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Villa Zalia - Modern Villa, 2 Private Pools, far reaching mountain & lake views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Alcaucin, Costa del Sol, Spain - quiet location, near Andalusian White Village

Enjoy the views over the Zalia valley during breakfast on the large balcony, have a BBQ by the pool whilst watching the sunset, visit the major touristic attractions in Andalusia, laze around on the beach or by the pool, go for extensive hikes in the nearby mountains - the possibilities are endless. Villa Zalia offers high quality accommodation in a tranquil setting, well within reach of the tourist hotspots. Villa Zalia is an immaculate, three bedroom villa with two private pools in large private grounds at the edge of Alcaucin, a typical Andalusian white village, one hour from Malaga. The house is fully equipped with modern appliances, Internet, UK & German Satellite TV and AC/Heating in all rooms. The large balcony and covered terrace and pool areas are great places to relax and offer far reaching mountain and lake views.

Additional Information:

- The owners live in a nearby village, will meet you upon arrival, accompany you to the villa and provide an introduction to the villa and any additional information you require. In case of issues or problems, we are always willing to assist and are just a phone call away.

- Tap water at the house is of very good quality and safe to drink!

- The villa is situated on the slopes of the Maroma, a 2000 m high mountain, thus grounds are steep.

- Access to the large pool is via a steep gravel path and a set of stairs.

- Pools are being cleaned & maintained by the owner weekly. As is to be expected with outdoor pools near a wooded area, leaves and insects may find their way into the pools in between. Pool nets are provided to enable you to fish those out as needed.

Nov 2017 update (we take your feedback seriously):

- guests commented about squeaky beds: these have been repaired and reinforced. Beds are again rock-solid.

- satellite dish for UK TV has been realigned, a 2nd dish for German stations has been added.

- other modernisations and repairs are in progress.

More Details

Dr. Stephan Engel
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Dr. Stephan Engel

It has always been my dream to live in southern Spain, somewhere close to the Mediterranean. After 30 years of working for an international oil company, I finally managed to realise this dream, and we are now living in a rural property not too far from Alcaucin. I am a geoscientist by background, with a love for the outdoors and nature in general.

Following my retirement, my wife and I have now taken over management of Villa Zalia, and are aiming to provide our guests with a great holiday experience.

Dr. Stephan Engel purchased this villa in 2013

Why Dr. Stephan Engel chose Alcaucín

Villa Zalia offers you the best of two worlds - peace and tranquility in a beautiful setting and easy access to the cultural highlights of Andalusia or the bustling life and tourist hotspots of the Costa del Sol.

What makes this villa unique

How many properties have you seen with 2 pools, both offering absolute privacy and stunning views?

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Lovely setting, especially pool"

"Fabulously Peaceful Location"

"wonderful stay in the alcaucin hills"

We had a fantastic time staying at the villa in such a beautiful setting. I have stayed at several different villas across andalucia and this is by far the best I've experienced for views, pools (there's two completely private ones!), kitchen (very well equipped) and rooms (all with air-con which was a life saver in 35 degree heat).
Apr 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Alcaucín in Axarquía

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Shower Room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs, access to plunge pool.
  • En-suite bathroom: double wash basins with mirrors, separate bath & shower, toilet. 2nd bathroom: single washbasin, separate bath & shower, toilet. 3rd bathroom: downstairs, toilet, shower, washbasin (changing room for pool)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , On-suite bathroom, access to balcony with great views.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Access to balcony with great views.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed, en-suite bathroom, glass door to balcony. 2nd bedroom with double bed, access to balcony. 3rd bedroom with 2 single beds, sharing 2nd bathroom. Beds are comfortable, blankets/duvets for colder nights are provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • forests
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Villa Zalia is situated on the slopes of the La Maroma mountain, thus the grounds are steep. The second, larger pool is situated 15 m below the house and reached via a short gravel path and set of stairs. It offers a large area for sunbathing, shade, shower and great views as well as privacy. The small pool next to the house is ideal for younger children - but supervision is essential. The house is prepared to a high standard for you with many of those basic necessities you might need provided. Outside: If you just want to relax, Villa Zalia is unique in so far as it offers 2 private pools - a smaller one (2m x 3m) right next to the house (great for a quick dip), and a larger pool (8m x 4m) on a terrace slightly below the house. Sun loungers, deck chairs, tables & chairs for outdoor dining, umbrellas etc. are at your disposal. Utility Room: Washing machine & dryer, iron & board, hoover, drying rack. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Property is provided with all linen and towels for up to 6 persons. Please bring your own beach towels.


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average rating of 4.48 based on 26 reviews

Lovely house with an outstanding view

  • 5 of 5

Villa Zalia is a lovely, comfortable and (in winter) warm house. Alcaucín is a very pleasant village where we were invited to share the New Year celebrations in the Town Hall square. The house is well equipped and spacious with space inside and out. The drive is quite steep so we chose to leave our cars on the road outside. Altogether an excellent week in a great spot.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely view. Not lururious: house lacking maintenance and emenities. Basic towels and linens

  • 3 of 5

Expected more when advertised as 'luxury'. We adjusted to the kilometer of gravel road and steep road sides approaching the villa, but felt that a better parking area could have provided at the gate.

Suggestion: Why not pull away some of the foliage so parking is easier at the gate.

Not a great first impression when you enter the house and the ceiling light fixtures are hanging with exposed wires.

