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Beautiful 3 bedroom house with sun-filled terrace looking straight over the hills and out to sea

| 3 Bedroom| 3 Bathroom|
€ 127 per night
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Ambalama is a treasured home in the coastal hills of Southern Andalucia which you cannot fail to fall in love with. Ambalama is a Sinhalese word meaning ‘a welcoming resting place for weary way-farers, travellers, explorers and adventurers’. The Casa (house) and Casita (small house) are just that and provide a lovely, relaxing ‘home’ with a hugely welcoming atmosphere. Having been lovingly and artfully restored from a rather sad, abandoned building, it has been given a new lease of life and is transformed into a delightfully cosy, comfortable ‘casita’. It sits high in the cork forests of the sierra, with sensational views overlooking the distant Mediterranean, and on a clear day one can see the mountains of Morocco.

Ambalama is a ‘home for all seasons’. It’s as cosy on chilly winter days, as it is glorious in the strong summer sunshine. It is as warm and bright and revitalizing in spring as it is sunny and crisp in autumn – it’s warm here even in November! Vigorous walks in the hills or gentle strolls on the beach, throughout the year, are among the highlights, along with long, lazy lunches in the sun followed by a sleepy siesta and perhaps a wander into town for a sundowner – if you can tear yourself away from the view! In spring time, flowers carpet the hills and the whole area comes alive with colour and verdant growth.

Culture vultures will be totally enamoured with the lovely village of Casares, whilst the beaches are long and not overly crowded. This area is also famous for its exceptional restaurants, magnificent golf courses and hugely friendly people. Get an early, revitalising tan in spring; and stave off those winter blues in autumn! A gem of a place where summer comes early and lingers long!

All this is just 1 ¼ hours form Malaga and 45 mins from Gibraltar and it’s as magical in winter as it is in summer. This little gem - both rustic and sophisticated at the same time - has something for everyone and makes the perfect family or romantic getaway!

The House

The main house comprises two well-furnished bedrooms (both with overhead fans, one with air-conditioning) with attached bathrooms (one with a dressing room), a sitting room, dining room (seating 6 comfortably) and kitchen, all on one level. It has been beautifully, colourfully and interestingly furnished with bits and pieces from all over the world - many items having been made, sourced or restored by the owners. French doors opening off every room, along with terracotta floors and double height ceilings keep it cool and airy in summer; and there’s a blazing log fire and plenty of rugs to keep it warm in winter. It is very much a home from home rather than a formal villa, being cosy, relaxed and intimate.

Outside boasts a spacious, sun-filled terrace looking straight over the hills and out to sea. There is a lovely bamboo pergola covering an al fresco dining area and comfortable daybeds. A flight of steps leads up to the glorious pool terrace which has plenty of sunbeds and 2 charpoys in the shade. It is surrounded by orange, olive, cork, almond and palm trees, and also affords incredible views, especially from the huge hammock!

A further flight of steps leads up to a terrace garden (perfect for a game of boules); the Sala (a huge four-poster day bed surrounded by a shrubbery and with yet another view; and The Casita which is home to a spacious bedroom / sitting room and sumptuous bathroom with separate tub and shower. Two vast windows look directly out to sea from the bedroom; and to the mountains from the bathroom - given its elevated position above the house, it has possibly the best views of all. A high ceiling, air-conditioning (both hot and cold), oodles of space, antique Indian doors, wonderful artefacts and colourful furnishings, all add up to a dreamy place to rest your head. It can be rented in addition to the main house but not separately.

Ambalama is small, compact, impossibly romantic and ideally situated for exploring the area – the famous village of Casares is a short walk away; the historic ‘white towns’ of Gaucin, Cortes de La Frontera and Ronda are close by; the buzzy hubs of Marbella, Estepona and Soto Grande are also a short drive away; the hill walking is superb, especially in Spring when all the wildflowers are out in abundance; there are golf courses and fine restaurants galore; and there are plenty of beaches down the hill.

