Begoña P. Hoggan
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Why Begoña P. Hoggan chose Casares
Why our apartment? Unlike the majority of properties you see for rent, our property to us is not just an income generating rental property, it is our second home where we usually spend some special days per year. This means to you, as a potential guest, that the property is impeccably maintained.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 11:30 am
Check-out: 11:00 am
Permitted areas are the terrace and the back patio
Pets are not allowed on furniture or beds/baths
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Changeover Day: from Monday to Friday. Check-in time: from 11:30 am to 15:30 pm; Check-out time: from 8:30 am to 11:00 am
A service charge will be applied for other checking in/out: -30 € for weekends or festivity -20 € for late checking (from 15:30 h)
Switch It Off, Turn Things Rubbish must be placed in the bins at the entrance of the resort. When leaving the property keep the fridge clean and empty
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Property as shown. Juan and Begona helpful. Farther from beach than I thought. Pool no heated.
I’d recommend anyone to rent here. Most definitely need a car to get around. Would have been nice to have heat in the pool. Morning sun is great but in afternoons it is gone. Ample bedding, appliances etc. TV in Spanish so if you are not fluent could be an issue. Close to LIDL and Mercadona for shopping. Nice view of the Mediterranean. Very quiet and relaxing. Apartment would be ideal for a couple and two children. All round a nice place to stay and use as a base for day trips. For first trip to Spain, so it provided what was needed to get your bearings of the region.
Minor maintenance issues
Stayed for two weeks from 1st October to 15th October 2019.
On arrival was met,as advised, by Juan who showed us which keys to use where and how to operate the air conditioning unit.
Flat, at first, appeared to be in a very good condition, balcony very spacious, view was lovely, pools and gardens lovely, though the first steps on entering the complex, were in need of repair as they had rotted and were dangerous, hand rail was very loose and no support, but there was a slope to use as well.
We expected, from the property description, to be able to walk to the nearest beach in 10 minutes but this is not the case. However, Begona did, by message,advise me that we would need a car and this is certainly the case. The property is at the top of a long, hilly road so walking back up it was really hard work, especially in the hot weather we had during our stay. It took us at least 30 minutes to walk to sabinillas and the beaches or the nearest lidl, taxi rank or bus stop. We attempted the walk back up the hill only twice and got a taxi back the other times from sabinillas or the taxi rank near the petrol station and bahia de casares restaurant.
There were some issues with bed linen, the washing machine, lighting and furnishing, Begona was informed and assured me that her husband will sort it all out. In its present state, we would not describe the property as luxurious but it would not take much to correct it all. Sabinillas itself, was a town in need of some improvement but beach was lovely. Preferred estepona as better shops, lovely marina and promenade walk. We walked to puerto de la duquesa all along the promenade which was a very pleasant walk and the port is very pretty. Manilva village is worth a visit but we chose to walk there which took over an hour. Selwoo zoo could do with some improvements with the animal enclosures and is very hilly.
To recap, we enjoyed our stay, it was peaceful, we had lovely weather and Begona was very good with communication. With some improvements to the property and property description, people would be able to make a better informed decision on whether this is the right stay for them. You need to hire a car and be a confident driver abroad.
Really nice apartment
We stayed at the apartment in February and March expecting the weather to be an improvement on that in UK. Unfortunately this was not the case and we had 4 weeks of nearly constant wind and rain which is very unusual.
The apartment is really very good and well finished, indeed luxurious. The facilities were very good and the WiFi never failed. Download speed was about 8Mb but upload was sometimes a bit iffy. The UK tv channels were good but,as is usual, were lost when it rained heavily. The complex is extremely well maintained and if ever there is an issue it is dealt with immediately by Juan the maintenance man.
Some of the items in the apartment could do with a review and possible replacement such as bedsheets, towels and pots and pans. Otherwise everything is fine and in working condition.
Bear in mind that the apartment faces East and hence gets no afternoon sun which in summer is probably a good thing but in winter makes for a very cold environment. There is hot air heating which works well enough but with the price of electricity in Spain, we were reluctant to use this too much.
The surrounding area is very pleasant and there are some great walks along the sea front at San Luis de Sabinillas, Puerto de la Duquesa and Casares Costa. Shopping is also easy with Lidl and Mercadona (Estepona) being very convenient. The Lidl butcher is excellent.
All in all we had a good stay, spoiled only by the weather which is obviously beyond the control of anyone. We would recommend the apartment to anyone who wants a quiet base for a holiday in the area.
Thank you very much Phil for your remarks. They will help us to improve (except the sun issue).
Ten day winter break
Nice, well maintained property. Very peaceful, a short way up a hill from the A-7, giving good access to coast, towns and supermarkets. Underground garage, with lift.
The owner, Begona, was very helpful and quick to respond to general queries from afar - by telephone, text or email.
