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Luxury Holiday retreat, 2 Private Pools & Jacuzzi, Private equestrian facilities - El Alter Real

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking



El Alter Real

Bedroom 1 consists of 2 single beds, complete with bedside cabinets and fitted wardobes, ceiling fan and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 consists of 1 kingsize bed and fitted wardrobes, ceiling fan and en-suite bathroom. Bathrooms, both en-suite luxury bathrooms feature ganite vanity units, shower cubicles and wc. Fully fitted kitchen, with granite work surfaces, full size fridge/freezer, gas hob and electric oven. The kitchen is fully equipped, with quality cooking utensils and glassware. Lounge/dining area, fully furnished with comfortable sofas and dining furniture, TV DVD player, music system with mp3, Internet connection and ceiling fan. Private landscaped terrace with shaded eating area, complete with outside kitchen and built in gas barbecue, ideal for eating alfresco, full wooden dining table and chairs, and sunloungers. beautiful roof terrace ideal to watch the spectacular sunsets. Beb linnen and and all towels, including pool towels and linen included and changed weekly.

About the property


El Rancho is a luxury holiday retreat (license No. RTA VTAR MA 01197), set in the heart of the Andalucian countryside, surrounded by 4 acres of private organic olive groves, with views of pine clad mountains. The Organic olive farm has exclusive horse riding facilities ( subject to availability please enquire ) complete with 20 x 40m professional dressage arena, and offers 3 luxury self catering cottages. All the cottages are beautifully designed with landscaped gardens and terraces with 2 swimming pools & a heated jacuzzi. All cottages have private dinning and sunbathing terraces and have been individually designed and lovingly furnished in a typically Andalucian style, to the highest standards. An ideal retreat for couples and families of all ages, seeking a relaxing holiday. Ideally located for sightseeing, (Alhambra Palace, Ronda, Seville) only 40 mins from the the beaches of the Costa del Sol and only 20 mins from the beautiful beaches of the fresh water lake of Iznajar, where you find sun beds for hire as well as pedlos and kayaks. There also two restaurants on the lake side. The traditional village of Villanueva del Trabuco has numerous tapas bars and good restaurants offering a wealth of local cuisine and varied wine lists, all just only 5 minutes away.

We are a private equestrian centre, with riding only available for our guests. Our horses are part of the family and are impeccably looked after. We offer private one to one lessons in our Dessage arena and also hacks out in the stunning surrounding countryside.

Our olives are farmed by ourselves and cold pressed to make our own organic extra virgin olive oil and guests are welcome to sample our very own olive oil whilst visiting.

We can also arrange olive oil tasting and 3 course lunch at our close friends old restored olive mill, the first olive mill in this area. The mill has been restored and the owner is only too happy to provide organised tours of the mill. His olive oil has won numerous awards all over Europe.

The local village of Villanueva del Trabuco has a weekly market on a Wednesday as long as a daily fresh fish and meat market.

The pretty square of Trabuco can be a great place to enjoy a coffee or tapas and watch the world go by and of an evening in the summer is a hive of activity with its restaurants and bars offering El Fesco dinning in true Sapnish tradition.

For those seeking further adventure we are happy to organise flights in a micro light aeroplane from our local airfield, a spectacular way to see the beautiful countryside. this can be booked upon arrival and is dependent on weather conditions.

More Details

Garret Thurston Kilner
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

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Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made either by telephone or email. We require 25% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and the balance due 8 weeks prior to your arrival. We accept payments by electronic balance transfer to our English bank account or by cheque. Please note that we do not permit smoking inside the accommodation, however we do provide ash trays for smoking on the private terraces. For further information or any queries, please see our website, or send us an email.

Changeover Day:
During the Peak summer our changeover day is a Friday, after 4pm if possible, this allows time to prepare your accommodation to the highest standard. Out of peak season we are flexible and will consider other arrival days to suit individual needs.

Notes on prices:
SPECIAL DISCOUNT COUPLES RATE - in both El Pasa Fina and El Alter Real, When only one bedroom and bathroom are used.
Only 445 pounds March to mid June, 595 pounds Mid June to mid September, 495 pounds September to November

Please note that we require a 25% deposit when booking and the balance payable 8 weeks prior to your holiday.

We accept bookings of less than a week only out of season. El Pasa Fina & Alter Rreal are £150 a night and El Hispano is £75 a night.


