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Cottage in the Axarquia on a hill of olive trees overlooking the sea

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning


About the property

Romantic 2 bedroom cottage above Frigiliana, splendid sea & mountain views

This charming country cottage in the Axarquia is perched on a hill of olive trees overlooking the white Moorish village of Frigiliana and the Mediterranean Sea, and backed by the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Sierras. It is conveniently located 5 minutes by car (a pleasant 20 minute walk) outside Frigiliana, right off the road to Torrox, and is only a 10 to 15 minute drive to Nerja and the beaches of the Costa del Sol. A large municipal pool is available in the village. Málaga is less than an hour's drive away, and Granada only 90 minutes. The beautiful and historical cities of Cordoba, Seville and Ronda are easily reachable.

The cottage is set in a garden of fruit trees and flowers amidst the olive grove. The terrace faces east-southeast down the valley to the sea--a beautiful place to sit and watch the moon (or sun!) rise. The fully equipped kitchen and bathroom are tiled with hand-made tiles, and a large wood-burning stove in the salon is perfect for chilly winter days and nights.

The Cortijo Laurel combines a peaceful and romantic ambiance with easy access to wonderful walks in the sierras backing the property and the village of Frigiliana, as well as to the river Higuerón, the coast, Nerja, Almuñecar and other white villages in the Axarquia. The views of the sea, the mountains, the terraced fields of olives and avocados that fall towards the coast, and the clouds over Africa are breathtaking. Birds are abundant throughout the year, and wild mountain goats can sometimes be seen on the slopes above. Also, perched on the mountainside as it is, the starry night skies are a wonder to behold.

Hot water is provided by solar panels--there are so many sunny days! There is an electric backup. A large public swimming pool is available in the village of Frigiliana, and there are many good restaurants and bars. Horse-back riding is also available.

The high-speed train, AVE, runs between Málaga, Córdoba and Madrid. One can take lovely backroads from Frigiliana to Granada, or the autovia motorway, which shortens the time to less than 90 minutes. The autovia from Málaga (or Frigiliana-Nerja) to Barcelona is complete.

More Details

Sharon Wevill
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish, Arabic
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2017

Why Sharon Wevill chose Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

I bought the land in 1989 and built the cottage 12 years later. It had been my dream to have a cottage in the hills outside the village of Frigiliana, where I could have a garden and fruit trees and enjoy the lovely natural setting.

What makes this cottage unique

The magnificent views of the Mediterranean and of the sierras behind the village of Frigiliana, which is only a short walk or ride away. The birdlife and clean air. The peace.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time in your lovely house! The terrace is so beautiful, the light under the vine is splendid, the jasmine in the garden smells good and the sound of the (wind chimes) lets us dream of paradise. . . . we are sure that this won't be our last visit.
Oct 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Frigiliana in Axarquía

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • smoking allowed
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Towels provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • All bed linen provided; built-in wardrobes. A child's cot is available, if needed. Bedroom windows are screened.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 3 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Firewood for the stove can be provided for a small extra charge, and a portable barbecue grill is available. A table for dining on the terrace can seat up to eight people. Solar panels provide for the hot water, along with an electric backup.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

Cottage in the Axarquia on a hill of olive trees overlooking the sea
average rating of 4.576923 based on 35 reviews

Amazing villa and location, but requires some improvements inside.

  • 2 of 5

We really loved the location of the property which has stunning views from the terrace. However, the experience was dampened somewhat by some issues that we fed back to the owner to look at. These were:

- Worn out double mattress which sagged and caused us to slide into each other resulting in back ache (we are not overweight)

- Worn out single mattresses with springs digging into your back unless further layers/toppers were placed underneath.

