12 Mar Glamping review… Finca el Sueno
[If I’m honest I’m not sure this place counts as glamping. We had solid walls and a bathroom that didn’t involve going outside. But so do some of the fancy glamping places I’ve come across so I’m going with it.]
To counteract all the dreariness of January and to top up our vitamin D levels we decided to head out to Spain for a week. We were after somewhere quiet and peaceful but also not costing a fortune. Not asking for much I know.
After a fairly quick Airbnb search we found Wendy and Richard’s finca just outside Maella in Aragon. It fit the bill perfectly so we booked it there and then. As we were staying for seven nights we got a discount making it just £25 per night. Bargain!
The couple have recently opened their own bakery in Maella and told us to meet them there so Richard could show us the way to the finca. We followed him out of the town and down a progressively bumpy and pot-holey road – Brook being incredibly careful not to ding our hire car!
The house itself is small but contains everything you need. There’s one main room with a kitchen (complete with gas stove and fridge), wood burner and a sofa that pulls out into a double bed. Next to this is a spacious bathroom with flushing toilet and plenty of hot water for showers. Essential in my book – there are few things worse than a cold shower.
Outside there is a dining table and chairs and some very comfy pallet chairs (plenty of time was spent on these soaking up the sun and reading).
The weather at this time of year was lovely. Not too hot so that you’re constantly seeking out shade but warm enough to comfortably sit out in. Wendy had stressed to us that the temperature still dropped quite low at night so we came with our thermals and jumpers only to spend the first afternoon sweating and planning to find the nearest clothes shop.
The surrounding area is very agricultural and the cherry and almond blossom was just starting to come out which was beautiful. There are very few boundaries between fields and farms and the public are allowed to walk along on the farm tracks meaning there are miles and miles of beautiful walks on your doorstep.
Of course, being so remote the stars at night were spectacular. (I really need to brush up on my constellation knowledge so I can get past “Ooh there’s Orion’s belt…and there’s the saucepan one!”)
We also had some fun with a slow shutter, head torch and writing backwards!
We went on a couple of day trips that were slightly further afield. The first one was to Els Ports mountains, absolutely incredible scenery and plenty of walks around the national park. You can also camp here in certain areas, which I imagine would be fantastic.
Another day we ventured over to Fayón where the old town was submerged by a reservoir in 1967 – you can still see the clock tower poking out above the water.
There were plenty of other days though where we just relaxed at the finca, playing board games and going for walks in the surrounding countryside.
A car is essential as the location is impressively remote. Due to the size of the house it’s only really suitable for couples but it’s perfect for an affordable getaway. And if you’re planning on talking to anyone other than Wendy and Richard (who are South African) then brushing up on your basic Spanish is essential!
Finca el Sueno, Maella, Aragon. You can find out more about the finca here