Valle de vida is a fantastic rustic retreat centre set in the Gibralmora hills on semi protected land which has been running for 13 years.
You feel miles away from anywhere, only one neighbour in view and many rolling hills.
At the bottom of the track is Aljaima train station- and just 20 mins into the city of Malaga with Its famous Alcazaba (castle), Picasso museum, fab shopping and tapas bars. The nearest beaches are 40 minutes away as well as Malaga international airport. And in the other direction the famous El Chorro gourge and Ardales lakes.The Kings walk is now the no 1 tourist attraction in Spain.
The retreat is located equidistant between the towns of Pizarra, Alora and Cartama estation with tracks to each in different directions.
The property is comprised of 2 fincas set in 18 acres of land.
El Romero is the hub of the retreat centre. And Finca Verde is the house that we and our family live in, the nerve centre of the retreat. We rent El Romero out as a holiday rental home to mainly Yoga teachers and large groups of –pilates, thai chi, family events and special occasions or just holiday groups.
The layout is perfect for running a retreat centre, a rural B&B, or as us holiday rental property.
Finca El Romero is set in an Almond grove and Finca Verde is surrounded by about 100 olive trees and we do harvest our olives for our own delicious organic olive oil.
The property has 3 escrituras (land deeds). The first esritura is for the retreat centre, studio and spa facilities and comprises 35,000m2. The second escritura which has 25000m2 of land, and the third escritura with the family house, second pool and pool bar, yoga platform and reservoir.
There are 2 main wells on the land as well as an old traditional well, and a hunters spring set back within a cave. There is also a half million litre reservoir situated next to the yoga platform. There is a possibility to get town water from the local village, some neighbours have.
There is 3 phase electricity for both houses- all on one bill but it could be divided up if ever one was to sell one of the houses separately.
Finca Verde – the family house
This is a 200m buildplot on 30,000m2 of land, with a beautiful garden terrace swimming pool above which is 4.5m x 10.5m, it also has a small kidi pool/beach area of the side
and a wooden beach bar. The pool can be accessed from the house below or via a bridge from the master bedroom…,as well as walking down a pathway from the yoga platform.
Open plan lounge /kitchen area-4mx 10.5m with large patio area to all sides.
Hallway 3x3m with wooden staircase to upper floor
Spare bedroom 3x7m with doorway onto lower terrace
Bathroom/shower room 2.5×2.5m
The whole of the ground floor is tiled with natural smooth grey slate.
Large wooden circulation space with Velux above
Upstairs has wooden floors throughout and a vaulted wooden ceiling- the house is designed like an old finca with the rooms in the eves and low windows.
There is a huge bedroom 7x5m which could always be divided into 2 smaller rooms
The 3rd bedroom is 3.5x7m with a large deep bath at the far end opposite a wood burner. There are amazing views out over the hills and double doors leading onto the terrace and bridge to the pool. There are also bespoke wooden fitted wardrobes along one wall.
The final bedroom has large windows on all 3 sides 3x4m.
2.5x2m toilet and shower room.
There are two futher outhouses, 3.5mx3m and 3mx3m approx. one currently used for storage and the other as a gym/extra bedroom/music room . There is also lower terrace below the house which has a large cabin structure 150m2 which is used for storage and has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen / living room which is used for staff/volunteers. A septic tank is also on the lower level. for the house and cabin for 15 people.
El Romero – the retreat centre. This can be seen better on www.valledevida.com
This 150yr old finca has been beautifully restored with antique tiles and keeping many of the original features.
The courtyard on the eastern side has been renovated to create a huge daylight studio of 8x10m with glass doors that open along one side. The versatility of this space allows it to be multifunctional, perfect for art retreats, winter dinners workshops and Hot Yoga groups love it.
El Romero has 7 bedrooms and one meter thick walls.
The ground floor has 2 traditional style bedrooms including another bedroom which is accessed from the outside seating area.The outside bedroom has a sink and a woodburner in.
The large ,comfortable, wooden beamed lounge has a glass fronted wood burner at one end and access to the versatile ample sized kitchen which often caters for groups of over 25 people, and we have also done for weddings of 130 guests!!
There are also 2 charmingly original bathrooms within the house and another across the courtyard.
Upstairs there are another 4 bedrooms with white wooden vaulted ceilings. The largest bedroom has access to the terrace over looking the pool with hill views..
At the south facing front of the house there is a huge covered terrace 5mx 20m. This is where most meals and socialising take place (again please see photos on website).
To the eastern side of the house there is a large curved sofa, 17m long. It is an area we use for weddings and talks. At this point you can access the steps leading to the green oasis garden where you will find relaxation areas surrounding a beautiful 5x8m pool with black slate surround.
Around the pool you will find:
The mosaic tiled Haman style 3x3m steam room, which seats 16 people.
The cave sauna for, complete with speakers.
A large decked area with a shower to the side.
The decking often used for yoga classes
and has sails to shade in the hot months as well as 3m high poles where we attach a 3x4m screen to project films for a swimming cinema.
Just past the pool there is a 6mx3.5m bathroom block with 3 tastefully designed units. – one full bathroom, one shower room and one toilet room.
To go with the pool 8x5m there is a cover and roller,& shower,
Two lovely wooden covered areas-one with railway sleeper designed seats another has a big bed underneath-perfect for siestas.
On the far side of the pool area the path begins to the Yoga platform. The meandering walk brings you to a 9m x13m wooden, bamboo shaded Yoga platform. The design is completely original and is the largest wooden yoga shala in Europe.
Additional outside accommodation is provided in:
2 luxury Tepees with electricity, comfortable beds and terracotta tiled floors.
3 modern designed Geodesic Domes and 2 gorgeous, Moroccan styled Me-pod…our own design. With woodburners and ceiling fans.the floor flace is 51/2m in diameter. These are not on the house deeds however have been there for 8 years.
Most land is planted with olive trees we picked 800 kilos last year and got the best oil ever- all land has not had chemicals, pesticides on it for at least 10 years or more. There are also about 80 almond trees .
There is one big orange tree and one big lemon tree (which we make great marmalade from and juice). And we have planted a further 10 or so fruit trees, as well as many other plants around the pool which are now bearing fruit.
The price includes some furniture from the retreat- 20+ single beds and a double bed, wicker chests and drawers(intps)1 sofa bed and arm chair, two wardrobes, bed side tables. The Kitchen equipment, 1 Huge walk in catering fridge, 1 further fridges , 1 large chest freezer,1 fridge/freezer, washing machine, 2 ovens,oil , extractor fan,fans,2 drinks fridges ,1 small fridge, 1 hobs.cutlery, plates, bowls etc approx for 40 people bedding and towels for at least 20,Plus more!
7 bedrooms all of which are big enough to be double- two have three single beds in and are still v roomy.
2 lovely bathrooms.
large lounge with old features and wood burner.
wi fi connection
There is also two treatment rooms- approx 3mx5m, and an outdoor shower/changing area.(3x3m).
An outside shower area under the trees.
A lovely decking area which has at the moment a Hydrotherapy tub -rather old but still in working order.
The yoga platform is 20x12m and fits 30 people doing yoga, it is also shaded.
Off the studio area there is an old mud oven-great for pizza and chicken tikka!, and also small bathroom off the side.
There are water deposits of 560,000l and 12,00ltrs., 2 wells, a cave with hunters well inside.
A warehouse-5x8m approx.
About 100 solar lights!
Huge terrace 20mx4.5m in front of the house where meals are served and chill out area each end.
2 septic tanks, one for 14 and one for 16 people- the three tiered type which processes the waste safely.