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Beautiful country cortijo,own pool, breathtaking views, wifi, couples discounts!



Updated: 08-Aug-2016
Detached Country Cortijo Near Colmenar/Comares, Andalucia- Peaceful country location, 12 mins drive from Colmenar, walking distance to friendly local bar!

For current availability please email the owner as your dates may still be available!

LAST MINUTE JULY AVAILABILITY: If you are still looking for 2 weeks in July 2016, then we may be able to help! Here at Casa Los Petates we have one week remaining from 23rd July, our beautiful farmhouse, Finca Manolo (ref S5259)) is then available for the previous week - availability here runs for 7 or 8 nights from 15th July. BOTH WEEKS can be booked together or separately at very competitive rates!!

STOP PRESS!! Couples please note: The price you see may not be the price you pay! We are continuing our popular COUPLES DISCOUNTS on selected dates so please email or call and where applicable we will be happy to provide a revised quote! Alternatively please visit our website (you will find the link listed here by clicking the facilities button above)!

New! Couples rate for June 2016: Book 7 nights for £400; 10 nights for £500 or 2 weeks for just £700!!

"Excellent; Awesome! One of the best holidays ever!" Nestling on the edge of the sleepy Spanish hamlet of el romo Los Petates' elevated position provides panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and unspoilt countryside. Experience the simplicity of everyday rural life,(where traditional methods of farming almonds and olives still exist, mules still plough and goatherds roam)! Whilst enjoying the temperate climate, the cuisine and friendliness of the Andalucian people. An authentic cortijo, Los Petates has been sympathetically restored, to incorporate a blend of modern day comforts with rustic charm. Enjoy stunning mountain views from a choice of furnished sun terraces plus a large roof terrace. Further complimented by it's own private pool and BBQ area, Los Petates is designed to provide a comfortable base for a holiday which can be as energetic or as relaxing as you want it to be!

New for 2016! We are planning to install a dishwasher for the Summer of 2016 so throw away your marigolds!!

Also prepaid Wifi should be available from the Summer for a nominal fee of £12 per week or £20 per fortnight. N.B: This mobile device will be suitable for checking emails etc., but please note will not be able to support downloads!

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My husband, daughter and I are originally from Bristol in the South West of England although we haven't been back since 2003! Shortly after buying our farmhouse here in Andalucia, (originally intended for holidays) we moved out lock stock and barrel - plus 2 fat bemused English cats. We just couldn't resist the pull of sunny blue skies and the slower pace of life! Our two cats were soon joined by 4 kittens, 2 puppies a baby goat won in a local bar (that's another story!) and a truly stubborn mule! My parents then retired and followed us within a few short months. My father says it reminds him of England in the 1950's when people had more time for one another and priorities were different.

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Speaks English, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Back home after a superb holiday which must rank among the best we have ever had. Although retired, we were both in need of complete relaxation and the villa provided everything we could have asked for in the comfort, the beautiful setting and the pool, it was all out of this world and we could have stayed another three weeks! The villa could not be better maintained. How can we adequately thank you except to say everything was wonderful.Thank you a thousand times."

We had a fabulous weeks stay at Los Petates, right from beginning to end. On arrival, the villa was immaculately clean and the welcome pack was a nice touch.  We were amazed at the views, travelled around in the mornings and relaxed by the pool in the afternoon/evening.  The maps and general info were invaluable  The pool's great and really adds to the facilities, we swam every day.My only regret is not booking two weeks,  we will definitely be back!Good Luck for the future and many thanks for a great holiday!
Feb 2004
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Perfection personified in peaceful paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for two months in October & November 2015. We had read the reviews, researched the area and had high expectations of a relaxing and enjoyable break..we were not disappointed ! After booking the property the owners were in touch to provide us with all the information we needed and ensured that our holiday was hassle free from start to finish.

