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 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 Madeline – March 2016
Simon and Debbie were excellent hosts. Simon picked up a friend and I from the train station and drove us to the air bnb without any problem. Later in the day upon our arrival, Simon offered to drive us to the grocery store since we were still struggling to figure out taxis and directions. The couple was very communicative with us and was available to answer any questions we had. Guests also forgot items at La Jacaranda and Simon offered to ship them back to Rome for us. The property is absolutely beautiful and secluded and was great for our party of 20. Highly recommend for large groups of older individuals or families. Us college kids certainly did not deserve a week in a place so nice and beautiful! Madeline – March 2016
Debbie was a pleasant and efficient contact. Simon was an engaging on-site host. The villa was a perfect size for our extended family of all ages. The hillside views and breezes, the many outdoor spaces, gave us opportunity to relax between family events. The location between the beaches and the lively town if Mijas Pueblo was perfect. Marcy – May 2016
Our party of 19 just returned from a fabulous week at La Jacaranda. The property is spacious, well equipped and comfortable for a large group with plenty of space for us all to spread out. Beautiful gardens, plenty of balconies and a nice pool. The owner, Simon, was very helpful and on hand to help us out at the drop of a hat. He very kindly drove into town on our last day to pick up some medicine for one of the children who had been sick and refused to take any payment. Very comforting to know you have that sort of support when in a foreign country with young children. We ate out a few times in Mijas village and found the bus service to be very reliable and cheap - only 1.55 Euros per person into Mijas or Fuengirola. Would recommend The Secret Garden for dinner. The Mayan Monkey ice-cream/chocolate factory is great for kids - two of our children had birthdays so their parents paid for all the children (9!) to do the chocolate making tour. They loved it and we did too as it gave us free time to have a child-free G&T! Mijas village is beautiful. Such lovely shops and views. The whole area has been pedestrianised and was finished while we were there. Can't recommend the area highly enough. If you are looking for a laid back holiday for a large group of people close to amenities then La Jacaranda is for you. Car not necessary. Gill P - July 2016
Super Aufenthalt! Liegenschaft: ist optimal für grössere Gruppen geeignet ist sogar grösser als auf den Bildern zu erkennen Sauber, auch wenn gewiesse Teile des Hauses schon etwas älter sind. auch für Kinder gut geeignet (Pool, Billiard, Dart, Spielplatz, Wiese) Badetücher etc. sind bereits vorhanden. Lage: Mijas (schönes kleineres weisses spanisches Dorf) ist 5 min entfernt und bietet viele Restaurants, Cafes und Boutiquen. Fuengirola (ca. 10 min entfernt) ist leider extrem Touristisch, was Strandausflüge weniger angenehm macht (obwohl der Strand relativ schön ist). Grosse Supermärkte Einkaufszentren sind in Fuengirola auch zu finden. Vom Haus kann mann auch gut weitere Tagesausflüge wie nach Malaga (ca. 30 min) oder Ronda (ca. 1h 30 min) machen. Gastgeber: Debbie und Simon sind sehr nett, haben an Alles gedacht und waren für uns immer erreichbar. Manuel - July 16
I cannot recommend this villa enough! My husband and I had our wedding in the villa 2 weeks ago and it was the perfect location for it! We got married on the terrace and had our reception in the garden. Both Simon and Debbie were incredible throughout the whole process, answering all my questions in the lead up to the wedding very promptly (and I had a lot of questions!) they were also kind enough to let us visit the villa twice before the wedding. During our stay, they were both on hand to help and we are immensely grateful. The villa is just beautiful with the most stunning views and its huge so even though there were 22 of us staying, it never felt too busy! I really cannot recommend it enough or thank both Debbie and Simon enough for making planning a wedding much easier! I hope you'll let us come and stay again!! Tahmina – Sept 2016 We had a great holidays. The house is very nice, with big terrace and grill area. The view is amazing. Debbie and Simon are great and helpful. They organized a lot of