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Peace and Tranquillity in Andalucia

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

2 bedroom cottage with 1 bathroom Sleeps 2-5

Casa Clara is a traditional Spanish almacen house nestling in the quiet hills of inland Andalucia.

It has two bedrooms, and one bathroom, living room with wood burning stove and open kitchen. The kitchen has all modern amenities and opens onto a large shady terrace. The master double bedroom has a bathroom en suite and french doors which lead out to a private family size swimming pool and colourful garden. The second bedroom has twin beds. In the sitting room is a comfy easy to pull out sofa bed. Both bedrooms benefit from air conditioning and ceiling fans.

The house itself is very private and sits in its own 9 acres of lemon, orange , almond and olive trees with stunning views of Alora and the surrounding countryside.

Whilst in a quiet rural location, the house is easily accessible being only 30 minutes drive from Malaga airport and less than 10 minutes drive from Alora.

Walkers, cyclists, climbers and other nature lovers will love this area for its scenery and wild flora and fauna. Alora is perfectly placed as a base from where to explore the real Spain.

Sevilla, Granada [the Alhambra is a must see] and Cordoba are less then 2 hours away. El Chorro, with the famous “Camino del Rey” is open now for a 7 kilometer walk with stunning views . Check on the internet for tickets but the fantastic El Torcal with it’s unique rock formations are natural monuments that you really should see. (It is amazing!)

We recommend that you hire a car to explore the area as well as for your main shopping at Mercadona (the largest local supermarket) or to visit one of the many bars and restaurants in Alora. There are some smaller local supermarkets, bars and restaurants within 10 minute walking distance.

Malaga town is a magnificent historical city well worth a visit with it’s Picasso Museum and Art Gallery and NEW The Pompidou Museum, Thyssen Art Gallery and lovely old centre. From Alora you can take a short train journey right into Malaga. A day trip to Malaga town beach and marina is a favourite with our visitors.

Other coastal highlights to visit are Nerja [the caves], Marbella [casco antiguo, the old centre] and Puerto Banus [the jetset]. They are within an hours drive.

This is a holiday destination for everyone!.

More Details

Andrea Belshaw
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 September, 2017

About Andrea Belshaw

My name is Andrea and I am the owner of Casa Clara

Andrea Belshaw purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Andrea Belshaw chose Álora

We found Alora quite by accident one Easter while touring round Spain on a family holiday. We loved the scenery and the feel of being in real Spain. We loved it so much that my husband trusted me to come back on my own and find us a hideaway where we could come back time and time again to chill out. Casa Clara was one of many houses I looked at but when I stepped through its gate the first time I knew it was the right place immediately and that I'd found our dream holiday home.

What makes this cottage unique

Not only did I fall in love with the beautiful garden and pool, but Casa Clara sits in a huge plot planted with olive and fruit trees and so it' s beautifully private with gorgeous views of the old town and castle and the Valle del Sol. Being so close to the airport was a bonus - who wants to drive for hours after a plane journey - you just want to get there!!! We have been renting the house for 10 years and have visitors who come back year after year. Our visitors book is full of lovely compliments from guests who enjoy it just as much as we do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed Casa Clara. It was comfortable, well stocked, relaxing and had everything we needed. A great location for seeing Andalucia - we took your advice and drove over the mountains to Marbella : stunning.

British TV (we are addicted to news channels) and wi-fi made a difference, as did the nice big fridge in the shed. Nothing to quibble about, to be honest - we had a great experience. 4 stars
Jun 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Álora in Valle del Guadalhorce

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , See Photos
    Living - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Both bedrooms have comfortable twin beds which can be separate or joined.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Hiring a car is recommended. The town of Alora where all the main shops, banks, restaurants, bars etc are is about 40-45 minutes by foot. The village of Alora Estacion (the barriada) is 15-20 minutes by foot which also has some smaller shops, bars and restaurants. We recommend hiring from Helle Hollis who are based at the airport. They arent the cheapest but they are reliable and very efficient. They will pick you up outside the airport and take you in an air conditioned mini busto their garage a few minutes away to collect the car. You can drop the car there when leaving which saves having to drive into the airport which can be very busy. You can usually obtain a discount by quoting our Helle Hollis Club Member number which we can give you when booking. The last bit of the road to the house is a little steep in parts so we recommend a car with a bit of oomph and not low slung.


