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Fully Air Con Villa With Private Pool & Tropical Gardens & views Moorish Castle



Updated: 26-Sep-2016
Villa in Alora, Costa del Sol, Spain - Peaceful Countryside Location Only 15 Minutes Walk To Town, Having The Best Of Both Worlds.

A one-level 3 bedroom/3 bathrooms villa with a pool of 4m x 10m. The villa is surrounded by gardens, has 3 patios, an electric gate with video entry phone, secured and private WIFI, a carport, fully fitted kitchen and a very secluded pool surrounded by tropical gardens. The master bedroom has patio doors that lead to a patio overlooking an oriental garden full of plants and trees and oriental artifacts. A perfect place to have your morning coffee, while at night, a place to have your glass of wine since the landscape is dominated by the illuminated Moorish Castle. It has a fully fitted and spacious kitchen. The sitting room has views of the mountains while the dining room leads to the poolside. At nighttime the pool lights and the 25 lights all around the garden give such drama and a romantic feel. The poolside has also views of the Moorish Castle and when lit at night adds a new focal point. It is situated just 1.3 km from town but walks to the countryside are just at your doorstep.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a couple from London and moved here in this lovely white washed village 10 years ago and we never looked back. We just love where we are because of the lovely scenery and very welcoming locals. We have integrated well with the Spanish which was easy since we both speak fluent Spanish. We love our lifestyle here in Alora, so laid back and stress-free, we have adapted the Spanish way of life, and that is "we work to live and not to live to work". Our daily lives are enhanced by the presence of our Cocker Spaniel and Dachshund. My husband has hotel and food and beverage background, having worked for major hotels in the Far East as well as restaurants in London, while I had worked in Public Relations back in London.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Michael Prentice, a journalist from Ottawa, Canada, and his wife, Marie-Louise Seymonsbergen spent five weeks renting Casa Mimosa early in 2014, and Michael afterwards sent us this report:

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and Helen and Steve were wonderful hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for them .They met us at Malaga airport to ensure we got to the villa safely. During our stay, they did so many kindnesses for us. One was Steve's delivery of two chocolate cakes he had made for us. Delicious! We almost never saw Helen do what I believe was her almost-daily cleaning of the pool before we were out of our beds. We knew she must have been to the villa only on days when she left fresh oranges on the doorstep. The villa is comfortable and fully lived up to our expectations. The selection of books and tapes is excellent. (Sorry if we wore out the Gypsy Kings CD, Steve and Helen!) The pool and grounds are fabulous. The location is excellent. Regards, Michael
Feb 2009
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


The property in Alora is stunning. Beautiful garden surrounding the house and pool make it an idyll.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Helen & Steve's exquisite house. Everything you could need is there for the easiest self catering imaginable. The pool is wonderful and surrounded by fabulous gardens. Outdoor seating is brilliantly placed all round so you can find sun or shade throughout the day. Lots of room inside and out and 3 bathrooms make this a terrific family destination. We will go back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect !

  • 5 of 5

This is the 5th villa that we have stayed in and by far the best ! The secure gardens are amazing. There's different spots to sit and chill, whether you want sun or shade. The pool area & surrounding gardens at night are lit up perfectly. So relaxing with a lovely breeze. There's Aircon in all rooms although we only needed it in the bedroom at night. No need for a 4 wheel drive to access the villa ( we have stayed in other villas that have said this but were very lenient with the truth!)

Really can't fault this place !

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Casa Mimosa was better than we thought it would be and the quality of service from Helen and Steve is 5*. Any queries we had after booking were dealt with efficiently and the one or two we had during our stay were sorted quickly too. Casa Mimosa was clean and comfortable, a real home from home with the very necessary air conditioning. I would make a cup of tea and sit and watch the sun come up over the mountains and listen to the valley come to life, a great way to start the day!

There is a comprehensive information book with places to eat, places to visit. We would generally go to the town in the morning and enjoy a coffee watching the world go by. Very little English is spoken in Alora which encourages you to learn Spanish as you go along, there is no rush everyone sits and chats. It can be a bit hit and miss where you can eat as you never really knew where would be open, it just means you try somewhere else. Be prepared for hills, some are steep....