Accommodation and facilities for El Alter Realin Villanueva del Trabuco in Nororma

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: The cottages have been beautifully designed and constructed to the highest standard with extensive use of handmade ladrious tiles, granite work surfaces and authentic beamed ceilings. Both cottages feature modern bathrooms and kitchens. At El Rancho you will recieve a warm welcome from your friendly hosts Jacque and Garret, where the accent is placed firmly on the "Better things in life". Guests come for the sheer tranquility, the amazing off road horse riding and the exclusive house party atmosphere. Whether you simply want to relax by the pool with a glass of fine Rioja or teck through the Andalician mountains on horseback you will have an experience to remember. Note: All our bedrooms are furnished with top quality cotton bed linen and fully washable non alergy pillows, we also supply duvets for cooler months, also available is a full size cot and cot linen, complete with cot bumpers. We can also offer a full size "put me up" bed complete with bed linen. Outside: There are 2 landscaped pools and a heated Jacuzzi, the largest is over 80sqm and is fully illuminated in the evening, ideal for that late evening dip on those balmy summer evenings. The shallow end features Roman steps and the deep end is over 3 meters deep. The pool is constantly cleaned and monitored with the chlorine and PH levels maintained daily. The terraces around the pool feature an abundance of sun loungers and parasols and everywhere you look there are planters full of flowers giving an array of colour throughout the year. The landscaped terraces provide an ideal place to relax and soak up the summer sunshine. We also offer guests the opportunity to ride our horses accompanied through the countryside. The scenery here, really is second to none, and one of the best ways to enjoy the stunning countryside, is just like they have done for centuries, upon horse back. We use various trails throughout the mountains and vary the routes according to guests individual requirements.


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El Alter Real
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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Great quiet break

  • 5 of 5

Great villa is a quite area of town with facilities to make your stay comfortable.

Friendly hosts and family .

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Excepional. Wonderful hosts.

  • 5 of 5

A little off the beaten track, which made it praceful and relaxing. It worked out well as a base for sightseeing in Cordoba, Grenada, and then going to Ronda. The apartment was comfortable and well furnished. And Jacque and Garret made us very welcome and took care of all our needs. There is a good grocery stote in Archidona, but it is about 30 minutes drive, so stock up when you get there. Also, Jacque will love you if you bring her Jack Daniels or Jim Beam from the duty free.

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relax and enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

We were travelliing with our daughter of one and had a really nice time. We are not easily pleased people, but very positive about Jacque and Garret and the rest of the family. They're very warm people that really make you feel at home. There in for a laugh or a good conversation and are aimed at making your stay very pleasant.

The "rancho" looks sweet and is taken care of very well. We stayed in "El alter real" and enjoyed a lot the seats on the roof, which give a nice view on the surroundings. For us it was nice to go round in the evening with our daughter and also pay a visit to the stables. We think of returning in some time.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home from home in sunny Andalusia

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I spent one week at El Rancho (June 2016). The two lovely hosts made us feel so much at home. We had many long and interesting conversations around the table, with them and with their other guests. Their care of us extended to lending us several things we had forgotten to bring and indeed lending us two of their own bikes to go riding across the many walking and cycling treks in the countryside around El Rancho. My daughter did horse riding, both in the training arena and trekking into the lovely hills around. The teacher was excellent and my daughter's really learned a lot. I enjoyed both long walks and mountain biking in the nearby hills. The accommodation was super with everything needed to create an enjoyable holiday. The pools were appreciated on a hot day. My daughter particularly liked our little roof garden to watch the sunset. We flew into Malaga and El Rancho is one hour drive north of there. We also went to visit both Cordoba and Granada. El Rancho was just a wonderful place to spend time together with my daughter but would be very suitable for families from younger to older. The hosts took great care of everyone to ensure that a relaxing and enjoyable holiday was had in a very convivial atmosphere. We will be going back next year without a doubt and probably in June as the temperature was just perfect then.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Exceeded all expectations!

