Finca el Tossal

near Bolulla, Valencia & Costa Blanca, Spain Book from Book from £78 per night

A traditional casa rural, 8km uphill from the Costa Blanca, with great views of the Marina Alta mountains and the Med
A stone and terracotta villa with wrought-iron balconies, it looks like it’s been here for a century or more, but Thorsten and Sonia Herrmann built this place from scratch - everything, even the furniture. There was nothing here, says Thorsten, except goats, ruined farmhouses, a ledge of wooded hillside and a sensational view. They opened in 2005 with just one guest room. Today there are 9 luscious suites, plus a cool pool terrace, Jacuzzi and chill-out area, and an intimate dining room and bar. It’s a very personal space, drawing influences from the Herrmanns’ globe-trotting past: German-born, they have lived in Italy and California; Sonia was brought up in Spain.

Their country retreat is a hybrid of Italianate villa and mini Moorish palace, set in a tranquil Spanish landscape where craggy mountains overlook a haze of coastal plains and a patchwork of lemon, almond and orange groves. In the gardens, trees cast pools of shade onto pristine lawns; you can smell the pines, and watch a light Mediterranean breeze ruffle the palms. Don’t be put off by the crowds who pour into nearby airports. Up here in the mountains, nature is the big draw. Opportunities for hiking, biking and fresh air open up a wild side to the Costa Blanca that tourists rarely see. You can see a glint of Benidorm in the distance, but you couldn’t be further away.


  • The wonderful views across mountains and valleys, down to the coast. You're high in the hills, surrounded by wonderful hiking and biking; there are mountain bikes to borrow
  • The 9 Junior Suites are large and sunny with handmade four-poster beds
  • A relaxed house-party atmosphere - spiced up by the mix of nationalities
  • Fantastic set dinners on the terrace at sunset, served with a gentle evening breeze, candles on the tables, cocktails and Rioja
  • Great value


  • It’s a bit out of the way so you'll need a car, and the access is steep via narrow lanes
  • Dinner is only available 5 nights a week (and no lunches) though there are restaurants in Bolulla, a 3km drive away
  • A maximum of 5 children area allowed to stay at a time (a high for some!)

Best time to go

Finca el Tossal is open all year round and, in an area that attracts visitors in or out of season, it claims 320 days of sunshine a year. In winter it can be cold, cosy and very quiet; spring and autumn are great for hiking, biking and the outdoors. Come in late spring for orange blossom, and in summer for lazing by the pool in the hot sun or day trips to the beach.

Our top tips

Guadalest (20 minutes by car) is a spectacular mountain village, speckled with the ruins of ancient Islamic castles. Reached via a rock tunnel, the castle village offers tours, souvenir shops and amazing views, but try to avoid peak-season crowds.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Great Outdoors
  • Rural Hotel
  • 9
  • Breakfast (+ dinners & restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available


Each of the 9 south-facing Junior Suites has a lounge area and mountain views. The 3 on the first floor have a Juliet balcony; the 3 on the ground floor have doors onto the garden. The ninth sits in a studio to the side of the main building with it's own terrace. This suite also has a mini kitchen (hob, fridge and kettle).

The suites share a Mediterranean style, but each has has its own quirks and touches - perhaps antique Indian pillars or an unusually high-beamed roof. The handmade four-poster double beds are draped in floaty muslin. One can be made up with twin beds. Overall, expect earthy colours, kilims on cool tiled floors, Moorish arches, coloured glass and dark wood.

Bathrooms are simple and rustic, with a shower and toiletries. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, plus shutters to keep out the sun's glare. For the cool winter months, there's heating.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan (on request)
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Internet access
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


The dining room is the hotel’s social hub, with tables set inside and out (or by a log fire in winter), and the food is fresh, seasonal and locally sourced - the kitchen garden provides some of the salads and fresh herbs. A 4-course set dinner is offered 5 nights of the week (usually not on Monday or Tuesday, though this isn’t set in stone and dinner times may vary). During our visit, it began with a delicious tomato pâté served with homemade bread, followed by a fresh fig salad with goats' cheese, slow-roasted leg of lamb with vegetables, and a tangy fruit compote with lemon cream. Menus are chalked onto a board during the day, giving guests a chance to make alternative arrangements if any of the dishes don’t suit diets or palates.

