Four bedroomed property with traditional features in the old part of village.
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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 Juventino on the weekends, when it is not rented out, to switch off, and wake up to nature.
Simon Chapman purchased this House in 1998
Why Simon Chapman chose Riogordo
When we bought the property, it was a ruin, but we love a challenge, it has the best of both worlds, views like a country property, but the convenience of being in a village.
What makes this House unique
Peace and tranquillity
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A beautiful house in a lovely village
A lovely authentic village house beautifully restored with all modern comforts and the bonus of a very private pool in which to cool off and in a pretty and friendly village. What more could anyone want? One small niggle, there are only three eating places in the village and they were often closed except for the pizzeria above the Erovski supermarket.
We have been visiting Spain, and staying in village houses for several years, and this has to be the best house yet. Booking and initial enquiries were dealt with quickly ,nothing was too much trouble.
We had an early flight, and asked if we could arrive earlier than the stipulated time - no problem, so we were sat by the pool early afternoon.
The kitchen is huge, and very well equipped, loved the contrasting colours, plenty of crockery, pans, even traditional Spanish ware. The main sitting room was also spacious and light, leading out on to a shady eating area, and up to the garden and pool. The garden was a delight, lush planting, another table to sit at and the pool. The pool was larger than usual, great to cool down in .
The attention to the decor was not missed by us, quirky pictures, a mix of traditional and new furniture, we loved it. It felt so welcoming and comfortable.
Bedrooms were spacious, plenty of soft white towels, fans in all the rooms.
Only gave the location a four star, as most of the restaurants had shut for the winter, so eating out was limited. We always holiday when the weather is cooler, so if you visit out of season, you should expect this.
A very relaxing enjoyable holiday, thank you
Thank you very much for staying with us and leaving such a great review. It's nice to know that you enjoyed your stay and had a lovely time in our house.
Hope to welcome you back another time.
Spacious property in convenient location
We really enjoyed our stay in this sleepy little Spanish town. The house is lovely, really nice-sized with well thought-out living spaces and a small but perfectly formed garden with beautiful plants and views. We found it very easy for popping out and buying food and there are a small number of very local restaurants. We also enjoyed a visit to the municipal pool which is very close by. (It felt like we never had to walk more than 3 mins from the house). I would recommend if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax with a bit to do nearby. Worked very well with our toddler (once we blocked off access to the stairs!).
Los Juventinos - the perfect HomeAway from Home
We loved this house where we stayed for 2 weeks and could have happily stayed longer. The property is very spacious - probably too spacious for (mainly) the 2 of us but that is another story. There are 3 double and 1 single bedroom. The master is at the back upstairs and has a small balcony and shower room. The family bathroom is just across the corridor and very close to the front double. There is a traditional double just off the entrance hall downstairs and there is a loo and basin close to that. The house feels like a home and is extremely well equipped. It has a wonderful large living room on the main floor leading out onto a terrace. The beautiful modern kitchen is on the ground floor and has everything you could need including a full sized fridge/freezer, a range cooker and a dishwasher. There is a washing machine in the family bathroom. Being a village house, there is no air con, but there are ceiling fans in the living rooms and standing fans in the bedrooms which keep the house cool. We chose this property very carefully as a previous rental in Gaucin had been a similarly gorgeous house but we felt the lack of outside space. This garden was a delight with terraces and shady spots and the gorgeous pool which is a really decent size that one can actually swim in. Many hours were spent in and around the pool. Another plus is that it is TOTALLY private! I know we shouldn't want or need tv and/or wi-fi when on holiday but we do and it was brilliant to have fast wi-fi and a large smart TV that we could access our Netflix and Amazon films on. The house def. gets 5 stars but the village was maybe slightly too quiet for us. Although the local supermarkets are very close and well stocked I didn't actually want to cook when on holiday so would have preferred there to be a better choice of places to eat in the village. However it is in driving distance of very many larger villages and towns and, of course, the city of Malaga (and the airport) is but 45 minutes away. We didn't meet the owners but we had a lot of contact with them before and during our booking and they were hugely responsive and helpful to any questions we had. Although there was a useful restaurant guide in the house I would recommend that you get a Visitors' Book for the property so that guests can pass on their pearls of wisdom about where to go and what to see to the next people lucky enough to rent this beautiful property. Thanks so much for our stay!!!
We had a great stay in Riogordo, a very interesting village.
The property was superb being spacious and tastefully furnished. The pool was very welcome in the very hot weather.
The owner was very accommodating with regard to arrival and leaving times.
We have no hesitation in recommending the property
Riogordo is a hidden gem......A must see!
Simon and Jeanette house has been renovated into a fabulous Spanish house .
On arrival you'll feel at home in this spacious accommodation. As for the owners?
They are at hand if needed ,but never in your way ...Many Thanks again.
Mark & Hazel
Has a population of around 2600 people and is situated 400metres above sea level. It is about 36 kilometres from Axarquia, Velez Malaga and Malaga Capital. The town has two distinct parts, the Barrio Alto, or Cerrillo, and the Barrio Bajo, or La Plaza. The houses are built in the typical Andalusian village style some with interior patios, wells and stables. The town as seen today was built by the followers of the Catholic Kings, after the army had camped there on its way to capture Valez in 1489.The town has a museum and two interesting churches of quite different styles.
Museum of popular Arts
Tel: 952 732 154. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and mornings on Saturdays and Sundays.
Church of Nuestra Señora de Gracia
Built with the town in the year 1490, it has two naves with semicircular arches supported by pillars. The ceilings are of particular architectural interest. The facade has been faithfully restored using materials of the period, with great care and attention paid to detail.
Hermitage of San Sebastián
The Hermitage of San Sebastián was built in 1681 fortunately documentation about it’s construction has survived to this day. It is a delightful example of Baroque architecture located in the centre of the town. The design is a single nave covered by a beautifully decorated barrel vault. An item of note inside is the Camarín (small room) of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno (Our Father Jesus of Nazareth)
There are a number of homes dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, many having niches or recesses, to house statues of virgins saints or the image of the Jesus Christ. The oldest recorded streets are: calle Deán de Rojas, calle La Santa and calle El Horno. Another curiosity is the name of the town “Riogordo,” meaning Fat River. At first glance it would seem strange because the river is not physically wide, the origin can be found in the dense vegetation along the banks of the Río de la Cueva, where the water, rich in minerals springs from a subterranean source, giving the water a “fat” appearance. This may well have been the reason for the first Neolithic settlers choosing to live here. Other Neolithic remains have been found in the Tajo de Gomer and some Bronze Age remains have been discovered in the Cerro de la Capellanía. Evidence of a Phoenician settlement has been found close by, while Roman mosaics dating from the third century have been excavated in the Villas of Auta,
Moving on to the present day, each year during the week of Semana Santa (Easter Week) for the last fifty-two years the villagers and actors have re-enacted the passion of Jesus Christ. This spectacle has become so well known that it was declared a fiesta of national tourist interest in 1996. The play is known as the “PASO DE RIOGORDO” and takes place between Good Friday and Easter Sunday both during the daytime and at night, the “stage” is a hill- side occupying more than 10,000 square metres, with a cast of around 500 people. The event is unique in Spain, a true festival of music and lights. To give an indication of the importance of this festival around 25,000 people attend!
Another delightful festival for children is the Fiesta del Candil. (The candle festival) it takes place during the second week of September.
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.