Facilities / Facts

Overhead fans in all bedrooms, sitting room and dining room
Air-conditioning in 1 bedroom in the house and the Casita (not necessary elsewhere)
Double beds in all bedrooms (can be converted into 6 single beds)
Gas hob with electric oven
Small dishwasher
Clothes washer
Fridge / freezer
Drinks chiller
Bathtubs with overhead rain showers and ‘telephone’ showers (separate shower and tub in the Casita)
Unheated, swimming pool – shallow end 3ft, deep end 6ft”
Large sala (daybed) in a secluded garden terrace area
Wifi (complimentary)
Telephone for local calls (complimentary)
TV with access to UK TV channels (can be temperamental)
DVD player – with a range of DVDs
CD player – with a range of CDs
Hair dryers in all bedrooms
Bath and pool towels provided
Fully equipped kitchen (no microwave)
Meat slicer
Coffee bean grinder
Nespresso machine (capsules NOT provided)
Board games, card games, outdoor games
BBQ (gas – naked flame outside is illegal in Spain)
Comprehensive ‘House File’ full of useful information on the house and environs
Additional services available

ADDITIONAL CLEANING: should you require additional cleaning / clearing up after meals, this can be provided.
Cost per hour: €10

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Although we deem it essential that you have a car at Ambalama (due to being in the countryside and at the top of a hill), should some of your party wish to arrange taxis from either Malaga or Gibraltar, this costs approx. €90 and €70 respectively. We can give you the number of our local taxi service who will know the way to the house, so that you don’t spend hours looking for it. More than 2 cars parked by the house will be cramped!


There is an excellent masseuse who lives in a nearby village and who will come to the house for treatments. She is highly qualified and experienced and exceptionally good. She gets booked up early so if keen on having a massage, we suggest you contact her at least 2 weeks in advance on
Cost: approx. €70 - €80 per hour


There is a lovely yoga teacher who lives nearby and will happily come to the house to run yoga classes – from beginners to pros. The terrace outside the house is the perfect yoga platform! She is excellent and can also provide good therapeutic or relaxation massages. Her name is Nina Gouveia and she can be reached on Best to book her early as she gets booked up.
Cost: approx. €70 per hour

Things to do

Ambalama is a place for both the sedentary and the active and boasts a plethora of ways to do nothing or to keep busy. If wanting a more idle holiday, lying by the pool or relaxing on the terrace in glorious summer sunshine, having a massage, or cosying up on the sofa by a roaring fire with a good book in the colder months, is a lovely way to while away the hours.

The more active may take themselves off walking in the hills, visit a variety of fascinating and historic nearby towns and villages, or drive down to the coast for some fun and feasting on the beach. The area also boasts some superb golf courses and busy, social towns to visit. To cap it all, the area plays host to some of the finest restaurants, with a variety of menus, in Southern Andalucia. These are all on your doorstep so gourmands will also be kept happy.

Suggested activities and excursions

Visits to the famous ‘pueblos blancos’ (white towns) and other historic towns – Casares, Ronda, Gaucin, Cortes de La Frontera, the old part of Estepona
Visits to beaches – Casares and Manilva
Shopping and socialising in Marbella or Soto Grande or the famous ‘leather copy’ town of Ubrique
Walking in the surrounding hills and villages – particularly special in Spring when the flowers are out. Guide books are provided
Watch a bull fight
Watch a flamenco performance
A stroll (15 mins) into Casares village for a morning exploring, followed by a feast of a lunch
Massages ‘at home’ – see prices in ‘Additional Services’
Yoga ‘at home’ – see prices in ‘Additional Services’
Be sure to stroll into town to observe a feria if one is taking place. These are low-key, friendly and fun
Golf – there are a plethora of excellent golf courses nearby. Details of such are in the in house manual
Padel Tennis – there is a local padel tennis court in Estepona. Bats can be hired there
Visit Sotogrande market on Sundays from 11am to 2pm – parking is available
Excursion to the beautiful town of Ronda ( 1 ¼ hrs)
Listing Details

About the property

  • Property Type : Villa
  • No.of floors : Single Story
  • Classification : Detached
  • Entrance : Private entrance
  • Accommodation : Self-catering (no catering available)
  • Swimming pool : swimming pool (private)
  • Internet Access : Wi-Fi
  • This property sleeps max 6 people
  • This property has 3 bedroom(s)
  • This property has 3 bathroom(s)


  • Suitable for children
  • Suitable for elders
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Ask owner for long term rentals


  • Double bedroom [Bedroom Green], KingBed-1
  • Double bedroom [Bedroom Blue], KingBed-1, (Can be made into twin beds)
  • Double bedroom [Casita], KingBed-1, (Can be made into twin beds)


  • Full bathroom (en-suite) [Bathroom Green], Toilets-1, Bath with shower-1
  • Full bathroom (en-suite) [Bathroom Blue], Toilets-1, Bath with shower-1
  • Full bathroom (en-suite) [Casita bathroom], Toilets-1, Bath-1, Shower cabinate-1

