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Casa Daimalos & pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Tranquil hillside retreat with private pool and breathtaking views.


Casa Daimalos, along with the village house next door, has been lived in by the owners for three generations. This charming house has its own secluded swimming pool and is set on the edge of a small village, looking out across a sheltered valley planted with olives, almonds and vines, and crowned with the ruins of a Moorish castle. The village church has a tower adapted from the oldest minaret in Andalucia and a Mudejar ceiling plus recently discovered, rather worn, 18th century frescoes. The key can be found with the ladies who will order your bread

The extensive terrace area is shaded by a vine-covered pergola, and the garden is full of fruit trees and flowers, including yuccas, jacarandas, bourgainvillea, aloes, oranges, lemons, grapefruit and a pomegranate.

Inside, the large (40 sq. m.) sitting/dining room, has an informal family character, with antique furniture, an open fireplace and a library with hundreds of books: these include (normally found on the right-hand side of the shelves) a memoir called The Bottle Brush Tree, written by the owner and describing how he and his wife discovered Daimalos, plus a book of poems called Sketches from the Sierra Tejeda by John Fuller who was a frequent visitor.

More Details

Adam Seymour-Davies
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Adam Seymour-Davies

Intrepid travellers Georgina and Hugh bought the village house in Daimalos in 1973. They have been taking their two sons, Adam and Dan on holiday there since the boys were two years old. In 1990 they built Casa Daimalos with larger grounds and private pool. Now, three generations of the family enjoy this tranquil retreat.

Adam Seymour-Davies purchased this villa in 1973

What makes this villa unique

This property is the ideal get away for holiday makers looking for relaxation, tranquil surrounds and time with family and friends. The house is split over two levels with the master bedroom upstairs enjoying views across the Andalusian hills. The sunken living room has a fire place and a well stocked library. Most dining takes place outside under the vine pergola. Sheltered by the house and garden, looking out over the valley, the pool is a private oasis for our guests to enjoy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Extracts from the visitors book.

'We spent 2 fabulous weeks in the villa last July and really enjoyed the peace, stunning views, large garden and pool. This delightful village, really is "away from it all" and yet not a long drive to the beautiful city of Granada.' Jim Pearson

The Cummings who stayed in August 2008 liked the villa so much they wrote 3 pages, but they concluded with the following. 'We return tomorrow taking home our lovely memories of our Spanish holiday in Daimalos. A great time was had by all'

The James' July 2008 - 'Our stay here was delightful. The pool was used every day and we enjoyed making fresh orange juice from the trees. We bought cakes, bread and biscuits from the little ladies' shop. We read the books from the shelves and there was a variety to choose from. Under the trees we played cards and chatted.'
Jan 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Arenas in Arenas

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The Master bedroom upstairs has an antique double bed, with an ensuite bathroom and access to a private roof terrace. The second bedroom has twin beds, and is next door to the second bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Please get in touch with any questions, and we would be happy to help!


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Casa Daimalos & pool
average rating of 4.5 based on 15 reviews

Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

Exactly what we were looking for. Quiet, characterful, comfortable and beautiful. The garden was stunning. The bookshelf was bursting with classics of all varieties. The kitchen was well equipped. The little shops in Arenas were wonderful, and certainly well stocked enough for everyday cooking. We wanted to stay forever!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maisons Laffitte - France

Great week at Casa Daimalos

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une semaine très agréable à Casa Daimalos. La maison est confortable et le jardin et la piscine sont parfaitement tenus. La mer est à 20 minutes par une route panoramique splendide. Nous recommanderons votre maison à nos amis.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent stay, lovely village, lots of history to the house

  • 5 of 5

Overall a great holiday. Very tranquil but also not far from coast and lots of good walks nearby. Nice to learn about the history of the house and the Seymour-Davies's initial foray into Spanish life.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday, and we hope to welcome you back to the house at some point in the future! All the best The Seymour-Davies family
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Captivating village house in stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked into Villa Daimalos we knew that our stay there was going to be special. Set against mountains close to a village but in a very private location there is a magical sense of timelessness about the place, partly due to the amazing library of books there which is truly impressive and also due to the love and care that has clearly been put into its creation. As for outside the pool is perfect , the fountains entrancing, the ambiance relaxing and the view? It's breathtaking. We have all been put under its spell and hope to return to see it again in all seasons. Thank you to Adam and his family for all their help. Best wishes, Tessa, Chris, Daisy and Arran Dunn.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A tranquil Andalucian 'home from home' with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. The villa is beautiful throughout, and the lovely gardens are well maintained. The pool was in good order and clean, and with plenty of chairs and loungers about it was easy to relax both in and out of the water.

Inside, the kitchen is very well-equipped, so once we'd done a big grocery shop at Eroski in Velez-Malaga, self-catering was very easy. We also appreciated the electric fans and the well-stocked library.

There was lots of information left by the owners and previous visitors about interesting things to do in the area, but with temperatures between 30 and 40° (mid August) we spent most of our time 'at home'. We'll have to go back at another time of year!

We really appreciated being able to order a food parcel in for our arrival late on Saturday night, and in fact all communication with the owners was excellent.

Thank you very much, Seymour-Davieses, it was just the summer holiday that we were hoping for.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rachel, Thank you so much for your thoughts. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us; we heard that the weather was on the hot side, so we're so pleased that you found the house and pool comfortable in such high temperatures! We very much hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back again in the future. Best wishes, The Seymour-Davies family
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Wonderfully authentic Spanish house in small mountain village - full of character

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from 2 very relaxing weeks at Casa Daimalos. The house is an interesting family home with a well equipped kitchen, fantastic library (no need to bring any books!) and plenty of good quality outside furniture. Beach towels included. Good stable wifi which enabled my husband to follow the cricket and for our teenage daughters to keep in touch with friends via FaceTime and Skype. We spent many hours round and in the good sized pool which oversees the garden terraces which were full of oranges and figs whilst we were there. Lovely to enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning and an electric juicer is even provided! Evenings spent on the terrace under the vine were also a delight eating good food with a bottle or two of Spanish Rioja. The grapes were lovely and sweet too. Nearest restaurant 2km so car essential. We went to Competa and other local mountain villages to eat and also down in Torre del Mar which is about 30 mins down the mountain. Nerja and Frigiliana were among other places we visited and enjoyed. Local villagers very welcoming and we were invited into a couple of their houses and shown around! This is not a place for those who want lots of nightlife and a typical Costa del Sol villa. This house oozes old fashioned character and charm in a peaceful locationThe owners were very quick to respond to any questions we had and nothing was too much trouble. We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments; we have holidayed there for over 40 years, and we're delighted that guests can also enjoy everything that Daimalos has to offer. We're glad that you took advantage of the citrus trees and grapes! I will pass your feedback to our new property management team who will be thrilled that their hard work has been well received. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us, and we very much hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the future. Best wishes from the Seymour-Davies family.
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
17 Kilometres
Velez Malaga
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
130 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
18 Kilometres
Torre del Mar
Car: necessary

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Arenas, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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