About this listing
Eco Adobe hut suited for 2 set in the incredible biodiverse Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park.
Accommodation includes comfy beds (can be put together to make a double) , duvets, pillows and bedding.
El Convento is nestled in a valley in the heart of the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park just below an old monestry. El Convento, when translated is "The Convent". The surrounding land was considered incredibly spiritual and special by the monks that once inhabited the Convent, and we agree.
El Convento is set within olive and almond trees on flat ground. The atmospheric crumbling ruins contain the protected intact church and homes to the visiting Vera family.
We aren't damaging our environment by building ill-fitting dormitories or wasting vast amounts of water on poorly sourced plants. Instead, we use the clean mountain water, piped directly from the spring, power ourselves on solar energy only and encourage energy efficiency with both indoor and outdoor showers as well as contemporary and compost toilets.
Our amazing hermitage features a unique panoramic roof practice space for yoga/meditation . The main room is an open plan kitchen and dining area. Outside a 12 meter long terrace provides opportunity to relax and enjoy the stunning nature.
The hermitage location is perfect for views of sunrise and sunset at either end of the terrace. El Convento is south facing with shade throughout the day provided by the practice space above. Below the hermitage is a gorge then the mountain rises again, giving endless views of nature in harmony.
At 800 meters above sea level El Convento Retreat tends to be 5 degrees below the daytime temperature at the coast i.e. Malaga. This means daytime temperatures are pleasant even in July and August with maximums around 30 degrees .
Night time temperatures unlike the coast drop and are very comfortable, light douves being the norm.
From June to the end of October blazing blue skies are nearly guaranteed.
Overcast days are very rare and rain is almost impossible.
The sunlight is strong especially as the mountain air is clean and free of pollution. Midday is the time for being in the shade eating and the traditional siesta, or at least taking it easy.
Sun block, sunglasses and hats are recommended.
When going for walks shoes and sandals with good gripping soles are recommended as flat bottomed soles slip and slide.
Full access to central converted hermitage that houses large well acquipped kitchen with gas hob/oven, juicer, pots, pans, plates, cups etc as well as indoor dining area/chill out space with wood burning stove.
Large dining terrace with spectacular views over looking the forests.
Shaded terrace with mountain views with chill out area.
Hammocks swinging in between olive and almond trees.
Use of spring water fed swimming pool/ water reserve.
Conventional Bathroom. Hot and cold water. Shower and flushing toilet.
Compost Toilet- functional, stylish and pleasant to use! Saves water and creates great tree compost.
Outdoor Showers- two distinctive private shower areas secluded in nature. Spring water warmed in the pipes by the sun.
Sunset Terrace- catching the last rays of the day’s glory a dedicated space nestling against the hermitage. A cozy and comfortable chill out.
El Convento Retreat has approximately 12 hectares of land. Half being virgin forest containing a derelict hermitage and the remaining given over to organic olive and almond trees.
Sierra de las Nieves nature reserve surrounds El Convento and is entirely available to enjoy and relax in. Numerous walks are available, short to challenging. Ruined tin mines and caves are accessible for the well equipped.
Interaction with guests
We as a family ( my wife and 3 children) live in seperate accommadation on site so will always be there to assist you . We will be happy to advise you on great walks, and where the best places to go are. The convent is big enough to allow lots of space, so if you wish to enjoy yourself in peace and quiet, that too is possible.
We have the most spectacular views over Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park, emmersed in nature, a chance to escape the constant battle of cars, pollution, work, mobile phones and screens! Ronda, a beautiful historical town, is close by (45 minute drive) as well as Marbella, and Malaga, 1 1/2 hour drive away.
We would recommend your own transport as it allows more freedom for moving around, however we can collect and drop you in the local town of El Burgo for 40 euros. From El Burgo there is a bus that runs to Ronda and Malaga.
Other things to note
NO SMOKING ANYWHERE IN THE NATIONAL PARK (This is important as it is the law in Spain due to fire risk in the forested mountains.)