3 bedroom Holiday Village House in Gaucin, Nr. Ronda, Andalucia

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  • Theme :

    Walking

  • Sleeps :

    5

  • Gardens :

    Private Garden

  • Terraces :

    Private Terrace

  • Pool :

    Private Pool

  • Parking :

    Street Parking

  • Facilities :

    Dishwasher, Freezer, Fridge, Hob, Cooker/Oven, Washing Machine

  • Entertainment :

    BBQ, Satellite TV, TV

  • Activities :

    Hiking, Fishing

  • Suitability :

    Suitable for Children, Suitable For All Ages

  • Permissions :

    Children Welcome

Property Description

Village House in Gaucin, Nr. Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

Mountain Village House with Views over Mediterranean to Africa
Quiet Location Fronts onto Traffic-Free Street, 5 Mins Walk to Centre
Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms)


 
A typical village house in one of the famous ‘white villages’ of Andalucia. Although only 35km inland from the south coast of Spain, the village is set in the mountains of the Sierra del Hacho with spectacular views to Gibraltar and the North African coast. Gaucin is overlooked by the remains of a Roman/Moorish Castle perched 2,000 ft above sea-level. A lively village with discos and a flamenco bar as well as several good restaurants. The location is well known to artists. Our house is suitable for families, and is also an easy, pleasant and quiet location for a peaceful holiday for those who love walking in beautiful mountainous countryside; in the springtime it is covered with wild flowers. For people who are interested in bird-watching, Gaucin is on the migratory route for many birds on their way to northern climes from the heat of Africa. It is also an excellent centre for exploring the area, with the fine old towns of Cordoba, Granada and Seville within a day’s drive.
 
 
Notes on prices
Booking more than 2 months in advance has a 20% discount.
For longer stays, or the winter months please contact Jill Gale to discuss prices.
 
 
Changeover day
The change-over day is flexible. It is best if guests can be packed and ready to leave by 10am.
Please arrive after 2pm when the cleaning of the house is done.
 
 
Notes on accommodation
A comfortable well furnished (but not smart!) family house near the centre of the village (5 minutes walk). In the Summer months the bedrooms, which are situated on the lower floor, are cool.
For Winter Lets there is a gas space heater, halogen electric heaters, and an open wood fire. All beds have heated bed-blankets, duvets and extra blankets if needed. The rooms also have background radiators.
For the hotter summer months there is a covered and shaded balcony and a lovely flower-filled patio with lounge chairs and steep steps lead up to a small but deep plunge-pool; outside shower and a covered car-port. A spiral staircase leads onto a top private terrace for sun-bathing.
The house has stairs which are wide and have a hand-rail (also a stair-gate for babies which can be put across if needed). We like our guests to feel relaxed and easy in our house. Although it fronts onto a traffic-free street, it is near to all the village activities, and conveniently placed for shopping.
 
 
Accessibility
A relaxed and friendly house suitable for a family, or even for 1 or 2 people (eg a lone-writer!). The stairs to the bedrooms and bathrooms are wide and safe for both young and older people, with a hand-rail and a stair-gate for babies if necessary, although neither the house nor the village is suitable for wheelchairs users. The covered and enclosed carport is approached from the lane at the back. The village amenities and the shops, and 2 well-stocked supermarkets, are close by.
 
 
Outside
The charming enclosed and private patio and garden is spacious with table, umbrella, chairs, portable BBQ and lounge chairs. The plunge pool is also within the patio. It has stone steps up and is semi-circular (6ft deep, 6ft wide and 6ft long). There are small trees, climbers, and lots of flowers in beds and pots, which makes the patio very pleasant for alfresco meals. A spiral staircase leads up to the top terrace which is enclosed by low walls and is completely private. The views from here overlook the village and the remains of a Roman/Moorish Castle perched 2,000 ft above sea level; the eye leads on to the valley below, the mediterranean sea, and on clear days to the North African coast of Morocco. The view to the north looks to the Hacho mountain close by, and further to the mountains that lead towards Seville and Ronda.
Gaucin is an excellent centre for exploring the area – Seville, Granada and the famous Alhambra, and Ronda a 45 minute drive through spectacular mountains.
 
