Hi we booked here as we had never done a holiday in the hills by the lakes in inland Spain... and oh what have we been missing
Firstly Casa Le Celada is a fab place as a base for the family with a roof top terrace and hot tub
Next door a local has converted his lounge to a bar which is used by the locals but you are made very welcome even put the last games of the World Cup on for us this is called Vecinal La Celada
A car is a must however if you are a walker there is a fab charcoal restaurant within a 20min walk Meson El Charcon where we ate last night and it was fab
Iznájar is about a 50min walk with some bars restaurants and a beach on the lake and a municipal pool with bar we’re still checking this out but so far it’s been ace and the locals are so friendly.... we’re loving it
It’s a different holiday and your seeing the real Spain away from the over crowded tourist areas... it is Ace
Ps and the gin measures there are none
We bid on Casa La Celada in an auction for our local charity. As luck would have it, the booking fell over my 30th birthday. I couldn’t of wished for a better week or experience! The villa is gorgeous, very peaceful and wonderful views. Amanda and Claire are so lovely and accommodating. Claire helped my other half arrange a surprise private boat trip and also a private catering company called “Exclusive Dining Iznájar” to visit the villa and entertain me and my 8 friends. Which was 12 dishes of incredible food!
I would highly recommend Casa La Celada to all friends and family and I would love to arrange a trip back.
House rental of one week was purchased through charity auction in Texas (USA).
House was not quite the “luxury” villa we were expecting based on description but very comfortable. We rented a car and had a lovely time making day trips around the countryside. Location was convenient for 1-2 hour drives to other locations such as Ronda, Malaga, Córdoba and more. Claire’s recommendations for restaurants and home chef were spot on - loved the Irish pub in Iznajar! However, we were surprised that the house was not actually in the town of Iznajar but in what I would call a neighboring subdivision; therefore, don’t expect to walk to anything in town from the house (about a 10 minute drive).
We arrived during a very wet week. We were told we were one of the 1st guests of the holiday season. Upon arrival we were trapped inside the house with Claire because the front door was swollen shut. (The only other exit from the house was on the 2nd & 3rd floors which did not have access to ground unless you jumped). Fortunately after some searching we found a claw hammer in the storeroom. It was used to pry the lock on the door open. We were told they had noticed the door was swollen because of the rains and had shaved a bit off prior to our arrival but apparently it was not enough and that they would do some more ASAP. This never happened during our weeklong stay and we had to use the hammer EVERYTIME we wanted to exit the house. Power went out several times and we learned how to reset the breakers. Considering this happens often (as we were told), there should have been candles and/or flashlight somewhere in the house. We never got to use the hot tub; we tried but water was just too chilly. We assumed it never warmed up enough because of the power fluctuations.
Internet- in the rental agreement under “property management” we read that there was “free WiFi”. Quite taken aback to learn the house does NOT have internet. Yes, we were on vacation, but my husband still needed to be connected to office. Upon looking further in the rental agreement (17 pages) it is stated there is NO internet.
We submitted our bank information for our house deposit to be returned to us as an international wire transfer. Many emails ensued regarding the transaction. From what we could gather, the information that was provided directly from our bank did not seem to be sufficient for the transaction. This was in addition to the time Amanda gave to handling this business transaction. The deposit was finally completed nearly 4 weeks later (not 14 days from email as stated in rental agreement). We were told our bank “charged an absolute fortune”. In visiting with our banker, we were informed that they do NOT charge any fees on incoming transactions, only outgoing. When the transaction cleared our bank, the deposit total was considerably less than what we had submitted in cash for our house deposit. We can only assume that the bank fees that were referred to were deducted from our deposit! Since were never informed that we were being charged for anything regarding house and that it was being deducted from deposit; we were expecting 100% of our damage deposit to be returned.
PLEASED with the house and our travel experiences around the countryside.
DISPLEASED with the lack of professionalism that Amanda presents in her emails (our only form of communication). We have rented many vacation properties over the years through VRBO and Airbnb.
We had a fab time at Casa La Celada. As a group of 8 friends, we bid on the house as it was in the auction which my charity runs each year. Amanda offers a great incentive for all charities if they so wish. There was plenty of room in the house for all of us to have time out. In fact we never even used the lounge because we had enough room everywhere else.
The King Size bedroom which I had was lovely, although a little dark. YOu need to keep the blinds down as it faces directly onto the street. Its a lovely little village, with the local shop to get fresh bread from each morning just literally a 10 second walk. The weather was awful whilst we were there so we were grateful for our hired cars and therefore we never got to the beach and experienced the sports there. We did drive into Andulucia which is an absolutely beautiful town to be in .
I would definitely love to go back to Casa La Celada, but hopefully in drier weather.
What a beautiful house. The views are absolutely stunning from the rooftop terrace - drink them in from the hot tub which was used frequently throughout our stay. The roof terrace also has a covered seating area which we used every day for all our meals - the huge table in the kitchen didn't get a look in! The kitchen was very well equipped with everything you could possibly need, and all rooms were very tastefully decorated. The village is very quiet and peaceful with a locals bar next door to get you truly into the spanish culture! Surrounding areas are lovely, but you'll need a car to make the most of your time here.
Was a great base and loved the Jacquzi for getting back to the villa and chilling out.
Small lake near by was a good destination for the kids.
We originally booked this villa at a Charity auction in November and ended up booking a week in June the following year. We had a picture perfect week with not a cloud in the sky and ample space for the 8 of us who stayed. This really is the place for a relaxing quiet week in the sun with the nearby lake and town providing nice days out and we spent one day in Cordoba as well.
Recommend a car as an essential and easy to pick up and drop off at Malaga airport.
Would highly recommend :)