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Sheila Puri

Member since: 2003
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Speaks English, Spanish, you will need some English to understand my notes

Amazing mountain views: Private rural villa in Andalucia with own pool. Sleeps 6

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Canillas de Aceituno - Bajo La Maroma

An Andalucian 3 bedroom, rural retreat with its pool and large grounds.

• 2 kilometres from the beautiful white hillside village of Canillas de Aceituno

• 20 minutes from the lovely typically Spanish town of Velez Malaga

• 25 minutes from the coast

• 60 minutes from Malaga airport

Read the reviews to see how much people have loved our villa, even before the recent renovations! (Please note that these are all genuine reviews from our guest book, which I copied and submitted, hence unable to add a star rating.)


With open-plan living, sitting and kitchen areas, high vaulted ceilings, pine doors and window shutters this villa has a fabulous spacious feel and wonderfully combines the modern with the traditional.

Sitting and dining areas:

• sitting area with log fire, seating for 6, coffee and side tables and bookcase with Hi-fi (with ipod jack socket - take your own lead) games, CD’s books, information and walking files. Wifi is available free in the village

• dining area with a large dining table and seating for 6


• newly fitted with modern units, double Belfast sink, ceramic hob, combination microwave/convection oven, fridge-freezer, electric kettle, toaster, food processor, a good collection of cooking utensils, tableware and even a selection of herbs and spices.


• 3 spacious double bedrooms, 1 with king bed and the others, each with 2 single beds

• large built-in pine wardrobes

• fans, hairdryer, chests of drawers, side tables, chairs and also some toys and items left for your considerate use


• bathroom 1: newly fitted in modern, rustic style with bath, shower, loo, wash-basin and fitted wooden shelving

• bathroom 2: en-suite to main bedroom – fitted with loo, basin unit and shower; tiles chosen to mimic the red glow of evening sunlight on the mountain which is viewed from the window.

2 gas heaters are available, but please note that these should never be used in a closed room.


• Private pool 8x5m with pool terrace, built-in BBQ and Arab bench

• extensive garden and grounds which include olives, pomegranates, almonds, apricots, figs and herbs, in addition to specimen and natural trees and shrubs, cultivated and wild flowers

• back patio

• Moorish style outdoor, shaded, chill-out / dining area

• tables and chairs, garden bench, parasol, sun-loungers

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Sheila Puri (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Call Owner
Speaks English, Spanish, you will need some English to understand my notes

About Sheila Puri

Hi I'm Sheila and with my husband, owner of Bajo La Maroma in Canillas de Aceituno and La Rijana in Almunecar. We have 3 children, the eldest two work in finance in London and the youngest for an NGO in Colombia.

Sheila Puri purchased this villa in 1997

Why Sheila Puri chose Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

We bought our villa in Canillas de Aceituno about 17 years ago. We had lived in Peru and spoke an amount of Spanish, and were looking for a holiday home in the sun, not too far away and in a Spanish speaking area, where we could take our 3 young children. The southern coast of Spain was the obvious answer but we didn't want to be involved in the British invasion along the coast west of Malaga. The villa in Canillas was perfect - in a beautiful setting, with its own pool and far enough away from neighbours not to have to worry about the noise the children made as they played in the pool all day long! The traditional whitewashed village of Canillas, just 2 minutes away, was full of charm and character and the people there very friendly.

Not only that, but the coast was just half an hour away, so we could still go down to the sea, water park, horse riding, go-carting etc and had lots of shops, supermarkets and restaurants available should we need them.

What makes this villa unique

Time flies and so have the 'children' but we still adore going out to the villa. Despite living in a village in UK, there is no silence there that compares with the peace in the Andalucian hills around Canillas and the blackness of the sky for star-gazing. You really feel that you are getting away from it all, and without the distraction of TV, you seem to return to the simple life and can actually unwind; read all those books you've been meaning to; exercise your artistic, literary or photographic skills; relax with some bird-watching (don't forget the binoculars). If you should want it though, the village is just 2 minutes away, the local town 20 minutes and Malaga less than an hour

I love to see the sun rise over the mountain (La Maroma - the highest in the Axarquia) and at the end of the day, take my G+T and watch as the rocky face of El Penon Grande turns through a range of golden hues, ending rose-red in the evening sun. (I've tried to mirror this gorgeous colour in the tiles of the en-suite bathroom which looks out to the mountains.) After that, we BBQ, then maybe watch for shooting stars and take a midnight swim. It is all so beautiful, that I hate having to leave, and just long for the next trip back!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved your villa - the setting is beautiful and it was so relaxing to get away from it all. We thought we'd do lots of sight-seeing but in the end we didn't do much - we were happy to stay by the pool and wander around locally. We enjoyed the food at the Bodegon in the village, but best was having a BBQ by the pool most nights and watching the stars!

