Andalucia accommodation on organic farm, Sierra de Grazalema

Description of Andalucia accommodation on organic farm, Sierra de Grazalema

Forget all of those preconceived notions of Spain and come and explore amongst citrus and olive groves accompanied by the trickle of a crystal clear river and the background concerto of free roaming chickens.

There’s nowhere else that can conjure up such idyllic images other than a rural farmhouse in southern Spain’s Andalucia, and if you’re longing to be a part of an experience that’s just as organic as enchanting then farm holidays Spain are absolutely the way to go.

This particular organic farm has both B&B and self-catering options with a choice of guesthouse or self-catering apartment to help guests settle into the good life surrounded by the limestone rock formations and fertile green valleys of Grazalema Natural Park.

Cyclists and walkers will be in their absolute element with a rich variety of well-marked trails allowing adventurers to get out and explore amongst mountain scenery without another soul for miles around.

Families always love the riverbank and lawn areas which provide a safe space to play, dream and relax, or work off some excess energy on the trampoline, swings or in the sandpit. Also, we provide cots, high chairs and kids’ backpacks on request so you don’t have to worry about extra baggage allowance no matter where you’re visiting from.

What better way to introduce children to farm holidays Spain other than collecting freshly laid eggs? And there’s no better omelette in the world to be savoured with a drizzle of olive oil than one that’s been produced and pressed just yards from the kitchen table.

The farm itself is set within six acres of land with a shallow river and outdoor terrace providing places to sit and enjoy the valley, or perhaps prepare for a stroll across the lawn to inspect herbaceous borders, fruit trees and vegetables in the organic garden.

As you’d expect from farm stays Spain, enjoying the sunshine is never in question and packing a rustic picnic is always an absolutely unbeatable way to enjoy each and every day.

Rooms, food and facilities

The main accommodation comes in the form of a one hundred year old Andalucian farm house that's been lovingly restored as a guesthouse with many of the original features and rustic charm preserved under thick wooden beams and a terracotta tiled roof.

The guesthouse is perfect for families or couples wishing to use one or more bedrooms and make the most of cooking facilities in the fully-equipped guest kitchen. Breakfast can be provided on request at 5€ per person and is free for children under four years.


Flag stone flooring, decorative ceramics and white washed walls encapsulate a sublimely simple southern Spain setting providing ample sleeping arrangements to comfortably house up to seven guests.

A fully-equipped shared kitchen is the place to be around meal times with cooker, toaster, fridge/freezer and kettle allowing self-catering occupants to be self-sufficient and B&B guests to supplement the rest of their meals.

Bedrooms all have heaters and shuttered windows for warmth or shade throughout the year with kingsize or single mattresses adding to the arrangement of bedroom furniture, bedside tables and built in wardrobes. Bed linen and towels are also included.

The communal lounge area is just as cosy no matter what time of year you're visiting and features a dining table, comfy couch, wooden furniture and a wood burning stove as well as board games, books, walking guides and a CD player.

Daily guesthouse prices are listed below:

Option 1: Double room (double bed and bathroom) - 58€
Option 2: Triple room (double bed, single bed and bathroom) - 65€
Option 3: Family suite: two bedrooms and one bathroom (double and two single beds) - 90€
Option 4: Whole house: three bedrooms and two bathrooms - 125€

The self-catering apartment

Attached to the guesthouse, but with a different entrance, there’s an individual self-catering apartment that serves either as an extra annexe or separate accommodation.

The self-catering apartment includes its own living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom with enough space for two to three guests as well as full use of outside areas.

Daily self-catering prices are listed below:

Option 1: Double occupancy - 73€
Option 2: Triple occupancy - 83€

Breakfasts and dinners can be provided upon request for all guests with seasonal vegetables, home grown produce and locally sourced organic food, the mainstay for mealtimes alongside wine, bread and dessert, always served as essential accompaniments.

For more information and prices please feel free to ask at any time.

