• Sehr schönes Ferienhaus in ruhiger Lage Das Ferienhaus liegt sehr ruhig und in perfekter Lage für einen Kletterurlaub in El Chorro. Colin hat uns das Gefühl gegeben willkommen zu sein.

    Birk B. Avatar
    Birk B.
    25/02/2020

    Jolie maison dans un cadre superbe de nature. Charmante et très jolie maison située un peu à l'écart dans un cadre de nature magnifique. De belles terrasses et une jolie piscine avec des transats et une très jolie vue sur les environs. Seule la qualité de la literie laisse à désirer, en effet les matelas sont fatigués et les mousses les constituant sont devenues très molles ce qui pose problème en particulier dans les lits doubles, c'est vraiment le seul point négatif car sinon la maison est confortable et bien équipée. Ce fût une très bonne expérience (à part les lits)

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    SEBASTIEN C.
    16/01/2020

    Una casa muy completa He estado en muchas casas y aunque tengan camas para más gente, no suelen tener objetos para tal. En esta casa no ha faltado detalle.
    La cocina cuenta con mucho menaje, y más habiendo ido a celebrar una nochevieja. Una casa muy limpia, con calefactor en baños, máquinas de Ac en cada habitación y dos chimeneas.
    También dispone de secador del pelo.
    Todo muy limpio y ordenado.
    No está vallado, y admiten Mascotas, un alojamiento muy pero que muy recomendable.

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    Tamara E.
    01/01/2020

    Wonderful home, beautiful views, quiet and private. The house was comfortable , two bathrooms, full kitchen, with three bedrooms. There were two fireplaces , we spent our evenings by the warm fire. Thank you for making our stay in El Chorro fantastic.

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    terry m.
    15/11/2019

    Entspannung pur in traumhafter Landschaft Wir kamen an und waren vom Haus und der Lage begeistert. Die Kommunikation mit Colin war hervorragend! Wir hatten noch keinen Vermieter , der sich schon im voraus so um unsere Anliegen gekümmert hat. Vielen Dank nochmal, wir kommen gerne wieder.

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    Inge S.
    02/11/2019

    review Beautiful and peaceful rural location for those who want to get away from it all.

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    Leona U.
    24/09/2019

    Heartbreaking to leave 🙁 Wow, just wow! We met Colin who guided us up the mountainside into the relative quiet (crickets is all you hear and a wonderful strange whoosh as the wind wraps around the cliff side). The house was beyond expectations, so much room for just the four of us, and air conditioning meant no hot sticky nights! The ensuite shower was amazingly powerful and even though my husband is a 6'8" giant, he only hit his head once! The steps down to the pool....where I can honestly say I spent so much time swimming and reading, I think I lost weight!
    The local town with a few cafes and supermarkets was lovely and very 'untouristy' so practice your Spanish.
    The house, the pool, the view, the eagles flying overhead was simply marvellous, and I shall return!
    Thank you Colin and Francesca for your attentiveness (especially with the ants!) Bee xxx

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    Brenda M.
    11/09/2019

    Perfect location for a relaxing holiday. We spent two weeks here and wished it could have been longer. The villa was comfortable and very clean, Colin was extremely helpful and easy to contact if needed. The views from the villa and pool area are breathtaking. There's
    lots of interesting wildlife, we spent many evenings watching the Ibex drinking from the pool. Rocabella is an excellent restaurant, just a few minutes drive away, we enjoyed quite a few meals there, it's reasonably priced and the food is good.
    We would love to visit again and next time we will definitely book, Caminito del Rey.
    Thanks again, hope to be back in the future.

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    sarah s.
    15/08/2019

    Great house, great location We are a family of 6 (4 big children) who had a fantastic week in this lovely house. The view is magnificent and it was difficult to choose between looking out over the valley or up the cliff wall where vultures circled all day long. Several times a day wild mountain goats came by; sometimes they drank from the pool to our great enthusiasm.
    The house was well appointed and cozy.
    Colin (the host) was very helpful and responded quickly to our queries.
    We can highly recommend this lovely place

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    Thomas F.
    30/07/2019

    Beautiful Villa This is the perfect place to visit if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy seaside resort. The views are fantastic, and it is so peaceful. We loved playing in the good sized pool and the local wildlife is a plus. If you are active their are some good local walks and the lakes are great to swim in but if you just want to relax and unwind you can sunbathe, watch a bit of sky sports and chill out at the villa. The wi-fi got the thumbs up from the children and the owner Colin couldn't do enough to make our stay as good as possible.

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    Tim A.
    28/07/2019

    Lovely property Great communication throughout, very helpful. Lovely villa and pool with amazing views. Visits from the local goats to the pool were fabulous! Nearest restaurant is 5 mins away by car- good food and views.. try a bit further afield as well.. worth it!

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    Ian M.
    17/07/2019

    A lovely week Driving from the airport to the house was quite easy, the directions that were provided after the booking were very clear. We followed the advice of Colin and did our groceries at the supermarket close to the airport. The last part of the road is a bit exiting for people who are afraid of heights.
    Contact with the owners was very easy, Colin was helpful and did everything he could to help and advice. He responded fast when we sent a message on whatsapp and by phone he was very easy to get in contact with. We didn't have the pleasure of meeting him, because he was not in the area, but as I said, it was easy to get in contact.
    The checking into the cottage was with the sister of Francesca, who didn't speak English, but for us that was no problem at all.

    We had a great time at the house, the swimming pool was soooo nice and got cleaned twice during our stay. The view and privacy were very much appreciated, the house is the 2nd last on the road, so very few traffic (we think the upper neighbors came once per day to take care of the horse?) and none of the other houses had a view on the pool.

    In the house was all you need, and more, for example there were binoculars we used to look at the surrounding area and the vultures! Also in a drawer in the living room there are maps and information about the area.

    We like to thank Colin and Francesca for letting us stay in their house!

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    Agnes F.
    29/06/2019

    VERY SPECIAL! My husband and I have rented eleven properties through VRBO in recent years, in France, Italy, Argentina and the South Pacific. All but one were very good and we have never taken the time to comment after the fact. This latest experience however is noteworthy, as the owners were not merely “very good” but exceptionally so, and exceptions warrant special consideration. The property itself is most endearing, so much so that we asked to extend our stay. However, what sets it apart from the other “very good” properties is the total commitment of the owners to ensure that their guests’ experience is a positive one from the first contact. Communication was always timely, helpful, courteous and friendly. Colin went out of his way to accommodate our requests, his assistance was invaluable in helping us plan our itinerary and he was, first and foremost, a facilitator throughout the rental process. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to both Colin and Francesca for making our 11 days at La Majada Alta a truly memorable holiday.

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    Paulette R.
    04/06/2019

    Muy recomendable! Las vistas de la casa son una pasada, situada en un entorno totalmente recomendable de visitar! Cerca del Caminito del Rey.
    Totalmente equipada con chimeneas y calefacción (máquinas de aire acondicionado).
    Hemos estado en diciembre y afortunadamente hizo buen tiempo para disfrutar de la terraza y barbacoa, pero intentaremos volver en verano!

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    Lucia G.
    05/01/2019

    Deseando volver! La casa está muy bien, en un sitio fantástico en medio del campo. Exáctamente lo que veníamos buscando! Colin y Francesca muy atentos. En definitiva, deseando volver, ojalá que la próxima vez la estancia sea un poco mas larga!

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    Ana A.
    01/01/2019

    Genial, una casa muy comoda, con unos espacios al aire libre fantasticos La casa esta muy bien. Cocina grande y bien equipada. Salón con una chimenea que vino genial para el frío. Terraza con piscina con vistas magnificas (aunque con el frio no pudimos disfrutarla tanto como hubiesemos querido). La cama en la que yo dormi estaba bien (aunque el colchon no era tan bueno como el resto de la casa, pero tampoco estaba mal). El acceso a la vivienda un poco dificil, pero es normal, pues ha llovido muchisimo los dias anteriores a nuestra estancia. Los dueños muy atentos.

    En general, la casa esta fantastica.

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    Alejandro M.
    05/11/2018

    Peaceful and remote We had a really enjoyable time at the property which is of a good size, well stocked and with a lovely pool that is in the sun most of the day. It is remote and peaceful which is what we wanted. The property was clean,well maintained and in a beautiful area. The owner was very helpful. Well recommended.

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    Mark R.
    26/10/2018

    Fantastic location, fantastic cottage. We have just returned from our stay at Colin and Francesca's cottage end of August 2018. We stayed with our older children being 18 and 22 and found the whole time there wonderful. Griffon vultures on the tor behind and Ibex goats drinking from the pool. You really felt that you were away from it all.
    Three bedrooms, space to eat at the front or rear of the house and an amazing pool with views to die for. Great facilities in the kitchen with a large gas BBQ to back it up.
    Spending the evenings with a glass of wine and just taking the the views was great.
    Locally, there is the Rocabella restaurant which is OK within 15-20mins walking distance, but any other restaurant requires a drive. We ate in all nights bar 2 for the week.
    Caminito del Rey was fantastic, but book ahead.
    Antequera is a great town to visit for many sights including the Moorish Alcazaba castle, as is the El Torcal nature reserve (unique limestone rock formations).
    Overall, Colin and Francesca were incredibly helpful with great feedback and always returned messages promptly. Thoroughly recommend this cottage to anyone.

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    Douglas U.
    17/09/2018

    exceptionnel ! Pour les amoureux de la nature et des beaux sites, ce gîte avec sa piscine a pour vue les montagnes andalouses cordoue seville et Grenade. Situé de 2h à 2h30 des 3 principales villes andalouses. Colin et Francesca tres disponible ainsi que leur petite équipe ! nous avons passé un séjour inoubliable nous conseillons vraiment ce gîte ! Peut être aurez vous la visite de bouquetin à la tombée de la nuit, venant shydrater ave l'eau de la piscine !

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    Clothilde M.
    26/08/2018

    idyllic relaxing holiday fantastic return visit to la majada alta- the grounds and pool are beautiful and peaceful with exemplary cleanliness of the pool, the house is very well equipped and the air con was a necessity in the evenings in the recent heatwave!
    Ibex came and visited again and we spent a number of days relaxing watching the vultures circle overhead.
    Treated to the most delicious paella by Francesca's sister- thank you so much again

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    Lucy H.
    20/08/2018

    You will not regret booking your holiday here We are a family of 2 adults & 3 children, 13,10 & 8 and have spent 2 weeks in La Majada Alta.
    Colin and Francesca are excellent hosts, from the moment of booking and throughout the holiday itself they are helpful, knowledgeable and easily contactable, whilst never intrusive.They arrange for a family member to guide you to the cottage from the village and show you round so there's no stress and there is a lovely welcome pack.

