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Family Run Organic Farm Retreat For Foodies And Families



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
Traditional farmhouse with panoramic views of National park of Montes de Málaga

Distinguished Establishment nominated by the Provincial Council of Málaga.

Serenity and calm precede you at Cortijo Juan Salvador. From the top of the (long) shady eucalyptus lined drive, the panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea prepare you for the nature induced solace you can expect at this historic old winery with authentic features from the 18th century. Nestled into the valley on some 20 acres of private land within a protected area of the Montes de Malaga natural park, you’ll forget that you are within 30 minutes of the beaches and the cosmopolitan city of Malaga. Upon entering the grand courtyard at the heart of the cortijo you may even forget what century it is, imagining the horses and donkeys that were housed here during the bygone days of winemaking on the estate.

Your hosts, however, will quickly bring you back to present with a warm welcome. Every visit to this family run eco farm includes complimentary concierge service to help you get the most from your holiday, and the culinary services provided by Chef David Palacios of the on-site host family are truly first rate. Available as personal guides for local explorations and adventures, to offer “insider” recommendations, or simply leave you to your own designs in peace, your hosts aim to cater each visit to each guest.

Families also will appreciate the private pool and generous indoor and outdoor living spaces. The spacious Andalusian courtyard (which can be closed off for child supervision) is a grand space for relaxing or entertaining and features traditional architectural elements highlighting the characteristic rustic charm evident throughout the property. Beyond the antique wooden courtyard gates lie an expanse of nature and open spaces ripe for exploration.

Cortijo Juan Salvador offers two separate lodgings to guests, La Higuera and El Almendro; both with stylish contemporary décor and 3 double bedrooms, private outdoor terraces, fully equipped kitchens and open plan dining-living rooms. Both also feature private entrances, and shared access to the cosy plunge pool with sun lounge. With additional opportunities for group dining, catering, massages or excursions you can be as private and solitary or as social as you like.

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Details for holiday farmhouse La Higuera, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

Cortijo Juan Salvador is a traditional and historic family farm carefully renovated by the owners to offer a new model of accommodation: warm, friendly, comfortable luxury with genuine and personal services. Our charming La Higuera, built on the foundations of the old farmhouse, using local materials and by local contractors, transports us to the Andalusian rural roots. The accommodation has two spectacular terraces, with views to the beautiful landscape, where guests can enjoy the Mediterranean sun or shelter from the sunshine under the porch of reeds. The interior is also very special: impressive entrance hall with its slender semicircular arch, doors of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, purchased from antique markets in the area, terracotta floors and marble bathrooms. Spacious rooms to accommodate up to 8 people. It consists of 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open kitchen, living room with TV,heating appliances and two large terraces (140 m²) with beautiful views.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We are a family run organic farm located in a hidden valley of the Montes de Malaga with all of the peace and tranquillity of deep nature, yet only 25 minutes from the Mediterranean and 30 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Malaga.

Parents Pedro and Riny moved from Pedro’s native Andalucia to Riny’s home town of Maastricht, Netherlands with their son David and his Spanish wife Rosa to start this project. David works as a successful private gourmet chef off site, as well as for guests at Cortijo Juan Salvador. He uses the organic fruit and vegetables they grow themselves in the dishes he serves, and loves to garnish with edible flowers.

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Speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch

Guestbook comments from the owner

April 2013 Wij zijn van 23 april tot 27 april te gast geweest op de Cortijo Juan Salvador. Wij waren met 10 vriendinnen uit Maastricht. Wij zijn heel warm onthaald en verwent door De kok David, Pedro,.

gastvrouwen Riny, Rosa. Wij hadden een totaal arrangement geboekt. Vol pension en vervoer voor vier dagen. Halen en brengen van het vliegveld. Ook hebben ze ons overal gegidst . Zoals naar Málaga en het mooie achterland van Spanje laten zien met zijn mooie witte dorpjes. De Cortijo Juan Salvador ligt op een prachtig punt met een heel mooi uitzicht. Wel het laatste stukje een ruige weg naar de Cortijo Juan Salvador . Het zijn fantastische gastheren en gastvrouwen.

Wij komen zeker nog een keer terug voor ook de stilte en de prachtige bloemenzee in de natuur.
Apr 2013
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastic holidays

  • 5 of 5

We spent fantastic holidays in the beautiful 'La higuera' house.

You could find the good taste of the owners not only in our appartement, also in the whole area. During our holidays we felt like a part of the family.

We enjoyed Rinys and Pedros tips for day trips and the good food of the fantastic chef David and Rosas super service.

We really felt welcome and we miss the family and the wonderful place.

