruit market. There are a number of local bars serving tapas and typical Spanish fare. Nearby lie the towns of Archidona and the hilltown of Iznajar overlooking its manmade lake. The fascinating and historical cities of Granada, Malaga, Cordoba and Seville all can be reached on an easy day trip via the extensive motorway system.