Casa Jose Ramon - Andalucia
Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This 100 year old finca has been recently renovated and tastefully decorated, On the ground floor you wil find an open plan fully fitted kitchen, diner, sitting room, a separate smaller lounge with open fireplace, large laundry and store room and toilet. Upstairs there is the master bedroom on suite, single bedroom with bunk beds, 2 large double bedrooms and a surprisingly large family bathroom with bath and separate shower. The large double kitchen doors open to a large outside dining area, shaded by vines with spectacular views over the surrounding mountains and valleys to the sea in the distance. Surrounded by a garden with private pool /jacuzzi and many flowers, olive and almond trees. This traditional Spanish house has a very welcoming and warm feel, a peaceful and quiet location with magnificent views and only a short drive from the village of Riogordo with all amenities, shops and regular bus service to Malaga city.
This property is located 30 minutes drive from Malagas historic centre, 60 minutes from Granada and 90 minutes from both Cordoba and Sevilla.
The beach at Torre del Mar, Malaga or Torremolinos are a 30 minutes away and the picturesque resort of Nerja is a 45 minute drive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Torrel del Mar 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 40 km, Nearest railway: Malaga 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|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 outdoors|
Private pool with jacuzzi, wooden sun beds with quality cushions, BBQ, spectacular views, easy access, and above all, peace and tranquility.
The Andalucia region
A SHORT HISTORY OF RIOGORDO
The Phoenicians originally settled Malaga but archaeological remains in various parts of the province including the area surrounding Riogordo indicate that prehistoric man had already left his mark on the area, the Carthaginians came next followed by the Romans
The area was covered in forests, the Romans started to clear some for the cultivation of olives followed by the Moors who planted almonds and finally the Christians after the re-conquest who continued the exploitation. Gradual deforestation poor harvests and epidemics in the years 1580,1621 and 1661 devastated Malaga and surrounding areas, in addition an earthquake in the year 1680 destroyed much of the infrastructure.
In 1833 Malaga assumed an important role in the nation thanks to industrialization. Iron and steel works and textile factories were established and deforestation continued at a pace to feed the furnaces. The rapid growth of these factories made Malaga the second most important industrial centre in the country after Barcelona, the downside to this short term prosperity was the long term effects caused to the surrounding countryside by the land clearance. Fortunately in the 1930’s a programme of reforestation was undertaken which has in part helped to return some of the park to what it used to be.
Flora and Fauna:
The Aleppo pine was the tree most widely used in the reforest programme but the park contains many types of coniferous trees amongst them; Umbrella and Monterey pines. Deciduous trees prominently feature the Holm Oak, Cork Oak, Gall Tree, Chestnut, Ash, Willow and of course the biblical Carob Tree.
The park has a diverse ecosystem, the wildlife include wild boar badgers, foxes, mongoose, genet, hedgehog. The birds include eagles, hawks, eagle owls, kestrels as well as pigeons, partridge, jay, nightingales. With regards to the reptile family there are snakes lizards, salamanders, toads and gratefully the chameleon. Obviously there are many more animals reptiles and birds but this short overview is not the place to list them all.
This whole area has been home to many people over the centuries, consequently tales and legends abound, to wet your appetite here are a couple of examples.
Omar ben Hafsun.
The Moors ruled southern Spain for 800 years, consequently stories and anecdotes abound. One such story features a man called Omar ben Hafsun, known as “La pesadilla de los Emirs de Cordoba” ( The nightmare of the Emirs (rulers) of Cordoba).
The young Omar seems to have been a violent young man who loved to fight. One day he killed one of his neighbours and was forced to flee from justice to the inaccessible mountains around Guadalhorce Malaga. He took refuge in the old castle at Bobastro. He was joined by other fugitives and began to ransack the surrounding countryside. Eventually he was captured by the ruler of Malaga and whipped. Fortunately for Omar the Lord of Malaga did not recognise him for the murderer he was. For health reasons Omar decided to leave for North Africa, where he stayed until enlightened by a prediction that he was destined to become a great lord. He returned to Andalucia in the year 880 and with the help of his uncle started to build his fiefdom. He repaired the castle at Bobastro to usa as his base. Life went fairly well for him until the Emir of Cordoba Muhammed 1 sent a huge army against him in the year 883. Against such odds Omar decided to surrender and with his followers entered the service of the Emir. He soon tired of this arrangement and after two years returned to Bobastro with hundreds of men and rapidly took Riogordo, Mijas, Comares and Archidona. In the year 886 he made a pact with the other rebels enabling him to dominate Alhama and its mountain ranges, building a power base strong enough for him to be able to defy the Emir of Cordoba.
