Imagine a quiet haven away from the crowds, in the heart of Ronda’s Moorish quarter, a house that one could easily believe was once owned by a wealthy Moorish trader, and now your home away from home, in Ronda, Andalusia.
Baraka B&B is this place; a unique bespoke hotel in Ronda, with just three rooms, situated in a quiet pedestrian alleyway. The internal patio is the centrepiece of the entire house, the stars forming the ceiling. A central staircase winds it’s way to the roof, where a sun drenched terrace awaits, offering views of the hills surrounding Ronda.
Located outside Ronda on the road to Seville, in the fertile valley known locally as Los Prados, the Cortijo is a gem of an authentic Spanish style Cortijo.
Owners, Dutch couple Erwin and Meinalda are new to the Serrania de Ronda but fell instantly in love with its beauty and above all with the Cortijo itself. Moving from their native Holland the couple have opened up the Cortijo to turn it into a stylish, modern, yet country style bed and breakfast accommodation, with views of the surrounding countryside and the mountains of the Serrania de Ronda.
When you enter the Cortijo the driveway takes you past an immaculate vineyard and on to the landscaped gardens that surround the Cortijo itself. The Cortijo is quintessentially Spanish in style; simple yet elegant, and the large front door opens onto a spacious airy entrance hall, which features a wide marble staircase, that leads onto the upper floors, where the four double ensuite bedrooms are to be found. On the ground floor there’s a spacious lounge / dining room area where guests can relax in the evenings with satellite television on large, comfortable sofas. There is also a large dining table where the ample continental style breakfast is served every morning.
As with many Spanish Cortijos there is a beautiful “Patio Andaluz” an enclosed courtyard that is dotted with potted lemon trees and flowers. With a relaxing water feature on one wall and acacia trees dotted throughout, its definitely the perfect place to take time out and enjoy the atmosphere of this exquisite piece of traditional Spanish way of life.
Outside on a raised terrace there is a large pool that has plenty of room for cooling off in the hot summer months and just relaxing on the loungers with a cool drink in hand. It’s also where Erwin and Meinalda will hold weekly barbecue sessions where they plan to treat guests with locally sourced meats, the Serrania is well known for its high quality Iberian pork and wonderful free range beef, all garnished with vegetables from the in-house organic vegetable garden.
The rooms themselves are all spacious double rooms with twin beds and a modern style ensuite bathroom. Each has been individually and tastefully decorated following a subtle colour scheme. There is also air conditioning and heating throughout the Cortijo, so there’s no need to feel the extreme heat in the summer months or the sometimes colder temperatures of winter.
The Cortijo is open all year round for bookings apart from December and January to make a reservation or general enquiries ring 0034 951 166 085 or see the website at www.cortijo-perla-blanca.com
Gorgeous little family owned bed and breakfast in one of the Serranía’s prettier villages, El Gastor, around 10 minutes drive from Ronda and conveniently located to explore the natural wonders of the Sierra de Cadiz or the white villages of Andalucia.
El Gastor Village Lodgings bed and breakfast, operated by husband and wife duo Jackie and John McAngus is has two double rooms and a cosy family suite with two rooms, a double and a twin. Rooms are decorated in a variety of lovely styles and if required a baby cot or extra bed can be added.
As a small Andalucia bed and breakfast the lodgings are centred around the main living room where guests are invited to share a glass of wine and a chat, or just watch TV. A sunny terrace is an enjoyable place to relax while watching the sun set on the village.
Free wi-fi Internet is provided throughout the premises, and a small fridge for guest use is provided, as is a laundry service and helpful advice on the best places to explore, or the best walking routes to explore while staying in El Gastor.
Nature enthusiasts particularly love the Serranía de Ronda for the three nearby natural parks, Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves, and Alcornacales. Endemic species of wild orchid are a popular site during spring and autumn, and birdwatchers often discover migratory species without even having to leave the village.
A rather quaint inn with 5 comfortable apartments located on a hillside overlooking the Guadiaro River, and only 100m from the Cueva del Gato cave system. This location provides guests at the inn a great view of the Serrania de Ronda Mountains.
