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Penthouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The Penthouse really is a special place to stay. It has been designed with the utmost attention to detail and finished to a high standard. It comprises of four bedrooms and a large open plan living area, with modern state of the art kitchen. There is a huge terrace which wraps around the entire property with various different zones for eating, reading, sunbathing or snoozing. You can enjoy unspoiled views across the sea, or relax with a glass of wine under the stars.
The views to the sea and mountains beyond are equally spectacular. The various outside spaces and through the windows of the open plan living area and three of the bedrooms. Due to the design of the apartment, the clear Andaluz light changes as you move from space to space. Sun or shade can be found throughout the day.
The house is situated on the edge of the Cerro Gordo natural park with it's pine trees and secret coves. A walk through the park leads you to the rocky vantage point of the Mirador del Cerro Gordo from where you can enjoy more sweeping ocean views from daybreak to sunset.
The Penthouse has four bedrooms and two modern bathrooms (one ensuite). The ensuite has a large, deep bath with shower above, while the family bathroom has a spacious walk in 'rain' shower. The master bedroom has a king size bed (1.80 x 2.00) and opens to the terrace and views. There is another double bedroom, a twin bedroom, and a fourth bedroom with sofa bed. This room is often used as a second living room or playroom for the children to escape to.
The apartment remains cool and airy during Summer, but is also fitted with air conditioning should you require it. There is also full central heating which can be used during the colder months, such as January/February/March when the evenings and nights can become that bit chillier.
This property also offers the following:
Wifi internet. SKY television. Spanish digital television. Exterior hot water shower. Interior walk in 'rain' shower. Gas BBQ. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Microwave. Induction hob. Oven. Secure parking. Lift from car park to the front door. Interior and exterior towels provided.
Everything is included in the price except the cost of electricity consumed. We read the meter on arrival and on departure and only charge on to our guests what the electricity company charge us. This is simply to encourage responsable use of the resource.
There is also access to a quiet and secluded communal pool and smaller childrens' pool with toilets and showers.
There are no end of activities that can be enjoyed in La Herradura. Scuba diving, horse riding, language classes, personal training, beauty treatments and even excursions to Granada and the Alhambra Palace.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Playa de La Herradura 1.5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Málaga 65 km, Nearest railway: Málaga 65 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
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking, Lift access|
|Further details outdoors|
The property is suitable for children and of course babies. However it is not ideal for investigating mobile toddlers.
About this location
The Andalucia region
The Costa Tropical is a stretch of quiet, undeveloped coastline with family friendly seaside towns and beaches, and countless secluded coves.
The Costa Tropical is aptly named. The unique micro climate created between the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea and the cool air of the Sierra Nevada allows avocadoes, bananas and sugar cane to grow in abundance.
This area of Spain enjoys 320 sunny days a year. There are extensive beaches with clear blue waters which have been repeatedly awarded Blue Flag status, confirming the quality and cleanliness of the Costa Tropical shoreline.
Motril has always been busy commercially and has recently become a port for cruise ships. It has a marina and golf course in a spectacular setting running alongside the Mediterranean Sea and gazing up at the distant snow covered peaks.
The small town of Salobreña is dominated by it's whitewashed castle seemingly growing out of the rock, and surrounded by sugar cube houses.
Almuñecar, less than 15 minutes away, is a buzzing, bigger town with several beaches and hotels. It's monthly market draws people from miles around.
Between La Herradura and Almuñecar, lies the exclusive Marina Del Este, providing mooring for stylish yachts. On the quayside there are several art galleries to peruse and many excellent restaurants for that romantic night out.
Heading West before entering Málaga province is the secluded beach of Cantarriján, situated through pine trees at the bottom of a steep, winding road. It has two excellent 'chiringuitos' or beach restaurants.
There are numerous quiet beaches and coves all along this stretch of coast that are well worth discovering and are a little more off the beaten track.
West of La Herradura, the coastline towards Nerja is stunningly beautiful, offering unique mountain vistas.
