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Rural Family Villa With 10m X 5m Pool, Large Private Garden And Mountain Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,453 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Private Villa (Sleeps 6 to 8) in Arroyo de Medina near the lovely town of Oria in beautiful Almeria, Spain

Welcome to our quiet Spanish hideaway on the southern slopes of the Sierra de Las Estancias in the Almeria province of beautiful Andalucia. Just 10 minutes away from the lovely mountainside village of Oria with its basilica and quiet winding streets yet only 50 minutes away from bustling Garrucha and Mojacar on the coast, you can have the best of both quaint inland and coastal Spain from one location.

The various terraces afford you 360 degree views towards Albox in the south and to the mountains in the north. Surrounded by almond and olive groves, Villa Marco Carlos offers a holiday home from home that can be both quiet and relaxing for couples or full of fun and laughter for families. The villa is very private and well appointed, it is perfect for hosting just the two of you or larger families and groups of friends. Outdoor living and entertaining is well catered for with a number of covered dining areas and the built in barbeque. The private 10m swimming pool is equipped with sun loungers and a parasol as well as pool toys and other garden furniture. Situated to the west of the property the pool terrace benefits from many hours of sunshine each day. There is the added facility of a permanent gazebo that is used during the day for shade and, as evening comes, to watch the stunning sunsets that are a feature of the area.

The area around Oria and the mountains provide some great days out, visiting The National Park and the lovely towns of Velez Rubio and Velez Blanco will take you into the high pine forests with uncrowded hiking trails and picnic areas - take your own barbeque to La Piza and stop to see the prehistoric cave paintings at Los Letreros (maps and directions can be found in the Villa)

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Edward Gregg-Rowbury
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
13 July, 2018

About Edward Gregg-Rowbury

My wife and I took early retirement 7 years ago and during our holidays since then had been looking to purchase a holiday villa in southern Spain. We searched long and hard, making numerous trips to the region in both high and low season and never had a wet or cold day!!

We were both very much taken with the friendliness of both the local and "ex pat" communities in the area around Albox and the Almanzora valley. We discovered Villa Marco Carlos late in 2011 and began our purchase of it.

Since acquiring the property we have made a number of improvements to the pool and constructed a new gazebo and barbeque area and intened to carry on with a new laundry room, outside bar and ultimately a jacuzzi.

Edward Gregg-Rowbury purchased this villa in 2012

Why Edward Gregg-Rowbury chose Oria

We fell for Villa Marco Carlos almost at first sight, the location, with its magnificent 360 degree views, its great atmosphere and of course, not forgetting the spacious 10m swimming pool.

We like tranquil holidays for ourselves and the villa certainly affords us this with the lovely views from the front terrace and newly built gazebo. When our extended family come to stay, there is enough space for everyone in and around the pool as well as indoors with our good size bedrooms and living area.

Being our second home, we have tried to equip the villa with all of the day to day requirements that make a villa holiday as relaxed and carefree as it should be, as well as trying to create a home from home atmosphere.

What makes this villa unique

We enjoy most of all the tranquility that the mountainside location affords us. With its clear air and cooling breezes we live "al fresco" virtually all day. As evening falls the sunsets can be spectacular and both the front terrace and gazebo make ideal places to sit and relax to watch the free light show!

The area retains its "old Spanish" charm, the quiet town of Oria can provide all of our requirements if need be but we know the young ones appreciate larger Albox - a typical working Spanish town.

A number of tourist sites such as Mini Hollywood near Tabernas, the Med beaches and the wonderful Cabo de Gata National Park all help to provide us with a variety of things to do whenever we go. Of course, the Spainsh are also renowned for their fiestas where all are made most welcome

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you Janet and Ed for a fantastic stay at Casa Marco Carlos... The Villa location and facilities are amazing and we have thoroughly relaxed and enjoyed the peace and quiet of this beautiful place.

The Walls family

We´ve had a truly lovely stay at Casa Marco Carlos. The views are stunning and it has been peaceful and relaxing.... We would like to thank Ray and his wife for welcoming us on your behalf and for all his helpful hints.

