Finca Las Encinas offers comfortable rural accommodation, fine cuisine, and cooking courses for those who appreciate good food and fine wines.
Clive was born and bred in Cardiff, Wales, in the UK. He has been a professional chef for almost 20 years since he started as a trainee chef at a French restaurant whose master chef is an elite graduate of Cordon Bleu School in France. After having trained there for six years while studying at a local catering college, he went on to work at a few prestige restaurants in Cardiff and London to expand his vision and develop new styles of cooking. Clive has worked as a successful head chef (specializing in French-Mediterranean cuisine, with a touch of Eastern taste in several parts of UK).
from Norway, December 2019
"Highly recommended. "
Beautiful location and wonderful hosts. Very welcoming and food was simply delicious. Surpassed all expectations and found the region to be stunning with historic villages in delightful countryside. Loved every minute of my visit.
from France, November 2019
"Special cooking weekend"
This is my husband's review - he was the one cooking with Clive!
- Thanks to Clive and Maki, a delightful stay in a lovely old farmhouse conversion.
- A hands-on experience of cooking with Clive as very friendly teacher extraordinaire and me as student, to prepare and serve two three-course meals in Andalusian style (Mediterranean cuisine). WOW!
- Easy going but professional, it should be a must do for keen amateur chefs (or those trying to be, like me). It was also a much appreciated birthday treat for me.
- We were spoiled by Maki who made sure everything was in apple-pie order throughout. In all a super short stay.
from United Kingdom, September 2017
"Rural Laid-back Restfulness"
This accommodation is in a traditional building with great character, set in a lovely rural setting with great views. This is a truly relaxing place, with Clive and Maki ensuring you can see the best of the surrounding towns, attractions and experiences, if you don't want to just laze by the pool. The cooking experience teaches much about technique, from filleting fish to even chopping herbs. Clive is very organised, clear and gets you involved in hands-on cooking at each stage for delivering the evening meal for all guests, but without being under pressure; focused but stress-free.