Villa Amapola

+34 651 756946

A very special place to unwind in the Andalusian hills with views over a lake and the sea. Swim, eat, explore or simply snooze


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 7

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This traditional Spanish farmhouse is hidden away up a track and is filled with original art, beautiful ceramics and rich fabrics. You’ll also find a huge library of books, films and music for every age so even if the outside palls there’s tons to occupy. The kitchen has all the basics for cooking and the owners leave you a bottle of their own rioja and a basket of fruit.

Bedrooms have French doors to balconies and terraces with panoramic views. Wander the pretty grounds among wildflower meadows, pomegranate and peach trees, groves of almond and olive. There are sunny courtyards and terraces shaded by wisteria so you can chase or scuttle away from the sun and choose where to barbecue for the evening light.

Stock up and settle in or explore the fabulous white villages in the mountains. Good beaches are a half-hour drive, Granada and Malaga close enough for a day trip. Return to dark sky status on your magical roof terrace.

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We think you'll love

  • The peace and tranquillity of the stunning setting
  • Swimming in the lovely big pool overlooking the lake and the distant sea
  • Cooking up a feast in the gorgeous kitchen and eating on the terrace
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You should know

  • The last 600 metres of road is country track with an uneven surface.
  • Owners live nearby on the estate but have their own private entrance and gardens.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
1st November to 30th April.
Restaurants, 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €143
Weekly price
from €998
1 House for 7
From €1434 beds3 bedrooms


Villa Amapola exceeded our expectations. It was an idyllic farmhouse property very well equipped with so many beautiful terraces and shady spots to sit in and just chill. We used the swimming pool and adjusted after a while to the temperature of the refreshing water. The outdoor barbecue was wonderful and the sunsets were truly spectacular. Shane and Bea were so helpful and attentive but also very discrete. They booked for us a wonderful guided walk by Kristina and they also arranged a surprise birthday meal for our daughter in Torre del Mar. A memorable and peaceful holiday . Thank you .

Cathy, Beverley, East Yorkshire

Our stay at Villa Amapola was idyllic. It is a traditional Spanish Villa with wonderful outdoor areas. The view out to Lake Vinuela and the mountains is exceptional. It’s position is peaceful and tranquil for total relaxation but close enough to easily access beautiful Andalusian towns. The local area is great for running, walking and cycling. The library of books is stunning The swimming pool was cold but exhilarating and great for family fun. The steps leading up to it make sure you’re fit by the end of the holiday. Shane and Bea we’re excellent hosts and couldn’t have been more helpful.

Gill, Manchester

We had a wonderful stay at Villa Amapola and couldn't have asked for more after what has been a very stressful time during lockdown. The hosts, Shane and Bea were very welcoming really going that extra mile with suggestions and advice on trips and great places to eat. Not only that they were always happy to assist with booking various venues. The accommodation had a family feel, lots of books and a kitchen kitted out ready for us to cook. We particularly enjoyed the outside space with amazing vistas and having a glorious pool to swim in everyday, all contributing to a very memorable visit.

Karen, London

We had a great and restful holiday at Amapola. It is a lovely place away from it all. Shane and Bea were great hosts. Would love to come back.

Jeremy, London

No exaggeration, visiting Villa Amapola was the best family holiday we've ever had. The location is breathtaking, the villa itself is lovely, and having a private pool in the Spanish heat is just wonderful! Our hosts were very friendly and helpful but never intruded on our privacy; and privacy is one thing you get in abundance at the villa, where you really do feel like you're in a world of your own. This does mean that going shopping or taking day trips requires a long drive, which can be daunting on those winding roads, but this was well worth it. The huge library of books is also a bonus!

Ben, Leeds

We had a really lovely stay at the villa. The pool is a very good size and has stunning reviews from it’s terrace. The villa itself is spacious and includes everything you could need, with many seating areas and lovely viewpoints. It’s rural setting allows you to relax, and after familiarising with the small roads once or twice you can easily find your way to and from the villa in daylight. There are many places of interest, including Granada’s Alhambra, Nerja Caves, Malaga and it’s many art galleries including Picasso and the Pompidou Centre as well as natural wonders such as El Torcal.

L/M, London

We had such a wonderful stay at Villa Amapola. The remote setting and views are spectacular. We had many happy evenings cooking together in the enormous kitchen and sitting out on the terrace, under the stars. We all loved the private swimming pool and enjoyed several excursions to the beach nearby. It's a place to enjoy a slower pace of life, to revive and restore you, true food for the soul.

Gabrielle, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

You're way off the beaten track and immersed in unspoilt nature but only a few minutes' drive from the restaurants, shops and markets of pretty white villages. Above the house is Periana village, which has a bar serving delicious regional food. The nearest beach is Torre del Mar (25km) and Nerja, a further 15kms, is a very pretty and pleasant resort with cliffside beaches and little sandy coves.

Local points of interest from Shane & Bea Cormican

  • The villa is perfectly placed for exploring the Moorish history and vibrant culture of Andalucia. Recommended day trips include the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada, and Malaga's centro historico, with fabulous shops, tapas bars, and the Picasso museum.
  • Inland Axarquia is an area of spectacular natural beauty. Visit the charming white hilltop villages, the sulphur baths at Banos de Vilo, the hot springs at Alhama, the picturesque lakes Vinuela and Beremejales and the amazing rock formations at El Torcal.
  • There are some wonderful local tapas bars and restaurants within a few minutes drive, serving local specialities and regional dishes in authentic Andaluz surroundings.
  • The villa makes an ideal base for outdoor activities including horse-riding, bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, and sailing and kayaking on Lake Vinuela. Country tracks start from right outside the door.
  • The nearest beach at Torre del Mar is a 30 minute drive, with a pretty beachside promenade, ice-cream parlours, lively weekly market, and a wonderful, Michelin-mentioned seafood restaurant.
  • Nerja is 45 minutes drive, a very popular resort with spectacular cliffside beaches, the local landmark chiringuito "Ayo" where you can sample giant paella cooked on the beach, and the fabulous Nerja caves.


Shane & Bea Cormican

Bea and Shane moved here from the UK 20 years ago and have sympathetically renovated and extended this old farmhouse. Bea is an artist and has filled the house with original art, ceramics and antiques. They're also avid readers, hence the huge library.