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Villa with Private Pool Secluded in 23 Acres with Mountain Views



Updated: 02-Dec-2016
Renovated farmhouse between Pizarra and Alora, Spain - Idyllic Location Between Villages of Pizarra and Alora and 30 Minutes from the Coast

Cortijo Contrares is a converted farmhouse set on top of a ridge between Alora (5 mins) and Pizarra (5 mins). It sits within its own 23 acre olive grove of more than 1600 olive and fruit trees. There are spectacular views across the hills and down towards the coast. If you are looking for a private and tranquil experience then Cortijo Contrares is perfect for you. The property is entered through a large manicured courtyard. The swimming pool (11x7m) has been designed to an exceptional standard and is approached from the villa via a series of terraces. Cortijo Contrares is a perfect holiday location for a family or group of friends and is ideally suited for exploring Andalucia. Seville and Granada are within easy reach as is the coast at Marbella. The villa is equipped, throughout, to a very high standard and included is unlimited internet access via a computer in the villa or wifi. There is also a basic UK TV package in HD that includes BBC 1 & 2, ITV, C4, C5, CBEEBIES, CBBC and Film4.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Helen and I both work as doctors in the UK and so have a fairly hectic life with our 3 young daughters. We always rented villas in Spain for our own holidays and so have stayed at many different properties over many years. We hope that we have taken all of the good aspects of places that we have stayed at and brought them to our own so that others can enjoy.

Speaks English

10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker reviews


A beautiful house with amazing views.

  • 4 of 5

The property is situated up a steep unmade road which can be bumpy but is easily accessible. The house is set in a beautiful location and has all the amenities you could need, it is clean and very well maintained. The gardens are layed out beautifully on 3 levels with plenty of room to sit and read, relax or chat. The pool is lovely with easy access via roman steps providing a superb way of cooling down. The manager was helpful and told us about local festivals which were happening in Pizzara and Alora.

We have visited this property on many occasions and never been disappointed definitely somewhere I would recommend to friends or relatives. Manhatten bar in Alora Station has very reasonably priced food and drink for all the family. The lakes in El Choro are definitely worth a visit. If your feeling strong a walk to the top of the mountain following the gravel paths is hard work but definitely worth the views at the top something I did for the first time this year!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you had a great time at our place. We try to make sure that everyone has a great holiday and welcome any feedback.
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Wonderful villa with a great pool

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 spent a lovely relaxing week at Cortijo Contrares at the end of June. It’s in a very peaceful and secluded spot perched in the foothills only 40mins drive from Malaga airport so a very easy transfer. Our kids are 16, 4 and 9 months so we needed somewhere that catered for quite a range of needs and this villa did just that. The place is very spacious and bigger than it looks in the photos and would easily accommodate two families. We were very impressed by the variety of things provided at the villa making it a real home from home with lots of entertainment for the kids -dvds, games, toys, books, stereo, satellite tv, wifi and computer. With a young baby we didn’t have any big plans to explore the area and so we didn’t get much further than the local supermarkets.

Most of our time was spent in the fantastic pool which was big enough to do a few lengths, crystal clear and not overly chlorinated. However, our favourite spot was soaking up the view from the large shady veranda in the early evening with a glass of wine.

It was also reassuring to have Doug at hand to help with anything - he was very friendly and accommodating going over and above the call of duty by changing a flat tyre on our hire car and fixing the washing machine!

It was great fun too trying to find all the fairy doors dotted around the terraces and although we didn’t get to meet them they did leave some sweets out for our 4 year old who had left a letter to them by one of the doors.

We would definitely recommend this villa to anyone wanting a relaxing family holiday in the sun.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Great Escape!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, daughter and I stayed at this villa in August and after having such a lovely week there we did want to say thank you! This place is set in a wonderful isolated location in the mountains and is so peaceful which is exactly what we wanted. The property itself is a beautiful, spacious villa with a wonderful kitchen area, veranda, and pool, which is where we spent most of our time. The local "handyman" called Doug was great who popped in to check the pool. He was really friendly and answered any questions we had. The house itself was lovely and clean when we arrived. For a chilling week we had BBQs most of the nights (fab BBQ!) and on a few days visited the local area and went for early morning walks before the real heat kicked in. I would recommend visiting EL Churro lakes with pedalos and some lovely restaurants and also Mijas which was a beautiful old town. I would highly recommend this property and indeed we hope to be back next year! Many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a great time and look forward to welcoming you back next year. Paul & Helen
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A fantastic villa, with amazing views.

  • 5 of 5

This was a really fantastic place to stay for a totally relaxing holiday.

The villa is immaculately presented, comfortable and has everything you could need. we would definitely recommend this villa to friends.

It is perfectly placed for walking, although the temperatures were a little too high for too much exertion during our stay!

The villa is maintained by Doug, who was an asset to the villa, attending to the pool etc and on hand for advice.

We are looking forward to returning in the autumn

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Christine, We are so glad you had a good holiday. Doug is an absolute star and a fountain of knowledge. We look forward to welcoming you back. Paul & Helen
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Beautiful Location - lovely villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this villa. The house is very spacious and well equipped. The bedrooms are very comfortable and there are lots of ways to keep cool at night from fans to mozzy netted windows to AC in a couple of the bedrooms.

We had loads of glorious evenings cooking on on the wonderful Andalucian BBQ just as the sun was beginning to dip down behind the hills. We loved watching the eagles just float on the thermals for hours on end.

The pool is just wonderful and we spent most afternoons just lazing in the pool and by its side. There is always some area of the house that has shade no matter what time of day.

The surrounding area is great with Alora and Pizarra nearby for supermarkets and it is easy to get to the coastal resorts with the new motorway.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fab place - will be back

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time here and we're looking to book again for next year. We felt compelled to write this review having seen "dave's" review. I think he must have stayed in a different place!

