Rural guesthouse in Malaga, Spain

Location:
Alora, in Malaga Province, Andalucia
Price:
From €73 - €83 per double room per night
Price includes breakfast, depending on season. Does not incude Tax at 10%
Vouchers: not accepted
Reviews:
15 reviews4 star rating
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Rural guesthouse in Malaga, Spain

Responsible travel: Rural guesthouse in Malaga, Spain

In spring 2007 we were approved as organic lemon growers. Not only does this mean we have great lemons but also, grass, wildflowers and birds in abundance in spring. Where possible we grow and buy locally organic produce and support local markets and shops. We have an emphasis on vegetarian and fish cuisine and can arrange special diets for people with allergies to lactose, wheat, etc.

Solar energy:
Reliance on fossil fuel is reduced by our large solar installation at our guesthouse in Malaga. We have a battery of 12 large solar panels capable of supplying hot water for up to 14 guests. In winter we heat the main lounge burning logs from sustainable forestry sources.

Purchases:
General attention to minimising dependance on chemicals, over use of packaging etc . No use of hardwoods

Eco orchard:
Approved for organic lemons by CAAE and COAG, the recognised accreditation organisations in Spain for promotion and certification for organic growers. No use of chemical weedkillers or fertilizers on the orchard.

Minimise use of pape:
No publicity brochures

Recycling of waste:
Cartons, glass, paper, plastics, etc. Recycling of motor and cooking oils. Reuse of plastic bags

Water conservation:
Water is precious at our guesthouse in Malaga and is used sparingly with grey water recycled when possible. Drip feed irrigation system used on the orchard.

Cycles: available to guests at our guesthouse in Malaga as an alternative to using cars for day trips.

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Rural guesthouse in Malaga, Spain

Reviewed 30 Aug 2012 by Julie Mills3 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We had a lovely family suite which was spacious and well equipped. The pool is also lovely - quite large and pristine.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


This is a bed and breakfast - located close to the rather large town of Alora. Our English hosts were very helpful and very gracious. Being close to Alora means that there are restaurants in town at which to eat, but it also means that this is not a rural area, but is quite settled.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Food is vegetarian, some of which is sourced from the property's extensive gardens.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A nice safe and comfortable base to stay in Southern Spain. With English hosts, it is easy for non Spanish speakers to stay here and get guidance from Sara about where to go and what to see.

Reviewed 10 Apr 2011 by Russell Chant4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The blend of marvellous scenery, a fabulous place to stay and relax, and the hospitality of our hosts (including great food and great local advice on walking, parking points, activities etc).

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Whilst there are a few attractions and activities within striking distance, this is really a vacation best suited for those who are either looking to relax or who are able to make their own entertainment (walking, nature watching). A hire car is also recommended for getting around, even if you don't intend to do much driving once in situ.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Our hosts use local produce wherever possible, including their own oranges (freshly juiced each morning). There was very little big business in and around the area, so I presume most of the money you spend stays in the area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a great time, thoroughly relaxing and with pleasant experiences throughout.

Reviewed 03 Sep 2010 by Diana Loffler4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Exploring hills and geological areas near the property.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Better out of season - because of the heat!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes local businesses promoted. Would be possible to use trains/buses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Relaxing. Hosts very attentive and informative. Peaceful location.

Reviewed 27 Apr 2010 by Richard Minter4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Simply relaxing in a charming, restful place, which feels 'away from it all' but is within close reach of many interesting inland and coastal places. Fuegoblanco has lovely rooms and grounds, and the close-by town of Alora is pleasant and does not feel touristy.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you spend a few days there!
The train station at nearby Alora gives good accessibility to Malaga (which is a vibrant city and worth a trip in itself) and the rail line extends to the coast SW of Malaga. We found that rail use added to the vacation, as it was more relaxing and fun to avoid car use on some days when going out.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - Fuegoblanco is run by thoughtful people who understand the local area, and who link with some of the other homespun enterprises nearby. Fuegoblanco promotes much that the district has to offer, including walks, wildlife, places of cultural and historic interest, and local food .

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I'm not looking for the 'best vacation ever' (whatever that is), but simply a place where I can recharge and switch off, but also experience the local environment. My family wants to return, and that is the best recommendation I can offer!