    The cottage itself is a real home from home, beautifully decorated, spacious, with everything you could need and more. The air con in the bedrooms works fantastically well, so no sleepless nights. Showers are powerful, there are plenty of bath towels with extra towels for use by the pool. Laundry and bedding are changed weekly and Colin will text you to let you know the time the ladies are coming. The pool is fantastic, and cleaned regularly, there are lovely outdoor seating areas, full sun or dappled shade.

    The property is nestled high in the mountains which affords spectacular views and complete seclusion as well as a variety of wildlife (not mosquitoes though, yey). It's location is perfect for exploring the surrounding small villages, The Camenito del Rey is absolutely worth the trip, but our favourite trips were to the the lakes. They are very busy at weekends and it is almost impossible to park (unless of course you are Spanish and then anything goes), but during the week it is quieter and you can spend all day there, the water is warm and clear for swimming in, there are pedalos with slides, canoes and paddle boards for hire and cafes nearby. Water shoes are useful as the banking around the lake can be steep and stoney.
    All in all there is plenty to keep you busy or the option to do absolutely nothing in beautiful surroundings. Thank-you Colin & Francesca we have had a wonderful time.

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    deborah m.
    08/08/2018

    Muy amable y atento👍🏻 Hemos estado dos semanas. La casa con todo lo que necesitas, todo limpio y en orden. Tranquidad, silencio y relax.
    Recomendable 100%

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    Jesus V.
    22/07/2018

    Beautiful place and amazingly responsive hosts This place is absolutely beautiful, as other reviewers say even better than the photos. The hosts are by far the most responsive and helpful I have ever encountered - for example, our fridge had some problems and to my surprise they were able to get it replaced almost instantly. The area in general is lovely - we spent most of our days visiting the nearby lakes at el chorro for swimming. Thank you very much to them for having us!

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    Sophie F.
    11/07/2018

    20 Minutes from Camino Del Rey Perfect Spanish Casita! It is 20 minutes from the Camino Del Rey. It is built on a hillside and has a lovely view over the valley. It was one of the cleanest rentals I have stayed at. The sheets were fresh and clean. There was plenty of firewood, however it is important to pick up meal supplies before arriving. We stopped at the Carrefour in Antequerra. Basic spices were provided-salt, pepper, etc. The directions were easy to follow. Our hosts were pleasant and helpful.

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    Denise B.
    13/12/2017

    Beautiful finca in a breathtaking location. My parents, my husband & myself stayed here for an idyllic week at the end of September and almost don't want to review it as its the kind of place you want to stay a well kept secret!
    From initial inquiries to the end of the holiday the owners Colin & Francesca were fantastic hosts, always contactable and extremely helpful.
    The Finca is beautiful and really well equipped, comfortable beds & aircon in all the bedrooms. The outside spaces & the pool area are all overlooking stunning open landscape & amazing geological rock formations which are a home to vultures, eagles & Ibex making for interesting watching.
    Although well equipped enough to make this a relaxing pool side holiday I would highly recommend getting out & about. The Caminito Dey Rey is an absolute must but there are also plenty of well marked walking trails in the area. There are also several historical & geological sites close by and many interesting towns & villages within driving distance.
    The other thing to note is that the Rocabella restaurant is a convenient 1.1k walk away from the Finca if you don't fancy driving to eat out.
    All in all this is one of the best holiday homes we have stayed in and I would highly recommend it for anybody who likes an active holiday or just wants to spend a chilled out week by the pool. Thankyou Colin & Francesca.

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    Helen L.
    27/10/2017

    A beautiful mini honeymoon stay in paradise Colin and Francesca were amazing and helpful from the moment we booked to the moment we left. We were met in a nearby town after a beautiful drive from Marbella. And let me tell you, the views driving to the house are amazing, and somehow even better when you get to the villa itself. Colin and Francesca left us some lovely basic supplies in the fridge, even a bottle of bubbly ! Which we drank by the beautiful pool the second we unpacked. The villa traditionally decorated and very clean. It's extremely peaceful and tranquil.... and oh my the sunsets and sunrises will be some that we never forget! The hillside and mountain formations are extremely pretty. And one afternoon we even had the pleasure of seeing some wild Spanish ibex visit the pool - which was a surreal and wonderful moment being so connected to a herd of wild animals. Thank you to you both for truly making our stay one we will never forget!

    Blair & Dara

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    Blair B.
    08/10/2017

    wonderful thanks for all Colin and Francesca
    Hope we can come back one day.
    sincerely
    A de Dourassoff

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    Aleaxandra d.
    03/10/2017

    Idyllic setting A wonderful family holiday- firstly I echo a earlier r/v about the correspondence between the owner Colin and ourselves which was prompt and he went beyond the call of duty to access a guitar for our daughter whilst there, and gave us lots of useful information about the local area and the feria.
    The meeting arrangements were clear and we were met to take us the last couple of kms.
    The property itself and its surroundings were breathtaking- the pictures on homeaway and their own website gave us high expectations but it was actually even better in reality. Visits by the ibex, watching the vultures soaring, the sound of an eagle owl as well as the tinkle of the goat herds were daily occurrences and we were happy to spend a number of days by the immaculately kept pool and gardens.
    Overall a fantastic place to stay and we would definitely consider booking again.

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    Lucy H.
    03/09/2017

    Absolutely Fantastic 2 weeks We are just back today having spent a fabulous 2 weeks in this wonderful cottage. My wife and I went with my son, his wife, and their 2 children aged 8 and 11. The children were in the pool every day (as were the adults) and it was a joy to see how much they enjoyed their time there. Add to that the lovely surroundings for our meals each day and the time we spent watching the vultures circling overhead and the Ibex who visited virtually every day to have a drink from the pool and you might just imagine how good this was. We did have a problem on the first day of arrival when a tyre on the car was absolutely ruined but Colin and his nephew Jose were on hand to help us get a new tyre fitted by the local garage. It did take a few days as the tyre required to be ordered before it could be fixed but that just forced us to start our holiday by spending most of the time at the cottage. A fantastic holiday for all the family. Thanks to Colin, Francesca, and the family.

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    Jim B.
    29/07/2017

    A little bit of paradise in the mountains I usually don't write reviews of my stays on HomeAway but was moved to make this my first.
    Firstly a huge thanks to Colin. I have never before experienced correspondence as good as what we received before and during our stay. Although we didn't require special assistance, the offer was there and I get the impression Colin would go to the ends of the earth for his guests.
    Colin wasn't in Spain but provided the numbers for two family members to contact to collect the keys.We were met by Jose in a nearby town and followed him up to the house. There were no restrictions on times and we arranged to meet up at 18:00, all we had to do was phone when we arrived and Jose was there in 5 minutes.
    If you haven't driven in the mountains outside Malaga get a car and do it. The roads are like pool tables with a good few near the house being newly tarmaced while we were there. The journey from Malaga is 40 miles of snaking twists, turns and hairpins through beautiful countryside culminating in a cheeky off road hill climb 😉 I'm itching to get back on a motorbike!!
    When you get up to the cottage its just beautiful. Its looks small from the front but once you're through the door the tardis effect kicks in.
    The kitchen dining area is huge and very well equipped easily accommodating the 6 of us as we unpacked groceries and luggage.
    The living area is also large and comfortably furnished..
    All the bedrooms were a good size.
    The main bathroom is ginormous and the shower comes at you like a fire hose. You get a massage while you shower, Perfect!!
    There is full sky TV and wifi broadband as quick as what I have at home.
    Inside the cottage is spotless.
    The outside space at the rear is large with plenty of seating.
    There is a gas and traditional BBQ which was perfect for the amount of food we were cooking.
    A path and steps snake down from the patio to the pool area. The pool and surrounding patio is amazing with plenty of loungers. The pool was cleaned twice by very discrete maintenance men (we were only there 5 days).
    I could turn this in to a 1000 word essay as there are so many positive things to say but will spare you.
    We will definitely be back for another stay.
    If you are looking around on HomeAway for somewhere to stay stop. You have already found it here.
    Thanks again Colin.

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    Peter M.
    03/06/2017

    fantasic We waren met 6en en allemaal helemaal weg van the cottage. Geweldige ligging, geweldig uitzicht. Heerlijke rust en lekker dicht bij de camino! Wij hebben er van genoten. Bij iets beter weer hadden we nog meer gebruik kunnen maken van het zwembad en geweldige terras. Maar ook nu zijn we super tevreden.

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    Dimphie v.
    01/06/2017

    We loved it! This is a really perfect place to stay and we spent two perfect weeks in Andalucia! The Majada Alta ist really beautiful, well equiped, with many space and there is a nice pool with a wonderful view!

    Colin and Francesca made sure that everything went well even they were not in Spain themselves at the time. They answered questions very fast and if necessary, the sent someone to help.

    Before we arrived to Andalusia Colin gave us many tips so we were prepared very well!

    It was great to see the vultures flying overhead. Really amazing! And the nature around is absolutely fantastic!

    During the 2 weeks we visited Malaga, Ronda, Gibraltar, Bobastro, Fuente de Piedra, El Torcal and many other places around!

    We even climbed and walked in the mountains and walked the Caminito del Rey.

    We have been there with 4 adults an 2 children and we all loved it!

    If it's possible we will come back one day!



    Thanks again for the wonderful stay!

    Anja, Hans, Nicole, Christian, Phillip & Elisa

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    Hans Joachim K.
    31/05/2017

    We loved it! This is a really perfect place to stay and we spent two perfect weeks in Andalucia! The Majada Alta ist really beautiful, well equiped, with many space and there is a nice pool with a wonderful view!

    Colin and Francesca made sure that everything went well even they were not in Spain themselves at the time. They answered questions very fast and if necessary, the sent someone to help.

    Before we arrived to Andalusia Colin gave us many tips so we were prepared very well!

    It was great to see the vultures flying overhead. Really amazing! And the nature around is absolutely fantastic!

    During the 2 weeks we visited Malaga, Ronda, Gibraltar, Bobastro, Fuente de Piedra, El Torcal and many other places around!

    We even climbed and walked in the mountains and walked the Caminito del Rey.

    We have been there with 4 adults an 2 children and we all loved it!

    If it's possible we will come back one day!



    Thanks again for the wonderful stay!

    Anja, Hans, Nicole, Christian, Phillip & Elisa

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    Hans Joachim K.
    22/05/2017

    Una excelente elección Maravillosa elección. Propiedad magníficamente acondicionada y equipada. Lástima no haber podido hacer uso de la piscina por el tiempo. Chimenea excelente y barbacoa, a gas, perfecta.
    Muy grata impresión. Para volver.

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    José D.
    13/05/2017

    El paraíso Una casa maravillosa y alejada de todo. Una tranquilidad inigualable. Perfecta para venir con familia y/o amigos para pasar unos días inmejorables en cualquier época del año... chimenea para el invierno y piscina para cuando apriete el calor. Sin duda, repetiremos.