Wonderful House, perfect to enjoy Costa del Sol.
The Owners helped us a lot. We will come back. Thanks!
Beautiful view from apartment balcony of pools, gardens, mountains to right and sea in front. Very, very well equipped apartment. Much larger than as seen in photos. Casares Costa seems beautiful at first but a short 10 minute drive to Estepona and that is stunning and where we spent most of our time. All the charm and sea side you could hope for. Excellent for kids to. Pool at apartment often to ourselves which was amazing for kids. Cant recommend this apartment and place enough.
Thank you very much for your nice words about your stay at our apartment.
You will be always welcome!
The area of Manilva enjoys an unusually pleasant micro-climate bringing marvelous weather. This is due to it's position with the Mediterranean Sea and beach to the south and the Sierra Crestellina mountain range behind it to the north.
It is a major tourist destination because of its sunny weather throughout the year. Weather records show that the average day temperature in summer is 28º C and the sun shines for 320 days a year with only 45 days of rain. The winters are mild (17-18 ºC) with relatively little precipitation. The temperature is hot in summer, so shorts and hats are needed; winter is mild so a light jumper or cardigan will do fine for many days.
This is a privileged area of Andalusia with thousands of possibilities. Here you have just some of them that we have experienced, but surely you will also discover many others.
I. A PERFECT DAY AT THE BEACH:
In this area you have beaches to suit all tastes.
Some beaches have man-made infrastructure, such as lifeguard posts, changing rooms, and showers. They may also have typical beach-restaurants (chiringuitos) where you could taste the delicious “espetos”, the Málaga fish-on-a-stick barbeque.
But you can also find our most appreciated treasure, wild beaches with their untouched beauty and preserved nature.
The nearest beach is Casares (10 min. by walk, 2 min. by car), taking the A-7 to Estepona, right at the first roundabout that says "Casares". It has a good “chiringuito” called “La sal” (phone +34 952890789).
Anyway, you can find detailed information (including pictures and videos) about all the Manilva and Casares beaches at
II. "LA HEDIONDA" BATHS (7 minute drive)
This spa is inside a squared closed space with six meters long sides, one sphere vault and two barrel vaults. Water goes through the whole space: there are Roman baths, renovated by Arabs, with water that is rich in sulphurous and iron. The high sulphur content is due to a sulphur spring which flows from a limestone outcrop above the valley.
The legend says it was built by Julius Caesar when he was serving as a praetor. Trying to relieve a herpetic illness in these waters, he ordered the construction of the baths.
In fact the baths are quite popular on fine Sunday afternoons. Families from the village picnic on the surrounding grass under the shade of eucalyptus trees and the children take over the baths. Thankfully during the week this archeological site is deserted.
The baths can be reached carefully by two wheel drive car by turning off the A7 by the old "Grand Bar" (the coach trip stopping point before the toll motorway was opened and the building became a real estate showroom which is now abandoned) at the roundabout just west of Sabinillas village and east of the River Manilva, follow the poor condition road up the valley and under the large toll motorway viaduct.
III. OVERVIEW OF CASARES
To say that Casares is beautiful is an understatement. Most of the white villages are beautiful but there is something very special about the sight of Casares that causes the visitor to park the car and simply stare or take a photo.
It is hard to believe that this enchanting, typical village is only nine miles from the hustle and bustle of the coast and somehow succeeded in avoiding the coach tour circuit.
It is best to approach the village for the first time when driving from the coast road (N340/A7) by turning inland at Km. 147 (between Estepona and Sabinillas) near Torre de la Sal and head inland for 15 km. The scenery is picturesque, so take your time. Suddenly you turn a bend in the road, and are treated to a spectacular view of the village with its medieval fortress.
Casares is a pleasant white village to stroll around. Visit Blas Infante birthplace, Iglesia de San Sebastian, near the square or climb up via Puerta Calle Arrabal, to the Castle, ruined church, Iglesia de la Encarnación, old cemetry.
IV. PUERTO DE LA DUQUESA
Puerto de la Duquesa really is one of the Costa del Sol's best marinas. The beautiful port of La Duquesa offers full Marina services for boating enthusiasts as well as a myriad of attractions for those with no aspirations to take to the water. For those that a do, a number of companies offer Jet Boat, Wake Board, Boat trips and Scuba Diving. The attractive promenades surrounding the port offer a variety of restaurants, intimate bars and cafes in which to while away the days.
V. LET'S PARTY: PUERTO BANÚS, MARBELLA (30 km.)
Puerto Banus is known as the playground of the rich and famous, and the summer months are simply one long party. The Spanish equivalent to St Tropez, it's known as one of the most luxurious resort towns in the world and boasts an endless supply of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops to keep you entertained throughout your stay.
Marbella's hotspot, Puerto Banus, can be found in a marina located on the southwest coast of Marbella.