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Old Farmhouse with amazing views set in a rural valley just 8 Minutes to Ronda,



Updated: 05-Sep-2016
Farmhouse in verdant valley just 7 km from Ronda and only a km from Arriate. - Set In A 5 Acre Smallholding, Encircled By River, 10 Minute Walk To Shops And Restaurants

A traditional country farmhouse, south-east facing,set in 5 acres of private fertile land in a beautiful valley just 10 minutes from the city of Ronda. Only 10 minutes walk from the wonderful village of Arriate, known for its local produce and now famous for its excellent bars and restaurants. An area famed 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. Beautifully renovated,the large south-east facing property is divided into two;the rental house and the owners´home. The rental house has both a private courtyard and a walled garden, private entrances and much shared terrain. 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. Upstairs, coir matting softens the hard floor surface and antique textiles and paintings furnish the walls. The very spacious living areas; kitchen, sitting room and dining/games (American pool table) room, all open onto the sunny courtyard or walled garden. 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 and log burning stove. There are bookshelves stacked with DVDs and interesting books, one dedicated just to Spanish themes. The kitchen is very well equipped for those who enjoy cooking and there is generally some variety of fruit,nut,or vegetable available from the garden. The private walled garden has an agapanthus lined stone path around the wall´s edge, and 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 private walled garden, land and gardens are shared with the owners.An oleander path leads over a small stone bridge which crosses the stream, through the new orchard towards the swimming pool.There is a large lawn at the entrance to the swimming pool with swings, climbing frame and badminton net. The terrace below the saltwater swimming pool is filled with old apple, plum and pear trees, and across the other side, a vegetable garden lined with quince trees. At the edge of the property, a Moorish stone aqueduct carries water for irrigation across the stream, and into the channel dug around the perimeter. There is space to wander and discover or simply enjoy the purity of the serrania air.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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 with two houses that was perfect for restoration.

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

The 2 houses together;S4008 are available for special events, retreats and at Christmas, Easter or during the summer m

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

1 Reviews

1 holidaymaker review


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: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 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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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Arriate at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : El Muelle at 1 Kilometres 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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
late summer
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
early winter
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
christmas/New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £312

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 05-Sep-2016
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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural


  • 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


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Travertine marble wash stand , window overlooking the garden. Bath with shower attachment. WC.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with a double bed,Juliet balcony with double doors. Bedroom 2 with double bed and window onto courtyard. Bedroom three with twin beds and two windows. All bedrooms have painted wooden windows with shutters and double glazing. Coir flooring.


  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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. 4 wooden sun beds & a large cushioned chill out area for 4. Two dining tables, under cover or in full sun/starlight. BBQ. Cross into a communal garden,and onward through an iron gate following a path over the stream and through an orchard to the salt water pool shared with the owners. 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 10 sun beds, and large floor cushions for sunbathing and reading. Alongside is a lawn for badminton, swings, and toddler playthings .On the terrace below is an old apple orchard and across the path an ancient Moorish aqueduct. 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 table.

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