Luxury 3-bed room villa near charming San Pedro de Alcantara close to Marbella, a heated private pool, a gym with separate bathroom
- english, german, swedish
About Wilhelm Hemgren
My wife and I have moved back to our home country, Sweden, after having worked in various countries for more than 25 years. We spend lots of our free time in our paradise in the south of Spain. We bought this beautiful home in San Pedro de Alcantara, close to Marbella, about 20 years ago. Both of us really love exterior as well as interior design and therefore our paradise has been under careful renovation for many years. We have three grown up children, who like us love the south of Spain with its wonderful climate, friendly people, long beaches, restaurants and bars and of course high standard golf courses.
Wilhelm Hemgren purchased this Villa in 1994
Why Wilhelm Hemgren chose Benahavís
We own this holiday home in this beautiful area near San Pedro since about 20 years. We love the location of the area as it is situated in a very isolated and peaceful area but still just 10 min drive to several beaches, to many high standard golf courses and to the restaurants and bars in Puerto Banus, Marbella and Benahavis. Within reasonable driving distances there are also the ancient town of Ronda, the historical Al Hambra castle and the ski resort Sierra Nevada. You reach the area by less than an hour's drive from Malaga Airport.
What makes this Villa unique
The two buildings on the property are built in a charming characteristic Andalucian rustic style. They are newly completely renovated and include all modern equipment, such as A/C in each room, kitchen and washing room facilities, several TV´s, a gym with TV and with a separate bathroom etc. Climbing on a hillside the garden is very attractive and includes besides the heated pool many special decoration details such as 3 old water fountains and other art work. The garden also offers several sitting areas in patios, verandas and sun decks. We can also provide you with a range of services, such as cleaning, washing and driving to and from shops, restaurants etc.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Please, do not bring indoor furniture, mattresses, pillows etc outdoors
Please, do not smoke inside the villa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
As previous reviews state outside space really is great!!!
Inside the property is tired and dated. TV’s need to be bigger and all need to be working (Yes we like to watch the news)
You need a car as there are no paths on the roads to walk however the All in 1 Cafe, turn right up the hill, 1st complex, has great food and entertainment- well worth a trip out and so is Benahavís it’s very quaint.
We did have to ask for pool heat to be turned up as it was quite cold which Hameed did and this was then just perfect!
Earlier we had an old TV installation, which unfortunately sometimes did not work properly.
However we have just now just installed a new modern TV installation with two bigger screens in two separate rooms both internet connected.
Great outside space
The outside space is excellent at this property.
We felt the property need some
minor changes to make your stay special - new bed in the downstairs bedroom, has two single pushed together. Needs new bedding, pillows, towels and mattresses throughout.
The bed in the downstair bedroom is a queen size bed.
We do not understand the comments about beddings etc as they are quite new.
Great week in Southern Spain
The villa was extremely spacious and well appointed. The pool was great in terms of temperature and size and we had a fantastic week of great weather. Hammed was a great bonus with the offer of transportation to local restaurants.
La Candelaria - The gift that kept on giving!
WOW! What a place! We arrived on Easter Saturday evening, after being met at the airport by the lovely Hameed (caretaker extraordinaire for the property). As it was Easter weekend I had arranged for him to get some supplies in for us ahead of our arrival. Our party of 5, consisted of my husband, 3 kids and I.
The first walk through the property simple blew our minds! We were led through a maze of beautiful, interesting room after room all over the 3 separate buildings on the property. We literally could have changed room each night of our week's stay. This is certainly the most quirky, beautiful and at the same time lovely and interesting property we ever stayed at.
This would be the perfect property for a larger party than ours but that did not stop us from fully enjoying out stay at La Candelaria! A beautifully packaged gift that gave layer after layer of goodness.
Even though it was the end of March and we did not have high expectations of the weather, we woke up on Easter Sunday to a beautiful, warm, albeit breezy day. We were able to enjoy lunch al fresco - prepared by the lovely Hameed, and spent the whole day by the heated pool just bonding as a family. This was pretty much the tone of the whole week.
