Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Finca Shambala, 4 Bedroom House, Own Pool Close To Cartama, Inland Costa Del So

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Cártama, Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain - Peaceful Location, Beautiful Views, Only 20 Minutes From Airport, Beaches And Malaga City

Finca Shambala sleeps 8.

The wonderful charm of Finca Shambala draws on its contemporary, Asian and traditional Spanish influences. With a true understanding of living in the med it fulfills a cool alfresco lifestyle.

Mature Gardens

This stunning property, nestled amongst 4,000m2 of land is planted with bougainvillea, hydrangea, hibiscus, and deliciously scented lemon, orange and fig trees. Its panoramic vistas make for a simply stunning venue.

Stay Cool

The refreshing private pool (5 x 4m) with breathtaking views across the valley, is an incredible space to cool off during the summer months. Shaded areas furnished with comfortable sun loungers make a seamless division between indoor and outdoor living.


This gorgeous holiday home has a huge, open plan living, kitchen and dining room, 4 spacious bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. The property is lovingly furnished, with great attention to detail.

Ideal Location

Finca Shambala is peacefully rural, yet only a short distance of 2km from Estacion de Cártama, a lively pueblo with plenty of traditional shops, bars, restaurants and supermarkets. It is an ideal location situated only 20 minutes from Malaga, Churriana beach and the airport.

More Details

Kirsty Adam- Kando
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Kirsty Adam- Kando

We are a family of five who have relocated to London and would like to share our much loved family home with others who enjoy nature, tranquility and sunshine.

Why Kirsty Adam- Kando chose Cártama

We extended what was my mother's home for 10 years into our beautiful family home and lived there for 3 years before relocating. Having travelled and lived extensively in various places around the world, we have brought in some aspects from our travels and designed our house in a way that we thought worked best for families. The huge open plan living/ kitchen /dining area works well. We believe the heart of the home is always in the kitchen. We have recently added lots of furnishings and pieces from Asia and think our Finca is a good representation of us. We do hope you'll enjoy staying at Finca Shambala as much as we did and continue to visit us every year.

What makes this house unique

Finca Shambala is in a great location because although it is very peaceful, private and secluded - no traffic, no noisy neighbours - we are also very conveniently located only 2 km from town and only 500 meters, a pleasant walk, from a lovely family restaurant with playground and bouncy castles, the well known Restaurant Berrocal.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We've had a wonderful time! The house is stunning and in such a beautiful location. We'll definitely be back. Thanks again!" from Gavin, Carol Ann, Chris & Louise & all the Kids! x x x

"Thank you so much for all your help and advice during our wonderful stay. We had a great time eating outside every evening followed by drinks in one of the many seating areas!" from James, Imelda, Kim, Brenda and our children.

"We had a lovely week at the Finca. Nice decor and furnishings and enjoyed playing with the kids in the pool. Thank you for a great holiday in such a beautiful home." from John, Martha, Edward, Julie, and all the children.
Apr 2013
  • 1 of 1


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cártama in Valle del Guadalhorce

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Spacious
  • Two Bathrooms: 1. Spacious En-suite Shower room / wet room with WC and sink. 2. Big Family Bathroom: Bath, shower, WC, sink, bidet and mirrored vanity unit with theatrical lighting.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Can be made up as 1 large double or 2 singles.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Can be made up as 1 large double or 2 singles.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Can be made up as 1 large double or 2 singles.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: King bed, En-suite, wardrobe and bedside tables. Bedroom 2: 2 single beds or double bed, wardrobe and bedside tables. Bedroom 3: 2 single beds or double bed, bedside tables. Bedroom 4: 2 single beds or double bed with wardrobe and bedside tables.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: We can arrange pick ups from the airport however, we recommend that you hire a car. Depending on your group, although we have 4 double bedrooms, extra mattresses for children are available if needed. Outside: The house is surrounded by gardens with many fruit and flowering trees. Pick some fresh oranges or figs for breakfast. Parasols and loungers by the pool area make sunbathing a joy in the tranquility of rural life. Use our new BBQ area for lunch or dinner and there is a large fenced (great for toddlers) terrace with an outdoor dining table and a sink. Around the corner you can enjoy the sunset while relaxing in a hammock on the shaded wooden deck. Children will enjoy playing football or badminton on the lawns or simply exploring the wonderful nature of the gardens. The whole area makes for great walks with hardly any cars or people, you may come across some horses, goats, plenty of birds and a wide array of wild plants and flowers. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. If you wish to have the house cleaned while on holiday, we can make this arrangement for a reasonable fee. Other: Chill out and relax in numerous areas outside to not be on top of each other. Outdoor dining area is perfect for breakfast/dinner. Afternoon loungers by the pool and our comfortable shaded deck, perfect for your siesta or aperitif with stunning sunsets.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

