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Mountain Retreat, Secluded Not Isolated, Private Pool, Mountain & Valley Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Competa, Andalucia, Spain - Peaceful Location within the Sierra Almijara National Park

Very much a one-off and unique villa, secluded but not isolated, with very private pool enjoying dramatic and spectacular south facing views over mountain, valley and sea. A quiet 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom recently upgraded finca, well furnished, modern kitchen and a large living area. From the terrace one can sometimes see the lights of the North African coastline and the Rif Mountains beyond to the west and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to the east. All windows have stunning views. 10 minute drive away to Competa. Loungers and parasols are provided. New recently extended terraces create loads of shade and loads of sun and usually a gentle breeze. Wonderful sunrises and amazing sunsets. Large new barbecue recently installed.

Rory Carson
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 March, 2018

About Rory Carson

We're a family from Oxfordshire and in 1982 we bought a property in Menorca when our children were young and then decided to move to mainland Spain when they got older.

We have 2 Labradors which tend to limit us on travel (!)but spend as much time in Spain as possible; we love the country and we love the people.

We chose this villa in Competa because the village is not too small and not too big! Great variety of restaurants and walks etc. The villa itself is a complete one-off with some of the mos spectacular views, from its terraces, in the area. The North African coastline and mountains can sometimes be seen in the distance! The local Spanish community are very friendly and, whilst keeping their traditional culture, mix happily with the tourists and expats.

A perfect place to relax.

Rory Carson purchased this villa in 2007

Why Rory Carson chose Cómpeta

Location, location, location!

This property is situated on the top of a hill overlooking the Sierra Almijara mountain range on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other.......sometimes with the North Africa coastline and the Rif Mountains looming in the distance. Although remote the villa is not isolated, with Competa being about a 10 minute drive away. Away from the tourists and away from the masses!

On the other hand the beach restaurants of Nerja, offering some of the finest and freshest sea food, are about a 30 minute drive and the historic city of Malaga about 45 minutes with a ferry terminal to the Spanish enclave of Mellila in North Africa.

The villa is in a perfect base to visit, Sevilla, Cordoba, Ronda and Granada with the Alhambra Palace is only about a 90 minute drive.

What makes this villa unique

The property is comfortable but not ostentacious. It is quiet and the night sky is virtually pollution free! The traditional Spain is on your doorstep with the local goatherd being shepharded around the local countryside. The vineyards and farmland are still being hand harvested and the land is worked throughout the seasons. Competa wine, grown on the vineyard local to the property is well known and an ideal present to take home. The Competa honey collected in beehives in the mountains overlooking the property is another "must have"! The cooler mountain walks are easily accessible from the villa and the book "The 25 best walks in Competa" which provides a great selection and variety of different grades of walks is available in the villa.

A slower pace of life and a perfect place to relax!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Cómpeta in Axarquía

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower unit, basin and WC. Ensuite bathroom to bedroom 2 with shower, basin and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed with overhead fans. Bedroom 2 with twin beds with overhead fans and ensuite. Large 6 seater sofa suitable for child in living room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Each bedroom has ceiling fans and radiators. The property is situated on the top of a valley with views to the Nerja coastline and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Outside: The pool is private to Finca Tabitha residents, is totally secluded and not overlooked and is approx 12 x 20ft. 4 Sun loungers are provided along with table, chairs and 2 barbeques (one electric and one wood / charcoal). One large sunny patio and one with sufficient all day shade. Parking area for upto 2 cars. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included but beach towels are not. Property is cleaned before and after every rental. To ensure the property is cleaned to a high standard it would be appreciated that arrivals should be after 3pm and departures before 11am.


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Mountain Retreat, Secluded Not Isolated, Private Pool, Mountain & Valley Views
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

Finca Tabitha is a cosy home with good facilities

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, the finca is comfortable and in a fantastic location, the views are spectacular, very private but in close access to Competa which has good amenities. We would return for another stay.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 weeks in Finca Tabitha. We have stayed many places all over the world, but never had a view like this, it is amazing. The directions we recived from the owner, was very good, and was a great help, to find the house. The house has all you need. If you want to stay away from it all, and all in private, we certainly recommend Finca Tabitha.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Henning for your kind comments which is much appreciated. We are so fortunate in having this property especially with the views and it is nice to be able to share it with guests who are like minded. We hope to hear from you again sometime in the future, Best wishes Rory
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Great place to stay central to the coastal regions of the Costa del Sol

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful place and like a home from home. Fantastic views of the mountains and coastline and great sunsets! Very close to Nerja and other areas and the town of Competa has many places to eat and quite a lively place at night. Would definitely recommend staying here. Very peaceful and relaxing. Julie and Dave Lilley

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location and pool, well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

We did struggle to find the finca initially but once found, it was fantastic and we had a great week

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments; it is a bit off the beaten track but worth the effort once you're there!
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Fantastic location and view

  • 5 of 5

The view is enough to create the holiday. It has a great shaded balcony with 180 degree clear view form the sea to the mountains. Fantastic. Gets the morning sun but avoids the heat. Also its position on a hill means it gets a breeze which is very welcome in August! The pool is also really good in that most of the day it is part in the sun and part in the shade so you can chose.

