Finca Las Encinas

Iznájar, Córdoba
Bed & Breakfast
+34 629 610783
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€70 - €105
per night

Friendly Maki and Clive's higgledy-piggledy home is a charming, special place. Rooms are cosy, Clive's cookery courses are fun and delicious


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

€70 - €105 per night

The Experience

The house is higgledy-piggledy and 200 years old, rustic and charming. It stands on the side of a hill on the edge of a small Moorish village in the Parque Natural, an hour from Córdoba and Granada, surrounded by farmland. Outside on sloping land are hammocks and picnic tables, figs, almonds, olives and vines, and a small upper terrace overlooking an inviting little pool.

Inside, old doors have become headboards and the cool downstairs bedroom (once the pantry!) now has twin beds and opens onto a terrace. All four bedrooms are simple, with delightful thick walls, modest beds, fluffy towels and characterful touches. In the sitting room are books, antiques and modern art.

Breakfast consists of all the usual suspects but you’ll also get olive oil and tomate rallado, Spanish style. Clive cooks delicious dinners, often using their own vegetables, herbs and fruit, which are as Andalusian as possible.

Finca Las Encinas - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Joining one of Clive's cookery courses, then feasting and having fun
  • Being surrounded by nature, olive groves and wonderful views
  • Spending a day by the pool, dozing, reading, cooling off now and then
Finca Las Encinas - Gallery

You should know

  • Some of the ceilings are quite low so watch your head if you're tall
  • There are many steps in and outside the house


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from €70
Extra bed/sofabed available €15 per person per night.
2 Twins
From €70
1 Suite for 2
1 Double


Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 11am
Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Singles €56-€84.
Christmas, New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 3 courses, €30.25. Restaurant 10-minute drive.


The lovely little b&b with a very warm welcome from Maki to make you comfortable in her home. Very clean and tidy and full of rustic charm. Some points to note: double bed rather than king size, small terrace, communal table for the very delicious meals, the pool was lovely and the honesty bar is a nice touch. The evening meal along with how friendly and welcoming Maki is are the real highlights.

Helen, Durham

My family enjoyed a wonderful week at Finca Las Encinas in June. The pool and outside seating areas are beautiful and full of flowers and shady nooks. My daughters particularly enjoyed reading in the hammocks. The Finca is surrounded by trees (great if you like bird watching) and olive groves. We ate in 5 nights out of 7 and thought the food was exceptional. Clive cooked up classic Andalucian dishes - almond soup, Salmorejo, chicken and sea bass - and extremely yummy dairy free desserts. The honesty bar and table wine worked well for us. Thank you Maki and Clive and Yan the dog.

Fiona, East Grinstead

A delightful little haven out in rural Andalucía. We really enjoyed staying in this peaceful and relaxed setting. Maki and Clive were very welcoming and made us feel very much at home in their home. Breakfast and supper were both delicious- full of fresh ingredients. Although we did not do the cookery course, we were lucky enough to sample what was made. Beautiful pool and garden area.

Annabel, Oxford

Staying with Clive and Maki is an absolutely wonderful experience. I went with my family when I was young and recently had the chance to return. They are such wonderful hosts, the rooms are cozy and comfortable, and the whole stay was very relaxing. The dinner and breakfast were nothing short of phenomenal (maybe the best ever?) and the ingredients are super fresh. Iznájar, nearby, is a cute little town with lovely views of the lake. If you're looking for a cozy and relaxing stay in the countryside of Andalucía, I could not recommend it more.

Maria, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Maki and Clive are welcoming, kind and attentive hosts. The suite is lovely, with everything we needed from hairdryer to underfloor heating. The peace and quiet were a tonic. We loved the charm and design details throughout. We loved chatting over delicious breakfasts alongside a log fire. We loved the stunning views and the proximity to Cordoba. We loved meeting the 2 cats and Jan the dog. And we loved Clive’s sensational 3-course dinners, prepared with the highest skill and freshest local ingredients. Incredible value and absolutely wonderful - don’t hesitate to book this magical place.

Jennifer, London

Our second visit here and another fabulous stay. The hospitality of Maki & Clive is superb. The food Clive prepares is outstanding & delicious. The whole ambience of the place is so relaxing and those views truly beautiful, of course we will all be back again.

Anne-Marie, Hindhead, Surrey

It is a bit difficult to know where to begin.. We had some Google problems locating the property, but once there, the welcome from Maki and Clive was very effusive and we settled in quickly to enjoy the lovely facilities over a five night relaxing stay. The only other guest was an American(Ron)whose company we both enjoyed. With Clive having had a long international career as a Chef, we particularly appreciated the consistent quality of the nightly varied three-course dinners. Easily, the best food we have enjoyed over two months of travel. If back in the Region we would stay again.

Geoff, Wagga Wagga, Australia

We had a wonderful stay at the incredible Finca Las Encinas in Andalucía. Our hosts Maki and Clive were so gracious and knowledgeable about the area. The gourmet food was delicious. We had Clive cook for us the first night and then had a cooking class from Clive the second night. Such a fun experience. It was so amazing to wake up and have our delicious breakfast while sitting on the patio overlooking the rolling hills of olive trees. Can’t wait to go back again.

Shari, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

As soon as I had seen the rooms, I knew this was a special place to stay, such care is taken for their decoration. I particularly liked the ones with balconies. It must be lovely to just to sit there, and forget about the world for a while. The terrace where dinners are served is lovely as well. Above all I was impressed by the collection of all those little knick-knacks and that cheese plant!

Bernadette, Sawday's Inspector

Charm and character , stunning pool , wonderful food , fantastic hosts . An overwhelming feeling of escape to tranquility comfort and indulgence

Raoul, London

Don't take Sawday's word for it, take ours - this is a special place. This was our second stay with Maki and Clive who are the perfect hosts and Clive's wonderful food will not leave you hungry. This Finca is a dreamy getaway with a truly magical and peaceful quality and we can't wait to visit again.

