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Spectacular, 6 bedroom villa with large private pool in Nature Reserve area

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday villa in Alcaucín - Villa Grande

6 bedrooms (5 ensuite) - 1 with disabled facilities and 6 bathrooms / toilets

The villa at Alcaucin: set in the rolling landscape of the Andalucian hills, within easy reach of the sparkling city of Malaga and the beaches of the Costa del Sol, the villa at Alcaucin is the perfect base for your holiday. Email us for enquires and our website. Whether you want to take your extended family for a bit of fun in the sun or need a spell of rest and recuperation, the villa has a wonderful swimming pool (one of the largest in the area) surrounded by tile and stone, Spanish style, and set in beautifully landscaped gardens. The large, relaxing living room is equipped with a wide screen TV, DVD player and satellite, there’s a well equipped kitchen and dining room if you fancy cooking - with a BBQ located near the kitchen, and with 5 ensuite bedrooms and one additional bedroom not en suite, there’s plenty of room to spread out. So, is it a glass of wine by the pool, or a night out sampling local restaurants and bars. We are now more eco friendly with solar panels providing ample hot water.

Celebrity approval: The villa has been built with a great deal of love and care. Every detail has been designed from scratch and the early photographs show a bare plot of land where we literally built from the ground up-wards.

We hope you'll respect that the villa is a no smoking premises. The pool is the largest private pool in the area and has been designed for exercise swimming as well as recreation. Many celebrity's and professional people have already stayed in the villa and the villa is known locally as 'Villa Grande' - 'The Grand Villa'. There is great privacy!

Amenities: The largest indoor shopping Mall in Southern Spain is only 15 minutes drive away. So, as well as great local shopping, guests can avail themselves of great designer shopping. The mall has one of the largest supermarkets(amazing fish counter) in the area.

The nearest beaches are only 20 minutes drive away. The nearest aqua park is close to the shopping mall. A terrific 18 hole golf course is 20 minutes drive away.

Close by: A drive through the mountains is well worth while and within 90 minutes you can find yourself in the historic and sparkling city of Granada. A further 20 minutes drive and you have the fantastic Ski resort of Sierra Nevada. Many locals make the trip up there for some great 'sunshine' skiing.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Graeme Smith
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
10 October, 2016
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About Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith and family live close to the Campsie Fells in Stirlingshire, Scotland.

Graeme Smith purchased this villa in 2002

Why Graeme Smith chose Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

We fell in love with the area and wanted to be close to the spectacular Sierra Tejeda Natural Park. We bought the land in 2002 and then designed and built the villa from the ground up. It is spacious but unpretentious. We are very proud of our large selection of fruit trees.

What makes this villa unique

We love the quiet, rural nature of the villa. The lovely quiet evenings often under clear sky. Sun during the day and stars at night. We like to walk into the village enjoying Vino and Tapas in very local Spanish bars taking in the stunning views.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were looking to enjoy a villa were we could just relax and chill, we wanted a proper swimming pool and shelter from the sun if needed. Villa Grande ticked all these boxes with a really good sized pool that you can actually do lengths in, with greenery cleverly giving a natural coolness to the hot Spanish midday sun. Our favourite time was late afternoon when we would be all in the pool, then sitting outdoor with a glass of red and taking in the magnificent views of the national park. We drove upto the national park twice, the first time for a reccy (awesome views) the second time we had a bit of a picnic which the kids loved. As the road effectively finishes in Alcaucin you will see relatively little traffic, it was refreshing to be somewhere with amazing air quality and sometimes very welcome cooling breezes. The villa was very clean with I think 6 bathrooms !!!! The bedrooms are big and all on suite, would have prefered walk in showers rather than showers over the baths, but this was a small point really. The owners are trying hard with solar powered hot water and a reverse osmosis water purification system.

