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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Casa Alta is a recently renovated old house flooded with light and full of character. The roof terrace looks across Ojen's rooftops and surrounding mountains and there are sea views from the living room and bedroom. The house is bright and airy in summer, with a breeze running through the beamed, high-ceilinged living room on the top floor - and a fridge on the terrace to keep a chilled supply of Cava at hand. In winter, it's incredibly cosy, with a log fire in the living room, to warm you after beautiful walks in the hills or along the beach. There's a flat-screen TV and DVDs, books, music - and the town square, with bars, restaurants and a few small shops, is just a couple of minutes walk from the house.
There is a new kitchen and bathroom, a dining room with seating for four, and the house sleeps 4 comfortably (two in the master bedroom's double bed and two either in the double sofabed in the living room or one there and one on the large single sofabed in the spare room downstairs).
Ojen offers the rare chance to be immersed in Andalucian village life, yet have beaches and everything else you need within a short drive. The surrounding countryside of the Sierra de las Nieves is wonderful for walking, running, cycling, picnicking or exploring by car. Other classic white towns including Ronda, Mijas and Gaucin are within 20-60 minutes drive.
This is a great opportunity to stay on the Costa del Sol, with all the beaches, restaurants, shops, cinemas, golf courses, sports facilities and everything else you could want on holiday. But you will also love Casa Alta and Ojen if you are seeking the traditional, friendly atmosphere of a typical 'pueblo blanco' and a comfortable house with everything you need for a relaxing, restorative holiday.
PS. My response rate is actually 100%! I will always reply within 24 hours - and most likely immediately. I've often replied directly to people's personal email address, which hasn't counted in the overall 'response rate' tally that shows on this site.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marbella 8 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 60 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Casa Alta is full of original features, including an Arabic arched window, steep tiled steps between each floor, the occasional quirkily low ceiling typical of Ojen townhouses and a high, beamed ceiling in the living room. Unusually for such old houses in the heart of the village, the house is full of light and wonderfully cool in the hot summers and very cosy in winter. The main bedroom and living room have sea views or gaze across the mountains from the other side of the house. There are comfortable double sofa beds in the living room and second bedroom.
Please note that due to recent changes in satellite reception in Spain, the house no longer has the main UK satellite channels (BBC, ITV etc). It is still possible to get some satellite channels.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a roof terrace (with a fridge, so you don't have to clamber up and down the stairs for your bottle of Cava) leading off the top floor living room. The street is cobbled and pedestrianised, but parking is available and free on the road a minute's walk from the house.
There is a beautfil open-air swimming pool in Ojen, open in summer and set high up in the village, with incredible views across the Sierra de las Nieves mountains. It costs 2 Euros per person per day to use the pool and surrounding gardens.
Ojen is a little-known gem, so close to Marbella yet few people have heard of it. It has all the authentic character of famous white towns such as Ronda or Gaucin, yet it's far less touristy, it's close to beach and it's less than 40 minutes from Malaga airport.
It's the place to come if you like walking, mountain biking or just sitting on the terrace with a bottle of wine and soaking up amazing views of the countryside and coast.
About this location
The Andalucia region
Ojen is beautiful, small town with a populatoin of about 2,000 in an incredible setting in the hills behind Marbella, an 8-10 minute drive away. It's a classic Spanish village where life revolves around family and neighbours. Kids play on the church steps until late into the evening, everyone congregates around the cafes in the town square, and there are sociable village events throughout the year.
There are restaurants and tapas bars within a minute's walk of the house, a small supermarket and small grocery shops nearby for basics (or a huge Alcampo hypermarket in the excellent La Canada shopping centre 10 minutes drive away in Marbella).
Sunrise and sunsets over the mountains are incredible and the countryside around Ojen is tranquil and relaxing - as if you'd stepped back about 50 years, but with the reassurance that every bar, restaurant, film, foreign newspaper and leisure activity are down the road in Marbella. The idyllic new Shanti Som spa retreat has also recently opened in the hills behind Ojen, near the Refugio de Juanar, if you fancy some blissful relaxation.
Ojen is a place to relax, soak up what Spanish life is really about, and it's also a great base to explore the coast and beautiful countryside. You have the Costa del Sol on the doorstep, but you feel a million miles away in Ojen. There are beaches within a 10-minute drive of Ojen, including the lovely Elviria beach, just east of Marbella, where you can swim in warm, mill-pond sea and look back at a coastline of almost uninterrupted mountains and greenery.
Ojén is a classic Moorish ‘pueblo blanco’ (white village), its houses stacked up like sugar cubes against the green hills of the Sierra de las Nieves. Usually you have to drive inland for ages to find this kind of village. But Ojén is just five minutes from Marbella – so you have beaches, bars, restaurants, cinemas, shops on the doorstep, but can retreat quickly to another world.
The Saturday morning market in the town square, a minute's walk from the house, is a lively event and great place to stock up on good qualitybut incredibly cheap fruit and veg. Ojen and the surrounding area also has tons of celebratory events all year round, from the big Easter processions in Marbella, to Ojen's summer festivals of flamenco, rock music and, last year, BMX racing through the cobbled streets.
In summer, Ojen's great hilltop swimming pool is the place to cool down, surounded by lawns and the Fogon del Flores restaurant and amazing views across the mountains. There's also a great - and rarely used - astroturf tennis court next to the pool (with rackets and balls in the house for guests' use). Spring and Autumn are also beautiful times to visit the coast, with bright days, warm sun but without the intense summer heat. Winter days are usually blue-skied and mild, with chillier nights that lend themselves to getting cosy beside the log fire.