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    Marta A.
    06/03/2017

    Excellent place in a superb location. We have just returned from a week stay here and already we can't wait to return. I stayed here with my fiancee and 3 of our friends for a week of rock climbing in and around El Chorro, And i must say that this is a perfect location for all the nearby crags.
    I would like to point out how excellent Colin and Francesca are as hosts, They couldn't do enough to make our stay better (even though they weren't in Spain). We were arriving on a Sunday afternoon when all the shops were closed so Colin offered to get everything we needed from the supermarket before we arrived so we could settle straight in, I have never known service like this and i have stayed in a lot of places.
    We met Francesca's sister Marie at the meeting point in the village and she lead us to the cottage...A very easy meeting place to find and the garage shop is handy.

    The cottage itself is perfect from the excellent pool and terrace which was a god send after a full day out climbing to the log burning fires for the cooler nights.
    One of my personal favourite things to do was watching the Vultures right above the house which nest on the crag just up from the grounds...these birds are beautiful and HUGE!!, there is also mountain goats in the area too which often pass by.
    The night skies here are another thing of beauty too and for a photo enthusiast like myself i spent a lot of time outside on a night time.

    I could go on and on about this place but i have to go to work now haha.....just book it and enjoy!!!
    If you think it looks nice in the photos i can tell you the photos don't do it justice.

    Thanks guys

    Shaun, Rachel, Silas, Mark and Bob

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    Shaun D.
    09/11/2016

    Great view and relaxing stay We had a wonderful time here in the first half of October, enhanced by stunning weather. The house has a great situation on the mountainside, with views of the valley below and rocky crags behind it. These are populated by ibex (we even had one come to drink from the pool!) and griffon vultures soaring overhead on the thermals. Colin is an affable and attentive host, and came by twice with one or two items we didn't have in the kitchen. The two modern fireplaces work very well if it gets cold in the evenings. Gentle strolls over roads with little traffic are on hand as well as more rigorous walking and climbing. Alora (30 minutes' drive south) has the next supermarket of any size, while the larger Antequera (40 minutes' drive to the north) has many shops & supermarkets, as well as attractive historic buildings. Perfect for anyone who wants to "get away from it all" and enjoy the peace of this beautiful landscape.

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    Anke G.
    06/11/2016

    Excellent Retreat This is one of the best villas we have stayed in. The facilities are excellent - a private and good sized pool with a fabulous view, three decent bedrooms with air conditioning, a clean and well equipped kitchen and a good wifi signal. It was particularly nice to find a clean BBQ for once and a kitchen that didn't seem to attract any ants! What more could you want for a wonderfully relaxing week in Spain? How about having your breakfast with vultures flying overhead and then wild mountain goats drinking from the pool as you lunch. Wonderful! We had spent 10 days visiting Barcelona, Madrid and Cordoba so we didn't venture out much, however there was a decent restaurant a short drive away in El Chorro. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone wanting to get away from it all.

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    26/10/2016

    A peaceful and relaxing stay with great views We had a very relaxing stay at the cottage. It is in a very quiet spot a few miles from the nearest village, on a hillside with lovely views. It is well equipped and the outside areas and pool are lovely. The owners were very helpful both before and during our stay.

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    Hilda P.
    21/09/2016

    Fabulous We had a really wonderfull time here! The cottage is extremely nice, spacious and very well equiped. Colin and Francesca made sure that everything went well despite they were not in Spain themselves at the time, they were Always available for some help if neccesary. We especially enjoyed all the animals surrounding us here, every day again, never saw something like that before!
    Just one small minus for us (we are probably spoiled) were the beds, wich are a bit small with a pit in the middle.
    We will definitly recommend this place to our friends....indeed we already did!!

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    Krista V.
    24/08/2016
  • séjour inoubliable nous avons passer 10 jours inoubliable, pour les amoureux de la nature je vous le conseille vivement.
    site splendide, les bouquetins nous rendez visite tout les jours
    la vu est incroyable le village est très agréable ainsi que les habitants...
    je remercie les propriétaire pour votre cottage d’exception, avec tout le confort nécessaire, un vrai bijou MERCI
    merci a votre neveu
    merci a votre femme entretien
    merci au jardinier

    j’espère a bientôt

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    Severine S.
    13/08/2016

    WOW! We are a couple of retirees from Canada and this beautiful spot was our base for exploring the area and walking the El Caminito del Rey trail nearby. Perfect location. The stone cottage was very clean and comfortable, had everything we could need or want including fully stocked kitchen, comfortable beds, indoor and outdoor furniture. We especially enjoyed the stunning views from the deck and pool. Our hosts Colin and Francesca do not live on the premises but were readily available to us. I have already recommended this place to friends and hope to return again some day.

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    Bonnie L.
    07/08/2016

    Wonderful mountain cottage..... La Majada Alta cottage is set in a stunning location in the mountains. The views are amazing from the various terraces.
    Just the 2 of us stopped here in the middle of June and had a great time.
    Colin and Francesca could not have been more helpful in the run up to our holiday and Colin was an absolute saviour to us when we got a flat tyre on arrival.
    The location of the cottage allows plenty of peace and quiet through the day and night, though it is only a few minutes in the car to the local village for provisions from independent local stores/market stalls or the smaller supermarkets. Some further lovely villages and towns can be reached by car.
    We did the Caminito del Rey walk which was amazing. Even for someone who isn't keen on heights, it's such an experience. We don't do lot's of walking but this walk is spectacular through the national park.
    The pool at the cottage is great, whether having a dip in the day or at night when it can be all lit up.
    We ate sat out on the terrace every night for our meals. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need and the gas BBQ fires up perfectly.
    A great cottage, with Colin and Francesca and their team helping provide a wonderful holiday experience.
    Thanks Colin and Francesca. Tim and James x

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    Tim B.
    27/06/2016

    wonderful place We had a wonderful and very relaxing stay at the really lovely cottage with the beautifull situatet terrace and pool.
    The cottage is very spacious, clean and very well equipped. At first it was a little bit cold, but with the two well functioning fireplaces in the living room and kitchen/dining room and one mobile gas oven it was very comfortable. The bedrooms have airconitioner to warm up in a fiew minutes. We never have had problems to get a hot shower for all (and we stayed with 6 people!). The WLAN is fast and running well. The pool was clean and ready to use and on the last evening we could enjoy the gas grill outside, great 🙂
    Colin and his family was very friendly and they helped us immediately if we had any questions or needed help.
    We went there for climbing. The cottage is a great starting point, because you have all kinds of opportunitys. Directly above the cottage is one spot, others to get by feet with a little hiking and if you have a car it is a short way to achive both, El Chorro and Abdalajis .

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    Jessica O.
    12/04/2016

    Very beautiful! We really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful house.
    It is located it a very nice area, and has a nice garden with a beautiful view.
    It is totally quiet, and had more than enough space for 5 people.
    The house was clean, and the kitchen was well equipped, so that we could cook our own meals.
    The owner is a very kind man and gave us some good advice for things to do in the area. And it was absolutly fantastic that he could manage to get tickets for the Caminito del rey for us.
    We all can recommend the house, and would like to come again.
    A big thank you to Colin, Francesca and also to Jose!

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    Annette P.
    28/03/2016

    Winter sunshine... Four of us traveled from Scotland to get some winter sunshine. The property is ideally located for walking, rock climbing and bird watching in the El Chorro area. The cottage was spacious, very characterful and well equipped. The sun terrace and pool would be fantastic for family groups. The wood burning stoves were perfect on some of the chilly nights and added to rustic atmosphere. Local restaurants are only a few kilometres away. We ate at the Rocabella just along the road and Garganta down at El Chorro. We've already recommended it to several friends. It would certainly be our first choice when we come back in the future. Bruce, Rab, Roger & Simon from Edinburgh.

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    Bruce K.
    02/03/2016

    Wonderful house near El Chorro Four of us stayed here for two days in February of 2016 (my wife & I, my mother and our 12 year old son) to visit the famous El Caminito Del Rey path. The house and property are exactly as they are depicted in the photos that appear in the Homeaway ad. This place was more than large enough for the four of us and would be suitable for up to six or seven people. The house was very clean, fully equipped, everything in the house worked perfectly (the wifi worked flawlessly) and we had no issues at all during our stay. Although we arrived a few hours earlier than planned at the gas station in the nearby town (which is really easy to find), the owner's nephew was at the gas station ready to take us to the property within a few minutes. The views from the house over the valleys below is one of the nicest we have ever stayed at. The property is very well maintained and definitely shows the pride of ownership that is sometimes lacking in some rental properties. A large herd of about 15 Ibexes (wild goats) passed by the house as we were departing on our last day. I would definitely recommend staying here if you plan on visiting the El Caminito Del Rey path or just need to get away from it all for a little bit. This area is very scenic and we had a great time driving on the brand new twist, windy roads through the national park to the west of the property.

    Thanks again for a wonderful stay,

    Ed, Kelly and Mark Fick
    Ontario, Canada

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    Edward F.
    01/03/2016

    Wonderful and relaxing climbing holidays We had a wonderful and very relaxing stay at the really lovely cottage.
    We (4 persons) went their for climbing. The cottage is positioned perfect for climbing holidays, the next climbing spots are only a few minutes away.
    The cottage is very spacious, clean and very well equipped. As it was February it was a little bit cold in the evenings, but with the two fireplaces in the living room and kitchen/dining room it was very comfortable. Colin and his family was very friendly and they helped us immediately if we had any questions or needed help - they are the best hosts I've ever had for a holiday home!
    If we go to El Chorro for climbing once again we will definitely go again to this lovely cottage - then in spring so that we can also swim in the nice swimming pool with the magnificant view 🙂

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    19/02/2016

    Incredible Views We enjoyed a wonderful week in the cottage, at the beginning of September. It was spotlessly clean and very well equipped and had everything we needed. The charming cottage has a homely and cared for feel and plenty of space for four adults.
    The views are truly incredible and it does not take long to unwind. The pool is the perfect place to relax, lying on the loungers watching the huge birds. In the evenings we used the large, gas barbeque and ate on the terrace just gazing out over those stunning vistas and sipping wine. Bliss!
    Colin and Francesca, who were in Spain at the same time, were so helpful and got us out of a couple of self inflicted scrapes which really was extremely kind. They also invited us to join them on the Caminito Del Rey, (The King’s Walk), a beautiful walk with amazing views, (if you don’t mind heights) which was the highlight of the week.
    The cottage was easy to find thanks to Colin’s directions and the village is lovely with supermarkets, shops and bars.

