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Stunning, Romantic, Private, Peaceful Villa With Breathtaking Views To Morocco

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Villa at the edge of Gaucin village, near Ronda, Andalucia, Malaga province, Spain - Infinity Pool Amongst Palms & Rocks In 2 Acres Of Mature Mediterannean Garden On The Edge Of Gaucin

Djebel Musa is a romantic, colourful, beautifully maintained, architect-designed villa with an infinity pool. The garden is a mixture of mature exotic palms amongst rocks and shrubs as well as wild olives and carobs filled with songbirds on a hillside at the southern edge of the pretty 'white village' of Gaucin.

"The best view we have seen in Spain" said one travel company. "A truly stunning property with 'wow factor'!"

Gaucin is 600 metres above sea level and the villa and pool afford spectacular open views down the Genal River valley to the Mediterranean and North Africa beyond.

It is maintained and equipped to a high standard.

Double-height open-plan living room with minstrels' gallery leads to a large covered veranda. Archway to the large dining room which leads to its own covered dining terrace.

4 of the bedrooms and the main living rooms have French windows onto their own terrace or balcony. The 4th and 5th bedrooms are set up as a studio apartment that can be let separately outside the summer season. There are other terraces around the garden.

Terracotta floors, bright rugs, Moroccan pots, comfortable seating inside and out, Satellite TV, WiFi, flowers, views, birds, sunshine!

A few extra notes:

- We have wonderful gardeners, an efficient pool-cleaner, a charming, cheerful and extremely helpful House Manager, and two lovely girls who clean.

- Parking is easy as we are on the edge of the village.

- There is a new flat screen television and we have Internet & satellite television.

- The village centre is only a few minutes walk away for tapas, restaurants, shops.

- This villa was originally built for Vivienne Whiffen who moved in 2014 so, for those who may have stayed here before, the character of the villa is being maintained by us in her wonderful style. (formerly under property ref: S1235).

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Mark Bennett
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2017

About Mark Bennett

Living in London, where my wife and I work, we live busy urban lives with our 4 children. One of our aims is to get away more often to the stunning countryside, climate, wildlife and food of the mountains around Gaucin in Southern Spain.

Arriving at the villa in Gaucin lifts our hearts and fills us with energy. Opening the balcony doors in the morning is a special moment every day... or lighting a log fire on a cool winter evening with a book or a film after a home cooked dinner...

We like to cook, eat good food - in or out, walk in the countryside, watch the amazing bird life in this part of Spain and enjoy the friendliness of everyone in this pleasant village. And if we really want the bustle of the beach, its only 40 minutes away.

Mark Bennett purchased this villa in 2014

Why Mark Bennett chose Ronda area

We first came to Gaucin in 1997 and fell in love with the village and the area and rented a villa here the following year too. 17 years on we finally decided to find a villa that combined all the beauty and peace of the countryside yet with the convenience of being in the village with its character and amenities a short walk from the front door.

We are very lucky to have found this wonderful villa which combines our need for open air, countryside and wide vistas with village life. The villa was very carefully and imaginatively created by Vivienne Whiffen from whom we had the pleasure of buying it in 2014.

What makes this villa unique

We love being in the countryside (that's all we can see from the house) and can walk into it on "GR" paths 1 minute from the front door - and there is the lush and private garden too. But if we need a fresh loaf of bread, seafood from the village market or a tapas lunch its just a 5 minute walk away... The peace and privacy of this villa match any that we have been to before - but here, we don't have to drive anywhere once we have arrived.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stuart - 2013.

This is a gorgeous house. The interior furnishing is homely but extremely stylish with a strong Moroccan influence. The house has everything needed for a most enjoyable stay. The kitchen is very well appointed and there is an electric barbeque on the terrace. Wifi and freeview tv with dvd/cd players are also provided. The first thing you notice about the exterior is the stunning view to the coast. On clear days when there is no heat haze both Gibraltar and the north Moroccan coast are visible. There probably isn't a house with a better view in the whole of Spain! The infinity pool is located down some steps to the garden, not surprisingly the view from the pool is breathtaking! My family and I had a very happy week at Djebel Musa. We would not hesitate to stay there again if the opportunity arose.

