This luxurious well equipped villa is in an area of outstanding natural beauty with simply stunning views over Lake Vinuela, the surrounding mountains and our own olive grove. The view is more fascinating than a sea view. The villa is perfect for a getting away from it all holiday and is in a very peaceful location on a plot of 5000sq m.
With over 300 days sunshine a year, it is beautiful in all seasons, particularly for those who enjoy walking in glorious countryside, (or simply sitting looking at the views, glass in hand!). A wood stove and additional heating will ensure an off season break is very comfortable. The villa is just over 15 minutes from the coast & has good access. A number of excellent restaurants are nearby. The well maintained south facing private pool has wide steps (perfect for lounging on to cool down). It is an easy drive to Nerja & other towns like Granada and Seville. The fiestas in the local villages are an experience not to be missed, see the real Spain!
Interior: Hot and cold A/C in all 3 bedrooms. A feature of the lounge is a very high ceiling keeping the room cool, a wood burning stove, logs and additional heating. If you ever tire of the glorious weather and scenery outside, inside is free Wifi, satellite TV, DVD, video , Hi-Fi and Ipod dock. The fully fitted kitchen is a real home from home with a fan oven, electric hob, combination microwave, large fridge / freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, tea pot, blender and an extensive array of crockery, unbreakable patio-ware and cooking utensils. A door leads from the kitchen onto a terrace that has been recentltly glazed. This provides a wonderful room to eat in or relax, particularly in the slightly cooler evenings in the winter. The views from this room are superb. A patio door leads from the lounge onto the terrace. The master bedroom also has wiindows overlooking the lake.a wonderful view to wake up to! All linens are provided including beach / pool towels. Broadband access is by cable or WiFi to guest's equipment and is free.
Exterior: There are 2 porches and extensive terracotta sun terraces surrounding the pool and a pergola, with dshade. The property is set in 5,000 sq metres. Beneath the villa is the original olive grove with over many mature trees. Fig trees can be found on the back perimeter and guests are welcome to pick the fruit when ripe. There are 7 loungers / sun beds with cushions, and side tables. For dining there is a dining table and chairs,. Ash trays are provided for use outside the villa. There is ample parking. There are normally pool inflatables left in the villa and there is a set of boules. The shower by the pool is lovely and warm where the sun heats the water tank.
There are some professionally written leaflets detailing local walks, incorporating detailed text, sketch maps and photos. The walks vary from 2-3 hour walks around the lake edge to 9 hours walk up into the mountains! (for the brave and hardy!).
Unlike some other properties in this area of Spain there is no need for a 4 wheel drive car to access the villa.
The Area: Although very peaceful and secluded the villa is not remote as a couple of English residents live nearby, always eager to help. All around the property are paths leading to some glorious walks through unspoilt countryside. On the opposite side of the lake is a National Park which is widely used by walkers and ramblers.
The mountain villages are well worth a visit to see the real Spain.
There are a number of wonderful restaurants and bars within a few minutes drive, all offering very good value and extensive menus. Miguel's ( Venta El Charco), up in the white village of Los Romanes does the most amazing steaks, the best we have ever tasted. It is a must do, every time we visit the villa. Let us know if you ever taste better !
There is a wonderful shopping mall. InGenio. with a hypermarket, Eroski, within a 15 minute drive. Here you can buy an amazing selection of food, including an extensive fresh fish and sea-food counter. Leave yourselves loads of time to spend there. There are also many fashion and accessory shops, a Dunnes, Casa and a C&A's
We are a recently retired couple. This villa is our much loved second home. We live on the South coast of England and like to spend summers there, so the villa is normally available then. We tend to have long holidays in the villa Spring, Autumn and Winter to enjoy the Spanish sunshine
Eileen Bynon purchased this villa in 2005
We looked long and hard, initially looking on the coast. But we decided it was too busy, noisy and expensive. So we thought if we cannot have a sea view, let us have a lake view ! Tick. Then we wanted quiet, but not isolated . Tick.
In excellent condition . Tick.
The view really is stunning and unique. Apart from the few neighbouring properties of my dear friends, I have not seen a property with better views. All our guests say they could just sit for hours watching the lake and mountains change colour as the day progresses.
We had a wonderful relaxing holiday. Just waking up to those views every morning was amazing. Villa was very well equipped, could not fault it. Will be back next in 2006, and maybe for a winter break in 2005 !
Maureen Morris - July 2005
Beautiful villa and scenery. Local restaurants were fab..and very good value. Very peaceful place
Margaret Strange - July 2005
I did not know such unspoilt places still existed in Spain, NO mass tourism , lilo shops, English cafes. Just traditional Spanish villages and beautiful countryside. Pat Buckland - July 2005
We had a wonderful time at the villa. The view is stunning and the whole holiday was relaxing and so enjoyable. The villa is well equipped and great wifi signal outside by the pool which kept the teenagers happy. We enjoyed exploring the local area and further afield. Granada is well worth a visit as is Malaga which was an eye opener. Great art museums. The local restaurants were very good and we didn't have a bad meal anywhere. The local beach resort of torre del mare was only 20 mins away with lots of free parking right alongside the beach down towards caleta. Sunbeds and parasols only 3 euros for the whole day. Beach restaurants are plentiful and the ones we tried were good. We would recommend a stay here. The local representatives were really helpful in arranging some shopping for us as the shops were shut when we arrived on the Sunday and in booking a restaurant (El Charcol very good) for our first meal. They were also available to help with any queries. There is a great book of information prepared by Eileen in the villa which was really helpful. We tried out the restaurant recommendations and they were all good.
