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Country Villa with large infinity pool in a rural location overlooking lake

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 2,421 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A rustic villa and self contained cottage, near Marbella - 4 bedrooms - sleeps 8

A 4 bedroom rustic finca style country villa, sleeps 8, six in the main house and two in the self contained cottage.

This country property has a large private infinity pool and is set in a rural and tranquil location in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park but is within easy driving distance of the cosmopolitan town of Marbella and thriving marina of Puerto Banus. Set in its own grounds of nearly two acres the property has three double bedrooms and a self contained double bedroomed cottage overlooking the large pool. There are 180 degree rural lake views from covered and open terraces and a large barbecue terrace.

Peaceful and tranquil, the finca is ideal for a relaxing break close to some of the best amenities on the Costa del Sol including numerous Golf Courses, which are within easy reach. The lake is great for fishing and kayaking and we have a double and a single kayak for use to explore the length of the lake and secluded inlets. There is great walking for all levels in the surrounding countryside and horse riding is available locally.

Check the testimonials to see what previous guests have thought of the villa and the surrounding valley and range of activities locally.

BEACHES: The coast is only 10kms away and offers a great range of beaches to cater for all tastes. There are plenty of family friendly beaches, luxury beaches (Nikki Beach), disco beaches (Puerto Banus), and even a naturist beach at Cabopino. All offer beach bars or restaurants. A range of water sports is also available from the beaches as well as the large number of marinas and ports in the area including Puerto Banus, Marbella, Cabapino, and Estepona.

The vibrant and throbbing marina of Puerto Banus is only 9kms from the finca and offers international shopping alongside bustling ethnic markets and an outstanding range of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The busy town of Marbella with it's galleries, boutiques and seafront promenade is only 10kms away offering some of the best shopping and visitor facilities in Southern Spain. The cobbled streets and alleyways around it's world famous Plaza de Naranjos (Orange Square) offer ethnic goods alongside haut couture. The Square itself has a range of excellent restaurants with many more nearby.

ACTIVITIES: The villa is close to Marbella & Puerto Banus, but it's rural position offers easy access to an exciting and diverse range of other activities. It is on the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park (so beautiful it has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere) and offers easy and challenging walks as well as horse riding and guided Jeep and quad bike tours. The countryside has an incredible range of spring flowers and fauna including Golden Eagles, Ibex, and wild boars.

We have private access to the reservoir which is great for swimming, kayaking and has good carp fishing and we have a double and single kayak for exploring the lake and inlets.

Tennis and Padle is available only 6 kms away at the Manolo Santanna Racquets Club, which also has a fully equipped gymnasium for working out, large pool, children's play area, restaurant and expansive terraces.

There is a Sea Life Centre, Amusement Park and Dolphinarium in Benalmadena, about 25kms away, which also has a cable car ride to a café and viewing point in the hills behind the town where you can take a donkey ride or watch horse riding displays.

There is a great Water Park at neighbouring Torremolinos.

Selwo Aventura wildlife enclosure near Estepona is 20kms away, where you can take a Jurassic Park type ride and see lions, tigers, elephants and giraffes and more, in natural settings.

Less than an hours drive away is Gibraltar with it's cable car to the top of the Rock to enjoy stunning views towards Africa and the antics of the Barbary Apes.

There is plenty to see and do including scuba diving and visiting the 300 year old defensive caves cut into the rock.

For the adventurous who might like to visit Africa, it’s only 25 km away across the Straits of Gibraltar – an easy 30 minute trip by the catamaran ferry which leaves several times daily from Tarifa to Tangiers.

Tarifa, with it's wide sandy beaches and dunes, is recognised as the kite and wind surfing centre of Europe.

PLACES TO VISIT: The villa is a great base for visiting other villages, towns and cities within the area. Little can rival the spectacular drive to Ronda or crossing the bridge above it's deep gorge which housed it's ancient prison, or a visit to it's bull ring, said to be the oldest in Spain.

The city of Malaga is steeped in history but enjoys many modern facilities including a busy commercial port. The other Pueblo Blancos of Mijas, Casares and Benahavis are all nearby and worth visiting.

