My husband and I are exchanging our lovely home in the beautiful Spanish hills of the Sierra de Las Nieves. The house is situated 0.6 km from the village of Guaro off a track road that is accessable by hire car. The views are spectacular and although it seems remote we have friendly neighbours on different mountains that can be called upon if you need assistance in any way.
The village is a very traditional Spanish "pueblo blanco" and very friendly. Main shopping centres are not far away, 10 min and 20 min drive while the coastline at Marbella and Puerto Banus is 25 minutes. The Costa del Sol has an endless amount of atractions and will have something for everyone. Locally we have the Marbella gun & country club, horse riding centre and a paintball park all within 5 mins drive.
The area is fantastic for walking, cycling, riding, bird watching etc , we are keen motorcyclists and this is a wonderful area for great riding roads and scenery with numerous "ventas" to stop for drinks and tapas.
We have 2 cats that we would ask you to feed for us but our dog would have her holiday with our friends. We have a beautiful garden for you to enjoy but it is all watered automatically, we have secluded courtyards and seperate bbq area with its own outside kitchen.
The house is a traditional "cortijo" with the rooms set around the central coutyard room with double glazed roof and woodburner for the winter. Each bedroom has its own shower room and toilet, there is a well fitted kitchen and dining room with farmhouse table to seat 8 comfortably. The grounds extend to 4 acres so the property is very private and not overlooked by anyone.
The house has electric heating plus a woodburner and an open fire in the dining room for winter use (usually only Dec/Jan). During the summer we find that we do not need air conditioning and prefer the natural air flow from the mountains. We have a private outside pool with loads of sunbathing areas and extra fridge/freezers!
We love living in this house because it is so peaceful and we wake up to the most fantastic views every morning that change throughout the year depending on the season, each season having its own beauty. The weather is fantastic but varies throughout the year. January is the coldest month about 16/8 but can get as low as 12/4 on a bad day but usually the daytime is sunny which can make the evenings seem colder than they acually are. My favouite time is March to June, the Spring wild flowers are a spectacular sight, July/August is the hottest and the best time if you want to swim the pool and sunbathe, Sept/October is a lovely temperature about 26/14 like the springtime but with an increasing chance of thunderstorms, November/December is wetter but we get some fantastic electric storms if you like that kind of thing!
It is best to hire a car out here, they are very cheap and easy to book on the internet. There are buses that run to the coast and into town but they are slow because they travel through all the local villages first.
The nearest airport is Malaga and it is about 45 minutes drive away, it has a lot of budjet air flights from Europe especially Easyjet.
The property is best for adults because children may find it quiet and boring except in the summer with the pool and lots to do on the coast if you take them there by car. The beaches are very accessable because there are many side roads where you can park up and access the beach by a short walk. These beaches usually have the little "churengitos" on the beach to buy drinks, food, ice-cream etc and are quieter than the big destinations such as Fuengirola, Bealmadena, Estepona etc with the usual package holiday shops and markets.
The villages all have there own market days and there are some really big ones down on the coast.
During the summer the village of Guaro puts on music shows in the square & the first 2 weekends of September it transforms itself for "Luna Mora" a candle festival,a must to see
My husband and I moved out here from England in 2006 and we have 6 children between us, I have 3 sons and daughter and my husband has 2 daughters. They are all grown up and living there own lives mainly in the UK.
We have a joint hobby of motorcycling, I have a Yamaha Virago 535 and Iain has a Honda Transalp (great for the hills and tracks around here) We go on long rides now and again and quite enjoy camping as well. Individually I like to horseback ride and Iain enjoys a game of football. We enjoy semi-retirement here although Iain will carry out house maintenance for other ex-pats and I have my own little mosaic making business (www.mosaictileartist.co.uk).
We would love to be able to speak Spanish but find its really hard to learn, I am taking lessons at the moment and slowly improving.
When we lived in the UK I worked as an estate agent and Iain had his own electrical wholesale business, not sad to give it up and kive this life!
We love animals and brought our 2 cats with us but our dog Bella was a stray that turned up at our gate about to die, so we saved her and she has turned into the most fantastic dog anyone could wish for, so loving and faithful.
We have several good friends out here, they are mainly English but we have a lovely German "neighbour" as well as Spanish and French along our track.
I hope this information is useful, do not hesitate to contact me to chat further or discuss a holiday swap, we are always open to suggestions and flexible with our dates.