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Traditional farmhouse with pool set in unique location in rural Andalucia - Cortijo

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,260 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights




Beautifully restored old farmhouse which has been creatively restored by the owners David and Diana Worthy who for many years ran Crich Pottery in Derbyshire. Both the Cortjo and Casita are brimming with beautiful artefacts from around the Globe, collected by the owner's on their extensive travels - and of course there is an abundance of Crich Pottery! Step outside and say hello to some of our four- legged friends - alpacas, donkeys - there for your pleasure and enjoyment.

About the property

Cortijo la Solana

The property is a typical Andalucian, turn of the century stone built farmhouse , tastefully converted by the owners David and Diana Worthy who in a 'former life' ran a very successful ceramics business - CRICH POTTERY , back in Derbyshire , England and are now turning their hands at being part time farmers tending to a small herd of Alpacas ( and other 4 legged friends ) which they keep here . The accommodation consists of a main Cortijo and small Casita which can be rented individually or both together.The Cortijo has 3 double bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom , large living/dining area , open log fireplace and kitchen with all normal facilities including washing machine. It will sleep up to 7 persons.

The Casita consists of 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom incorporating walk in shower, split level living area with double Futon for extra sleeping and large kitchen/dining room. It will accommodate up to 4 persons.

Both houses have satellite TV plus DVD/VHS and WiFi internet access. They have large, private, patio areas with lots of outdoor seating, BBQ etc and private swimming pool (7x 4 m). For the winter months the Cortijo has central heating radiators and the Casita portable gas heaters ( extra charge ).

Please note guests renting the Cortijo can reserve the whole property for a small extra cost depending on season ( please ask )

We invite you to come and stay with us on our small farm, where we have created , in this privileged environment, what we feel to be an ideal rural retreat. With stunning views to the Mediterranean coast and the surrounding sierras, this is the perfect location for anyone wishing to experience the real Spain. Enjoy the many wonderful animals we have here - alpacas, donkeys, peafowl, hens, turkeys, cats and dogs. You may not want to venture out but if you do there are numerous opportunities in the area for all kinds of outdoor activities such as cycling (mountain bike & road) walking, rock climbing, horse riding and bird watching. The ancient town of Antequera is only 25 min drive away, plus you are ideally situated to make day trips to the historical cities of Granada (1.5 h drive), Cordoba (2 h), Seville (2 h). Plenty to do and see, with the city of Malaga and all the attractions of the Costa del Sol only a short drive away (40 min) should you wish for it.

More Details
Registration Number : No. RTA CR /MA / 820

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A 20% non refundable deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance is payable no later than 6 weeks prior to the arrival date. Rates are for 7 nights stay. Changeover day is normally Saturday but we can be flexible on this depending on the season. Check - in time is normally after 3pm on the day of arrival and check out 12 midday on the day of departure but again we can be flexible


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Villanueva de la Concepción in Valle del Guadalhorce

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2260 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , May be converted to 2 singles
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , May be converted to 2 singles
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • The beds in bedrooms 1 and 2 are flexible and may be converted from doubles to singles. Extra singles may be added in bedroom 1. Cots are available if required.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 bicycles
  • 11 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Guided cycle touring, training and mountain biking is offered by Cycling Solana, based at Cortijo La Solana, all year round. Visit www.cyclingsolana.com for more details, or email dan@cyclingsolana.com if you have any questions or enquiries.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.75 based on 14 reviews

Terrific place – peace and quiet, character, great hosts and a world away from the concrete jungle

  • 5 of 5

If looking for a characterful and relaxing haven in great scenery then Cortijo la Solana would be a good choice. We stayed as a family of four in Casa Grande for 10 days in July ’17. Location was ideal – about an hour from Malaga into the hills, but a world away from the Costa tourist conurbations.

The place is part of a smallholding run by British couple David and Diane up a long road/track past fields and small goat farms high up on the side of a hill. Casa Grande is connected to their home, but the holiday home and pool area are well separated using thoughtful design by walls and a high Spanish walled gate and we didn’t feel intruded upon at all. Diane has done a great job planting and landscaping and waking up to a view of a few donkeys and alpaca to the rear, or far distant mountains to the south, or the unique Sierra del Torcal mountain directly above to the west was lovely. It is far from neighbours and traffic, so aside from the occasional bird and animal sounds we had complete peace and quiet.

Décor is old farmhouse with exposed stone, wooden floors upstairs, terracotta tiles downstairs and in the bathrooms. Each room has its own character with thick walls, well adorned with pictures and their own ceramics and Diane’s alpaca felting pieces. The bedrooms are spacious, each with a double bed and ensuite. Most windows have wooden shutters as well as curtains, which effectively shut out the light (easy to oversleep!) and help keep the house cool.

We had outside temperatures in the high 20s to mid-30. The house remained comfortably cool and there are fans if needed. There was often a cooling mountain breeze. Outside you have commanding views from the front raised patio past and pool area. We all had fun in the pool which has a long shallow end and steps in one corner.

David and Diane were very helpful with local knowledge, tips and advice; we felt more like we were staying with some distant relatives than total strangers.