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Peace and Tranquillity in Andalucia
average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews

Relaxing at Casa Clara

  • 5 of 5

Delighted with our stay here. The property was wonderfully clean and tidy, and the very amiable local manager Gerard was present at our arrival and departure and answered all our questions. Plenty to explore near and far in Andalucia and Gerard very forthcoming with ideas and tips. Also lovely place to spend lazy days enjoying the pool, the view, the abundant fresh lemons and the local flavour generally. We are already planning a return trip. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquil haven in Andalucia

  • 5 of 5

This is our third visit to Casa Clara and each time we have had an enjoyable peaceful holiday in the beautiful surroundings. The cottage has all the amenities required for a relaxing holiday - the BBQ is excellent, perfect for easy suppers and the pool superb, beds comfortable and the air conditioning this year a welcome addition. The standard of cleanliness is very high ( even a clean freak like me couldn't fault it). The nearby town of Alora has all the shops required to stock up as well as some great Tapas bars. A drive to the lakes is well worth a visit but it is just as easy to stay relaxing by the pool.The response from the owners on enquiry has always been prompt, courteous and helpful, we look forward to a return visit to Casa Clara very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Beverley. Thank you for your lovely comments which are much appreciated. Hope you visit again soon! Andrea
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Hidden Gem of a Holiday Home

  • 4 of 5

This was our first visit and we received a warm friendly welcome to this extremely well-equipped little cottage. It has a gorgeous garden (even in October) carefully planned to allow relaxation in complete privacy in sun or shade. The pool is excellent (but not well suited to small children). We enjoyed picking ripe figs each day for breakfast and having excellent lemons for our fish in the evening. Alora (10 mins by car) is a pleasant white town with all amenities including a good supermarket and restaurants and there are lots of interesting places to visit in the area.

The remote location does mean that access is via a dry riverbed and a steep unmetalled track but it's perfectly manageable in a small hire car. We'd happily return.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casa Clara only gets better!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th visit to Casa Clara and it only gets better. Had a wonderfully relaxing week pottering around watching the wildlife and getting out and about the area. The new A/C will be very welcome come the heat of summer and the new beds were so comfortable it was just like home. Gerrard and Nelly who manage the house were incredibly welcoming and their attention to detail in the presentation of Casa Clara was brilliant.

Thank you for a wonderful stay, we will be back again soon.

Morag & Trevor

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mesnil Esnard/France

lovely lovely lovely

  • 5 of 5

great little cottage, with a homey feel, and extra-private pool. Enjoyed our stay thoroughly!!!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2011
  • Date of Stay: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello ! Just received notification of your review of Casa Clara. I was delighted to hear that you had enjoyed your stay and very much appreciate you taking the time to put a review on the website. You are of course very welcome to come again. Kind regards. Andrea
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Spainish Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful character property in very peaceful countryside setting with fantastic views - clean, well kept and well stocked! Breakfast on freshly picked grapes, oranges, figs and almonds from the property's own trees.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2009
  • Date of Stay: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Restaurante Los Caballos
"Very popular restaurant and bar with the locals. Sit outside in the summer and enjoy the sun..."
Sol del Rio
"Situated in the Barriada of Alora (that's near to Alora train station not up in the town) - ..."
Caminito del Rey
El Mirador de Al-Andalus
El Torcal
Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1000 Metres
Sol del Rio
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Alhaurin golf
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Alora Estacion
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Alora / Malaga A 357
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Mirador el Andaluz
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Only 30 kms from Malaga airport, Casa Clara is a few minutes drive from Alora, one of Andalusia's famous 'white towns' built on a hillside with its own Moorish Castle. The town is traditionally Spanish with a number of bars and restaurants offering spanish, english and other cuisine There is a wide range of shops for all your needs as well as banks, supermarkets and a busy weekly market in the Plaza Baja. The town has a theatre showing live performances and cinema. It is the gateway to the nearby beautiful and dramatic El Chorro National Park and Ardales Lakes - perfect for days out exploring by foot and by by canoe. This area is ideal for walkers and climbers, and wildlife and bird enthusiasts. Malaga is a must for those who like to shop or for cultural activities such as the Picasso Museum, the Alcazaba and beautiful Cathedral - easily done by local train from Alora Estacion. For an exciting day-trip, the city of Granada is only about 2 hours drive away and if you want sea and coast then the Costa del Sol is within easy reach. Casa Clara is the perfect base from which to explore the real Spain.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Álora, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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