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A 2 Bedroom luxury penthouse in the historic centre of Alora

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 91 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome

Overview

About the property

A self-catering rental with views a Moorish Castle, Alora town and countryside.

This is a luxurious penthouse apartment with direct lift access into the living room. It has been furnished in a contemporary style with high quality fitments and furnishings. There are two terraces one of which is exceptionally large with panoramic views of the countryside and Alora´s Moorish Castle which is perched on top of a hill and looks particularly spectacular and romantic at night when illuminated. Alora is a traditional Andalucian whitewashed village sitting on top of the hills of El Hacho which is 400 metres above sea level. As well as being able to soak in the atmosphere of a traditional Spanish working village, with its narrow, winding, cobbled streets and local shops, you will find a wide variety of restaurants and tapas bars. Alora is very popular with golfers, walkers, climbers and watersports enthusiasts as it is only 12 km from the beautiful lakes of El Chorro. It has excellent communication links with Malaga, Antequerra, Ronda, the airport and the Costa del Sol.


Owner
Helen Matthews
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
8 March, 2017

About Helen Matthews

We are a couple from London and decided to escape the rat race and started a idyllic life here in Alora. My husband is an ex-chef in restaurants in London and hotels back in the Far East while my line of work is public relations.

Helen Matthews purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Helen Matthews chose Guadalhorce (Costa del Sol)

We saw this property when our builder was still constructing it. All the 5 units were sold to local Spanish residents except the Penthouse. He showed the penthouse to us and we could not believe the views when we reached the top and lead us to the two terraces. We bought it on the spot because of the views and the location which is in the historic part of town, very close to the shops, banks and restaurants. It was one of the best decision we had made.

What makes this apartment unique

The top floor of the penthouse is not shared with any other flat. The lift goes straight to the living room and with the help of a key opens right into the apartment, very impressive indeed. The plot of the building is at an elevated position and so it has a commanding view of the countryside, mountains and the Moorish Castle. We will forever have these views.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful accommodation exceeded our expectations. We very much appreciated the welcome pack. We had everything we needed in the apartment and made good use of the guidebook and local maps provided. Jonathan and Gillian of Maccelesfield, UK.

Our extended visit to Spain has been most gratifying. Apartment was perfect for our needs and we spent many a morning and evening enjoying the spectacular views and marvellous weather. Alora is a charming little town with a real sense of traditional Spain. Our hosts, Helen and Steve were wonderful. Michael and Eleanor of Canada.

We have had a superb 10 day break here. The apartment has been wonderful-beautifully kept, superb views and being the the heart of still geniune Spanish town. Steve and Helen have been charming and attentive hosts. George and Pauline Thomas of Ipswich, UK. Wonderful Andalucia, wonderful Alora, wonderful penthouse. The Taggart family of Liverpool

Immaculate penthouse, beautiful surroundings. Joanna and Stuart, London.
Dec 2008
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Álora in Valle del Guadalhorce

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 91 m²
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Lift ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Both rooms have their own direct access to separate terraces.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Barbecue ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
There is a municipal pool which is just 500 metres away or 10 minutes walk away.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(46 traveller reviews)

A 2 Bedroom luxury penthouse in the historic centre of Alora
average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews
5

Don't hesitate!

  • 5 of 5

The Penthouse is in an excellent position in this delightful Spanish hill town. Just forget about getting your car closer than the town car park (8 mins walk away) and live like a local, walking everywhere - there is even a shopping trolley provided for you. It is the best equipped rental with lots of items you never realised you would want. We stayed for 5 weeks and enjoyed every minute - even coping with some torrential rain! Our fitness improved greatly walking up and down the hilly streets. Plenty of eating and drinking places close by. Good day trips can be taken to Ronda, Antequera and Malaga and lots of nearby small towns and villages. We asked to be left to our own devices regarding cleaning etc but it was great to know that we could call on Helen and Steve for any problems or advice and when we did, their response was swift.

If you want a taste of real Spain then this is the place for you.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely apartment in Malaga

  • 5 of 5

This apartment in Alora is truly beautiful, with two terraces providing views of the castle and the white town below. The apartment is well-appointed, and Helen and Steve are very helpful. The guest is even provided with a welcome basket with items of their choice - wine, coffee, cheese, bottled water, etc. Alora is well situated for day trips to towns like Malaga, Cordoba, etc. Highly recommended apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Penthouse apartment Alora

  • 5 of 5

We had a very good holiday at the penthouse apartment. it was very clean and well maintained, a home from home with everything you required for self catering. Helen and Steve are a lovely couple and if you needed anything you only had to call and your query would be answered. We would highly recommend this apartment to friends and family. Keep up the good work Helen and Steve.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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EXCEPTIONAL [ deliberately in higher case!] by all criteria

  • 5 of 5

I was fortunate enough to spend a month in this unbelievably wonderful property. If anything, it is even more wonderful than the photos suggest, not least because the photos can't show the oh so many very thoughtfully chosen extras.

