The good: If you are looking for a place to disconnect from the daily stress and finally get to read that book you never got around to do this is the place to go for. The owners of the 5 bedroom guesthouse, which used to be a watermill and still has some of the old machinery preserved within the property, are very friendly and speak English as well. The mill is located close to the village of Algarinejo and has few neighbors around - having said that, it is very tranquil and the first night it might take some getting used to hearing no sound but the one by nature and the creek that runs along the property. The house is enormous: 5 bedrooms, 3 kitchens (one close by the pool), two bathrooms, two living room spaces. The house also has the charm of a small museum due to the fact that most rooms display machinery or tools used to produce the flour when the mill was still producing it. The outside has a rooftop terrace, another terrace of the second floor by the kitchen, a seating area by the entrance of the house, a dinning area by the pool house kitchen and of course a seating area with two day beds and lawn chairs by the pool. It has a charcoal barbecue by the kitchen, which we used every night but one. All kitchens come with a lot of amenities, such as dishwasher, toaster etc. There is the possibility of doing your laundry as well. The hosts invited us to harvest whatever we liked from the property such as figs, pears and grapes. Pets are allowed, although if you have a dog that doesn't go along well with cats be warned: there are some running around the property - especially at meal times. The nearby area has walking paths along the creeks with various difficulty levels, Cordoba and Granada are within a 1,5 - 2 hour drive distance but smaller villages and towns such as Priego de Cordoba or Montefrio are worth your visit too. The best feature is the huge pool, which we took advantage of every day upon returning to the house.
The bad: There are only minor issues I would like to point out: The internet/cell phone coverage isn't very stable due to the location of the house within a valley - so enjoy being off the need to be connected at all time if you can. The toilets are connected to a septic system which meant toilet paper can't be flushed and needed to be thrown into a waste bucket, which might not seem very sanitary to some but we managed just fine. There isn't air conditioning either and the house could get at times very warm inside despite dropping temperatures at night - if you need cooling down do it like us: we brought our own portable ventilator to have in the bedroom. Some of the nearby walking paths aren't marked clearly or don't even exist anymore so you will need to be a bit adventurous when exploring. But as said before overall those are minor issues which are easily resolved by planning ahead.
The conclusion: The guesthouse is beautiful, charming and very spacious. With it's simple rural design and old tools and machinery displayed throughout the house it gives you the feeling like staying in an museum. The property has various outdoor spaces to relax and enjoy yourself. The nearby area offers small villages and towns for visits and stocking up on groceries, hiking paths that follow along the creeks with beautiful waterfalls and pools or along olive fields. Minor issues can be avoided by planning ahead (Pedro and Pino are very helpful when it comes to recommendations regarding your stay - thanks again to both of you and your lovely family). Overall the perfect place for a getaway from stress, work and anything else you'd like to forget for a while.
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