Travel: Off-Grid Glamping in Andalusia

cloud house 4Looking for a completely off-grid family holiday? Cloud House Farm offers you total privacy in an off-the-beaten-track location – ideal for completely un-winding and being with your family for some great adventures.

Cloud House Farm is located deep in the hills of the Andalusian Rio Genal Valley, Spain, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra Bermeja Mountain range. It is one hour from the city of Ronda and near to the typical Andalusian village of Genalguacil. This pretty white-washed village plays host to an art festival in August and, as such, attracts a strong community of artistic talent.

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Justine Armstrong and Dan Cooper moved from the UK to start their family at Cloud House, taking over the abandoned and overgrown farm with a dream of living the good life without sacrificing on comforts. The entire property is powered by solar panels while wood from the forest provides fuel for the stoves and ranges for cooking and heating. Fresh drinking water is gravity fed from the farm’s natural spring while storage tanks and rainwater harvesters help sustain the gardens throughout the summer. Wastewater is processed through a twin chamber septic tank and filtered through a gravel soak away.

Accommodation is provided in Mongolian yurts nestled in a mountain forest of cork oak, olive and chestnut trees, as well as orange and lemon groves. Each yurt is stocked with games and books for the whole family to enjoy and features its own private loo, just a short walk outside. There is also a shower with hot water that is then recycled for use in the gardens. You will cook on a wood stove (although a solar-powered oven is also available) and eat al fresco on your own secluded terrace with stunning views of the mountains and forest around you. Cloud House also provides an iPod dock and broadband Wi-Fi is available near the farmhouse. Each yurt is ideal for a family of four.

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This is an ideal place for kids to run free, climb trees, swing on the rope swings and take a dip in one of several natural river pools, which are a short walk from the yurts. There are also public swimming pools and restaurants, bars and shops in the local villages. There is a wealth of plant and animal life to discover as well as local hikes and day excursions to see nearby sites. The nearest beach is just over an hour’s drive away.

An ideal summer holiday for the whole family, with lots of activities, lots to see and do and learn.

Cloud House Farm accepts guests from May to October with a 4 night minimum booking. Prices range from £65-75 per night for a double yurt. Children 2 and under are welcomed free of charge while children through 12 are charged at an additional £10 per night and teenagers are £20 per night.

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