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Award Winning Garden Cottage and Patio Room Apartment next to dunes and beach - Garden Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 60 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights



Garden Cottage

The Garden Cottage apartment is a peaceful home from home. It is beautifully furnished and has everything you need for a holiday or longer stay. Perfect for romantic breaks, honeymoons and is a relaxing retreat from the outside world. Can accommodate a baby or child also. As enjoyable during the winter months when the sun lounge and terrace benefit from the Costa del Sol winter sun. It has a sun lounge with large picture windows looking on to the garden and patio doors to it´s own private terrace and garden. Large sofa and round dining table (seats 4). Sony TV/video with UK satellite and stereo equipment. Cable or WiFi internet included. Washing m/c, hairdryer, ironing facilities. The large 1 bedroom has superking or twin beds and quality cotton bed linen. The separate bathroom has a walk-in shower, sink, WC, washing machine. There is a separate kitchen with hob, oven, microwave and fridge. Air Con and heating. WiFi. TV Sky Sat free channels.

About the property

Beach and nature

Secluded and relaxing, this uplifting haven is a retreat into nature, in a quiet yet convenient area close to Marbella. Backing onto the protected Las Dunas Nature Reserve with unspoiled views of dunes and sea, just moments walk to the beach through nature to Las Dunas de Artola and Cabopino beach and marina, on scenic raised wooden walkways. A good choice of local beach bars and restaurants. The self contained 1 bed Patio Room Apartment guests enjoy relaxing on the roof sun terrace with 360 deg views of mountains and sea, perfect for sunbathing and dreaming the day away. The Garden Cottage with its own private sun terrace and garden has views of garden, dunes and sea. A few moments walk to beautifull Cabopino Marina, with many fish restaurants, bars, beach and water sports. 15 minutes drive to Marbella centre. The perfect place to relax, unwind and restore. See our virtual tour at http://www.thevirtualtourist.info/casamadden.html

Jane Gould
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
10 April, 2017

About Jane Gould

I am lucky enough to be the resident owner here at 'Casa Madden'. I live here all year round, together with a few 4 footed best friends. I really enjoy welcoming guests to the house. It's great to see how much people relax here and enjoy the garden, the natural surroundings and of course, the local scenic wooden dune walkways and beaches. I am always on hand to share local info about restaurants, travel etc so guests get the most from their stay. I regularly hear things like 'I wish we were staying longer' and 'we will be back!' which really says it all.

Jane Gould purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Jane Gould chose Marbella area

The first time I entered 'Casa Madden' I just knew I had to make it mine - it was love and I was spellbound. Dilapidated and in need of much care but after nine months of refurbishment work the first guests arrived and ever since, everyone who has stayed, has enjoyed the same 'Casa Madden' magic that I felt that first day. Set amongst pines with nothing but nature and the Mediterranean Sea to look at, no buildings to spoil the view and the wonderful mountains behind - it has the 'wow' factor. The garden has a tropical feel and blends into the natural surroundings here. It's so peaceful and uplifting - quite addictive really!

What makes this apartment unique

If you want to really 'chill' and enjoy time out in a lovely home next to nature and the beach yet be in easy reach of Marbella and walking distance to local Cabopino marina with great choice of local restaurants then 'Casa Madden' is for you. This is a real paradise that you may want to keep a secret. The newly completed scenic wooden walkways through the dunes to the local beach are a plus and as on site owner I am discreetly at hand to help with local knowledge questions.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A very well kept secret, that deserves to be shared. It's a beautifully kept apartment that feels homely and holiday like at the same time. From the beautiful lavender fragranced cotton bed sheets to the three eating areas, to the luscious garden views, not to mention the view over the dunes to Morocco - everything is wonderful, and you will not be disappointed. Quite possibly the nicest bit of the coast! Easy access to restaurants,beach, and walkways that go indie miles. And perfect for sight seeing central base too. Once you've been, you'll definitely want to go back! Loved it, Thank you.
Nov 2016
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We are happy to offer flexible changeover days. Please advise anticipated time of arrival. Guests expecting a late departure may hold their apartment for an extra charge.
Prices are for two persons sharing.
WiFi, beach towels, beach sun parasols all included.
We are pet friendly! Please inquire for long term winter rates and pet vacations.
Bedding and towels provided with fresh weekly change.
Housekeeping available - €uro 15 per hour.


Accommodation and facilities for Garden Cottagein Artola in West Costa del Sol

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 60 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Cot and single bed available for families
  • Bed 1.90 meter wide. Can be twin beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Just a few moments walk to the beach through nature reserve and dunes. Wow factor top deck sun terrace with 360 views of Mediterranean across the dunes and mountain views, wonderful for sunbathing, relaxing, and enjoying the unspoiled views. The Patio Apartment and the Garden Cottage share a traditional Andalucian courtyard with flowers, palm tree and fountain so families and friends who reserve both apartments have the whole wing of the property to themselves. A paradise and refuge to recharge your batteries. Outside: Teak Sun beds and table and chairs on the top sun roof terrace with views of Mediterranean sea and mountains. Lovely pavilion for perfect roof top relaxing shade. Comfy layout beds and parasol for Patio Apt guests in the Patio. Garden hammock. Beach parasols, beach towels and cold box available for guests use free of charge.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)


Disappointed in the property, the management and the total rental experience.