Granada with it's beautiful and historic Alhambra Palace is under two hours drive away and makes a wonderful day out.

More Details

Gordon & Carolyn Westcott
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2017

About Gordon & Carolyn Westcott

I was working in London when I was offered the opportunity of working for a firm in Spain and, after much deliberation, decided to give it a go and try to redress the work/life balance and take a sabbatical from the world of insurance.

We were incredibly lucky to find this finca (rural property), built but not finished, which gave us an almost blank canvass to develop our own Spanish Dream. We had three fabulous years living there, mostly in a perpetual building site, but it never stopped us enjoying the sheer pleasure of our surroundings. We altered the layout, fitted the kitchen, finished the bathrooms, extended the original house, built the infinity pool, laid new terraces and set out the gardens and still found time to harvest our olives and almonds.

We were thrilled to be selected by BBC's Groundforce to do a complete makeover on our back garden. It was shown as their last ever episode and those memories will remain with us forever.

Since returning to the UK we have kept as closely involved with Spain, Istan and the finca as possible and get no greater pleasure than hearing that our guests get as much enjoyment from their stay as we did, and still do.

Gordon & Carolyn Westcott purchased this villa in 2002

Why Gordon & Carolyn Westcott chose West Costa del Sol

When we decided to buy we spent a long time finding the perfect spot. A view over water was our biggest wish and also to be away from the coastal strip but not miles away from anywhere. We searched from Gaucin & Casares to Alhaurin, Coin & Mijas but fell in love with Istan. It's position at the end of the mountain road at the head of the Rio Verde valley means it is one of the lesser known Pueblo Blancas (White Villages) and has not been spoilt by tourism and still retains Spanish charm and traditions.

The finca is only 10kms (about a 15 minute drive) from the bustling coastal area of Marbella and Puerto Banus but enjoys a seclusion, peace and tranquillity all it's own, truly the best of both worlds.

What makes this villa unique

Because we finished the house in the way we liked and furnished it for our own living it feels very homely and this comment has been passed by many of our guests and also that the villa has a certain ambience - but it's the location that is stunning.

The house sits comfortably on the sde of La Concha, in the UNESCO Biosphere of the Sierra de las Nieves facing west and surrounded by mountains and overlooking the lake and National Park, with few other houses in view. It has several living spaces and families of 8 have been able to have as much personal privacy or communal 'get togethers' as they may want, yet a single couple can get just as much pleasure without feeling they are 'rattling around'.

We feel the uniqueness of our house is the ability to get as much life and activity as anyone might want in Marbella and Puerto Banus, and other towns, villages, beaches and marinas on the Costa del Sol and enjoy world class golf at the numerous nearby courses, yet return easily to the silence and tranquillity of the mountain.

Whenever we are there we make sure we are always on the front terrace for when the sun dips below the hills on the far side of the lake, glass of chilled wine in hand, toasting 'end of day' and listening to relaxing music. Our choice of music? Enya's 'Day Without Rain'. What will yours be?


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Istán in Sierra de las Nieves

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2421 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , In the self contained cottage
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Downstairs cloakroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to master bedroom. Twin sinks.
  • The large master bedroom has a good sized shower room with twin washbasins set in a tiled vanity unit. The family bathroom has a bath with fixed shower. The separate casita (cottage) is self contained and has a shower room with WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , with Air Conditioning
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , with Air Conditioning
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , with Air Conditioning
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , In self contained cottage. With Air Conditioning.
  • All of the bedrooms have Air Conditioning. The large master bedroom enjoys double aspect country views over the lake and to Natural Park and, in the distance, the hills of the Sierra Palmitera. Double doors to a Juliet balcony allow perfect views up the valley to the Sierra de las Nieves mountains beyond Istan. It is air conditioned and has a good sized en suite shower room with a large walk-in shower enclosure and twin washbasins set in a large rustic tiled vanity top, and WC. There is another double bedroom also enjoying wonderful lake views as well as a comfortable twin bedroom. The self contained cottage has a double bedroom, shower room with WC, kitchenette with a dining area/sitting room and enjoys double aspect views onto the infinity pool and terrace and up to the mountains behind Istan.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The property offers covered and open terraces for all season pleasure. The back garden was designed and installed by BBC's Groundforce team and was featured on the show's last ever broadcast. We have upgraded the pergola immediately adjoining the garden and constructed a gas BBQ and servery. A great place to enjoy partial shade and breathtaking views up the valley to the mountains of the Sierra de las Nieves. As the pool is unheated it will be 'open' from 1st May to the end of September, or by prior arrangement. It is usable at other times but may not be 100% crystal clean. Air conditioning is fitted in all bedrooms and the sitting room for cooling or heating as required. If the gentle mountain breezes aren't refreshing enough there are several fans throughout the house for additional comfort if needed. The house is warm during winter months but there is a working Andalucian fireplace and logs are provided. Oil filled radiators are also available for good background heat.

