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“Andalusian retreat”
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Cortijo Las Olivas
Sedona, Arizona
2 reviews
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“Andalusian retreat”
Reviewed 7 March 2013

Cortijo de las Olivas was a much needed and perfect retreat for our family after months of travel. The location was rural and peaceful, but with a car it was the perfect location to visit Andalusia: the nearby Moorish hilltown of Iznajar, Granada and Cordoba about and hour away, and, further afield, all the magical "pueblos blancos". the grounds have a fantastic pool, always invaluable with kids. Plus I got to teach my kids to play billiards which they loved. Best of all is the host, Jess. He was always helpful, and went out of his way to be so. We had some major problems and he was right there to assist us, and I saw him do the same for other guests who had had troubles in Cordoba. He is also a pleasure to speak with due to his wealth of experience and great storytelling abilities; I thoroughly enjoyed my conversations with him and remember them well. It is classic Andalusian architecture as well. Can't recommend highly enough.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Sedona, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Cortija Las Olivas is the perfect place to unwind. It is beautiful to gaze out at olive groves and enjoy the great pool. The kids loved playing pool and swimming. There is a lot to explore in the area, 50 minutes toGranada and a huge lake 10 minutes away. Jesse was so helpful and made us really feel at home and cared for. This makes such a difference.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Scotland
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

Cortijo Las Olivas is the perfect retreat for those of you looking for a taste of rural authentic Andalucia. It is a perfect location for either chilling out or getting out and about along quiet excellent roads to visit Antequerra, Granada or Cordoba etc (you can see where EU infrastructure grants have been put to good use in Spain!) .

The directions provided from Malaga airport were straightforward and we arrived without any wrong turns even though we were travelling at night!

We booked La Finca so we had 2 separate bedrooms, one of which had direct access to a lovely roof terrace with fantastic uninterrupted views over surrounding olive groves and hills.
The accommodation is basic and simple which is totally inkeeping with being a Finca. We also loved the courtyard garden setting and patio area.

The communication and booking/payment process through Lianne in the UK; and the welcome and assistance from Jess when you are there; are both second to none. Jess went beyond the call of duty by taking me into Iznajar at 7am to catch a local bus and washed some of our clothes in his own washing machine. You wouldn't get that kind of customer care on a package holiday!

All in all a great experience, a new part of Spain discovered and really good value for money.

We will definitely be returning sometime in the not too distant future.

Thank you Lianne and Jess.

Karen & Faye

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2012

After a busy weekend in the hustle and bustle of Seville, we wanted somewhere to relax and recharge our batteries, and that was exactly what we got. My partner & I stayed in La Casita, which is the smallest of the accommodation on offer at Las Olivas, but has everything you need including a well equipped kitchen area and en suite bathroom, and even a TV with British Sky if you feel the need! It's also poolside so we didn't have to stumble far to a sun lounger in the mornings! The pool is immaculate and the owner, Jess, told us all the water on the property is supplied by its own well from an underground laguna - you can't get more natural than that! The garden is beautiful, and it was lovely to sit out there in the evenings with a drink, have a game of pool, or cook up some local produce on the barbecue.

The surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous and Las Olivas is well situated for visiting local towns and attractions. It's also very cheap - less than 25 euro for 3 litres of red wine, a 6 pack of beers, tons of fresh fruit and veg, along with cheese, eggs and meats from the deli counter in the local tiny 'supermarket' in Iznajar town! A fresh loaf of bread from the bakery just up the road will set you back about 60 cents!

Jess was a fabulous host and very knowledgeable about the best places to go in the local area, including lots of recommendations for restaurants serving good quailty food without the 'tourist prices'. He couldn't do enough to make sure we had a wonderful stay, which we did! I would definitely stay here again, it would be a great place for a group as the 3 cottages combined sleep up to 12 people.

There's only one tiny criticism I could make of La Casita, and that is that the shower could do with an update as it does tend to soak the floor. However, this is a very minor detail, and considering all the other amazing positives this place has, we still couldn't give it any other rating than 'excellent'. Thank you Jess for a fabulous holiday! Hopefully you will be seeing us again very soon!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

We looked at taking a week off at almost the last minute, and after much searching on line, we were lucky enough to book Las Olivas (thanks Lianne for all your help!) The Tripadvisor reviews were excellent and it was just as we'd hoped: peaceful, very relaxing and ideal if you want to unwind.
We stayed in La Casita which was very clean, had everything we needed and, best of all, opened directly onto the pool area. We made breakfast and sat by the pool every morning.
The pool is, simply put, the cleanest I've ever seen and sourced from their own natural well.
A big mention must go to the amazing host, Jess, and his beautiful dogs, Meena and Harry. Jess was very welcoming and always helpful, nothing was too much to ask. We had some great chats and his knowledge of the local area was helpful, but apart from the 'host' role we felt that we really got to know him quite well in the short space of time we spent there. What a quality gentleman :)
You'll need a car of course, as all restaurants and hotspots are all driving distances away. We cooked one meal at the Casita, but ate out every other night. La Paloma (10-15 mins drive away) was excellent, highly recommend.
We left England quite stressed, needing a last minute break to try and recharge, and that was just what we got. Good sleep, lovely clear starry nights and almost absolute silence which was fantastic.
We already miss you Jess, Meena and Harry

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

Getting there isn't completely straightforward, but once you're there it doesn't matter. Lovely owner. Well appointed - my 2 little girls and I stayed in the Hacienda which was perfect for 3 and much roomier downstairs than the Finca. The price is excellent given how expensive school holidays are. I wasn't going anywhere until I was told about this place. Heat, hospitality, great pool, peace, views and amazing stars. What's not to like!!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Wargrave, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

My husband and I enjoyed two beautiful weeks in the casita flat overlooking the amazing pool. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the area together with chatting to Jess on many occassions which was great fun. Jess was a splendid host who could not do enough for his guests and made you feel extremely welcome and at home. We shall definitely be visiting Cortijio Las Olivas again.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Steve M
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Property: Cortijo Las Olivas
Address: Lugar Adelantado 12, 14978 Iznajar, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cordoba > Iznajar
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Ranked #3 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Iznajar
Number of rooms: 3

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