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Village House In National Park with views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks

Village House In National Park with views Of Mountains, Lake And Cork Oaks



Updated: 25-May-2016
House in Istán, inland from Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain - Great Tapas And Restaurants In The Village, Yet Only 10 Miles From Marbella

Istán is one of the 'white villages' of Andalucia on the edge of the National Park of the Sierra de las Nieves. The Rio Verde runs through the Park which is magnificent walking country, with wild flowers, birds, natural springs and native woodland set in a southern Spanish mountain climate. It is reached by a 10 mile drive on mountain road from Marbella. It is a well cared for and beautiful village of 1500 people. There are two small supermarkets, a bank, three or four restaurants and several bars, most of which serve tapas. There is a market at the weekend, and fresh fish is brought from the coast once or twice a week. The village has a new public swimming pool, with landscaped gardens, open during the summer months.

The property is a simple one-bedroom two-storey traditional village house. The house is on the northern side of this beautiful and friendly 'white' village and has spectacular views of the mountains from balconies and roof patio. The lounge/diner has a simple kitchenette with fridge and two burner cooker; above is a pretty bedroom with a double bed, and a bathroom (with shower). A convertible sofa can accommodate a third person, by arrangement.

In the village, various local festivals, both cultural and religious, are held throughout the year, such as the Easter processions, and others honouring Istán's saint. Many of the villagers are farmers and the village is a thriving 'working' community.

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I've lived in the centre of Bath for over 30 years in our old stone house on the river. Graham and I converted the old kitchens about 20 years ago to make a spacious apartment to let for holidays for a variety of visitors around the world.

Our small holiday house in a 'white' mountain village in Andalucia offers a quite different experience. We love both!

Speaks English, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

'The villagers are very friendly and we happened to be there at the time of their Saint's festival - magical!'

'Thank you for letting us stay in this wonderful, peaceful place. The air is incredible, the tapas divine - and my husband spotted a Golden Eagle!'

'We didn't move off the roof terrace all week!'
Jan 2012
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


A perfect hideout.

  • 5 of 5

Our daughter has just moved to Istan,hence our visit, and we could not have found a more perfect hideout for ourselves. The house is beautifully simple and clean and looked after by a local contact who left us a bowl of produce from her plot. Judith and Graeme had given us all the information we needed to find the house and to feel at home as soon as we stepped through the door.We spent many hours on the traditional roof-top terrace enjoying the panoramic views of the mountains and the white- painted village in the changing light of sunrises, sunsets and sharp Spanish sun and listening to the sounds of the local environment. Everything we needed for a simple existence was either in the house or could be found in the local shops. The baker had fresh multi-grain loaves ready at 8 in the mornings and most of our meals were eaten on the roof terrace. The village has a cared for, loved feeling and all the villagers we met were welcoming and tried to converse with us, inspite of our limited ( very) Spanish. We loved the narrow, winding streets peppered with beautifully tiled fountains of fresh water flowing from the mountain spring. When we first arrived it was the middle of the San Miquel Feria and the village was awash with red and yellow and green and white flags. It looked exciting and we were welcomed to join the street bands in the early morning, the music and dancing on the main plaza that carried on through the nights. It was lovely to see all ages out having fun and children on the dodgems till two in the morning! Istan has developed a range of natural and appropriate public facilities which are available for everyone to use. We enjoyed walks up to a viewpoint overlooking the reservoir, down to the Verde River and trails through an area of natural vegetation and farmland to the Springs.We will be back ( we haven't tried the swimming pool yet with the spectacular mountain backdrop!) and will recommend this house to friends. In fact we already have!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply stunning

  • 5 of 5

We were very much looking forward to the visit, and were not disappointed. Tucked away at the edge of the village, and thus with great views of the surrounding countryside from the sunkissed terrace, this is a real gem of a place. Istàn itself is a friendly pueblo with a lot to offer, and is ideally situated for exploring near and far. The road to the village ends there, so having no through traffic adds to the sense of tranquillity. Facilities in the property were just right - the place light and airy - and the terrace is an ideal spot from which to contemplate the stars, or simply to relax as swifts wheel overhead in the daytime. We shall definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Autumn stay

