|Minimum Stay||7 - 10 nights|
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.
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. Directions 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.
Registration: Vivienda Turística Andalucia Rural VTAR/MA/00620
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
We loved our week at the finca in September. In fact, we loved it so much that we rarely left it except to go up to the town for food. The views from the pool are stunning and the house is beautiful. It's peaceful, very comfortable and fitted with everything you could need. I'm already dreaming of my next holiday here.
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.
|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
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.