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Colin and Francesca Dean

Member since: 2009
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Speaks english, spanish

Charming 19th century stone built cottage. Magnificent location

35 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Álora holiday cottage

Delightful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, mountain cottage with private pool. Sleeps 7

La Majada Alta is situated within a National Park, and stands in several thousand square metres of private grounds in an exceptionally beautiful area of mountains and lakes. The cottage is ideal for those who will enjoy the relaxing sounds of goat bells or the call of the eagle owl or the sight of eagles drifting overhead. This is also an ideal base for the more active visitor who will find satisfaction from the beautiful walks, the lakes, the white villages, the famous gorge at El Chorro, or the fantastic limestone formations at El Torcal.

If you believe in magic you will love La Majada Alta cottage.


The beach resorts of Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Marbella (Costa del Sol) are around 1½ hour drive from the cottage. The Atlantic beaches of Tarifa are approx 3 hours.


Antequera Golf is 30km or 40 minutes drive. Alhaurin Golf is 45km or 50 minutes drive.


The ski resort of Sol y Nieve in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Granada is open from Christmas until the end of April. The lift system is fast and modern with gondolas and 4 man chairs and skiing is up to 3000m with varied runs and a possible 1000m descent. You can be on piste in less than 3 hours from the cottage.

We are registered with the Junta de Andalucia: VTAR/MA/1057

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
Colin and Francesca Dean (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish


based on 35 traveller reviews

Charming 19th century stone built cottage. Magnificent location
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 35 reviews

A peaceful and relaxing stay with great views

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing stay at the cottage. It is in a very quiet spot a few miles from the nearest village, on a hillside with lovely views. It is well equipped and the outside areas and pool are lovely. The owners were very helpful both before and during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anna and Roger, Thank you for your visit, your review and your kind words and we hope you had a great holiday. Very best regards, Colin and Francesca.
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  • 5 of 5

We had a really wonderfull time here! The cottage is extremely nice, spacious and very well equiped. Colin and Francesca made sure that everything went well despite they were not in Spain themselves at the time, they were Always available for some help if neccesary. We especially enjoyed all the animals surrounding us here, every day again, never saw something like that before!

Just one small minus for us (we are probably spoiled) were the beds, wich are a bit small with a pit in the middle.

We will definitly recommend this place to our friends....indeed we already did!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Krista and Wijnand, It was our pleasure to welcome you from Holland and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. We are blessed with visits from the wild mountain goats (cabras montesa) in the summer and of course low flying griffon vultures and occasional eagles throughout the year. We have checked out the bed which had been damaged (we knew the mattress was replaced quite recently.) We always encourage our guests to tell us if they find a problem and please not wait until you go home !! Thank you again for your visit and for taking the time to send us a lovely review. Very best regards, Colin and Francesca.
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  • 5 of 5

We are a couple of retirees from Canada and this beautiful spot was our base for exploring the area and walking the El Caminito del Rey trail nearby. Perfect location. The stone cottage was very clean and comfortable, had everything we could need or want including fully stocked kitchen, comfortable beds, indoor and outdoor furniture. We especially enjoyed the stunning views from the deck and pool. Our hosts Colin and Francesca do not live on the premises but were readily available to us. I have already recommended this place to friends and hope to return again some day.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bonnie and George, Thank you for your review and your kind words. You naturally have spectacular territory in your Canadian homeland so we were really pleased you enjoyed the setting at La Majada Alta and of course El Caminito which doesn't disappoint. Your friends would be welcome any time and if you come to Spain again it would be perfect if you returned to the cottage. Best regards, Colin and Francesca.
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Wonderful mountain cottage.....

  • 5 of 5

La Majada Alta cottage is set in a stunning location in the mountains. The views are amazing from the various terraces.

Just the 2 of us stopped here in the middle of June and had a great time.

Colin and Francesca could not have been more helpful in the run up to our holiday and Colin was an absolute saviour to us when we got a flat tyre on arrival.

The location of the cottage allows plenty of peace and quiet through the day and night, though it is only a few minutes in the car to the local village for provisions from independent local stores/market stalls or the smaller supermarkets. Some further lovely villages and towns can be reached by car.

We did the Caminito del Rey walk which was amazing. Even for someone who isn't keen on heights, it's such an experience. We don't do lot's of walking but this walk is spectacular through the national park.

The pool at the cottage is great, whether having a dip in the day or at night when it can be all lit up.

We ate sat out on the terrace every night for our meals. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need and the gas BBQ fires up perfectly.