Reviewed 25 Apr 2009 by David Mathiasen4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I was staying in rural guesthouse near in Malaga set in lemon and orange orchards, located just outside the "white village" of Alora. It was in late April and everything was in blossom. I enjoyed walking around the Alora and nearby Antequera. Ronda was less attractive for me because, while the old town is lovely you have to go through a lot of the modern town to get there, parking is a real challenge, and the atmosphere is much more touristy than the other two towns. In fact in Alora I was not even able to find picture postcards although there are all of the banking and shopping services that a visitor could possibly want. The mountains and gorges North of Alora make a lovely drive not to be missed. Food and hospitality are outstanding.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Malaga itself is a busy port and a confusing city to drive in. My advice is to head straight for the hills. There was a great deal of road construction going on during my stay which made it particularly easy to get lost. A sign posting was minimal and a good map essential. When you decide to take excursions seek out the advice of your hostess, Sarah. The secondary roads, while well graded, are twisty so don't expect to make rapid headway. There is no reason to want to do so since, once you get beyond the outskirts of Malaga, you are driving through absolutely beautiful countryside.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The guesthouse was fully integrated into the local landscape and the local economy, and the excellent food reflected this. The commercially grown lemons that are grown on the property are certified organic.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Once you get away from the coast, the country side is stunning and unspoiled, and reminded me of parts of Provence of 30 or more years ago. My excursions were delightful but I always looked forward to returning to the hotel and anticipating an excellent quiet dinner in beautiful surroundings. An outstanding opportunity for relaxation and moderate exercise.

Reviewed 07 Oct 2008 by Harriet Smithson4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was a lovely vacation. Cycling to the horse riding centre definitely ticks the memorable/exciting box - particularly down the dry river bed! The horse trek was fantastic, taking us through the mountains to a small guest house for lunch and then back again. Other than this excursion we actively pursued relaxing. And it was a brilliant spot for it. Having said that we loved walking into Alora on an evening too; a moonlit wander through olive groves.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Hire a car as there are lots of things to do in the area. Sarah and Ken are really enthusiastic hosts and their excellent knowledge of the area inspires adventure. In the tremendous summer heat a hire car is really recommended as bikes are hard work!! It is in a perfect location for exploring the mountains - walks, bike rides, horse rides - the sea and the big cities in Andulucia.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The guest house certainly minimises the impact on the environment with solar power, organic fruit and ecological detergents.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic. A truly relaxing, home from home; a lovely, warm welcome, tasty food, comfortable accommodation, beautiful pool... really fab and highly recommended.

Reviewed 29 Sep 2008 by Christie Tonks4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The most memorable parts of our vacation were the walks and the hospitality, good food and friendly atmosphere at the accommodation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Even though others have said you don't necessarily need a car to get to the hotel - yes the train is very easy to catch and GREAT VALUE! - I would recommend that if you want to venture out past Alora you need your own transport to do it. Even a walk into Alora would take you a good 40 minutes. We didn't have much luck with the restaurants in Alora but this was probably more down to our timing than anything else. Restaurants don't start to get going until about 8pm so if you want to eat before then or want a drink with your meal I would recommend you stay in and sample the fine veggie cuisine at the accommodation.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - Sarah & Kenneth seem to be very aware of the environment and employ local people. We spread our site seeing and inevitable spending over a wide geography as well as Alora so I'm sure it benefits the local people to some degree.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A well needed break with lots to do and see with good food and friendly, clean and comfortable accommodation.

Reviewed 27 Aug 2008 by Angela Fawcett4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The accommodation was fantastic. Having just returned from a five day stay and I feel utterly refreshed and relaxed. From the minute you arrive at this beautiful villa in the set amongst the hills you start to feel the tension disappear. The hotel is in a beautiful and tranquil setting and the hospitality is simply the best. Sarah and Kenneth made you feel instantly welcome and managed to cater for our every need superbly in a warm and relaxed manner. We were spoilt every night with a home made three-course meal (either a beautiful fresh seafood meal or vegetarian dish) using fresh local produce cooked beautifully and served on the terrace overlooking the garden. The villa itself is set on an organic lemon farm and has wonderful views from all sides of the hills dotted with the odd white villa. With the hotel being small we had the beautiful roof top pool to ourselves most days. The accommodation offers luxury and individuality at a very non-luxurious price. I would recommend this place to anyone who likes to get away from the hustle and bustle and who enjoys being utterly spoilt with good food and great hospitality. This a little piece of heaven here on earth.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes the accommodation appeared to be taking all possible measures to minimise the impact on the environment i.e. use of solar panels and recycling. Food was delicious and locally sourced.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent very enjoyable and relaxing.

