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Double-bedroomed accommodation with use of pool, private terrraces & rural views

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

"Home from home" accommodation ideally placed for exploring the region

Casita Imp is one-bedroomed accommodation on two floors which is attached to the owner’s property. Both properties were primarily intended as a family holiday home and therefore the casita has been refurbished to the same high standard as that of the main house. Believed to be around one hundred years old, the casita has the benefit of thick walls that help to keep it cool in the summer and also retain warmth in the winter months. Newly installed underfloor heating and double glazing means that the casita can be let all year round.

Although attached, the accommodation has doors out to two private terraces; one being quite shady, even in the summer months, and the other being a positive sun trap. The latter has views, on the one hand, down to the pool and otherwise an outlook across olive groves to the mountains beyond. The wide field between the property and the hills, is a constant source of interest throughout the year; in the greener months a crop is usually grown and later in the year it will be used to graze goats and sheep, cattle (an unusual sight in these parts) and even a few local horses. From early in the year there are usually hoopoes nesting in nearby trees and, later in the summer, visitors may spot an eagle or two riding the thermals above the field. Skylarks abound and it is not unlikely in the summer months that you will hear a nightingale first thing in the morning.

Solar panels provide hot water for the property and the residual heat from these flows into the pool. Use of the pool is shared with the main house but for much of the year occupants of the casita will find that they have almost exclusive use of the pool. The terraces are equipped with dining table and chairs, sun loungers and parasol .

The aim has been to make the casita a “home from home”. The double bed can also be arranged as two singles, if that is your preference then please say so when booking. A small collection of books, games and CDs are available for our visitors plus a TV and free use of the Internet. The sitting/ dining room has a corner sofa and single arm chair. A good sized shower room (ground floor) has the benefit of a large shower cubicle. The well-equipped newly fitted kitchen has an electric oven/grill, a microwave, 5 ring gas hob and tall fridge/freezer. Hoping to enable our guests to ”travel light”, we have also provided pool towels; cool bag and flasks. Of course, bed linen, bathroom towels, and hairdryer are provided.

We hope that if you just want to chill and travel very little then you will find that the casita is the ideal place. The property is on a country road at the edge of the village and there is almost no passing traffic; at certain times of the year you may hear the locals working on the olives which is one of the main sources of income for many villagers. Generally speaking this is a friendly village, there are two local bars which it is fair to say are quite basic although the food is good in both – you are likely to get tapas in one bar and need to order lunch if you wish to eat at the other. The village has a well equipped local shop, a health centre and a bakery that is open most mornings.

If you are happy to take the car and explore further afield there are excellent restaurants in our local towns, Trabuco and Archidona and, of course in the regional centres of Loja and Antequera. All of these towns have supermarkets, banks and ATMs.

On the other hand, the village is well placed for trips to Granada and Malaga and various beaches on the coast can be reached within an hour or so; in addition there is the beach at the lake at Iznajar, about 40 minutes by car. Probably the most well known attraction in Granada is the spectacular Alhambra but it is not generally known that the historic quarter of Malaga is interesting and its shopping facilities are also worth a visit if you enjoy a spell of retail therapy. A visit to the pedestrianised shopping area close to the cathedral in Malaga makes a great day out especially if you combine it with lunch or dinner; for much of the year it is possible to eat alfresco.

However, if your preference is for the country life, the tracks immediately around the village are varied and those above Trabuco, just a few kilometres away, by any standards make accessing the countryside pretty painless. Many of the walks have excellent well maintained level surfaces and are clearly sign-posted. In addition, some walks can be accessed by car which will take you part way up the mountainside – a definite attraction for the less active amongst us!

One of the main features of the property has to be its views; in addition, its slightly elevated position means that it can be more airy in high summer temperatures. Another plus is that although it has a feeling of privacy and being “away from it all”, in fact Casa Imp is less than 10 kilometres from the nearest motorway exit and the airports at Malaga or Granada can each be reached within an hour’s drive.

Just a few notes:

We ask that guests respect our “no smoking” policy.

Although the ground floor of the casita is all on one level, each entrance door is accessed by a flight of 6 steps and there are a further 6 steps down to the pool. Generally, ceiling heights are at least 2m throughout the accommodation although there is one low beam in the living room (approximately 1.85m) and another on the staircase of which prospective (tall) guests should be aware. The first floor bedroom is accessed by an easy rise staircase.