Nerja itself is famous for its underground cave system, the largest in Europe, which hosts an exciting programme of concert performances in its subterranean auditorium during the summer months. The Balcón de Europa forms the focal point in Nerja and is a favourite place for everyone to gather in the long summer evenings, with its many street artists, performers and musicians. Tours of the town can be taken by horse drawn carriage or by the local road train.
Frigiliana, a charming traditional ‘white’ Andalucian village, lies in the hills above Nerja. With its cobbled streets, craft shops and views to the coast.
Pena Escrita Natural Park is a short but steep drive into the mountains above the village. There is a wide variety of animals to be seen here in the park, including hippos, bears, monkeys and kangaroos. Indigenous animals, such as the local deer, can also be seen roaming freely on the hillside. Log cabins are available for overnight or weekend stays. There is a large outdoor pool and restaurant open during the summer.
The Alpujarras are the spectacular mountain area on the Southern slopes of Sierra Nevada made famous in Chris Stewart’s book ’Driving Over Lemons’. The three most renowned villages of Bubion, Pampaneira and Capileira are a popular for tourists and walkers alike, with their abundance of tiny shops selling local crafts and delicacies.
La Herradura is one of the few remaining unspoilt villages on the southern cost of Spain and remains authentically ‘Spanish’. The pueblo of La Herradura (The Horseshoe) takes its name from the crescent shape of the bay and the beach extends more than 2 kilometres.
The village has a variety of shops, banks and supermarkets. There is a daily indoor market and local bakeries, two pharmacies and a medical centre. Numerous friendly bars with sunny terraces and tasty tapas sit on every street. The choice of restaurants is wide, ranging from beach bars specializing in locally caught fish, to those offering quality international cuisine.
Water based leisure activities abound. One can hire sailboards, canoes, dinghies, jet skis and pedalos. La Herradura has a thriving scuba diving community, with several schools offering courses, hire and guides.
Bicycle hire, tennis courts and horse riding are all available in the town. There are also three golf courses within easy reach, Anorretta, Baviera and Los Mariscos.
The local Tourist Information office can advise on all activities available in the area.
The historic city of Granada lies in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is less than an hour's drive from La Herradura. Granada was the last Moorish stronghold in Spain before the Christian reconquest in 1492. The high pass from which the city can last be seen crouching beneath the snow capped mountains before heading South towards Africa is called 'El Suspiro del Moro'. The sigh of the Moor. It was here that the mother of Boabdil, the last Moorish Sultan, berated her son thus: "Why do you cry like a woman over that which you could not defend like a man?"
It is not difficult to understand his grief when visiting the Alhambra Palace, an absolute treat, be it at night or during the day. Perched high on a hill, it's Arab designers played with arquitecture, light, shade and water to create a sensual haven. Enjoy a fortifying drink by the river in sun baked Plaza Nueva before climbing the cool, canopied avenue to the Palace itself.
However Granada has a young heartbeat with it's University and colleges. Driven by the energy of more than 70,000 students and blessed with the Southern European climate, young and old happily mix on their 'paseos' through the streets or around the fountains in the many squares.
It's a relaxed, outdoor way of life and Granadinos love socialising. And with Granada being the last Province in Spain still serving the traditional free 'tapa' with every drink, you can see why.
Shoppers are equally blessed. Aside from the bigger high street stores, you'll find everything from designer boutiques, to traditional Moroccan bazaars, and from leather goods to modern jewellery. Whether you'll be able to find the shop again in the warren of streets is another matter.
Should you be visiting in Winter or Spring and enjoy a day or two in the mountains, the Sierra Nevada is less than 90 minutes away. Europe's most southerly ski resort opens for the first weekend of December and closes towards the end of April. It has a good snow record as Mulhacén (3,500 metres) is the highest mountain on mainland Spain. Indeed on clear days, you can see the ships in the Mediterranean with the Rif Mountains of Morocco looming behind.
The resort has a modern, fast lift system covering an extensive terrain and of course a multitude of ski hire shops, bars, restaurants and hotels.
It's a real bonus to have such a good winter sports facility on the doorstep in Southern Spain. You can literally look out from the beach to see if there's a cloud in the sky in the morning before deciding to go for a day's skiing.
