La Finca

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Coast and beaches: 25km (25 mins by car)
    Los Ángeles, closest town for shops: 4km (10 mins by car)
  • Jerez Airport (XRY): 150km (1h 45 mins by car)
    Gibraltar Airport (GIB): 47km (1 h by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to La Finca

What was the inspiration behind La Finca?

We first visited the property six years ago as clients and immediately could not resist its beautiful and peaceful energy. Despite having been born in Spain, we had never set foot in this valley and were taken aback by its almost subtropical weather year-round. That moment I had the intuition I would end up buying something in the area. The finca was previously owned by an English lady and we rented the farmhouse as a family for two or three summers and established a relationship with her. When the time came for her to sell it and move back home to England, she left the door open for us to purchase it, which my younger brother and I did three years ago.

Since then, we’ve greatly upgraded the whole estate and poured a lot of time and energy into establishing the permaculture necessary for its future health and abundance. Although initially, we lived in the Finca itself, we have decided to forgo that idea, and let others enjoy its peacefulness, while learning about how to improve our land’s resources.

Central to the permaculture philosophy is the goal of improving biodiversity on our land, and as such we are set to grow only organic, non-GMO, and rare seeds from organic seed banks across the globe. Guests are most welcome to learn should they care to know more about the world of permaculture and its methods to restore and invigorate our soil‘s overall health.

How would you describe the atmosphere at La Finca?

With its subtropical weather near the white-washed town of Jimena de la Frontera, it’s an unexpected piece of paradise. The drive from the main highway takes you away from the coast, typically over-developed, then onto a small secondary local road lined with orange groves, wheat fields and avocado plantations. There are just a few farmhouses in the area, so it feels quite isolated while still being close to everything needed for a modern lifestyle. I’d say there’s a little bit of Tuscany and a little bit of South Africa’s Western Cape in the atmosphere of the region.

Its proximity to the Los Alcornocales National Park tops the experience with sightings of wild fauna rarely seen anywhere else.

La Finca
Entrance hall
Interior detail
Living room detail
Living room
Olea bedroom
Olea bedroom
Olea bedroom bathtub
Olea bedroom
Olea bathroom
Magnolia bedroom
Magnolia bedroom
Magnolia bedroom
Magnolia bathroom
Magnolia bathroom
Phoenix bedroom
Jacaranda living room
Jacaranda bedroom
Morning view

La Finca rooms & rates

La Finca was originally built in the 1930’s and after various additions over the last century, it is presently a working permaculture farm. Historically, the property has been used for threshing cereals harvested in the hinterland and has been in British ownership over the last four decades – a common phenomenon in our region due to Gibraltar’s proximity. Perched on a gentle hill, the property boasts beautiful views across the valley towards some of Andalusia’s most enchanting white-washed towns in the near distance.

The main cortijo building is designed around a central courtyard in the traditional Andalusian architectural vernacular, with various wings added over time by different owners. A separate outhouse by the pool that was built 15 years ago completes the whole lodging complex. The square-shaped swimming pool, situated on a terrace overlooking the surrounding pastoral landscape, bestows on the entire finca an uncommon sense of rural luxury in a charmingly relaxed ambiance.

There are six bedrooms in total, including a bunk bedroom, so the property can comfortably accommodate up to 15 people. Five of the rooms are in the main farmhouse, with the sixth in the outhouse, along with a separate bathroom and lounge area. We find that it’s better to rent the entire property to families or groups of friends so they can enjoy exclusive use.

  • La Finca for 13-18 people / 600 m²
    759 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 4 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Bunk room
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 4 Shower rooms
    • 2 Living rooms
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 3 Extra beds (on req.)
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Balcony
    • Fireplace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include WiFi and light cleaning every three days. Extra cleaning and a change of linen are available on request for an additional charge. A cleaning fee of EUR 150 is included in every booking.
Optional extras
Available on request: daily organic breakfast from our garden (EUR 13,50 per person), in-house meals (meals average EUR 30 per person), honesty bars throughout the villa. Other services offered are yoga and meditation classes, massages of various types, horse-back riding in the National Park, traditional tuna fishing day excursions with local fishermen in Tarifa.
Extra charges
EUR 150 air conditioning fee for stays during July and August
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. There is space for 3 extra beds and a sofa bed for 1 adult or 2 children at EUR 50/night cost per bed. One baby cot is available free of charge.
Minimum stay
1 - 3 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Children welcome
  • Concierge service
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Central heating
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • BBQ area
  • Toys for kids
  • Hair dryer

As part of the overall wellbeing permaculture experience, guests are to choose from our various board services on offer while staying with us. Our chef creates delicious farm-to-table culinary experiences on a daily basis, mostly from our own organic gardens and orchards, and always with fresh and seasonal greens and fruits. Guests are not allowed to cook in our premises or bring in food or drinks from outside.

There are also lots of different activities that we can help people with, such as yoga and meditation classes at the finca or massages. A German lady nearby owns a stable and runs horseback riding tours through the national park (sometimes by moonlight), or we can help plan a day of traditional tuna fishing in Tarifa.

Next year, we’re also planning on offering some permaculture courses led by Australian teachers and workshops in building swales and canals to capture water. We can also accommodate small gatherings, such as intimate weddings, yoga or meditation retreats with full catering.

Things to do in Andalucia & Jimena de la Frontera

  • Art / Culture
  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing / Kayaking

Trekking in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park is definitely a highlight, as is exploring the white towns in the surrounding region (you can visit three in a day). I’d also highly recommend doing a day trip to Ronda, which is famed for its gorge-spanning bridge or spending a day at the beach kitesurfing in Tarifa, which is 50 minutes away. Another beautiful nearby beach is in Sotogrande, an urban development from the 1960s where wealthy residents from Madrid have their summer homes. The coast is about 25 minutes from the finca.

The region is renowned for having the largest number of golf courses per square kilometre in Europe, so we get a lot of people bringing their golf gear with them. If you’re interested in visiting Morocco, you can also easily cross the channel to spend a day in exotic Tangiers. That being said, people often have lots of plans to explore before they arrive, then once they get here, they don’t want to leave the finca!

La Finca reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Wonderful!!!!! We had a really wonderful and memorable time in the Finca. The staff was wonderful sweat and super service oriented and hospitality oriented. The energie was super and we give 10 starts
Inge v.
stayed at La Finca in October 2022
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
beautiful house, lots of room. great host. lots of exciting things happening with the working farm.
tim r.
stayed at La Finca in October 2020

The location of La Finca

La Finca is located on a quiet road where you could take a nap during the middle of the day and no-one would drive over you! The closest airport is 20 minutes away en route to Gibraltar while Malaga is around 1.5 hours’ drive from the property. The closest town is Los Angeles, which is just four kilometres away (although it’s hidden from view in the rolling hills), and Ronda around 40 kilometres drive. You can get to the closest beach in around 20 minutes, and the drive is taking you along the river through groves of orange and avocado trees.

When is the best time to visit Andalucia?

It’s generally mild for much of the year. In my opinion, the best time to visit is during the off-season from October to May when it’s not so hot. Many rooms in the finca have fireplaces so you can stay warm at night and during the day it’s still warm enough that you can walk around in a T-shirt. It might not be hot enough to go swimming but we keep the pool open throughout the year as some northern Europeans still like to swim in November! Rainfall is quite sporadic and hard to predict.