Inspired by our love of the Spanish countryside and lifestyle, we have recently given up professional careers in the UK to live full time in Spain. For the last fifteen years we have owned a holiday house in the beautiful town of Bocairent which is on the edge of the Sierra de Mariola, the local national park. We now want to share our love of the area by creating a luxury activity retreat. The national park could have been made for cross country mountain biking as well as walking and other outdoor activities. We have bought El Cipreret, a derelict farmhouse within the national park, and are about to start the restoration process.
We are at the centre of a large trail network, in the heart of the Sierra de Mariola
Through our holiday home in the medieval village of Bocairent we fell in love with rural Spanish life; the people, the food, the wine, the natural fauna and flora, the endless hiking and cross country mountain biking trails.
It was out cycling in the Sierra de Mariola National Park one day that I stumbled on El Cipreret and made a throwaway suggestion to Andrea that we do another renovation project (having previously renovated our Bristol home). The seed was sown and three years on, with a philosophy that life is short, we stepped away from executive jobs to establish Mariola Secreta – a luxury rural retreat where activity and relaxation fuse together in a truly stunning setting. With our two cats Alice and Seb we have become Spanish residents and begun a new life in the sun.