Thanks for the perfect holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Heidi and of course all the others from the nice family, Thank you very much for your nice words. It was a pleasure to have you here as our guests. We could feel how much you enjoyed your holidays and our place. That was/is the best feeling you can give us!! Thanks. Warm greetings, Riny
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Amazing, Relaxing Location For Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This place was beautiful, relaxing, and had everything we needed for a week long stay in Southern Spain! We went with our 18 month old son and Rosa was perfectly accommodating and even had toys, a high chair, and a bed for our little one! The outside balcony was ideal for letting our son run around while we drank coffee and enjoyed the warm sun. We enjoyed one catered special meal for New Year's Eve and it was spectacular and served with cheer and humor. The location was perfect for day trips to Nerja, el Torcal, Malaga, and even Granada. We enjoyed many days of beautiful weather and hiking around the villa and hope we can go back someday! Thanks for the perfect winter holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jenny, Thank you so much for your review and we are very happy to know that you had a nice time in our place with your family.
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Wunderschöne Urlaubstage mit der Familie

  • 5 of 5

Ich war 5 Tage mit meiner Familie in diesem wunderbaren Landhaus.

Die Gastfamilie, Rosa und David, sind sehr sehr freundlich und aufmerksam. Sie haben jeden Tag vielen Empfehlungen gegeben, was wir unternehmen könnten und David hat uns manchmal eben begleiten.

Wir haben jeden Tag Abendessen dort gegessen und die spanische Küche von David ist von 5 Sternen. Wir haben seit langem nicht so gut gegessen. Die Qualität der Präsentation und des Geschmacks der Gerichte war sehr gut.

Wir können diesen Ort sehr empfehlen: Gast- und Umweltfreundlich!

Vielen Dank Rosa und David für die wunderbaren Tagen.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Málaga airport at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Venta Galwey and Venta Cardenas at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Málaga at 25 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Rincón de la Victoria at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Málaga at 25 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : El Palo at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Venta Galwey and Venta Cardenas at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Sierra nevada at 100 Kilometres Nearest Beach : El Palo or Rincón de la Victoria at 16 Kilometres Car: recommended

The villa is situated 30 minutes from the cosmopolitan city centre of Malaga and the nearest beach at El Palo or Rincon de la Victoria is even closer.

The cortijo sits within the Montes de Malaga natural park and is connects to extensive protected reserves.

There are several very nice cities (Ronda, Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, Nerja, Antequera etc.) and typical white villages (Colmenar, Totalan, Olias, Comares etc.) which you can easily visit.

We personally handled the renovations, with Pedro and David doing much of the work themselves for an even more personal impact on the finished product. All materials are traditional in nature and sourced locally, while any builders lending assistance were also local.

Golf: There are numerous golf courses on the nearby coast and we are happy to help facilitate golf outings for you.

Ski: Sierra Nevada ski resort near Granada


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas and New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Security deposit: 250€
Rental prices include VAT, electricity, water, gas (only the first bottle), towels, bed linen, towels for the kitchen and the use of the swimming pool (in the summer).
Not included: towels for the swimming pool or beach, the second gas bottle and wood for the open fireplace in the winter (€12,50 for a wheelbarrow).
No smoking inside the houses.
It is NOT possible to pay with a credit card.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 19-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

As a family outfit we relish in getting to know our guests and offer concierge service as standard, with daily touches such as fresh flowers and lit candles. We are proud to offer such personalised attention and superior culinary services. With our intimate local knowledge we can ensure a pleasant and fulfilling exploration of the ‘real Spain,’ though those preferring to stay close can enjoy miles of hiking trails around the property or simply relax by the pool. The final result of the renovations is a flexible structure allowing private lodging for 8 (1 house), or combined (2 houses) for groups of up to fourteen. We have maintained the rustic character of the old cortijo, and the traditional Andalusian courtyard is as cosy and inviting as the surrounding gardens. As an organic farm, and given David’s passion for food and cooking, serving local, home-grown organic produce is one of our specialities and sources of pride. We have many fruit trees and seasonal fruit and vegetables from the garden, which David uses in cooking for guests if they wish, or or they may also wander through the many natural acres of the property and select fruit, citrus and veg for themselves. We carefully conserve our water, sourced from a well and stored in a reservoir tank, though the supply is sufficient for liberal use by guests. Additionally, kitchen waste is composted, while paper and cardboard, glass and plastic are recycled to minimize landfill.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Family
  • Farm Holidays


  • Activities Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural


  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski pass optional
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 170 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Luxurious marble bathrooms equipped with high-level health. All with exterior windows, cozy baths and equipped with certified organic cotton towels.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Our cozy double rooms, all decorated with exquisite furniture and attention to detail, are equipped with high class beds dressed with delicate certified organic cotton sheets, white French bouti and virgin wool blankets.


  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • Sand Pit
  • Terrace
  • 5 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Catering/Private Chef service: Young, creative and effusively enthusiastic about food, David Palacios renounced a career as a commercial airline pilot to pursue his culinary passions. David honed his cooking skills training in Maastricht, Netherlands where he developed the gourmet flair to match his creative instincts. David then moved with his family to Andalucía, his father’s home-land, where he grows fresh organic produce and edible flowers for use in his gourmet creations. With a deep knowledge of traditional Andalucía cuisine, David adds a modern twist to the numerous unique dishes he creates for guests at Cortijo Juan Salvador. Chef David quickly gained accolades for his work from such press as The Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure and CNN.com. Additional services are available, including massage, guided tours, baby sitting and airport pick-ups. Full concierge service is also available, though the owners provide a high level of personal attention as standard.

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