Other maintenance issues included the lighter on the grill not working, a shower head held together with wire, a wicker sofa on the deck with a broken leg, plastic outdoor furniture (luxury) and the small pool with filter problems.

The other advertised pool is a joke...if you advertise a pool....should have better access and have towels!!!

Overall, the house was clean....loved the authentic Spanish white stucco architecture, beautiful tile floors and furniture.

It is unfortunate that more attention was not given to the state of the living room couch, the beds and the outside furniture.

The couch has a 'red cover' that is worn and looked dirty. Replace it and rearrange the is supposed to seat 6.

The beds were awful...they were creaky ( you couldn't even breathe and they would creak) and were made up with one single sheet and a sheet for a cover. guilt or cover?


Dr. Engel....Live in the villa yourself for a week.

Replace/redesign family room furniture, beds, towels, and linens.

Fix the broken things....lights, furniture, pools...

Add instructions for the appliances: dish washer, washer and dryer.

Don't advertise the second pool unless you provide better access and beach towels.

Not the worst VRBO I have ever experienced, but not the best.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the comments. We are aware of some maintenance issues, unfortunately in a very busy summer season, fixing some of these has to wait for the quieter winter period. For any immediate issue, we are just a call away and always willing to help. Regarding the pools, they are maintained properly, but insects and leaves are a daily occurrence with outdoor pools, for which nets are provided for use by guests. Towels are provided, but beach towels are responsibility of the guests. You were our first guests from the US, I can see that standards and expectations in the USA appear to be different from those in Europe.
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Lovely villa

  • 3 of 5

Lovely villa which was very well equipped and was home from home , lovely pools and plenty of space . The villa was clean when we arrived but furniture is starting to look a bit tired but was ok , the only issued we had was the beds ,they are not very stable when you lie on them and make a lot of noise enough to wake you if you move in the night .

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are aware of the issues mentioned, these will be fixed in preparation for the next season.
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  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely holiday at Villa Zalia. It is in a beautiful position with amazing views over the valley, slightly scary drive up to the villa, but you soon get used to it!

Beautiful pool, we didn't use the little one but I'm sure it would be great if you had very small children.

We loved Torre Del Mar, about a half hour drive. Lovely town with good restaurants and a nice beach. There is a fabulous cafe there called Don Pedros, lovely coffee and cakes and very reasonable prices.

All in all a great holiday, very peaceful and in a beautiful place.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The villa and pools were great, it is so secluded

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time the views from the big pool are great, (well worth the short walk down the path) the villa had all the amenities we needed.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning place with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Stefan for letting us stay in your lovely villa. We had an amazing 2 weeks. Everything was as we expected. The 2 pools were great places to cool off on a hot day as was the air conditioning.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Multiple bars in Alcaucin
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
E-15 (Coastal Motorway)
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
multiple restaurants in Alcaucin
Nearest Beach
24 Kilometres
Torre del Mar
Car: necessary


The well maintained beaches of Torre del Mar are just 20 mins away. For the more adventurous, take a slightly longer drive towards Nerja and explore the beautiful sandy coves near Mara. These offer the clearest water, excellent snorkelling and some fantastic scenery.


Use of a car is essential! The nearest airport is Malaga, some 60 km, first along the coastal motorway then inland on a good road. The last 1 km is on a graded, well maintained road which serves many properties in the area.

We will provide detailed route description from Malaga airport to Villa Zalia upon completion of the reservation.


Alcaucin is a picturesque small town, the centre of which is a 5 min drive or 20 min walk from the villa. It offers a variety of local restaurants and bars, banking and shopping for day to day supplies. The El Ingenio Mall, 20 mins towards the coast, contains a large modern supermarket, designer stores, fast food etc.

The beautiful cities of Malaga, Granada, Antequera are just an hour away. Cordoba, Sevilla and Ronda require a slightly longer drive, but can easily be visited on a day trip.

Further Details:

Villa Zalia is not just for summer, but can be the starting point for exciting vacations all year round. The two pools and nearby beaches are the places to be during hot summer days. Spring, autumn and usually mild winters are the times for sightseeing and more physical activities. For the nature enthusiast, active hiker or geocacher, Villa Zalia offers paradise. The possibilities during the cooler seasons are endless. You can begin your hike at the house, a 20 min walk will bring you to the edge the National Park. Or, a short drive will take you into the Alcazarra area, a picnic site and starting point for hikes to the top of the Maroma. The Zafarraya pass, on the way to Granada, offers beautiful scenery, mountain flora and fauna and marked hiking trails. If you want to wander further afield, try the National Park of El Torcal with amazing limestone formations, the hot springs in Alhama de Granada or the lakes of Fuente de La Piedra with thousands of breeding flamingoes in spring. And, as mentioned earlier, the cities of Granada, Antequera, Cordoba and Sevilla make for excellent day trips.

Guide books, maps and brochures are at the house. Please feel free to take them out and use them for your excursions.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £150

A full refund will be given for cancellations up to 6 weeks prior to commencement of the lease. Cancellations between 6 and 2 weeks before incur a 20% charge. 50% of the rental fee is charged if cancelled less than 2 weeks before the start of the lease.

Changeover Day:
Preferably on Saturdays, though we will attempt to accommodate other days. Check-in after 4 pm., check-out by 11:00 am. If more flexible arrangement is needed please discuss with owner or caretaker.

Notes on prices:
Payment of the equivalent Euro amount into German or Spanish bank account will be accepted. A 10% discount will be given for 2nd and 3rd week. Request for long term rentals will be considered:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.