About Us

Thanks you for coming onto my site!

Let me tell you a little bit about my story and I am sure this will help you to decide that Villa Andalucía is in good hands and you will want to stay with us.

I am Helen Hares, my aim is to give you a truly wonderful experience that feels like heaven on earth! So many guests have said that to me or this is Paradise!

For 16 years I have lived here with my Auntie and Uncle and their little dog, Izzy. We have been running a successful business since 2007. I really love meeting guests and welcoming them from all over the world into our lovely home. We would love to welcome you too.

I don’t want to bore you with my life history, just a few pointers to show how my career has helped me to be as successful as I am.

Prior to coming to Spain to semi-retire, I had worked for a bank for 32 years. Whilst working in the bank, I had been a part owner of two businesses.

The first business we owned was a fish and chip shop, followed by a second business, which was a convenience store.
All my life has been dealing with the public and looking after them and I will certainly do the same for you.

How did I come to live here in Spain?

At the age of 24, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I have always been much healthier in dry warmer climates and knew that one day I would live abroad. I am very much a believer in the philosophy “Life is for living if you want something, go for it!”
Something I have always done is set myself some goals. So far, I have never failed in achieving them, I said by the age of 50 I would be living in Spain and I was!

Owners at Villa Andalucia in Competa
Welcome to Villa Andalucía

We found the perfect place; right on the end of the village, Villa Andalucía is just a ten-minute walk from the centre of Cómpeta.

I wanted peace and tranquility, not to be on the coast with crowded villages. Views of the sea and mountains were important to us, and we have amazing breathtaking views of the mountains, the coast and spectacular sunsets.

We are right on the edge of the Sierra de Tejeda mountain range, perfect area for walking and ideal for walkers of all levels.

You can enjoy the peace and tranquility of our beautiful gardens and our crystal blue swimming pool, just what you need after good days walk or stroll into the village.

Walking distance of a village with good food and drink was a must for us and Competa certainly offers that for us.

It was not our intention to start a B&B but at 48 I was too young to retire and our children did not want to move out here, so what do we do with our spare rooms?
Start some sort of business which we could love doing and with the experience of our previous jobs it made life a lot easier in succeeding in doing it, and why not share our lovely home?

All our rooms have been individually designed and have their own character and named after fruits.

All our guests have access to the private outdoor swimming pool; mature gardens and meditation area, there are ample sun loungers for everyone to relax on by the poolside. This is the beauty of staying in a small place not fighting for the sunbeds.

Each room has the basics and of course, you would expect that: Bed linen, nice fluffy towels, air-conditioning to cool and heat. In addition, you have a fridge, drink making facilities. Complimentary tea, coffee etc. that is not the norm in Spain.
Your own terrace with sun loungers or sunbeds and outside clothes dryers, another must over here in Spain. An outside table to sit and watch the sunsets, we are south facing and have the sun until the last minute, imagine sitting outside with a glass of wine or two experiencing this.

And there’s more!

Yes, I have more to offer than just a room, great breakfasts, lovely gardens and a fabulous swimming pool!
I can advise you what to do, where to go in and around Competa.

Arranging trips for you is something that can be easily achieved. Maybe you would like to go and walk the Camino del Rey, a famous walk with breathtaking views about 1.5 hours away or go on an exclusive boat trip.
And there are loads more that can be arranged for you before you arrive, the list is endless. Have a look at my activities page

Friday lunchtime with guests at Villa Andalucia
Auntie Pauline & Uncle Peter entertaining guests

If you are coming out to celebrate a special occasion, I can arrange our own Chef Henning to come and serve you an exclusive meal here in the gardens (weather permitting) . He is a Michelin Star Chef.
My Aunt and Uncle had never been to Spain before and they do not for one-minute regret moving here, I am sure you will feel the same after staying here.

They enjoy having guests here and they love entertaining. Auntie Pauline used to be a chef. You may find yourself enjoying her culinary skills. Guests especially love listening to the stories they tell whilst having a glass or two of cava.

I do hope I have set the scene for you, you only need to go and look at some of the reviews we have on here and on TripAdvisor, I was so proud when I got my first certificate of excellence from them, and do so every year now, it’s great be awarded for something you love doing.

So there’s just one last thing you need to do now and that’s
Head over to our ROOMS page to see which room you would love to stay in whilst you are here.

If you have some questions you’d like to ask, just click on the icon on the left hand side and start a chat with me. If I am offline no worries put your question in the box and I promise I will get back to you as soon as possible.


I am so looking forward to meeting you here at Villa Andalucía.

Staff at Villa Andalucia
My lovely Spanish family who help me out at Villa Andalucía