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Hugh and Jane Arbuthnott, whose home this has been for 20 years, are excellent hosts and incredibly knowledgeable about the area; with them you will see places and aspects of life unattainable to others.
Perched high in the foothills of the Serrania de Ronda, the house has breathtaking views of whitewashed pueblos blancos scattered over green mountains stretching to the distant Pillars Hercules and beyond into Africa.
The surrounding landscape includes massive grey limestone mountains, cork oak forests, olive groves, open farmland aglow with sunflowers and pastures ablaze with wild flowers. The house is surrounded by an acre of garden, some formal with lawns and the rest olive grove and orchards of oranges, apricots, almonds and peaches.
Eating and drinking are an essential part of staying at La Almuña. Jane is a renowned cook creating delicious meals and picnics with fresh organic ingredients mostly home-grown from the Almuña kitchen garden.
Activities include swimming, tennis, golf, and walks through cork forests and beautiful sierras. Excursions to Ronda and Jerez and nights away in Granada and Seville can be arranged, as can bird watching trips as far as northern Morocco and the Coto Donaña and whale watching in the Straits.
The property is frequently hired out on an exclusive basis for groups of friends or families, and is the ideal base for get-togethers, celebrations, and joint holidays.
Why we love it
Almuña is a farm of about 500 acres, mainly oak woodland and some arable where sheep and cattle graze. The only sounds to disturb you are those of sheep bells and a serenade of nightingales in springtime.
Harriet, Original Traveller