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

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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 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. 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 entrance courtyard, a walled garden,and exclusive use of the swimming pool. There is also 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 living areas are very spacious ; kitchen with a dining area, dining room,sitting room complete with an American pool table. These all open onto outside courtyards and terraces.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, 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 private walled garden, there is land shared with the owners. Leaving the private walled garden a path shared with the owner leads over a small stone bridge which crosses the stream, until gates mark the next private garden and swimming pool. Here traverse the new orchard towards the swimming pool and find a lawn with swings, climbing frame and badminton net. In the land shared with the owner,find terraces filled with old apple, quince, plum and pear 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.

Property Manager
Gabriella Chidgey
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
26 September, 2017

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


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.


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

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
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
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
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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Old Farmhouse with amazing views set in a rural valley just 8 Minutes to Ronda,
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: Oct 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 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: 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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Arriate, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
late summer
26 Aug 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £312.68

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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