The Unique Retreat
Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14
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. This is the first bedroom to appear in the photos on this listing.
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. There is also a weekly Tai Chi class in the village.
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), 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.
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!
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Playa Los Alamos 40 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga Airport 38 km, Nearest railway: Malaga 32 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Staffed property|
|General||Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Andalucia region
This gorgeous, homely and comfortable farmhouse is set in breath-taking countryside within a National Park. It is a nature-lovers' paradise as you will be literally immersed in Nature...yet only 40 minutes from Malaga which is a vibrant, spirited, beautiful city well worth visiting. In fact, Malaga and its charms often really surprise our guests with its delights. So you will be in for treat!
Some of our guests simply want to do nothing but relax and catch up with themselves here.
This is a perfect place to just 'be', to catch up with oneself or loved ones.
Others are looking for a mixture of activity and rest and want to explore the region. The Unique Retreat is ideally situated to use as a base. (see below for drive times to Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Ronda, for example).
You may want to go on a personal retreat.
You can create your own programme or we can make suggestions tailored to your particular needs/requirements.
You can organize an artists' or creative writing retreat or specific workshops.
Our Holistic Therapies
If you would like to optimise your rest and relaxation during your stay or suffer from a particular illness or ailment, you may decide to book one or more of the treatments we offer. Below are descriptions of each.
Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to the reflexes on the feet and hands to induce a state of deep relaxation. It balances all the body systems and enables them to work more effectively. It stimulates the body's own healing processes and helps it return to a state of well-being.
Reflexology is highly effective and can be used on its own or alongside conventional medicine. It provides relief from a range of acute and chronic conditions including:
• Stress-related conditions
• Back pain and any other physical pain
• Sleep disorders
• Asthma and respiratory problems
• High/low blood pressure
• Digestive disorders
• Managing the side effects of medication such as chemotherapy or
• Hormonal problems/fertility issues
Treatments last 1.5 hours and cost €45.
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage, considered by some to be "The King of Massages" for its thoroughness, is a unique and powerful massage therapy combining acupressure, gentle stretching, rocking, rhythmic compression, soft tissue manipulation and assisted yoga postures. An ancient healing tradition that has its roots in Ayurvedic medicine, yoga and Buddhism, it has evolved into a highly effective treatment in releasing blocked energy which can otherwise lead to pain, headaches and stress-related disorders and other illnesses.
Equally, for those who are symptom-free, it is an excellent way to soothe, release and comfort the body and mind with all the benefits - and more - of a yoga session yet with no experience of yoga necessary.
You can expect the following additional benefits:
- greater flexibility in the joints
- enhanced blood and lymph circulation
- better alignment of the body
- internal organs more stimulated to aid optimal functioning
- a sense of relaxation and well-being which re-energises the
body and mind.
Thai Yoga Massages ideally last a minimum of 1.5 -2 hours but shorter sessions can be organised for ½ an hour or 1 hour. They cost between €25 and €80.
We also offer:
• Culinary classes
The best of Spanish gastronomy and Andaluz cuisine
Cookery for optimum health
• Wine tasting, wine production and visits to local vineyards
Either informally with us or with experienced, highly qualified teachers
• Spanish language classes at an excellent local language school or weekend language immersion workshops on the farm with highly qualified and experienced native teachers.
• Flamenco classes
• Walks in the stunning 'Montes de Malaga' National Park which the farm is part of
• Hiking in 'El Torcal', a spectacular prehistoric limestone park full of extraordinary rock formations
• Visits to El Chorro gorge for swimming, kayaking, climbing or just taking in the amazing views
• Mountain biking
There is a large upstairs room ideal for small to medium-sized workshops. This beautiful space is particularly suited to activities like yoga, meditation, creative writing and music workshops. There are also numerous different outdoor areas which can be used.
Links to local tourism and cultural services:
Visit the local Honey Museum – interactive and fascinating
The weather tends to be a few degrees cooler than in Malaga and the light is beautiful here all year round.
Come and see for yourself!
We are 2 kilometres from the nearest town, Colmenar, which is very typically Andalusian with a variety of bars and restaurants which we can happily recommend.
The area is known for its wine production which is the oldest in Spain, its olives and almonds.
We are 40 minutes from Malaga and the airport and 1 hour and a quarter from Granada, 1 hour and a quarter from Cordoba, 1.5 hours from Ronda and Seville - ideally situated for getting to know these amazing Andalusian cities and visiting the Mezquita of Cordoba, the Alhambra in Granada or skiing in the Sierra Nevada.
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.
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6 Sep 2014
"Excellent, exactly what we needed! Relaxing and off the beaten track."
Just what we wanted: Somewhere nice and off the beaten track where we could chill out, and yet where the kids could cool off too - great pool! Relaxed informal atmosphere, with three cats.Views were w… More
Thank you so much for your lovely review. As you know, we thoroughly enjoyed your stay and you were perfect guests! We are delighted you enjoyed your time here so much and were able to use it as a base to explore some magical parts of Andalusia as well as being able to rest and relax here. You are always welcome back and please do send our love to the rest of the family.
All the best and happy travels from us both!
2 Jun 2014
"A very pleasant stay in delightful surroundings with excellent hospitality"
We stayed with Marina and Nacho for seven nights in May and one of the purposes of our visit was for rest and recuperation. We were really happy to stay in the Farmhouse and we thoroughly enjoyed our rambles in the surrounding countryside. We were able to cool off in the swimming pool maintained so well by Nacho. To be free of newspapers and television for a few days was a pleasant change. We appreciated the welcome and kind hospitality from Marina and Nacho and everything was done so quietly with thought and care. Nothing was too much trouble from the comfort of our room to the delicious and memorable meals provided by Nacho and it was interesting and a pleasure to meet other guests. These guests came from Belgium, France, the United States, Estonia, China and Canada. We are from the British Isles and we shared our experiences when we met up in the evenings. As Marina commented, the World comes to Andalucía. Marina and Nacho are a talented pair and very responsive to the individual requirements of their guests whether they wished to enjoy the local scenery like us or travel further afield. They have a fund of information on where to visit for the adventurous. We have enjoyed quite a few holidays in the region and look forward to another visit to Marina and Nacho.
Vicki and David
27 Feb 2014
"Holiday of a lifetime!"
Holiday of a lifetime!! We felt so sad to leave and have to say a huge thank you to Marina and Nacho for creating a memorable experience. The pool, the views, the food, the place are all so beautiful … More
17 Feb 2014
I am writing in February 2014 and so it is some eighteen months since staying with Marina and yet it is very easy to write as I remember our stay so well.
What an escape from the madness that can be Malaga and surrounds, the peace and tranquility abounds.
Marina was so friendly and so helpful we felt as if we had known her for years and she had invited us to stay.
I would recommend any one to stay here in fact we are about to travel again and only yesterday said should we go back to Andalucia and see Marina!!
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