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Old Farmhouse Amongst The Peaceful Olive Groves Of Los Romanes-Above Ground Pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Los Romanes, Lake Vinuela, Costa del Sol (Inland), Spain - Quiet Location, 4-5 Min stroll Into Typical Spanish Village With Shops, Bars & Fantastic Restaurants

Welcome to the real Spain. We live on the top floor of the farmhouse, so are onsite, or any help we can give you. We are fully registered with the Consejeria de Turismo Y Deporte. There are some bargain flights to be had so why not come and see us. It is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, especially with the wild flowers along the side of the roads, in springtime. We welcome guests ANY day of the week, for 2 nights or more, and NOT limited Saturday to Saturday!! Our 160 year old Farmhouse, with 1 double en-suite bedroom & one twin/double en-suite, overlooking olive groves. Plunge Pool (4.6m x 1m) great for cooling off. (For more serious swimmers, or pool games, there is the village pool, a 5 minute walk away, or Vinuela Hotel pool, both have baby pools, and entrance is approx 4 euros per person. We provide secure off street parking area for one hire car. We have lemon, plum & olive trees, on our 800 sqm land. Mountain views. We are situated at the edge of a Spanish village, a 4/5 minute walk into the centre, where you will find two small supermarkets, a typical Spanish bar in the centre with spectacular views of the Lake, a bar/restaurant at the other end of the village (approx 15 mins walk away from the farmhouse). A boutique hotel,in between the two bars, where they do fabulous food, snacks with a stunning view. There is also lovely Indian restaurant, with a fantastic vista, about a 8 minute drive from the farmhouse. There are two restaurants overlooking the lake approximately 8 minutes by car away on the main road, below the village. There is no shortage of places to eat locally. The area is criss-crossed with many tracks-ideal for walking, biking, sight-seeing & exploring this very special part of Axarquia, which is known as the Real Spain. Beaches are 25 Minutes away in Torre Del Mar, and there are many other beaches a little further away. Something for everyone, and there is nearly always a fiesta or celebration going on somewhere locally.

This is just one of our latest FIVE STAR Reviews...

Peace, Tranquility, Delightful

My wife and two children (17 and 11) spent a fantastic two weeks in the peace and tranquility of Tesorillo. Normal life in the UK is hectic / busy / frenetic etc etc etc... so these two weeks were just what the doctor ordered. We booked because of the Trip Advisor comments below and were not disappointed. We loved the peace, the place and the people. Carol and Gordon made excellent hosts and it was lovely to get to know them.

More Details
Registration Number : VTAR/MA/01408

Carol Hanselman
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Carol Hanselman

Hola, We are Gordon & Carol. We have lived in Spain for nearly 13 years & are Spanish residents. We spend much of our time enjoying the laid-back life here as we live on-site. We are at the edge of a Spanish village and surrounded by olive groves. We have the goat herd passing by the front door on some days, which is a sight (if not smell) to behold! Fantastic walking (Spring/Autumn/Winter-far too hot in Summer!). In 20 mins by car you can exchange mountain/olive grove views for the beach! Best of both worlds. Our landscaped garden includes a PLUNGE pool and sunbathing area. Perfect location for relaxation/peace & quiet to recharge your batteries, and, of course, to enjoy a lovely cool refreshing drink! A happy, enjoyable, memorable, relaxing holiday, could be on the cards for you-and that is our main aim! Come & enjoy what we have to offer! We'd love to welcome you soon. If you need recommendations regarding flights/car hire/etc please email, and we will do our best to help.

