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“Near perfection, how all small hotels should be run, Finca el Cerillo is ideal for families, walkers or painters.”

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Hotel Finca el Cerrillo
Petersfield, United Kingdom
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475 reviews
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“Near perfection, how all small hotels should be run, Finca el Cerillo is ideal for families, walkers or painters.”
Reviewed 1 August 2013

We were a family of 19 aged from 10 to 76 stating of 7 nights at the end of July 2013.

Sue and Gordon, and the rest of the Finca team, bent over backwards to make our stay as ideal as possible. Nothing was too much bother and, having taken the entire Finca, they allowed us several extra favours like picnicking on the evenings we weren't dining in and preparing a birthday cake for our youngest who turned ten whilst we were there.

Breakfasts were delicious; whole meal toast, with Marmite against the mosquitoes, freshly prepared fruits and home made jams, tea and coffee.

Lunches were a delightful mix of tapas style jamon, pizza for the kids, salads and watermelon and cake for pudding.

Dinners on alternate nights were quite sumptuous, with no menu per we, but everything quite delightful, Andalician specials with and Anglo twist for the British palate. Every night we ate al fresco in the tastefully furnished an decorated gardens, under the carob tree, by the pool or on the formal tables.

The honesty bar was sensibly priced and worked well for all concerned, including teenagers and undergraduates.

It's useful to have a hire car as the Finca is well away from Canillas, the nearest village and the hills are very steep and extremely twisty. Driving at night is not recommended, nor for those of a vertiginous disposition.

We stayed in Garden room 4 that had its own private roof terrace and was nicely tucked away with breathtaking views of the valley. Air on in each room set at 25c ensured that a restful nights sleep was possible.

There are a range of scenic and rural walks within 30 minutes drive and Grenada's Alhambra in only 90 minutes away. A small gym would be our only suggestion to improve this great hotel.

It's surprising how crowded the local area is with houses spotted all over he countryside. The place is also crawling with Brits that is unattractive but hardly the finca's fault!

Room Tip: Garden room 4 is great for romantic couples
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Sue and Gordon have created a wonderful hillside retreat in a beautiful area of Spain. The simply furnished but comfortable rooms are all slightly different, providing superb views over the white villages, old olive grove with wild flower walks and tree house. Formal gardens leading down to the pool (several steps) provide a variety of both shaded and sunny areas for relaxing. The food was excellent, with the evening set meals a delight. An interesting and enjoyable twist was that we were taxied to local restaurants for 3 of the weeks evening meals.

We booked through Headwater for a walking holiday, though Sue and Gordon arranged everything:- Taxi to/from airport, local English walking guides, taxis to start or return from walks where needed, and taxis for the trip to Alhambra in Grenada.

The hiking in the area was fabulous (we had great weather), best taken with a guide as local maps may be insufficient. Be prepared for some steep ups and downs as it is a very hilly area.The pretty villages are not overrun with tourists and provide lunch time tapas stops.

Thank you Sue, Gordon, and all your staff for a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

This gem of a hotel is found in a tranquil location with fabulous views of sweeping hills and valleys .Everything about this finca is wonderful so much so I don't really want to spread the word but its only fair to tell you about it .The food is especially delicious and memorable, and Sue and Gordon are the best hosts ever.I guarantee you'll have an awesome time here , and want to return!

Room Tip: All amazing
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

We stayed at the finca for 3 nights and everything from the location, fab staff, animals, garden, pool, room and food were perfect.

We were in one of the garden rooms under the pool. The room was a good size, tastefully decorated in keeping with the finca, and we were able to lie in bed and look at the fab view across the valley. We also had our own terrace with table, chairs and sun loungers. There is a kettle in the room and you can get fresh milk from the fridge in the bar area. There is an honesty bar with a good selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

Breakfast on the terrace was lovely and consisted of fruits, yogurts, cereal, eggs, cheese etc. we had a couple of lunches there and a meal one evening. I am vegetarian and they accommodated me very well including getting me soya milk!

A couple of nights we did the 20 minute walk, up and down the valley, to Canillas to eat, and then got a taxi back - 5 euros.