A great cottage, with Colin and Francesca and their team helping provide a wonderful holiday experience.

Thanks Colin and Francesca. Tim and James x

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tim and James, It was our pleasure to meet you briefly when you arrived and we are pleased you enjoyed all the peace, quiet and relaxation you had planned for. You even walked the spectacular "caminito del rey" so well done !! Best regards, Colin and Francesca.
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wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful and very relaxing stay at the really lovely cottage with the beautifull situatet terrace and pool.

The cottage is very spacious, clean and very well equipped. At first it was a little bit cold, but with the two well functioning fireplaces in the living room and kitchen/dining room and one mobile gas oven it was very comfortable. The bedrooms have airconitioner to warm up in a fiew minutes. We never have had problems to get a hot shower for all (and we stayed with 6 people!). The WLAN is fast and running well. The pool was clean and ready to use and on the last evening we could enjoy the gas grill outside, great :-)

Colin and his family was very friendly and they helped us immediately if we had any questions or needed help.

We went there for climbing. The cottage is a great starting point, because you have all kinds of opportunitys. Directly above the cottage is one spot, others to get by feet with a little hiking and if you have a car it is a short way to achive both, El Chorro and Abdalajis .

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jessica and Cristian and friends, Thank you for visiting us from Germany and we are so pleased you enjoyed the climbing in the area. Easter was early this year and still cool in the nights so it is great that you lit the log fires to be warm. Some people were swimming in the pool during the day ! Thank you also to Cord and his girlfriend who were able to stay an extra four days and the end of your trip. You are all very welcome at any time. Our very best regards, Colin and Francesca.
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Very beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful house.

It is located it a very nice area, and has a nice garden with a beautiful view.

It is totally quiet, and had more than enough space for 5 people.

The house was clean, and the kitchen was well equipped, so that we could cook our own meals.

The owner is a very kind man and gave us some good advice for things to do in the area. And it was absolutly fantastic that he could manage to get tickets for the Caminito del rey for us.

We all can recommend the house, and would like to come again.

A big thank you to Colin, Francesca and also to Jose!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Annette, Frauke, Karin, Christiane and Andrea, It was our pleasure to meet you briefly as you arrived from Germany after which our family took care of you. Management of the Caminito del Rey passed to a private company at the end of March 2016 and tickets are now only available on their website. For the first year we were able to obtain tickets for all our guests as a local business. As far as we understand, we can no longer do this and yours were the last tickets issued through us. We are glad you enjoyed some of the other local attractions and of course, La Majada Alta cottage. Many thanks for your visit and we look forward to your return at any time. Our very best regards, Colin and Francesca.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
El Chorro
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: necessary

We are 20km from the ancient city of Antequera which is at the hub of the routes to the historic cities of Malaga, Cordoba, Granada and Seville. From 1 - 3 hours drive.

There are interesting trips to nearby El Chorro Gorge, only 3km or El Torcal park about 40 minutes, and the lakes at 15 minutes. El Chorro railway station is 3km.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Álora, Spain

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
22 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
winter 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
early summer
25 Mar 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
21 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices shown are for the cottage per week in EUROS.
A 25% deposit up to a maximum of €300,Euros secures your reservation with the balance to be paid on arrival, in Euros. Deposit may be by cheque in UK pounds for UK based guests otherwise by bank transfer in Euros.
Deposits are not returnable.

The deposit is due at the time of booking and the balance is paid on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Álora, Spain

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 135 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , wash basin
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , bidet , wash basin
  • Bathroom 1: Large bathroom with full size bath, walk in shower, toilet, wash basin and bidet. Fully tiled Bathroom 2: En suite shower room to family bedroom. Toilet, shower enclosure and wash basin. Fully tiled.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 1: family room with 1 double and 1 single bed. Bedroom 2: double bed. Bedroom 3: 2 single beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • video player
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • swimming
Kitchen: Electric oven, 4 burner gas hob, microwave oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine, coffee percolator, juicer, toaster. Plenty of cupboard space and fully equipped for 7 guests. Living Rooms: Kitchen with adjacent dining room, central fireplace and exposed beams. Sitting room with 2 sofas and 4 armchairs. TV with video and satellite. Portable radio/cassette/DVD player. Wood burning stove and exposed wooden beams throughout. WIFI INTERNET Cleaning/towels/ linen/maid service: All linen and towels, including pool towels are provided with a change at weekends. Final cleaning is included with a mid week service by request.