Carol Hanselman purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Carol Hanselman chose Los Romanes

We brought the farmhouse, which is 160 years old, and featured on 'A Place in the Sun' no less, as we love its peaceful location, & its closeness to the village. We are on the outskirts of the village, but only a four minute walk to the centre. We have the Goatherd & his goats pass our house. The locals walk past, with a cheery word to everyone, they are very friendly and appreciate you trying to speak to them, they will soon put you right (in a nice way) should you get something slightly wrong. Pepe's bar, The Shack, El Charco Restaurant, the local shops, and the new boutique hotel are great places to practice your Spanish! The views of the lake are amazing. There is a bar/restaurant a 10 minute walk away, an Indian restaurant a short drive away. There are two further restaurants on the main road. The two supermarkets in the village provide most day to day needs.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We are very easy to find, only 50 mtrs along a good track. We will collect you from a local restaurant about (5 mins by car) & escort you to the farmhouse. We live on-site, so if there are any problems whatsoever, we are on hand to sort them out as quickly as possible. We have an above ground PLUNGE pool for visitor use from end April to end of October, weather permitting. Is it only 1 mtr deep by 4 mtrs wide, so suitable for cooling off, rather than swimming lengths...By the pool, and also your terrace, there's room for a kiddies paddling pool. Hotel Vinuela also have a fantastic pool for 4 euros ish p/p. There is also a large pool in the village 4 min walk, again about 4 eurosapprox to get in. Usually open for the Summer months only. The nearest beach, Torre del Mar, is 20 minute easy drive away. There are numerous other beaches & places of interest to visit with Gibraltar only 2 1/2hrs. Granada & the Alambra Palace & gardens 2 hrs away - if you intend on going, it needs to be booked ONLINE-Seville and Ronda are also just over 2 hours or so away....Beautiful Moorish cities, with lots to do and explore! El Chorro is an amazing rock formation where there is a visitor centre, and walks around the area. The Caminito Del Rey, is a walk along the side of a mountain, tickets again, need to be booked through their website, and sell out very fast. If you want details, please ask.

The area is known for walking/hiking, bird-watching, cycling, water sports, & most other things, such as boat rides, horse riding etc can be arranged locally.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Left on Feb 4, 2018 for a stay in Jan 2018 5 STARS

Situated on the edge of a small white Andalucian village called Los Romanes, this holiday rental provided everything that we needed. The location is peaceful and the owners, who live above the property, were very helpful while respecting our privacy. On the days when it was sunny and warm they allowed us to use their lovely garden and provided loungers for us to relax on. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The property was very clean and the facilites perfect for a holiday stay. It is possible to visit many places on the Costa del Sol from here, many of them being within half an hour's drive. Málaga is less than an hour away, while the popular holiday resort of Nerja just 30 minutes. If mountains and traditional Spanish villages are preferred, then these are within quarter of an hour's drive and there are many of them. The beachside area in Torre del Mar has an excellent promenade along which it was a pleasure to walk with our border collie dog. Los Romanes is an attractive traditional Andalucian pueblo with a very popular restaurant, El Charco. It has an altitude of 490 metres and overlooks the beautiful Lake Viñuela with the magnificent Mount Maroma as a backdrop. There is a little business in the town square catering for those who like a drink in an informal atmosphere. Both the Spanish population and their foreign visitors frequent this "shack." We were able to do many different walks with our dog starting at the gate of this property, each hike of differing lengths. The property is suitable for most types of visitors. We are a retired couple but we could see that families would enjoy it, too. At the end of our two weeks' stay we felt relaxed and pleased that our accommodation had lived up to our expectations. We would be more than happy to use it again. As for Los Romanes, we found the village to be charming and the people friendly. We would like to thank Carol and Gordon Hanselman for enabling us to enjoy our stay and we would be more than happy to return. Situado en el borde de un pequeño pueblo andaluz blanco llamado Los Romanes, este alquiler de vacaciones proporcionó todo lo que necesitábamos. La ubicación es tranquila y los propietarios, que viven arriba de la propiedad, fueron muy serviciales, respetando nuestra privacidad. En los días cuando hacía sol y calor, nos permití
Jan 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Los Romanes in Axarquía