A lot of people staying there had been before and I totally understand why - we'll definitely go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

What a fabulous way to celebrate our friendship of Claire - a groups of her friends enjoying laughter and time away in a beautiful place that meant so much to her! Gordon and Sue have created something special here - beyond the physical elements of this Finca there is the unique atmosphere - generated by the hosts and their attitude! The food was fab, the pool area stunning, the views awesome and the tree house something else! We will return!
G&F xx

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 July 2013 via mobile

I spent a week in this lovely hotel back in October - sorry late with review but thought I had to reiterate the brilliant reviews already posted. I was in a painting holiday with a group of friends and had the most amazing time. The location is perfect for a relaxing break and we had no TV ( don't even know if there are any but we didn't miss it). The food was beautifully cooked by Christina and we sat outside in the terrace overlooking the fantastic view, having great conversation and drinking wine from the honesty bar. Our room was simple and rustic but clean and comfortable. The gardens are a haven where there are loads of places to sit either in the sun or in the shade and there's a pool which is unheated and because it was October I didn't venture in. However, those who did loved it! The staff are great and will do anything to make your stay enjoyable. Thanks to them all and I am returning there with my husband because I wanted him to share my perfect experience.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

We stayed at Hotel Finca as a couple recently, and managed to get a last minute booking thanks to a cancellation. We were looking for a quiet, relaxing and small hotel with a pool, and Hotel Finca looked like the perfect retreat. The excellent hospitality began before we had even arrived, with the owners offering to book our taxis from the airport and arranged for a selection of sandwiches to be available on arrival as we were arriving late.

Our room was spotless and very comfortable. We stayed in one of the garden rooms, and so had a private terrace with sun loungers and a table and chairs, and a spectacular view over the valley. Although the room was quite simple in style, we didn't feel like it needed anything else - everything worked as it should have done and we greatly enjoyed waking up every morning to the beautiful view.

Breakfast was very nice with a selection of cereals, breads and jams, and an inviting platter of fresh fruit that changed every day. Another highlight was the delicious freshly squeezed orange juice. Having eaten so much at breakfast, we didn't really feel like having lunch most days, but a buffet lunch is offered for those who want it. We tried it one day and it was very good with a wide range of cold meats and salads. Dinner is not offered every night in the hotel, but when available, it is well worth taking advantage of. We had dinner twice in the hotel, and on both occasions we were very impressed. The chef is happy to take into account any food allergies or preferences that you may have, so don't worry about there not being a menu to choose from as such. We really want to emphasise that the food far exceeded our expectations and was nicer than the meals that we ate out.

On the evenings that the hotel did not serve dinner, we were asked what our plans were and whether they would like us to make any reservations or taxi bookings for us. They recommended a selection of restaurants, of which there is more choice in the town of Competa (a 10€ taxi ride away) compared to the nearest village. We particularly enjoyed our meal at La Taverna de Oscar, so would recommend going there.

The majority of our time was spent by the swimming pool - there are plenty of comfortable sunbeds and shaded areas, and the views are once again fantastic. It was sometimes hard to concentrate on reading a book as the views were so distracting, and occasionally birds of prey could be spotted hovering close by. The hotel also has a few charming seating areas tucked into the well-kept gardens, with comfy sofas providing yet another opportunity for relaxation, if you don't fancy the pool area.

We also made several visits to the honesty bar. Having read other reviews on TripAdvisor we were imagining a fridge with a few beers and wines in. However, in reality, the bar is extensively stocked with a huge range of spirits, liqueurs, wines, beers, soft drinks/mixers and a couple of bar snacks and ice creams. There is even a proper cocktail shaker set and recipe book available. It would have been nice to have had a wider selection of bar snacks, for example crisps or maybe more types of ice cream. However these are really just little suggestions for improvement.

We ventured out of the hotel very rarely - considering that many of the guests are at the hotel on walking holidays. If you're not up for long hikes, there is a short walk we would recommend that leads to a quaint, secluded tree house which overlooks Canillas, and is lit up at night. It's fantastic for a couple of romantic drinks as you can take a bottle of wine and a couple of glasses from the honesty bar.

In case it wasn't obvious, we had an absolutely fantastic time and can't wait to return. We were made to feel very welcome before we even arrived and throughout our whole stay by the helpful owners, staff and other guests. We'll be recommending it to all our friends, and would certainly encourage any couple (young or old) who are looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun to go to the Hotel Finca!

Room Tip: We stayed in garden room 2 which was great - quiet, close to the pool, a little away from the main h...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Finca el Cerrillo
Address: 29755 Canillas de Albaida, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Canillas de Albaida
Amenities:
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Number of rooms: 12

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