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Beachfront House, 5 metres from the Sand

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Property

Updated: 21-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

House in Los Urrutias, Nr. Los Alcazares, Costa Calida, Spain - Spectacular Views over the Mar Menor from Secluded Roof Terrace

The property boasts gorgeous views across the Mar Menor from both the front patio and the roof terrace and, with the beach just a few paces away and no road to cross, provides the base for a wonderfully relaxing and safe holiday. Even the more reluctant bather will enjoy the calm waters of the Mar Menor, which has water temperatures often several degrees above those of the Mediteranean and gently sloping sand underfoot. Casa Maria is a very comfortable little house; it is furnished to a high standard and well-equipped. It has air-conditioning to keep you cool in the summer and underfloor heating to warm you during the winter evenings.

To make sure that our house offers what you are looking for, we would prefer that you contact us via the Enquire Now button, rather than going straight for Request To Book. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, and to reserve your preferred dates for a few days whilst you investigate flights, or just have a ponder before you make your decision.

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About the Owner

Mary and Michael Day
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2017

About Mary and Michael Day

We are Mary (hence Casa Maria!) and Michael Day. We live in a small village in a house with a lovely view just south of Bristol.

Mary and Michael Day purchased this house in 2007

Why Mary and Michael Day chose Cartagena & Mar Menor

We were on holiday in the area and loved the beach front promenade in Los Urrutias. There was a run down house for sale right on the water, five yards from the front gate to the sand, and no road to cross! We took a deep breath and embarked on the purchase and complete renovation of the house.

What makes this house unique

The roof terrace that we added now takes advantage of the great unobstructed view over the beach, Mar Menor and islands, and no one walking past knows that you're there! The extended family, including our two grown up sons, goes there as much as we can, but in between our visits, our house has proved to be popular with couples and small groups who want a non-tourist location with no noisy beach front bars, whilst not being in the middle of nowhere. If you want a dip in the Mar Menor, you don't have to pack anything for the trip - you just walk out the door and you're there!

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We had a wonderful holiday in Casa Maria. The house was perfect and I will have no hesitation in recommending it to my friends." Carmel and Vincent, Co. Galway



"We walked through the door & felt very happy. The bungalow was everything that had been described. Perfect location, wonderful , excellent - what more can we say. The "meet & greet" lady was very helpful too. This was our first Xmas abroad & we couldnt have picked a nicer place to try it. Would definitely recommend CASA MARIA to others. As Arnie would say "WE'LL BE BACK"" Karen, Rainham
Nov 2007
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Guestbook comments from the owner

'We had a wonderful holiday in Casa Maria. The house was perfect and I will have no hesitation in recommending it to my friends." Carmel and Vincent, Co. Galway



"We walked through the door & felt very happy. The bungalow was everything that had been described. Perfect location, wonderful , excellent - what more can we say. The "meet & greet" lady was very helpful too. This was our first Xmas abroad & we couldnt have picked a nicer place to try it. Would definitely recommend CASA MARIA to others. As Arnie would say "WE'LL BE BACK"" Karen, Rainham
Nov 2007
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12 Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

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Location Location Location

  • 4 of 5

This was an area of Spain we had not visited so this year we decided to take a look at it. We enjoy self-catering, and we really do self-cater, so a fully equipped kitchen is critical. This holiday there was to be just two of us so wanted one (double) bedroomed accommodation. Casa Maria matched our criteria and had the added benefit of being on the front line, literally just off the beach, with a large solarium, accessed via spiral stair, in addition to a patio at the front of the property. The property also has a large lounge which could accommodate more guests if necessary which we used for our evening meal, after the sun had gone down.

We woke each morning to the sun rising over La Manga with Heron and Egrets “breakfasting” just in front of us. The weather the first two days permitted us to have breakfast on the roof with the dramatic view and warm sun. We were out exploring from early morning until late at night but anyone wanting a more relaxing break would be able to enjoy the patio and solarium to the maximum as the solarium is in the sun the whole day. Los Urutias is a quiet village with a couple of shops selling the basics and a few bars and restaurants. We shopped at Lidl and Consum in Los Alcazares a 10 minute drive away, they are next door to each other so very convenient.

The location was perfect for us, good road links, enabling us to get to Cartagena and Murcia which were both enjoyable to visit for the architecture and history, they also have good shopping areas. Our real delight was the countryside and wild flowers which were in abundance, the old road to Puerto de Mazarron from Cartagena was very picturesque but the highlight of our holiday were our visits to Calablanque! La Manga is all high rise, from the road, but reportedly has beaches on both the Mar Menor and Med, though apart from a visit to Punta Risi and Cabo de Palos (opposite ends of the strip) we did not have time to explore further.