66% Complete
16% Complete
0% Complete
16% Complete
0% Complete
Finca Shambala, 4 Bedroom House, Own Pool Close To Cartama, Inland Costa Del So
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 7 reviews

Wonderfully relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 6 friends and what we all loved about this property was that it felt like a home from home rather than a rental. The decor is lovely and the kitchen has absolutely everything we needed to cook meals for a large group. Juliette, one of the owners, was on hand to make sure we knew where everything was and check everything was working. The property is in a lovely location - a bit of a walk into town, but only 5 mins by car. It's not quiet at night with all the various wildlife, but incredibly restful by day. We loved being on the outside terraces and cooling down in the pool, which by late afternoon is almost like a bath with the sun on it. We had a great time and are looking forward to returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

Perfect family break

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely space, airy and bright. Delightful location at the end of a rural valley with stunning views back to the ancient town of Cartama and the church above it - lit up at night it is a stunning backdrop for a late night drink on the decking.

The house is large and clean with everything you could need. Location is superb and you can swiftly get to any of the Costa Del Sol beaches... there are loads to choose from.

But there are plenty of other great places to visit - the Lakes at El Chorro are a must and a terrific day out for the family. Local restaurants are excellent and cheap or there are supermarkets and lots of local shops if you prefer to cook.

Would be delighted to find myself here again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


  • 5 of 5

This beautiful house is situated in a valley with breathtaking views to wake up to every morning. 5 mins to Cartama and 20mins to the's rural but still near to shops and restaurants... it was perfect !! We had an amazing time here and didn't want to leave. we could let the kids run around in the spacious grounds and know that they were safe.There were many places to discover nearby especially the El Chorro Lakes. These should not be missed and are not far away. The house is great for larger groups too as there are plenty of places to sit outside to eat, drink and soak up the scenery. It's got everything you need and the owners were amazing. Highly recommended. We will definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

Great family holiday home

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks during the summer with our 3 children and the space was ideal for families, the open plan kitchen/ living area and outdoor shaded terrace made meal times heavenly. The kitchen was very well equipped, there were lots of games, toys, books and dvds for all ages. With the beach being only a 20 minute drive away, it was the perfect spot to come back to after a day out. I will miss relaxing on the deck admiring the beautiful views across the valley, especially at sunset. Cartama is a really nice village with a good selection of restaurants, tapas bars and shops. We would definitely recommend this place to our family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

amazing spot

  • 5 of 5

They had everything we needed. Baby cot, high chair, wood burner, beautiful tranquil garden, even the kitchen was pretty well equipped. Would come again with more friends next time!!

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Bit of a let down

  • 2 of 5

Unfortunately this property was a let down. We had a winter holiday, and when we arrived, the property hadn't been prepared for our arrival; it was freezing cold - logs for the wood burner weren't there as promised, one of the two radiators was broken, and when we did manage to find some blankets, they were covered in hairs and in need of a good wash.

The property was in need of a clean, the bathroom was dirty, bedlinen was tired and stained, and we found dead insects. The front door was broken so our security was a padlock and chain.

Due to unforseen circumstances, the owner wasn't there for our arrival, so had arranged for a friend to open up. He understandably had no idea of how anything in the property worked, there was no guide, so we were left to figure it all out. The tv didn't work (despite the advert stating this plus sky tv) and the fuses continually tripped when the washing machine was used.

The rural nature of this property appealed to us, but be aware of the deeply rutted dirt road to the property if you are in a hire car. Be prepared for the local dogs barking throughout the night.

Whilst it was easy to book this rental, it was difficult to rectify problems whilst we were there, and the idea of "customer service" was lacking.

On a positive note, there is a lovely outdoor section for eating and beautiful views from the garden.

