|About Cloud House Farm|
Cloud House Farm was once a family owned working farm that was abandoned and left to diminish under the creeping and entwining vines. Seven years ago we began our epic adventure to set about the enormous task to restore and breathe new life into this unspoilt and unique paradise.
Set within a mountainous forest of cork oak, olive and chestnut, Cloud House Farm offers spacious tranquility that can be exclusively enjoyed by our guests who can roam through the orange and lemon grove and relax amongst the vibrant colours in one of the hammocks swinging amongst the trees.
Located at the end of a quiet 2km bumpy dirt track the farm remains within easy reach from Malaga airport, a 2.5 hour drive, along the south coast and then up into the depths of the Sierra Bermeja Mountain range. Cloud House Farm is ideally positioned to access the local villages of Genalguacil and Benarraba (20mins drive), the historic town of Ronda (1hr drive), the golden beaches of Estepona (1hr 15mins) and the spectacular city of Seville (2.5 hours).
Our time here began on the very spot where we have proudly placed our first yurt. We chose this location simply for its seclusion, private access and captivating views of the mountains.
Our second yurt is nestled in the orange grove, it also has its own private access, but with the added advantage that each morning you can enjoy freshly squeezed orange juice, straight off the trees!
The yurts are made from layers of natural cream canvas and are raised on a wooden platform that blends beautifully with the landscape that surrounds it
In the fresh morning light you might catch a glimpse of a bright Golden Oriole and hear their distinctive 'wee-li-woo' call blending with the sound of hammering made by the Greater Spotted Woodpeckers.
By afternoon huge Griffon Vultures are often seen circling high above on the day's thermals. As dusk settles, the bats clear the air of insects whilst the lights of nearby villages twinkle and the night sky unleashes a blanket of stars.
Cloud House Washroom
A short walk from each yurt, the private eco loo's are made using wood from the land and offer amazing views across the valley.
Within the washrooms we have a spacious and airy shower with hot water on tap, and once used the water is recycled to keep our plants happy.
Open Air Dining
The private outdoor kitchen's have been designed to enable you to enjoy simple rustic food of the region that can be bought from the nearest village, Genalguacil. An indulgent feast made with fresh herbs grown on the land can be enjoyed by candlelight around the outdoor dining table situated on the raised deck.
Each kitchen has everything you might need from pots, pans, dinner service, cutlery, utensils, mugs and glasses to the all important can opener and corkscrew. We also provide you with store cupboard goods that are essential to pull a good meal together.
As we're unable to run multiple fridges off solar power we provide a large ice chest to keep those "all important" holiday essentials cool.
We also have a solar oven available on request, ideal for anything from heating water to roasting a chicken!
For more information see our ADVENTURE page.
Cloud House Farm borders the Rio Almarchal, a fresh water mountain stream that can be reached within a short 20min walk. It boasts striking river pools that can be enjoyed in total privacy.
A 25min walk in the opposite direction will bring you to the more popular and larger Rio Genal. Its possible to walk the river in the summer as there are many pools hidden from view.
A 20min drive from Cloud House Farm will bring you to Venta San Juan, also on the Rio Genal this is a local favourite, the river pools here are truly spectacular and deep enough for cliff jumping.
If river pools aren't your thing, the local villages of Genalguacil and Benarraba have beautiful open air swimming pools with poolside bars and restaurants.
Cloud House provides the perfect opportunity for families to spend time together, children love exploring the land, swinging on the rope swings, climbing trees or playing hide and seek. The farm is a safe place for them to run free, far from passing cars.
In the yurt you will find a toy box filled with games, puzzles and books to keep them settled whilst lunch is prepared. There are also books, magazines, cards and other board games for the adults too.
And, if that wasn't enough we have taken it one step further by providing an iPod dock for you to play your favourite tunes. Power is available in the yurt so laptops and phones can be charged.
We also have broadband Wi-Fi accessible close to the farmhouse.
The Green Dream
The adventure started with two, Dan a product designer and Justine an English teacher both from the UK, and its now become a family affair with the arrival of our two sons Fredy and Teo.
The self-build project commenced with passion, renovating various ruins, utilizing local timber, materials and traditional techniques. Ecological principles were adopted, the farm is 100% off grid, solar panels provide electrical power while firewood from the farms forest fuels the wood burning range and stoves for cooking and heating.
Fresh water is gravity fed from the farms natural spring while storage tanks and rainwater harvesters help sustain the gardens throughout the summer. Wastewater is processed through a twin chamber septic tank and filtered through a gravel soak away.
The project, now a lifestyle choice is ongoing and we welcome anyone interested to get involved.