More Details

Owner
Ian Plumb
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, I speak a little Spanish and French.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Ian Plumb

Three or four years ago, Ian Plumb, the owner of this property set himself the task of finding a holiday home that his British family could enjoy: he wanted a private location but not too remote and particularly "no work required". He considered properties in Andalucia, Murcia and Valencia. This property in Fuente Camacho was one of the first properties that he saw and despite the fact that it needed a great deal of refurbishment (two years' worth in fact!) he was smitten when he saw the view from the rear and realised just how easily accessed was its location, although still quite private. In his opinion Andalucia is a great holiday destination; less spoilt and generally more typically Spanish in character than the other regions he explored whilst looking for his perfect holiday home. This area reminds him of the holidays of his childhood and he hopes that visitors to the casita will get a feel for the simple generosity and welcome that is typical of this part of Spain.

Ian Plumb purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Ian Plumb chose Loja

At Casita Imp you have the perfect hideaway for simply doing nothing. In nearby towns: Trabuco, Archidona, Loja or Antequera you will find restaurants and bars where you can treat yourselves to a typically Spanish evening meal or lunch; however, if you choose to stay put and just chill the casita is in a peaceful enough area that you will usually hear little but the birds. Even so, the location is ideally placed for exploring some of the main centres of the region: Malaga, Granada, Sevilla, Fuengirola and Marbella.

What makes this cottage unique

Untroubled by passing traffic save for the odd car but near enough to walk to the local bar and shop. Beautiful rural views, excellent local walks and a variety of bird life.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Loja in Granada

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shower cubicle 110 cms x 80 cms
  • A well equipped generous-sized shower room/WC on the first floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • There are two single beds each 90 cms x 200 cms which can be use to make one double. In that case, a double colchonillo will be used over the base mattresses. Please state your preference (double or singles) at the time of booking. A cot can be provided for those who wish to bring a baby - again please let us know when booking.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming

Reviews

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Double-bedroomed accommodation with use of pool, private terrraces & rural views
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Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great 3 night stay at the Casita. It has such wonderful views and the accomodation was excellent. The welcome pack was a very nice addition. We left feeling very relaxed and happy. Would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lesley appreciate the review Ian
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Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Gillian was an absolutely wonderful host. Our best overall stay, as in, (A) Host.. perfect. (B) Comfort.. perfect. (C) Bed.. perfect. (D) Shower.. perfect. (E) Position.. perfect.

Gillians' knowledge of the area was spot on and her advice was well received. Can not say enough about this stay, it was PERFECT. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and tranquil, well equipped, gorgeous views

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely stay, the property was immaculate and Gill was friendly and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

We had a great break staying at Casita Imp and found the property to be both clean and well equipped. Gill was a fantastic and knowledgeable host, pointing us in the direction of local restaurants (and even where to park in Malaga) and the welcome pack was a great addition. The views were to die for, the pool lovely and refreshing in the heat of the day and the sun loungers extremely comfy for a siesta!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Much needed R&R

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed absolutely every minute of our stay. The casita is immaculate and has everything you could possibly need and if there was something that wasn't there we know Gill would make sure she tried to help you get it! Gill was on hand if you needed her but didn't intrude on any privacy. Perfect balance was met, loved our little chats as she is a very interesting lady.

The casita has a shady terrace and down by the swimming pool there is full sun all day. Comfortable sun loungers up top and down below. Pool was great and stunning views all around. Oh how we miss it already. The kitchen is well equipped with cooker, big gas hob, microwave and big fridge freezer. The bathroom and shower was fab with a big shower head and a riser. Very modern accommodation and tastefully decorated - power points everywhere too - more than any villa I have ever stayed at! :) Nice big tele and Gill let us use her Netflix account which was great. Very comfy massive bed .. if its hot there is a fan - just remember to shut the blind and then it wont get as hot upstairs.

There is a bar at the end of the road but must confess we didn't visit - our stay was purely to relax and get away from everything which we did. There is a small supermarket within walking distance for essentials which we did use but mostly we went to the big mercadona in the town and stocked up so we didn't have to go out much and just relax at the villa with the beautiful view and relaxing atmosphere.

