Inspired by our love of the Spanish countryside and lifestyle, we retired early from professional careers in the UK to live full time in Spain. For almost two decades we have owned a holiday home in the beautiful medieval of Bocairent on the edge of the Sierra de Mariola natural park. We are mid restoration of a 200 year old farmhouse. Once complete el Cipreret will open as a luxury rural retreat and activity centre.
With stunning views of the park and Montcabrer El Cipreret is set amongst pine and green oak forest 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 thatBen stumbled on El Cipreret and made a throwaway suggestion that we do another renovation project (having previously renovated our Bristol home). The seed was sown and five 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.