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Stylish townhouse with superb views, elegant courtyard, pool and fountains

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,679 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Impressive 3 bedroom house in quiet corner of lively town

In the town of Alora but perched on a hill overlooking the Guadalhorce valley in the Andalucian mountains, Cuarenta is a superb base for exploring Inland Spain, for enjoying a lively Spanish style of life or just chilling out, lounging on the terraces looking at the wonderful views to the mountains of the El Chorro and El Torcal National Parks. The house has been completely refurbished over the last few years to give a light and spacious feel with a large (27 ft x 14 ft) open plan living area, 3 generous bedrooms, new bathroom and separate shower room and revamped kitchen. We have redecorated and retiled throughout and all furnishing and equipment is to a high standard. In this part of Spain for much of the year life is best conducted outdoors. There is a delightful, plant filled courtyard, three terraces and stunning views. So, explore historic Old Spain, walk in wonderful hills or enjoy restaurants, shops and life in a lively and very Spanish town - delightful.

Accredited by Your Holiday Matters: We are extremely pleased to have been accredited by “Your Holiday Matters” - an independent assurance of quality. Membership can not be bought, and is only awarded to owners who demonstrate that they really care about providing a consistently high level of customer service and accommodation. Additionally, all applications are objectively assessed by an owners' panel who also directly consult former guests to vouch for their holiday experience. So if you book with us you can be sure the accommodation will live up to expectations and that we will provide everything we say we will!

More Details

Kevin Mawdesley
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 September, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Fantastic holiday - wonderful variety of things to do" - Elinor M

"Just got back 10 minutes ago and thought I'd let you know that we had a fabulous time. The house was superb, as is Alora"

"What a great place"
Feb 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Álora around the Valle del Guadalhorce

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1679 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • All rooms recently refurbished, plenty of clothes and storage space, towels and linen provided
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
The interior of the house has been totally refurbished recently but what really makes this house is the space outside. In this part of Spain for much of the year life is best conducted outdoors and the quality of the space outside of the house is just as important as the accommodation inside. At Cuarenta you first walk into a delightful, plant filled courtyard. Then steps lead up to the first terrace with a brick built BBQ and a small but thoughtfully designed pool, wonderful sitting on the back wall, sipping a drink, dangling your feet in the water and looking across at the mountains. The second terrace is covered to provide a shady area then up to the highest terrace with stunning views across Guadalhorce valley to the mountains of the El Chorro and El Torcal National Parks. We have really had good fun working on the courtyard and terraces and we guess that, like us, you will spend most of your waking hours enjoying the space outside rather than in!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Stylish townhouse with superb views, elegant courtyard, pool and fountains
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 13 reviews

Lovely Home in the Sunshine

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in Alora. The house is well equipped and of a good size. All 3 bedrooms are large. The outdoor space is fantastic with 3 terraces plus the splash pool area which the children loved. There is plenty of sunshine but also plenty of shade available for when it gets too hot. We were delighted to receive a welcome pack on arrival which meant we didn’t need to head to shops straight away.

Alora is a nice town to explore, the hills can be very steep at times but also short and manageable. It’s less than 10 minutes to walk into town where you will find plenty of places to eat and several supermarkets, one large one. We found the restaurants and shops fantastically priced especially when compared to the coast. We used the municipal pool a couple times, the changing rooms have had a refurbishment this year and it’s very clean. We got the train down to Malaga a couple of times, you can get a bus to and from the station for €1.55 each or we called a taxi for €5 with our cases on last day.

I would definitely recommend this house to anyone wanting to visit the area. Kevin was also great to deal with responding to all queries promptly.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah. I'm glad you and your family had such a great time and enjoyed yourselves so much in the town and exploring further afield. We have been going to Alora for 12 years now and we are still finding new things to do! With best wishes, Kevin
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Thoroughly enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

The house is located in a quiet area a short distance from the town centre. Views from the terrace are amazing. The house is well equipped with all you need for a comfortable, hassle free stay. The welcome pack adds a nice touch when arriving without provisions. As well as the shops in town where you can buy Fresh fish, Meat, Vegetables and fruit, there is a large Mercadona supermarket at the other end of town. Listen out for the horn of the bread van and fish van in the mornings where you can buy goods pretty much on the doorstep.

All in all a good house in a nice location ideal for exploring the local area.

The excellent rail links make getting out and about simple if you decide to take a break from driving. We took the train to Malaga on one occasion and Ronda on another.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lou - glad you enjoyed the house and Alora so much.
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Fantastic base for a family adventure in Andalucia

  • 5 of 5

First impression of the house is wow! The pictures do not do this place justice, from the spacious living area and generous bedrooms through to the kitchen (with a welcome pack of bread, milk, snacks and wine) out to the traditionally decorate outside dining area you start to think you made the correct decision to come on holiday here. but, then you go up the stairs to the sun terrace with the plunge pool, BBQ and upper terrace area and you really know you have arrived at the perfect holiday home!

