I went to stay at this hotel for a week on a yoga holiday. I loved every aspect of it.
We visited the week after the awful floods, the only noticeable effect was the height of the water in the mill race upon which the hotel is set. The hotel itself either escaped unscathed or the staff did a great job of tidying it up.
The room we had was a twin. Both the bed, pillows and linen were fine. The room is very Spanish in design, tiled floor and solid furniture. The bathroom was huge, two sinks and a toilet, a bath and a shower over it which worked well. Toilet with a cancel button to save water, a good feature.
Kettle and makings were provided and of a reasonable standard. We always take our own preference but it's still lovely to have the choice. There is a fridge, stocked with items that you can purchase too although they do work out a bit expensive. The rooms are cleaned everyday and to a good standard.
Outside the room was a small patio area with 2 chairs and an umbrella. Just down from the room were the steps that led to the pool. It's a bit bigger than the usual so possible to swim a few lengths. It wasn't the warmest but it was bearable and a good place to cool off during some very hot weather. Round the pool are a scattering of sunbeds and tables and if you don't want to sit by the water there is a lovely lawned area to one side with more sunbeds, just in earshot of the mill race.
We were on an inclusive tariff but I honestly don't think the food we ate was any different to what was on offer to other guests. Breakfast was a buffet type table with fresh breads, fresh fruits, yoghurts, cooked meat and cakes for those wanting a sweeter start to the day. Best of all though were the jugs of freshly squeezed orange juice, what a delight, I so hate the cartons put out even in 5* hotels. I could almost give the place 5* on this alone. Following our buffet we were offered the choice of something cooked, this varied from local style bacon and eggs to poached eggs, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs with smoked trout. All brought to your table by the smiling and polite staff who work in the hotel. Freshly brewed tea and coffee, wonderful.
Within the hotel are the bar and dining area, a room with big settees and a library of sorts and other nooks and crannies if you explore a little. Toilets are kept clean, the service in reception with English speaking staff is helpful and polite and there is plenty of information on the locale and train service. A bonus is the local craft items, sweets etc.
The food in the restaurant was amazing. You don't get a plate swamped with chips or anything like that at all. The chef creates all sorts of fine food, I suspect that the hotel must do very well out of the restaurant because it is always full. There is plenty of outdoor seating and at lunchtime this is always busy. I can't think of anywhere I have stayed where the food has been so good, so well cooked and tasted divine. The desserts were amazing. The wine seemed very reasonably priced which makes a change.
The hotel is situated in a tiny village which can be accessed by road and which has its own station. Set in a mountainous area, everywhere is uphill at some point so bear this in mind if you aren't too good on your pins. That said, there is a lot to explore, caves, walks along the river, plenty of birds and I imagine plenty of flowers in the spring and summer. Wild mint grows by the river and you can smell this as you walk along. It's lovely walking country with the added bonus of sunshine :o)
We took the train to Ronda. The trains are big and modern complete with drinks machines and bars and didn't seem expensive. They aren't hugely punctual though. You buy a ticket either at the station or on the train.
All in all I loved this place (can you tell :o)) and I would love to go back. It is run by an English couple, Pauline and Andy and their ethos seems to be to provide good service, good food, in the best situation they can. Nothing is too much trouble and it shows. They employ and train local people and are trying to be as ecological as possible. I can heartily recommend this place for a relaxing, comfortable and very pleasant sojourn.
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