Shepherd’s Rest is a family retreat place in the mountain town of Oria, located in the province of Almeria, southern Spain. In 2015 as a family of 5, we decided to move somewhere that allows us to spend more time outdoors and quality time together, which offers the Spanish culture.
Two years later we became a family of 6!
As a family we have found that the movement is positive for everyone. The open spaces, small town school, and the quiet environment offer tranquility and security so that our children grow in confidence, enjoying the beauty of living in an open rural environment. Since we arrived, we have bought and renovated an old farm (over 200 years), and the attached annex buildings. Now we have turned these empty houses into comfortable, rustic accommodations for our family and guests. At the end of 2018 we received our ‘Casa Rural’ license that allowed our business to start. There are a handful of bars / restaurants and shops in the village, along with a bakery, butchers, ATM and post office. Oria has its own village pool, which is free to use during July and August. The town of Oria is built around the ruins of a Muslim citadel. There is a market every Sunday in the square in front of the Church ‘Basilica of Our Lady of Las Mercedes’, which was completed in 1779. Religious or not, it is well worth a visit. At Shepherd’s Rest we organize events and retreats for co-hosts, which can include activities such as yoga, horse riding, meditation, dance, art and much more. We are open to ideas and flexible with programming and event planning. We are also a vacation spot, we open our doors to welcome families, couples, friends and adventurers. Pets are allowed if notified when booking. In 2019, we were followed by the UK television program “A New Life In The Sun”, which documented our first year in business.
Romero is a ground floor apartment with 2 bedrooms. It has a king size room and a triple room with single bed and bunk bed. The kitchen includes an electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dining table that seats 4 and two sofas in the living room. Large wood-burning stove, TV and Wifi fiber optic.
Price: € 70 per night / € 275 per week
Cinnamon is a first floor with 3 bedrooms. This is perfect for families with children because there is a low ceiling height in two of the rooms, and there is room to sleep 6 people in total. Two double rooms and a double room. The kitchen includes an electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dining table that seats 4 and two sofas in the living room. It also includes wood, burner, TV and fiber optic wifi.
Price: € 75 per night / € 300 per week.
Cilantro is a first floor with 2 bedrooms. There are high ceilings everywhere and a spacious family living room. There is a family room with a double bed and a single bed with another bed that comes out underneath; Also a double room. Kitchen includes electric oven, gas hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher, dining table that seats 6 and two sofas in the living room (one of them is a sofa bed) includes a large wood-burning stove, TV and Wi-Fi optical fiber.
Price € 80 per night / € 325 per week
Discounts available for longer stays.
Maggie Mae’s Diner offers fresh homemade delicacies for a lazy breakfast or lunch in the Andalusian Sun. Join us in our little oasis for creative souls, wandering travelers and friendly people. We offer healthy, creative and wellness homemade bakery products. Workshops. You can also borrow a book from our extensive library. The view from Maggie Mae’s is breathtaking, with extensive olive groves and almond trees to the distant mountains, facing south, even with a blatant view of the sea! We invite you to come and relax, having tea in one hand. We feel incredibly fortunate to have found this special place surrounded by nature and I can’t wait to share it with you. Families are very welcome and well taken care of on the menu. There is a playground for children so they can play while you relax, chat and meet new people, or maybe some work done with our free WiFi. We also organize food and music nights once a month, a good excuse to try One of our delicious homemade specialties while enjoying the relaxed vibes and live music. Maggie Mae’s is also available for private parties, events and meetings, Catering and refreshments can be provided. We offer special rates for community projects or charitable causes. If you are an artist, seller of homemade crafts, performer, magician or musician and would be interested in showing your talents and merchandise, then we would love to hear from you.
Menu of the Day (only for organized events) € 10 per person Start: Tomato soup and roasted pepper or mushroom soup with garlic. Main: Chicken Goujons on a bed of salad with sauce or Tequila Falafel Snacks and salad with sauce. Dessert: Chocolate brownie and ice cream / cream or carrot cake.