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A rustic villa and self contained cottage, near Marbella - 4 bedrooms - sleeps 8
All of the bedrooms have Air Conditioning. The large master bedroom enjoys double aspect country views over the lake and to Natural Park and, in the distance, the hills of the Sierra Palmitera. Double doors to a Juliet balcony allow perfect views up the valley to the Sierra de las Nieves mountains beyond Istan. It is air conditioned and has a good sized en suite shower room with a large walk-in shower enclosure and twin washbasins set in a large rustic tiled vanity top, and WC. There is another double bedroom also enjoying wonderful lake views as well as a comfortable twin bedroom. The self contained cottage has a double bedroom, modern shower room with washbasin and WC, kitchenette with a dining area/sitting room and enjoys double aspect views onto the infinity pool and terrace and up to the mountains behind Istan.
Pool / Spa
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (like countertops, light switches, handles, and faucets)
All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC/140ºF
Cleaned with disinfectant
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Carolyn & Gordon Westcott
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About Carolyn & Gordon Westcott
I was working in London when I was offered the opportunity of working for a firm in Spain and, after much deliberation, decided to give it a go and try to redress the work/life balance and take a sabbatical from the world of insurance. We were incredibly lucky to find this finca (rural property), built but not finished, which gave us an almost blank canvass to develop our own Spanish Dream. We had three fabulous years living there, mostly in a perpetual building site, but it never stopped us enjoying the sheer pleasure of our surroundings. We altered the layout, fitted the kitchen, finished the bathrooms, extended the original house, built the infinity pool, laid new terraces and set out the gardens and still found time to harvest our own olives and almonds. We were thrilled to be selected by BBC's Groundforce to do a complete makeover on our back garden. It was shown as their last ever episode and those memories will remain with us forever. Since returning to the UK we have kept as closely involved with Spain, Istan and the finca as possible and get no greater pleasure than hearing that our guests get as much enjoyment from their stay as we did, and still do.
Carolyn & Gordon Westcott purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Carolyn & Gordon Westcott chose Istan
When we decided to buy we spent a long time finding the perfect spot. An expansive view, preferably involving water, was our biggest wish and also to be away from the coastal strip but not miles away from anywhere. We searched from Gaucin & Casares to Alhaurin, Coin & Mijas but fell in love with Istan. It's position at the end of the mountain road at the head of the Rio Verde valley means it is one of the lesser known Pueblo Blancas (White Villages) and has not been spoilt by tourism and still retains Spanish charm and traditions. The finca is only 10kms (about a 15 minute drive) from the bustling coastal area of Marbella and Puerto Banus but enjoys a seclusion, peace and tranquillity all it's own, truly the best of both worlds.
What makes this Villa unique
Because we finished the house in the way we liked and furnished it for our own living it feels very homely and this comment has been passed by many of our guests and also that the villa has a certain ambience - but it's the location that is stunning. The house sits comfortably on the western slopes of La Concha, the mountain behind Marbella, in the Rio Verde valley adjoining the UNESCO Biosphere of the Sierra de las Nieves, facing west and surrounded by mountains and overlooking the lake and National Park, with few other houses in view. It has several living spaces and families of 8 can have as much personal privacy or communal 'get togethers' as they may want, yet a single couple can get just as much pleasure without feeling they are 'rattling around'. We feel the uniqueness of our house is the ability to get as much life and activity as anyone might want in Marbella and Puerto Banus, and other towns, villages, beaches and marinas on the Costa del Sol and enjoy world class golf at the numerous nearby courses, yet return easily to the silence and tranquillity of the mountain. Whenever we are there we make sure we are always on the front terrace for when the sun dips below the hills on the far side of the lake, glass of chilled wine in hand, toasting 'end of day' and listening to relaxing music. Our choice? Enya's 'Day Without Rain'. What will yours be?