House near Casares, Costa del Sol, Spain - Peace and Beauty, 10 mins Drive to all Facilities
Finca Cerro Muniz has been recently renovated to a high standard while still maintaining the charm of a traditional country house. Surrounded by river stone terraces. 2 of the bedrooms have huge tiled terraces, ideal for relaxing. Internal floors are all tiled, the older part of the house in traditional Ronda tiles. All the rooms are of generous size with a very large high roofed kitchen. There are two full good-sized bathrooms, one up and one downstairs. The mature gardens (this has been a family home for 30 years) provide plenty of shade, colour and beauty and there are many areas for sunbathing too. The private pool (8x5m) receives sun all day and is surrounded by a grassed area. The house is reached via a well surfaced private track of 600m from the main Casares road. The beaches at Casares and Sabinillas are 10 mins drive away with Estepona's town, port and beaches 15 mins away. The white village of Casares is 15 mins drive and there are several top quality golf courses nearby.
About the Owner
Bruce and I spend time in Spain, London and Peru.
I was a primary teacher who worked in inner city schools in London, a rural church school in Wales, primaries in Gibraltar and private schools in both Spain and Peru. I loved working with children because I could always be certain of laughing several times a day!
Between us we have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. I try to spend as much time with my grandchildren as I can and often take them to Spain to unplug them from the technology that seems so prevalent today. They love the pool! Bruce is happiest working outside, cutting, planting, and fixing, whilst I like to paint and sketch, play piano badly and listen to all sorts of music, strong favourite genres being gospel (althogh not a Christian) original r&b, soul, blues and rock n roll.
From the Owner
“We love the climate, so much more comfortable than the UK or northern USA where Bruce comes from. We both love country life and are very happy that, although there has been a huge influx of foreigners to Spain in recent years, it has not greatly affected the area where we live. We love the scenery and find the local people very friendly and accepting. Our house is easy to get to, about an hour from Malaga airport and 30 mins from Gibraltar but feels utterly isolated. The flora and fauna around us changes throughout the year with there always being something interesting to see. We are on a migration route for birds too so get to see amazing flocks going to and returning from Africa. We have many friends locally, both Spanish and incomers. We are both great fans of local flamenco festivals.”
Activity and Interests
10 mins drive to Casares, sand with rocky outcrops, good beach bars and Sabinillas, playframes, cafes, bars. 15 min drive to Estepona. Once down on the coast (10 mins) there is tremendous choice of beaches, quiet ones for meditating, busier ones with restaurants and others with water-sports facilities eg Estepona. Beaches are kept clean and several have green flags indicating good water quality. Plenty of night life too in Puerto Duquesa, Estepona and of course in Marbella and Puero Banus.
Malaga 1 hour 15 mins. Gibraltar 45 mins. Car hire strongly recommended.
White villages of Casares (eagles wheeling) 15 mins, Gaucin (artists) 35 mins, Jimena (crosscultural history)45 mins. Medieval walled hilltop village of Castellar 45 mins. Marbella and Puerto Banus (nightlife, playground of the rich) 45 mins. Gibraltar, don't miss the caves and the barbary apes 45 mins. Ronda 1½ hours. Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla about 3 hours. Jerez about 2 hours. Algeciras for ferry to Morroco 45 mins. Tarifa for windsurfing and surfboarding (Atlantic coast) 1½ hours.
