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Stunning 5 bedroom Country House, huge 20m x 5m Pool, wonderful mountain views

People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Details
Property
chateau / country house
People
12
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
5
Minimum Stay
7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Gaucín - Casa El Castillo

Moorish-European architecture, spacious, high-ceiling rooms, perfect for groups.

A sumptuous five bedroom country house with a huge 20m pool, set amidst glorious scenery on a 50 acre estate, Casa El Castillo mixes European and Moorish styles for a house with a definite 'wow' factor. From April to November the pool invites all swimmers, from beginners to those wanting some serious exercise. In the cooler months (Sept/Oct and April/May) the pool is heated and covered to allow off-season swimming; the cover slides away during the summer months, when heating is not needed.

Relaxation and comfort are paramount: spacious rooms have individual heating/airconditioning controls, there are extensive terraces for outdoor dining and lounging, with the indoor `great room´ perfect for cosy nights in front of the fireplace or TV, or listening to some live music if there is a pianist or guitarist in the group. Bedrooms are quiet and ensuite. The house is private and secluded, with panoramic mountain views.

Walk out onto the estate for a morning's stroll, look out for deer, partridge, our horse and donkeys (retired), soaring eagles and hawks, wonderful wildflowers...

Only 3 miles from the 'white village' Gaucin, 1/2 hour to the Mediterranean coast, with easy access to Gibraltar/Malaga airports, Ronda, Marbella, and the Costa del Sol, the house is a perfect base for touring. Or just sit back, enjoy the wonderful views and the soaring birds, and unwind.

Horse riding: We can put you in touch with a stable near Casa Albanile where countryside rides can be arranged. It is best to bring your own hat and boots. Not available July and August.

Walking and Hiking: Local guides can take you off the beaten track, across the mountains and into the valleys, for wonderful views you cannot get from the road. We can put you in touch with them to make your own arrangements, depending on your ability.

Cook service, Maid Service: If you do not want to cook, or go out to restaurants, we can put you in touch with cooks who will deliver food to the house for you. They can stay and serve it as well, or just leave it for you to heat and eat.

Extra maid service can be arranged, if required.

AND FINALLY--

As the caretakers, we live on the same estate, completely separate and out of sight of Casa Albanile. Without disturbing your privacy, WE ARE THERE TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY AS ENJOYABLE AS POSSIBLE, SHOULD YOU NEED ANY HELP OR ADVICE. We will meet you in the village to show you the way, introduce you to the house and the area, and answer any questions you may have.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Owner
Linda Schwartz
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016
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About Linda Schwartz

Early life in Connecticut, university at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Worked in book publishing in London for 15 years before coming to Spain. Have lived in Spain, on and off, for nearly 30 years.

Likes beautiful countryside, books, classical and bluegrass music, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, etc. old songs, foodie, old movies. Interested in travel, likes staying in small hotels or with friends.

Linda Schwartz purchased this chateau / country house in 2000

Why Linda Schwartz chose Ronda area

The mountain views captured me from the beginning. The mountains do not shut you in, but row on row carry you across valleys for a feeling of space and light. It is so beautiful here!

My architect husband designed lofts in London and our house here in Spain reflect this. High ceilings, large rooms, comfortable spaces.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The brick and tile work in the house that echoes the arab past of this part of Spain, the huge lap pool, the wonderful views from the terraces both in front and in back of the house (it is built on a plateau with views in almost all directions). The comfortable rooms, the extra insulation that gives a cool house in summer and a warm one in winter. This house is like no other that I have seen.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a lovely two weeks unwinding in this beautiful villa. We were a party of 7, and particularly attracted to the property by the good-sized pool and fantastic piano, both of which were in constant use!



The views were brilliant--we loved having an aperitif at the front of the house to see in the evening.



Many nice trips to Gaucin--particularly fond of El Lateral as the food was delicious! Ronda also a lovely day out--we took the train from Gaucin Station which is a great way to take in the views.



Another highlight was wine tasting at Enkvist wines, particularly as it is so local, just up the Puerto del Negro turning on the road into Gaucin.