The bar offers a small wine list - including good Spanish wines at reasonable prices - and there’s usually a cocktail of the day on offer. There's also an honesty bar - a fridge stocked with drinks and mixers, where guests can help themselves to wines, spirits and soft drinks at any time of day.

Breakfast is a generous buffet of cereals, homemade breads, cakes and pastries, cheeses, cold meats and homemade yoghurts, served with freshly squeezed juices, teas and coffee.

For lunches and dinner on Monday/Tuesday nights, you'll need to drive into Bolulla (3km); Thorsten and Sonia can advise on restaurants.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Organic produce
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Go walking: there are numerous mountain paths, suitable for all abilities. Thorsten or Sonia can discuss these with you
  • The area is popular with cyclists (particularly serious, lycra-clad roadsters as it is very hilly). Bolulla has often been a stage of the Vuelta de España (Spain’s Tour de France) thanks to its access to a classic ride: up the Coll de Rates, which zig-zags through the Marina Alta mountains. Lower down there are gentler routes as well as numerous tracks for goaty mountain bikers. The hotel can advise on local bike hire options
  • Stroll around Altea: 15 minutes’ drive, it’s one of the most attractive towns on the Costas, a labyrinth of white-washed streets, designer shops, galleries, a smart beach promenade, seafront restaurants and the blue domes of its distinctive church, La Mare de Déu del Consol (Our Lady of Solace)
  • Visit waterfalls: the Font Algar is the area’s biggest tourist attraction and it’s only 5 minutes downhill by car (you can walk it in half an hour). Go early in the morning before the day-trippers arrive, or ask Thorsten to direct you to a lesser-known waterfall
  • Hit the beach: the Costa Blanca is home to some of the finest, cleanest beaches in southern Spain. Suggestions include Portet de L’Olla (sand and shingle at Altea) or the beaches at Oliva (65km). The Herrmanns can also guide you to hidden pebble coves (the 5 Les Rotes bays near Denia are beautiful), and tell you where to find scuba diving, surfing, sailing and other watersports
  • Day-trip to Valencia, Spain’s 3rd largest city and the home of paella. Must-dos include the cathedral, the Museo de Bellas Artes (paintings by Goya, El Greco and Velázquez), the 15th-century Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange; now a World Heritage Site), the old town, the beaches, and the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences (designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Climbing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


Children are welcome and outdoorsy types will flourish in the tranquil rural location.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The bedrooms are large enough for an extra bed or baby cot. One is a ground-floor studio with a terrace and mini-kitchen (hob, fridge and kettle)

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 12 independent reviews from i-escape guests


What a nice place, and the staff were so nice. Lets say this place has the perfect karma!


We arrived mid afternoon after calling to give our time of arrival. The distance from the lower village up the track is more than 5 miles and whilst we are used to difficult roads people who were there with us were very nervous of the track. Perhaps more emphasis on this could be made. When we checked in we were shown the two rooms that were allocated to us. One was as shown in your images very modern with an upgraded bathroom. The other however was not to the same standard. Our friends moved the second day to the same style room as ours.
The main upset for the men was that they were unable to cycle. They had pre ordered Road bikes. It was clear to the guys as soon as we got there that the terrain was not suitable and would be unsafe so had cancel the bikes. We did enjoy our stay the food was excellent, and the waitresses were wonderful and Sonia was very friendly. The location is stunning.
We visited Valencia, Villa Joyosa , Javea , and Altea and enjoyed each of these areas immensely.


We stayed for a couple of nights at Finca El Tossal as a treat before the birth of our second child. We travelled in mid July.
The room we had was excellent, hand made furniture, large bathroom with full sized tub and a great shower with really great pressure. It's not just the secluded spot that makes this place so nice, it's the little details. The pool area was so clean and the addition of the hot tub was a masterstroke. When I talk about the details it's that the pool and hot tub (although it was a "cool tub" when we were there, the perfect spot to pop your feet whilst reading a book) are properly made, not plastic drop ins, well designed, lots of shade (vital in the 30 plus degree heat) and spotlessly clean. The honesty bar makes you feel as though it's just a big houseparty, that your staying with friends and is the perfect riposte to the big hotels "cashless" systems. Detail on the honesty bar is that all the glassware is washed and then dried by hand so the glasses are shiny and clean.