The Tingleys

Thank you Janet and Ed for an amazing stay in your Villa, the views are amazing and the peace and quiet is so nice.... The breezes that we had were a great relief due to the hot sun. We ventured into Albox a few times, it had all that we needed and the market on Tuesdays was fun to haggle with the stall holders. We enjoyed ourselves lots and would love to re-book for next year.

The Flower family

Your Villa, its garden, all of its amenities etc and pool were simply super. Lots of shade if you wanted it at any time of day and the mountain breezes are so acceptable...... The sunsets and views are simply amazing

The Hughes family

Thank you very much Ed we had a very nice stay at your villa. Great weather, great villa and on our last night we had an amazing light show. Cheers once again for the great communication and a very nice holiday.

The Scotts
Oct 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on Oria on Valle del Almanzora

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1453 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 En Suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wash hand basin, mirror, light and socket. Storage cabinet
    Bathroom 2 Family bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Wash hand basin, mirror, lamp and socket. Storage cabinet
  • En suite bathroom to Bedroom 1 with large quadrant shower, wc and hand basin. Family bathroom with shower over a 3/4 bath, wc and hand basin, automatic extractor fan. Both bathrooms are equipped with storage cabinets mirrors and shaver sockets.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 Twin Room - 2 Single Bed , Wardrobe, drawers, bedside cabinet lamp and ceiling fan
    Bedroom 1 En Suite - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Large Wardrobe bedside cabinets with lamps and ceiling fan
    Bedroom 3 Twin Room - 2 Single Bed , Twin beds with wardrobe, drawers and ceiling fan an lamps
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 to 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has double bed, large wardrobe with bedside units and occasional furniture. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside cabinets. Bedroom 3 has 2 sets of full size bunk beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers and storage. Ceiling fans are fitted in all bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Arriving at the villa you enter by the double wrought iron gates where there is ample parking for two or three cars. The garden is “Mediterranean” in style with areas of gravel and various plants, palms and fig trees. Two steps lead up to the large front terrace; ideal for al fresco breakfasts and late afternoon shade. Two steps lead to the main door of the villa and the double doors leading to the kitchen. Once inside, the villa is all on one level. The front terrace leads then leads to the large flat terrace where the private 10m x 5m pool is situated. From the deep end of the pool is the 5m x 4m permanent gazebo over a further tiled terrace incorporating the built in barbeque. This area offers good shade during the middle of the day and is an ideal position to relax and watch the magnificent sunsets in the evenings. The gazebo is equipped with pool toys and floats, poolside and occasional furniture, dining for 8 Outside: Large south facing front terrace with lighting and occasional furniture for entertaining and alfresco dining. Fully walled and gated garden for your security; all round garden, barbeque and pool lighting. The shallow end of the pool is adjacent to, and visible from, the front terrace with a gentle slope to deep end – max depth 2m. There are integral access steps at the shallow end with a ladder at the deep end. Various pool accessories/toys supplied. Utility Room: Automatic washing machine, large fridge freezer, iron and ironing board. Cool Box and ice blocks. Hot water supply and side access door. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen, bath towels, hand towels and tea towels are provided. The villa is cleaned prior to lets and clean linen and towels provided on a weekly basis. For lets of 10 to 14 days, a change of linens will be arranged half way through your stay


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average rating of 4.6 based on 16 reviews

This is a great “get away from it all” place.

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit, Ed has done some great work around the place, installing a dishwasher and extra patio furniture. There’s a new suite in the living room making Villa Marco Carlos a real home from home. Lovely and quiet with lots of places around the garden to soak up the sun. The ice machine worked overtime for us this visit - the large fridge freezer (now in the kitchen) is great for cold drinks as well.