This was our 2nd holiday at Eileen's and Georges beautiful villa, was so lovely and relaxing just what I needed, we made a friend with thew local farmer lobos such a character, so friendly, the villa was just the the same as last year every thing you need and so clean tidy ,we can't wait to have another holiday there again may be sept .
My husband and I come from the USA to possibly move here. We stayed at one villa in the high mountains for a month. Although beautiful with stunning views, It was dark like most villas in Spain. All focus is to keep the sun out. We're from Colorado! Needless to say, we think Eileen and George nailed it when they blew the whole front of their house out with glass. We were sold Thank you! The sunrises were front and center, right in your face and the color of the lake, ever-changing. While the windows bring the outdoors in, there are lots of walking roads and trails to get out and about. The road in turns to dirt but an easy drive. the road up from town is all highway. Nothing like the windy steep roads we had experienced.
The kitchen was the most equipped ever! What did she not have? There were English books and English TV (movies!) and a well written book of helpful information.
Its one thing to stay for a week and enjoy a villa, but for a month -- It just got better! We will either be back or we will be neighbors. Thanks Eileen and George and Dawn and David, who were all very attentive.
Note, we were there in December, and stayed warm with all the light and sources of heat, but we can see that their efforts to cover the windows and ventilate in summer would also keep it cool.
We have just returned from a lovely relaxing holiday in Eileen’s villa. On arrival and when required Dawn and David (Eileen’s representatives in Spain) were very helpful and attentive. The villa was everything we expected and a real home from home, beautifully and comprehensively furnished. The setting of the villa cannot be beaten with excellent views over Lake Vinuela and to Alcaucin and the Sierra de Tejeda beyond. The area is very peaceful and quiet making for a very relaxing holiday. Temperatures were hot for us being in the mid to high 30’s for our whole stay so the excellent pool was very welcome after time spent on the loungers.
This was our second visit to the Axarquía region and we happily recommend this villa; we would return here ourselves if we decide to visit this part of Spain again. The owner, Eileen, has also been a pleasure to deal with and has responded to our emails quickly, thank you.
The villa was spotless and had all the appliances, kitchen ware etc that you could need for a 2 week stay. The surrounding area was beautiful and the view amazing. Special mention for the information book, we were guided by it for where to go and for good restaurants. Best of all was the friendly approach from Eileen, Dawn and Jill. Looking forward to a return visit.
We stayed for a week and loved this place. The views are great and it feels private but some good restaurants and a massive shopping centre are within 15 minutes drive.
The villa is on a hillside covered in olive trees facing Lake Vinuela and the Sierra Tejada and is under 2 minutes from the main road round the lake. Nearest village is Los Romanes, a 5 minute drive (or a 40 miinute hilly walk..) Malaga is just 45 minutes away. Lake Vinuela is one of Andalucia's best kept secrets and is unspoilt by mass tourism. The lake is a reservoir and is used for sailing, windsurfing, fishing but no motorised boats, thus ensuring tranquillity. There are two excellent 18 hole golf courses nearby, Bavaria Golf, 15 mins, and Club Anorets, 25 mins. You can also enjoy skiing in the Sierra Nevada.
The nearest beach resort is the typically Spanish resort of Torre del Mar, just over 15 minutes away. A wide promenade and a cycle path run alongside its sandy beach to the marina at Caleta. Nearby is a fabulous shopping complex, El Ingenio with a hypermarket, Eroski, dozens of other shops, a cinema, and restaurants. Also nearby is a large water park and go kart track. Nerja, with its famous caves, is 35 minutes away and Marbella and Fuengirola are 90 minutes away
Other Activities: This is a walkers paradise, with the National Park being one of fhe best known walking areas in Spain.
Golf: There are two excellent 18 hole golf courses nearby, Bavaria Golf, a 15 minute drive, and Club Anorets, 25 minutes drive. There are also many more courses along the coast. Why not visit off season when it is a lot more comfortable to play golf
Ski: The Ski village of Sierra Nevada is approximately 90 minutes drive from Lake Vinuela.There are nursery slopes and more challenging runs for experienced skiers - Sierra Nevada is one of the premier ski resorts in Europe. Equipment can be hired at very reasonable prices Don’t Ski ? Don't worry !! There is plenty here for everyone.
Soak up the mountain sun - take a dog sled trip through the mountains - take a cable car ride to the first station and be amongst the action.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars where you can sit and really absorb the atmosphere.
Children love it here - there are travelaters to carry them safely to the top of the beginners slopes. they can then ski back to mum and dad waiting at the bar/restaurant.
Plenty of good ski and winter sports shopping in the village. and there are vast underground car parks beneath the shops.
There is normally sufficient snow from November right through until late May.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
We are flexible with changeover days and with times into and out of the villa, unless another party is due in imminently.. A 25% deposit is required at time of booking, and the balance is required two months before arrival date. A £100 refundable deposit is payable to cover any damage or breakages. It will be refunded after the villa has been inspected