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“Real Spain”
Review of Molino Rio Alajar

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Molino Rio Alajar
Bromley
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59 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Real Spain”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

Beautifully renovated cottages in a "shabby chic" style. Four adopted dogs who will steal your hearts (and your food), goat bells tinkering in the distance, donkeys braying for attention, this is an animal lovers delight. Big, fat Iberian pigs can be seen everywhere feeding off acorns. You can then go and eat them (the pigs, not the acorns) in the local restaurant once they have been turned into the local jamon (ham). Monica and Peter are helpful but not "in your face" hosts. There when you need them. We were lucky to have been holidaying during the two day festival which takes place at the shrine at La Pena. Beautiful women and girls in flamenco costumes, the men on horseback looking equally attractive. Four children riding bareback on a horse (obviously no Health and Safety tzars here). We chose to take the 7 am bus from Alajar to Seville twice so we could have long lunches, returning on the 4pm bus back which is an ideal way to see the countryside. The only reason we have not given Rio Molino five stars is the 400 metre drive towards the estate. It is very narrow with walls either side ... not for the faint-hearted and certainly not for a seven-seater. Shame, as we had a really lovely and relaxing time and visited some beautiful villages which are untouched by mass tourism.

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

This is the second year in a row I have been to the area if Aracena. This time we stayed here with the three kids. It was heaven. Very high quality rustic villas with a setting of pure tranquility. Our hosts were fantastic and the other families all very friendly and warm. (made some very nice friends, which made the holiday special).
This holiday is only suited if you are prepared for the rural location and are open to trying to speak Spanish and eat Spanish. If you like English pubs and don't eat ham then forget it.
If you like a medevil quiet Spanish village with small bars, more locals riding horses than driving cars, you will love it!
The place is surrounded by cork groves with pigs, goats, donkeys and horses dotted around. Eagles soar over head and all you can see are hills.
Fully recommend this place and all it's hard work the owners have put into it!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

This has been our second stay at this wonderful place. The facilities are outstanding and the cottages equipped to a high standard with everything you need. Peter and monica are lovely hosts and are happy to provide all things locally. Scenery is stunning fantastic walks and a nice pool to come back to. Great if you like dogs as the family dogs accompany you all the works. Hope to return again.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Jimena, Spain
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

My husband - and 2 dogs -are just back after spending 3 nights at Molino Rio Alajar and what a fantastic relaxing time we have had! The cottages are great ( beds a bit small for our liking! ) but apart from that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Monica and Peter were around if we wanted them and we appreciated the piles of information available about the area and walks to do - accompanied by all or some of their 5 dogs! The cottages are well equiped, the underfloor heating was greatly appreciated - as was the log fire. A real cosy hideaway and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Molino Rio Alajar for couples or family holiday.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ballyclare
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Reviewed March 19, 2011

We stayed at the Molino Rio Alajar in February of this year (21st-27th). We had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The Molino is in an idyllic setting. The cottages are most attractive and full of character. We stayed in La Tortuga and it was spacious, well equipped and very comfortable. The underfloor heating was great! Monica and Peter are superb hosts, welcoming, kind and considerate. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they have great knowledge of the area. We were on a walking holiday and this is a tremendous area for walking. The countryside is beautiful, varied and interesting. There are small attractive villages which truly reflect authentic, rural Spain. We particularly liked Almonaster with its lovely Mosque. We also enjoyed lunch in Aracena and wandering around the town and there are lots more lovely villages you can visit. At the end of our walks we always looked forward to returning to our little cottage. Thank you to Monica and Peter -we highly recommend your brilliant accommodation and hospitality.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bedford
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Reviewed November 18, 2010

My search for the real Spain took me to the Sierra de Aracena - a natural park about an hour’s drive north of Seville. Alajar is a town situated in the middle of the park and nestles below a place of pilgrimage for many other towns and villages in the area – the Pena de Arias Montano. I stayed at Molino Rio Alajar an idyllically situated series of 6 houses just outside the town across a river ford. The houses are named after animals native to the region – I stayed in El Conejo. All the houses are well equipped and are outstanding because of their design and décor which is typically Spanish with an emphasis on natural materials.

If you want a mix of luxury and rural idyll this is the place for you. I was able to relax by the pool after a strenuous game of tennis; go for a walk down the river gorge with its series of old mills into the most beautiful rolling countryside or walk into town to take advantage of the many bars and restaurants which specialize in the locally produced Iberican ham –made from the rightly famous indigenous black pig. In fact I loved staying here so much I decided to buy a house in the area. The Dutch owners Peter and Monica Mulder have told me that my reaction is not unusual because many of their other guests have also gone house hunting after a stay at Molino Rio Alajar – a little piece of heaven on earth.

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Property: Molino Rio Alajar
Address: Finca Cabezo del Molino s/n, 21340 Alajar, Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Huelva > Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park > Alajar
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Alajar
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Hotel Class:4 star — Molino Rio Alajar 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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