With new beds in one of the bedrooms - instead of bunks it will be more comfortable for the kids next time - and there will be a next time!!!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very relaxing and a beautiful villa

  • 3 of 5

Lovely villa welcoming pack of food and drink all amenities provided for a beautiful swimming pool had everything you need for a relaxing treat. If you go to the town there are plenty of places to eat a lovely choice of beaches. A lovely stay in the villa

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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Large family very pleased with the villa.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the villa with 3 kids, 2 grandparents and 2 adults. There was no problem getting into the villa as Ray was very helpful and gave us the keys as soon as we arrived. The views were gorgeous and the area was serene and peaceful. It was the perfect place for a get away holiday to relax. The pool size was amazing and was very refreshing. The villa itself was very clean and the pool and garden were clean too. The villa itself had everything we desired and more, it was filled with utilities and they were all very useful. We've been travelling with the kids 10 years and my boys gave it a 10/10. The towns ALBOX nearby had everything we needed and were beautiful. We wish we took 3 weeks for it. We recommend this to everyone and would definitely consider coming back.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location for a quiet, sun-worshipping holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Marco Carlos from 3/6/17 - 17/617 and apart from one thunder storm we had continuous sunshine from 7am to 10pm, often with a light and very welcome breeze. The temperature was over 30 degrees every day.

The villa was very clean, spacious and well equipped with everything necessary for a very comfortable stay. If there had been more than 2 of us we may have wished there was a dishwasher but apart from this the kitchen was very well stocked with crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment. The ice maker was particularly useful.

On arrival, Ray & Ann were there to welcome us and show us around, which we appreciated. At most villas that we've rented we've had to find the keys in a box on the wall and figure everything out ourselves.

The pool area is very private without feeling claustrophobic and gets the sun all day. There are shaded areas under the gazebo and parasol for those who can't stand too much roasting! The pool was really refreshing and is not overlooked by any other properties. The gazebo is perfect for al-fresco dining - we ate there even when we weren't using the barbecue which is sited nearby.

If you are wanting a quiet break to recharge the batteries then Villa Marco Carlos is perfect and Ed was the perfect host from start to finish.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Holiday in the sun

  • 5 of 5

Brilliant experience from booking to check out. Ed was extremely helpful with providing all the information we needed prior to our stay and also information when we left. Very quick to respond on email which is a big weight off your mind when booking a villa abroad. Security deposit was also returned very promptly.

The villa itself was lovely and well appointed, even has an ice machine!!! Not seen one of them before! Everything you need is supplied. There are a couple of places to eat outside which was nice and plenty of seating and sunbeds. The villa is very rural so you are in the middle of nowhere - which we personally love - there isn't anything in walking distance. The town of Albox is about 20 minutes away. There is a big supermarket there which was great. There was a restaurant with good reviews on tripadvisor called La Cena .. unfortunately we didn't book so didn't get to sample their wears! So if you want to go there ... book first! Oria is nearer but we didn't actually go there as there isn't much there I don't think.

We had amazing weather and there was a lovely breeze all the time which was great. Beds were all comfortable and showers great. Always had hot water and there are ceiling fans too.

There is also a nice flat screen TV should you want to watch anything - it has a USB port too in case you want to watch any films - found that handy.

All in all a lovely break away which was very needed. Thanks Ed and also thanks to Ray who looks after the property and told us a great place to go and get free spring water .. great little find that.

Kate & Co

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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stunning views

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful Villa for 2 weeks. The villa had everything and more that we needed.

The pool was great fun. The views were absolutely beautiful.

We didn't realise just how far out it was. We got lost trying to find the villa and then got lost again trying to find our way back to the villa from getting our supplies from Albox.

The roads to the villa are single lane and very steep.

The shops were to far to just pop to if you had forgotten anything.

We couldn't go to the pub for a drink in the evening as it was to far away.

Everything was just to far out.

Car is definitely required.

But definitely worth it if you want to escape from everything.

Without the pool kids would have gone mad...(and us as well)

Thank you so much for the experience of your villa.

It was beautiful but just to far away from everything for us.