Reidun - 2013

Our Christmas Holiday.

A perfect location, even out-of-season. Beautiful view to Gibraltar, walking in wooded hills endless. Mostly local visitors for the holidays. Enough restaurants open in town and surroundings, 1/2 hr drive from golf and shopping on the coast.

George - 2013

We visited the villa in May 2013. It is stunning. The interior is exceptionally comfortable, a wonderful blend of colours and textures; the views from the balcony and pool down the valley and across to the rock of Gibraltar and the mountains of Morocco are breathtaking. We found it difficult to tear ourselves away. It would be a great place for a group of friends, having lots of alfresco eating space and gorgeous, colourful gardens and being only a stones throw from the eateries of charming Gaucin. Its a great place to potter back to after a glass of wine and tapas. We have every intention of returning for another trip.

General comments from house guest book:

"I love your house, I love all the different colours, I love the different corners, I love the spirit of it. The view is an ever changing spectacle - in fact its so breathtaking no photo can do it justice".

"Delightful, you have created a little oasis, - a deer came to the pool to drink, a lynx came one evening - a rock lizard."

"Every single moment has been a moment of deep delight and pleasure".

"Our 6th holiday here in this paradise villa."

"Everything we've ever wanted from a villa holiday - and we've been looking for 30 years!"

"Thank you for allowing us to share in your special piece of paradise".

"There is something for everyone here. So much beauty in and beyond the house"
Jan 2015
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Beautiful house, well kept

  • 5 of 5

Best experience with a rented house in Spain 👍

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely place to spend Christmas with the family

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautifully situated with stunning views and close enough to walk into the village. It is very well appointed with everything you need, we could not have found a better place for our family Christmas in Gaucin. We had beautiful weather and were able to sit by the pool, use the terraces and even BBQ one evening. When the evenings got colder, we lit a beautiful warming fire. There are lots of lovely walks and other villages to visit. We will be going back soon hopefully.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Family holiday in Gaucin

  • 5 of 5

It was a real pleasure to return with my grown-up children to the house built by my step-mother and late father twenty years ago, and our stay was peaceful, private and luxurious. It was a joy to see the olives,carobs and pomegranates in the garden. Anyone who has seen the view from this house will have it etched on their memory forever. The weather was fine all week, and we swam every day - not bad for October!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We remain indebted to your parents for finding this land and building such a sympathetic house and garden which we enjoy so much too. Mark & Star
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Stunning location

  • 5 of 5

The property lived up to all expectations. Beautifully presented. The pool in particular has the 'wow' factor. Peaceful, private and also well appointed. It was great being in a village, but on the edge (literally) so you don't feel overlooked by neighbors. Having the option of strolling into the village for dinner was great.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments!
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A Dream Come True

  • 5 of 5

From the moment I saw the image of the view, I knew this is where I wanted to celebrate my 50th birthday. I held that picture in my mind for five months, planning and looking forward to our dream vacation in Spain. On the plane I thought "lower your expectations, there's no way it can be as good as you've made it out in your imagination." I WAS 100% WRONG. This villa is even more spectacularly beautiful than the photos can relay. Beautifully appointed, super comfortable, spacious and roomy, stocked with everything you could possibly need, 5 star all the way. We were three generations - 2 families, a total of 8 people from ages 73 to 10, and we ALL felt like we were living a dream. Days by the pool were magnificent, but even more wonderful was exploring the village of Gaucin, and the warm welcome we received from all the people we met while staying there. Languorous delicious dinners in the town square, day trips to local wineries, road trips to the beach, hiking up to the castle, exploring the incredible pictographs in nearby caves - this could not be a better off-the-beaten path location. We were able to get away from the summer tourist crowds completely, and yet never run out of things to do. Authentic, gorgeous, charming. Mark was an absolutely superb host, answering my many, many questions almost instantly, offering great advice and tips, and even made arrangements for me to hire a local chef to come to the house to cook my birthday feast (authentic Valencia paella, deeelish!). If this villa is beyond your budget, my advice is to stretch. You will not be disappointed. Worth every penny.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review and we are very pleased your holiday was a success. We share your feelings when we are visiting (though it's not often enough...) and know we are very lucky to have found this wonderful villa in such a pleasant and authentic village.
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Fantastic View, Pool & Villa

