It is always a pleasure when you return to a special place and find that your expectations are matched, or even exceeded. We have just paid our third visit to Casa Olea, and are happy to report that its magic is just as seductive as it was the first time round. This is a very special hotel – small (only six bedrooms), comfortable, intimate and completely tucked away from the world. It sits amid olive groves alongside a meandering river about 2km outside the village of Zamaranos. Your companions in the outside world are principally birds, bats (at dusk), the odd passing car or tractor, the emerging stars in the darkest night sky and the inimitable Ruby, the Casa’s lovely dog who is always happy to accompany guests when they fancy a walk in the surrounding countryside. But it’s also very convenient for anyone intent on some serious sight-seeing. Granada and Cordoba are about an hour away, while Ronda, Ubeda, Baeza and Malaga are a bit further, but eminently do-able.
The charm of Casa Olea is directly attributable to the personalities of its owners – Claire and Tim. They are a delightful, hard-working and immensely helpful couple and guests quickly feel that they are being greeted as friends, rather than just clients. They are dedicated to running a ‘green’ establishment – water is heated by solar power, the swimming pool is filled from a local water source that is slightly salty which eliminates the need for heavy chemical dosing, the heating runs off a biomass boiler. Claire, who is a superb cook, sources all of her ingredients locally. Even the table water comes from nearby Jaen. Tim is a mine of information about the area: where to go, what to see, how to get there and (importantly) where best to park! He is also a wizard behind the bar – try the ‘new-this-season’ fino spritzer if you need a reviver after a long walk or a day’s sight-seeing.
The fact that several of the guests that we met during our stay were second-timers tells its own story. Once they’ve discovered it, people love going back to Casa Olea. We’ve just booked for holiday number 4. Actions, as they say, speak louder than words.
- Also Known As:
- Casa Olea Hotel Priego De Cordoba
- Casa Olea Hotel
- Casa Olea Spain/Province Of Cordoba - Priego De Cordoba
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Halfway between Granada and Cordoba, ideal base for day trips to the Alhambra and Mezquita. Great for olive groves, mountains, walking, home cooking, relaxing, wildlife and nature. Charming Andalucian cortijo (farmhouse) with indulgent touches: under-floor heating, a/c, super-king beds, Egyptian cotton bedding, pool, bikes for hire. Home-cooked evening meals using locally-sourced, fresh, seasonal ingredients. Good selection of Spanish wines. Strong green credentials: 100% of heating/hot water from biomass boiler & solar panels. ... more less