Villa José is a great value, well-equipped villa which comfortably sleeps up to 6 people. It has a private, gated pool, sun loungers, outdoor seating, bbq and terrace.
It has a pretty terrace covered in vines for shade in the summer months.
There is music available for enjoying outside.
Inside there are 2 bedrooms- one double and 1 bedroom with twin beds (and a further bunk bed available for a supplement) , both with air conditioning available, a full bathroom, with bath, bidet, shower etc and a comfortable lounge/diner and well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher.
There is a sofa bed in the lounge
For the winter... months, there is a log fire place and an initial load of logs is provided. Effective gas heater also provided and a bathroom heater.
There is a large TV and a music centre and a selection of English books. Sat TV is available for 2014.
WIFI connection available for 15€ a wk
The kitchen is well equipped, with full oven, hob, fridge freezer and washing machine and dishwasher.
The villa is ideally situated- only 5 minutes walk to the centre of Ardales, which is a lovely, friendly pueblo blanco high in the mountains above Malaga, on the edge of the Andalucian lake district.
The village has 2 banks ,indoor market with 2 fishmongers, a butcher and fruit and vegetable store, supermarkets and other stores and a good choice of very reasonably priced tapas bars and restaurants.
We provide details of all bars and restaurants and have negotiated special deals at some of them for our clients.
This is indeed the "REAL SPAIN”, but is only 45 minutes from Malaga airport the Costa del Sol, so a day at the beach is a very easy option.
The area is extremely beautiful and you can swim fish and hire pedaloes and canoes on the lakes- only 5 minutes drive away.
There are some lovely walks and we can organise guided walks with a qualified guide if required. - Normal price 40€ per person per half day- 50€ for a group if booking through us.
The village has a museum and tourist office and guided tours of the nearby prehistoric caves can be arranged- we can book for you if required.
The neighbouring village of Carratraca has a luxury thermal spa, dating back from Roman times, in its hey-day in the 19th century and recently modernised. There are 5 thermal pools and 90 min session is only 15€- well worth a trip. Full beauty treatments available
The area is popular with climbers- only 20 minutes from the world famous El Chorro gorge, only 10 mins to Turon. another up and coming climbing place.
The area is also popular with bird watchers, walkers and mountain bikers.
There are 2 mountain bikes available for hire at the villa, for only 10€ a day, or 30€ a week each and details of near by walks.
If you wish to explore more widely, Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Ronda are all within easy driving distance.Read more
Villa in Andalusian lake district Ardales, Andalusia, Spain
Additional Location Information
This is an extraordinarily beautiful area of Spain—It is “the REAL Spain”- mountains, lakes and quaint white villages with narrow cobbled streets, and houses bedecked with flowers.
Ardales is a lively, very friendly village- little English is spoken, but that won´t stop you being understood by the locals who enjoy having tourists and make every effort to understand them and be understood. – We have translated the menus at most of the restaurants and have organized special rate menus for our guests at some of them.
There are 2 banks, a choice of butchers, a fishmongers, 2 bakers and a medium sized supermarket.
The church and castle ruins are at the top of the village, which are lit up at night are worth a visit with fantastic views of the nearby lakes.
Also within the village is a museum and tourist office and there are organized tours of the Ardales prehistoric caves.
There are regular concerts at the Cultural centre and a bank of computers with free internet access. –(Several of the bars also have free WIFI access)
A day out at the lakes is a MUST- amazing views, great walks, good restaurants and from Easter to September you can hire canoes and pedaloes .- You can swim anywhere at the lakes and will be surprised at the warmth of the water.
The neighbouring village of Carratraca is smaller, but boasts a luxury thermal spa- well worth a visit if you wish to pamper yourself for a day. Just 45 mins away are the historic cities of Malaga and Ronda- both served with a good bus service.
Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Marbella and Gibraltar are all under 2hrs drive, so it is a great place to stay if you wish to see the treasures of Andalucia.
Location Type Lake, Mountain, Village
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Left on 11/13/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | Adri & Peter Nidschelm
We are staying a week (41) in october in villa Jose and have a wonderful time, the owner Jose, have to do his best to make it us comfortable and we have learned a lot of more Spanish words. The house was nice and the shower was great, it is a beautiful place. Ardales is only tree minutes driving and sitting on one of the terraces you have very good views.
