Gorgeous Andaluz Farmhouse Malaga 1
Gorgeous Andaluz Farmhouse Malaga 1

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1 bedroom

1 bed

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The Travellers’ Den is extremely comfortable and cosy and has plenty of space with a sofa and desk. It has a king-sized bed with a top of the range mattress and 100% cotton linen with a light, airy ensuite bathroom. Perfect peace in the country. Please let us know if you are interested in a long term stay as we can offer a good discount for longer periods.

The space

The Unique Retreat in Colmenar is an absolutely gorgeous 350 year old Spanish farmhouse set in 17 hectares of almond and olive groves and wilderness which is part of the Montes de Malaga National Park. This eco-friendly 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. It has a salt water swimming pool and beautiful, fully-restored bedrooms and is full of atmosphere and charm.

This is a safe and relaxing place to chill out and by far the best deal you are likely to find anywhere near here! Although we are close to Malaga - a vibrant, charming, spirited city, it feels like you are worlds away here.

There are four double bedrooms (two with modern ensuite bathrooms with deep bath tubs and power showers) and a very comfortable single room so if you are wanting more than one room in this spacious farmhouse which can sleep 10 people, please check our other room listings. Please contact us even if dates come up as fully booked as we may still have availability.

This very large double bedroom, which we call 'The Travellers' Den' because of its mix of styles, is extremely comfortable and clean and has plenty of space. It has wooden beams, a king-sized bed with a top of the range mattress and 100% cotton linen. It also has the benefit of an additional private living room area with a writing desk and sofa as well as its own ensuite bathroom.

The bathroom is large, airy and full of natural light and has a deep sunken bath tub and power shower. If we have guests in our Room 2, the bathroom will be shared. Otherwise, it will be for your sole use.

Guests say they sleep like logs here. It is extremely tranquil with just birdsong to accompany your slumber.

There is a large, comfortable kitchen (with great coffee as well as lots of teas and infusions) 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 from a variety of traditions.

We can happily arrange pick ups from the airport and Malaga for those who are not travelling by car. We are 5 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 1.5 hours 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.

PLEASE NOTE, if you would like to go to the magnificent and not-to-missed Alhambra in Granada, please make sure to reserve tickets well in advance as they sell out very quickly.

Equally we are only 40 minutes 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 and Tarifa for windsurfing 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, home-grown 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.

Breakfast has a small additional cost and depending on what you would like (fruit salad, smoothies, a traditional Andaluz breakfast, eggs (poached, boiled or fried), 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.

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 has twenty years of experience in the catering and hotel industry as a maitre d' in 5 star hotels and Michelin-starred retaurants and is 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!!

If you would like to organise your very own personalised retreat for yourself or a small number of people, we would be delighted to help put this together for you.

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, mindfulness, flower essences, photography, permaculture, Spanish language and cuisine, art, flower remedies, Body Harmony etc. as well as the occasional party. We are very respectful of others' interests and won't force any of this on you, though, if that's not your thing...

There is 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 have a good laugh trying our 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.

Also, we have hosted many guests who are normally allergic to cats - we have two but they are very clean and no-one has had any problems with allergies. We have a German Shepherd puppy who is a sheer delight and very sweet and loving who would be happy to take you on walks in the mountains around if you would like that.

We hope to see you! Enjoy and happy travels!

Other things to note

My husband and I live here all year round, in the same house and there may be other guests when you are here. There is plenty of space (17 hectares) to find one's own quietude if you want...

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 5%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM

We ask guests to be respectful of our space, our home, the countryside around us, our dog and two cats and of course, of each other!!

We encourage you to help us to save electricity by turning off any lights that you are not using when you are not in your room.

Please be conscious of your use of water as the South of Spain needs to conserve as much water as possible.

Please bring your own towels for use by the pool or for the beach.

Please help us keep the house neat and tidy by not leaving belongings scattered about.

We ask guests to smoke outside and to be very careful with cigarette butts as there can be a fire-risk. Please use the ashtrays available.

Guests are welcome to use our washing machine and can use the kitchen appliances and oven if you choose to be self-catering and we just ask for a small contribution towards the cost of electricity/gas and water.

We recycle and ask guests do the same and we have separate rubbish bins for plastic, paper and card and organic material.

If you borrow anything, please put it back where you found it. Guests will be responsible for any damage caused to the property.

If there is absolutely anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable or pleasant in any way, please don't hesitate to tell us.

Many thanks and enjoy your stay!!



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134 Reviews

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Michal User Profile
July 2017
If you are looking for a special relaxing place with a real taste of Andalusia El Romeral is just right for you. It is a strategical point for day trips. Even though the Andalusian summer is really hot the accommodation is cool enough for siesta time. We tried several Nacho's meals. Food was delicious and Nacho used local ingredients. Marina and Nacho are lovely people always ready to help with everything and we enjoyed our conversations. Their Laila is the most adorable dog who we have ever met, she even accompanied me for my morning run. My wife found there many inspiring still lifes for painting. We can really recommend this place and we hope that we will come back someday.
Marina User Profile
Response from Marina:
Thank you, Michal and Jana. As you know we LOVED having you here and our time shared together. we wish you both only the very best and hope to have you with us again sometime.
July 2017

Jeanette User Profile
June 2017
Staying with Marina and Nacho was a lovely experience. They are warm and friendly and generous with their time and help. Gorgeous views and adorable dog and 2 cats.
Marina User Profile
Response from Marina:
It was a pleasure to have you here, Jeanette. You were a perfect guest. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay so much. All the best with your future travels xxx
June 2017