The owners go out of their way to make you feel welcome and have clearly dedicated themselves to this place, building it from scratch over 15 years.
The meals we had were excellent, from the "simple" sandwiches at lunch to the 5 course meal in the evenings. As a pure getaway it's hard to beat. We didn't have time to think about going anywhere as were only there two nights but it is up quite a windy road so my tip is to take a load of books and throw the car keys at the bottom of your bag and relax.


This is a lovely, special place. Perfect for relaxation. Beautiful countryside and views. Sonia and Tornsten are wonderful hosts supported by lovely, helpful and charming staff. We probably hired a car that was too small for the initial journey but it and we got used to it! Our 14 year old son was with us and also had a lovely week chilling by the pool. The food here is exceptional, exciting and local. We had a fantastic time.


Beautiful views, the terrace and pool are wonderful. Nice cool rooms. Rooms cleaned everyday but we would have appreciated a change of towels after a few days. It was great having dinner on the terrace in the evening, food was fab. We found the food in the Finca was better than nearby restaurants that we visited.


Sonia and Thorsten run a superb hotel - with wonderful helpers (and a great Chef). We were there 7 days and it was not long enough with each night a different and delicious four course dinner. We have seen the reviews that warn about the narrow uphill approach but in our 14/16 drives along this we only met one other vehicle. We have used i-escape recommendations over many years - this one comes out top on value and enjoyment.


Good day, we have just ended our three night stay at Finca el Tossal. Our rating for the room, food service and overall value would all be excellent. We felt very welcomed by the owners. The room was very clean, comfortable bed and impressive detail to the room, given this was all constructed by the owners. The breakfast was delicious and the cappuccino was perfect! We had dinner at the B&B every night and were not disappointed. I do not eat fish and the owners and chef made something vegetarian for me every night.
We had difficulty finding the B&B at our arrival, and the owner met up with us in his car to show us the way, which was very much appreciated and kind of him. Once you drive the route, you are ok for the rest of your vacation. We thank again the owners for their welcoming feel and we would not hesitate to recommend this B&B to anyone wanting to discover beautiful nature and serenity.


We had a truly fantastic week at Finca el Tossal. The setting is amazing. It is high up in the mountains and well worth the scary drive up! Sonia and Thorsten have created a beautiful guesthouse with lovely bedrooms. There are so many places to sit and relax and enjoy the spectacular views. The pool area is great and has lots of comfy recliners and a raised platform with mattresses. There is a lot of foliage which is great if you want to sit in the shade.
Probably the highlight for us each day was sitting on the terrace and enjoying the very generous help yourself breakfast which was always beautifully presented. We enjoyed the 4 course set evening meal on 5 occasions. Vincente the new chef who started a few days before our arrival prepared a fantastic menu. Each evening there was a different homemade bread to go with the first course. My absolute favourite dish was the cold soup which was a taste sensation. There was plenty to eat and if there is something on the menu not to your taste you only have to ask and the chef will prepare an alternative for you.
We booked a couples massage whilst there which was very reasonably priced and so relaxing, especially as we opted to have ours on the grassed area in front of our room which was very atmospheric with the soft music and the warm sun. We highly recommend it!
We enjoyed the mix of people of all different nationalities and being able to have a chat with other guests without losing any personal privacy. The staff who work there are so welcoming and helpful.
If you want a chilled retreat in a stunning location then this is the place for you.
One word of advice, if you can afford to hire a car with a decent engine, it's worth it in order to cope with the steep incline of the road to the hotel.
We would definitely like to return here someday. Our thanks to Sonia and Thorsten and all the staff at Finca el Tossal.


Incredible place although difficult access by car. Well kept decoration and atmosphere. Very good wifi. Incredible views and very friendly owners. Only room for improvement: breakfast could be more authentic for the region (pan con tomate, fresh orange juice, nispero etc), the showers of other rooms can be heard.


We had a lovely couple of days at Finca el Tossal. The setting is lovely, and it's a really relaxing place to be. We thought the food was amazing - super tasty, and wonderfully presented.


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