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    Kathleen A.
    03/11/2015

    Fantastic cottage in wonderful peaceful spot We had a lovely and very relaxing stay at La Majada Alta. We went with our two adult children. The cottage is positioned on a hillside overlooking the foothills that stretch to the sea. You get magnificent views from the terraces on the South of the house. The house is near the town of El Valle de Abdalajis where you can get provisions from a range of different market stalls and shops. The town of Alora also has good shops and is quite vibrant. We also travelled to Ardales and Ronda, both of which are very interesting. Ronda is a bit more touristy, but still very attractive. The house itself is very peaceful. We slept in till about 9.30am every morning and then spent most mornings lounging around the pool which is on a terrace below the house. It can be lit up at night which was fantastic. There were three different places to sit and eat outside, and plenty of sun umbrellas so whatever time of day it was you could choose somewhere in the sun or shade. Colin and Francesca were very attentive and kind but also very discrete - always available when we needed something or had a question to ask. They managed to obtain tickets for us on the nearby Caminito del Rey which was fantastic as online bookings had sold out. The nearby climbing centre of El Chorro is a short walk or drive away and there are nice walks in the pine woods behind the house. We enjoyed eating at La Garganta in El Chorro. You see plenty of Ibex and eagles/vultures which nest in the crags above. Altogether a wonderful house and a very relaxing stay.

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    Mike B.
    13/10/2015

    Relaxing week The property is secluded but with easy access to major highways to the historic destinations, we love sitting on the terrace and swimming in the pool while observing the valley well bellow the house. Wild goats were frequent visitors and hiking paths were just right by the door. Word of caution is that the final portion of the road to the cottage is dirt road winding above the valley (no safety railings). The road is not for unexperienced drivers. The owners were fast in responding to our emails and addressing the issues that we had. Great property for those who want to relax but being able to visit interesting historical cities around

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    Janna P.
    03/09/2015

    Charming cottage in the country side This was our first time in Spain. We arrived by car from the airport. Colin had been wonderful in giving us the information we needed to make the trip to the cottage. The ride up the hillside was a bit scary since it was so steep and rocky. I was happy we decided on a car that could handle the road. The cottage was just as pictured. Very rustic, but quaint and cozy. I loved the layout of the rooms. Everything was great till we went down to the pool. The pool and view was to die for, but the hornets were everywhere ! and I mean everywhere ! We even saw them inside the lower bed room where we were going to sleep. My husband is allergic to bees. I called Colin to let him know that we were going to have to leave, as we could just not stay with the swarms around. He graciously recommended we stay at their other location outside of town. He had someone come and get us to show us the way to the new home. There were 3 of us, and the new home was amazing. Huge home with kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, washer & dryer, and an amazing pool with views of the hills. I was so relieved and thankful. I don't know what we would have done. I felt very blessed that they were such caring people. We stayed a week, and traveled all over southern Spain, layed in the sun and swam, went to market in town to get fresh fish for dinners, and wonderful fresh prawns!. We had a glorious time, and will remember the trip forever, and thanks to Colin & Francesca for their lovely home and generosity.

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    Susan G.
    03/09/2015

    Super Very nice situated house. Top swimming pool. Wel equiped and rebuild with care and love. Nice lounge set and great views.

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    mark d.
    02/09/2015

    A get away from it all place with plenty to do! Stayed at La Majada Alta for two weeks and had a fantastic time, the property had everything we needed for a family of 5 and was quiet and very peaceful. Stunning views and lots to see and do in the surrounding area. Local village has everything you will need during your stay and is approx 7km (10 min by car). Colin and Francesca are extremely helpful and will help out with any questions you may have. Thanks for a lovely holiday!

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    Joanne H.
    25/08/2015

    La Majada Alta La Majada Alta is a beautiful cottage with stunningly spectacular views in every direction. The place was clean and as described. We enjoyed the various different spaces offered: the front terrace for breakfast, with the glorious mountain towering over us and eagles swooping overhead; and in the evening the back terrace overlooking the valley. The pool is a great size and was cleaned a few times during our stay. The owners addressed any questions we had immediately and even provided a few provisions for our arrival, which is always welcome (and shows that they are considerate of their guests). The photos certainly don't do the place justice - I think the vistas have to be seen to be appreciated properly. The drive up the precipitous driveway to the cottage came as a bit of a surprise to us the first time we did it though. We had a wonderful two weeks and would thoroughly recommend to anyone, and thank you Colin and Francesca for your wonderful hospitality - Glen

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    Elizabeth C.
    17/12/2014

    Beautifull spannish villa We ( me, my son, daughter,her husband and his mother) have been planing our stay in Andalusia already 3 years. We are coming from Israel, Belgia and France - international family. We wanted to have a house near climbing area of El Chorro and after looking for a perfect place, we found La Majada Alta. And from the first look of the place, we all fell in love with the house. Like a home, there are everything, you need and all is made with so much love. All the furniture, pottery...Nice outside places to eat and best of all swimming pool with beautifull scenery to the mountains and valley below. Cottage is sitting on the mountainside peacefully alone, you can forget the outside word. There are also good hiking trails for those, who don't want to climb. In two hours you can drive to Cordoba and Granada. Ronda is only one hour away. There are also nice villages to visit. We ate every evening at home as it was nice cooking and making barbrque, eating outside while looking at the lights in the mountains. Colin and Francisca were very helpful, writing us E-mails to see how we were and giving advice. If we come again to Andalusia, we shall be back in La Majada Alta for sure! I shall recommend this villa for all my friends.

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    Leea P.
    27/10/2014

    A lovely relaxing well equipped villa We thoroughly enjoyed our 11 night stay at this delightful relaxing rustic villa in the mountains. The villa is well equipped with a private pool, gas BBQ & satellite TV. There were days when other than the Griffin Vultures & the wild Goats to dropped in to have a drink at the pool, we saw no-one. We enjoyed lazy days by the pool, walks in the mountainside, and days out to the Costa del Sol. We loved our stay, would highly recommend it to others and hopefully we'll return next summer.

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    philip g.
    22/10/2014

    Vacances inoubliables dans un lieu magnifique Nous avons passé des vacances inoubliables dans ce cottage avec nos 3 grands enfants. La maison est accrochée à la montagne et offre des paysages grandioses sur la vallée. Nous avons pu apprécier la compagnie de visiteurs inattendus mais fort sympathiques, les bouquetins qui venaient s'abreuver dans la piscine. L’agencement du cottage est parfait pour une famille. L'emplacement du cottage est très central par rapport aux grandes villes touristiques d'Andalousie. Un grand merci aux personnes chargées de l’entretien (jardin, piscine, linge) pour leur gentillesse et leur sérieux. Un grand merci aussi à Colin et Francesca toujours soucieux de notre bien-être.

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    Larrat
    14/09/2014

    Outstandingly beautiful cottage This is our family's fourth visit to the cottage. We stumbled across it about 5 years ago and loved it so much that we have returned year after year. We have 2 children (now aged 21 and 13) and they have fantastic memories of playing in the pool, feeding the donkey carrots (donkey can be found sheltering under the tree outside the cottage) and playing hide and seek in the gardens. The cottage is just outside a small village where there are a few shops and bars. We spent one night in the village bar listening to live music and chatting to the locals. We have also visited during August and been to the carnival in the village.
    If you go in the opposite direction to the village there are beautiful lakes. We have spent lots of days, over the years, picnicing and hiring a pedalo at the lakes.
    I can not fault the cottage, it is maintained to a very high standard, is extremely well equipped and perfect for a family holiday. The people in the village are very friendly and helpful (We needed a Dr one year for our daughter and were seen immediately in the village surgery).
    I would recommend this cottage to anyone wanting a family holiday to remember - thats why we have returned year after year.

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    Donna W.
    29/07/2014

    Where eagles dare! We have more than 25 years experience of renting villas in Spain…this was the first to include eagles lazily circling in the sky just above us. The position, high in the mountains around el Chorro, (experience in driving on Spanish mountain roads useful!) with a vertical rock face as a nearby backdrop, makes for a spectacular setting and marvellous views. Wild mountain goats also showed up on occasion to nibble foliage and drink from the pool. The cottage is comfortably laid out, with plentiful high pressure hot water for invigorating showers. It was easy to spend a relaxing day both in the pool and admiring the scenery in this quiet location. Whilst it is possible to walk to a local restaurant a car is needed for greater choice; once familiar with the local roads the relative isolation of the property is no bar to getting out and about. Colin and Francesca are excellent owners, with a palpable sense of responsibility and a desire to make sure all was well – demonstrated by the rapid provision of a new gas barbeque following a recent problem with outside charcoal BBQs. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in La Majada Alta; the views, scenery, and situation make it a perfect rural retreat and one we may well repeat.

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    26/07/2014

    Lovely, private farmhouse in andalucia Comfortable, farmhouse with great pool and spectacular views. Colin and Francesca could not have been more helpful in our planning and were available via email and phone during the stay.

    If you really want to get away from everything this is the place to go. It really takes a long and very windy drive to get to the nearest village so stock up before you arrive if you don't want to drive all the time.

    We went on day trips to Grenada and Cordoba very easy to do and magnificent but a full, full day each time with a solid drive both ways.

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    melina m.
    03/10/2013

    Great holidays in beautiful mountain area We (a family from Germany with two kids, 13 and 16) spent two weeks in the cottage and enjoyed our stay very much. Each of us thought that this was a great holiday. The cottage ist beautifully located and offers awsome views to the mountain landscape surrounding it. It is well equipped with everything you might need, tastefully furnished and decorated. The pool is big enough to swim and dive and was one of the favourite places for our kids. The sister of the owners who lives in a village nearby gave us an excellent service, showing us the way to the cottage, changing linens and towels after a week and even providing us with the first essentials we needed for breakfast. The booking was easy since Colin and Francesca gave us all the informations we needed. The location is well situated in reach of several touristic attractions. We recommend visits to Antequera, el Torcal, Lobo Park and Ronda, but even excursions to Sevilla or Granada are possible on one day if you start early. In summary this was a very positive experience and we would recommend it to everybody looking for a quiet holiday close to nature and in a beautiful mountain surrounding.
    Christian and Andrea

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    Christian F.
    12/08/2013

    If you love nature, you will love this house It took me 6 years to fulfill a promise I made to my 82 year old mother to bring her to Spain. My sister and I chose to spend our 10 day visit in Andalucia and we reserved La Majada Alta for 3 nights and a week at the Marriott in Marbella.

    While the Marriott has a "very nice" facility, there is no question that
    I will rent from Francesca and Colin when I return to Spain and skip the hotel(s) altogether. I live in the U.S. and can stay at a Marriott
    anytime -- at the core, a hotel is a hotel.

    La Majada Alta is a HOME and it takes less than 24 hours to feel
    "at home" staying there. I wanted to experience Andalucia and not
    just "vacation" there and that was only possible during our short
    time at this lovely cottage.

    The rental is exactly as described...what the photos don't capture is the serenity and ethereal beauty of the property---that is something you have to experience. The views are stunning, the aura peaceful and time often stands still.

