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Cortijo Barranco
Reviewed July 26, 2013

A week here on a singing course was idyllic. Located within easy distance of Cadiz, Seville, Jerez and Grazalema, the temptation to stay by the swimming pool reading from the library or playing with Toby, the sandal-stealing puppy, proved impossible to resist, though I did make the effort to visit Seville, Grazalema and Arcos. Self-catering casas and apartments are available, though I didn't inspect them. Banging shutters disturbed my sleep a bit, and the food, eaten in the vine-covered courtyard, lacked fresh vegetables and good bread but had copious supplies of delicious fruit and the hotel's own organic honey and olive oil. Friendly staff and an ideal location for tourism or relaxation.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

I cannot speak highly enough of this place. My husband and I discovered it a few years ago and have visited four times since. We married there in may 2013 and it was perfect. The receptionist, remedios, was fantastic, as were all the staff. We stayed for a week with all our guests and it is fair to say everyone wants to come back. June is a fantastic month to be there because the sunflowers are out and the views are amazing.if you want to relaz and get away from it all in beautiful surroundings, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Brilliant setting, lovely hidden away accommodation.

Remember to bring provisions as service is limited but once you are here then it's heaven.
No busy hotel type settings, pet friendly small and perfectly run.
if you do need food etc The is a short journey to the town where you can stock up.

Hot and quiet just what you need.

Limited number of rooms but perfect for a family group, small conference or family occasion.

In the middle of the Spanish countryside and no disturbance at all

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

I recently dragged 50 friends and family from the UK to Arcos for my wedding at El Cortijo Barranco. It was an incredible venue that left our friends speechless. It is situated in the middle of nowhere which created the perfect intimate wedding atmosphere. One of our guests is disabled and was amazed by the lengths the staff went to to make his stay comfortable. The staff were flexible and enthusiastic, meeting our needs at every stage and allowing us to change details and exact locations right up until the last minute. We're already planning our return trip!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed in this beautiful pet friendly place in December 2012. It is set in a breathtaking countryside of Andalusia near Arcos de la Frontera. It was a little difficult to find the turn to this property from the main road in the evening, but if you arrive during the day you aren't going to miss it. Stuff was very friendly and helped us with directions over the phone and stayed late to serve us dinner. We stayed in a room in a main building. It was very simple and clean. The whole place has a wonderful rustic countryside charm about it. You can find a small piece of history in every corner of this place, as well as beautiful views, home made olive oil and in the evening a sky full of stars. The water in a shower is a little problematic, but it is to be expected from a very old building. You can definitely experience local culture by staying here. Our dog had a wonderful time running around in green fields of El Cortijo Barranco. We also took a half day trip to Jerez de la Frontera. It was very close and had very good roads.
Here is a little history about this place:
The property was built in 1754 by a Spanish
priest from Tarifa. The purpose of the land in those days was the cultivation of vines for making wine. A plague called "la filoxera" was responsible for wiping out the vineyards and the land was in due course turned to the production of olives. It's been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Production of oil stopped 50 years ago and the olives are now taken to Seville where the process is completed.
I recommend staying at El Cortijo Barranco for an experience you can hold dear to your heart for many years to come!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

My mother and I stayed at Cortijo Barranco in September 2012. We loved it and will definitely try to go back. The location is very good for exploring this part of Andalusia as it's well served by two excellent roads and is only 30 minutes from Jerez and I guess around 90 minutes from Seville. Closer to home; Arcos de la Frontera, Bornos and Grazelma are definitely well worth a visit. Arcos is a beautiful town but be prepared to do lots of walking as the parking in the old town (top of very steep hill) is very limited. The old palace and palace gardens in Bornos are absolutely lovely as I suspect is the lake where you can swim. Grazlema is a stunning town in the mountains (be prepared for 15 minutes of hair pins) with some excellent shops and I'd imagine it's also well served with good restaurants.

The property is located in the middle of the countryside with little to see but fields which, for us, was perfect. It's very peaceful and the gardens are well kept and lovely for relaxing in. The pool is both well maintained and a good size. We only ate at the Cortijo on our first night. The food was basic but good and we felt it was good value for money although it's not expensive to eat out in this part of Spain. If you want to shop for your own food as opposed to eating out, there's an excellent shop that sells local produce on the road into Arcos on the right hand side before the garage. It's about a 5 minute drive from the Cortijo and sells very good fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread (if you get their early) etc. The Carrefour in Arcos is pretty grotty and we could have survived perfectly well on food from the small, local shops.

We stayed in the self catering apartment attached to the chapel. It suited our requirements well, although it is quite basic. Criticisms (although these really are quite minor) - the hot water supply was erratic; it would have been great to have some tea towels to dry up with and a fresh supply of bath towels would have been great, part way through the week. I have to say that I'm fairly certain that if we'd asked for these items they would have been supplied as we found the staff at Cortijo to be both welcoming and helpful. The Cortijo itself is a beautiful building and the entire site is very well maintained. We were especially appreciative of the fig trees, as were our stomachs!

If you want somewhere peaceful to relax but with the option of lots of great day trips, I think this is the perfect place to stay. As first time visitors to Spain we would also highly recommend this area. Having been concerned about the area being spoilt or overly modernised we were delighted to find quite the opposite. The people could not have been more welcoming. The countryside is stunning as is the Architecture. Everywhere we went was spotlessly clean and yet the area still retains the charm and character that is lacking in some areas of Europe that have been overly 'preened'.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Located in a lovely spot at the end of a mile long unmade road. Very rustic with iguanas scurrying around. We stayed in the middle of May but the weather was still very hot so it was nice to have a swimming poll all to myself. The evening meal and breakfast was a bit pricy for what you received i.e bread and marmalade for breakfast. I throughly enjoyed my stay at El Cortijo Barranco. The only downside of Arcos de la Frontera is the fact that we tried to get on the little train that takes people up to the top of the very steep hill to the castle at the top but was told very abruptly by the driver that he only catered for groups and not individuals. People with disabilities and elderly people would have no chance of climbing to the top unless they hailed a taxi We also complained about this to the lady in the tourist office at the top of the hill but she was not very helpful. I would howver stay at the Finca again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Carretera Arcos-El Bosque km 5, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Arcos de la Frontera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Arcos de la Frontera
Price Range: $56 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Cortijo Barranco 1*
Number of rooms: 12
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