About this listing
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.
Absolutely gorgeous 350 year old Spanish farmhouse set in 37 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.
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 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 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, 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), 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, 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 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 hope to see you! Enjoy and happy travels!
We ask guests to be respectful of our space, our home, the countryside around us, our 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!!
We had a wonderful stay with Marina in their old farm house. Everything inside the house is authentic and it is like you step back in time. We had a great room with private bathroom which was very spacious for the 3 of us. During our 4 day stay it was very hot in Spain but the thick walls of the house made it cool inside so we had really good sleeps. The pool was a nice refreshment for us after a hot summer day. One day Marina recommend us a tappas restaurant for lunch in Colmenar and it was really great!
Every evening Marina did cook for us a great meal with fresh local products or from their own garden. The prices she is asking for food and drinks are cheap and honest. If you do not want to use her or her husband cooking skills (you will miss something!) you can use the kitchen yourself and the only thing they ask you is to pay a small donation for using gas.
From Colmenar it is easy to get to Malaga, the beach, Cordoba and other places. Close to Colmenar are some interesting places to visit as well and Marina can help you with suggestions.
Our family of 2 adults and a child of 3 would come back !!
Thank you, Sven, for such a thorough and thoughtful review. It will give other potential guests a great idea of what to expect here and all the places nearby which are great to visit.. You guys will always be welcome back wherever we are but I think we might see each other before that in Thailand!!! Happy travels and all the best with your many projects. Love to the family from us both xxxxx
Thank you again, Marina, for the wonderful stay! I agree with other guests: it was way too short. Notwithstanding, it was filled with so many pleasurable moments: a short stroll before sunrise taking in the wonderful views and fresh air, morning coffee with Marina, a dip in the pool, Kiki’s happy purring, the tasty and healthy food. I very much enjoyed our long chats and our yoga session in the evening. I only regret that I didn't have the opportunity to meet Nacho, as he was away.
This place invites you to relax. The open and beautiful surroundings offer spectacular views, it's peaceful and quiet. I felt very much at home. The rooms are beautifully decorated and each offers a unique charm. I slept in two of them and slept like a log in both. I only wish I could have stayed longer - future guests, take note! The location is also ideal for exploring nearby attractions - Malaga, Granada and Alhambra, the beach, villages dotted along the hillsides…
We enjoyed a much overdue afternoon of rest and relaxation after 9 days straight launching ourselves into the best of Spain. Marina and Nachos home is an eclectic farmhouse adjoining a state park with wonderful views without a trace of cohabitation. We very much enjoyed cooling down in the pool as Andalucia was experiencing temperatures in the low 30s during our stay. So pleased we didn't stay in yet another city. This place is very special. Marina is a wonderful hostess making sure we were comfortable and had all we needed. Nachos is a fabulous cook and we partook of a meal with them along with other guests alfresco on the patio in the evening. Very relaxing and just what the doctor ordered. Our room was spacious, rustic and charming with a comfortable bed. Muchos Gracias Marina & Nachos
Thank you so much for your lovely review, Virginia. Yes, your stay was too short! We really enjoyed having you here and I apologise profusely for not having had the time to write you a review - just been very busy. You were perfect guests as far as we were concerned.We hope to see you again sometime and wish you only the best for your future travels and projects, Marina and Nacho.
We had a very warm welcome. Our stay there was great, unfortunately only 1 night.
Marina and her husband are really extraordinary in hosting guests. We felt at home. They helped us with some business to do, phone calls within Spain. Thanks a lot.
The finca ist a great place to stay. We enjoyed the diner together with other guests, home made cooking. Great !
Nach einem Yoga Retreat in der Nähe von Malaga wollte ich an einem schönen und friedlichen Ort noch ein paar Tage Natur und Sonne genießen. Das wunderschöne Haus von Marina und Nacho inmitten andalusischer Hügel bot dafür den perfekten Rahmen. Die beiden sind herzliche und natürliche Gastgeber, die einen familiär aufnehmen und Nacho's Küche ist legendär. Das abendliche Mahl war für alle Gäste ein freudiges Ereignis, zusammen um den Tisch zu sitzen, den Sonnenuntergang zu bestaunen und interessanten Gesprächen zu lauschen war eine sehr schöne Erfahrung. Die Gegend eignet sich toll für Wanderungen, und wer Ausflüge machen möchte, hat einen guten Ausgangspunkt. Es ist aber auch so schön, dass man einfach dort bleiben möchte, am Pool mit einem Buch oder einfach den Blick über das Tal genießen. Ich danke euch von Herzen!! Jana
Thank you, Jana. You were a perfect guest and we loved having you here. We hope to see you and enjoy more time with you!
For those who do not speak German, I have translated your review below:
"After a yoga retreat near Malaga I wanted to enjoy a beautiful and peaceful place for a few days of nature and sun. The beautiful house of Marina and Nacho amongst Andalusian hills offered the perfect framework. Both are warm and natural hosts, Nacho's cuisine from many family recipes is legendary. The evening meal was a happy event for all guests to sit together around the table to admire the sunset and listen to interesting discussions was a very nice experience. The area is great for hiking, and for who want to make trips, it is a great starting point. But it is also so beautiful that you want to just stay there, enjoy the pool with a book or just look out over the valley. I thank you from my heart !! Jana
From the moment I arrived I was made most welcome. Marina and Nacho are a real delight. Nacho prepared superb meals and really enjoyed dining on the terrace and watching the sun go down with spectacular views of the valley.
I treated myself to a massage and reflexology and could not recommend Marina highly enough. Total relaxation in tranquil surroundings. I also had a Spanish lesson with Marina and it was very useful to have an insight into the quirky Andaluz terms that had previously puzzled me. Fabulous people and guests, this really was a home from home experience. Many many thanks.
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About the Host, Marina
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 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 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.