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“Stunning...Fantastic...WOW!!”
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Review of Finca Shambala

Comfortable shaded deck area with spectacular views across the valley
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Comfortable shaded deck area with spectacular views across the valley
View of whole property from across the road Views across the valley to Cartama pueblo
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9 reviews
Comfortable shaded deck area with spectacular views across the valley
View of whole property from across the road
Views across the valley to Cartama pueblo
Comfortable shaded deck area for chilling
Comfortable shaded deck area for chilling
Comfortable shaded deck area for chilling
View of garden and pool area with sun loungers
Refreshing pool 5 x 4ft
Garden to deck and house
Bbq area close to terrace and house
Shaded terrace for dining and relaxing
Shaded terrace for dining and relaxing, view to deck, garden, pool and valley
Shaded terrace for dining and relaxing, view to deck, garden, pool and valley
House entrance
Large open plan living, dining and kitchen
Kitchen and dining areas with island for preparing meals
Dining area and desk work/ surf the internet
Dining to kitchen area
Dining to kitchen area
Fully equipped kitchen
Dining, kitchen and living space
Comfortable living area with flat screen tv/dvd
Master Bedroom with En Suite
Master Bedroom with En Suite
En Suite
Bedroom 2 (2 singles or double)
Bedroom 2 (2 singles or double)
Bedroom 2 (2 singles or double)
Bedroom 2 (2 singles or double)
Bedroom 3 (2 singles or double)
Bedroom 3 (2 singles or double)
Bedroom 3 (2 singles or double)
Bedroom 4 (2 singles)
Bedroom 4 (2 singles)
Hall from bedrooms 3 & 4 to main bathroom and dining area
Family bathroom
Large Bathroom with bath, shower, bidet, wc and sink
Family bathroom
Hall from dining area to bedroom 3 & 4
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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Lo D
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Stunning...Fantastic...WOW!!”
Reviewed January 2, 2016 for a stay in August 2015

This beautiful house is situated in a valley with breathtaking views to wake up to every morning. 5 mins to Cartama and 20mins to the beach...it's rural but still near to shops and restaurants... it was perfect !! We had an amazing time here and didn't want to leave. we could let the kids run around in the spacious grounds and know that they were safe.There were many places to discover nearby especially the El Chorro Lakes. These should not be missed and are not far away. The house is great for larger groups too as there are plenty of places to sit outside to eat, drink and soak up the scenery. It's got everything you need and the owners were amazing. Highly recommended. We will definitely go back.

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Liked best: The privacy, great views and a stunning house
Liked least: can't think of anything
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Highland...
Edinburgh
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Bit of a let down”
Reviewed April 1, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Unfortunately this property was a let down. We had a winter holiday, and when we arrived, the property hadn't been prepared for our arrival; it was freezing cold - logs for the wood burner weren't there as promised, one of the two radiators was broken, and when we did manage to find some blankets, they were covered in hairs and in need of a good wash.
The property was in need of a clean, the bathroom was dirty, bedlinen was tired and stained, and we found dead insects. The front door was broken so our security was a padlock and chain.
Due to unforseen circumstances, the owner wasn't there for our arrival, so had arranged for a friend to open up. He understandably had no idea of how anything in the property worked, there was no guide, so we were left to figure it all out. The tv didn't work (despite the advert stating this plus sky tv) and the fuses continually tripped when the washing machine was used.
The rural nature of this property appealed to us, but be aware of the deeply rutted dirt road to the property if you are in a hire car. Be prepared for the local dogs barking throughout the night.
Whilst it was easy to book this rental, it was difficult to rectify problems whilst we were there, and the idea of "customer service" was lacking.
On a positive note, there is a lovely outdoor section for eating and beautiful views from the garden.
Overall, likely a once loved family home, now in need of TLC to bring it up to a standard suitable for private rental.

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Liked best: The views from the property, and the outdoor area for eating
Liked least: Trying to resolve issues with the owner that shouldnt have been there
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Apr 9, 2015
Dear Robbie, we are very sorry to hear that you feel your stay with us was a ‘let down’, as you can see from previous reviews this is not the general feeling of previous guests.

As I had mentioned to you over the phone, for unforeseen circumstances due to her 101 years old Mum being gravely ill, my mum suddenly had to go to Holland instead of being on site to take care of our guests.

We are surprised to hear that you feel that customer service was lacking as, in my mum’s absence, we asked our friends (who also run their own retreat near by, Finca al Lemon) to get the house ready for you and see that everything was to your satisfaction. Upon some of your initial contacts with them, they also made sure to bring you a 2 new portable heaters and a blender as requested. My mum also had continuous correspondence with you via email and explained how things worked.

Yes we are in a rural area so the roads are not tarmacked and there are animals around. The satellite from the UK had recently been moved. This is something that is totally out of our control and I apologise for not mentioning this to you before you came. However, my mum explained how to watch all English channels via the internet. The door was not broken and the chain on the external door is for extra security.

Again, we are really sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with your stay as previous guests have been very happy and we apologise for the inconvenience caused by not being able to be there to look after you on this occasion
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Upbeatpen...
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“An escape in the hills”
Reviewed September 5, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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It was a very rural location which we wanted. The only down-side was that each property had fenced boundaries and dogs running loose who barked, a lot at night-time. In fairness, I mentioned this to the owner, who lived next door. She was a very pleasant and accommodating person, but couldn't stop the annoyance of the dogs.
When we were at the property we were able to relax, sit talking on the outdoor covered area,, and watch the sun go down. The pool was very good to cool off in. Some of the items in the property were a little tired and needed replacing. TV was there but you need a computer and special leads to connect. If you want a break from all the modern day electrical connections to the outside world, this is the place for you.

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Liked best: the remoteness of the property. The railway link to Malaga
Liked least: lack of proper restaurants in the local town. Request from the owner to pay the final amount to an offshore bank at my expense!
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Glasgow
Reviewed July 15, 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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London
Reviewed June 25, 2013 for a stay in July 2011
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London
Reviewed June 25, 2013 for a stay in August 2012

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London
Reviewed May 15, 2013 for a stay in August 2012

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