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“If there's heaven..it's called cortijo el guarda”
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Cortijo El Guarda
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

After a long cycle from ronda full of mud..it seems it didn't matter anymore because the lovely couple hans and Miranda was so cheerful to greet us..sympathy and hugs were given though we're covered in mud..the mansion..yes I call it a mansion..because it deserve to be called it. Our rooms to die for..every inch of that heaven was carefully planned and covered with love and pride..I do wish we stayed a bit longer to know hans and Miranda..the owners they are a bliss..they gave us a peace of heaven..and made us feel a part of there home..and not a paying guest..love love this mansion..well deffo go back...to heavens gate of cortijo..very soon

Room Tip: Lovely room we got near the main kitchen..and don't forget to play with there dog..x
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Miranda_and_Hans, Owner at Cortijo El Guarda, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2012

Well, we can imagine that after having cycled through the rain for hours that everything that's dry and warm feels like heaven, but we are happy that we could give you the impression at least. As we wrote on Facebook, the Dutch have the name to be the cyclist in the world, well the sturdy two of you that attacked hilly Andalusia by bike certainly beat us there.
We hope to see the both of you again under dryer conditions in the future, but with as much humor!

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Reviewed 8 October 2012

Thanks go to Miranda and Hans for making our final night in Spain so memorable.

Cortijo el Guarda is in an idyllic, rural mountain setting like which we had never experienced before in Spain. From the moment we arrive M & H could not have made us feel more at home.

The room (no 1 I think) was huge, and the whole place was stylishly furnished and immaculately clean. We enjoyed the meal made by the local cook and particularly note should go to the well stocked wine rack with some excellent (and reasonably priced) wines from all over Spain.

Good luck with everything in the future. We look forward to trying Hans' wine once he's planted a few vines.

Matt & Tanya

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Miranda_and_Hans, Owner at Cortijo El Guarda, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2012

We wished you would haved stayed longer too!
As El Guarda is more than the place it self, it has the country side, the cultural aspects of the area, sports possibilities etc. It was a pity that you guys haven't been able to enjoys those as well to full detail. It was great having you here and we would love to share some thoughts with you in the future about wine and marketing it. Thanks for your stay and your kind words and hopefully w'll meet again.

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Reviewed 24 September 2012

After reading all these positive reactions, i didn't know what to expect... Could this place really be as good as everyone wrote? After meeting Hans and Miranda for 30 seconds i realised that it could be possible... After an hour I knew it for sure... everybody was right! Perfection can never be as close as this, not only because everything looks great, tastes fantastic or is spick and span but most of all, because of the deep human warmth. Visiting Miranda and Hans has one down-side... Going home after a holiday never felt as bad as this. Thank you H&M, we'll be back ... very, very soon!!!

Room Tip: any room is special...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Miranda_and_Hans, Owner at Cortijo El Guarda, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2012

Dear Sri Lankan friends,
It seems to become increasingly difficult to answer to all these kind words, where all we want to do is to enjoy other people enjoying them. Your stay at El Guarda was clearly another Mission Accomplished in that sense. And thanks for being so hospitable and inviting us and all other guests to your own made Caipiroska's, a drink that will stay on our repertoire and will keep us reminding of you.

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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Perfect getaway! We stayed here with 9 friends, to celebrate our friendship and live the life! Our husbands and kids made it possible for us to leave home without worries, in Cortijo El Guarda we were pampered and able to fully relax. We had a fabulous stay with very warm hosts hans, miranda and max.
hopefully one day we will be back

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Miranda_and_Hans, Owner at Cortijo El Guarda, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2012

Thanks for your review. It was our pleasure to contribute a bit to your girls-out weekend and as such being a bit of part of that. We were happy to hear that all lost items didn't lead to any major issues and that hubbies and kids were (still) happy to see and meet you all at Schiphol Airport.

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Reviewed 3 September 2012

One of the most relaxing vacations we have ever had in breathtaking surroundings. Hans and Miranda made us feel like close friends from years passed within minutes of our arrival. Cannot wait to return and will be recommending this hotel to both friends and family looking to truly escape and unwind. The wonderful food and hospitality were memorable to say the least and we honestly cannot recommend this hotel more highly to any discerning traveller. We'll most definitely be back.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Miranda_and_Hans, Owner at Cortijo El Guarda, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2012

We are happy that you had such a great time as the same counted for us. Our mutual love (longing?) for South Africa brought back sweet memories. The next time we won't go karting but will play some golf, not because I feel that I could win, but there you at least can not overtake me with a whole lap!

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Reviewed 27 August 2012

My wife and I visited el cortijo for a short break and found two things jump out:
- Hans and Miranda (owners) find an excellent balance in making you feel at home and taking care of you and facilitating what you want and could do during your stay.
- The place is extremely beautiful and so stylefully decorated which, combined with the environment, makes it ideal to relax and make some daytrips.
A strong and warm recommendation for anyone looking for a place to relax and enjoy Andalucia at its best. No doubts, try it.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Miranda_and_Hans, Owner at Cortijo El Guarda, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and we are very happy that the two of you liked your stay here. It was a real pleasure to have you here. We hope that your golf course in Portugal was successful and that next time you will chose Andalusia as your golf destination and may be spend a few days again at El Guarda.
Anyhow we hope to see the two of you soon again. Hasta pronto!

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Reviewed 18 August 2012

My boyfriend and I had one lovely night at Miranda and Hans place, Cortijo El Guarda. They made our stay unforgettable! I would definitely recommend this place to everyone who wants to relax and eat good food in wonderful surroundings. Miranda and Hans is a lovely couple that make you feel more than welcome. We will come back as soon as possible!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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ElGuarda, Owner at Cortijo El Guarda, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2012

All our guests are special to us. All bring their own little thing to make El Guarda not only a business but also a lovely place to live.
With guests like you it makes it easy to work here and have fun in the same time. Thanks for passing by!

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Address: Carreterra de Olvera, S/N, Km 5, 11693 Alcala del Valle, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cadiz > Alcala del Valle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Alcala del Valle
Price Range: £104 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cortijo El Guarda 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Guarda is a beautiful 500 year old Cortijo converted into a luxureous Bed and Breakfast, situated in a picturesque valley close to the historical city of Ronda. The elegant country accommodation is a typical Andalucían farm that recently has been renovated with care in order to keep its traditional style, combined with modern comfort. It is the ideal place to get away from it all and enjoy the slow pace of the real Spanish country living! ... more   less 
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