El Cortijo is a vacation villa rental surrounded by a Mediterranean garden with pool and within easy access to the beautiful beaches of the coast in Andalucia.
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.