Los Castaños

Cartajima, Málaga

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


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
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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

Special offer: Stay for two nights and enjoy dinner on one evening. Breakfast included. And tax. From 283 euros

Booking information

Check in
Check out
11am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Children over 12 welcome. Pets by arrangement.
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 €99
Extra bed/sofabed available €30 per person per night.
6 Doubles
From €99


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.