Ambalama is a treasured home in the coastal hills of Southern Andalucia which you cannot fail to fall in love with. Ambalama is a Sinhalese word meaning ‘a welcoming resting place for weary way-farers, travellers, explorers and adventurers’. This little casita (cottage / small house) is just that and provides a lovely, relaxing ‘home’ with a hugely welcoming atmosphere. Having been lovingly and artfully restored from a rather sad, abandoned building, it has been given a new lease of life and is transformed into a delightfully cosy, comfortable ‘casita’. It sits high in the cork forests of the sierra, with sensational views overlooking the distant Mediterranean, and on a clear day one can see the mountains of Morocco.
Ambalama is a ‘home for all seasons’. It’s as cosy on chilly winter days, as it is glorious in the strong summer sunshine. It is as warm and bright and revitalizing in spring as it is sunny and crisp in autumn – it’s warm here even in November! Vigorous walks in the hills or gentle strolls on the beach, throughout the year, are among the highlights, along with long, lazy lunches in the sun followed by a sleepy siesta and perhaps a wander into town for a sundowner – if you can tear yourself away from the view! In spring time, flowers carpet the hills and the whole area comes alive with colour and verdant growth.
Culture vultures will be totally enamoured with the lovely village of Casares, whilst the beaches are long and not overly crowded. This area is also famous for its exceptional restaurants, magnificent golf courses and hugely friendly people. Get an early, revitalising tan in spring; and stave off those winter blues in autumn! A gem of a place where summer comes early and lingers long!
All this is just 1 ¼ hours form Malaga and 45 mins from Gibraltar and it’s as magical in winter as it is in summer. This little gem - both rustic and sophisticated at the same time - has something for everyone and makes the perfect family or romantic getaway!
The main house comprises two well-furnished bedrooms (both with overhead fans, one with air-conditioning) with attached bathrooms (one with a dressing room), a sitting room, dining room (seating 6 comfortably) and kitchen, all on one level. It has been beautifully, colourfully and interestingly furnished with bits and pieces from all over the world - many items having been made, sourced or restored by the owners. French doors opening off every room, along with terracotta floors and double height ceilings keep it cool and airy in summer; and there’s a blazing log fire and plenty of rugs to keep it warm in winter.
Outside boasts a spacious, sun-filled terrace looking straight over the hills and out to sea. There is a lovely bamboo pergola covering an al fresco dining area and comfortable daybeds. A flight of steps leads up to the glorious pool terrace which has plenty of sunbeds and 2 charpoys in the shade. It is surrounded by orange, olive, cork, almond and palm trees, and also affords incredible views, especially from the huge hammock!
A further flight of steps leads up to a terrace garden (perfect for a game of boules) and ‘The Tent’ which is an impossibly pretty extra ‘room’ with 2 large single beds, electricity, bedside lights, pine furniture, cosy rugs and 3 windows (with curtains) and views from heaven. It is large and roomy and remains cool in summer due to the breeze. There is a wash basin and mirror with running water outside. ADDITIONAL PAYMENT OF £250 PER WEEK, IS DUE IF RENTING THE TENT AS WELL AS THE COTTAGE. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR DETAILS.
Ambalama is small, compact, impossibly romantic and ideally situated for exploring the area – the famous village of Casares is a short walk away; the historic ‘white towns’ of Gaucin, Cortes de La Frontera and Ronda are close by; the buzzy hubs of Marbella, Estepona and Soto Grande are also a short drive away; the hill walking is superb, especially in Spring when all the wildflowers are out in abundance; there are golf courses and fine restaurants galore; and there are plenty of beaches down the hill.