La Fuente in El Fonte

The Venue

Our residential weeks are held in a beautiful and remote valley located in mountainous south-eastern Spain, an hour’s drive north of Almeria.

The site is a self-contained oasis, very private, nestled in a bowl of hills.  Residents, teachers, and staff live together in two beautifully restored old farm houses—casitas—and a charming sleeping house, all surrounded by exquisitely landscaped terraces.  The extensive gardens provide olive oil, almonds, figs, lemons, and a wide variety of other fruits and vegetables, as well as an abundance of decorative flowers and trees.  They also conceal the site’s own solar power, underground water supply, and watering system.  A lush lawn, a boules pitch, and a 20-metre solar-heated swimming pool with its garden patio complete the attraction of the grounds.
The houses provide accommodation, communal living areas, kitchens, and class spaces in a mix of spacious and cosy spaces.  Classes also take place outside under the olive trees or in the gardens.  Bedrooms are not en suite, but are always very near bathing and toilet facilities.

The surrounding hills provide a wonderland for walkers, climbers, photographers, and lovers of nature and wildlife.
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Although La Fuente is hidden away, there is plenty to do in the area and nearby, including sightseeing in the national park, and excursions to places of cultural interest such as Granada, Cartajena or Almeria.  There are traditional villages, shrines, caves for exploring, lovely beaches, potteries and other artisanal centres, great markets, and local fiestas.