Having driven up the endless switchback roads of the Rio Genal Valley and bumped along the final two-kilometre track to Cloud House Farm, it’s fair to say you’re expecting an excellent view. Nothing, however, can prepare you for the truly epic vistas this Andalucian escape affords. Passed the chestnut trees and through the cork oak forest, the natural terrace on which your yurt protrudes reveals the sun-soaked mass of the Sierra Bermeja range in all its glory. A golden oriole whistles its distinctive 'wee-li-woo' call and a woodpecker taps in the trees. There’s getting away from it all and then there’s this.
Yet while Cloud House Farm undoubtedly owes a lot to its scenery – you’ll never find a toilet with a better view – this English-owned escape is more than a one-trick-pony. Dan and Justine, who live in the farmhouse and are ready to welcome you with ice-cold cerveza, have crafted the place with such acute attention to detail that you’ll want for nothing. And you’ll discover far more than you ever dreamed.
The glamping site itself is made up of just two yurts, the first with breathtaking views of the Genal Valley, the second in a separate space, tucked among an inviting orange grove where guests can pick as they please and press their own orange juice. Inside, each yurt is well suited to couples, while fold-out futon beds and boxes of games, toys, books and puzzles make them great for children too. Cupboards and side tables have been handmade by local craftsmen and the wooden floors lead out to your private deck, where an outdoor kitchen space lets you cook alfresco in a reliable climate that England could only dream of. Make tapas if you want to keep it Spanish – grab ingredients in the white washed mountain village of Genalguacil nearby – then do as the locals do and take a siesta, lounging in one of the hammocks provided.
Despite the kitchen, the showers and the charging point for your phone (better still, switch it off), Cloud House Farm is entirely off-grid. Solar panels provide the power, the farm’s own wood fuels the stoves for cooking and heating and fresh water is gravity fed from a natural spring. From recycling waste water to managing the 17-acre woods, Justine and Dan constantly have the sustainability of the place in mind.
If eco-friendly mountain living has you captivated then there are activities to suit. Rope swings and river pools are never too far away. It’s a 20-minute stroll to the Rio Almarchal, a fresh water mountain stream, and 25 minute’s to the larger Rio Genal. The 25-minute drive to Venta San Juan, where the spectacular river pools are deep enough for cliff jumping, is well worth it too. After that there’s hiking, biking and simply lounging in picturesque mountain villages to add to the itinerary, plus essential must-visit towns like Ronda less than an hour away. Some, but not all of it, involves more switchback driving through the trees of the Sierra Bermeja. So if you never leave the hammock you can always blame the roads.
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Hosted by Cloud ?.Joined in June 2011
From the host
Cloud House Farm is a secluded mountain yurt hideaway located deep in the hills of the Andalucian Rio Genal Valley just 1hr from Ronda close to the white washed village of Genalguacil and set against the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra Bermeja Mountain range.
Perfectly located for adventure and discovery amongst Andalucia's most spectacular hiking routes, Cloud House Farm offers a unique yurt holiday experience way off the beaten track.
Featuring its own natural spring, the yurts are completely off grid with solar panels as their main energy source.
Cloud House is ideal for those individuals, couples and families wishing to truly escape from it all, to reconnect with nature and explore a yurt sanctuary amongst the trees, where river pools and rope swings are never too far away.
Set within 17 acres of mountainous cork oak forest, our handcrafted Mongolian Yurts offer an intimate haven amongst the trees.
Here you can enjoy the thrill and tranquility of sleeping under canvas in a luxurious felt lined Yurt complete with its own access, wooden deck platforms, private outdoor kitchen and shower house.
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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).
The local village of Genalguacil (20 mins drive, or about a 45 minute walk up, up, up the valley) is home to an Arts Festival every two years, so its tiny little alleyways are full of pieces of sculpture and many of its white-washed walls painted with ultra-modern graffiti. The local rivers Rio Genal and Rio Almarchal have several natural pools – perfect for swimming – especially in the heat of the day. The historic hill-top town of Ronda is just over an hour’s drive away and if you need the coast, enjoy a mountain road drive to the sandy swathes of Estepona – about 1 hr away.
Food and drink
An evening at El Vizir (+34 669 80 82 71), Genalguacil's premier restaurant and bar, should not be missed, offering a contemporary take on the region's traditional food with exceptional and friendly service. Venta Las Cruces (+34 952 15 20 39), also in Genalguacil, gives a real taste of local life at a slightly lower price mark.