Casa Virginia

Ojén, Málaga
+44 (0)1622 884472

Characterful village house with a small garden and plunge pool; walk five minutes for restaurants or drive to Marbella in 15 minutes


6 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

The Experience

Two old houses in the heart of Ojen have been joined together and modernized – a donkey lived in what is now the kitchen when Virginia bought it in 1968 – but original features such as the uneven walls, ceiling beams and alcoves have been retained and the house has been furnished with plenty of character.

Relax in the cosy living room with a puzzle or game of Scrabble, or cook in the galley kitchen – it’s small but opens up into a dining area so the cook can have company. From here, doors lead out to a pretty patio, and a garden with a small swimming pool and views over a gorge to pine forest. There’s plenty to do here – wander into the village, explore the surrounding countryside, hike in the Sierra de las Nieves or drive to the coast in 15 minutes.

Inmaculada the housekeeper will leave you a welcome basket of flowers, as well as local chorizo and manchego, wine, eggs, fruit, milk and bread. A booklet has details of local walks and a map of the village’s shops and restaurants – there are lots of little tapas bars in the village square, a five-minute walk away.

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We think you'll love

  • The atmospheric ambience of the old cottage
  • Being in the centre of town and a short walk from restaurants and shops
  • Not needing a car – buses and taxis will get you here and around
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You should know

  • Some of the ceilings are a bit low, so you'll need to duck
  • Steep cobbled streets and staircases mean the house isn't suitable for those with limited mobility
  • The pool is not fenced in, and there are open staircases outside


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights.
Restaurants 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €86
Weekly price
from €600
1 House for 6
From €866 beds3 bedrooms


Charming peasants' cottage that has been thoughtfully restored some decades ago yet still retains the atmosphere of the original functioning family home. Everything you need is here and if you enjoy stepping back in time without the discomforts of that simple bygone era then this delightful little town cottage would be ideal for you. Ojen itself replicates that picture you had in mind...

Nick, Sawday's inspector

We absolutely adore this house in Ojen. It is an absolute find and we have been many times. The combination of a charming and comfortable house with everything you need, and the lovely garden and pool is ideal. There’s also a wonderful flat roof area which is perfect for yoga. The house is very easy to get to from Malaga airport, which makes for a very relaxing holiday. On our last stay we visited local beaches, ate at very good restaurants and enjoyed the marvellous weather. Highly recommended for families, a group of friends or a couple. We will definitely be back.

Georgina, London

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The neighbourhood

The property is in the heart of the village and only a short a stroll from the main plaza and church, with several restaurants nearby serving local fare. Walk 15 minutes up the hill to an Olympic-sized pool, where people often spend the day, or head to the Parque Natural Sierra de Las Nieves nearby. If you don't have a car you can get a bus from Malaga airport to Marbella, and then another bus up to Ojen, and there are details of an English-speaking taxi driver in the cottage.

Local points of interest from Virginia Leigh Pemberton

  • Ojen is a large bustling village - feel really Spanish by walking 5 minutes to a breakfast of churros and hot chocolate.
  • The boats in Puerto Banus will make your eyes water - 30 minutes away - or you could walk up the hill into one of the national parks and wander for miles through stunning scenery.
  • Marbella is 8km away. Ronda, Gibraltar and Granada are all within driving distance. There is a book in the house full of suggestions and comments from guests.


Virginia Leigh Pemberton

Virginia looked at several villages but loved Ojen immediately as it was so friendly, and when she bought the first house in 1968 she was the first foreigner to buy here. She then was lucky enough to find a wonderful local builder who renovated the house so it still looked like a traditional Spanish village house but was a comfortable place to stay. A few years later, she bought the house next door and combined the two, and has been renting them out ever since.