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Villa with traditional cottage annexe in charming hillside village - Villa with traditional cottage annexe in charming hillside village

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Updated: 29-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online


Villa with traditional cottage annexe in charming hillside village

The Villa house, sleeping four, can be rented together with the old village house (cottage) which sleeps six and guests can share all the facilities. This is an ideal arrangement for families holidaying together or parties of friends that would appreciate more space. The two properties are situated opposite each other, both with fully equipped kitchens. The village house is 200 years old with an expansive sun terrace, while the Villa has a swimming pool surrounded by gardens. Both have beautiful views of the valleys and mountains

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About the property



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 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.

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About the Owner

Adam Seymour-Davies
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Spanish, You are welcome to email us in any language.
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Adam Seymour-Davies

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 cottage in 1973

Why Adam Seymour-Davies chose Axarquia (Costa del Sol)

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.

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Booking Notes:
The rates quoted are per property. A deposit of £100 per week 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.

Changeover Day:
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.

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5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Two beautiful, traditional homes with pool - perfect for our group of friends!

  • 5 of 5

I have recently returned from a week away with my husband and three friends in these really unique holiday homes. There was plenty of room for us all, as we spread out across both houses. The original house is just across the path from the main villa and remains practically unaltered, and very traditionally Spanish. Next door, the owners built a more spacious villa in keeping with the wider village. This house has stunning views over the mountains and a beautiful private pool surrounded by fully grown gardens (including a lemon tree - handy for G&T!). Everyone could keep their own hours because of the separated living arrangements, but we cooked and dined together in the villa house every day, which has a large terrace and outdoor dining table.

Sunny days were spent around the pool, catching sun and reading from the very impressive library, and we also visited some lovely nearby villages and a winery, enjoyed spectacular views from the ruined castle on the other side of the valley, and had paella at a beach restaurant on the coast. You can tell this is a family home and not just some holiday villa. It feels just like being invited to stay at a friend’s place in the mountains! Both homes have been lovingly decorated with traditional Spanish antiques, unlike many rental villas.

The private garden is really peaceful, being right on the edge of this small Andalusian village. I can’t recommend the place highly enough. I’ve already booked in again for next season. Thank you Adam and Family

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ryan, thank you so much for your lovely comments; we're absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our home and very much look forward to welcoming you back in the Summer. Adam & family
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Malaga at 61.4 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Arenas at 3 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Baviera Golf, Caleta de Velez at 14.1 Kilometres Nearest Train : Malaga at 60 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : E-15 at Velez Malaga at 13.6 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Arenas at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Sol y Nieve, Granada at 126 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Torre Del Mar at 14 Kilometres Car: necessary

Fresh bread, "pan", is available every day, but must be ordered in advance from the two ladies who live a few yards away on the left hand-side of the alley by the garden gate.

There is a small supermarket in Arenas, as well as a bank and Cash point. There are a couple of basic bars/restaurants. Larger supermarkets may be found on the main road from Velez to Torre del Mar, i.e. the large hypermarket, Eroski and a smaller supermarket called Mercadona which has excellent meat and fish. There is a fine covered market in Velez Malaga where one can buy everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to fish, chicken, meat and whole legs of the local Serrano ham. Kid is also available from time to time, as is suckling pig.

Torre del Mar has extensive beaches and superlative restaurants serving fresh fish - particular specialities are sardines cooked on an open wood fire (espetos).

There is excellent walking, with stunning scenery and good tracks, starting from the village. There are several books and folders on walks which you will find on the table in the sitting room.

Nerja (about a 40 minute drive) is the Spanish "Positano", with the houses clinging to the steep cliff. There are many restaurants and bars, a pretty town square and the famous "balcon de Europa" There are a variety of beaches, including long stretches of sand and small rocky coves. Just outside the town are the impressive caves and an ancient aquaduct.

Velez Malaga has an aqua park and the golf course at Baveira is 12 km away.

The nearby village of Archez has a magnificent brick minaret; a few kilometers further on is the attractive village of Canillas de Albaida, with a pretty square and attractive bars and restaurants. The next village, Sayalunga is famous for having the only round cemetery in Spain (just outside the village). The pretty square is an ideal place to relax with a "copa". For those interested in wine, Bodega Bentomiz is a must. It is a couple of kilometers south of Sayalunga, up a track on the left hand side of the road. It is a recently established winery, run by a delightful Dutchman and his wife, and is devoted to wines of the region. They offer tours, tastings and lunches. It is essential to book. Ring Clara (speaks perfect English for more information. 658845285. They also have a website. From here you can drive to Competa (about 45 minutes from Daimalos), which has become a large cosmopolitan village with great charm and a plethora of restaurants and bars.

Malaga is well worth a visit. The old town comprises typical Spanish architecture with narrow streets, tall houses and the inevitable tapas bars. The 15th century Cathedral is built on the site of a mosque. The newly opened Picasso museum is housed in a restored 16th century palace. The Centre for Contemporary Art is also worth a visit. The Gibralfaro Castle crowns the town and has much to offer, as well as superb views over the sea and towards Africa. North of the city, on the road to Antequera are the La Conception Botanical gardens dating from 1885.

A visit to Granada, including cathedral, old town and Alhambra is a day trip and it is essential to book a time slot for the Alhambra, which can be done on line.


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Ensuite
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Located on the edge of the tiny village of Daimalos in the hills above Velez Malaga, this house looks out from its roof-terrace across a sheltered valley to a hill crowned with the ruins of a Moorish castle. The properties can be let together by a large party of up to 10 guests in total and then all guests can then share the superb outdoor facilities. Both houses are not suitable for children under 3. The cottage is available for long lets out of season. Please email for prices. Guests are asked to leave by 10am and not arrive until after 5pm to allow time to clean the houses. Outside: The main house has a large private pool of 4x8m, BBQ, 4 sun beds and 12 garden chairs and a large table. It has a beautiful mature garden, full of flowers and fruit trees, including yuccas, bougainvilleas, hibiscus, oranges, lemons, figs and pomegranites. The extensive terrace area is partly shaded by a vine covered pergola and flowering trees, the rest is open for sunbathing.The garden is totally private and has fabulous views and provides a wonderful place to relax in total peace. The cottage has a vine covered roof terrace and views over the surrounding hills.

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