Useful information

- Opening times are from 1st March until 31st October.
- Car parking is all on-site and we recommend hiring a car so you can make the most of the surrounding countryside.
- Minimum stay is for two nights.
- For anyone wishing to stay longer than seven or more nights we’re happy to offer a 10% discount.
- Baby cots can be added to the double room free of charge.
- If you have any further queries or questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

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How to find us

This farm stay Spain option is situated in the Grazalema Natural Park in the Cadiz province of southwest Andalucia just inland from the unspoiled Costa de la Luz and along the world-famous Pueblos Blancos (the Route of the White Villages).

Sevilla and Jerez airports are both just over an hour’s drive to the nearest local village, Zahara de la Sierra, from where it’s just a five minute drive to the property. Malaga airport is two hours’ drive. Renting a car is definitely the way to go although transfers from the airport or nearest bus station can be arranged upon request.

Directions from Sevilla airport

Basically, follow signs for Cadiz as you leave the city limits and then start to follow signs for Utrera, instead of Cadiz. After a while you'll find signs are posted to Utrera and Ronda on the A376. Finally, just before you come into Algodonales, there's a petrol station that you'll need to pass before taking the junction on the right hand side signed to Zahara.

Directions from Jerez airport

Directly after leaving the airport you should follow the A4 sign posted to Jerez and Cadiz. You should then continue onto the A382 towards Arcos de la Frontera before picking up signs to Antequera, which is before Arcos de la Frontera, whereupon you'll approach Algodonales and a sign post to Zahara, which appears just after the petrol station.

Directions from Malaga airport

Head to Ronda and take the A374 to Algodonales and Sevilla. After just over 20kms you'll pass Montecorto and a petrol station on the right before reaching a bridge on the left, about 1.5kms later, whereupon you'll be able to pick up signs to Zahara whilst keeping the reservoir to your right.

Directions from Zahara to the farm

Before entering Zahara take the road signed to Prado del Rey where about one mile on you'll see a track on the right hand side and a sign to the property, just before the bridge. If you've crossed the bridge, you've gone too far!

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Andalucia accommodation on organic farm, Sierra de Grazalema

Environment

A WAY OF LIVING:
We support the idea of ecotourism not only by offering a holiday accommodation in a natural surrounding but also by following the criteria, as much as we can, of responsible and sustainable tourism by trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society and local economy.
Many of our guests choose our place because they are interested and concerned about this idea. We invite you to share our little paradise with us and enjoy the hospitality of the nature and space that surrounds us.
We strongly believe that life should be easier than it is, that is why we try to live as simple, basic and “eco” as possible.

ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDEN:
We have two acres of vegetable organic garden growing all kind of vegetables and fruits at our farm. All our farming is based on using nothing else but earth, sun, water and manure for growing. We refuse any kind of herbicide, chemical fertilizers or pesticide on our soil: our chicken and insects do the job for us.
We, following the organic idea of variety and recycling, work on taking from the nature what it is: compost, from our vegetables and other organic stuff will go to the ground again, and in the meantime we use the manure from a local cow organic farm.

BUILDING RESTORATION:
In the renovation of the house, natural local materials where used and existing features preserved rather than replaced.

FOOD:
We offer dinners as request. All ingredients are either homemade, homegrown or caught locally, and we try to eat as seasonal as possible.

ENERGY:
To reduce the impact on the environment, we rely on solar panels for our hot water and on a pellet stove for our heaters. We run the whole house on 3.3kw and hoping our guests act responsibly by minimizing their use of electricity. Nearly all of our lighting is with energy saving light bulbs.

WATER:
Through the middle of our farm runs a river which provides acequias (irrigations channel water) dating from Arabic time, water that we use for the house, our plants and vegetable garden without having to use electricity, just gravity. Our waste water goes through an organic septic tank

WASTE:
We provided full recycling and composting facilities for all our guests. In our kitchen there are always 4 containers: organic, paper, plastic and tin, and glass. The organic will go to our chickens or to be composted, and the rest will go to a recycle point that we have to deliver ourselves.

CLEANING:
We use environmentally friendly products for the laundry and cleaning the rooms. All washing is done at low temperatures. We provide clean sheets (at the beginning of the guests stay) and recycled loo roll.