The nearby area is most famous for being on the southern edge of the Grazalema Natural Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. As well as the Cueva del Gato, visitors should also plan to see the Cueva de la Pileta, a publicly accessible cave with paleolithic and neolithic paintings and impressive natural formations.
The apartments at El Galgo Country Inn are equipped with modern amenities and each provides a large double or twin bedroom, kitchenette, salon, en suite bathroom, and tea or coffee making facilities. Satellite TV from the UK, Germany, France and of course Spain is installed.
All apartments are air-conditioned and heated, and complimentary continental breakfast is included. Free Internet is provided in all public areas, and parking onsite is never a problem.
The downstairs bar is a welcome site at the end of a busy day hiking around the Serranía, and its large terrace offers views across to the cave. Enjoying a beer or wine at the bar, on the terrace or beside the pool is precisely what many guests look forward to. Guests wanting to enjoy a barbecue are free to use one of the two supplied barbecues in the gardens beside the pool.
The luxurious Arriadh Hotel is just five kilometers from the center of historic Ronda, and is perfect for relaxing while enjoying short breaks or long vacations in the Andalusian region. The design of the hotel inside and out complements the surrounding view of rolling hills and eye-pleasing green fields.
The nearby countryside is easily appreciated by visitors to the Arriadh, as it is built on a hilltop, a common trait of traditional Andalusian buildings. The hotel’s terraces are cozy and perfect for whiling away the evenings with a bottle of your pick of Ronda red wines.
The Arriadh Hotel’s restaurant is open daily and it serves seasonal cuisine with that unique Andalusian flavor. Guests can also sample the hotel’s collection of wine with their dinner or experiment with local Ronda wines.
Guests can also connect to the World Wide Web free of charge as Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the hotel. Guests can also connect via a modem which is also provided in public areas around the hotel. For guests bringing vehicles, free parking is available on site and no reservation is needed.
Just outside Ronda in the valley between La Indiana and Arriate lies a very special estate, Finca Maridadi, which offers luxurious comfort and relaxation with a large swimming pool in the heart of Southern Spain.
Finca Maridadi is actually three properties adjacent to each other each in their own secluded gardens. Los Olivos and La Cancela and the country house Finca Maridadi are available for rent all year round. Finca Maridadi is a popular boutique accommodation choice.
Finca Maridadi is actually three properties adjacent to each other, two self stay villas with evocative names, Los Olivos and La Cancela, and the country house Finca Maridadi.
Renting a villa or cortijo for the week or two that you enjoy in Ronda works out to be more affordable than staying in a hotel, and gives you the freedom to prepare your own meals, sleep in without fear the cleaning crew will be knocking on the door, and generally relax in privacy away from watching eyes.
Finca Maridadi offers all of this and more, with tapas lunches and dinner menus available, British satellite television, DVD players, each villa having its own swimming pool, and a host of other home comforts. We even provide high chairs and cots for little ones if you need them.
Even more, each property has established gardens, properly cared for lawns, and mature trees offering shade, whilst outdoor entertainment areas are covered from the sun and rain. The fince also has its own fruit tree orchard and vegetable garden which guests are welcome to make use of.
Evening meals needn’t be a problem with fully equipped kitchens in all three of the properties which includes hob, oven, microwave, and all of the implements, pots and pans you need to make your own wonderful mealst.
Los Olivos, the bigger of the two villas has three large double bedrooms with en-suite shower and toilet, plenty of wardrobe space, and large wide beds. The villa is a comfortable respite for a family or three couples, and there are two outdoor entertainments areas, both are undercover, as is parking for two cars. The pool is large and has its own small fountain, and several sun loungers are provided.
La Cancela, the smaller of the two villas is ideal for small families or two couples holidaying together, and like the other properties guests have complete privacy to enjoy their holiday undisturbed. A large pool surrounded by tall hedges and mature trees, with a lovely lawn for sun worshiping is of course yours to monopolise, and in the long summer evenings the villa terrace is a welcome spot to cool off.
Finca Maridadi, the main villa, and most luxuriously decorated of the three, with five large double bedrooms, including the master bedroom that gives all the appearances of being a bedroom fit for a king.