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Apartment, At Farmhouse With Pool, In Peaceful Location With Views



Updated: 08-Oct-2016
Farmhouse in Guaro, Nr. Coin, Costa del Sol (Inland), Spain - Tranquil, Breathtaking Location, Just 30 Minutes From Marbella And Beach, New Listing

Our house in the hills behind the little village of Guaro was rare find. Easy to access but offering total privacy, it looks out over a wide valley with 15km views of the distant mountain tops. there are no houses to overlook close by and the pool and gardens are not overlooked by others. The views are simply breathtaking. The name "Mirlo Blanco" means "white blackbird" in Spanish, a description of how rare such a location really is.

The pool is surrounded by garden and lawn, overlooked by mimosa, eucalyptus and pink-pepper trees.

We only use the main house occasionally, and even if we are in residence the number of terraces and space allow very undisturbed use of the casita.

The surrounding area includes charming "Pueblos blancos...white villages", great local restaurants offering amazing value and a feel of truly "Spanish" Spain.

Evening drinks on the terrace, watching the sunset behind the hills, across a wide green valley, gives a sense of peace that makes holidays there special.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet

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About the Owner

We are a retired couple, living most of the year in Northern Ireland. We are lovers of nature, music, good food, art and joining in with new cultures and ideas.

We like sailing and walking and discovering new places.

Busy lives at home and visits to our children in various other countries mean we can only make brief visits to our Spanish paradise, but each visit leaves us refreshed and rested.

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish

11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


Peace and quiet

  • 4 of 5

The views are simply wonderful and we very much enjoyed being able to relax in complete privacy, in fact, we hardly ventured from the pool side, making the most of hot temperatures and wall to wall sunshine. The accommodation was comfortable and cool having left the shutters closed during the day and open by night. Next door's cat likes to sleep on the bathroom window ledge which isn't protected by a net so it was hard to ventilate it and it had to be kept closed at night - the insects (alive and dead) and droppings in the bathroom were a little off putting but did not spoil our overall appreciation of this tranquil place.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay at our Mirlo Blanco casita. We will install a screen on the bathroom window, which should solve both the insect entry problem and that of the neighbour's cat, from over the hill, who is a only very occasional visitor. We have not seen it for the last month. Thank you for your review and your helpful remarks.
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Beautiful tranquil location with stunning scenery

  • 5 of 5

Mirlo Blanco is located just a few minutes from the village of Guarobeautiful hills

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julie tried to send a full review but a computer glitch cut it off after one line. She emailed me the full text and I reproduce it below with her agreement. "Mirlo Blanco is in a great rural location, just a few minutes from the village of Guaro and because it’s off the beaten track, you are rewarded with the most stunning views. The casita is well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay and the pool is a great size set in a beautiful garden filled with Oleanders, Eucalyptus, and Pepper trees offering perfect shade. Billy our lovely host was great very helpful and friendly, he provided us with plenty of information regarding directions and what’s on in the area so it was easy to get there and discover places of interest. We only had a week in this special private place but would have loved to have stayed longer if we could , it was so relaxing and tranquil. I would definitely recommend Mirlo Blanco as a holiday destination." We are delighted that she enjoyed her stay at Mirlo Blanco so much.
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Magical Retreat

  • 5 of 5

When we booked Mira Blanca we wondered whether it could really live up to our expectations having read the 5* reviews on this site. Well, it did, and more.....the reviews are accurate but you really have to experience it to believe it. The accommodation provides you with a taste of Spanish living but what makes this holiday rental stand out from most is its magnificent views, and its tranquil very private setting in stunning grounds. If you're looking for a place to get away from it all and recharge your batteries, look no further. You won't want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A small piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Just perfect, peace and quiet in a lovely farmhouse, with views for miles of mountains and mountain top villages, not overlooked. If you are looking for a break from the usual package holiday and taste the real Spain. Telephone Billy and book this farmhouse. The accommodation, advice and maintenance could not have been bettered. If I could have given it more stars I would have.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A lovely casita perched on a hillside near the village of Guaro, with breathtaking views of the mountains. Beautiful garden and pool. We visited many of the towns and sites that Billy and Val recommended. Golden Eagles and Chamoix at El Torcal are a wonderful memory, as is cooking on the bar-b-q each evening, watching the sun disappear behind the mountains.

This is a wonderful place if you are looking for peace, tranquility, and being amongst nature. There are also many towns nearby if you would like to see and hear more of Spanish life. We had a truly wonderful week at Mirlo Blanco.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect holiday hideaway in Southern Spain

  • 5 of 5

Did the Casita at Mirlo Blanco meet your expectations?

The Casita was exactly as described, located down a rural road in the hills above Marbella/Malaga.

What were the best features you remember?

