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“Charming luxury rural B & B” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa la Siesta
Los Parralejos, 11150 Vejer de la Frontera, Spain   |  
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“Charming luxury rural B & B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

The owners have created a very special place, with reclaimed materials, from ancient beams to classic Andalusian tiles The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the location peaceful.
This characterful rural retreat offers guests home cooked meals made from ingredients grown in the garden or sourced locally from producers and farmers markets; so a break here is more than just an escape, it’s a chance to discover new flavours and traditional recipes with a modern twist.
The guest rooms are individually and creatively decorated, with a mix of contemporary comforts like roll top baths, rain forest showers and king size beds, together with authentic features and antiques.
It is worth knowing that sometimes throughout the year the owners live on site in a annexe and their pets are often roaming around the property.

Room Tip: The guest suite at the front offeres great views, but overlooks a neighbours small holding with hens...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

I agree with an earlier posting that this place is easy to find. After about two miles along the road to Medina Sidonia from Vejer de la Frontera, turn left at the big sign marked "Los Parralejos" Drive a couple of miles down a rural lane, avoid probable loose cows, chickens and goats and then turn at the sign marked "Casa La Siesta" Not difficult.

Through the security gates and park under the covered parking bays and then say hello to whoever is around to greet you. In our case, it was a very civilised young lady called Veronica who led us to an attractive sandy-coloured two-storey ranch-style establishment

External appearances from all sides were very pleasing. There is a very pretty breakfast area at the front by some attractive formal gardens, and a scenic terrace and courtyard to the rear with marvellous country views and a perfect spot to admire the sunset in the evening. Inside, the main building is country-house style with a comfortable lounge area and a cracking kitchen.

Unfortunately, during the course of e-mailed booking negotiations we somehow failed to get the room were expecting, but I thought our suite was a perfectly adequate substitute. The misunderstanding was reasonably explained by Veronica, and there were no hard feelings.

We had a big, handsome, airy, high-beamed room with plenty of space and featuring a free-standing bath and an open-windowed, tall-chimneyed stove. The great big bed was supremely comfortable, especially due to the quality linen, and it had great sleep potential. Reclaimed doors and brick floors were agreeably attractive but the other bits of furniture were certainly very distressed, and the sofa was practically suicidal - I've seen better examples fly-tipped down English country lanes. Air-conditioning was fine and easy to operate. Way across from the bed was the cloakroom area with separate double free-standing sink bowls on a wooden bench top. The accompanying nozzle-free hairdryer was a particularly feeble specimen . Adjacently, was a large open shower with a very effective rain-head fitting on one side and a small loo on the other. Mrs EPR appreciated the giant fluffy bath towels made available each day

We also enjoyed the i-pod docking station opportunity, and appreciated the evening turn-down service and the countless free bottles of water that were left for us afterwards . Regrettably, noisy murine incursions via the stove flue over a couple of evenings meant we had spend the night next door on one occasion (our room was better!) . Although initially rectified , a second blighter was staring at us through the stove window the next evening and was subsequently and dutifully bludgeoned triumphantly to death so we could spend our final night in peace.

The swimming pool and landscaped environs (surrounded by fields populated by either horses or cows) were extremely peaceful, with ample comfortable sunbeds and mattresses, and we didn't mind sharing with a friendly tabby who clearly liked to stretch out full-length and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with his new human friends.

Mealwise, breakfasts were adequate but probably aligned to the small number of guests in situ. However, we ate a couple of meals in the evening in the large attractive rear courtyard and must give a glowing commendation to the young chef because he turned out restaurant-standard meals which, in both cases, were absolutely superb in appearance and in quality. We also appreciated the help of another young lady, Julia, who was very knowledgeable about accompanying local wines and managed the dining activities perfectly. She was sometimes assisted by a very sweet and willing young Spanish girl who seemed to be the evening general helper

The ubiquitous gratis beer dispenser, positioned just off the rear courtyard, was of the Amstel variety and seemed very popular, and not abused. It was an unusual concession and, again, much-appreciated. Mrs EPR noted that non-beer swilling ladies were not equally supplied however - freebie soft drinks only, I'm afraid.,

Vejer de la Frontera was about 10 minutes drive away and we discovered it to be a beautiful and lively white hillside town with ample parking and a friendly adjacent tourist information office. It was also relatively free of the ex-pat fraternity found further along the eastern coast. Plenty of restaurants and local colour. Cadiz was a good day out too, with plenty of parking round the harbour area.

So, in conclusion we quite enjoyed our stay and certainly wouldn't deter any potential visitors -quite the reverse, in fact. Whilst we may have had a couple of wrinkles during our visit, I would be happy to recommend the Casa La Siesta because, in essence, it was potentially perfect

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

It is fair to say that the measure of a great hotel is in the small details- at least that is the measure by which I judge the hotels I stay in.
Having worked in the hotel industry for many years & extensively travelled the globe staying in many high end hotels I would measure Casa La Siesta amongst my top 5.

