Village House In National Park With Spectacular Views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks
Great Tapas And Restaurants In The Village, Yet Only 10 Miles From Marbella
Sleeps 3 (1 Bedroom)
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.
Bedroom with a double bed
Tiled bathroom with toilet, shower, basin and bidet
This is a kitchenette that has a 2-burner hob and a fridge with small internal freezer. Fully equipped with glasses, cutlery and crockery etc.
Other equipment includes iron and ironing board, hairdryer.
A washing machine is available for guest use in the downstairs storeroom.
This is a lounge / diner / kitchenette. There are two bamboo armchairs, a 2-seater sofa, coffee tables and a radio/cd player. The sofa can be converted to a single bed. There is no TV. A wood burning stove is available for chilly evenings.
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.
Fridge, Hob/Stove, Iron, Washing Machine.
Istán is a mountain village; the house would not be suitable for people with mobility problems. Open plan stairs would not be suitable for toddlers or very young children.
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!
|Rental Period||Per Night||Per Week||Per Month||Min. Stay (Nights)|
|27 March 2015 - 5 April 2015||£ 195.00||4|
|6 April 2015 - 30 April 2015||£ 180.00||4|
|1 May 2015 - 25 June 2015||£ 195.00||7|
|26 June 2015 - 17 September 2015||£ 245.00||7|
|18 September 2015 - 1 November 2015||£ 180.00||4|
Notes on prices
Prices quoted are for two people; a third person can be accommodated for an additional £50 / £75 (high season) per week. House is unavailable in part of the winter. Cancellation terms: Balance will be returned if cancellation is more than 6 weeks before the start of your holiday Balance/partial balance returned after this if property can be relet Payment can be accepted by cheque or bank transfer. We try and keep our price competitive, so I'm sorry but we don't accept card payments
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House in Istán, inland from Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
About the area
10 miles drive on a good road to reach the coast and the beaches of Marbella or San Pedro.
Large choice of golf courses on the coast around Marbella, within easy reach.
How to get there
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.
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.
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.
Reviewed by: Jonboy, United Kingdom
Reviewed: 27 October 2014
Date of stay: October 2014
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.
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing and romantic getaway
Reviewed by: Maureen & Damion, United Kingdom
Reviewed: 28 September 2014
Date of stay: September 2014
"A Little Gem"
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!!
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing and romantic getaway
Reviewed by: nigel v., United Kingdom
Reviewed: 15 September 2014
Date of stay: August 2014
"Heaven on earth!"
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.
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing and romantic getaway
Reviewed by: Di, United Kingdom
Reviewed: 25 July 2014
Date of stay: June 2014
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.
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers and romantic getaway
Reviewed by: ine e., Netherlands
Reviewed: 4 July 2014
Date of stay: June 2014
"me gusta mucho"
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,
Recommended for: Age 55+ and adventure seekers
'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!'
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!
Year property purchased: 1998
Why this location?
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.
Send an enquiry to the owner for booking or further information
Property Ref S18766
Graham & Judith Wilson
(UNITED KINGDOM) +44 01225337968
Languages spoken: English, Spanish.
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This advertiser joined Owners Direct in December 2011,
and has advertised this property with us since January 2012.