T. Pertwee (2015) writes:
A week was way too short. A whole year wouldn’t be enough to fully appreciate Finca Mariolo: the changing light on the dramatic Tajo de Gómer mountain to the east of the house; early morning cloud cascading over the ridge of mountains to the north; the last pink light on La Maroma over in the Sierra de Tejeda; the sound of the wind in the pepper tree and in the fig trees whose dry leaves made it sound like gushing water. Late every afternoon we heard goat bells as a herd grazed on the mountainside, and on the terrace at dusk we watched hummingbird moths as the flowers opened on the wonderfully fragrant Dama de Noche. Later at night the near full moon cast bold shadows of the olive and nut trees in the grove (where one night my son and I even encountered a wild boar) and from the terrace we gazed out at the distant lights of the five villages that can be seen from the finca. The house too was perfect, full of character, very clean and well equipped. The views from its windows are so spectacular you want to leap out of bed at dawn to open the shutters and take it all in. We are also very grateful to Jonathan for his excellent communications throughout. When we could tear ourselves away from the house (and we enjoyed our drives up and down the track!) we also liked Riogordo where the locals are friendly and where there’s a market on Wednesdays, and the barbecued meat and fish at the campsite restaurant at La Viñuela was superb and good value for the generous servings. We can’t wait to return to Finca Mariolo.
Vikki K. (2015) writes:
Inside, the house is charming, neat, and very well equipped. Outside, the views from the terrace are lovely, and the house is surrounded by olive groves. The photos on the site give a very good idea of what it's like. The owner was very helpful and communicative - he checked in with us shortly after we arrived to make sure everything was OK, and was very quick to answer emails. We stayed at the beginning of November. A few days of heavy rain, followed by sunshine and warmer weather. It got chilly at night, but the log fire kept us snug and warm. Two small caveats about staying in winter. The road up to the house is a dirt track, which is fine in summer, but can get muddy when wet. Our 2WD car coped OK during our stay, but later on in winter, after prolonged heavy rains, it might be too muddy without 4WD. The owner should be able to advise you. Also, winter is hunting season, and hunting parties are allowed to shoot on the surrounding land on Sundays and public holidays. This can be a bit intrusive, but should only be one day a week.
Lucy G. (2015) writes:
Finca Mariolo is described perfectly. We were thrilled on our arrival at just how beautiful a setting it was and had been sent extremely good directions from the owner. The house was very clean and well-equipped, and if you want to totally relax one could stay all week without moving! The nearest beach even in August felt relaxed and had a good choice of little restaurants. The village is fine for most essentials but I would recommend a first shop in one of the bigger supermarkets nearer Malaga for more choice. I would thoroughly recommend this house to anyone.
Nabuladog London (2015) writes:
We had a blissful week at Finca Mariolo. Everything was as described. The kitchen was very well kitted out and great to work in. Despite the temperature being in the 30's the house remained cool and was a great escape from midday heat. The pool was great size for laps whilst enjoying the view. The owners were very helpful with information. It has such a fabulous view. The drive to riogordo is a bit bumpy but is worth the effort for the peace and quiet you get when there. The owners have thought about this and supplied to fridges, breakdmakers etc.. so you can make the trip less frequently!
C. Landry (2014) writes
Mariolo has a fantastic setting - broad views over the wide horizon, surrounded by olive trees and nature and no neighbours. Here you can feel really at peace with yourself and world. The house is modern, stylishly designed with all facilities like a swimming pool and well equipped kitchen. If I had to complain, the track is very uneven to get there, but I suppose nothing is perfect.
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S. Tibbetts (2014) writes:
... the stuff of dreams and then the reality is even better ... a beautiful homely but spacious house in a magical landscape.
H Barker (2015) writes:
Breathtaking location, very hard to leave. The stunning setting of Finca Mariolo will mean that you'll find it hard to leave! Beautiful mountains and rolling olive groves surround the property and I love the feeling of tranquillity and isolation. The hosts were very helpful and we had a most relaxing stay. The house is very well appointed with a well equipped kitchen and great social spaces both inside and on the terrace. Thick walls mean that it kept cool inside, even in the August heat. The bedrooms are comfortable and there's plenty of space. I found also the pool to be a good size for swimming lengths, and there's a table tennis table for more sporty types. All in all I can highly recommend the house.
A week was way too short. A whole year wouldn’t be enough to fully appreciate Finca Mariolo ...
Mariolo has a fantastic setting - broad views over the wide horizon, surrounded by olive trees and nature and no neighbours. Here you can feel really at peace with yourself and world.
... a beautiful homely but spacious house in a magical landscape.
Breathtaking location, very hard to leave