Townhouse in Gaucin, Ronda Area Andalucia, Spain - Peaceful Location, Yet Close To Local Amenities
Linda V. Madsen
- English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
About Linda V. Madsen
Linda (Dutch) and Peter (British) first came to Gaucin on holiday in 2000, and like many others before us, fell head over heels in love with this beautiful village and its stunning views down the Genal valley, across the Mediterranean, all the way to the Riff mountains in Morocco. We were working in the Middle East at the time, and looking for somewhere to retire. More or less on impulse, we bought two properties; Casa Laura and another property, a complete ruin, close by. Casa Laura, named after Peter's daughter, was completely refurbished and modernised. We lived there while the ruin was knocked down and rebuilt as our main house. In February 2013 we retired and moved to Gaucin permanently, which means that we now look after Casa Laura ourselves. (It was previously managed by a friend.)
Linda V. Madsen purchased this House in 2000
Why Linda V. Madsen chose Gaucín
Casa Laura has extraordinary views! From the roof terrace, facing north, you can see the dramatic ruins of the Castillo Del Aquila, a 10th century Moorish castle, which is floodlit at the weekends. To the south, you look down the valley towards the shark's fin rock of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and Morocco. It is a paradise for bird watchers, hikers and hill walkers, who are among our main clients. The surrounding area of the Pueblos Blancos (white villages) is of outstanding natural beauty, and the historic town of Ronda is just half an hour's drive north of Gaucin. If you love golf, then The Costa del Sol - 'Costa del Golf' - is just half an hour down the road. The nearest airports are Gibraltar (1 hour's drive) and Malaga (1.5 hour's drive).
What makes this House unique
Casa Laura is located near the centre of the village, just five minutes' walk from the shops, restaurants and tapas bars, but away from the noise associated with those places. It is a quiet, cosy, intimate house. It is great in the cooler months to curl up with a book by the wood-burning stove, and on the many clear sunny days, nothing beats getting out your binoculars and going up to the roof terrace to watch the eagles soar around the castle! This is the perfect place to unwind from the stress of city life.
Children not allowed
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Fitted our requirements completely
Excellent accommodation, and most helpful host.
Great house in a great location!
Casa Laura provides everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Linda and Peter were the perfect hosts, providing us with lots of useful information about the house and Gaucin. They were also on hand if we needed anything as they live close by but but not at all intrusive. The views from the roof terrace are amazing. Gaucin is such a pretty village and really you don't have to venture far as there are lots of shops, bars and restaurants within a couple of minutes walk of Casa Laura. Plus lots of interesting walks from Gaucin. If you desire the coast is only a 30 minute drive away and there are plenty of other interesting towns and villages not far away if you like white knuckle drives! We will most certainly visit again and recommend to family and friends.
So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay here! We look forward to welcoming you back again!
A delightful cottage in a magical village
We had not stayed in this part of the sierras northwest of Malaga, and found the village and hills quite magical. We arrived shortly after the spring rains had ceased, and the hills around the village were ablaze with spring flowers.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Casa Laura, which was well equipped, had a shady roof terrace (with marvellous views over the old part of the village), and was very comfortable. The cottage was close to the centre of the village, with several excellent restaurants. Linda and Peter were very friendly and helpful, with good recommendations for our stay in the village and walks in the neighbouring hills. It is difficult to imagine a more perfect place to stay in Gaucin. A relaxing and exhillarating vacation.
We hope to return in the not-too-distant future.
So glad to hear you had a wonderful time in Gaucin and enjoyed Casa Laura. We look forward to hosting you again!
Everything We Needed
Having stayed in Gaucin before, this was our first stay at Casa Laura. It's a small but beautifully equipped house, and clever use has been made of the available space. Everything was totally spotless. It was lovely to have a different view from the roof terrace, as the house is situated quite high up the village.
Linda was a charming and informative host, following up our visit with courtesy emails once we were home. In fact, we liked it here so much, we've already asked to come back next year!
Thank you, Fiona! Yes, you are already booked for next Easter! Look forward to seeing you then! Linda
A great place to live the village life
In the heart of Gaucin this authentic and simple village house is a great way to experience the mountain village life. Linda and Peter have put in lots of thought and little touches to make for a welcoming stay. The super large bed made for a blissful night's sleep
and the electric over blanket was a nice touch for the cool April evenings. Also plenty of other heating options to warm you through the evnings. We were the first guests to enjoy the newly installed WIFI. It has a reliable signal and helps you plan local excursions. Plenty of good local bars and restaurants - we enjoyed Platero & Co enough to go twice. Lots of walking in idyllic countryside (climb El Hacho if you enjoy a challenge - be prepared to scramble up and down). Many places to visit within an easy 45 minute to 2 hour journey through stunning scenery. We did many of them - the unspoilt Atlantic beaches, Ronda, Mediterranean beaches, Ubrique and highlight of them all the Genal Valley - take a day to explore it. Thanks for the holiday memories - we may well return on one of our next visits to our own home on the Costa del Sol.
So glad you had such a wonderful time! Hope to see you again!
Linda and Peter
Great town house for relaxing holiday
We were delighted with Casa Laura when we spent two weeks there in September. The details provided on the site provided an accurate picture of what was available. The house was comfortable and had all the equipment we needed. It was great to watch the Santo Nino procession from our windows. The descriptions in the house book for a series of local walks were particularly valuable as it meant we could really get to know the environments - viewing the buzzards close up on the slopes of El Hacho and walking the old mule paths down to the Hermitage and beyond. We hardly needed to get the car out and visit farther afield. There are excellent restaurants in the town as well as friendly bars and shops. We'll hope to visit again ourselves in the future and would recommend this house highly to couples wanting a home from home.
So glad you had a relaxing time! We look forward to welcoming you back! Linda and Peter
Special interest holidays:
Gaucin and the surrounding area is a real walkers' and bird watchers' paradise. We can arrange for guided and self-guided walks into the mountains and valleys.
It takes about 30 minutes by car to reach the Costa del Sol. If you are into wind- or kite-surfing, or simply long walks, the quieter, less commercial Atlantic beaches of the Costa de la Luz, west of Gibraltar, are about 1.5 hours' drive from Gaucin.
Many locals and visitors to Gaucin like to bathe in the crystal clean waters of the local river Genal, 15 minutes' drive from the village.
Nearest airports: Gibraltar (70 km) and Malaga (110 km). The use of a hire car is strongly recommended as public transport in the area is very limited.
Ronda - 35 km; Gibraltar - 70 km; Estepona - 40 km; Malaga - 110 km; Cordoba - 200 km; Granada - 240 km; Seville - 130 km; Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema - 10km; Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves - 60km (All distances approximate).
Gaucin is a beautiful, white-washed mountain village in the Serrania de Ronda range. It is spectacularly situated on a ridge, 650 metres above sea level, and has breathtaking views over the Genal valley to Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and Morocco.
The village has a number of well-stocked supermarkets, 2 banks, numerous restaurants and tapas bars, a municipal swimming pool and tennis courts. Bird watching tours, hill walking and horse riding can all be arranged locally.