Thanks so much. We hope to be back.
Jun 2012
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Amazing mountain views: Private rural villa in Andalucia with own pool. Sleeps 6
average rating of 4.875 based on 28 reviews

The Edmondson family visit to Canillas de Aceituno August 2016

  • 4 of 5

What can I say yet another relaxing week at the side of the mountain, the family thoroughly enjoy the swimming pool and evening meals in the quaint village. The villa is a perfect resting place for any family and I would fully recommend; fully equipped with everything that you need. It's a no brainer - hope to be back soon...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great - we look forward to welcoming you back again. In the meantime, very best wishes. Sheila
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Bajo la maroma - Stunnning

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't of picked a better villa for our stay, the villa was perfect and had everything we could have asked for, clean and well presented. The location was amazing so peaceful and beautiful. Far enough away from the busy resorts but just a short journey away from beautiful villages and beaches. Sheila, Heather and Mike were great and gave us all the help and advice we needed. The kids loved the pool and water sports in the lake at Vinuela (30min), A great base to visit the caves at Nerja (45min), Alhambra Palace (1hr 40m) and Ronda (2hr) all well worth the drive from this fantastic villa! 5 guests age 6-82!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks A + J, I'm thrilled that all the age ranges enjoyed the villa, its surroundings and the proximity of some some great places to visit. You must let me know about the watersports on the nearby Lake Vinuela!? Hope to see you again and we'll welcome you with a returners' 10% discount. Best regards, Sheila
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Peace, quiet and tranquillity

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect place to get away from it all, the villa is a good size, nicely decorated in a traditional way and is situated in a fantastic hillside quiet area with views of the hills trees and the odd villa dotted around. No planes, cars or noise. The pool is great, but no shallow end for little ones, but my 11 year old was fine. BBQ by the pool as well. Canillas is a lovely Spanish town, not touristy, and is beautiful when lit up at night. A couple of shops and bars with WiFi if you need it. The main shops are a short drive away to stock up. If you want a charming villa, great pool and a quiet rural rest this is perfect. I would avoid Torre Del Mar beach and head to the coves a few miles east, lovely clear water and very quiet. We will return here one day because (apart from no internet!) it had everything we wanted.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind review - I'm glad you appreciated our lovely villa and it's tranquil surroundings. I do agree about beaches (though I suppose it's a matter of taste), I like you, prefer the more dramatic coast a little way east. I also agree that it would be preferable to have wifi at the house, especially if you (like I), have to spend a lot of time on work issues when away from home! Unfortunately despite efforts, we have not found a provider who can deliver a service suitable for our needs. Hopefully though, whilst you were on holiday it was something of a relief to get away from the normal necessity for constant communication - at least we're lucky that Maroma restaurant 2 minutes away in the village, are happy for you spend hours on the internet there if you should want to. We'd love to welcome you again and will be happy to offer you a 10% discount, or 5% for family or friends. With best wishes, Sheila
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Delightful villa in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Stunning views from the pool of the evening sun on the mountains and from the Arabic patio too! Well-furnished, comfortable beds and I can see many trips to this villa again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kiran for your review - I too love our hillside retreat and agree that the evening sun on 'El Penon' is an experience to be savoured as is the chance to relax in our Moorish 'chill-out' area. You're welcome back any time!
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Août 2014. Séjour parfait.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent séjour. Villa magnifique, propre, bien équipée et dans un environnement d exception. Canillas est un village fort agréable ou les gens sont chaleureux.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Light , Warmth and Tranquility in a Spanish oasis.

  • 5 of 5

The main road from the airport is good and once you have turned off and heading up the mountain the be prepared for some stunning scenery. Winding your way around the bends[good road] make you appreciate that you have chosen somewhere special . The villa is delightful, clean and spacious. The nearest village is a walk away if you are feeling energetic and a short drive by car. It is typical Spanish hilltop village with good places to sample the tapas and practice your Spanish. It is worth stocking up with food in the major supermarkets on the road from the airport . The villa is a wonderful location to plan adventures into the Spanish countryside but once in the villa it is so tempting to spend all the time staring at the mountains, breathing the fresh air and reading the books you have promised yourself you would read. There is no internet so you can really relax . Internet is available in the village.

