Doña Juana

Ronda and El Gastor

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  • Ground floor: Open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room (oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fireplace, TV, DVD, Wifi, A/C) with patio doors to covered poolside terrace.  Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom and patio doors to poolside terrace.  Twin bedroom (A/C).  Shower room.
  • Outside:  Covered and open terraces.  In-built barbecue*.  Private parking. 
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 4.5m, uniform depth of 1.3m) with shallow ledge to one side and corner steps.

Amidst the stunningly picturesque countryside of rolling hills that encircles the charming ‘pueblo blanco’ of El Gastor, this attractive rural retreat sits upon what appears to be its own private viewpoint, enjoying an enchanting 360-degree vista of picture-postcard scenery.

From the edge of the village, a country track weaves its way past some typical local dwellings before opening out into an idyllic rural landscape and heading downhill through undulating slopes, steep in places, and splashed with the iconic silvery-green colours of the region’s abundant olive trees.

This scenic route from El Gastor to Doña Juana is only 900m and for those who wish to head into the village on foot, a rustic rural track can be found leading east from the house though the countryside into the lower part of the village.  Here, amidst a typically Andalucian labyrinth of narrow streets and brightly whitewashed buildings, local shops, some good restaurants and a flower-bedecked central square hum with the friendly chatter of the locals and provide charming surroundings in which to shop for basic provisions and sample the typical cuisine.

Much of your time will no doubt be spent enjoying the stunning setting of the house itself since every facade of this smart home looks out across a seemingly endless patchwork of interlocking slopes.  To the east, the whitewashed homes of El Gastor dazzle against the greenery of olive tree-studded hills.  To the north, the graceful boughs of an ancient holm oak form an eye-catching backdrop for the swimming pool and its surrounding terraces.  Inside, these scenic vistas are captured through uncluttered windows whilst a colour scheme of stylishly neutral tones lends a refreshingly contemporary feel to well-proportioned accommodation which flows easily through the patio doors of its open plan living area and double bedroom to the comfortably furnished poolside terraces.

*As this is a protected area of natural beauty, barbecue bans will be enforced from early June and an electric 'plancha' will be provided for outdoor catering.

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Great Things to Do Near Doña Juana

El Gastor

Pristinely whitewashed facades, with wrought iron balconies cascading with a multi-coloured array of geraniums awaits you in the “Pueblo Blanco” of El Gastor. Explore the narrow streets and discover hidden corners in this small unspoilt corner of Andalucia.

Don't miss Ronda!

The historic town of Ronda is a short drive away (30 mins) and is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Spain. Its impressive gorge and famous bridge are not to be missed. A stroll through the old town feels like you have turned the clock back in time. The third most visited place in Andalucia, Ronda has something for everyone.

Relax by the pool

Sit back, relax on the terrace by the pool, with a glass of something delicious to hand and gaze out at the fabulous panorama of olive groves which stretch endlessly before you!

Visit a local vineyard

The Ronda region has a respectable choice of wines and you can visit many of the local Bodegas. At Doña Felisa near Ronda you can visit the vineyard, sample the various wines produced with tapas included. Booking is required, so contact the bodega and make an appointment. www.chinchillawine.com

Sit under the old Oak Tree and enjoy the views!

Perfectly positioned to add shade and a relaxing place to sit and contemplate the views. The Oak tree above the pool area has commanding views over the valley and beyond to the picturesque village of Olvera. From here you can enjoying birwatching too, with the many species of birds to be found here, in particular the Griffon Vultures.

Make the most of village life

The pretty white washed village of El Gastor is just 900m from the villa. The friendly locals will make you feel very welcome. It has small shops, butcher and bakers - you can find most things you will need here. The local cafes in the square are a great place to sit and take a coffee break and watch the word go by.

Visit La Alhambra Palace and gardens

A great day trip to do is visit the Alhambra palace in Granada, just over a two-hour drive away. Tickets must be booked well in advance though, so book online before your holiday to avoid being disappointed! www.alhambra-tickets.es

Take a tapas tour round Ronda

Ronda has a great atmostphere in the evenings, and a tour of the local tapas bars is a must! There are both modern contemporary bars and more traditional bars to explore. A quick drink and small tapa in each bar, and it wont cost you an arm and leg either!

Take a dip in the cool waters, La Playita

Driving around the nearby lake at Zahara in a car can be hot stuff in the summer months, so why not cool off at the lagoon “La Playita”. This manmade lagoon has a cafe, zip wire across the waters and shaded areas for picnics.

Grazalema

A firm favourite with many guests is a visit to the mountain village of Grazalema. Just the wonderful drive there is enjoyable. It has an excellent choice of places to eat, at very reasonable prices. You can easily spend an afternoon wandering around the array of gift shops selling local hand made products. Hand woven wool shawls and blankets, pottery and ceramics, cheese, cakes and leather goods can all be found here.

Join in the fun!

The Spanish love a party and know how to do it well! The first weekend of August is the Feria in El Gastor, with plenty of socialising, flamenco singing and dancing, horses, bulls and games to enjoy. In the first week of October the locals also pay homage to their Patron Saint, Virgen del Rosario, celebrating with colourful processions. It's a lovely experience and a chance to see the true Andalusian spirit.

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Airports

Jerez 80 mins
Sevilla 95 mins
Malaga 100 mins
Times are approximate

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