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Finca Lejos - Guillem Balague's Villa

Country house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and private pool in Colmenar, Spain

From £575 per week

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Country house to rent in Colmenar, Spain

Rural Spanish country house, a traditional "cortijo", in a stunning setting, with own pool, barbecue, satellite TV, air conditioning, WiFi and separate "pool-house".

  • Country house
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony / terrace
  • Parking
  • Private garden

Country house overview - owner's description

Tranquil and spacious, four bedroomed property, in the hills of the Montes de Malaga. Located near to the town of Colmenar which is only half a mile away, yet far enough away to ensure peace and relaxation for your stay in Andalusia. The house is owned 50% by Guillem Balague, the Spanish Football expert on Sky Sports UK and well-known Spanish journalist and author.

Wonderful panoramic views and own swimming pool.

The property boasts a private pool, and en-suite pool house with its own fridge freezer. Barbecue area. Satellite TV, wireless broadband connection, fully equipped kitchen, parking for up to 5 cars and cot. Fully furnished and ready for occupation!


This country house has 22 verified reviews.

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22 out of 22 people recommend staying here

Family from Spalding, United Kingdom Jul 2017

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 Epsom, United Kingdom Aug 2016

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.

Reply from Chris Parle & Guillem Balague

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

Couple from Basingstoke, United Kingdom May 2015

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.

Reply from Chris Parle & Guillem Balague

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

Family from Leeds, United Kingdom Aug 2014

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.

Friends from Edinburgh, United Kingdom Aug 2014

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.

Family from Stevenage, United Kingdom Jun 2013

Villa is smaller than appears in the photos though is well equipped and the pool house room was nicely finished, even though the water pressure left a lot to be desired!
The access road definitely gave cause for concern and needed attention. We travelled in our own car from the UK and actually sustained damage to the underside due to the ruts and poor surface, so would suggest a 4wd is essential. The owners, however, contributed to the repairs.
The outside space is fine, but for a mixed group such as ours, was quite compact. The area behind the finca could be developed into a small garden.
That saying, views were stunning and this is a quiet retreat and would give it 7 out of 10.


This country house is:

40km from the nearest beach 2km from the nearest bar 2km from the nearest restaurant 2km from the nearest supermarket 40km from Malaga Airport 90km from Granada Airport 33km from Malaga City 35km from Antequera 105km from Granada City

Local activities

Boat hire 45km Climbing 15km Fishing 45km Flying 45km Golf 15km Horse riding 15km Sailling 45km Wind surfing 45km

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Outside this country house in Colmenar, Spain
This country house is in the countryside and in a quiet area near the mountains. It has a pool, a balcony, a barbecue, a garage and outside lighting. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.

Prices and availability

Updated 29 May 2018

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 28 July - 31 October 2018: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 April - 18 July 2019: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 28 July - 31 October 2019: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 April - 18 July 2020: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 28 July - 31 October 2020: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 April - 30 June 2021: the minimum stay is 3 nights.

Early booking discounts

  • Arrive between 1 April - 31 October and receive 5% off if the booking is made 3 months before the arrival date.

If more than one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.



4 bedrooms, Sleeps 8:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds
  • 2 single beds

There is also 1 single sofa bed in Lounge, 1 cot


2 bathrooms including 1 en suite, 2 Separate WC's

Swimming pool

Private pool, Size 8m x 4m, Depth 0.4m to 2m


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, Radio, TV Languages in English, Spanish, Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 5, Dining area seats 6, Air conditioning throughout property, Open fire, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Garage, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

Suitable for

Children, Infants, Restricted mobility

Extra information

Delightful views of Montes de Malaga


Average rating from 22 reviews

Private Owner From Liverpool, United Kingdom Member since May 2008

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.

Past bookings: 51 bookings

Response rate: 46%

Response time: within 33 minutes

Last logged in: 6 days ago

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