“This experience in Marbella at Jim and Anna’s house was fantastic. The house is magnificent with easy access by car to the beaches and all the attractions that Marbella and Puerto Banus has to offer ... and as there are many, I will not list them. On the way back we still visited Ronda, Setenil, Caminhos del Rey and Córdoba ... In a Corona pandemic context we can say that we were very lucky with this experience and everything went wonderfully. Thanks Jim and Ann, I wish you lots of health and happiness! ”
Jim's reviewsAs a host (3)
“We had a lovely holiday at Jim's villa - me and my 3 children (20, 17 and 13). The villa is lovely and very spacious with a very well equipped kitchen and house. The pool is great and perfect for cooling off as the weather was scorching. The house itself stayed pretty cool despite the heat we never felt uncomfortable. It is a very quiet location (and very safe and secure) though you can walk to La Quinta Hotel/Golf club which has good facilities - we used the gym a lot - but little else. The area itself has plenty to do and see especially for families though you will therefore need a car. Ronda is beautiful, Tarifa great (we went whale watching) and of course the bling of Banus if that's your thing! As for our host he was very communicative, friendly, hospitable and extremely helpful and I would have no qualms recommending him as a swapper. Paul”
“For our first house swap, this was everything we could have wished for and more ! ”
3 things they loved about the trip
- Fantastic house with wonderful grounds in a marvelous location
- Pool and Pergola with fantastic view
- Cool breeze in 34 degree sunshine
“The villa was well located, away from the brashness of Marbella and Porta Banus but accessible to San Pedro de Alcantara, Benahavis and Ronda. There was a great selection of restaurants nearby, we particularly enjoyed Cinales in San Pedro, Il Ristorante in Nueva Andalucia, La Casita in Hereda and Chowka on the Golden Mile. The villa was great for kids and very secure. There was even a kids playground nearby with a pizzeria. Jim and Anna were very accommodating and seemed to really enjoy their time in Ireland. Overall, the house swap was an overwhelming success.”
Where is it?
Our home is situated within a 'gated' community with 24hr security, the community is well respected and offers outstanding views of the adjacent La Quinta golf course. we are a five/six minute drive from the world famous Puerto Banus, the marina is home to many super yachts and famous fashion brands and many restaurants and bars. Nearer to home there is the local village of La Campana offers a host of Spanish restaurants and bars, and very near by (i minute) there is a supermarket and adjacent farmacia (chemist shop) with other bars and eateries.
Marbella is a sporting Mecca with four top class courses within minutes, tennis features too with three international tennis clubs, the hotel at La Quinta which is near to our community hosts many European football teams on winter breaks.
The Old Town of Marbella is a must visit for tourists wishing to see 'real Spain' although there are a number of more traditional villages within a few kilometres offering traditional arts and crafts and great local food, Ronda is a 45 minute drive away and offering great architecture staggering views, one of the oldest bull fighting arenas and a myriad of restaurants bars and shops.
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