El Hispano is a one bedroom studio apartment which consists of a double bed with top quality cotton bedlinen and fully washable non allergy pillows, complete with fitted wardrobes, beamed ceilings and ceiling fan. En-suite luxury bathroom with granite vanity unit, with his and hers sinks, shower cubicle and wc, kitchenette, including full size fridge, gas hob and electric oven, and granite work surfaces, full kitchen utensils and quality glassware. Wooden Mexican dining table and chairs, TV, DVD player, music system MP3 compatible. Private courtyard terrace with built in gas barbecue and outside kitchen area, complete with dining furniture, parasol, cushions and sun loungers. Wifi internet connection available. All towels, including pool towels and linen included and changed weekly. The cottage is cleaned to an exceptionally high standard for your arrival.
El Rancho is a luxury holiday retreat (license No. RTA VTAR MA 01197), set in the heart of the Andalucian countryside, surrounded by 4 acres of private organic olive groves, with views of pine clad mountains. The Organic olive farm has exclusive horse riding facilities ( subject to availability please enquire ) complete with 20 x 40m professional dressage arena, and offers 3 luxury self catering cottages. All the cottages are beautifully designed with landscaped gardens and terraces with 2 swimming pools & a heated jacuzzi. All cottages have 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. Ideally located for sightseeing, (Alhambra Palace, Ronda, Seville) only 40 mins from the the beaches of the Costa del Sol and only 20 mins from the beautiful beaches of the fresh water lake of Iznajar, where you find sun beds for hire as well as pedlos and kayaks. There also two restaurants on the lake side. The traditional village of Villanueva del Trabuco has numerous tapas bars and good restaurants offering a wealth of local cuisine and varied wine lists, all just only 5 minutes away.
We are a private equestrian centre, with riding only available for our guests. Our horses are part of the family and are impeccably looked after. We offer private one to one lessons in our Dessage arena and also hacks out in the stunning surrounding countryside.
Our olives are farmed by ourselves and cold pressed to make our own organic extra virgin olive oil and guests are welcome to sample our very own olive oil whilst visiting.
We can also arrange olive oil tasting and 3 course lunch at our close friends old restored olive mill, the first olive mill in this area. The mill has been restored and the owner is only too happy to provide organised tours of the mill. His olive oil has won numerous awards all over Europe.
The local village of Villanueva del Trabuco has a weekly market on a Wednesday as long as a daily fresh fish and meat market.
The pretty square of Trabuco can be a great place to enjoy a coffee or tapas and watch the world go by and of an evening in the summer is a hive of activity with its restaurants and bars offering El Fesco dinning in true Sapnish tradition.
For those seeking further adventure we are happy to organise flights in a micro light aeroplane from our local airfield, a spectacular way to see the beautiful countryside. this can be booked upon arrival and is dependent on weather conditions.
Garret Thurston Kilner
- Calendar last updated:
- 11 Dec 2018
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Super stay in sunny Spain.
What a wonderful week in Malaga! Jacque and Garret are so incredibly warm and welcoming. We well and truly relaxed at El Rancho; the 2 pools, jacuzzi and horse riding were fabulous! We thoroughly enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere of Trabuco by night ; Garret and Jacque have great knowledge about the village and what to do and see. We can't wait to return again soon. Thank you for looking after us, enjoy the rest of the summer x
Exceptional 5 star plus accommodation, beautiful rooms, outside dining areas, pools and jacuzzi 👍🏻
Heaven in Spain is the only way to describe El Rancho. The entire experience provided by our hosts Garret and Jackie surpassed anything we ever expected. The property is 5 star from the outstanding rooms to the excellent pool and relaxing seating areas. Set close to near by mountains the backdrop is so relaxing, whilst sipping gin in the jacuzzi watching the stars come out. The hospitality of our hosts at El Rancho made us want more. Making this a destination that all travellers must experience. The property would suit couples, old and young and families of all ages. We had a wonderful time exploring the local villages and finding some amazing restaurants (several of them pointed out to us by Malcolm and Norma, thanks for all the directions). I can’t wax lyrical enough about the most relaxing week I have had in years. A final word goes to penny who runs the stable, who assisted my partner Laura re kindle a passion for horses she had missed for many years. A young girl with a big future who adds a wonderful finishing touch to this full holiday experience. We will be returning soon and look forward to it. This property is a must and I cannot say enough. Thank you for the wonderful memories.