Now if you are looking for 5* restaurants or wild night life stop reading now! However if you want to experience the real Spain in an authentic Casa with views that are breathtaking then read on ! The house is in a superb location with outstanding views, a hire car is essential, however once you are there you can find plenty of walks in the vicinity to fill your days, or just relax by the pool, sit on the roof terrace, lounge around the terraces watching the eagles soar overhead...grill local food on the BBQ ( best we have ever used)..wander down to the local bar, El Nino and socialise with the friendly locals...I could go on but don't want to bore you !. We self catered a lot of the time and found the facilities in the kitchen and the BBQ to be excellent, the local produce was abundant and once we had stocked up with the major items found the supermarket in nearby Colmenar was more than sufficient for our needs.

The owners have done everything to ensure that every need is catered for and are always on had if there are any questions ..but remain unobtrusive...that said I hope we have made friends for life with both Sue and Trevor and Sues lovely parents!.

It's not possible to convey how special this place is in a few short paragraphs but I would urge anyone who is tempted to visit to book and just kick back and enjoy the true "campo" of rural Andalusia. We also had the opportunity to visit some of the other properties owned by Andalusian Retreats and all were of the same high standard , we will definitely be back as soon as we can.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Los Petates ... picture perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This welcoming and very comfortable cortija is set in stunning scenery, away from the tourist hotspots, which we were keen to avoid (though Malaga and the tourist resorts of Costa del Sol are less than an hour away). It is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The owners couldn't have been more helpful and kept us well informed via email and welcome texts. The welcome pack on our arrival was much appreciated along with the information pack including suggested routes for walking and driving, as well as suggested bars and restaurants. A big thank you for a lovely, if sweltering, week. Will definitely recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rustic, clean, good facilities, great views, quiet

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I were looking for a place to stay that was away from the normal tourist areas and for complete relaxation, potential walking, and in an area within easy reach of cultural attractions. Los Petates was perfect for our requirements. The owners, Sue and Trevor, are very helpful, friendly and unobtrusive in their approach. We would definitely recommend them and look forward to returning in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous cortijo, breathtaking views, paradise!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolute delight Casa Los Petates is. Stunning location, we loved our stay. No wifi but a zillion videos, chess, local guides, books and sat tv if you need them but I would recommend immersing yourself in the glorious setting. The roof terrace early morning and late evening was a particular pleasure with stunning views in all directions.

We had a slight plumbing problem which was resolved with the minimum of fuss and maximum haste.

A great place to fall in love with the wonderful axarquia area. We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at Los Petates. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay, and that you loved the house and area - as much as we do! Hope to see you again soon! With best wishes, Sue and Trevor - and Ace Plumber - David!!
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Simply an exceptional property in all aspects.

  • 5 of 5

Elaine and I stayed at Cassa los Petates for a week in June 2015. We have travelled abroad quite a bit but this stay has proven to be our most enjoyable trip yet.

Our good impressions really stared well before we arrived; when we made the original booking in fact. We received several friendly communications from the owner and prior to departure were provided with impeccable instructions on the journey from the airport along with other helpful details re keys etc.

Internally, the house is spacious, comfortable, scrupulously clean and well equipped. Every effort has been made to ensure the visitor is welcome and every aspect appeared to have been considered. I like to cook and the kitchen is spacious, really well equipped and completely functional - the same applies to the large barbeque outside which I used several times to cook the wide variety of fresh fish available.

We were fortunate with the weather and this contributed to our happy stay as we were able to indulge our shared enthusiasm for walking and bird watching. The surrounding countryside is beautiful with great mountain views from the house and pool. We particularly liked sitting on the private roof terrace after dark just to see those huge bright stars.

We went to a couple of local bars/restaurants which were friendly and cheap and we shopped a lot in Colmenar for fish, meat, fresh vegetable and bread - quite simple but fresh and good quality. I was slightly worried about my very weak Spanish but we got by easily and were really impressed by the friendly nature of all the locals we met.

The driving is easy but some roads are quite narrow and steep; I’d recommend you take just a bit more care, use your gears a bit more and take it easy; I actually found the driving really enjoyable.

In conclusion we loved our stay in this special house, in a special place and I’d advise anyone to go if they can. Only caveat to that advice is if your looking for nightlife - forget it, this place is peaceful day and night.

