Casa Mosaica, in the romantic hill top village of Gaucin is situated on the Ronda side of the village and 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 which is situated in the garden and has is own entrance. The owner, an English interior decorator and mosaic designer, lives upstairs and keeps 2 cats on 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 with doors onto both the garden and swimming pool.
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. 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.
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 and soap is what you can expect, as well as hand made mosaics in most rooms. The kitchen is fully equipped if you enjoy cooking: there is a gas hob, electric oven, and dishwasher. In the sitting room there is a television with DVD player and films which may be borrowed from the house library, iPod connection and fast wireless link for laptops.
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.TripAdvisor property ID 3702867...Read more
Casa Mosaica; Magical property with lovely pool. Gaucin, Andalusia, Spain
Additional Location Information
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 great variety of thing to do in the area depending on what sort of holiday you are looking for. If you are looking to relax then there is no where better then Casa Mosaica, a peaceful oasis in the heart of the village, where you can walk to all the tapa bars and several restaurants or even have someone come and cook Paella at home. Massage and yoga can be arranged and with the beach and golf on the coat only 25 mins drive away it's the best of both worlds.
For culture, Ronda, Jerez, Seville, Cadiz and Granada are reachable or even a trip to Tangier in Morocco. The stunning country side around provides a wonderful place for walking, riding, birdwatching, botany and mushrooming, local guides are available.
More About This Location
Mountain nearby, Rural retreats, Waterfront
Nearest train station: Gaucin, El Colmenar, 9.01 miles Nearest ferry port: Algeciras, Cádiz,, 40.02 miles Nearest airport: Malaga, 73.01 miles Car is recommended
“A stunning property perched high in the hills of andulusia.”
Left on 08/24/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 24, 2012Stayed Aug 2012
We travelled to Spain to a small white pueblo called Gaucin; far up into the hills of andalusia, the real Spain.
Gaucin has amazing views of Gibraltar and Morocco.
We booked Casa Mosaica for 1 week and once we arrived we wished we booked for longer.
Where do I start, this property is spotless and absolutely stunning with a Moorish feel, very private and peaceful. The scented garden is full of exotic plants, handmade mosaics and water features.
Emma the owner should be so proud of what she has designed and accomplished. This property has everything you could ask for from design to comfy beds, beautiful outdoor space plus a good sized swimming pool which my son and daughter loved! The property is in an excellent location, but would recommend a car.
Casa Mosaica is in easy walking distance to several nice restaurants, and other local amenities eg: pharamcy, bank, local shops.
I would recommend to book the high end restaurants in advance in august, the local tapas' bars are also very good; especially "El Zoro". The supermarcardos are a real bonus situated across the road. The delicatessen "Bonnisim" is really handy and very good with friendly staff.
The locals are an absolute delight and very friendly.
Last of all, Emma the owner was a great host and made us feel so welcome in her beautiful home.
Our family loved everything from our accommodation, our visits to Ronda and other places we visited; we loved it so much we have rebooked for next year 2013
“A relaxing haven away from the madness of the coast”
Left on 07/23/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 23, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
We travellrd to Gaucin as an extended family and were delighted when we discovered Casa Msaica nd its Casita (set in the gardens)this worked very well for us as we all had our own space if we needed it but still enjoyed all the bceautiful aspects of both properties as a family. Both the Casa and Casita are stunninng with a strong moorish feel,they are full of amazing hand made mosaics ,wall hangings, beautiful lamps, the opposite to the usual minimal of rental properties ,they are full of the owners own personal objects. The gardens are full of exotic plants and water features and several shady sitting areas . The pool is large with comfy sun loungers , it can be lit up at night (ideal for that midnight swim on hot nights)
Gaucin is a pretty mountain village with amazing views it has a surprising number of restaurants and tapas bars.(all within walking distance of Casa Mosaica) the food was very good and the owners most welcoming. There is a good supermarket near to the Casa and several other food outlets in the village.
ialtogether a wonderful relaxing holiday , we will return !
Left on 05/25/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 25, 2012Stayed May 2012
Realy nice relaxing place. The house is wonderfull, very nice decorated in every detail. Gaucin is realy a very nice white village with good restaurants en tapasbars.
Our two kids (7 and 9 years old) loved it!
“A fantastic property for a totally relaxed holiday.”
Left on 11/29/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 29, 2011Stayed Aug 2011
Casa Mosaica is a stunning property, totally private and away from public view and yet minutes from the facilities offered in Gaucin. The owner, who lives on site, couldn't have been more helpful and enabled us to relax and enjoy the garden, mosaics and pool she has created.
Being able to buy supplies at short notice from the many locals shops was a boon as were the numerous cafes and restaurants within walking distance. Preparing meals was easy given the abundance of local fresh produce and well-appointed kitchen. The property was spotless and the rooms tastefully furnished. The swimming pool was excellent and there was a large terraced area for sun-bathing and table tennis.
There was always somewhere you could sun bathe but equally there were several shaded areas to avoid the mid-day heat - we particularly liked the garden/patio area adjacent to the lounge - comfortable seating and tables for taking refreshments or reading.The sound of the water from the fountain and outdoor mosaics adding to the sense of peace.
A perfect retreat for anyone wanting to "switch off" - so much so that it was a wrench to muster the energy to visit nearby sites such as Ronda or Gibraltar!
Left on 11/28/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | GREAT find in Andalusia!Reviewed Nov 28, 2011Stayed Oct 2011
If you're looking for the perfect place to stay in andalusia, don't miss the village of Gaucin and don't miss Casa Mosaica. The accommodations (two beautiful bedrooms and baths, living room and full kitchen) coupled with beautiful gardens and a lovely swimming pool, are sure to please. Casa Mosaica is in easy walking distance to several nice restaurants, tavernas, banks and a grocery store. Located just off the main highway, it's easy to drive to (without having to drived the village's narrow streets). Ample parking is located just ouside the home. It a great location to make "day trips" to places like Malaga, Marbella, Tanrifa/Tanger, and Ronda. Owner Emma Cornish was most helpful prior to our arrival and during our entire stay. Other than the road from Estepona (off the E15) up to Gaucin, which is in serious need of resurfacing, most roads, like the one to Ronda, are in excellent condition. If your looking for a great way to enjoy Spain's Pueblos Blancos, don't miss the Casa Mosaica in Gaucin!
“A beautiful place to relax and enjoy the Spanish culture.”
Left on 11/27/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | CherieReviewed Nov 27, 2011Stayed Sep 2011
Gaucin is one of the most beautiful little hill towns. We wanted to be located where we could have the time to experience the Spanish culture and be close enough to see some of the important sites.Casa Mosaica was beautiful and in the center of it all. Emma was the most cordial host and provided all the details to get the most of our vacation.
We were able to be in Ronda within fourty five minutes,the coast in half an hour and we even managed a trip to Tangiers with Emma's help.
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