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Magical Moorish-style apartment in Gaucin village with pool & exotic garden.

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2 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
4 guests
4 nights minimum
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Casa Mosaica, in the romantic hill top village of Gaucin is situated on the Ronda side of the village, easy to find, with parking outside the door. Casa Mosaica is perfectly situated for guests to walk to the many restaurants, bars and shops in the pretty, narrow, twisting lanes of Gaucin without having to worry about parking. Totally secret and unseen from the street the magical and peaceful scented garden is full of exotic palms, jasmines, bougainvillea, mosaics and fountains; the pretty swimming pool in its own courtyard is just what you long for after the heat and bustle of village life or a trip to the coast, 35 mins drive away. The accommodation consists of a Moorish style, self-contained two bedroom apartment on the ground floor of the property. The swimming pool courtyard and th...Casa Mosaica, in the romantic hill top village of Gaucin is situated on the Ronda side of the village, easy to find, with parking outside the door. Casa Mosaica is perfectly situated for guests to walk to the many restaurants, bars and shops in the pretty, narrow, twisting lanes of Gaucin without having to worry about parking. Totally secret and unseen from the street the magical and peaceful scented garden is full of exotic palms, jasmines, bougainvillea, mosaics and fountains; the pretty swimming pool in its own courtyard is just what you long for after the heat and bustle of village life or a trip to the coast, 35 mins drive away. The accommodation consists of a Moorish style, self-contained two bedroom apartment on the ground floor of the property. The swimming pool courtyard and the Moorish garden are shared with Casita Mosaica (2 people) which is situated in the garden and has is own entrance. The owner, an English interior decorator and mosaic designer, lives between London and Gaucin and keeps 2 house cats on the property. It is possible to rent both La Casita and the apartment together (sleeps up to 6 + a baby cot) to give families more space and privacy, please contact owner for further details. Once inside the property, the apartment has it's own front door, a stunning entrance hall/library, a large, bright, open-plan kitchen/dining room and comfortable sitting area equipped with television, DVD player and films which may be borrowed from the house library, guide books on the area, iPod connection and fast wireless link for laptops. Doors open onto both the garden and shady swimming pool terrace. Both the master bedroom with en-suite polished plaster bathroom and the twin bedroom with en-suite shower room have double doors opening onto the swimming pool terrace too. There is a shady outside eating area beside the pool, another in the shade of the garden pergola and sofa and chairs in the garden and of course sun beds beside the pool, with pool towels provided. Comfortable beds and pillows, good quality linens, antique furniture, rugs and wall hangings, original paintings by local artists, flowers from the garden and good quality towels is what you can expect, as well as hand made mosaics from the Casa Mosaica Studio workshop in most rooms. The kitchen is fully equipped if you enjoy cooking: there is a gas hob, electric oven, and dishwasher. A washing machine and hairdryer are also provided. Weekly rentals from Saturday to Saturday out of season short or long rentals may be available, please enquire. Gaucin is one of the most spectacularly beautiful mountain villages of Andalucia,. The location is astounding, white houses ranged along a lofty ridge, framed by craggy peaks, vultures and eagles wheeling overhead surrounded by miles of sun dried hills. The south side of the village has sweeping views across the Rio Genal valley to Gibraltar and across the Straights into the Rif Mountains of North Africa. There is plenty to see in surrounding areas, apart from the other pretty 'pueblos blancos' in the Serrania de Ronda. Sevilla, the vibrant capital of Andalucia, is a couple of hours' drive away, Ronda, Hemingway's favourite Spanish town, is just 45 min on a beautiful road across the mountains. Granada and “la Alhambra” 3 hours. Costa Del Sol 35mins. Costa de la Luz one hour. Gaucin is 1.30hrs drive from Malaga airport, and 29kms from the coast. With a population of 2000, Gaucin is perched 626 meters above sea level and has a fascinating history. From the Arab word “strong Rock” , Gaucin was once a major Roman settlement. The Castillo del Aguila (Eagle's Castle) dates from this period and was later used by the Arabs as a fortress, the remnants seen today were built in the 13th century. The village was once a centre for brandy and tobacco smuggling bandaleros, but these days the centre of the village with its pretty tangle of narrow twisting streets and whitewashed houses is the inspiration for a sizable artistic community and a combination of traditional Andaluz style and modern amenities. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: AAG2729541More
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About the Owner
Emma C
Languages spoken:English, French, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2011
Interaction with guests
Casa Mosaica has been the home of Emma C for 18 years. She is currently (2018/19) living and working partly in London, spending about 6 months in Gaucin. There are 2 friendly house cats, Kevin and Geoffrey and Spanish family who look after the house and garden, and a British maintenance man. If Emma is there she will show you around the property, and more then likely invite you for drinks on her terrace during your stay, otherwise keeping a discreet distance and not using the pool when the property is let. There is a good house book full of useful local information or you can contact Emma before for any special information. If the owner is not in residence an arrangement will be made for collecting keys.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our 6 night stay in the Casita. It felt magical waking each morning in this Moroccan inspired property, displaying the finest detailed ornamental tile work, created by the owner’s own hands. The stunning gardens and the scented jasmine through an archway of the...More