We used the house as a base to explore the region, here are our tips : drive up to the lake (la Isla) at El Chorro and dive in to the water off a pedalo then stop off at la garganta on the way home. Get the train to Ronda from Alora station to visit the most stunning place you could hope to see. Get the train to Malaga Maria Zambrano and amble around this historic city, go to the Tuesday market at Fuengirola for bargains. Walk in to Alora in the evenings and eat Tapas in D'Kanas and have beers in the many bars while you soak up the Spanish way of life... you start to imagine yourself living here!

But most of all don't forget to just relax in the sun drinking cruzcampo and cooking on the BBQ.

Everything about this holiday and especially this property was wonderful and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing break away from the crowds and the beaten track.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful house and allowing us to experience such a perfect holiday.

We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this Stuart - really glad you enjoyed your time in Alora!!
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a beautiful house with great views

  • 5 of 5

We loved being in the house, especially using the outdoor space, which is much better than it appears on the website. The house is very well kitted out with everything you might need provided. We enjoyed exploring the surrounding area and visiting Alora. Overall, a really lovely holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Theresa - and very glad you enjoyed your stay so much! With best wishes, Kevin
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A wonderful stay in an authentic Spanish townhouse

  • 4 of 5

We couldn't fault Kevin the owner for his friendly communication, clear instructions and going that extra mile for a specific enquiry we had. Cuarenta is easy to find when driving and is in a fab location with awesome views across the valley and only a short 10 min walk to all the authentic Spanish bars/restaurants/shops. The Tapas was out of this world in every restaurant we tried and everything is such good value! Alora is a wonderfully charming town and one of our favourite places in Spain.

The train station is only 5 mins drive down the road which offers a regular train service to Malaga and beyond, to the beaches at Torremelinos/Fuengirola.

Cuarenta has a stunning little outdoor eating area right outside the kitchen designed with a lovely Spanish flavour and lots of well established plants. Up the steps off this area were a number of terraces, a brick-built BBQ, & a small but perfectly formed plunge pool which was really welcome as we experienced a heatwave when we were there. The property is very clean, well equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, etc and is really great value when compared to other properties.

The only reason we didn't give it 5 stars is that, as there is no air con, when we experienced a rather unusual prolonged 38-40c heatwave in September, unfortunately the ceiling fans weren't enough and sleeping was rather difficult (although we totally appreciate that the cost of rental would need to go up to accommodate the cost of air con) so a large standalone fan in the bedrooms would be very welcomed.

All in all, you really cannot go wrong staying here! It is a lovely property, great value, excellent location, with helpful owners, and in a really interesting, historic and friendly town....we will definitely be back! :-)

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A delightful house with fantastic outdoor spaces

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous house Cuarenta is. We had a great week, a perfect mix of activity (Caminito del Rey is awesome, the flamingos less so because we couldn’t see them! And the Picasso museum at Malaga is definitely worth a visit) and relaxation in your wonderful array of outside spaces. Alora is great and we ate out a couple of times but also enjoyed using your BBQ.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Good selection
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Costa del Golf
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Good selection
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Costa del Sol / Ardales Lakes
Car: recommended

Alora is a dramatic small town set astride three steep hills and dominated by an old Moorish Castle. For the most part it is still a pueblo blanco (white-walled village) with narrow whitewashed streets, steep slopes, churches, lemon trees and squares where people gather. However, it also has a more modern quarter with reasonable and interesting shops and many bars and restaurants. The town and the house overlook the Guadalhorce valley to the mountains of the El Chorro and El Torcal National Parks beyond. The town is small enough to walk everywhere. You are in a quiet cul-de-sac below the church, away from traffic but only a five minute walk through the winding streets to the main square - always full of life, particularly in the mornings when the men come to smoke, drink coffee (maybe brandy) and talk and the evenings as people come out to be social. So explore historic Old Spain, walk in dramatic hills then enjoy restaurants, shops and life in a lively and very Spanish town.

Other Activities: Hill walking - routes provided


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Álora,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid-season (late)
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low Season
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid-season (early
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid-season (late)
1 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We ask for 25% deposit on booking, the balance about 6 weeks before the holiday.

Cheaper airfares tend to be in mid-week and to let you take advantage of these we keep the changeover day flexible, even in the main summer season. For a family of four this can save you £200 or more on flights. We also try to help you by accepting bookings for whatever length holiday suits you, not just full weeks

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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