It’s been a bit difficult to find the time and calm required to write the blog this week. We are having a shower room added upstairs and the mess and noise from the work is quite disturbing. But on the plus side, we’ll soon have a nice second bathroom for us and our guests.
Thankfully, I managed to find the time to have tea with a good friend, Emmanuelle and we chatted about holiday plans. Turns out that she had a holiday challenge for me.
Some time this summer, they will leave the children with the grand-parents and go for a week in Andalucia. But she hadn’t booked anywhere yet so she asked me to find her a couple of stylish places between Seville, Granada and Cordoba at a decent price.
Voilà, Emmanuelle. What do you think ?
Cortijada los Gazquez
- 5 bedrooms
- 85 euros including breakfast
Set in a national park, Parque Natural Sierra Maria – Los Velez to the east of Granada, this former farm has been restored by Londoners who are very much into art, food and the environment. They run food, walking or art courses but you can also book the accommodation only. Breakfast is served and Donna can make diner upon request. A lovely peaceful setting.
- 4 bedrooms
- From 139 Euros
I came across this place about two years ago and really liked its cool vibe. I actually considered booking us there this summer before we decided to stay in France. The owner was very nice and quick to respond to emails. She is Dutch and as often with Dutch people, the style of the place is just perfect. Stylish but warm, not too busy but not minimalist either. Plus, nice views over the countryside and a pool to refresh yourself in.
Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
- 41 rooms
- From 110 euros
Look at this courtyard, doesn’t it transport you immediately to Seville ? I love how this building has retained its classical and typical andalucian architecture but added touches of luxury such as a pool on the roof ! There is also a spa. Of course, this has a price, higher than the other hotels in high season but you are in the centre of town so that has to compensate for it.
Cortijo del Marqués
- 11 bedrooms
- From 90 euros
From From Seville to Granada now. This hotel is located 18km north of the city and has the look of a stately home albeit in Andalucia. You see that room ? The door on the side opens onto your own private terrace. Imagine yourself having a nap with a gentle breeze lifting the white veil curtains and the typical grasshopper sound in the background. Once you finish your nap, head over to the pool and then have a nice apéritif in the lovely courtyard. For families, the “cottages” are big enough for 4 of you.
Casa Rural Olivar
- Five bedrooms (B&B) and three casitas to rent
- From 89 Euros (minimum stay of 2 nights)
This B&B is located between Granada, Sevilla and Cordoba amongst the andalucian hills dotted with white villages. It overlooks the biggest lake of the region and has a lovely pool and terrace. The decoration is very simple to allow for the coolness to permeate the rooms. The B&B is especially welcoming to families with 3 casitas where you can do you own cooking and have a double room as well as bunk beds for the kids. They suggest lots of activities around the region for families: kayaking, horse riding, cycling, walking etc…