Spectacular views of The Sierra del Rey mountains.
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About Simon Chapman
We have lived and worked in Spain for 30 years and currently live in Malaga's historic centre, but we use Casa Jose Ramon on the weekends, when it is not rented out, to switch off, and wake up to nature.
Simon Chapman purchased this Farmhouse in 1993
Why Simon Chapman chose Riogordo
When we bought the property, it had no mains water or electricity, I think we just fell in love with the views.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Peace and tranquillity
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This is a beautiful villa in an outstanding location. From the moment we arrived we were bewitched - what an amazing property - hidden in the hills with the most amazing views all round. The villa has been lovingly restored and equipped - I love cooking and it's the first villa where there have been no complaints from me about the cooker or the lack of equipment. We loved the interior- attention to detail with Spanish historical pictures and finds - some of the photos were really intriguing. The garden is lovely and provided us with mulberries - a first for me - and almonds fresh from the tree. Another boon is that despite the heat in Spain the villa remained really cool at night, we didn't even need to use the fans - there was often a lovely cool evening breeze coming in through the windows. All in all a perfect holiday villa - if you want to get away from it all - we barely left the pool - except for visits to Granada, Seville and of course Malaga. Would also add that Simon and Jeanette, the owners, are lovely hosts - hope to meet up with you again some day.
We had a wonderful week at Casa Ramon. We had everything we needed and it was perfect for a quiet week away. The views from the property are spectacular and it was so relaxing to just sit and look over the mountains in the early evening. If you can, I would recommend stocking up at one of the larger supermarkets before you get to Riogordo then you can use the local shops to top up. Getting to the coast was not too tricky if you fancy a day out and we spent a couple of hours in Malaga city before our return flight home. Overall, a lovely time.
Amazing location and accommodations
We stayed at Casa Jose Ramon in February during the olive harvest & olive festival near the community of Riogordo. This lovely, updated Spanish farmhouse in a quiet location with breathtaking views had all the amenities you could possibly need. A wood stove and ample supply of wood kept the home warm during the cool evenings along with portable gas heaters for the bedrooms. The home had comfortable beds, updated bathrooms and was tastefully decorated.
The terrace was just beautiful and the pool inviting. There was even a pond with coy fish.The view was spectacular and our host, Simon available and attentive. It was the perfect location to explore the Spanish countryside, whether on foot or by car. The town of Riogordo is just over a mile away and has very good bars/restaurants, bakeries and groceries. There is a local market on Wednesdays. One of our favorite shops was a wonderful take away with fresh roasted chicken and a variety of authentic Spanish dishes. We were also impressed with the historical museum in Riogordo which displayed the pressing of olives into oil. The local community was friendly and most spoke English. Looking forward to returning to Casa Jose Ramon.
The farmhouse is very well finished and well maintained.If you want somewhere to get away and relax go here. It is up a very steep hill just make sure you get a decent size hire car if there are several in the car our little fiat 500 made it but only just!
The position of the house and pool though are fantastic.if you are looking for sun ,peace and quiet I would highly recommend.We had a lovely relaxing time.
Wow! What a great experience! The location was perfect with great access to nearby towns. The house was very clean, welcoming and had everything we needed and more! Views where even more spectacular than they look in the pictures! I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a nice, relaxing getaway! Thanks Simon!
Beautiful setting but cold in the Winter
This place has a triple gold star location - the views are breathtaking. We have stayed in many houses with views in Europe over the years, but this is undoubtedly the best. The house is on a very small plot but the view makes it feel vast. Dont be fooled by the pool pictures, it is really just a puddle with a Jacuzzi (which runs for just 30 seconds before you have to get out and switch it back on!) - not for swimming. Pool lights didnt work. We were here for Christmas so it was too cold anyway, although we tried it! The sea in Scotland is warmer. House is very elegantly decorated and we only had one problem and that was with the heating which if you come at any other time will not be an issue. The owner had not bothered to get the place opened up before we arrived, despite our requests and it took 3 days to warm it up - at over 600m it gets cold as soon as the sun disappears around 4pm and stays cold until 11am. Wood for the fire was stored outside (even though we were told it was all under cover) in bags and the week before they had had torrential rains so we had to collect our own - something we did on our walks so no real hassle but certainly a lack of thought on his part. Local village is friendly and there is very easy access to Malaga (the market is a must), Granada etc . Do book the Alhambra before you go - we assumed that it would be less busy at Christmas but it was fully booked when we got there - their website is a mess. Granada itself is still well worth a visit. All in all we had a lovely time despite the lack of help and the view alone was the worth booking.
The Riogordo area
Places of interest:
El Tajo del Gómer. One of the most beautiful areas around Riogordo, where a trekking route takes us to the Tajo (Gorge) at the Río de la Cueva.
Ruta de los Montes de Malaga. (Route of the Montes de Malaga) Offers the chance to get to know the nature park a little better by offering a variety of itineraries such as the one which starts at the Venta Fuente Reina a typical country restaurant, leading on to the recreation and camping area of Torrijos. Visitors here will be able to see the Torrijos Ethnological Museum which has been set up in an old farmhouse that preserves its original roof beams and has a wine press over two hundred years old. An alternative is to take the route that starts at the Las Contadoras Nature Centre, an environmental education centre set in a rambling 18th century house, and ends up at the ruins of Jotrón.
Route of the Ventas. (countryside restaurants) Follows the C-345, the old road to Colmenar. The road snakes upwards past pine clad hillsides and offers numerous natural “miradores” with panoramic views of the mountains and sea. But the main attraction of this route are the ventas that line the road and are generally situated in locations with magnificent vistas. Ventas usually offer a varied menu of typical local gastronomy for instance, “plato de los Montes” of fried eggs, chorizo sausage, fried green peppers and tasty pork loin, washed down with “vino de los Montes”, a tawny-coloured sweet muscatel wine from the Montes, and finally a traditional “digestivo” drink known as aguardiente. Alternatively you might like to try dishes such as country-style rabbit stew or partridge in broth. Then there are the delicious cakes and preserves such as “borrachuelos”, wine-flavoured fritters glazed in honey, “batata confitada” (candied sweet potatoes) or “mostachones con piñones” (pine nut macaroons).
Caserbermeja. Worth visiting, if for no other reason than in the year 1840 it threw out all the landowners and declared itself a republic, the government of the day took an entirely different view and sent the army to explain this was not an acceptable course of action. Casabermeja also forms part of another itinerary.
Route of the Almond Trees (“Ruta del almendro”), which includes the village of Almogía. Amongst the other routes running through the Montes de Malaga are the
Route of the Olive Oil (“Ruta del aceite de los Montes”) which takes in Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Colmenar, Periana, Riogordo and Viñuela.
Route of the Raisin (“Ruta de la pasa”), which includes the villages of Almáchar, El Borge, Comares, Cutar, Moclinejo and Totalán.