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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Small, delightful, mountain village houses don't get much better than this, and Casa Muñeca which sleeps 3 could not be situated in a more magical place. Located on one of the tangle of old narrow winding streets and lanes that make up the heart of the village, Casa Muñeca is located some midway between the apply named Eagle's Castle (Castillo del Águila) and the village center.
This Gaucín, single story house, cleaned and managed locally, has an ambiance of style and immense warmth. Pretty as a picture inside, the house has the distinctive, traditional character of Southern Spain, with terracotta floors, hand-glazed local tiles, soft, relaxing colours and furnishings and for the cooler months an open log fire along with a gas fire and electric heating radiators, combine to give a warm cosy feel. Put simply Casa Muñeca stands out from other Andalucían cottages and combines the spectacular, breathtaking, natural surroundings of this part of inland Andalucía with excellent facilities - the kind of place you'll want to revisit time and time again.
A place where, from the terrace at the rear of Casa Muñeca, it's not unusual to see Eagles soaring overhead. Then looking down over the surrounding countryside towards the coast - over the valley of the Rio Genal, woods of Cork trees and craggy peaks - to see some 50 km distant, Gibraltar and the Mediterranean spread out below like some super sized map and on a clear day you can see beyond Europe over the straits of Gibraltar to Africa and the distant Rift mountains of Morocco.
Quotes from our visitors book in the last 12 months:
“We have had a splendid time in the house. So peaceful. No cars passing the house, no scooters, no aeroplanes above you, no dogs (almost none), no bars playing music. Silence.
What a luxury in the house, heating, cloakroom, kitchen, fireplace, thank you for sharing your house with us.”
May 2014 – Amsterdam, Holland
“Now we understand why there is a security deposit to pay! What a beautiful place this is. The house is so pretty, very tasteful accommodation, everything in its place, a joy to be in it”. We will be very sorry to leave Gaucin and this lovely casa.”
April 2014 – Durham, England
“Thank you for a pleasant stay in your beautiful house with view”
March 2014 - Belgrade, Serbia
'Adieu; la maison est très belle et confortable.
La vue depuis la terrasse est magnifique.
Le village est magique
C'est le paradis.'
March 2014 – Paris, France
“A delightful casa with amazing views. A great base to explore the surrounding area. Electric blanket a most welcome addition.”
February 2014 – Norwich, England
“We had a very good time in this nice house. Thank you.”
January 2014 – Berlin, Germany
“Nice casa, well equipped + nice décor. Good location.”
November 2013 – Czech
“This was out 7th holiday in Spain and defiantly the most beautiful village and gorgeous house we have ever lived in. We really enjoyed the landscape and our trips through the mountains and the silence of Gaucin. Your house made this time very special to us – Thank you.”
October 2013 – Berlin, Germany
“Amazing time in an amazing place. The views from the terrace are just awesome. Love Gaucin, the sunsets, Tapas and tranquility. We'll be back.”
September 2013 – Bristol, England
“Absolutely loved the casa, it's been the nicest 2 weeks that I've spent anywhere in a long time. The view from the terrace is spectacular. Gaucin is a lovely village with great amenities and lovely people. The peace and the quiet was just what I needed after a hectic time in the Metropolis that is Moscow. Looking forward to returning soon.”
August 2013 – Cork, Ireland
Very practical and well equipped casa. Nice views from the terrace. Excellent base for walks in the surrounding area. Beautiful nature and all kinds of colours. Every morning breakfast on the terrace. We will miss it.
July 2013 - Zuid-Scharwoude, Holland
Thank you for a pleasant stay in your lovely house. We want to come back.
June 2013 – Hvidovre, Copenhagen, Denmark
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||San Luis De Sabinillas 29 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 118 km, Nearest railway: Gaucin Station in the hamlet of El Colmenar 11 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Andalucia region
Gaucin is well placed as a touring base for Andalucia. It is thirty kilometres from the town of Ronda on the El Tajo gorge. Ronda is home to the first bullring in Spain, many museums, good shops and decent places to eat. It is a great source of antiques and pottery.
The region now has a good network of European-funded motorways so the cities of Seville, Granada and Cordoba are within reach and there are trains from Estaçion Gaucin (Gaucin train station) which connect to all the main cities.
Gaucin has three national parks around it – Sierras de las Nieves, los Alcornocales and Grazalema – so it makes an excellent base for walking. Its sits directly beneath the migration flight path of birds between Europe and North Africa so Spring and Autumn are particularly interesting for the bird life and a local ornithologist arranges half and full day guided tours of the best viewing spots.
The coast is half an hour's drive away with Estepona being the nearest coastal town. We agree with the Rough Guide that Estepona is where the Costa stops and the real Spain begins. You can drive one and a half hours west to Tarifa, a town more North African than Spanish. the ferry goes from here across to Tangiers or you can join windsurfers from around the world on the ten kilometre white sandy – and windy – beach. Continuing west brings you to Europe's largest marshland wildlife sanctuary at Cota Donana, then on to Cadiz and Portugal.
This area of Andalucia is full of interesting, even wonderful, sights – Moorish villages barely changed since the Christian conquest, brilliant ever changing mountain landscapes, fascinating birds, animals, plants and people both proud and courteous.
Gaucin, overlooked by its' ruined Moorish castle rising above sheer cliffs with resident eagles and vultures, it is a village of tiny winding streets with spectacular, sublime panoramic views over a landscape of oaks, cork trees and craggy peaks to the faraway Mediterranean, Gibraltar and the Rif mountains of North Africa. A place from where after dark you can glimpse the lights of the port of Tangier.
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3 Jun 2014
"better than expected!"
