Finca el Cerillo

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Address: Canillas de Albaida, Malaga, 29755, Spain

Star rating:

4.3

Enchanting rural retreat 30 minutes from Nerja that ticks all the boxes.

Some places just get it spot on. Finca El Cerillo – in the rural heart of the Axarquia, yet just 30 minutes from Nerja and the coast - knows its market down to a tee and is, unsurprisingly, full for much of the year. About as authentically Andalusian as you could hope to find (pantile roofs, terracotta floors, etc) this 200-year-old smallholding once housed a wine press and every corner is a trip back in time. Now run by a former set designer from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, it's the regular setting for painting and creative writing courses.

Location
4.5
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Eating/drinking
4.4
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Leisure facilities
4.3
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Service
4.2
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Value for money
4.2
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Bedrooms
4.4
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Public areas
4.4
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Location

Just 30 minutes inland from Nerja, but in another world in terms of values, it sits in the hills overlooking the delightful Axarquia town of Canillas de Albaida, one of Andalucia's prettiest villages; some of the region's best country walks start here.

Bedrooms

The 13 rooms are all quiet and completely different. There are four garden rooms and nine rooms in the main house, which vary from room 6, which, while the smallest, is the most popular in summer for being the coolest. to garden room 4, which is the most special, as it has its own small garden and terrace, as well as brilliant views of the village of Archez below.

Public areas

The hotel sits in charming grounds filled with carob, olive and palm trees, and in summer months there is a sea of jasmine, hibiscus and plumbago. There's a spectacular pool just below the house to relax in after a brisk morning's walk. The house itself has been brilliantly restored and has an excellent library, a big collection of hats for guests and an honesty bar. A huge salon is full of antiques, including an old grandfather clock.

Eating and drinking

You would be crazy not to have dinner here during your stay. The local English chef Christine cooks for four nights a week and the dining terrace is almost always full. While there is no menu as such, you are served up a brilliant array of local dishes, as fresh as could be expected and with plenty of vegetables. The only downside is the early sit down at 8pm, which won't suit everyone.

Leisure facilities

There is a superb swimming pool set in the charming grounds, with amazing views south.

Service

Owners Gordon and Sue are normally around, and there is a good solid team of locals, including David and wife Christine who are extremely helpful.

Who stays there

A mix of northern Europeans and Americans, but predominantly guests are British.

Price advice

In winter room rates are reasonable, but the minimum stay is three nights and you are expected to eat in for at least two dinners (at 28 euros per person, including wine). In summer prices go up.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Education
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation

Pros & Cons

  • Mountain location with great walks
  • Classic Andalusian-style finca
  • Total peace
  • Fixed dining arrangements
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