Mongolian Nights-Unmissable Magic!

Yurt - Private room · Colmenar, Andalusia 29170, Spain
Marina
Your host, Marina
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The Space

Come and spend some time(lessness) in a luxurious, hand-crafted Mongolian yurt located on an ancient wheat threshing circle deep in the heart of spectacular Andalusian countryside.

This is one of the beautiful, eco-friendly and lovingly-made traditional homes of the nomadic Mongolians which is moved according to the pastures available for their herds. It is surrounded by lush almond groves and beautiful valleys with an orchard and olive groves and is on the property of an absolutely gorgeous 350 year old Spanish farmhouse (see our other listings) set 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. It has a salt water swimming pool to which guests have full access and beautiful, fully-restored bedrooms and is full of atmosphere and charm.

The yurt which was imported directly from Mongolia is spacious and tastefully decorated with eclectic Asian and Moroccan furnishings.

It is completely organic and authentically crafted with yak hair so as to maintain a very comfortable temperature in winter as well as in summer. It has the additional attraction of an open crown which can be left open to enjoy spectacular night views of the stars with absolutely no light contamination.

There is a double bed with a top of the range mattress and 100% cotton linen. The space is best for just 2 people. The yurt also has the benefit of being a very private space although it is only 20 metres from the main farmhouse.

The yurt also has a traditional 'pot belly' stove for cooler evenings so it can be kept toasty warm when need be. (Please check availability in winter months as we may take the yurt down if it is likely to get affected by rain.)

Guests may also use the kitchen, share a large airy bathroom and enjoy long walks on the property or around the surrounding countryside.

This is a safe and relaxing place to chill out and explore and is by far the best deal you are likely to find anywhere near here!

There are also four double bedrooms in the house (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.

The shared bathroom is large, airy and full of natural light and has a deep sunken bath tub and power shower.

Guests say they sleep like logs here. It is extremely tranquil with just birdsong to accompany your slumber. You may awake in the morning to swooping swallows and a breeze gently caressing the yurt.

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. There is also a weekly Tai Chi class in the village.

We are 3 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 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 windsurfing and partying, Vejer de la Frontera and Cadiz, the oldest port in Western Europe. ....

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.

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), 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 €20 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, 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!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • We had the best time staying in the yurt on Marina and Nacho's property! They picked us up promptly from the strain station and from that point on every day was better than the next. We were able to relax by the pool all day long, enjoy the view, go for hikes only to wind down at night with a fabulous meal prepared fresh by Nacho and Marina. They helped us immensely in planning our day trips and even our future travels throughout Spain. It has been my best experience using airbnb and I don't think it will be able to be topped. This was an exemplary bnb through and through. You'll only want to stay longer if you come. Marina and Nacho thank you so much for everything!

    June 2014
    Marina
    Response from Marina:

    Thank you so much for such kind and generous words and thoughts, Kirsten. We are absolutely delighted you enjoyed your stay so much. You know we loved having you both here. As I said before, you were perfect guests so you deserved a perfect stay!!

    June 2014
  • Lovely place and wonderful experience in the tent. If there are certain thints one must do in life, living in a yurt under the stars, is one…! The host were great.

    May 2014
  • We had such a wonderful time at marina's yurt. The place was extremely comfortable and relaxing. The pool was very refreshing and we had the best dinner and conversation with other guests staying in her house. A traditional paella dinner for ten from 4 different countries! If you like the quiet country with warm guests and hosts, this (email hidden). And if given the option to have nacho cook for you it will be ten times better and affordable then any drive or place else. Thank you marina and nacho! Perfecto!

    May 2014
  • We had a very nice stay; we arived late and it was very relaxed we could still have dinner at any time we wanted. Both Marina and her husband were very friendly. The yurt is great and warm enough thanks to the extra blankets provided.
    Thanks again to our hosts!

    May 2014
  • We felt so sad to leave the beautiful yurt as well as the wonderful hospitality of Marina and Nacho.

    We owe a huge thank you to Marina and Nacho for creating a memorable experience for us. The birds tweeting in the morning, the views, sunset and sunrise, the food, massage and the place are all so beautiful and amazing. But we have to say that this is all accentuated by Marina and Nacho, their energy and love flows through the whole place making it even more magical!

    Thank you again!

    Daniella and Ryan

    April 2014
  • This listing is definitely as beautiful/bucolic/relaxing as the descriptions and reviews would lead you to believe, if not more so. Things like waking up in the morning to birdsong and seeing misty Andalusian hills covered in olive groves is the sort of thing that is difficult to describe. Plus, it's proximity to Colmenar, a perfectly charming Andalusian village with good restaurants and every convenience, makes it ideal.

    On top of all that, Marina and Nacho's hospitality was above and beyond. They're both extremely interesting and genuinely considerate people that make you feel entirely at (email hidden) and who go out of their way to see to it that you are fully accommodated, from making sure you have transport to giving you advice on the surrounding area. Nacho's culinary ability and Marina's Thai massage just add the icing on the cake.

    I highly recommend staying here for anyone who's considering visiting the area.

    April 2014
  • Being back home after spending 10 magical days in a yurt hosted by Marina and Nacho almost brings me to tears! The solitude and quietness of the property gave our little family a much needed relaxing break from the crazy, loud city life. Marina and Nacho welcomed us as friends and were so absolutely warm and kind that I can say part of our wonderful experience was meeting them. The meals that Nacho prepared gave us a healthy gastronomic tour of Malaga and we savored every meal! This (email hidden) and there is magic there that shouldn't be missed!

    March 2014
    Marina
    Response from Marina:

    Sasha, thankyou so much for your heart-warming review and such kind words. We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay here so much and you know how much we enjoyed your company too!! We are glad that the tranquility here was such respite for you all. Wherever we are, you will all always be welcome. Happy travels to you!!

    March 2014
  • Very nice and easy going hosts. Lovely house with a lot of good energy and beautiful rooms. I highly recommend getting a massage from Marina, she is very professional and knows very well what she does. We both felt very relaxed and good after the treatment, will do it again when we visit next time.

    December 2013
  • Fantastisk at sove i yurten:) både sol stjerner regn og lyn såes i tag -åbningen:) mange tusind tak for denne oplevelse. Man skal ligeledes lede længe for at finde så kærlige åbne søde mennesker som Marina og (website hidden) ønsker alle 4 at jeres drømme må gå i opfyldelse og at vi ses igen en dag:) kærlig hilsen Bille

    August 2013
  • Staying in Marina's yurt in Andalucia was a truly magical experience. Marina and Nacho's philosophy is to look after their guests at all times for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The food is comparable to a top-quality restaurant - delicious but also healthy and containing vegetables grown on their farm. The yurt itself is very comfortable and cools at night enough for a great night's sleep. We both had Thai Yoga massages from Marina which were absolutely wonderful. Finally the pool is lovely! We couldn't recommend this place more to other Airbnb users and we will definitely be returning with friends in the future.

    July 2013
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English, Español, Français
School
Bermuda High School, University of Bristol, St. Clare's, Oxford
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Reflexology and Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and Interpreter and Translater
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I am an experienced Thai Yoga Massage therapist and reflexologist 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 positve, 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 am in the process of getting the first programme of 'Youth at Risk' off the ground in Spain. 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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