Thinking of returning here for our Autumn break and only just rememberd I hadn't reviewed last years stay, apologies.Setting:
The Town House is close to the centre of Torrox, a Pueblo Blanco (White Village) but the street it is on is navigable by car (just). It has the benefit of being in an old small working town so you are to a great extent in the ‘real’ Spain but just minutes off the motorway
There are a couple of small hotels in the town and a number of private rental accommodations. The locals are welcoming and friendly and if your Spanish isn’t great are very tolerant of pointing and hand gestures. The waiters in the restaurants are also tolerant of you referring to your dictionary, of which I’m glad I did as it saved me from tripe as a starter!
The town is 5-10 mins drive or bus from Torrox Costa and a long beach with all the usual amenities. The sea was warm enough for me to swim in October. 10 -15 min reaches Nerja.
Type of accommodation: There are 2 rental apartments as described on their website. One on the ground floor and one at the top. The owners live in the middle. This works well as they were happy to accept our late arrival and they were always there if needed but never intrusive. Nor did you feel that you were intruding in their home. The house is hundreds of years old (goes back at least to ‘the inquisition’) It has been renovated to provide all modern bathing and kitchen facilities whilst retaining its character.
Comfort : very comfortable and relaxing, loads of space.
Cleanliness: Perfectly clean
Service: Ernest and Julio are pleasant and helpful and will organise anything they can for you. We didn’t use the services but Julio will also give you Spanish lessons and/or cook.
Food: Self catering. Shops very close by, including a wonderful baker. Restaurants, bars, cafes and take away minutes on foot.
Activities: everything, from sunbathing all year round to ski-ing in the Sierra Nevada, 60-90 minutes away. Easy access to the coast for water sports, walking in the mountains driving inland, art and culture
Pluses; Lovely comfortable old house with great views and easy stroll into the centre.
Downsides; car access through the village is challenging, very narrow roads and parking is restricted but we always got a spot within a few minutes of the house. Also when we there in Oct 2009 the main square was completely dug up and this was ongoing.
Who its for. Couples or families or groups of friends looking for a quiet holiday a step away from the tourist hot spots but within easy reach of something for everyone. People who want their accommodation to have a bit of character.
Who its not for. Modern minimalists, wild nightlife, full English/Irish breakfasts and pubs. Although there is always football on in the bars in town!
We stayed at the Torrox townhouse for the first time in November, although we have been to Torrox several times before. The house is fantastic and the ground floor aprrtment, where we stayed, is perfect accommodation for 2 people. It has everything you could need for a lovely relaxing stay. The owners of the house are lovely - they even brought us a bowl of freshly picked grapes from the huge vine that provides shade on the veranda - don't worry there is a shade free area as well if you're a sun lover!! The views over the valley are beautiful. The house has an internal courtyard with a little fountain which is a gorgeous feature. The house is located just minutes from the main Plaza, but not close enough to be noisy. I can't wait until our next visit in June!
The house is absolutely wonderful - old traditional town house with a beautiful central courtyard and interior balconies a vine, laden with grapes that extends from the basement to the top of the house and exterior balconies with beautiful views.
It is furnished and decorated with very good taste. The ground floor apartment, which we occupied, had a warm relaxed feeling and the secluded balcony, which runs the length of the apartment gave us many enjoyable evenings.
The house, in the middle of the village, is on a narrow street - you can stop your car outside to unload although blocking the road. This is normal behavior here but must then drive further on to find a parking place. We always found somewhere within a couple of minutes walk and as most of the village is like this, with some streets inaccessible to motor vehicles, it is a choice you must make if you want to stay in a lovely hill town.
It was a most memorable stay and we will certainly return
Third floor apartment in historic building centring on a plant filled courtyard. Pretty terrace, large living/dining room with open fireplace, two bedrooms, one with canopy double bed (rather on the small side) and a bathroom with solar powered hot water. Books everywhere! The owner lives on site and proved exceptionally helpful. Lots of small shops in the village but be prepared to park some distance from your car and to drive along very narrow streets. Plenty of authentic village character, as well as lots of English speaking folks. On the edge of a national park, close to good beaches and the Alhambra within easy reach.