Los Castaños

Cartajima, Málaga
+34 952 180778

Immerse yourself in the real Spain in this divine mountain pueblo blanco near Ronda. Find your inner artist – painting materials provided!


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

In the hills of the interior above Malaga, at the heart of the village of Cartajima, lies this large, light townhouse. Off the beaten tourist track, peace pervades, a gentle breeze bringing in fresh mountain air. Di and John have created an airy retreat full of welcoming spaces and quirky corners; escape the sun in the cool entrance and lounge, or snuggle down with a book in front of the fire in winter. Bedrooms come in different shapes, but all have tiled floors, colourful rugs and throws, comfy rocking chairs and neat en-suites, two with tubs. There are balconies, too, with little Moorish tables and chairs and heavenly views over the village. Up top, take evening drinks on the roof terrace with its tiled fountain – paddling permitted! A ‘fusion’ breakfast is served in the dining room and dinner is available on request: Di only cooks for her guests so let her know in the morning – it’s proper Slow food. There’s a bar and shop nearby and stacks of choice for days out: hiking, birdwatching, sublime Ronda or the heart-stopping Caminito del Rey. Come at festival time for ebullient celebrations.


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

Check in
Check out
11am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Children over 12 welcome.
Until 26 June 2020.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast included. Dinner, 3 course, €30 per person.


Nightly price
from €120
Extra bed/sofabed available €30 per person per night.
6 Doubles
From €120



I took part in the Happiness Holidays and had a wonderful experience. I could not have wished for more! From horseback riding, water-coloring in nature and gorgeous hikes, to yoga and breathwork sessions this retreat offered me a variety of different amazing and meaningful experiences. The setting is gorgeous, as this beautiful and luxurious hotel is located in the mountains near Ronda, with magnificent views. The owner of the hotel, Di, does all the cooking herself and I felt completely spoiled - her cuisine is absolutely DELICIOUS. This is just the perfect retreat and a magical place!

Miriam, Karlsruhe

Well this place is an absolute oasis. Di and John are most charming hosts, Di's cooking is fabulous and their delightful hotel exudes quality of design and execution at every turn from the water feature on the roof terrace to the moorish courtyard down below. The 'pueblo blanco' where they are in the mountains is just perfect too. Bliss.

Mark, Steyning

We spent a very happy 3 nights over Christmas at Los Castaños, extremely well looked after by hosts Di and John. The hotel is a large village house. Our room (No. 3) had spectacular views across the valley and distant peaks. We loved the smell of woodsmoke in the air as the local farmers set small bonfires to clear the chestnut cuttings. It was warm and cosy: a log fire greeted us every day in the ground floor snug, and our room was heated by radiators & a hot blower. Our comfortable room had everything we could hope for. If you are looking for an oasis of calm choose Los Castaños!

Lisa, Estepona

We stayed at Los Castanos in December 2019 and can wholeheartedly recommend a stay here! The boutique hotel is a beautiful mountain retreat nestled in the picturesque village of Cartajima near Ronda. Di & John are the perfect hosts and nothing is too much trouble. Our sunrise room & balcony had open and uninterrupted views across the village, Andalusian mountains and beyond. We were treated each night to the most delicious homemade and lovingly prepared three course meals by the very talented Di. We cannot wait to return for our next visit.

Paula, Glasgow

Los Castaños is one of a kind! Peaceful, beautiful mountain scenery and the best hosts. Definitely try the three course dinner! We loved hanging out in the living room with the cozy fireplace. The entire house is gorgeous.

Jen, Seattle

The perfect escape. Home away from home - comfortable, peaceful, cosy. Amazing views, food and hosts in a beautiful location which is off the tourist trail. Very accommodating and helpful hosts who make sure you have a great getaway. I’ve already recommended to family and friends!

Chloe, UK

There are not many hotels in the world where you can feel at home, this is one! Los Castanos is run by the owners themselves. Kindness from the hart with a magnificant sense for guidance (not over the top but authentic and with respect for your privacy). Food is excellent too. Hope to come back here later. Gerard & Marina, the Netherlands

Gerard & Marina, Rotterdam

A beautiful home from home in a stunning location. Di and John are welcoming and knowledgeable hosts. Dinner, cooked by Di was fabulous and John provided helpful advice and guidance on local walks. Highly recommended-a little gem.

Jane, Ayr

Awsome experience in every aspect. Di and John where amazing hosts and gave us an unforgettable time. The serenity and outlook was that good we had to keep pinching ourselves. Di is also a 10/10 cook with all of our meals being mouth watering. Thank you Di and John

josh, newcastle

Di & John were fantastic hosts at their luxury hotel, tucked away in a beautiful Andalusian mountain village. We had a very comfortable room with amazing views of the mountains. The food was a highlight with fantastic, imaginative and fresh dishes cooked for us (we requested vegan food) full of the flavours of southern Spain as well as the wider region including north Africa and the Middle East. John was an expert in providing us with walking routes through the local hills and river valleys and though we stayed quite local (walking and swimming in the local village pools) Cartajima is not far

David, Sheffield

This small hotel has become one of my favourite places in all the world. Based in an immaculate hill village, it boasts the best equipped guestrooms, the most welcoming hosts, exceptional food and exceptional attention to needs. In the hotel you can feast your eyes on an eclectic mix of treasures on display in rooms and public areas. Outside, right from the village, there are great walks through chestnut forests, and across streams, but if you are looking to relax, the views from the hotel's rooftop chairs and loungers, drink in hand, are to die for too.

