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Unique Shabby Chic Villa, Morrocan style, Private pool, free wifi, sleeps 8

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Stunning 4 dbl b/m villa, 20 mins from Almunecar, Marina del Este and beaches

Our amazing Moroccan style country home is partly a converted round water deposito. It is mainly spread over one split floor level and has a lovely warm rustic charm - very relaxing and comfortable. It really does feel like a home and not a rental property - because it is one! Four ethnic doorways lead to the numerous terraces; some are huge and some totally private with 2 bbq areas - one gas and the other coal. The villa is set within a huge walled private terrace with tiled swimming pool overlooking the mountains and lush valley of the Rio Seco in Costa Tropical. There is a small sea view too! We enjoy all day sun with stunning sunsets. 200m of accommodation leads to the pool and terraces. 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + outside shower, open plan farmhouse dining/kitchen area with luxury sofa's, trendy Kasbah. Surrounded by flowers and fruit trees - tarmac and concrete road to the door (4x4 not necessary) but long windy drive with drop edges. This is our rural 'retreat' and will provide you with all your creature comforts incl tv, wfi, a/c, hot water, bedding, towels, library of books, fridge, freezer,, bread maker, washing machine, dryer and above all privacy, total peace and relaxation without isolation. Almunecar, Nerja, Salobrena, Motril, Granada and the Sierra Nevada are all easily reached as are golf, water sports and sailing .

Historical information of Almunecar: Called EX by its first settlers, the Phoenicians, Almunecar later became known as Firmum lulium Sexi during the Roman period when salted fish and the much in demand 'garum' were exported all over the Empire. The phoenician-punic period has left the Necroplis Laurita and the Puente de Noy, while from the Roman Sexi period there are monuments like the impressive Aqueduct, the Torre del Monje and Albina columbaria, the Salazones factory and the Cueva de siete palacios museum, which houses the Archaeological museum. However it was without a doubt the Arabs who left a mark impossible to rub out. Within the narrow streets of the historical quarters, with their white washed houses, the andalusi essence can still be breathed. These inhabitants were witness to Abd al Rahman 1, the founder of the Omeyan Emirate, who came ashore in the year 755.

Granada coastline under attack: The Granada coastline is dotted with fortresses, castles and watchtowers which bear witness to the history of these lands. Its border location of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, in addition to the proximity of North Africa made it very vulnerable to attack. San Miguel castle overlooks the town and forms part of the legacy which over 700 years of Moorish occupation has provided. The Christians built the church Iglesia de la Encarnacion, the fountain in the Calle Real, the Najarra Palace and the sculptures like the Abderraman 1 statue (the monument dedicated to the Phoenicians) and the Arch in honour of Blas Infante, the father of Andalusia. Moslems in the Middle Ages and Christians from the 16th Century onwards had to reinforce the coastline's system of defence due to a constant onslaught of attacks by pirates, corsairs and robbers who impoverished the local population. The Turkish squadron was defeated at the battle of Lepanto, 1571 and the Moors were expelled from Granada in 1492

Cultural Almunecar: Birthplace to playwrights and a point of inspiration to artists Almunecar also possesses a special musical link. In fact it is not possible to talk about this town without referring to the wordly renowned Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Clasica Andres Segovia (classical guitar contest) named after the great composer lived out his last years in La Herradura on the Costa Tropical. The famous annual Jazz festival brings together the best blues, jazz and bossanova stars like Tete montoliu, joyce, Antonio Hart, Monty Warters, Archie Shepp and Brad Meldham. Arts and literature are ever present and include the literary competition Cartas de amor y desamor held every February without fail - dedicated to this universal theme, that is love!

Courtesy - Almunecar - La Herradura International Magazine

More Details
Registration Number : In process

Harriet Hayes
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, i can google translate languages to communicate
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Harriet Hayes

We lovingly renovated an old water deposit over a period of years into a fabulous quirky home where we lived with our young family who went to the local international school. In 2007 we set sail with the Blue Water Rally from Gibralter and sailed as far as Malaysia. We now let out our home full time - short term in the summer months and longer term during the winter but the main attribute is - it feels like a home - because it is one! If you are looking for a winter retreat between October and end of March at a very reasonable rental in return to look after the house please let us know.

Harriet Hayes purchased this villa in 2002

Why Harriet Hayes chose Almuñécar

This property is unique - it was totally built by us as our home and for this reason it has natural 'warmth' and a great ambiance. It can accommodate 10 people (4 double bedrooms with extra mattresses) but 2 guests often come on their own without feeling overwhelmed. It has great flexibility - young and old - families and couples - there is something for everyone.

