About the property
- Villa4843 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Spacious, secluded 13 acre estate, sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms all ensuite, pool
• 5 bedroom ‘Casa Principal’, plus 1 bedroom private suite ‘El Nido’
• Spacious accommodation, perfect for large families or groups of friends
• Secluded and private, yet only 4 km/10 minutes drive from the highlights of Ronda
• Daily maid service included (14 hours/week)
• Private chef available by prior arrangement
• WiFi and UK TV
Originally a finca (a farm/ranch), La Cazalla stands seemingly-alone in a scenic fertile valley, just 10 minutes' drive from the historical and fascinating town of Ronda. The main house and surrounding buildings blend naturally into the landscape, having been built around the native rock. The private villa is surrounded by stunning scenery and is available to rent all year round. Perfect for families and large groups of friends of up to 12 people looking for a self-catering holiday in the Andalucia region.
This large villa was carefully and stylishly restored 15 years ago to reflect its Andalucian and Moorish history, retaining many ancient artefacts from the original farm buildings. The Casa Principal ('main house') has five spacious and airy bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, and is rented with ‘El Nido’ ('the Nest'): a private one-bedroom suite with its own entrance and courtyard. Nearby Ronda is the perfect picturesque base from which you can explore the pretty ‘Pueblos Blancos’ ('white villages') and some of the major cities of the Andalucian region, including Córdoba, Granada, Seville and Malaga, and the resort town of Puerto Banus.
La Cazalla is fully equipped with all the comforts you would expect from a luxury villa rental, but more importantly all the extra little things that will make you feel at home. We want our guests to feel like they are staying in a secluded, private retreat where they are completely at home, but with a few of the perks of staying in a hotel – beautiful bed linen and towels, daily maid service and a gardener who takes care of the pool and the grounds.
The main house is elegant, cool and spacious, with many different areas for a large group to spread out and relax. Discover three tastefully-furnished living areas on split levels, a kitchen and a dining room, providing plenty of space for your family and friends to read, play card games, watch a film or listen to music. Sleep soundly in the five double or twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms containing beautiful mosaic tiled walk-in showers with adjustable mood lighting. And yes, there is WiFi!
Outside there are so many different spots to choose from, you’ll be hard-pressed deciding what to do: read in the lounge chairs on the terrace, dine under the vine-covered pergola, swim and snooze at our Roman-inspired pool, look for tadpoles in the stream, stroll along to the 12th century ‘alberca’ ('water cistern'), or take a drink up to the old threshing circle and watch the sun change the colours of the gorge from orange to pink. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of the deer as the owls start hooting.
The area around La Cazalla has barely changed since the Romans, and later the Moors, inhabited it. Once here a feeling of peace prevails: the sounds of insects buzzing, birds singing, bells jangling on goats in the forest and the breeze rustling the leaves on the trees. It is difficult to spot any other sign of human life, and yet the sense that man has lived in this valley for thousands of years is very strong.
Famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevín through its centre, Ronda and the area surrounding it offer a multitude of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, mountain climbing, canoeing, birding, horse riding, paragliding, tennis and, on the coast, golf.
Holy Week ('Semana Santa') will take place from 25 March to 1 April 2018, transforming Ronda with elaborate decorations, parades and music. May is a beautiful month with the spring wildflowers at their best and the 'Ronda Romantica' (a historical recreation of the Royal May Fair, founded in 1509). Early summer (May/June) is the best for outdoor activities, such as hiking and cycling the many routes of the Sierra de Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves. July and August are for exploring the narrow, shady lanes of the 'White Villages', lazing by the pool and enjoying relaxed meals outside late in to the evening. Late August and early September bring the drama of the annual flamenco festival and the 'Feria de Pedro Romero', the famous bullfighter, when the whole town join in the fiesta. Please check with us for exact dates in 2018.
We always welcome you with a few provisions (including fruits, nuts and samples of our own olive oil and jams, all from right here on the property!) so that you have something to eat and drink when you arrive and don’t need to go shopping immediately. Whatever the needs of your party, please let us know, and we will do our utmost to ensure a memorable stay.
Lisa and Mark Ruddock
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About Lisa and Mark Ruddock
Mark (a former Royal Air Force and Emirates Airline pilot) and Lisa (Retail Consultant to the Royal Family of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates) were delighted to discover their perfect home in La Cazalla de Ronda. Having searched Europe in a motor home accompanied by their five dogs and a cat called Nelson (due to his single eye), they stumbled in to the Tajo del Abanico in Ronda by chance and when they saw La Cazalla it was love at first sight. Owners of the property for several years, they continue to dedicate themselves to thoughtful improvements and homemade gifts with which to welcome their guests, and are always happy to discuss their guests requests. . We are highly responsive to email enquiries and can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone on +34 608 502 083 or +44 07968 02565. We speak English, French, a little German and we’re working on our Spanish (!), so please feel free to call us or send us an email with your phone number and we will be happy to call you.
Lisa and Mark Ruddock purchased this Villa in 2015
What makes this Villa unique
The best of both worlds - private and secluded, but only minutes from the wonderful town of Ronda.
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Beautiful villa in stunning countryside - SUPERB
One of the best villa stays I have ever experienced. La Cazalla is a dream - a gorgeous house full of lovely bedrooms, stylish sitting areas and outside eating spots surrounded by unspoilt countryside, oak forests, rivers and mountains. With 16 acres of nature to enjoy, fruit laden trees, stunning views and occasional sightings of deer and wild Andulasian horse, it is the perfect spot to sit and relax, to chill or to sunbathe and swim. In fact, the villa is so great and so welcoming, you don't want to leave - even though the delights of Ronda are just ten minutes drive away.
