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Detached Villa With Private Pool And Stunning Views 5 Minutes Walk From Village



Updated: 30-Nov-2016
Villa in Archez, Nr. Competa, Andalucia - Peaceful Location But Only 5 Mins Walk To Restaurants, Bars And Shops. Free Broadband & UK TV

Less than 5 mins walk, on proper pavements with streetlighting, to restaurants (including Moorish and Traditional Spanish), bars, supermarkets and pharmacy, but completely private sitting in 2000 square metres of land. Walking distance to 2 other villages with restaurants, shops, bars and banks. The beautiful beaches of Nerja, Torre del Mar and Algarrobo are within 20-25 mins drive. The house is accessed by tarmac road, so no need to rent a 4x4 vehicle. The house is well equipped and furnished and is maintained by a local British couple. The property is light and airy in the summer but cosy in the winter with a wood burning stove and electric heaters. Archez is a 1 hour drive from Malaga airport and 1.5 hours to Granada and 2.5 hours to Seville. The villages of Canillas de Albaida and Corumbella are within walking distance. The resorts of Nerja and Torre del Mar are half an hour away. Skiing in the Sierra Nevada is 2 hours drive and there are two 18 hole golf courses within easy drive.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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We were looking forward to a relaxing break and that is exactly what we have found here. The gardens are stunning, the villa very comfortable and cosy. We have really enjoyed pottering about and visiting nearby villages. Had a beautiful paella in a nearby restaurant and made lemonade using the recipe from the previous guests and it was lovely.

Many thanks Margaret and Brian
Apr 2013
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La Casa de Flores

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely, relaxing couple of weeks at La Casa de Flores. The villa had everything we needed for a comfortable stay with our two young teenage boys.

The views over Archez and across the mountains are stunning. Each morning we had breakfast on the terrace in the sunshine whilst we decided whether to stay by the pool for the day or get out and about - there are many other beautiful villages to visit as well as beach resorts and places of interest such as the dramatic caves at Nerja. If you have children, the waterpark Aquavelis is also a great day out (expensive entrance fee, but worth it). There are several good places to eat in the village and lots of others in the neighbouring area.

It is a short (but steep) walk down to the village, but the Cafe/Bar Amalia is just a couple of minutes walk down the hill and has the most friendly owners - we regularly walked down for a nightcap!

You will need a car to get around, but the main roads are in good condition - it takes about 20 minutes to get from the house to the coast along picturesque winding roads.

The area is very peaceful during the day (can be a little noisy early in the morning as the sound travels up from the village when the locals are starting their day), and we certainly felt refreshed after our stay in this lovely rural retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, I am glad that you had a lovely time and that our Spanish neighbours made you welcome. One of the things that we really like about the location of our house is that we can choose to do as much or as little we want with our days. You have made good use of the close proximity to the coast to visit the water parks during the hot weather and visitors in the autumn often choose to take a day trip to Granada or Seville which are both stunning cities but far too hot in the peak summer months. We also like to have a nightcap in Cafe/Bar Amalia, the owners Imma and Juan are lovely, all of our visitors say nice things about them. After one of Juan's drinks you are certainly guaranteed a great nights sleep!! they also serve lovely churros y chocolate for breakfast at the weekends. It goes without saying that you are more than welcome to return to our house at any time in the future.
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Idyllic location

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful property with everything you would need for a perfect holiday. The outside space was beautiful with amazing views over the villages and countryside. Normally the climate is a bit less intense, heat-wise, in September but we stayed during a heatwave with temperatures in the 40s! Air-conditioning would have been a nice addition but the lack of it did not spoil our time at Casa de Flores (we slept outside on the terrace!). Would recommend this to people who like the outdoors as the walking around Archez is fabulous, just time it for when the weather is not too hot!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mary I am glad that you both enjoyed your time in our house. I am stunned that the temperature was as high as 40 degrees as it has usually dropped down to a comfortable 27 by then! I am pleased that you loved the views from our terrace, we think that they are stunning. Yes, the walking around Archez is amazing but not in 40 degree heat, I would be submerged in the pool at those temperatures! November to the end of May are the most popular walking months. Hope to see you again in the future
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A fabulous find!

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to enjoy a week at Casa De Flores in mid August. The villa is easily accessible located on a good, albeit steep road overlooking the beautiful white village of Archez. The centre of the village can be reached in approx. 5mins by meandering down the hill with a couple of good bars, supermarket and restaurants within easy walking distance. If you want to get away from it all and experience the real Spain this is the place to go however the busier town of Competa is only 10 minutes by car.

