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“Beautiful country hotel with wonderful food, friendly service”
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

This was our third stay at Casa Olea, and we love it more with each visit. Such a beautiful setting, delicious food, and wonderful hosts in Tim and Claire. Claire's cooking is simple yet sophisticated home cooking that's served on the lovely patio, which overlooks the olive tree covered hills. Claire's husband Tim is in charge of the front of the house, tending bar and serving dinner (and keeping interested fans posted on the football scores). Tim will also give you loads of great advice on where to go/dine in the area (if you'd rather not lay by the pool all day). There are fabulous hikes right from the house, or you can rent bikes and hit the rail trails. The benefit of hiking from the house is that Ruby, the resident pooch, will accompany you. A word of warning: her guide services are in great demand, so you should get an early start.

But back to the food. . . On this last visit, we had a really special treat when chef JoseMari prepared a paella with chicken, shrimp, and squid. It was the best paella I've ever had. And JoseMari was kind enough to give my husband some pointers during a tour of Claire's gorgeous kitchen.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Casa Olea. This is the place to relax and enjoy some of Spain's most beautiful scenery, delicious home cooking, and friendly service.

Room Tip: Choose a room overlooking the pool. It's just a tad quieter than a room on the roadside. Though...
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

What a beautiful place. Fabulous food, passionate hosts who care about what they're doing, and a stunning location. All wrapped up in a spotless and charming building that has been carefully renovated. Set in the middle of a gorgeous part of Spain there are endless walks here, many of them carefully researched and mapped for you and if you fancy one of the ones that starts from the house then Ruby the dog will almost certainly come with you.

Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: They're all great - the house is spotless and all rooms have a good aspect to beat the hottest s...
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

We had a fantastic five nights at Casa Olea in April. Tim and Claire were excellent hosts, with Tim providing insider information on what to do and and where to eat in the area and Claire serving up lovely home cooking with a Spanish twist. Our room was spacious and comfortable with beautiful views. We particularly enjoyed dinner on the terrace as the sun went down; and drinking in the wonderful aromas of lavender and rosemary from the plants growing around the hotel. Malaga, Granada and Cordoba are 90 minutes or less away for great cultural experiences, but it's also lovely to enjoy the Sierra Subbetica out walking with Ruby the hotel dog. With just six rooms, Casa Olea feels intimate and homely, but it's also easy to have your own space. We left feeling thoroughly relaxed and keen to return next time we are in Andalucia.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

We have recently returned from our 3rd visit to Casa Olea and as always had a lovely time. The house is in a beautiful setting with olive groves as far as the eye can see. Tim and Claire are excellent hosts and nothing is too much trouble for them. Tim has plenty of recommendations of things to do in the area either by car or right from the house. There is a good selection of walks for all abilities and if you're going on a local walk their lovely dog Ruby will accompany you! Claire cooks an evening meal 5 times a week so you can eat in if you wish to on these nights. The food is delicious and it was lovely to be able to sit out on the terrace under the stars. I can't recommend this place highly enough and we can't wait to return.

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

If your idea of a heavenly hotel is one where you can step out onto your balcony and listen to the sound of a river running and gaze over the tops of ancient olives to the hills of Andalucia, then stay here! Don't dawdle watching the swallows - there is amazing food waiting for you - local meats, cheeses, luscious jams and home-made ice cream, a great wine list and of course, their very own olive oil. Tim and Claire are passionate about this part of Spain and Casa Olea is their stylish, hugely comfortable and very welcoming contribution. Follow all of Tim's tips - this man knows the best bars, sights and walks around - we didn't bother with the guidebook we bought with us. We have been warbling on about Casa Olea ever since we got home - they have got it just right - absolutely nothing disappoints!

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

This was our second stay at Casa Olea and it was certainly as good if not better than the first. Tim and Claire's hospitality is first class - it is more like staying at a freind's house!
Claire's cooking is first class. The variety is very good and portion size is just right so that you can really enjoy a pudding. On the first night the local chef came in and cooked paella which was excellent.
Tim's knowledge of the area in encyclopedic so if you want a walk, to go sight seeing, or visit a town he will know how to get there, the best viewing point, where to park and most importantly the best places to eat. Definitely worth another return trip.

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Reviewed March 24, 2014

The most perfect stay in a most perfect location. We had always wanted to visit this area of Spain and Casa Olea is a marvellous position from which to launch off. Tim and Claire were extremely kind, nothing was too much trouble and their help and explanations were provided as if for the first time. No mean feat as they must have had to answer the same questions hundreds of times! Casa Olea's setting is fantastic and the views stunning. Cordoba, Granada and the two towns of Baeza and Ubeda are all within easy range and the local walks are delightful. A thoroughly recommended stay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Carretera CO-7204 | Parcelas 115 y 116, 14800 Priego de Cordoba, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cordoba > Priego de Cordoba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Priego de Cordoba
Price Range: $140 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Halfway between Granada and Cordoba, ideal base for day trips to the Alhambra and Mezquita. Great for olive groves, mountains, walking, home cooking, relaxing, wildlife and nature. Charming Andalucian cortijo (farmhouse) with indulgent touches: under-floor heating, a/c, super-king beds, Egyptian cotton bedding, pool, bikes for hire. Home-cooked evening meals using locally-sourced, fresh, seasonal ingredients. Good selection of Spanish wines. Strong green credentials: 100% of heating/hot water from biomass boiler & solar panels. ... more   less 
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