All a person could possibly need is supplied - in abundance, and lots more as well. The large terrace, even in March, was a heavenly place, huge, with a sizeable retractable canopy and washline, and, most importantly, the views must be the best in Álora.

It is literally within 2 minutes from the delightful hustle and bustle of the town's centre, and the top quality eatery that is Casa Abilio.

Álora itself was for me a hidden gem - It's relatively easy to access from Málaga airport. It's large enough to have a good range of shops and eateries, but small enough such that the people are warm and friendly, and the views on any of the short walks round about are truly phenomenal.

.......and I could use all those superlatives above for Helen and Steve. They have their whole package perfected to the highest possible level. From the initial welcome to the drop off at the station, [how thoughtful is that!] everything is done soooo very well, and with such a lovely friendly manner.

Methinks I'll be back!!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Holiday

  • 5 of 5

A friend & I have just spent a fabulous week at the penthouse apartment in Alora. We felt so comfortable there that we have already discussed the possibility of another week next year. Alora is a typical white washed Spanish town, not in any way touristy, but with plenty of restaurants, cafes and supermarkets. It also has the benefit of a nearby railway station affording easy access to other areas and Malaga Airport.

Prior to our holiday, Helen & Steve answered all of our queries quickly and efficiently and on our arrival, met us at the railway station and gave us a short tour of Alora. We both felt comfortable in the knowledge that, if we had had any problems, Helen & Steve would be only too happy to help.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantatic

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic apartment with superb views. Helen and Stephen couldn't have been more helpful and provided an amazing welcome pack. Thank you for a fabulous time.

Heather

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Álora, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Mid Season
1 Mar 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter Week
9 Apr 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
17 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£375
for 7 nights
£375
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas Week
24 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
New Year Week
1 Jan 2018 - 8 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
9 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
£375
for 7 nights
£375
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
1 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter Week
25 Mar 2018 - 1 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
2 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2018 - 17 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas Season
18 Dec 2018 - 25 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
New Year Week
26 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
£1,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £100

The rates for Easter Week, Christmas and New Years Week are high season rates.
The rates above are for the first 2 persons, a supplementary charge of £50 per person per week for the 3rd and 4th person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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Location

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Malaga Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.3 Kilometres
Town centre
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Malaga port
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Lauro Golf, Alhuarin Golf & Campanilla Golf
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Alora Train Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
A357
Nearest Restaurant
1.3 Kilometres
Town centre
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Malaga and Torremolinos Beaches
Car: not necessary

Alora is a traditional Andalucian whitewashed village sitting on top of the hills of El Hacho, which is 400 metres above sea level. Agricultural produce is mainly olive, almonds, goat milk for cheese and oranges and lemons. Alora has great train links to the Costa del Sol for the beaches, the City of Malaga, Seville, Granada and Cordoba. What is great about the place is its central location, quite accessible to Antequerra, Historic Ronda, Jerez to sample sherry in the bodegas. As well being able to soak in the atmosphere of a traditional Spanish working village, with its narrow, winding, cobbled streets and local shops, you will find a wide variety of restaurants and tapas bars.

Alora is very popular with golfers, walkers and climbers as it is only 20 minutes from the beautiful Andalucian Lake District of El Chorro, famous for its gorge and rock climbing, water sports, fishing or just go for a picnic and a dip in the lake.

Golf courses like Laura Golf, Alhuarin Golf, Parador Golf, Campanilla Golf are only 20 to 30 minutes drive away while Antequera Golf is 40 minutes drive away.

A lot of travelers use Alora as a base to do traveling around because of its proximity to the touring area of Ronda, Seville, Jerez, Granada, Cordoba, Antequera, Torcal National Park and the City of Malaga and a train ride away to the beaches of Costa del Sol.

Alora has abundance of beautiful scenery and memorable landscapes whichever direction you look. In specific terms, to the north is the Central Limestone Arch with enormously impressive ranges like to Sierra de Huma (1,191 metres) and the Pass of Los Gaitanes. To the west is the Sierrad de Aguas (949 metres). It has excellent communication links with the City of Malaga, El Chorro, Antequera, Ronda, Torcal National Park, Seville, Cordoba and Madrid. To go to the nearest beach, Malaga or Torremolinos, is just 30 minutes away while golf courses are also 30 minutes drive away in various directions.

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