I had a peaceful and relaxing stay here in early June. About once a year, I manage to steal just a few (in this case, four) days away from both work and small children. Since this time is so rare, I always want to make the most of it.
For the most part, Finca La Guzmana was just what I was looking for: small, quiet, beautiful setting - the perfect place to just get away from everything for a little while. I loved breakfast (I sure ate enough of it), and especially Peter's special recipe fruit compote. I really really (did I say really?) appreciated being able to use the large and fully equipped kitchen to prepare my own meals - the combination of being on my own and not wanting to eat dinner as late as the Spanish typically do made this facility especially valuable. Peter keeps the kitchen well-stocked with reasonably priced wine, beer, liquor and non-alcoholic beverages - you can serve yourself and note your consumption in a notebook for payment upon check-out.
My room was more than comfortable, and the refrigerator and coffee making facilities in the room were much appreciated. Ronda is an incredibly beautiful town - I would return in a heartbeat - next time with my family. Just outside the town there are a lot of great places to go hiking and biking - they were what attracted me to the area, and they did not disappoint.
Peter let me borrow one of his bicycles - I appreciated his generosity, but before coming I had expressed to him how much I wanted to go biking. In this light, and since I only get one vacation like that one per year - I would have preferred that he help me to arrange to have a good, all-terrain, ready for anything bicycle - I would have preferred to pay for that rather than make do with the one he had on offer (the gears changed only with difficulty, making it impossible to take the bike up any serious hills, thus seriously limiting my biking possibilities - that is, seriously limiting one of the very reasons I was there).
Finca La Guzmana has a large outdoor swimming pool in a beautiful setting. However, the pool is not heated, and when I was there in early June the water was too cold to swim in it. I tried - I really did - but each time after 10 minutes (or less) I simply had to get out. Because the swimming pool factored largely in my decision to stay there, this (together with the bicycle), was also a disappointment to me.
I would, and probably will, go back to Finca La Guzmana. However, the next time: (i) I will take my family (particularly comforted in the knowledge that there is a refrigerator and I'll have access to the kitchen), (ii) I will rent bicycles - in good condition - for all of us, and (iii) we will go only during a time when we will know that the water in the pool will be warm enough for swimming.
- Also Known As:
- Finca La Guzmana Fuengirola