Villa in Fuente Del Conde, Lake Iznajar, Cordoba Province, Spain - Village Location, 2 Minutes Walk To Very Popular Bar / Restaurant
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About Malcolm Gee
I am Malcolm and I live in the beautiful Fuente Del Conde. Originally from Durham, I spent most of my working life in London then left for SW France about five years ago to set up a holiday cottage for walking groups and using Airbnb. At the beginning of 2014 I decided to start a second venture here in Andalusia. The main holiday house renting season is from June through September when it is really too hot to walk so those groups are now booking for March to May and September to the end of December.
Malcolm Gee purchased this Villa in 2014
Why Malcolm Gee chose Iznájar
I looked at around forty houses for sale but as soon as I walked through the gates of Casa Ana I knew the search was over. The views are magnificent and the layout of the house is exceptionally suited for holiday accommodation.
What makes this Villa unique
I live close by and this enables you to have my attention as and when you need it without any infringements on your privacy. I do offer a meals service that is entirely flexible from a simple buffet to a fully served meal.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Nice villa, fine views, peaceful, too rural for us, local restaurant closed all week.
The villa is handy for visiting Granada and Córdoba. The views from poolside were lovely. This is a two (not three) bathroom villa, so the particulars were misleading in this key respect. There are six coffee mugs, six seats at the tables, so it is set up for six guests not eight. The supermarket was 25 minutes away, which was a longer drive than we'd have liked.
An absolutely lovely house. Peaceful and a wonderful pool.
Casa Anna had rustic charm, some wonderful chill out areas in the shade, enchanting views and some great towns to visit. Lake was fun for kids - kayaks / swimming / pedaloes. Some excellent restaurants in the area and a local bar to have a pre dinner drink.
The owner Malcolm checked everything was okay for us and it was spotless. We had a really good stay here.
Geat family getaway
We stayed at Casa Ana as a group of 8 - four adults and four kids. The villa and rooms were clean, well equipped and spacious, providing everything needed. Outside, the pool was lovely - the perfect size and there was enough seating and shaded areas to escape from the afternoon sun. Maybe not perfect for very young children or toddlers as the outside areas are all tiled and inside there's a steep staircase but for older kids, that's not an issue.
Although rural, it was a pleasant surprise to find we could easily walk to the village restaurant/bar, where we had a warm welcome. A good mix of Spanish and a few English - this is not your typical tourist hotspot and is all the nicer for it. There's also a small village shop which is great for picking up fresh bread each morning and any essentials. Main supermarket is around 30mins away in Loja - a larger town and worth a visit, with lots of little back streets to explore. The villa's also within easy reach of Lake Iznajar - head to the beach there where you'll find warm turquoise waters, crystal sand, and a few boats for hire. It's popular with Spanish families and a real gem.
Malcolm's communication with us was great throughout and deposit refunded within 48hrs of our return. The only reason we haven't given 5 stars is the lack of air conditioning. At temps of 37+, this would have been welcome, especially in bedrooms but fans are provided and we found that putting flannels in the freezer to use at bedtime provided a good way to cool down.
Overall, a great villa at a good rate in a lovely location. Thanks Malcolm!
Lovely property and facilities. Malcolm was most helpful. Highly recommend.
Great location to access main Andalusian cities and countryside. Wonderful views from the property.
Thanks for that Peter and I hope you return at some point
Spacious rural house with amazing views
We found this house ideal for our extended family. Our teenagers especially loved the pool. There are plenty of seating areas outside so that you can gather together to eat and socialize but also quiet areas if anyone just wants to escape for a while.
We normally holiday in remote areas and although this is rural, being on the outskirts of the village so that you could walk to the bar/restaurant and small shop was ideal. You do need a car, preferably with a confident driver - the roads are narrow and wind around the hills.
We loved the nearby lake and went the beach numerous times and hired loungers/pedalos.
Our biggest problem was the heat. This house really needs air conditioning in August!
We found on the whole the house was reasonably equipped but for a big family such as our a few larger cooking pans/dishes would have been useful, but that's a minor point.