A very memorable stay!



ps Maria is a fantastic cook and a wonderful option if you want a special meal without leaving the villa!
Aug 2016
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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Stunning 5 bedroom Country House, huge 20m x 5m Pool, wonderful mountain views
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
5

Beautiful, relaxing, spacious hilltop villa.

  • 5 of 5

Two adults and an assortment of 18-24 year olds descended on Casa El Castillo for a two week holiday in September. The villa fulfilled all our expectations - clean, well decorated, spacious with ample room for the ten of us, fabulous pool (covered when we arrived) and great places to sit and enjoy an evening drink!

The beautiful pool and the glorious weather (sunny and 27'C) ensured it had plenty of use by all. Great for games including skim ball, Marco Polo and volley ball as well as the space to do some serious lengths. Everyone loved it.

The track up to the villa is quite long and winds it's way slowly up the valley. However, this adds to the wonderful feeling of privacy and makes the drive into Gaucin for great cocktails and tapas all the more enjoyable!

Namir was a kind, attentive and considerate host (he designed the villa) and always keen to ensure our stay was as enjoyable as possible. He lives not far away but never once seemed bothered by the endless music and screeching from the pool, probably because the villa is well shielded and isolated by modern day standards. Perfect!! Maria, the lady who came to clean was always pleasant and unobtrusive and worked like a Trojan.

Gaucin is quite beautiful. We recommend parking on the Gaucin road and walking into the village to enjoy the spectacular views. Take a torch for the journey home and switch it off regularly to marvel at the stunning night sky. Gaucin had all we needed in terms of provisions and has some great restaurants and tapas bars. We went to Manilva or Estepona for beach days which took about 40mins. Cadiz, Seville and Gibralter are great day trips as well as the wonderful cave art sites, preserved Roman roads and spectacular gorges, all within east reach of the villa.

We highly recommend Casa el Castillo to those who prefer something unique and 'off the beaten track'. This region is beautiful and there is much to explore - the villa is gorgeous, Namir and Linda are great people and we had the best two weeks in this wonderful, unspoilt part of Andalucia.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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5

Beautiful countryside villa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this villa for two weeks in September 2014. The villa is very large,

well equipped and very clean. It is situated at the end of a dirt track (which is suitable for an ordinary car) in beautiful countryside and is not overlooked. If you like peace and quiet away from it all this is the perfect place.

We had five adults and one child in our group so only used the bedrooms on the ground floor - the 3 double bedrooms are very spacious with big en-suite bathrooms, the 2 twin bedrooms are smaller, as are the en-suites.

The large swimming pool is lovely and all one depth (about chest height) and the cover is really good if the weather turns cold.

Linda and Namir, the owners of the villa, live close by. They are a nice friendly couple who are very helpful but leave you to enjoy your holiday in peace. They have 2 adorable donkeys who like to pay the occasional visit to the villa grounds!

Gaucin is a lovey place with plenty of bars, places to eat and a couple of small supermarkets.

We would definitely recommend this villa and would happily stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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5

Unsurpassed!

  • 5 of 5

This was the most spectacular and enjoyable property we have ever stayed in. We can't fault anything and after nearly two decades of family holidays this is the first property we would wish to return to. We wanted spectacular scenery and peace and were not disappointed. The tuned grand piano was a treat and as keen swimmers we made full use of the longest swimming pool we have ever rented and are much fitter in consequence.

Linda and Amir are delightful and informative hosts and as well as ensuring that our stay in the house was trouble free, came up trumps in response to some bizarre requests.

This property cannot fail to enchant you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Wonderful Week

  • 5 of 5

Casa Albanile is a delightful country villa which is actually better than in the photos. The villa is large and spacious with all the bedrooms well spaced so you do not get any noise from other bedrooms. The villa is on top of a hill with great views and you are not overlooked from any direction. It is very quite and the only noise comes from songbirds and the occasional eagle. The swimming pool is lovely and is the biggest private pool I have seen with the added benefit of a cover if the weather is a bit cool.

I highly recommend this villa for a relaxing holiday.

Thank you Linda and Amir.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
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5

A most wonderful time...

  • 5 of 5

We must really thank you again for our stay at Albanile. We had the most wonderful time at your Palace in the Sky and very much hope to return one day soon. We will never forget the sight of El Hacho silhouetted against the sky. The views were memorable and the house was perfect both in cold weather during the winter and in the sun. We really miss it and all the picturesque and exciting wildlife ...

