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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Casa Sofia is situated in a very attractive, elevated rural setting amidst an orchard of almond trees in undulating countryside with mountains in the background in Santa Maria Del Cerro 6km from the picturesque, friendly village of Villanueva De La Concepcion in Andalucia, Southern Spain. From the house there are wonderful views across a beautiful valley. The area is visited by a variety of birds, including predators, and is ideal for walking, as the weather is often cooler and less humid than on the coast. The owners, Nalini and Barry Cook, live nearby. Nalini is a practising artist and teacher, and offers tuition to guests in her studio. The house is equipped to a high standard. Wifi internet is available.There is air-conditioning in the living room and bedrooms, and a wood-burning stove for the winter months. From the dining area there are brilliant views through the expanse of picture windows. The lounge is tastefully furnished with comfortable sofas, dining table and chairs for five persons, television, including satellite tv, and hi-fi system. Throughout the property there are many original works of art painted by Nalini Cook. Abundant hot water is supplied by solar energy. Outside there is a covered heated pool, and two terraces, linked by a path suitable for wheelchair users. Near the pool there is a large covered fully equipped pool-side kitchen with dining facilities, The terracing around two sides of the pool and the facade and floor of the kitchen is finished in locally cut natural coloured stonework. Our guests say that they have valued staying at Casa Sofia not only for its facilities and the privacy afforded, but also they have enjoyed being in the village, and visiting the many places of interest within convenient reach of the house.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Pedragalego 40 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Malaga 40 km, Nearest railway: Antequera 30 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 Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Wheelchair users, Secure parking

The Andalucia region

The village of Villanueva De La Concepción is a lovely, friendly, safe place where guests may enjoy the lively, festive traditions of a typically vibrant Andalucian village. Within short walking distances there are traditional bars, restaurants, supermarkets, shops and other facilities. El Torcal National Park, with its unique natural limestone sculptures and various walking routes, lies above Villanueva and is 10 minutes away by car. Beyond El Torcal the beautiful historic town of Antequera with its many ancient churches, distinctive architecture and prehistoric caves is a 25 minute car journey from Villanueva. El Chorro Gorge, Cordoba, the White Towns, Seville, Granada and Gibraltar are day trips by car. Malaga and Malaga Airport are approximately 45 minutes by car and the drive to Costa Del Sol resorts takes about one hour. Coast/beach:-Torremolinos & the extensive beaches East of the town: 40 mins by car. Sandy beaches, convenient parking, bar/restaurant facilities on the beach; quieter the futher away from the town centre. Pedragalego & El Palo: traditional fishing villages, East of Malaga centre: 40 mins by car: sandy beaches; less frequented by tourists, hence more authentic Spanish atmosphere; excellent fish restaurants. Other recommendations: La Cala del Moral 40 minutes; Fuengirola 50 mins; Marbella 60 mins; Torre Del Mar 60 mins; Nerja 70 mins. Almogia is one of the “white villages” of Andalucia; it is has ancient steep narrow cobbled streets, and is best seen on Good Friday, when the Semana Santa procession passes through the village, and the huge, heavy floats are borne by teams of dedicated local young men, barely missing collision with the walls of the ancient buildings on either side of these atmospheric streets, until entering the wonderful old church. Almogia has a weekly open air market, an annual feria in August, and there are several other traditional festivals throughout the year. The village has a new large supermarket, a bank, cash machine, bar/restaurants, a chemist's, a health clinic, and several specialist shops. Guests must also visit Malaga with its art galleries, C.A.C,, Carmen Thyssen Museum, and Picasso Museum, the castle, its old centre with many excellent tapas bars and restaurants; there is also a nice cinema showing recently released films in English original language. The pick of the coastal resorts is Nerja: try Burriana Beach to the East of this attractive town, with some great restaurants overlooking the beach. Take in the sights and have a drink on the Balcon De Europa in the town centre. Inland, visit Antequera, El Chorro Gorge, the Alhambra at Granada, and the Mezquita and the old Jewish quarter of Cordoba, Ronda, and seek out the hot springs at Alhama de Granada, and walk the gorge, and eat lunch in the restaurant by the lake half way round. Twitchers must see the vultures nesting on the cliff at Zauframagon on the Via Verde near Olvera, a picturesque “white town”. Here are just a few of the places and activities, which guests staying at Apartamento Buena Vista have enjoyed. These are the shortest excursions from Casa Sofia and do not get much of a mention in the two best standard guide books, The Rough Guide To Andalucia & The Lonely Planet: Andalucia, which the owner will loan to you to help you to decide where else to go and what to do:-