    The house was very clean and well equipped. The owners, Colin and Francesca, were wonderful to deal with as were their family who live locally and offered their help and suggestions any time we requested such. The house was located in the hills outside a small
    Andalucian town about 10-15 minute drive away. It was a bit longer to the much larger town of Antequera and centrally located should you want to visit several larger cities (Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, Marbella). I wish I could have stayed a month there was so much to see and do.....the two MUST DO's - MUST SEE are The Alhambra in Granada and the white village of Ronda......but any google search of
    "Andalucia" will produce weeks of reading reviews that are a testament to the beauty and versatility of this region. There is something for everyone, young and old.....and no two days will be the same.

    I felt blessed when given the opportunity to give my mom this gift...little did I know that, in so doing, I would wind up giving myself an ever bigger one as well. Given the chance and means, I will be going back with my two little granddaughters in tow!!!

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    Maria T.
    09/08/2013

    Our Perfect Holiday Cottage We had previously stayed at a house within the village of Valle de Abdalajís courtesy of Colin and Francesca, owners of this cottage, when our boys were toddlers and we thoroughly enjoyed its location in an authentic white Andalucían village and the local area generally. When the house within the village was unavailable we opted for this cottage, wonderfully secluded in an area of a national park and yet only seven kilometres from the same village that we were familiar with. What a great decision that was!

    For us, coming from suburban London, the cottage offers our family a perfect summer holiday: peaceful, relaxing, fantastic views, close proximity to many other interesting places to see and things do, and good weather.

    The grounds are excitingly landscaped across several terraced levels and there is a well maintained private swimming pool and gardens. The living areas are all comfortable with an abundance of modern conveniences. The bedrooms (enough sleeping for 8 people) are well arranged so the cottage can accommodate a large family or two small families with enough separation between the bedrooms to allow sufficient privacy.

    As our boys have grown up they have experienced the cottage and the local area in different ways as their increasing ages have determined. So although it would be easy to just stay at the cottage for the whole holiday, we have been able to steadily broaden our experiences with the variety of activities that local area has to offer, including walks and excursions to the nearby towns and panorama vistas, but also making trips to the coast and to the lakes which are easy to get to.

    There are many fine family-run bars, cafes and restaurants around the area and we have always found the local people to be very pleasant despite the language barrier for us.

    Over 11 years we have built a good friendship with Colin and Francesca - they are very welcoming and hospitable. Also, with an English-speaking person on the phone, they are very helpful solving any small problems that may have arisen.

    Although we have taken the family to other summer destinations the general consensus for us is that the cottage offers us the ideal holiday – so we just keep coming back. We have booked the cottage once again for summer 2013 and we cannot wait! We have also recommended this cottage to several of our friends and, of the two families who have now stayed there, they too have fond memories of their holiday.

    Graeme & Chris

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    Graeme T.
    17/07/2013

    Wonderful We stayed at La Majada Alta during the first 2 weeks of September with our 17 month old daughter. We were looking to get away from it all and we certainly did!

    Located a few kms from the nearest town of Valle de la Abdalajis (where you can find a supermarket, butchers, bakery, bank, medical Centre, etc.), the cottage is set on a hillside and provides beautiful views over the valley below.

    On arrival we were met by the owners sister Marie, at a convenient, easy to locate meeting point and guided to the cottage. Due to the supermarkets being closed on a Sunday and our late Saturday night arrival time, a pre-order of groceries were waiting for us on arrival – Thanks Marie!

    The cottage is spacious, clean and typically Spanish. Everything is as described. The kitchen is well equipped, which made home cooking easy. All towels were provided (included pool towels) and these were changed along with bed linen once a week.

    We were worried if the cottage would be baby friendly before booking but a cot with bedding and a highchair was provided. It was also easy to make the outdoor area safe by blocking off the steps leading down to the pool area.

    The area is a haven for nature lovers, walkers, climbers and cyclists. Endless amounts of day trips are possible from the property. We found it difficult to venture away from the surroundings of the cottage however El Chorro and El Torcal are close by and not to be missed (Take care on the Camino del Ray if you decide to walk the gorge).

    There are several eating options close by which are worth a look, (Rocabella, El Mirador, and Kontiki, to name a few). There is also a restaurant in the town which we tried on our last night and enjoyed very much, can’t remember the name but Colin recommended it and it is located at the bottom end of town near to the landing point for the hang gliders. There is a lovely outside seating area that offers a great view of Valle de la Abdalajis.

    Customer Service was second to none. The owners, Colin & Francesca were more than helpful and were always contactable when we needed to call on them, from our first email enquiry until we left for home. They even provided a free translation service for an emergency trip to the dentist!

    Would we recommend this property? Absolutely!

    Keep up the good work Colin, Francesca & Family!!

    Thanks for a lovely relaxing holiday to remember, Shane, Clare & Scarlet

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    shane o.
    26/09/2012

    Wonderful stay in rural Spain. We had a lovely time in a beautiful location. The situation of the cottage is amazing with views of the valley below and the birds circling overhead. For nature lovers it is a absolute haven. Colin,Francesca and Marie made us feel very welcome. There were interesting places to visit in the area including El Torcal, Antequera and El Chorro gorge. We would love to visit again.

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    Joan B.
    06/09/2012

    A little piece of paradise We were looking for somewhere quiet with stunning views and that's exactly what we got. We had planned day trips out but the pool area and rambling hills / mountains around the cottage were so enchanting, we couldn't bring ourselves to leave. During the day we were entertained by swallows? swooping in to clean the pool and birds of prey gliding overhead. Evenings entertainment was provided by goats and their acrobatic rock climbing. Sadly it wasn't hot enough in May to tempt them towards the pool...

    The house itself is beautiful inside and very well equipped. We especially appreciated the excellent window shutters which enabled us to catch up on our sleep.

    The supermarket in Valle de Abdalajes kept us well stocked up with gorgeous Spanish, cheese, meat and wine, while the bakery tested our will-power with their cakes and biscuits. Restaurant, Rocabella is a pleasant 10 / 15 minute stroll away and definitely worth visiting, although during May it wasn't open Monday night.

    Colin and Francesca were incredibly helpful from the booking process, arranging food for our Sunday arrival to helping us with a puncture during the stay.

    We love visiting new places and as such have never been to the same place twice, however, I can definitely see us returning here in the future

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    Ros S.
    30/08/2012

    Tout là-haut sur la colline ! Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans ce cottage. Nous avons découvert un lieu magnifique offrant des paysages grandioses et une proximité intéressante avec la nature côtoyant parfois des visiteurs inattendus mais fort sympathiques. Ce cottage est idéalement situé, surplombant la vallée et offrant tranquillité et repos. L’agencement y est parfait pour la famille qui a su largement profité de sa belle piscine entre autres. Le village El Valle de Abdalajis est charmant et typique, proposant tous les services attendus (commerces, marché, pharmacie, centre de soins…). Les habitants y sont très gentils et serviables. Que du bonheur loin de la tourmente ; un havre de paix à découvrir. Un grand merci aux personnes chargées de l’entretien (jardin, piscine, linge) pour leur gentillesse et leur sérieux et à Colin et Francesca toujours soucieux de notre bien-être.

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    LIS D.
    30/12/2011

    Amazing holiday home in an ideal location My husband, 2 children, ages 5 and 7 stayed for 4 nights in early October 2011 and could not have been more happy with our choice. Paradise! Right from the time of booking Colin and Francesca were very helpful with answering questions about the area and providing lots of helpful information. We are from Canmore, AB Canada, and so it was a long journey for us, but so worth it! Upon arrival we were immediately blown away by the views from the cottage, both in front and back. The cottage itself is traditionally decorated and very well kept. It was just what I was hoping our holiday home in Spain would look like! The decor is very Spanish and lovely. The pool was obviously a huge hit for my kids (and us!), and was a great place to get over our jet lag.

    Colin was very helpful in arranging a paragliding trip for us. We did a day trip to Antequera which was a very close drive (about 40 minutes), and a lovely city to visit. The Alcazaba is beautiful. The cottage is nestled right in the mountains and we did a hike right from the house one day. We also spent a nice afternoon touring around El Chorro. This cottage would be exceptionally ideal if you are coming to Spain to rock climb or road ride. The crags are minutes away, and the road riding heading either south or north of Valle de la Abdalajis is fantastic.

    The little town of Valle de la Abdalajis, which is about a 7 minute drive away is quaint and small, but has a market, butcher, bakery etc and more than suitable.

    We spent another 2 weeks exploring the Andalucia region and while we loved it all, this cottage was our favourite! I would highly recommend a stay in this cottage to anyone; couples, families etc. There are a few steps getting down to the pool, but unless you have mobility issues they wouldn't be a problem at all. I think it is very good value.

    We are hoping to get back to visit again one day!

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    Lauren L.
    26/10/2011

    C'est une maison blanche accrochée à la colline... Un gite exceptionnel à recommander pour ses prestations.
    Tout d'abord le site en lui-même, une accroche à flanc de colline au pied de la falaise avec une vue époustouflante sur la vallée.
    Puis le gite, sa décoration, son espace intérieur, sa dotation remarquable où rien ne manque. Sans parler du jardin avec ses terrasses avec la piscine en point de mire comme une invitation au farniente.
    N'oublions pas la gentillesse et la discrétion des personnes en charge de l'entretien, et de l'accueil chaleureux de Francesca et Colin.
    Bref, 2 semaines enchanteresques pour des amoureux de calme et de nature, loin, très loin du tumulte du tourisme de masse.

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    LAMBERT
    12/10/2011

    Away from it all We stayed in the property for a week last August(2009), with our teenaged sons. The cottage was clean and well maintained, with pool cleaner and gardener making unobtrusive visits during the week. We had a minor problem with hot water, which the owner helped us with promptly by giving us friendly guidance by phone. The location of the cottage was perfect if you want to have a stunning view, right out in the countryside. The wildlife on show was varied, and we were thrilled that a mountain goat jumped in over the wall and drunk from the swimming pool! Swimming under the stars was also a highlight.
    We had a fabulous, very relaxing week. My only advice to future guests is that you need to be organised about stocking up because shops are a little way off, and you don't want to waste valuable pool time!! We visited the Alhambra Palace in Granada as a day trip which was well worth the trip, but you need to book your tickets well in advance.

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    03/03/2010

    Peace, Quite and Stunning Views We didn't quite know what to expect so on arrival we were blown away by the stunning views, area and cottage. The cottage was welcoming and very well kept. The surrounding area is packed with things to do if you like adventure and don't mind heights. A car is a must to make the most of this holiday. Time spent relaxing was either by the pool, bbq or a short walk to an english run pub/restaurant. If you're looking for a complete break from a hectic lifestyle Here's the place to go!

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    24/02/2010

    Mountain Cottage Andalucia A very relaxing location and 'away from it all' holiday. We stayed for a week in August 2008 - my husband and I and three teenage children. The cottage accommodated the five of us comfortably although in my opinion eight would be too crowded as this would mean two additional individuals sleeping in the master bedroom and also, there is only the one bathroom (definitely not ideal)!