With our best wishes to you both and looking forward to seeing you again soon

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2008
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Truly unique

  • 5 of 5

" I had the great pleasure of staying at Casa Albanile for two weeks last summer with my family and highly recommend it. It was fantastic!

The property itself is truly unique, a Moroccan influenced house with large rooms, open fireplaces and all beautifully furnished. There is plenty of space, so even with lots of children, you can find a quiet place if you need to. It's surroundings are magnificent too, with wild countryside and mountains, all of which are viewed from the house. It's wonderfully quiet and yet easy to reach the local town of Gaucin for restaurants and provisions and the coast is only 30 minutes away.

There is a great swimming pool and more places for children to play and explore than they will ever need!

If you need a place to relax and unwind, this is the house for you. We all loved it and will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2008
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Location

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Gibraltar
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Gaucin
Nearest Ferry
65 Kilometres
Algeciras - Tangier
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
many courses on the Costa del Sol
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Gaucin Estacion (El Colmenar)
Nearest Motorway
27 Kilometres
Autopista del Mediterraneo, E15 AP7
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Gaucin
Nearest Ski
253 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
32 Kilometres
Mediterranean (Sabinillas)
Car: necessary

Casa El Castillo is a good center for touring and site seeing. The golden trio of Andalucian cities, Sevilla, Granada, and Córdoba, are all possible day trips. Or take the ferry to Tangier for the day for a real change of scene.

Ronda, with its spectacular gorge, the oldest bullring in Spain, and its echoes of Moorish and Roman times is only 45 minutes away. Marbella and Gibraltar are also within easy reach. A visit to the nearby Mediterranean and Atlantic beaches contrasts with the mountain hideaway of the finca. White villages cling to the hillsides of the quiet mountain roads, Grazalema Natural Park has spectacular mountain scenery and serious footpaths for walkers. And the peace and quiet of Casa El Castillo welcomes your return at the end of a busy day.

Other Activities: Summer Ferias (festivals) in all the local villages

Golf: There are golf courses on the coast about 40 minutes' drive away.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Gaucín, Ronda area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Low Season (1-4 person rate)
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,867
for 7 nights
£1,867
£5,600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas 2016 (1-4 person rate)
17 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,514
for 7 nights
£2,514
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season 2017 (1-4 people)
4 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,867
for 7 nights
£1,867
£5,600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring 2017 (1 - 4 people)
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,514
for 7 nights
£2,514
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer (1 - 4 people)
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£3,355
for 7 nights
£3,355
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
High Summer 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£4,196
for 7 nights
£4,196
 
 
Autumn 2017 (1 - 4 people)
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,514
for 7 nights
£2,514
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,867
for 7 nights
£1,867
£5,600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £420

Prices include house heating/air conditioning.

Pool Heating, available April until November: 200€/week on arrival.

Firewood available and charged at cost.

Additional services available: catering, babysitting, cleaning. These can be arranged directly between the client and the provider.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Gaucín in Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , underfloor heating
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , underfloor heating
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Pool - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , underfloor heating
  • Pumps give good water pressure, so showers can be used in all bathrooms at the same time. Toilet paper, soap, and towels are all there for your arrival. In the winter, underfloor heating in the 3 big bathrooms keeps them nice and cosy.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , fan and airconditioning
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , fan and airconditioning
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , fan and airconditioning
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , fan and airconditioning
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , fan and airconditioning
  • All bedrooms have fans and airconditioning. Extra insulation in the doors helps screen out outside noise. Each bedroom comes with two terry bathrobes for pool or bathroom use and there are beach towels on site as well. There are two baby cribs and two highchairs available.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • caves
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
EASY ACCESS, ONE LEVEL LIVING.The 5 bedrooms are all on the ground floor. Step-in showers and ramps help anyone with walking difficulties. MAID SERVICE Extra maid service can be arranged at cost, payment direct to maid. PRIVATE CHEF: Cook service can be arranged, on request, for cooking and serving on-site or delivery of ready to eat dishes. Payment direct to chef. MASSAGE: this can be arranged at extra cost, payment direct to masseuse.

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