The villa is set in extensive grounds with lots of outdoor living space, early risers can watch the morning sun come up over the mountains from the villa porch. Whilst the barbeque / dining area is perfect for relaxing on long, summer evenings. As you wander along the terrace and into the gardens sample the fruit from grape vines, lemon, lime, almond and fig trees whilst taking in the superb views. The pool is well maintained and great for a dip to cool down from the heat of the summer sun, 4 comfortable sun loungers complete the pool area .

Inside the villa is a real home from home, clean and well furnished with a rural feel. The kitchen is well equipped and the Wifi connection stood up to the demands of our teenagers! plus the satellite TV gives access to UK TV programmes. The newly fitted bathroom is excellent with a powerful shower over the bath and plenty of hot water. Wooden shutters and ceiling fans keep the house cool.

Margaret our host was so helpful and gave us lots of tips and information about the local area, she also put us in touch with Maria a local taxi driver - a great find! with fabulous service who took us to La Feria in Malaga and Competa at a reasonable price.

We wouldn't hesitate in recommending Casa De Flores to all our friends and family. We look forward to returning again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karen Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review, it was a pleasure to have you and your family to stay at our house and you are welcome to return at any time in the future. I also love the view of the sun coming up from behind the hills in the morning and the terrace at the end of the house, where the grapevines are, is a good spot to watch the sun going down but my favourite place, by far, to enjoy the sunset is sitting on the terrace of Bar La Extramena sipping a nice glass of Rioja whilst waiting for Sonja to bring my dinner!! The terrace at Restaurant Amalia also has stunning views.Visitors are more than welcome to pick any seasonal fruits and nuts from our trees during their stay. I am looking forward to going over in October when I will get the last of the figs but the oranges should just be ripening for me to have very fresh orange juice for breakfast. Thank you for your lovely comments about our house and gardens , we have a great management team and I will pass your comments to them as they will have prepared the house and gardens for your arrival. Hope to see you gain in the future. Best Regards Margaret and Brian
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Gorgeous villa with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a very relaxing two week holiday staying at the beautiful Casa de Flores. The villa was just what we wanted and more. A well equipped villa in a private setting with amazing views we still were within walking distance of local amenities. We didn't hire a car as my husband drives for a living and wanted a break from driving. This wasn't a problem as Margaret arranged our transfers to and from the airport with the local taxi 'Maria' who we also used during the two weeks when we ventured to the neighbouring village of Competa. Archez offers 4 excellent bar/ restaurants and a well stocked village shop. Margaret was happy to answer any questions we had prior to departure as well as forwarding lots of useful information about the villa and local area.

We highly recommend Casa de Flores and hope to return. With regard to the steepness of hill on which the villa is sat with views to admire and an excellent bar/restaurant half way up .... we didn't find it a problem!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you visit our holiday home and you are more than welcome to return. An increasing number of our guests are choosing to not hire a car and we are always happy to arrange airport transfers with Maria. I am glad that you enjoyed the local restaurants, I very rarely cook when I am over as the local food is lovely and not at all expensive. We hope to see you again soon
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Total chill out !

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 2 weeks in September. As we didn't hire a car, Margaret arranged for a taxi to pick us up from the airport. The villa is very clean and comfortable and has everything you need plus more.

The pool was great to cool down and there is a lovely patio to sit under if it gets too hot where you can enjoy the lovely view and look across to Archez.

You can make this holiday as active or inactive as you like. If you want active you really need a car but if like us you just want to chill, a car is not necessary.

There is a well stocked supermarket in the village which is a 5 minute walk away. It did stock fresh meat but they only seemed to get it in at the weekends.

The bars and restaurants are lovely and really cheap. Café Amalia, about 100m from the villa sells pre-cooked meals. We never tried them, but they did provide us with a barbeque pack so that we could use the BBQ at the villa.

We really didn't venture out of Archez for the two weeks except when we went to Competa one evening. It was well worth the visit and the 25 euros return in the taxi. There are plenty of walks and I walked up to the next village of Cannillas in about 20 minutes. There is a butcher and a fishmonger in that village, but a fish van made daily visits to Archez and while we never tried it, it was very popular with the locals.

The garden in the villa is great with lovely flowers and loads of fruit trees. We thought we had won a watch when we arrived with the 'lime' trees bursting with fruit for our G&Ts. It was only at the end of the fortnight when the 'limes' were getting bigger and bigger and turning lighter that we realized they were oranges!