El Torcal (15 minutes away by car): amazing natural limestone sculptures, viewpoint, two well signposted circular walks, visitors' centre, bar/restaurant.

Antequera: (25 mnutes by car) castle, many old churches, atmospheric cobbled streets, the safest town in Andalucia. Have a drink in El Mirador bar, situated on the road from Villanueva to Antequera, and sit on their back terrace and view the town. Then drive down through the old part, park (not usually so difficult), and wander about soaking it in.

Malaga: (45 minutes by car) tapas bars (El Pimpli and many more) in the old part around the cathedral, a choice of restaurants, Picasso museum, a lovely cinema showing latest films in English for 5 Euros admission, the Alcazabar, shopping. Park in one of the many underground carparks, then enjoy exploring the city centre.

Villanueva De La Concepcion

Casa Sofia is situated in beautiful countryside in Santa Maria Del Cerro 6km from Villanueva De La Concepcion in Andalucia, Southern Spain. The terrain is undulating with mountains in the background. The area is visited by a variety of birds, including predators, and is ideal for walking, as the weather is often cooler and less humid than on the coast. The nearest bar/restaurants are 2km away at Pastelero; both are excellent places to eat, both at lunchtimes and in the evening. In Villanueva De La Concepcion there are several excellent bar/restaurants, such as Bar Torfa, Bar Oasis and Rincon Del Villa. From this village take the road towards Antequera to visit El Torcal.

Villanueva De La Concepción. An expat's view:-

“Why Villanueva De La Concepción? I've stepped back in time to when dad was a lad:- I can't smell the Hovis baking, but I think I know nea rly everyone. I can park almost anywhere I like, and leave it unlocked… A good friend hasn't locked his front door for the last 10 years, and now can't find his key… I went in a shop once, and Nicolas, the owner, chased me up the street, as I'd left the Serrano ham on the counter. I have owed the man in the Moto shop 10 Euros since last year… Visitors keep coming back to check us out. My daughter-in-law, and several others, keep in touch with what's going on in “Concepcion” through Face Book. Tom, the owner of Xebar, our “English bar”, keeps them regularly informed… Last week we had our feria: it started with rock night and free beer in the bottom square. I got caught up in a parade: children wearing satirical papier-mache heads: I recognised the mayor among other local celebrities. Friday night saw the local flamenco classes performing, followed by an exceptional performance by a professional troupe. Earlier in the day the Ruta De Tapas: 13 bars and 13 tapas… As a student in the 60's we did the King Street Run, which was a pint in all 8 pubs, and a commemorative tie for those who completed the Run… By six o'clock the streets filled with groups of cheerful inebriates, many in fancy dress: the reward nowadays is a commemorative Tee shirt… There were two bull fights: the real and the silly: the latter when our local frustrated toreadors dress up and “fight” little bulls; other local heroes rush into the arena, as stretcher bearers, or as priests to deliver the last rites… In the winter our mayor laid on rock bands, live music, in our bars… What else? There are several great places to eat and drink, including Rincon De La Villa and Bar Torfa. Our local mountain, El Torcal, is from another planet with its limestone sculptures. Antequera, our nearest big town, the safest place in Andalucia, is a heritage centre, that hosts a free Blues Festival in July: late night atmospheric blues music high above the town in Plaza Santa Maria. Our nearest city, Malaga, has it all: the Picasso Museum, excellent restaurants, tapas bars, fishing villages.”

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  • 2 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:20 Aug 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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