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Village House In National Park with views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks

Village House In National Park with views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks

Overview

Property

Updated: 20-May-2015
House in Istán, inland from Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain - Great Tapas And Restaurants In The Village, Yet Only 10 Miles From Marbella

Istán is one of the 'white villages' of Andalucia on the edge of the National Park of the Sierra de las Nieves. The Rio Verde runs through the Park which is magnificent walking country, with wild flowers, birds, natural springs and native woodland set in a southern Spanish mountain climate. It is reached by a 10 mile drive on mountain road from Marbella. It is a well cared for and beautiful village of 1500 people. There are two small supermarkets, a bank, three or four restaurants and several bars, most of which serve tapas. There is a market at the weekend, and fresh fish is brought from the coast once or twice a week. The village has a new public swimming pool, with landscaped gardens, open during the summer months.

The property is a simple one-bedroom two-storey traditional village house. The house is on the northern side of this beautiful and friendly 'white' village and has spectacular views of the mountains from balconies and roof patio. The lounge/diner has a simple kitchenette with fridge and two burner cooker; above is a pretty bedroom with a double bed, and a bathroom (with shower). A convertible sofa can accommodate a third person, by arrangement.

In the village, various local festivals, both cultural and religious, are held throughout the year, such as the Easter processions, and others honouring Istán's saint. Many of the villagers are farmers and the village is a thriving 'working' community.

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I've lived in the centre of Bath for over 30 years in our old stone house on the river. Graham and I converted the old kitchens about 20 years ago to make a spacious apartment to let for holidays for a variety of visitors around the world.

Our small holiday house in a 'white' mountain village in Andalucia offers a quite different experience. We love both!

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Speaks: English, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

'The villagers are very friendly and we happened to be there at the time of their Saint's festival - magical!'

'Thank you for letting us stay in this wonderful, peaceful place. The air is incredible, the tapas divine - and my husband spotted a Golden Eagle!'

'We didn't move off the roof terrace all week!'
Jan 2012
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9 Reviews

4.9
based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

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Village House In National Park with views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8087919
+44 -1225337968
Nueva Andalucia Marbella area
West Yorkshire
5

Autumn stay

  • 5 out of 5
Just spent a great week in Istan at this house. Lucky with the weather this late in the year so made lots of the roof patio. The house is simply furnished but very adequate. I cooked several small meals on the 2 ring gas worktop cooker. I think supermarkets is a little misleading by UK standards and I would recommend a trip to Lidls on the way in (if you have a car) or go down on the bus to shop in Marbella and have lunch. However the local shops do carry most basic stuff. A car will sit in the car park most of the week so I think this house suits folks who want walks, local culture and slow lazy days. You can use it as a tour base but in continually going up and down the hill you will not get a good feel for the spirit of the village nor the friendliness of the locals. In summary a great place for true afficionados of the Spanish way of life. Great week in a -very nice local house.
  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Village House In National Park with views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8087919
+44 -1225337968
Nueva Andalucia Marbella area
5

A Little Gem

  • 5 out of 5
We had the pleasure of spending a wonderful week in this delightful home in Istan recently. This was undoubtedly the best holiday we have ever had. The house was absolutely perfect for us, it had everything we could have possibly wanted for our stay. It was absolutely spotless and the "house Book" gave us so much information, which was only surpassed by the pre-holiday information and regular contact from Judith and Graeme.
The panoramic views from the windows and the amazing roof terrace (on which we spent most of our stay) were fantastic! Istan is a gorgeous little town, which had every amenity we needed and the local people were so welcoming and helpful. There was so much to see, we only ventured out of the town once.......and wish we hadn't! We will certainly recommend this house to our family and friends and we can't wait to visit again......roll on 2015!!
  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Village House In National Park with views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8087919
+44 -1225337968
Nueva Andalucia Marbella area
5

Heaven on earth!

  • 5 out of 5
Returned from Istan yesterday after a 2 week stay in this lovely house set in a charming location. Breathtaking views from all floors but especially the rooftop terrace. Very friendly village with a lovely square and friendly restaurants/bars. The ice cold lager went down very well after a beautiful scenic walk! Easy to visit surrounding areas of Marbella, Puerto Banus, Ronda (a must!) and other "White villages". Thoroughly recommend as an "away from it all" holiday.
  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Village House In National Park with views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8087919
+44 -1225337968
Nueva Andalucia Marbella area
United Kingdom
5

