All the gushing reviews on this beautiful villa are entirely founded. We spent a glorious week at El Noque mid-September this year and have already booked our return for 2018. I didn't believe the owner, Mike, when he assured me that the villa was even more beautiful in reality than it is in the photographs but he was right. It was. All the rooms are beautiful and there isn't a clear 'Master' making it ideal for multiple couples. The two bedrooms on the ground floor are accessed from the garden making them quieter than those on the 1st floor. Ideal for those with tiny babies that might wake through the night or the elderly who might want a bit more peace and no stairs. It catered for all of our needs in every way.
The housekeeper, Renata, is an exceptional asset to the villa. She made herself available whenever we needed, received orders for us in advance and dug out all sorts of nuggets of information to make our holiday everything we hoped it would be.
We went with 5 small children (aged 3 months to 3 years). There was a fantastic little sandpit with buckets and spades etc. Hundreds of suitable DVDs to entertain the 6am early risers! The pool is enclosed and the gate locks but if you have adventurous children like ours, there are 3 large windows at waist-height that they could clamber over into the pool area. There is also no Wifi at the pool for now and it is quite a way away from the house so baby monitors don't reach. Renata offered stair gates, set up cots with bedding and put mattress protectors on the single beds. There were also 2 washing machines, 2 dishwashers, tumble dryer, drying rack, clothes line, iron ironing board etc. I don't think there was a microwave or any more detailed baby kit like bottle sterilisers.
In terms of activities we took a scenic train through the mountains from Ronda to Gaucin where we walked to a beautiful lagoon set at the bottom of a gorge for a picnic and some very refreshing swimming.
We would highly recommend visiting the Bull and Andalusian Horse farm Reservaturio which is just a 10 minute drive away. Telephone in advance and they will organise a tour for you in a variety of languages. Suitable even for those who can't walk far as you're transported in an open-sided carriage.
Raja, the masseuse, was incredible and gave at least 8 massages during our stay.
We found a couple of fantastic wine tasting tours within (long) walking distance or a very short drive (turn left out of the gate): Bodega Kieninger: lovely organic wines, fabulous views and charming staff, and Bodega Garcia Hidalgo whose organic wines were seriously punchy but it was worth going for the amazing lunch they put on for us at just 35EURpp.
We went to Bardal in Ronda one evening - if you're all about the food then you should definitely try this place but I would advise against going for the wine pairing and don't expect enthusiastic service! They do a 15 course menu at 60EURpp and a 23 course menu.
During our stay we arranged to have two private chefs, Maria and Martine. Maria's food was more rustic in style and Martine's more refined but both served a lovely meal.
If you're searching for decent meat, there is a fantastic butcher-come-delicatessen called Andrea opposite Hotel Polo in Ronda. The meat is of excellent quality, something you won't find in any of the supermarkets and he also sells a selection of delicious local wines, cheeses and apero snacks.
I cannot recommend this villa highly enough. It's what dreams are made of!
El Noque is a luxurious, spacious, family friendly villa in an idyllic location nestled in the Andalucian hills minutes from Ronda. It is beautifully appointed both inside and out. All generations (from six months to sixty odd!) in our party loved the pool area which has its own kitchen, shade seating, loungers and shower/loo.
The wonderful Renata and her team, as mentioned by others, worked hard to ensure we all had a perfect holiday. We took advantage of chef Maria who spoilt us with several fantastic meals including a traditional Valencian paella.
We would have no hesitation in recommending El Noque and very much hope to return ourselves soon.
We have just finished our fifth visit to El Noque. We have stayed there with the owners and with our own large family party. Each year the experience gets better and better for both young and old.
Unlike many places we have visited more than once the owners do not allow any tiredness or wear and tear to creep in. Every year there is something extra to make our stay that bit more special. This year the Bose music systems in every room were greatly appreciated. Next year it seems we will enjoy more seating area surrounding the villa.
Although it's tucked away in the countryside near Ronda, we had no problem finding it the first time, but we still get lost leaving Malaga airport!
Renata the housekeeper is such a great asset to El Noque, nothing is too much trouble and she makes herself available for any queries, e.g. babysitting, cooks, pilates, horse riding, restaurants etc etc ......
Peaceful, comfortable, and perfect in every way, we heartily recommend El Noque for a wonderful Andalusian holiday.
In all the years of staying in many places El Noque was something extraordinary. My wife and I spent an idyllic holiday with our friends and hosts Mike and Tess at this beautifully renovated farmhouse. The rooms were luxurious and each had its own library of books and CDs. The ambience was so peaceful and the walk to the alfresco pool area, through the lavender, was an unforgettable experience in itself.
The views from the farmhouse were stunning with the Grazalema mountains in the distance. The gardens were spacious and surrounded by olive groves and almond trees. There were so many areas in which to relax.
Ronda is a few kilometres away with its dramatic gorge and fascinating history. There are many restaurants from which to choose although our favourite was El Muelle De Arriate with its very attentive owner Frank. The culinary highlight was when a local chef came to the farmhouse to cook a wonderful paella. Also there was Renata, the housekeeper, a lovely lady who was so helpful in every way.
In summary, a holiday in paradise.
What can we say? We have stayed at El Noque for four wonderful weeks over the past two years. The villa is perfect. Every room inside and out is beautifully furnished and caters to all the guests needs. The pool area is as gorgeous as any 5 star hotel. Everyone who sees it for the first time is blown away. As others have mentioned, Renata is helpful, friendly, charming and cares that everyone has the best possible experience at El Noque. We will most definitely be returning soon.
Our extended, large family group of mixed generations has stayed at this perfect villa 5 times now. It is always wonderful to return and each time we do, it's always as good as the previous time. The house is immaculate and furnished beautifully and neutrally. All bedrooms are lovely meaning there's no clear 'master bedroom', a bonus if there is more than one family staying. Everyone is happy! I don't think you can beat the pool area. The pool itself is big for a holiday villa and is surrounded by lovely grass and plenty of loungers, hammocks, a kitchen area and shaded sitting area. Renata, the house manager, is so friendly and helpful and extremely efficient. You can take advantage of her amazing 'shopping service' and pre-order food and drink so you can arrive to a full fridge and cupboards. She is on hand to help look after you throughout your stay but never intrusive. It is always sad to say goodbye to her when we leave. If you're looking to stay in a beautiful house, equipped to perfection, with lovely gardens, grounds and pool, surrounded by immense Andalusian countryside, for a peaceful and relaxing holiday, I can't recommend La Huerta el Noque any higher.
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We gathered at this idyllic villa coming for an unforgettable week of laughter, splendid food and drink and pure relaxation. We arrived at the villa greeted by Renata's warm smile and we knew it would be a week to remember. The villa is beautifully nestled in a tranquil valley and its expansive grounds offer areas to gather for dining or conversation and plentiful areas to find solitude. The aromatic lavender lined walk opens to a magnificent pool area with alfresco seating, kitchen and a unique enclosed bathroom/shower. Inside, the villa exudes charm is impeccably furnished with a gracious living/dining area with working fireplace and a grand, fully stocked kitchen. The bedrooms with their crisp white linens, ultra comfortable beds, gorgeous en-suite baths and splendid views assure comfort at every level. Dinner cooked by Deborah and massages by Raja are a must!