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400m² Rustic Spanish Cortijo with Stunning Lake and Mountain views

People9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Bedroom Cortijo sleeps 9 A/C summer and log burning fire for winter evenings.

This unique, luxurious, well equipped cortijo is in an area of outstanding natural beauty with simply stunning views over Lake Vinuela, the surrounding mountains and olive groves. Set in 5000m² of land it is the perfect location to relax. Perched on the top of the hillside, this cortijo provides 360° breathtaking panoramic views from each window. With over 300 days of sunshine per year it is beautiful in all seasons, particularly for those who enjoy walking in glorious countryside or simply sitting looking at the views. Breakfast in the walled internal courtyard to the fragrance of orange & lemon blossom.The Moor styled fountain provides the perfect backdrop to relax. Admire the sunsets in the reflection of the fountain framed by the rustic wooden doors. The luxury living areas provide space in which to relax and all bedrooms are comfortably furnished and all have A/C.For winter lets, enjoy the wood stove. The terrace overlooks the stunning unique luxury swimming pool and Lake Vinuela.

The cortijo is on a hillside surrounded by olive trees overlooking Lake Vinuela and the Sierra Tejada. The cortijo is 2.5km from the main road. Lake Vinuela is one of Andalucia’s best kept secrets but is unspoilt by tourism. The Lake is a reservoir and is also used for sailing, wind-surfing and fishing. There are no motorised boats allowed thus ensuring tranquillity. There are two excellent 18 hole golf courses nearby, Bavaria Golf (25 mins away) and Club Anorets (25 mins away). You may also enjoy skiing in the Sierra Nevada in the winter season which is only 1.45 hrs drive away. The season can be open from November to May depending on weather conditions.

The nearest beach resort is the typically Spanish resort of Torre de Mar just over 15 mins away. A wide promenade runs alongside its sandy beaches to the marina at Caleta. There are many small beaches along the coast line towards the busier resort of Nerja to enjoy. Nerja, with its famous caves, is 25 minutes away. Make a day of it and stop and have a paella or fresh fish lunch in the typical “chiringitos” or beach huts. Nearby is a fabulous shopping complex, El Ingenio with a hypermarket, Eroski, where you can buy all your necessities. Don’t forget to stop at their amazing fresh fish and sea-food counter! There are also numerous varied shops for all interests, a cinema, restaurants and tapas bars. Also nearby is a large water park and a go kart track. The busier resorts of Marbella and Fuengirola are less then 1 hour away. The local village of La Vinuela, 15 kms away, has a small supermarket and a choice of bars as does Puente Don Manuel, 10kms away, where you may buy supplies.

All around the property are paths leading to some glorious walks through unspoilt countryside. On the opposite side of the lake is the National Park which is widely used by walkers and ramblers and is renowned as being the best walking area in Spain. The white-washed mountain villages are well worth a visit to see the real Andalucía. Take time to look into the dates of the local “ferias” or festivals, in the surrounding villages. What better way to soak up the local culture. The villa is located within easy driving distance of Nerja and other towns like Malaga, Seville, and Granada, where you can take in the beauty and architecture of the Alhambra Palace.

More Details

Owner
Maurice Fitzpatrick
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
11 September, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have recently returned from a weeks holiday at the Cortijo de las Carretas with friends. When we arrived we were met by June who was extremely helpful and informative (even though we were a bit early!), the cortijo was everything we could have hoped for, beautifully furnished, very spacious and comfortable, outside the garden and the pool were lovely, the terrace providing a great outdoor living area for those hot days and warm evenings. We must thank Maurice and Kate for answering our numerous questions regarding the property and supplying a super guest book with lots of useful information prior to our holiday which allowed us to plan our week beforehand. We would have no hesitation in recommending this property to other holidaymakers looking for a private and well equipped property, you would have to go a long way to better it! Sue and Ken Evans.
Sep 2012
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Malaga
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Camping Bar
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Malaga
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Caletta
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Velez Malaga
Nearest Motorway
19 Kilometres
Velez Malaga
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Los Romanes
Nearest Ski
133 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
22 Kilometres
Torre de Mar
Car: necessary

Lake Vinuela is one of Andalucia’s best kept secrets but is unspoilt by tourism. The Lake is a reservoir and is also used for sailing, wind-surfing and fishing. There are no motorised boats allowed thus ensuring tranquillity. There are two excellent 18 hole golf courses nearby, Bavaria Golf (15mins away) and Club Anorets (25 mins away). You may also enjoy skiing in the Sierra Nevada in the winter season which is only 1.45 hrs drive away.

