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Restored Luxury Mill With Large Private Pool and Wifi

Overview

Property

Updated: 29-Nov-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, Spanish

10 Reviews

4.9
based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

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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Beautiful accommodation in a peaceful location!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fantastic two weeks here with our three children 8,7 and 2. We had grandparents with us for a wk during the stay who said it had been the best holiday they had been on!

The accommodation is beautiful and the countryside surrounding spectacular. We loved the pool and found the house so comfortable, everything you need for a relaxing two weeks.

Would definitely recommend to those wanting a taste of rural Spain with easy access to the coast, we spent quite a bit of time at local beaches nearest a 25min drive away. There are many good eateries in the nearest town and villages, and we had a few lovely meals after walking up the hill to Guaro. We all learnt a little Spanish and my eldest picking up more than the rest of us!

I must say that Ross and the family that owned the farm behind the property were so helpful and made everything v perfect.

The children are saying they miss the Spanish home and so do we! Maybe we will visit again... Thank you

Emma Hardy and family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Emma, for your kind remarks. One of the great joys for us is to host multiple generations of the same family. These times can be very precious and we have had our own times with grandparents which we will always treasure. My father playing Cluedo with the kids is now part of family legend (something to do with lead 'peeping'). Our neighbours are very helpful and great friends of yours - and they are rather getting used to changing car tyres of our guests! It would be lovely to see you again. best wishes, Ross
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WOW....JUST WOW! This was THE best holiday EVER!! (June/July2016)

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at numerous properties from Owners Direct, but I fear this has spoilt us for anything in the future.

We arrived at El Molino (me, hubby,16 yr old son, 31yr old son, his wife and their 1 1/2yr old daughter)

Me and my daughter-in-law spent the 1st half hour running from room to room laughing at our sheer luck at finding such a fabulous property. I had already decided that they should have the master bedroom as they were only staying for a week and selflessly taking our youngest son home with them so me and the hubby could enjoy the 2nd week together on our own - 1st time in 18 yrs!

They were overjoyed at the size of the room, the bed and the bath! We didn't feel at all short-changed though with the other double room as this too had a super comfy bed and huge bathroom to boot!!

THEN we discovered the outside areas and the pool! Sun-loungers, shady areas, fig, pear and almond trees, BBQ and SUNSHINE! We wasted no time in getting into our cozzies and jumping in! In fact we rarely left the house and pool for the whole 2 weeks!! The bird song from the nesting swallows and other little birds in the garden was a joy every morning!

We did venture out to Torre del Mar one day visiting the Aquavelis waterpark (which was great fun) and we ate sardines on the beach in the evening. The Eroski supermarket in the same area was a shopping extravaganza!! Periana is a beautiful town and the market on Wednesdays, although not huge, did have fab fruit and veg and bargains in clothes and shoes. We also ate out at El Cantueso restaurant on the first Sunday and the food and views were both amazing.

The local farmers were so friendly, exchanging pleasantries as they went to and returned from working in the fields each day... And then there was Rafael and his goats who were a joy to wait and watch for twice a day...A true taste of the real, rural Spain I have grown to love over the last 25 years.

We even had NO teenage moments or meltdowns and rather than disappearing off to stick his head in his mobile phone, James actually joined in the fun, with us all eating, drinking and laughing together - all day - everyday! The only TV watched were the Euro 2016 matches (while the girls drank Sangria in the moonlight!

If you're looking for an escape from the rat-race, and want a relaxing, tranquil break away from it all, look no further.

We will definitely be returning - with family AND friends to do some serious walks - and not just looking!

Thanks again xxx

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Theresa I'm so glad you had such a great time at el Molino. It gives us great joy when guests find the magic in our home. You're right about how the house brings people together and away from their technology (albeit that the wifi, tv and netflix allow for that if they wish). We were lucky to find a home that had such comfortable public spaces where people naturally congregate as well as a lot of space for people to disappear off to if they wish to. The farmers are indeed friendly. In the traditional way of Spanish rural life, they're all related to our wonderful neighbours. Nearly the whole village is. Much of Spain has embraced modernity, perhaps even more so than the UK, but there are glorious parts where the way of life is immediately recognisable to that of generations ago (and, in the case of Rafael and his goats, millennia). It's a privilege to share in that even just for a little while. I will very much look forward to welcoming you to el Moliono again. Hoping the benefits of the break are still with you. with best wishes Ross
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Location

From the Owner

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!'

Activity and Interests

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

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
autumn/winter
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
£300
for 2 nights
From
£150
£600
£1,600
 
 
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
£300
for 2 nights
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£150
£700
£2,500
 
 
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
Changeover Day: Saturday
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
 
 
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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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • villa

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

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Bathrooms

  • 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
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • 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.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

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.

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