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Restored Luxury Mill With Large Private Pool and Wifi

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House nr Periana, Andalucia. Rural bliss, 30 mins from Costa Del Sol,

A most beautifully renovated mill in Southern Andalucia, El Molino offers character and comfort: huge, cool reception rooms with wifi internet access, satellite tv and netflix (English/Spanish) 4 bedrooms (all with en-suite facilities, 3 with very substantial bathrooms); a large pool (11m x 5m) with numerous patios and terraces on which to eat, drink, relax or enjoy the views out to the mountains at the back or down the valley towards Lake Vinuela. Enjoy evenings outside on the patios or inside in front of the fire (in Winter!) watching Netflix in English or Spanish, Spanish tv or English satellite channels on the widescreen tv or playing one of our many board games in English or Spanish. The house is on the edge of Guaro, named after the river (stream, really) that runs in front, and near the thriving market town of Periana in the Axarquia. This is rural Spain, even if it is only 30 minutes from the beaches of Torre del Mar and 50 minutes from Malaga airport and you will enjoy watching our neighbour Rafael taking his herd of 100 goats past the front patio twice a day.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Periana in Axarquía

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En suite bathrooms: To bedroom 1 with a corner bath, bidet, wc and sink. To bedroom 2 with a shower, wc and sink. To bedroom 3 with a bath, wc and sink. To bedroom 4 with a wc and sink. The downstairs bathroom has shower, wc and sink.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has an emperor size bed. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds. Bedroom 3 has a double bed. Bedroom 4 has 2 single beds & is on the top floor of the house on its own (with no door to it). All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms & there are 2 cots.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house is perfect for families and has hosted quite a number (including the owners'!). It is safe and secluded, and it is possible to secure many places (e.g., the main patio) so small children cannot 'escape'. There are, of course, steps in different places which one has to be careful with. The house, being so old, was built with very thick walls (about 75cm). It is excellent for the summer, keeping out the heat and for the winter, keeping the house warm. In deepest winter (pleasant though that is!), there are 2 fireplaces downstairs, 1 of which provides heating to the master bedroom suite. There are also electric radiators which can help. Outside: The swimming pool is large for a private house being at least 11m x 5m. It is surrounded by a large patio with a stone ledge for seating running around half the pool, various sunloungers etc. There is a further patio overlooking the pool with a separate balcony where the views down towards the Lake Vinuela can be enjoyed even more fully. We have had parties of over 60 people who comfortably fitted around the house. Directly in front of the house is the main patio, a large area that has the barbecue and a table and 8 chairs. This can be cordoned off. There are a number of pieces of garden around the property with walnut and apple trees, palms, flowers and so on. The house is flanked on 2 sides by streams and surrounded on 3 sides by fields which are used variously for grazing, tomatoes and olives. Utility Room: The utility room downstairs has a washing machine and tumble dryer. It is also the downstairs bathroom, with a shower, toilet and sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. The house is cleaned thoroughly between guests though cleaning mid-visit can be arranged. The pool is given attention at least twice a week.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Restored Luxury Mill With Large Private Pool and Wifi
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Comfort and relaxation in the Spanish countryside - highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at el Molino for a week at the end of August - 2 adults, plus three 'children' aged 20, 19 and 14 - and would highly recommend it. We found the mill had lots of space to accommodate us all and that the bedrooms and bathrooms were very lovely - especially the master one! It really is a home rather than a rental property and you can feel the difference. There is loads of space for sitting/lounging/eating inside and the outside table and chairs are ideally located for watching the world go by including the famous goat herd. It was our favourite sport for early evening drinks and cards and waving to the very friendly locals as they passed by. The pool is also lovely with some good chairs for further lounging!

The restaurant at the top of the hill is fab - a challenging 900m walk in the heat! - and the lovely lady who runs it was only slightly phased by our request for vegetarian paella for our daughter! Strange English people! The local town is also very friendly with some nice tapas bars and we went down to the beach at torre del mar one day which is not too far and great if you like a Spanish (rather than English) filled beach which we definitely do. All in all super-great for those seeking relaxation in the Spanish countryside - and who wouldn't! Many thanks Fiona Patrick Jamie Nick and Katie

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Fiona, Patrick, Jamie, Nick and Katie I'm delighted you had such a wonderful time and thank you for your kind words. I loved your reference to 'the famous goat herd'! Rafael is a bit of a legend and is getting used to becoming part of the tourist scene (well, guests of el Molino). We were very fortunate to find such a beautiful place with such lovely neighbours and it always gives us joy when our guests appreciate it so warmly. I do hope you have felt the benefit of your stay and I hope to see you again in the future. with many thanks Ross
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Splendid place

  • 5 of 5

We are six friends who first met as students at Edinburgh university, many years ago. We keep in touch and like to spend a holiday together when possible.

