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Ambalama - A Home in the hills of Andalucia

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

A small cosy intimate 2 bed / 1 tent cottage in the hills 30 mins from Estepon

Ambalama is a treasured home in the coastal hills of Southern Andalucia which you cannot fail to fall in love with. Ambalama is a Sinhalese word meaning ‘a welcoming resting place for weary way-farers, travellers, explorers and adventurers’. This little casita (cottage / small house) is just that and provides a lovely, relaxing ‘home’ with a hugely welcoming atmosphere. Having been lovingly and artfully restored from a rather sad, abandoned building, it has been given a new lease of life and is transformed into a delightfully cosy, comfortable ‘casita’. It sits high in the cork forests of the sierra, with sensational views overlooking the distant Mediterranean, and on a clear day one can see the mountains of Morocco.

Ambalama is a ‘home for all seasons’. It’s as cosy on chilly winter days, as it is glorious in the strong summer sunshine. It is as warm and bright and revitalizing in spring as it is sunny and crisp in autumn – it’s warm here even in November! Vigorous walks in the hills or gentle strolls on the beach, throughout the year, are among the highlights, along with long, lazy lunches in the sun followed by a sleepy siesta and perhaps a wander into town for a sundowner – if you can tear yourself away from the view! In spring time, flowers carpet the hills and the whole area comes alive with colour and verdant growth.

Culture vultures will be totally enamoured with the lovely village of Casares, whilst the beaches are long and not overly crowded. This area is also famous for its exceptional restaurants, magnificent golf courses and hugely friendly people. Get an early, revitalising tan in spring; and stave off those winter blues in autumn! A gem of a place where summer comes early and lingers long!

All this is just 1 ¼ hours form Malaga and 45 mins from Gibraltar and it’s as magical in winter as it is in summer. This little gem - both rustic and sophisticated at the same time - has something for everyone and makes the perfect family or romantic getaway!

The main house comprises two well-furnished bedrooms (both with overhead fans, one with air-conditioning) with attached bathrooms (one with a dressing room), a sitting room, dining room (seating 6 comfortably) and kitchen, all on one level. It has been beautifully, colourfully and interestingly furnished with bits and pieces from all over the world - many items having been made, sourced or restored by the owners. French doors opening off every room, along with terracotta floors and double height ceilings keep it cool and airy in summer; and there’s a blazing log fire and plenty of rugs to keep it warm in winter.

Outside boasts a spacious, sun-filled terrace looking straight over the hills and out to sea. There is a lovely bamboo pergola covering an al fresco dining area and comfortable daybeds. A flight of steps leads up to the glorious pool terrace which has plenty of sunbeds and 2 charpoys in the shade. It is surrounded by orange, olive, cork, almond and palm trees, and also affords incredible views, especially from the huge hammock!

A further flight of steps leads up to a terrace garden (perfect for a game of boules) and ‘The Tent’ which is an impossibly pretty extra ‘room’ with 2 large single beds, electricity, bedside lights, pine furniture, cosy rugs and 3 windows (with curtains) and views from heaven. It is large and roomy and remains cool in summer due to the breeze. There is a wash basin and mirror with running water outside. ADDITIONAL PAYMENT OF £250 PER WEEK, IS DUE IF RENTING THE TENT AS WELL AS THE COTTAGE. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR DETAILS.

Ambalama is small, compact, impossibly romantic and ideally situated for exploring the area – the famous village of Casares is a short walk away; the historic ‘white towns’ of Gaucin, Cortes de La Frontera and Ronda are close by; the buzzy hubs of Marbella, Estepona and Soto Grande are also a short drive away; the hill walking is superb, especially in Spring when all the wildflowers are out in abundance; there are golf courses and fine restaurants galore; and there are plenty of beaches down the hill.

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Michael Curtis Green
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
11 April, 2018

About Michael Curtis Green

My wife Mary Anne and I, work in the travel and interiors business respectively, she specilaisiing in India (has done for 30 yrs) and I design and make funiture and import rugs and interior artefacts from India. We love travel and interiors so we are both lucky enough to work within our passions.

Michael Curtis Green purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Michael Curtis Green chose Casares

We looked all over the Mediterranean for a holiday home and having started our search 8 yrs ago we came back to where we started-in Andalucia! We wanted somehwere in the hills but which was not too remote and also we needed to be near the sea having both spent our childhoods very close to it. The fabulous thing about Ambalama is that it has all that-its remote but only 25 mins walk form the local village and bars etc and also 25 mins drive form the coast. Its a small romantic cottage with the most fabulous views and is a great lock up and go place. It is has a lot of our treasures in it that we have picked up on our travels all round the world and is decorated accordingly- we absolutely love it and welcome others to do the same.