Our holiday was a great experience and the week was not long enough to see all there is in the area, with Casa Maria providing a comfortable home to return to at the end of each enjoyable day. Michael and Mary were very helpful, providing information by phone and e-mail prior to and after booking. They arranged for our meet and greet at the property, which was very efficient and helpful as Mary (one based in Spain) had a lot of local knowledge and Michael and Mary were swift to refund the “damage deposit” almost before we arrived home.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. Calblanque is a favourite day out for us too. Even some locals seem not to have heard of it! The tracks within the park are quite rough, but it's worth the effort. Out of season, the lovely beaches are pretty much deserted, and on a breezy day the waves are quite a contrast to the tranquility of the Mar Menor.
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5

another delightful week...

  • 5 of 5

We said we would return and we have! Again what a delightful "house on the beach" which served us so well. Everything went according to plan from our first booking enquiry to walking out the door of Casa Maria on our last day. It was a very hot week so it was lovely to sit and do nothing except think about the next meal.The air conditioning was a life saver and worked really well !

We did not hire a car as intended... far too hot to contemplate ...maybe next time ...! it was good to read and save other reviews with comments about bike and car hire. Thank you Michael and Mary and Lorraine for preparing the house for our arrivial

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi T&A! It's lovely when we welcome back previous visitors who have enjoyed what we enjoy about Casa Maria. Whilst Los Urrutias is a bustling, friendly, genuinely Spanish resort in the high season, it's also a great place to unwind and do as little or as much as you want to at other times. Even in December, it's fairly hot during the middle of the day, and the Mar Menor is much warmer than the North Sea in August! Mary and Michael
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2nd visit to Casa Maria

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay at this perfect location. Owners communication pre & post holiday was excellent as usual with our deposit returned before we arrived back in the UK! We hired bikes from Border Bike Hire who kindly picked us up at the airport & dropped us at the villa & also organised the return trip to the airport. This meant we were able to cycle the whole of the Mar Menor & visit all the towns/villages along the way.

We have previously taken the train from Los Nietos to Cartagena, so this time opted for the bus from Los Urrutias to Murcia city which leaves from the Sol y Mar hotel in the village.

Another highlight was the Thursday market in the village which provided fresh fruit & veg for the week - the butchery at the new supermarket just across the road was excellent too. We intended to eat out every other night, but eating on Casa Maria's roof terrace overlooking the sea as the sun went down was such a wonderful experience that we repeated it every night,

If you want to experience being part of a real Spanish community then this house is perfect - we didn't encounter a fellow Brit until the last day of our stay. A few Spanish words go along way, but we found the locals to be most helpful & they would always find someone to translate when our Spanish let us down! An all round wonderful experience and most relaxing holiday in a perfect location. We look forward to our 3rd visit as soon as we can make it

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

fabulous family holiday

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous holiday we all shared!

From the off!

The booking.....

the prompt detailed information we received from Mary and Michael the owners to meeting Lorraine and Chris the property managers who's kind help and advice was invaluable!

The house was just as described!

What an unbelievable setting!

Maybe a little small for our family (really four adults) which was not a problem.

Fabulous area which we spent many evenings watching the Spanish community coming together through there generations was fabulous! Right in front of us from our glorious roof terrace.... Incredible!

The surrounding area of restaurants we loved and felt really part of a fabulous community!

Can't wait to return!

Thanks again to Lorraine and Chris for all there help and advice.

We had an absolute hoot at each place we visited!

Thanks so much!

Steve, Lisa, Grace and Molly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review, and we hope that you do return! it's a common theme with our guests that they end up feeling part of a community, as Los Urrutias is an authentic Spanish town rather than a specialist resort. With just the one bedroom, the interior is not spacious, but as long as the weather is kind, there's plenty of room on the front patio and especially on the roof terrace. The sofa beds are large and don't need to be moved to open out, but it does need a certain cheerful approach to make a success of converting the lounge to a bedroom and back again! Best wishes, Mary and Michael
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Peaceful & Relaxing ...Perfect....

  • 4 of 5

This property is in a perfect location for the beach. little bars, restaurants , shops , hardware stores (sunloungers) ....everything!!!

