House in Istan, Malaga, Spain

House in Istán, inland from Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

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)


Rates: (GBP)

£160 - £225WEEKLY
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  • Property type:House
  • Sleeps:3 (1 bedroom)
  • Bathrooms/Toilets:1
  • Pets accepted


Property description

Istán is one of the Pueblos Blancos (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 most days. The village has a new public swimming pool, with landscaped gardens, open during the summer months. Various local festivals, both cultural and religious, are held throughout the year, such as the Easter processions, and others honouring Istán's saint.

Accommodation description

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.

Utility Room:
Other equipment includes iron and ironing board, hairdryer.
A washing machine is available for guest use in the downstairs storeroom.

Living Rooms:
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.

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.


Fridge, Hob/Stove, Iron, Washing Machine.

Location Type:

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)
28 March 2014 - 30 April 2014 £ 160.00 4
1 May 2014 - 30 June 2014 £ 190.00 7
1 July 2014 - 7 September 2014 £ 225.00 7
8 September 2014 - 12 October 2014 £ 190.00 4
13 October 2014 - 1 November 2014 £ 160.00 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

Changeover day
Flexible - please enquire

Booking notes
25% deposit required to reserve a property; the balance is due six weeks before your holiday.
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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.

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.

Guest reviews

5 reviews
in total with an average rating of



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

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Reviewed by: Redbeard, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 1 January 2014

Date of stay: May 2012

"Little slice of heaven"

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.

Recommended for: Sightseeing and romantic getaway

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Reviewed by: deb, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 17 September 2013

Date of stay: August 2013

"Istan village house"

This house in Istan offers everything you could ask of an authentic Spanish village experience, yet is only a short drive away from either millionaire?s nautical paradise or long, quiet unspoilt beaches- if you take the time to go off the beaten track and hunt them out. The house is simple and airy in design and very well equipped for a self catering holiday. The best feature has to be the roof terrace, 360 degree views of the mountains with an airborne show every evening from the local bird life whilst the sun sets ? best enjoyed with a glass of local Rioja and olives. The village has everything you need, supermarket, baker, bars and restaurants; fresh fish delivered a couple of times a week. The walks from the village into the surrounding hills are fantastic and are suitable for a slow stroll or a day?s hike. On our visits to Istan we have seen flamenco performed, marriage and celebrations in the narrow streets, locals chatting in the square ? whatever they are doing the local people offer a very warm welcome and make visitors feel part of the community. I can?t recommend this house and village highly enough.

Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing and romantic getaway

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Reviewed by: Trev and Fiona, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 16 September 2013

Date of stay: September 2013

"Perfect Escape Location"

We were lucky enough to get this property when a last minute break came up. Initially we had booked 6 days off work but had such a great time we had to contact the owners on the day before our planned departure to extend the trip. If anyone is looking for a break from the fast pace of modern living, authentic Spanish lifestyle or just peace to recharge then I cannot recommend this property highly enough. We cannot wait until we next enjoy a glass of rioja on the roof terrace as the sun sets behind the mist covered mountains.

Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, adventure seekers, sightseeing and romantic getaway

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Reviewed by: John, Australia

Reviewed: 31 August 2013

Date of stay: June 2013

"Spanish village life"

This property is accurately described on the website. It offers clean basic accommodation for two people and is very well situated for those who would like to get away (but not too far) from the madding crowd on the coast and sample a slice of traditional Spanish village life. It is not luxurious but the price reflects this and the house is looked after very well by a local lady. I am happy to recommend the house to anyone who doesn't mind a little bit of walking and who would enjoy wandering the tiny streets of a thriving little "pueblo" which has a surprising number of excellent amenities.

Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, tourists without a car and sightseeing

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Guest comments

'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.

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House in Istán, inland from Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

Contact Name: Graham & Judith Wilson

(UNITED KINGDOM) +44 01225337968

Languages spoken: English, Spanish.

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