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Characterful stylish Andalucian Cortijo - huge pool and panoramic lake/sea views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Restored Andalucian Cortijo in beautiful rural setting with huge pool, 3 acres of grounds and breathtaking lake, sea and mountain views.

Characterful, stylish and spacious restored Andalucian country villa with huge 10x5 metre swimming pool and breathtaking views over Lake Vinuela and the Mediterranean. Private and secluded, with beautiful gardens adorned with flowering climbers, jasmine and bougainvillea. There are lots of different terraces with sun loungers for reclining and lazing in the sunshine or under the grapevines, plus an outdoor kitchen with barbecue and Moroccan furniture for dining alfresco.

This is a Mediterranean country villa, with wooden beams, whitewashed walls, original terracotta floors, handmade ceramics and antique rustic furniture. The bedrooms are very comfortable, with king size beds, feather pillows and Egyptian cotton linen and towels. The open plan Kitchen Dining Room is 55m2 and equipped with range style cooker, dishwasher and chrome fridge freezer, and the lounge with squashy sofas has a music system, dvd, and old family library with hundreds of books, films and CDs to cater for all tastes and ages.

We can organise excursions including horse riding and guided walks, plus reservations at the Alhambra Palace and Malaga’s Picasso museum. There are excellent local restaurants/tapas bars close by, and we can arrange a local chef to prepare picnics and special meals. Aromatherapy massage is also available, and if there is anything else we can do to make your stay more comfortable just let us know – we are happy to help!

Wildflowers, butterflies and birdlife, no traffic, yet only 5 mins to local village of Periana and half an hour from the beach. Close to Malaga/Granada, both with international airports, and within easy access of sightseeing at the white villages of the Axarquia, the Alhambra Palace, Cordoba, Seville and Ronda.

More Details
Registration Number : VTAR/MA/01500

Shane and Bea
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Shane and Bea

We moved to Spain in 2001 and have been renting our villa for self catering holidays since then.

We live in the local area and spend our winters at Villa Amapola with our friends and families.

Shane and I are married with one married daughter and an adorable grandchild, all of whom live locally.

Shane is Irish and I am English, a Londoner born and bred.

Before we moved here, Shane worked in social housing and I was a teacher.

Shane and Bea purchased this farmhouse in 2001

Why Shane and Bea chose Alcaucín

We fell in love with Villa Amapola whilst on a stroll from the nearby village of Periana.

The fabulous countryside situation and breathtaking lake and sea views made it the perfect villa - exactly what we were looking for. Although set apart from the village and totally unobserved by neighbours, the villa is only a few kms from Periana, 15 mins from Lake Vinuela, half an hour to the beach and an hour to Malaga and Granada.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Some of the unique features of Villa Amapola include its secluded and tranquil location, its gorgeous panoramic views in every direction, the wild countryside setting with amazing butterflies and birdlife and huge old olive and holm oak trees, the huge pool situated "on top of the world" - and the villa itself, spacious and comfortable, with its traditional rustic Andalusian style.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Blissfully Relaxing! La amapola is in one of the most beautiful locations in southern Spain. The view from the large hill-top swimming pool is absolutely spectacular, stretching down over olive groves and meadows of wild flowers to the blue lake below and on to the sea. The house itself has a vast kitchen and verandah and attractive bedrooms. The couple who own it are very hospitable and helpful. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to come back!”

RB (UK).

"Highly recommended! What a great place to come and unwind and relax. A fabulous house in a fabulous part of Spain. We have had a great holiday – birds (golden eagles, nightingales, swallows), flowers, scenery, a lovely climate in May. Loved every minute of our time here!" RS (UK).
Jan 2004
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Alcaucín in Axarquía

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Bathroom 1: extra large bath/shower over, wc, bidet, washbasin. Bathroom 2: en-suite to bedrooms 2 and 3 with walk-in shower, bidet, wc and washbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6-7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: en-suite with king size bed. Bedroom 2: king size bed, french doors to walled courtyard. Bedroom 3: en-suite, 1 double bed, 1 large single platform bed - very popular with older children and teenagers, but perfectly suitable for anyone agile!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
We provide a welcome pack with a bottle of wine and some tapas, a selection of local maps and information leaflets and all basic staples such as tea and coffee are provided for your arrival. Local olive oil from our own olives, and specially bottled 'La Amapola' Rioja wine are available upon request.


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Characterful stylish Andalucian Cortijo - huge pool and panoramic lake/sea views
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

The property was more than we expected even better than the pictures.

  • 5 of 5

The villa was truly beautiful, well maintained, clean and spacious. Everything you needed was there even toiletries, there was a wonderful welcome pack so you could settle straight into your holiday. All thought out brilliantly to make your stay so special. The decoration of the villa is fabulous so relaxing, comfortable and authentic. We loved all the different outside areas, BBQ, court yards, seated areas, patio area under grape vines, pool and gardens. It is a one in a million property, very private, quiet and tranquil. All set in a wonderful area to explore.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best house ever!

  • 5 of 5

We have had a fantastic holiday at Amapola. The house is beautiful, the best we have ever rented! A nice pool, and the terrace with a view to the lake is truly amazing.

The morning walks among the olive trees took us back 500 years in time. It is so peaceful and beautiful. We have enjoyed every minute!



  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning. Ticked all the boxes.

  • 5 of 5

We have had the good fortune to stay in several really lovely holiday villas but Villa Ampola tops them all. This a glorious and very sympathetically and tastefully restored property in the mountains between Malaga and.Granada. There are several outdoor terraces, we used different ones for breakfast, lunch,siestas,sundowners dinner, and lazing beside the lovely and good sized pool. This was a godsend when we became slightly overheated! The views from each terrace were breathtakingly beautiful, and so different, depending on the light of the day.

