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Hotel Highlights

  • Ideal for budget-conscious boutique travellers
  • Kitchenettes in rooms
  • Just 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Ronda

Overview

A cluster of sandy stone cottages surrounded by a swathe of farmer’s fields, Finca Naranja may look as rustic as it gets on the outside, but its interiors are cosy, calming and contemporary. 15 minutes outside the ancient city of Ronda, this serene and bohemian bed and breakfast is the ideal rural getaway for independent peace-seekers.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Finca Naranja with us:

A bottle of cava and a bag of orange chocolates

Facilities

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Finca Naranja hotel - Ronda - Andalucia - Spain

Need To Know

Rooms

Four rooms, including two suites.

Check–out

11am, but flexible on request. Earliest check-in, 1pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $169.68 (€126), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.

Also

Make sure you rent a car – you’ll need one to make the 15-minute trip into Ronda and to explore your countryside surroundings.

At the hotel

Don’t expect plasma screens; this is a basic boutique B&B geared towards simple pleasures (but there is air-conditioning and free WiFi throughout). There are enchanting gardens surrounding the house, and kitchenettes with hobs and a stocked mini-fridge in rooms.

Our favourite rooms

There are only four to choose from, but if you’re after privacy, request the stand-alone suite down the fruit tree-lined path from the main house. It’s a beamed, whitewashed space with a working fireplace, a vast king-size bed and a kids' bed secreted in a little loft space at the top of a wooden ladder. The shuttered French doors open onto a private patio.

Poolside

Lined with potted palms and geraniums, there’s an unheated pool ensconced in a sprawling terrace, overlooking the surrounding fields and farmland.

Packing tips

Snacks and wine to top up your fridge – there are no meals served at the hotel.

Also

Three-night minimum stay.

Children

Cots are €25 a night; extra beds, €45. The owners’ two children live on site, and more are always welcome. There’s a trampoline, a small playground, a ping-pong table and high chairs.

Food & Drink

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Finca Naranja hotel - Ronda - Andalucia - Spain

Hotel Restaurant

There’s no restaurant, but you can pop out to eat in Ronda or rustle up your own dishes in the in-room kitchenette. The owner, Conchita, bakes fresh pastries every day for breakfast, left in a little basket by bedroom doors.

Hotel Bar

Set in the garden overlooking the fields, the honesty bar is stocked with soft drinks, beers and local wines.


Room service

None.

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Dress code

There’s no one except fellow guests, Conchita and her children, so prepare for day-long swimwear lounging.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

There are a number of excellent walking routes around the B&B. Horse-riding and tennis can be arranged, too. These mountain landscapes make for ravishing road trips – the roads to Grazalema, El Bosque and Setenil are some of the most scenic. Beach-seekers will find the seaside glitz of Marbella – an hour away.

Local restaurants

There’s not much scope for more than a picnic immediately around the hotel, so Ronda’s your first port of culinary call. The Michelin crew have oohed, ahhed and starred over the 16-course tasting menu at Tragabuches on Calle José Aparicio, where chef/owner (+34 952 190 291; www.tragabuches.com) Daniel Garcia serves some of the most inventive dishes in Andalucia. Its laid-back little sister, Traga Tapas on Calle Nueva is a local favourite, serving delicious snacky, sharey dishes such as pig’s cheek sandwich and deep-fried artichoke. Casa Maria is a favourite in summer, with waiters dashing through the traffic to serve tables under the laurel trees by the fountain in the square. It’s not cheap, but the number of Rondeños flocking here is testament to its quality (+34 952 876 212).

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Patchwork hills of Andalucia

Finca Naranja

42 Peña Cerrada, Ronda, Málaga, Andalucia, 29400

Planes

Malaga and Seville airports are both around 90 minutes away, by car. Malaga is the bigger of the two, receiving carriers from all over Europe. Seville handles mainly domestic flights, as well as a handful of European capitals, including London-Stansted, Brussels, Paris and Lisbon.

Trains

Services from the little station in Ronda travel to Madrid twice a day, and two or three times a day to Seville, Córdoba, Malaga and Granada (www.renfe.es).

Automobiles

Finca Naranja is a 15-minute drive from the centre of Ronda, so a car can be handy if you plan to explore. There’s plenty of free parking on site. To get here from Ronda or Seville, take the A374, then the MA449 and look out for the orange sign. From Jerez, the A382 and A374 take you to Ronda and, from Malaga airport, you’ll need the N340, the E15, the A357 and the A376. The GPS coordinates are: TomTom – GPS N: 36º 48.436 - W: 5º 12.174

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Ruth Phillips , Harmonious wordsmith

Middle-aged touring musicians are hard to please when it comes to hotels. In fact, these days, this particular one refuses to stay in anything between a tent and zillion-star luxury. Or at least she did, until Finca Naranja... ‘I need a holiday’ I say. We are crossing the Sierrana de Ronda on our way from the Costa del Luz. Cork forests change to lush orange groves and griffin vultu…
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Finca Naranja

Anonymous review by Ruth Phillips, Harmonious wordsmith

Middle-aged touring musicians are hard to please when it comes to hotels. In fact, these days, this particular one refuses to stay in anything between a tent and zillion-star luxury. Or at least she did, until Finca Naranja...