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a great week in Istan at this house. Lucky with the weather this late in the year so made lots of the roof patio. The house is simply furnished but very adequate. I cooked several small meals on the 2 ring gas worktop cooker. I think supermarkets is a little misleading by UK standards and I would recommend a trip to Lidls on the way in (if you have a car) or go down on the bus to shop in Marbella and have lunch. However the local shops do carry most basic stuff. A car will sit in the car park most of the week so I think this house suits folks who want walks, local culture and slow lazy days. You can use it as a tour base but in continually going up and down the hill you will not get a good feel for the spirit of the village nor the friendliness of the locals. In summary a great place for true afficionados of the Spanish way of life. Great week in a -very nice local house.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Little Gem

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending a wonderful week in this delightful home in Istan recently. This was undoubtedly the best holiday we have ever had. The house was absolutely perfect for us, it had everything we could have possibly wanted for our stay. It was absolutely spotless and the "house Book" gave us so much information, which was only surpassed by the pre-holiday information and regular contact from Judith and Graeme.

The panoramic views from the windows and the amazing roof terrace (on which we spent most of our stay) were fantastic! Istan is a gorgeous little town, which had every amenity we needed and the local people were so welcoming and helpful. There was so much to see, we only ventured out of the town once.......and wish we hadn't! We will certainly recommend this house to our family and friends and we can't wait to visit again......roll on 2015!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

Returned from Istan yesterday after a 2 week stay in this lovely house set in a charming location. Breathtaking views from all floors but especially the rooftop terrace. Very friendly village with a lovely square and friendly restaurants/bars. The ice cold lager went down very well after a beautiful scenic walk! Easy to visit surrounding areas of Marbella, Puerto Banus, Ronda (a must!) and other "White villages". Thoroughly recommend as an "away from it all" holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If you want to sample Spanish life in a fantastic mountainous setting,then this is the place to go.The views from the rooftop terrace are super, you can watch the birds and eagles for hours.The house was as described, but remember that a certain level of mobility is needed as there are lots of stairs,especially if like us you eat all your meals on the rooftop level ! The village is compact,but with everything you need, we did not even use our hire car for the first week.The villagers are friendly and many try to help you to learn the language.the local swimming pool is excellent, with views to match.(open in the summer months.)

The owners provide a first class service and an emergency contact in the village.

If you want to get away from the lively coast, enjoy walks with lots of assents and descents and experience village life, then this is a wonderful choice.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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From the Owner

The mountains of Andalucia are stunning and the traditional 'white' villages such as Istán give you a taste of how life used to be, not really so long ago in this part of Spain.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Malaga at 45 Miles Nearest Beach : Marbella at 15 Kilometres Car: recommended


10 miles drive on a good road to reach the coast and the beaches of Marbella or San Pedro.


Malaga and Gibraltar airports are the same distance from Istán (45 miles) and car hire is easy to arrange. Anyone wishing to sightsee and travel to the coast daily should consider car hire; parking is easy in the village. For the budget traveller who is not in a hurry there is good public transport. Buses leave regularly (once or twice an hour) from Málaga to Marbella, and there are three buses a day between Marbella and Istán (weekdays only)


All the amenities of a busy village are available on your doorstep in Istán; the village itself has a Moorish tower and archway, waymarked walks and viewpoints and some historic tiled fountains including the famous 'Chorro', as well as a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. The protected Pinsapo Pine grows on these mountains. Tours of Andalucia's 'white' villages, of which Istán is one, are recommended. Marbella and the coast can be reached with a 10 mile drive down a well-made mountain road.

Further Details:

The village has a large pool with great views! The pool is very high quality, with showers and changing rooms. There is a bar with food. Opens for summer months only from 12 noon until 8pm.

In the village, there are two banks with cash machines, two supermarkets, two bakers and a variety of bars, restaurants and other shops. There is a Medical Centre and chemist.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Main Season 2016
2 May 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

House is unavailable in part of the winter.

Check in is from 2pm on arrival day; please check-out by12 noon on departure day.

We require 25% of your payment at the time of booking. The balance is due 6 weeks before your holiday.

Cancellation terms:
We refund your payment in full if cancellation is more than 60 days to the start of your holiday; we refund 50% of your payment if it is more than 30 days to the start of your holiday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 25-May-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...


  • Dining Area

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Tiled bathroom with toilet, shower, basin and bidet


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 people in a standard double bed


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: There is a good size private roof terrace with outside tables and chairs. A barbecue suitable for use with charcoal is supplied. The view from this terrace is stunning; many of our visitors tell us that they spend a great deal of their holiday here! Utility Room: Other equipment includes iron and ironing board, hairdryer. A washing machine is available for guest use in the downstairs storeroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are all supplied and there is a hamper containing spare linen if it should be required. Property is cleaned and linen changed weekly.

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