Community

We live in a rural area, where everyone knows each other and that makes things easier. It is a philosophy of living, not consuming away from where we live and trying to be of a benefit to our local community. Most of our fruits and vegetables come from our garden. Those items that we cannot obviously grow are mostly bought locally.
We buy all our supplies preferably from independent traders where ever possible.
We promote local businesses, restaurants and shops, by encouraging our guests to explore and immerse themselves into the local culture by dining at local restaurants, visiting markets and buying gifts from local artisans and producers.

We invite you to share our little paradise with us and enjoy the hospitality of the nature and space that surrounds us. We, our house and garden will welcome you, it is not just words. That is why we will always be open to any suggestion you might have in order to ensure your holiday is a personal and unforgettable experience. WELCOME AND THANK YOU.

Landscape

We help the local wildlife by encouraging foxes and rabbits in the country, small birds and vultures in the sky, fishes and otters in the river, bees, thousands of insects. We plant certain bushes that we know attract the “good” insects who are necessary to develop a natural ecosystem.

ABOUT OUR GUESTS: Many of our guests choose our place because they are interested and concerned about the natural environment. We do give information as well as we are happy to learn from our guests. We cook for our guests who require so, so dinners are also a good opportunity to get to know us closer.
We invite you to share our little paradise with us and enjoy the hospitality of the nature and space that surrounds us. We, our animals, our house and garden will welcome you, it is not just words. That is why we will always be open to any suggestion you might have in order to ensure your holiday is a personal and unforgettable experience. WELCOME AND THANK YOU

17 Reviews of Andalucia accommodation on organic farm, Sierra de Grazalema

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Reviewed on 24 Sep 2018 by

The most memorable part of the trip was the incredible kindness & thoughtfulness of the owner, Gonzalo. He went out of his way to make my 7 night stay relaxing, worry-free. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2018 by

Lovely shady garden with lots of running water in a beautiful, peaceful setting. There were many places to sit and enjoy the ambiance either with or away from the other visitors... Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2017 by

Wonderful calm and atmosphere of 5 moons. Superb. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2016 by

The children absolutely loved the river, pure, fresh, clear, with a lovely knee deep pool, early morning and late afternoon swims were amazing. Also, Gonzalo cooking an amazing paella for all the guests to eat together Read full review

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by

Its a beautiful area for walking Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2012 by

It is simply a really nice place to visit, with a wonderful creek flowing through the yard, many places to relax and think, great natural food, and perfect hosts...It was perfect for us. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2012 by

Beautiful area, welcoming hosts and a wonderful home away from home...Very much enjoyed our time at the farm - feel very relaxed and would visit again. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2012 by

I loved this little farm and the people who run the B&B. It was in a lovely spot by a stream...I loved my time in the area of the B&B. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2011 by

The warm friendly welcome and hospitality that carried on for all our time there...Would liked to have stayed there forever! Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2011 by

La casa es fantastica, los alrededores maravillosos y sus propietarios hospitalarios. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2011 by

AWESOME! It was exactly what we were looking for...a relaxing place from which we were easily able to explore and hike in the beauty of this region of Andalucia...We really enjoyed our hosts and the beauty of the surrounding scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2011 by

Absolutely wonderful - we had a delightful time. Highlights were the olive harvest (see above), "proper" Spanish breakfast with Gonzalo & Anja and their children, Anja's excellent cooking, cycling the Via Verde and walking the local hills. We were made to feel almost like members of the family. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2011 by

We had a really lovely time here, and could have stayed longer. We would love to return one day. The surrounding countryside and villages are simply stunning, and have a very special atmosphere. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2011 by

We loved this place and would love to go back, thank you to Anja and Gonzalo for welcoming us and giving us pointers and introductions! The journey there is breathtaking also and the Natural Park area beautiful. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2011 by

We were happy that our children enjoyed playing together with their 3-year-old boy, Merlin. In this large natural space, there are many things to do for children too. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2010 by

Most memorable were the friendly owners, lovely river and heaps of inspiring ideas for your home! They're so clever! Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2010 by

This holiday is really for someone wanting to experience the local lifestyle. You feel like you are staying in a friend’s home. You have full access to your own kitchen, you eat eggs, veggies and olive oil from the farm. This is about as far as you can get from staying in a hotel. Read full review

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