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Traditional Spanish Country House In The Countryside Near Alora, Malaga

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Country House in the province of Alora, Malaga, Andalucia - Relax and Take In The Unique Breathtaking Views to Alora; El Chorro and Valley Del Abdalajis

From the extensive patio area you have views of the rolling hills in front of the finca over to the sierras and beyond. Alora glimmers on the hillside by day and the town twinkles at night. The finca is built in traditional style to a high standard. High wooden ceilings, terracotta floor tiles and white walls offer a taste of Spanish country lifestyle with comfort and well thought out facilities. Take a 30 minute drive to the lakes of El Chorro and you can BBQ, eat at one of the restaurants with fabulous views over the lakes, swim, canoe or fish. Local restaurants are on hand to suit every pocket. Heading north is the unique ‘Lobo’ wolf park where moonlit BBQs are held and at dusk the wolves’ howl and you can join in! Antequera is a small city with shops, churches, bullring and a café lifestyle. Still within 35 minutes is Malaga old town for culture, cafes, art galleries, museums and extremely good restaurants and bars. Venture further afield but within the hour, Marbella and Porta Banus and see the world’s finest yachts on display, or Ronda, a picturesque town high on a cliff.

Karen Honey
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2018

About Karen Honey

I live in Oxfordshire and work in London, but holiday in Alora because Andalucia is such a stunning area of Spain.

I have worked in the public sector housing department for 24 years and working hard, commuting each day, means my breaks to Finca Miel have always been valued very much.

Recently my 'not mum' of 72 joined me at easter for the first time, she fell in love with it could not resist the pool! and we have already booked for september.

Karen Honey purchased this villa in 2004

Why Karen Honey chose Álora

A returning guest this year said it best of all...

"I started to write this from the Finca, but always got distracted by the urgency of standing perfectly still to listen to the silence, or just looking open mouthed, again and again, at that view. Then there were all those time consuming urgent tasks like swimming in the pool, pottering up the hill to see the 360 degree panorama from the field behind the house - oh and mustn’t forget all those breakfasts and dinners watching the sun rise and set!

So this letter never got written!

Had I written it I would have said that being at Finca Miel “replenishes my soul”. I can’t think of another way of expressing it.

We’ve been coming to the hills and valley around Alora for years, and I can’t imagine not wanting to return forever. In the early days we thought we could afford a 2nd home, but that was just before the 2008 crash hit us, so it’s probably more of a ‘dream’ now. So in the meantime we will just keep returning, and hopefully renting Finca Miel lots and lots!

We’re already making plans for next year, and this time April/May look promising. I wonder if you have any bookings yet, or if you are going out yourself?"

For me it is a fabulous area that offers infinite views without moving from the patio if I don't want to. Alora is a vibrant spanish town with all festivals celebarted in traditional ways that are great to see and only a 5 min drive away.

I am always discovering new tapas bars to delight the taste buds.

Just 35 mins from the sea is great, yet the cost of living here makes holidays far more affordable compared to the coast. 30 mins from the lakes at El Chorro that have to be seen to be believed. Its has the balance of escapism, yet it is within an hours drive from cities like Antequera, Ronda, Malaga and Marbella that give you culture and richness in whatever you are looking for.

Granada the snow topped mountains of the sierras and Seville under 2 hours away.

What makes this villa unique

It has to be the view to the mountain ranges where nature paints a new picture to explore every day and so vibrant and clear in the winter and spring, hazy romanticism in the summer with the lights of Alora in front of you at night

It really has a sense of getting away without remoteness or being in pitch black at night and just off a good road easy to find.

Not being overlooked gives you real privacy with a few neighbours below.

It was just an empty shell when I bought it so I was able to form the outside area to deal with sun, shade, wind and maintain the views just how I wanted, a true extension to the house with patio and pool directly outside the front door.

