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Private walled garden with own plunge pool
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Private walled garden with own plunge pool
Two al fresco dining areas Large kitchen with feature arch
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44 reviews
Private walled garden with own plunge pool
Two al fresco dining areas
Large kitchen with feature arch
Master Bedroom
Second Bedroom
Lounge
Lounging Area leading to Kitchen
Lounging Area
Catering sized oven & hob
Bathroom with walk in Shower
Sun relaxation Area
Large rustic barbecue
Al fresco dining by the pool
Fresh water lakes a 40 minute drive away
The beautiful Santa Maria square a stroll away
Castle at the end of our road
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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Antequera, Costa del Sol, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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Andy T
Durham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Very Pleasant Stay”
Reviewed 26 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014
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person found this review helpful

The hosts were lovely and accommodating. The apartment is the private first floor of a spacious house in the Spanish style. Our biggest complaint was that during the winter the thick walls and tile surfaces are difficult to keep warm and so the apartment was cool, but I am sure is indispensable in the summer. The location is perfect and we always found parking available nearby.

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GlynisJay
Driffield, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Charming tastefully furnished apartment”
Reviewed 6 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014
1
person found this review helpful

This is a delightful well-equipped apartment set within easy walking distance of Antequera with it's many shops, bars and restaurants. Rupert and Melanie, who live close by, provided us with lots of useful information and could not have been more helpful. The only downside was that we were only there for one week - we would have happily stayed for a month!

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vali18654...
Inverness, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Authentic Spanish Home - The Lemon Tree”
Reviewed 19 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
1
person found this review helpful

The Lemon Tree is authentic, quiet Spanish living in a lovely country town. You really are living in amongst the locals with plenty choice of some lovely restaurants and shops, prices were also very reasonable. Our hosts were very welcoming and provided us with a lovely home and garden - they also were very helpful for any advice/assistance if you choose to plan a day away etc. If you want a real feel for Spain try the Lemon Tree - Antequera - you won't be disappointed.

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Liked best: High standard in accommodation and location
Liked least: Dog barking
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Ellie H
London, United Kingdom
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“Authentic Spain in a quiet, relaxing and beautiful apartment.”
Reviewed 2 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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person found this review helpful

We chose Antequera as it was only an hour or so drive from Seville/Cordoba/Granada and 1/2 hour from Malaga. But, as we discovered, there are so many other reasons to pick Antequera! The town itself is in a very rural location so you feel like you are away from huge packs of tourists and are immersed in authentic Spain. However, the town has enough bars, restaurants, things to see and do so you don't have to drive everywhere. Lemon Tree was the perfect base for this holiday- a 10/15 minute walk into the centre but a couple of little shops nearby. The apartment was much larger than we expected, so nice and airy. The best thing about it is the courtyard out the back. You are not overlooked at all, and have sole use of the pool/sunloungers/ BBQ. It is a real sun trap and a lovely place to while away the midday hours underneath the shade of the lemon tree. Melanie and Rupert were very informative and had some great recommendations for Antequera. Very hospitable, but not at all intrusive!

Thank you very much for our stay- we have already recommended it to friends and family!

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EnBee1973
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Amazing!”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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person found this review helpful

The apartment was much more than we expected. Spotlessly clean and with everything you could need.The highlight is the outside space with the plunge pool. Perfect for sunbathing during the day and so relaxing with a nice cold drink in the evening.
Antequera is a beautiful town and all of the bars and restaurants are in walking distance. It is also well placed for exploring the region (the Alhambra and Cordoba only an hour away)
If you're looking for a truly unspolit Spanish experience this is the place to come to. Rupert and melanie were extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
Highly recommended.

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499alison...
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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“A real taste of spain - totally exceeded expectations!”
Reviewed 5 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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person found this review helpful

We wanted a Spanish holiday that felt totally Spanish as the tourist resorts tend to be a bit similar and to be honest you often don't really know where you are as it can be so geared up for the English. We chose Andalucía because it looked so pretty and booked a fortnight at Lemon Tree in Antequera.

We knew nothing about the town but wow it is stunning. Historical, beautiful and really friendly. We can't speak Spanish and virtually nobody speaks English there but it didn't matter, we got by and learnt a bit (food mostly!) while there and as the people are so friendly we did not feel intimidated.

Lemon Tree is a great base, up near the castle in the old part of town it was a lovely walk into town with fantastic views. The apartment has great amenities with a full kitchen should you wish to cook etc but close enough to walk to town where were are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. It's hilly however so it did take us a couple of days to get used to it but we came back fitter! Rupert and Mel are a lovely couple, we so envy them living here!! They respect your privacy but are there if you need them. We were totally gutted to leave and have been in a slight state of depression since !!

The nearby El Escribano is in a stunning location by the Santa Maria. You must try the prawns here with Ali Oli (garlic mayonnaise)!! Maria there looked after us so well (and our sunglasses when we left them there one tipsy night after drinking one too many Alhambra beers ( very nice it is too!).

Another stand out restaurant for us was Mercado Andaluz, on Calle Najera, they have fresh fish and seafood (bought daily from Malaga). They have chairs outside in the square which is a lovely place to eat. They had only been open two months so we really hope they do ok as more established restaurants who have outside chairs opposite tend to get all the customers.

Would go back in a heartbeat!

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Liked least: Nothing!
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barbara w
London, Canada
2 reviews
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“After staying in the apartment for almost one month we felt totally at home.”
Reviewed 3 June 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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person found this review helpful

Rupert and Melanie as well as their son Jake welcomed us to their house. They were very helpful in every way.
My husband enjoys cooking and thoroughly enjoyed the huge kitchen. It had everything we could have wanted.
Our favourite item was the beautiful ancient lemon tree in the courtyard. It was loaded with the most delicious lemons we had anywhere in the world. Just after we arrived on 2nd April this tree was also full of blossorm next to the ripe and ripening lemons! Amazing!
The plunge pool was nice to look at but in April the water was still to cold to go in.
I especially enjoyed the fact that our apartment was only a few blocks from the edge of town. I often went for a walk and met many friendly locals who were walking their dogs.
Around the corner was a small grocery store with a very friendly and helpful owner.
The fortress on the hill was just behing our apartment.
Since I am using a walker it was a challenge to get up there but the views over the city and the facing mountain were worth the effort.
Rupert and Melanie are from the UK so communication was easy.
Most inhabitants of Antequera do not speak much English. That was perfect for us because we wanted to practice our weak Spanish.
Since we had rented a car on arrival in Malaga we were able to visit Granada, Cordoba and many other places. The highways are easily reached from Antequera. They are the best highways we have ever seen anywhere.
We also tried out some other roads in the mountainous areas. They were challenging with all the serpentines.
We had a few days of rain but most of the time excellent warm and sunny weather in April. When we drive the 45 minutes to reach Malaga on the sea shore it was much hotter and very humid.
With Rupert and Melanie"s assistance this was one of our best vacations ever.
We can recommend this apartment to our friends and customers at any time.
Joe and Barbara Weis
London, Ontario, Canada

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Management Response
15 Jun 2014
Dear both, thank you for your kind words. It was lovely meeting you, and we came to think of you as part of the family rather than our guests. We thoroughly enjoyed Joe´s cooking and still await news as to how he got on with the large Paella pan he bought! It is gratifying to see people getting so much of what Antequera has to offer, and obviously we are delighted you found Lemon Tree to your liking.
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