Finca El Apanao
Finca | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The Finca El Apanao is a lovely property nestling in a secluded, private garden within the grounds of a house featured on Channel 4, Grand Designs Abroad. It is over two hundred year's old and has been refurbished by an architect for his own holiday use, maintaining its simple character but offering twenty-first century amenities. There are lawns, fruit trees and ornamental plants and terraces for al fresco dining. There is also a large first floor balcony with views of the sea. The swimming pool has a protected shallow area for small children.
For those who enjoy soaking up the sun on the beach or walking and cycling in beautiful countryside, visiting historic cities and villages and browsing in local markets - or simply crashing out by the pool, this is an idyllic holiday destination for families or groups of friends wishing for a genuine, unspoilt Spanish experience.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rincon de la Victoria 11 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 24 km, Nearest railway: Malaga 21 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 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|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
All rooms except bathrooms and laundry have beamed sloping ceilings.
Large entrance hall leading to connecting corridor and staircase with large cupboard where out door clothes and suitcases can be stored.
Fully equipped large kitchen/dining area with table and chairs for eight people.
Main double bedroom with queen sized double bed, bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers and chair. En suite bathroom with wet room, basin, WC and heated towel rail (no bath). Direct access through french doors to garden and pool.
Two further double bedrroms with queen sized bed, bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers, chair.
Single bedroom with single bed, bedside table, wardrobe, chest of drawers and chair. An extra single bed can be provided.
A cot is available on request.
Family bathroom with wet room, basin, WC and heated towel rail (no bath).
Separate landry room with washing machine, storage of ironing board,iron and vacuum cleaner.
Large garage and storage for bikes.
All bed linen and towels (not beach towels) are included. Linen is changed at the end of each week.
Large living room furnished with setees, small table and chairs and TV. Good sized, south facing balcony with views over the countryside to the sea.
|Further details outdoors|
Extensive terracing both the front of the property and to the rear by the pool. The areas provide flexibility for either shade or sun at different times of day. There is an additional secluded decked area for dining close to barbecue.
A lawn surrounds the 8m x 4m pool which has a constant depth of 1.2m. It has an extra semi circular shallow pool for small children with a step suitable for sitting on. Normally swimming is comfortable from the beginning of May to early October.
The garden areas are planted with avocados, figs, orange, lemon and clementine trees as well as bougainvilla, hibiscus and other ornamental plants.
The terraces are furnished with a dining table and chairs for eight people and two large umbrellas. There are six sun loungers and a barbecue.
The Andalucia region
The Costa del Sol/Malaga region
The Costa del Sol stretches along just over 150 kilometres of Malaga province and is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations. The area's mild climate is the root attraction that makes it possible to enjoy the beaches and a wide variety of outdoor activities. The area is suitable for holidays or short breaks all the year round. Spring inevitably is abundant with wild flowers, the campo becoming covered with drifts of blues, purples, yellows, oranges and reds. Early migratory birds such as hoopoos are often seen in the fields. Even with the little winter rainfall the hillsdies are remarkably green. Summer is hot and the grasses turn into waiving golden strands, the wild fennel now two metres high. There is surpisingly little autumn colour. The grapes, olives and almonds are harvested and the countryside starts to settle down for the winter. The crickets become silent and the migrating birds; swallows, swifts, bee eaters, kites etc fly through the valleys. Throughout the year eagles fly over head paying us a visit from their nesting sites in the nearby national parks. Winter is mild with typical December daytime temperatures of 17 degrees C. or more. Christmas in Malaga is spectacular. All the main streets have festive lights, roundabouts are decorated with scenes from the Nativity and road through the park is lined with Christmas boutiques.
Eastern Costa del Sol.
This is the 54Km stretch of coast to the east of Malaga city. It is much less developed than the western Costa del Sol but there are several lively resorts along the coast and attractive, unspoiled beaches directly accessible from the road.
Rincon de la Victoria
RiNCON DE LA VICTORIA / MOCLINEJO AREA
The Finca is a twelve minute drive from Rincon de la Victoria, a pleasant Spanish holiday town where there are numerous bars and restaurants, many on the beach itself, providing a large variety of food at varying prices. The standard 'menu del dia', a three course midday meal is generally available priced at nine euros.
We are well served with supermarkets as well as a good variety of small family shops. At Totolan, nearby, there is a large commercial mal with a Carrefour supermarket, clothes and shoe shops, a multi screen cinema and fast food outlets .
Rincon is also famous for its caves known as 'Cuevas del Tesoro' where ancient wall paintings have been found. The caves are also interesting as they have the unusual occurrence of fresh water pools under the sea.
The nearest village, Moclinejo is 2Km to the north of the Finca and has a lively restaurant and bar, a baker and a small but well stocked supermarket. It is well worth strolling through the narrow streets and visiting the church and main square. There is also a 'bodega' where locally made wine can be purchased. The grapes grown in the area are Muscatel and they are also sun dried to make raisins. Moclinejo is approached from the 'Ruta de Pasas' and ancient and spectacular route through mountainous vineyards famous for the production of Malaga wine.
Closer to, and all around the Finca are numerous tracks and footpaths for hilly country walks with amazing 360 degree panoramas. The bay of Malaga can be seen clearly and occasionally Gibraltar and the Atlas mountains in Morocco are visible.
Between the Finca and the coast is the larger, historic village of Benagalbon which has many attractive bars and restaurants as well as a well stocked supermarket and pharmacy. Locally produced olive oil can be bought in the village.
Malaga, a twenty-five minute drive away has many interesting attractions, some being:
Picasso's birth place
The Picasso Museum
The Alcazaba and Gibralfaro. A moorish castle with stunning views of the city, bullring and port.
The Roman amphitheatre
Most interesting visits can be made during the Easter week to see the famous religious processions
The city's colourful fiesta week occurs in August.
There are local fiestas lasting from a day to a week in all the small villages. Details of these can be provided. There is almost always a paella prepared for the entire village and any visitors on the final day.
Those interested in food will have the choice of a large variety of sea food. Many types of shellfish, just out of the sea are simply cooked in a wine and garlic sauce. Look out for the local speciality 'conchas finas' available only on this coast line. It is a type of clam, the size of an oyster but brightly coloured and served simply opened in its shell with a wedge of lemon. There are typical dishes of small, lightly battered and deep fried fish or grilled sea bream or turbot. In season fresh sardines are placed on skewers and barbecued on the beach.
For the less adventurous there is a Burger King and yes, Macdonalds as well as lots of Pizza houses.
Excellent day trips are possible to:
Granada to visit the historic Alhambra and the El Generalife
Ronda to see the bridge and gorge, the oldest bullring in Spain and the Roman theatre
Antequera to visit the 'Tolmen de Melga, megalithic stone tombs.
El Torcal National Park and bird reserve
Nerja to vist the caves and the Balcon de Europa
The numerous 'White Villages' of Andalucia
Immediately accessible from the Finca are numerous traks and footpaths for hilly country walks, with spectacular 360 degree panoramas.
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13 Oct 2013
"A wonderful relaxing retreat"
The Finca is perfectly placed in a beautiful rural location, at the start of the mountains and still only 10 minutes from the coast. The lovely traditional house was well equipped with all the creatu… More
20 Sep 2013
"Fantastic location, fantastic property."
A wonderful place to really 'get away from it all' and relax. The finca is beautiful with stunning views and so peaceful.… More
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