So 'retama' is Spanish for broom, just one of many lovely flora abundant in the area. We had lovely red roses outside the Casa Abuela front door and bordering the cyprus enclosed pool. The red poppy fields were just starting to fill up. A 5 night stay in this pastoral idyll, was not long enough to enjoy all the possibilities on offer. With walks and cycling locally, and some of Spain's most beautiful towns and cities within a day trip (Ronda, Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla, Arcos de la Frontera) it was hard to decided what to do. We chose local walks, Ronda and a couple of the smaller 'pueblos blancos' Grazalema and Setenil.
Lovely to come back to Finca Retama in the late afternoon for a refreshing swim in the pool and a little drinky before heading out to Ronda for a tapas supper, or to the nearest local restaurant for a typical tasty spanish meal. A slight mistake was to decide to walk back to the Finca one evening after a delicious rabbit and chips supper in the nearest ( a good mile away ) restaurant in the pitch dark. Should have realized this wasn't a good idea when the waitress looked askance as we two foreigners set off into the gloom.
The accommodation was great. Generous space and well kitted out for self catering. There is no local shop within walking distance, so if you arrive late, and don't want to venture out to eat, be sure to arrive with supplies for supper and breakfast.
The Finca is a bit tricky to find first time round. We got lost but the owners Nick and Julia are on hand to talk you in or come to the rescue. They were great hosts, with lots of helpful advice on how to make the best of the time we had. A great holiday. Liz
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fincaretama, a 200 year-old Andaluz Farmstead, sits in an idyllic setting within the tranquility of the Serrania de Ronda. In the grounds is a high-specification 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom self-catering Spanish holiday villa (sleeps max 5) and a beautifully restored 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom traditional top floor farmhouse apartment rental (sleeping max 5 adults & 2 children). These family friendly holiday homes are set in 8 acres of land with its own woodland bordering a pretty stream and are accessed along its private 200m drive. The extra large 15m+ pool (biggest and warmest private pool in the area!) is fully fenced, landscaped and private to the whole estate. For the cooler months there is a superb Finnish sauna with mini-gym. Both luxury rentals are tastefully decorated to a Moorish theme. The picture of rustic Spanish life is complete yet you are only 10 minutes from the historic and picturesque town of Ronda and day trips to Seville, Granada, Malaga, Cordoba, Jerez and the beach. ... more less
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