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Cloud House Farm Yurt Holidays
Ranked #3 of 3 Genalguacil B&B and Inns
Stroud, United Kingdom
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“About as far away from it all as you can get!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

We spent a relaxed and happy week in the slightly barmy and beautifully balmy setting of Cloud House Farm. It redefines ‘getting away from it all’, in the best possible way, in an eco-friendly environment surrounded by woods and wildlife. Everything is open to the environment. Birds are everywhere, but when we were there in late May, insects were not around in enough numbers to be a nuisance. If you like having to evict brightly-coloured lizards from the bathroom sink before you brush your teeth, then this is the place for you!

Cloud House Farm is reached by a dirt track off a mountain road. We’d suggest that a 4x4 is essential at any time of year, if only for the ground clearance and industrial-strength shock absorbers. We hired a Suzuki Jimny from Marbesol at Malaga airport: Marbesol were ok, but very slow to serve customers, and we’d recommend something with a bit more poke than the 1.3 we hired, it struggled occasionally on the dirt roads.

We stayed in the Woodland Yurt, which was comfortable, and spacious enough, especially considering you’re going to be spending most of your time out of doors. There’s even a docking station for an iPod, and nobody around to complain if you play it at full blast! Cooking and food-preparation facilities are basic but do-able, especially if you keep your meals simple and rustic. There’s no fridge, but there is a cool-box, which is adequate if you’re not too ambitious.

The farm is situated in the Serrania de Ronda, in the area known as the Pueblas Blancas, or White Villages, three of which could be seen from the Woodland Yurt, clinging to the mountainsides in a very picturesque manner. The nearest is Genalguacil, to which we walked there and back: a cracking cardio-vascular workout! It’s a beautiful village, where an artists festival is held every other year in August, and as a result of which there are various pieces of street art around the place. We also liked Jubrique, less picturesque but a bit more energetic. We didn’t like Algatocin, though, but it does have a decent supermarket.

But the place we really liked was Ronda. There’s no shortage of glowing stuff written about Ronda, so we won’t repeat it here. Just a suggestion, though: a pony and trap ride is available from the plaza by the bull ring, and takes about 45 minutes through the old town (La Cuidad). It’s well worth the 25 euros if you’re pushed for time, and would like to see the main sights. The pony we had looked well cared for. A word of warning: especially if you’re driving, the tourist maps they hand out don’t show all the roads, and don’t indicate the one-way system. We stayed overnight in a hotel in the centre of the new town, and got completely lost trying to find the hotel’s lock-up garage. We ended up having to reverse the wrong way down a one-way street, but we didn’t feel too bad about it ‘cos the locals seemed to be doing that sort of thing all the time!

Back at the farm, we found that apart from the two days spent in Ronda and walking to Genalguacil, we didn’t feel especially inclined to do anything energetic, or stray very far. The environment had a very tranquil effect on us, and we found the whole experience refreshing and restful. We brought our hiking boots, but that turned out to be a mistake, as we didn’t use them at all. The mule track to Genalguacil was do-able in a decent pair of trainers. We tried the swimming hole at Venta San Juan, which was nice, but you’ll need mossie repellent. We also had a meal at the restaurant there. The food was okay, but the service was lousy. We’d heard good things about the place, so maybe we just got there on a bad day.

Hosts Dan and Juss were cheery, chatty and helpful. They’ve put a lot of time and effort into creating the place practically from scratch, and they’ve produced something unique, charming and environmentally sensitive. We loved our week at Cloud House Farm, and would recommend it without reservation.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Owner at Cloud House Farm Yurt Holidays, responded to this review, June 26, 2012
Hola Rick & Lyn,
Cracking review, thanks so much to you both for being so enthused with Cloud House life!
We'd have you guys back anytime ;-)
Since you left they've now damned the Rio Genal next to the bridge on the way to Benarraba. Not sure you ever got up to the restaurant in Benarraba that serves the locally sourced food & wine. Definitely one for next time when you come back to sample the other Yurt in the Orange Grove ;-)
4x4's as you know are great fun on the dirt track, and regular 2wd short wheel base cars / hatch backs are still the usual favourite for guests visiting Cloud House including a Mini Cooper. Fiat Panda's, Renault Kangoo's and Citroen Berlingo's are also good for their higher road clearance.
We hope you both make it out here again in the future, none more than Maddy Moo dog who's been rather sulky since you left!
Very best wishes from the mountains
Dan & Juss
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

We stayed in the Orange Grove yurt and were really impressed. Dan and Juss are great hosts - happily answering any questions we had and pointing us in the right direction to river pools for swimming and which local villages to visit.

Cooking facilities are well equipped, yurt was really comfortable and much more spacious than we imagined, and the outside space, spread over a couple of levels is fantastic. There is lots of wildlife around - butterflies, eagles, songbirds and owls.

Cloudhouse is a really relaxing place, and if you can pull yourself away from the hammock we would recommend a trip to Cueva de la Pileta for some close up views of cave paintings and a short drive from there is a great pool for swimming at Cueva del Gato.

Still missing freshly picked oranges in the morning – hopefully we’ll get to do it again soon.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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CloudLoving, Owner at Cloud House Farm Yurt Holidays, responded to this review, June 15, 2012
Hola Rick & Lyn,
Cracking review, thanks so much to you both for being so enthused with Cloud House life!
We'd have you guys back anytime ;-)
Since you left they've now damned the Rio Genal next to the bridge on the way to Benarraba. Not sure you ever got up to the restaurant in Benarraba that serves the locally sourced food & wine. Definitely one for next time when you come back to sample the other Yurt in the Orange Grove ;-)
4x4's as you know are great fun on the dirt track, but regular 2wd short wheel base cars / hatch backs are still the usual favourite for guests visiting Cloud House. Fiat Panda's, Renault Kangoo's and Citroen Berlingo's are also good for there higher road clearance.
We hope you both make it out here again in the future, none more than Maddy Moo dog who's been rather sulky since you left!
Best wishes from the mountains
Dan & Juss
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Oxford, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

What an amazing place - it's incredibly beautiful at Cloud House Farm. Briefly, we would recommend this to anyone. You will be very comfortable here although you do need to be prepared for a little bit of roughing it too - it is in the middle of the mountains after all! The facilities are great, it has everything you need (although some kind of fridge would be handy). Dan and Jus, the owners, are very friendly (as is Freddie, Maddy the dog and Rico the cat) and are happy to give suggstions of what to do/where to go and have lots of local knowledge.

