Property No. 277
The location of these delightful Andalucian cottages might just knock your socks off! A family holiday in the Casitas del Lago will be set against some of the most amazing panoramic views of the countryside and the lake below, and friends are sure to be envious of those holiday snaps! There are 10 cottages in a small, well maintained cluster, cleverly designed so each feels private, yet it is easy to make friends with other families around the pool or over a round of mini golf.
All the cottages are built in the traditional Andalucian style; white washed cottages, vine covered terraces and plenty of colourful flowers abound.
There are 1 and 2 bedroom cottages, full of Spanish character and a perfect base for your break in the sun. Each cottage has its own child-safe patio which is just perfect for soaking up those views! For larger families, the stylish and modern Penthouse has just been refurbished and offers 3 spacious bedrooms with some gorgeous original features.
The Casitas del Lago (Meaning lakeside cottages) are located in beautiful Andalucian countryside overlooking Lake Viñuela. This is a recipe for a peaceful & relaxing break, and the beach is only a 25 min drive away too!
The lovely laid-back resort of Torre del Mar is ideal for an evening stroll by the sea, or a spot of shopping followed by some Tapas and a cold San Miguel.
On the subject of food, there is also a fantastic menu at the on-site restaurant which is renowned among the locals. The head chef has a very impressive CV, including a stint at the iconic hotel Puente Romano in Marbella, and the wine list is just as good! One of the things I love most is that food can also be ordered to enjoy at your cottage, and nothing is too much trouble for the wonderful staff who are waiting to welcome you and your family at the Casitas del Lago.
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Through the green wooden front door of this charming one level cottage, you enter the living room which has a sofa, an open fire and TV with some UK free view channels.
It is furnished in a rustic style, with pretty green window shutters. The kitchen is open plan to the living room and is equipped with fridge, a microwave and 2 hobs. On the same floor there is a double bedroom with lovely beamed ceilings adding to the rustic feel of this cosy cottage.
The family bathroom has a loo, bidet, sink and bath with shower over the tub.
The cottage has air-conditioning, which cools in summer and heats in winter (payment is by meter cards - inverter technology makes it very economical).
Each cottage has a fully enclosed terrace for safe play, and come with their own barbecue for "al fresco" dining in these beautiful surroundings.
White gravel paths lead between the cottages and to the pool, which is surrounded by flowering gardens to delight the senses. Panoramic views of the countryside and lake below are a recipe for pure relaxation & escapism, and in summer you will love the shaded patio areas.
The 12 x 6 metre swimming pool is enclosed and has plenty of sun beds and parasols, plus there is an extended shallow end for toddlers getting used to the water, and you will find pool toys and plenty of fun times ahead!
On site there is mini golf as well as swings, a trampoline, a slide, a tyre swing and an indoor play room with ping pong and table football. There is also an area to enjoy a knock around with the football too.
The restaurant, which is just a up a short path from the cottages, is well known locally. Not only can you enjoy the best sea, lake and mountain views in the area, but the food is exceptional; Mediterranean food at its best, all freshly prepared on the premises using organic and home grown produce whenever possible. A children's menu is provided and special diets can be catered for.
For the children...
There is a small swing park just by the restaurant which has a slide, swings and a small seesaw. There is also a tyre swing near the pool. In the games hut there is ping pong and table football. Next to the pool there is a small mini golf which can be played as often as you wish.
Andalucia is a great destination for a family holiday. This particular property is near the lake of Vinuela and the local village of Periana is only 1.5 kilometers away. It is possible to walk down to the village (short stretch of unmade road up to the property), where you can find a handful of cafes, tapas bars and shops as well as a play park. A good taxi service is also available for less than 10€ to the village and back.
The nearest beach resort is Torre Del Mar, a lovely laid-back resort which attracts the locals and is less 'touristy' than some of the bigger resorts of the Costa del Sol (they can all be visited as days out as they are not too far away).
Torre del Mar has a lovely promenade and a host of restaurants, seafood being a particular favourite! There is a fun mini-train which runs along the promenade & always catches the attention of the toddlers, and the large El Ingenio shopping centre at Velez Malaga is perfect for some serious holiday shopping.
Nerja is a very pretty resort and is about an hour's drive; here you will find the quaint cobbled streets mixed with boutique souvenir shops. For something different with the family you can visit the Nerja Donkey sanctuary, run by volunteers and funded entirely by donations.
The Caves of Nerja are a series of caverns close to the town of Nerja. Stretching for almost 5km, the caverns are one of Spain's major tourist attractions. Concerts are regularly held in one of the chambers which forms a natural amphitheatre. Just beyond the caves are the beautiful secluded coves at Maro, and further on to the unspoilt beaches of La Herradura.
Selwo Marina in Benalmadena is worth visiting, with has the only Dolphinarium and Ice Penguinarium in Andalucia making a great day out for the children. The Benalmadena Sea Life Centre also offers an unforgettable experience for the whole family as you explore the wonderful marine world and meet fabulous sea creatures.