It is a very quiet rural location with some animal noises (dogs and a donkey but they are across the valley) but it is very handy for Competa with lots of shops and decent restaurants

The bedrom ceiling fans are particularly good, quiet but effective, though a couple of the fly screens didn't fit very well (but I think someone is coming to fix that)

Its a bit hard to find in the dark, along some fairly remote tracks, so best to arrive in daylight, but all do-able in a car as long as you don't mind twisty roads/tracks. Its not that far to Nerja, as long as you don't get travel sickness!

The owner is really helpul, with excellent communications. The DVD wasn't working when we arrived, but it was all sorted very promptly

The main bathroom is a bit tight, the toilet particularly has been rather squeezed in, but otherwise all good

I would definitely recommend

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Paul for your kind comments and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your holiday. I appreciate it can sometimes be a bit of a risk to book a holiday on the basis of a few photographs on a website but we do seem to have so many happy reviews and much repeat business. Thank you for your recommendation, Rory
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A breath taking retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We have had the most wonderful two weeks at Finca Tabitha.

The villa itself is beautiful, we made a lot of use of the pools on hot days, which we had many of.

We were lucky to not get one rainy day, even on our last day the sun was shining.

The views are stunning and are the best views we have ever experienced on holiday.

The journey up to the villa isn't the quickest. However, once you are up there its worth the trip.

The road isn't too bad to navigate it's just once you get off the white concrete where it gets a bit trickier, but we soon got used to it after a few days.

Having tea out on the balcony and watching the mist set in is a spectacle which I have never seen before.

This is a little taste of paradise and I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so fortunate in having such a wonderful villa in the most wonderful part of the world and thank you so much for your kind comments. Having had the property for nearly 10 years we have much positive feedback and I am so pleased you enjoyed your 14 day stay in Finca Tabitha.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.8 Kilometres
Hotel Rural, Alberdini
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
13 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

This holiday mountain retreat acts as an ideal base for exploring the local white washed villages, walking in the hills, bird watching, horse riding, photography, painting, quad biking, hang gliding, 4x4 excursions or just lazing by the pool! Competa has a local tourist office where it is possible to arrange all or any of the above! A Spanish learning school is also situated in Competa. Ferries ply daily between the Malaga ferry terminal and the North African mainland. Further along the coast it is possible to cross the Mediterranean from Algeciras (or Tarifa) to Morocco, with or without car, which can take from 35 mins (phone 0034 956681830). Trips to Gibraltar are also possible. In the winter months there is active skiing in the Sierra Nevada about 90 minutes away.


The nearest beaches are at Nerja and Torrox (about 30 minutes away) which boasts some of the finest beaches in the Costas. Additional more secluded beaches can be found situated further along the coast. Nerja has some spectacular underground caves believed to be the largest in Europe, which are well worth viewing as well as various beach restaurants some providing excellent locally caught fish.


The nearest airport is Malaga which is about 60 minutes away. There are frequent flights from many UK airports to Malaga from less than £69 return. It is possible to rent a car at Granada airport and visit the Alhambra Palace and surrounding area and drop it off at Malaga airport at the end of the holiday. Car rental is essential and is competitively priced with prices ranging from less than £15 per day. For car rental try Scott at IVR on 01442 230050 who can usually give some pretty good prices


Competa is a 10 minute drive away. Malaga is about 45 minutes away. Granada and the Alhambra Palace is about a 90 minute drive away. Gibralter and the ferry terminal to Africa is about a 3 hour motorway drive. The Malaga ferry terminal to the North African Spanish enclave of Mellila is about an hours drive.

Further Details:

Competa is a small but thriving village which hosts a hotel, many restaurants and tapas bars, a night club and a variety of supermarkets, banks and commercial shops selling local honey and antiques, etc. A Spanish language school is also situated in Competa.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Cómpeta, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Out of Season
31 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
3 Jun 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
15 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
9 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Out of Season
14 Oct 2018 - 30 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early 2019
1 Jan 2019 - 9 Mar 2019
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
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
A non refundable 20% deposit to be taken at time of booking with the remainder 8 weeks before departure. A £100 deposit is taken against breakages and damage which will be refunded within 7 days of vacating the villa. A welcome food and drink pack can arranged at a cost of 10 euros plus the cost of the provisions requested.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday but can be negotiable. The property is available from 15.00hrs or thereabouts and should be vacated by 11.00hrs although this can also be negotiable.

Notes on prices:
3 month + bookings between mid October 2015 and up to beginning of March 2016 at £125 per week or negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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