House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
PLEASE NOTE THAT EITHER THE MAIN HOUSE OR THE APARTMENT CAN BE RENTED SEPARATELY.
PRICES FOR EITHER MAIN HOUSE OR APARTMENT ARE LISTED UNDER PRICES FOR 4 GUESTS.
PRICE FOR BOTH MAIN HOUSE AND APARTMENT ARE LISTED UNDER PRICES FOR 8 GUESTS.
Los Altos really does have the WOW factor! It has been designed and decorated in an individual boutique style and comprises of the main house which connects to a spacious independent 'loft' style apartment. The apartment is self contained and can be shut off from the rest of the house if more privacy is required or if two families are staying for example.
The views to the sea and mountains beyond are equally spectacular from the pool, the various terraces and especially through the huge picture window of the open plan living area of the house. At night the lights sparkle up from the crescent shaped curve of La Herradura (horseshoe).
The house is situated on the edge of the Cerro Gordo natural park with it's pine trees and secret coves. A short walk through the trees 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 property has 3 bedrooms in the main house and very originally, has an independent open plan 110m2 apartment at pool level with 2 double beds. The house remains cool and airy during Summer, and is fitted with Canadian wood burning fires that 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:
Private pool (8m x 3.5m). Wifi internet (accessible from the apartment, the pool decking and the bedroom terrace). Double hammock on upper terrace. Steam room. Exterior hot water shower (located next to master bedroom). Sunken bath. SKY television (in apartment). Spanish digital television (in the house & apartment). Gas BBQ. Washing machine. Tumble dryer.
When renting this property, you will also have access to a quiet and secluded public pool and smaller childrens' pool with toilets and showers. There are also two pádel courts next to the swimming pool garden which is only a 200m walk from the property itself, and enjoys stunning views to the mountains on one side and the sea to the other.
There are no end of activities that can be enjoyed in La Herradura. You will find an information pack that will inform you of the activities available during your stay. We can organize scuba diving, horse riding, language classes, personal training, beauty treatments and even excursions to Granada and the Alhambra Palace.
We aim to provide you with a complete personal service with as much or as little help as you require, and are able to do this as we live close by. We will be pleased to meet you personally and show you around the property on your arrival.
We also provide 3 levels of welcome pack including food, drink and provisions should you be arriving late or don't have the energy to go shopping on your first few days. Please do contact us for any requirements, however small and we will try to help.
For any clients interested in a more active holiday, then bring your training kit as Ash is a locally established personal trainer who can offer you a bespoke service should you wish to exercise during your stay. Anything from runs through the Natural Park, to cycle rides, to one on one sessions on secluded coves. Please see Ash Personal Training
Sophie is a beautician should you wish to spoil yourselves with a manicure or pedicure during your stay. She has even carried out SOS first day services for clients who have had no time for waxing before their holiday! She has also carried out light spray tans for clients wishing to avoid early holiday pale legs!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Playa de La Herradura 3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Málaga 65 km, Nearest railway: Málaga 65 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house is individually and originally styled. The views from the living and dining area through the huge picture window are breathtaking and there is a private deck area that leads off the living room. A breakfast bar divides the open plan kitchen and living area. Stairs lead down to the master bedroom and ensuite with roll top bath and separate shower. There is a family bathroom with shower and two further connecting single bedrooms. The style is very informal and would suit a couple or family due to the bedroom layout. All bedrooms lead onto the upper terrace and hammock.
The large independent apartment measures 110m2 and is fully open plan. There are stairs that connect the apartment and the house, however access to the stairs can be locked if privacy is required. Here you have a kitchen plus utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a double futon and another double bed. It has a japonese style dining table, that can seat 8 guests. A large shower room, sunken bath, and a steam room. Sky television and wifi internet access can be enjoyed in the apartment. There are electric shutters which provide complete darkness, and which can be opened by remote control while still lying in bed to watch the sun rise. The apartment leads out to the pool and decking area.
|Further details outdoors|
Private swimming pool with decking surround and large double hammock on upper terrace. Exterior hot water shower with views to the sea.