Reviewed 10 Aug 2008 by Mark Favell4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Lovely accommodation and felt more like home than a guest house. Sarah and Kenneth made us feel very welcome and met some great people staying there as well.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you want to see the local attractions definitely book a hire car plus local taxis stop running from around 8.30 in the evening.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a fantastic relaxing break and will definitely be returning.

Reviewed 10 Jul 2008 by Sandra Smith4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Wonderful location, which we knew Andalucia to be anyway. Accommodation was superb too.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Enjoy! Relax, see the sights or stay local.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Definitely yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


10/10

Reviewed 12 Mar 2008 by Anuji Samarasinghe4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The numerous hikes which could be taken, the numerous places to visit within easy driving distance. Sarah & Kenneth were excellent hosts & really helpful with regards to ideas on how to spend the day, where the best tapas is etc. Also the food at the accommodation is excellent. Staying at a lovely farmhouse in amongst on orchard of orange trees was pretty amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Probably best to hire a car so that places are more easily accessible.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, a lot of Sarah & Kenneth's food was from local ingredients.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I would thoroughly recommend the accommodation, it’s a lovely place either to recharge batteries or to go charging off & do lots of activities. The food was fab & the ambience was great. Would definitely go back.

Reviewed 12 Nov 2007 by Gerald Burgess4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This part of Spain was beautiful, the views from mountain tops, Alora one of the White Cities, sunshine and warmth in late October, and myriad factors of our wonderful accommodation (clean and spacious rooms, local information available, conversation with Sarah and Ken, comfortable furnishings, games and activities available, and wonderful food for a couple who eat some fish and dairy but mostly choose to eat vegan).

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We did not rent a car, so did a lot of walking. It is possible to walk to the train station, but it takes about an hour and 15 minutes. The roads for walking were reasonably safe. Hire bikes to go up into the lake area. Speak or learn some Spanish to get you by. English is not widely spoken in this area, but the people were mostly friendly and appreciated efforts to communicate in their native language, and were willing to work with you.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes in the sense that the accommodation used solar energy, served foods with minimal environmental impact, and in staying there we supported organic citrus farming, as the owners run the farm, of which the house is located in the orchard. Our tourist money was spent in the cities and for transport, but we often chose to eat in as the food was so good, but many of the choices Sarah and Ken made in their menu were good for the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was wonderful.

Reviewed 23 Oct 2007 by Anon4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Felt really welcome and looked after.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It is a really relaxing break, and really easy to get to.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent break, would definitely go back.

Reviewed 18 Sep 2007 by Paul Slattery4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The spectacular scenery when mountain walking around Alora, and the breathtaking caves at Nerja.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring a decent pair of walking shoes!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I'm not sure to what extent it helped the locals, but I hope our own impact upon the environment was indeed minimal. I think our hosts do more, with their organic lemon and orange groves, setting a very good example.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I couldn't fault it. We mostly ate in, and the food was consistently very good, and met my and my partner's needs. (I recently had a minor stroke, so have to avoid salt and cholesterol, and my partner has IBS, so has to avoid dairy, wheat, MSG and pig meat) The accommodation and facilities were both fine, our hosts beyond fault, and the region, which both of us were previously unfamiliar with, was exceptionally attractive, offering both scenery and culture.

Reviewed 23 Aug 2007 by Beccy Hall4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The location of this guesthouse was incredible! If you want a vacation in the REAL Spain, come here. It is just far enough away from Malaga to be rural - yet easily accessible if you want the beach. The hosts were very welcoming and in fact, it felt like being a member of their family staying there! And with 3 beautiful and affectionate cats as well!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Hire a car - it is possible to do lots of walks and stuff if you don't have a car, but El Chorro Gorge is well worth a visit and only a short drive away, as is the Wolf Sanctuary. Be prepared to eat well and thoroughly relax here!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Heating of the water done entirely by solar power - even the stuff used to keep the ants at bay was 'friendly' and considerate!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I would come back again. By the end of my week - it felt like I was leaving family behind!
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