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Overview

Finca La Pura translates into English as Farm of the pure. No we did not name it so. It is it,s historical name and is a very old house. There has been a house on this farm and on more, or less the same site for some 2000 years and possibly longer. Please note:-

This house will be available to buy at the end of this summer season the price 495,000, includes the 17,000 mts of land it sits upon. A further 110, 000 mts of adjoining land is also available.

As is so often the case I found both Casarabonela and the Cortijo by accident. My eldest son and I had spent a week viewing countless farms and farmhouses, none of which really inspired and decided to take a day off and visit Ronda, via the beach. Yes the beach and it was late january, 25ºC and a clear blue sky. Yet another of Andalucia's many attractions. Well to cut a long story short we spent longer on the beach than we should have and took a wrong turning. Now once we had reached the area of "The Sierra de las Nieves national Park" we were both taken aback by the beauty of the hills and valley's we were driving through. It was lush, green and spectacular. I was glad we had taken the wrong turning! We arrived by accident at the village of Casarabonela as the sun was going down and sought accomodation.

We drove up and up into the charming village (it really is quite a spectacular little village and Casarabonela we later found out translates as beautiful houses). The road ended at a large plaza, dominated by a grand church and nearby we found a large bar, "The Bar Nuevo"off of another small plaza and with spectacular views down to Malaga and the Med. With my English/Spanish phrase book in hand I explained that I was looking for a hotel, or something for the night and that I was also searching to buy a farm/farmhouse.

This was in 1993 and clearly few tourists made it this far inland. The bar owner Antonio and his wife were incredibly helpful, even understanding my in those days hopeless Spanish. We were shown the only hotel in the village, which was basic, but clean, comfortable and very cheap (breakfast was via two tickets for another bar restaurant and it seemed covered as much of anything we wanted!). I was already falling in love with this place!

They had already arranged that we could meet two people that could show us farms etc., and the meeting was arranged for 10 the next morning for the first man and 12 mid day for the second. We arrived at 10 and waited and waited. The guy that turned up at 10.40 was the local policeman! I was also getting to know the local attitude to time, very loose!

Well we looked at a couple of places with him, loved the views, but not the places and headed back to the bar a little late for our second meeting. This guy was waiting for us and German. He told me that he would like to show us a large farm first, though it did not have a house.

It was about 5Km from the village and when we arrived I knew that this was it, it was beautiful (the almond blossom helped), the views south across the valley's to the Med and the views north to the mountains were spectacular. I,ll buy it I told him. I had spotted a rambling and large old house just up the hill from the farm, is that for sale I asked him? Yes it is he told me and told me the price, so I bought that too!

There followed years of careful restoration, reform and amplification of the old house, very much a labour of love, transforming the old house into it's former glory and judging by the response of those that have taken their holidays in the house I am not alone in feeling that this is a very special house in a very special corner of Spain.

The refurbishment involved refurbishing what was there and adding an additional floor to the two existing wings whilst maintaining the origins of design, I like to think it worked out very well and that its difficult to see the join!

Fancy a tour? Come with me. Now one of the oddities of addapting with care an historic house is that there are limitations. There is an imposing double door main entrance at the front of the house, a graveled drive leads to generously proportioned steps and a terrace. Once through the front door you enter a generously large entrance hall with a winding staircase leading to the upper floor, but........

Most people, myself included tend to park at the rear of the house (again graveled) and enter via the kitchen! The best laid plans of men and mice! So let's goin, through a compact cloakroom, where the wellies and umbrella's live and into a hand made well equiped kitchen which leads through two archways to the dining room.

The feature of the dining room is the massive hand made oak table and dresser (it weigh's a ton!). From the dining room you can enter either the grand entrance hall (now if you had entered through the entrancing grand entrance this would all be in reverse) to use either the master bathroom, or the utility room.

Or from the dining room you can enter the living room, via the study. An easy way to differentiate between new an old is wall thickness. The original part of the house enjoys two foot thick walls, the add on's substantially less. There is a WiFi connection via the study, but the signal is available throughout.

Shall we go upstairs? As you reach the upper landing there is a large terrace to the left, but if we ignore that we enter a hallway that leads to the six bedrooms and two bathrooms. Both double bedrooms enjoy south east facing balconies and the Master bedroom has it's own private terrace with views across the valley to the Med, very romantic. There are two single bedrooms and one twin all well equiped, together with two bathrooms featuring shower cubicles. One of the single bedrooms is locked, not included in the rental, its where stuff is stored.

let's go outside, that's where you will spend much of your time....... The pool and terraces are big, lots of space and the water is surprisingly warm through the summer months. Beneath the pergola is table and seating for eight. There are ample sunbeds and in one corner a Bar-B-que with its own small terrace.

