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“A Corner of Heaven”

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Hotel Finca el Cerrillo
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This was our first organized walking holiday, and we couldn't have chosen a better place - we were met at Malaga airport by a taxi arranged from the hotel and after a short motorway drive we turned onto a series of narrow winding roads up into the hills, After passing through a few of the beautifully white Andulasian villages we were at Hotel Finca el Cerrillo. The first impression is one of astonishment at the love that has been put into converting an olive mill into a small private hotel. Every corner you turn has something special to see, from the beautiful tree house, the glorious gardens, secluded courtyard and shady sitting out areas, not to mention the welcoming swimming pool. Sue and Gordon (the English owners) and the rest of the staff go the extra mile to make you feel at home. In fact, at the end of the week, we felt we had been staying in someone's private house, it was that personal. The walking exceeded our expectations - you could choose what grade of walk you wanted to do each day, and several of us in our group "mixed and matched" throughout the week. Our guides were so helpful and attentive to our welfare that you felt very safe even walking up some rather narrow mountain paths. The food was delicious, both at the hotel and eating out. On our rest day, we sampled wines at the local Bodega, even trying a wine that was served at the wedding of the King of Spain. My only complaint on this holiday, which has nothing to do with the hotel, was flying home from Malaga airport. The queues were horrendous so do give yourself a good 2 - 3 hours before flying if you don't want to get stressed! This is definitely a corner of heaven and we hope to return before too long.

Room Tip: Every room is good - but don't expect a television in the room - it is not that type of hotel
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

From the moment you arrive at the Finca you are in paradise! Sue and Gordon and all the staff are most welcoming and attentive in a very genuine way. I have been on many of their walking weeks and recently was lucky enough to spend two weeks there. Everything is seamlessly organised and considered. The walking guides are knowledgeable and supportive. The food is consistently good. The hotel is a delight and there is nothing that can be faulted. You always meet very interesting people there too, many of whom quickly become friends.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 May 2017

Over the years I have spent a number of different holidays at the Finca and remain astounded that the high standards established by Sue and Gordon at the start have been maintained year after year. This time I spent the first Level 2 week warming up for a second more challenging walking week both of which met my expectations in full. The amount of effort put in to give everybody a great time is unbelievable and from personal experience I can say that the Finca puts many trendy " boutique " hotels to shame. The volume of repeat business and the fact that the Finca fills up so quickly says it all about this special place as does the effort made to integrate with - and by definition contribute to -the people and businesses in the area. Fantastic!

Room Tip: They are all unique and of a high standard
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

What can I say ?.... The entire experience gets better year on year.This trip we travelled with my partner `s mum (75 years plus ) The Finca catered for our every needs as in previous years and made sure my partners mum`s requirements were met too. Fantastic flora and views on the walks, weather was lovely too. This time we booked a full day Bird watching trip, which was very worthwhile, whilst my partner`s mum had a massage ( She says it was wonderful ). Food and hotel services amazing.Rooms / beds very comfortable. Sue and Gordon and their entire team go the extra mile at every turn to ensure your stay is amazing, relaxing and rejuvinating .. next trip booked already

Room Tip: All rooms are individually designed in keeping with the building, beds comy , showers good , views d...
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

We have stayed at Finca el Cerrillo several times over the last few years. However this was the first time we had the opportunity to stay for two weeks. The first week was an art holiday and our tutor was Frances Winder. This proved to be an excellent week with Frances sharing lots of ideas wth us. Surprisingly for most of the group it was their first visit to the Finca. The fact that once Frances gave the dates for her course at the Finca in 2018 everyone immediately booked says everything there is to say about this delightful small hotel set in mountains on the edge of the Natural Park. They all thought it was fantastic. Non painting partners had a good week exploring the many walks around the local area. The grounds are full of sketching ideas for the artists and there is an olive grove to wander around for further ideas. At this time of year the wild flowers are beautiful and we saw many orchids.

Our second week was a Semana Santa gentle walking week when we were able to enjoy walks and get a flavour of the Spanish traditions around Easter. We saw processions on Palm Sunday, on Tuesday and also Maundy Thursday. The walks were led by guide, Nick, who was very attentive to the different rates of walking of the group. For those who did not wish to walk so far or do a lot of uphill taxis were provided to avoid the uphill part and then we were able to join the main group.

The meals as always were delicious, wonderful varied salads at lunch time and an excellent three course meal in the evening. We were able to enjoy aperitifs on the terrace in the evening sun. Two of the evening meals are taken at local restaurants but transport is provided.

From the minute one is met at Malaga airport the attention to detail is first class. No wonder so many visitors return and the Finca was listed as number 9 in the Telegraph's article on the best 50 places to stay in all of Spain.

Peace surrounds the place with many sitting areas whether you wish sun or shade. Our favourite is sitting under the Carob tree.

We are returning later this year and already looking forward to another excellent holiday.

Room Tip: All rooms are different but equally as good.
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: 29755 Canillas de Albaida, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Canillas de Albaida
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Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Canillas de Albaida
Number of rooms: 12

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