What makes this villa unique

A/C independent hot and cold in each room - fabulous clean sparkling swimmng pool (April - end September) complimentary wifi - some UK TV - fantastic views - even a small sea view - mountain walks - many species of birds - fruit trees in abundance including mango, avocado, lemons, almonds and figs - many terraces and nooks and crannies - a very generous 'welcome pack' on arrival - easy distance from Granada, Malaga and Marbella - 30 minutes from Marina del Este, sailing and many water sports.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Harriet and Paul - Being at your beautiful house this week has been a wonderful dream - thank you for all you did to make us so welcome! The 'Scottish Contingent' have been so happy to join up with the Canadian family members here in the most beautiful and welcoming of settings. Many thanks for making our 2014 reunion so memorable.
May 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Almuñécar in Costa Tropical

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower , Terrace shower
  • The 2 bathrooms have separate hot water tanks - so plenty of hot water. They are both small but perfectly formed! Master Bedroom 1 has an en suite with small bath and integral shower and loo. Master Bedroom 2 shares the shower room and loo. There is also a super popular outdoor 'cold' water shower near the pool; with sunshine heating the pipes, its not so cold!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , One travel baby cot
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , + an extra single mattress if required
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , + an extra single matress if required and huge sofa
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , + an extra single mattress if required
  • The two main bedrooms (1 and 2) can both be described as 'master bedrooms' - bedroom 1 has an en suite, bedroom 2 has its own ceramic wash basin, huge sofa and extra mattress. Both are spacious with a/c and doors leading out to the terraces and pool area. The other two bedrooms (3 and 4) are large and wedge shaped with ceiling windows. There is plenty of ventilation/fans, vents and a/c (hot and cold) in all rooms. We have spare mattresses and cot if extra children need to be catered for. All linen and bathroom towels are provided. You should bring your own beach towels.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We short let our property from April to end of September. Please contact us regarding a long let from October to end of March


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Unique Shabby Chic Villa, Morrocan style, Private pool, free wifi, sleeps 8
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 60 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for two weeks in June. The house feels like a home and it's great - spacious, clean, comfortable, well equipped, large pool, pretty planting and in a stunning location. I agree with the other reviews, especially that the pictures do not do it justice. The amount of outdoor space is incredible. It feels so open, yet it's private and contained. It is truly lovely and we had a great time!

The communication with Harriet and then Jake, the manager, was really good. Jake met us in Almunecar and guided us to the villa. He kept in touch with us throughout the stay and was very helpful with local information, like where to buy the best produce.

5 star reviews all round!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both so much for your review, for choosing to stay at our home and for looking after it so beautifully. Kind regards Harriet
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Wonderful location.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for 6 months , Oct -March. Peaceful retreat with stunning views, great walking and a good sized pool. Interesting house design, very good wifi and music system in the kasbah.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review but more importantly thank you for looking after our home!
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Fantastic villa for a private getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were a party if 9 friends celebrating my husband's 50th and could not have asked for anything better. Fab villa, fab views, fab service!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Remote mountain paradise

  • 5 of 5

All you need for complete relaxation and calm. with incredible 360degree mountain views, a large pool and very photogenic house! Very generous welcome pack (ours included a roast chicken!) well stocked kitchen with 3 fridges (so we had one for lunches one for dinners and one for drinks!) and helpful manager. Big cupboard full of board games and plenty of pretty night lighting.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

Spacious luxury property with a friendly cat. Everthing was prepared for us. Even the fridge was filled, so we came over the first days without having to go shopping right away.

We want to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review and for choosing our home for your holiday. We hope to see you again one day!
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An amazing cosy house, with incredible views. 5/5

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great holiday in this amazing house, the reviews are all correct on how cosy this place feels. The views are breath taking and the pictures do not do it justice. The pool is a great size, what a joy to swim and look at the mountains. Lots of space for all the family, with a great BBQ to cook outside. Lots of outside eating areas. I would recommend to any one. Will certainly book again.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
56 Kilometres
Granada and Malaga
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Bar Helena
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
La Herradura
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
San Sebastiion village
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
9.5 Kilometres
Almunecar, Marina Beach, La Herradura
Car: necessary

Los Banuelos is a 20 minute breathtakingly beautiful drive into the hills and mountains behind Almunecar town where there is truly something for everyone - restaurants, shops, a picturesque marina, sailing and watersports, hang gliding, golf, horse riding, mountain biking, climbing, trekking, a bird park and much more. Many historical sites, art galleries, local artisans' exhibits and cultural venues including a Roman fort, aquaducts, Phonecian fish farms, caves and museums. The Costa Tropical has 19km of coastline and over 20 beaches; some are hidden coves, some designated for naturists, many have plenty of beach side cafes and restaurants with lively tapas bars and night life. Enjoy real Flamenco in authentic surroundings just 15 minutes drive away or just relax. Almunecar is a 50 minute easy drive from Malaga or Granada airport. Our house in the mountains is totally private but not isolated. We are surrounded by mountains, olive groves, mangos, lemons and avocados. Birds abound.

Other Activities: Sailing, walking, water skiing, diving, trial and quad biking, surfing, wind-surfing, fishing, paragliding, swimming, golf, riding, tennis


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Almuñécar, Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Holiday Bookings

A 30% non refundable deposit secures the booking once availability has been confirmed
The residual is payable 4 weeks prior to arrival
If you are a couple looking to book outside High Season i.e. May, June, September, October, November, December please contact me
for favourable rates
We offer an affordable 'long let' during the winter months in return for basic maintenance and house/pet sitting - 1 small cat (electricity is extra)

We have a small pet cat Tigger who is resident!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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