The information provided by the owner was good and there is information in the villa about local attractions e.g guided walks from the village and other local villages . Remember to take walking boots as some of these walks are more than a casual stroll . If you are into climbing a must visit is to El Choro . These are world renowned climbs so you need plan ahead if you are intending to tackle these slopes. Serious rock! The Summer would be too hot unless you climb early in the day . The journey to El Choro going across country is breathtaking or / and you can go via the motorway towards and beyond Malaga. A long day out but a real opportunity to explore other towns and villages as well as experiencing some first class scenery . For coast lovers, this is not too far away and worth combining with a market day . Velez Malaga is just inland from the coast and a lovely town .

As a winter visitor to the villa the swimming pool looked inviting but only for the very committed as understandably cold. I am sure it is an asset in the Summer but if you have little ones you need to exercise the usual caution of children and water.

I think this is a great place for people who need to relax, enjoy peace and appreciate the wonder of the mountains and yet be in travel distance of the coast and city attractions .

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy work and home schedule, to write such a comprehensive review. I am sure that holidaymakers looking for a villa and location where they can unwind, yet have lots of other opportunities available nearby should they wish to pursue them, will find this extremely helpful. We hope to see you and friends again in the future - 'Hasta luego!'
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Canillas de Aceituno
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Velez Malaga
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Velez Malaga
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Canillas de Aceituno
Nearest Ski
140 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Torre del Mar
Car: necessary

Things to do in the area:

Relax, wander along the local paths and tracks, swim, watch for birds,chameleons, flowers, stars, climb Mount Maroma (the highest in the Axarquia area of Andalucia), explore the local bat caves, ancient Arabic water sources and the historic village of Canillas de Aceituno, with its Roman and Moorish remains, from where you can look over the mountains to the Mediterranean, and on certain days, to Morocco.

You can shop and eat in the village or drive to Velez Malaga or Torre del Mar.

If you want a beach, then take your pick according to your needs: swimming, fishing, body-boarding, snorkeling, diving, pedalo, jet ski, nudism….. the coast is there for you to explore. Torre del Mar, the local coastal resort has fabulous facilities and a promenade that runs for several kilometres. It's also well worth checking out the beaches of the Costa Tropical to the east of Nerja (where there are huge, amazing caves). A water park is just 20 minutes away in Velez Malaga.

If you are lucky enough to be in Spain in July – August, you may catch traditional village Flamenco Fiestas.

Malaga is just an hour away and offers history, (castles, cathedral, ancient ruins, museums, old city centre etc ); culture, (galleries and museums, including the Picasso museum/gallery), botanical garden, beaches, restaurants, shops and large popular festivals at Easter and during the summer. You can also take the opportunity to visit Ronda, an ancient city famous for it's massive gorge (spanned by a bridge built in the 1700's) and its bullring. The World Heritage Sites of Granada, Seville and Cordoba can all be visited from Canillas, though better to take an overnight stay for the latter two.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Canillas de Aceituno, Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Summer
27 Aug 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
29 Oct 2016 - 3 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Tax Rate 2.5%

The rates include house linen, cleaning, welcome pack, water and electricity, but not fuel during low rate periods.
Smoking outside only please.
Reductions for long let and for returnees.
Arrival 16.00hrs, departure 10.00hrs unless by arrangement.
Change-over generally Saturdays but negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Canillas de Aceituno in Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , basin on granite, fitted wooden shelves and storage boxes
    Bathroom 2, en-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , wash basin in wall unit, fabulous shower enclosure, views!
  • fitted and with plenty of storage
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , large fitted pine wardrobe, chest of drawers, tables, chair
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , large fitted pine wardrobe, chest of drawers, table, chair
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , large fitted pine wardrobe, chest of drawers, chair
  • Please state beds required when booking. All bedrooms have large fitted wardrobes, a chest of drawers, 1 or 2 chairs, etc. Each bedroom has a fan for hot weather.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • forests
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
This is a country villa - the idea is to relax in simple style: hence we have opted for no TV and internet (internet is free 2 minutes away in the village); instead there are books and games. There is no central heating / AC, but there are fans, gas heaters and hot water bottles should they be needed in winter. Please note that the last 200m of road is unsurfaced and may deteriorate in heavy rains. Low winter rates reflect winter conditions. Please note that smoking only outdoors and cigarette ends must not be discarded in the grounds. A travel cot is available for an extra charge but does not include bedding.

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