    A lovely location - craggy cliffs rising behind the cottage and eagles could be seen soaring above. Personally, the highlight of the holiday was the afternoon when the wild mountain goats came to visit to drink from the swimming pool. A car is essential as the cottage is fairly isolated and would not appeal to people looking for lots to do and nightlife. The nearby ElChorro Gorge and El Torcal park looked lovely and probably had some very interesting walks - but it was much too hot in August for such activity and our days were mostly spent around the pool relaxing. We found a nearby restaurant (sorry, I can't remember the name) but from the cottage you turn left out onto the road and drive a relatively short distance and the restaurant was off to the left - it had a lovely terrace and views over the valley and we enjoyed a couple of evenings there.

    The only problems we encountered were the ants (which came into the cottage) and the unbearably hot nights. The owner was really helpful - he called to check that all was OK and when we explained about the unbearable heat at night time (we expererienced something of a heatwave) he arranged for his family, who lived locally, to buy some electric fans and he had them delivered to the cottage.

    The cottage was very homely and traditional and great for a relaxing time, away from it all. It was fully equipped and clean. The outside area is set on a terrace which does involve a lot of steps down to the swimming pool - it may not be suitable for people with very young children or anyone with mobility problems - but good if you want a bit of extra exercise!

    I would recommend the accomodation to adults or a family, perhaps with older children, who want a totally relaxing time away from it all (ideal for reading books). I thought the cottage represented overall good value for money.

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    24/02/2010

A little bit of paradise in the mountains

I usually don’t write reviews of my stays on HomeAway but was moved to make this my first.

Firstly a huge thanks to Colin. I have never before experienced correspondence as good as what we received before and during our stay. Although we didn’t require special assistance, the offer was there and I get the impression Colin would go to the ends of the earth for his guests.

Colin wasn’t in Spain but provided the numbers for two family members to contact to collect the keys.We were met by Jose in a nearby town and followed him up to the house. There were no restrictions on times and we arranged to meet up at 18:00, all we had to do was phone when we arrived and Jose was there in 5 minutes.

If you haven’t driven in the mountains outside Malaga get a car and do it. The roads are like pool tables with a good few near the house being newly tarmaced while we were there. The journey from Malaga is 40 miles of snaking twists, turns and hairpins through beautiful countryside culminating in a cheeky off road hill climb 😉 I’m itching to get back on a motorbike!!

When you get up to the cottage its just beautiful. Its looks small from the front but once you’re through the door the tardis effect kicks in.

The kitchen dining area is huge and very well equipped easily accommodating the 6 of us as we unpacked groceries and luggage.

The living area is also large and comfortably furnished..

All the bedrooms were a good size.

The main bathroom is ginormous and the shower comes at you like a fire hose. You get a massage while you shower, Perfect!!

There is full sky TV and wifi broadband as quick as what I have at home.

Inside the cottage is spotless.

The outside space at the rear is large with plenty of seating.

There is a gas and traditional BBQ which was perfect for the amount of food we were cooking.

A path and steps snake down from the patio to the pool area. The pool and surrounding patio is amazing with plenty of loungers. The pool was cleaned twice by very discrete maintenance men (we were only there 5 days).

I could turn this in to a 1000 word essay as there are so many positive things to say but will spare you.

We will definitely be back for another stay.

If you are looking around on HomeAway for somewhere to stay stop. You have already found it here.

Thanks again Colin.

Peter M.

fantasic

We waren met 6en en allemaal helemaal weg van the cottage. Geweldige ligging, geweldig uitzicht. Heerlijke rust en lekker dicht bij de camino! Wij hebben er van genoten. Bij iets beter weer hadden we nog meer gebruik kunnen maken van het zwembad en geweldige terras. Maar ook nu zijn we super tevreden.

Dimphie v.

Excellent place in a superb location

We have just returned from a week stay here and already we can’t wait to return. I stayed here with my fiancee and 3 of our friends for a week of rock climbing in and around El Chorro, And i must say that this is a perfect location for all the nearby crags.

I would like to point out how excellent Colin and Francesca are as hosts, They couldn’t do enough to make our stay better (even though they weren’t in Spain). We were arriving on a Sunday afternoon when all the shops were closed so Colin offered to get everything we needed from the supermarket before we arrived so we could settle straight in, I have never known service like this and i have stayed in a lot of places.

We met Francesca’s sister Marie at the meeting point in the village and she lead us to the cottage…A very easy meeting place to find and the garage shop is handy.

The cottage itself is perfect from the excellent pool and terrace which was a god send after a full day out climbing to the log burning fires for the cooler nights.

One of my personal favourite things to do was watching the Vultures right above the house which nest on the crag just up from the grounds…these birds are beautiful and HUGE!!, there is also mountain goats in the area too which often pass by.

The night skies here are another thing of beauty too and for a photo enthusiast like myself i spent a lot of time outside on a night time.

I could go on and on about this place but i have to go to work now haha…..just book it and enjoy!!!

If you think it looks nice in the photos i can tell you the photos don’t do it justice.

Thanks guys

Shaun, Rachel, Silas, Mark and Bob

Great view and relaxing stay

We had a wonderful time here in the first half of October, enhanced by stunning weather. The house has a great situation on the mountainside, with views of the valley below and rocky crags behind it. These are populated by ibex (we even had one come to drink from the pool!) and griffon vultures soaring overhead on the thermals. Colin is an affable and attentive host, and came by twice with one or two items we didn’t have in the kitchen. The two modern fireplaces work very well if it gets cold in the evenings. Gentle strolls over roads with little traffic are on hand as well as more rigorous walking and climbing. Alora (30 minutes’ drive south) has the next supermarket of any size, while the larger Antequera (40 minutes’ drive to the north) has many shops & supermarkets, as well as attractive historic buildings. Perfect for anyone who wants to “get away from it all” and enjoy the peace of this beautiful landscape.

Anke G.

Excellent Retreat

This is one of the best villas we have stayed in. The facilities are excellent – a private and good sized pool with a fabulous view, three decent bedrooms with air conditioning, a clean and well equipped kitchen and a good wifi signal. It was particularly nice to find a clean BBQ for once and a kitchen that didn’t seem to attract any ants! What more could you want for a wonderfully relaxing week in Spain? How about having your breakfast with vultures flying overhead and then wild mountain goats drinking from the pool as you lunch. Wonderful! We had spent 10 days visiting Barcelona, Madrid and Cordoba so we didn’t venture out much, however there was a decent restaurant a short drive away in El Chorro. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone wanting to get away from it all.

Steve & Philippa

A peaceful and relaxing stay with great views

We had a very relaxing stay at the cottage. It is in a very quiet spot a few miles from the nearest village, on a hillside with lovely views. It is well equipped and the outside areas and pool are lovely. The owners were very helpful both before and during our stay.

Hilda P.

Fabulous

We had a really wonderfull time here! The cottage is extremely nice, spacious and very well equiped. Colin and Francesca made sure that everything went well despite they were not in Spain themselves at the time, they were Always available for some help if neccesary. We especially enjoyed all the animals surrounding us here, every day again, never saw something like that before!

Just one small minus for us (we are probably spoiled) were the beds, wich are a bit small with a pit in the middle.

We will definitly recommend this place to our friends….indeed we already did!!

Krista V.

WOW!

We are a couple of retirees from Canada and this beautiful spot was our base for exploring the area and walking the El Caminito del Rey trail nearby. Perfect location. The stone cottage was very clean and comfortable, had everything we could need or want including fully stocked kitchen, comfortable beds, indoor and outdoor furniture. We especially enjoyed the stunning views from the deck and pool. Our hosts Colin and Francesca do not live on the premises but were readily available to us. I have already recommended this place to friends and hope to return again some day.

Bonnie L.

Wonderful mountain cottage…..

La Majada Alta cottage is set in a stunning location in the mountains. The views are amazing from the various terraces.

Just the 2 of us stopped here in the middle of June and had a great time.

Colin and Francesca could not have been more helpful in the run up to our holiday and Colin was an absolute saviour to us when we got a flat tyre on arrival.

The location of the cottage allows plenty of peace and quiet through the day and night, though it is only a few minutes in the car to the local village for provisions from independent local stores/market stalls or the smaller supermarkets. Some further lovely villages and towns can be reached by car.

We did the Caminito del Rey walk which was amazing. Even for someone who isn’t keen on heights, it’s such an experience. We don’t do lot’s of walking but this walk is spectacular through the national park.

The pool at the cottage is great, whether having a dip in the day or at night when it can be all lit up.

We ate sat out on the terrace every night for our meals. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need and the gas BBQ fires up perfectly.

A great cottage, with Colin and Francesca and their team helping provide a wonderful holiday experience.

Thanks Colin and Francesca. Tim and James x

wonderful place

We had a wonderful and very relaxing stay at the really lovely cottage with the beautifull situatet terrace and pool.

The cottage is very spacious, clean and very well equipped. At first it was a little bit cold, but with the two well functioning fireplaces in the living room and kitchen/dining room and one mobile gas oven it was very comfortable. The bedrooms have airconitioner to warm up in a fiew minutes. We never have had problems to get a hot shower for all (and we stayed with 6 people!). The WLAN is fast and running well. The pool was clean and ready to use and on the last evening we could enjoy the gas grill outside, great 🙂

Colin and his family was very friendly and they helped us immediately if we had any questions or needed help.

We went there for climbing. The cottage is a great starting point, because you have all kinds of opportunitys. Directly above the cottage is one spot, others to get by feet with a little hiking and if you have a car it is a short way to achive both, El Chorro and Abdalajis .

Jessica O.

Wonderful house near El Chorro

Four of us stayed here for two days in February of 2016 (my wife & I, my mother and our 12 year old son) to visit the famous El Caminito Del Rey path. The house and property are exactly as they are depicted in the photos that appear in the Homeaway ad. This place was more than large enough for the four of us and would be suitable for up to six or seven people. The house was very clean, fully equipped, everything in the house worked perfectly (the wifi worked flawlessly) and we had no issues at all during our stay. Although we arrived a few hours earlier than planned at the gas station in the nearby town (which is really easy to find), the owner’s nephew was at the gas station ready to take us to the property within a few minutes. The views from the house over the valleys below is one of the nicest we have ever stayed at. The property is very well maintained and definitely shows the pride of ownership that is sometimes lacking in some rental properties. A large herd of about 15 Ibexes (wild goats) passed by the house as we were departing on our last day. I would definitely recommend staying here if you plan on visiting the El Caminito Del Rey path or just need to get away from it all for a little bit. This area is very scenic and we had a great time driving on the brand new twist, windy roads through the national park to the west of the property.

