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Delightful country house with large private pool in stunning setting!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom country house, large private pool, natural surroundings

This wonderfully spacious two bedroom holiday villa sleeping up to five is ideal both for couples or families with children. Finca Alboran is located just below the hilltop village of Gaucin, one of the Pueblos Blancos of Andalucia in Southern Spain. An absolutely delightful family home, full of rustic charm with stunning views in a superb location and a splendid, large private pool.

The house is entirely in harmony with its glorious natural surroundings.

A compellingly romantic family home, it has charm, joy and rustic beauty in abundance.’

This holiday property has been built in traditional Andalucian style, nestling amongst olives, almonds and carobs on four acres of rugged hillside in Andalucia. Finca Alboran is a lovely comfortable home, wonderfully spacious, yet with an intimate feel.

It is only one kilometre from the village of Gaucin, and its sheltered location combines peace and privacy with stunning views to the distant mountains of North Africa.

The property is perfect for lazy summer days, relaxing by the pool, either under an olive or carob tree, snoozing in a hammock or sunbathing. The shaded terrace has plenty of space for al fresco dining, the barbecue and some deckchairs. The cooler months can be spent equally pleasurably in good weather, surrounded by fields full of flowers, orchids, birdsong and with plenty of home comforts with its cosy wood burning stove and central heating throughout.

Finca Alboran has a rustic and cosy feel. The heart of the house is the large open plan living/dining room with a log burning Nordic stove (with glass doors). As well as the fire, the property is centrally heated throughout hence ideal for spring and winter lets. The flat screen TV is connected to an Apple TV box providing Netflix and Sky news. Spanish digital channels are also available. The stereo system, with CD player and radio, has a cable for i-Pods/iPhones. We also have a large DVD selection with an eclectic mix of films for all ages! The WiFi internet connection is 8Mb.

The kitchen is well equipped with dishwasher, microwave, plenty of crockery and cutlery and all the extras a keen cook may need.

We leave games, toys and an interesting selection of books for guests to enjoy, making this very much a home from home.

Double doors lead onto the shaded terrace with a barbecue, and al fresco dining area. Benches provide that lovely spot in the sun, or shade.

A corridor from the kitchen leads to the lower bedroom, which has a double bed and two single beds and an iPod docking station/alarm clock. Double doors lead directly onto the terrace. There is also a bathroom on this floor with a Bath/shower.

Stairs lead up to the landing on which there is a separate WC. The master bedroom has stunning views, a double bed (with an iPod docking station/alarm clock) and a bed for the under fives (upon request). An alcove houses a writing desk with a cable for internet and a small library. An electric blanket is available (upon request) in the winter months. The en-suite bathroom is fitted with double sinks, bath/shower, bidet and an electric towel rail.

The fixed line telephone can be used on a basis of trust, details will be in the house-book.

This property has a non smoking policy indoors.

Next to the main house is the original bread oven and beyond that is a charming small stone house. This has a small double bed and is an ideal spot for a siesta.

The beautiful large pool, with a depths of 1.4 - 2.7 metres, has been cleverly terraced to provide both natural shade and full sun all day long. The pool measures 12.5 x 5 metres and is fitted with underwater lighting, a great feature for all ages.

There are plenty of deck chairs and patio furniture around the pool, as well as two hammocks strung between olive trees.

There is also a further terrace with a Table Tennis table with a further hammock, great fun for all the family!

Around the house are a couple of acres of private countryside to roam in, with rock formations, rugged terraces and even a variety of trees to climb. A natural adventure playground for children of all ages.


The property is supplied with mains water, 220 volt Electricity and bottled Gas, for heating, and hot water.

Bed linen and towels are provided. One pool towel per person is provided.

Weekly maid service for rentals of over a week, and end of rental cleaning.

Central heating - on timer (4 hrs. in the morning and 4 hrs. in the evening.


8MB WiFi

There is dry store of foods: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spices, pasta, coffee, and all the normal dry foods such as sugar, salt, saccharin, etc.; and cleaning, washing, dishwashing products. For late arrivals a free shopping service is offered, organised in advance, charging just the cost of the food purchased.

Excluded in the price and paid for locally: see charges below.
- Extra maid service
- Outgoing telephone calls
- Firewood
- Food hamper
- Baby sitting can be organised.

Local Area
Finca de la Fuente makes an ideal base for day trips to the beautiful cities of Ronda, Jerez, Cadiz, Seville and the Atlantic Coast. All of these cities have much historical and architectural interest as well as having fabulous shopping and fine restaurants. Ronda has a famous gorge and also has the oldest Bullring in Spain.

