The House

The main house comprises two well-furnished bedrooms (both with overhead fans, one with air-conditioning) with attached bathrooms (one with a dressing room), a sitting room, dining room (seating 6 comfortably) and kitchen, all on one level. It has been beautifully, colourfully and interestingly furnished with bits and pieces from all over the world - many items having been made, sourced or restored by the owners. French doors opening off every room, along with terracotta floors and double height ceilings keep it cool and airy in summer; and there’s a blazing log fire and plenty of rugs to keep it warm in winter.

Outside boasts a spacious, sun-filled terrace looking straight over the hills and out to sea. There is a lovely bamboo pergola covering an al fresco dining area and comfortable daybeds. A flight of steps leads up to the glorious pool terrace which has plenty of sunbeds and 2 charpoys in the shade. It is surrounded by orange, olive, cork, almond and palm trees, and also affords incredible views, especially from the huge hammock!

A further flight of steps leads up to a terrace garden (perfect for a game of boules) and ‘The Tent’ which is an impossibly pretty extra ‘room’. Custom made in India, it is entirely sealed, has a lockable door, mosquito netting and both a water-resistant and UV protective roof. With 2 large single beds, electricity, bedside lights, pine furniture, cosy rugs and 3 windows (with curtains) and views from heaven. It is large and roomy and remains cool in summer due to the breeze. There is a wash basin and mirror with running water outside.

Ambalama is small, compact, impossibly romantic and ideally situated for exploring the area – the famous village of Casares is a short walk away; the historic ‘white towns’ of Gaucin, Cortes de La Frontera and Ronda are close by; the buzzy hubs of Marbella, Estepona and Soto Grande are also a short drive away; the hill walking is superb, especially in Spring when all the wildflowers are out in abundance; there are golf courses and fine restaurants galore; and there are plenty of beaches down the hill.

Facilities / Facts

  • Overhead fans in both bedrooms, sitting room and dining room
  • Air-conditioning in 1 bedroom
  • 2 double beds (can be converted into 4 single beds)
  • Lockable, steel framed, spacious tent with 2 single beds
  • Gas hob with electric oven
  • Small dishwasher
  • Clothes washer
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Bathtubs with overhead rain showers and ‘telephone’ showers
  • Small, unheated, swimming pool – shallow end 3ft, deep end 6ft”
  • Wifi (complimentary)
  • Telephone for local calls (complimentary)
  • TV with access to UK TV channels (can be temperamental)
  • DVD player – with a range of DVDs
  • CD player – with a range of CDs
  • Hair dryers in all bedrooms
  • Bath and pool towels provided
  • Fully equipped kitchen (no microwave)
  • Meat slicer
  • A range of indoor and outdoor games

Additional services available

ADDITIONAL CLEANING: should you require additional cleaning / clearing up after meals, this can be provided.
Cost per hour: €10

Airport Transfers: can be arranged through us at a cost of 85 euros each way from Malaga and 55 euros each way from Gibraltar.

Massages on site
There is an excellent masseuse who lives in a nearby village and who will come to the house for treatments. She is highly qualified and experienced and exceptionally good. She gets booked up early so if keen on having a massage, we suggest you contact her at least 2 weeks in advance on
Cost: approx. €70 - €80 per hour