El Cura de Riogordo (The Priest of Riogordo)
José Antonio Muñoz Sánchez, more famously known as "El Cura de Riogordo" (The Priest of Riogordo) has gone down in local history as the priest who fought the French in the War of Independence, he reached the rank of captain in a cavalry regiment. He was particularly good at harassment, and was a genius with strategy. The best recorded of his feats of valour was an attack on the supplies depot of Arenas on March 5th, 1812, and his amazing escape from four columns of French soldiers, made up of 1,500 men, in Tollox on November 7th, 1811. As one would expect he was a pious man and punished those who took advantage of the war to plunder and steal.
Has a population of around 2600 people and is situated 400metres above sea level. It is about 36 kilometres from Axarquia, Velez Malaga and Malaga Capital. The town has two distinct parts, the Barrio Alto, or Cerrillo, and the Barrio Bajo, or La Plaza. The houses are built in the typical Andalusian village style some with interior patios, wells and stables. The town as seen today was built by the followers of the Catholic Kings, after the army had camped there on its way to capture Valez in 1489.The town has a museum and two interesting churches of quite different styles.
Museum of popular Arts
Tel: 952 732 154. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and mornings on Saturdays and Sundays.
Church of Nuestra Señora de Gracia
Built with the town in the year 1490, it has two naves with semicircular arches supported by pillars. The ceilings are of particular architectural interest. The facade has been faithfully restored using materials of the period, with great care and attention paid to detail.
Hermitage of San Sebastián
The Hermitage of San Sebastián was built in 1681 fortunately documentation about it’s construction has survived to this day. It is a delightful example of Baroque architecture located in the centre of the town. The design is a single nave covered by a beautifully decorated barrel vault. An item of note inside is the Camarín (small room) of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno (Our Father Jesus of Nazareth)
There are a number of homes dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, many having niches or recesses, to house statues of virgins saints or the image of the Jesus Christ. The oldest recorded streets are: calle Deán de Rojas, calle La Santa and calle El Horno. Another curiosity is the name of the town “Riogordo,” meaning Fat River. At first glance it would seem strange because the river is not physically wide, the origin can be found in the dense vegetation along the banks of the Río de la Cueva, where the water, rich in minerals springs from a subterranean source, giving the water a “fat” appearance. This may well have been the reason for the first Neolithic settlers choosing to live here. Other Neolithic remains have been found in the Tajo de Gomer and some Bronze Age remains have been discovered in the Cerro de la Capellanía. Evidence of a Phoenician settlement has been found close by, while Roman mosaics dating from the third century have been excavated in the Villas of Auta,
Moving on to the present day, each year during the week of Semana Santa (Easter Week) for the last fifty-two years the villagers and actors have re-enacted the passion of Jesus Christ. This spectacle has become so well known that it was declared a fiesta of national tourist interest in 1996. The play is known as the “PASO DE RIOGORDO” and takes place between Good Friday and Easter Sunday both during the daytime and at night, the “stage” is a hill- side occupying more than 10,000 square metres, with a cast of around 500 people. The event is unique in Spain, a true festival of music and lights. To give an indication of the importance of this festival around 25,000 people attend!
Another delightful festival for children is the Fiesta del Candil. (The candle festival) it takes place during the second week of September.
Places of interest:
El Tajo del Gómer. One of the most beautiful areas around Riogordo, where a trekking route takes us to the Tajo (Gorge) at the Río de la Cueva.
Ruta de los Montes de Malaga. (Route of the Montes de Malaga) Offers the chance to get to know the nature park a little better by offering a variety of itineraries such as the one which starts at the Venta Fuente Reina a typical country restaurant, leading on to the recreation and camping area of Torrijos. Visitors here will be able to see the Torrijos Ethnological Museum which has been set up in an old farmhouse that preserves its original roof beams and has a wine press over two hundred years old. An alternative is to take the route that starts at the Las Contadoras Nature Centre, an environmental education centre set in a rambling 18th century house, and ends up at the ruins of Jotrón.