Tivoli World Amusement Park is the largest amusement park on the Costa del Sol. Situated in Arroyo de la Miel, near Benalmadena, it has a wide variety of shows in each of the parks themed areas; Western square - an authentic reproduction of a wild west town, Andalucia square - traditionally Spanish with Flamenco and Spanish ballet and finally Tivolandia. In addition to the shows there are over 30 rides to be enjoyed, many specifically for younger children, a theatre, extensive gardens, mini train and even a Jurassic adventure!
Lobo Park (Wolf Park) near Antequera is a private wolf park where you may look a wolf in the eye for the first time in your life! The park has 4 different wolf sub-species. Unlike other parks, the wolves are socialized but not domesticated and live in a semi-natural environment.
Of course, no visit to this area would be complete without a visit to the city of Malaga which not only has a good Roman theatre but also great shops and the Pablo Picasso Museum.
Phew! Plenty to keep even the most active family happy!
For many families, going away for less than a week may not be practicable. Closer to home though, short stays can be a great option and the calendars will allow you to select anything from 3 nights or more where this is available. If you are travelling outside of the school holidays (which of course we recommend if you can), consider arriving and departing on non-standard days (why not try 11 nights for example) as you can get some great deals both on your accommodation and on flights.
Before booking, please read our Terms and Conditions.
Price includes: linen, towels and electricity.
Additional charges: heating and air conditioning are available with pre paid cards, available locally at €5 per card.
|Dining room||Open plan|
|Property type:||One level rural cottage|
|Living room||Open plan with kitchen|
|Nearest A&E||Vinuela 12 km|
|Nearest petrol station||8 km Puente Don Manuel|
|Nearest cashpoint||Periana 1.5 km|
|Walks from door||To Village, 1.5km (first stretch is unmade road)|
|Nearest doctor||Periana 1.5 km|
|Golf available locally||Yes|
|Nearest market||Weekly Periana 1.5 km|
|Less than 1 hour from nearest airport||Yes|
|Nearest supermarket||Periana 1.5 km|
|Nearest autoroute||Velez Malaga 25 km|
|Nearest shop||Periana 1.5 km|
|Nearest restaurant||On site (closed 5/11 - 1/03)|
|Nearest village/town||Periana 1.5 km|
|Nearest tourist office||vinuela Lakeside 10 km|
|Skiing available locally||No|
|Nearest airport||Malaga 1 hr drive|
|Nearest ferry port||Gibraltar|
|Nearest station||Malaga 70 km|
|Nearest beach||Torre del Mar 28 km|
|Restaurant on site||Yes|
|Info pack in house||Yes|
|Welcome pack||Optional extra 25 euros|
|Swimming Towels available||Yes 4 euros charge|
|Indoor Towels and Linen included||Yes|
|Babysitting||Yes, please book prior to travel|
|Local Bike hire||No|
|Swimming towels||Yes 4€ charge|
|Home cooked food||Take away fresh meals available at onsite restaurant|
|Additional Cleaning available||Yes 12€ per hour|
|Internet access||Wifi at restaurant and cottage|
|Home Cooked Food||Yes|
|Restaurant on Site||Yes|
|Air Con or Cooling System||Yes|
|Walking Distance to Village/Restaurant||Yes|
|Less than 1 hour from Nearest Airport||Yes|
|Suitable for Multiples||Yes|
|Suitable for Wheelchair Users||No|
|Additional Cleaning available||Yes|
|Skiing available locally||No|
|Golf available locally||Yes|
|Local Bike hire||No|
|Cots||Travel cots available|
|Blackout blinds or curtains/shutters||Yes|
|Child's loo seat||Yes|
|Food blender (hand held)||Yes|
|Non slip bath mat||Yes|
|Indoor toys and books||Yes|
|UK satellite TV channels||Yes|
|Garden equipment (slide etc)||Yes|
|Essential Kit Guarantee Info||Some terms and conditions apply so please read our complete Terms and Conditions before booking.|
|Other information||As this is a cluster property, not all the equipment is in all the gites all the time. It is therefore important that the items you require are requested before arrival so that the items can be placed in your gite prior to arrival. Security deposit- £250. The kitchen has a hob and microwave, no oven. Air-conditioning/heating unit is paid by meter 5 euros per card (1 or 2 cards is usually enough. On-site laundry room at 4 euros per load. Log burning stoves available, you can purchase wood on-site & request a fire guard. Pram provided is a buggy and is 20 euros on request. Also available on request - baby bath, monitor, plastic step, sterilser and bed guard. Dogs are allowed, subject to prior agreement with owner and at a charge of 5 euros per night. Restaurant is closed from November until March. Swimming Pool available April to October. Changeover flexible. Before booking, please read our Terms and Conditions. Price includes: linen, towels and electricity.|
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