So now you know, well more or less depending upon your immagination, but I am sure that the views across the Andalucian countryside, or to the "Sierras" will be a lasting memory of your stay.

"Disfruta su vacaciones y el ambiente y vistas".

Finca La Pura lies in the heart of the Sierra Las Nieves nature reserve, a beautiful part of rural Andalucia, in what is refered to as "The real Spain".

You will find fragments of pottery within the house which have been dated as Roman, or pre Roman. Why has this small part of Spain been so popular through the ages? In part through a natural spring that feeds it even during the long hot summer months, together with its proximity to the coast.

A mineral water bottling plant has now been established at the bottom of the valley taking water from a nearby source.

Golf, the beach, fishing, and hill walking are just some of the activities available from this private Villa, or maybe you would prefer to relax by the private pool. The choice is yours


Finca La Pura. The House & grounds
Finca La Pura has been carefully restored and extended over a period of years and now offers comfortable and well equipped accomodation. A large and private pool and extensive grounds will add to the enjoyment of your stay.

Olives, almonds and advocados are the principle crops grown and if your stay coincides with harvest time ( Advocados april-June, Almonds August-October, Olives September-December) you are welcome to pick from the trees.

Finca La Pura offers the opportunity to step back from the treadmill, relax and re-charge the batteries whilst enjoying the fantastic views and beautiful countryside that abounds in this part of Andalucia.

Alternatively there are two of Andalucia`s white villages within easy reach (approx 6 klm`s) Casarabonela & Alozaina. Both of these villages boast restaurants and a choice of shops.

Should you wish to eat locally and flavor the style of life lived in the area Mention to the following Restaurant owners that you are staying at the house of Finca La Pura in Los Almarajes and I,m sure you will receive a great welcome.

Casarabonela:- Bar Nuevo= Antonio, Maria, or Paco.
Bar Parada = Pedro

Alozaina= Bar Nuevo= Alberto
AK Ortuna = Isabel, or David.

Hotel Calcunes Rural Restaurant.......very close,it is a little more expensive, but only a 5min drive. Just tell them that you stay at Finca La pura........Aprovecha



Finca La Pura, Places to visit- Things to do
Using Finca La Pura as your base you can be on the Costa Del Sol in 40 mins, but equally it is ideally placed for trips to less well known and very rewarding destinations.

It is approx a 20 min drive to the lakes at El Chorro. A dramatic and beautiful area, swimming, boating and fishing is permitted on the lakes.

Antequerra is a large and unspoilt village (Spain does not use, or have an equivalent to towns) and it is some 40 mins by car. This is a very beautiful village and boasts 30+ churches, some historic and many very spectacular.

Approx 45 mins to the West is Ronda another very famous village famous for it`s spectacular gorge. It is a popular tourist destination.

Malaga city also has much charm, but it needs to be discovered. The Centro Historico is well worth a visit. It is a maze of small streets full of cafes, bars, restaurants etc. Also within this area lies the Picaso museum, The famous and dramatic Cathedral and the remains of the Moorish Castle and below Roman remains also.

Equally for the more adventurous there is Granada and the Sierra Nevadas. Granada is known as Spains city of love and the old Moorish section is enchanting. Built around the same time as the famous Alambra Palace the area is a treat for culture vultures and lovers of fine food. Granada is famous for it’s tradition of gifting a tapa with each drink and many are quite delicious. Beyond Granada lie the Sierra Nevadas, Andalucia`s ski resort. The skiing season usually runs from November through to May, but this can vary
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If you choose you can ski in the morning and be on the beach, basking in the sun in the afternoon!

Summary:

Beautiful large Cortijo with private pool and set in private grounds. Spectacular views and situation and set between the traditional white villages of Casarabonela & Alozaina. Perfect for families.