Highly recommended for groups of up to 12 people, the house is big enough and spaced out for people to relax without being bothered - as well as intimate enough to enjoy each other's company for dinner and drinks on the terrace.
I will definitely be coming back soon. I miss it already!
Thank you Karen for your lovely review! La Cazalla seems to be a place where we welcome 'guests' but they leave as friends...nuestra casa es siempre tu casa!
Beautiful house and gardens with a lovely pool
Fantastic large house, beautiful inside and out, spectacular terraces for eating and sitting, and all this with wonderful views. Lovely pool and sitting area with plenty of shade, and 'pool room' with cold water & fridge, and nearby bathroom with shower. Exceptionally well equipped kitchen for home cooking for large numbers. Owners extremely helpful before arrival and while we were there. Housekeeper and gardener came every day and were excellent. Lovely area, plenty of local walks with great bird and wildlife. A wonderful mix of luxury and rural, with the added benefit of horses and a cat to pet! This is definitely the best villa we've stayed in, would highly recommend, it's even nicer than the photos if possible!
Thank you Juliet, we're so happy that you enjoyed your stay at La Cazalla!
Beautifull and charming home set in a beatifull landscape.
Our family of 12 had a wonderful stay in La cazella. We went for walks in the mornings, explored the surroundings during dagtime, enjoyed the beatifull poolarea in the afternoon and had our nice dinners at the terrace at night. We would lige to back some time!
Wonderful Villa & Great Location
What a wonderful villa and great location. Thank you Lisa for being so accomodating and helpful with all the arrangements and thank you Christina (the houskeeper who came in daily) for all your help and for doing the pre shop for us (as we arrived on a Sunday)
We stayed for 7 nights at La Cazalla between 10th and 17th July. Our party of 8 adults and 3 children absolutley loved the place. it definatley lived up to the decription and provided the ideal combination of genuine seclusion as well as being in easy distance to the town.
The villa is incredibly spacious with lots of areas to sit and lounge around and was also lovely and cool during the day even with the scortching temperatures outside. The pool area is great and whilst the pool was "refreshing" at the start of the week it did noticably warm up during the week and was put to good use even by our 3 year old.
The kitchen set up is great for the keen cook (which I am) and we spend most evenings enjoying dinner on the patio late into the evening. As we were there to celebrate a birthday, we also took Lisa up on her recommendation to get a private chef in, which turned out to be an inspired option and a fabulous meal. Lisa also recommended visiting Casa Maria (a tapas restuarant not far from the villa) where we had a great meal and great evening, I would encourage anyone staying at La Cazalla (or anywhere in Ronda) to dine here at least once.
Ronda is also a great town with real character and has all the amenities that you could want or need. It is also and easy drive down to the coast and even Gibralta (which a few of our party did). I would also recommend anyone staying here to do the Caminito Del Rey walk which is about an hours drive away.
Thanks again Lisa, Mark and Christina for helping us have a vacation that we will always remember and I would recommend this villa and location.
Exceptional property in a truly idyllic location
My parents were celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary and I was tasked to find somewhere for the famliy to celebrate with a week's break.
We wanted somewhere special (check!) which could accommodate 6 couples (perfect, check!) in and where we would be alone as a family rather than sharing with other guests (check!).
As soon as we visited La Cazalla - we stopped looking. It was perfect and we were excited to drop the surprise on the rest of the family. When the dates finally came around I cannot decribe the looks on their faces as they discovered the place - every day we were there my parents hugged me and asked me over and over how did I find such a place.
The accommodation is superb - so welcoming and comfortable with several seating areas both indoors and out - and the pool area is simply delightful with the sun loungers and shades, the lavendar and the stunning countryside.
From the house you can see only wooded hillsides and spectacular scenery. In the evening you hear the distant bells on the goats as they are brough in for the night - it is like being transported back in time - but with fabulous modern comforts.
The owners had thought of everytihng to make our stay enjoyable - with small details throghout the house and a wonderful welcome pack of local produce in the kitchen.
We had planned a couple of day trips to Jerez and Azahara de la Sierra - these were unanimously and unceremoniously cancelled as no-one wanted to leave the house.
We enjoyed the most wonderful week, eating and drinking in the beautiful shaded areas and around the pool by day and on the larger dining terrace in the evenings.
The housekeeper, Cristina, came in every day for a couple of hours and took great care of us.
And, as if this was not enough, on our final day as we drove out of the gates to leave our spirits were given a final boost as five large deer ran across the driveway in front of our car and onwards up the mountainside.
All in all the week could not have been better. I can wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend La Cazalla to anyone looking to experience the real flavour and history of Andalucia. It is located close to Ronda and within striking distance of other historical cities from Seville to Granada - but be warned - the charm of La Cazalla will hold you close to home!
Beautiful, fascinating wonderful property!
La Cazalla turned out to be a beautiful and delightful property. It is on a rural road near Ronda. The house was very comfortable with a well-appointed kitchen and many delightful indoor and outdoor seating areas (with lots of books) as well as 5 large, attractive and comfortable bedrooms. The showers in particular were a treat. We were a group of 8 adult friends with a history of renting villas in Europe. We all agree that this was by far the best of our 5 shared rentals. The grounds are beautifully landscaped including a lot of lavender! The swimming pool was a simple and stunning design with water just the right temperature. The housekeeper was very nice and helpful. Although our hosts were not present, they left many indications of their generosity and good will -- nuts, jams, wine.
The area is rich in history, architecture, countryside, hiking.
We are hoping that we might be able to return another year to this very house.
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Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The rates quoted are for 4 bedrooms - the 'Casa Principal' plus the private suite 'El Nido'. Renters will have to sign booking conditions before reservation is accepted.