Farmhouse in Ronda, Spain
Situated high up in the hills of Andalucia, Finca Naranja is a farmhouse paradise where the magical citrus scents provided by the surrounding orange and apple trees will leave you feeling dizzy from the beauty of it all. At an altitude of 850 meters, this B&B resort is bordered by acres of sprawling meadows as far as the eye can see, overlooking the Valley of Ronda la Vieja with a handful of charming wineries.
Finca Naranja is the dream project of Dutch designer and owner Conchita Kien, who purchased the land 8 years ago and poured her heart into converting this old Spanish farmhouse into four separate luxury cottages that absolutely oozes style. Having spent a large part of her life in Indonesia, you can notice some of the fine Balinese inspired details in her design. I was lucky enough to tour each cottage, and was beyond impressed by the unique embellishments that adorned each one. A general color scheme of black, white and various shades of blue is followed throughout the property, providing a fresh, calm vibe wherever you go. Conchita has done a great job and I felt honored to be a guest in her property.
One of my personal favorite touches was the small kitchenette, which was simply adorable and meant that we could cook our own meals, allowing us to spend more time in the farmhouse.
Watching the sunset on the beautiful outdoor terrace, surrounded by the beauty of green fields around, with a glass of wine in hand is a memory that will always stay with me. At night when the sun went down and the stars came out, the night sky was positively illuminated, made for a dreamy sight.
Our Deluxe Cottage
Your own compact kitchenette with a hob and stocked mini-fridge
Each cottage comes in different sizes and details, here are a few others:
Pueblo Blanco Ronda
More than just a pretty place, Ronda has a deep seeded history that has provided the inspiration for many admirable artists. Famous American authors Ernest Hemingway and Orson Wells are both former part-time residents of Ronda’s old town quarter, La Ciudad. Both writers contributed greatly to Ronda’s popularity, attracting tourists from all over the world who wanted to experience the beauty and tradition of this charming Spanish town and its bull-fighting history as both Hemingway and Orson described it.
Hemingway wrote many of his novels here, including the acclaimed ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’.
Not just the muse for great literature, famous Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani also custom designed the bullfighting costume for famed bullfighter, Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez, for a great occasion that took place in Ronda in 2009.
Works of such talented and applauded artists proves the depth of beauty that is to be found here in this charming town, and Finca Naranja is the perfect base to emerge yourself in the feeling of such history and magnificence.
Gastronomy Stop in Ronda: Tragabuches
This Michelin Star restaurant offers an imaginative interpretation of classic Andalusia cuisine, mixed with a dash of daring. Like Echaurren restaurant in La Rioja, Tragabuches is among the great gastronomic destinations of Spain and a definite must for any food lovers. Meals present an innovative play on tastes and textures, paired with designer presentation, mastered by the local star-chef. It would be a crime to turn down the desserts here, which are truly a piece of modern art on a plate, surprising your taste buds with contrasts of sweet and salty.
Good Views and a chill glass of sangria at Casa Santa Pola
Views from Casa Pola – Bridge above the canyon, that connects Old Ronda and the new town
‘Naranja’ trees in the Streets of Ronda
From the lavishness of soaking in the Jacuzzi while the intoxicating scent from the citrus trees breezed through my window, to the delicious bread and muffins home-made by Conchita herself, Finca Naranja really put an emphasis on the simple pleasures of life.