The La Jacaranda story We are originally from Lincoln in the UK but moved to Spain in 1999 with our boys. We bought La Jacaranda in 2001. When bought it only comprised of two floors, the living area floor of the villa and the bottom floor with two bedrooms and bathroom. We bought it with the intention of creating an extra bedroom for us and an apartment for my mother who was ill at the time. We knew as soon as we walked in the villa that the place could be spectacular. We even climbed onto the roof to see the views from there and immediately knew that was where the master bedroom should be. So work began and after a year the place was finished, pretty much as it is now. However sadly my mother passed away during the build so although she had been to the property and even sat under the tree in the garden, she never got to live here. We have a memorial bench for her in the spot by the tree that she claimed as hers.
As this happened during the build we turned the apartment into a large office for our business and at one point had 7 staff squeezed in there! We then moved to larger office premises and debated what to do with the apartment. We then decided to turn it into a holiday home and from 2002 – 2009 we rented just the apartment out for families to enjoy.
Meanwhile our children were growing up and our middle son got married and moved into the apartment with his wife and there they had our first grandchild and we all had a happy year watching her grow in such a beautiful place. However Spain was in crisis and neither my son nor his wife could get work so they decided to move to my daughter in laws home town in America. It was heartbreaking to see them go and as our younger son was moving to London we decided that the place was just too big for the two of us and it was time to move. We rented it out long term to a family for three years but after they left it in a state of major disrepair we decided the best future for the place was to share it with people to enjoy as a holiday home.
So last year, 2015, was our first year for people to enjoy La Jacaranda as a whole. We knew it would be a perfect place for families, parties and celebrations as through the years we lived there we had enjoyed it all. We were proved right and had a very successful first year.
We hope that you enjoy the place as much as we did!
Debbie and Simon
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Reviews My family and I just stayed at this amazing property for half term week. I can say it is even better that described! The views are just amazing, the garden is beautiful and the area is so peaceful. We stayed in the villa and my sister and her family were in the apartment. Both places were immaculately clean and everything was lovely. Debbie and Simon the owners were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. They gave us advise as to where to eat and things to do. They also arranged airport pick up for us which made everything so easy and then arranged car hire for us too which was delivered to the villa. The welcome pack was very welcome (especially the Rioja!) They even loaned us a mobile phone to contact them on if there were any problems! All in all a lovely stay - we will definitely be going back next year!! Thank you to Debbie and Simon for making our stay so enjoyable. October 2014 – Camille Verde – UK
Debbie and Simon were extremely helpful and always there for us if any questions arose. The house was fantastic for a big group, the location was peaceful and the scenery was breathtaking. Special thanks for the owners for their warm, welcoming and service minded attitude. Definitely a place to recommend and where I would like to return! May 2015 – Arja Kastarinen – Finland
Everything is great. Perfect Villa for a lot of people, very attentive, friendly and caring owners, great views of the mountains and the sea, barbecue, two kitchens.. Simon helped with every detail. Debbie was extremely friendly. Very decent people. The Villa is very clean and has everything you need for a comfortable life. We spent the Villa is a two-week workshop, all the participants happy. Thank you Debbie and Simon, I hope to come back for more. May 2015 – Natasha Marcovich – Russia
Huis: We vonden het een prachtige villa, met veel ruimte in en buiten huis. Prachtig terras met BBQ en een mooi zwembad met ligbedden. Vele terrassen om te ontbijten en te eten. De keuken en badkamer is gevuld met alles wat men nodig heeft. Ligging: Rustig gelegen, mooi uitzicht. Dichtbij bushalte (loopafstand). Centrum van Mijas is lopend te bereiken (+/- 20 min lopen). Auto huren is prettig om de omgeving te bekijken. Verhuurder: lieve behulpzame vrouw die je meteen welkom laat voelen. Ze had zelfs gedacht aan het 35-jarig huwelijk, met een kaart en een fles champagne. We hebben fantastische dagen doorgebracht in deze mooie villa. Een echte aanrader voor een (grote) groep. June 2015 - Jose Gunnewiek – Holland
