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Lovely Village house, Private Courtyard Garden & Pool, in Beautiful Countryside.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

House in El Colmenar, Nr. Gaucin - Peaceful Location in the Parque Natural Alcornocales

El Deseo is a charming townhouse providing privacy, comfort and quality, with its own pool and courtyard, in the old part of the quiet Andalucian village of El Colmenar, also known as Estacion de Gaucin. The village is in the midst of the mountainous Parque Natural Alcornocales with the river just a 5min. walk away. Within easy reach of the coast and the major sites of Andalucia: El Deseo is approx an hour's drive north of Gibraltar. The house would suit a couple or up to 4 people, with its two spacious, double/twin bedrooms and has a secluded south facing walled courtyard with a mosaic tiled swimming pool and lovely countryside views. Local food shops and some excellent restaurants and bars are within walking distance. The house is accessible via road and by train. Decorated and furnished to a high standard, El Deseo provides the opportunity for a tranquil holiday experience as well as scope for walking, cycling, horse riding, canyoning, bird watching and golfing.

Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2017

About Richard

We live in west London and both of us work in the mental Health field. Having a space in the South of Spain gives us a lovely retreat from the busy-ness of 21st century life: a simpler way of living and being that enriches our lives and steeps us in the very different feel and flavours of the Andalucian culture.

We have had the house for almost 10 years now, and are fortunate to be able to spend more and more time there ourselves. We enjoy having guests to visit our home, knowing that they can also share in the beauty and simplicity of the space.

Richard purchased this house in 2004

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We have enjoyed a lovely week at El Deseo. It is a really lovely, well equipped house with a very attractive pool and courtyard - where we spent most of our time swimming."

Jane, Julia, Jessica and Cecily, August 2011

"We found the village delightful, along with all the friendly people who made us very welcome...It's been very hot this week and the pool came into its own".

Marie and Roger, February 2008.

"We feel well chilled out now after only 3 days and would love to return to this idyllic spot".

Richard and Shirley, Estoril, Portugal, February 2008

"The house is wonderful. We had everything we could have needed and felt very comfortable here".

Helen and Darren, September 2007

"Everything was perfect!"

Debbi and Jan (The Netherlands), May 2007
May 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Serranía de Ronda in Andalusia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 bathroom with large, fully tiled shower, wash basin and WC. Also with shaving point.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, or 2 singles + cd player. Bedroom 2 with king size bed, or 2 singles. Bedding is supplied. Both rooms have French windows opening onto the courtyard with pool. Mosquito nets and fans are provided. A child cot is available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • caves
  • forests
  • playground
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The wood burning fireplace in the lounge area and the heating by wall mounted radiators throughout the house, makes the house very comfortable in winter. Electric blankets are also available in the winter months. A stair gate available for young children. We also have a small selection of board games. A good selection of CDs and around 80 recent and classic DVDs available for our guests. Outside: Blue mosaic tiled pool with saline filter system (less chlorine). Depth is 140cm. Overall around 18 sq.m. Cleaned and maintained professionally throughout the year. The courtyard is not overlooked. There is inbuilt wall lighting and the working well which has been re-built into a large table. A beautiful orange tree provides natural shade (and fruit). Chairs (6), sunshades (3) and sun loungers (4) are provided. The courtyard is ideal for alfresco dining and relaxing. There is also a Weber easy-clean barbecue to enhance the outdoor dining experience. Utility Room: Washing machine in purpose-built cupboard next to the courtyard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Egyptian cotton towels and bed linen are included in the price. The house is cleaned prior to your visit, on Friday/Saturday - the changeover day. Fresh bedding is available for each week of your stay. Our housekeeper lives oppposite the property. Other: Dining area with wooden table, chairs and bench to seat up to 6. A travel cot with sheets and purpose built mosquito net is also available for use in bedroom 1. There are electric radiators throughout.


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(1 traveller reviews)



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This was a fantastic property just 30mtrs from the local Bars and Restaurants which were not crowded or noisy.

The property was very well equipped and extremely clean. There is ample hot water when needed and a great shower. The pool is a welcome feature after a long day out and the patio or if you prefer the balcony provide great outdoor spaces.

The locals are very friendly and helpful and the local mini market has sufficient to provide for your needs.

All in all a fantastic place to get away from it all and experience real Spain.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
26 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A booking deposit of 50% is required. Full payment 4 weeks before arrival. Payment by bank transfer in either sterling or euros.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is Friday or Saturday. 11am check out, 4pm arrival. Some flexibility may be possible. Please contact us regarding this.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds for 2 people. For 4 people please add £50 per week.

Lets over 2 weeks may be available at reduced rates.

Reductions for single parents + children - please email us for prices.

Please note: we can also be paid in euros.

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