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“Charming retreat in the olive groves”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cortijo Las Olivas

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Cortijo Las Olivas
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“Charming retreat in the olive groves”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

Traveling on my own, I stayed in the casita for 2 nights in June. The apartment was lovely, especially the charming old beamed ceiling in the bedroom. I also enjoyed having breakfast every morning at my table in the courtyard planted with gorgeous roses. It is so peaceful and such a lovely rural location right in the middle of all the olive trees, that one can easily spend the whole day at the cortijo. The pool was absolutely sparkling and I had it all to myself.

Jess, the owner who lives there, was full of local tips and is a delight to chat with. I had forgotten my bathing suit and he produced one for me to borrow!

I absolutely loved the short drive down the dirt track and splashing through the little stream - it was all part of the adventure. It's a really great value for money as well.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

A week in June - some relaxation, peace and quiet and sunshine - that's all we wanted. We got that, a million times over!

The location is stunning, peaceful yet easy to drive to a few local villages and towns. The directions from Malaga are spot-on and so easy, the road infrastructure to Iznajar is so great.

The cottage was comfortable and had all the facilities we needed. We loved the rustic charm so much.

The gardens and pool were second to none.
Our cottage opened out onto the pool area, with table and chairs just for us, so we sat under the stars, watching the bats and hearing nothing apart from the fantastic wildlife noises in the olive groves surrounding us, in the evenings after dinner.

We ate out every evening having been recommended some good restaurants. We didn't have one complaint about any of the food, it was all super.

It's also easy to drive to the large supermarket 15 mins away to stock the fridge with everything you need if you don't fancy eating out.

The area is picturesque, Cortijo Las Olivas is wonderful and Jess is fantastic - you made our holiday much more enjoyable! We enjoyed our chats and hearing your stories, we were sad to say goodbye to you, Meena and Harry. You made us so welcome and at ease.

We weren't sure we'd be good at this type of holiday (we go every year to European Cities) but Las Olivas has converted us for sure!

Jess, we will be back to see you that's definite, you are wonderful and what you have at Las Olivas is amazing! As long as you can promise the same weather we had last week ...?! :)

Thank you Lianne also, for all your pre-holiday help and assistance. We felt well looked after even before we arrived.

From start to finish, definitely our most enjoyable holiday.

See you next year Jess!

Mel & Nick

  • Stayed June 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

We spent a very pleasant week in May at Cortijo Las Olivas. We enjoyed the convenient location, not far from the great places of Andalusia and the very beautiful village of Iznajar. We appreciated the nicely-decorated patio and the terrace of our own where we had our dinners. Even though we had no time to try the swimming-pool, we think it's a worthy asset. Last but not least, we are thankful for the quietness of the place and the discreet presence of the owner.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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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