Route of the Ventas. (countryside restaurants) Follows the C-345, the old road to Colmenar. The road snakes upwards past pine clad hillsides and offers numerous natural “miradores” with panoramic views of the mountains and sea. But the main attraction of this route are the ventas that line the road and are generally situated in locations with magnificent vistas. Ventas usually offer a varied menu of typical local gastronomy for instance, “plato de los Montes” of fried eggs, chorizo sausage, fried green peppers and tasty pork loin, washed down with “vino de los Montes”, a tawny-coloured sweet muscatel wine from the Montes, and finally a traditional “digestivo” drink known as aguardiente. Alternatively you might like to try dishes such as country-style rabbit stew or partridge in broth. Then there are the delicious cakes and preserves such as “borrachuelos”, wine-flavoured fritters glazed in honey, “batata confitada” (candied sweet potatoes) or “mostachones con piñones” (pine nut macaroons).
Caserbermeja. Worth visiting, if for no other reason than in the year 1840 it threw out all the landowners and declared itself a republic, the government of the day took an entirely different view and sent the army to explain this was not an acceptable course of action. Casabermeja also forms part of another itinerary.
Route of the Almond Trees (“Ruta del almendro”), which includes the village of Almogía. Amongst the other routes running through the Montes de Malaga are the
Route of the Olive Oil (“Ruta del aceite de los Montes”) which takes in Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Colmenar, Periana, Riogordo and Viñuela.
Route of the Raisin (“Ruta de la pasa”), which includes the villages of Almáchar, El Borge, Comares, Cutar, Moclinejo and Totalán.
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1 Sep 2014
A a beautiful spacious house, very clean and well equipped with idyllic views.It includes all the necessities required to have an enjoyable stay. There is a swimming pool and a lovely gardened outside area which provides both sun and shade throughout the day.
I would thoroughly recommend this property.
31 Aug 2014
"Gorgeous, secluded holiday home in the beautiful Andalucian hills"
We spent a great week at this fabulous finca in the hills North of Malaga. The house is exactly as described on the website, which if anything doesn't do full justice to the beautiful views from every window and terrace. It has bags of character inside and out, was spotlessly clean when we arrived, and had everything we needed for a comfortable holiday including plenty of towels, comfy beds and a very well equipped kitchen. The wifi worked ok and the Chromecast on the TV was a useful touch. Our children, aged 8, 6 & 3 absolutely loved the pool. They also really enjoyed picking and eating all the produce growing in the garden including figs, almonds, grapes, tomatoes, courgettes and herbs.
It was our first visit to the area and I'm sure it won't be our last. Slight concerns in the back of our minds were whether it would prove too hot away from the coast in August, whether the insect life might prove a bit overwhelming and whether the road to the property would be ok for our hire car. Happily none of these were a problem at all. Friends who visited us from the coast noted that it was a degree or two cooler up in the hills. There was good shade on the terrace for breakfast in the morning, then lovely breezes in the evening. We mostly kept the shutters closed during the day and the house was always a haven of coolness. There didn't seem to be too many insects – a regular evening activity was watching a few small lizards make short work of those that did brave the outside walls of the house - and in any case the windows were all fitted with screens enabling us to open the shutters in the evening to let the lovely breezes into the bedrooms. The track up to the property is a little steep in places, but it wasn't long, we took it slowly and our hired people carrier managed it no problem.
It was hard to drag ourselves away from the pool and the views, but we did manage a few outings. The beach at La Cala del Moral was large, sandy and quiet. An evening in Malaga old town, including tapas at the atmospheric El Pimpi restaurant was much enjoyed. Comares, which is the white town on top of the hill you can see from the pool terrace, was well worth a visit for fantastic views. The Alhambra lives up to its reputation and was only a 1.5 hour drive away. Riogordo itself is a nice little town - we had good tapas and drinks at Bar Molina and enjoyed the atmosphere of the Flamenco Fiesta on the first weekend we were there.
We didn't get a chance to meet Simon, as he was himself on holiday, but all the arrangements before and during our stay were very good and he phoned at the start and end of the week to check that everything was ok for us. Overall we can't recommend this house highly enough for a fantastic family holiday.