- No fire safety equipment and locked bars preventing easy escape from downstairs

- We had to wash up for 1 hour to prepare enough clean crockery for our stay

- Intermittent slow speed wi-fi (1.15 Mbps down load speed when tested)

- Worn out towels, cushion covers and throws – with holes in

- Over grown bushes protruding into the driveway making it hard to park

Sharon kindly responded to the above and agreed to look at them and address them. We would love to return if they are all followed through with, particularly the mattresses. I know she has installed a smoke alarm that we purchased for her and refunded us the money for that.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have addressed several of the issues referred to here--there is now a new fire extinguisher, and the smoke alarm the tenant bought has been installed. I have also provided a new throw for the sofa and new cushions for the terrace chairs and lounge chairs, which indeed needed replacing. I've bought several new kitchen and bath towels and oven gloves and several new plates. I've put soft "toppers" on the two single beds and will see to the overgrown cedar trees and to providing an extra key for the downstairs. I feel that the double mattress is fine and have never before received a complaint about it--also, I have slept on that mattress many times and have had no problem. It is a Danish bed with a thinnish upper mattress, and there are several eiderdowns, etc. also available. There may have been a few plates or cutlery not as clean as my guests would have expected, but I always have the entire cottage cleaned before the arrival of guests. I will make sure to pay special attention to this. As to the WiFi, the men came out to inspect it last week and have upgraded the equipment.
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beautiful house tranquil location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in Sharon's lovely house and never tired of the beautiful views from the terrace. This house was perfect for our holiday...peaceful and relaxing. the only downside was that a week was not enough and left us wanting more.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace, quiet and an unbeatable view

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in Sharon's beautiful house. We love its peace and tranquility surrounded by the olive and fruit trees. The view from the balcony takes full advantage of the elevated position of the house, looking over to top of Frigiliana and Nerja, over the Mediterranean and on a clear day you can make out the mountains of Morocco; just incredible. We were the in February so the lovely woodburner was very much appreciated in the evenings. The area is so varied with many things to see from beach resorts, to stunning mountain landscapes to fascinating historical sites. We love it so much that we are already booked for 2018!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in this beautiful, well-kept cottage outside Frigiliana

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 15 days in Sharons beautiful cottage just outside of Frigiliana. Everything was as described on the website about the house. Kitchen (well-equipped) and living/dining room in the upper level, which has access to an amazing terrace facing south towards Frigiliana and the Mediterranean. Downstairs the bedroms and bathroom are; as well as access to the garden. The house was rustic and charming, exactly what houses should look like in Andalucia. It was easily heated in the chilly evenings; has a very effective wood burning stove as well as several electric heaters. It was very private and a very quiet area, although it was only 1400 m to the entrance of Frigiliana; it took us 15-20 minutes to walk there (to Frigiliana it is downhill, and back home is uphill). We were bringing our 2 dogs and they immediately felt at home; the only thing we would have loved, was if the property (or part of it) was fenced, so the dogs could run out by themselves. Frigiliana is a beautiful village! We were cycling many hours every day, and the roads are generally in very good condition, except 8 km between the house and Torrox. It is very hilly terrain, the only flat is along the coastline to the west of Nerja. There are an abundance of spectacular MTB routes in the area. The access to the house is easy, the entrance is just few metres off the road. Sharon was very kind and welcoming and we couldn't have had a better stay! We really look forward to come back in June/July, to spend the summer holidays in this wonderful house; and enjoy long warm summer evenings sitting on the terrace resting after a hard day of training in the muntains. We highly recommend the house and Sharon, you won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Idyllic pre-Christmas hideout

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I have stayed in Sharon's cottage and, as before, everything was perfect. I had the first and final nights to myself this time, and was very pleased to share the secret with my (grown-up) kids when they arrived later. We hired a car, which made forays to Nerja and Competa etc very easy (although the mountain roads are challenging when you are used to driving on the other side!)

I love the fact that Sharon's guests are like extended family, and that we each leave something for the next folks coming in. So, thank you for the beers and the apples; I left loo rolls, pasta and pears!!

