I was looking for a place away from the August crowds where I could relax on the way to Southern Spain. This place fitted the bill very very well. It is close to Aracena but protected from the town by hillocks and trees, so very peaceful. The hotel appears to be an old mansion, with high ceilings, a dignified entry opposite a small seating area that is delightfully shaded by pergolas overgrown with vines overlooking grass and trees.
A 200 metre walk brings you to an unexpectedly large swimming pool, open to hotel guests, who have a reserved sun lounger area, and to users of the adjacent restaurant. The pool was never even remotely crowded and I frequently swam alone or with only one other person in the water. The pool restaurant has a limited menu but serves very decent food at lunch and in the evening (make sure you let them know in advance if you decide to have your evening meal there). A few minutes from the hotel is a walk in the "huertas" area, the large vegetable gardens bordered by a stream and using ingenious irrigation channels to water the crops. Very peaceful and quite shaded, the walk, which is not circular, takes a little over two hours and is virtually traffic free.
I enjoyed my stay here enough to rebook for my return at the end of the holidays.
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