Gastblog van Karen en Dave Proctor.

Anke and Aart are amicable and avuncular artists at Anke and Aart Art and accommodation  

So that’s the ‘A’s

Bountiful breakfast & Bouncing Bariz

That’s the  ‘B’s

But now I’m getting bored.

So in reality, this B & B is in the most beautiful location nestled between pine-forested mountains, Almond groves and vineyards.

You cannot help but relax when you are welcomed by such genial hosts, their adorable dog, Bariz, and a couple of eagles flying overhead. Oh boy, you immediately know you are somewhere special.

There is clean comfortable accommodation and unusually a semi-outdoor kitchen, dining room and paellero for guests, they even operate an honesty bar.

The site even boasts a swimming pool surrounded by trees and sculptures.

I might add that this ‘Casa Rural’ as they are called here is extremely good value, even by Spanish standards.

Anyway,  my wife being of an artistic bent, well she did their Sculpture workshop. She spent the week using various grinders, hammers and other medieval instruments of torture but under the expert guidance of Anke and Aart produced a lovely piece of sculpture which will adorn our garden for many a year.


Me, well I write, and I just enjoyed the peace and tranquillity to write my finest masterpiece (well I say that about all my latest pieces).

In the week we were there we only ventured out once, to the lovely little town of Bullas, A lovely lunch with an excellent little white wine for €10. Why not?

The Finca is adorned with artwork and the inspiration, for those of an artistic nature, is easily acquired.

On our last day there, our peace was interrupted, firstly by the grape pickers, keen to gather this valuable crop for the local bodegas and then on the same day the almond collectors, who came with their modern tractor that opens like an upturned parachute under the trees and which then shakes the trees for a few seconds causing an explosion of nuts and leaves to fall into the waiting umbrella.

To quote dear old Arnie, ‘We will be back.’