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Casa in the Campo, 10 Mins from Antequera



Updated: 27-Oct-2016
Villa in Antequera, Andalucia - Large Private Pool, Walled Garden in Peaceful Location in National Park

Situated at the base of the Chimenea mountain with views across to El Torcal and the Sierra Nevadas towards Granada, Casa Esme is approached by a good track and is the perfect location for a peaceful holiday amongst the evergreen holm oak trees, ideal for skinny dipping and naturists in the walled garden completely secluded from the outside world and yet only 10 minutes from the buzzing medieval town of Antequera with all its amenities. A complete 'get away from it all', yet close to the spectacular El Torcal ancient rock formation, the turquoise lakes of Ardales for swimming, canoeing etc and the spectacular El Chorro gorge with its hair-raising walkway. There are eagles and vultures on the top of Chimenea and El Torcal which give wonderful airborne displays as well as an abundance of wild birds including the Hoopou and the Bee catcher. The sound of the goats with their bells waft across the valley as well as the bray of the odd donkey and neigh of the neighbouring horses. Paradise!

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I love sharing my special homes with people - and I love to live in them myself Both Casa Esme and Salt Cottage are special to me as I have worked to get them and can now share them

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you Sally for letting us stay at Casa Esme, and we will never forget the day we rolled back the big door to reveal your pretty home with its pool and gardens. Richard and Helen

We know the area well and this is the best place we have been to in Andalucia. Anna and Ian

Thank you Sally for sharing with us your enchanting home. the pool, views and surrounding area are spectacular. John and Sue

Sally, your home is lovely, the view spectacular. We were not prepared for such a setting. I would thoroughly recommend this house as a perfect holiday base. We hope to return soon. the Helliars.

The villa is lovely and in a fantastic setting, we very much hope to return. The Kelsells.

To sit by the pool and watch the mountains at breakfast was magical. The villa and its location are superb. Going home tomorrow - sorry to go!! The Damms

We came to Casa Esme to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and everything was perfect! Sue and Mark.
Feb 2006
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


bad experience

  • 2 of 5

What a disappointing holiday this turned out to be. We arrived to find some areas of the property were clean enough but some parts were dusty and covered in cobwebs. The kitchen especially was unhygienically filthy and greasy. After contacting the owner by email the property manager visited and agreed with our complaint and arranged to have the place cleaned. This should have been done before our arrival but hopefully it has been completed for future guests.

However our main issue now is over the financial side of matters. It is now 9 weeks since our departure and we have still not had our damage deposit refunded, nor have we had any communication about it in spite of several emails to the owner. We also had a similar problem when we paid for the holiday in the 1st place. We had no acknowledgement to say she had received our money, again in spite of several emails. Eventually after several weeks and a phone call we were relieved to know we had not been scammed.

What a poor way to run a business being both slapdash and definitely not confidence inspiring. Is this sour grapes because we dared to complain about her precious house?

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am disappointed that you found so many discrepancies with the house - and after 10 years of letting it through Owners Direct you are the first people to make any kind of complaint - the only complaint I have had is about the occasional windy day! I personally had not been out and I have definitely not received any subsequent emails after your initial complaint and I am sorry about the deposit but that was an oversight on my behalf. The cobwebs, I gather have now been removed - there are many spiders in the campo in the summer and the greasy kitchen could well have been from previous guests, but that has been rectified as well.
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Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Casa Esme and will not be our last!

This lovely house is the perfect getaway for anyone who enjoys peace and quiet. The owners have equipped it with everything you could possibly need. The garden is a delight and the pool a very welcome addition when the heat gets too much.

The house was spotlessly clean on our arrival. We arrived very late at night and the lights had been left of for us, it made us feel like we were coming home instead of arriving at a holiday let. The owner, Sally, is a very friendly and helpful.

When you arrive you will also find a folder with lots of information about all local attractions and restaurants etc. which is very helpful if you are new to the area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We made a few alterations to the house and updated the kitchen appliances and from then on we just loved to go to our house in the mountain for our many holidays. We have met some wonderful people, both English and Spanish, especially our neighbours scattered remotely up the track! We love the view of the mountains and put in an extra gate so we can now see across to the Sierra Nevadas 22 miles away and yet we can just nip down to the little shops in one of the hamlets on the outskirts of Antequera and yet be only 10 minutes from the centre of town. We have taken friends out and they all rave about it, so we decided that we should share it with other people when we are stuck in Blighty, so a friend told us about Owners Direct and we love having guests who always write glowing reports.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

The area is ideal for activity sports such as walking, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, paragliding at Valle de Abdalajis and canoeing, kayaking at the Ardales lakes, all of which can be arranged, as well as sunbathing by the pool! The Chimenea mountain can be climbed from a nearby old footpath as well as going up the old donkey track to the other side to El Torcal. There are numerous walks from the track. Riding can be arranged at a nearby stables who specialise in Natural Horsemanship.


The nearest coast is Malaga. To the east of Malaga is the Costa Tropical offering a varying coastline to Nerja To the west of Malaga are the well known coastal resorts such as Torremolinos and Fuengirola. Marbella is further west as is Puerta Banus for the brave and rich! All the resorts can be simply reached by duel carriage way/motorway, or for a very pleasant trip take the good mountain roads for stunning scenery and peace. ( I do have a couple of secret beaches which are very special!!!)


Malaga airport is approx 1 hour. Granada is 11/2 hours. Santa Ana station is about 5 miles and the new AVE takes you to Malaga in 20 minutes and Madrid in 21/2 hours. Alternatively there is the old line at Bobadilla station which takes you through the winding countryside and through El Chorro Gorge to Malaga, or take the train from Antequera to Granada - so much mire exciting than driving! There is a bus route at the bottom of the track to Antequera and Alora, although a car is essential.