  • 2 of 5

We did not enjoy our 6 night stay for the following reasons:

1. The promised Wi-Fi did not work.

2. The promised TV did not work.

3. Contrary to the tenor of the property's description as one having direct and easy access to the dunes and beach from a secluded and private quiet beach cottage, we found it to be attached to the owner's personal residence and an additional apartment with a shared courtyard. There was very little privacy and no available direct access to the beach. Further, in addition to the numerous deferred maintenance issues we found, there was a strong recurring odor in both the kitchen and bathroom. On two occasions, the owner entered the unit without notification and left the unit open to our personal valuables. We have been renting similar accommodations for many years and find this experience unacceptable. We do not recommend this rental.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am pleased to respond to your review. Firstly, you were provided with the same level of service and help and assistance that all our guests receive. You certainly appeared to be enjoying your stay and expressed to me and my father, that you found it so peaceful and relaxing it was ´hard to get out´ and that you loved the area in general. You also thanked me for the gift of homemade marmalade. Our listing does not state that there is automatic dune access via the back gate, although my father kindly showed you how to use the garden gate exit securely. We have no problem with this. There are a choice of access opportunities to the dune area from the quiet front street. The rental property layout is accurately described in our listing. Regarding room odours, it was noted that no windows or doors were opened by you at any time during your stay. Machine loads of wet laundry were visable hanging from the lounge curtain rail inside the apartment, in spite of good weather conditions and choice of outside drying equipment provided. I was so concerned at the level of damp that was visible from the outside that I decided it was vital to take action to air the apartment. I prefer not enter when guests are in residence, except on invitation or for any emergency repairs. Alarmingly I found all the windows running with damp and the ceiling going green. The lights were also left on at all times for six days. At the point of departure you presented a list of items which you said were not working. At no point during your stay did you ask me to check anything/advise me that anything was not functioning. Upon receipt of your list of complaints I offered to immediately check the items you mentioned. I found it odd when you insisted that you did not want the apartment checked. My mistake, as all these items were subsequently found to be in perfect working order. You had not been able to make the balance of payment due to Owners Direct, due to your difficulty with It is my belief that you are a career complainers, which became obvious when, as you were ready to depart, you attempted to blackmail me with the threat of a bad online review unless I refunded cash to you! All things considered I found your behaviour and attitude unattractive and your honesty in question. I somehow doubt that I am the first home owner to discover this.
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Casa Madden: Relaxing holidays in quiet villa environment on Costa del Sol

  • 5 of 5

The garden cottage is homily and airy with roof and garden terrace, as Jane has described it, well equipped not only with barbecue and kitchen facilities but also sun beds, umbrellas and towels to enjoy most relaxing days at Artola natural beach, just behind the dunes in front of the cottage. The neighbourhood is a quite villa "urbanizacion" area with few supermarket facilities and bus stops in walking distance with regular service to bigger shopping areas, Marbella and Fuengirola.

Jane ensured that we enjoyed the stay at Casa Madden 100%.

Thank you Jane, we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Casa madden. I will always remember for a peaceful holiday

  • 5 of 5

jane is the perfect host to a relaxing holiday stay to unwind and relax, The garden cottage is large and airy with patio and garden plus barbecue , Exactly as Jane has described . Cabopino is quite and is a unspoiilt area with a little high-rise hotels or apartments . Jane friend lee is on hand to drive you out and pick you up. I can't stress more how homily Casa madden is Thank you Jane, I am sure we will meet again.

Alan and Maureen

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay at Casa Madden

  • 4 of 5

Well what can we say, this place truly is a hidden gem. We stayed at Casa Madden in the Garden Cottage for 5 nights and had the most wonderful time. Ideally located, just a short walk through the sand dunes to the beach, and also a short walk to the many great bars and restaurants Cabopino has to offer.

Casa Madden is, as Jane rightly says like home from home. Jane is a great source of information and is only too happy to answers any questions you may have about the area and beyond. We decided to get a bus to the old town one evening and Janes bus timetable was spot on!

The Garden Cottage itself is very spacious with one of the most comfortable beds we've ever slept in, it's lovely and clean and you can take advantage of the roof terrace which has some great views.

Would we return? Yes for sure, can't wait!

Sally and Mark X

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An Oasis

  • 4 of 5

Jane's garden cottage is a real oasis behind the Cabopino dunes. The garden is lush and cool and a delight at the end of a hot day on the beach. If the wind is blowing on the beach then the terrace is a sheltered to still take in some sun. A delightful stay for 5 days, thanks Jane we hope to come again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Adrian - come again any time you both fancy a Casa Madden break.
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Very nice long weekend

  • 5 of 5

Nice terrace on the roof to watch the stars.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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