We were lucky to go to the Malaga Feria (fair) on Steve and Helen's recommendation. It was fantastic and well worth a visit.

For a family of four with two teenage boys Casa Mimosa ticked all the boxes, the pool was big enough for them to mess about in, they had separate en suite rooms so no fighting over showers, plenty of seating areas and pool loungers. The choice of food in Alora kept everyone happy. De Knas is a good place to go until you familiarise yourself then after that be brave and just try.

All in all a memorable break in a great property on the outskirts of a pretty and laid back village. We intend to return, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Casa Mimosa.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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This villa really lives up to expectations

  • 5 of 5

I was attracted to this villa by the good looking photos on this site along with the good specification of the interior and the locality close to Alora. I can honestly say that we were not dissapointed in the slightest.

From our initial contact with Helen and Steve arranging the stay, completing payment, receiving directions, etc. was all handled quickly and efficiently with no problems along the way. We hired a car at Malaga airport and the drive out to the property was easy with helpful photos having been provided by Helen in order that we could locate the turning onto the track leading to the villa. About 40 minutes drive from the airport.

Helen and Steve were there to welcome us and familiarise us with the property and give us some tips on the area (supermarkets, etc.). There is a fairly comprehensive guest book with recommendations to a number of restaurants (which we did not use much due to the great bbq weather).

The property is beautiful, well maintained and well equipped. Great gardens, plenty of space and places to sit if you want a bit of shade or peace. The pool area is a sun trap and my two sons (in their 20's) and one girlfriend spent most of the week developing a good tan!!

Small things that make a big difference have been included. There are two banks of 10 gang English plugs that have been wired into the electricity supply meaning you have no need to take loads of plug adaptors with you for all the electronic gadgets that fill our lives these days. The welcome pack including wine and beer (and maybe some other essentials!!) sets the tone of the holiday. Having Helen and Steve close (in the village) was nice in case of problems (we did not need their help fortunately).

The only slight downside was the walk into the village which does include a pretty steep hill to get to the centre and is about a 20 minute walk. Once in Alora however it is a pretty white Spanish village with restaurants and bars tucked around every corner it seems.

I would highly recommend Casa Mimosa for a holiday, particularly if you are looking to chill and relax as we were.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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the prefect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Truly a joy to arrive and stay in Helen & Steve's Casa Mimosa, excellent hosts and beautiful villa ideally situated in Alora, we weren't left wanting for anything. The villa has gorgeous gardens with numerous places to sit and relax to look out at the various beautiful vistas of the surrounding countryside of Alora, the swimming pool and area is well maintained and equipped for relaxing in and around, especially in the evenings with the garden lights turned on. Many thanks H & S, whenever we're heading to south of Spain again it will only be whenever you're place is available to stay in.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week with our two twenty-something sons. It would be hard to find any fault - a lovely villa, with beautiful views, quietly situated and very peaceful. Spotlessly clean, and the screens meant that we could open all the doors and windows to keep cool, without any insects getting in. The pool and garden were beautifully maintained.

We really appreciated that the kitchen was so well equipped, and that loads of store cupboard basics like oil/vinegar/spices etc were all provided, as well as a welcome pack of "essentials" including chilled beer and wine. Perfect!

It is about a mile to walk into the little town for tapas, quite hilly but quiet roads. The train station is quite close, a taxi cost 10euros, and we took the train to Malaga and to Ronda for day-trips, both of which were really worthwhile.

Helen and Steve were great, unobtrusively helpful, and the lift to the Supermarket on the first day was a real bonus - we didn't hire a car so stocked up completely for the week.

