Finca Naranja

near Ronda, Ronda & the White Villages, Spain Book from

A delectable hideaway in the hills close to Ronda - charming for couples and families alike
Orange? It's inspired by the colour of Buddhist robes in Bali and of the fruit in the citrus groves surrounding this hidden finca in the mountains close to Ronda.

The living is easy at Finca Naranja, where 4 standalone guest cottages feel wonderfully intimate and feature beautiful clean-cut design. The fusion of southeast Asian decoration, contemporary works of art and traditional Andaluz architecture - whilst looking deceptively simple - is born of a deep understanding of what really works. The self-catering cottages are set well apart from each other to ensure space and privacy, and more importantly, peace, for restorative siestas and romantic meals. Laze in a hammock by the pool, drive through oak forests and vineyards to Ronda, gaze out to the Roman ruins of Acinipo - a stay here is R&R at its very best.

Highs

  • Help when you need it, your space when you don't - the best holiday recipe
  • Lazy breakfasts on your shaded terrace - you'll find ingredients in your fridge and fresh bread and muffins delivered to your doorstep (all included in the room rate)
  • Heaps of space for couples and families alike, including a chill-out area in a meadow with an honesty bar, and a children's play area; there are 6 hectares of land, olive trees and fruit orchards, so plenty of room for all
  • A hop away from excellent vineyards - borrow bikes and go tasting
  • Close to Ronda (15 mins' drive) yet deeply bucolic: loads to do if you want, precious little if you don't

Lows

  • No restaurant, and no external restaurants within walking distance
  • The kitchenettes are attractive but there are no ovens or microwaves; you'll need to cook on a hob or prepare salads
  • Don't expect 24-hour reception of the kind you'd get in a hotel, but do ask for anything at any time
  • Families are part of the scene so expect to see kids around during the day
  • No TVs, iPod docks or DVDs players in the suites, though there is WiFi

Best time to go

All year. This is a place of the seasons. If you want to see the wild flowers, come in April or May.

Our top tips

It's worth reading up on the new Ronda wines before you arrive. Since the arrival of a group of pioneering viticulteurs some 25 years back, the region has seen a renaissance in its wine-making industry. There are now 2 dozen boutique bodegas including a few that are just a hop away from Finca Naranja. The wines are taking on the best at national and international competitions: names to watch out for include Schatz, Chinchilla, Conrad, Ramos Paul ...

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B with self-catering
  • 4
  • Self-catering (breakfast provided)
  • 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
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
  • Children's playground
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Honesty bar
  • Internet access
  • Kitchenette
  • Pool towels
  • Shared laundry facilities
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Hob stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Organic produce
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Read in a hammock, swim in the pool then have a beer in the meadow chill-out bar
  • Borrow bikes and visit local bodegas to see why Ronda wines are now vying with some of the country's finest coupages
  • Head out on foot to the Roman theatre of Acinipo, which stands atop a high plateau with big views out to the peaks of the Ronda and Grazalema mountains
  • Explore the winding streets, bull ring, gorge and mansion houses of Ronda in the late afternoon - by this time the hoards of day trippers are heading back to the Costa
  • Discover the stunning trails of the Grazalema Park - guided walks can be arranged
  • Take a day trip to Seville, the capital of Andalucía, to wander through its charming Santa Cruz area and visit its Gothic cathedral and enchanting Moorish palace
  • Head for the Med': it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to reach the beaches close to Marbella, where bars and restaurants ply their trade in summer
  • Drive to Setenil late in the day for excellent tapas in one of its many cheap-and-cheerful bars

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Wildlife
  • Wine tasting

Kids

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.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

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.

Babysitting:

On request

Children's meals:

There are basic kitchenettes to self-cater meals, but note there are no ovens or microwaves

Kids Activities on site:

  • Trampoline
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
  • Toys and games for all ages
  • Two friendly donkeys

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Roman ruins to discover nearby at Acinipo
  • Explore Ronda
  • Grazalema Park

Families Should Know:

There are shared laundry facilities

Distances:

  • Airport: 100km (Málaga)
  • Shop: 15 minutes' drive (Ronda)
  • Hospital: 15 minutes' drive (Ronda)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
9/
Food
10/
Service
10/
Value
10/
Overall

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