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Wet Room
    Shower room 2 - Wet Room
  • Fully tiled, en-suite wet/shower room in both bedrooms with WC and wash hand basin in each. Hand and bath towels are provided for your use. No steps into shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , or two singles
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) MAXIMUM Notes on bedrooms: Both comfortable, spacious bedrooms with ensuites, 1 double & 1 King, (King can be swapped for twin beds please request this when confirming booking). Fitted wardrobes, bedside tables, ceiling fans and wall heaters.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: From end April to October, weather permitting, our above ground plunge pool for visitor use (4.6m x 1m), up some steps into the garden area. There are sunbeds with cushions,for your use. Cot, highchair, baby bath & paddling pool available at extra cost, (as these are hired as required from a reputable local source). There are fans in both bedrooms and heating is available for a winter let. If you require the use of a washing machine we are very happy for you to use ours (see below for charges). We provide FREE WIFI. There are SOME UK TV progs, CD player & CD's, a DVD player & a small selection of DVD's. The bookcase is overflowing with light reading. There are numerous maps & a large information file about the area and places to visit whilst here. This is the real Spain, & we would love you to experience it. If you need any information or help with anything whilst here, we will do our best to assist you. We want you to have a fantastic time Outside: Plunge pool (4.6 x 1m) at the top of the garden, for visitor use, end of April -October, (weather dependent) with pagoda for shade, sunbeds, table & chairs. A terraced area for your use, for alfresco dining, with a table and chairs. This terrace gets the sun from about midday until the sun goes down, although there is shade from the Lemon and Plum trees, & a parasol. Please help yourselves to any fruit in season. If you would like to use our new for 2018, Gas BBQ, please ask. You will be required to CLEAN the BBQ after use. (Bear in mind you are in olive groves and the trees are VERY flamable - please ask before you light it as there are laws about BBQs). You are very welcome to use the garden area. There is space on the terrace for a small paddling pool for the children. If you would like us to purchase one for you please let us know before your arrival, as these are brought specifically when requested. There is parking for one car on the gated, locked, driveway. Utility Room: Airer, iron & ironing board. Owners washing machine is available for use if necessary. Just ask! (4 euros per load if you supply washing liquid 5 euros per load if we supply washing liquid). Linen & shower towels provided. if your stay is more than 7 nights, clean linen and towels will be provided for you to change. Swimming/Beach towels can be hired at 5 euros each per week. (why not save space in your luggage for more important things!!)


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Old Farmhouse Amongst The Peaceful Olive Groves Of Los Romanes-Above Ground Pool
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 30 reviews

Perfect hosts, excellent accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We chose this apartment because we have a large dog, and the property was spacious, scrupulously clean and well located. The hosts, Gordon and Carol are very friendly and helpful; everything that could be needed is there. The apartment contains a porch, entrance hall / Kitchen, fully equipped; two large double bedrooms each with their own en-suite shower room w.c. Mosquito netting on the windows mean that you can sleep at night with the windows open and not be bitten! There is a large lounge /dining area with large screen satellite TV and a cd/tape machine for those who want to escape TV, a good assortment of novels are available also. The property is in an excellent state of repair, with good quality fittings and well crafted woodwork. The garden has a nice above ground pool and is attractively lit at night. On the opposite side of the road are olive groves so that your dog can explore and experience new smells! There is also on-site off road gated parking.

The apartment is out 5 minutes walk to the nearest bar/cafe and there are others in the village together with a local shop. Velez-Malaga is a short drive away and has international supermarkets there, Lidl, Carrefour etc. A little further on is the Eroski shopping precinct/mall with over 100 shop, and on the outskirts of Torre del Mar which has excellent beaches and restaurants, it also has a "Dog Beach" which is great because dogs are banned on almost all Spanish beaches, this is located beside "Camping 2". There is an excellent English speaking Vet in Torre del Mar for animals which need certified worming treatment before return to UK. They have an English website, and so cheap compared to UK ! Torre del Mar is approx 30 minutes scenic drive past the Vinuela Reservoir where you can practise water sports.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A, O and A, thank you so much for your fabulous review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, (but would like to mention normally we only accept smaller dogs) and would like to say that Apollo was extremely well behaved, with our cat, and we enjoyed having him too. Thank you for leaving the accommodation in such a lovely clean condition, it certainly helps. The bottle of wine you left was a lovely touch, and enjoyed by the pair of us, thank you. So happy you were delighted with the accommodation too. We hope to welcome you all back very soon. Regards, Carol and Gordon
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Seoul, Korea