Would thoroughly recommend Casa de Flores and this area for a holiday.

People here don't speak much English so remember you Spanish phrasebook.

The only slightly bad point is that the last 20m up to the villa is very steep - but it did provide a good workout !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that you had a great time at our house, you are welcome to return any time. I am glad that you made good use of the local restaurants as they are extremely good value, We have had the home made ready meals from Café Amalia, the chicken and chorizo casserole is delicious. I have not had the barbeque pack but I know that the burgers and sausages are home made by Dot and other people have told us that they are great. The local supermarket also has frozen pork chops, chicken breasts, king prawns etc in the freezer cabinet. I enjoyed your story about the limes which were unripe oranges. I hope to be picking them ripe, fresh from the tree next week for my breakfast juice. John , our gardener, keeps the garden beautiful for us and Jenny takes great pride in her cleaning standards so we are glad that you were pleased. And yes, the last 2 minutes walk up from the village has contoured our calf muscles beautifully. Thank for such a great review. Best Regards Margaret and brian
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Holiday at La Casa De Flores

  • 5 of 5

The villa is very comfortable and has everything you need for your holiday. The property is very well kept and we found it to be very clean and comfortable inside and out. The views from the many seating areas are magnificent and even more beautiful than the pictures on the website. The villa and grounds had everything we needed, the pool was lovely and clean and our children really enjoyed playing in it for much of the day every day.

The local village was very pretty, the narrow streets are charming and look as though they haven't changed in centuries! We found the local restaurants to be very reasonably priced and the food was superb everywhere we ate. Margaret's information pack and suggestions were very helpful in aiding our enjoyment of our holiday.

There was enough to entertain our family of four within the village and local surroundings for the week and we probably wouldn't bother with a hire car if we came again in the future.

Overall I would recommend this as a fabulous villa in a unique, beautiful location.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review , it was a pleasure to have you and your family spend your holiday at La casa de Flores. I am glad that you had a great time and that you have enjoyed the local restaurants. They are very much cheaper that the restaurants on the coast and I really don't bother cooking at all now when I am over and I make good use of the 1 euro coffee in the bar avenida. Our property managers will very much appreciate the comments about the cleanliness of the inside and outside of the house and the pool water, I will pass your comments to them. If I go over for week, I don't bother renting a car so if you should decide to return, and you are more than welcome to do so, I will be happy to make arrangements with Maria for you. Best Regards margaret
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From the Owner

After viewing 14 properties in 3 days, we fell in love with this one as soon as we came through the gates. The gardens and terraces are beautiful and the views are absolutely stunning. Because we are driving a lot at work we wanted to be within walking distance of at least 1 restaurant and 1 supermarket. We are lucky enough to be able to walk to 5 restaurants and 2 supermarkets in our own village and a similar number in the next village. I often travel to our villa alone and wanted to have somewhere that was private but not isolated. The real deciding factor though, was the warmth of the local people. Our village is a small Spanish community where the most valuable assets are family and friends.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Malaga at 55 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Cafe Bar Amalia at 600 Metres Nearest Ferry : Tarifa at 70 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Baviera Golf at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Amalia at 600 Metres Nearest Beach : Algorobbo at 15 Kilometres Car: not necessary


The nearest beach is 15 kilometres away at Algorrobo and the beaches at Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar are within 30 minutes drive. All of the beaches have Blue Flag status.


Malaga airport is 55 kilometres away (1 hour driving) and Tarifa ferry port is 70km. Although the villa is within a very short walking distance of restaurants, bars supermarkets etc a car is recommended to explore the surrounding area. We know that some visitors prefer not to rent a car and whilst we cannot provide airport transfers ourselves, we can liaise with Maria,the local taxi driver to arrange airport transfers from and to Malaga airport for 70 euros each way. Maria is an excellent driver


Archez village 5 minutes walk.

Canillas de Albaida, 2 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk.

Competa, 8 minutes drive

Granada and Alhambra Palace, 1.5 hours drive.

Seville, 2.5 hours drive.

Shopping malls, cinema complex, golf courses and Water Theme Park, 30 minutes drive

Sierra Nevada and skiing 2 hours.

