Double rooms from £ 52
|Guest Rating: 9.8 / 10|
Finca Las Encinas is a gourmet B&B offering comfortable accommodation, fine cuisine and also cooking courses for those who would like to learn more about good food and fine wines. The location is utterly rural, in a tiny hamlet tucked into the edge of the Sierra Subbética nature park.
If you've ever wondered where your olive oil comes from, the answer is all around at Finca Las Encinas; mile after mile of olive groves, occasionally interspersed with fruit trees and oaks. The nearest village is Iznájar, prettily situated on a peninsula jutting out into long and meandering Lake Iznájar. There are many fascinating historic treasures in the area, which is also good for a rural break en-route between Granada and Córdoba.
Finca Las Encinas is thought to be almost 200 years old. It has been sympathetically restored to a high specification in a pretty country style keeping many original rustic features. The building is surrounded by patios and terraces, and of course there is a small swimming pool for cooling down on a hot summer day. The cooler parts of winter are attended to by underfloor heating and a wood-burner in the lounge.
En-suite twin bedded room on the ground floor. Terrace with table and chairs, facing the wooded area. Original olive wood beams.
En-suite double bedded room on the first floor. Set on two levels with stairs down to the bedroom. Views of olives and wooded area.
Food is the raison d'etre of Finca Las Encinas.
Andalusian breakfast is served from 8am to 10am with freshly-squeezed fruit juice, a variety of home-baked bread, locally cured ham, cheeses, seasonal fruits and coffee or tea. Japanese-style breakfast is available on request at a small additional cost.
Three or five course dinners are served each evening, with barbecues also available in summer. The chef's own recipes are presented in a dinner-party style, always using fresh organic ingredients, many of which are grown "at home" on the finca.
The cookery courses are a fun way of brushing-up on your skills and learning something new. They are not too intensive, so there is still lots of time to enjoy the scenery and the sunshine. And of course you get to eat what you cooked!
Cooking courses - at Finca Las Encinas
Visit to olive mill and olive oil tasting - by arrangement
Visit to winery - by arrangement
Valdearenas - a sandy beach on the banks of Lake Iznajar
Walking - near the lake, olive groves, in the Sierra Subbética Natural Park
Outdoor pursuits - by arrangement - bird watching, canoeing/kayaking, cycling, fishing, golf, hiking/walking, horse riding, hot air ballooning, paragliding, sailing, swimming and much much more
Places to visit:
Iznájar - a pretty lakeside village with an 8th century Moorish fortress and many houses dating from the 16th century
Priego de Córdoba - one of the baroque wonders of Andalucia. A picturesque town at the foot of the highest mountain in the province of Córdoba
Rute - a "pueblo blanco" famous it's anise and cured ham. Also home to a renowned donkey sanctuary
Zuheros - a village in the Sierra Subbética, very popular with walkers and cyclists. The Via Verde is a 58km ancient trackway passing through the village, and there are many other sign-posted paths in the nature park. Also famous for goat's chees, olive oil and Neolithic cave paintings
"I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants the food experience of a lifetime. You don't have to be an experienced cook to enjoy all that Finca Las Encinas has to offer. Even if all you're looking for is a place to find beauty and peace, I would book a trip here and enjoy all that Clive, Maki, and Cei have to offer."
"We could not have hoped for more."
"Very rural Spanish which was lovely insight into the true Spanish way of life."
"The fish was so fresh, it was prepared to its best. Very interesting wine list, it is brilliant. Lovely antiques pieces and love the fluffy bathrobes! We had such a memorable stay."
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Spanish country-living at it's best. All set in an area of immense beauty and interest that is never seen by those who just stick to the coast.
Hello! We are a family run bed and breakfast hidden in the border of a Natural Park in Andalusia.
We believe we have created a unique gourmet B&B where our guests can relax, take time and recharge their batteries. Interact with us and other guests to share stories, experiences or special moments....
For an adventurous mind, there are plenty of outdoor activities to engage in or to explore this stunning region full of undiscovered treasures.
Our strength is our local knowledge and a dedicated community involvement so we will be very happy to put you in the right directions when planning your holiday. We look forward to welcoming you soon.