  • 5 of 5

To be honest, this was our third trip to this property. We first booked to go here as we had stayed in the village before, and loved it, but needed somewhere with a pool. El Rancho appeared to have what we wanted. The villa itself is always spotlessly clean and very well equipped, with its own bbq area and outside patio. There is always a lovely welcome pack with some treats too! There is a large communal area near the pool, should you want some company, but Garrett and Jacques don't impose in any way should you want privacy. For those who love horses, the ranch has riding opportunities, and even lessons for complete beginners, but you don't have to ride to enjoy this property. The local village has enough places to eat and bars not to get boring too quickly, and sitting outside one watching the town square come to life in the evening with a cold beer is one of life's true pleasures. I can only say that we have since booked next years holiday, and the year after that since our last visit. That's the best recommendation I can give!!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Zenitude totale

  • 5 of 5

Nous rentrons de huit jours Al Rancho et nous avons passé une semaine de totale relaxation au milieu des oliviers. Merci à Garret et Jackee pour leur accueil, leur gentillesse sans oublier leurs conseils tant pour les visites que pour les restaurants. N'oublions pas les parents de jackee.

La maison est fonctionnelle et joliment décorée. Nous avons profité de la terrasse privée sur le toit tant pour l'apéro que pour prendre le soleil mais aussi du barbecue de notre maison.

Il y a à disposition une grande piscine que nous n'avons pas utilisé la température ne nous l'ayant pas permis mais il est vrai que nous avons pas mal bouger en journée ainsi qu'un jacuzzi.

Si vous cherchez un endroit paisible avec un super accueil, n'hésitez pas !

Prévoir des DVD car télé fonctionne uniquement avec Dvd

Encore un grand merci à garret et jackee

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Talillas Restaurant & Tapas Bar
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

At "El Rancho" our passion in life are our horses, these are our own personal horses - our extended family. Our horses are all loved and cared for, regularly exercised and given only the best feed and supplements. Yes, they are thoroughly spoilt, however this is only reflected in their good manners and well being. All our horses have recieved BHS schooling. During the summer our horses graze naturally through the olive groves. If you would like to participate in trail riding whilst you are staying with us, we are more than happy to discuss your riding requirements. The trails, vary between tracks through the valleys amongst the olive groves to pathways through the pine clad mountains, all our routes are varied, depending on the ability of the rider, however all our routes provide breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Jacque always likes to give our younger clients a riding appraisal in our dressage arena, before venturing into the mountains for the first time.


Numerous sandy beaches and sea food restaurants of the Costa Del Sol can be reached in as little time as 40 minutes, El Palo, has many chiringito's, and the famous fish Restaurant "El Tintero" is a favourite with the Spanish locals. There are also several water parks on the Coast and Tivoli fun Park in Benalmadena. The lakeside beaches of Lake Iznajar are only 20 minutes away, and has child friendly sandy beaches. There is also a beachside chiringito (bar/restaurant) for snacks and refreshments.


Both Granada and Malaga airports are within an easy 45 minutes drive, we would recommend hiring a car, although we can arrange to collect you from either airport if required.


The "Peublo Blanco" village of Villanueva del Trabuco is 3km from El Rancho, a pleasant stroll in the Spring and Autumn, with a couple of restaurants/bars on route. Close by are the historical towns of Antequera and Archidona, Antequera was originally established during the Roman times and is steeped in interesting architecture, it is well worth a visit to see the historic bull ring, traditional restaurants and street cafes. Antequera also has some great fashion boutiques.

Further Details:

The traditional village of Villanueva del Trabuco, contains a variety of authentic tapas bars and restaurants, offering a wide variety of different cuisines. In the village you will find many different shops, from small supermarkets to gift shops to women's boutiques. There is also a daily indoor market selling fresh produce, fruit and veg, fresh fish and meat. Trabuco has a beautiful new central plaza with numerous bars and cafes centered around a fountain, an ideal place to take a coffee or a glass of wine and watch the locals go by. Trabuco has many fiestas through the year where you can see on first hand the "Real Spain" with the women all dressed in their traditional dresses and the men on their Andalucian horses, bands playing in the plaza and everyone having a great time. The Fiestas are a major part of life in the Andalucain countryside and everyone joins in, from the smallest baby to the oldest grandparent.

Other places of interest include the famous Alhambra Palace at Granada, an absolute must, there are also the famous historic towns of Ronda, Sevilla and Cordoba. All worthy of a visit.

At El Rancho we are also able to arrange for our guests a variety of other activities, including off road trail biking, complete with personal tour guide, scuba diving and golf. The local area is a haven for bird watchers, painters, walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and photographers. For more detailed information please visit our website.