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Speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch

Family Run Organic Farm Retreat For Foodies And Families

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Málaga-Este - Cortijo Juan Salvador

Traditional farmhouse with panoramic views of National park of Montes de Málaga

Distinguished Establishment nominated by the Provincial Council of Málaga.

Serenity and calm precede you at Cortijo Juan Salvador. From the top of the (long) shady eucalyptus lined drive, the panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea prepare you for the nature induced solace you can expect at this historic old winery with authentic features from the 18th century. Nestled into the valley on some 20 acres of private land within a protected area of the Montes de Malaga natural park, you’ll forget that you are within 30 minutes of the beaches and the cosmopolitan city of Malaga. Upon entering the grand courtyard at the heart of the cortijo you may even forget what century it is, imagining the horses and donkeys that were housed here during the bygone days of winemaking on the estate.

Your hosts, however, will quickly bring you back to present with a warm welcome. Every visit to this family run eco farm includes complimentary concierge service to help you get the most from your holiday, and the culinary services provided by Chef David Palacios of the on-site host family are truly first rate. Available as personal guides for local explorations and adventures, to offer “insider” recommendations, or simply leave you to your own designs in peace, your hosts aim to cater each visit to each guest.

Families also will appreciate the private pool and generous indoor and outdoor living spaces. The spacious Andalusian courtyard (which can be closed off for child supervision) is a grand space for relaxing or entertaining and features traditional architectural elements highlighting the characteristic rustic charm evident throughout the property. Beyond the antique wooden courtyard gates lie an expanse of nature and open spaces ripe for exploration.

Cortijo Juan Salvador offers two separate lodgings to guests, La Higuera and El Almendro; both with stylish contemporary décor and 3 double bedrooms, private outdoor terraces, fully equipped kitchens and open plan dining-living rooms. Both also feature private entrances, and shared access to the cosy plunge pool with sun lounge. With additional opportunities for group dining, catering, massages or excursions you can be as private and solitary or as social as you like.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch

About The Owner

We are a family run organic farm located in a hidden valley of the Montes de Malaga with all of the peace and tranquillity of deep nature, yet only 25 minutes from the Mediterranean and 30 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Malaga.

Parents Pedro and Riny moved from Pedro’s native Andalucia to Riny’s home town of Maastricht, Netherlands with their son David and his Spanish wife Rosa to start this project. David works as a successful private gourmet chef off site, as well as for guests at Cortijo Juan Salvador. He uses the organic fruit and vegetables they grow themselves in the dishes he serves, and loves to garnish with edible flowers.

What makes this farmhouse unique

As a family outfit we relish in getting to know our guests and offer concierge service as standard, with daily touches such as fresh flowers and lit candles. We are proud to offer such personalised attention and superior culinary services. With our intimate local knowledge we can ensure a pleasant and fulfilling exploration of the ‘real Spain,’ though those preferring to stay close can enjoy miles of hiking trails around the property or simply relax by the pool.

The final result of the renovations is a flexible structure allowing private lodging for 8 (1 house), or combined (2 houses) for groups of up to fourteen. We have maintained the rustic character of the old cortijo, and the traditional Andalusian courtyard is as cosy and inviting as the surrounding gardens.

As an organic farm, and given David’s passion for food and cooking, serving local, home-grown organic produce is one of our specialities and sources of pride. We have many fruit trees and seasonal fruit and vegetables from the garden, which David uses in cooking for guests if they wish, or or they may also wander through the many natural acres of the property and select fruit, citrus and veg for themselves.

We carefully conserve our water, sourced from a well and stored in a reservoir tank, though the supply is sufficient for liberal use by guests. Additionally, kitchen waste is composted, while paper and cardboard, glass and plastic are recycled to minimize landfill.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Vielen Dank fur die schonen 6 Tage! We enjoyed it a lot, the nice place, your hospitality, the good hints and recomendations, the hike with you Rosa, David and Alejandro to the mountainsa and the very good dinner at our last evening….

No de, si es por conocer a tu Hermana Pilar…pero nos sentiamos muy familiar y a veces casi te llamaba Pili. Genial que sabemos de este sitio y espero que pueda volver con Bernd o/y con familia o amigos…

Next goal: Maroma together.

