This beautiful village house has been lovingly restored to retain all the features of a traditional Spanish home - wooden beams, terra cotta floors and open fireplace. The house comprises a large (20 m2) fully equipped kitchen/dining room on the ground floor, from where steps lead up to the open plan, comfortably furnished living room. A few steps up take you to the bathroom, which has a full sized bath and a large, separate shower cubicle. A few steps more lead to the large (20 m2), light and airy bedroom with built-in wardrobe and wooden floor. From the bedroom there is a further flight of stairs up to the spectacular sun room and terrace with wonderful views of the lush valley and the blue Mediterranean. The sun room also has a wooden floor and is equipped with its own fridge, crockery, pots and pans, with cooking facilities on the terrace. The house is situated on a quiet village street, easily accessible by car. Bars, shops, restaurants and pool are within easy walking distance.
- House968 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay7 nights
Large rooms, comfortably furnished, close to bars, restaurants and pool
- english, spanish, swedish
- Calendar last updated:
- 22 Oct 2018
About Jennifer Gelfgren
I have lived in Spain for nearly 40 years, but recently moved to Sweden with my husband. We bought this lovely village house a few years ago as our base in Spain, but we only manage to get out three or four times a year. Renting out to holiday makers looking for rest and recreation in beautiful surroundings is the perfect way to keep the house alive.
Jennifer Gelfgren purchased this House in 2009
Why Jennifer Gelfgren chose Canillas de Albaida
We knew exactly what we were looking for when we started to look for a house in Spain: Malaga, because I lived there for many years; a village house, so we can walk to local shops, restaurants and bars; and the Axarquia, because it one of the most beautiful regions in Malaga, near enough to our friends in the capital. The house had already been beautifully renovated by an English designer using traditional materials, and I didn´t have to change anything.
What makes this House unique
I had already fallen in love with the house from the photos I saw on the estate agent´s website, and I was delighted to find that it was exactly as shown. I walked through the cosy kitchen, up the stairs to the spacious sitting room, then to the beautiful bathroom, from there to the large bedroom with its raised wooden floor and built-in wardrobe, and then up the final flight of stairs to the glorious sun room with its stunning views over the sea. I never had a second thought!
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Firstly, apologies for last year. Didn't try to leave a review until a month after our stay and was told it was too late and was not allowed to submit one!!??!! This year, we left today after an 18 day stay in a fantastic home. We arrived a day before the local Feria. Lively is an understatement. The village is so lovely and welcoming. The weather was great, very hot. Jennifer is a great host with clear and timely communication. A special mention should be made to Margot who has looked after us these last two years and makes the transition from arrival to departure so easy. This holiday home is perfect, the location idyllic and we just hate leaving. I'd retire there in a heartbeat. The word "recommended" just can't do it justice.
What a lovely review! We're delighted to have returning guests who love the house and the village as much as we do.
I'm glad you got into the spirit of things during the feria - it does tend to go on all day and all night!
Hope to see you back soon.
Jenny and Kalle
A breath taking view into the valley - wonderful!
We enjoyed our stay a lot for quite a variety of reasons.
The view from the house's rooftop terrace is stunning: you have the entire valley at your feet and somewhere in the distance you can even see the mediterranean sea.
The village is conveniently located if you intend to go hiking in the mountains and also want to take dip in the sea once and a while.
The house itself must be centuries old. It is located inmidst what looks like the historic center of the village. It is nicely renovated, but some of the doors inside are made for dwarfs. After a while - and some bruises - we almost got accustomed to it. ;)
Jennifer, the host, is very friendly and well organized; we appreciated the bottle of wine that was included in the welcome package. Margot, who welcomed us and handed over the keys gave us plenty of advice that helped us getting oriented. Plus there is lots of material in the house including maps of the surrounding villages and costal cities, suggestions for hikes in the area, etc.
By and large, it was perfect!
Fantastic weeks village holiday.
Jenifer. Thank you for allowing us to share your home. The property is magical with lot's of lovely rustic features.The views are amazing too! The village is pretty and has a few bars/restaurants within close proximity with Competa a short picturesque walk or even shorter car/taxi ride. Taxis can be arranged very easily locally. The people of the area are an absolute credit to the region. Thank you so much for making our stay so memorable. Special thanks to Margot and Maria Jose x Chris and Ann x
Dear Chris and Ann
Thanks for your wonderful review, and also for the bottle of wine! It was much appreciated, and was shared between Margo, Montse - who does our cleaning - and myself.
We hope to see you back one day.
Jenny and Kalle
Beautiful House in a Mountain Village
Quaint, surprisingly spacious, and comfortable village house in a Quiet mountain village. Canillas is a great base to explore the Axarquia mountain area with brilliant walks directly from the village or just a short drive away.
We hope to return again.
So glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back some day.
Jennifer and Kalle
Beautifully decorated, atmospheric property
We loved the extremely well-equipped property, its stunning roof terrace view, and the village. It was wonderful to be able to walk from the house to gorgeous countryside, the high mountains in the nearby National Park, and to neighbouring villages.
All the restaurants we tried were excellent, as were local shops and those in Competa.
We appreciated the thoughtful welcome gifts, having Margot as a local contact, all our friendly communications with the owner, and the friendly locals.
Thanks for your helpful review, Lorna. It's just a pity the weather was not up to standard during your stay! We hope to see you back one day.
Jennifer and Kalle
A very beautiful and comfortable Spanish town house in an attractive mountain village
The house was as good as the description and photographs suggested. It was attractively furnished and tastefully decorated, with lovely terracotta-tiled or wooden floors. The house was very well equipped with proper kitchen equipment, plenty of towels, a couple of shelves of books and all sorts of supplies, meaning you didn't have to go out to the supermarket and buy everything from scratch. The fruit, wine and nibbles were very much appreciated, thank you! The view from the roof terrace was fabulous.
Canillas is a very attractive village situated on a steep hillside, with a surprising number of places to eat - some very good. A small supermarket provides fresh bread and other essentials, including locally produced olive oil and dried fruit. A larger range of shops are only a few kilometres away at Competa, so there's no need to go far to keep yourself well-fed and watered!
Great walking is available from the door, and the inexpensive bus service takes you down the valley; the bus is perfect for a day-trip to Malaga.
We had a very enjoyable week here and were sorry to leave. We would recommend the house to walkers in particular, and would just comment that the area (steep slopes) and house (lots of steps) would not be perfect for people with difficulty walking.
Thanks for your helpful description, Regan. We look forward to seeing you both back next year.
Jenny and Kalle
Canillas de Albaida is located in the Axarquia region of Southern Spain, only 20 km from the beach at Torre del Mar and 45 minutes from Malaga airport. The village is surrounded by beautiful countryside, full of grape vines, olive groves and tropical fruit trees, and has stunning views down to the sea; on a clear day you can see right over to Morocco. This is a great place for the adventurous - there are masses of hiking trails through unspoiled national parks, horse riding, paragliding, cycling - and for the less energetic, who just want to stroll through the beautiful white-washed village, try the local wines and tapas, soak up the sun, and generally chill out.
Deposit (first payment of 25% of total rental amount) is non-refundable. If your arrival is delayed for any reason (e.g. cancelled flights, etc.), please note that you will still have to pay the amount stated in your rental confirmation letter at check-in, even if you arrive one or more days late.