Finca Las Encinas

Finca Las Encinas offers comfortable rural accommodation, fine cuisine, and cooking courses for those who appreciate good food and fine wines.

Instructors 1

Clive Ridout

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 maste chef is an elite graduate of Cordon Bleu school in France. After having trained there for 6 years while studying at a local catering college, he went on to work at a few prestige restaurants in Cardiff and London, in order to expand his vision and develop new styles of cooking. Clive has worked as a successful head chef (specialising in French-Mediterranean cuisine, with a touch of Eastern taste in several parts of UK).

Reviews 2

Ian Jenkins

from Great Britain, 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.

Testimonials 3

a traveler United Kingdom

TripAdvisor website

This was a wonderful mini break, cooking in the kitchen with Chef Clive and enjoying staying in a traditional farmhouse in the mountains above Córdoba. Great location, charming hosts and beautiful food!

Andy F. and Marina

TripAdvisor website

We booked a four-day long weekend combined with a fish cooking class in Finca Las Encinas. Maki and Clive were wonderful hosts making our stay a really relaxing and enjoyable experience. The quiet and rural environment added to this. The cooking class was an absolute highlight and we were amazed by how easy it is to prepare a fantastic Spanish dish. Thanks a lot and see you soon!

a traveler Ireland

TripAdvisor website

We stayed last October when we were needing a break. This is an ideal spot. Comfortable without complication and delightfully relaxed. We lay back and enjoyed the food which is hard to beat anywhere around and the calm atmosphere. Clive mapped out a great walk for us through the olive groves that was brilliant and full of archaeological surprises. Great base from which to explore Andalusia. We had history and horse riding, swimming and sightseeing through the local villages and towns. Proper lovely. Highly Recommended by both of us.

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