Just off the main square sits this tourist licenced jewel of a town house with private swimming pool. Step through the massive wooden doors and you will find a cool, comfortable and spacious interior.. Recently renovated in traditional Andalucian style on three floors yet having every modern convenience. The sunny, furnished pool area is a real suntrap and there is a lovely shaded 'chill' out area at the end of the enclosed rear garden, the ideal spot for taking a well earned siesta during the hottest part of the day. The property is situated at the very centre of this attractive white 'pueblo' of the Antequera region. Step outside and shops, markets, banks and bars are a short stroll away. Long hot summer nights bring the local community out on the streets creating a lively family atmosphere particularly at fiesta time.
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Nov 2018
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.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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 👍☀️🕶🍷😎
Excellent house for relaxing family holiday
Very comfortable spacious house with lovely pool in garden. Located in centre of traditional non-touristy village.
Lovely village house with great pool
We really enjoyed our 7 day stay at this lovely village house. The house and most notably the pool area was really well-maintained, and everything worked - it sounds a pretty basic requirement, but it's such a delight in a rented house when absolutely everything does work. Staying in mid-August, we can vouch that the aircon is very effective in the bedrooms, and the airflow in the other parts of the house ensures it's comfortable enough. We were slightly surprised at how small a village it is (compared with other Andalucian villages we have stayed in), and the food shops, consisting of one small general store and two greengrocers and a butchers, seemed to have very limited opening hours that we struggled with throughout, especially as we arrived on a Saturday evening. But the smallness of Villanueva de Tapia is part of the charm, and supermarkets are only a 15 minute drive away. There are also 4 small bars almost adjacent to the property, with tables in the street which from 8am (in August) are populated almost entirely by old men chatting loudly, and then from 8pm until 2am they are joined by families of all ages, eating and drinking and chatting even more loudly. It's all very jolly and friendly and full of local colour and atmosphere, and one can join in or else close the windows and shutters to effectively seal off most of the noise. A great experience.
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.