Simpson Secret – Prado del Leon Spain, Andalucia

One of the first things you’ll notice about this stunning house are its proportions: from the double-height living spaces to the vast outdoor lounge area, this is a place to spread out, chill out and revel in the liberating sense of freedom afforded by the space and the incredible mountain views.

Tucked away down a dirt track 2km from Gaucín, Prado del Léon is rather more contemporary than most villas locally, with an understated elegance that makes you feel immediately at home. The house is secluded and superbly equipped for entertaining, with a top-spec kitchen, optional chef service, and a marvellous fully-furnished terrace.  You could start the day here with a quiet cuppa while you plan your morning’s exploration, or gather your group for the simple pleasures of some delicious local vino and a round of cards as the sun sets on another beautiful evening. The reason behind the high-spec finish throughout is that Prado del Léon was designed for year-round occupancy, and is available complete with a show-stopping heated indoor pool and three additional bedrooms for larger parties. Sun-worshippers are well provided for, as the pool room doors slide open onto a wide sunny terrace with sunbeds, but the heated indoor option is a real bonus in the early and late season when most pools are a little too fresh for comfort.

This wonderful house would be a hit just about anywhere, but the proximity to the ‘artists’ village’ and excellent restaurants of Gaucín make it even more appealing. With seven acres of private grounds and seductive comfort, those who’ve come in search of quality family time and some intensive relaxation will have no great incentive to leave. However, once the sun has worked its magic and you feel human again, there are beaches, villages and golf courses to enjoy, all within a 3-30km drive.

 

Accommodation:
  • 5 bedroom house (sleeps 8 maximum)
  • 3 additional bedrooms available for a 6 guests (total 14) if required at additional cost
Ground floor:
  • Reception area
  • Living room with fireplace
  • Dining room
  • Fully equipped kitchen
First floor:
  • Master double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and Jacuzzi bath set into alcove enjoying magnificent views, en-suite bathroom with separate shower and WC
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and WC, balcony
  • Bedroom with bunk beds
  • Sitting room
Garden level:
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with WC
  • Guest WC
  • Shower room with WC
  • Bathroom with shower and WC (by pool)
General:
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • 2 cots (linen provided) and highchair
  • Satellite and cable TV, DVD and CD players, VCR player
  • iPod docking station, Playstation
  • Central heating (included)
  • Air-conditioning (included)
  • Ceiling fans
  • Outside terraces and dining areas
  • Table tennis, boules and darts
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private heated indoor swimming pool 13m x 3.5m (1.4m throughout), heated April-September to 28°C free of charge, heating October-May €150/week
  • Security deposit £750

Complimentary wifi:

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
Services
  • Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Weekly cleaning for bookings of one week or more
  • Additional cleaning and laundry service available on request
  • Cook on request
  • Cooking lessons from owner on request
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

The villa is 2km from Gaucín, the most famous of the scenic villages in the Serranía de Ronda, the spine of rocky hilltops descending from Ronda in southwestern Andalucía.  It is a typical, unspoilt ‘white village’, with many food shops, a chemist, banks, bars and several restaurants. It has good night life with something for all ages, and is a safe place for teenagers to party and explore.

Overlooking the village are the ruins of a Moorish castle, which give incomparable views over to the Mediterranean coast, North Africa and Gibraltar. Inland are the state-owned cork forests, which are a nature reserve. Throughout the year Gaucín has many fascinating fiestas, traditional Saints days and the ‘Semana-Santa’ (holy week) processions. In August, Gaucín celebrates its ‘Feria’ with a fairground and dancing.

Restaurants

A few of the restaurants in Gaucín are world renowned, La Fructuosa (only open Friday and Saturday night and reservations are highly recommended), El Atico and La Garandina Divino. There are a number of other tapas bars serving light meals such as Paco Pepe and El Puente in the village with El Hacho and La Gasolinera at one end of the village. El Hacho has tasty tapas and a wonderful terrace with the unforgettable Gaucín view.

