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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Traveller Review
Wonderfully relaxing break
About the Owner
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.
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.
4.3 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
Wonderfully relaxing break
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.
Perfect family break
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.
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 beach...it'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.
Great family holiday home
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.
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!!
Bit of a let down
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.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
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
LA TROCHA 12 Km, PLAZA MAYOR 15 Km, LA CAÑADA Marbella 34Km
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
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 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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
Oct Half Term
23 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Off Peak Autumn
2 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas & New Year
20 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Summer Season
17 Jul 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A 30% deposit is required to confirm reservation, the balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival along with a refundable 300 pounds damage deposit.
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
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
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“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.”
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- near the sea
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Two Bathrooms: 1. Spacious En-suite Shower room / wet room with WC and sink. 2. Big Family Bathroom: Bath, shower, WC, sink and bidet.
- 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: 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, tv & dvd, bedside tables. Bedroom 4: 2 single beds or double bed with wardrobe.
- Golf ...
- 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.