Thoroughly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought our finca because of its vantage position, its proximity to town (1.3 km away) which is only a 15 to 20 minute walk away and at the same time having the peace and tranquility of the countryside. Yes, we have the best of both worlds. What was the clincher to to deal was the views of the Moorish Castle especially at night when illuminated, it's so magical. While the views of the mountains and countryside are breathtaking. We just love where we are because the walks to the countryside is at our doorstep. The finca was a cereal farm and so there were no existing trees when we bought it. Now it is the greenest finca in the area with hundreds of conifer surrounding the perimetre, a tropical garden, an oriental garden for meditation. It is paradise on earth and we just love it.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Malaga Airport at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Rampa at 1.2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Malaga at 40 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Lauro Golf at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Alora train station at 7 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A357 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : La Paraita at 1.2 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Sierra Nevada at 195 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Malaga & Torremolinos Beaches at 40 Kilometres Car: not necessary


Nearest beach is Malaga and Torremolinos which are accessible either by train (45 mins) or car 30 mins.


Nearest airport is Malaga Airport which is just 45 mins away. No need to hire a car since Alora has great train links to Malaga City, the Costa del Sol, or El Chorro. Also, the town is just 10 minutes walk away for when going out to paint the town red.


Alora town centre is only 1.3km away. Malaga is only 40km away (Picasso museum and night life). El Chorro is only 13km away (lakes). Antiquerra is 40km away (Roman garden and restaurants). Ronda is 70km away (oldest bull ring in Spain). Cordoba is 150km away (Mezquita). Granada is 110km away (Alhambra Palace) while Seville is 2 hours away.

Further Details:

Alora is a working white washed village. It has a variety of tapas bar and restaurants. Unlike the Costa del Sol, eating out is still very cheap but very good food and drinks are also still cheap and quite generous on cocktail drinks.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 7
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Rate 8
1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
1 Mar 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest
Easter Week
9 Apr 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
17 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest
High Season
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
1 Nov 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Week
24 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £75 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £250

Booking Notes:
25% required at the time of booking with balance to be paid six weeks prior to arrival.
Check in time is not earlier than 4PM (unless a written arrangement was made upon booking) and check out time is no later than 10AM.

Changeover Day:
Saturday preferred but we are flexible. Check in times: no earlier than 4pm, check out times: no later than 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices per week for 4 persons. A supplement of 75 UK pounds per person will be charged for party over 4 people. Weeks falling on Easter, Christmas and New Year fall as high season. Mode of payment: 25% deposit upon reservation and the rest 6 wks prior to arrival. Check in time no earlier than 4PM, Check out no later than 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 26-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

What we love about the villa is the ease to go to town or the main roads leading to Malaga etc. Unlike other properties, you need not hire a 4 wheel drive because the access is good and quite short (1.3km. In the evenings, majority of other properties, you are surrounded by darkness while here you have the views of the illuminated Castle and town plus you can see the town of Pizarra, Coin and Alhuarin twinkling away.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • city centre
  • mountain
  • village


  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 120 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to BR1, with shower,wash basin, wc and bidet. En-suite bathroom No 2 to BR2, with shower, wash basin and wc. En-suite bathroom No 3 to BR3, with shower, wash basin and wc.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, fitted wardrobes, chest of drawers 2 night tables, Air-con Unit Bedroom 2 with double bed, fitted wardrobes, 2 night tables, Air-con Unit Bedroom 3 with twin beds, fitted wardrobes, 2 night tables, Air-con unit.


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The whole house has hot and cold air conditioning units in all 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living and dining room and kitchen. It is fully fenced and has electric gates and video entry phone. It has a Sky satellite TV, Bose Home Cinema Sound Surround System, and a private and secured WIFI. The pool can easily be accessed from the house so constant supervision of children is required. Outside: Private pool is 10 metres x 4 metres with Roman steps (for sole use of guests) in a tropical garden setting. Gazebo with a table and 6 chairs (best views of the castle from here). 6 sun beds and more tables and chairs all around the pool. 3 terraces around the house, the first is in front of the house where you have lovely views of the Guadalhorce valley, the second could be access from the dining room patio doors where you can find the poolside and the third is off the bedroom facing an Oriental garden with Oriental trees and plants and Japanese lantern, a Thai Budda, a Chinese gong and other artefacts, this has the views of the Moorish Castle. Two types of barbecue to choose from, charcoal and bottled gas. Utility Room: There is a lean-on storeroom where you will find the washing machine and water heater. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Change of towels and bedding is once a week.

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