Finca La Donaira
At a Glance
A stunning property on 1700 acres in the Serrania de Ronda
Just nine eco-conscious and luxurious rooms ensure privacy
Dining at La Donaira offers world-class farm-to-table cuisine
70 Lusitano horses and superb facilities beckon riders and the curious
Beautiful setting perfect for hiking, exploring and contemplative relaxation
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Andalucia has a Mediterranean climate, making it a year-round destination. In general you can usually rely on lovely weather or hot temperatures from April to early November. In Andalucia there are plenty of warm, sunny days, including during the winter months, although the best time to visit Seville is in the spring and autumn when temperatures are pleasant. During July and August it can be extremely hot and some days the temperature can reach 40°C.
To start planning your holiday to Finca La Donaira
Finca La Donaira, a one-of-a-kind boutique eco-luxury property, is set high in the Andalucian countryside between Seville and Ronda. Unparalleled service, food and outdoor experiences create a perfect contrast to sightseeing in southern Spain.
Surrounded by mountains, pastureland and verdant valleys, and set on a working permaculture farm with vineyards, olive groves, sheep, cattle, goats, chickens and vegetable huertas, Finca La Donaira sensitively blends into its extraordinary surroundings. Typically Spanish, whitewashed walls and local stone buildings give no indication of the luxury within at this unique eco-luxury escape.
The nine rooms at Finca La Donaira include five in the main cortija, two just across the courtyard and a further two designed as yurts and set high on a hillside. Each room is unique, some with enormous copper bathtubs and walk in showers, others with two stories, but all have top-end fittings, fantastically comfortable beds, and great style. In-keeping with the ethos of the property, all materials are natural: stone, iron, wood, leather, sheepskin and wool. Comfortable bedrooms all have sitting areas and large bathrooms offer underfloor heating for the chilly Andalucian winters. In the main cortijo, there are several sitting and lounge areas, with large scale furnishings and superb artwork. Large windows invite you to appreciate the incomparable scenery looking out on the medicinal gardens, farm, and hills beyond.
The always buzzing hub of the cortijo is the kitchen where chefs from England, Austria and San Sebastian whip up delicious feasts featuring ingredients from the farm to be enjoyed around the communal kitchen table. Using seasonal ingredients, the chefs create a fantastic menu of predominantly vegetarian cuisine, thanks to the estate's organic garden. The estate features a large spa offering an indoor pool, wet and dry saunas, a yoga platform and an outdoor pool to enjoy in the warmer spring and summer months.
Finca La Donaira's equestrian centre is a real highlight of the estate, complete with 70 Lusitano horses raised using Natural Horsemanship, a computerized dressage area, plus lessons and trails for the true novice to experienced riders. The experienced team can also tailor multi-day riding programs, should you wish.
If you can tear yourself away, enchanting Ronda is just 40 minutes away while countless blindingly white Andalucian villages tumble from rocky hills in a landscape made for romantics. Hiking, biking, spa and wellness programs, trekking in the nearby Sierra de Grazalema National Park, farm tours, medicinal garden tours, hands-on cooking sessions, wine and olive oil tasting and guided stargazing are all offered on the property.
There are nine rooms at Finca La Donaira. These include five in the main building, two in an adjacent cottage and two yurts set on the hillside. All include top of the line amenities and art, hand-picked by the owner. Rooms are spacious and filled with natural lights and natural materials.
Children are welcome at Finca La Donaira, however there are no specific childcare facillities.
Finca La Donaira offers full board accommodation, including all meals and drinks and can cater to any and all dietary requirements.
Tracy Stevens (Staff)
La Donaira is a kind of paradise in the rugged hills of Andalusia. It's pretty rare to find a property that combines so many superlatives: fabulous food, unbeatable scenery, a world class equestrian center, a sybaritic spa, wonderful art and dcor, and staff who are utterly dedicated to taking care of you. I loved the careful use of natural materials here and how the features of the landscape are a focal point in the design creating an intrinsic connection with the land. Wild orchids grow here, there's an annual classical music festival with world-class artists, salon evening with speakers, communal dinners that are both interesting and inspiring, idyllic hikes with delectable picnics, and the feeling that you've uncovered a secret here that will stay with you when you return to the rush and tumble of your daily life.
Gourmet vegetarian cooking class at La Donaira
Join chef Fabienne in the kitchen at La Donaira and discover the techniques needed to cook delicious vegetarian fare. Using organic products from the Finca's garden, create a selection of dishes, which you'll then enjoy for dinner.
Horse riding at La Donaira
Home to 70 beautiful Lusitano horses, La Donaira offers superb facilities for keen riders of all levels, from complete beginners to experienced equestrians. Learn the ropes with a tailored lesson or follow scenic trails on hacks suitable for all riders.
Jerez and the art of Spanish horses
Visit the historic town of Jerez, known around the world for its production of delicious sherry wines. In addition to its wines, Jerez has been the home of the famed Andalucian horses since the Moors ruled the city.
Nature walks at La Donaira
Thanks to its location in rural Andalucia, Finca La Donaira is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Explore the local landscapes with a complimentary nature walk, choosing from a selection of trails suitable for a variety of experience levels.
Ronda and the white villages
Discover the beautiful Andalucian countryside and explore its enchanting white villages, or pueblos blancos, perched on hilltops and surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. Visit spectacular Ronda and admire the views from this charming town.
Tour of the Alhambra
Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Alhambra, Granada's majestic Moorish palace. Your private guide will explain the history behind the palace as you admire its incredible architecture and explore the idyllic Generalife gardens.
Walking tour of Cordoba
Boasting a fascinating history, Cordoba was once the largest city in western Europe, flourishing under the Islamic rule of Spain. Explore the ancient city with your private guide, discovering Roman ruins, Jewish history and Cordoba's impressive Mosque.
Madrid, Seville, Granada & Montecorto
from £7500 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
- Soak up the art and culture in the buzzing city of Madrid
- Unwind in the picturesque Andalucian countryside
- Indulge in Spain's fantastic culinary scene - a real feast for the senses
Extraordinary Spain & Portugal
Lisbon, Monsaraz, Seville & Montecorto
from £6000 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights
- Get off the beaten track in the idyllic countryside of Alentejo
- Discover traditional Spain in Seville, the birthplace of flamenco
- Explore Lisbon's bustling neighbourhoods and enjoy the city's vibrant atmosphere
Location & directions
Finca La Donaira is located just outside the village of El Gastor in the Montecorto area of Andalucia.
How to get there
It is a 2-hour 40-minute direct flight to Seville Airport from London, or a 2-hour 50-minute flight to Malaga Airport. Finca La Donaira is a 90-minute drive from Seville or two hours from Malaga.
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