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Cortijada Los Gazquez Creative Retreat / Eco-Guest House

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La Hoya de Carrascal, 04830 Velez Blanco Spain
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#1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Velez Blanco

At a thousand meters above sea level, Cortijada Los Gázquez is an 'off-grid' destination for creatively minded travellers high in the mountains of Andalucia.In the heart of the 'Parque Natural Sierra Maria-Los Velez', this ‘eco-chic’ guest house and 47 acre farm resides within a place of extreme natural beauty, profound peace and tranquility and an awe inspiring wilderness, in one of Spain’s most dramatic alpine deserts. Cortijada Los Gázquez combines two of the principle ideas fundamental for people who love peace, inspiration and the natural world - ecology and creativity. As a guest house, Cortijada Los Gázquez has a benign influence on the earth making power from the sun and wind, cooking and heating with wood and recycling everything.

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Katherine164 wrote a review Oct 2015
Greater Sydney, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
I spent a week at Cortijada los Gazquez on their gastronomy course and it was fantastic all round. Simon and Donna are excellent hosts and managed to strike just the right balance between activities (cooking on site, visiting local producers / sites, eating at local restaurants) and down time which meant I could get in some much needed R&R. The food selection was very well thought out, covering some classics which you would expect to have in Spain (but usually with a local twist) through to dishes you would never find on the tourist trail and which were extremely tasty. Holiday wise it was exactly what I needed. The fact that, after using Trip Advisor for years, this is the first time I have ever posted a review really does show how strongly I recommend a stay here.
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Date of stay: October 2015
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tonto09 wrote a review Jun 2015
London, United Kingdom440 contributions198 helpful votes
A two and a half hour drive from Alicante into the mountains - if you like being 1000m up (high as Snowdon) and a wonderful drive down to the nearest village then this is the place for you! Superb location for artists and photographers and not to mention wonderful food and cookery courses too. Don't worry - you can buy alcoholic drinks here ... this is an eco guesthouse built by the owner. A fascinating place where you can meditate, draw, paint, photograph and eat and meet other chilled-out people of all nationalities.
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Date of stay: June 2015
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Room Tip: All good! Double/single rooms which can also house bunk beds.
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KTCA2014 wrote a review Dec 2014
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2 of my friends and I decided to take 7 days gastronomy course @ Los Gazguez. We went in with no expectations and ended up with one of the best experiences ever. CLG is in natural park so ~20 minutes drive from Velez Blanco down town. It is remote enough from civilization to give feeling of wilderness. If you are looking for few hikes and alone time this is the best place. Our hosts Donna and Simon were warm enough to make us feel really comfortable (and at home). They are artists and it is reflected in architecture as well as the decoration of the home (generally these are trivial things but adds up to the overall experience). As our course was more focused on food, we had longest and the most delicious dinners ever. (Tip: Save some space for the deserts. I found them better than some of the places I've visited on West Coast) Also as part of the course, we ended up doing some art (photos and painting). There were 2 other artists staying with us who presented their work. And a trip ended with a performance by local guitar artists. 1) Food: Delicious and very flavorful. 2) Rooms: Really clean. Very Comfortable futons. 3) Heating: Well maintained. 4) Hiking: Its inside natural park so you can find tons of hikes in entire valley. (Depending on weather terrain get bit muddy) Highly recommend this experience.
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Date of stay: November 2014
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Sophie C wrote a review Jul 2014
Blue Mountains, Australia10 contributions5 helpful votes
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I travelled alone to Cortijada Los Gazguez in search of a little R&R, a place where I could do some soul searching and explore my creativity. Donna and Simon were so friendly, knowledgeable, professional and, frankly, happy that it was a pleasure from start to finish. Their house is incredible, full of beautiful artworks and books, relaxed and tasteful - and completely off grid! Donna's food is absolutely delicious and the week passed by like a dream, breathing in the cool mountain air and thinking about nothing except art and the natural environment around me. As a result of Simons exceptional tuition I am now studying Fine Arts full time, so the week was also a turning point in my life. I plan to return with my partner, perhaps as part of their excellent residency program, and I"m forever grateful that I had the courage to travel alone to such a wonderful place. Donna and Simon can be very proud of their achievements.
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Date of stay: June 2014
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fitzroygirl wrote a review Apr 2014
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions23 helpful votes
My stay at Cortijada Los Gazquez was one of the most memorable travel experiences of my life (I write Lonely Planet guidebooks so I don't say that lightly) – I was utterly enchanted by the stunningly designed house, the beautiful setting, the region and the living creative project that the Beckmann family have embarked upon. We didn't do a workshop, rather just stayed as guests and spent our days exploring the immediate countryside on foot or striking out to various towns, national parks, historical sites and one big day trip to Grenada. We then returned each night to a delicious feast and convival table, and the silence and peace of the valley. It was a wonderful family holiday but also would be a romantic escape for a couple, or a relaxing, thoughtful retreat for a solo traveller. I've vowed to return to do a painting or drawing week and was thankful to have met the Beckmanns and to have discovered a beautiful, very untouristed, part of Spain I might not otherwise have visited.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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What are some of the property amenities at Cortijada Los Gazquez Creative Retreat / Eco-Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Cortijada Los Gazquez Creative Retreat / Eco-Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Cortijada Los Gazquez Creative Retreat / Eco-Guest House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cortijada Los Gazquez Creative Retreat / Eco-Guest House?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Cortijada Los Gazquez Creative Retreat / Eco-Guest House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Cortijada Los Gazquez Creative Retreat / Eco-Guest House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.