Magical week in Andalusia
Our week at Finca el Almendrillo could not have been better. It’s hard to know where to start with the compliments. Perhaps with the views: One could sit on any of several beautifully furnished terraces and simply gaze out for hours! The house is commodious, well-equipped, and very comfortable.
Mike is a great communicator–though we had little need for communication, as all house instructions were clearly presented in advance. We had 7 days of perfect weather. The kitchen easily accommodates a group who like cooking together. For us, it also accommodated Ian and Diana, who prepared a 4-course regionally-inspired meal, and even gave us some of the recipes. We found Antonio’s (bar and restaurant in Fuente del Conde) to be a great resource, and stopped there almost daily for a coffee, a snack, or a gin and tonic.
The walk down and back up allowed us to justify it all! Our longest day trip was to Granada and the Alhambra. Otherwise we had a wonderful time meandering through the smaller nearby cities: Antequera, Iznahar, and Rute. We never know where our next adventure will be; there is always the desire to try someplace new. We were so enchanted with Finca el Almendrillo, however, that we are actually considering booking again for next year. I would heartily recommend this house to anyone considering a journey to southern Spain.
Wonderful week at amazing Almendrillo
Almendrillo was the most perfect setting for our 3 generation family holiday. The spacious and very well equipped finca provided superb accommodation for four families and the views from the terraces were breathtaking. The pool, with its shady terrace, was by far and away the biggest pool we have ever had with a holiday villa and provided hours of fun for everyone, ages 6 to 70+.
The owner, Mike, was extremely helpful and responded immediately to any and all communications from me. He also put me in touch with Ian and Diana who came up to the finca each evening and cooked delicious 3 course Mediterranean meals for us – after feeding the children first!
I would love to return to the magical El Almendrillo and would not hesitate to recommend it to any large family group
The property was in a beautiful, quiet location.
Finca El Almendrillo was a beautiful place to stay with 3 families. Between the 3 families we have 8 teenagers, ranging from 14-18. There was loads of space for all. You can disappear to read or can be in the hub of it in the pool. We had a lot of fun in the pool, mostly playing waterpolo.
At night after sharing a meal in the courtyard, the adults went off to relax whilst the teenagers did their own thing. It was perfect. I would highly recommend a visit. When there please visit Bar Los Parjaritos, great food and a relaxing atmosphere.
Great holiday, wonderful villa
Finca el Almendrillo is a perfect holiday villa for a large group. It is well laid out and there is plenty of space for everyone to be together and it is also easy to find a balcony or shady spot or the hammock for some quiet time to yourself. The bedrooms are well laid out with many rooms interleading making it the perfect house for families with younger children.
There are lots of bathrooms, several ensuite and those that are not (en suite) are conveniently located for everyone else. The kitchen is well equipped and a good central meeting place and there are several different places to eat outside. The pool is fantastic. Plenty of space around the pool to accommodate both sun worshippers and shade lovers alike.
The pool itself is also a great size for swimming lengths, but equally good for pool games too. Mike and his manager Sian (in Spain) were really helpful and if we needed anything, they were quick to respond and everything worked very smoothly. Lots of things to do around and about, so much choice, but there is a very helpful folder with all the information you could need.
I would definitely recommend Almendrillo to friends and family and hope to return in the not too distant future
The Magic Of Spain at El Almendrillo
Where do you find a place in southern Spain that will comfortably accommodate six couples privately?
From our initial research there are not many! How fortunate we were to find El Almondrillo! This modernized, original estate home is located at the end of an interesting twisting lane a few kilometrers from the excellent highways.
We were warmly welcomed by a charming knowledgeable off site manager who was most helpful and thorough regarding the house and the wonders of the area. For any issue she was but a call or short trip away. We also enjoyed some absoluteley delicious in house meals meticulously prepared by an area couple with extensive cooking skills!
The views are simply outstanding! From the well furnished patios, you experince an absoluteley spectacular view across the olive grove covered valley and hills as far as the eye can see. Enjoy your morning coffee as the sun comes over the mountains. Have lunch and afternoon cocktails around the stunning pool or south facing recessed patio again with uninterupted vistas. Then, in time, enjoy dinner under the stars and the fading colours of the setting sun. The well equipped BBQ area off the fully enclosed large courtyard makes meal preparation a most pleasant experience for those so inclined.