Facilities

Property type: Country house

Room details

Bedrooms:

5 bedrooms, sleeps 8

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 3: 1 Single bed
Bedroom 4: 1 Single bed
Bedroom 5: 1 Single bed

Additional beds:
1 single sofa bed located in Master Bedroom
Seats:
Room for 8 in the dining area
Room for 8 in the living area
Bathrooms:
3 bathrooms, 3 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet
Radio
TV Languages in Local
Heating and air con:
Open fire
Household:
Clothes drier
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Dishwasher
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private
Other:
Balcony or terrace
Barbecue
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
Extra information (Cortijo La Pura is perfectly placed for a relaxing holiday. Enjoy the privacy and the outstanding views across the Andalucian countryside towards Malaga & the sea. Equally to the west can be seen the majestic "Sierra Nevadas". Andalucia's ski resort. Fancy a day on the beach? Depending on your preferences you can be in Marbella 45 minutes and enjoy a choice of beaches, or head back down the 357 to "Playa Mar", approx 5 km's of beaches and a great choice of "Chiringitos", beach bars, cafe's and restaurants. Visit the local villages and enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere for which Andalucia is famous. Enjoy tapas and refreshments at the "Bar Nuevo" in Casarabonela and take in the views across the fertile valley's to Malaga and the Med, some 600 metre's below. Cortijo La Pura allows you to step off of the treadmill of life, relax and charge the batteries. There is wi-fi in the house, so you can if you wish bring your laptop with you.)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Smoking

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Climbing
Cycling
Fishing
Golf
Horse Riding
Mountain Biking
Sailling
Scuba Diving
Sports Center
Tennis
Water Skiing
Walking
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

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Prices and availability

Last updated 13.07.2014


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Extras

Compulsory extras
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Short stay bookings. Bookings for less than 1 week whilst welcome will carry an additional surcharge to cover cleaning etc. All year Booking length: Duration less than 7 days £100.00 per booking

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Arivals after 9PM All year N/A £30.00 per booking

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Location

This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest bar: 5km
  • Nearest restaurant: 5km
  • Nearest supermarket: 5km
  • Seville Airport: 150km
  • Gibralta Airport: 140km
  • Casarabonela: 6km
  • Marbella: 40km
  • The Lakes & El Chorro: 25km
  • Ronda: 30km

Reviews

8 out of 9 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Wednesday 30 July 2014 with Family
Sad to report that this villa fell well short of expectations, mainly due to the very poor standard of cleanliness. What could be a beautiful property is in serious need of some TLC. The villa owner has posted an almost romantic description of the place on the VillaRenters site yet the truth is much more unpalatable. We found the pool floor and sides covered with slippery algae, which makes the water appear cloudy and green, there was dirt and cobwebs everywhere, the place smelled badly of cigarette smoke and the rugs were thick with dog hair. There was even some dirty clothes in a drawer in the main bedroom. As another reviewer says, the showers are awful. We complained on arrival and demanded the owner clean the filthy fridge while we went to buy provisions... he disappeared and didnt surface again until departure day an hour after the scheduled check-out time. We complained again about the poor state of the villa yet he refused to acknowledge any problem, simply standing there without speaking. It was incredibly frustrating and rude. The only thing he said was that he took the comment on board and that cleaners come in between guests. They obviously do a very poor job. The owner sends incoming guests a long and detailed story of how he found and refurbished the villa. In it he admits the house is now for sale - it seems he has given up on the place as a going concern. 
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Stayed Friday 26 July 2013 with Family
The villa owner met us and led us to a place that can only be described as "heaven is a place on earth." The pictures and descriptions do not do justice to this little part of heaven - it met and exceeded all our expectations. The villa is situated in what must be one of the most beautiful places on earth and caters for everyone. The owner made himself available to us at all times if we had any queries and gave us much valued information on the history of the local areas and Andalucía. The villa has everything that anyone could need and was clean, spacious and well equipped. The outdoors and pool area was our little part of heaven for the two wonderful weeks that we were there and was regularly cleaned. The views from this villa are absolutely breath-taking and we found ourselves many times just sitting watching the sun rise and set over this glorious landscape. The villa is ideally situated if you dont mind travelling, to many, many beautiful areas of Andalucía including Marbella, Rhonda, Granada (Alhambra Palace), Fuengirola, Mijas etc., etc., We did not do half of what we wanted to see and do and so will make it a dream come true to return as soon as possible to this little part of heaven here on earth. Thank you Terry for taking us and introducing us to many of the local people, who all made us feel so welcome and helped us with our Spanish too !
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Stayed Sunday 08 April 2012
Had a wonderful 5 days in early April - weather great and Cortijo perfect. The swimming pool water was chilly because it hadnt had time to warm up so early in the season but this didnt stop the children using it every day whilst we soaked up the sun and relaxed. Views are fabulous from every window and terrace and we could even see the sea 40 km away. The only noises we heard were from the frogs croaking in nearby water and the bells jangling from the goats grazing on the hills. Would love to come back again but would make sure our next stay is for longer. Thank you!
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Stayed Sunday 18 April 2010
A splendid and Princely House into a true corner of paradise! The garden, swimming pool, the panorama: everything wonderful! Terrence the owner is a kind person and ready to meet promptly every need.The House is an ideal base to visit Malaga, Costa del Sol, Ronda and Granada
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Stayed Thursday 20 August 2009
From the moment we arrived we started unwinding and spent 10 idyllic days in total tranquility. We watched sunrises amd sunsets from the balcony, chilled by the pool and soaked in the Andalucian white villages - what more could you ask for? The children swam, watched DVDs and played on the computer, and most importantly, gave us some peace - we truly relaxed and consider it our perfect retreat! The pool was warm, the views breathtaking, the dining room magnificent and the kitchen dreamy. The master bedroom was incredibly spacious and beckoning! All in all the accomodation was wonderful. The owner was very responsive when we couldnt quite work out work how to switch the cooker on and the agent even came to help us out on a Sunday when a minor emergency required. We will return whenever we can.
If you need to chill and recharge your batteries you could do a lot worse than this place! Its a traditional and beautifully reformed Spanish country house set in the hills overlooking the Andalusian countryside and to the sea. Both my husband and I work in the financial sector in London and we have had a very stressful year and the 10 days we enjoyed in June was for us perfect. The sky was blue and the Sun kept us company every day. We spent just about everyday in or around the pool, its very private, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and both Paul and I returned home with great suntans, mine all over! Will we go back? Maybe, we loved it, but the World is a big place, but thanks Terrence for a great time. Angela and Paul Sanderson, London
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Had a wonderful 2 weeks in July at this beautiful villa. So hot that we were permanently in the swimming pool! Well equiped though showers didnt work well. Loved the area - rural and amazing views. Perfect for just chilling out and enjoying the moment! More fans for our next visit - which our party of 8 all agreed would be great to do. Thanks Terence Angie Gordon and family
Owner reply:

Its a pity you did not mention your difficulties with the showers Angie. There are a lot of combinations for different jets etc. I now run through the shower operating options with new renters. Show you next time!

We enjoyed a really excellent week in the cortijo. We divided our vacation into 1 week in Barcelona and 1 week in Andalucia and we enjoyed Andalucia the most. The house is a good mix, an old farmhouse, but with all modern appliances. We spent most of the week in and around the cortijo and loved the nearby little white villages. The weather was fantastic, clear blue skies and warm sunshine. Our days revolved around the swimming pool and we enjoyed eating both mid day and evening meals beneath the pergola. We took one day out to go to the beach, very nice and 35 minutes away, Playa Mar it is called. A fantastic week, thank you Terrence, see you next year!Emilia & Oscar Pettersson, Jonkoping, Sweden
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This was a lovely villa ! Great views and a wonderfull part of spain ! If there was 1 fault It would be that there was no air conditioning which did spoil it as 42degreess was very hot and sleepi Ing at night was virtually impossable !
Owner reply:

I do not understand the review posted by Mr Monkton, yes it was exceptionally hot during the week of Mr Monktons party, but at no time did I receive any comment, or complaint. Portable A/C units are available to rent at a very reasonable cost, but equally these were not requested.I also noticed that Mr Monkton felt the Cortijo was average value for money?This was a party of 8 people and the cost per person was 155GBP,s per week?I have only chosen to respond to this review in that it runs contrary to the reviews posted by other guests and equally adversely affected the rankings on the site.Cortijo La Pura

