- Village / Rural
- Beach nearby
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Cook available
- Ideal for honeymoons
Molino del Carmen is a gloriously chic former olive mill which is now home to seven stunning self catering properties of varying sizes in the heart of the authentic and beautiful Spanish town of Gaucin in Andalucia. Uninterrupted views down to the Mediterranean sea, stylish interiors, a shared pool, bougainvillea and bright sunshine. An exceptional retreat for groups of from 2 to 30 people.
Molino del Carmen is named after the famous opera by Georges Bizet - Carmen - which was set in Gaucin, southern Spain. At Molino Del Carmen, guests are accommodated with the exquisite hospitality that has long been the custom in this part of Spain. Seven chic self-catering properties, most with uninterrupted views down to the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar and the Rif mountains of North Africa, offer cool, classic surroundings. Tastefully finished to reflect the Moorish roots of the region, all rooms are designed to afford the Mill's guests privacy, comfort, and a haven of tranquillity in this authentic Spanish town. Until 1967, Molino Del Carmen was a fully operational Olive Oil Mill - and had been for more than 100 years. Originally the mill employed mules to provide its power, but after the civil war in 1939, the mill was upgraded to electricity and the mules happily retired... Facilities include a library fitted in the Moorish tradition for avid readers to curl up comfortably with a book, and a laundry for the use of guests. The smallest of the individual properties sleeps 2 people and the largest sleeps 8. Or for larger groups, rent all seven apartments - sleeping up to 30 guests in total it's an excellent choice for a big group holiday, with private sleeping accommodation but lots of communal space.
Birdwatch: Gaucín is a major point for migrating birds. Visit the Los Alcornocales National Park: This reserve is the largest, oldest and greatest forest in Europe, covering over 168 000 hectares. Deer, wild boar, Spanish ibex, foxes, wild cats, mongeese, porcupines are to be found in the forest. Sunbathe and swim at the beaches of Sabinillas or Sotogrande- only 30 minutes away. Guided walks and hiking trails are offered from the village into the surrounding areas, as well as Mountain Bike trails. Horse riding: There are several riding stables in the village. Take a day trip to Ronda (40 mins away): The city boasts the oldest bull ring in Spain, and the El Tajo Gorge. Visit Tangiers: It is possible to leave Gaucín at 9 am and be home in the evening. Play on some of Spain's famous courses - found all the way along the coast. Let Molino del Carmen organise a trip to Gaucín's local vineyard.
Gibraltar is the closest airport (approx. 45 minute drive). Málaga is about a 1.5 hour drive but has the most connections. Sevilla and Jérez airports are other alternatives and are both about a 2 hour drive. Gaucin is about a 35 minute drive from the Costa del Sol (A7/N340) and about a 25 minute drive from the AP7 toll motorway which connects to both the Málaga and Gibraltar airports. Car hire can be arranged in conjunction with your air travel arrangements. During the tourist (summer) season use of the toll road is recommended for the easiest route to Gaucin. The Gaucin train station is at Colmenar, about a 1/2 hour drive from the village. Trains leave several times a day to both coastal and inland stops.
Gibraltar 45 mins
Nearest Train Station:
Gaucin 30 mins
Nearest Bus Stop:
Gaucin 5 mins
Gibraltar 45 mins
Dancaire`s Den sleeps 2 and has a living room and open plan kitchen, luxurious curtained double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and sweeping mountain views. Don Jose`s Chambers (which sleeps 2) is a private suite on two levels (kitchen, dining and living room on the lower level, bedroom on the upper) which opens onto a large patio terrace. Lillias Pastia has two decadent curtained bedrooms (sleeps 4) and two bathrooms, as well as a separate entrance. Casa Abanico sleeps 8 and is the largest of the properties. It has its own private street and pool entrance. It has two doubles and two twins, as well as majestic views and its own roof terrace cabana. Escamillo`s Villa has a double and a twin room, separate entrance, open plan living and dining area and full length windows framing vistas of sea and sky. Smugglers Suite sleeps 4 and features a magnificent high-ceilinged living room with one entire wall made of sliding glass. Casa Carmen is spread over two floors offering three decadent bedrooms and a sumptuous open plan living area with double height ceiling. Each bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and stunning views.
Linked by arched doorways, shady corridors, sun-drenched view terraces and leafy patios, Molino Del Carmen's luxury suites provide perfect accommodation for today's sophisticated travellers. Facilities at the Molino include a swimming pool and pool terrace, complete with loungers for soaking up the sun and a rainforest shower.
In and around Gaucín there is a selection of excellent restaurants offering typical Andalusian fare... In the central square of the town, one can sit and drink Tinto de Verano and watch the village go about its business. Walk up the hill to Castillo del Águila, the Roman fort. Inside you'll find the Santo Niño hermitage and the old hospital, with only a few ruins remaining of the latter structure, as well as Arabic fortifications. You might also see some of the many varieties of eagle for which the Castle is named. Alternatively, visit the San Sebastián church in the village which dates back to 1487 or on the outskirts of the village, a Carmelite convent.
Conditions of Rental
To make a confirmed booking, we will require your name, telephone number, and credit card details. Reservations are not secure until a 50% non-refundable deposit has been paid. The balance of the payment is due 6 weeks before arrival. The credit card used at time of booking will need to be provided on arrival along with your passport, in order to comply with Spanish regulations. Molino Del Carmen can accommodate guests who would prefer a shorter stay - with a two-night stay being the minimum. Please ask for information about our per night rates. Linen is provided - thick and thirsty white towels and luxury Egyptian cotton sheets are standard features. All kitchens are completely equipped with all cutlery, crockery, glassware and full cooking facilities.