Good BBQ as I am a great fan of cooking outside with comfy seating and dining area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

we had a wonderful time in your fantastic accomodation - Nigel

'Many thanks for the use of your lovely house-we had a superb holiday'

'The facilities and the standard is very high, you can see it has not been furnished just for letting'

'We have stayed in several villas and yours is supurb, we will be back thank you'

'The views are breathtaking and once we had stocked up we hardly moved'
Mar 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Álora in Valle del Guadalhorce

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • no smoking is permitted indoors no glasses round the pool - plastic glasses are provided guests to be considerate with no loud music after 23:00
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Sink, storage shelving, mirror with lighting
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , sink, shelving, mirror with lighting
  • Bathroom 1 is very spacious with toilet; bidet; hand basin; bath and integral shower with plenty of storage space. Bathroom 2 has a shower, hand basin and toilet with storage space.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) I master king size, 1 double and 1 twin room Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom1: king-size bed, double wardrobe, 2 chest of drawers, table and electric fan. Bedroom 2: pine double bed, wardrobe, shelves, side tables and electric fan. Bedroom 3: twin room, quality single beds, side table, two chest of drawers and electric fan.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: I Pad and I Pod adapters, cables for your own films and music Outside: Outside is an extensive patio with outdoor dining suite seating 10 with ease, a purpose built BBQ that looks out over the lights of Alora at night, comfortable 3 piece suite and coffee table. The terrace has dappled shade provided under a large pergola and access to full sun next to the private pool. Side planters with high rear walls offer all round greenery, flowers and act as wind breakers. The pool is 8x4m, you can stand up at both ends of the pool if you are 1.62 meters tall. This means ample space for pool games without treading water! There are endless walking opportunities and 2 stables in walking distance from the finca to suit all skills and experience. From the terrace you can view sierras over towards the lakes of El Chorro and up to the Valley Del Abdalajis climbing crags where you often see parasending taking place. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We ask guests to bring their own pool/beach towels. We must advise guests there is no smoking inside the house. Other: Patio area has an excellent brick built BBQ with gas ring adjacent and lit counters for easy summer cooking. An easy clean terracotta tiled dining table and benches that seat 10 comfortably. Mini outdoor suite with cushions and 4 sun loungers.


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Traditional Spanish Country House In The Countryside Near Alora, Malaga
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

Like in heaven :-)

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful four day stay at Finca Miel; the loction is unbeatable, the sunsets wonderful, the house just what you need, nice beds, great kitchen, room size is perfect. We traveled with a nine year old - and she loved it and we relaxed. We hope for another Time-out there soon. And for those fearing to be too remote; don't worry you reach all interesting places within no time, thanks Karen, Andrea

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrea nothing makes me happier than a review as complimentary as yours. I enjoy sharing this special space, especially when you just get it, and enjoy it. Thank you, karen 🤗👍
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Finca Miel

  • 5 of 5

The house is a perfect place to stay. The descrition of the house is completely accurate and facilities are very good. The house is really comfortable and it has marvellous views.

The owner provided us all the information needed. I would recommend this house to everyone willing to enjoy the countryside.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am always so pleased when guests enjoy this special bit of Andalusia and the country feel of the house - thank you so much for taking time to give us a review karen
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Beautiful Finca

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late at night in the dark and awoke the next morning to the stunning views. What an amazing position. It is only a short drive inland from the coast but a totally different world - a taste of real Spain.

January, and in the all too short 3 days we were there the temperature reached 18 degrees and glorious sunshine.

The finca is beautifully rustic (love all the terracotta dishes and pots) and not overlooked by any other property. It has plenty of room, very comfortable beds and everything you need. Internet access was very good, but do yourselves a favour and turn off all of your technology and just soak up the peaceful and relaxing surroundings.

We met our daughter who is staying nearby in El Chorro and she took us on a few walks in the mountain forests and lakes nearby. We had a meal in a restaurant high up overlooking a lake. It was warm enough to eat on the outside terrace. Absolutely amazing scenery.

The owner Karen responded very quickly to our emails and sent us very useful information on the property with detailed directions to the finca from the airport.