  • 5 of 5

We all absolutely loved the villa, its beautiful and unique interior, the fantastic pool and garden terraces, the great location in Gaucin. The view has to be one of the most amazing we've all encountered and we couldn't take our eyes off it! We didn't want to leave and we definitely want to come back. We enjoyed our leisurely days by the pool, evenings dining on the terrace and evenings dining out at local restaurants - all in walking distance of the villa. Our party was a mix of family, children and family friends and the villa suited us brilliantly. The weather was gloriously hot every day and great to have guaranteed blue skies and sunshine. All information, facilities and upkeep of the villa were perfect. We'd recommend a compact family car to navigate the streets of Gaucin as traditionally they are narrow, which adds to the beauty of the place.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review. We have just stayed there ourselves and its always difficult for us to leave.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
6 Jan 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4 Mar 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Season
29 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
24 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Peak Season
8 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Aug 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid Season
9 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
7 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Autumn
4 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 2 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £60
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:

Deposit of 50% at time of booking. Balance of 50% 30 days prior to date of your stay.

Availability schedule is updated regularly but requires confirmation with us at time of booking. The Studio is not normally available for let on its own during the summer months from May to September - please contact us to confirm its availability.

Parents with young children should consider that there are steep drops beyond the pool which would require very careful supervision at all times.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. In quieter periods (October to March) it may be flexible depending on other bookings.

Prices for smaller parties of under 6 people:

For parties of less than 6 people staying, we can offer a 10% discount on the weekly rates except in the peak season from 4th July to 29th August.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gaucín in Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shared with Bedroom 4 and 5
  • Ensuite shower room with shower, WC etc to bedroom 1; Ensuite shower room, WC to bedroom 2; Ensuite bathroom with shower over bath, WC to bedroom 3; Ensuite shower room, WC to bedrooms 4 & 5; Extra cloakroom, WC only, off entrance hall.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 5 en-suite bedrooms sleeping 10 Notes on bedrooms: 1. 150 cm double bed, French windows to balcony 2. Twin beds & sofa bed, French windows to own terrace 3. 150cm bed, French windows to own terrace 4. (Studio) twin beds in summer, super-king in winter, French windows to balcony 5. Double bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Parents with young children should consider that there are steep drops beyond the pool and staircases which would require very careful supervision of toddlers at all times. The 4th & 5th bedrooms (the Studio) are part of the main house (outside access, down 13 steps). Let together as part of the house as the 4th & 5th bedrooms in summer, it can be let separately out of the summer season (Owners Direct reference s29493 for more details/photos). There is a terrace overlooking the garden with table and chairs - watch vultures & eagles soaring overhead... its an exceptional place for bird-watching (see list). There is a gas BBQ. From this terrace steps lead down to the pool from where you can look out over the gorgeous wild countryside of the Genal valley to Gibraltar, almond blossom in Jan/Feb, and on clear days, the mountains of North Africa. There are no close neighbours so it is very private, secluded and not overlooked. The pool has sunbeds, sun umbrellas and shaded area with table and chairs. The pool has an underwater ledge where you can stand and look out to Africa where the Rif Mountains are visible on clear days. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron, ironing board etc Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: House manager. Maid service can be arranged on request. Linen etc changed weekly. All linen and towels provided. Pool maintained and cleaned during the week in the season & gardener visits early morning to water pots in hot weather. Other services can be supplied on request. Pool towels. Other: Large dining room seats 10, beams, antique dresser. Arch to kitchen & sitting room. Main rooms and terraces have a 180 degree view of the surrounding countryside from terraces or balcony. There is a Yamaha piano

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