Jim User Profile
May 2017
Marina and Nacho are wonderful hosts and do everything in their power to make sure that you are comfortable, happy and well fed! Marina gave fantastic and clear directions to the home which is off the beaten path. They are wonderful cooks and will include you in meals upon request and it is definitely worth it. Great communication, very helpful and accomodating. They have a sweet pup and 2 cats that are just sweet and lovable but stay out of the bedrooms. It was so quiet and peaceful that we slept as good as if we were at home! Marina put us in touch with people, events and towns that were of interest to us which made for some lovely day trips where we were able to meet some amazing people! We will definitely stay in touch! Fabulous old home and property! Great pool! Great water pressure. Comfortable bed and pillows. Perfect for hiking and enjoying nature. Gorgeous views. SO relaxing and peaceful! Also worth noting: It is such an old home with THICK walls that the inside stayed VERY cool. We love to sleep in cool weather and although it was May and got warm during the day, it was beautifully cool in our room and we even needed a quilt. DONT MISS THIS ONE! You will LOVE it! Thanks Marina, Nacho and Simone!
Marina User Profile
Response from Marina:
Jim and Laura, thank you so much for your stay and your very kind words here. We loved having you here and look forward to more contact. All the very best to you both!
May 2017

Hadia User Profile
April 2017
The host is very welcoming and makes you feel at home
Marina User Profile
Response from Marina:
Thank you, Hadia. It was a pleasure to host you and to share our home with you. All the very best to you both.
April 2017

Praveen User Profile
April 2017
We had a great stay at marina and nacho's farmhouse. It is a secluded place and perfect if you want to get away for a couple of quiet nights. Marina and nacho were super helpful, helping us with travel plans and other arrangements. And the food was great!
Marina User Profile
Response from Marina:
Thank you, Praveen. It was a pleasure to meet and host you! All the best with your travels.
April 2017

If you are looking for a relaxing place to stay in the beautiful country-side of Andalusia, like good food and conversations than look no further. Marina and Nacho made our stay the perfect getaway to let go of all the stress. Located close to Malaga and good starting point for a lot of beautiful one-day trips to National Parks and picturesque villages.
Marina User Profile
Response from Marina:
Thank you Michiel and Hillie, for your stay and for your kind words here. We loved having you here! All the best with your pregnancy and happy onward travels to you!
April 2017

Nataliya User Profile
April 2017
It was a really great time we spent in your home: nice people, interesting talks, delicious meals, great service... And the best risotto by Simone we ever ate. But some your prices were really expensive, like a meal for a two-years-old child for 6€. Or local spain fruits, which costed more as some of them importated in Germany. Perhaps you could make some things more transparent. Its just a some sad aftertaste of dissapointment, after great time, like a hangover. Thank you anyway!!! We had really great time and was glad to met you!!! Peace!!!
Marina User Profile
Response from Marina:
Hi Nataliya, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here so much and that the risotto was the best you ever ate! As you know from when I wrote to you after reading your review, we were very surprised (and quite upset) about what you have said here about our prices. As you have now realised, as I sent you a copy of the bill, you made a mistake about the cost of the meals for your son. In fact, we charged only €3 for each of his meals and not €6 as you wrote. Thank you for your very sincere apologies and for offering to change your review even though it was not possible. The cost of all the food we offer here has to take into account our costs in terms of time and petrol to the nearest village or to Malaga (40 minutes away) to source it. We always try to make our prices as reasonable as possible but we have to take into account our extra costs – and we are not a fruit shop! We always try to be as transparent as possible and will make some changes based on what you have said. Our focus has always been on our guests’ well-being. Again, thank you for another comment in our prívate exchange saying you “REALLY enjoyed” your time here. We wish you all the best!
April 2017

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Colmenar, SpainJoined in October 2011
Marina User Profile

I am an experienced interpreter, reflexologist and Thai Yoga Massage therapist originally from Ireland but I have lived in Tanzania, East Africa, Bermuda, England, India, France and Colombia and have travelled extensively in several continents.

My husband, Nacho, is from Malaga and has worked for over 20 years in the restaurant and catering world and has been a 'maitre d' in five star hotels and Michelin starred restaurants. He is an extremely kind and generous as well as fun and a great cook.

We both feel our best roles are those of service and doing what we can to make people's experiences of life that much richer and more fun. We are positive, intelligent, easy-going, fun-loving people who love open-minded, open-hearted folk, nature, literature, art, film, photography, travel, yoga, horse-riding and animals in general, hiking, dancing, music, great food and wine and all kinds of exploring amongst loads of other things.

My professional background also includes working with young people in difficult circumstances, rehabilitation of street children and those with alcohol and drug dependency as well as physically and sexually abused young people.

I'd like to think there is nothing I can't live without but fresh air and good vibes definitely keep me alive in more ways than one! I feel totally at home here in Spain, am very well-integrated and love the lifestyle and joie de vivre of the Andalusians, their fiestas and traditions as well as Islamic architecture, of which the Alhambra in Granada, only an hour and a half away from our house is Spain's finest example. We adore much of Asia and many things about it, particularly its aesthetic, gentleness and food and equally love South America and Africa and much of Europe - so many great places!

We love the old Celtic idea that every stranger is a potential friend and we live by that in our home and on our travels. We are very independent, adventurous travellers and feel blessed to have travelled the world as widely as we have and had the extraordinarily amazing experiences we have had, often thanks to the hospitality and generosity of strangers as well as the incredible landscapes and soundtracks which have accompanied us.

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