We would definitely stay here again but next time for longer.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Finca Miel is a second home to me in a place I love, so when guests 'get it' and enjoy their stay it makes me very happy. Thank you so much for the kind review, see you again 👍 Karen
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April Holiday in Alora

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful villa in a fabulous location. Alora is a beautiful village with plenty of bars and restaurants. Accommodation was well equipped, the 2 bathrooms were a godsend. Everything was very clean and well set out. The weather was fine with only one rainy afternoon but there was always a breeze blowing, the pool was lovely but too cold for me - the teenagers did manage to get in on one occasion. Internet access was brilliant, TV, DVDs and games also very handy in the evening.

We tended to eat out in the day and just have a simple supper or barbecue in the evenings so that we didn't have to drive up the access track at night. .

Excellent holiday - would definitely return - I think in Summer perhaps to make more use of the pool and loungers. Lots of things to do in the area and it was also very scenic with all the orange and lemon trees and olive groves.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Finca in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

I don't know whether to praise the Finca or the view first. Finca it is - perfect homely and comfortable house, everything you think you might need, good beds, broadband and facilities - great CD collection too. Plenty of space, just an all round very pleasant space. Outside is a view that will knock your socks off. The Finca sits atop a hill (about 500 metres up a gravel track) as the last in a row of a handful of other properties. It's not overlooked at all. The view is panoramic and unspoilt. It was a bit too cool for us to use the pool, although there was sun all day. A ten minute drive down to Alora, an hour to Marbella, close to lakes at El Chorro and forty minutes to airport. A great find for us, recommended highly.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear first guest of 2016 I couldn't have said it better myself and so pleased you saw Finca Miel as I did when I was searching. The connections are fab and you can buy a house, but not the view !! kind regards Karen
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  • 5 of 5

Arrived here late at night and travelled up steep track not sure what we had let our selves in for - thru the gates and in the pitch dark looked down on the lights of Alora and thought this is going to be special. We had a amazing ten days. The next day we walked out to breathtaking views, listening to bells on the herd of goats opposite in the valley.

The Villa - Is well laid out - Two bathrooms (Helpful with teenagers) Lots of kitchen equipment, books, games,dvds and Cds. Pool is crystal clear.

We went out to Gibaltar. Malaga, Marbella and Alora. The information Karen gives you is extremely good and helpful. Use the supermarkets and Tapas bars in Alora - they are cheaper and good quality.

I personally think this place is undersold - book it - you will be pleasantly surprised.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You can buy a house but you cannot buy a place or a view, that is unique. Why not come see for yourself?! I have had many positive comments and feedback over the years, with many returning guests, but, nothing pleases more than when you come and enjoy what Finca Miel has to offer and see just how special it is. Thank you so much for taking time to share your personal review. yours Karen.
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Nearest Airport
43 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Valley Sol
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
several in bella vista
Nearest Ski
157 Kilometres
Granada, Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
43 Kilometres
Guadalamar, Torromolinos
Car: necessary

Special interests for your holidays:

Alora the local village is vibrant busy packed with shops, restaurants, tapas bars, morning cafes. Fiestas are very well attended with lots of activity packing the town with spanish culture and a great atmosphere.

Rock climbing and para gliding, scrambling in nearby towns and villages, yoga centre. El Chorro lakes are freshwater non motorised water enjoyment with canoes and floats.

El Torcal national parquet is stunning and has morning walks to really enjoy the impressive views and unique rock formation. Handy to drop into Antequera afterwards for great tapas bars and restaurants as well architecture and bull ring.

The Lobo (Wolf) Park on the way to Antequera is a wonderful and intersting option for all the family - with insight into how wolves live and a great full moon outdoor BBQ and howling!!


Nearest airport is Malaga 45 mins door to door. Car hire is essential.

Please note that all car hire companies require a current credit card to be produced at the time of pick up. I have been using DelPasso and found their cars in good condition and reasonable, tank is full to return full.


Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
31 Mar 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Rate 2
30 Jun 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Rate 4
30 Sep 2018 - 30 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday however, this is flexible.

Notes on prices:
Prices are based on a 4 person rental basis. Please add £50 per person, per week, for 5th and 6th guests. An additional £50 per week over all British bank holidays. A £100 refundable deposit is required to reserve the finca, the deposit is refunded within 5 working days of the keys being returned and no damages confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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