La Finca del Castillo Arabe is an award-winning boutique hotel offering bespoke stays among the olive and citrus groves of the idyllic El Valle de Lecrín. Stunning panoramic views are visable from all its spacious suites. Guests can relax and soak up the tranquility of the location and its beautiful facilities or drive to the unspoiled beaches of the Costa Tropical, the mountain villages of the Alpujarra or to the many cultural experiences of the city of Granada.
We love to travel and cook and have lived abroad and backpacked all over the world picking up new culinary skills and recipes that we like nothing more than to share in our cookery classes. Our travel experiences have really helped us understand what our guests require.
As the paradigm we live by is “Think-Act” the dream of retirement unsurprisingly has not materialised as we couldn’t resist developing first a catering company and then a major project – building our Casa Rural – deep in the orange and olive groves south of Granada, Andalucia. After 11 years and despite all odds we opened in August 2011 and happily have enjoyed the arrival of guests from day one.
We now live on La Finca together with our dogs, cats and chickens and love the visits we receive from a wide variety of clients who share the beauty and convenience of our Lecrin Valley location and the warm welcome and comfort of the house and our friendly team.
We fill our days and have such fun taking guests on guided walks, sailing days, tapas tours in Granada, cookery classes and organising ski days in the Sierras and beach days on the Costa Tropical.
We count ourselves very lucky to live here in Lecrin and very lucky to be able to share this life with so many visitors who come back and back and become good friends.
La Finca – some background
The challenge started when the land was bought in summer 2000. The Mayor of Lecrin’s family had originally owned it (which is why it has a concrete road leading to it all the way through the campo!)
In 2003 the process began to obtain planning permission to build a house on the land. After 2 years work the planning application failed. Undaunted Chris and Scarlett continued with a new set of Architects from Granada who applied through the Junta de Andalucía and succeeded in late 2007 to obtain the necessary reports and permissions. Then another two years passed obtaining funding and sensible quotations from builders. Finally in June 2010 work started and the construction was completed in August 2011.
The house functions ecologically whenever and wherever possible. The construction however was sadly not ecological. Costs, available materials, and outdated regulations controlled the construction and compromises were painful but unavoidable.