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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(42 traveller reviews)

Country Villa with large infinity pool in a rural location overlooking lake
average rating of 4.952381 based on 42 reviews

Wonderful villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday at the villa. We drove from the UK and arrived in the dark. What a nice surprise in the morning to see such a lovely view. Our two dogs throughly enjoyed lounging around in the sun. My parents flew in to join us and were very comfortable in the cottage. The location is superb. It really does offer the best of both worlds. Peace and quiet at the villa but 15 mins drive and you have all the buzz of Puerto Banus for a bit shopping and supercar watching. The only thing I would mention is the track is rough down to the villa. A normal car would be fine but our car is low and on low profile tyres so we actually left it parked up and used a hire car. We definitely recommend the villa and hope to make a booking for 2017

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

All my expectations were realised when we arrived at Gordon & Carolyn's villa. The description was spot on but could not represent exactly this villa and its location. The property and pool were spotless and clean. The location was perfect for a relaxing holiday with the option of the hustle and bustle of Marbella only 30 odd minutes away. I enjoy a spot of fishing and I doubt if I will ever fish a reservoir like the one only 10 minutes walk from the villa.

I would not hesitate to recommend the villa to my friends or family, in fact I would recommend it to anyone considering it.

Thank you Gordon & Carolyn.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Amazing villa in an incredible setting

  • 5 of 5

We loved the villa from the moment we arrived. The property is desk he's really tastefully with lots of lights and space. Lots of room to make food, enjoy drinks and play card games. The outdoor areas such as the tables and bbq areas and especially the pool are fantastic! the views around the villa are as good as they get, having a drink on the roof terrace while the sun sets is a real highlight! we enjoyed swimming in the lake and some local treks. the village is Istan isn't walkable but we enjoyed cooking in the villa so much this wasn't an issue. Would definitely recommend this amazing villa to friends!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Wonderful home in the hills

  • 5 of 5

Our whole family of 4 generations absolutely loved our stay at your wonderful home in the hills. The house is homely, we found everything we needed, the television and wifi worked well, the pool is clean and has great views, the Casita was an added bonus, the seating areas and BBQ are so relaxing and the lake and mountain view is amazing. Everyone was really friendly and helpful (thank you John, Tony, Gordon and Carolyn - good team) Fantastic family holiday - thank you. Please can we come again next year?!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Stunning. Perfect. Glorious pool!

  • 5 of 5

Does what it says on the tin! Gordon and Carolyn's place is pure bliss. I can't even begin to describe the stunning views and the sunset that comes with it. The house is elegantly decorated with everything you would need and more. And then there's the pool. We've been to a lot of places and a lot of pools. Nothing comes close. Personally, this is one pool we would remember for a long time as our 3-year old learned to swim in it.

Gordon, Carolyn, Tony and David have been great help. Always quick to answer with very helpful tips and advice. Everything went smoothly. I must say sorry to David for making him drive all the way up just to flick a switch. Our collective incompetence was to

blame for not being able to find the circuit board.

