“A relaxed 11-room finca set in beautiful grounds, with a pool, fab food and a wonderful welcome”
The 11 rooms are traditional and tranquil, with sabina wood beamed ceilings and furniture, stone floors, exposed stone walls and shuttered windows. The emphasis is very much on white - the walls, bedspread, armchair, soft towels - in fact, the only splash of colour in our large Double Deluxe with Terrace came from a large painted wooden duck and a vase of fresh lavender. The only real difference between rooms is the size, though the Small Double (obviously being the smallest) lacks a terrace.
To fit with the hotel's eco-friendly ethos, there are no bathtubs - instead, each room has a hydro massage shower, which we found fantastic. In fact, we probably used up more water than a bath would have done, because it was so nice. The bathrooms are ensuite, separated from the bedrooms by a curtain, and have a small room with the toilet and bidet in. Damana toiletries add to the luxury element - orange blossom body lotion, juniper shampoo and white nettle conditioner.
You'll find a CD player, free WiFi access, a flatscreen TV and a coffee machine (ask in the kitchen for freshly ground coffee beans and milk). The beds are comfy and warm and there are armchairs or sofas to snuggle up in. They are a bit dark by day, but the small windows are traditional finca style, and keep the room cool in the summer heat. And the upside is that tiny windows plus thick walls keeps out noise.
Outside, all rooms (except the Small Double) have a small private terrace and flowerbed, with a wrought iron table and chairs. The majority of these overlook the garden, and it's a great place to have an early evening glass of wine and watch the sun set.
There are 2 newer Family Suites set in the garden, which offer additional space in the form of a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a little terrace with tables and chairs. Families may also like to stay in the Double Deluxe with Terrace rooms to the right of the dining room, which have their own private corridor and a shared courtyard.
Although the hotel has a great little kitchen, it only operates full-time in high season. In spring and autumn, the chef can provide picnic spreads (cold meats, cheeses, bruschetta and olives) or whip you up whatever you fancy, but we felt a bit embarrassed to put a chef to all that trouble and opted to go out. Santi booked a table for us at Es Pins 3km down the road. This was a charming place - fairly simple but popular with families - and the vast platters of roasted halibut with chips and salad were fantastic.
When the kitchen is open, much of the produce comes from the neighbouring farm - chickens, vegetables, fruits etc. There's a large terrace and gnarled wood pergola with fantastic views if you want to dine alfresco, and in the winter months, guests all eat together around a big sabine pine table in the dining room. We did this for breakfast, chatting to the other guests and Santi and Anna in a warm, family atmosphere.
It's also common for Santi to throw a BBQ when the weather's good, and he'll invite all the guests to take part and mix a sociable punch to bond people.
The breakfast itself was good: a spread of Spanish cheeses and hams, homemade bread and croissants, home-grown OJ, fruit platters and yoghurts. There was also a choice of hot meals, ranging from scrambled eggs with jamon to crepes.
Children are welcome here and Santi and Anna like having kids around (they have a child of their own). The grounds are spacious and perfect for hide and seek, there's a cat to play with, and the heated pool will keep children entertained. At night the finca has a security guard and the front door is locked. Note that only 2-3 families are generally permitted at a time in consideration for other guests and the tranquil ambiance
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
The ideal accommodation for guests with children are the two Family Suites in the garden, which consist of a double bedroom, twin bedroom and a large terrace, to which a baby cot can be added. A baby cot in the Small Doubles is also possible. One extra bed or baby cot can be added to all Double Rooms (with terraces) - of these the Double Deluxe rooms to the right of the dining room have their own private corridor and a shared courtyard as well.
Babysitting is available by arrangement with local childcare agency
Baby listening/monitors available on request. They work throughout the finca
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Although the kitchen is seasonal, they assure us that families can be fed at all times of the day here, with special mealtimes and menus for tots. There's a café within walking distance and you can use the hotel's blender and microwave if necessary
The pool isn't fenced so keep an eye on toddlers.