Dream home away from home

Romantic Holiday Hideaway in Gaucín, Andalucía, Southern Spain


From: Edwards family review: Trip Advisor/Flipkey
Date: 7 – 14 July 2012
We travelled to Gaucin as an extended family and were delighted when we discovered Casa Mosaica and its Casita (set in the gardens), we rented both and this worked very well for us as we all had our own space if we needed it but still enjoyed all the beautiful aspects of both properties as a family.

Both the Casa and Casita are stunning with a strong Moorish feel, they are full of amazing hand made mosaics, wall hangings, beautiful lamps, the opposite to the usual minimal of rental properties, they are full of the owners own personal objects. The gardens are full of exotic plants and water features and several shady sitting areas . The pool is large with comfy sun loungers , it can be lit up at night (ideal for that midnight swim on hot nights).

Gaucin is a pretty mountain village with amazing views it has a surprising number of restaurants and tapas bars (all within walking distance of Casa Mosaica). The food was very good and the owners most welcoming. There is a good supermarket near to the Casa and several other food outlets in the village. Altogether a wonderful relaxing holiday, we will return!

the pool at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From: Charlevoix, Michigan USA
Date of Stay: October 2011
If you're looking for the perfect place to stay in Andalusia, don't miss the village of Gaucin and don't miss Casa Mosaica. The accommodations (two beautiful bedrooms and baths, living room and full kitchen) coupled with beautiful gardens and a lovely swimming pool, are sure to please. Casa Mosaica is in easy walking distance to several nice restaurants, tavernas, banks and a grocery store. Located just off the main highway, it's easy to drive to (without having to drived the village's narrow streets). Ample parking is located just ouside the home.

It a great location to make "day trips" to places like Malaga, Marbella, Tanrifa/Tanger, and Ronda. Owner Emma Cornish was most helpful prior to our arrival and during our entire stay. Other than the road from Estepona (off the E15) up to Gaucin, which is in serious need of resurfacing, most roads, like the one to Ronda, are in excellent condition. If your looking for a great way to enjoy Spain's Pueblos Blancos, don't miss the Casa Mosaica in Gaucin!

beautiful ceiling light at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From: Ulrika M. Mariefred, Sweden
Date of Stay: September 2011
My husband and I are running a B&B in Sweden and work hard the whole summer. We always go somewhere in late september to rest and "charge our batteries". Casa Mosaica and Gaucin was the most perfect place for this. Wounderful and peaceful setting, great house, well equipped kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and beds! Beautiful garden, pool and patio. Great location perfect for daytours to Ronda and Costa del Sol. Emma (the owner) is really easygoing and helpfull. Our son aged 13 came along with his best friend and they had a great time aswell. And the best of all, just across the street there is a supermarket that provided us with all that we needed to make great breakfasts, lunches and dinners. For me there is no relaxation to eat at resturants every night. I could easy have stayed on for a couple of weeks!

Agapanthus in bloom near the pool at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From:Cherie, Newton,NJ
Date of Stay: September 2011
Gaucin is one of the most beautiful little hill towns. We wanted to be located where we could have the time to experience the Spanish culture and be close enough to see some of the important sites.Casa Mosaica was beautiful and in the center of it all. Emma was the most cordial host and provided all the details to get the most of our vacation.
We were able to be in Ronda within fourty five minutes,the coast in half an hour and we even managed a trip to Tangiers with Emma's help.

mosaic fountain at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From: Mike, Cirencester
Date of Stay: August 2011
Casa Mosaica is a stunning property, totally private and away from public view and yet minutes from the facilities offered in Gaucin. The owner, who lives on site, couldn't have been more helpful and enabled us to relax and enjoy the garden, mosaics and pool she has created.
Being able to buy supplies at short notice from the many locals shops was a boon as were the numerous cafes and restaurants within walking distance. Preparing meals was easy given the abundance of local fresh produce and well-appointed kitchen. The property was spotless and the rooms tastefully furnished. The swimming pool was excellent and there was a large terraced area for sun-bathing and table tennis.
There was always somewhere you could sun bathe but equally there were several shaded areas to avoid the mid-day heat - we particularly liked the garden/patio area adjacent to the lounge - comfortable seating and tables for taking refreshments or reading.The sound of the water from the fountain and outdoor mosaics adding to the sense of peace.
A perfect retreat for anyone wanting to "switch off" - so much so that it was a wrench to muster the energy to visit nearby sites such as Ronda or Gibraltar!

fish pond in the garden at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From: Christopher Pressler, Cambridge / United Kingdom
Date of Stay: July 2011
Casa Mosaica is a very special place to stay. I have travelled all over the world and stayed in some fantastic places (perhaps the only other that comes close is a hotel in Kuala Lumpur), but this remarkable house in the almost immeasurably historic town of Gaucin will, I doubt, ever be beaten. The interior design is so rich and inventive that, if the owner was not so welcoming, you would almost not believe you had been given the chance to stay in it. There are endless attractions for all ages in the area, perhaps the most authentic of Spanish regions, and the pool is great for cooling off. However, it is to the house that the mind always returns, its details, its surprises, the beautiful garden. This is a house that offers both excitement and peace, aesthetic energy and reflection. It is an astonishing achievement and must be experienced.

dining by the pool at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From: Ruby, Belgium
Date of Stay: June 2011
A fantastic village property, oozing style and charm but not lacking in any of the creature comforts required for a great holiday. The discrete exterior cannot prepare you for the lush garden hidden behind the high wall. The beautiful and stunning mosaics, both interior and exterior, blend effortlessly to create a truly magical place to relax and unwind. The owner is a delight and has created a splendid home away from home that won’t disappoint. A joyful place to take a holiday.

a peaceful view at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From: Ben, United Kingdom
Date of Stay: April 2010
We had the most wonderful stay at the Casa Mosaica at Easter time. The house is beautiful, full of wonderful things, and beautifully decorated. Obviously mosaics are everywhere. Although evening temperatures were chilly at that time of year, the house is very cosy with wood burning stoves and fires. Semana Santa is a fantastic time to visit Spain, and the people of Gaucin enjoy it all, from running the bulls, to the nightly religious processions. Emma Cornish is a fabulous hostess, with a wealth of local knowledge, and is fluent in Spanish, which can be a great help. She is very helpful in giving advice on eating out, cultural visits, local walks, and trips to Morocco. The pool is great, though only warm enough for children at Easter, the garden is lovely, and Gaucin fascinating. Highly recommended.


From Christopher Pressler blogspot

Spain is a country of the mind. It conjures up images of pure energy and perhaps joy. The bullfight releases an intensity in the audience of awe and fear, of a deliberate attempt by the Matador to cheat death. The colours of the Tapas on a heated summer evening reflect the sky. The red and yellow of herbed pork with collapsing sliced peppers turns to cooler blue in fish as the air drops. The relief of a late meal without the sun.

comfortable beds at Casa Mosaica From: The Sluijter family
Date: 1-8 May 2010

This is my "Hotel California", we loved it from the first till the last minute.