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Restored Luxury Mill With Large Private Pool and Wifi

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

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.


Owner
Ross Collins
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2017

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 Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

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.

Facilities

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
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • 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:
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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Restored Luxury Mill With Large Private Pool and Wifi
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews
5

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: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

brilliant

  • 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: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 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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5

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: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 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: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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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Delightful rural property

  • 5 of 5

I have just returned after spending a week in El Molino with my husband, daughter, sister and brother-in-law. The house is in a rural setting surrounded by mountains and farms. We particularly enjoyed watching the goats pass by each day on their way to and from pasture. We spent hours by the pool reading and relaxing. Across the road from the house is a track which goes up into the hills and drops into Periana. This was a delight to run on - quiet and with stunning views.

The house is full of character,spacious and well equipped, with many homely touches.

Ross,the owner, was efficient,helpful and a pleasure to deal with throughout the process.

We would not hesitate to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Meg I am very pleased you had a good time at el Molino. We have had so many fabulous times there ourselves and love it that others can share in it. The pool is a haven of fun and cool in the summer. And we all love Rafael and his goats.In our time at the house, we have seen the goat-herding tradition wither as it becomes less economically viable. We are very lucky to be able to witness a tradition that is just the same as that of David in biblical times. I look forward to having you back at el Molino in the future. with best wishes Ross
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Beautiful location and a comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

The house is very spacious and comfortable (there were eight of us), set in a beautiful, isolated location - we never tired of the view of the hills around it and the sounds of the bells from the goats and sheep. The pool is fantastic, with one end deep enough for diving etc, which was great fun! We had a fabulous two week stay - relaxing around the pool, and then trips out to many great places fairly close by. Periana is a lovely friendly town with fab bakeries and supermarkets where you can by what you need. And of course, it was sunny!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sal I'm delighted you had such an enjoyable time at el Molino. I'm glad you took to Periana so much. It's not a classic pueblo blanco, but it's pretty and it has the benefit of being a proper Spanish working village little touched by the tourist industry. And the pool does indeed end up as the heart of our times there in the summer - the cool water, endless fun and great views down the valley are irresistible. Looking forward to having you back someday. with best wishes Ross
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Location

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

Coast/Beach:

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.

Travel:

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.

Distances:

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.

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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
 
Autumn 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
£3,000
 
 
winter 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£300
for 2 nights
From
£150
£600
£1,600
 
 
festive season 2017-18
21 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
£360
for 2 nights
From
£180
£800
 
 
winter/spring 2017-2018
5 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
£300
for 2 nights
From
£150
£600
£1,600
 
 
Spring 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£300
for 2 nights
From
£150
£700
£2,500
 
 
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
 
Autumn 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
Winter 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
£300
for 2 nights
From
£150
£600
£1,600
 
 
Christmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
£360
for 2 nights
From
£180
£800
 
 
Winter 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
£300
for 2 nights
From
£150
£600
£1,600
 
 
Spring 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
2 night minimum stay
£300
for 2 nights
From
£150
£700
£2,500
 
 
Summer 2019
30 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£300
for 2 nights
From
£150
£600
£1,600
 

Additional pricing information

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.
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