toys and accessories for children. Aleksandra – Oct 2016 This place is the perfect holiday destination. We had never been to this area of Spain before but will definitely come back. About the house: The view is spectacular The garden amazing The size with its many bedrooms, bathrooms and terrazzes makes it a perfect destination for a large group. We were a group of 14 in the age of 1 to 72years and all of us really enjoyed this place. Also important; Debbie and Simon are the perfect hosts! That includes both the communication, welcome upon arrival and when we left. Thank you for a lovely stay! Lene April 2017 Fantastic villa in a beautiful location. Ideal accommodation for our golfing party of 12. Especially loved the table tennis! Richard May 2017 Nous avons passé 4 excellentes nuits chez Debbie à 13 personnes. Tout le monde avait un lit, des draps propres et des serviettes de toilettes nous attendaient. La maison est située dans une vallée qui surplombe la mer (au loin) et offre différents endroits pour se reposer à l'extérieur (2 tables de 12, 1 de 5). La piscine est vraiment agréable. Jeux de sociétés et DVD en anglais, billard sont également un plus pour s'amuser. Marc – May 2017 With the stunning location and the beautiful well laid out villa Our family group of 23 adults and children had a fabulous holiday at LaJacaranda. 5 minutes by taxi to Mijas 10 minutes to Fuengirola. The villa website is very detailed and helped us with recommendations for nearby restaurants. Sam M – June 2017 Debbie and Simons home was everything we could have wished for, spotlessly clean, fun, interesting and a surprise around every corner. We stayed for 6 nights and I still feel like I didn't see all of it! The pool table and table tennis table were big hits. We had a BBQ most nights and sat outside at the huge table. It was perfect for a large family get together or a big group of friends on holiday like we had. It had all the amenities and the welcome basket was a lovely touch. Problems that we weren't even aware of such as the alarm and air conditioning were sorted out without a problem. The pool area was large enough for all of us to lounge together in the sun or shade, loads of outdoor seating areas for some privacy from the large group if needed. A huge thanks to Sue as well who arranged for a forgotten suitcase to get home to us! Thanks again, highly recommended Jennifer - June 2017 We loved our stay there, we were 10 adults and 5 kids - plenty of room for everyone. The hosts are absolutely lovely and helpful. During the day time, the sun is shining on the pool side, and when it get's to dinner time, the sun is on the other side where the barbeque, garden and terrace is. You had the sun all day and we always ended up playing hide and seek in their big garden. We would love to come again Heidis A – July 2017
We booked this villa to celebrate my 50th birthday. The communication with Debbie the owner was first rate from the outset, ensuring a smooth and trouble free trip across and move into the villa. We were a party of 7 couples. The layout of the villa is perfect as although it enabled us all to celebrate or relax together, either on the numerous terraces or by the pool, the rooms were all offset so as to ensure we all also got some privacy. The villa is excellently presented, and beautifully furnished and has all the amenities, appliances and everything we needed. We had a fantastic week, we were all sorry to leave - and would strongly recommend this Villa. Richard W – Aug 2017 Vi hadde en langhelg, onsdag-søndag på dette flotte stedet! Vi var 7 par og to "singel" på tur. 16 personer. Vi hadde god plass, huset var større og hadde enda flottere uteområde enn vi hadde sett for oss. Godt utstyrt kjøkken. Vi benyttet oss av noen som gjorde innkjøp for oss, så det stod klart i kjøleskapet da vi kom... Det var veldig kjekt! Kjapt og greit å ta taxi fra flyplass og det fungerte også veldig greit å bestille taxi når vi skulle til Mijas/Fuengirola. Buss var også greit å ta på dagtid. Kan virkelig anbefales til stor gruppe. Her er man samlet samtidig som man har god plass. Det var god service fra Debbie, huseieren! Takk!:-) Ase T – Sept 2017 There is no words to describe how beautiful the villa and its views are. We had our wedding there and the venue was more than perfect! Communication with Debbie was super fast and smooth! We could have not asked for a better place for our magical weekend! Yvonne and Jen – Sept 2017