Welcoming. Very clean. In the middle of romantic landscape in Spain

  • 5 of 5

My family will never forget this house and the kind kind Gordon and Carol. I want to visit here one more time and stay longer. All of advices we were given was very useful. I cooked a lot. It was the best kitchen we experienced in Europe. We loved the village too. There is a very good organic bakery: you have to make an order a day earlier.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hana, we are both so pleased to have met you and your little family all the way from Korea. We are happy that you managed to get to see the Alhambra Palace, which was on your wish list, El Torcal and the other places you visited with your boys. We would love to welcome you back anytime. Thank you too for your very kind gift. Much appreciated. Regards Carol and Gordon.
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Herefordshire UK

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Lovely location. Great value. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you H, L and S, for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us. Claws is missing you already lol. We look forward to welcoming you all back soon. Regards, Carol and Gordon.
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Immaculate peaceful holiday spot

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely 5 days in Los Romanes, very peaceful and rural. Beautiful lemon tree on the patio, we loved picking lemons for our tea! The kids loved the pool and it is a great spot for watching the sun go down behind the mountains. The villa is immaculate and well equipped, very comfortable beds. Carol and Gordon were kind and generous hosts, couldn't do enough for us, including inflating the plastic crocodile for the pool! Only 20 mins to the coast, the kids loved the water park at Torre del Mar. Lovely lunch on the beach at Torre del Mar. Great spot!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nania, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so pleased you all enjoyed your break here, and had some family time, especially your great days at the water park in Torre. We hope to welcome you back soon. Regards Carol and Gordon
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Great place, helpful hosts, lovely location.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Los Romanes. The accommodation was lovely, the sun bathing terrace was great and the plunge pool was good for cooling down. Carol and Gordon were very helpful. We also enjoyed the fantastic views from the house and garden, as well as the surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, LC. we loved meeting you, your husband and your beautiful girls, with their fab voices - really miss them singing away. So glad you had a lovely relaxed time. Hope it wasnt too wet and cold when you got home. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Regards Carol and Gordon
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The apartment, location and owners all superb along with daily sunshine!

  • 5 of 5

Our holiday was great. It started well with being picked up at the airport , after a long flight from cold and wet Glasgow, by our smiling hosts who then transported us in their comfortable car to our delightful holiday home. Our accommodation was even better than described on the website. Everything we would require for our self catering stay from comfortable beds, shower rooms, towels, sofa, kitchen equipment etc.were all to a very high standard. The village store and organic bakery were only a few minutes walk away along with the usual local Spanish bars. Nearby, a few minutes drive away, were 2 restaurants with fantastic mountain and lake views. We knew the area so revisited all our favourite places but due to the heat didn't do any distance walking. I caught up on my reading outside our apartment on our shady patio only disturbed by a lemon dropping from the tree above me. We love the area, it's so beautiful and it was so easy to get to the coast or up and through the mountain pass. We were sorry to leave and have to fly home to chilly, wet Glasgow.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rowena, for such a lovely review. We enjoyed meeting you and S. We are so pleased you had a relaxing time, and felt much better when you left than when you arrived. It was no problem collecting you from airport. We would love to welcome you back, anytime. Carol
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
In Village
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Torre Del Mar
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The area where we live is partly Natural Parkland. There are many opportunities for walking, hiking, biking, quads, sailing, golf in the locale. There is also the Monte de Malaga, which has lots of pathways to explore, (about 30 minutes away), on foot or bike, with authentic restaurants to eat in. Not far from the Monte de Malaga, are the Historical-Botanical gardens of 'La Conception', which are on the outskirts of Malaga. El Chorro, approx 1hr 15mins away is a wonderful inland lake area, & are near to El Torcal which is a Natural Park with amazing rock formations. There is an observatory there which opens Saturday eves in the summer months to view the surrounding area! A very special place. There are also many lakes and mountains to explore in the vicinity too, which are lovely, and you will probably pass over some of them on your flight here. The nearest beach is Torre Del Mar-20/25 mins away. There is nearly always a fiesta on somewhere in the local area, please ask for details


