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The house has a fantastic large sitting, dining room with casement windows, antique furniture, a large open fireplace and access to a well stocked library.
The master bedroom with double bed, en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower over, and has access to a lovely roof terrace. There are
fitted wardrobes and beautiful views.Bedroom 2 has two single beds, a fitted wardrobe and tiled floors with rugs. There is a shower-room, with a shower cubicle and washing machine adjoining the second bedroom.
The attractive kitchen is well equipped with a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, toaster, oven and three hobs and microwave, coffee maker and blender. It is a very well equipped family kitchen with everything guests might require for catering for a large group.
Casa Daimalos, along with the village house next door, has been lived in by the owners for three generations. This charming house has its own secluded swimming pool and is set on the edge of a small village, looking out across a sheltered valley planted with olives, almonds and vines, and crowned with the ruins of a Moorish castle. The village church has a tower adapted from the oldest minaret in Andalucia and a Mudejar ceiling plus recently discovered, rather worn, 18th century frescoes. The key can be found with the ladies who will order your bread
The extensive terrace area is shaded by a vine-covered pergola, and the garden is full of fruit trees and flowers, including yuccas, jacarandas, bourgainvillea, aloes, oranges, lemons, grapefruit and a pomegranate.
Inside, the large (40 sq. m.) sitting/dining room, has an informal family character, with antique furniture, an open fireplace and a library with hundreds of books: these include (normally found on the right-hand side of the shelves) a memoir called The Bottle Brush Tree, written by the owner and describing how he and his wife discovered Daimalos, plus a book of poems called Sketches from the Sierra Tejeda by John Fuller who was a frequent visitor.
This house, sleeping four, can be rented together with the old village house which sleeps six and can share all the facilities of Casa Daimalos. Casa Daimalos can also be rented separately and is an ideal base for walking and exploring, especially in spring and autumn.
THE VILLAGE HOUSE
The 200 year-old village house, next to the village fountain, with entrance planted with bourganvillia and troughs of flowers, has an atmospheric sitting room with many original features, including ancient beams and cane ceilings, an open fireplace and alcoves for storing earthenware wine jars. Steps lead down to an adequately equipped kitchen with gas oven and four hobs, plus fridge/freezer. There is a twin-bed double bedroom leading from the sitting room, and down a couple of steps is another bedroom with double bed and tiled shower room. There is access to a small patio, filled with sweet smelling jasmine. The door from the patio leads on to a small track directly opposite Casa Daimalos. A charmingly primitive staircase leads up to the twin-bedded master bedroom occupying the entire first floor with door to a secluded vine-covered roof terrace and built-in barbecue. There is a large en-suite bathroom.
Hugh and Georgina bought the village house in 1973, and spent Summer holidays there with their two children Adam and Dan. Twenty years ago they bought a large plot of land next to the house, and built what is now Casa Daimalos with its gardens and secluded pool. Three generations of the family still regularly visit for holidays; the village is very close to our hearts.
Adam Seymour-Davies purchased this house in 1973
These properties will appeal to those who want to holiday in a slightly more remote (but convenient) location away from the main tourist areas. The houses are located on the edge of a traditional Andalucian village in a stunning hillside rural spot.
Extracts from the visitors book.
'We spent 2 fabulous weeks in the villa last July and really enjoyed the peace, stunning views, large garden and pool. This delightful village, really is "away from it all" and yet not a long drive to the beautiful city of Granada.' Jim Pearson
The Cummings who stayed in August 2008 liked the villa so much they wrote 3 pages, but they concluded with the following. 'We return tomorrow taking home our lovely memories of our Spanish holiday in Daimalos. A great time was had by all'
The James' July 2008 - 'Our stay here was delightful. The pool was used every day and we enjoyed making fresh orange juice from the trees. We bought cakes, bread and biscuits from the little ladies' shop. We read the books from the shelves and there was a variety to choose from. Under the trees we played cards and chatted.'
The rates quoted are per property. A deposit is required to confirm booking. Saturday changeover days are preferred, but we do accept that flights can be cheaper midweek and are willing to be flexible where possible.
Saturday changeover days are preferred, but we do accept that flights can be cheaper midweek and are willing to be flexible where possible. As stated above we request guests to leave before 10am and arrive after 5pm to allow time for cleaning.
Notes on prices:
Prices are per property per week in UK Pounds.
NB Very reduced prices for long lets. If both houses are let together they provide very comfortable and cheap accommodation for 10 people.
From the moment we walked into Villa Daimalos we knew that our stay there was going to be special. Set against mountains close to a village but in a very private location there is a magical sense of timelessness about the place, partly due to the amazing library of books there which is truly impressive and also due to the love and care that has clearly been put into its creation. As for outside the pool is perfect , the fountains entrancing, the ambiance relaxing and the view? It's breathtaking. We have all been put under its spell and hope to return to see it again in all seasons. Thank you to Adam and his family for all their help. Best wishes, Tessa, Chris, Daisy and Arran Dunn.
