Accommodation

Ana Ashton, Dec 13

Charming place, hidden in the gardens. A few rural villas with different occupancy, so you can find a compatible place to stay with your family or group of friends. Very good place to stay for the lazy holiday, or to take a nice walking trips around El Chorro Natural Park.

There is also a nice restaurant nearby, with local dishes and a perfect view, so you don’t have to cook if you do not want to.

Yvonne & Partner , Nov 13

My husband and I have been visiting the Finca for years. This was our fifth visit. The stunning setting, the privacy, peace and quiet lead to total relaxation, almost instantly as you walk drive up the hill to your villa. We’ve stayed in a few of them - this time it was Manzanilla suggesting a tipple for our holiday drink. This is the sort of place I fear telling people about as we want to keep it all to ourselves

The villas themselves are rustic and roomy. Don’t expect 5 star facilities - some things are slightly ramshackle but these things become insignificant in the whole picture of the wonderful holiday. The pools and gardens are well maintained with BBQ area - all well thought out so nobody is over looked. The nearby restaurant and bar are very handy too with a great vista, also you can get wifi here too.

Nearest large supermercado is in Alora - a very authentic Andalucian town where you can stock up with everything that you need to hermit yourself away in this total getaway. You will have a great time. But I don’t want it to get too busy as we will be back!

 

The Clancy Family, Sept 13

Being more accustomed to mainly coastline holidays and typical holiday resort locations, we considered it to be a bit of a risk to choose an inland location. However, we need not have been concerned as this place was absolutely perfect and provided us with everything that we could wish for.

Firstly the villa, which was extremely private and not in any way overlooked by other villas on the Finca. The facilities, furnishings, accommodation, private pool, were exactly what we wanted and gave us the choice of staying put and lounging in the brilliant weather or using our rented car to visit some of the close-by attractions.

We spent 11 days in the villa and spent our time soaking up the sun and on alternative days driving to places of interest. The close-by scenery attractions were at times breathtaking and unique.

While driving to further away places might not be of interest to everyone, we managed to get to see Seville, Granada and the areas of Toremolinas and Mijas, all within a comfortable driving distance from Rocabella.

The villa itself had its own garden, including a very well designed pond, with frogs and fish and a great selection of flora. There was a couple of days where the weather was overcast and with some rain but this was in no way a damper on the beauty of the place. In fact it was refreshing possibly because of the greenery of the shrubs and plants which surrounded the villa.

The owner of the villa and also the Rocabella restaurant and indeed the waiter who happened to be on duty every time we visited the restaurant were extremely pleasant and helpful throughout our stay.

Location

"Perfect location for climbers! Some of the climbing areas are in the walking distance, other you can reach in a few minutes driving. This place is also nice for resting days as you can use “your own” terrace, swimming pool or barbeque place in the garden. "

"Because of the natural park which surrounds the villa, we got to see wild goats on the hill tops and even eagles. On one occasion we actually saw four eagles scouring the hills for prey and all from the comfort of our poolside chairs. Amazing!"

"The area around the Finca is very beautiful. The damn at El Chorro creates a dramatic James Bond villain setting at the bottom of the quite awesome El Chorro Gorge. National Parks surround this area and you can pootle around the winding roads discovering new little places to drive/walk to. 

Beyond the gorge is a set of reservoir/lakes near Ardales with a few restaurants dotted around. All good little walks - nothing too strenuous or you could take it more seriously if you have the rights shoes, which I don't. It's very well placed for visiting the rest of Andalucia - over the years we've had day trips driving across hills and plains to Seville, Cordoba, Jerez, Cadiz, Tarifa, Grenada... all manageable." 

Restaurant

"Despite their honest recommendations regarding local restaurants, we never found any other restaurant which compared to Rocabella for quality and good value."

 

"It would be remiss of me not to mention the excellent restaurant, which was only a short stroll (approx 5 minutes) from our villa and where we enjoyed several evenings with absolutely great food which was always served with a smile and which was unbelievably good value.
You must try the Sangria which is made on the spot for you and the likes of which we have not tasted anywhere else in Spain."