Overall, likely a once loved family home, now in need of TLC to bring it up to a standard suitable for private rental.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Robbie, We are very sorry to hear that you feel your stay with us was a ‘let down’, as you can see from previous reviews this is not the general feeling of previous guests. As I had mentioned to you over the phone, for unforeseen circumstances due to my mums 101 year old mum being gravely ill, she had to suddenly go to Holland instead of being on site to take care of our guests. We are surprised to hear that you feel that customer service was lacking as, in my mum’s absence, we asked our friends (who also run their own retreat near by, Finca al Lemon) to get the house ready for you and see that everything was to your satisfaction. Upon some of your initial contacts with them, they also made sure to bring you a 2 new portable heaters and a blender as requested. My mum also had continuous correspondence with you via email and explained how things worked. Yes we are in a rural area so the roads are not tarmacked and there are animals around. The satellite from the UK had recently been moved. This is something that is totally out of our control and I apologise for not mentioning this to you before you came. However, my mum explained how to watch all English channels via the internet. The door was not broken and the chain on the external door is for extra security. Again, we are really sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with your stay as previous guests have been very happy and we apologise for the inconvenience caused by not being able to be there to look after you on this occasion.
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


Special interest holidays:

If you're planning a special celebration, we can make all the arrangements to make your event one never to forget with onsite catering, flower arranging, photo shoots, pamper days including massages and an excellent osteopathy treatment. Must be booked at least 1 month in advance.

Also, Yoga and Reiki can be arranged at the property for a fee.


The nearest beach to Finca Shambala is Churriana beach. Not as crowded as the beaches closer to Malaga or Marbella, Churriana beach is well known for its cleanliness, friendly beach cafés, free use of showers and wonderful seafood restaurants.


20 minutes drive to Malaga Airport. We could arrange airport transfer for you but we recommend that you rent a car. We will send you directions and a map on booking.


Airport, Ferry, Beaches 15 Km

Train Station to Malaga or Alora at Estacion de Cartama: 2 Km

Motorway Cartama : 4 Km

Golf Mijas or Alhurin: 12 Km

Bingo at TOPER'S INN, an English bar in the village: 3 km

Shopping Centres:



Attractions And Places Of Interest

Tivoli World Amusement Park 30 Km

Torremolinos Water Park: 16 Km

El Chorro Rock Climbing: 18 Km

Ardales Lakes: 27 Km

Famous Cliffs Of Ronda: 47 Km

The Alhambra In Granada: 100 Km

Cordoba: 125 Km

Further Details:

Cartama Estacion

There are 3 large supermarkets in town, Carrefour, Mercadona, and Lidl.

Banks, post office, some great tapas restaurants & bars.


15 mins away you have La Trocha Shopping Centre, Dunnes stores, a new Gym/Thermal Spa, cinema and bowling. A great local, new and 2nd hand market is on Sundays too.

Malaga: Well worth a trip to see the old town, Picasso Museum, shops and restaurants. You can take the train from Cartama Estacion which takes about 15 mins and saves you paying and searching for parking.

Ardales Lakes: make a great day trip with cool swimming, kayaking and pedlos.

El Chorro: Rock climbing, hiking and the amazing Gorge, makes this another great day out. The film Von Ryan’s Express (Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard) was filmed here in El Chorro.

The Coast

The nearest beach to Finca Shambala is Churriana beach. Not as crowded or touristy as the beaches closer to Malaga or Marbella, Churriana beach is well known for its cleanliness, friendly beach cafés, free use of showers and wonderful seafood restaurants.

Other Coastal Towns

With the new motorway it is now a very quick ride to Benalmadena, Torremolinos & Fuengirola, 20-25 minutes away, with a wide range of attractions for all ages.

Further Afield: Tarifa: a kite surfing haven with funky bars, restaurants and shops. You can also take a 35 min ferry ride to Tanger

Gibraltar, Ronda, Granada, Sierra Nevada, Nerja, Cadiz, and Cordoba, and even Portugal are all possible by train or car in a day.


Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is required to confirm reservation, the balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival along with a refundable 300 pounds damage deposit.
Cancellation refunds:
Up to 8 weeks – no cancellation charge
4-8 weeks – 50% of rate refunded
2-4 weeks – 25% of rate refunded
Less than 2 weeks – no refund

Changeover Day:
To allow adequate time for cleaning before new guests are due we ask guests not to arrive before 5pm, and to depart by 10am, unless a prior arrangement has been made in writing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.