About us

Hi, thank you for visiting my website, my name is Helen Hares and I am the owner of Villa Andalucía Bed and Breakfast in Cómpeta, Spain.

Welcome to Villa Andalucía

I have lived here for 14 years with my Auntie Pauline and Uncle Peter 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.

Auntie Pauline & Uncle Peter entertaining guests

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

All my life has been around money and opening hours and dealing with the public. My parents kept a pub and when I was old enough I used to help to run the pub so they could go on holidays. I joined the bank at age 16.

The first business we owned was a fish and chip shop, I was 22 at the time. I was mainly involved in the accounting side of it. The second business we owned, at the age of 40, was a convenience store. I used to help out on the weekends. We cooked breakfasts and hot food every day. It was here I gained my experience in catering.

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 warmer climates and knew that one day I would live abroad. I am very much a believer in the philosophy “if you want something, go for it”. I have always set myself some goals. I have never failed in achieving them and I became a successful businesswoman through the success of my goals.

My lovely Spanish family who help me out at Villa Andalucía

One of my goals was to be living in Spain by the time I was 50, I succeeded in doing this two years ahead of schedule. I came out to Spain with my former husband, mum, “Auntie Pauline” and “Uncle Peter” (they introduce themselves to the guests as this). They had never been to mainland Spain prior to this and from day one they came to love Cómpeta and still do very much. I am sure you will, too, once you have visited! They enjoy having guests here and they love entertaining. Auntie Pauline use 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.

In my opinion at 48, was far too young for me to retire, so we had to find something else to do. We had plenty of spare rooms, used only when the children came to visit. We thought about setting up the bed and breakfast. With my background dealing with the public all my working life, it seemed the ideal answer. With all the skills I obtained over the years working in the bank and running two very successful businesses helped us tremendously in our new business here.

Now divorced, I’m running the business on my own, with the help of my staff, Pedro, Joaquin and Matilde, Auntie Pauline and Uncle Peter. So, folks that’s my story of how we got here.

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

Helen Hares

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