10/10 for everything! Debbie and Simon were absolutely lovely and helped us from before we booked with every question we had. We felt very welcomed. The villa is beautiful, it's in a fantastic location near Mijas. It was very clean and we felt like there was space for everyone (16 of us). The villa has everything you need! Thank you for everything!! July 2015 – Sophie Mepham – UK
We had a wonderful stay at La Jacaranda. Simon was very welcoming . The villa was very neat and clean , we definitely recommend it. August 2015 – Michelle Engelstein – Belgium
Stunning property, beautifully maintained and finished to a high level. The pool area is lovely and perfect for relaxing in the sun! Mijas village and Fuengirola town are both close and easy to drive or take a taxi to. Great welcome pack and the owners Debbie and Simon, lovely couple and on hand for any queries or problems (if any). Our family had a great holiday. August 2015 – Susan Hughes – UK
We had a wonderful stay at the villa! It was exactly what was described, even more beautiful. The house was in perfect condition, any little issue that came up was immediately attended to by Simon. We did rent a car but also went to Malaga city by train, visited the small town of Mijas and went hiking in the surrounding mountains. Shopping in the close by town of Fuengirola was not a problem at all when taking the car, we always had everything we needed. Debbie and Simon were kind enough to not only meet us at the villa and come check on us during our stay, they also gave us a cell phone with spanish service so we could call them or a taxi or anything at anytime which was very thoughtful and useful. We had the nicest evenings and hottest days even at the end of September and spent a lot of time at the pool enjoying the fabulous view. To our delight all the rooms were absolutely beautiful and every one of the almost 20 people we had staying there was content with where they were staying. Also it was so much fun discovering the house, there's always something new, a new path to the pool or through all the rooms you haven't seen yet. There was more than enough places to be even when the sun went around the house (The sun goes up exactly behind the pool site and you should definitely take a morning to look at it.). We had the most wonderful and relaxing time, we all just wish we could've stayed longer! September 2015 - Anne Zygmunt – Germany
You have got to stay here it's massive, the views are all around you mountains and sea, great location to nearby towns taxis were not a problem. The villa has every thing and plenty of room. I was with a party of 18 and you were not in each other's way. Would recommend to anybody, can't wait to go back. September 2015 – Rita Russel – UK
We loved the place, we loved the villa! It's location is perfect for peaceful holiday and if somebody wants to visit Mijas pueblo or Fuengirola etc. it is easy with busses or taxis. The villa it self is big, roomy and has nice yard where you can have barbeques or nice dinners outside in terraces. No noise at night time. The pool area was with nice view and sun shined at pool almost all day. The view is absolutely beautiful, you could watch both sunrise and sunset. Morning coffee on terrace looking sunrise, something to remember... Extra mentions to Simon who made sure everything was fine at any time! The owners recommended us a chef who made us dinner twice and it was great, barbeque and paella. Would we come again? You bet. October 2015 – Pulamaija Pitkenen – Finland
We chose La Jacaranda for our wedding vacation and we were not disappointed. Beautiful location. Wonderful house. Welcoming hosts. Simon was there to greet us on the day of our arrival with baskets of goodies and loads of useful info. We were able to organize flowers, spa and other wedding necessities with Debbie's and Simon's help. On the day of the wedding, Simon was there to let the caterers in before our arrival from the ceremony. The front terrace lent itself well to decorating for the wedding reception and we have beautiful photos to prove it. Thank you Debbie and Simon for a great experience. Oct 2015 – Yulia Lampi – Canada
Travelled here last week with family and friends (Party of 15) We were cutting it fine to get from the airport to watch the derby game (Sunderland - Newcastle) Simon greeted us in person and took the girls for the tour as the men sat and watched the game drinking the beer that Simon had kindly bought for us!! The villa was enormous in a great location and lots of character. The views from all areas were amazing, views of mountains at one side and sea views as far as the eye could see. One of our party sustained a broken arm during our stay in Mijas, Simon was on hand to take them to and from the hospital with no questions asked. I would recommend this villa to anyone, the area, villa, surroundings, and especially the owners for making everyday of our stay a one to remember. Thanks for all your help Simon & Debbie, hope to see you again soon. October 2015 – David Dryden - UK