Vielen Dank

Thank you

Muchas gracias
Apr 2013
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based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

Family Run Organic Farm Retreat For Foodies And Families
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

Serenity in the Malaga Mountains

  • 5 of 5

The stay begins with an unexpected 15 miles drive from Malaga on haripin serpentines rising from the sea level to the hight of of the mountains towering over the city, but the drive is well worth it. The Rural House (Casa Rural) offers serene rustic environment in splendid isolation, far from the madding crowd. The beauty of the scenery is breathtaking, and the hospitality of the owners of Cortijo is difficult to match. Add to it the culinary skills of David, who will cook for you a meal with as many courses as you wish, with delicious and well selected wine pairings, and you are in paradise. (We are strict vegans, but David conjoured up a superb dinner which far surpassed our expectations, with wines from the region's Ronda winery.) The house is very beautiful, with all amenities that are needed to make the stay comfortable, and there are numerous places in the courtyard and around the house to dine, read and just relax. One of the two family dogs, Blanco, will go with your for walks if you invite him. We thank Riny, Pedro, Rosa, David and their kids for an unforgettable vacation and for the privilege of using their their beatiful abode.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Family, Thank you so much for your review. We are very happy that you had a nice stay in our cortijo and you have enjoyed the vegan meal that our chef have prepared for you. We wish you a lot of best and will be a pleasure to welcome you ones again to our Establishment.
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Casa espectacular con trato inmejorable

  • 5 of 5

Hemos pasado el puente de Diciembre 2016 en este estupendo cortijo , lo pasamos en familia y nos ha encantado, las vistas y el trato inmejorable.

Mis hijas disfrutaron mucho y aun se acuerdan de la sopa del Chef, de las cenas y comidas que puedo decir, una calidad y puesta en escena de restaurante de estrella Michelin.

Muchas gracias y seguir asi, volveremos pronto!!!!!!!!!!!!

también hemos podid

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchísimas gracias por vuestro comentario. Nos alegra saber que habéis disfrutado de vuestra estancia en nuestro cortijo y de las cenas preparadas por nuestro chef, no hay mejor cumplido que el de un niño. Esperamos que todo os vaya muy bien y sería un placer para nosotros poderos dar la bienvenida de nuevo en nuestro establecimiento.
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Wonderful relaxing holiday.....

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much Riny, Pedro, David, Rosa and David. This was the perfect place for us to relax, recharge our batteries and discover a beautiful area completely new to us. Cortijo Juan Salvador has everything we wanted and we felt so well looked after by the family. We especially enjoyed our trip to Malaga with David and the meals that he cooked for us! When the skies are grey here in England we’ll be dreaming of the blue skies of Andalucia……

  • Review Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Málaga airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Venta Galwey and Venta Cardenas
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Rincón de la Victoria
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
El Palo
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Venta Galwey and Venta Cardenas
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Sierra nevada
Nearest Beach
16 Kilometres
El Palo or Rincón de la Victoria
Car: recommended

The villa is situated 30 minutes from the cosmopolitan city centre of Malaga and the nearest beach at El Palo or Rincon de la Victoria is even closer.

The cortijo sits within the Montes de Malaga natural park and is connects to extensive protected reserves.

There are several very nice cities (Ronda, Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, Nerja, Antequera etc.) and typical white villages (Colmenar, Totalan, Olias, Comares etc.) which you can easily visit.

We personally handled the renovations, with Pedro and David doing much of the work themselves for an even more personal impact on the finished product. All materials are traditional in nature and sourced locally, while any builders lending assistance were also local.

Golf: There are numerous golf courses on the nearby coast and we are happy to help facilitate golf outings for you.

Ski: Sierra Nevada ski resort near Granada


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Málaga-Este, Malaga area (Costa del Sol)

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
23 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £217

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Málaga-Este in Malaga area (Costa del Sol)

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Rustic bathroom equipped with high-level health, exterior window, cozy baths and equipped with certified organic cotton towels
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bathroom in the bedroom
  • Our cozy double rooms, all decorated with exquisite furniture and attention to detail, are equipped with high class beds dressed with delicate certified organic cotton sheets, white French bouti and virgin wool blankets.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • 5 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski pass optional
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Catering/Private Chef service: Young, creative and effusively enthusiastic about food, David Palacios renounced a career as a commercial airline pilot to pursue his culinary passions. David honed his cooking skills training in Maastricht, Netherlands where he developed the gourmet flair to match his creative instincts. David then moved with his family to Andalucía, his father’s home-land, where he grows fresh organic produce and edible flowers for use in his gourmet creations. With a deep knowledge of traditional Andalucía cuisine, David adds a modern twist to the numerous unique dishes he creates for guests at Cortijo Juan Salvador. Chef David quickly gained accolades for his work from such press as The Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure and CNN.com. Additional services are available, including massage, guided tours, baby sitting and airport pick-ups. Full concierge service is also available, though the owners provide a high level of personal attention as standard.

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