 
Coast/Beach
The Mediterranean coast is 35kms away. The Atlantic coast, with its long sandy beaches, and Tarifa – a surf-riders paradise, is 75 minutes drive. Gibraltar for ‘dolphin watching’ 1 hr drive. There is a fast boat from Tarifa or Algecirus that will take you to Tangier in Morocco in just 35 minutes for a day to be spent in another world.
 
 
How to get there
Gibraltar airport is nearest to Gaucin, but we recommend Malaga for a choice of many flights. The new autovia (E15) is one and a half hours’ drive from the airport to Gaucin. We recommend hiring a car. The nearest ports are Algecirus, Tarifa or Gibraltar.
 
 
Distances
A 45 minute drive through the mountains will take you to the ancient town of Ronda; there are many fine Renaissance mansions perched above the deep gorge that slices through the town, and the oldest bullring in Spain. The Pileta caves in the mountains nearby has Paeolithic paintings on the cave walls and is lit by hurricane lamps. A guided visit takes one hour.
 
The fine old towns of Seville, Cordoba and Granada are well within a days’ visit. The Alhambra, a World-Class site, must be seen.
 
 
Further details
The little shops in the village stock just about everything – there is even an organic shop where you can get free internet access over a cup of coffee. Shopping hours are normally 9am – 2pm then from 5pm – 9pm. Banks are open from 9am to 2pm Monday – Friday. There are good restaurants in the village – El Pilar, opposite the gas station and next door to the municipal swimming pool and tennis courts, serve a 4 course meal including wine for 11 euros per person. In El Colmenar and Benarraba two villages close by, there are excellent ‘ventas’. All are listed in the House Book. There are also two or three supermarkets in Gaucin village; and several in Estepona the nearest town, which is a 30 minute drive. Every Sunday in Estepona there is a market close to the Port; also a large Artisans market in Sabinillas selling local produce, pottery, and everything from new clothes to bric-a-brac.
 
The Roman/Moorish Castle which overlooks the village is well worth a visit and the climb. It is a good vantage point to watch Golden Eagles, Kestrals, and the Griffon Vultures that nest in the mountain range.
 
Gaucin is a paradise for bird watchers – migratory birds travel across the area in Spring and Autumn flying to and from Africa.
 
Walking in the surrounding countryside is a great pleasure – El Hacho, the mountain above Gaucin, has a 360 degree view towards Cadiz, the Atlantic ocean, and the Mediterranean sea to Africa.
The old Roman road leads down to the river Genal with its oleander-lined banks and deep natural pools for swimming.
 
Of course the leisure activities include many golf Courses, mostly situated near the coast. Water-skiing in Tarifa, and Horse Riding which can be organised locally.
 
There are many painters in the village who often open their Studios.
 
Olives, grapes, almond orchards and citrus groves, and ancient cork-oaks, are the main products of the area.
 
 
Booking notes
A deposit of £100 for each week of the booking will secure your holiday.
The balance is payable 1 month before leaving the UK. Please make cheques payable to Jill Gale. UK pounds preferable, but euros equivalent also acceptable. Other currencies by Direct Bank telephonic transfers using BIC and/or IBAN (please contact Jill Gale for details).
 
Guest comments
We have a useful House Book which contains lots of advice and information. Also a visitors Comments Book which can be read on arrival.

 

 

Walking
Walking holidays in this region of Spain is becoming increasingly popular for those who love to sightsee and enjoy the country fresh air. With so much to explore, you will be spoilt for choice of the endless walking paths and routes around, not to mention the picturesque towns and villages where one can stop for a short break or simply visit out of interest.
 
Walking in the surrounding countryside is a great pleasure – El Hacho, the mountain above Gaucin, has a 360 degree view towards Cadiz, the Atlantic ocean, and the Mediterranean sea to Africa. The old Roman road leads down to the river Genal with its oleander-lined banks and deep natural pools for swimming.
 
Conducted walks can be arrange or enjoy walking at your own pace in the areas of interest to you.

 

 

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