‘I need a holiday’ I say. We are crossing the Sierrana de Ronda on our way from the Costa del Luz. Cork forests change to lush orange groves and griffin vultures wheel high now above chestnut trees, but Mr Smith and I hardly blink. We have been on the road for the best part of three months and we are exhausted.

‘I want to go home’ says Mr Smith as, just past Ronda, we follow the understated orange globe of a signpost down a pockmarked road. Hay bales dot the landscape. Mules eat figs from the trees. There are miles of sunflowers and our spirits are lifting as we turn into Finca Naranja.

The first thing we love about this Spanish farmhouse turned hotel is that it has no front desk. Hearing our ‘hola’ our hostess, Conchita, appears from her own home and greets us. She leads us down a pathway, ducking under a walnut tree from which a turquoise hammock is strung. We pass a tantalising pool over which a stone Buddha keeps watch, and we stop in front of a small, whitewashed house. On its low wall are pots of geraniums and a basket of fresh walnuts, and on our private terrace, partly shaded by a canopy of twigs, are two bright blue chairs and a table on which plates and eggcups are set. Suddenly I know what the second thing I love is going to be about this fancy farmhouse: no awkward hotel breakfast! No guests seeing our upside-down faces, no couples judging our non-conversation. It will just be me, fresh coffee, and Mr Smith.

‘There’s an espresso maker in the cupboard, ham and eggs in the fridge, and I will deliver fresh bread in the morning,’ says Conchita before, then she disappears.

Light floods in from all four sets of French windows. After a shower and a glass of the welcome cava, Mr Smith and I flop on the bed under a beamed cathedral ceiling. For a bit of ‘Playschool’ fun (Mr Smith has a soft spot for the kids TV classic and he hums its theme tune regularly), Mr Smith decides to close the western set of windows and keep the southern set open. ‘Are we reclining comfortably?’ he asks. ‘Then we will begin...'

In pours the razor-sharp light through the front windows. We are honeymooners lying in a field of sunflowers. The mountains glow mauve and raw sienna in the afternoon haze. The azure pool fills us with longing. Pillows on a raised platform at the poolside lure us. Strips of blue cotton shiver like prayer flags in the breeze. ‘And now...’ says Mr Smith, closing the southern set (prematurely I think) and opening those to the side ‘...what will we see through the west-facing windows?’ Sunlight streams in toasty and orange. We are campers in a ploughed field. The ribbon of a track weaves through the hot valley and tugs us towards a sunset trek. Bee-eaters sing and distant cowbells ring. 'Here,' I think. as we open all the windows to the elements like canvas flaps onto the wild, 'is my ultimate luxury tent.

A cork pops nearby. Peering out, we see a couple preparing bright salads on their terrace. We would love to follow suit but, despite the well-equipped kitchen, we have no provisions of our own and must drive back to Ronda for our evening meal. We are so torn, however, that for a moment we consider fasting in order to stay in this rural haven.

In Ronda, we walk the cobbled streets of the deserted old town, past stone doorways and under wrought-iron balconies abloom with bay laurel. We search for the perfect bar (the one, we know from experience, with the most litter on the floor) and when we find it I order the special, which is morcilla. This the girl translates by pointing to a sausage and saying sangue. It tastes like a cross between blood and dripping. When we return home, for that is indeed how it feels, the half moon is diving behind the mountain like an illuminated shark fin. We lounge by the pool watching shooting stars, drinking more cava.

'And here', I think, as I gaze into the milky way, 'are my zillion stars'.

Conchita is a Dutch architect who lived in Indonesia for 20 years. This explains both the Eastern design accent and her success in creating a comfortable, spacious and affordable environment using simple and mostly local materials. Stone, polished plaster, Indonesian wood carvings, marble and a touch of leather. It also, we believe, explains the offerings. These take the form of warm home-baked bread, a basket of crisp, fragrant apples from the tree and the bowl of vegetables from her organic garden that appears when Conchita discovers that, though we would like to stay at Finca Naranja for our second evening, it is a bank holiday and we cannot shop for supper. She even lays on two boutique versions of our cats who we are missing. Now that’s what I call service.

At Finca Naranja guests are utterly spoiled. There are no gilded edges or gossiping maids to distract, and yet you feel watched over: by Conchita, maybe even a Buddha or two, and above all by glorious Andalucian nature.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Finca Naranja's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The welcome we received was second to none. Friendly, warm and so very helpful, not to mention the fresh bread and muffins on a daily basis. I have already passed the details of this little gem onto various friends but not too many as I still want to be able to go back next year. The setting is fantastic, a little out in the sticks but this just adds to the charm of the place. I can't wait to go back next year and go back I shall.

Don’t expect

I can't think of a single thing that I would improve on in the room we had. If I were to be picky, the access road from the main road could do with some work.

Rating: 10/10 stars