Once called a ‘Rural Paradise’, Molino Rio Alajar is made up of 6 stone cottages situated near Alajar, in the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park (the largest park in Andalusia). The area is great for anyone that enjoys the outdoors, with horse riding, walking and bird watching just a few of the top activities.
The perfect choice for your next family holiday
With numerous options when it comes to choosing your room, they have something for everyone. All of the cottages have lovely rustic furnishings to fit in with the local area. They also all have access to wifi, air conditioning and include linen and bath towels (don’t forget to pack your own swimming towels). While we're talking about swimming, the main pool is open from the beginning of April until the end of October (weather permitting). They also have a toddler splash pool and sand pit which the kids will love. The cottages have access to baby monitors, pushchairs and other baby and toddler equipment – as well as having babysitting available from EUR 10 per hour. If walking is your thing, this place is perfect. They have signposted walks that start from the cottages, suitable for all abilities. They also have a tennis court and bikes available for hire.
Their special animals
The owners have 5 donkeys which you are able to hire for guided donkey rides, you will be guided by Jose Maria who works for them – they are very popular, especially with the younger visitors. They also have 5 special rescue dogs that roam the property. The dogs are all very friendly and they love children. Kids love taking them for walks and its often a competition of who will get to walk the dog that day. Peter, the owner has told me that in some cases, children who have a fear of animals, have spent time at Molino Rio Alajar and have been cured! They have guests who return just to see the dogs. He also said that there are often tears upon departure because of the special bond the guests have made with the dogs.
The owners are very much about ‘Responsible Travel’, financially, socially and environmentally. A few of their policies are below:
*They ask the guests to feed left over food to the Iberican Pigs that roam free in the woods
*They have an ecological vegetable and herb garden for use of the guests
*Cars are kept in the parking lot and are not allowed next to the cottages
*They recommend guests walk into town (20 min walk) as opposed to driving
*Rain / stream water is currently used for irrigation of their vegetable garden, they are also look at ways to reduce the public water consumption by using rain water.
*They promote local flamenco concerts in the village
*They have used recycled beams in all of their cottages
*They have used old furniture and ‘upcycled’ it in the cottages
*They recommend local restaurants
If this is your kind of holiday, have a look at our listings here for more information.