Istan

  • 5 out of 5
If you want to sample Spanish life in a fantastic mountainous setting,then this is the place to go.The views from the rooftop terrace are super, you can watch the birds and eagles for hours.The house was as described, but remember that a certain level of mobility is needed as there are lots of stairs,especially if like us you eat all your meals on the rooftop level ! The village is compact,but with everything you need, we did not even use our hire car for the first week.The villagers are friendly and many try to help you to learn the language.the local swimming pool is excellent, with views to match.(open in the summer months.)
The owners provide a first class service and an emergency contact in the village.
If you want to get away from the lively coast, enjoy walks with lots of assents and descents and experience village life, then this is a wonderful choice.
  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
business
Village House In National Park with views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8087919
+44 -1225337968
Nueva Andalucia Marbella area
5

me gusta mucho

  • 5 out of 5
hello,we have stayed six nights in this beautiful house and little village.The information about the house and everything are very good.The house is very nice and everything you need is available or you can buy it in the small shops.The weather was very good but it was very hot to sit upstairs during the day,in the evening the terrace was beautiful.Istan is a very nice place to make walks,I made many very nice walks also long walks.There are nice books in the house with walking routes but it is also a little bit difficult in spain to find the way,no signs ect,but I enjoy it really.Istan is a very nice and friendly village with some good bars with good food.We like el troyana very very much.The people are very friendly there.We saw spain-holland football there,very nice.So once again we have had a beautiful week in the house and in istan.Muchas gracias para todo,and we hope we can come once agian very soon!!!! regards from holland,
  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers
business
Village House In National Park with views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8087919
+44 -1225337968
Nueva Andalucia Marbella area
United Kingdom
5

Little slice of heaven

  • 5 out of 5
Our fondest memories of our stay revolve around the secluded rooftop terrace with its stunning views towards the mountains. It is a great spot for cooking on a barbecue, dining under the stars, laying out in the sun or watching the sun set.

Another abiding memory of the village is its abundance of water which pours out cold from mountain springs at numerous fountains, including one right outside the front door which makes a pleasant gurgling noise day and night.

The village is tidy and prosperous with plenty of walking opportunities nearby. It's surrounded by smallholdings so you'll hear roosters crowing, goats bleating and dogs barking at all hours - don't forget your earplugs!

Local shops are well stocked. There is a lovely bakery and the greengrocer was particularly friendly. We didn't venture into any tavernas, preferring to cook for ourselves in the simple but perfectly adequate kitchen.

The house has one room on top of the other. This means lots of stair climbing, so it's not recommended for toddlers or the elderly. Cars have to be parked at the town's car park on the opposite end of the village, about a 5-minute walk.

The mountain road into town is a bit tortuous (bend after bend after bend) but not treacherous. It didn't stop us from venturing out in our hire car on numerous occasions to Gibraltar, Puerto Banus, Marbella, Ronda, Antequera, the Roman ruins at Baelo Claudio and beaches like Cabo Pino.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Location

From the Owner

The mountains of Andalucia are stunning and the traditional 'white' villages such as Istán give you a taste of how life used to be, not really so long ago in this part of Spain.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Malaga at 45 Miles Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

10 miles drive on a good road to reach the coast and the beaches of Marbella or San Pedro.

Travel:

Malaga and Gibraltar airports are the same distance from Istán (45 miles) and car hire is easy to arrange. Anyone wishing to sightsee and travel to the coast daily should consider car hire; parking is easy in the village. For the budget traveller who is not in a hurry there is good public transport. Buses leave regularly (once or twice an hour) from Málaga to Marbella, and there are three buses a day between Marbella and Istán.

Distances:

All the ameneties of a busy village are available on your doorstep in Istán; the village itself has a Moorish tower and archway, waymarked walks and viewpoints and some historic tiled fountains including the famous 'Chorro', as well as a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. The protected Pinsapo Pine grows on these mountains. Tours of Andalucia's 'white' villages, of which Istán is one, are recommended. Marbella and the coast can be reached with a 10 mile drive down a well-made mountain road.

Further Details:

The village has a large pool with great views! The pool is very high quality, with showers and changing rooms. There is a bar with food. Opens for summer months only from 12 noon until 8pm.

In the village, there are two banks with cash machines, two supermarkets, two bakers and a variety of bars, restaurants and other shops. There is a Medical centre and chemist.

Availability

From £35 Nightly

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 1
1 May 2015 - 25 Jun 2015
4 night minimum stay
£140
for 4 nights
From
£35
From
£45
Fri,Sat
£210
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 2
26 Jun 2015 - 17 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
£245
for 7 nights
£245
 
 
Rate 3
18 Sep 2015 - 1 Nov 2015
4 night minimum stay
£140
for 4 nights
From
£35
From
£45
Fri,Sat
£210
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Fees No additional mandatory fees

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House is unavailable in part of the winter.

Cancellation terms:
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Facilities

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village

Bathrooms

  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Tiled bathroom with toilet, shower, basin and bidet

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with a double bed

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Outside: There is a good size private roof terrace with outside tables and chairs. A barbecue suitable for use with charcoal is supplied. The view from this terrace is stunning; many of our visitors tell us that they spend a great deal of their holiday here! Utility Room: Other equipment includes iron and ironing board, hairdryer. A washing machine is available for guest use in the downstairs storeroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are all supplied and there is a hamper containing spare linen if it should be required. Property is cleaned and linen changed weekly.

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