I adored the décor of this charming former Andalusian fisherman’s cottage as soon as I walked in – an instagrammer’s paradise!
The house was a cross between a super-stylish Elle Decor cover and staying in a super-comfortable, cosy “home-from-home”.
This cottage is located in the authentically residential ‘fisherman village’ area of Estepona, to the west end of the street San Roque, with the same enchanting bright plant pots hanging off its low-rise whitewashed buildings as in Estepona’s central old town area to the east. It is also just a few doors down from the famous Chapel of our Lady of Camel church situated on a cute photogenic square.
The house is literally a 1-minute walk to Playa de la Rada beach across the road, and a 5-7 minute walk to the marina and port which boast a cosmopolitan selection of restaurants and waterside bars.
I was immediately wowed by the villa’s modern-rustic entrance hall, with African masks and ethnic hand-woven shopping baskets hanging on the walls. The African theme is a nice touch as you can see Gibralta, the gateway to Africa, from the beach on a clear day.
But the house’s serious wow-factor came from the beautiful ‘lightwell’ between the spacious master bedroom to the children’s room. This mini zen courtyard consisted of a solitary tree nestled amid white pebbles - so peaceful to wake up to...
The villa’s overall look is timelessly classic white walls and tasteful natural taupe tiles. Both bathrooms have fantastic and stylish wet-room showers.
As heat rises, it is well thought out that all three bedrooms are also on this lower, cooler level. I was able to sleep for the first time in years without my earplugs, since the house’s double-glazed windows and glass doors are so effective once closed. Bliss.
Upstairs is the open-plan/L-shaped kitchen-living area, offering a very nice view of the sea above the rooftops and palm trees from the kitchen window, and also from both staggered terraces (albeit a view intersected by the coastal main road and people passing by on both sides of the property. You can hear the sea when there is no passing traffic).
Once in the kitchen and living area upstairs or on the main lower terrace, this charming villa feels really private and not overlooked, which is relaxing. I particularly liked the fishermen-style baskets used as lampshades in the kitchen.
The small upper terrace is reached via a steep flight of terracotta steps, making it probably less suitable for toddlers or anyone very old. The rooftop view from up there is fantastic. There is space for two deckchairs, perfect for sunbathing and enjoying a sundowner aperitif... This upper terrace was also handy for drying my swimming costume and beach towel as it benefited from later evening sun being higher up.
The owners of this house have thoughtfully offered the most generous, luxurious creature comforts, and little details are just the ‘cherry on the cake’ – from battery-operated candles, to board games and playing cards, to welcoming bottles of sparkling water in the fridge, and even teddybears on the kids’ bunkbed.
It really does feel like stepping in to someone’s home, but a superclean zen version – the best of both worlds!
In terms of luxury mod cons, the house has atmospheric dimmer lights, a luxurious wine-cooling fridge (there were 2 bottles in there, I didn’t dare touch them, but what a nice touch!), high-spec air-con units that were easy-to-use even for a dinosaur like me, a dishwasher, washing-machine, and electric-operated external shutters to block out every speck of light!
There was a flat-screen TV but I only used the Wifi accessible in the living room and main bedroom during my stay.
There were plenty of towels and the beautiful showers had lots of hot water and two modes of shower head: an overhead monsoon and a handheld shower hose.
Tom the very helpful and laidback Dutch host (who speaks virtually native English) was a superstar, kindly agreeing to drop off the keys in a local hotel lobby for me to collect as my flight was due to land very late.
I am already planning an off-peak revisit next year. There were too many pretty plant-potted streets I hadn’t walked down and too many relaxed Chiringuito beach restaurants I was not able to visit during the week - where they barbeque fresh fish in a charcoal-filled ‘boat’ on the beach; wonderful! I’m dreaming about that sundowner beachside mojito already...