We variously spent time by the pool which was as warm as a bath, our 15 year old son was able to use the gym, as were our 23 year old girls too, as well as indoors on nights. My favourite outdoor spot was on the cabana by the pool which is covered by vines - sadly too early in the season for us to enjoy the grapes which I am reliably informed by Hameed are just delicious.
Our time at La Candelaria was truly special - each of our widely differing in age party had a great stay and we would love to return there later in the season sometime.
Hameed cooked us an Indian lunch of two curries - chicken and prawns - and our most fussy eater did her happy food dance on tasting them. One word - yummilicious! Hameed - what a gent - was on hand to take us out to Marbella and Puerto Banus for dinner and day trips. Even a day after surgery! What a guy!
La Candelaria is a truly special place and has joined the list of places where our family's special memories have been made.
Thank you Wilhelm for sharing this with us. Would love to know the story behind the love for frogs though? Maybe next time! :-)
A fantastic retreat
My wife and I booked here for a week in September with our baby daughter and two of our friends.
Villa Candelaria is a stunning villa with so much character. Everyday something different would catch your eye and make you smile. You can tell that years of love and attention have gone into this property.
The villa is delightful and incredibly well equipped, and the garden was the perfect place to relax.
Hameed welcomed us on arrival and was on hand to take us to a local restaurant if ever needed.
We couldn't have asked for anywhere nicer and would recommend to anyone.
You'll struggle to find a better outside space!
The inside is nice, but it's the garden and pool/BBQ area that make this villa really great. Loads of space for the kids to run around, plenty of shady spots (the cabana with grapes dangling from above was a particular favourite) and a spectacular pool - we hardly left the place in the 3 weeks we were there. And Hameed the housekeeper couldn't have been more helpful - an absolute gent.
Great location just a few minutes drive from Puerto Banus, Marbella and the charming Benahavis (the river walk is a must do..as are the many restaurants), we'll have fantastic memories of this place for many years to come...
From Malaga airport it takes about 1 hour by car. The distance is 65 km. We can provide a driver with car if needed.
There are many clean and nice beaches around:
- Beach of San Pedro de Alcantara, 3 km. Here there is a very nice promenade along the beaches of San Pedro and Puerto Banus.
- Beach of Puerto banus, 4 km
- Beach of Marbella, 10 km
- Beach of Estepona, 20 km
Many other beaches are located along the coast.
The village of Sotogrande on the road to Gibraltar must be mentioned here. Sotogrande has beautiful environments, a newly built harbor, excellent bars and restaurants, beaches and more.
San Pedro de Alcantara, genuine Spanish village, 2 km.
Puerto Banus with many restaurants, bars and nightclubs, 4 km.
Marbella with lots of shopping centers, 10 km
Al Hambra, the fabulous castle from the Moorish era, 120 km
Sierra Nevada, a stunning ski resort, 160 km
Ronda, an old ancient town with an old history and a fantastic location, 40 km. Just to go by car to Ronda on the curvy mountainious road is an wonderful experience.
Gibraltar cliff with its magnificent view, 65 km
Benahavis, an old charming village climbing on the mountain slopes with many nice restaurants, 6 km
The area is famous for its many high class golf courses.
Several of them are reached with 15 min drive:
- La Quinta golf
- Los Arqueros golf
- Gualdamina golf
- Los Naranjos golf
- Las Brisas golf
- Aloha golf
- Capanes del golf
- El Paraiso golf
Supermarkets, banks, restaurants etc are available in San Pedro de Alcantara, Puerto Banus, Marbella and Estepona. Within 15 min walking distance there are two restaurants with bars and a supermarket.
The gardener/caretaker lives next door. He speaks fluently English and is always available for clothes laundering, making the dishes and will be pleased to help with many other things.