Gavin and Laura
Excelenta locatie pentru a vizita Andaluzia
Va recomand din toata inima El Rancho daca doriti sa vizitati mai multe orase din Andaluzia pentru ca se afla aproape de intersectia autostrazilor care duc spre Malaga (cam la 40-50 minute de aeroportul din Malaga), Granada, Cordoba, Sevilia. Vilele arata excelent, foarte curate si ingrijite, privelistea este minunata, gazdele sunt foarte dragute si primitoare. Nu ratati Setenil de las Bodegas, Ronda si El Caminito del Rey daca ajungeti in zona.
Beautiful place and wonderful hosts!
Well, what can I say? Our trip to Spain was bittersweet. I had dreams of sitting in the hottub with the love of my life, surrounded by beauty. I dreamt of riding a horse in the Andalucian mountains. My dreams did not come true, as such. I was heartbroken. However, the circumstances were due to mother nature and a pump failure, which was beyond the control of the hosts. Garrett and Jacqui were absolutely wonderful and apologetic for the weather and did all they could to make us comfortable and warm. El Rancho itself was gorgeous. The cottages were lovely and had everything we needed to make our own meals, including a barbecue. The bed was super comfortable and the shower had good pressure.
We took day trips to Malaga, Ronda, the Alhambra and Seville. This was the perfect base for exploring. We tried a few of the restaurants recommended by Garrett and Jacqui and they didn't disappoint.
The mountains are all around and we went for walks to admire the beauty despite the rain and cold. I would love to return here some day (when it's warm) and enjoy all that this amazing setting has to offer. I definitely recommend a stay here. Just not in April, perhaps.
Thank you Garrett and Jacqui (and your extended family) for being such wonderful hosts. All the best in the coming season. Perhaps we'll see you again!
Tracey and Rob
El Rancho was absolutely perfect and our genial hosts could not do enough to help.
What a superb find El Rancho is! Set on the outskirts of the fabulous village of Villanueva Del Trabuco it offers peace and tranquility in an idyllic location. The accommodation is first class and once you're settled in and ready to be a little more active there's plenty close at hand including onsite equestrian facilities and treking. Hosts Garret and Jacqui are a mine of local information and cannot do enough to ensure guests make the most of their stay. The views alone are reason enough to visit El Rancho but there's simply so much more...
Fabulous taste of Andalusia
We've just come back from our 5th or 6th visit to El Rancho and all had a fabulous time... again. We can't recommend this place highly enough. Fantastic accommodation, a real taste of Andalusia amongst the beautiful mountains with views to die for. Jacque and Garret are superb hosts and any recommendations for bars or restaurants will be good.
With comfortable accommodation, lots of different areas to sit out and enjoy the views or the pools, El Rancho makes a great place for a family holiday.
We can't wait to go back again!
Special interest holidays:
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. Jacque always likes to give our younger clients a riding appraisal in our dressage arena, 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 chiringito's, 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.
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 women's boutiques. There is also a daily indoor market selling fresh produce, fruit and veg, fresh fish and meat. Trabuco has a beautiful 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 through 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 countryside and everyone 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 personal tour guide, scuba diving and golf. The local area is a haven for bird watchers, painters, walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and photographers. For more detailed information please visit our website.
Booking Notes: Bookings can be made either by telephone or email. We require 25% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and the balance due 8 weeks prior to your arrival. We accept payments by electronic balance transfer to our English bank account or by cheque. Please note that we do not permit smoking inside the accommodation, however we do provide ash trays for smoking on the private terraces. For further information or any queries, please see our website, or send us an email. Changeover Day: During the summer our changeover day is a Friday, after 4pm if possible, this allows time to prepare your accommodation to the highest standard. Out of peak season we are flexible and will consider other arrival days to suit individual needs. Notes on prices: WINTER BOOKINGS: All winter bookings will be upgraded to El Pasa Fina, a larger cottage where the master bedroom and bathroom, with lounge and kitchen will be made available SPECIAL DISCOUNT COUPLES RATE - in both El Pasa Fina and El Alter Real, When only one bedroom and bathroom are used. Only 445 pounds March to mid June, 595 pounds Mid June to mid September, 445 pounds September to November Please note that we require a 25% deposit when booking and the balance payable 8 weeks prior to your holiday. We accept bookings of less than a week only out of season. El Pasa Fina & Alter Rreal are £150 a night and El Hispano is £75 a night.