The nearest beach resort is the typically Spanish resort of Torre de Mar just over 15 mins away. A wide promenade runs alongside its sandy beaches to the marina at Caleta. There are many small beaches along the coast line towards the busier resort of Nerja to enjoy. Nerja, with its famous caves, is 25 minutes away. Make a day of it and stop and have a paella or fresh fish lunch in the typical “chiringitos” or beach huts.

Other Activities: Local Ferias (Fêtes) in the summer months in surrounding villages

Ski: For more information on the ski resorts visit the website http://www.sierranevada.co.uk/

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Viñuela in Axarquía

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Double Sink
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Sink
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Sink
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , A/C
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , A/C
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , A/C
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , A/C
  • The Master Bedroom, situated on the first floor leading from the mezzanine gallery, is equipped with a wooden and wrought iron framed king sized bed. This bedroom has its own 'Romeo and Juliette' balcony, fitted wardrobes and an open plan en-suite shower room with double sinks. The Double en suite bedroom situated on the ground floor also has a king size bed, fitted wardrobes and ensuite shower room. This room leads directly to the internal walled courtyard and also to the outside terrace. Views over the olive groves are stunning. The double room is equipped with fitted wardrobes and has an adjacent bath and shower room. This room also leads to the internal walled courtyard. The twin bedroom has a direct access to the terrace overlooking the pool. The mezzanine gallery hosts a TV + SKY, DVD player, computer terminal with internet acess and WIFI All bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning. All door communicating with outside have childproof locks for safety.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The property provides many living areas depending on the time of day. Breakfast in the internal courtyard, dine on the covered terrace over looking the stunning views, enjoy views from the privacy of the upstairs terrace and mezzanine gallery, not to mention the 400m² of luxury living accommodation. With so much space, Cortijo Las Carretas is a perfect location to get away from hustle and bustle. Although very peaceful and secluded, the cortijo is not remote with a few English residents nearby, always friendly and eager to help. The cortijo is just 15 minutes from the coast and has good access. There are a number of excellent restaurants and bars offering local cuisine all within a few minutes drive, with extensive menus at very good value. There are also several local bars where you receive free tapas with your drinks. In Vinuela, there is a small Eroski supermarket offering a good selection of products.

Reviews

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400m² Rustic Spanish Cortijo with Stunning Lake and Mountain views
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5

Wonderful house - alojar esplendido!

  • 5 of 5

We rent villas and houses very frequently, and all too often the descriptions of a house don't exactly match the reality. On this occasion it's the very opposite. Cortijo de las Carretas is located on a promontory overlooking Lake Vinuela but with true 360 degrees views across a breathtaking panorama, just as we were promised.

Our first impressions set the tone for what proved to be a superb holiday. The sturdy oak front door leads into a wonderfully peaceful courtyard, very Moorish in feel, with the sound of a lapping water feature adding to the atmosphere of calmness and coolness. Beyond this is the house itself, with a marvellous double-height lounge and mezzanine floor. Both this and the large and very well equipped kitchen open onto an extensive shaded terrace overlooking a substantial oval pool and the adjoining garden, all of it overlooking the lake and mountains. The air-conditioned bedrooms and adjoining bathrooms all have great views as well. Add to this the first class technology, from flatscreen tv to broadband internet and hi-fi music system and you have an all-weather holiday home - not that one has to worry about the weather for most of the year! Clearly very considerable thought has gone into the design and quality of the cortijo which was build only five or so years ago.

