My extended family and I have just spent the week in the fabulous Finca Al Limon and had a wonderful time. Paul and Mar have built an amazing set of facilities on what used to be a lemon grove, nestled in between a number of farms and part of a national park. There is plenty to do, and plenty of space to find a quiet spot even with a very large group staying (we had a group of 14 but there is space for a group much larger to sleep if you don’t mind sharing, and ample space to sit and eat). The highlights for us were the bar, which is sizeable and provides a great place to congregate in the evening (or daytime!), the hot tub and the clay pizza oven – well worth the effort of making pizza dough and heating the oven for 3 hours with firewood. The bar includes a beer tap and Paul (the owner) can provide a barrel of beer which holds 100 pints for €100– the beer is ice cold and 100 pints goes surprisingly quickly! Tip: ask Paul to arrange a barrel before you arrive (the brewery is shut at weekends). The finca is well served by two supermarkets within 5 minutes drive (Mercadona & Carrefour), and has a town nearby with lots of restaurants and some trendy looking bars.
One of the evenings we took advantage of the ‘chef’ service and had a three course meal cooked for us. Paul and Mar plus their helpers did a good job of cooking a decent meal, and made the evening very special with formal dinner settings, canapés and bar/waiter service. This is definitely recommended if like us, you are celebrating something special.
There are some things to be aware of before you book:
You will be close to nature – the finca is in the middle of national park and next door to a farm. There are flies, lizards, (noisy) frogs, chickens & ducks (that need to be fed by guests), bats, horses next door, mosquitos and the owners friendly cats and dog that like to roam around. None of these were a problem for us (except the mosquitos – see next point) but if you are squeamish about wildlife, then it may not be for you (especially if you’re staying in the yurt or caravan). We loved feeding the chickens and ducks who were very tame and friendly, and who provided us with fresh eggs each day!
Take mosquito spray and apply is BEFORE it gets dark! – this sounds obvious, and we did all pack mosquito spray, but a number of us were caught out on the first night and got bitten multiple times buy what seemed like industrial-strength mosquitos. Dusk is apparently their most active time. However once we knew this ‘rule’, none of us got bitten again.
The cleaning charge – there is an additional €150 cleaning charge to cover to cost of four cleaners who clean the entire place ready for the next guests. This is not included in the price and wasn’t mentioned or arranged before arrival. This was asked for, plus other charges for slight damage (which were justified), on the last night which rather soured our final evening. The feeling was that this should have been added to the cost of the villa up front rather than springing an additional charge on us at the end of the stay, especially as the cleaning was something that is required and not optional. Apparently this is a standard practice for villa rentals, but not one that I have encountered before on the five other occasions I have stayed in a rented villa.
The yurt is hot! It gets very hot in the yurt during the day but if you’re an early riser this shouldn’t be a problem. It is next to a pond full of noisy frogs too so for a light sleeper this could be a problem. We stayed in there for a few nights and then switched to the circus caravan which has aircon and is much quieter.
To summarise - Paul and Mar were great hosts and always on hand to solve any issues or provide advice; nothing was too much trouble for them. The finca and its’ grounds provide a tranquil setting for a relaxing getaway; and an excellent alternative to the usual villas situated in the middle of ‘urbanizations’ in the Costa del Sol. We would definitely recommend it for large groups with or without children as there is plenty of space to relax or play.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Finca Al Limon is an ecolodge retreat in the very beautiful Guadalhorce river National park on the outskirts of Malaga. Close to the village but in stunning countryside and with extensive facilities finca al Limon is a unique and fun environment for residential courses with a difference.With private access to the beautiful Guadalhorce river, a corredor for migrating birds between Africa and Euro ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Finca Al Limon Estacion De Cartama, Malaga, Spain