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“"Complete Heaven at Casa Lucia"”
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2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Vejer de la Frontera, Province of Cadiz, Andalucia

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“"Complete Heaven at Casa Lucia"”
Reviewed 5 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013

We arrived back from Casa Lucia to the terrible snow in the North of England in March. What a contrast as we had such a wonderful holiday at Casa Lucia. We had been planning to go book this holiday for the last three years after finding the Casa on the Andalucian Hideaways website but never quite made it and it was well worth waiting for.
From booking via email with Gary and my numerous questions Gary could not have been more helpful. The Casa with it's various terraces were absolutely fantastic, the pool area is marvellous, although I didn't swim my husband braved and enjoyed his times swimming in the biggest pool we have seen in a self catering home. The care and attention to detail in Casa Lucia was exceptional you felt at home as soon as you entered the lovely lounge/kitchen/dining area. The bed was really comfy and a bonus was the heated underblanket as the evenings were a little cool in March. The information Gary and Kirsty left in Casa Lucia was better than anywhere we have stayed.
We wanted to chill out on this holiday and we did just that only eating out a couple of times as the views from the Casa were marvellous looking up onto Vejer De La Frontera while enjoying our meal and a glass or two of wine. The views to the rear of the property were of fields and trees. The area reminded us of the Lakes or Devon in England as everything was so green even in March. We used the little shop up the road and Isabelle spoke very good English and made very good bread, and as Gary suggested if you timed it right you could order your bread to be baked and pop next door to the local bar for a drink whilst your bread was ready and everyone was very friendly as we found all the locals were.
We loved the complete relaxation of this lovely home and thanks Gary for all the tips about the area as we visited many of the places you suggested. Cadiz, Cape Trafalger, Conil, Barbate, El Palmar, our favourites were Vejer De La Frontera and Medina Sedonia.
We didn't visit all we had planned as we relaxed a lot in your lovely Casa Lucia we hope to return next year all being well. All the best and many thanks Tricia and Steve.

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Liked best: The whole package
Liked least: Not applicable
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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WendyWoo6
Chester, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful find”
Reviewed 12 December 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Not quite sure how we found Andalucian Hideaways but so glad we did. This is a beautiful property in a wonderfully quiet part of southern Spain. We spent the first night of our holiday in one of Gary's other properties - La Vista de Medina - so glad we detoured to this lovely Spanish town. Short hop down to Casa Lucia where we struggled to pull ourselves away from the villa. Everything has already been said about the property - beautifully furnished and equipped, spotlessly clean and a choice of outside areas for soaking up the sunshine or a bit of shade, and taking in the views. Wonderful beaches within 15 minutes or so which were pretty quiet during our stay (early October). Would recommend the property and area without hesitation and will try and return. Gary very helpful and on hand if needed.

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Liked best: Can't really pick one thing as all so good
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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MGHarris
Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Dream of an Andalucian retreat”
Reviewed 3 December 2012 for a stay in August 2011

Located in a very quiet little hamlet opposite the dreamy Moorish-style town of Vejer de la Frontera, this is an ideal getaway for a family or friends. It's extremely well-equipped and Gary and his wife left fruit, bread, manchego cheese and other treats ready in the fridge.

The grounds are on three levels, with an extra room on its own level. There are terraced gardens filled with bougainvillea and many other gorgeous flowers, and several fruit trees. The pool has a lovely fountain that gurgles away, if you find the switch. During the day the pool area is a great suntrap (with shade!). During the night you can swim with pool lights and admire the shining white roofs and spires of the town on the other side of the ravine.

As well as a TV in the living room, the twin bedroom has a TV/DVD player, so kids can be entertained in the evening while grown ups sip wine. If Gary added a cocktail shaker to the kitchen equipment, it would be even better. There's a good collection of paperbacks and DVDs of classic movies so no need to carry extra. There's plenty of privacy, with each level being sheltered from the others. There's even a third outdoor dining area around the front of the villa - lovely at night.

If you have small children, you'll need to keep them extremely well supervised because of the stairs and the fact that you can't see the pool level very well from the main house.It's best for families with babes in arms, or older kids who can swim independently, or for a group of adult friends.

We spent a lovely week enjoying mornings in the villa, breakfasting on the terrace and a swim and lounge by the lovely pool afterwards. Afternoons were at the nearby beaches, around 15-25 minutes drive away. Plenty of parking and beach shopping, these are pleasant family beaches with cafes and mini supermarkets, so no need to take food, but if you do, the villa has beach parasols and a cooler. A military area nearby (Barbate) opens its totally unspoilt beaches during July-Sep - perfect for kite surfing and rural, less crowded beaches - but no facilities, so take the picnic!

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Liked best: Affordable luxury in a less-explored part of Andalucia
Liked least: Some of the nearby towns aren't great for driving around - very narrow old road, but OK if you keep your wits.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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Richard W
Warrington, United Kingdom
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“Another fantastic week of luxury in beautiful Andalucia”
Reviewed 3 December 2012 for a stay in August 2011

The flea market in Vejer was great fun.

Advantage Cars from Malaga airport were good. I think we must have tried most of the firms from there over the last decade, and I reckon they were best yet in terms of service, online price and the quality of the car. Would recommend.

Flood lit swimming in the pool at Casa Lucia was great. The size of the pool, plus the warmth created by running water over the water feature (I assume that is how it happens) make Casa Lucia hard to beat.

Final comment, if your Spanish is as poor as mine it can be reassuring to have Gary on hand just in case.

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Liked best: The excellent pool.
Liked least: The lack of WiFi (since rectified I believe)
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
7 Dec 2012
Thanks for your feedback, glad you enjoyed your second holiday in Casa Lucia as much as your first. Yes, wifi will be in place before Easter 2013. Also new are 6 sunbeds for pool terrace and new 100% cotton bedding in Master Bedroom along with a new sofa and comfy armchair for the living-dining room. Have also expanded the terracing and created a lovely shady spot under the Avocado Tree.
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Jacqui S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Casa Lucia is one of the most relaxing places we have ever stayed - in fact we have now been to stay there 3 times!”
Reviewed 28 November 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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My husband & I have stayed in Santa Lucia at Gary's property 3 times over the last few years. We believe it's the ideal place to completely relax and recharge the batteries. The house itself is perfect for a couple and it has everything you could possibly need. Even the 2 lovely ladies who come in to clean the house during the week are an absolute delight. It's location is ideal with 2 really good restaurants on the doorstep just a few minutes walk away and there are plenty other good restaurants in the hilltop village of Vejer or in the surrounding countryside. We are never ones to return to the same place twice as a rule but we've come to depend on this little slice of heaven as a must have in our holiday year!

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Liked best: The rural location
Liked least: We would have liked wi-fi but then again it means you get away from real life
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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