Date of stay: May 2019
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GallaB123, VR Owner at Magical Moorish-style apartment in Gaucin village with pool & exotic garden., responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Jennie for your kind and thoughtful review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Casita Mosaica, the mosaics, the garden and the view. We are looking forward to your return visit at Christmas and will be interesting to see how you find the difference...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018

Wow! What a place! This place is absolutely beautiful, peaceful and so relaxing. If you are into moorish design, paradise gardens within a lovely Spanish mountain pueblos blanco, yet close to the coast and other places of interest, then this place has it all. There...More

Date of stay: October 2018
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GallaB123, VR Owner at Magical Moorish-style apartment in Gaucin village with pool & exotic garden., responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thank you very much for your kind review, I'm so glad you all enjoyed your holiday, and it was a pleasure meeting you. You have described exactly what I'd hoped guests would feel when renting both the Casa and La Casita together......privacy and relaxation in...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2018

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Date of stay: August 2018
GallaB123, VR Owner at Magical Moorish-style apartment in Gaucin village with pool & exotic garden., responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

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Reviewed 7 July 2018

We are just returning from a week in Emma’s gorgeous casita and what a week it was. It is so tastefully decorated and has everything you could think of in terms of facilities (and a few things we didn’t think of!) I can say without...More

Date of stay: July 2018
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GallaB123, VR Owner at Magical Moorish-style apartment in Gaucin village with pool & exotic garden., responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Thanks so much Lindsey, I'm so glad you had a great holiday and I really appreciate you taking the trouble to post such a nice review. Emma

Reviewed 21 October 2017

Another super relaxing time; reading, enjoying the sun and strolling into town for a drink or some food. Emma’s properties, both the Casa and the Casita, are real homes from home. It is the type of place where within 5 minutes of arriving you’ve completely...More

Date of stay: October 2017
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Management response:Responded 23 October 2017

Thank you very much indeed for your kind review, and brilliant photo! Hope to see you in 2018. Emma

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Central Heating
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Waterfront
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Balcony
Mountain Views
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Terrace
Patio
Fireplace
Deck
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About the neighbourhood
Gaucin is a beautiful mountain village with sweeping views to Gibraltar and the Rif mountains of north Africa. It is situated against the spectacular backdrop of the Serrania de Ronda. It sits 2000 feet above sea level on the crest of the Sierra del Hacho, and due to its key strategic position was once a major Roman settlement. Its castle, Castillo del Aguila dates from this era and was later expanded by the Arabs into a fortress. Gaucin, is a traditional Andalucian working village with pretty whitewashed houses and tangle of narrow streets festooned with flowers. The local people are friendly and throughout the year there are several traditional local festivities, including a spectacular bull run through the narrow streets at Easter, and the Saint's day in September. There are a ...
Getting around
A car is essential. The famous 'Mr. Henderson's Railway' built in 1890 from Algeciras to Ronda passes through Estacion de Gaucin (20 min drive from the town!) and well worth a memorable journey through the gorges of the Sierra de Ronda.
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