Would definately recommend this if you want an outdoor holiday away from the maddening crowd, but with beaches that the Spanish actually go for within a 25 min drive. Great restauraunts 5 mins drive away on Lake Vinuela. A car is a must, but driving is very easy due to the quality of the roads and the fact that they are pretty quiet
Aug 2012
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Spectacular, 6 bedroom villa with large private pool in Nature Reserve area
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Amazing stay in a beautiful town & beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

Like many of the reviews on here mention, this is a truly beautiful villa set away in the Andalucian hills which offers great views and sunsets over the hills. The villa is laid out in spacious grounds and is very well presented - it's nicely decorated inside & out and comes with everything you need for a great stay. We loved the outdoor BBQ and easy access to the kitchen. The neighbour Olive who maintains the villa while the owners are away is great, she's incredibly helpful and friendly, but also does a great job cleaning and preparing the villa for guests. The pool is a nice size and very well maintained (Antonio cleaned it twice in a week), there's also plenty of inflatables to keep the kids (and adults) happy. It's a short drive to Nerja if you want the beach or Frigiliana for a day trip, it also passes the big supermarket on the way back if you need to stock up for the evening. The town itself is beautiful, a short walk helps work off the calories, then there's plenty of bars to enjoy a drink (€1 wine, €2 big beer) to put them back on. Sadly Carlos from el Rancho was away on his holidays so this place was closed, but it's just a reason for us to come back! We would absolutely recommend staying here and will be recommending to our friends/family who want a totally relaxing break. Although we were a fairly small group this place could handle 12 people + and still not feel squashed, there's so much space.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed our villa. Thanks for taking the time to write a review and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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3rd visit - will be back for 4th!!

  • 5 of 5

Great place at the road end and delightful Spanish village of Alcaucin, and then the start of the national park. Magnificent house with a large pool boasting 360deg open views which change colour until the sun sets.

This was my third visit, could only manage Monday to Friday but felt like longer due to the relaxed pace. Visited a couple of the local restaurants and bars, and excursions to mountain villages and beach at Velez Malaga.

Highly recommend a visit, you won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It always pleases us the amount of guests who return again and again. A sign they love the villa as much as we do.
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Wonderful Villa in Wonderful Location!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this superb villa in a magical location! Views are incredible with stunning sunsets!! Pool area is well equipped with comfortable loungers and tables and chair to allow and view of the 360 degree panorama.

There is a fantastic area for outside dining and a large barbeque which makes for great al fresco evenings. Alcaucin is a very nice little typical village with a couple of nice restaurants and bars if you can tear yourself away from the villa.

Could not recommend enough and would recommend anyone to enjoy this stunning villa and location.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience. We are always grateful when guests love the villa and share their feelings about their visit.
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Wonderful location and villa grounds

  • 5 of 5

The villa's location, garden and pool is fantastic, you couldn't better an inland view from the terraces anywhere. Pool is massive and there were plenty of pool inflatables available in the storage boxes. During our stay wild boar, foxes and goats were spotted from the terrace. We also had a daily bull run, with an ageing "bull man" moving his bulls from field to field. When we arrived the pergola had not yet had its bamboo roof covering refitted after the winter but a quick Email to Caroline and it was refitted within a day.

The villa itself is large and spacious, with one large and one slightly smaller bedroom upstairs. All the other bedrooms are on the ground floor and of a good size. The living room had a massive TV with plenty of English channels. For a wheelchair user the bedroom and adapted bathroom were ideal, although the toilet didn't have a seat fitted, a raised plastic seat was available which had be bolted on. Unfortunately the fixings could not be tightened enough to secure the seat firmly to the pan, especially as the front fixing could not be used. For someone able to stand before sitting it would not be a problem, but for a side transfer it was unstable. We removed one of the fixed toilet seats from the cloakroom toilet and fitted this to use during our stay which overcame any problem. The toilet had two handrails fitted, one metal drop down one and one plastic fixed one, which is the one needed if you side transfer. Unfortunately the plastic one was somewhat loose, but did hold my weight transferring albeit not particularly confidence building. There is a slight raised surround of about 4cm into the shower area, a wheeled shower chair is provided.

Around the pool there were 8 good quality sunbeds and plenty of tables and chairs to sit out in the evening sun to enjoy the view and a few drinks. Outside dining was also well catered for with two large tables and around 12 chairs. Unfortunately during our stay the water filter wasn't working in the kitchen, so we did need to buy water.

Must do's are the national park accessible from Alcaucin and the free zoo in the mountains near Almunecar. The road up to the zoo is somewhat precarious but it has spectacular views and the zoo itself is unusual to say the least!

