In april 2009 I stayed for a long week at Amanda's guest house. Just being away for a week and do a lot of thinking and walking.
The house and rooms are just marvellous, the location stunning, a for walking a very good spot.
But to be able to get to learn the local flavours guided by Amanda & Zack is THE thing. You will not be treated as a guest, you are a friend.
And that makes that you never forget it and wants to return.
Amanda & Zack, it was great and will be great again.
Amanda (and Zack and feline Aphrodite) provided one of the best holiday breaks we've ever taken. It's like staying as a house guest and you have the run of a magnificent suite, a sun terrace and a lounge.
We took a meal there, too, although it's normally a B&B only and we sampled Amanda's gourmet cooking...wonderful! N
In general, the standard is five star at three star prices. Iznajar is a lovely location and Casa La Celada itself is in a small sub-village with a shop and micro-community, the real Spain.
There is so much to see (you do need a hire car) within half-an-hour's drive and there is even skiing in the Sierra Nevada. We were lucky to catch a packet of sun in October and visited Cordoba and Iznajar. Will never forget it.
We stayed with Amanda and Zack on our road trip from Madrid to Seville. In the middle of two busy (and fantastic) cities, we wanted a few days to 'just relax'. This place was perfect! Plenty of walks in the local area, through the olive groves, down to the lake etc, good local places to eat and lovely authentic villages to wander around. You will need a car but Amanda will most certainly direct towards the better places. A great place to relax, unwind and feel at home.
We really enjoyed our stay at this lovely guesthouse in the beautiful region Andalucia.
Amanda is a wonderful hostess. She gave us lots of information and we could use her maps and books. We were very pleased to meet her and her son Zack.
We stayed in the suite: a very cosy and romantic room with a separate bathroom with jacuzzi. The roof terrace offers a spectacular view. And the very elaborate breakfast is also worth mentioning.
From Iznàjar we made excursions to Granada and Cordoba, both beautiful historical cities. But also the village Iznàjar and the lake are worth a visit.
It is an ideal setting to relax and enjoy the best Spain has to offer!
Mieke and Ludo (Belgium)
From the moment you arrive Amanda and Zack ensure that you are made to feel like one of the family.
Our room was set up beautifully when we arrived.
Nothing was too much trouble – tea/coffee when needed, a warm fire glowing in the lounge after a tiring day, fantastic breakfast/dinner in the most relaxing surroundings.
Set in superb countryside Casa La Celada only a short drive from numerous interesting villages, mountains and lakes.
I would recommend Casa La Celada to anyone who wants to get away from the stresses and strains of modern life.
PS – Great little restaurant is ten minutes walk away (back down to the main road) , you can sit in the fire place (it is about 15 feet across) and eat excellent food which is very reasonably priced.
My wife and I spent a few days in September, as guests of Amanda Hamilton in her lovely home Casa la Celada
As world wide travellers we are pretty experienced at what we want when we are on holiday,what we expect to pay, and how we expect to be treated. I have to say that this guest house exceeded our expectations in all areas.
From the moment we arrived, although never having met Amanda before, we felt privileged to be there. Anne said to me, "I feel as if I am visiting a close friend, the place is so homely and the welcome so warm".
After a long drive from Madrid we arrived at the beautiful Andalucian Guesthouse. We were shown, not to the room we had booked, but upgraded to the "honeymoon suite". The accomodation was luxurious, with quality furniture, decoration and furnishings, an en-suite bathroom with separate walk in shower, double handbasins and mirrors, the best of soaps, toiletries etc, and a large bath complete with jacuzzi. Instead of the 5 star chocolate on the pillow, our bed had two beautiful flowers and a box of luxury chocolate truffles!
After freshening up we were welcomed with an excellent bottle of rosada, a table full of delicious home made tapas, finishing off with some quality local malaga wine.
The breakfasts each morning were again top class and nothing we wanted was ever too much trouble.
There is a roof top terrace complete with large open air spa tub, and phenomanal views of the surrounding hills and olive farms.
Casa La Celada is a pretty and luxurious villa offering B&B, Guest House Accommodation or Self Catering in Córdoba, Southern Spain.
I would recommend anyone to pay Amanda a visit, I guarantee you will not be disapointed.
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It's rare to find somewhere you genuinely love staying; more often you find somewhere that's good enough, and the location and the feeling of being away are sufficient. Casa La Celada is something different; a true home from home in a stunning part of rural Andalucia.
We'd both been very busy at work before arranging our trip, and needed somewhere that would allow us to relax on a roof terrace, but also to strike out on our own as walkers and enjoy the surrounding landscape. From the word go, we got what we needed.
On arrival, we got a genuinely warm welcome from a host who appears to have the knack of knowing what guests want, and how to tailor her approach to their needs. For us, this meant Amanda providing a lot of local knowledge, arranging some transport (we're non-drivers), printing maps we found online, and a whole range of thoughtful little extras. This went on throughout the stay, and it's fair to say that her help made a very significant difference to the quality of our stay.
A few have commented that you need a car to stay in La Celada. If you want to trek out to Granada and Cordoba, then it's certainly essential. But as enthusiastic but certainly not expert walkers we were able to make the location work for us perfectly; in the evenings we could walk down the hill to Iznájar for dinner (you'll need a torch - but there's no light pollution, which means you get to gaze at the stars). In the day, you can walk locally, or arrange transport to get you to the GR7 in Rute, or other walks in the Sierra Subbética (which, incidentally, is a wonderful place to walk, although you'll need a map on the GR7 as the waymarks aren't up to much).
The highest recommendation you can give anywhere is that you're looking forward to going back, and we'll certainly be going back to Casa La Celada.
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