We really enjoyed our stay here. The villa is beautiful throughout, and the lovely gardens are well maintained. The pool was in good order and clean, and with plenty of chairs and loungers about it was easy to relax both in and out of the water.
Inside, the kitchen is very well-equipped, so once we'd done a big grocery shop at Eroski in Velez-Malaga, self-catering was very easy. We also appreciated the electric fans and the well-stocked library.
There was lots of information left by the owners and previous visitors about interesting things to do in the area, but with temperatures between 30 and 40° (mid August) we spent most of our time 'at home'. We'll have to go back at another time of year!
We really appreciated being able to order a food parcel in for our arrival late on Saturday night, and in fact all communication with the owners was excellent.
Thank you very much, Seymour-Davieses, it was just the summer holiday that we were hoping for.
We have just returned from 2 very relaxing weeks at Casa Daimalos. The house is an interesting family home with a well equipped kitchen, fantastic library (no need to bring any books!) and plenty of good quality outside furniture. Beach towels included. Good stable wifi which enabled my husband to follow the cricket and for our teenage daughters to keep in touch with friends via FaceTime and Skype. We spent many hours round and in the good sized pool which oversees the garden terraces which were full of oranges and figs whilst we were there. Lovely to enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning and an electric juicer is even provided! Evenings spent on the terrace under the vine were also a delight eating good food with a bottle or two of Spanish Rioja. The grapes were lovely and sweet too. Nearest restaurant 2km so car essential. We went to Competa and other local mountain villages to eat and also down in Torre del Mar which is about 30 mins down the mountain. Nerja and Frigiliana were among other places we visited and enjoyed. Local villagers very welcoming and we were invited into a couple of their houses and shown around! This is not a place for those who want lots of nightlife and a typical Costa del Sol villa. This house oozes old fashioned character and charm in a peaceful locationThe owners were very quick to respond to any questions we had and nothing was too much trouble. We hope to return!
The moment we opened the door we were delighted. We loved the character of the house with its tiles and wood. It was beautifully cool on hot days - designed for cross breezes. The ambiance of the little medieval village perched on the hill was pleasant and the views stunning. The house, being a family home, is well equipped with everything from CDs, library, games to mosquito coils and garlic crusher. We enjoyed preparing meals and bbq. We shared the house with friends and felt that we each had plenty of space with a bathroom each. We've been travelling for a while so it was great to unpack and do some washing. We were quickly calling the villa home!
We loved the garden with its citrus trees. And the terrace and pool was where we began and ended each day. Some days we stayed "home", others we explored the local villages. We loved Competa and Arenas was nice too. For beaches we went to Torre del Mar and Nerja. As recommended by the hosts we went to the Bodegas Bentomiz for tasting and lunch which was excellent.
The house was clean and set up to be welcoming by Scott the caretaker. He was friendly, accommodating & responsive to our needs.
Overall a great holiday experience.
We would very much like to thank Sheila and Steve for being wonderful unobtrusive yet helpful when required hosts. The directions sent were acurate and we arrived without a hitch. Sheila and Steve greeted us and ensured we gained entry to the property and then left us to settle in and said they were just across the road if we needed anything- which is what we like.
The Villa is a thoroughly charming property, with facilities completely in order and extremely pleasing- well stocked library, clean pool and inside/outside furniture, original artworks on display, plenty of crockery and good firm mattresses on the beds. The garden is a secluded delight- with a plethora of fruit trees which will of course drop fruit and leaves ( the outside had been immaculately swept for our arrival and Sheila and Steve said they would come in and do the garden throughout our visit but honoured our quiet times) in addition the birds sing in the trees which we love- however for those that don't like the above we can recommend any characterless properties elsewhere! It is a steep path down to the Villa about 10m and it is a rural village setting- stated in the property description. The Villa is a perfect private place to unwind in peace. Sheila and Steve offer to get shopping if you require before your arrival and any questions they're on hand to promptly sort out or answer and were extremely pleasant. Villa Daimalos a wonderful secluded retreat, thank you.
A group of us visited Daimalos for the first time to attend a friend's wedding nearby. The villa exceeded expectations, and had stunning views, huge pool and garden area, and a lovely authentic feel to it. We had a perfect week having lilo fights in the pools, relaxing sunbathing and lovely evenings sat in the terrace. So relaxing and we never once felt the need to explore anywhere else. It was a shame we discovered the shop & bakery in stunning Arenas so late on as that actually had all the little extras we needed. Only downside would be the dog that kept inviting itself in and wouldn't leave (!) and the very difficult driving directions (they could have been 5 bullet points not 5 pages as it was actually very easy to find). Apart from that perfect - we'd certainly come again, excellent value and just what we all needed! Thank you!