|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Villa Carlitos offers traditional country villa facilities near the stunning hilltop village of Comares on the edge of the Montes de Malaga Natural Park - one hour from Malaga. Bob and Alba Lucia have spent 4 years renovating their property in the small hamlet of Los Ventorros. From the beginning the idea was to use as many recycled or second hand materials as possible. All the doors, for example, have come from 'junk yards' (although you wouldn’t believe it when you see the renovated results) and practically all the furniture is second hand and restored. The result is that everything contributes to the cosy, 'rustic' style that we wanted to create. We enjoy the cosiness of evenings in front of the fire and the refreshingly cool areas of the shady patios under the vines in the summer. Villa Carlitos is for people who appreciate the countryside and value the old instead of the new. If you are amongst these and you want to see a part of 'real' Spain, you will probably enjoy Villa Carlitos as much as we do. The property is spacious and constructed on 3 levels with large outside terraces offering both sunny and shaded aspects. The views across open countryside from both the front and rear terraces are beautiful. Most attractive are the traditional Andalucian features, including beams, heavy wooden doors and window shutters. The log fireplace is a cosy feature where we enjoy dinners with friends around the large dining room table and the small but nice pool is perfect in summer when we can enjoy late dinners on the back patio, with the silhouettes of the mountains as a backdrop and the chirping of the cicardas to keep us company.
Furnished in rustic style with modern comforts, the villa will appeal to anyone wishing to enjoy a traditional Spanish house in a convenient village countryside location.
The welcoming bar/restaurant and village shop is just a few metres walk and there is ample free parking right outside the villa. Comares hilltop village, with views to the Mediterranean coast in the distance, has attractive narrow streets and good facilities ..
Bob and Alba Lucia have lived in Malaga for around 20 years. He is from UK, having grown up in the south of England, before going to University in Oxford and then working in London and later Torbay. Alba Lucia comes from Colombia and lived for a while in the south of England before coming to Malaga. Bob works in Malaga as the Marketing Director of a leading Spanish language school while Alba Lucia helps to run ASIC (Asociación Asi es Colombia) an association dedicated to showing positive aspects of Colombia, improving the relations between Colombians living in Spain and the Spaniards and to providing services to the Colombian community in Malaga. She also runs the Banco de Tiempo in the east of Malaga, Their 17 years old son, Charlie, is at school in Malaga, and is, of course, football mad, practices triathon and loves the fact that the Comares city council have created one of Spain's longest 'zip-lines' (tiro lineas), together with a rock climbing site and hanging bridges in the village just 7 mins by car from Villa Carlitos. When the house isn't rented we love to invite friends for the weekend for dinners by the fireside in winter and out on the terrace in summer.
Alba Lucía Castellanos purchased this cottage in 2002
With its 4 bathrooms and 5-6 bedrooms, Villa Carlitos is ideal for a couple of families with kids or an extended family wanting a relaxing holiday together. It also works for anyone looking to find the real Andalucia, peaceful but not dead (a couple of bars and neighbours around), great walks, plenty of space on the various terraces to relax in and ideal for cooking great, leisurely meals, or going next door to Encarnita in 'El Molino' for lovely Andalucian, home-cooked, comfort-food or to the 'Table Mountain' if you want food a bit more sofisticated.
In the winter, the evenings centre around the log fire with candelight and music or videos and games. Breakfast and lunch can be eaten on the terrace most of the year. In the summer the various terraces ensure that you can always find shade or sun as you like and provide wonderful relaxing environments for late dinners and bottles of wine, star-gazing, listening to the crickets and watching the galactic fights to the death of the geckos against all-comers played out on the wall of the house.
Just an hour from Malaga's international airport and situated on a good-quality tarmac road, Villa Carlitos is relatively easy to get to but offers dramatic mountain and country views with walks from the front door. At around 700 metres above sea-level and in a small hamlet 10 minutes from the white-washed village of Comares, we are in the heart of the Axarquia and a short drive from the Montes of Malaga National Park. The hamlet of Los Ventorros is a combination of the most authentic Andalucian country life (the old men playing dominoes and cards in the bar next door, the sound of goat bells from the local herd, the friendlieness of the local people, the great country recipes) with a touch of the cosmopolitan provided by a few international neighbours from the surrounding villages (Brits, Dutch, German) who have also decided that they enjoy the good life of rural Andalucia.
• 1-hour from Malaga’s airport, 30 minutes from the beach, 700 metres above sea-level
• 5-6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps up to 13 comfortably.
