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“Bloody Brilliant Mate!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cortijo Sabila

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Cortijo Sabila
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“Bloody Brilliant Mate!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

Yvonne and Ray were fabulous hosts who went out of their way to ensure that our stay was perfect in every way. The Cortijo Sabila is a superbly renovated Spanish country home. Amazing gardens and Ray and Yvonne's vision is yet to be fully realised. Now....about the cook....the food and the atomsphere was first class. You must experience the dining room. Can't forget to mention Oscar and Stanley (their Airedale Terriors) who take it upon themselves to welcome all visitors to their home (humans and dogs!).

We found it a little difficult to find the property but understand that improved signage is forthcoming in 2014. Wireless in the bedroom would have been handy, given the amount of time we spend on the internet!

All in all....nothing more to say but FABULOUS!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

Very nice countryside location among olive trees. Very easy to find from the highway.
Nice room and up to date bathroom. Pleasant decoration in the hotel , with a combination of British- Andalous- style with a touch of Farrow & Ball so typical paint ! Very good and elaborated cooking done by the owner herself ! I will come back for sure !
"Cerise sur le gâteau", these charming people are dog friendly, which is very rare in Spain !!!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

This is like a dream come true hotel. Small, luxurious, well located and a warm welcome makes it all so worthwhile.
Influenced by the many positive reviews the choice for Cortijo Sabilla was quickly made but ...we got even more than expected. Yvonne's enthusiasm radiates everywhere in the hotel and she has such inspiring ambitions we were so sad to have to leave after one night.
We had a lovely supper in the superb dinning room and enjoyed the lovely fireplace as if we were at home. Breakfast was thanks to the personal touch great ! We hope to be able to go back and see how the hotel will evolve. I envy all guests who will have summer warm evenings in this stunning landscape in this beautifull hotel !

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

Most of our overnight stops on this trip to Andalucia was unplanned. We rang Yvonne's doorbell hoping to have accommodations for the night. We planned to stay a night then continue to drive north heading to Madrid.

The Cortijo Sabila is enchanting! Yvonne has paid attention to every detail and it was perfect--from the roaring fire in the sitting room to the sumptuous home cooked meal that Yvonne prepared for us that evening! We met the other guests and exchanged experiences of the trip (very helpful indeed!).

The Cortijo's location was also quite stunning. As an avid photographer, it was a pleasure to wake up in the morning to watch the sunrise! Yvone also suggested sunset at El Torcal--stunning as well even if the wind whipped cold!

Yvonne was very helpful in planning our trip and with her advice we were able to do both Cordova and Granada instead of just one of the two. As we enjoyed the night's stay with Yvonne, we decided to stay another night and of course enjoy her awesome cooking one more dinner!

As we did not have a chance to meet Ray on this trip, we plan to hopefully return to Andalucia and knock upon Yvonne's door once again!

Many thanks, Yvonne, everything was perfect!

PS: There was no swimming pool, they rating system does not seem to allow me to delete the "swimming pool" comment, my apologies.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wijchen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

We did stay 10 days in this lovely guest house. Yvonne and Ray made our holiday wonderful. We cannot emagine anything at all that should be more better. We will return that is for sure. Yvonne and Ray thanks again. We cannot give you a higher rate than a ten, but if that was possible we would do so. We share the wonderful reviews of the other guests. We think that those who like to have a perfect stay ( rooms, diner, breakfast, surrounding ) should go to Cortijo Sabila. Sjaak and Jose

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wiltshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

In this day and age we have all become accustomed to extravagant claims and wide angled lenses. However, stop right there-
Cortijo Sabila is neither digitally enhanced, or exaggerated. It under-promises and over-delivers far in access of expectations.

The setting is outstanding - we arrived late at night to see a fairy tale palace beautifully lit, set amidst the hills, with a very warm welcome from Ray and Yvonne, and much needed refreshments after a challenging day - where would one get service like that in the UK?
- the drawing room, where drinks are served prior to dinner and also accessible throughout the day, is magnificent, vast, spacious and relaxing
- the bedrooms are unique - each one individually styled, as is the whole establishment and granted, it is the home of the owners - but it somehow defies description.
- we dined in a beautifully furnished traditional dining room with delicious food and unobtrusive service
- breakfast was served on a delightful inside terrace which surrounded an inner courtyard, complete with fountain, again serviced with leisure and so relaxing
- all the food was delicious, as was the wine, and both very reasonably priced, so as we wanted to chill out there was no need to look further!
- the location is perfect, just out of the cut and thrust of the south coast, but with excellent access to the motor-way network. There are so many places to easily visit within the day.
Cortijo Sabila is also set in acres of olive groves with the accommodation surrounded by a series of different gardens - a whole series where every guest could have one of their own - or meet in the communal space if feeling convivial. There is even an in house therapy service.
Cortijo Sabila is clearly making an impact on the local scene, while we were there we heard that certain times were booking fast - repeat bookings are already coming in for next summer.
If you want a touch of magic - book it soon.
H&MH Wiltshire

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

Well, after our visit last year, we simply had to go again. We expected everything to be the same wonderful place. It wasn't, It was even better! The beautiful surroundings, unbelievable views of mountains and olive plantations, luxurious accommodation, the delightful company of Yvonne, Ray, and the aerdales, and just fantastic food were all still there. But they have now improved the gardens, and added the Alhambra garden, a fantastic suntrap with splash pool running the whole length with fountains and comfortable sunbeds. There is also a Zen garden for total relaxation. My memory of a quiet iced anis watching the sun set, looking forward to a wonderful dinner will keep me going through the winter cold till we can go again - and we will.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cortijo Sabila
Address: Villanueva del Rosario | Malaga, 29312 Villanueva del Rosario, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Villanueva del Rosario
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Villanueva del Rosario
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You will be guaranteed a warm welcome at Cortijo Sabila, a luxury Andalucian guest house nestled between two mountain ranges and near to a typical white Spanish pueblo. All guests suites are individually designed to reflect the cities of the region and have luxury en-suite shower rooms, or bathrooms. Beautifully appointed with antiques and objects d'art collected over many years by the owners. Bathrobes, Egyptian cotton towels and luxury toiletries are provided as standard. The seasonal uniquely shaped salt water pool and large (all year) spa have magnificent views of the mountains and offer guests peace and tranquillity. Breakfast is served at table and high quality international cuisine for romantic evening meals/lunches are available by prior arrangement. ... more   less 
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