Our story – A bit about us…
Clive was born in Wales in the UK and has been a professional chef for over 20 years. He started as a trainee chef at a renowned French restaurant while studying at a local culinary college, and he became a fully trained chef after long years of solid training under a French master chef from Marseille. He then went on to work at a Japanese restaurant then an award-winning restaurant in Cardiff in order to expand his vision and to develop new styles of cooking. Since then, he has worked as a successful head chef, specialising in French and Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of Eastern taste, in several parts of the UK.
Maki was born in Tokyo, Japan and her father’s sabbatical leave had led the family to live in England since she was 16. After graduating from the university, Clive and Maki got married and began their careers in London, where Maki worked as an investment banker.
Clive and Maki loved their high-flying lifestyle in London but began to feel something was not quite complete. They briefly moved to the South West England to slow down, having to enjoy entertaining their friends and families at their restored mill house almost constantly and this is when the seed of ideas was planted.
Then they bought an old farmhouse in 2001 in the inland area of Andalusia and reformed it completely and sympathetically in order to start their project of opening a B&B. Not only has it taken a long time to open a legal business from scratch in Spain but a great deal of passion, effort and determination have been put in to restore an old Andalusian farmhouse and to transform into a gourmet bed and breakfast.
In 2004, they finally emigrated to Spain leaving their successful but hectic and stressful lives behind in search of quality of life together. Their beautiful son Cei was born a couple of months after their relocation following years of infertility. A few years later, Finca Las Encinas opened its doors to warmly welcome visitors from all parts of the world.