Cortijo Contrares is idyllic. It is tranquil and peaceful in its isolation and you don't have to worry about making a noise with neighbours. The track is a beautiful meander through the countryside and in the time that we were there we saw a pair of Bonelli Eagles, a little owl, hoopo, rabbits, etc all on the gentle drive off the main road.

The house is beautiful and amazingly spacious. Two families could easily get list in the place. The pool is wonderful and our children spent hours in the pool - not a single shiver!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Charlotte, Thanks for such a nice review. We look forward to seeing you back again.
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From the Owner

We had thought about buying a place in Spain for many years and so have looked around many areas in Andalucia prior to settling here. We feel that this area offers the best of all worlds. It is a little off the beaten track as far as the popular tourist destinations are concerned. This ensures that you feel that you are in the real Andalucia whilst having all of the other benefits that the coastal areas offer within a short drive. Our main intention when looking for this place was to find tranquility and privacy which we have certainly achieved with Cortijo Contrares. We also wanted plenty of surrounding land which ensured that no matter what happened with any planning laws that we were protected.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Malaga at 35 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Los Caballos at 3.4 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Alhaurin el Grande at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Pizarra at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Los Caballos at 3.4 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Sierra Nevada at 200 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Churriana at 35 Kilometres Car: necessary


The nearest beaches are Churriana and Torremolinos which are about 30 minutes by car. The beaches at Marbella and Puerto Banus can be reached in 45 minutes. The beautiful lakes near El Chorro are only 20 minutes drive to the north.


The villa is 35 minutes from Malaga airport and 5 minutes to both Alora and Pizarra. Both of these have train stations and with the new link from Malaga airport can thus be reached by train. The remote location of the property, however, means a car is very desirable.


Malaga centre is 35km away and Marbella 50kms. Seville, Rhonda and Granada can all be reached within 90 minutes.

Further Details:

There are many restaurants, bars and local shops in Pizarra and Alora. The well known Restaurante Los Caballos is situated at the bottom of the track off the road to the property. There are good quality supermarkets in both Alora and Pizarra. The nearest bank is just only a couple of minutes from the track.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Normal Season
4 Sep 2016 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Booking either direct with owner or via Owners Direct website - £200 deposit will be required on booking with the balance settled 6 weeks prior to booking. Out of peak season we may be able to offer a further discount for bookings of more than a week.

Discounts available for late minute bookings (within 3 weeks)

Changeover Day:
We prefer changeover on Saturday but there is flexibility to this out of main season. Part week/weekend bookings are welcomed out of peak season.

Notes on prices:
We require a £200 deposit on booking with the balance settled 6 weeks prior to the start of the booking. A £200 deposit is required for breakages and will be returned on departure day by electronic transfer or cheque depending on renters preference. Out of peak season we may be able to offer a further discount for bookings of more than a week.


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From the Owner

Cortijo Contrares was a dream for us that came to reality and every time we go out to our place we find that we are able to relax and turn off within minutes. Every month is slightly different from the glorious sunny days in January with cool nights and the log burner roaring in the lounge at night to Spring when the countryside is green and colourful with all of the flowers and the fantastic birdlife. We also enjoy the strong and powerful sun of the summer and lazy days around the huge pool and terraces with long evenings barbequeing until the sun sets over the Alora hills. Autumn again brings a different climate with warm days and cooler evenings which provide the best time to do long walks from the villa around the surrounding hills.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • caves
  • churches
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with bath/shower, bidet and WC. Upstairs family bathroom shared with bedroom 2 and 3 with bath/shower, bidet and WC. En-suite to bedroom 4 with seperate bath and shower with bidet and WC. Downstairs cloakroom with WC.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and AC. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and over head fan. Bedroom 3 with twin beds and fans. Bedroom 4 with double bed and AC. Bedrooms 1 and 3 open onto extensive balcony/terrace with views across hills towards coast.


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: There is AC in both en-suite bedrooms and the lounge and kitchen downstairs. Central heating is available in the winter for an additional cost. There is also a large wood burner in the lounge with a heating vent through to the downstairs en-suite bedroom. The windows all have mosquito nets on them allowing for a cooling breeze to pass through the house if desired. There are many facilities for children with toys/games available for all ages and many facilities that are required to look after young babies. The couple who manage the property are also available for baby-sitting. The villa has broadband access and a computer available for the Internet. There is free, unlimited wifi access throughout most of the villa. Since the Spring of 2014, changes in satellite configurations means that there are very limited channels on the satellite TV. We have a few basic channels including news/childrens and internet TV though this can be less reliable at peak times. Outside: The gardens, terraces, balcony and area surrounding the pool area are truly outstanding. As the villa is situated within its own 23 acres the property is not overlooked by any other property at all. There is a large Andalucian BBQ sited on a terrace besides the kitchen and lounge. The pool has teak sun loungers with cushions along with shades. The pool has roman steps and a swim jet. There is automatic underwater lighting at night time and all of the surrounding terraces are stylishly illuminated at night time. The pool has an elegant teak shower by its side. There is also a large garden swing with cushions on one of the terraces overlooking the pool. The pool area is surrounded by a low level wall adding further privacy. It is not fenced but there is a pool alarm available that detects movement in the water if required. Utility Room: Washing machine and additional large fridge with further washing facilities. All of the water into the villa runs through a water softening system and water to the kitchen is supplied through a reverse osmosis filtration system that purifies it. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning is weekly and all towels (apart from beach/pool) and linen are supplied and changed weekly. Other: The terrace outside the lounge and kitchen has rattan furniture and cushions along with a hammock and offers shade during the day and the sunshine in the evening. There is a large Andalucian BBQ sited on a terrace besides the kitchen.

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