Jude, Twickenham

The area and views are just lovely. Maki and Clive are a delightful pairing and Clive's culinary expertise is well worth the visit. We completed a section of the Via Verde de Acite when we visited (do book ahead through bike friends) and also visited the historicaltowns/villages of Priego de Cordoba, Izinijar and Zuheros.

Katie, Falmouth

We (my husband & 14yr old son)had 4 nights with Maki & Clive, it was a truly fabulous stay. The house is gorgeous with plants everywhere and beautiful pool and those views, well hard to leave looking across to the hills of olive orchards. They are both amazing hosts, nothing too much trouble and very welcoming and Clive’s food simply outstanding. We ate like kings and I thoroughly recommend having the 3 course dinner each night. Quail, Chicken, Hake, Seabass all done using local or their own produce. Roasted peaches, citrus, cherry and a caramel desert. Then those starters clams, prawns ..

Anne-Marie, Hindhead, Surrey

We had a very pleasant stay at this lovely authentic Andalucian house. Everything was very clean and well maintained. Maki and Clive were very helpful and attentive. Set in lovely grounds, perfect for a relaxing break. We hope to visit again and would certainly give a good recommendation.

Peter, Glasshouses, Harrogate

I went for 4 days 3 nights and my only regret was not staying longer. Very comfortable, clean, and aesthetic. The food was divine and the cooking course with Clive was so fun! Maki and Clive made me feel at home, gave me great advice on day trips and sent me home with olive oil, oranges and bay leaves. I’ll be back again!

Siofra, London

We spent five wonderful days with Maki and Clive, which we will remember for a long time. From the very first moment we felt very comfortable at the Finca las Encinas. The surrounding is wonderfully quiet, the house and the pool invite you to relax, the whole atmosphere is very warm and hospitable. The food Clive makes is simply great. Enjoying these dinners on the terrace with a view of the Andalusian hills enriched our holiday and made us very happy. We are already planning to come back. Thanks to Maki and Clive, you are great host.

Laura, Berlin

An excellent spot for just relaxing or as a central base for touring most of the landmark cities of Andalucia. Rooms are basic and rustic, clean and comfortable. The pool is very welcome in the heat with great views of the inevitable Olive trees of the area. Maki and Clive are friendly and welcoming with plenty of advice on how to enjoy the sights and flavours of this part of Spain. Talking of flavours, Clive is a superb chef and the evening meals are a delight of fresh, local fare. I have an interest in cooking and just wish I could have stayed for one of Clive's popular cookery courses.

Emlyn, Totana

A wonderful holiday, perfect for us. Attractive finca, delightful setting, the real Spain for us. We'd been to Córdoba, Granada and Seville in the past and wanted to visit small towns and villages nearby, which were delightful. Clive and Maki are a remarkable couple and Cei makes it extra special. Clive's cooking is superb, gourmet without gourmet prices, using fresh local produce with the Spanish touch. Maki is artistic and creative in the rooms, lent us maps and advised on parking etc. We enjoyed their company on the terrace on a range of topics as evening fell. A very special holiday

Shirley, Berkhamsted

A wonderful base for exploring Andalusia. Maki was very helpful in maximising our explorations and as for Clive's cooking it has established a benchmark of excellence. We highly recommend Los Fincas, one of the best ever. The week we had was perfect and the pool was great at the end of a day's explorations.


Great holiday learning to cook with Clive, soaking up some culture and relaxing by the pool and in the hammocks. My teenage son loved it too! We both came home with lots of new skills as well as great recipes! Clive and Maki are great hosts and we can't wait to go back!


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The neighbourhood

Walks in the beautiful Parque will be magical, surrounded by beauty and wildlife. The village of Iznájar is a 10-minute drive. It's a wonderful place which overlooks a reservoir on the Genil river, with narrow streets of whitewashed houses, a castle and churches. A small weekly market is brimming with good things and you'll love the central square with its kissing corner (El Rincón de los Besos).

Local points of interest from Maki Murakushi Ridout & Clive A Ridout

  • A visit to a charming white-washed village of Iznajar, only a short drive, is a must - feel its varied history, explore the narrow streets and see the stunning views of the Lake Iznajar and the surrounding countryside carpeted with ancient olive trees.
  • Lonely Planet ´Experience Andalucia´ 2023 edition features our B&B! Come to Iznajar and enjoy outdoor sports such as cycling, hiking, kayaking, lake cruise, or just relax and enjoy the tranquility of our enchanting environment.
  • Discover the hidden jewels such as a Baroque town of Priego de Cordoba, and a picturesque mountain village of Zuheros , in the Natural Park of la Sierra Subbetica and the wonder of the nature.
  • Learn the difference between the high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the ordinary. We can arrange a visit to the olive mill and olive oil tasting. It is educational and informative to get into the world of Olive Oil or the natural juice of olives.
  • Participate in our fun-filled cooking courses to get inspired with a guidance of an owner/chef Clive. Our original recipes have been featured in a cookbook released in December 2018 - Andaluz: A Food Journey Through Southern Spain by Fiona Dunlop.
  • We are awarded with SICTED´s "Compromiso de Calidad Turística" which is a quality accreditation which recognises the commitment and effort made by the participating businesses in promoting a safe and quality tourism product and destination like Iznajar.


Maki Murakushi Ridout & Clive A Ridout

Maki, Japanese, introduces you to Montilla wine and olive-tasting tours. Clive, Welsh, offers guests cookery courses that are easy, fun and delicious – he has been a professional chef for over 30 years and loves to share his passion. They live here with their family dog and two cats.