Rural tourism at its best
Large single-storey private villa with pool and extensive gardens. Sleeps up to 6 people.
We are delighted to offer our home for discerning travellers who like to get away from it all. Villa Indiana is our main home, but because of circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to rent it out for the spring/summer season 2021. We shall be living nearby so are on hand to meet you on arrival, to orientate you and to be available throughout your stay for any queries or to solve any problems. Between us we speak English, Spanish, German and French.
Because it is our main home, Villa Indiana is a cut above your average rental. The villa offers quality living throughout. It is well furnished with lots of personal items belonging to us.
We take the threat of Covid-19 very seriously. Between guests the entire house is disinfected using a “Botstar” machine, and deep-cleaned by our faithful cleaner, Beli. During your stay disinfectant gels are provided in both bathrooms and in the kitchen/living area.
In this Covid-19 world we take hygiene and health and safety very seriously. We have purchased a Botstar, which is a machine that uses ozone (O2) to purify the air throughout the house and thereby disinfect all surfaces. The Botstar’s functions include: the elimination of dust, mites, parasite eggs, viruses and other microorganisms; the deep cleaning and vacuuming of beds, mattresses, pillows, duvets and furniture; and the deep cleaning and washing of carpets, rugs, curtains, sofas, upholstery, floors.
In addition, the house is thoroughly cleaned between lets by our faithful cleaner, Beli.
We provide disinfectant gels as well as soap in both bathrooms and in the kitchen/living area.
You can holiday in Villa Indiana confident that you are staying in one of the cleanest places in town.
The lounge and all three bedrooms have air-conditioning, although we never use it as we keep the house cool in other ways. Electricity is very expensive in Spain so we try to be careful.
The whole house and parts of the garden are covered by WiFi, which is free of charge.
The accommodation offers three double bedrooms, each with a double bed. The main bedroom, ours, has a brand-new king-size double bed, an ensuite with a large walk-in shower, WC and “his and hers” washbasins. The bedroom has its own private terrace which overlooks the pool and gardens. There are a table, six chairs and a sun umbrella. A delightful spot to enjoy breakfast al fresco.
The second bedroom is more like a suite with its own lounge area and flat-screen TV offering UK and German channels via satellite. The bedroom area has a UK double bed, antique WW2 bedroom suite (Paul’s parents’ wedding present to themselves in 1948) and the lounge area has a brand new sofa, a cane table and two armchairs and the TV.
The third bedroom is our study, but there is plenty of room for a double sofa bed too, for groups of more than four persons.
The main bathroom is adjacent to both of these bedrooms and offers a complete bathroom suite including a full-size bath with shower over, washbasin, WC and bidet. There is an ample supply of towels both for indoors and for the pool/beach. Shower gel, shampoo, soaps, toothpaste, etc are provided.
The living area offers a large lounge with two new recliner sofas and a flat-screen TV, a stereo system and a library with an extensive range of books, CDs and DVDs in English, Spanish and German. Guests are welcome to make use of these. A recent addition to the facilities is a Bluetooth speaker. There is also a selection of board games, playing cards and jigsaw puzzles for you to enjoy.
At one end of the lounge there is a dining area for use if it is too cold to eat outside.
The kitchen is large and open plan with two fridges, oven and hob, microwave, coffee machine and dishwasher. All the expected kitchen appliances are there, as well as basic foodstuffs like condiments, spices, oils, rice, flour, pasta, etc. Feel free to use anything, but if something runs out, please replace it, so that the basic inventory is maintained for other guests. As required by the authorities, there are a smoke alarm, CO detector, fire extinguisher, fire blanket and first aid kit.
The dining room is off the lounge but will not be available to guests, as we need somewhere to store our very special personal items, clothes, etc. But who needs a dining room inside when there is an enormous covered terrace to the rear of the house, as well as other terraces and nooks and crannies for enjoying the sun or shade? As mentioned before, we have created a dining area if you prefer to eat inside. There is a built-in barbecue on the side terrace, with charcoal, fire-lighters and tools provided.
The main terrace, la terraza de sombra, has a table and six chairs, a lounge area with a cane table, cane sofa and two cane armchairs. There is a bar, as well as cooking facilities and an outdoor drinks fridge.
The pool measures 6m x 3m approximately and is kept clean using ozone from a newly fitted ozone unit. The pool boy, Paul (me), comes every other day, or by arrangement, to clean the pool for your convenience. The pool enjoys its own secluded terrace area, la terraza de la piscina, with garden furniture, including sun loungers, tables, sun umbrellas and a hammock.
At the rear of the garden is a pista de pelota or boules piste. We have one set of steel boules which guests may use with pleasure. But please don’t lose the jack!
For children and the young at heart there are a trampoline, sandpit and assorted garden games.
