The complaint: an urgent craving for sun-drenched days and tranquil bliss. The prescription: a visit to Cortijo del Marqués in Andalucia. Make your way down the winding dirt track and you’ll find yourself in the exquisitely restored 19th-century manor, surrounded by nothing but aromatic olive groves, fields of sunflowers and seemingly boundless rolling hills. The prognosis: immediate sense of deep relaxation.
STYLE Magical Manor
SETTING Among the olives
Why this week? We’ve been watching the pomp-packed ceremony surrounding Richard III’s somewhat belated burial, and it’s ignited our inner history buffs, so we were particularly delighted to hear of Cortijo del Marqués’ own historical discovery – 500-year-old documents unearthed during building works, outlining much of the building’s rich history. (And if you’re not into ye olden days all that much, perhaps the chance to scoop four nights for the price of three will be enough to entice you?)
Our favourite bits The cobblestoned courtyard, whitewashed walls and rooms that preserve the charm of an old Andalusian manor house, complete with original rustic details – think exposed wooden beams, stable troughs, pigeonholes and even a sunken mosaic bath. Situated in the middle of glorious Spanish nowhere, the hotel is undoubtedly an excellent choice for those who seek serenity. However, for the more activity-inclined, horse riding, mountain biking and walking tours are also offered, and Sierra Nevada’s ski resort is within easy driving distance. Action-packed adventure or sun-lounger snoozing, the Cortijo is your oyster.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘With vintage bedside tables, a 1900s writing desk and retro rotary light switches, our room, El Mirador, is old-school romantic. We open every one of its 10 windows to provide a 360-degree lookout over the unreal landscape (and a peepshow for the birds). Padding to the rustic bathroom in matching gowns, we agree there’s enough space to swing a stallion, although you’d hit its head on the wooden beams. No laptop necessary here; the view from this freestanding bath has got something better – those hills.’ Read the full review here.
You say… ‘The owners: warm, hospitable, very helpful. The room, the staff, all very tasteful. The site, great walks, the peace and tranquility.’ Elizabeth, Blacksmith, stayed 13th October 2014
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