Other rooms

  • Dining Room, Eating Area, Kitchen, Living Room


  • Beach Front - 8 km
  • Beautiful Mountains - 100 m
  • Near Beach - 8 km
  • Near Golf - 10 km
  • Near Ocean - 10 km
  • Near Restaurants - 1 km
  • Near Shopping - 1 km
  • Near Town - 1 km
  • Ocean Front - 10 km
  • Picturesque Landscape - 100 m


  • Beach
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Honeymoon
  • Luxury
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child / infant
    •  • Outdoor games 
    •  • Internet (wireless broadband) 
    Dining room furniture
    •  • Dining table  • Dining chairs 
    •  • TV  • CD player  • DVD player  • Radio  • Board games  • Book collection  • Film collection 
    •  • Bed linen  • Towels  • Washing machine  • Vacuum cleaner  • Iron  • Hairdryer  • Alarm clock  • Mosquito nets 
    •  • Air-conditioning (partial)  • Ceiling fans  • Log fireplace  • Floor heating 
    Lounge furniture
    •  • Armchair 
    Outdoor cooking
    •  • BBQ (gas) 
    Outdoor leisure
    •  • Parasol  • Garden furniture 
    Sports and leisure
    •  • Sunbed  • Petanque set  • Swimming pool (private) 
    Outdoor facilities
    •  • Garden  • Pergola  • Courtyard (private)  • Patio  • Terrace 
    •  • Parking 
    Kitchen equipment
    •  • Fridge  • Freezer  • Electric oven  • Gas stove  • Dish-washer  • Kitchen utensils  • Crockery and cutlery  • Coffee machine  • Electric kettle  • Toaster  • Food processor  • Oven 
Price Details
General Price
Season Begin Date End Date Weekly Nightly Weekendnight Monthly Min stay
HOUSE ONLY (4 PEOPLE) 30 Jun, 2021 11 Sep, 2021 € 1727 € - € - € - 1 week
HOUSE ONLY (4 PEOPLE) 12 Sep, 2021 27 Nov, 2021 € 1225 € - € - € - 1 week
HOUSE ONLY (4 PEOPLE) 28 Nov, 2021 12 Mar, 2022 € 891 € - € - € - 1 week
HOUSE ONLY (4 PEOPLE) 13 Mar, 2022 21 May, 2022 € 1281 € - € - € - 1 week
HOUSE ONLY (4 PEOPLE) 22 May, 2022 10 Sep, 2022 € 1838 € - € - € - 1 week
HOUSE ONLY (4 PEOPLE) 11 Sep, 2022 26 Nov, 2022 € 1225 € - € - € - 1 week
Special Price
Season Begin Date End Date Weekly Nightly Weekendnight Monthly Min stay
HOUSE AND CASITA (6 PEOPLE) 30 Jun, 2021 11 Sep, 2021 2172 - - - 1 week
HOUSE AND CASITA (6 PEOPLE) 12 Sep, 2021 27 Nov, 2021 1671 - - - 1 week
HOUSE AND CASITA (6 PEOPLE) 28 Nov, 2021 12 Mar, 2022 1337 - - 2228 1 week
HOUSE AND CASITA (6 PEOPLE) 13 Mar, 2022 21 May, 2022 1727 - - - 1 week
HOUSE AND CASITA (6 PEOPLE) 22 May, 2022 10 Sep, 2022 2217 - - - 1 week
HOUSE AND CASITA (6 PEOPLE) 11 Sep, 2022 26 Nov, 2022 1727 - - - 1 week
Terms and Conditions
Payment Policy
Saturday to Saturday rentals. 3 month minimum rentals from Dec to April. A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. A £400 damage refundable damage deposit is required at the time of booking. Payment in Sterling or Euros (at the prevailing exchange rate at the time of payment) by bank transfer Credit and debit cards are not accepted. Detailed notes on the house and directions will be sent out at the time of booking. This price includes the cost of the villa only. It will be cleaned and the beds will be made up prior to your arrival. Please leave it as you found it, as clean as possible, and do not strip the beds. On departure, please ensure you take all your rubbish and bottles with you as this will avoid us having to charge for extra cleaning and the possibility of cats or wild boar causing havoc with abandoned rubbish!
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation after receipt of deposit and prior to 3 months prior to departure – 25% (deposit) forfeit Cancellation within 3 months of departure – 75% of full rental cost forfeit Cancellation within 2 months of departure – 100% of rental cost forfeit The house is available for winter rentals from Dec to April each year, minimum 3 months.


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