We think the rustic cottage is close to heaven on earth – our family and friends who have stayed there agree! Please view our videos and reviews on our personal website at www.alladino.com
Set in mature gardens in a stunning setting, the cottage is a rustic-style casita just one kilometre from the sea and some 3 kilometres from the former fishing village of Nerja.
Perched on a hillside of unspoilt countryside amidst olive and pine trees, the house overlooks the town, surrounding mountains and gentle coastline.
The property, while not remote is ‘private’ and ideal if you want to be in a quiet setting enjoying pure tranquility while at the same time being just 10 minutes by car from either Nerja or the typically spanish mountain village of Torrox.
At night, lighting concealed in the vegetation illuminates the garden and pool area. From the patio you wont fail to be drawn to the view – the beckoning glinting lights of the town below.
A spacious ‘rustic style’ lounge and dining room with a wood burning stove.
This main room leads through into a traditional farmhouse style kitchen which contains a fridge, gas hob and washing machine.
The lounge and dining area includes built in seating, a dining table & chairs and traditional furniture. Where possible the property has been improved using restored antique wood to preserve the natural character and be environmentally-friendly.
There are two bedrooms, both are en suite.
The main bedroom is a generous double with high ceilings and a remarkable stone wall enjoys views over the pool and patio and spectacular countryside which includes the mountains and other panoramic views.
The second bedroom is again a double-sized room with a mini balcony and breathtaking views, it has its own en suite shower room..
The patio doors from the lounge area open onto the terrace where you’ll find a sun bathing area, swimming pool (5 m x 3.5m) with outdoor shower and a barbeque facilities.
From the patio there are panoramic views of the mountains, the sea and the town of Nerja.
The property is well maintained and will suit a couple or up to four friends who want to relax in a tranquil rural setting while at the same time being close to the facilities of Nerja, 10 minutes away by car.
The gardens with many mature shrubs and trees are well cared for by a highly respected local gardener There is outdoor lighting to the patio, including concealed illumination in the garden shrubs which makes for a perfect evening sitting out especially during the warmer months and gazing across the panoramic views with the lights of Nerja glistening in the distance.
This charming property sits above a pine forest and while situated on the same estate as our neighbouring property, the rustic farmhouse, it has its own full privacy, it's own private pool and entrance and multiple patios.
A local Spanish neighbour, Miguel said to me ‘You little house is ‘encantadora’, so charming but it reminds me of the pueblo where I grew up and the days when we were poor’. He then proceeds to tell me about the days years ago when he watched the cottage being built, he tells me about the people I bought the property from 20 years ago and about the famous Nerja family who sold it to them. Very quickly you’re getting a history of the last 50 years of what was a desolate hillside without people! The truth is there’s been not much happening around the area for the last 50 years, certainly not enough to fill a page. On your way to the house, you follow a twisting road, past some white houses built some 15 years ago and then round a few additional bends but all on a pristine cement road and eventually you reach the stone wall to the exterior of the property. it looks intriguing from the outside but modest in keeping with the country surrounds but the moment you push open the creeky metal garden gate, the world changes. Panoramic views to make you gasp and a home some overflowing with charm with every attention to detail in its construction from local stone and antique wood.
The nearest Spanish neighbour is 300 metres away – Antonio, a local dentist. You may see Paco grazing his goats every afternoon after his siesta. He always has 20 minutes to stop and chat. Then there’s the small stout man on his modest moped who tends his little orchard every day – avocados and mangos are his speciality.
And that’s about it, there’s usually little noise to speak of unless there’s a fiesta in the town or some other unexpected celebration, in which case you’ll see the night sky light up with fireworks!
Oh yes, don’t be surprised to see Gustavo, the gardener creep in quietly to do his twice weekly maintenance and then there’s Jose, pool cleaner and odd job man for the last decade and a half. Fortunately, the team share our passion for the rustic cottage and the farmhouse nearby.
RENTING A VEHICLE
We advise that you should rent a car as the property is 5 minutes up a hillside and (walking doesn’t suit everyone). I can advise on good car hire options, typically rom around £70 in low season. Alternatively I will give you the phone number of the lcal trusted taxi firm.
By Lindsay on 11-Aug-2018
Lindsay wrote on 8 August 2018:
We have just returned from a wonderful 3 week stay at Al Ladino. The Villa is breathtaking. As you enter the views are stunning, the garden is beautifully landscaped and the interior is carefully designed to feel spacious and contemporary whilst maintaining the traditional feel. The pool was very much enjoyed particularly by our two children!
The location gives you really easy access to Nerja at the same time as feeling very private and quiet. Danny was on hand to help with every need and no request was too much. His local helpers were also extremely courteous and hard working. This property alongside El Monte Bajo are extremely well maintained with regular visits made during our stay to sweep patios, clean the pool, trim hedges etc. The home grown food products were amazing and we made the most of handpicked salad leaves, onions and peppers.
We would not hesitate to recommend / visit Al Ladino or El Monte Bajo again. There is simply nothing of this standard in this location that I can find. A real gem!