Left on 09/12/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Alison & David
After an easy drive from Malaga, we were met at the arranged time by Eryl and Jose. After a brief tour of the village, we followed them to the villa, which we would have been unable to find otherwise. Between them, Eryl and Jose showed us round and explained how everything worked. The comprehensive information pack provided proved extremely useful.
The villa is small but very well equipped with everything that we needed. Outside, the lovely pool is adjoined by a small garden and terrace area, which includes a great barbecue. The pool area is totally private and not overlooked, so very relaxing. From just outside the villa gate, we watched beautiful sunsets over the hills, and, with very little light pollution, it's a great spot for stargazing.
The villa is only a short walk from the lovely and very friendly village, where there are few tourists and a range of bars and restaurants. One afternoon, we were fortunate to bump into Eryl and her husband, Roland, and very much enjoyed their company over a couple of beers.
Within just a short drive of the villa is some spectacular scenery. We particularly enjoyed El Chorro and the lakes, which are stunning. A lovely afternoon there included hiring a pedalo. Ronda is an easy 40-minute drive and well worth a visit. The roads in the area were among the quietest I've experienced in Spain, which made driving a pleasure.
To sum up, we had a very relaxing holiday in a comfortable villa in a great location. Eryl, Roland and Jose were extremely friendly and helpful. We experienced no problems at all while staying, but it was reassuring to know that someone was readily available if needed. Many thanks to Jose, Eryl and Roland.
Left on 05/24/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Mr and Mrs Plues
My husband and I have just returned from a fantastic stay at Villa Jose, in the wonderful village of ardales. The villa is well maintained and the information provided by Eryl and Roland really helps when planning trips out. I would recommend hiring a car, we took trips to antequera, Gibralter and the Costa del Sol. The residents of ardales are a joy to be around. They do speak a little English, but i would say you should keep a phrasebook to hand just to be sure you can communicate effectively. They are welcoming as a community, my husband even went to help a local restaurant owner at his olive grove, which he really enjoyed. The lakes are beautiful and definitely worth seeing as they are only about 10 minutes away by car and you can hire canoes or pedalos for around 11 euros. We have fallen in love with ardales and will definitely return as soon as we can.
Left on 04/30/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | Hollybank
Nice villa on edge of real spanish village. Not much english spoken. Warm and sunny every day except rain on last day. We ate breakfast by the pool every morning and had a roaring log fire every night. Barbecued three nights and ate at local bar/restaurants in the village on the other four nights of our stay. El Mirador restaurant overlooking the lakes has superb views.
Villa Jose is an excellent value for money base for climbing at local crags and El Chorro.
Excellent friendly advice and service from Eryl and Roland, who even did some shopping for us as we arrived on Sunday when the shops are closed.
A thouroughly enjoyable weekend in a beautiful village and lovel
Left on 04/21/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | Steve & Chris
We couldn't have asked for a better service, both when booking the villa via the agent, Eryl, or by the owner of the villa, Jose. Jose met us at a previously arranged place and we followed him by car to Villa Jose. Villa Jose is in a very private location and we would never have found it without being taken there. Jose showed us the villa and how everything worked. He was really nice & helpful. We shared a bottle of wine and talked for a while before he left us.
The villa is well equipped and has the benefit of a lovely private swimming pool. It is a perfect base for exploring the mountains and lakes surrounding ardales. The walk into ardales itself takes only 5 minutes but is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems as you either have to walk by steep roads or cut across a rough path.
We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend, even though the weather was cold and windy. Although it would have been nice to have a little warmth, the bad weather didn't spoil anything for us as there is lots to see in the area. The people in the bars in ardales were friendly and very patient with us and our broken spanish. This is not an English abroad situation, it is an authentic Spanish hilltop village, so don't expect English spoken.
All in all, our experience was brilliant. We would like to return to ardales and Villa Jose sometime in the future.
Many thanks to Eryl, Jose and all the nice people we met whilst we were there.
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