All needs are provided. Le Almendrillo was spotlessly clean with comfortable beds and all amenities. The modern bathrooms, showers and laundry facilities were well used by all after our long days and hikes around area trails.
Anyone for pool, ping pong, cards… along with a second floor TV room with an outdoor patio over looking the valley? The isolated spaces enables one to easily slip away for a quiet read, Wi Fi exchange or a welcome siesta.
The small local village, a short drive away is charming. It has a small store for general needs. There is also a lively restaurant/ bar with great food and a most enthusiastic owner.
Our goal was make trips to the numerous historic and cultural sites within an hour and a half or so driving. El Almendrillo is ideally located to access the rich cultural history of the white villages, and must see cities like Cordoba, Seville etc. The spectacular south coast and return to the quiet “hominess” of Almendrillo are lasting memories!
El Almendrillo is a “go to” place! You, I know will love it too !
A wonderful holiday in an amazing place
We were a group of 4 families with 8 adults and 10 children (aged 9-14) and stayed at the Finca Almendrillo for a wonderful week in August.
The setting was amazing on the top of a hill overlooking the olive groves and was very private with plenty of spaces for everyone to be together or to find a quiet spot if desired. We had good communication from Mike before the trip who provided us with details on how to find the Finca, things to do and advice regarding shopping which was much appreciated.
The large pool was fantastic. We spent hours each day playing games in the water, relaxing in the many seating areas around the property and spotting shooting stars at night.
We loved it there so much that we didn’t leave often although did manage trips to the lake at Iznajar for pedalo fun, to Granada and to the local Antonio’s taverna for a meal and drinks one night. We ate in every other night all coming together in the courtyard and made good use of the outdoor kitchen and barbeque.
All in all we would definitely recommend Finca Almendrillo as a wonderful holiday destination.
Beautiful Finca el Almendrillo
Finca el Almendrillo is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.
Set in the middle of the Granada mountains- it has everything you need for the most perfect holiday. The views are just amazing, something from a postcard! The villa itself is gorgeous, so clean and well looked after. We were so lucky to have our wedding at Finca el Almendrillo and it truly attributed to it being such a magical day! The courtyard is perfect for a wedding or any party in fact.
If you need a peaceful, tranquil and beautiful holiday that is suitable for all ages then I would 100% recommend this villa. Without a doubt we will be going back to stay! It is a place that will remain close to our hearts forever.
Stunning family venue for holiday and wedding
First off Finca el Almendrillo is amazing!
We have just returned from our second trip there and from our wedding which we held there in June. It is the most beautiful venue, the views are mesmerising and the huge pool kept the kids (and adults entertained all week). We had envisaged doing lots of day trips but nobody wanted to leave the Finca. For kids they had the pool, lots of space to run about and a whole room of toys to entertain them when they wanted to get out of the sun and play in the shade for a bit.
For the parents it was the first holiday (with young kids) that we felt really relaxed. The whole place is so secure that you could let the kids just run around and be out of your sight because you knew it was so safe. It is fully equipped for children and everything has been thought of from cots to baby baths to bikes. We pre-ordered our drinks before we arrived there so we already had all the soft drinks, coffee, milk, water and wine at the Finca which was brilliant as we didn’t need to pack up our cars with it all. There is also an option to order kegs of beer which we did and I think safe to say was one of the favourite things of the week for everyone. It meant you could go and pour yourself a cold beer at any time and it was hugely popular especially when we had some very hot days!
As a wedding venue it was perfect, we had a small, laid back wedding but the views, beautiful courtyard and the open space meant that the kids could run about, the babies could sleep under the huge tree and the adults could enjoy their sangria in the Spanish sunshine. We had exceptional caterers Wherever Next to come in and cater for the wedding who will also come in and cater for evenings if you fancied treating yourself one night. They also suggested a local Spanish guitarist and flamenco dancer who came in and got everyone, adults and children alike up dancing which was lots of fun! It really was such a special day and the venue made it extra special. When it was time to leave, we had tears from children (and a few grown men!) we just had the most fantastic time and were very sad to go. Even before we left we had decided to come back next year and so we have just booked again.
It is so perfect for families that I can see us coming back years to come and maybe one time we will actually get round to leaving the Finca to explore the local area! If you are hesitating about booking this venue, just book it! You will not be disappointed it is wonderful and you will love it. From babies to grandparents it is equipped for everyone and you will have a brilliant holiday.