Gaucin is a spectacular, unspoilt white village with many food shops, a chemist, bank, bars, four restaurants and a public tennis court. There is a lively art scene with the annual ‘Open Studios’ proving to be very popular with a wide audience . Throughout the year Gaucin has many fascinating fiestas, traditional Saint days and the ‘Semana-Santa’, their holy week, processions. In August Gaucin celebrates its ‘Feria’ with a fairground, dancing, a flamenco festival and their very own bull-fights.

Overlooking the village are the ruins of a Moorish castle, which has incomparable views over to the Mediterranean Coast, North Africa and Gibraltar. This area is a paradise for walking, exploring, horse-riding and bird watching. A few kilometres down the valley is the river Genal, and this is a good spot for fishing, swimming, and exploring.

The Mediterranean beaches are about a thirty minute drive away, while the Atlantic coast, with its fine white sand and famous wind surfing is only one and a half hours drive away.

Activities nearby include: Beaches and the resorts of the Costa del Sol, 26 kms * The Atlantic beaches, about one and half hours drive * Restaurants and bars within walking distance * Golf courses, about 30 mins drive * Ronda, about 45mins drive

Activities available locally are walking, trekking, tennis and riding. Painting classes, yoga, thai chi are also all available. Sports activities for children, such as tennis lessons, specific walks, football and riding can be arranged. 

There are many direct flights to Malaga from the UK. It is about a two hour drive to Gaucin and Finca de la Fuente. The nearest airport is Gibralter, about 45 mins drive away. Clients are given directions, as well as a contact phone number. Car hire is essential and we can suggest good companies to book with.

Finca Alboran is ideal for a base or a hideaway, some visitors never leave the place, where others go on multiple day-trips and love coming back here to relax and recuperate.

We do get few reviews on HomeAway, as our property is let through an agency, aswell as direct repeats 95% of the time.

We are registered as a "Vivienda Turística Andalucia Rural" i.e. a rural property.

More Details
Registration Number : VTAR/MA/00620

Jim & Alice
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
4 November, 2017

About Jim & Alice

We came across this wonderful piece of paradise in 1982 in search of arcadia. The original house and bread-oven were very much part of our vision to create this stunning family home. Building, landscaping and planning our future over the next 30 years we're happy to share our romantic country hide-away with you.

Jim & Alice purchased this villa in 1982

Why Jim & Alice chose Gaucín

The views to the south with the distant Mediterranean cost and the mountains of Africa is such joy, especially as it does only reveal itself in its full glory only occasionally, thus discovering it anew each time. the property is surround with terraces on different levels, some in full sun others in shade, such a variety of places to choose from. We're told that it is hard to enjoy all of them during a weeks stay.

What makes this villa unique

Country living at its best within walking distance from Gaucin, the nicest hilltop village in Andalucia, in our opinion. Scenic, stunning, peaceful, harmonious

and organic, are are few of the words that sum it up. We're surrounded with options for beautiful walks, scenic drives to historical towns, villages or ancient settlements, with swimming, sunbathing and much more. Perfect for a romantic retreat or a family holiday.

We're also open to suggestions for longer stays, during the winter months, from October till end of April. It is a great place to work on a project or just enjoy a sabbatical or time off to pursue other interests. Gaucin is a wonderful village.

The winter month are the nicest for wildlife, flora and fauna. Much time can be spent outdoors, amongst flowering shrubs, watching new flowers emerging daily.


Nearest Airport
58 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
La Esquina
Nearest Ferry
69 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Finca Cortesin Golf
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
El Colmenar
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A7 Malaga Algeciras
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
La Fructuosa
Nearest Ski
250 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Gaucín – nestled on the balcony of the Serranía de Ronda – is steeped in history and charm, making it one of the region’s most enchanting destinations. The situation is truly fantastic with views to the Mediterranean and North Africa and surrounded by stunning unspoilt mountain countryside. The coast is only 30 minutes drive away, and the historic town of Ronda just 40 minutes on a spectacular mountain road. There are plenty of superb hiking trails from the village and many others a short drive away. Being on the migratory route to and from Africa, this is a very special place for bird watching too. Historically, this is a rich area to explore with many examples of Roman and Moorish starting with the castle of Gaucin itself. Gaucin is also a centre for the visual arts with many internationally known artists opening their studios to the public during a weekend in May or otherwise by appointment.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gaucín in Serranía de Ronda