Malcolm was very helpful as was the lady that looked after the property and the pool man.
(When travelling to/from Malaga we found using the toll road well worth the 4.95)
Thank you Mark. The point you make about AC is a good one - the last two summers have seen very high temperatures and while full AC in the house would not work there may be opportunties to install it in bedrooms during this coming Autumn.
Lovely part of Andalucia.
We had a nice holiday in this beautiful and quiet part of Adalucia. We visited Malaga, Ronda, Cordoba and Sevilla. The (very near!) Antequera is a must see as well. We also enjoyed a few days on the beach and around the pool of Casa Ana.
Casa Ana is located in a quiet village. Sometimes the only thing you can hear is the wind. The outside areas of the house are really nice to enjoy appetisers, meals and drinks.
The booking of the house went smoothly and what you see on the pictures is what you get.
We did not like the fact that there were 'things' (we guess they belong to the owner) all over the place. In every room there was a drawer/closet filled with clutter (tape, screwers, ballpoints, out of date chocolate, out of date tomato-juice, out of date nuts,...) and the utility room was more of a dumping site than a utility room (empty washing luiquid boxes, unused fans, an unused computer screen, shoes, shoes, shoes, even glasses,...). Under the beds of the twin room was (mostly) dust, an unused printer and moroccon slippers. I only cooked once as there was only one large pot (the rest were pans and a wok) and the oven was still filled with (sticky) baking trays.
We can understand you want to leave personal things in your holiday home, but maybe it is a good idea to store them out of sight or in a locked closet?
We did receive towels (only 1 large towel per person, so no pool towels) but these were not changed weekly (as was stated in the listing), nor was the linnen. We did not have the impression that the house was properly cleaned before our arrival. There were stains of red wine on the kitchen cabinet doors (I cleaned them).
There are no ceiling fans in every room. There is only 1 in 1 of the double rooms. There are small fans in the rest of the bedrooms. And in summer you really need these.
We also would have liked some written explanation on where to find the nearest larger supermarket, what to do with rubbish, addresses of good restaurants, closest beaches,...
Overall we enjoyed the rest of our holiday. The surroundings and cities we visited are lovely! So is the local bar 'El Pajaritos' (very nice mixed paella!). We did like the beaches of Torremolinos east. Do not park your car at the first parking lots close to the golf course (EXIT 1) (you will need to pay there). But drive further on to 'El Retiro'' : free parking and not too crowded beach. AND a very good fish restaurant : José Cerdàn!
Kathleen - thank you for your review and I appreciate your comments on an overall good holiday. With regard to the criticisms, laundry is renewed after two weeks therefore you should have had new laundry for your last two days as you stayed for sixteen days. My apologies for this oversight.
The house was inspected on the day of your arrival and the standard of cleanliness was judged to be good. I appreciate we all have different standards but yours is the first negative comment I have ever received in this regard. The guests following you have commented on the high standards.
There are two towels for each guest in the bedrooms and extra towels in each of the shower rooms. Malcolm
The beach at Lake Inzajar with sailing, kayaking is 10 minutes drive. The beach has two bars, one having a very good restaurant.
Malaga airport is a destination from many UK airports often with great offers. Using the motorways, Casa Anna can be reached in 50 minutes.
The use of a car is pretty essential and there is a good choice at the airport. I use Goldcar as I like their approach but there are many alternatives.
Iznajar, a pueblo blanco is 5k. The fabulous Priego de Cordoba is a bit further and takes 25 minutes drive through the Subbeticas Park.
Rute is 20 minutes drive with its museums of chocolate, turron and anis.
Antequera with its fascinating Alcazabar and delightful old city is 25 minutes drive. The Alhambra at Granada is easily reached and, along with the Mexquita at Cordoba, really should not be missed if you are visiting here.
In my view though, Malaga is the gem to discover.....
Iznajar has banks, post office, bars, restaurants and shops. Archidona and Loja have larger supermarkets. However the village shop here in Fuente del Conde, a co-operative has a good selection for everyday needs and the bar restaurant offers a great menu and wine list at very reasonable cost.