This villa is owned 50% by Guillem Balague, Sky Sports Spanish Football Expert and bestselling author and journalist in the both the UK and in Spain. During the football season Guillem travels every week between Spain and the UK and can be seen most Tuesday evenings on Sky Sports Revista de la Liga. Guillem lives between Bedfordshire in the UK and Barcelona, depending on which day of the week it is!

The owner of the other 50% is Chris Parle, long time friend and business partner of Guillem. Chris is a Chartered Accountant, speaks fluent Spanish, having lived in Bilbao in 1992/93 as part of a 4 year Leeds University course before he discovered the attractions of spreadsheets ;-) Chris is Head of Finance, Europe & Asia, of Liverpool-based Bibby Financial Services and when not in Liverpool or Spain, can usually be found at an airport en route to/from one of Bibby's locations in France, Germany, Asia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Slovakia or Poland. Chris lives in Liverpool city centre on the waterfront.

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Average rating from 23 reviews

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23 Reviews

We have just returned from the villa from a two week family holiday. We were a party of 7 and the villa can comfortably sleep 8. There is only two showers with one being in the pool house, so if 5 or more are sleeping in the main house this needs planning for wash times etc but wasn’t a huge problem. The views are absolutely amazing and make this villa an excellent place to visit, they are truly breathtaking! The house is small and doesn’t have seating or dining for a large group together but the outside space is good and is were we spent our time. Although you pay for a service clean this is only done prior to your arrival and if you want cleaning whilst you you are there this will cost you extra. We went for two weeks so cleaned the villa ourselves. There are a lot of bugs due it to being in the country and these can be a nuisance at times and we had to clear them from the pool everyday before using it, we didn’t really get bitten though so they didn’t cause you bother on that sense. Colmenar is a beautiful place with lovely bars and a few restaurants to eat out. Overall we had a wonderful relaxing holiday and would definitely return. The owner Rocio is fantastic and communication is super prior and during your holiday. I would rate the villa 10/10 for location and view and 7/10 overall. Thanks Rocio for a great holiday

Family from Wolverhampton , United Kingdom

Reply from Chris

Hi Kelly, Many thanks for the review - the feedback is really important to us. Yes the bugs in the pool can be a nuisance and there is a net provided to remove them before swimming - that's just a consequence of the property's rural location. I'm a little perplexed about the "service clean" - as part of the rental cost the house is cleaned prior to your arrival and you are not charged separately for it. Any further clean required during your stay is separately chargeable as it would be in any other such property. The views are fantastic, totally agree. You can never tire of looking at them! We're glad you enjoyed your holiday at the villa and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Kind regards Chris Parle & Guillem Balague (Owners)

We visited with a party of seven and had a lovely holiday. The villa is very peaceful and has wonderful views all around. It is very well equipped and has a lovely swimming pool. You definitely need a car to access the villa as it is a very hilly area and the villa is quite remote. Many lovely places are within easy travelling distance - we visited Antequera, Malaga, Nerja, and Camonito del Rey, which is a wonderful 5 mile walk with spectacular scenery. The lounge and dining area are not large, but we spent all out time outside and had all our meals outside as the weather was beautiful. The kitchen is a good size and quite well equipped. The barbecue came in very handy! The agent, Rocio, was constantly in touch by email and text, so problems could be ironed out very quickly.

Family from Spalding, United Kingdom

A great villa in a tranquil spot. Beautiful views and the villa is great, I would think a car is essential. Rocio was so helpful and communication excellent. We had a wonderful week by the pool and exploring the mountains and coast with the kids.

Family from Epsom, United Kingdom

Reply from Chris

Thanks for the review, Emily, it is much appreciated :-) We're extremely pleased you enjoyed the villa and the surrounding areas! CHRIS & GUILLEM

The Finca is in a stunning position. Beautiful views. Very peaceful. The road to the Finca was not a problem. The Sky TV did not work, but apart from that everything was fine and I'd go again.

Couple from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Reply from Chris

Thanks for your review, Trevor. We apologise for the problems with the satellite TV (some of the channels should have worked, at least) - there have been issues since the transition to Astra 2E and 2F satellites over the last 12 months in Southern Spain. Whilst you will have seen we also supply a Digibox for Spanish TV, I appreciate this may not be appropriate for non-Spanish speakers, so from July 2015 an Android box is being installed in the villa which should give access to streaming TV from all over the world, via the internet. Thanks again for your review and we're glad you'd consider going to the villa again. Please contact Rocio for a discount on your next visit as a gesture of goodwill on our part for the inconvenience with the satellite issue. CHRIS & GUILLEM

We went there last August, and we had a great time. The kids wont leave the swimming pool, and there were couples of villages around for shopping. The view was amazing, and the reality was better than the photos. Well do it again.

Family from Leeds, United Kingdom

I visited the villa with five of my friends for a relaxing week. We did not have a car however, as we planned to have a relaxing week this was not a problem. The villa is luxury and had everything we needed. The host (Rocio) was great in organising us taxis to Colmenar & Malaga. All we needed to do was give him a text and he would send someone round. This was good to stock up on essentials like beer and wine. The villa was far enough away from other villas that we were able to have music playing throughout the night. The BBQ and pool was great and the views were also amazing. Although we did not need one, I think we would hire a car next time in order to get out and about. My only suggestion would be to have a welcome book in the villa to explain things like where the bins go, how the cooker/ washing machine works/ how to start the BBQ etc. Other than that, the villa was amazing, in a nice location and very very relaxing.

Friends from Edinburgh, United Kingdom