Thanks again for a wonderful stay,

Ed, Kelly and Mark Fick

Winter sunshine…

Four of us traveled from Scotland to get some winter sunshine. The property is ideally located for walking, rock climbing and bird watching in the El Chorro area. The cottage was spacious, very characterful and well equipped. The sun terrace and pool would be fantastic for family groups. The wood burning stoves were perfect on some of the chilly nights and added to rustic atmosphere. Local restaurants are only a few kilometres away. We ate at the Rocabella just along the road and Garganta down at El Chorro. We’ve already recommended it to several friends. It would certainly be our first choice when we come back in the future. Bruce, Rab, Roger & Simon from Edinburgh.

Bruce K.

Incredible Views

We enjoyed a wonderful week in the cottage, at the beginning of September. It was spotlessly clean and very well equipped and had everything we needed. The charming cottage has a homely and cared for feel and plenty of space for four adults.

The views are truly incredible and it does not take long to unwind. The pool is the perfect place to relax, lying on the loungers watching the huge birds. In the evenings we used the large, gas barbeque and ate on the terrace just gazing out over those stunning vistas and sipping wine. Bliss!

Colin and Francesca, who were in Spain at the same time, were so helpful and got us out of a couple of self inflicted scrapes which really was extremely kind. They also invited us to join them on the Caminito Del Rey, (The King’s Walk), a beautiful walk with amazing views, (if you don’t mind heights) which was the highlight of the week.

The cottage was easy to find thanks to Colin’s directions and the village is lovely with supermarkets, shops and bars.

Kathleen A.

Fantastic cottage in wonderful peaceful spot

We had a lovely and very relaxing stay at La Majada Alta. We went with our two adult children. The cottage is positioned on a hillside overlooking the foothills that stretch to the sea. You get magnificent views from the terraces on the South of the house. The house is near the town of El Valle de Abdalajis where you can get provisions from a range of different market stalls and shops. The town of Alora also has good shops and is quite vibrant. We also travelled to Ardales and Ronda, both of which are very interesting. Ronda is a bit more touristy, but still very attractive. The house itself is very peaceful. We slept in till about 9.30am every morning and then spent most mornings lounging around the pool which is on a terrace below the house. It can be lit up at night which was fantastic. There were three different places to sit and eat outside, and plenty of sun umbrellas so whatever time of day it was you could choose somewhere in the sun or shade. Colin and Francesca were very attentive and kind but also very discrete – always available when we needed something or had a question to ask. They managed to obtain tickets for us on the nearby Caminito del Rey which was fantastic as online bookings had sold out. The nearby climbing centre of El Chorro is a short walk or drive away and there are nice walks in the pine woods behind the house. We enjoyed eating at La Garganta in El Chorro. You see plenty of Ibex and eagles/vultures which nest in the crags above. Altogether a wonderful house and a very relaxing stay.

Mike B.

Charming cottage in the country side

This was our first time in Spain. We arrived by car from the airport. Colin had been wonderful in giving us the information we needed to make the trip to the cottage. The ride up the hillside was a bit scary since it was so steep and rocky. I was happy we decided on a car that could handle the road. The cottage was just as pictured. Very rustic, but quaint and cozy. I loved the layout of the rooms. Everything was great till we went down to the pool. The pool and view was to die for, but the hornets were everywhere ! and I mean everywhere ! We even saw them inside the lower bed room where we were going to sleep. My husband is allergic to bees. I called Colin to let him know that we were going to have to leave, as we could just not stay with the swarms around. He graciously recommended we stay at their other location outside of town. He had someone come and get us to show us the way to the new home. There were 3 of us, and the new home was amazing. Huge home with kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, washer & dryer, and an amazing pool with views of the hills. I was so relieved and thankful. I don’t know what we would have done. I felt very blessed that they were such caring people. We stayed a week, and traveled all over southern Spain, layed in the sun and swam, went to market in town to get fresh fish for dinners, and wonderful fresh prawns!. We had a glorious time, and will remember the trip forever, and thanks to Colin & Francesca for their lovely home and generosity.

Susan G.

Relaxing week

The property is secluded but with easy access to major highways to the historic destinations, we love sitting on the terrace and swimming in the pool while observing the valley well bellow the house. Wild goats were frequent visitors and hiking paths were just right by the door. Word of caution is that the final portion of the road to the cottage is dirt road winding above the valley (no safety railings). The road is not for unexperienced drivers. The owners were fast in responding to our emails and addressing the issues that we had. Great property for those who want to relax but being able to visit interesting historical cities around

Rousset family.

Super

Very nice situated house. Top swimming pool. Wel equiped and rebuild with care and love. Nice lounge set and great views.

Mark D.

A get away from it all place with plenty to do!

Stayed at La Majada Alta for two weeks and had a fantastic time, the property had everything we needed for a family of 5 and was quiet and very peaceful. Stunning views and lots to see and do in the surrounding area. Local village has everything you will need during your stay and is approx 7km (10 min by car). Colin and Francesca are extremely helpful and will help out with any questions you may have. Thanks for a lovely holiday!

Joanne H.

La Majada Alta

La Majada Alta is a beautiful cottage with stunningly spectacular views in every direction. The place was clean and as described. We enjoyed the various different spaces offered: the front terrace for breakfast, with the glorious mountain towering over us and eagles swooping overhead; and in the evening the back terrace overlooking the valley. The pool is a great size and was cleaned a few times during our stay. The owners addressed any questions we had immediately and even provided a few provisions for our arrival, which is always welcome (and shows that they are considerate of their guests). The photos certainly don’t do the place justice – I think the vistas have to be seen to be appreciated properly. The drive up the precipitous driveway to the cottage came as a bit of a surprise to us the first time we did it though. We had a wonderful two weeks and would thoroughly recommend to anyone, and thank you Colin and Francesca for your wonderful hospitality.

Glen

Beautifull spannish villa

We ( me, my son, daughter,her husband and his mother) have been planing our stay in Andalusia already 3 years. We are coming from Israel, Belgia and France – international family. We wanted to have a house near climbing area of El Chorro and after looking for a perfect place, we found La Majada Alta. And from the first look of the place, we all fell in love with the house. Like a home, there are everything, you need and all is made with so much love. All the furniture, pottery…Nice outside places to eat and best of all swimming pool with beautifull scenery to the mountains and valley below. Cottage is sitting on the mountainside peacefully alone, you can forget the outside word. There are also good hiking trails for those, who don’t want to climb. In two hours you can drive to Cordoba and Granada. Ronda is only one hour away. There are also nice villages to visit. We ate every evening at home as it was nice cooking and making barbrque, eating outside while looking at the lights in the mountains. Colin and Francisca were very helpful, writing us E-mails to see how we were and giving advice. If we come again to Andalusia, we shall be back in La Majada Alta for sure! I shall recommend this villa for all my friends.

Leea P.

A lovely relaxing well equipped villa

We thoroughly enjoyed our 11 night stay at this delightful relaxing rustic villa in the mountains. The villa is well equipped with a private pool, gas BBQ & satellite TV. There were days when other than the Griffin Vultures & the wild Goats to dropped in to have a drink at the pool, we saw no-one. We enjoyed lazy days by the pool, walks in the mountainside, and days out to the Costa del Sol. We loved our stay, would highly recommend it to others and hopefully we’ll return next summer.

philip g.

Outstandingly beautiful cottage

This is our family’s fourth visit to the cottage. We stumbled across it about 5 years ago and loved it so much that we have returned year after year. We have 2 children (now aged 21 and 13) and they have fantastic memories of playing in the pool, feeding the donkey carrots (donkey can be found sheltering under the tree outside the cottage) and playing hide and seek in the gardens. The cottage is just outside a small village where there are a few shops and bars. We spent one night in the village bar listening to live music and chatting to the locals. We have also visited during August and been to the carnival in the village.

If you go in the opposite direction to the village there are beautiful lakes. We have spent lots of days, over the years, picnicing and hiring a pedalo at the lakes.

I can not fault the cottage, it is maintained to a very high standard, is extremely well equipped and perfect for a family holiday. The people in the village are very friendly and helpful (We needed a Dr one year for our daughter and were seen immediately in the village surgery).

I would recommend this cottage to anyone wanting a family holiday to remember – thats why we have returned year after year.

Donna W.

Where eagles dare!

We have more than 25 years experience of renting villas in Spain…this was the first to include eagles lazily circling in the sky just above us. The position, high in the mountains around el Chorro, (experience in driving on Spanish mountain roads useful!) with a vertical rock face as a nearby backdrop, makes for a spectacular setting and marvellous views. Wild mountain goats also showed up on occasion to nibble foliage and drink from the pool. The cottage is comfortably laid out, with plentiful high pressure hot water for invigorating showers. It was easy to spend a relaxing day both in the pool and admiring the scenery in this quiet location. Whilst it is possible to walk to a local restaurant a car is needed for greater choice; once familiar with the local roads the relative isolation of the property is no bar to getting out and about. Colin and Francesca are excellent owners, with a palpable sense of responsibility and a desire to make sure all was well – demonstrated by the rapid provision of a new gas barbeque following a recent problem with outside charcoal BBQs. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in La Majada Alta; the views, scenery, and situation make it a perfect rural retreat and one we may well repeat.

D&K

Lovely, private farmhouse in andalucia

Comfortable, farmhouse with great pool and spectacular views. Colin and Francesca could not have been more helpful in our planning and were available via email and phone during the stay.

If you really want to get away from everything this is the place to go. It really takes a long and very windy drive to get to the nearest village so stock up before you arrive if you don’t want to drive all the time.

We went on day trips to Grenada and Cordoba very easy to do and magnificent but a full, full day each time with a solid drive both ways.

Anonymous

Great holidays in beautiful mountain area

We (a family from Germany with two kids, 13 and 16) spent two weeks in the cottage and enjoyed our stay very much. Each of us thought that this was a great holiday. The cottage ist beautifully located and offers awsome views to the mountain landscape surrounding it. It is well equipped with everything you might need, tastefully furnished and decorated. The pool is big enough to swim and dive and was one of the favourite places for our kids. The sister of the owners who lives in a village nearby gave us an excellent service, showing us the way to the cottage, changing linens and towels after a week and even providing us with the first essentials we needed for breakfast. The booking was easy since Colin and Francesca gave us all the informations we needed. The location is well situated in reach of several touristic attractions. We recommend visits to Antequera, el Torcal, Lobo Park and Ronda, but even excursions to Sevilla or Granada are possible on one day if you start early. In summary this was a very positive experience and we would recommend it to everybody looking for a quiet holiday close to nature and in a beautiful mountain surrounding.

Christian and Andrea

If you love nature, you will love this house

It took me 6 years to fulfill a promise I made to my 82 year old mother to bring her to Spain. My sister and I chose to spend our 10 day visit in Andalucia and we reserved La Majada Alta for 3 nights and a week at the Marriott in Marbella.

While the Marriott has a “very nice” facility, there is no question that

I will rent from Francesca and Colin when I return to Spain and skip the hotel(s) altogether. I live in the U.S. and can stay at a Marriott

anytime — at the core, a hotel is a hotel.

