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Family Run Organic Farm Retreat For Foodies And Families

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,840 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

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
Registration Number : CR/MA/00454

Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

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

April 2013 Wij zijn van 23 april tot 27 april te gast geweest op de Cortijo Juan Salvador. Wij waren met 10 vriendinnen uit Maastricht. Wij zijn heel warm onthaald en verwent door De kok David, Pedro,.

gastvrouwen Riny, Rosa. Wij hadden een totaal arrangement geboekt. Vol pension en vervoer voor vier dagen. Halen en brengen van het vliegveld. Ook hebben ze ons overal gegidst . Zoals naar Málaga en het mooie achterland van Spanje laten zien met zijn mooie witte dorpjes. De Cortijo Juan Salvador ligt op een prachtig punt met een heel mooi uitzicht. Wel het laatste stukje een ruige weg naar de Cortijo Juan Salvador . Het zijn fantastische gastheren en gastvrouwen.

Wij komen zeker nog een keer terug voor ook de stilte en de prachtige bloemenzee in de natuur.
Apr 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Málaga-Este in Málaga

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1840 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Activities Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Luxurious marble bathrooms equipped with high-level health. All with exterior windows, 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 Large Double Bed
  • 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 and wool blankets. Guest can have 2 extra baby cradle for 15€/night each.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • Sand Pit
  • Terrace
  • 5 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor 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 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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Family Run Organic Farm Retreat For Foodies And Families
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
Finca Higueron,La Muela, Costa de la Luz

Beautiful traditional Spanish house , spacious and comfortable in a tranquil setting.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed during late March and the valley was very green and beautiful. It is worth the drive to stay in such a glorious location and in such an amazing building with various terraces and patios. The pools and pool areas are gorgeous although it was too cold for us to have a dip. The kitchen was well equipped and we had everything we needed. Rosa and the family were very welcoming and accommadating and David cooked us a delicious meal. I would love to return again .

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic holidays

  • 5 of 5

We spent fantastic holidays in the beautiful 'La higuera' house.

You could find the good taste of the owners not only in our appartement, also in the whole area. During our holidays we felt like a part of the family.

We enjoyed Rinys and Pedros tips for day trips and the good food of the fantastic chef David and Rosas super service.

We really felt welcome and we miss the family and the wonderful place.

Thanks for the perfect holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Heidi and of course all the others from the nice family, Thank you very much for your nice words. It was a pleasure to have you here as our guests. We could feel how much you enjoyed your holidays and our place. That was/is the best feeling you can give us!! Thanks. Warm greetings, Riny
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Amazing, Relaxing Location For Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This place was beautiful, relaxing, and had everything we needed for a week long stay in Southern Spain! We went with our 18 month old son and Rosa was perfectly accommodating and even had toys, a high chair, and a bed for our little one! The outside balcony was ideal for letting our son run around while we drank coffee and enjoyed the warm sun. We enjoyed one catered special meal for New Year's Eve and it was spectacular and served with cheer and humor. The location was perfect for day trips to Nerja, el Torcal, Malaga, and even Granada. We enjoyed many days of beautiful weather and hiking around the villa and hope we can go back someday! Thanks for the perfect winter holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jenny, Thank you so much for your review and we are very happy to know that you had a nice time in our place with your family.
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Wunderschöne Urlaubstage mit der Familie

  • 5 of 5

Ich war 5 Tage mit meiner Familie in diesem wunderbaren Landhaus.

Die Gastfamilie, Rosa und David, sind sehr sehr freundlich und aufmerksam. Sie haben jeden Tag vielen Empfehlungen gegeben, was wir unternehmen könnten und David hat uns manchmal eben begleiten.

Wir haben jeden Tag Abendessen dort gegessen und die spanische Küche von David ist von 5 Sternen. Wir haben seit langem nicht so gut gegessen. Die Qualität der Präsentation und des Geschmacks der Gerichte war sehr gut.

Wir können diesen Ort sehr empfehlen: Gast- und Umweltfreundlich!

Vielen Dank Rosa und David für die wunderbaren Tagen.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ein sehr freundlicher, friedlicher und liebevoll hergerichteter Ort

  • 5 of 5

Sehr freundliche, liebenswerte und stets hilfsbereite Gastgeber. Wir haben in den sechs Tagen mehrfach das Abendessen dort eingenommen, was köstlich, abwechslungsreich und sehr angenehm war. Weinempfehlungen waren ebenfalls sehr gut - hat den Vorteil, dass man zum Essen auch trinken kann. Sollte der Fahrer bei auswärts eingenommen Essen keinesfalls tun, da die Straßen kurvig, schmal und zum Schluss nicht befestigt sind .

Insgesamt ein sehr romantischer Platz, an dem man viel schlafen, lesen und bereden kann. Ausflüge in umliegende Städte sind mindestens 50 Auto-

Minuten entfernt . Sevilla und Granada sind Tagesausflüge.

Insgesamt sehr empfehlenswert.

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Melanie and family, We want to say thank you for your nice words. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. You had a lot of respect about our place and the house was perfect when you have leaved. We want to thank you for all your tips as well.
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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

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Security deposit: 250€
Final cleaning: 75€
Rental prices include VAT, electricity (standard electricity use) water, gas (only the first bottle), towels, bed linen, towels for the kitchen and the use of the swimming pool (in the summer).
Not included: towels for the swimming pool or beach, the second gas bottle and wood for the open fireplace in the winter (€12,50 for a wheelbarrow).
No smoking inside the houses.
It is NOT possible to pay with a credit card.
CANCELLATION: Cancellations received 9 weeks or more prior to arrival, will be subject to a cancellation charge amounting to the total of the deposit paid. Cancellations received within 9 weeks prior to arrival or during your stay will be subject to cancellation charges amounting to the total rental cost.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.