Casa del Rio Retreat

Cortes de la Frontera, Málaga
+34 689 992 163
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In a hamlet in the Serrania de Ronda, a warm-hearted house with a fabulous pool, and a special venue for small weddings


6 beds


6 bedrooms


Sleeps 12

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Relax on your balcony facing the mountains. The air is pure and the Guardiaro river teems with fish… listen to goats’ bells and birdsong. The setting is a dream and you could stay here all day.

This lovely riverside posada goes back 120 years, its feel traditional and its style boho chic. It’s a year-round destination, special in every season: sofas by the fire in winter, and plenty of shaded seating spots in summer. You get a well-stocked honesty bar, a smart kitchen with plenty of gear, a firepit and barbecue and a couple of good restaurants in the village, a couple of minutes on foot.

Here, between the Alcornocales and the Sierra de Grazalema, hiking is the thing; Karen organises pick-ups and knows all the guides. Eat in hilltop Gaucín, marvel at Vultures Canyon (both are close). Discover remote Ronda, ‘the city of dreams’, a 40-minute drive.

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We think you'll love

  • Hiking the beautiful trails - walks starts from the door
  • The immersion in boho comfort - and nature: a winning combination
  • Host Karen, who makes guests feel totally at home
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You should know

  • Not for little children: there’s too much water around
  • Public transport is limited and you need a car


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Min stay: 5 nights. Pets by arrangement. 3 extra bedrooms in annexe and sofabeds available for up to 21 people. Also available on B&B basis: March-June, Sept-mid Nov.
Meals available on request for 10 people or more. Restaurants, 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €450
Weekly price
from €2900
Damage deposit
Sofabeds available.
1 House for 12
From €4506 beds6 bedrooms


Surrounded by nature, Casa del Rio Retreat is the perfect location for nature lovers and to discover local traditions. Nothing is too much trouble for Karen, who will make sure have everything you need to make your stay memorable.

Elisa, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

An ancient water channel runs through the lush grounds, and the river lulls you to sleep. Bask on the terraces, slip into the pool. Hike, bike and ride; recover with a massage. Hop in the car to Gaucín - a haven for artists still - or set off for small vineyards and taste the Ronda wines. Trains run to Ronda and Granada from the little station at Cortes de la Frontera - a ten-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Karen Pedrazzini

  • Wine tours at some of Ronda's most famous vineyards. We also organise wine and local jamon & cheese tastings at casa del Rio for groups on request
  • Our area is known for the incredible walks between the white villages and cork forests, We offer guided walking with Guy Hunter-Watts , who is well known for his walking bookings in the Serrania de Ronda area.
  • Mountain bikes and E bikes are a great way to explore , we offer 2 day min hire , and either self guided or guided tours
  • Gastronomic heaven ! Our area is full of excellent restaurants , you will enoy the very best of Andalucian and fusion Interntaional food whilst visiting this area
  • Have you ever seena golden oriel close up, or herons ? Just sit on our riverside terrace and keep watching ! Our river is teaming with birdlife and some pretty rare species ª
  • Local artesans are inspired by the beauty of the Serrania de Ronda . Locally we are blessed with exceptional artists and artesans producing everything from cork handbags, ceramics and hand woven wool blankets .


Karen Pedrazzini

Karen moved to Spain in 1985, ran a successful hotel for 14 years, and is now back in the saddle. With her architect daughter she has turned a run-down village inn into a place of beauty and character. Warm and friendly yet discreet, she lives close by with her dog Nicky, and organises everything for you. Nothing is too much trouble for Karen: "I am so pleased to be back in the business again."