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , There is an outdoor shower is by the pool
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , The Toilet is separate
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Cot and child's bed available on request at no extra cost
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Cot available on request at no extra cost
  • King size double 160x200,
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Delightful country house with large private pool in stunning setting!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Great Location and well appointed

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The location was fantastic, very private and the pool big enough to swim in (not always the case). There are lots of places to sit and enjoy the views which are all around. The house was very well appointed with everything you need. It's only just within walking distance from the village by day, and only if you are feeling energetic as it's down a very steep dirt track. A more roundabout but hard surface access for cars is much better. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Max and Elaine, Thanks so much for your positive comments and we’re glad you had a good stay in Finca Alboran. As you say the situation is wonderful and as it’s also our home we’ve made it as comfortable and well equipped as we like it for ourselves. We are just 1 km below the village and although it is quiet steep in places going up (2/3 of the track is now paved), the bonus is the walk down after an evening out in one of the great restaurants in the village!
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Magical villa in beautiful Gaucin

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly exceptional villa with fantastic views from the larger than expected pool. There is no need to describe the villa in detail, it is sufficient to say that it is perfect in every way. Relaxing by the pool made a welcome break from the hot days. We particularly loved the many outdoor spaces where we could relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. Gaucin is a charming village with many great bars and restaurants. This is our second visit, our first at the villa, and if we do return, we will certainly stay at Finca Alboran.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh thanks so much. We're very happy to offer our finca to holidaymakers, you've been particularly great, deserving a medal for leaving the place in such good order, much appreciated!. We enjoy creating new places around the house to relax and take in the many different views to be enjoyed at different times of day.
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Peaceful beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the property for a weeks honeymoon in May, place was perfect for us, great facilities and within walking distance of the town. Amazing views from the pool!

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A perfect honeymoon is a perfect start to married life!
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Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

We really loved this house, a little paradise. Everything was just perfect. The views are amazing, on a clear day we could even see the mountains of Africa!

Jim and Alice are very warm, helpful and friendly people.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a great pleasure to have all these lovely families and/or couples enjoying their holiday in our property. We love our setting and the area, Gaucin is still our favoured village in Andalucia, we have not found another part of Southern Spain we would enjoy more. We came here 32 years ago in search of Arcadia and still feel this is it!
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Heaven-getting away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for the second time at Finca Alboran this September. Jim and Alice have created an amazing retreat here on the hills outside Gaucin. The house has been beautifully decorated and everything you could possibly need is provided. We really enjoyed cooking locally bought food on the BBQ and lounging in the outdoor dinning area listening to our favourite tunes on the very good sound system. The pool is fantastic. Great swim looking out at the hills and listening to the goats heading home from the neighbouring fields in the evening. Very good location for day trips in the surrounding area and plenty of good restaurants in town when you can pull yourself away from the house. Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Dec-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re delighted to hear you had another great time in Finca Alboran! We’re making improvements to the house and grounds each year so hopefully there’s always something new to add to the holiday experience. Finca Alboran is enjoyed by all ages, with plenty to do for everyone, but with the delightful prospect of doing nothing at all except relaxing in a hammock in the shade with a good book and a glass of something wonderful! The sporty set meanwhile can walk, swim, play table tennis, climbing, go mountain biking or sight-see by car, foot or on horseback. Locally there is Yoga, a public tennis court for all ages, and wonderful food offered in the many tapas bars and several excellent restaurants. By the way, wine-tasting is another pursuit that is gaining recognition locally, as the Ronda area has about 10 award-winning bodegas, the closest just outside Gaucin.
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Lovely time

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful place for us and our sons.

Not easy to find (somehow we missed the directions) but as soon as we arrived we felt welcome, calmed by the beauty around us and delighted by the house and pool. Alice and Jim were great hosts, ready with help or advice but not intrusive. We were so taken with Jim's artistic skills, we bought a piece to take home.

House is comfortable and well equipped. All was working well. The pool was superb - our boys still miss it. The gardens were fascinating and of course the view was astonishing. Terrific!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Gaucín, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
low season
28 Oct 2017 - 23 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
24 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season saver
7 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
2 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season saver
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
27 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

All prices are for the full property inclusive of children and babies up to 5 people. The low-season, monthly and spec.offer prices may have an extra charge for central heating and/or firewood. Please enquire for details.
Should you be interested in any dates/combinations
that are not covered in the list of prices, please send us an e-mail so we can look into the flexibility of your request. We also have our own website www.fincaalboran.com

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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