El Molino was a great find, we loved it. The house is charming and has a comfortable , relaxed feel about it. Pool is lovely too.

The weather was hot, blue skies every day. It was a delightful experience to see, first hand, country life in this beautiful part of Spain ( there is a goat farm next door).

It has a peaceful, rustic setting but you can easily make a day trip to Granada and Cordoba, through great scenery, and take in their interesting history. Or a trip to the coast, under 1 hour.

Splendid place. We had a most enjoyable week.

Thank you Ross and family for sharing it.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Carole Thank you so much for your kind words. I am delighted you and your friends enjoyed your time at el Molino so much. There was something rather serendipitous about your visit - six friends from Edinburgh University visiting during the same week my son started there (and where I had been myself). It was as if you and the house were wishing him luck. You're right about the joy of having the rural idyll of el Molino and the access to some extraordinary cities. Cordoba is my favourite - partly because of its beauty, partly because the Mezquita and streets show so much of al andaluz. I do hope you have all managed to retain something of the benefits of your trip and I wish you good luck for the next one. We'd be delighted to have you back! with many thanks Ross
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Excellent holiday home for families or groups looking for a peaceful break

  • 5 of 5

Welcoming, comfortable home with a great pool, outdoor BBQ/ breakfast area, vine-shaded terrace with open views over rolling countryside and hills. Lots of space to relax/ cook indoors and out with good satelliteTV/wifi network. Local shops in Guaro and Periana about 10 m drive away with a large supermarket at junction of Malaga motorway (about 45m). Hill-top restaurant La Caseron is a good uphill walk but worth it for the views. Friendly, relaxing, peaceful - even has a local goat herd strolling past twice a day to graze. Housekeeper Maria-Cruz lives close by and was friendly and very helpful. Granada and La Alhambra 1hr+ hour drive - well worth it (especially if you take the mountain road and avoid the main motorway but this takes a bit longer to drive). Estupendo!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Dearest Mr Landlord

This email is instead of the letter, which we couldn't write because we had no pen!

Although we were only in Spain for a few days it was our greatest pleasure to benefit from the luxuries of your spacious 'villa.'

We loved the sprawling house with its magnificant views, the carefree space to run and just to breathe in the fresy, healthy air, and the thrill of living in some remote place in the mountains.

We would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to taste a beautiful part of Spain in the comfort of a truly fab home.

Thank you once again,

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. I am delighted you had a wonderful time (if rather short) in our Spanish home. I love your description of the 'sprawling' house and 'carefree space'. I do find stress seems to disappear the moment I set off from the airport in my carhire (and I'm not noted for my stressfree nature!!!). I do hope you will be able to return and to spend more time in the house and the beauty around us.
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Delightful property in a beautiful rural setting

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful week at this beautiful rural property. The setting couldn't be more attractive. The house itself is extremely spacious and very comfortably accommodated two families (including four children ranging in age from 7 months - 8 years). The kitchen is really well equipped and the house well furnished. We enjoyed eating outside and whilst the weather was still lovely in mid-October the pool was a little too fresh to spend much time in. That didn't stop us all getting in for a dip though as it was just so inviting.

The surroundings and local area are simply magnificent. The children all enjoyed going on "vegetable walks" to see all the fruit and veg growing right on the doorstep and they also loved watching the local goats. There is so much to see and do within two hour's drive of the property we were simply spoilt for choice. We'll just have to go back again to explore some more!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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In the heart of the Andalusian countryside

  • 4 of 5

Set just below a working goat farm, we enjoyed the frequent sight of the goats being taken out to pasture in the cooler hours of the day and being returned just before dusk. The property was spacious and we especially enjoyed the pool area. The location was ideal for walking and the area around Guaro is spectacular.

