Spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom restored house with mountain views
- English, French, Spanish
About Anne Ritchie
Originally from Scotland we came to live in this lovely part of Spain to have a more peaceful life, to learn a new language and experience the Spanish culture. We love living here and have adopted 4 dogs (or rather they adopted us!) as you can see from our picture above taken outside our house which is only 15 minutes from Casa Rosina.
Anne Ritchie purchased this Villa in 2001
Why Anne Ritchie chose Alcaucín
We had never been to Spain before a friend told us what a great place Spain is to live. So we came in 2000, fell in love with the Axarquia area and quickly bought our house and the following year bought Casa Rosina to rent out. We love having people from all over Europe come stay in Casa Rosina and we try our best to make their holiday as good as it can possibly be. Casa Rosina is set in such tranquil surroundings of the mountain hamlet and we enjoy meeting everyone who comes to stay. The nearby villages of Periana and Alcaucin are full of great tapas bars and restaurants and friendly Spanish locals who are very gracious in helping us with our Spanish!
What makes this Villa unique
Casa Rosina is ideally situated in a small traditional hamlet surrounded by olive groves and fabulous wide open views to the lake and Mediterranean sea.The hillside goats come through the village daily and drink from the village fountain and then wend their way on down the tracks to other hamlets and olive groves. It is truly a place to unwind, read a book by the pool in the shade of the fig tree and get away from the hurly burly of life. When we first saw the house we fell in love with the stable gated front door which leads into the spacious house opening up to rooms on different levels. The winding staircase takes you up to the top floor with the lovely big master bedroom with great views down to the sea. The large downstairs bedroom opens out into the front terrace - a great place for breakfast or just relaxing and reading a book. The house is large enough so that there is plenty of room for everyone to have their own space. We sometimes have a few days there ourselves to enjoy the pool and the lovely views!
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Comfortable and well equipped but a little tired.
We have spent two weeks at Casa Rosina, a lovely property in a very beautiful area we know well and have come to love. As hosts, Anne and David could not have been more helpful or attentive and although we didn't meet them that was entirely our failing, as we spent every day out cycling and walking in the wonderful and varied landscape of the surrounding area. The house is well equipped, very comfortable and clearly much loved, though it is somewhat "tired" and would benefit from a little extra attention to re-create the ambience and quality that it clearly had when first rented out. The front terrace is a wonderful space to eat, relax and enjoy the view from but is currently very bare in comprison with the photographs as the planting has been removed. Whilst the house is large and spacious, the living /dining area would be quite compromised for a party of six if you wanted to all be together, especially for eating inside if the weather/time of year necessitated it. These negative comments in no way spoilt what was a wonderful holiday.
Thank you very much for your review and for your constructive suggestions. We are delighted that you had a lovely holiday. Over the coming winter months we will be doing our annual sprucing up and maintenance and will be ready to welcome our guests from spring onwards. Sadly we had to take the flowers away from the front terrace as we have had such little rain over the past few years and there are now restrictions on irrigating plants and flowers. However we are going to redo the flower troughs and put in a large number of pretty succulent plants which should bring back colour to the front terrace and its fabulous view over the lake and Mediterranean sea. As we rent out mainly during the summer months when the weather is lovely and most of the time is spent eating and being outdoors we turned the dining room, a couple or so years ago, into a fourth bedroom to give more flexibility in sleeping arrangements but we do take your point that the dining area in the living room is a bit tight for 6 people. Thanks again for booking with us and for your helpful comments.
Lovely relaxing stay - just what we were looking for
Thank you Anne and David for a lovely stay - it really did feel like you were treating us like family, from the helpful instructions when we first booked, through to the check-in process and the facilities at the property. The kids loved the pool, in particular the inflatables which were already provided, and as others have written, the shade from the fig tree was fantastic to sit under and have a spot of food.
Fabulous views, lovely character of the house with lots of different rooms and space. One minor suggestion for improvement would be to update the beds to make them a little more comfortable, but this was only one small niggle and this shouldn't prevent people from going.
Also, just to note, we had no problems making it up the hill and on the road to El Toril in a small rental Ford Fiesta with 4 people and all our bags in the back!
Thank you again for a lovely stay in a charming house.
Thank you very much Tom and Fleur. I was pleasure having you come and stay at Casa Rosina. Thank you for your lovely comments, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and yes we are in fact going to upgrade the beds!
You will be very welcome to come back any time
Anne and David
Stayed here as a family of 6, 3 adults 1 teenager 2 little ones.