The Casita has a kitchen with fridge, gas hob, microwave and enough cutlery/crockery. Through in to the living room there are comfortable modern chairs and a tv. This is a lovely room for relaxing. The Casita has wifi, which was useful for planning excursions.

Through into the bedroom, there is a comfortable double bed with a spectacular view of the local countryside. The bathroom is clean and has a bath and handheld shower.

Outside there is a small terrace with a table and 2 seats, as well as a kettle style BBQ.

Was the Casita adequately equipped?

All equipment worked as expected, and the welcome pack was great after the long drive.

Were you happy with the key pick-up or meet and greet service?

The key is in a key box at the main gate, once into the grounds there is parking and a gate though to the main house and the Casita. The hosts offered a welcome meet and greet, which was a nice touch as the Casita is rural.

Was the information on directions and local restaurants/shops/ places to visit adequate?

The welcome pack includes details of shops and restaurants and other places to visit.

Any other comments?

We had a lovely, relaxing stay at Mirlo Blanco, and enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the local area. One morning an eagle flew overhead and stayed around for 10-15 minutes. An amazing sight.

The hosts are not resident all the time, and they arrived mid week, and were very welcoming. The pool and garden are adjacent to the main property and are clean and inviting.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Because our Ireland home can often be a bit wet and cold ,we sought a Mediterranean hide-away to give us occasional sunshine and warmth at all times of the year. We visit our house in Spain one or two weeks each month to "recharge our batteries" but seldom in peak holiday periods. We sought a house that was different from the norm. It had to have charm and tranquillity and a little bit of "magic" about it. We chose the area because it was easily accessible from Malaga airport, with its all year round flights from most UK airports. The area is well supplied with all amenities, but not over built upon nor over industrialised. There is no flight-path over the valley, and no major road close by, so peace and silence are assured. We looked at very many houses before choosing this one. It really is a unique find.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Malaga at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Guaro at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Alhaurin el Grande or Mijas at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Malaga at 50 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : at 25 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Sierra Nevada at 150 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Marbella at 30 Kilometres


Nearest Beach is at Marbella, 25/30 minutes by car. A very beautiful drive.


45 minutes drive from Malaga Airport. Car essential. We can recommend a good car-hire source with very good rates. If no can, transit to/from airport can be arranged at about 80 euros each way.


Guaro is 1.5 Km.(about 15 mins walk. Includes minimarket, chemist, baker, Tourist info office, market day Thursday morning)

Coin (many shops, supermarkets and restaurants and Dunne's Stores and cinema in English Tuesdays) and Alhaurin el Grande are each 15/20 mins drive.

Picturesque white villages to visit by a short drive.

Rhonda about 1hr 45m.

Granada 2 Hrs.

Gibraltar 1.5 hours.

Malaga (interesting old town) and airport about 45 minutes.

Further Details:

Good toutist office in local Guaro village. Horse riding, spa, and many other activities in the area.

Brochures in house on local attractions.

Advice given, if wanted , on local restaurants and interesting local sightseeing.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking direct with owners by email initially. Confirmed by phonecall. Deposit £100 on booking. Balance 8 weeks before arrival. Payments by bank transfer in Sterling or Euros.
No security deposit, but clients expected to pay for any breakages.
All gas and electricity included. Cleaning before and after included. Welcome pack of essentials provided if requested.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day flexible, but Saturdays preferred. Arrival time 2.00. departure 11.00, but flexibility possible.

Notes on prices:
More than one week pro rata. Shorter stays by special quote.
Payment can be in Sterling or Euros

£100 on booking. Balance approx 8 weeks before arrival.

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From the Owner

We enjoy the peaceful countryside, great views, nice walks, local festivals and good food. We prefer this area of more "Spanish" Spain away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal strip. But the beach is only 30 minutes away if we want it. Costs of dining out are far less than on the coast but the quality is better. The genuine friendliness of the local people is valued. The house is at about 350 metres above sea level, high enough to have clear air, fantastic views free of the clutter of over-development and so little light-pollution at night that you can see every star in the sky. Still, its not cold in winter- last year we had Christmas lunch outside on the terrace. There are many charming local fiestas, in which the locals welcome visitors.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool

Location Type

  • rural

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom has bath with shower over, wash-hand basin and toilet. The ancient rustic stone wall behind the bath gives the room a unique appeal.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom has comfortable double bed. Backed by rustic stone wall, it has fine views over valley. A built in wardrobe has lots of storage space. The Salon has a sofa-bed suitable for occasional use.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is of a good quality and very charming. Outside: The gardens include interesting trees and shrubs, a pleasant lawn, with some shade and a pool 5m by 9m. Terrace areas are tiled in terracotta. Sun beds with cushions and sun umbrella provided. Utility Room: None. Use of the washing machine in the main house possible by arrangement. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided. (including pool towels). Weekly change for stays of two weeks or more.

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