Antequera 10 mins, lakes and El Chorro 25 mins, Granada 1 hr, Cordoba 2 hrs. Seville 2 hrs, Marbella, Puerto Banus and Ronda 1½ hrs. (I can advice you on a day out to Granada, by train and the local buses - if you book!!!!)

Further Details:

Antequera is a lovely old Moorish city with an abundance of churches, a museum, an olive oil museum and a tourist office. There are many supermarkets, restaurants and bars as well as some good designer shops. For activities there is walking from Casa Esme. Canoeing, kayaking and picnicking can be done at the Lakes near El Chorro with its famous gorge and derelict walkway, (Embalses de Galdahorce). Near there overlooking the lakes is a wonderful rustic restaurant, built over a tunnel hewn out from the rock. There you can drink, lunch or dine very well and very reasonably. There are many stables for riding including Natural Hosemanship stables which offer courses or just a one day hack. There is a wolf park down the road (Lobo Park) where Daniel and his team show you the four breeds of wolves as well as having a 'Howl Night' which starts with a BBQ and then a tour of the wolves which howl with him. (Sometimes you can them howling from Casa Esme!) The ancient rock formations of El Torcal is a must to visit although a small part of it can be seen from the villa. All the white villages in the neighbourhood are fascinating to visit and still very Spanish. Iznajar is one of the prettiest being on another lake only 1/2 an hour away. There are many good restaurants around all the villages which serve very Spanish dishes (unlike the coast with the smell of chips!) Fuenta de Piedra is a blue lagoon nearby with many flamingoes. Valle de Abdalajis (20 mins) is the flight capital of Andalucia for rock climbing etc. as well as being a quaint village with narrow streets, so there is plenty to see and do if you can tear yourself away from the pool and the BBQ and the peace at Casa Esme. There is a tourist office in Antequera in the San Sebastien Square which gives information about the area. There are many banks and ATM's in Antequera, as well as a Barclays Bank in the main street. All the shops and banks close at 2pm but the supermarkets are open from 9.15 to 9.15


Rental rates

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% is required on reservation and the balance 8 weeks before arrival. A returnable breakages deposit of £150 to be paid with deposit.

Changeover Day:
Thursday to take advantage of cheaper flights

Notes on prices:
Not suitable for children under 5 years OLD. Prices shown are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Only available in July, August and September

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Updated: 27-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

And so we have two lives!! Our Spanish life and our English life. We love the Alps and here in Spain we have the Alps in Spain with the ever changing colours of the Chimenea Mountain with its abundance of wildlife right next to El Torcal which can be seen from the sun room. The Eagles, the Vultures, the goats tinkling their bells, the amazing flora in the spring, the neighbours' horses and donkeys, the friendliness of the Spanish. We love tending the garden albeit a few disasters! We love entertaining our friends in Spain and I love going out with my girlfriends for 'wild women week' - a completely relaxing fun time with no ties or schedules! And it is such a joy that I can share this paradise without leaving my lovely house shut up. All so different from our farm in Tunbridge Wells!

Property Type

  • villa


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 1 with bath, shower, bidet, basin and WC. Bathroom 2 with shower, bidet, basin and WC and stocked medicine cupboard.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and large built-in cupboards. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and large built-in cupboards. Plenty of storage in cupboards and chests of drawers. Wonderful views from all the beds!


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: No children under 5 as the pool is deep and near the pergola. The house is built up above a cellar so it is extremely cool in the hot summer months. The sun room with its pretty pictures is double glazed and again is cool and is ideal for entertaining with its drinks trolley etc. The house is all on one level with a door off the sitting room to the bedrooms. The kitchen is probably one of the best equipped with just about everything in it for entertaining and picnicking with many cupboards filled with lovely white china. The whole house is light, airy and cool with sliding patio doors and blinds. All furnished to a high standard with some antiques. A house that is a home rather than a holiday rental property with many touching features. There is a badminton set and boules set for the energetic and many toys/lilos etc for use in the pool. Outside: Within 3/4 acre of walled garden, the large swimming pool (13x7m) with tiled steps is surrounded by a tiled area with 2 magnificent pergolas and the spectacular holm oak tree for shade. There are large teak tables and chairs under the pergolas and love seats and sunloungers all with terracotta cushions placed strategically around the pool area.The garden itself has an abundance of Mediterranean plants including roses, bottlebrushes, oranges, lilac and honeysuckle and begonias spread over the pergolas and archways, as well as planters and pots ablaze with bright geraniums and herbs. Outside the wall there is an olive grove of about 3 acres in which to stroll with views of El Torcal and the surrounding mountains. The evening sunset is spectacular as the whole of the Chimenea mountain goes a dark shade of pink. The only sound is the dong of the goats' bells wafting up the valley and the odd bray or neigh from the neighbouring donkey and horses. Completely secluded from the outside worl Utility Room: American fridge/freezer with icemaker, Bosch fullsize dishwasher, Bosch washing machine, tumble dryer,iron and ironing board. Large sliding window with conveniently placed washing line. Cool bags for picnics and shopping. Ice bucket, cheese dish. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Crisp white Egyptian cotton linen and towelling dressing gowns. Towels and swimming towels. House cleaned before and after your visit to a high standard. Pool cleaned by Ron twice a week. Hair dryer and straighteners. House overseen by professionals. Other: Large airy sun room off the sitting room with cane suite and coffee table one end and large dining table and chairs overlooking the pool, the mountain and the green holm oaks. Wonderful for breakfast watching the sunrise and entertaining friends for lunch

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