Honestly when the review says its on the beach it really is...my husband counted 5 or 6 steps and his feet was on the sand. The Mar Menor sea is lovely and warm and you can walk out quite away and the water will still only be knee high.

The information guide that was left was really helpful and we managed to get to most of the bars and restaurants.

Will hopefully be visiting this lovely house on the beach again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review. We always like to have repeat visitors, so hope you will be our guests again soon. Mary and Michael
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The Little House on the Beach

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing one week stay in Casa Maria. The "little house on the beach" was all that was shown on the website. Well maintained kitchen, fantastic roof terrace, other rooms as stated. There was a lovely front area in which to relax overlooking the Mar Menor stepping out onto the long prom for evening strolls. Local facilities were starting to come to life in readiness for the Spanish influx but there was always somewhere local to eat or have a drink or buy a paper.. The newly opened little supermarket across the road was really useful and friendly and pretty well stocked. It was great to have a swim and just stroll up to the house - the water was oh so warm!. If we return ( we would love to) we would hire a car as there was no local buses until " the season"started - however taxis were easy to order. Cartegena by train was fun and very interesting and Los Alcazares easy by taxi.The owners were so accommodating to correspond with and Lorraine as the new House Manager was friendly and knowledgeable. Fantastic. Thank you Mary and Michael

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much T and A :-) - we're glad you enjoyed your stay, and as we haven't been out to Spain yet this year, we didn't know about the new little supermarket! We hope that you decide to be our guests again before too long. Kind regards, Mary and Michael
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Location

From the Owner

We were on holiday in the area and loved the beach front promenade in Los Urrutias. There was a run down house for sale right on the water, five yards from the front gate to the sand, and no road to cross! We took a deep breath and embarked on the purchase and complete renovation of the house.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Murcia (San Javier) at 21 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Alicante at 115 Kilometres Nearest Train : Los Nietos at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Los Urrutias at 5 Metres Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

5 metres from beach!

Travel:

21km from Murcia airport. 106km from Alicante airport. 115km from Ferry port - Alicante. 5km from Railway station - Los Nietos.

Distances:

Recommend trips to La Manga and the historic towns of Cartegena and Murcia are within easy reach.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Late Spring
24 Apr 2017 - 28 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
£239
for 5 nights
£335
 
 
Early Summer
29 May 2017 - 23 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
£261
for 5 nights
£365
 
 
High Season
24 Jul 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
£321
for 5 nights
£450
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£261
for 5 nights
£365
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
There is a £100 breakages deposit to pay in advance, which is refunded within two weeks of the end of your stay as long as all is well. Also there is a 50 euros fee for cleaning and 'meet and greet', and 8.50 euros per person laundry fee, payable locally on arrival.

Changeover Day:
Midweek bookings accepted throughout the year. Minimum booking 5 nights.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds + local charge (see notes).
Long stay discounts! 5% discount if booking length is 14 nights or greater.
Long stay discounts! 10% discount if booking length is 28 nights or greater.
Early bird discounts! 5% discount if booking start date is over 9 months away.
Long out of season lets by negotiation.
Please note: Only the best discount applies.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

The roof terrace that we added now takes advantage of the great unobstructed view over the beach, Mar Menor and islands, and no one walking past knows that you're there! The extended family, including our two grown up sons, goes there as much as we can, but in between our visits, our house has proved to be popular with couples and small groups who want a non-tourist location with no noisy beach front bars, whilst not being in the middle of nowhere. If you want a dip in the Mar Menor, you don't have to pack anything for the trip - you just walk out the door and you're there!

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Television

Suitability

  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • snorkelling
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a good-sized shower.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: There is one double bedroom with a kingsize bed.

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The lounge has two full-double sofa beds in addition to the kingsize bed in the bedroom, making the house comfortable for up to 4 people. There is full air-conditioning, all windows are double glazed, and there is underfloor heating for the winter evenings. A safe is installed for your convenience. Cots can be hired locally; please ask for details. This is a non-smoking house. Pets are not permitted. Outside: Outside, there is an enclosed 18 x 12 front patio, directly off the seafront promenade. Casa Maria's crowning glory, however, is the full-width, private roof terrace from which you can gaze out over the beautiful Mar Menor with its many islands and La Manga strip in the far distance. The partially-covered terrace is ideal for sunbathing, enjoying a romantic evening meal or just relaxing in the shade with a long cool drink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels are provided for your use. (Not beach towels - please bring your own.) Other: Laundry - washing machine, clothes line, steam iron and ironing board.

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