Absolutely gorgeous 350 year old Spanish farmhouse in 37 hectares of almond and olive groves and wilderness which is part of the Montes de Malaga National Park. The farm also has its own vineyard (Shiraz grapes mainly) and is totally organic. It has a warm, cosy, homely feel and is set amongst breathtaking countryside. This is by far the best deal you are likely to find anywhere near here!
There are four double bedrooms (two with modern ensuite bathrooms with deep bath tubs and power showers) and a very comfortable single room. There are two king-sized beds and all the mattresses are extremely comfortable and top of the range. Guests sa...y they sleep like logs here. It is extremely tranquil with just birdsong to accompany your slumber.
There is a large, comfortable kitchen (with fantastic coffee as well as lots of teas and herbal drinks) internet, wifi, a landline, huge gas oven, enormous fireplace, salt water swimming pool, organic vegetable garden, and lots of great areas to walk in, including down to the river which is part of the property. There is a lending library with a wide variety of literature. You can do yoga, paint, write or whatever in our large, light workshop space or outside in the orchard, by the pool or anywhere you like.
We can do yoga with you if you like, have informal classes and can organise specific workshops as we are friends with a number of very experienced yoga teachers form a variety of traditions. There is also a weekly Tai Chi class in the village.
We are 2 kilometres from the nearest town, Colmenar, which is very typically Andalusian with a good variety of bars and restaurants which we can happily recommend. We are half an hour from Malaga and the airport and 1 hour from Granada, 1 hour and a quarter from Cordoba, 1.5 hours from Seville - ideally situated for getting to know these amazing Andalusian cities and seeing the Alhambra, the Mezquita of Cordoba, El Torcal, a beautiful national park 25 minutes from here and the prehistoric dolmen caves near Antequera etc.
Equally we are only half an hour from the beaches of the Mediterranean and the Costa de Sol and two hours from the more wild, white sandy Atlantic beaches of the beautiful Costa de Luz, Tarifa for kite-surfing and partying.
We love preparing delicious, healthy food which can be traditionally Spanish, Asian-inspired and international and is principally vegetarian although we also love fresh, locally-sourced fish and organic, homegrown fruits and vegetables. Nacho, my husband, trained in catering at the renowned 'La Consula' where Hemingway lived and members of the Royal Family and other notables have sampled local delicacies.
The stunning countryside around here and meals tend to be top attractions for our guests. Breakfast has a small additional cost and depending on what you would like (home-made organic bread and marmalades, fruit salad, smoothies, a traditional Andaluz breakfast, eggs (poached, boiled or fried), croque-madame, porridge, cereal, toast and homemade marmalade etc. etc.) costs between €3 and €6. We can happily provide you with other meals as well depending on your preferences and lunch and supper costs between €6 and €15 depending on what appeals to you.
Please note that even if dates appear as unavailable, we have several rooms so one might be free so ask us. Please enquire about prices for rooms if you will be more than 2 people staying.
We are incredibly happy here and feel like we are living in a paradise and often have people come to stay who just revel in their time here. My Spanish husband is a maitre d' in a 5 star hotel and a fabulous (and very friendly) cook. I am a very experienced and fully qualified therapist and can give massage and reflexology treatments in the treatment room here. Please let me know in advance if you'd like to book in a massage or reflexology session to make your stay here even more extra special!!
We love meeting new people and have been called excellent hosts. You can be as social or reclusive as you like - there is plenty of space to just hang out in, read, paint etc..
It is a beautiful retreat space and we often host workshops on yoga, meditation, photography, permaculture, Spanish language and cuisine, art, flower remedies, Body Harmony, Mayan cosmology etc. etc. as well as the occasional party. We won't force any of this on you, though, if that's not your bag...
Plenty of parking and if you are travelling without a car, there are good public transport connections from here and we can do airport pick-ups or pick-ups from Malaga if necessary. We speak Spanish, English, French and a smattering of Italian and Portuguese...
Please note, guests often wish they could stay for an extra night to really be able to make the most of relaxing on the farm and getting to know the local area so please bear that in mind when you book.
We hope to see you! Enjoy and happy travels!Read more
Left on 01/17/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | Seeker of special places and fine food
Thankyou both so very much for the warmth of your wonderful hospitality. You both radiate with kindness and generosity! We absolutely loved your home, your cooking, lingering over lunches on the terrace, exploring El Torcal and the beautiful mountains around you, picking the peas and the wild flowers and sharing our life's journeys with each other.
The farm is lucky to have you taking care of it and we feel blessed to have been able to stay there. Thankyou for your open-hearted welcome and for an experience which we will never forget. Your home is an oasis which offers a myriad of spectacular moments-the spirit of the farm, the nature around it, the ever-changing sky invite deep rest, rejuvenation, contemplation, serenity, joy and healing. The sumptuous food made with love tops off the experience...and the massages were out of this world!
The bed was most comfortable I have ever slept in and we had such a restorative time there. The views are simply outstanding as was Nacho's cooking and the delicious, healthy breakfasts. You have given us memories of a once-in a lifetime experience which we wil cherish for life. Thankyou so much for sharing your piece of paradise! The pleasures and sweetness of El Romeral are never-ending! Read more
Thank you so much for such a glowing review and your kind words - they are so appreciated! Thank you as well for your openness and respect for our home. You were really wonderful and appreciative guests and this makes the hosting experience for us such a joy. It is always so gratifying to have the possibility of making new friends and to share our space with people who appreciate it as much as you have.
I am so glad you enjoyed the massages and the reflexology treatments and got so much benefit from them. We were also happy to be able to pick you up in Malaga and drop you off there as some of our guests, like you, prefer not to drive. Great that you enjoyed our recommendations for places to eat in the village and for fantastic walks nearby....
We look forward to seeing you (and meeting the other members of your family) here again soon and wish you only the very best in the meantime.
Marina and Nacho
Merrick, New York
Fantastic, Amazing, love, love . . .
Left on 01/16/2014 for a stay in August 2012 | Happy Traveler
Marina and Nacho are the most fabulous hosts, the food is to die for, the scenery is spectalar, relax, enjoy and be at one with nature, swim in a salt pool, be one with it all and feel like you are really pampering yourself, and get a reflexology with Marina and eat an amazing Italian meal that Nacho prepares from his families recipes. I am going back and back someday soon. Love, love, love thank you Marina and Nacho for being such wonderful people and sharing your divine space with the world. Read more
Nadine and John, thankyou so much for your kind words and for all that we experienced here together. It was a very special time for us and we loved having you here. We think of you often when we do yoga with the great elastic yoga straps you so kindly gave us as a gift. You were wonderful guests and a pleasure to host and we very much hope to see you again soon. With much love from us both, Marina and Nacho
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