While the cortijo is located in a rural setting, there are numerous houses in the area, all well set apart, and local facilities are only a short drive and about 20 minutes away are the extensive services and facilities of Velez de Malaga and the coast. We did not visit local restaurants, but there appeared to be plenty around - some no more than a few minutes drive. The area itself was a revelation. We have usually rented houses further afield, in La Herradura, in the Alpujarras or around Antequera, but this is an area we had not visited previously and is now high on our list for the future.

Finally, and very importantly, the owners were a model of professional attention making sure that we were well looked after and keen to learn from our experiences.

We would have no hesitation whatsoever both in recommending Cortijo de las Carretas to any of our friends, but also returning there ourselves as soon as possible !

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2009
  • Date of Stay: September 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great Autumn break!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time to the cortijo, this time was out the heat of the summer sun for an Autumn break. The temperatures were clement and this allowed us to enjoy all the best of warm climes in the daytime; the pool and lunchtime BBQ's on the terrace with views over the lake and surrounding areas. In the evening;, we enjoying being inside in the wonderful lounge and dining area with the candles lit and the glow of the fire. The house was very cosy and homely and was the perfect place to relax and unwind. The house really does feature some small touches that allow you really feel at home. We spent some time entertaining friends who were also close by and the kitchen had everything we needed to entertain as though we were at home! Fantastic memories in the cortijo!

Temperatures at this time of year were perfect for daily hikes around the lake, much greener at this time of the year in the Autumn than in the summer. My husband made the most of the time to cycle in the hilly terrain and our daughter enjoyed horse ride treks at a nearby stables. We made the most of days out to nearby Nerja, enjoying the Balcon de Europa and a great meal on the beach close by. A great family holiday with something for everyone and a great break at the approach of Autumn

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
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5

Stunning villa in the perfect countryside

  • 5 of 5

This villa was the perfect getaway to relax and recharge. It is set in a beautiful valley overlooking a lake. The facilities were immaculately maintained and the decor was of a high standard and in keeping with the rustic Spanish feel. The swimming pool was perfect for us, with no overlooking properties, feeling very secluded and quiet. The villa is spacious, which meant that there was plenty of room for everybody, perfect for a family. This meant that we could relax very easily. The layout of the villa means that there are 360 degree views of the countryside, and we particularly liked sitting in the courtyard. The owners were incredibly friendly and easy to contact. Highly recommend this villa.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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A wonderful holiday in a delightful property

  • 5 of 5

The property is off the beaten track with beautiful views from every window. We were looking for a relaxing holiday and this property is perfect for getting away from it all. There are lots of beautiful areas to relax and the villa is extremely well equipped both inside and out.

We enjoyed eating at the local restaurant which has stunning views over the lake and also enjoyed exploring the delightful village of Vineula which is a short drive away. Thank you Maurice! It was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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Superb property, immaculately presented.

  • 5 of 5

Immaculate, spacious and well laid-out property. Admirable attention to detail and everything provided to enable an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. Superb views, great walks, quiet, peaceful and private location. Owner (Maurice) and local caretaker (Mauritz) incredibly attentive and helpful. We managed to accommodate 6 adults and 3 children very comfortably and we would not hesitate to recommend this Cortijo to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Wonderful vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

I had such a wonderful time here! The home is lovely and is very spacious, comfortable, and well appointed inside and out. The views are amazing, and hearing the birds sing in the morning and goat/sheep bells in the evening is very peaceful. The pool area and back patio (and the whole house, actually) are great spaces for relaxation. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking supplies, plus there's a barbecue for grilling, so one doesn't need to go out for meals (after purchasing food at the grocery ~15 min away), but there are also options for eating out nearby. The location is convenient for day trips to Malaga, Cordoba, Nerja (which is where we went), etc. I would return in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Viñuela, 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
 
Autumn
16 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
Christmas
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please note : Changeover day is a Saturday. You will be greeted at the villa upon your arrival where you will be given the keys.
A 20% deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance is required two months before arrival date. A £100 refundable deposit is payable to cover any damage or breakages. It will be refunded after the cortijo has been inspected.

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