Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
At El Rancho you will receive a warm welcome from your friendly hosts Jacque & Garret, where the accent is placed firmly on the 'better things in life'. Guests come for the sheer tranquility, the amazing off road horse riding and the exclusive house-party atmosphere.
'El Rancho' is an ideal retreat for couples and families of all ages seeking a relaxing holiday in the heart of the Andalucian countryside, ideally located for sightseeing (Alhambra Palace, Seville, Ronda, Cordoba) and yet only 40 minutes from the numerous beaches of the Costa del Sol and only 20 minutes from the lakeside beaches of Iznajar. Set at the foot of pine clad mountains and only a 5 minute drive away from the 'Pueblo Blanco' village of Villanueva del Trabuco, with its numerous authentic tapas bars and restaurants.
El Rancho enables the discerning traveller to experience the true magic of Spain, with its numerous colourful fiestas and traditional family values.
Whether you simply want to relax by the pool with a glass of fine Rioja or trek through the Andalucian mountains on horseback you will have an experience to remember.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Malaga, El Palo 40 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga or Granada 45 km, Nearest railway: Salinas 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details outdoors|
The cottages are both beautifully designed, constructed, and centred around landscaped gardens and terraces with a 70 square metre swimming pool. Both cottages also have their own private dining and sunbathing terraces and have been individually designed and lovingly furnished in a typically Andalucian and authentic Mexican style to the highest standards.
The Andalucia region
The numerous sandy beaches and sea food restaurants of the Costa Del Sol can be reached in as little time as 40 minutes, El Palo, has many chiringito's, and the famous fish Restaurant "El Tintero" is a favourite with the Spanish locals. There are also several water parks on the Coast and Tivoli fun Park in Benalmadena. The lakeside beaches of Lake Iznajar are only 20 minutes away, and has child friendly sandy beaches. There is also a beachside chiringito (bar/restaurant) for snacks and refreshments.
The newly appointed and challanging Golf course of Antequera, is only 25 minutes away. The course consists of 18 holes par 72 with 10 lakes and amazing views over El Torcal. A great course with a good club house serving excellent food. There are also numerous courses on the coast.
The Sierra Nevada is just over 1.25 hours drive away. The season usually starts in December and can go right through till April. Well worth a visit in the winter and has over 80 km of runs. Features some great tapas bars for apre ski!
"We regularly patronise this resort as it manages to cater for all levels and abilities and contains some great little restaurants and tapas bars"
At "El Rancho" our passion in life are our horses, these are our own personal horses - our extended family. Our horses are all loved and cared for, regularly exercised and given only the best feed and supplements. Yes, they are thoroughly spoilt, however this is only reflected in their good manners and well being. All our horses have received BHS schooling. During the summer our horses graze naturally through the olive groves. If you would like to participate in trail riding whilst you are staying with us, we are more than happy to discuss your riding requirements. The trails, vary between tracks through the valleys amongst the olive groves to pathways through the pine clad mountains, all our routes are varied, depending on the ability of the rider, however all our routes provide breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Jacque always likes to give our younger clients a riding appraisal in one of our turn out corrals, before venturing into the mountains for the first time.
Villanueva Del Trabuco
The "Peublo Blanco" village of Villanueva del Trabuco is 3km from El Rancho, a pleasant stroll in the Spring and Autumn, with a couple of restaurants/bars on route. Close by are the historical towns of Antequera and Archidona, Antequera was originally established during the Roman times and is steeped in interesting architecture, it is well worth a visit to see the historic bull ring, traditional restaurants and street cafes. Antequera also has some great fashion boutiques
The traditional village of Villanueva del Trabuco, contains a variety of authentic tapas bars and restaurants, offering a wide variety of different cuisines. In the village you will find many different shops, from small supermarkets to gift shops to womens boutiques. There is also a daily indoor market selling fresh produce, fruit and veg, fresh fish and meat. Trabuco has a beautiful new central plaza with numerous bars and cafes centred around a fountain, an ideal place to take a coffee or a glass of wine and watch the locals go by.
Trabuco has many fiestas throught the year where you can see on first hand the "Real Spain" with the women all dressed in their traditional dresses and the men on their Andalucian horses, bands playing in the plaza and everyone having a great time. The Fiestas are a major part of life in the Andalucain counrtyside and eveyone joins in, from the smallest baby to the oldest grandparent.
Other places of interest include the famous Alhambra Palace at Granada, an absolute must, there are also the famous historic towns of Ronda, Sevilla and Cordoba. All worthy of a visit.
At El Rancho we are also able to arrange for our guests a variety of other activities, including off road trail biking, complete with personnal tour guide, scuba diving and golf. The local area is a haven for bird watchers, painters, walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and photographers.
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