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“A Little Casa with Enormous Charisma”
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tradional old townhouse living room leads to courtyard
the traditional castillian front door
the street outside our house
bridge from master bedroom to sun terrace
sun terrace has sun shade and two sunloungers
the sun terrace
welcome to our house .
original tile in courtyard
original doorknocker
stone lion on courtyard steps
central shaded courtyard
master en suite bedroom opening to sun terrace
single bedroom with balcony overlooking street
downstairs en suite bedroom
upstairs shower
well equipped kitchen
relax on comfortable sofas...dining table is near the kitchen
in living room looking into the courtyard
corner in living room
living room with courtyard door open
courtyard
blue flag beach 3 mins walk from the house
the promenade by the blue flag beach 2 minutes walk
charming street in the old town
al fresco eating in plaza de la flores 5 minutes walk
streets in the old town now mainly pedestrianized
fountain beside the popular ice cream parlour
yachts moored in  the puerto
fishing on our local beach
sunset at the harbour
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Estepona, Costa del Sol, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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“A Little Casa with Enormous Charisma”
Reviewed September 7, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

This for me was a return visit to a place that holds many happy memories. I had visited several times before, usually armed with paints and brushes in an attempt to record some of Estepona's loveliness. As it was a few years since my last stay, I had hoped that Estepona would still hold it's magical charm. I wanted my family to join with me and sample the experience. There had been little change. The dear little town was still as authentic, friendly and non touristy as I had remembered. Needless to say the whole family were completely won over.
Booking Cathy's adorable, genuine Spanish Casa, was spot on. The house location could not have been better. It sits unassumingly amidst it's whitewashed neighbours within the maze of hilly, narrow streets that form this beautiful seaside town. Turning corners often reveals 'a little gem of a hidden square' with floral displays or stone monuments. Well kept churches and chiming bells add to the charm.
Shopping is a joy. The many smart shops, often sharing their streets with colourful and lively market stalls, bring additional interest to the vibrant atmosphere.
We enjoyed meandering through all of this lovely liveliness, even at midnight . Finding ourselves amongst scores of Spanish families three, even four generations deep. It was great not being confronted with groups of drunken youths as you might do in some UK towns and cities, a heart warming and unforgettable experience. Family life does seem to have remained a constant and huge priority in this Spanish town.
Although ever watchful and not complacent, it did appear to me, to be one of the safest places I've been in, at that time of night. Having said that, I'm not really a night bird and tend to be under my duvet by ten, so perhaps I'm not the one to judge!
The choice of eating places in town is almost uncountable. The ones we tried were all reasonably priced and gave excellent value and great quality food. A westerly stroll along the child and people friendly prom, with it's playgrounds and sand sculptures, takes you to the busy port with many more restaurants, bars and later still (but long after my bedtime), nightclubs, which are often open until dawn! In an easterly direction, the prom leads you to a great hypermarket which would be an absolute delight to any fish or meat (or cake) eater!

Cathy, from the first communication, was attentive, easily contactable and more than happy to ensure that our requirements, as a family of three generations, were met. The youngest of the family was nine, so therefore quite old enough to negotiate the stairs, in relative safety. As I am only 61 and still (sort of) agile I managed well too!
The house was perfect for us and met with all our needs. Washing machine and hob , although seldom used were a real bonus. As others have said, it really does feel like home. It was perfectly clean and the little imperfections (such as the odd little flake of paint missing) just added to the homeliness and authentic charm. A lovely change and contrast to a soulless 'could be anywhere in the world' hotel room. It's comfortable beds and good quality sheets were appreciated. The neighbours were welcoming and more than happy to pose for a quick photo.
Although quite compact, the layout with it's three bedrooms, each having it's own bathroom, felt spacious and comfortable. Kitchen, lounge and outside space, were all met with great approval from us all. Maybe, if you're bringing children (when it's not beach weather) it could be worth considering taking electronic games for them as there is no TV. The DVD didn't seem to be tuned in (unless it was just that we didn't persevere enough)! Having said that, there were few times when they would have used it, as we were pretty busy throughout our stay and there really is so much to do. My son and his eldest son, enjoyed a couple of scuba diving trips, booked from a diving shop in the port.

Most days were spent enjoying the plentiful 'much needed' summer sunshine. It ranged in temperature from hot to flaming hot! In all that heat, La Rada beach (just a few minutes walk) proved the 'place to be'. The beach gives a broad, soft sanded, greeting to the sometimes gentle and sometimes whopping waves of the Mediterranean. Apart from a few annoying jellyfish encounters, the family had many laughs and great fun during our relaxing times by the sea. Being a Blue Flag beach the facilities were very good (although on our last day there appeared to be no one on duty in the beach patrol area). Maybe it was the end of the summer season. Prior to this, green and yellow flags had been flown to indicate the safety level of the sea. With young children, I think Christo beach (just west of the port) with it's sheltered shallow bay, would be a good choice. Especially on those days when La Rada is a bit too rough for little ones.
On the few occasions we used the local taxis, we found them to be prompt and reasonable in price for local journeys. The airport run is quite expensive but a jolly good bus (better described as a coach) runs from outside the airport to Marbella and then on to Estepona. Much more affordable and quite frequent, although very late flights come in after the service has ceased, for the night.
I have had many memorable holidays in my life, to all sorts of weird and wonderful places. This one certainly rates very highly on my list owing to the super location, the old fashioned family fun and the Cathy's Little Casa with it's enormous charisma.

Thanks Cathy, I do hope that when I wish to book next time all these brilliant reviews .. won't mean it's fully booked!

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Liked best: Feeling welcomed into the Spanish community
Liked least: Jellyfish in the sea!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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7 Oct 2012
This is such a glowing and comprehensive review.... Im incredibly appreciative not only of the time and trouble taken to write it but also of the fact that the family loved our house and the area.
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Larvik, Norway
Reviewed July 4, 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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Liked best: location
Liked least: No wifi/internet access
Travelling group: With Friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed June 19, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

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Liked best: Quiet location
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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London
Reviewed January 14, 2012 for a stay in October 2011

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Liked best: The absolute charm of the house!
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
2 Apr 2012
really pleased our house seems to tick quite a few boxes and its fantastic to have such positive feedback
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 27, 2011 for a stay in September 2011

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Liked best: The chaming old Spanish house in a charming old Spanish town
Liked least: Having to leave, to come home.
Travelling group: With Friends
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Management Response
7 Jul 2012
The Norwegian family had a great time staying in Estepona and have provisionally booked a return trip for next year.....and Im really pleased that they like our house so much and say such positive things.
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Laval, Canada
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Reviewed March 20, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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