“A delectable hideaway in the hills close to Ronda - charming for couples and families alike”
Each stunning suite is a standalone cottage with a private terrace. Your first choice should be a Deluxe Suite. Behind French windows opening to mountain views you'll find an airy, uncluttered living space where pine floors and avocado and white colour schemes provide a perfect stage for edgy furnishings. Leather armchairs sit beside an open hearth (logs are provided in winter), a line of globe lamps above the bed can be dimmed according to your mood, and the double bank of pillows on your super-kingsize bed is fronted by silky cushions. The 4.5m-high ceilings allow for a mezzanine level, accessed by a steep ladder, with a double/twin bed. Any kid will thrill to this Swallows and Amazons sleeping platform.
Bathrooms are just as appealing with marbled floors, standalone tubs, high rain showers and white porcelain sinks atop marble-topped plinths. Expect big bottles of shower gel and shampoo, a chunky soap, and towelling robes for slinking down to the pool.
To one side of the pool, the cheaper Suite 1 makes clever use of a much smaller space: a high bed wall doubles as the visual boundary between the sleeping area and the shower bathroom. The all-marble floor, creamy walls and white wooden ceiling help to make things feel less cramped but there's no indoor sitting space; the make-your-own breakfast arrangement only works here when it's warm enough to dine alfresco on the terrace.
Suite 2 has more room. Sliding glass doors and a clever bed wall (it allows light from the shower room's porthole window to flood into the sleeping area) up the sense of space, whilst outside is a huge terrace looking out across olive groves and wheat fields to a wooded limestone ridge. In this suite there's just enough room for a bench seat along with a dining table and chairs, where you won't feel cramped should the weather oblige you to take breakfast inside.
There are deliberately no TVs or radios, but a spoiling touch is that, unlike most self-catering places, the bed linens are excellent quality and the spaces are kept immaculate.
You'll find your fridge stashed with breakfast goodies - butter, local cheese, chorizo, salami and jamón serrano, plus jams, milk, peach juice and eggs. Extra virgin olive oil, too, in case you fancy an Andalusian-style tostada. Fresh bread is delivered to your suite first thing and supplies are replenished later in the day when your room is cleaned.
For other meals, your small kitchenette has a stash of gleaming utensils including a coffee maker, kettle, cocktail shaker and - claro que sí - an orange squeezer; there's also a communal BBQ outside. You'll need to shop for supplies in Ronda or Setenil, but basics are provided - washing-up liquid, salt, pepper, bin bags and so on. You can help yourself to organic fruit and veg growing in the grounds, too. Note, there are no ovens or microwaves, just a couple of hobs; the kitchenettes work best for preparing light meals like pasta, salads and sandwiches. Families with young kids will find the set-up really conducive to easy, outdoor living.
With Ronda just a 15-minute drive away, there's plenty of scope for dining out, from cheap and cheerful to gourmet. Two great places for a modern take on tapas are Tragatapas, just a few yards from the famous Puente Nuevo, and Tapas Locas, tucked away at the far end of the walled town. For a relaxed, sit-down meal head for either Almocabar or Carmen La de Ronda. The beautiful white village of Setenil de las Bodegas has several buzzy tapas bars tucked beneath its towering sandstone gorge: the best of the bunch is currently Sol y Sombra.
During the warmer months there's a funky little honesty bar in the meadow, whose thatch and bamboo design give it a distinctly Asian vibe. It's a great place to unwind with a sundowner and to get to know your neighbours at Finca Naranja.
Kids are warmly welcomed at Finca Naranja and there are stacks of toys and games for all ages. Out in the meadow you'll find a play area with a trampoline cleverly dug into the ground for maximum safety, as well as swings, table tennis and a slide. The swimming pool will be the main focus of any child's attention.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Suite 1 can fit a baby cot, Suite 2 has space for a baby cot and a rollaway bed, and the Deluxe Suites have mezzanine sleeping areas with a double or twin beds (note there's a fairly steep staircase up to them), plus space downstairs for a baby cot.
There are basic kitchenettes to self-cater meals, but note there are no ovens or microwaves
There are shared laundry facilities