There was plenty of room for us all to enjoy our own space but also to all be together to watch the amazing sunsets over the mountains in an evening.
It was very peaceful out of the way of crowds but only a short drive to busier places. Definatly rent a car, we did through the owners and it was definatly worth it.
All in all it was a great place to stay Anne and David were really friendly and helpful couldn't ask for more thanks for letting us stay
Many thanks for your kind review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Casa Rosina. You will be welcome back any time if you would like to come and enjoy the mountains again! Thanks for booking with us
Anne and David
We stayed at Casa Rosia as a family of 6..from 9 to 80 years. The house was perfect and much roomier than we thought. Casa Rosina is thoughtfully kitted out and we all loved the views, eating under the fig tree and cooling off in the pool. El Toril is quiet and offers a tranquil base to walk locally, explore nearby villages and towns or sightsee to places like Alhambra, Ronda and Malaga. The hosts made us feel welcome and provide lots of local tips. Thanks for a great week at Casa Rosina.
Thank you so much for your great review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday at Casa Rosina. We would very much welcome you back if ever you would like to have another stay at Casa Rosina!
Charming, relaxed old farmhouse.
The house is lovely, full of old-world Spanish charm. Visitors should be aware that it is in a tiny hamlet, no amenities within walking distance, and reached from the main road by a mile or so of narrow, rough track. However, if you like that sort of thing (and we do) you’ll love the house and the beautiful views of lake and hills. In August, the pool was much appreciated as was the shady eating and BBQ area under the old fig tree. There are shops available only a very short drive away and a hyper market about 20 minutes away down the main road. Beaches about an hour away and lots of interesting towns and villages to visit. Hosts Anne and David were so helpful, recommending places to visit and even rescuing our luggage after it failed to arrive on the same plane as us!
Many thanks Andrea. It was lovely meeting you and David and your friends and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Rosina. You will be welcome back any time!
Just to clarify the nearest beach is at Torre del Mar which is 30 mins drive from Casa Rosina. The beach which we recommended to Andre and her party was El Cañuelo which is past Nerja and is about an hour's drive. Its a fabulous beach, less crowded with 2 excellent chiringuitos ( beach restaurants)
Wonderful setting, private garden, warm and cozy
THis is the second time we have stayed here. It feels like paradise, up in the mountains away from all the hustle and bustle but still near enough to visit some beautiful and busier places if you wish. The house is roomy yet cozy, is wonderfully equipped with anything and everything you could ever want or need. David is always on hand to help with anything, although we have never had any issues. The pool is wonderfully clean and cool. We really cant fault it. You definitely need a car, its about an hour away from Malaga airport. Last time we visited Granada, a couple of hours away and this time we visited Cordoba, but primarily we came here for a get away from it all experience. The only disturbance is the goat herd coming by.
Thank you so much Evie and family for your great review! You will be welcome back any time.
Casa Rosina is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Andalucia surrounded by mountains, lakes and national parks. Olive and assorted fruit trees cover the hillsides and a multitude of interesting places and historic Moorish cities, sport and recreational facilities are within easy reach. The house is set in a tranquil hamlet ideal for enjoying the peace and quiet and sipping your chilled wine as a herd of goats walk by. Within easy range are tennis courts, mountain biking and horse riding. There are many excellent local tapas bars and restaurants located in the nearby white villages of Alcaucin and Periana. The Moorish town of Alhama de Granada, only a 30 minute drive away with its hot springs, fabulous gorge and excellent tapas bars and restaurants, is not to be missed.The nearest beach Torre del Mar is 30 minutes drive. Here you can find many good bars and restaurants or take a stroll along the sea promenade and pop into a chiringuito for a refreshing drink and tapa. Guests may either laze in the sun on one of many beaches or take part in water sports, sailing, water skiing and jet skiing. There are several pretty, secluded coves near to seaside towns such as Nerja which has retained its Spanish feel. Along the coast there are many golf courses which we can pre-book for guests. The fascinating historic towns of Granada with its stunning Alhambra Palace and Arab quarter, Cordoba with the amazing Mezguita and beautiful Seville are within easy reach of Casa Rosina. If you would like to visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada we highly recommend you book your tickets as far in advance as possible as it is a very popular place to visit all year round. There are many fiestas held in the local villages throughout the year - a great way to experience local customs and colour. We provide a book with details of great places to visit and will give you our recommendations.