The 200-year-old wine press was purchased 13 years ago by Ben. The following years, this Dutchman put his heart and soul into renovating the original finca into the bed and breakfast that he is today. A while ago Ben decided to pass on the torch and sell his finca.
Current owners Olivier and Sophie have searched for a long time for the perfect location to establish their second home. They fell in love with this finca due to its unique location in the middle of its own five-hectare estate, which has become the ideal home base for their horses.
For Olivier and Sophie, this is their second home alongside a stable life in Belgium, so they were looking for someone with a dream of running a bed and breakfast. We will of course come up with that….
Sofie and Wouter.
From January 1, 2020, we can therefore call ourselves the proud new managers of Finca Serrato.
Those who already know us know that we have undergone a real search in recent years. After the decision to leave Belgium definitively, we went through a lot of ups and downs to be able to end up here.
We are an enterprising couple and are used to working together day in day out. We both like to welcome people and love to spoil someone with a top holiday.
Wouter is the chef of the house as a hobby cook he likes to stand in the kitchen and experiment with new ingredients and flavor combinations.
With her eye for detail, Sofie is the one who ensures that everything runs smoothly.
We strive to give you the vacation you need. Because of its unique location you can come to us for both an experience of total tranquility and an active holiday.
Our motto is: “Nothing is impossible, much is possible”.
The extra residents.
The attentive reader has already noted above that Finca Serrato has been the home base for the horses of Olivier and Sophie for a while. Those are not the only extra residents. Because we do not want to hide anything so that you know what you can expect, we briefly describe our animals here.
We are aware that not everyone shares the same love for our dogs, so we always ensure that they are locked in their own part of the grounds of our private space.
Nux is the first own dog from Sofie. So he moved with him from Belgium.
Nux is a Golden Retriever of 9 years old. He is a very social, sweet dog who prefers to get attention from people than from other animals. He always wags at the welcome, almost never barks and enjoys immensely just lying in the yard to oversee everything.
Brax is the first dog we have together. He also came to Belgium with our family.
Brax is a Bernese pine of 5 years old and is our concern child. He is not a purebred Bernese pine and you can tell by his. He is narrower than he should be for his breed. For us he is our worry child because he is not the smartest and kind of rude. As a result, we no longer lose sight of it once again when it stumbles over something and gets the umpteenth scratch. Because he has always been with Nux, he blindly trusts him.
He is a very sweet dog with a great lack of self-confidence, but if he tilted his head to listen to you, you are immediately sold.
As soon as we arrived in Spain we were confronted with the big problem with stray dogs. We had been playing with the idea of taking an extra dog, the same age as Brax, with the aim of making Brax less dependent on Nux. We are afraid that Brax will not know what to do if Nux suddenly disappears.
So we removed Cuba from the shelter. 2 weeks after our visit, she normally went to get an injection.
Cuba is a cross between a Labrador and a Mastiff. She took a little time to teach us to trust because she had never had an owner. She was born on the street and spent 4 years in the shelter.
Cuba is a very sweet girl and is very grateful. She can look at you in a certain way that melts your heart.
It was really the intention to keep it on three dogs. But when we were on our way to give Nux and Brax a final check at the vet before Cuba arrived, this little girl almost walked under our car. It is daily here that you will find stray dogs along the way. Most of the time it is difficult to get hold of them because they have become very shy.
This little girl, on the other hand, immediately jumped into my arms. She was wearing armor and was clearly used to people. We took them to the vet to check on a chip. This was not present. She couldn’t stay with the vet, the only option was asylum. We couldn’t just exchange her for Cuba right now? Then we have contributed nothing to the problem!
After reporting to the police and during a Facebook campaign to find her owner, she stayed with us (temporarily). Baasje was never found and she still lives with us … ..
So we just baptized her Lolita. She is a very big hugger who will immediately steal your heart, but don’t underestimate her! She can safely stand her ground among those big boys.
Black and White.
Black and white are the two cats that have been living on the domain for a long time. So we are now taking it up. They have their own part where they can withdraw from everything and everyone. These cats stay here because they are the best remedy for the lost mouse who would dare to venture into the yard.
We can’t write much about their characters and habits yet, because we still have to discover them ourselves. Will certainly be continued!
Sherpa and Cat.
Sherpa and Cat are the two horses of Olivier and Sophie. They roam the grounds freely and regularly come to drink at the finca yard.
They ensure that the necessary greenery is removed without us having to use harmful products.
Sherpa and Cat are riding horses and can be used on request. This is only possible if the owner Olivier is on site. If you would like this, request it in time!
Also about their characters we can’t say much at the moment because we still have to get to know them. Will certainly be continued!