Refugio Marnes

Benissa, Alicante
Bed & Breakfast
+34 966 181040
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€74 - €117
per night

Stylish sustainability in star-hung Alicante with solar power, gorgeous rooms and a pool. Authentic breakfasts and dinners await


7 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Pets welcome

€74 - €117 per night

The Experience

At the end of a narrow track arrive to a farmhouse, so discreet that it feels part of the sierra. Dutch owners Willem and Richard have blended rustic charm and modern comforts effortlessly, creating their own ‘eco-chic’ paradise within the remote valley ringed by mountains.

Sustainability is the order of the day here, with solar-powered electricity, water recycling and irrigation systems in place. La Ruina and the rooms in the old stables (Los Establos) are cosy, calm and simple with gorgeous bathrooms. Glamp it up in La Jaima, a structure tried and tested by nomadic tribes for two millennia – huge, theatrical and great fun.

Start the day with embutidos (cold cuts), cereals, juices and locally made breads; head out to explore the dozens of unsigned and unmapped paths. Return for a dip in the magnificent pool, and despite the remoteness, restaurants are minutes away too. The night skies are the clearest you’re ever likely to see.

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We think you'll love

  • Getting back to nature whilst still enjoying complete comfort
  • Richard’s twice-weekly dinners – just book in advance
  • The setting – it’s beautifully wild and verdant, yet still close to the coast
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You should know

  • The pool is shared and unfenced
  • The approach is 9km long down a winding road


  • 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 €74
Singles €69-€95.
3 Twin/doubles
From €74
3 Twin/doubles
From €74
1 Tent for 4
From €95


Booking information

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Minimum stay: 2 nights. Pets by arrangement.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner €24.50 (excluded wine).


A winding mountain road leads you to this superbly converted Traditional farmhouse with pigeon tower – ingeniously reformed, the living spaces are relaxed, roomy, inspiring – and outside uninterrupted open views of green sierras with pines, cypressus and a background of the jagged Bernia ridge. A place for walkers, cyclists or simply a place to relax with the sounds of nature.

Christopher, Sawday's inspector

Returned many times to Los Establos with Willem and Richard. Lovely place with a beautiful room. You can use the living room and kitchen in losestablos. Very cozy when you get to know other holidaymakers over breakfast and nice conversations arise. It is always good to talk about everything with Willem and Richard. Be pampered every morning with a delicious breakfast. Remains addictive to return to this place and to discover other things every time..., to walk. Beautiful nature and beautiful villages. I like the Bernia mountain. see you soon

Marja en Frits, Eindhoven

If you are looking for Paradise then at Refugio Marnes you are almost there. We spent 4 days at R.M. with our 3 Dogs plus our African Grey Parrot and we enjoyed every Minute. We can recommend R:M to anybody seeking the perfect place to relax,or unwind after the stress of daily life..Thank you once again Willem and Richard..


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The neighbourhood

This vast, uninhabited green landscape is set below the backdrop of the dramatic Bernia Ridge. Shop for basics in Benissa (13km) and head off on hikes and mountain bike rides from your doorstep and in El Vall de Laguar and Sierra Bernia. You’re under ten minutes’ drive to restaurants, 30 minutes to the coast (ask Willem and Richard for the best beaches) and just off the motorway that serves the east coast.

Local points of interest from Willem Pieffers & Richard Steenblik

  • Jalon - Wine Museum Maserof An 18th century farmhouse with all kinds of old farm machinery from all over Spain and artefacts dating back to Roman times. only 20 minutes by car from your Bed and Breakfast Refugio Marnes, your rural B&B in Spain
  • Gata de Gorgos - Guitar workshop of Joan CashimiraOver three generations dedicated to the production of guitars, Joan Cashimira has built a national and international reputation for his care and attention to detail.
  • Playa del Portet - Portet BeachEl Portet is located in a sheltered bay within walking distance of Moraira. Both El Portet and Moraira have a more up-market feel. El Portet (the harbour in Valenciano) is one of the two main beaches of Moraira
  • Denia - Toy museumThis collection features the toy production in Denia from the beginning of the 20th century to the 60s. The museum is located in the former Denia-Carcaixent station on the first floor.
  • Alicante - MARQ Archaeological MuseumTreasures from excavations in Torremanzanas, El Campello and Alicante are the basis of this museum's collection, which houses valuable pieces from the Palaeolithic to modern times, with special emphasis on Iberian art.
  • Bernia West SummitThis is a wonderful and exciting walk on the west side of the Sierra de Bernia. It does take some scrambling up (including using ropes with chains attached) but the views are breath-taking.


Willem Pieffers & Richard Steenblik

Friendly Willem and Richard welcome you warmly to some of their favourite places. After nearly two decades here they are well placed to advise you on day trips, swimming spots and walks. They are keen defenders of the environment and are journeying towards being carbon neutral.