We returned, this time with family members, a little over two years after our first idyllic stay at Cortijo la Serena.
And we couldn't have been more delighted with our return visit. Kathryn and Donald were as welcoming, helpful and yet as discrete as ever - truly the loveliest of hosts. The villa, infinity pool and gardens took our breath away despite this being a return visit. The gardens are beautifully established, with heavenly scents of honeysuckle and rosemary carried to us on warm breezes and more quirky art work waiting to be discovered on our evening walks ...
Yet again, we were extremely reluctant to leave this heavenly spot to visit anywhere else! We had absolutely everything we needed, from complete peace and privacy to comfortable beds, excellent bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Suffice to say that, in addition to my partner and I, there are now another two fans of Cortijo la Serena who are eagerly planning their return visits.
Oh, Cortijo La Serena, how I miss you! My husband, son and I spent a wonderful week here recently. One word: Heavenly. Exquisite gardens and grounds, beautiful house and the most gracious hosts. I have stayed in several rentals in the area in the past and none can compare to La Serena. The hosts have thought of everything - from decor, to comfort, to design. An elegant slice of paradise in beautiful Andalusia. We will be back!
We spent an exceptionally pleasant week in this villa.
The property is impeccable - tastefully decorated, clean and in very good condition. The extensive gardens are beautiful - great for young children to explore.
During the day, we spent most of our time by the infinity pool. Dramatic views, clear blue water and cushioned sunbeds - what more do you need to slip into a laid-back Andalusian lifestyle?
In the evenings, we cooked on the outdoor brick barbecue, ate at the nearby stone dining table and enjoyed a few glasses of Spanish red wine. Relaxation complete!
Our hosts (who live in the adjoining property) were impeccable throughout - always considerate and helpful.
Not the first time we have stayed here but the first time in winter. We were delighted by the warmth of our reception from our lovely hosts, also by how cosy we were. A wonderful wood burning stove with background heating ensured we were warm over the festive season. The Cortijo is beautifully appointed with all necessary equipment for an extended stay. The countryside which we have grown to love is just as stunning in the winter as in the summer. A tranquil position surrounded by olive groves - heaven!
Our hosts had excellent local knowledge to share as Cordoba, Seville and Malaga are within easy reach for a culture trip and well worth visiting to soak up the history of Spain.
This is the second time we have stayed at Cortijo La Serena and it instantly felt like coming home. Kathryn and Donald are perfect hosts and made us feel so welcome. The house is extremely comfortable and is stylishly furnished whilst retaining its rustic character. The gardens and pool area are fabulous with views out across the mountains. There are lots of places to explore and walk around within the grounds and there are many different places to sit and relax. It is so peaceful and tranquil at La Serena that you forget that you are only 40 minutes drive from the coast and 15 minutes from the nearest town with good restaurants and shops. This is a very special place and one we shall contunue to return to.
Cortijo La Serena is in the middle of nowhere and also in the middle of everywhere, perfect for what our family of five with children aged between 8 and 13 look for in a holiday. The villa facilities were great with plenty of space for us to relax and beautiful pool area. Comfortable with plenty of character. Well-equipped kitchen and a warm welcome. Close enough to the motorway that we were able to visit Seville in the west and Oasys mini Hollywood in the east and lots of places in between easily by car. Just what we were looking for.
Donald collected us and led us to Cortijo Serena set amongst olive groves. The location is excellent- about a half hour drive to Malaga (certainly recommended) and Antequera.The property has a very large and very lovely garden- with lovely sitting places. Particularly the pool which is wonderfully set, and the barbecue area.The presence on site of Donald and Kathryn means that you can get answers to any questions, which is very helpful- but worth noting that they are not at all obtrusive- there to help as needed, otherwise invisible and the place is completely yours to enjoy. The internal arrangement is somewhat quaint, comfortable and we slept very well (although temperatures reached 35C during the day, the height of the property in the hills meant that night time temperatures were comfortable even without air conditioning).Is there room for improvement- externally no, internally a dish washer would be appreciated.