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Luxury Rural Retreat. Sleeps up to 14



Updated: 09-Oct-2016
Large pool area, Rural location with private grounds.

La Zapatera is a large modern cortijo-style house in the midst of 20 acres of unspoilt Andalucian countryside. All rooms have interesting and different views of the gardens, terraces, courtyards and surrounding countryside.

Casa de las Pasas is a restored 110 year old cottage, 40m from the main house.

There are extensive gardens surrounding the 9m swimming pool and outdoor dining space. There is a large covered area giving shade throughout the day, built-in BBQ, fridge and dining tables.

La Zapatera sleeps 10 or 11 people in 5 bedrooms (plus a cot), and Casa Las Pasas has one bedroom but can accommodate up to 4 making a total of 14/15 (+ a baby). Both properties share the external facilities including the pool and garden areas.

In La Zapatera, there is the Hall (lounge and library 100 m²) with 2 sitting areas and access to the Fountain Courtyard and the Main Courtyard with its secret garden. The separate dining room gives access to the Fountain Courtyard as well as a separate terrace, all ideal for dining. The modern Italian fitted kitchen has a full range of appliances and equipment. There is a toilet on this floor and an utility room.

Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms, 3 en-suite. 3 bedrooms are double/twin rooms and one is a triple bedded room.

Casa de las Pasas. This house is the original 'casa de campo' and is over 110 years old. It was hand built of stone by the grandfather of the previous owners and was their home during harvests and the preparation of raisins (pasas). It is 40 m from La Zapater.

Casa Las Pasas was fully renovated in 2010 to provide a comfortable, sunny cottage for up to 4 people (assuming that the whole party uses the main house for meals etc.). A terrace runs the length of the property with a shaded area provided in part by an ancient vine. The sitting room opens onto the terrace. There is a fully fitted kitchen and dining area, open-plan to the sitting room. The door to the double bedroom opens from the sitting room. The bathroom is spacious with new, quality fittings.

To the rear of the cottage the old wine pressing area has been renovated whilst beyond the terrace the recently restored raisin drying beds are surrounded by garden areas. A path leads to a shaded terrace under trees.A working holiday: The owners have restored a large part of the surrounding land and now harvest olives, almonds and vines. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the comfort of the house during their stay but are equally welcome to help with the various harvests and wine making at different times of the year.

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Details for holiday villa La Zapatera, 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, 6 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

The House - the main courtyard leads into the Hall. This combines the lounge and library (100 m²) with windows in all 4 aspects, 2 comfortable sitting areas, wood-burning stove and access to 2 external courtyards - Fountain Ctyd and the Main Ctyd with its secret garden. The separate dining room gives access to the Fountain Ctyd as well as a terrace, all ideal for dining. The modern Italian fitted kitchen has a full range of appliances and equipment. There is a WC on this floor and a utility room on the lower floor. Upstairs there are 5 bedrooms, 3 en-suite, 3 are double/twin rooms, 1 is a triple bedded and 1 single. For larger groups we have the self-contained cottage, Casa de las Pasas next door which can take a further 4

Las Pasas has one bedroom and fold out beds in the sitting room. The Cottage sleeps 4.

There are extensive gardens and steps lead to the 9m swimming pool where there is a large covered area providing shade for hot days, a built-in BBQ, fridge and 2 dining tables.

  • Sleeps 14
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Thanks for the loan of your house, we had a great time.
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Wonderful, spacious villa tucked away in the Andalusian hills

  • 5 of 5

9 of us spent a very relaxing sunny week at the property this summer and were thrilled with the house, pool and local area. The villa is accessed via a 3-4km dirt track but is a short drive from the local town of Canillas de Aceituno and within striking distance of larger shops towards the coast as well as the beaches around Nerja and Maro. The house itself is huge and has lots of living/dining/relaxing areas so is perfect for larger families and groups. Martin met as at the property and was contactable throughout our stay, and we couldn't have been happier with the welcome or the property - if you're looking for a relaxing base in the hills from which to explore Andalusia it is absolutely perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. They are very welcome and we are very glad you enjoyed your visit.
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Wonderful stay in lovely rural property

  • 5 of 5

A large family celebration late last summer called for a large comfortable house in the country and La Zapatera fitted the bill perfectly. Close to both the lovely village of Canillas de Aceituno and the ancient town of Velez Malaga the house is set in beautiful surroundings with mountain views . Aged in its spirit with its Moorish design but with all modern facilities ,.spacious accommodation and a lovely pool, La Zapatera was the perfect choice for our family holiday. We look forward to our return.