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12 Mar 2013
Very Original Spain, we have stayed in and around the area numerous times, but generally in Luxury villas, away from the true spain. We booked Casa Alta on a last minute whim to try something different. Ojen is a beautiful unspoilt mountain village, the house is a traditional spanish home split over several levels with bags of character (watch those steps!). The kitchen door (front door) opens straight onto the pedestrian alley between the houses, the locals are very friendly and there is a lovely restaurant within 30 metres of your front door, great hosts. The town square is quaint and the local bars serve genuine Tapas at an astonishingly low price (we paid 7 Euros for tapas and drinks for 3 people). English is not widely spoken so be prepared to exercise your Spanish. A short drive drops you straight down into Marbella or across to Ben Havis. The house doesn't have a pool but the local swimming pool in Ojen is amazing, 2euros and you can stay all day, a couple more and you get a sunbed, surrounded by grass, mature planting, great views (steepest road you can imagine) and a good size pool, heavily used by the friendly locals and with a restaurant and bar attached, worth a visit. Casa Alta was a very welcome break, a very quaint and pretty property with free entertainment from Gary the Ghekko who visited most evenings (most to my daughters amazement). An early morning stroll everyday to get the morning pastries, meet the locals in the square and saunter back up to the house (good for your legs). We managed to park every day on the main road right above the house so although it is in a little back street the car wasn't far away when we wanted to explore. The village is truly stunning and unspoilt, once you have exhausted the local restaurants there are plenty of choices within a 15 to 20 minute drive. If you have always followed the tourist trail (like we had) and stayed in modern apartments then this is a peek into the real Spain, friendly, bright, quaint, interesting and relaxing. The pace here is slower than the beachfront and holiday apartments, but be aware, although it is quiet the locals make up for this, as they tend to call loudly to one another rather than bother with phones, just another part of the tapestry. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and actually came back relaxed rather than the breakneck speed at which most holidays run. You very quickly fall into a village pace and routine, all in all a great experience.
25 Feb 2013
"Beautiful house in a charming village"
My boyfriend and I had a lovely stay at Casa Alta in Ojen... which started the moment we arrived and were welcomed with a basket of local produce and a bottle of wine!
The house, which is beautifully kept and tastefully decorated, on one of the many narrow streets of whitewashed houses in the village of Ojen offers views across the rooftops of the village out to the Mediterranean. Ojen itself was charming and has a great setting in between the sea and the mountains. We found it a great base from which to explore the local area and had days out to Ronda, walking in the Refugio de Juanar, to Marbella and Puerto Banus with evenings in the restaurants and cafes of the village. It was quiet when we visited in October and perfectly relaxing - I would definitely recommend it!
5 Feb 2013
"My beautiful Gingerbread house!!!"
I had always dreamt that one day I would stay in a gingerbread house like the one in the Brothers Grimm novel Hansel & Gretal...and with Casa Alta I did! You may not think it when you walk down the little cobbled street to the house, as it looks like all the other little houses in the street. You have to cross the quiet main road and walk up the hill opposite it to see this house in all it's magnificance. It stands tall, slim and elegant amongst the other houses, with it's whitewashed exterior, sky blue windows & shutters and the lovely balcony overlooking the town and the sea. Once inside, there are three levels to this house, and each room is furnished so beautifully and to a very high standard. The interior is very Moorish and the view from the bedroom window towards the sea is a photographer or artist's dream! In the evening after our dinner in the village, we would go back the house and open up a bottle of wine (or two!) and sit on the balcony watching the lights of the village houses and the twinkling stars. it was spectacular. We stayed in this house for four days and we loved it so much that we will come back again and again to stay when we next visit Ojen. We stumbled across the village of Ojen in 2011 on our way to the airport. We were killing time and we nonchalantly decided to visit this village as it was the next junction on the motorway. We absolutely fell in love with it and decided to come back in 2012. The village is so far away from the hustle and bustle of Marbella, although it is only a 20 minute drive from it.
Ojen is a lovely quiet ,sleepy, rural village with not a lot of bars and restaurants...the real Spain! If you are looking for a chill out then this is the place. The restaurant we chose to visit every day AND night was opposite the little church which dominates the main square. I cannot remember the name of the restaurant but the the lady's name was Pacqui and could she cook!!! Her calamares and tapas were to die for and she also made her own delicious crisps. Nothing was too much trouble for this lady. She looked a little foreboding at first but...I found out that you should never judge a book by it's cover! she is a character and a a lovely lady. There are lovely walks into the hills at Ojen and it is a only 20 minute drive from the airport. I cannot speak highly enough of this house and the village, although quiet, is beautiful.
28 Jan 2013
"An Andalusian Village"
The house in Ojen is a splendid base for an Andalusian holiday. A reliable bus service links up with Marbella and further trips along the coast were in easy reach of the hired car. The village itself … More
25 Jan 2013
"A charming house in the heart of a beautiful Andalusian village"
My sisters and I were lucky enough to spend a week in Ojen two years ago, while on a tour of Andalusia. The house itself was charming - winding up through 4 floors with a tiny terrace at roof level. There views across the roof tops to the Mediterranean from the two top floors. The decor is simple, but tasteful, towards the bohemian, which we liked very much. The only downside could be the sleeping arrangements, as there is only one private bedroom, although we got round this by dedicating the top floor to one member of our party. There was a much appreciated welcome snack and a bottle of local wine to greet us. Ojen is a truly lovely village and brilliantly located as a base to discover the area.
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