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25 Mar 2014
"The penthouse was superb"
What a fabulous flat to enjoy the view of La Herradura. The large terrace was ideal and the large interior space was beautifully appointed. They couldn't have done a better job. Everything one would want or need had been thoughtfully presented. It was visually delightful inside and out. We're even considering finding a second home for ourselves in this charming community. We will certainly be back as we return to house hunt. I highly recommend this penthouse to anyone wanting to experience a more traditional Spanish village. No reason to go to the over crowded Costa Del Sol when La Herradura is an hour outside of Granada. I can assure you that this flat will exceed your expectations.
6 Oct 2013
"It's got the X factor"
A truly fantastic place. Everything you could want. A superbly appointed apartment in a perfect location. Peace and quiet when you want it, but only 15 min walk to the centre of town. The apartmen… More
16 Aug 2013
"Lovely, modern apartment with plenty of room for everyone."
We stayed in el Atico for 2 weeks and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The apartment was well equipped, spotless and very comfortable. The terraces were a real bonus as it was easy to avoid or enjoy… More
It really was a pleasure to have Jane, Terry, friends and family stay at The Penthouse. So glad you relaxed and enjoyed yourselves, and also that you enjoyed your daily Spanish conversation/lessons with Joana. Thank you forkeeping and leaving the property spotless and we would certainly recommend you to any other property owners.
25 Jan 2013
"luxurious under the spanish winter sun !"
We stayed for 1 week in The Penthouse and had everything we could dream of... A great, clean and luxurious appartment, brand new ! Magnificent view, incredible good wether for the time of the year. … More
Thank you your kind review Kris. It was a pleasure to host you and your friends. We are glad you had a relaxing time and thank you again for treating our home so well.
12 Jan 2013
"A luxurious apartment with amazing views"
This apartment is even better than the photographs! There are lovely restaurants and bars locally but with the fantastic terraces we spent many evenings eating and enjoying the amazing views. The lo… More
19 Oct 2012
"What an amaxing appartment, worth every penny!"
We found 'The Penthouse' on the internet and from the pictures and description of the apartment, booked a weeks break in mid September.
What a time we had.. not only did the apartment have amazing views over the ocean, but it was situated only five minutes from the beach. Very spacious and fitted out to the highest spec. The pictures on the net do not do it justice, it's ever better in real life! We took my 85 year old father in our party who is wheelchair bound, and it worked like a dream with lift access from the private secure basement garage direct to our front door.
Would highly recommend and would love to return on day.
26 Sep 2012
"Couldnt ask for anything more..."
I stayed at The Penthouse mid Sep 2012 with my 86 year old father, son of 22 and daughter of 18.
You could't get any better. We each had a double room to ourselves, the view is fantastic, bathrooms are modern & stylish, Sky TV for the news, wireless internet & numerous spots to relax with a book.
Secure parking and lift access to the property was seamless and perfect for my father.
Would highly recommend.
1 Sep 2012
"Great apartment with lovely views"
We had a wonderful stay in the penthouse in July this year with our kids aged 7 and 9. The apartment itself was everything we wanted - spacious, clean, cool and modern. Lovely terrace with great views… More
Hi Kjersti! Thank you for your positive review. We work hard to try to create a 'home from home' for our guests and we are so happy that you, Thomas and the children enjoyed your stay with us. Hope to see you again one day!
7 Aug 2012
"Home from home, but with a view!"
The apartment has excellent views and has everything you could possibly need for a week or two in the sun. We travelled with a 9 moth old baby, and Nick provided a cot and high chair for us at no ext… More
Thank you for your comments Michelle. It was a pleasure to have you, Kevin and the delightful Keira to stay, and we are so glad that you had a relaxing holiday.
14 Jul 2012
"Amazing luxury apartment"
Had a great holiday in The Penthouse. Immaculate, modern, quality new furnishings indoor and out. Great location ideal for local bars and restaurants and shopping. The owners have thought of everything...amazing heated jacuzzi and wi fi for the teenagers! We will definitely return to this magic place.
Thank you for your review and we are so happy that you enjoyed your time in our penthouse apartment. Hope to see you again soon!
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