Obviously, "castaño" means Chestnut in Spanish, hence the hotel's name, which is very apt because all around the little village of Cartajíma are woods thick with chestnut trees. These give the hotel, poised above the tiled rooftops of the ancient little houses it's unique character. The changing seasons offer a different vista every time one visits, fluffy bloom in Spring, deep lush greens in Summer, gold and bright browns in Autumn and in winter, columns of blue smoke curling into the sky. And the smell! There is nothing like the smell of a mountain village in winter. Every home has a wood burning hearth and of course a plentiful supply of firewood. Di and John have captured this atmosphere brilliantly in their little hotel, combining rustic ambiance with almost decadent comfort, both in the charming rooms and in the "living" spaces. Every taste is catered for, birdwatching, walking, painting or just relaxing with a professional massage. Every time I visit, Di spoils me (and everyone else) with her imaginative cooking and generous portions, followed by a relaxing chat by the fire. If that isn't "chestnut heaven" I'd like to know what is!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just six kilometres off the tourist trail to Ronda is a valley with stunning mountain scenery and eagles soaring overhead. You are heading for Cartajima, one of the most traditional of the famous Andalucian pueblos blancos, white mountain villages. Following our driving directions, you arrive outside the great chestnut doors of Los Castanos behind which there is quality accommodation, personal, informal atmosphere, local wines and great home-cooked food. Relax in your spacious bedroom with its enormous bed, soft sheets and fantastic mountain views. Stretch out on a lounger on the rooftop terrace, savor your wine and melt into the mountains. This must be the most perfect getaway, a totally indulgent mountain village hotel in a completely unexpected location. ... more less
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