The Casa Rural Los Pastores is a rural hotel with its own Oak forest and 200 horse ranch. The hotel is located just a few minutes out of town on the Ronda-Gaucin road. The hotel combines its rural setting with modern interior design and contemporary art on display in the rooms. This combination provides a unique experience for visitors.
Casa Rural Los Pastores offers seven rooms and three apartments, each uniquely decorated. The hotel rooms are equipped with a fireplace and private bathrooms. The apartments are complete with open-plan kitchen and living room as well as the occupant’s own terrace where the stunning view of the countryside is in full display.
Set within the scenic Ronda Mountains, the Hotel Hacienda La Herriza provides guests with a relaxing view all around. The hotel is just outside of the village Gaucin at the little village of El Colmenar, which is itself just a short distance away from Ronda or the Costa del Sol and its beautiful beaches.
Relaxation is easily attained in this hotel all rooms have terraces idea for soaking up the scenery of the area, especially as the grounds are well-kept. The area is know for its outstanding natural beauty and pristine condition.
Gaucin at the Southern end of the Serranía de Ronda is more than just a village in the middle of nowhere. This attractive white village founded by the Romans, and then expanded and heavily fortified by the Moors who named their village Gauzan, an Aran word meaning strong rock. These days Gaucin is better known as a haven for international artists who flock to the area for the peace and tranquility afforded them.
The mountainous landscape of the Serranía de Ronda is in full view around the Hotel Caballo Andaluz, located near to one of the prettiest of the white villages, Gaucin. On a clear day, views to Gibraltar and across to the Rif mountains of North Africa are stunning.
Peaceful rural breaks are how the owners describe their hotel, which with just 12 rooms means you’ll have space to unwind whilst also making new friends with like minded souls. The Hotel Caballa Andaluz is a special place almost equidistant between the Parque Natural de Alcornocales and the Sierra de las Nieves UNESCO Biosphere. Enjoy long walks around the mountains and valleys, or ask reception to arrange a horse trekking excursion.
The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been a regular though little known about visitor to the Serranía de Ronda for several years, and this month holidayed at an exclusive hotel near Gaucin, but this time with full security as befitting a head of state.
Cameron and his wife Samantha who are keen walkers apparently love the district for its pristine nature and sometimes challenging walks over local mountains, and tracks in the Genal Valley and Guardiaro Valley are believed to be personal favorites of the couple, though with the couple expecting their first child a statement from Downing Street said it was unlikely they would do too much.
Arriving in Spain, the Prime Minister met Spain’s Premier José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and was quoted as saying that as PM his security entourage would make it difficult to enjoy walking in the Ronda campo, a situation he regretted.
Even though Cameron’s regular trips to the area were largely anonymous, he and his wife are known to have good friends who live at Gaucin, and the Prime Minister has been spotted in Jimera de Libar’s “Bar Allioli” owned by Paul Darwent. At the time Cameron was leader of the opposition and had walked Mr Henderson’s route from the station at Benaojan to the station at Jimera.
Nigel and Ginny Cobb, a local couple who pioneered Alpaca breeding in Andalucía sent us this photo of their Alpacas sitting under a tree when the first snow arrived in Ronda a few days ago.
Their fibre keeps them warm and so long as they can get food (Nigel and Ginny go round with avena every day) they are quite happy.
Alpacas are originally found in South America but seem to thrive in Spanish conditions and their hair makes an excellent wool. Apart from Nigel and Ginny Cobb between Arriate and Setenil, there are also other breeders near Arriate and two breeders near Gaucín.
Nigel and Ginny are quite happy to meet people who might be interested in seeing their Alpacas, meetings can be arranged on their property near Ronda, and they often exhibit their Alpacas at local agricultural shows.
Born in the UK in 1943, Lesley remembers being interested in art and artistic endeavours from an early age. At school she remembers wanting to study art after completing High School, and she did, being admitted to the Birmingham College of Art for a three year program of study.
Soon after leaving college, Lesley found herself in demand in Paris by Lanvin, at the time one of the most influential fashion houses in France, if not the world. Lesley enjoyed her time modelling, and it was here that she became mother to two young girls.
By 1969, Lesley and her daughters longed for a quieter and more relaxing life, and the Balearic Islands beckoned. It was here that Lesley developed her talent for clothes design, opening a specialty boutique on Formentura.
The early 1980s, and a move to Ibiza, allowed Lesley to finally return to art, her passion since a child, but never indulged, and through the next few years exhibits in Ibiza, Formentura, England, and even Germany were common events.
We are fortunate here in the Serranía that Lesley visited and then fell madly in love with Gaucín on a trip in 2005, prompting an immediate move, and some of Lesley’s best works in the tranquility of Gaucín’s campo.
Since moving to the Serranía, Lesley has exhibited in Gaucín, in Ronda, and at several local hotels, and the first Sunday of every month will often find her in Plaza Duquesa de Parcent with her best pieces for sale to enthusiastic buyers.
Contact Lesley Riddihough
Lesley can be contacted for private commissions. Her paintings vary in size from about (90 x 65cm) to (116 x 81cm). She also has several small detail paintings of (20×20) for sale at the Andalucía Soap Company Shop in Ronda.
Would you like to purchase one of Lesley’s pieces? Lesley is a regular exhibitor in Ronda’s monthly Artesanía market held the first sunday of every month. She can be contacted on (+34) 952 117 152
Gallery of Lesley’s Paintings
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