Further Details:

Archez, Canillas de Albaida and Competa are a cluster of white villages featured in the Andalucian wine trail. The cluster provides a wide range of amenities including shops, supermarkets, banks, beauty parlours, fantastic selection of restaurants and bars, pharmacies and even internet cafes and a gym!. Each village has its own market day. There is horseriding, tennis and mountainbiking available locally, as well as winetasting in local bodegas. For museums witha difference try the wine museum or even the raisin museum!. Join in the street parties at the local fiesta days and weeks. the fiestas vary from village to village so you have always got a good chance of a party.

In the Autumn and Winter Archez is a walkers paradise with many superb walks starting from outside our front gates. We have walking guides of the area in our house but if you would like the company of an experienced local walker, we can supply contact details of a British walker who lives in Archez from November to April. Walks can be tailored to experience and fitness level.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Nov 2016- April 2017
29 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
April 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2017
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Please feel free to call us on the telephone numbers listed.
A 25% non refundable deposit is required upon booking and the balance, which is non refundable. The balance is payable 6 weeks prior to arrival together with a security and good housekeeping deposit of £150.This security deposit will be refunded approx 1 week after the end of your holiday following return of the keys and subject to the property being left clean and undamaged. Visitors are advised to take appropriate insurance cover for cancellation as all monies once paid are non refundable unless we are able to re let the dates . We will provide you with written proof of your booking and amount paid to assist you if you need to make a cancellation claim against your travel insurance policy. We accept payment by personal cheque, bank transfer or PayPal via the secure paypal site. If paying by PayPal please add 4% to cost to account for paypal charges.

Changeover Day:
Access to the property is at 3pm and departure is 10.00am. Bookings in the peak season-July to end of Sept are from Sat to Sat and in multiples of 7 days but there is the potential for flexibility outwith these months dependant on other bookings.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds including utility costs, however the house and grounds are for the sole occupancy of the people advised to us on the original booking. If you wish to make any changes to your booking in terms of the number of people in your party or the ages of children travelling, please consult with us in advance. Breaks of 4 nights or more are available from Nov to March at a cost of £340 for 4 nights, £365 for 5 and £390 for 6. From Nov to March the house can be rented per month for £1260.00,no discounts are available on this price. In July and August a £50 discount is available for 2 people sharing for 2 weeks or more. To rent for 4 weeks or more from April to Oct, please contact owner for the price.

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From the Owner

The fact that the village is very self contained means that we don't always need to rent a car as we can buy everything that we need locally. If we want to take a trip to Granada, Seville etc we will rent a car, but if not, Maria, the local taxi driver, will collect us at the airport and take us back there at the end of our holiday. The majority of our returning guests do not rent a car now.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 80 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Newly renovated large family bathroom with shower over bath (constant hot water system), wc, washbasin, laundry basket,illuminated mirror and chrome radiator Turbo power hairdrier with styling attachments.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 + baby (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, large fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables with lamps and ceiling fan. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, large fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers & lamps Both rooms have shuttered windows with insect nets and portable fan.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The house is comfortably furnished and maintained by a local British couple . This house is a fantastic base for all types of holidaymakers. There is horse riding, tennis and mountain biking available locally as well as some of the best restaurants in Andalucia. Mountain bikes can be hired locally. The area is a walker's paradise and there is a walking guide to the area in the house for reference. Guided walks of the area with an experienced local guide are available from November to April. Pool open from April to end of October. For serious shoppers there are 2 major shopping complexes within an easy drive. If you fancy a swim in the winter, there is a brand new indoor, heated pool less than 10 minutes away. Outside: The villa is in a fabulous location within a couple of minutes walk of Archez village, but with spectacular village and mountain views. Less than 10 minutes drive on tarmac road takes you straight into the centre of Competa. Everything you could need for country living but with easy access to village life on foot or by car. Wonderful outside space with glorious established gardens. As you come through the double gates we think you will love the sight of the private pool surrounded by 2000 square metres gardens, avocado trees and terraces covered in jasmine and bougainvillea. The terraces go on and on round the house and around corners to give you private seating areas at different levels both in sun and shade. There are mature trees and plants including lemon, orange, almond and figs and there's no problem reaching out to pick an avocado for lunch! The pool and garden are well equipped with sun loungers, dining and coffee tables and chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels for the bathroom are provided. Please bring your own for the beach and pool. Beds are made up prior to arrival and a set of fresh linen supplied for 2 week rentals. The house is cleaned before and after occupation. Other: There is travel cot and highchair available in the villa for the use of clients. There is ample space in either of the bedrooms to locate the cot. Please supply your own baby pillow for the cot if you wish to use it.

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