Casa Rural Finca Las Encinas

Location Iznajar

Postcode 14979

Telephone +34 629 610 783

Why we love it...

Relaxed farmhouse, impressive views and food

The Place

This 200-year-old farmhouse lies in the southern hills of Andalucia, on the edge of the Sierra Subbetica National Park. The white-washed building is surrounded by Mediterranean scrub and gentle hills while olive, fig, and pomegranate trees grow in its grounds, and the scent of jasmine and geranium follows you to the swimming pool: the real world seems light years away.
Welsh-Japanese couple Clive and Maki moved to Finca las Encinas (the ‘encinas’ are the protected, evergreen oaks that fill the grounds) in 2004. Three years of careful renovations transformed the abandoned building into a welcoming, four-room farmhouse, which they made their home with their son Cei. Inside, it is decorated in rustic but refreshing style: think exposed beams, terracotta tiles and simple white, blue and beige colour schemes. There is a wood-burning stove to keep the sitting room cosy during winter.
The four bedrooms are well equipped and airy, decorated with painted furniture, tapestry, wooden cupboards and fresh flowers. Old doors have been turned into headboards: a quirky touch. Two rooms have balconies with views over the wooded hills or the olive groves.
After breakfast (homemade bread and fresh crushed tomatoes, the Spanish way) on the terrace with uninterrupted views, relax in the swimming pool or head out to explore the Sierra Subbetica with many activities available. You can go hiking, cycling, horse riding or swimming in lakes, although you will need a car to explore the area. Finca Las Encinas is located in the hills between Cordoba, Granada, Malaga and Sevilla, which are all interesting day trips. But if lazing in a hammock with your favourite book is your idea of holiday, you won’t be disappointed.
Dinner is a treat with plenty of home-grown and local food, including clams, sea bass and Andalusian black pudding. Clive, a professional chef for over 20 years, also organises cooking courses with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients and Spanish cuisine with an innovative twist. Using ingredients straight from the organic garden, guests can learn how to make a selection of traditional Andalucian dishes including baked aubergine with honey and coriander seeds, cuttlefish meatballs in almond sauce and chocolate truffle and hazelnut cake. Short courses and week-long courses are available.

Due to the remote location, a hire-car is essential here.

Finca Las Encinas was featured in the Lonely Planet Experience Andalucia Guide 2023.

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The Essentials

Price Band
Rooms 3; 2 doubles (1 of which is a suite with terrace, an extra bed or cot can be added) and 1 twin (1 with terrace). All have ensuite bathroom, underfloor heating, hairdryer, towels
Food Breakfast, dinner on request, snacks
Facilities Restaurant, bar, reading room, swimming pool, terrace with loungers, chairs and hammocks, organic vegetable garden, cooking courses (on request)
Children Welcome
Accessibility Some rooms may be suitable, please enquire
Pets Pets on site

To Book

Contact Clive A. Ridout and Maki Murakushi
Call +34 629 610 783

Good To Know

Address Calle Partido de los Juncares S/N, Iznajar 14979

The Location

Find this place: In the rural hamlet in the hills among olive farms, car parking

What's nearby: Sierra Subbetica National Park (nearby), Iznajar (7km) with Arab fortress and 16thC churches, Valdearenas beach (8km), Priego de Cordoba (21km) with 13thC castle, Baroque churches and archeological museum, Malaga (85km), Granada (97km), Cordoba (112km)

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