100 m² superf. vivienda
150 m² superf. terraza
El Rancho is a luxury holiday retreat, set in the heart of the Andalucian countryside, surrounded by 4 acres of private olive groves, with vast views of pine clad mountains. It is also a small Organic olive farm with horse riding facilities, and offers 2 exclusive self catering cottages. The cottages are both beautifully designed and constructed and centered around landscaped gardens and terraces with a five seater Heated Jacuzzi and 2 swimming pools, the largest being 80 sqm. Both cottages have their own private dinning and sunbathing terraces and have been individually designed and lovingly furnished in a typically Andalucian style, to the highest standards. An ideal retreat for couples and families of all ages, seeking a relaxing holiday. Idealy located for sightseeing, (Alhambra Palace, Ronda, Seville) and yet only 40 mins from the beaches of the Costa del Sol, 20 mins from the lakes of Iznajar. The traditional village of Villanueva del Trabuco with its numerous tapas bars and restaurants is just 5 minutes away.
El Pasa Fina 2 bedroom cottage
Bedroom 1 consists of 2 single beds, complete with bedside cabinets and fitted wardobes, ceiling fan and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 consists of 1 double bed with fitted wardrobes, ceiling fan and en-suite bathroom. Bathrooms, both en-suite luxury bathrooms feature ganite vanity units, shower cubicles and wc. Fully fitted kitchen, with granite work surfaces, full size fridge/freezer, gas hob and electric oven. The kitchen is fully equipped, with quality cooking utensils and glassware. Lounge/dining area, is fully furnished with comfortable Italian leather sofas and dining furniture, fireplace with log burner, TV DVD player, music system with mp3, Internet connection and ceiling fan. Private landscaped terrace with shaded eating area, complete with ouside kitchen and built in gas barbecue, ideal for eating alfresco, full wooden dining table and chairs, and sunloungers. All towels (except beach towels) and linen included and changed weekly.
The large landscaped pool is over 80 sq meters and is fully illuminated in the evening, ideal for that late evening dip on those balmy summer evenings. The shallow end features Roman steps and the deep end is over 3 meters deep, which makes it ideal for diving. The pool is constantly cleaned and monitored with the chlorine and PH levels maintained daily. The terraces around the pool feature an abundance of sun loungers and parasols and everywhere you look there are planters full of flowers giving an array of colour throughout the year. The landscaped terraces provide an ideal place to relax and soak up the summer sunshine. We also offer guests the opportunity to ride our horses accompanied through the countryside. The scenery here, really is second to none, and one of the best ways to enjoy the stunning countryside, is just like they have done for centuries, upon horse back. We use various trails throughout the mountains and vary the routes according to guests individual requirements.
Horse Riding at El Rancho
At "El Rancho" our passion in life are our horses, these are our own personal horses - our extended family. Our horses are all loved and cared for, regularly exercised and given only the best feed and supplements. Yes, they are thoroughly spoilt, however this is only reflected in their good manners and well being. All our horses have recieved BHS schooling. During the summer our horses graze naturally through the olive groves. If you would like to participate in trail riding whilst you are staying with us, we are more than happy to discuss your riding requirements. The trails, vary between tracks through the valleys amongst the olive groves to pathways through the pine clad mountains, all our routes are varied, depending on the ability of the rider, however all our routes provide breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. We also offer special lessons for younger riders where Jacque offers tuition on a one to one basis. Jacque always likes to give our younger clients a riding appraisal in one of our turn out corrals, before venturing into the mountains for the first time.
Numerous sandy beaches and sea food restaurants of the Costa Del Sol can be reached in as little time as 40 minutes, El Palo, has many chiringitos, and the famous fish Restaurant "El Tintero" is a favourite with the Spanish locals. There are also several water parks on the Coast and Tivoli fun Park in Benalmadena. The lakeside beaches of Lake Iznajar are only 20 minutes away, and has child friendly sandy beaches. There is also a beachside chiringito (bar/restaurant) for snacks and refreshments.
The newly appointed and challanging Golf course of Antequera, is only 25 minutes away. The course consists of 18 holes par 72 with 10 lakes and amazing views over El Torcal. A great course with a good club house serving excellent food. There are also numerous courses on the coast.
The Sierra Nevada is just over 1.25 hours drive away. The season usually starts in December and can go right through till April. Well worth a visit in the winter and has over 80 km of runs. Features some great tapas bars for apre ski!
"We regularly patronise this resort as it manages to cater for all levels and abilities and contains some great little restaurants and tapas bars"
Both Granada and Malaga airports are within an easy 45 minutes drive, we would recommend hiring a car, although we can arrange to collect you from either airport if required.
The "Peublo Blanco" village of Villanueva del Trabuco is 3km from El Rancho, a pleasant stroll in the Spring and Autumn, with a couple of restaurants/bars on route. Close by are the historical towns of Antequera and Archidona, Antequera was originally established during the Roman times and is steeped in interesting architecture, it is well worth a visit to see the historic bull ring, traditional restaurants and street cafes. Antequera also has some great fashion boutiques.
The traditional village of Villanueva del Trabuco, contains a variety of authentic tapas bars and restaurants, offering a wide variety of different cuisines. In the village you will find many different shops, from small supermarkets to gift shops to womens boutiques. There is also a daily indoor market selling fresh produce, fruit and veg, fresh fish and meat. Trabuco has a beautifull new central plaza with numerous bars and cafes centered around a fountain, an ideal place to take a coffee or a glass of wine and watch the locals go by. Trabuco has many fiestas throught the year where you can see on first hand the "Real Spain" with the women all dressed in their traditional dresses and the men on their Andalucian horses, bands playing in the plaza and everyone having a great time. The Fiestas are a major part of life in the Andalucain counrtyside and eveyone joins in, from the smallest baby to the oldest grandparent.
Other places of interest include the famous Alhambra Palace at Granada, an absolute must, there are also the famous historic towns of Ronda, Sevilla and Cordoba. All worthy of a visit.
At El Rancho we are also able to arrange for our guests a variety of other activities, including off road trail biking, complete with personnal tour guide, scuba diving and golf. The local area is a haven for bird watchers, painters, walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and photographers.