I would like to thank to owner Pnilip for unforgettable pleasant stay at his casa. Everything was just as or even better than expected! I certainly hope to visit Gaucin again. Felling of staying in ca… More
28 May 2014
"Comfortable lovely house in a wonderful location with stunning views"
We had a fantastic fortnight in this lovely, homely casa with its spectacular views and gorgeous sunsets. We had stayed here several years ago soon after we got married and vowed to return again as t… More
4 Dec 2013
"Stunning views in a beautiful village"
I stayed at Casa Muneca for 2 weeks in July of 2013 and loved every minute of it. The house while compact was in a beautiful position high up in the village of Gaucin and from the terrace you could see the rock of Gibraltar and across to the Moroccan coast. The house was very comfortable with a nice open plan living room and kitchen that led out onto a small but perfect terrace. The living room has an open fire place which we didn't need as the weather was just divine, a t.v. dvd player and stereo with a great selection of dvds and books, none of which we used as there were too many other things to do, plus these days everybody has several different devices from iphones to laptops which we all travel with. The village itself is fantastic with great restaurants and a deli run by a lovely English girl that does the Sunday papers, lovely homemade pizzas, desserts, curries etc all for takeaway. There are a few very reasonably priced supermarkets, an atm, bank, post office and a fresh fish market open Tuesday through Saturday . I loved the village the houses are beautiful and very well cared for with narrow little streets and friendly people. It felt very safe and was relatively quiet but not sleepy and boring once the sun went down the place came alive you could hear music and laughter but in the right amounts. I arrived in the village late after flying into Malaga and needed to ask for directions to the house in my very bad Spainish and people were more than helpful. The lady who takes care of the house is Agustina and she is very helpful and kind. It takes about a half an hour to drive to the coast which didn't appeal hugely to me as especially in high season the beaches are packed and you could really be anywhere. The village has a local swimming pool as do the villages surrounding it, there is a hotel with a pool that you pay a nominal amount for the use of and you can also have lunch there. Ronda is a half an hour in the other direction through the mountains which is just a stunning drive, I have to say I preferred the mountains to the coast and the roads are in amazing condition regardless of whether you're in the mountains or on the motorway. Be careful on the main motorway from the airport while being the more direct route the tolls are very high but after saying that the coast road has way too much traffic so I used both depending on my mood. From Gaucin there are so many places to visit, Tarifa, Cadiz, Granada, Ronda to name but a few, I'm really looking forward to returning and would like to try it out in the Winter months to see what it's like and Casa Muneca would be the perfect spot as I can just imagine sitting up in the mountains with a roaring fire and a bottle of wine. I did have one or two negatives, I like to cook and unfortunately the Casa does not have an oven also I stayed for 2 weeks and there is no washing machine and the bedrooms while very functional could do with a lift. There is free wifi in the village but it's too slow so Philip (the owner) made other arrangements for me which worked out great. Philip was great to deal with, we communicated through email as I live overseas and he answered all of my questions promptly, the directions that he provides are spot on and I found the village easy to find even at 11 o clock at night. I will definitely be returning to Casa Muneca as soon as I can.
19 Nov 2013
"Blissful retreat in Andalucian village of Gaucin"
Casa Muneca is a place that you will find it difficult to leave, and one to which you will no doubt want to return to time after time. A delightful welcome from key holder Agusutina who keeps the place spotlessly clean and tidy and who lives close by if you should need help or advice (her English is rather limited, however with smiles and gestures much can be communicated and she loves to hear faltering attempts at Spanish) The house is comfortable & homely, elegantly furnished with many interesting little touches that blend well both old and modern styles of Andalucia, it is well equipped with all that you need for self-catering. We did not need to use the fire as the weather was warm in the evenings, but one can imagine how cosy this would be later in the year or on one of the rare rainy days.
Most of our time (including breakfasts) was spent on the spacious veranda that looks out across the village rooftops to the mountains beyond. The views are absolutely stunning; on a clear day one can see the rock of Gibraltar and the distant coast of Africa. From here you can watch Eagles soaring overhead in the clear morning light, spend a pleasant siesta sunbathing or sheltering in the shade, in the evening relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the most wonderful sunsets imaginable, and at night time sit quietly watching the moon rise in the star studded sky.
Gaucin itself is such an interesting and friendly village, quite a maze of little streets many of which are steep to climb. It has a great and varied selection of good eating houses/bars, cafes and art/craft gift shops (all within relatively easy walking distance if you are OK with steep streets). There are a couple of Supermarkets for general supplies, although we preferred to shop at the (friendlier) smaller shops to support local trade. There is also a Wholefood shop/Internet cafe at the bottom of the village. It is an artists and writers paradise, a place that leaves one feeling inspired.
Gaucin is a fantastic base to explore from; surrounded by stunningly beautiful little white villages tucked away in the mountains, and of course not too far from Ronda which is a real cultural must see/visit. A trip down to the coast is also a nice day out, much of it is rather built up and touristy however there are some smaller places that are still wonderful if you are lucky enough to come across them. All in all Casa Muneca and its location are just perfect for an Andalusian adventure and/or just as a retreat to relax and recuperate from life.
14 Nov 2013
"Would we stay again at Casa Muneca – absolutely yes!"
We stayed in Casa Muneca for a week at the end of October, being in the mountains initially we were concerned that it may be too late in the year and cold; but enjoyed warm sunny days and in the eveni… More
2 Nov 2013
"Just loved it"
Fabulous little house with absolutely stunning views over the beautiful countryside to Gibraltar and across the Mediterranean to the Rif Mountains in Africa. Amazing value and cannot fault the proper… More
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