Our hosts were very welcoming, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kate I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay at el Molino. There are some wonderful walks around even just leaving from the house and you caught just the right time of year to catch them with the heating moderating a little. Thank you very much - I look forward to welcoming you back some day. with best wishes Ross
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Ross Collins
Member since: 2007
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Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2018

About Ross Collins

Ross and Lindsay Collins bought el Molino in 2005. The decision took about 5 minutes from our entering the house and we still regard buying it as the best thing we have done (bar 'producing' our children, Lucie and Ally, who themselves both adore the house). We are both priests, living and working in Dorset, where Lindsay is chaplain of Sherborne School. Ross is developing micro finance projects in Africa. For us, living in tied houses through work, it was important to acquire a bolthole - and somewhere we could retire to (a long way off!). We never thought, though, that we would find a place we would fall in love with and which, even now, is for all us just 'home'. Our children are perhaps even more caught up with it and Lucie, now 18, is working and studying in Madrid and 16 year old Ally pursuing his own engagement with Spanish language, culture (and football!). It is one of greatest pleasures to be able to share this magical place with guests.

Ross Collins purchased this villa in 2005

Why Ross Collins chose Periana

Periana is relatively undiscovered by Southern Andalucian standards and very much retains the feel of a Spanish town. If you want fish and chips and a copy of the Daily Mail, you can pop 15 minutes down the road to Puente Don Manuel, but where we are, you are far more likely to find herds of goats crossing the road, groups of retired men sitting chatting in the square and small-holders selling peaches by the side of the road than hoards of ex-pats. The scenery is beautiful and our home nestles at the bottom of a valley with the river Guaro (a small stream in summer but you should see it in spate in the winter!) in front and 5,000 ft mountains behind. It's very quiet save for Rafael's goats trotting past twice a day and the odd farmer coming by and saying 'hola!'

What makes this villa unique

Where do we start? Our neighbours' produce coming to our door? The space inside the house? The character of the property and its sense of history? The large bedrooms and huge bathrooms? The cool of the large pool in summer? Sitting on the patio under the walnut trees reading a book looking up every so often at the mountains? Being half an hour or so from the coast and yet in another world? The sense of seeing a form of life that goes back centuries? We truly believe el Molino is a special place and we love working with our guests to ensure the house is as special for them for a week or two as it can be.


Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
el caseron
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
el caseron
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
torre del mar
Car: necessary


Torre del Mar beach is about 30 mins away and is quite pleasant. A further 15 mins will take you to Nerja, a very pretty little town, with a number of very fine beaches and numerous places to eat.


Malaga airport is about 50 minutes away. Granada is a little further but that can be compensated for in the ease of getting through it. Having a car is essential and if you are not driving all the way (and many people do!), you can hire cheaply from both airports (Malaga must have about the largest range of car hire firms in Europe). We have a link with one firm and can offer 15% discount on bookings. Please ask for details.


Periana is a market town and is 3km away - it will probably be the source of most of your banking, shopping, etc.

Velez-Malaga is 20km, Malaga 50km, Granada 85km, Alhama de Granada 20km, Nerja 40km.

Further Details:

Periana has small supermarkets and a full range of restaurants, bars, bakers, a fishmonger, butchers, a bank with an autoteller, a dentist (hope you don't need this one), pharmacies and a doctors' surgery.

There is a hypermarket, Eroski, at the Centro el Ingenio at km272 of the Autovia del Mediterraneo (about 20km away), where you can select from an enormous range of food.

You will no doubt know about the joys of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the exquisite Moorish quarter and mosque of Cordoba, the impressive cultural capital that is Seville and the imposing gorge at Ronda. You might even be looking forward to shopping and celebrity-spotting at Marbella (well, maybe not). However, there are other lesser-known joys you can experience near us; the Picasso Museum in Malaga (and the centre of Malaga is remarkably pretty), the beaches at Nerja, the hot springs at Alhama de Granada (try it in January with snow lying around you), the walks in the mountains behind the house.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made by e-mail below or phone at (UK) +44 7738 478 548. Reservations are for Saturday to Saturday occupancy in peak season but for any period outside of that and will be secured by a non-refundable deposit of 30%. The balance should be received by us at least 6 weeks before the start of the holiday.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday. Arrival is after 4pm and departure by 10am. However, other arrival days will be considered out of high season (June to August).

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Price includes a welcome pack including fruit and vegetable from the fields next door, wines, local ham and honey, cheese, eggs and so on. Wifi internet access is provided free of charge. A 15% car-hire discount can be arranged, if requested. Wood for the fires in winter can be purchased through the owners.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.