What makes this cottage unique

In the hills with the most unbelievable views, yet very close to Casares and the coast. It's rare to find such a lovely, small house with views, facilities, outdoor space and a pool like this. A cosy log fire and open plan interiors with lofty ceilings and two very private ' en suites' make Ambalama cosy yet spacious. Fabulous food and you very much feel that you are in rural Andalucia and yet so close to everything including a gorgeous little 'pueblo blanco' (white town), great restaurants, Golf at various great courses nearby, walking in the hills, superb beach restaurants, sightseeing and wine tours in Ronda.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Casares in Costa del Sol Occidental

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Underfloor heating en suite to Bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Underfloor heating & ensuite to bedroom 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , can be converted into single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , can be converted into single beds
  • Overhead fans in both bedrooms and air-conditioning in bedroom 1 which has views of the ocean. Bedroom 2 has a roomy dressing room. Both bedrooms ensuite.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Please see the website ( for a very comprehensive outline of activities available. Walking/Hiking in the mounatins is the main activity besides beach walks, golf and tennis. There are also some exceptional restaurants nearby. Culturally Rhonda is 45 mins drive.


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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Gibraltar & Malaga Airports
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Finca Cortesin
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Arroyo Hondo
Nearest Ski
265 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Andalucia is Spain’s most southern state and comprises 8 very different provinces. Each has a glorious past and offers a visitor something truly special. It is a region of high mountain ranges, endless flat plateaus and plains, and the country’s finest beaches. Being so close to Africa, the Moors have played a huge part in the region’s history and, after their 7 centuries of rule (starting early in the 8thC), their incredible legacy comprises some of the most spectacular architectural monuments in the country – Granada, Seville, Cordoba to name but a few majestic cities!

Originally a very poor state, Andalucia is now hugely popular as a tourism destination, not least for its glorious climate and almost guaranteed sunshine but also for its fabulous food, people and wonderfully relaxed approach to life. Aside from the Mediterranean beaches, hills and grand buildings, it should not be forgotten that the state is also home to some of the best bullfighting and flamenco in Spain – it originated here. Andalucia is a veritable treasure trove of a state with something for everyone!

Casares is one of the most beautiful and accessible of the ‘pueblos blancos’ – the famous white towns that cling to hillsides like limpets, all over Andalucia. Situated in Malaga Province, it has a long and varied history and has played host to many of the worlds ‘great and good’ (and some bad, no doubt!) over the centuries. It is a village known particularly for its art, festivals and walking opportunities. Throughout the year you will find a vibrant, colourful festival (feria), fiesta or pageant of some kind taking place.

The narrow streets of the old town fan off from the Plaza de Espana, heading uphill, and each takes you on a different, exciting walk, through residential areas or up to the fort, the castle and the extraordinary cemetery. You are then rewarded with enormous views. It feels as though Casares has been caught in a delightful time warp and has been forgotten or passed over, thus avoiding the ravages of tourism that affect other ‘white towns’ and the coastal areas. Here you will find only smiling, friendly locals and quiet, empty, whitewashed streets to wander around, all redolent with history.

The house lies just outside Casares (15 minute walk, 5 minute drive) and has a truly idyllic location – almost like an eyrie, it sits so high. It is situated at the top of a hill, with a backdrop of cork forest, and with panoramic views of the Sierra Bermeja to the left, unspoilt hills and the Mediterranean in front and the distant village of Manilva to the right.

Ambalama is a place for both the sedentary and the active and boasts a plethora of ways to do nothing or to keep busy. If wanting a more idle holiday, lying by the pool or relaxing on the terrace in glorious summer sunshine, having a massage, or cosying up on the sofa by a roaring fire with a good book in the colder months, is a lovely way to while away the hours. The more active may take themselves off walking in the hills, visit a variety of fascinating and historic nearby towns and villages, or drive down to the coast for some fun and feasting on the beach. The area also boasts some superb golf courses and busy, social towns to visit. To cap it all, the area plays host to some of the finest restaurants, with a variety of menus, in Southern Andalucia. These are all on your doorstep so gourmands will also be kept happy.

Visits to the famous ‘pueblos blancos’ (white towns) and other historic towns – Casares, Ronda, Gaucin, Cortes de La Frontera, the old part of Estepona

Visits to beaches – Casares and Manilva

Shopping and socialising in Marbella or Soto Grande or the famous ‘leather copy’ town of Ubrique

Guided or unaccompanied walking in the hills – see prices in ‘Additional Services’

Watch a bull fight

Watch a flamenco performance

A stroll (15 mins) into Casares village for a morning exploring, followed by a feast of a lunch

Massages ‘at home’ – see prices in ‘Additional Services’

Equine activities – one hour, half or full day rides in the countryside; group riding lessons; polo lessons; watch a polo match or visit an Andalucian Horse stud farm.


Prices & Availability

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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
17 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 May 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

ADDITIONAL CLEANING: should you require additional cleaning / clearing up after meals, this can be provided.
Cost per hour: €15/hr

Airport Transfers: can be arranged through us at a cost of 100 euros each way from Malaga and 75 euros each way from Gibraltar.

We are situated up a fairly steep hill. Driving instructions will be sent to you at the time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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