The villa inside was beautiful also. Just my cup of tea! I just loved the size and space of the kitchen, the coziness of the lounge and bright spacious bedrooms. Beautiful double doors leading from the rooms to the outside spaces. The villa was comfortable,tastefully furnished,homely and welcoming, and absolutely spotless.Fantastic library for perusal also.

We were given a very warm welcome by the very friendly and engaging owners,who were near at hand if we needed them. They gave lots of tips re good restaurants and places to visit.

All in we could not fault our stay in Villa Ampola. It in itself was a beautiful space situated within the most glorious surroundings, easily accessible from Malaga airport and to the coast, as well as some interesting hilltop towns which are well worth visiting, and of course the wonders of Granada. Malaga old town also worth a visit. Wonderful produce in the market there.

Villa Ampoula was a wonderful experience as well as a most restful and relaxing place to stay. A week really was not long enough. We will have to return

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The best place we have stayed

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last May and had a fabulous holiday – we want to come back next year and stay for longer next time. The house is beautiful and has all the little extra comforts/luxuries you could want – comfy big beds, nice linen, state of the art kitchen - which we really enjoyed as there were a few of us, all into cooking – and eating! The pool is huge and in the most incredible spot with these views of the lake and sea that were just to die for. You can see all the way to Morocco on a clear day, every direction you look is just incredible. The place is not your usual holiday rental, more like a luxury country house hotel but self-catering, stylish and well equipped, just exceptional in every way. The owners were really helpful and friendly but not in our face, helped us book restaurants and gave us tips on stuff to do. Overall we had such a great time here and can’t recommend it highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An idyllic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

La Amapola is truly stunning. We arrived at the house and were instantly blown away by the huge kitchen/ diner perfect for having big family meals. We never seem to have the time or space to eat together at home. There are loads of cookery books perfect for trying out authentic Spanish recipes. We made a Paella using local produce and the kids couldn't get enough of it!

The house was a perfect base for exploring the area. Highlights were the gorgeous Nerja beach and the hot springs of Alhama de Granada. There was loads to do at the house too with a massive pool, Wifi, loads of DVD's and board games to keep everyone happy. I even went home as the Grand Champion of Diminishing Whist much to the annoyance of all concerned!

The bedrooms are a great size and the beds were so comfy I found myself sleeping in on several occasions which is most unlike me. We'll definitely be back again, it was the best family holiday I can think of!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at La Amapola was truly spectacular. The location in the Malagan mountains offered stunning views for miles around and a sense of idyllic tranquility that I'm yet to have experienced elsewhere.

The facilities are all lovely - beautiful, huge kitchen with all the kit you could ask for; lovely, comfortable bedding; comfy fireside sofa.

Also really easy to get into town for shops, restaurants etc.

All in all, can't recommend it enough and I am looking forward to going back!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Kilometres
El Canuelo
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
55 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
75 Kilometres
Sierra de Nevada
Nearest Beach
22 Kilometres
Torre del Mar
Car: necessary


Torre del Mar is about half an hour's drive, a typical Spanish beach resort with sandy beach and beachside promenade with numerous ice-cream parlours, cafes and some wonderful seafood restaurants. Nerja beach is about 45 minutes drive, a very pleasant and pretty resort with cliff side beaches and little sandy coves and beachside walks, plus interesting shops and some inviting bars and restaurants.


Malaga airport and train/coach station are an hour's drive and Granada about an hour and a quarter's drive.

Car hire is essential (there are numerous car hire companies available to pre-book from both airports) and we can advise if required.


5km to nearest shops, bars, restaurants, banks, doctors, dentist etc. at Periana, a pleasant market village. 25km to nearest town Velez-Malaga and beach at Torre del Mar. Alhama de Granada 15km with hot springs, ravine and lake. Malaga 55km. Granada 65km Moorish city with arabic quarter and famous Alhambra Palace and gardens, Sierra Nevada 75km. Seville, Ronda and Cordoba are all available for a pleasant day trip or a relaxing night away.

Further Details:

Free WiFi is available for all our guests.


We welcome small children! We provide a cot and high chair, as well as a large selection of books, films, games and diversions for children of all ages. Small children can play safely within the walled courtyard which leads out from the main house, and the terrace has lockable gates to stop children from wandering off to the swimming pool unaccompanied.


Recommended local attractions include Granada's arabic quarter and the Alhambra Palace, Malaga's Picasso museum and wonderful tapas bars in the centro historico, Cordoba's fabulous Moorish architecture, the beautiful Chorro Gorge, Alhama de Granada's hot springs and the lake at Beremejales. Andalucia is famous for its lively nightlife and colourful fiestas; carnival in February, Semana Santa in March/April and in Periana the annual peach festival, the olive oil fiesta and the fiesta of San Isidro during the summer months. Nearby Alcaucin holds a small but prestigious flamenco festival in August.

There are a good selection of excellent local restaurants and pretty hilltop bars nearby, as well as some fabulous seafood restaurants on the coast. The nearest bar and restaurant is about half a mile away. A selection of delicious tapas and 'raciones' are available at the local bars - ask for our recommendations.

We provide links for horseriding, cycling and bridwatching enthusiasts - please let us know if you are interested in any of these activities.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Alcaucín, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May & June
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
To make a reservation please call or email to check availability and request a booking form, or see our website where you can read our terms and conditions and print out our booking form.

Changeover Day:
Bookings are from Saturday to Saturday. Arrivals after 5pm and departures 9.30am, but we can be flexible about this!

Notes on prices:
All prices are inclusive of gas, water and electricity.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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