We flew into Malaga airport and picked up a car from there - a little Jimny which was ideal, you definitely need a 4x4 for the moutain tracks. The directions we received on booking were great and straightforward to follow and the drive was beautiful, turning away from the coast and heading into the mountains, the views from the top looking back to the coast were fantastic and that was just the start. We arrived at Cloud House Farm to a very warm welcome. Dan and Jus the owners are really friendly and so helpful but once they've got you settled in they don't bother you, but they are there if you need anything.
The yurt is great, very clean with lots of room and the most comfortable bed you could hope for! Two single futons would be great if you were taking kids but also add welcome soft seats to sit on in the evening.
Outside the yurt is a lovely decked area with some deck-chairs to lounge around in and the open air kitchen (a sink, two ring gas hob, cupboard and cool box) was great fun to cook at and with the great cheap fresh produce you can get from local shops there's no need to cook too much.
The compost toilet and shower hut just down the hill is great fun - its certainly a different experience and definitely a room with a view.
The surrounding area is great with beautful little white villages (with friendly locals) tucked in the hills, amazing scenery wherever you go, beautifully clear river pools for cooling off in and peace and quiet at your fingertips.
If it all gets a bit too quiet, a trip to Rhonda is worth doing and not far away. We also made the drive to Seville which was fine, although making the return trip in the dark was a bit hairy! We also drove out to the coast and took a trip to Gibraltar. There are plenty of things to do/places to go although really, you don't need to do anything or go anywhere as you will be happy lounging in the hammock in amongst the trees.

If only there was less to see in the world, we would return time and time again. As it is, a return visit is definitely on the cards at some point.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2011

We stayed at Cloud House Farm in September and had a fabulous time. The bed was incredibly comfy and it was lovely to cosy up in the evenings drinking Spanish rioja and playing endless games of cards. Sunsets were spectacular and sleeps were deep, with nothing but birdsong in the morning to disturb us. There's a bit of an 'enchanted valley' feel to the place. Dan and Juss were always helpful, even calling around all their friends and contacts to track down information on a particular walk we wanted to do. What would make this place even more amazing would be an 'ice chest' or something similar - something dug into the ground and lined with straw with a big block of ice to keep beers and chorizo chilled. We struggled a little bit to meal-plan and were a bit scared to drive on the tracks after dark in order to eat out. But cooking at the outdoor 'burger bar' was a great adventure!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2011

We only had three nights in this fantastic mountain side yurt. Julie, Malik(10) and I could never have imagined how relaxed we would become in such a short time after the 'exciting' drive to find the place.
The mountain streams were fantastic for wading and swimming and the walk down the donkey track to the Rio Almarchal pools is a must ---- unless you want company?
For a busier swim but fantastic fun with the locals there is the thrill of jumping from rocks into the pools at Venta San Juan (5 minutes upstream from restaurant/bridge).
Further away we had a nice walk around Genalguacil and really good tapas in Gaucin ( we acted stupid and the locals shared theirs with us ..... free eggplants in honey cannot be bad).

The yurt provided us with all we needed from well planned kitchen area and compost toilet with an unbeatable view (remember your torches though!!).

You must like cats and dogs as Uncle Rico and Maddy will adopt you for your stay and become your best friends.

Nothing else to say but visit for yourself and enjoy.

Nigel, Ju and Malik

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

Stayed here for our honeymoon, and couldn't have wished for anything nicer. Hospitality was wonderful from the helpful and kind Dan and Jus, and the animals kept us company in the evenings. Daytimes were spent exploring the rivers and hills. As someone else said, do stock up on food, but beware that refrigerated things are a bit difficult to preserve as you only have a cool box, which is fine for most things.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2011

From start to Finish....
From seeing the mountain to realising we had to drive up it ...What an Adventure ! Elegantly ruffing it in the Andalusian Mountains... simplicity at its best. What more could one need to properly get away from it all. Staying 1 week early in the season, we were completely alone with the adorable Dan and Justine never too far away. The Yurt itself is indeed a crafted labour of love with the comfiest bed that the "Four Seasons" would envy. We had Rico the cat and Maddy the dog who quickly became part of the family. Setting out for the day, rambling down to the Roman bridge, splashing about like toddlers with just the fish for company, then back for dinner for 2 under the milky way. Wow...We did this everyday and never got bored for a second.

A very special place. We will be back !

Liane and Alex

p.s we recommend you bring food and drink for the first couple of days when you arrive as its pretty remote shop-wise and rubber souled wetsuit shoes were great for walking through the river and are a must have !!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Cloud House Farm Yurt Holidays
Address: Finca Casa Nube | Genalguacil, 29492 Genalguacil, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Genalguacil
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Genalguacil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cloud House Farm is a secluded mountain yurt hideaway located deep within the hills of the Rio Genal Valley, close to the Andalucian white washed village of Genalguacil and set against the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra Bermeja Mountain range. Set within 17 acres of mountainous cork oak forest & perfectly located for adventure and discovery, Cloud House Farm offers a unique holiday experience way off the beaten track. ... more   less 
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