Gill, London

We had a wonderful few days in this gorgeous hotel. Everything was amazing quality and Di and John were fantastic hosts, sharing their knowledge of the local area. We would definitely recommend a stay here.

Kirsten, Edinburgh

We have stayed in well over a 100 Sawday recommended places some of them over 3 or 4 times. I think we’ve stayed with Di and John 5 times. They are perfect hosts, Di is a great cook preparing especially delicious vegetarian meals for me a rare treat in a hotel. The hotel and rooms are tasteful and well equipped, the village is very picturesque and opportunities for walking abound ...we love staying here and frequently meet other returners.

Judith, Windsor Uk

Stayed here for a few days in April, 1st class service, wonderful food and views to die for, Well worth a visit.

Steve, Manchester

Arriving at Di and John's luxurious hotel starts a holiday for the discerning traveller who likes a bit of an adventure. We have been staying with the early Spring and the Autumn for around 6 of 7 years and we feel very comfortable in either season. There is always a lovely log fire burning, and John will fix you a gin and tonic while Di is preparing dinner...always a treat,often with unusual flavours learnt on her extensive ocean travels. We always seem to meet extremely interesting people and it's a joy to have stimulating conversation in front of the fire. We recommend you give it a try!

Robert, Broadway England

This was our forth visit to the beautiful botique hotel nestled away in the quiet of Cartjema, yet only 10 miutes drive from the vibrant historical town of Ronda. The rooms as always were impecabbly clean, with comfty beds, soft furnishings, stunnng views from the little balconies of the surrounding mountains and books a plenty should you fel like taking one on to the stunning roof top terrace for some "me time". The food, the food...boy can Di cook, such a vast knolwedge and skills she provides an excellent varietly of meals each evening should you desire, and John will keep you enertained.

phil, Cheltenham

A inspirational place to relax and enjoy the wonders this world has to offer. Hosts Di and John welcome you with open arms to their beautiful boutique hotel, offering individual comfortable rooms and a roof top terrace with amazing views. In the open plan living/dining area you are welcome to relax before enjoying Di’s wonderful evening dinner with fabulous local wines. The walks from the hotel are as long or short as you want them to be taking in the stunning scenery and wildlife. With Ronda only s short drive away there is lots to explore. My husband & I will return to Los Castanos soon.

Dee, Cheltenham

We have stayed with Di and John four times and we shall return. Los Costanos is a very comfortable and characterful hotel in the middle of a classic white village. It can be used as a base to visit larger towns such as Seville or Ronda. We get great enjoyment from visiting other lovely white villages and the many well mapped walks and many wild spring flowers. Di and John are wonderful hosts providing a very relaxing environment with extremely delicious food, wine and a wealth of knowledge of the area. Of the many places we have stayed in Andalusia this is the best.

Ju, Windsor

Had a wonderful time staying at this comfortable and welcoming hotel. It's a beautiful area of Spain. We will return for walking, pampering and good food. A great place to get away from it all. Highly recommended.

Jojo, Penzance

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Di Beach & John Walker

  • The Alto Genal valley is a walker´s paradise. Quiet trails and tracks link the seven villages and we provide detailed up-to-date directions. And a rescue service if you get tired! Walks from 1 to 6 hours, medium difficulty.
  • We are on the migratory route for birds passing from Europe and Africa and vice versa. Spring and Autumn are great times to come. Also we are proud to have Peter Jones in our area for naturewatching days out - birds and flowers and culture and lunch!
  • Ronda is just 15 minutes drive away and, although it is a busy tourist town, is well worth at least a day to visit its many monuments. We have devised a lovely route around the town for you to enjoy when you come.
  • While in Ronda you must visit the Baños Arabes, beautifully restored baths from Arab days. And now, just nearby is a hamman where you can enjoy the same luxuries, different temperature baths (including ice!), and massage is included in the reasonable price
  • Use us as a base. We are equidistant, more or less, from each of the romantic cities of Andalucia: Jerez, Cadiz, Sevilla, Malaga are just a drive away. Take the train from Ronda and enjoy a great day trip to Cordoba or Granada. Back in time for dinner!
  • You will see a lot of talk on the internet about our food. But don´t come expecting Michelin-style cuisine. We serve excellent, cooked-to-order and from scratch, healthy, local ecological produce. We welcome vegetarians or vegans. Local wines from Ronda.