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“Watch the world go by, Spanish style” 5 of 5 stars
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Camino Fuente la Higuera, 29400 Ronda, Spain   |  
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Ranked #3 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Ronda
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“Watch the world go by, Spanish style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

My family and my sister had a glorious 7 days at “Casa Abuela”. The place was a wonderful quite location just out of Ronda in a quant farming area. Nick and Julia, the owners were always close by to help with providing suggestions of what to see during our stay. Ronda has so many we did not get to see all of them.

You know you are getting an extraordinary service when you arrive and there is a wonderful bottle of Spanish red waiting for you. Don’t be fooled by the rustic design of the cottage as it has all the mod cons you would need. Even the kettle….. We had found most Spanish self-contained places did not have a kettle!!!

If we were to go back to Spain (got too many other countries to see) we would not hesitate to go back to "Casa Abuela"

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

We spent two very happy weeks here. The old house is beautifully restored and very comfortable. The swimming pool is magnificent. The Finca itself is set in lovely countryside within easy striking distance of Ronda. Nick and Julia are the perfect hosts, very friendly and eager to help. Our children (11 and 8) played happily with Oliver and Daniel (who are younger) and the slightly older kids in the other apartment. Huge field of sunflowers that we painted in watercolours as the sun slid lazily over the hills. Very happy memories!

Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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norfolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

After an easy drive from the airport we turned off the highway onto a dirt road, checked our instructions to make sure we hadn't gone wrong!, and a few minutes later we arrived at a charming hacienda. Needless to say the kids were in the pool in minutes. Our hosts Nick & Julia made us feel very welcome and showed us around. The accommodation was to a very high standard and preserves the traditional style building with modern convenience and really peaceful rural setting.

Whilst this was a self-catering holiday the owners were only too happy to help and make our stay as enjoyable as possible so under the circumstances they deserve a generous service rating. This is an ideal spot for families, historic Ronda is only 10 minutes drive and for the adventurous there are numerous local restaurants and places to explore. It was a joy to lie by the pool in peace and read a book. I recommend a trip to the nearby reservoir /Lido on a very hot day. We are planning to return soon and combine with a trip to Granada next time.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2010

May 2009 was our third visit to Finca Retama. We had our son and daughter-in-law, her parents, and our baby grand-daughter with us. Everyone loved it. Lovely place to rest and relax, good and easy walks, Ronda very handy for spectacular views, shopping and restaurants, and lovely White Towns nearby. Granada (for Alhambra), Cordoba (for Mezquita/Mosque), and Seville all easy day-trips by car. This time we stayed in the old farm house, as we did on our first visit with our own daughter, son-in-law and grandson. In between we went in October 2008 with sister and sister-in-law and stayed in Casa Abuela, the new house. Two return trips say it all!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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swansea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

Had a fantastic summer holiday .Place fab,hosts really helpful,friendly and great company.Large pool a huge attraction.Surrounding rural area great for walks.Plenty of things to do and see in and around the area for all the family.Would definitely make a return visit.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2009

We stayed at Casa Abuela house for 8 nights during April: a couple+2 children (5&2.5). The place is great, especially for a family with kids: absolutely safe, kids may run outside and we just enjoyed this great environment. Very reccommended!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2009

We have visited Finca Retama for three years in a row now and each and every time we have wanted to go back as soon as we can.
The accommodation offers exactly what we need both in terms of peace and quiet but is also well placed to allow us to explore a large area of southern Spain and to get back in time for a relaxing swim in the pool and to enjoy some of the local bars and restaurants.
Nick and Julia are really good hosts and provide a wealth of information to ensure we maximise our all too limited time with them.

  • Liked — the peace and quiet
  • Stayed August 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Camino Fuente la Higuera, 29400 Ronda, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Ronda
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Ronda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A delightful high specification 2-bed 2-bath country villa with disabled access (sleeps 2-6) and a beautifully restored 3bed 2bath farmhouse apartment (sleeps 2-8) with large fenced and landscaped pool. Only 10 min from charming, historic town of Ronda ... more   less 

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