I think the owner deserves an immense amount of credit not just for the property itself but for all the details and support she provides. It was clear to us that the enjoyment of her guests is her primary goal – in our case at least she succeeded completely.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Andalucian Retreats

  • 5 of 5

Referred to as "Andalucian Retreats" on the owners website, my partner and I experienced it as just that; Los Petatas offers a hidden getaway that transports you to the 'real Spain'.

Hit by the pine aroma on approach to the casa, once inside you are greeted by a spotless and spacious cosy living room, leading to three traditionally furnished bedrooms and two bathrooms. A typically authentic Andalucian kitchen opens up to views of the valley below, whilst the swimming pool provides a refreshing 'dip' following a lazy afternoon's lounging in the garden/terraced areas complete with outdoor BBQ, bar and fridge!

Further providing a sense of 'solitude' the casa offers you opportunities to capture the local wildlife/ flora and spectacular views, particularly from the roof terrace where throughout the day you discover the ever changing mountain colours, into the evening emerged into a field of stars.

Albeit the generous welcome pack with 'necessities' to kick start your stay, clean and well maintained property, owner's non-intrusive approach but assistance if required, we would have no hesitation in recommending Los Petatas to both family and friends (and our return) as it truly provides an 'Andalucian Retreat'.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We first came across this beautiful area back in 2000, at the end of a fruitless search for a holiday home on the coast which is where we had thought at that time we wanted to be! A chance remark took us inland to a whole new world. It's not just the spectacular scenery, the mountains, clean air, fresh smells, almond blossom, ancient olives, wild scented gorse, and wildlife, the people are naturally friendly (where else would you find a warm response from strangers if you just smile, wave or speak a word of greeting!). Then there's the food, the vinos (!) the culture, the relaxed way of life - all combined to create our own small slice of paradise! All this only 45 minutes from civilisation and of course Malaga airport - as needs must!

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We are able to arrange Diving trips and courses with a fully qualified and insured PADI instructor


We are only 20 minutes drive from the picturesque lake at Vinuela, which has two restaurants, where you can sample typical country fayre while looking out over the lake, Mount Maroma and the Sierra Tejada beyond. A further 20 minute (easy drive) to the coast will provide access to long stretches of uncommercialised beaches with many fresh fish restaurants to choose from along the way! For a little more life, the more sophisticated resorts of Nerja and Marbella are approx one hour's drive.


Malaga airport is an uncomplicated 45 minute drive away. (Granada round one hour 20) Car hire is essential, and we can usually help to arrange this. We provide full, easy to follow, details of how to find us a few weeks before your arrival.


Many guests visit Malaga with it's vibrant historic old town at least once,this takes 35 minutes by car. Granada and the Alhambra palace are also a firm favorite taking around 90 minutes. The ancient town of Antequera is also en- route, as is the Sierra Nevada(2hrs)and Various Natural parks, including the hot springs at Alhama. Nearer to home we have walking birdwatching and horseriding. The traditional white pueblo of Comares a former moorish stronghold, is also well worth a visit.

Further Details:

Our nearest village for a range of facilities like tapas bars, restaurants, mini supermarkets, banks, post office, chemist and 24 hour emergency medical centre is Colmenar, meaning beehive, where as you would expect, it's usually possible to buy some fresh homemade honey! Colmenar is a leisurely 10 mins drive away from Los Petates. In fact everything is leisurely here! It's also known as the capital of the Montes de Malaga, and this is where the scenic drive through the Mountains of Malaga begins. Buses also run to Malaga, and taxis are also available in Colmenar and nearby Comares. For a slightly different mode of transport you may like to take a Mule ride starting from our friendly local bar in El Romo, (less than 10 mins walk downhill) details of other walks and scenic drives are provided at the house. Maria and son Jose Luis run the local bar, and you can always be assured of a warm welcome there, together with a cold cerveza or a glass of local vino. Maria can usually rustle up a Simple local dish, upon request. The home cured olives in garlic and herbs are delicious!

Cava on ice and flowers for special occasions are also possible - please ask.