We did venture to Ronda for a couple of days which was about hour and half away I think, Ronda is beautiful and Seville isn't too far away too - couple of hours. Villa is a great base.

Excellent stay and wouldn't hesitate to recommend and return. Fabulous THANKS ALOT

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Estupendo

  • 5 of 5

Spent an excellent 10 days here.

The Casita is designed and maitained to a very high standard with an eye for detail.

Gill always ready to help in any way but is in no way intrusive.

The pool was an absolute bonus in the fabulous weather.

Fuente Camacho is a quiet freindly village with good local amenites which we used (a supermarket-bakers and two bars)

All in all Excellent & thanks Gill (Poco & Kanga)-Hope to see you again soon.

Peter y Kathy

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Villanueva del Trabuco
Car: necessary

Whilst being in a genuinely rural location with beautiful views over open countryside, the casita is at the edge of the village of Fuente Camacho and within a ten minute walk one can reach the village shop and either of the village’s two bars, the bakery is just a little further.

The village itself is at the foot of one of the main local mountain peaks, Gibalto, and well away from any serious traffic noise; even so, junction 1 at Salinas on the A 92 motorway can be reached within about ten minutes by car. From here Granada to the north and Malaga to the south are both less than one hour’s drive. If you fly into either of these airports, the trip to Casita Imp should be trouble free and straightforward, with less than a ten kilometre drive once you leave the motorway.

Of course Malaga is usually known for its beaches and airport but there is much more to see, especially rewarding is a visit to the older parts of the city and, by any standards, the selection of shops is excellent; close to the Cathedral is a most attractive pedestrian area where one can shop and enjoy just sitting out at one of the many bars or restaurants.

Granada is famous for the awe-inspiring Alhambra, its stunning gardens and beautiful architecture are a poignant reminder of the Moorish influence found everywhere in the region of Andalucia. If you wish to visit this historic monument during your stay, it is a good idea to book online once you have reserved your holiday; at certain times of the year it is fairly fully booked. There is so much to see in Granada and a trip on the “train” is a good way of gaining an impression of this bustling ancient city without too much exertion. A shopping excursion must, however, include the colourful Moroccan market, close by the Cathedral, and also a trip to the Mirador de San Nicolás, a viewing point in the Albaicin district of Granada from which one can see breath-taking views of the Alhambra backed by the Sierra Nevada, which in winter is likely to be capped with snow. On such a visit to Plaza de San Nicolás, if you are lucky, you will be able to sit and take in the fascinating views whilst listening to a group of gypsies who sometimes meet there to sing, play guitar and even dance!

If you have time to explore further afield from this village, it is possible to “do” Cordoba and also Sevilla in a day although to travel and take in the sights at a more relaxing pace, especially in the heat of summer, you are better advised to reserve two days with an overnight stay for these destinations. Equally Jerez, with its famous national riding school and horse fair during the spring, can be reached within about two hours, (the motorway network is generally excellent in this region of Spain). In truth there is so much to see and to do in this location that it is hard to know what to recommend. The lovely coastline – not only Malaga – but resorts such as Nerja to the west and Mijas Costa to the east are easily possible within a days’ trip. In addition for those interested in other attractions, a water park, butterfly park and brilliantly laid out science centre (Granada outskirts) are just a few of the other diversions available to the visitor.

For those who want to avoid crowds, "soak up" the scenery and enjoy pastimes such as bird watching and walking, the countryside is generally very accessible in this region. Another way of seeing the locality is to ride out from one of the local stables. There are a number of nature reserves within easy driving distance such as El Torcal National Park, Antequera. At Iznajar (30/40 minutes’ drive) there is a great example of one of the many man-made lakes found throughout Spain; here also is a pleasant beach that, in season, will have pedalos for rent and also from the sailing school the chance to canoe or sail. If you wish to sample local culture, especially in the summer months, there are village events, fiestas and horse shows to visit.

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Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £150

Ask for a copy of the Holiday Rental Agreement to check our policy regarding payments and cancellation.

The property has underfloor heating and an allowance is made for its use (within the weekly tariff) that takes into account the seasonal needs of the average person. Of course, at some times of the year, no underfloor heating should be necessary. Additional use may be charged during the winter; please enquire at the time of booking.

The security deposit will be returned to you within 7 working days of your vacating the casita - deductions will NOT be made for what can be described as "normal wear or tear".

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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