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Lovely, fully-equipped cottage & pool in mountain vineyard

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Updated: 27-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

2 bedrooms with beautiful views across the vineyard to the Guadiaro Valley

Finca del Rio is set in an acre of land, cultivated with newly planted vines. The original name was “La Viña de la Iglesia”, the Church vineyard, so to re-establish this, we have planted 1100 Tempranillo and Syrah vines. The 10 x 4.2m shaped pool, usable from April to October, heated by the sun, is surrounded by terracing.

There are several large paved areas with plenty of seating spots & sun loungers for relaxing, sunbathing, dining or finding a shady place to read a book. The top terrace has a thatched roof providing permanent cover for outside dining including a gas barbecue and lounge furniture.

At one end of the pool there is a shaded area, including a bar. Around the Finca you will find quince, fig, plum, apple, pear, apricot, almond, olive and walnut trees; feel free to help yourself when fruit is in season. Follow the path at the side of the property, through the vineyard to the viewing point in the middle and take in the magnificent views across the Finca to the hills beyond.

Take a look at our website link for more photos, details and blogs about our property and vineyard: www.fincadelrio.co.uk

Our registration number with the Andalucian Ministry of Tourism is VTAR/MA/01320.

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About the Owner

Monica & Brian
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
27 February, 2017

What makes this cottage unique

Our registration number with the Andalucian Ministry of Tourism is VTAR/MA/01320.

10 Reviews

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Wonderful, peaceful, spacious, well maintained property!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this property. It was very peaceful: not overlooked by anyone, or noisy. The pool was very clean and the property spacious. It was a great holiday.Brian is a great host.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

If first impressions are what counts then this was fantastic. Arriving late afternoon we found ourselves in this beautiful spot. We had planned to have a relaxing 10 days and that's exactly what we did in this quiet location with great views. We found the location perfect with the train station some 15 minutes walk away for days out in Ronda.

Villa was spotless and Monica and Brian provided everything we required and more.

I have no hesitation in saying we will return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic property in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fabulous week at La Casita, relaxing in the house, spending time by the pool and taking day trips to nearby sights. The villa is in the perfect location, remote enough that you feel you're the only people for miles around and yet just a 10-minute walk from the village of La Canada del Real Tesoro - we loved our morning walks to the bakery and supermarkets and a lunchtime stop at Bar La Parra. The Casita itself is beautiful, very well appointed inside and out and Monica was kind enough to leave a little step and some children's DVDs for our daughter alongside some home-made jams, chutneys and wine - we only wish we'd had enough room in the suitcase to take some home! The gardens are beautiful and home to friendly geckos and lizards and we spent several long and relaxing sunny afternoons at the pool. We went on day trips to nearby Ronda and down to Gibraltar and to Cueva de la Pileta to see the 20,000 year old cave paintings. All in all we had a very relaxing week in a marvellous location and we would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. Reviews are invaluable to future guests; giving them confidence in making the decision to book our property. Our aim is to give our guests privacy but at the same time to be on call for any advice/questions. We're very pleased that you enjoyed our location and took advantage of visiting our local shops & bars. Thanks once again.
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Beautiful setting, welcoming hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay for 9 nights in the casita in mid-April. Monica and Brian were very helpful in ensuring we had everything we needed, including cot and other facilities for our baby daughter, and made sure we enjoyed every aspect of our visit. The casita itself was spacious, well stocked and immaculately presented, and the outside facilities including pool were top notch.

The location up in the mountains is truly stunning and it's a great base for exploring the Ronda area and Grazalema national park - although it is quite remote, so day trips further afield do involve long drives on windy mountain roads. But it's a world away from the tourist-centric coast - a true slice of authentic Andalucian life. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic and relaxing place to spend time.

  • 5 of 5

From the first moment we arrived, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the area, the situation of the finca and the fantastic weather. we gradually discovered the very local village, the nearby(up the twisty road) main town and local sites and enjoyed everything we saw. Ronda was our favourite place. It is certainly a property and an area that we would revisit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. This is a truly unspoiled area of Spain that few people know about.
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Excellent time had by all

  • 5 of 5

Great pool. Great views. A wonderful place to relax in a fantastic part of Spain. Friendly service in local bars and restaurants, with good food. Take the train for a trip in to Ronda or to access a walk along the river gorge. Benoajan is well worth a visit for a meal at Molino del Santo or El Muelle.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Our local train proves very popular with visitors, as the line up to Ronda offers spectacular scenery.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Gibraltar at 72 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar La Parra at 500 Metres Nearest Train : Estacion de Cortes de la Frontera at 500 Metres Nearest Beach : Sabinillas, Duqesa & Estepona at 45 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Painting days can be arranged with a local artist.

Please contact us if you require more details.


The nearest beach at Sabinillas is 45 minutes drive away.