Places to see

The area is also an ideal starting point for enjoyable day trips to the beautiful cities of Ronda, Jerez, Cadiz, and Seville, all with much historical and architectural interest as well as good shopping and fine restaurants. Ronda is famous for its gorges and has the oldest bullring in Spain.

  • Ronda 38km
  • Gibraltar 60km
  • Jerez 125km
  • Malaga 127km
  • Cadiz 160km
  • Seville 167km
  • Granada 216km

Beaches

For beach lovers, the golden sands of the Mediterranean at Costa del Sol are only a 30 minute drive away with many seaside amenities.  The Atlantic coast, with its fine white sand and famous wind surfing, is a 90 minute drive with Costa de la Luz-Bolonia beach (105km)  being a real gem and teenagers would enjoy Tarifa (86km).  

Activities

The area is full of opportunities for exhilarating outdoor activities and sports. It is a paradise for walking/hiking, exploring, cycling, horse riding (8km) and bird-watching and there are plenty of activities and sports for children and adults that can be arranged nearby, including tennis tai chi, and painting.  A few kilometres down the valley is the river Genal, and this is a good spot for fishing, swimming, diving and exploring whilst the coast is dotted with fine golf courses, including El Paraíso Golf Club designed by Gary Player in 1973 and the renowned Valderrama.

 

 

This Simpson Secret is booked on an accommodation-only basis, but for an administration fee of £25 per person we would be delighted to book return flights.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in Andalucia to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Gibraltar 60km/45min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Heathrow BA Saturday All season

 

Malaga 120km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick BA Saturday All season
London Gatwick* Iberia Saturday All season
London Gatwick Norwegian Saturday All season
London Gatwick Monarch Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Stansted** BA Saturday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
London Stansted easyJet Saturday All season
London Luton Monarch Saturday All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday All season
London Southend easyJet Saturday All season
Glasgow Prestwick Ryanair Sunday All season
Glasgow Int'l Jet2 Saturday All season
Glasgow Int'l easyJet Saturday All season
Manchester Ryanair Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Manchester Monarch Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday All season
Edinburgh Norwegian Saturday All season
Edinburgh Jet2 Saturday All season
Belffast City Aer Lingus Saturday All season
Belfast Int'l Jet2 Saturday All season
Belfast Int'l easyJet Saturday All season
East Midlands Ryanair Saturday All season
East Midlands Jet2 Saturday All season
Newcastle Ryanair Saturday All season
Newcastle Jet2 Saturday All season
Newcastle easyJet Saturday All season
Cardiff Vueling Airlines Saturday All season
Liverpool easyJet Saturday All season
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday All season
Bournemouth Ryanair Saturday All season
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday All season
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Sunday All season
Bristol Ryanair Saturday All season
Doncaster Flybe Saturday All season
Exeter Flybe Saturday All season

*Operated by BA
**Operated by City Flyer

 

 

  2 April 9 April 16 April 23 April 30 April
Simpson Secret – Prado del Leon 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  7 May 14 May 21 May 28 May
Simpson Secret – Prado del Leon 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  4 June 11 June 18 June 25 June
Simpson Secret – Prado del Leon 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30 July
Simpson Secret – Prado del Leon 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 August 13 August 20 August 27 August
Simpson Secret – Prado del Leon 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  3 September 10 September 17 September 24 September
Simpson Secret – Prado del Leon 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  1 October 8 October 15 October 22 October 29 October
Simpson Secret – Prado del Leon 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD 2,390 4,740 2,390 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Booking Conditions

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES
  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
INFANTS
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
 
PLACING AN OPTION
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
 
PAYING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
 
SECURITY DEPOSIT
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
 
TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
 
FINAL DOCUMENTATION
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
 
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
 
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: www.fco.gov.uk/en or call 020 7008 1500.
 
 
ACCOMMODATION AND USEFUL INFORMATION
 
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
 
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
 
Barbecues
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
 
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
 
Beds
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
 
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
 
Cleaning
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
 
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
 
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
 
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
 
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
 
Occupancy
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
 
Satellite television
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
 
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
 
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
 
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
 
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.