What an incredible place with incredible views all the way down to the med, the owner told us it was 600 metres from sea level. We like very much the house and everything.Jurgen Klause, Hamburg.
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A wonderful escape to the rural sierras. The cortija has all the charm of an old farmhouse yet with comfortable modern living. We used it for a short break just for the two of us but there is room for 8 or 9 in comfort. The house is cool and roomy with stunning views from almost all windows. Views outside take your breath away, especially the 180 degree views out across the mountains from the picnic table on the patio and the large, inviting pool (which unfortunately was still rather too cold to use in late May). Glorious isolation comes at a price which, in this case, is the tough, precipitous dirt track up from the road. A mile or so of low gear, very careful driving required to get up and down. We felt completely at ease here and would love to take more of our family sometime.
We enjoyed a great two weeks and have no hesitation in recommending the house for a refreshing and relaxing holiday. The surrounding area is quite beautiful and it difficult to believe that it is so close to the Costa Del Sol. The farm quite literally sits on the side of a mountain and the views are breathtaking, stretching down to the sea.We spent a lot of our time relaxing by and enjoying the pool and the water was pleasantly warm. The Bar-b-que was handy, though we only used it once preferring to eat out in the local villages which we found to be very well priced. Oh and a special thank you to Sarah who helped us settle in and was helpful in suggesting good places to visit and good places to eat. All in all a great holiday. Ann Foster,
We enjoyed our week at the Cortijo. We took a chance and went in the middle of November, but we enjoyed very nice weather, sunny every day and in the high twenties!We liked the look of the house from the photos and we were not disappointed. It is very spacious and well equipped and the views are really quite spectacular. It feels very peaceful and secluded, yet it took us only 35 minutes to get to Marbella.We loved the local white village of Casarabonela and found the local people very friendly even though we know very little Spanish and we felt we made new friends, in particular Antonio and Maria of The Bar Nuevo. We hope to return. Jenny and John Collins, Birmingham, England.
We have just returned from a well earned rest at Cortijo La Pura and are happy to give our recommendation . The location is great, the views reach down to the sea & coast, but nestled in the mountains it is actually incredibly unspoilt and peaceful.The house is very spacious, well laid out and equipped and we had a really relaxing week. We were also lucky to enjoy beautiful weather throughout our stay with warm sunshine, now we are back in the clouds and rain, but it helped to make our winter seem shorter. We hope to go again with more of the family.Sue and Andrew Ross, Perth, Scotland
The manager of the Cortijo asked us if, subject to our satisfaction we would write a review of our stay, so here goes.We had a great week, it was late October, we had warm sunshine everyday and the house was both very spacious and very well equipped, including a computer to keep in touch with friends back home. We spent our time lounging around the pool, enjoyed the odd bar b que and visited the local villages. We could see the coast from the balconies, but chose to enjoy our time close to home. Our only regret the week passed so quickly!John and Ann Whitfield, Gloucester
A beautiful House tucked away in the mountain, half way between Casarabonela and Alozaina. The views were spectacular and the Pool and garden was a perfect place to relax and unwind. The house is very spacious and has every thing a family might need , washing machine, dishwasher,cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, Internet access, T.V. and Video. The owner is very accommodating and likes to help with any problems you may encounter. He has a great knowledge of the area and will point you in the right direction for places of interest (no need for GPS ). The Information Pack and details of both Casarabonela and Alozaina were true and accurate, and when it was time for us to go home we knew that you will be revisiting this Beautiful Place again soon. Mary and Gearoid Skibbereen West Cork
We rented the Cortijo for a long weekend and it was just what we were looking for, a break from both the city and our busy lives. It is in a beautiful location, nestled into the mountain range back from the coast and not too remote. It took us only 35 mins to drive up from Malaga. We needed a break and a chance to chill out and that is exactly what we got. The Cortijo is great for relaxing and we were pleased with both the standard of the accommodation and the facilities and had to resist the temptation to use the computer during our stay. We found our stay good value for money and are happy to give our recommendation.We will try to stay up there again in the new year.Carmen Fernandez, Malaga, España
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This is a beautiful house in a stunning location. The description provided by the owner was accurate in every way and we were very impressed by the quality of the accommodation. The house is very well stocked and we found the presence of a dishwasher, washing machine, computer with internet, extensive range of books, bbq, and private swimming pool a real bonus. The property owner and the manager were always very helpful. Highly recommended.
Well we were looking to recharge the batteries and step out of our routine and the Cortijo was quite a find. It was up a track in a spectacular valley and we arrived just as the sun was setting behind the mountains.The views across the countyside to the coast were quite something, we could even see Malaga and the sea beyond.We spent the first few days relaxing and unwinding. The pool was warm, though if the wind gets up you will need to net the leaves out! The lake was a nice touch and full of fishes and frogs! The house was huge and comfortable and the kichen was well equipedWe visited the two closest villages, Casarabonela and Alozaina and they were quite an experience. I guess this is what is termed the "Real Spain"We will be back.Peter & Ann, Bristol

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About the owner
I ran a construction based company in the UK for many years and when I came across this Cortijo I was struck by the beauty of the area, the potential for reforming the house into its former glory and equally by the remarkable history of the place. Unbelievably the farm dates back to Roman times and beyond and pieces of pottery unearthed have been dated as 2000 + years old. This cortijo is in many ways quite unique both in the fact of its privacy and surroundings and the fact that it was not demolished and replaced with a new building. It is only in very recent years that the Andalucian government have begun to protect and restore its rich Architectual heritage.
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