• Exposed beams and lots of old wooden doors and features make it very cosy and atmospheric
• A large open log fire is great for fire-side evenings from October through to May
• The kitchen is very well-equipped for those who, like us, enjoy cooking
• The front, back and lower terrace provide lots of space for reading, relaxing, playing games, sun-bathing or whatever. The old vine helps provide lovely shade in summer
• The small pool is perfect for cooling off and the full-sized table tennis table in the basement is a favourite of the kids
• Lots of the furniture, all the doors and quite a lot of fixtures and fittings are second hand or have been re-cycled, creating a warm, bohemian feeling while making the most of existing resources
• Great hill-walking from the front door, the lovely village of Comares 30 mins walk away (10mins by car), mountain biking available in the Montes of Malaga and rock climbing/zip-lining in Comares
• Easy access to the beach in Velez Malaga, an hour and a bit to Granada to visit the Alhambra and even ski in winter, 40 minutes to the historic, cultural and Mediterranean city of Malaga!
We absolutely loved staying in Villa Carlitos for two weeks! We were a family of 8 on vacation in Andalucia. Villa Carlitos is an incredibly charming old house. If you want to feel that you are in real Spain - this is it. And this is exactly what we wanted. There are pros and cons that future travelers might want to consider, and since we rely so much on other people's reviews I'd like to leave some constructive feedback here.
- The feel of the house is amazing and totally worth sacrificing a few creature comforts. Seriously, it's magical.
- The terraces are wonderful and where we spent most of our time.
- The location is a bit remote, but there's a bar next door where we made ourselves at home :) We met a bunch of locals and blended in the pueblo life for a couple of weeks.
-Alba and her husband are wonderful hosts and were there for us throughout our stay.
- In hindsight we could have really used real AC because it was very warm in the house. There are fans but on really hot days it was not enough for us.
- After about a week the two bathrooms upstairs had a bad odor. Again, this is an old house - just a part of the charm!
- The house is located a few miles from the village which means we weren't able to walk to the pueblo. That was perhaps the biggest downside for us because we had to get into the car any time we wanted to do anything. If you are considering staying here you absolutely have to have a car.
In sum, I definitely recommend Villa Carlitos for your Andalucia vacation. You'll get a chance to meet locals and really immerse yourself in the culture which is the best way to travel as far as I'm concerned. Thank you Alba for your hospitality! May we meet again!
Situated in the foothills above Malaga. About an hour from the airport. You will need satnav to get there as you will be taking a mountain road – the views are stunning.
The property is easy to find and is in a small hamlet below the town of Comares itself. There are lots of bedrooms and this house would suit two or even three families with children. The kitchen is well equipped and easy to use. There are loads of bathrooms with good showers and the water is always hot.
There is a games room with a good table tennis table. If you want to play snooker you can do so at a local bar. The pool is small and we did not use it as temperatures in January are too cool. However we did sit outside for breakfast on several occasions. What a treat to be able to sit outside on a January morning and enjoy the winter sunshine! ( in the summer the position of this villa in the foothills above Malaga will mean the nights will be cooler and you will be able to sleep better)
Bob and Alba are easy to deal with. Bob is English and has worked in Spain for 20 years. Alba is Colombian and is practical and a fluent English speaker.
We had open fires every evening and there was a good supply of firewood at the back of the property which made this possible.
You will probably want to visit Malaga. In January there are light shows at 6:30 PM every evening in central Malaga. Go early in the afternoon as the city becomes clogged up at about six in January because of this light show.Visit the Picasso museum or for a more relaxed day go to the botanical Gardens. The most fantastic mature trees and a wisteria walk which would be lovely in May/June . There is always the beach or a stroll along the paseo marítima.
The more adventurous should go to Granada for a day. The Alambra palace is stunning and the generalife gardens are amazing! Go and find the staircase where a stream cascades down the balustrades. Such a visit will enable you to understand the importance the Moors played in Spain during centuries. Comares, of course, with its restored architecture is also indicative of Spain's Moorish history. It is a lovely town to stroll around and the remains of the old Moorish fort can still be seen. The views from the main square over the foothills are stunning.
While staying at Villa Carlitos we did a long walk along the dried out riverbed. There was lavender in flower and honey bees working the wildflowers. I wish I had taken some binoculars.
We stayed at the villa for a week, and it was absolutely perfect. The villa is perfect for a big group with 3 different beautiful terraces where you can sit and lounge all day long. The pool is great for cooling down, and there is a another local pool just up the road. It is a very peaceful area, but close enough to a couple of small bars and a gorgeous, quaint town centre. Bob and Alba were so helpful and friendly, they made us very welcome. We will definitely be back. Thank you!