Kind regards

The Stephenson Family

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Almeria, Murcia and Alicante
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Rambla Del Oria
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
N92 Lorca to Granada
Nearest Restaurant
12 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Mojacar, Garrucha and Vera
Car: necessary


The Mediterranean beaches at Garrucha and Mojacar are no more than an hour away and the water park at Vera some 45mins away by car. Lying on the coast to north of the city of Almeria is the world heritage site of Cabo de Gata, offering magnificent coastal cliff views and stunning inland scenery where a wide variety of wildlife abounds. Located within the national park are a number of secluded little coves with crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches. O


Located mid way between Alicante to the northeast and Malaga to the southwest, the villa is accessible from both these larger regional airports as well as the smaller airports at Murcia and Almeria. Depending upon your choice of airport, a 1 - 2.5 hour drive will soon see you relaxing by the pool. Car hire is essential, or you could do as we have done and bring your own vehicle. We would be more than happy to advise on transfers and times; ferries, and car hire companies. Please ask.


12Km to the hamlet of Oria by car and 25km to larger Albox. The beautiful monastery of Saliente with stunning views over the Almanzora valley is about 25km away

Further Details:

The beautiful little hamlet of Oria (10mins) has a couple of small supermarkets; bank, butchers etc and fresh baked bread can be obtained at the filling station. One or two restaurants can be found on the way into the center with its lovely tree lined square and basilica – a small market is held here each Sunday morning.

The bustling town of Albox is a 20min drive away, a larger and very popular market is held around the Mayor’s Square each Tuesday. This extends to stalls sited throughout the old town selling all manner of fresh produce. There are lots of pavement bars and cafés where cold drinks and tapas are always available at very reasonable prices. (In 2014 we paid for a large beer 2€, a coffee 1€, a glass of wine 1.5€). Three large supermarkets are located in the new town as well as filling stations, banks and other specialty shops. Parking in Albox is plentiful and much of it free!!

To the north of Arroyo de Medina you will find some stunning views from the terrace of the Monastery at Saliente, as well as a very nice panoramic restaurant. Just off the main Granada road there are two spectacular National Park areas as well as the pretty towns of Chirivel and Velez Rubio. The city of Granada with the imposing Alhambra Palace is only 2 hours away and makes for an ideal day trip. Access to the Sierra Nevada ski area is close by and popular through January February and March.

Golf is available nearby at the Desert Springs Resort, Valle de Est and Marina Golf courses. More details are available and introductions can be made if required - please ask.

A visit to the world heritage site of Cabo de Gata, to take in its magnificent coastal cliff views and stunning inland scenery will take you on a very scenic drive indeed. Passing through Olula del Rio, the road take you through and over the fabulous scenery seen from the front terrace of the villa. Passing Mount Tetica; the highest peak in the region, you drop down and pass Mini Hollywood near the town of Tabernas, made famous in the production of many “spaghetti and paella” westerns including; A Fist Full of Dollars and a Few Dollars More. Here you can spend time on the recreated sets and see live shows where the likes of Clint Eastwood and Yul Brynner once filmed.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Oria, Andalusia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Summer
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Final Cleaning £30
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:

We offer a 10% discount on the second week (and or and subsequent rate) for bookings over 7 nights.

We make a £10 per person charge to cover our laundry costs and a £30 end of stay cleaning charge

Prices: Quoted in Sterling however we are happy to take payment in Euros at the prevailing rate on

Paying: We ask for a 100 pounds Sterling non refundable deposit at the time of booking and final payment to be received 6 weeks prior to arrival. Invoices sent 8 weeks prior to arrival

Security Deposit: We ask that you include a £200 security deposit with your final payment. This will be returned immediately by the same means that you pay it when our agent’s report confirms that no damage/breakages have occurred.

Changeover Day:
We appreciate the great variations in the cost of flights, usually depending on which day of the week you fly; therefore we offer full flexibility on our changeover days. Why not add an extra night for a cheaper flight - contact us for daily rates.

Notes on prices:
We are not keen on the "Prices From" format. We point out here that the maximum you will pay to rent Villa Marco Carlos for a week in 2016 is £630. We are happy to discuss your accommodation requirements that fall outside our table of dates and prices. Please do not hesitate to contact us for daily prices if you would like to extend your stay to get better deals on flights in high season or for shorter stays earlier or later in the year. We welcome telephone queries to our landline or mobile

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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