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“Idyllic hideaway”
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Villa with BBQ, Pergola and Private Pool
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa with BBQ, Pergola and Private Pool
pool under typical sunset
Pool sunloungers
pool & view from pergola
BBQ with outdoor dining by pool terrace
Outdoor dining of BBQ with views
Villa tucked away in the mountains
Main reception room
Main reception room
Main reception room
`Breakfast room off kitchen
Fully fitted kitchen
Kitchen, well equiped
Dining room with expanding table for up to 20 guests
Dining room
Master Bedroom
ensuite for Master bedroom
Double Bedroom
Family Bathroom
Twin Bedroom
View near Villa Flores
Villa Flores nestled in mountains
Local market produce
Leisure lakes, Ardales
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Villa -
6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
Casarabonela, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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Rachel R
Northampton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Idyllic hideaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We were lucky enough to spend a week at Villa Flores, 13 of us in total, to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday in August 2013. It was a wonderful find and we had a fabulous time.

Before we arrived
We were in fairly regular contact with the owner who was always quick to respond to our questions, offering useful information on the house and things we should consider before coming. We found the house through http://www.spain-holiday.com/13987 but once we’d enquired everything was done direct with the owner.
A car is essential if you’re visiting Villa Flores – it is quite remote.

On arrival
We arrived on a Sunday, but had been helpfully reminded that the shops would be closed and we made arrangements with some family who lived in Spain to get our shopping in before we got there. Our party flew in to Malaga airport and, using the directions provided, we found Villa Flores with no real difficulty. The drive from the nearest town of Casarabonela to Villa Flores is not for the feint hearted, but the scenery is stunning. Our top tip here would be to make sure your car isn’t overloaded as the lane leading down to the villa is very bumpy.

We had made arrangements with the owner to arrive early so that we could put some essentials in the fridge. When we got there, although cleaning was still taking place, we were made welcome around the pool and we were able to crack on with the important business of our holiday.

The House
The house is very homely. It is clearly loved and lived in. We had four, well behaved, children with us. I’d say that it isn’t a house for unruly children as there are a lot of breakables on show. There are two double bedrooms in the main house, a double bunk bed behind some curtains in the atrium of the house and a double futon in the main living room. There is a separate ‘farmhouse’ which is probably best described as two apartments. The ground floor has two twin rooms, both with ensuite loos and an ensuite shower room. Upstairs there is a separate apartment, accessed by metal stairs outside; it has a twin room and another room with a kitchenette, double futon and single bed – it also has an ensuite shower room. By the swimming pool there is an additional room with a double bed – that room had a bit of a damp problem while we were there and is probably best used as a handy shower/toilet/changing facility when you’re by the pool. There was a washing machine in this room along with ironing facilities.

Now – the pool area. That was really fab. A gorgeous pool (albeit bracing against the heat of the day) with ample, very comfortable sun loungers. Beside the pool was a little shaded retreat with a table and chairs and an outdoor kitchen complete with gas hob, gas fridge freezer and a couple of amazing BBQs. The pool area was by far our favourite part of the villa and we spent most of our time there.

Outside the house there is a table tennis table and both adults and kids enjoyed a bit of friendly rivalry.

The kitchen was very well equipped albeit we had a few problems when using the hob, oven and extractor fan which seemed to trip the electricity. Easy enough to sort though.

Wifi was available but was very limited in terms of what could be used. We used our weekly allowance in a day. Nine adults and four kids, all with phones, tablets and kindles use a lot of data.

There was Sky TV with all the English channels. We didn’t watch it much but it was nice to be able to keep in touch with the morning news. There were lots of videos and DVDs available, but we preferred to watch the night sky in the great outdoors to entertain ourselves.

Nearby
The lakes at Ardales are wonderful with lots of fun stuff to do and great places to eat. The nearby towns of Casarabonela, El Burgo and Ardales all had supermarkets and butchers.

There isn't anything close enough to walk to so a car is absolutely essential.

Pesky pests
We went in August and were tortured with wasps and mosquitos. Make sure to take plenty of good quality repellent. Mosquito Milk (available online) seemed to do quite well. If we’d known about the wasps we’d also have brought a Waspinator (available at Amazon.co.uk).

Stunning Scenery
The location of Villa Flores is amazing. I’m sure it’s wonderful to walk in and explore (although, possibly not in 40degreeC heat). We were there during the Perseid Meteor shower and the sky was absolutely stunning.

In Summary
We had a wonderful time at Villa Flores. It was comfortable and rustic in the main house, luxurious by the pool and had everything we needed. If you want to get away from it all, far away from the madding crowds – this would be a great choice.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
3 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The pool area
Liked least: The pests
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
10 Jul 2014
I was delighted that this group of family and friends had such a great birthday celebration. All the points noted, including unlimited wifi have been addressed and rectified, as I want everyone to have the best holiday possible.
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Anthony H
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Perfect Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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person found this review helpful

We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our visit to your splendid holiday home. Also to thank you for organising the bikes for us and introducing us to David your guide, who brought us on some fabulous and varied routes with breathtaking views. We found some lovely spots to stop off for a well deserved lunch in the surrounding villages. Our group also enjoyed the more restful days by your lovely pool in such a tranquil and stunning setting. We hope to book again for another year.
Best regards
Anthony, Oxford

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property 5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses
5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils 5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
10 Jul 2014
It was a great pleasure having you all at Villa Flores and really glad you enjoyed the activities. Next time we can organize for you al to go walking in the mountains too.....
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