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“Stunning rustic retreat in the heart of Andalucia”

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El Amparo ( 2 Night Min )
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Bristol, UK
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Stunning rustic retreat in the heart of Andalucia”
Reviewed July 22, 2010

El Amparo ticked all the boxes for us.

The hotel sits on a hillside not far from the sleepy town of Alhama, and 40 minutes from Granada. The views from its position are simply breathtaking, as you take in rolling hills, olive groves and further away the peaks of the Sierra Tejeda.
We're particularly fussy when it comes to booking a summer holiday. Peace and quiet are a must - and to be away from the annoying throngs of tourists. Nestled in the hills of rural Andalucia, the only noise you hear is from the wildlife - whether the distant jangling of cowbells as a farmer moves his goats, to the chorus of crickets during the night. You are far enough away from the tourist spots and really get to experience Andalucian life here. In the local town of Alhama, English was barely spoken, which is always a good sign.

The guesthouse itself was stunning. It was so peaceful sitting in the courtyard reading a book, listening to the trickle of the fountain, or lounging by the pool, or in the hammock-style seat on the veranda, taking in the views with a glass of rioja. Jeff and Sally have designed and built such a peaceful retreat, and no matter where you are you have your own space and privacy (we even had the place to ourselves for a few days). Our double-room was spacious, with a super-comfy bed, and a large bathroom with fantastic shower. The pool was huge, with stunning views of the nearby hills. Tucked round the corner from this was the hot-tub, which was lovely and became part of our routine each evening (post-pool) by the end of the holiday. There was an honesty bar round the corner for mid-afternoon drinks. Later in the evening we'd have a drink at the bar inside, before wandering out to take in the views from the veranda.

Food was fantastic. Breakfasts were vast - Jeff set out a platter of locally baked bread, cakes and croissants, along with meats, cheese, fresh fruits and cereal. For lunch we'd have a tasty chorizo baguette and some freshly squeezed orange juice. In the evening, if we'd decided to stay in, they would then conjure up a 2-course meal. These were always delicious, with something different each night.

Jeff and Sally really were fantastic hosts. You could really see how much work they'd put into El Amparo - from the design and architecture, to the many small touches. Jeff was always on hand, making sure we were ok, and always offering expert advice and suggestions. What really sets this place apart, is that they really make you feel like you're part of the family. When we went off to Granada for the day, Jeff had made us up a delicious packed breakfast. Their recommendations for places to visit, and particularly places to eat were always good.
On our first night, after a nightmare journey (8 hour flight delay...), we just happened to arrive at the same time as some of their friends from the local village, who were there to celebrate Sally's birthday. We were invited into the group, and treated to homemade sangria (the best I have ever tasted), and then some quite unbelievable impromptu music from their friends, who happened to be professional flamenco musicians. Not bad for a first night.

What we'd recommend:
- Alhama de Granada, the nearby sleepy town, is lovely. The walk along the foot of the gorge, all the way to the Ventorro cafe is worth it - but unlike us, make sure you go early and avoid doing that midday. Not pleasant in 40 degree heat! Seguriya restaurant in the town is brilliant, run by the wonderful Paco.
- Granada. The Alhambra is a must (go early to avoid the crowds), and it's great just wandering around the town. Bodegas de Castaneda was incredible for lunch - a tapas bar favoured by locals, where we had the greatest ham ever (Jamon Iberico de Bellota Reserva - trust me, it is pricy, but worth it). You get free tapas with every drink.
- Sitting watching the sunset at El Amparo, and then the shooting stars, you'll be hard pressed to find a clearer nights sky.

El Amparo really is incredible, and we intend to become another one of Jeff and Sally's repeat visitors as soon as we can. What a find!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 4, 2010

We found Jeff and Sallys' place on the internet whilst travelling through Spain. We planned an overnight stop but in the end stayed 4 nights.
Everything about our stay was perfect and we were able to take in visits to Granada and Cordoba whilst still having time to enjoy the pool and Jeffs'cooking.
The rooms were spacious and airy and considering the temperatures of 30c the rooms were delightfully cool, as was the tinto verano!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Delmont, Pa.
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Reviewed June 3, 2010

Absolutely perfect. Jeff was so personable and helpful. We were there only one night and wished it had been longer. The house is beautiful and the views spectacular. He has the greatest hot tub where he brought us drinks.The room was beautiful. dinner available which is a plus. Very affordable. Great pick

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

After visiting many parts of Spain, we telephoned Jeff and Sally for a nights accommodation whilst visiting Granada. As they were situated just outside the city in the countryside, we hoped we would have peace and quiet, but still be only a stones throw from Granada. We weren`t disappointed !
The situation was perfect, the accommodation was clean and spacious, the evening meal was delicious and as has been stated by others, the showers in the bathroom (I want to take one home).
In the end we stayed 3 nights and regretted we couldn´t stay longer. I have to say the weather during our visit to Andalucia was fairly unsettled, which curtailed a lot of outside activities. However, we still managed a Jacuzzi most evenings and the glass of bubbly whilst we soaked in the hot tub was much appreciated !
The location for visiting other towns in Andalucia was also ideal, and we were able to travel to Cordoba and Sevilla as day trips, rather than moving to another hotel.
I would highly recommend El Amparo (and Jeff and Sally for their hospitality), excellent and very good value!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2009

After travelling around Andalucia we finally end in this beautiful place in Santa Cruz del Comercio. Jeff and Sally are full of passion and run El Amparo with love. This is a perfect place to relax, but also to visit Granada, Malaga or one of the many coast places. When you come back at El Amparo you can enjoy and relax at the swimming pool, or look at the sunset behind the mountains with a nice glass of wine and finally enjoy Jeffs nice diner.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed September 10, 2009

We have just returned from a week staying at El Amparo. Sally and Geoff are wonderful hosts and nothing is too much trouble. They have amazing knowledge of the area and were very willing to give us advise on places to visit, walks to do etc. We will certainly return.

Avril & Jim Williams

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

Just returned from a relaxing stay at El Amparo. We looked on trip advisor before choosing El Amparo and the reviews are correct. It is a very good place to stay.

However, it really depends upon what sort of person you are. If you're looking for a beach, night clubs and on-tap attractions then look elsewhere. If you're looking for quiet, good breakfast, good cooking, comfortable rooms, private swimming pool, stunning views, and you are unfussy then it's ideal.

We found Santa Cruz typically sleepy but a great base for day trips to Antequera, the coast and Granada.

Jeff and Sally are really good hosts and they made us feel really welcome. We would happily go back for a return trip.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Property: El Amparo ( 2 Night Min )
Address: El Amparo | Calle Jose Milena, 18129 Santa Cruz del Comercio, Alhama de Granada, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Alhama de Granada > Santa Cruz del Comercio
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz del Comercio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Amparo is a relaxed Luxury Bed and Breakfast run by Nick and Jody Day, set in rolling countryside close to Granada and the Spa town of Alhama de Granada it offers lovely rooms, a large pool area and great food. It's a great place to stay to enjoy local activities such as Mountain Biking, Hiking, Horse Riding or swimming in the local lake at Los Bermejales. ... more   less 
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