As it does get cold in the winter evenings, I was very grateful for the supply of logs which Sharon left, and we became very proficient at keeping the fire in overnight with only one log! And once we had found the duvets (and the heaters, which we rarely needed), we were all toasty and very contented. We had a fantastic time - the boys loved being able to scramble down the mountain side into Frigiliana, or just to sit in the gazebo with the bees buzzing around us from the hives a little way off. At this time of year a lot of businesses / restaurants / shops are closed, and some places were being renovated, which was an interesting contrast to the hiving activity of the summer.

In all, Sharon's cottage is a charming home from home, with everything you might need, especially the basics like condiments and coffee bags; and after some other places I've stayed, I was pleasantly surprised at how well-equipped the cottage is. My favourite thing in the whole house though, is the bookcase! Given that Sharon is a writer herself, the books are eclectic and interesting - I have discovered several new writers here. Sitting out on the terrace under a million stars with a good book and a view over Frigiliana is my idea of Heaven on Earth. I hope you enjoy your stay as much.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Wonderful home from home in the hills

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed in Cortijo Laurel over the Three Cultures Festival as previous places I'd stayed weren't available - and what a find! Sharon met us at a pre-arranged spot to lead us up the road to the cortijo and showed us where everything was. She's a delightful host and readily available for any questions if necessary. The house is gorgeous, very well equipped with everything you might need (although do remember to take European adapters). There is one room as you come in, which leads onto the terrace and the two bedrooms and a bathroom downstairs.

I was particularly impressed with the kitchen area - oil, garlic, tea, coffee, sugar, condiments and herbs etc all there - little details that make all the difference when you don't have to buy them! In other places I've stayed, despite having follow-on guests, the owners have cleared out everything bar salt and pepper. I'd brought coffee with me and left it as we'd used what was there. The previous guests had left some eggs, so we paid it forward in kind. In addition, the bathroom was similarly well-stocked although of course we had brought stuff with us. It was a nice touch though.

We spent our days (supposedly writing) on the terrace, enjoying the cooling breezes off the mountain that filtered through the open doors and windows, sheltered from the midday sun by the lush Virginia Creeper. In the evenings, depending on the light, we made our way down either along the road or through olives groves and along an overgrown gully, past a goat farm into the village for the festivities. A couple of times we walked back up again (along the road) until we discovered that it was ~8 euros for a taxi ('arriba, subir, a unos dos kilómetros'...'Esa casa hay' (I'm not known for my fluency in Spanish, sadly)).

There are two well-stocked bookcases (deep joy), music, TV and satellite (we didn't avail of these). Aside from a cacophony of dogs in the valley, our music was provided by a beautiful wind-chime in the avocado tree outside my bedroom. The beds are comfortable and my room opened out to the garden, protected by the usual grille doors, and I enjoyed the night air as I slept until I realized I was providing the mozzies with a midnight feast....

We enjoyed our stay in Cortijo Laurel so much that I have booked it again for another two occasions. Highly recommended (now that my slots are confirmed!) - you will not be disappointed!


  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Málaga airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Several bars in the village
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Málaga Ferry Port
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
RENFE Málaga
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
N 340 autovia (Málaga-Almeria)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Several restaurants in the village
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Frigiliana is set on a mountainside 6 kilometers from Nerja's beaches on the Costa del Sol. Nerja has many shops, bars and restaurants, and just on the outskirts are some famous prehistoric caves. In Frigiliana one can visit an interesting archeological museum that houses pieces from the Phoenician era found in caves and burial mounds around the village and along the Higuerón River. There are shops selling locally grown fruits and vegetables, an olive mill where one can buy oil pressed from local olives, as well as ceramics and souvenir shops and several bars and restaurants. The village has botanical gardens, children's playgrounds and a modern gymnasium and pool. Hikers can enjoy many stunning walks into the sierras and up the river, including one long hike up to the Pass of the Ravens, which overlooks the great vega south of Granada.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Frigiliana, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
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1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
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1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
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winter-early spring
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
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5 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

one quarter to one half of the payment as deposit to reserve the booking; balance due on arrival. Special rates for longer-term rentals are available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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