31 May 2014
"Magnificent Views and Superb House"
Sometimes when you select a property the photos advertising it are better than the real thing and you end up a little disappointed...that is certainly not true with casa Jose Ramon. The house is wonderful, one of the best we have stayed in. The attention to detail takes you away from the rental feeling and makes you feel at home straight away. It had everything we needed and more..our boys (5 and 7) loved feeding the fish and the pool was perfect for them. The view really is simply stunning and makes you never want to leave. We had plans to visit the big sites but the local area was so lovely we didn't venture too far. Loved the trip to Comares after staring across at if from afar, well worth a visit. Definitely recommend.
25 May 2014
"Another great stay"
This was our second stay. We love the house and area and will be back again very soon. Perfect holiday rental for our 3 year old.
15 May 2014
"A little piece of heaven"
A beautifully kept, peaceful property with wonderful views across the valley. Was lovely to stay somewhere where everything worked as it should and was clearly well maintained and looked after.… More
14 Nov 2013
"For a most relaxing time in a beautiful spacious & private location- come here!"
I loved this house. It was spacious and responded well to our family descending upon it for a week. It was clean and had everything we could want for a 7 day break with our children age 5 & 7. The owner gave us the space to enjoy our holiday coming only once in the week to clean the pool and have a chat. It was a quick drive to the nearest cute town and about an hour to stunning Granada and 30 mins to Malaga. We aren't beach bods so we much preferred the seclusion. Recommended!
7 Nov 2013
"Beautiful & Peaceful Villa"
We had a lovely week long stay here at the end of October. The weather was perfect and the villa is beautiful, set about 3k from the village and with stunning views, it was a very peaceful and private place to stay. Well equipped, clean, with very comfortable beds. The local village (Riogordo) is friendly with a couple of good supermarkets and some great and very cheap local places to eat out. We used the villa as a base to drive to some of the national parks and cities that we wanted to visit (Granada, Ronda, etc.) - it's such a huge country that everything is quite far but it was very do-able and if you're not in a rush the scenic routes are stunning. I would highly recommend.
21 Aug 2013
"Wonderful house - highly recommend"
We (me, my husband and 3 young children) stayed at Casa Jose Ramon for 2 weeks and we adored it. The house is renovated to a good standard inside with a large open plan kitchen/diner/sitting room and 4 bedrooms - 3 are a very good size and very pretty, 1 is tiny with bunk beds. The real delight at the house is the pool which is new, easy to keep clean and really pretty (unheated though so cold, although we were in several times a day) and the views, which are amazing, truly beautiful - from the garden, terrace and bedrooms. The main reason for the amazing view is that the house is at the top of a very steep hill indeed - a bit of a shock the first time you go up but you do get used to it and it's totally worth it when you get there. The house is well equipped - important I think when you have kids - and felt pretty much like home from home. The bathrooms are nicely done and clean too. What else? Simon, the owner, is great not intrusive at all but helpful regarding the local area and comes regularly to clean the pool. Oh yes and the vegetable patch - very cute indeed, we ate tomatoes and courgettes - my 6 year old enjoyed picking those. As for Riogordo, it's a really nice town - very Spanish with enough amenities (supermarkets, bars, tapas) if you don't want to go further. We had a couple of evenings in the town where the people were really welcoming and the kids had fun whilst we ate calamari and jamon....
All in all I love this place, I wish it was my house.
19 Aug 2013
La maison, située au nord de Malaga, au sein des meilleurs productions d'huile d'olive mérite qu'on s'y arrête. La Casa Ramon est très bien pensée et très agréable à vivre.… More
1 Aug 2013
"Beautiful, loved it!"
My husband and I travelled with our two young children (5 months and 2 years old) to Casa Jose Ramon. The house is spectacular and the views are outstanding. We were so happy with our choice and hope to go back again. The house is very well stocked, nicely decorated and extremely clean. The outdoor area is beautiful and comfortable, we didn't want to leave. As another reviewer said, you definitely need a car, but the town is a 10 minute drive and has anything you need at the grocery store. Simon was extremely responsive, helpful and was able to provide an extra cot, gate for the stairs and high chair. We highly recommend this home for a fabulous holiday.
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