We stayed at El Rancho as part of a month long trip to Spain. We wanted somewhere we could use as a base for a week to relax.. turns out we couldn't have made a better choice!
El Rancho is in Villanueva del Trabuco, which was an easy drive from our first stop in Seville and also super easy for our day trips to Antequerra, Ronda and Granada (to see the Alhambra) and then a final quick drive to our next destination of Nerja.
The accommodation is really lovely (fully equipped kitchens, great decor and comfort) and the setting is very picturesque.
The big stand out for this property however, would have to be the hospitality of the owners Jacque and Garret (and their gorgeous son Vidal!). They really made our stay wonderful, and were very helpful with local restaurant suggestions, things to do and see, organising horse riding, helping us plan the next part of our trip and generally being fantastic company! (Not to mention Jacque's amazing ablity to turn up at the jacuzzi with a gin and tonic for us - just when it seemed needed!! And Garret's generosity in sharing his special Ribero del Dueros and tequila!) ; )
Villanueva del Trabuco was a nice change of pace from the larger, more touristy southern Spanish attractions. A small-ish and more genuine town, but still plenty of supermarkets and restaurants / cafes etc.. We often took a 20-30 minute walk from El Rancho for a morning cafe con leche, but the drive is super quick (5 minutes).
Our stay at El Rancho recharged the batteries and we loved the right balance of relaxation and activity that was offered.
We would highly recommend El Rancho to anyone considering a stay here - it would make a great destination for families and couples alike.
We hope that we can return someday!!
- Also Known As:
- El Rancho Spain/Villanueva Del Trabuco, Malaga