Finca Buenvino

Andalucia

Features

  • Airport: 104km Seville
  • Country house (pension), Los Marines
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Rural location
  • Swimming pool

Sam and Jeannie Chesterton arrived in these picturesque and unknown southern hills of Spain in 1983 and decided to build a home.  The house is unique, as subsequently the area was designated a nature park and no further development was allowed. This is one of the longest established B&Bs in Andalucia. It derives its name from a small stream that runs through the valley called the Arroyo Buenvino.

Buenvino is part house, part B&B, part farm and part cookery venue.  You take the family as they are; ‘shabby chic’ as Sam describes it.  This is a wonderful place to stay for those wishing to understand the region, the seasons, to admire wonderful landscapes, to converse if you so feel but most of all to relax.

The house is rambling, with five bedrooms with private facilities over two floors, a comfortable living room with fireplace, conservatory and terraces in all directions.  It’s not like staying in a hotel.  Here you are part of the family but still quite private and independent should you so wish.

Evening dining is at a supplement and the food here comes highly recommended by chefs and journalists alike, including Darina Allen, Thomasina Miers and Sikke Sumari.  Here you can sample the best Andalusian produce.  Jeannie trained in the 1960s at Le Cordon Bleu in London and has cooked in many hunting Lodges, Edinburgh restaurants and private chalets in the Austrian Alps.  Her son Charlie has been cooking in London for 4 years and has returned to share the kitchen duties with his mother, before taking over in the next couple of years.  Ingredients are always fresh and seasonal and many organic vegetables come from their own garden, including beans, aubergines, tomatoes, peppers, fennel, basil, spinach, broccoli and much, much more.  From their trees come pears, apples, quinces and sometimes figs, plums and cherries.  In the autumn there are always wild mushrooms and chestnuts.  The Finca even offers a dry Oloroso Sherry, specially blended for them by Gonzales Byass in Jerez.

Buenvino nestles amongst 100 acres of forest in the Sierra de Aracena National Park, mostly sweet chestnut and cork oaks which are both harvested.  In the autumn you are invited to help harvest chestnuts (4 to 5 tons).  There are also fruit and olive trees.  The Finca also keeps hens, a few sheep and Iberian pigs from which they make their own home cured jamon serrano, salchichon and chorizo.  

There are some very interesting and picturesque towns and villages in the nearby area; all with medieval/Moorish origins.  The main market town is Aracena with its much visited caves which are only 6km away.  Los Marines and Fuenteheridos, two tiny villages are within walking distance, both with a selection of restaurants and bars. Within a half hour to 40 minutes’ drive are the very pretty villages of Linares, Almonaster la Real and Cortegana with its very well preserved 13th century Castle.  For those interested in industrial archaeology then there are the Rio Tinto mines only a 40 minute drive away. If you would like to learn the ins and outs of how the famous black pig hams are produced then you can visit the curing cellars of the famous 5Js brand of Jamon Iberico de Bellota where the Chesterton’s son Jago works as a tour guide.

Much can be organised from Buenvino.  The walks are wonderful and well marked. There are also four or five day cookery courses for which Jeannie is famous.  Photography workshops, fitness retreats and birdsong workshops are also available and can be pre-booked - details and dates on request.

You won’t be bored at Buenvino and you will emerge relaxed, informed and invigorated.

Accommodation


Main House: 5 air-conditioned (ceiling or desk fans) rooms in the main house including the Bird Room, a double room with small terrace and private bathroom (shower) located across the hallway (1st floor); two family units the Blue Room and the Corner Room (1st and 2nd floor) made up of a double room, a single room and bathroom (bath and shower); Twin room (the Pink Room) (3rd floor) with en suite bathroom (bath and shower) and Double room with king-sized bed (the Yellow Room) with own private bathroom across the landing and dressing room alcove filled with books.  All rooms have a hairdryer and electric heater. Complimentary WiFi in the main house.

Two 2-Bedroom Cottages:
Both cottages have a double and a twin bedroom, bathroom (bath and shower), lounge with wood burning fire, fully equipped kitchen (fridge-freezer, microwave, electric oven, two gas hobs, kettle, cafétiere , pots and pans etc.), plunge pool (5 x 3m) open May-Sep, outdoor seating area and free parking. The cottages are 400 yards apart and 1km from the main house.  WiFi in the cottages is payable locally at 5 Euros per day - this must be ordered in advance.

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