Villanueva de la Conception is the local small town about 5 mins away. Its a pretty and sleepy place with a few small squares, tapas bars, small shops, small supermarket, bank, petrol station. 10 minutes drive north is the Torcal mountain nature reserve, visitor centre, restaurant and walking trails to see its strange wind-carved stonework and commanding views. About 20 mins north is Antequera – a gem of a town with loads of history. Look it up; great for food, shopping and architecture.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your great review Neil . We were very happy to have you, Susan , Cian and Lili stay with us , here on our little Spanish farm . It's great that you were able to make the most of what's on offer, here in this beautiful piece of Andalusia . The Welsh cakes were very tasty by the way , thank you so much ! David and Diana
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Authentic, characterful & very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Our experience of La Solana was fabulous. Beautiful mountain air, magnificent views and tranquility. Authentic Spanish build, characterful furnishings, hidden away, yet not too inaccessible. Loads of interest in close proximity. David & Diana were perfect hosts - not there when you needed privacy but always available to answer queries or help in any way. It's a don't miss.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much David. We enjoyed having you share our little bit of Andalucía , very much looking forward to seeing you again
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Very Nice. Stunning view. Perfect hosts

  • 4 of 5

House & garden are well kept, a tasteful mix of traditional Andalusian and popular artworks from all over the world. Surroundings are calm and peaceful, hiking tours to Torcal can start at the house and if you're lucky and a dog-friendly person, you'll even might have two personal guides on 4 paws for you. The dogs are most sweet and kind. Alpacas, donkeys, cats and peacocks will probably not move with you but great you nicely when you return. And the the hosts really are just perfect: naturally polite and friendly, accommodating, funny, practical, relaxed simply people everyone just loves to have as neighbours.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Schönes Haus in toller Lage.

  • 5 of 5

Das Haus ist gemütlich und sehr liebevoll eingerichtet.

Die Vermieter sind sehr hilfsbereit.

Alles was man braucht ist vorhanden.

Für unsere Kinder waren die verschiedenen Tiere der Hit.

Zentrale Lage für verschieden Ausflüge (Wandern, Kultur, Baden).

Bei guter Sicht kann man von der Terasse bis zum Meer sehen.

Alles in allem sehr zu empfehlen.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Une ambiance juste magique.

  • 4 of 5

Un souvenir inoubliable, cette maison est magique, la vue grandiose, la proximité avec les animaux très dépaysante et David et Diana super serviables. Ils ont su créer leur propre ambiance un mélange d' authenticité et d'oeuvres d' art juste parfait ! Nous nous y sommes sentis vraiment très bien. Par contre il vaut mieux parler anglais et ne pas avoir peur du chemin d'accès qu'il peut sembler vraiment difficile la première fois.

Bref nous (parents et ados) avons adoré.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Super ! Ancienne hacienda restaurée dans un endroit calme et magnifique. Bien placée.

  • 5 of 5

Vraiment un séjour comme on le souhaitait :endroit magnifique calme et authentique. Les propriétaires sont charmants et attentionnés. Que du bonheur ! En avril prévoir des pulls car il fait encore frais. A 2h de Séville 1h30 de Cordou et 1h15 de Grenade. C'est très bien placé en montagne à 800 m d'altitude. Même les ados ont aimé ! Antequera est à visite et villanueva de la concepcion à de nombreux bars à tapas authentiques pas chers. Donc pas besoin de faire à manger en rentrant !!! El torcal est un endroit magique avec ou sans randonnée. ... bref n'hésitez pas à louer il y a plein de chose à faire. Ayez seulement une bonne voiture pour le chemin d'accès c'est un peu montagneux 😉

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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David Worthy
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2018

About David Worthy

David & Diana came to live in Spain in 2005 after working together for 30+ years running Crich Pottery in Derbyshire. Looking for a new challenge they discovered Cortijo la solana and decided to make it their new home .

David Worthy purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Diana & David ,

We are of an age sufficient to realise the strange and marvellous manners by which memories are made. Your efforts of at least a decade - all the bicycle trips , the research and the rebuilding of this , your promised land - have made possible the bouquet of remembrances which we now hold. Tomorrow we return to our land of Vikings and all winter we shall hold these images free from frost ! Thank you for your advice , your hospitality and trust we shall return,

With sincerest appreciation,

Burt , Birgit & Elke
Oct 2012
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Caminito del Rey
Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Villanueva de la concepción
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Villanueva de la concepción
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada , Granada
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Just 40 minutes inland from Malaga and 25 minutes from the ancient town of Antequera - known as the crossroads of Andalusia. You have the possibility to make day trips to some of Spain's most famous cities - Seville , Cordoba and Granada, this is rural Spain at it's best. Villanueva de la Concepcion is the closest village at 3 km. With 3000 plus inhabitants it boasts numerous small bars and restaurants, post office, banks with ATM, 24 hour medical centre, swimming pool, sports centre, several small supermarkets, fishmongers, butchers, bread shops, tobacconist plus a whole variety of other shops as well as the customary range of typical Spanish fiestas and other events. On our doorstep we have the immense limestone mass known as the El Torcal Natural Parque, which rises to 1336m above sea level and is home to the Imperial Eagle and the Spanish Ibex. We have El Chorro gorge and the lakes nearby plus the beautiful town of Ronda. So much to do and see... or you could just laze by the pool and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Cycling: Guided cycle touring, training and mountain biking is offered by Cycling Solana, based at Cortijo La Solana, providing cyclists of all levels of ability and interest with experienced ride guidance and fully-supported cycling itineraries to suit groups of up to 10 cyclists, wishing to explore the area and ride the best of the quiet scenic roads in the region. www.cyclingsolana.com

Ski: Ski in the Sierra Nevada Granada, approximately two hours drive.


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