The nearest bar Venta Victoria is within walking distance, 1.5km, friendly and serves good local food, the next nearest is Venta Garcia (2.5 km) which offers an excellent and surprisingly varied menu served in a very pleasant stylish environment with delightful views. The local village/town of Sabinillas has banks, internet services and every kind of shop, except clothes, you could need. Its seafront and well maintained beaches are lined with cafes serving delicious snacks and main meals of many varieties plus bars catering to the foreign visitor ( UK sports TV) and bars with a much more local flavour. Estepona has this same mix plus some interesting clothes and shoes shops. Local bars all do food, most offering a fixed menu at lunchtime in addition to the a la carte. Those that may not do meals usually do tapas (small snacks). Many visitors like to shop in Gibraltar where all the staples of UK food are available, however many of these products are also now available in Spanish supermarkets. The barbary apes, caves with stalagtites and stalagmites and the old military tunnels which honeycomb the rock are all well worth a visit. Remember to take your passport if you go to Gibraltar! All of the white villages are a delight, the drive is always beautiful and the cubist appearance of the stacked houses with tunnels connecting one level to another has been inspirational for many artists. Their history is fascinating too as many still clearly show the passage of various cultures, Roman , Phoenician, Moorish and Catholic. Seville, Cordoba, Jerez and Granada are all worth at least a day trip, try to catch some flamenco in Seville, visit the amazing mosque in Cordoba, tour the 'bodegas' and try the sherry in Jerez where you can also see the wonderful display by andalusian horses at the Royal stables. The Alhambra in Granada should be seen, it is utterly lovely. Near Ronda, built both sides of a deep gorge, is the fascinating La Pileta cave with prehistoric cave paintings.
- Booking Notes:
A 10% deposit is required at the time of booking to secure the dates you request with full payment to be made at least one month before arrival. If guests require that we leave the house telephone connected, a deposit of 300 euros will be needed, this to be returned less the cost of any calls made once usage has been checked.
Changeover Saturday. Guests must leave by 10am. Arrival time 4pm (this is to allow time for the changeover). We can be flexible, please discuss this with us.
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From the Owner
“When we rebuilt the house after a fire 3 years ago we decided to try to change this disaster into an opportunity to upgrade and modernise the house. We added an extra bedroom and bathroom and a good sized swimming pool. The house is now spacious and comfortable with a good mix of traditional and modern features. It is full of character and surrounded by beautiful grounds, there are many shady areas which keep the house cool in the summer and also open areas for those who wish to sunbathe. Our local bar, Venta Victoria, is a 20 min walk away and we have known the family there for 30 years. 10 mins drive down the hill is a lovely beach with a nice beach bar, La Sal. and our local village Casares is a Cubist dream. Other local towns and villages each have their individual charm, we love them.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 1 (can be used as en-suite to bedroom 2 and for visitors) with full bath, over bath shower, WC bidet and basin. Bathroom 2 upstairs with full bath, over bath shower, WC, bidet and basin.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom / study 1 with large single sprung sofa bed, slightly separate from house. Bedroom 2 with double bed and very large terrace. Bedroom 3 with twin beds (one can push away under the other). Bedroom 4 with double bed, corner sink and large terrace.
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- Notes on accommodation: The pool is unfenced so children must be supervised at all times. Surrounded by 7 acres of its own land the house is ideal for children to go exploring (under supervision) or for pleasant walks. There are several pieces of nice old furniture which we would expect guests to take care not to damage. The living room has an open fire which channels hot air to the first floor. There is a wood-burning stove in the kitchen. Additionally we use oil filled radiators when necessary for heating. Fans available in the unlikely event of the house feeling too hot - its thick stone walls insulate it in both winter and summer. Small sound system provided, radio, CD and tape player. Outside: The house nestles in its own valley of 7 acres of terraced land. Originally a small farm, the carob, olive, almond and pine trees still shelter the house and its surrounding gardens. The gardens are well established and mature with trees, shrubs and flower beds planted with a variety of typical local plants. There are several grassed areas for relaxing. The house has extensive terraces on 3 sides so you can eat outside should you wish, there are two tables on the terraces off the kitchen and living room with plenty of chairs. Each bedroom terrace has its own table and chairs too. The 8x5m private pool is surrounded by paved and grassed areas and is just a few steps from the house, but situated so that the noise of children in the pool does not disturb people relaxing in the house or gardens. Pool furniture includes 2 reclining chairs and two sunbeds with mattresses, a small table and a huge sunshade umbrella providing an area of shade 3m by 3m. Utility Room: Old style walk in pantry, washing machine, ironing board and iron. Some larger pots and pans stored here. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are included. House will be spotless on arrival and then cleaned weekly with full linen change weekly. More frequent cleaning can be easily arranged if required at a very reasonable extra charge. Other: The house is spacious, always cool in the summer because it has such thick stone walls, in the cooler months it is cosy with a wood burner in the kitchen and an open fire with ducted hot air in the living room. Comfortably furnished, some antique pieces.