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Old farmhouse with amazing views set in a rural valley just 8 Minutes to Ronda, - Maia

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking




3 bedroom semi detached house, with games room including a pool table, , sitting area with TV, dining room and kitchen. Private garden, sin beds, chill out area, dining veranda, entrance patio, bbq area and exclusive use of the swimming pool.

About the property


A beautifully renovated country house with swimming pool and gardens set in 5 acres of a lush and verdant valley just 10 minutes from the city of Ronda. La Alcantarilla is a 7 bedroom farmhouse that is comprised of 2 semi detached houses. Often let in its entirety to one group but for smaller groups the 3 bedroom house is made available. Casa Maia is the name for the 3 bedroom house. When Casa Maia is rented, the owners may be living next door in the 4 bedroom side of the property, but their side is never rented to holiday makers when Casa Maia is let.

The nearby village, just a ten minute walk, is known for its excellent bars and restaurants. An area prized for its landscape and popular with walkers, birdwatchers and cyclists.

La Alcantarilla was originally a walnut and apple smallholding, and its rolling land is bordered by a river, veined by a stream and encircled by a Moorish water channel.

The water emanates from a mountain spring and crosses the brook over a Moorish stone aqueduct at the far end of the vegetable garden.

The house is painted in lime white and stony hues, with natural linen curtains and green/blue accents. There is an emphasis on traditional building materials so earthenware tiles have been used on the floor and old pan tiles on the roof. Reclaimed patterned hydraulic tiles decorate the interior and exterior.

The thick stone walls ensure that the house is kept cool during the summer and maintains the warmth created during the winter from the central heating, two fireplaces and log burning stove.

There are bookshelves stacked with DVDs and interesting books, one dedicated just to Spanish themes. There are two kitchens with dining areas for 6, a dining room for 14, a sitting room , and a games room complete with an American pool table,darts, UK free view TV and sofas.

These all open onto outside courtyards and terraces where there are sofas, cushioned areas ,day beds and dining tables for 14 and for 10.

Table tennis is on the lawn below the covered dining terrace.

The walled garden has an agapanthus lined stone path around the wall´s edge, hammocks and sun beds. it also boasts views across the valley towards Ronda. It is filled with roses,sage and lavender and at its heart an an ancient fig tree underplanted with iris. There are many areas to sit and relax, whether sun or shade is preferred. There are tables and chairs under vine covered corners for reading or dining, sumptuous floor cushions under a pergola and sun beds by the fountain. Beyond the walled garden a path leads to the swimming pool garden.

Here find a lawn, sun beds, shady pergola and mini kitchen.

And just beyond the oleander hedge is the play area with swings, toddler slide climbing frame and badminton net.

From here you can wander into the old orchard filled with apple, quince, plum and pear trees.

More Details
Registration Number : CTC 2017153160

Property Manager
Gabriella Chidgey
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

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

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

About Gabriella Chidgey

I am a London born painter living in Ronda.

Originally a Cambridge University History/Art History graduate I then chose to train at Rambert Dance School to become a contemporary dancer and choreographer.

Torn discs in my back ultimately brought this ten year era of my life to a close, so with a fervent desire to paint and my husband to write a book, we packed the car and drove to Spain for a six-month adventure.

We hoped to buy and renovate an old house to escape to for holidays.

And after a year, we did find an abandoned walnut and apple farm that was perfect for restoration.

One of the houses,S28635 is available for rent throughout the year.

Gabriella Chidgey purchased this farmhouse in 2003

Why Gabriella Chidgey chose Arriate

We travelled around Andalucia for a year until we found this area and this property.

Ronda and the surrounding landscape enchanted us, and we had lived deep enough into wilder countryside to realise that we needed to be more easily connected to the coast and cities.

The house was almost the only remaining old property in need of renovation in this much sought after valley.

It had been abandoned for 30 years, the house uninhabitable and the land so overgrown that the stream was entirely hidden.

And yet, there was such charm in its delapidation, in the soft contours of its garden, tat we were completely smitten.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The house nestles in the valley below Ronda, afforded complete privacy by the landscape, sheltered by fruit trees and yet it is also graced with views of the distant Grazalema mountains.

While being a perfect place to relax and step away from city life,it is still within walking distance from Arriate village and so near to Ronda.

Flowers, nuts, herbs, fruit and vegetables flourish on this fecund land. It certainly does invite you to stop and smell the roses.. which we grow in abundance.

Available Rentals

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Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover. Arrivals by 3.30 pm and departures by 10 am.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Arriate in Serranía de Ronda

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • bathrooms with travertine marble wash stand , window overlooking the garden. Bath with shower attachment. WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • caving
  • tennis
Outside: Private walled entrance courtyard w/ pergola and breakfast table and chairs. Private walled garden with shady fig tree and agapanthus-lined path to vine covered corner w/ views of Ronda .Myrtle clipped hedge enclosing rose and lavender border. Ancient stone and pan-tile water feature. 2 hammocks, 6 wooden sun beds & a large cushioned chill out area. Two dining tables, under cover or in full sun/starlight. BBQ. Table tennis.Exit the private walled garden for a short walk over the stream, a path shared with the owner, before entering the private gated garden and salt water pool. This pale green mosaic tiled pool is 11m by 3m. It is surrounded by lawn, flower beds and walnut trees with long views across to the distant mountains where the sun eventually sets.There are 6 sun beds. Alongside is a lawn for badminton, swings, and toddler playthings . Utility Room: Ironing board and iron. Washing machine (kitchen) drying rack, basket, broom and dustpan, mop and bucket. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Pool towels, linen and towels included, and changed weekly when the house is cleaned. 100 % cotton bed linen and towels. Maid service, cooking and child minding can be organized. Other: Large dining/games room opening onto the garden. Olive wood cupboard and dining table for 8, painted wooden sideboard, and featuring a pool tab


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average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Perfectly described by the hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Gabriella's home in Arriate, and have vowed to return during fig season! As it was, we enjoyed pimientos and pomegranates from the garden, and the farmhouse served as both a convenient location from which to explore Ronda, Cueva de la Pileta, Grazalema, Acinipo, Roman ruins, etc., and as a tranquil oasis at the end of our busy days.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely place to stay and relax

  • 5 of 5

Gabriella's house is wonderful and so is she. The house is in a quiet setting but the village of Arriate is only two kilometers away, and bustling Ronda is a ten minute drive away. There is much to do and see in the area,but also the option of doing nothing except enjoying the lovely patio and garden.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a joy to have guests so fascinated by the local history, culture and food. They explored the area fully and took time to watch the Easter processions. When at home they enjoyed perusing the reference books we leave out ,cooking wonderful meals and family games of pool. A delight to meet.
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Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
El Muelle
Car: recommended


1 hour driving to the Costa del Sol, approx 2 and half hours to the Costa de la Luz


1 hour 15 minutes from Malaga airport.

1 hour 45 minutes from Seville and Jerez airports.

car hire recommended.

Airport transfer and local taxis can be arranged.


1 km Arriate

7 km Ronda

Further Details:

Walks go straight from the door, with half a dozen itineraries already mapped out for guests, while some of Spain's best hikes through the Sierra de las Nieves and Grazalema national parks begin less than half an hour away by car. Mountain bikes can be hired and other local entertainment includes ballooning, quad-biking and riding.