The beaches on the Tarifa/Costa de la Luz coastline are approximately 1.45 hrs drive away and well worth a visit. These beaches have soft sand, backed by sand dunes, but can be windy, which is why this stretch of coastline is popular with wind surfers.


Gibraltar is the nearest airport 1.15 hrs. (Monarch, BA, Easyjet).

Malaga 1.45 hrs (Easyjet, Thomson, Monarch, FlyBe, BA and Aer Lingus).

Jerez 1.45 hrs (Ryanair).

Car hire is a recommended when exploring this beautiful area of Spain.

Our nearest railway station is La Cañada del Real Tesoro which is on the Algeciras to Granada line - a perfect way to let the train take the strain on a visit to Ronda.


Estacion Cortes de la Frontera (La Cañada del Real Tesoro) is an 8 minute walk away:

Cortes de la Frontera: 3km / 5 minutes by car / 30 mins uphill walk:

Gaucin: 25km, 25 minutes by car:

Ronda: 40 minute spectacular drive away, along mountain roads or 35 minutes on the local train:

Ubrique: 25km / 25 minutes by car:

Cueva de la Pileta: 15km / 15 minutes by car:

Puerto Banus/Marbella: 1.15hrs by car:

Tarifa: 1.45hrs by car.

Further Details:

Our local village has a baker, supermarket, general store and a bank (no ATM). There are 4-5 bars offering traditional tapas at non-touristy prices.

Cortes de la Frontera is a larger town with more facilities. There are supermarkets, bakers, fishmongers, butchers, pharmacy, post office, several banks with ATMs and a medical centre. An open market takes place every fortnight on a Thursday morning with stalls selling fresh produce, clothes etc. There are numerous other smaller general shops selling local produce, shoes and gifts. You will also find a good variety of restaurants and bars serving local fare. Several bars do not have written menus so you can take the opportunity to practice your Spanish!

This area is ideal for country loving people with interests in walking, tennis, horse riding, birdwatching, cycling, painting and photography to name but a few activities. If you wish to chill out in beautiful surroundings then this is the place for you.

The proximity to Ronda and local white villages including, Cortes, Gaucin, Algatocin, Benarraba, Genalguacil, Benalauria etc, is excellent. Just driving around the countryside is rewarding as the views are spectacular.

The train from Algeciras to Granada, described as one of the “Great little railways of Europe”, runs through our valley and stops at Estacion de Cortes, 8 minutes walk away, en route to Ronda and Granada. Let the train take the strain and marvel at the beautiful scenery on the journey to Ronda. Many restaurants are situated adjacent to the local railway stations and a great day out can be had by catching the train to them.

Prices and Availability

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1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
9 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

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Booking Notes:
Booking by email. Reservations are confirmed on completion of our booking form.
Rates are based on 2 person occupancy. Please add £10 per person per night for 3rd & 4th person.

Changeover Day:
Flexible, if it helps you with your flight and car hire arrangements.

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From the Owner

Our registration number with the Andalucian Ministry of Tourism is VTAR/MA/01320.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • caves
  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Tiled shower room: shower cubicle with Grohe shower, Roca wc with soft close lid, twin washbasins, chrome heated (winter) towel rail, lots of storage space under the basins. Hand soap and a small supply of shower gel are provided.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, A travel cot & high chair can be provided when needed.
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, Kingsize bed with duvet for the colder months.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 King, 1 twin) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: kingsize bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables, hairdryer, illuminated magnifying mirror and ceiling fan. Bedroom 2: twin beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables, hairdryer and ceiling fan.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Casablanca ceiling fans are installed in the lounge & both bedrooms. There is a log-burning stove; a basket of logs is supplied on your arrival. Central heating is provided throughout the cottage. The windows are double glazed and have the benefit of fly screens. We like to keep the accommodation non-smoking but if you choose to smoke, ashtrays are provided for use outside. Whilst the pool is shared only with the owners, our guests will usually have the pool to themselves. Outside: Around the Finca you will find lots of different places to relax & unwind with a book and a cold glass of something. The table & chairs outside the cottage are sheltered by an all weather covering and makes for an ideal place for alfresco dining. A gas barbecue is provided on the upper terrace outside the cottage. Ample parking space can be found just inside the electric gates. Utility Room: There is a separate shared (with owner) utility room with a washing machine, tumble dryer, iron/ironing board, clothes airer and large sink. Beach umbrellas and cooler boxes can be borrowed for days away. Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service: Linen/towels/cleaning: Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy large bath sheets are provided and are changed weekly. Pool/beach towels are also supplied. Other: We provide a welcome pack consisting of: eggs, bread, butter, milk, bottled water, tea, coffee, sugar & our red wine, foil, cling wrap, kitchen towel, oil, vinegar, salt & pepper set. Food shopping can be arranged prior to arrival.

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