Gaucin is one of the most spectacular and unspoilt of the renowned “Pueblos Blancos”. 626 meters above sea level, with spectacular views to Africa, the Sierra de Ronda and The Alconocales National Park. Charming white washed houses range along a lofty ridge, vultures and eagles wheel overhead, surrounded by miles of sun-dried hills.
One Off Places, the holiday accommodation website for unique and distinctive holiday rentals, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. The site is home to over 1000 accommodation options around the world ranging from simple woodland cabins to huge chateaux and house party mansions, to accommodate all budgets and group sizes.
Holiday houses right on the beach are a rare and special breed - nothing can match being so close to the sea that you can listen to the waves as you fall asleep and walk out to feel the sand between your toes first thing in the morning. Can you imagine anything more uplifting and restorative than that? We can’t either, which is why One Off Places boasts a gorgeous and diverse collection of beach..
`Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar....`. This famous quote by Antonio Machado translates as: `traveller there is no path, you make the path by walking`. To me, this sums up our journey - when we found our wonderful finca it was wild and beautiful, it still is but now you can experience it, live within the atmosphere.
Kate Bissett, author of this week's guest blog, looks after a collection of One Off Places in Andalucia, Spain. Ranging from little mountain cottages and garden apartments, to stylish villas and village houses, she can offer something for everyone. Kate is also very knowledgeable about the area, and knows 'all things Estepona', hence this blog post, which is sure to inspire you to visit this l..
This week's guest blog post is from Lucy Crane, owner of the glorious El Olivar, a stylish four bedroom villa in Andalucia, Spain.
Think of inland Andalucía and images of geranium-filled, white-washed villages baking in the summer heat spring to mind. But once the summer heat has faded and the autumn fiestas are over, the Serranía de Ronda offers the smart traveller a tranquil world of wild b..
Take a week off in early summer and you can find yourself some exceptional deals - One Off Places has from 20% - 50% off a number of fabulous properties during May and June, from a luxury farmhouse in Andalucia with its own gym, to an exquisite conversion in Montenegro overlooking Kotor Bay.
So we at last retired and thought we would build a nice little place in Spain for long summer siestas, a swim in our own pool and a home cooked paella now and again. We had always wanted to build our own place and now seemed to be the right time. We had decided that we did not like the modern villas and wanted an old style, country Finca which would have the mod-cons but retain the old features,..
El Tejar is the highest house in a quiet village near Ronda with panoramic views of the beautiful Grazalema mountains. The four bedroom house, which has featured in several design magazines, is decorated in ethnic Andalusian style but has every creature comfort including daily home help, sat TV and fast internet access with desk top iMac and wifi.
The word ‘quirky’ can mean many things, and if you’re looking for quirky places to stay there is no shortage of options on the One Off Places website. Gothic castles, beachside huts, luxurious yurts and tucked-away treehouses are just some of the types of property on offer. But undoubtedly one of the most unique and romantic categories is that of wagons and caravans.
There are a few facilities and features that always make a holiday property seem exclusive and luxurious (swimming pools, hot tubs, walled gardens to name but a few) and one thing that definitely falls into this category is a tennis court. Properties with private tennis courts immediately seem somehow lavish – even if the cost in no way reflects this! With that in mind, we’ve put together a se..
This spectacular luxury villa near Ronda in rural Andalucia is offering over 50% off it's remaining June weeks. 13th - 20th June / 27th Jun - 4th July are now €2000 for either week (usually €4250 for one week at this time of year). It sleeps up to 14 people in comfort and has two swimming pools, a games room with pool and table tennis and a home cinema; everything you need for a superb ..
Set on a hillside in the Pinedes wine region, this luxuriously restored masia is surrounded by the Garaf National Park and has dramatic sea and mountain views from its rooms and terraces. There are more than 300 acres of private grounds with vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees, and 14km of tracks around the estate which you are welcome to explore.
Catalonia - best known for its independent language (Catalan) and the beautiful city of Barcelona, one of Europe's most popular urban destinations. Catalonia also has an extensive coastline, from the rugged and wild Costa Brava in the north, to the golden sand beaches of the Costa Daurada in the south. And what's more, you've got high mountain ranges (most especially the Pyrenees), national p..