This is not only for it's peaceful location, fantastic decor, attentive staff & phenomenal food- it is for the details. It is because when we came home at night our bed had been turned down (a practise which many high end hotels have conveniently forgotten about), the candles lit in the halls & rooms, & a bottle of cool water was placed on each side of the bed. Details.
It is because of one day when I sat baking by the pool one of the female staff (after spying me there 10 minutes prior) arrived with a lovely mocktail of pink grapefruit & orange juice with fresh mint & ginger ale. Refreshing. But what was more refreshing is that the staff member saw me baking by the pool & thought to herself "she looks like she'd enjoy a cool drink"...That represents the attitude of the hotel & it's staff & it's something to cherish.

I should also make special mention of the cuisine at the hotel. Breakfast, lunch & dinner were flawless. Flawless. Not a word I use often or lightly. It was as though a team of Spanish grandmothers were outback preparing the most delicous, heart warming, nostaligic Spanish feast at each service. The food was phenomenal.

I would highly recommend Casa La Siesta- with a disclaimer.*
*Don't stay here if when you are in Madrid you choose to stay at the Hilton or Sheraton. Casa La Siesta is in a league of it's own not for the tourist who is looking for a bell boy, a porter & a concierge..Stay here if you are happy to be greeted as friends as 'guests' not as 'clients'.

We thank the staff for our wonderful stay & the attentive yet unobtrusive service they provided us.

Room Tip: All the rooms we peaked in were stunning.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

We actually stayed here in June 2010 and have tried to rebook but have been unable to due to the place being fully booked on our dates.

This really is in response to SFEX who has given this hotel a poor review. Basically I think his review says far more about him than it does about the hotel and it's owners and staff.

Firstly you would have to be a moron not to be able to find the place - go get a TomTom or similar and it will take you to the front gate!

If there is only a gripe about a 'snooty people' then again I would say this says more about the reviewer than it does about the hotel and staff. Both Lee and his wife introduced themselves to us and we found Lee a very committed and authentic person and it's a shame that the reviewer didn't bother to introduce himself and ask how they had managed to build such a tremendous place!

Likewise if you only quibble over a bath...then go back to staying in Hiltonesque type places where you are a faceless no one who pays their wages and they couldn't give a damn whether you enjoyed yourself or not!

Lee we will be back if we can arrange suitable dates and please no one else be put off by by poor reviews of this fab place. Look at others and their reviews and judge for yourself.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

I had a great 2 night stay here with my wife and we enjoyed the beautiful rural setting. The hotel itself is lovingly restored with lots of interesting antique furniture and a stylish boutique feel. We had dinner both nights and it was very good and creative with modern twists on Spanish traditional foods.

We were prevented from taking full advantage of the outside space due to strong mid-May winds, but the sheltered chill out areas were a bonus. I also enjoyed playing barman and pouring my own beers at the outside bar.

I didn't sleep brilliantly due to the strong wind rattling the shutters and windows.

It is great for having a chilled time but it is intimate and very pristine which made us feel a little shy at times (I.e. that we might knock something precious over).

But overall very good.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

This really is the most delightful place to stay. Other reviews have perhaps said it all - so relaxing, peaceful and beautiful. We stayed in Seville prior to our visit to Casa la Siesta and the two paces of life were a perfect contrast. The food was excellent and plentiful and all the staff were extremely helpful and friendly - nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is small and charmingly decorated; the garden is stunning with chairs and sofas hidden in nooks and crannies and definitely no need to fight for a sunbed around the elegant pool - in your dreams you live in a place like this. Casa la Siesta excels because you feel as if you have been invited to the country house (large and fully staffed !) of friends who have had to leave for a few days. Perfect for couples who want a bit of time away from it all. Very sad to leave but hope to revisit.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

We stayed at the Casa la Siesta for a night during a recent week in the area. I thought it would be nice, because the website looked great, the reviews were positive and it wasn't cheap, but I wasn't prepared for how much I enjoyed our time there. There's something ridiculously relaxing about the place that crept up on me as we lay on sunloungers by the pool in the sunshine.

We found it more by luck than judgement (detailed directions on the website would be nice) and were very warmly welcomed by Veronica, who had also kindly helped with our online reservation. She showed us to our room (stunning, expensively shabby French farmhouse-type decor), explained that soft drinks and beer were included (well if you insist...) and then we went down to spend a few hours by the pool before dinner. They have some nice, friendly cats who came to hang out with us whilst we were reading our books. The sense of peace and relaxation there is hard to describe unless you've experienced it.

Luckily, they were serving dinner the night we were there, and we had the most exquisite meal in the sitting/dining room looking out over the garden. The place was candlelit with soft music playing, the food was great, the service just right and we felt so at home and relaxed.

We slept well, and in the morning we had a very tasty breakfast in the garden.

I was sorry we didn't get to meet the owners whilst we were there, because it's very seldom if ever that I've been somewhere I liked so much, and I would have really liked to congratulate them on their beautiful creation. I am going to recommend this place to everyone - do go if you get the chance!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Los Parralejos, 11150 Vejer de la Frontera, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Vejer de la Frontera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Vejer de la Frontera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa la Siesta is a beautifully restored country retreat near the white village of Vejer de la Frontera on the Costa de la Luz. With only 7 guest rooms, guests are afforded a level of luxury, space and service that is unrivalled in the area. Only 10 minutes from the beach and championship golf courses. ... more   less 
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