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Unique, beautifully renovated village house with spectacular sea views

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday home in Canillas de Albaida - Beautiful village house

Large rooms, comfortably furnished, close to bars, restaurants and pool

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, 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.

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jennifer Gelfgren
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Spanish, Swedish
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Calendar last updated:
13 November, 2016
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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 Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

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 enormous 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!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Unique, beautifully renovated village house with spectacular sea views
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews

Beautiful house in stunning scenery

  • 5 of 5

From booking to arriving Jenny was very efficient. An extensive welcome pack on arrival was very welcome. This is a beautiful, very clean, warm holiday home with a fantastic roof terrace. Many long hikes possible from the door.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to post a review, Jackie. We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday, and hope to see you back some day.
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Spanish getaway

  • 5 of 5

We spent a little over a week in a quiet, unique Spanish village house. The views were amazing from the roof terrace although we were never sure that we saw the see due to the haze. The house was arranged over four floors and suited two people staying there admirably.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking to time to post a review, Alison. I hope you enjoyed your stay. I can promise you that the triangle of blue at the end of the valley is the sea! Although you can only see the horizon on very clear days.
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A gem of a house

  • 5 of 5

Jennifer is extremely helpful and was very efficient from the word go. Margot greeted us on arrival and was very pleasant and welcoming. The house is superb and easily surpassed our expectations. The facilities are excellent and the rooms and decor exactly to our taste. The crowning glory of the roof terrace is something to behold and we could easily have spent the week sitting there drinking in the expansive panoramic views. Luckily we didn't as the village of Canillas and the surrounding area is beautiful and well worth fully exploring. Local restaurants are great and the people are very friendly. What more can I say, all good!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Diane. We're delighted you enjoyed your holiday and your stay in our home, and hope to see you back someday. Jenny and Kalle
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A True Spanish Experience

  • 4 of 5

I would highly recommend a stay in this lovely home if you are looking for a laid back holiday amongst friendly people. It is in a perfect location for accessing some lovely walks. We loved the walk to Competa where you have a variety of restaurants and bars to visit before your return walk. Canillas is a friendly Spanish village with a handful of bars. We loved eating in La Plaza and wandering back through the cobbled streets. The house is perfect. We lived on the sun terrace and the bedroom, not needing the main kitchen or lounge due to the beautiful weather. The terrace is spacious with fabulous views and is relatively private. Loved the outside kitchen and it was all we needed. There is a public outdoor pool with sun loungers just a short walk away. (We didn't find the attendants here very helpful and hiring the sun bed was expensive in comparison to everything else around you) . The road to and from the village is mountainous with a 30 min climb. However I was reassured by the barriers in place all along the road and it was never busy.

All in all a lovely place to stay at a very reasonable price.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

We weren't dissappointed. House as advertised. Good Holiday

  • Review Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful village townhouse, fabulous views, oozes charm

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week staying here over New Year. The house is so characterful and wondrously decorated it even induced us to be tidy! I can't imagine a more charming place to stay. It was full of useful and beautiful things, not the usual holiday cottage tat, and looked like someone lived there and loved it.

We used the wood-burning stove and (very good) cooking facilities in the ground-floor kitchen quite a lot because we did great long walks in the nearby mountains everyday and were mostly too exhausted to go out. Also we tried 2 (very nearby) places in Canillas for dinner - edible but only just - maybe it's a seasonal thing. If you don't like cooking it's worth the short and beautiful walk to Competa. We had a BBQ on the roof terrace for one evening meal, a bit chilly in Dec/Jan by the time we'd finished eating, but worth it for the view. It was warm enough to have breakfast on the terrace every morning and on the few occasions we were back in daylight, enjoyed a beer or three watching the sunset.

It's a one-up, one-up, one-up, one-up, one-down, so if you aren't happy with lots of stairs it's not for you, but we got used to it. And the house is organised with a mini-kitchen on the top floor so you don't have to carry your breakfast up 4 flights of stairs every morning.

A few walks can be done right from the house. We used permutations of the Walk! the Axarquia guidebook and went up Lucero from Fabrique de Luz, only 10 min drive, and did several other walks within similar driving distance. If you don't fancy using guidebooks but like walking the GR249 between the villages (Competa-Canillas De Albaida - Salares - Sedella) are very well marked, and from what we saw of them, very nicely routed.

Margot was also very helpful with advice about walks to do, and everything else.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your warm words. We love our little house in Canillas, and we're delighted that others enjoy it too. Hope to see you both back one day.
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Torre del Mar
Car: recommended

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Canillas de Albaida, Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £85
Cleaning fee £13

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.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Canillas de Albaida in Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Large bathroom with both a bath and show cubicle, beautifully tiled in traditional Morisco design.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • The bedroom is very spacious (20 m2) and light, with built-in wardrobe, wooden floors and chest of drawers.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming

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