NEW from 2014: Organised Diving trips and courses with fully qualified and insured PADI diving instructor, including beginners lessons in your own pool! Plus 4x4 adventure day trips. Please email the owner using the enquiry form below.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
4 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter /Long Lets
1 Nov 2016 - 25 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
1 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
29 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
NB: Ill health cancellation rate in June and the 5 night Special July rates are based on a maximum of 4 sharing.(please ask for quote for additional guests)
For couples rates please visit our website, as per the link listed on the facilities page on this site or call/email.
COUPLES DISCOUNTS: PLEASE also SEE NOTES ON PRICES BELOW where further discounts may be listed! Telephone enquiries welcome to ensure that any queries you may have are personally answered. Prices are per week in UK pounds. A 30% deposit is required on booking which is non-refundable. The balance becomes due 8 weeks prior to arrival. . Sorry, no smoking and no pets. NB! See our other property info at ref no S5259, also Frigiliana cortijo S29397

Changeover Day:
Preferably saturdays but flexible where possible. Arrivals after 16.00 departures by 10.00
Please note other changeover days also possible at farmhouse finca manolo, see owners direct ref no s5259, and Frigiliana cortijo S29397. Please email for availability of both!

Notes on prices:
SPECIAL weekly RATES FOR COUPLES SEPT 2016: £395 per week, ten nights for £500 or two weeks for just £750. Please ask.
APRIL/MAY DEALS: couples rates reduced to £300/£350 per week plus a further £100 reduction on a 2 week booking! ( offer available for upto 4 persons with couples discounts on top or for 2+ persons against standard weekly rate)

Special rates designed for 2 people sharing between Nov and March. Offer also applies to nearby Finca Manolo ownersdirect ref S5259
Prices are per week in UK Pounds. Euro Payment possible
Long winter lets: From 475£ per month plus electricity. Rate applies to Winter stays of 2 months plus, based on 2 persons staying. For shorter durations please enquire. Pets acceptable on long lets according to the owners discretion.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite shower room to bedroom one with large walk in shower, leads to adjoining wc with modern close coupled suite and pedestal wash hand basin. Ensuite shower room to bedroom two with close coupled wc, pedestal wash hand basin and fully tiled shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom one is a double room with door leading to ensuite. Bedroom two has a double bed, ensuite and superb country views with access to Bedroom three with twin beds - ideal for children as interconnects with bedroom 2 to make a family suite.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Electricity and gas for cooking is included, plus electric fans (summer) and heaters (winter) together with a travel cot (subject to availability) at no additional cost (Please reserve cot at time of booking, to secure availability. Wood burner in lounge with an initial supply of logs provided during Winter only. For your extra comfort mosquito meshing is fitted to all windows. There is an information file at the house to help you settle in, and the owners are only a phone call away should you need any help during your stay. Please note that although the property is single storey, there are some steps within and outside which may need to be considered where the very young or infirm are concerned. Please ask for details. Los Petates is a No smoking house, pets accepted only at owners discretion. Free Breakfast pack of bread, butter, jam, eggs, milk, coffee and water provided plus beer and wine for your first night! Outside: There are several furnished sun terraces from which to enjoy the stunning mountain views with a large roof terrace affording 360 degree views, ideal for plotting the constellations with an after dinner drink! The pool, bar and BBQ area are illuminated for dining al-fresco once the sun's gone down, the twinkling lights of nearby mountain villages are mesmerising as are the myriad of stars and the staccato chant of cicadas. Private filtered pool, relax in the pool whilst admiring the beautiful mountain vista. Sun loungers, parasol and BBQ tools are provided. Extended BBQ area with sink and food preparation counter! Utility Room: We also have an automatic washing machine, iron and ironing board - if you really must! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, blankets, bathroom towels and tea towels are included. Please bring pool towels. Sun lounger cushions provided. A change of linen is provided once a week. A full and comprehensive clean is instigated on change-over days! Other: Woodburner to lounge with initial supply of logs, Winter months only, for cosy evenings-in by the fire! The property is personally cared for by the owners themselves in an endeavour to ensure it is always well maintained

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