La Majada Alta is a HOME and it takes less than 24 hours to feel

“at home” staying there. I wanted to experience Andalucia and not

just “vacation” there and that was only possible during our short

time at this lovely cottage.

The rental is exactly as described…what the photos don’t capture is the serenity and ethereal beauty of the property—that is something you have to experience. The views are stunning, the aura peaceful and time often stands still.

The house was very clean and well equipped. The owners, Colin and Francesca, were wonderful to deal with as were their family who live locally and offered their help and suggestions any time we requested such. The house was located in the hills outside a small

Andalucian town about 10-15 minute drive away. It was a bit longer to the much larger town of Antequera and centrally located should you want to visit several larger cities (Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, Marbella). I wish I could have stayed a month there was so much to see and do…..the two MUST DO’s – MUST SEE are The Alhambra in Granada and the white village of Ronda……but any google search of

“Andalucia” will produce weeks of reading reviews that are a testament to the beauty and versatility of this region. There is something for everyone, young and old…..and no two days will be the same.

I felt blessed when given the opportunity to give my mom this gift…little did I know that, in so doing, I would wind up giving myself an ever bigger one as well. Given the chance and means, I will be going back with my two little granddaughters in tow!!!

Anonymous

Our Perfect Holiday Cottage

We had previously stayed at a house within the village of Valle de Abdalajís courtesy of Colin and Francesca, owners of this cottage, when our boys were toddlers and we thoroughly enjoyed its location in an authentic white Andalucían village and the local area generally. When the house within the village was unavailable we opted for this cottage, wonderfully secluded in an area of a national park and yet only seven kilometres from the same village that we were familiar with. What a great decision that was!

For us, coming from suburban London, the cottage offers our family a perfect summer holiday: peaceful, relaxing, fantastic views, close proximity to many other interesting places to see and things do, and good weather.

The grounds are excitingly landscaped across several terraced levels and there is a well maintained private swimming pool and gardens. The living areas are all comfortable with an abundance of modern conveniences. The bedrooms (enough sleeping for 8 people) are well arranged so the cottage can accommodate a large family or two small families with enough separation between the bedrooms to allow sufficient privacy.

As our boys have grown up they have experienced the cottage and the local area in different ways as their increasing ages have determined. So although it would be easy to just stay at the cottage for the whole holiday, we have been able to steadily broaden our experiences with the variety of activities that local area has to offer, including walks and excursions to the nearby towns and panorama vistas, but also making trips to the coast and to the lakes which are easy to get to.

There are many fine family-run bars, cafes and restaurants around the area and we have always found the local people to be very pleasant despite the language barrier for us.

Over 11 years we have built a good friendship with Colin and Francesca – they are very welcoming and hospitable. Also, with an English-speaking person on the phone, they are very helpful solving any small problems that may have arisen.

Although we have taken the family to other summer destinations the general consensus for us is that the cottage offers us the ideal holiday – so we just keep coming back. We have booked the cottage once again for summer 2013 and we cannot wait! We have also recommended this cottage to several of our friends and, of the two families who have now stayed there, they too have fond memories of their holiday.

Graeme & Chris

Wonderful

We stayed at La Majada Alta during the first 2 weeks of September with our 17 month old daughter. We were looking to get away from it all and we certainly did!

Located a few kms from the nearest town of Valle de la Abdalajis (where you can find a supermarket, butchers, bakery, bank, medical Centre, etc.), the cottage is set on a hillside and provides beautiful views over the valley below.

On arrival we were met by the owners sister Marie, at a convenient, easy to locate meeting point and guided to the cottage. Due to the supermarkets being closed on a Sunday and our late Saturday night arrival time, a pre-order of groceries were waiting for us on arrival – Thanks Marie!

The cottage is spacious, clean and typically Spanish. Everything is as described. The kitchen is well equipped, which made home cooking easy. All towels were provided (included pool towels) and these were changed along with bed linen once a week.

We were worried if the cottage would be baby friendly before booking but a cot with bedding and a highchair was provided. It was also easy to make the outdoor area safe by blocking off the steps leading down to the pool area.

The area is a haven for nature lovers, walkers, climbers and cyclists. Endless amounts of day trips are possible from the property. We found it difficult to venture away from the surroundings of the cottage however El Chorro and El Torcal are close by and not to be missed (Take care on the Camino del Ray if you decide to walk the gorge).

There are several eating options close by which are worth a look, (Rocabella, El Mirador, and Kontiki, to name a few). There is also a restaurant in the town which we tried on our last night and enjoyed very much, can’t remember the name but Colin recommended it and it is located at the bottom end of town near to the landing point for the hang gliders. There is a lovely outside seating area that offers a great view of Valle de la Abdalajis.

Customer Service was second to none. The owners, Colin & Francesca were more than helpful and were always contactable when we needed to call on them, from our first email enquiry until we left for home. They even provided a free translation service for an emergency trip to the dentist!

Would we recommend this property? Absolutely!

Keep up the good work Colin, Francesca & Family!!

Thanks for a lovely relaxing holiday to remember,

Shane, Clare & Scarlet

Wonderful stay in rural Spain.

We had a lovely time in a beautiful location. The situation of the cottage is amazing with views of the valley below and the birds circling overhead. For nature lovers it is a absolute haven. Colin,Francesca and Marie made us feel very welcome. There were interesting places to visit in the area including El Torcal, Antequera and El Chorro gorge. We would love to visit again.

Joan B.

A little piece of paradise

We were looking for somewhere quiet with stunning views and that’s exactly what we got. We had planned day trips out but the pool area and rambling hills / mountains around the cottage were so enchanting, we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave. During the day we were entertained by swallows? swooping in to clean the pool and birds of prey gliding overhead. Evenings entertainment was provided by goats and their acrobatic rock climbing. Sadly it wasn’t hot enough in May to tempt them towards the pool…

The house itself is beautiful inside and very well equipped. We especially appreciated the excellent window shutters which enabled us to catch up on our sleep.

The supermarket in Valle de Abdalajes kept us well stocked up with gorgeous Spanish, cheese, meat and wine, while the bakery tested our will-power with their cakes and biscuits. Restaurant, Rocabella is a pleasant 10 / 15 minute stroll away and definitely worth visiting, although during May it wasn’t open Monday night.

Colin and Francesca were incredibly helpful from the booking process, arranging food for our Sunday arrival to helping us with a puncture during the stay.

We love visiting new places and as such have never been to the same place twice, however, I can definitely see us returning here in the future.

Ros S.

Tout là-haut sur la colline !

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans ce cottage. Nous avons découvert un lieu magnifique offrant des paysages grandioses et une proximité intéressante avec la nature côtoyant parfois des visiteurs inattendus mais fort sympathiques. Ce cottage est idéalement situé, surplombant la vallée et offrant tranquillité et repos. L’agencement y est parfait pour la famille qui a su largement profité de sa belle piscine entre autres. Le village El Valle de Abdalajis est charmant et typique, proposant tous les services attendus (commerces, marché, pharmacie, centre de soins…). Les habitants y sont très gentils et serviables. Que du bonheur loin de la tourmente ; un havre de paix à découvrir. Un grand merci aux personnes chargées de l’entretien (jardin, piscine, linge) pour leur gentillesse et leur sérieux et à Colin et Francesca toujours soucieux de notre bien-être.

LIS D.

Amazing holiday home in an ideal location

My husband, 2 children, ages 5 and 7 stayed for 4 nights in early October 2011 and could not have been more happy with our choice. Paradise! Right from the time of booking Colin and Francesca were very helpful with answering questions about the area and providing lots of helpful information. We are from Canmore, AB Canada, and so it was a long journey for us, but so worth it! Upon arrival we were immediately blown away by the views from the cottage, both in front and back. The cottage itself is traditionally decorated and very well kept. It was just what I was hoping our holiday home in Spain would look like! The decor is very Spanish and lovely. The pool was obviously a huge hit for my kids (and us!), and was a great place to get over our jet lag.

Colin was very helpful in arranging a paragliding trip for us. We did a day trip to Antequera which was a very close drive (about 40 minutes), and a lovely city to visit. The Alcazaba is beautiful. The cottage is nestled right in the mountains and we did a hike right from the house one day. We also spent a nice afternoon touring around El Chorro. This cottage would be exceptionally ideal if you are coming to Spain to rock climb or road ride. The crags are minutes away, and the road riding heading either south or north of Valle de la Abdalajis is fantastic.

The little town of Valle de la Abdalajis, which is about a 7 minute drive away is quaint and small, but has a market, butcher, bakery etc and more than suitable.

We spent another 2 weeks exploring the Andalucia region and while we loved it all, this cottage was our favourite! I would highly recommend a stay in this cottage to anyone; couples, families etc. There are a few steps getting down to the pool, but unless you have mobility issues they wouldn’t be a problem at all. I think it is very good value.

We are hoping to get back to visit again one day!

Lauren L.

C’est une maison blanche accrochée à la colline…

Un gite exceptionnel à recommander pour ses prestations.

Tout d’abord le site en lui-même, une accroche à flanc de colline au pied de la falaise avec une vue époustouflante sur la vallée.

Puis le gite, sa décoration, son espace intérieur, sa dotation remarquable où rien ne manque. Sans parler du jardin avec ses terrasses avec la piscine en point de mire comme une invitation au farniente.

N’oublions pas la gentillesse et la discrétion des personnes en charge de l’entretien, et de l’accueil chaleureux de Francesca et Colin.

Bref, 2 semaines enchanteresques pour des amoureux de calme et de nature, loin, très loin du tumulte du tourisme de masse.

Lambert

Away from it all

We stayed in the property for a week last August(2009), with our teenaged sons. The cottage was clean and well maintained, with pool cleaner and gardener making unobtrusive visits during the week. We had a minor problem with hot water, which the owner helped us with promptly by giving us friendly guidance by phone. The location of the cottage was perfect if you want to have a stunning view, right out in the countryside. The wildlife on show was varied, and we were thrilled that a mountain goat jumped in over the wall and drunk from the swimming pool! Swimming under the stars was also a highlight.

We had a fabulous, very relaxing week. My only advice to future guests is that you need to be organised about stocking up because shops are a little way off, and you don’t want to waste valuable pool time!! We visited the Alhambra Palace in Granada as a day trip which was well worth the trip, but you need to book your tickets well in advance.

Anonymous

Peace, Quite and Stunning Views

We didn’t quite know what to expect so on arrival we were blown away by the stunning views, area and cottage. The cottage was welcoming and very well kept. The surrounding area is packed with things to do if you like adventure and don’t mind heights. A car is a must to make the most of this holiday. Time spent relaxing was either by the pool, bbq or a short walk to an english run pub/restaurant. If you’re looking for a complete break from a hectic lifestyle Here’s the place to go!

Snufflemouse