This is our third visit to Comares staying at Villa Carlitos. The house is excellent for a large group (there were eleven of us). The house has a very authentic Spanish feel to it with lots of lovely plants and flowers, while offering plenty of shade at different times of the day. We really enjoyed eating outside on the covered terraces. The pool is ideal for a cooling dip and the local swimming pool in Comares is a super facility in a lovely setting. The table tennis was also a big hit with the children as was the outside hammock - great for a relaxing read. The bar next door, is run by a very friendly Spanish woman and is great for a cold beer and reasonably priced food. Another restaurant close by offers an alternative venue for food and drink. Comares is a beautiful hilltop village and it is definitely worth walking up to the ruined fortress for great views of the surrounding area. There is a very well stocked small supermarket in Comares which can provide for all your shopping needs. Malaga itself, is well worth visiting and a bus to Malaga stops just outside the house after 7am and returns in the early evening - a great day out! We really enjoyed our stay and Alba and Bob are very welcoming and approachable if you need anything.
I visited this lovely villa this year with my sister and my two sons, they had spent two weeks here in 2014 and raved about their holiday. It was everything they had described, fantastic location with stunning views, a spot for all no matter how big your group. A lovely warm greeting from Alba when we arrived who is always on hand should you need her. My husband John particularly loved the front terrace, he would have his breakfast there each morning then sunbath until the pub next door opened- he was then off to join the locals for a friendly chat & drink. My sons both 25 + returned because they love the friendly locals, the restaurant often holds street parties. These are not rowdy but offer a great social gathering, we had a brilliant night entertained by a local band. I would highly recommend this villa to families or small groups, great for walking, sun drenched days on the various terraces and lovely local food.
We had a wonderful time in this traditional Spanish property in the middle of some of Spain's most beautiful hills. It's in a fantastic location just outside of the village of Comares - where you can access the amenities you might need, whilst being situated in a small group of properties, including a couple of restaurant/bars, making it a peaceful and tranquil experience but without being too cut off. The locals at these two restaurants are really friendly and welcoming so we really got to enjoy a bit of village life too! The villa itself was great for a big group as there are lots of living spaces including terraces, space by the pool and a room downstairs to play table tennis so we didn't feel on top of each other at all even if all of us were relaxing in the house together. Plus, the kitchen is a great space for cooking for lots of people and is decked out with all the utensils you could need! We just loved cooking some great dishes and then enjoying them on the patio outside looking out to the beautiful views!
We did a variety of walks into the area surrounding the villa - there are both short and longer walks to suit your taste, and we enjoyed exploring Comares itself, which is a lovely town with some spectacular views.
Bob and Alba are incredibly welcoming and helpful, and take a real pride in their property. We would highly recommend it, and are looking forward to returning as soon as we can squeeze a visit in!
Coast/Beach, 40 minutes drive to the beaches of Malaga city, Rincon de la Victoria and Velez Malaga. These have relatively unspoilt beaches lined with typical beachfront restaurants (chiringuitos)serving delicious fresh fish and seafood at domestic, Spanish prices. Golf, This is not really a golfing area (700 m above sea level) but there are plenty of golf courses within 30-60 mins drive. The nearest is Añoreta. The longest Zip Lines (Tirolinas) in Spain(430 metres) plus 3 NEW aerial walkways with different levels of difficulty. Rock climbing. Guided Tours of Comares and surrounding areas on donkeys. Five fabulous signposted walking routes of various lengths and difficulty. Mountain Bike' tracks in the countryside around Comares. Guided tours around the historic village of Comares and local sites of great historical and archaeological interest. Spanish or English language lessons. Travel: Excursions to Marrocco.Long weekends.
Local Ferias of Los Ventorros: Normally Los Ventorros has its ferias on the second weekend of July. Literally in frot of Villa Carlitos you will enjoy 2/3 days this festival with live music (verdiales, Coros Rocieros and bands); typical dances (sevillanas, verdiales, flamenco).
Ferias of Comares: This festival is held the third or last weekend of August, where if you have not had a chance to be in Los Ventorros, this is a good alternative to enjoy more music and dances of the region.
Make sure the exact date of each year by contacting before booking.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£172|
Please note that in Low & Mid Season the 595 and 680 euros per week price are for up to 10 people. For occupancy of 11 people or more there is an additional cost of 25 euros per person per week. eg, In low season, 13 persons = 595+75=670 euros. Great value!. In Mid seson 13 people: 680+75=755 euros. Prices include: accommodation for the number of people contracted. normal consumption of electricity water and gas, linen, towels (not for pool or beach). Wood, 10 euros per night. EXtra cleaning 60 euros (if you request it)