Torre del Mar, our nearest beach (24KM) is only a 20-25 min drive-it has a long promenade, beachfront bars & restaurants. Along the coast from Torre is Caletta, a picturesque marina. Further East is Nerja, about 40 mins away. Nerja has fantastic caves, and many diverse beaches, coves & the famous Balcon de Europa. To the West of Malaga are Marbella, Puerto Banus & Gibraltar. Inland there is El Torcal, with unusual rock formations. Monte de Malaga and The Cazorla. Diverse and Beautiful Andalucia!


Malaga is the nearest airport to the farmhouse. It takes approximately 45/50 minutes to get here from the airport. Granada airport is about 2 hours approximately. Car hire is essential as there is no public transport from the village.


We are on the outskirts of the village. It's a 4 minute stroll to the centre where there are 2 small supermarkets, catering for most day to day needs, 2 local bars, a hotel & a fabulous restaurant. Velez Malaga, 17KM, is the nearest large shopping centre is 20-25 mins away. At the shopping centre there is a cinema, which plays one English film each week in the multiplex, & a host of restaurants, ranging from Mexican, Chinese, Italian, of course Spanish tapas, as well as the usual 'burger' places.

Further Details:

The shopping centre at Velez Malaga (17KM), is open from 10am - 10pm during the summer, and until 9pm in the winter, has a large supermarket inside where you will find everything you need, food wise, as well as numerous fashion and shoe shops, and the cinema complex. There are lots small local supermarkets dotted around. Mercadona is the main Spanish supermarket in the area. There is also a Lidl in Velez. The nearest bank is at Vinuela, which is the other side of the lake and takes approximately 20 minutes to get to. (Please ask for directions if required & be aware there may be a charge to withdraw money). There is also a post office there too, tho open typical Spanish hours, of 8am - 1030am each day!) In Los Romanes there is an Indian restaurant up in the hills, it would take about 8-10 minutes to drive to, but it does have very good reviews and vistas. If the driver needs a rest, there is an excellent bus service from Torre del Mar (24KM), which will take you into Malaga City (49KM), at a very reasonable cost, the last bus back is approximately 11pm. You can also travel to Nerja (41KM) on the bus, and all the other local coastal resorts - as well as Granada (106KM), which is about a 21/2 hour journey. Please ask us for the latest bus timetable if you wish to use the buses. In Velez Malaga (17KM) you will find the main hospital for the area, and the largest of the local markets is held here on Thursdays. All villages have their own day for the market, please ask if you would like to know the best ones to go to. Hotel Vinuela is situated on the lake, and has fantastic views, they are open for just a coffee or full al la carte menu. There are two restaurants on this side of the lake, about 5 mins drive away, one is a proper restaurant and one is a snacky type place, both have a good and varied menu, and we would recommend the Camping Bar as best value for money of the two.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Los Romanes, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
27 Oct 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
25% deposit to a UK bank is required to secure your booking.
The balance (75%) is required 8 weeks before the start of your holiday.
£100 per week is required upon arrival/or with balance payment, for a damage deposit, which will be returned to you SEVEN DAYS after your departure, by bank transfer provided there are no breakages. Payment by bank transfer preferable.

Changeover Day:
Flexible arrival day. Stay from as little as 2 nights. We can accommodate you however long you would like to stay. Longer winter lets are available at lower prices-please enquire if interested. Arrival & departure times are flexible (wherever possible).

Notes on prices:
Why not treat yourselves to a relaxing Christmas, away from the hubbub of your home country....at a fraction of the price of a UK hotel!! Spain is a wonderful place for a winter sunshine holiday. Christmas and New Year tend to be very pleasant, with temperatures of 15 degrees plus, what better than a stroll on the beach after Christmas Dinner - and there are plenty of restaurants that are open, as Christmas EVE is the important date here - don't be disappointed, book soon!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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