Thanks for a great holiday Gordon and Carolyn. We hope to come back again someday with a whole bunch of friends and family members.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Fantastic house!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay in this beautiful home. The house has the most amazing view and we all loved the pool. The separate annex is great when travelling with extended family and a huge amount of space inside and out. We found eating out in old Marbella was a good experience as it was quaint,good food , lots of shops and catered for everyone's taste! The winding drive down from the house was easy although the track to the property a little on the rough terrain side! We had an amazing time and would highly recommend to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Malaga - A comfortable 45 minute drive
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Los Jarales - Istan
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
A7 Autopista
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Istan - Los Jarales
Nearest Ski
175 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada - Granada
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Puerto Banus
Car: necessary

Whilst the villa itself is set in a secluded position on the quiet slopes of La Concha overlooking the lake of La Embalse de la Concepcion, the bustling town of Marbella with it's beaches and marinas is only a short drive away, including it's famous Orange Square (Plaza de Naranjos). The surrounding narrow cobbled streets of Marbella Old Town are a 'must see' for their stunning array of restaurants, artisan shops and designer boutiques.

The beautiful and vibrant marina of Puerto Banus is even closer by and offers an exceptional range of good quality restaurants offering international and local cuisine, and numerous bars and nightclubs for partying the night away.

Boat and jet ski rental, fishing and scuba diving are all available in this and other nearby marinas at Marbella, Cabopino, Estepona and La Duquesa. There are numerous nearby family friendly beaches with beach bars with sunbeds and parasols for relaxing with many offering a range of water sports for the active. At the luxury Nikki Beach you will find designer sunbeds and waiter service and beach parties every Sunday during the season.

The unspoilt Pueblo Blanco (white village) of Istan, which dates back to the 16th Century, is only 6 kms away within the same UNESCO Biosphere enjoyed by the villa. There is a natural spring which supplies Istan and the surrounding area, including our villa,

with water. Along with the Rio Verde, the spring feeds the lake which is used to supply water to Marbella and the western Costa del Sol. There are four local restaurants and three tapas bars and a range of small shops for basic provisions, including a bakers providing freshly baked artisan bread. There is also a local market on Saturdays.

The villa enjoys access to the lake where you can swim in perfect privacy and isolation or use our kayaks to explore the length of the lake and it's secluded inlets or enjoy a peaceful day picnicking or fishing for the plentiful carp.

The area is a designated Natural Park known as the Sierra de las Nieves and it is well worth doing a Jeep or quad bike safari of the surrounding countryside, which are available from Puerto Banus.

Horse riding and trekking is available at nearby Aloha.

The villa is central on the Costa del Sol, which is also known (deservedly!) as the Costa del Golf. There are numerous top quality Golf Courses within easy reach of the property including Finca Cortesin, Los Naranjos GC , Las Brisas GC, Aloha GC, La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Marbella Golf & Country Club, Rio Real GC, Guadalmina GC, Atalaya GC, El Paraiso and Los Flamingos to name but a few!!

Slightly further afield is La Cala Golf and Alhuarin Golf and the world famous Valderamma at Sotogrande is an easy drive away of about 55kms as is the excellent new La Reserva course. The new and old courses of San Roque, featuring ancient Cork Oaks, are about 60kms from the Finca, about 45 minutes drive away as is the resort and golf course of Alcadeisa.

After a strenuous day on the golf course or a trip to the beach or visiting the sites there is nothing quite as relaxing as retreating to the peace and quiet of one of the villa's terraces and enjoying a glass of wine watching the sun set over the pool and lake.

The surrounding area is so natural and beautiful it has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere and has an incredible range of spring flowers, and wildlife including Golden Eagles, Ibex and wild boars.

The villa is about 2 hours drive from Granada with it's internationally renowned Alhambra Palace as well as the Sierra Nevada skiing area which enjoys good snow conditions from December to late March. It is one of the few places in the world where you can ski on piste in the morning and be water skiing from the beach in the afternoon.


Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Superb Spanish Spring
25 Feb 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Scorcher
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer Holiday
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Days
7 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Rates include a weekly clean and change of bed linen & towels for all rentals of 2 weeks or more.

A non-refundable holding deposit of 25% of the total rental will be needed to reserve the property.
The balance plus a security deposit of £250 must be paid 6 weeks before the start of the rental period. This deposit, will be returned within 14 days, less deduction for damages if any.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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