Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes

Andrew Forbes At El Nobo

Day 2 – Staying at ‘El Nobo’ – Hiking, Walking & Riding Mr Henderson’s Railway; a gourmet tour of the Hidden Andalucia

Since this is a condensed, shortened ‘taster’ of the full 5 day ‘Hiking Mr Henderson’s Railway’ tour created by Toma Tours, we are sharing some of the highlights of the itinerary over just a few days.

One of those highlights is undoubtedly the mischievously named ‘El Nobo’.  This hidden enclave includes a stunning house with five sumptuous guest suites, as well as independent guest cottages all surrounded by private, mature gardens, featuring an infinite pool that looks out across countryside, on down to the coast, Gibraltar and north Africa beyond.

Pool with a view © Steve Sparrow Photography

Pool with a view © Steve Sparrow Photography

Entrance of El Nobo

Entrance of El Nobo © A Forbes

Owner and host Sally is welcoming and immediately makes the group feel at home. ‘El Nobo’ is a beautiful corner of Andalucía and everyone in the group is truly taken by its wonderful location, style and ambiance.

The private property is almost hidden amongst trees, below the postcard-perfect village of Gaucin.

Sally’s creative flair and elegance is evident throughout the property which has been featured in a number of lifestyle magazines. Touches of British, Spanish and North African style blend effortlessly to create a magical, ambiance.

El Nobo, Gaucin, Hotel Guest House

Guest rooms feature super-comfortable beds, with fluffy feather duvets and soft linens. Furnishings are vintage and antique, with decorative, ‘homey’ touches that make it feel like a real home-from-home.

The garden meanders down the hillside, with plenty of secluded places to sit and read; or soak up the rays of the Andalusian sun. The main house leads down to a unique swimming pool, with a built-in seating ledge, letting you just chill in the pool and take in the expansive view. The larger guest house also has its own infinite pool. I think all of us will be planning to come back!

Courtyward at El Nobo

Andrew Forbes leaving El Nobo to hike Mr Henderson's Railway

Breakfast the next day, served on one of the covered terraces was the best of both worlds; tasty scrambled eggs, bacon and tomatoes, with Andalusian sausages, fresh figs and refreshing Spanish melon.

Breakfast at El Nobo with Toma Tours © Toma Tours

Breakfast at El Nobo with Toma Tours © Toma Tours


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