Linda and Ray Mors

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brilliant - quiet and luxurious

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed regularly at La Zapatera and always been delighted with the quality of the accommodation in the grand main house and the expertly rehabilitated shepherds cottage.

We particularly appreciate the generous sized swimming pool with attached outside kitchen area. The bonus must be the location, surrounded by mountains and inhabited by interesting birds and wildlife. Here there is both privacy and comfort.

Hilary and Martin are knowledge about the surrounding area and very happy to advise on places of interest and sources of genuine Spanish cuisine

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect retreat in beautiful rural Spain

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful, large house is in a very stunning, private location, with amazing views of the mountains and olive groves. Its extensive accommodation and grounds ensure plenty of scope for many activities. The pool is in a fabulous sunny location with shaded terraces and is very peaceful. The house has many different garden areas too, some reflecting the Moorish influences of the area. There are numerous outdoor seating areas, terraces and tracks within the grounds through the olive and almond groves. There is also an abundance of wild flowers in the area. There are also many tracks outside the grounds for walks. The house is very well equipped with many added special touches and features. The rooms are very spacious with many luxury features. The tranquillity of the house and location make it the perfect holiday venue for those seeking something special and away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's nice to know that others appreciate our house. Thank you, Martin
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From the Owner

Canillas de Aceituno is on the edge of a national park and has a tranquil feel to it. We have owned a property here for nearly 20 years. During that time we have got to know the people and the area. When La Zapatera (it means the shoemaker's wife) came on the market we knew that it would make a wonderful place for a new house. We designed the house and used a local builder to construct it.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Malaga at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Canillas Village at 7 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Baviera (www.bavieragolf.com) at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Malaga at 50 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A7 J272 at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : La Sociedad, Canillas at 7 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Torre del Mar at 15 Kilometres Car: necessary

La Zapatera is located in its own 78,000 m² of rural land, 7 km from Canillas de Aceituno. It has unspoilt views of Mount Maroma, the highest mountain in the region. There are extensive olive groves, almond orchards and two vineyards. We produce our own olive oil and organic red wine.

Canillas de Aceituno is a typical Andalucian white village within 20 min drive of the nearest town, Velez Malaga and less than half an hour away from the beaches of Torre Del Mar. Nerja is about 40 min away. The village is on the edge of a National Park. This perfect location is excellent for walking (on the GR 242) and local exploration. Canillas offers a good choice of restaurants, bars, shops and cafes. The nearby Lake Vinuela also has a good choice of restaurants and views of the mountains.

We are within easy reach of Granada (Alhambra), Cordoba and Seville. Nereja is only just over half an hour away.


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Late Summer
3 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Refundable Damage Deposit £500

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Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Luxury


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 320 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bedroom #1 ensuite
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bedroom #2 ensuite
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bedroom #3 ensuite
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bedroom #4
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Ground floor
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Off utility room
  • Bathroom 7 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, La Casa de las Pasas
  • Towels are provided. All bathrooms are modern and have quality fittings and storage cabinets.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, En-suite
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, En-suite
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, En-suite
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 7 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon, 2 folding beds in sitting room of Las Pasas
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, Bedroom of Casa da las Pasas
  • All bedrooms are supplied with linen - pure cotton sheets and pillow cases. For the winter we provide down duvets. All windows have blinds to keep the rooms cool in the summer. For longer stays changes of linen can be arranged.


  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • The location of the house ensures that guests can enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside without being overlooked. La Zapatera is a heaven for those seeking a rest or to recharge their batteries. With its wide range of different spaces it means that whilst some members of your party can be enjoying the fun of the pool others can be sitting undisturbed in a courtyard reading or enjoying a quiet drink. The pool area is not fenced and can be accessed from the garden area and the adjoining almond groves. We would like to point out that children must be supervised at all times. Both the house and the immediate area provide a challenge to the less able. The house is on a number of levels involving steps between different areas. The pool is below the house and a number of steps are involved. The surrounding tracks provide good walking territory but all involve hills.

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