Our gardener, Rafael, comes once a week to mow the lawns and to tidy up the garden. He has an allotment in our adjacent field. If you play your cards right, he may offer you vegetables and salad items in season.
There is a large terrace, la terraza del sol, to the front of the villa for soaking up the afternoon and evening rays. It has a table and four chairs, a sun umbrella, as well as other seating.
To the south side are two small seating areas, el patio andaluz and el patio árabe, where guests can escape to read a book, do a crossword or have a siesta.
There is plenty of free parking available on the road outside, as well as one space under the carport on the drive.
The garage is our storeroom-cum-washroom-cum-pantry. There is an upright freezer and a large fridge, a washing machine, tumble dryer and a traditional Spanish sink with hot and cold water. Also a “Raystar” machine which provides ozonised water for cleaning and for the washing machine. As a result we are a virtually chemical-free zone.
Cleaning before and after your stay is included in the price. Extra cleaning and fresh bedding and towels can be provided for a nominal charge of €50.
Prices (fully inclusive – no extras*)
May – September 2021
Per night (minimum 4) €250
One week €1,500 (7 nights for the price of 6)
Two weeks €2,750 (14 nights for the price of 11)
One month €5,000 (28 nights for the price of 20)
For longer stays, please consult Paul and Rita
*Extra cleaning and fresh bed linen and towels are available on request for an extra charge of €50
Payment is by transfer to our Spanish bank account or via PayPal. Details will be provided when you make a booking.
There are two restaurants within walking distance, one Spanish, La Posada de Ronda, and one British-owned, La Cascada. The latter, owned and run by Ian and Elaine Love, is well-established and is one of our favourites in the whole of the Ronda area. How fortunate that Villa Indiana is only two minutes walk from it!
There are four vineyards within a stone’s throw of the villa. One, Badman Wines, is our next-door neighbour, and the other, Bodega Joaquín Domínguez, is 5 minutes by car. Each offers wine tours with tastings and tapas (charged). See https://www.secretserrania.com/2020/12/days-of-ronda-wine-and-roses/
Ronda is seven minutes away by car. For us Ronda is one of the best cities in Andalucía. It’s simply stunning and the main reason we came to live here permanently many years ago. See https://www.secretserrania.com/2021/03/ronda-city-of-dreams/ and https://www.secretserrania.com/2021/01/andalucias-3-cs-cadiz-cordoba-ciudad-sonada/ and https://www.secretserrania.com/2020/08/the-most-stunning-place-in-spain/ and https://www.secretserrania.com/2020/07/help-help-me-ronda-why-is-this-stunning-mountain-town-in-spain-so-special/
There are lots of walking routes in the vicinity. There are two excellent walking guidebooks in English in our library: Walking in Andalucía by Guy Hunter-Watts and Walking in the Ronda Mountains by Tony Bishop and Eva Monica Bratek. Please feel free to use them.
Cycles are available to hire, guided or non-guided. We can recommend two local companies, Hike and Bike the Sierras and Andalucían Cycling Experience. Both are British-owned and well-established.
Other activities include paragliding, hot-air balloon rides, jeep safaris, quad-biking, canyoning and many more.
The nearest beach (San Pedro de Alcántara, Costa del Sol) is an hour away. The nearest nice beach (Bolonia, Costa de la Luz) is a 2-hour drive away.
There are Roman remains at Acinipo (10 minutes), Málaga (1.5 hours) or, best of all, Baelo Claudio, at Bolonia, Costa de la Luz (2 hours).
The pueblos blancos of Málaga and Cádiz provinces offer beauty, tranquillity, stunning scenery and authentic tradition. Our favourites are Montejaque (our second home, pretty, tranquil and friendly), Grazalema (stunning scenery and great walks), Zahara de la Sierra (beautiful views), Setenil de las Bodegas (cave dwellings and views), Jimera de Líbar (live music and international burgers against a stunning mountain backdrop at Bar Allioli), Gaucín (vibrant art scene and views), Jimena de la Frontera (flower-bedecked and great views) and Genalguacil, the so-called pueblo museo, where the whole village is an art gallery full of sculptures and other art works.
El Caminito del Rey is 45 minutes away. You need to book online in advance.
Málaga, Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera are 1.5 hours by car, Cádiz 2 hours and Granada and Córdoba 2.5 hours. All are accessible by bus or train. Many people include an overnight stay if they visit these cities, in order to have more time to make the most of their stay there. Please note that if you intend to visit the Alhambra in Granada, you need to book in advance here: https://www.alhambradegranada.org/en/info/ticketsale.asp . It is also advisable to book sherry tours in Jerez in advance. Just decide which bodega you want to visit and go to their website. We like the González Byass tour.
Paul writes a regular blog on the website Secret Serranía where you can read more about some of the places mentioned as well as his musings on life living in Andalucía and articles about the Spanish language. He also contributes the odd recipe. Go to www.secretserrania.com