3 bed house with pool, pool table, mature garden, views of mountains & Ronda
- English, French, Spanish
About Gabriella Chidgey
I am a London born painter living in Ronda. Originally a Cambridge University History/Art History graduate I then chose to train at Rambert Dance School to become a contemporary dancer and choreographer. Torn discs in my back ultimately brought this ten year era of my life to a close, so with a fervent desire to paint and my husband to write a book, we packed the car and drove to Spain for a six-month adventure. We hoped to buy and renovate an old house to escape to for holidays. And after a year, we did find an abandoned walnut and apple farm that was perfect for restoration. Over the last 15 years we have renovated the house, had two children, developed the garden and restored the land. Formerly two houses, we have maintained the integrity of the building and rent out one half for holiday lets while we live in the other. During the summer the entire property is available as a single rental. My husband started a newspaper a few years after our arrival , The Olive press, which is now online and distributed throughout Andalucia, and the Balearics. I have renovated a property in Ronda,and converted an old school house into 5 tourist apartments with a garden and pool, called Romantic Ronda apartments.
Gabriella Chidgey purchased this House in 2004
Why Gabriella Chidgey chose Arriate
We travelled around Andalucia for a year until we found this area and this property. Ronda and the surrounding landscape enchanted us, and we had lived deep enough into wilder countryside to realise that we needed to be more easily connected to the coast and cities. The house was almost the only remaining old property in need of renovation in this much sought after valley. It had been abandoned for 30 years, the house uninhabitable and the land so overgrown that the stream was entirely hidden. And yet, there was such charm in its delapidation, in the soft contours of its garden, that we were completely smitten.
What makes this House unique
The house nestles in the valley below Ronda, afforded complete privacy by the landscape, sheltered by fruit trees and yet it is also graced with views of the distant Grazalema mountains. While being a perfect place to relax and step away from city life,it is still within walking distance from Arriate village and so near to Ronda. Flowers, nuts, herbs, fruit and vegetables flourish on this fecund land. It certainly does invite you to stop and smell the roses.. which we grow in abundance.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Perfectly described by the hosts!
We had a wonderful stay at Gabriella's home in Arriate, and have vowed to return during fig season! As it was, we enjoyed pimientos and pomegranates from the garden, and the farmhouse served as both a convenient location from which to explore Ronda, Cueva de la Pileta, Grazalema, Acinipo, Roman ruins, etc., and as a tranquil oasis at the end of our busy days.
A lovely place to stay and relax
Gabriella's house is wonderful and so is she. The house is in a quiet setting but the village of Arriate is only two kilometers away, and bustling Ronda is a ten minute drive away. There is much to do and see in the area,but also the option of doing nothing except enjoying the lovely patio and garden.
It was a joy to have guests so fascinated by the local history, culture and food. They explored the area fully and took time to watch the Easter processions. When at home they enjoyed perusing the reference books we leave out ,cooking wonderful meals and family games of pool. A delight to meet.