The property is suitable for children and of course babies. However it is not ideal for investigating mobile toddlers because of the stairs and different levels.
As mentioned, we do provide a Gold, Silver & Bronze provisions pack service for those guests arriving too late to shop, or who would like to enjoy a a selection of local produce. The most basic pack includes 'essentials' such as bread, milk, tea, coffee, wine and toilet rolls etc. While the more complete pack includes local breads, meats, cheeses and cava.
The Costa Tropical region
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.
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 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.
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21 Oct 2012
Cet appartement au-dessus de la baie de Herradura est vraiment fantastique. Les vues des 3 niveaux sont merveilleuses. L'aménagement intérieur de chaque étage très moderne a été conçu avec… More
3 Oct 2012
"Fantastic Family Vacation"
We rented this villa during our summer vacation in August 2012. The house was beautiful. The photos look amazing but it is so much better to experience in person! The neighborhood was peaceful. It is located up on a mountain above the city of La Herradura. It is a very short drive down the hill to La Herradura for beachside restaurants and shops. It was also a 15 minute drive to the larger city, Nerja if we were looking for a little more variety or late night fun. It was also possible to walk onto the nature trail from our neighborhood. Nick and his team have done a very nice job maintaining this rental property. They were very attentive if we had any questions or issues.
We enjoyed the views from the poolside deck every day. We rented the house for four adults, one senior and two teens. There was plenty of space for us all. The top floor is the entrance with a large open plan kitchen. The appliances were in great and the kitchen was stocked with all of the necessities. Nick (our contact) was also kind enough to offer a service to stock the pantry with essentials for our first few days. We mostly dined on the outside patio with seating for 8, but there was also an option to dine on the screened porch inside. The floor below featured two bedrooms - and bathrooms. The bottom level was the apartment with two queen beds, a smaller kitchen, laundry room and another bathroom.
The house is located on three levels and that required climbing the stairs multiple times a day. For adults and older children, this is certainly no problem. With my mother in law, it did require her to walk very carefully. There is a portion of the stairs without a hand rail so it is something to be mindful of.
We were a little skeptical about the house not having air conditioning, but we were assured that the breezes kept the house quite cool. There was a heat wave during the two weeks we were there. It was August after all. We found that for the most part the house stayed very comfortable. A few hours during the morning would heat up the upper levels so we moved to a lower level (or enjoyed a quick morning swim). At night, it was also OK and safe to keep windows open for breezes. Perhaps the rooms on the 2nd level could use a fan for those hotter nights.
It was one of our favorite vacations ever. We used this lovely home as our home base as we explored Costa Tropical and Costa del Sol. We even took a day trip to Morocco. The location could not have been better for our purposes. Every day we chose a new beach to visit. In the evenings, we spent time in Nerja or Granada. The neighborhood was full of families but was also a quiet and secluded little paradise.
We would definitely recommend this vacation home!
1 Oct 2012
"Los Altos has the WOW factor as soon as you walk in.....fabulous house."
As soon as you walk into Los Altos through the huge front door, you are met by this breathtaking view through the large picture window......an absolute fabulous view of the sea & cove of La Herradura… More
28 Sep 2012
"Stunning Villa with spectacular views and beautifully decorated"
I had the pleasure to stay here in August and it was a wonderful experience.
The house has plenty of areas to unwind and relax for large parties. The kitchen was very nice and offered the ability to really feel like you were at home. The outdoor seating and patios were equally enjoyable.
The one area to note is that the apartmen downstairst has an open floor plan with two double beds without any privacy.
The house and surroundings really makes you feel like you are on a luxurious holiday. We enjoyed the hammock, pool, gril, and amenities the house offered. The area also offers stunning views from every level.
Nick was extremely helpful and arranged to have the kitchen stocked before we arrived making our first few days in the house very comfortable.
Can highly recommend it.
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