We had a wonderful time at the villa and have no hesitation in recommending it, we would love to return again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful setting in a quaint village in the Costa del Sol. Why go to Tuscany when you can have the same quality of wine, olives, food in a mountain setting with perfect weather. The villa is located within close proximity to historic settings such as Alhambra (1.5 hours) Alcazar (40 minutes) Gibraltar (2 hours) beach (15 minutes). But why go anywhere when you have a gorgeous, large villa with a HUGE pool and outdoor BBQ, fruit trees (avocado, lemon, orange, cherimoya). In the event that you see a cloud there is HD TV and super fast wifi. Walk to village (good idea as drinking and driving allowances (.02) in Spain are much less than in US (.08). With 6 bedrooms, all but 1 ensuite, it is a great location for family reunions such as we held. Lovely spot in a great location. GO!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Villa Grande was the perfect place for us.

Me and my husband stayed there with 6 children (all ages) as well as with our friends and their 3 children. We stayed there over Christmas, so not in the most typical Spanish summer weather, but still it was lovely!

The villa is very spacious and accommodated all of us very well. The children just loved the pool, the pool area, the outdoor BBQ, the spacious back garden where you could kick a ball endlessly, the fruit trees in the garden and the nearby sports field with high fencing to prevent the ball disappearing down the hillside. Us adults loved to have the kids within reach but still not in our face :), the many terraces, the view, and again THE VIEW with its magnificent sunsets, the lovely mountain views, the outdoor BBQ, the village of Alcaucin with all its friendly inhabitants, the local market and all the fabulous surroundings!

This is definitely a place worth visiting - Grahme and Cathryn - thank you so much for letting us stay!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Carlos's bar
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
Antequera Golf Course
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Torre Del Mar
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Venta La Para
Nearest Ski
135 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Torre del Mar
Car: necessary

The villa is 11 years old and has been built in a Nature Reserve near the village of Alcaucin. The fact that the road stops at the village is one of the reasons why your visit will be so peaceful and relaxing. No traffic noise. The village is a couple of minutes by car and ten minutes walking - uphill to get there - great coming back down!! There are 8 restaurants and bars in the beautiful Andalucian village of Alcaucin - and many, many others locally. See

Other Activities: relaxing


Antequera golf course is Situated in the Cerros de Granada 650 meters above sea Level in the spectacular natural park Torcal , the monumental center of Antequera The course is 6600 yards , par 72, 18 holes.

Granada Club de Golf is 8 km from the city center, in the area known as Las Gabias. Magnificent views of Sierra Nevada and the city of Granada, near Granada airport and 50 km from the coast.

Anoreta golf course is a good challenge for all players whatever level. With a pleasant design surrounded by trees and water that enhance the natural beauty. The 7th hole with it's sea views and the 17th par 3 surrounded by a large lake and spectacular green. It is 6016 meters long.

La Dama De Noche golf course, the most original course on the Costa del Sol, it can almost be considered a links as it runs along both sides of the river floodlit throughout allowing night games.

Ski: Sierra Nevada ski resort is 2 hours drive away. Through beautiful Spanish countryside and then Granda city.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Alcaucín, Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Long term rentals are anything over 4 weeks. Terms for long term rental negotiable.

Bookings for 2 weeks and over in July/August enjoy £100 discount.

The villa is available from 3.00pm on your arrival day.

We ask that you vacate the villa by 10.00am on your last day, to allow time for the villa to be cleaned and ready for the next guests

20% deposit at the time of booking, balance due 6 weeks before the rental begins
Payment can be by cheque (sterling) or bank transfer

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Alcaucín in Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 475 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Disabled facilities
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Air-Con
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Air-Con
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Air-Con
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Air-Con
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Air-Con
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Air-Con
  • 4 doubles, 2 twins, 2 cots
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 18 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • ski pass optional
  • swimming
One of the bedrooms is fitted for wheelchair access and the ensuite bathroom is suitable for the disabled or the elderly. One of our Mums is in a wheelchair and so we had this room designed especially with her in mind. There are two baby cots in the villa which can be moved from room to room in addition to the beds. No smoking is allowed in the villa. Ipod/iphone dock which plays through the Sony surround sound speakers - excellent for your music choice. Wifi signal throughout the villa and pool area for easy access. Security code given when booking is confirmned.

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