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“Second time around , our anniversary trip !”
Review of Cortijo Valverde

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Cortijo Valverde
Ranked #1 of 11 Alora B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Second time around , our anniversary trip !”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Our second visit to Caroline & Ali's wonderful establishment , Cortijo Valverde. My husband booked , very last minute for our 20th wedding anniversary . As our stay this time was only 3 nights , Ali suggested we caught the train to Alora where he would collect us . On the morning of our anniversary, we were presented with chocolates, bubbly and a lovely card from our hosts .
Just as before, nothing was too much trouble and we were made to feel very special . From start to finish you are treated as friends by genuinely lovely people . The dinner party format is a joyous event , complete with civilised pre dinner drinks on the terrace . As before Caroline provided the most sumptuous fayre and happily shares her delicious cake recipes if you ask . Cortijo Valverde is a very special place , a home to a wonderful couple who have a genuine love of opening their home and sharing it with those fortunate enough to stumble across it . We'll be back ....

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

When I first visited Cortijo Valverde I knew I would be a returning guest and so it has proved. The setting is beautiful, deep in the rural heart of Andalucia with soft breezes, the sounds of chickens and goats and the odd donkey braying - away from the hustle and bustle of the Costa. It is only 45 minutes drive from Malaga airport but like entering a different world. You can choose to chill out by the lovely pool or be more active as you are within reach of Granada and Cordoba or more local attractions such as the lakes, Antequera, Ronda or the beaches.

Caroline and Ali have created such a comfortable and welcoming hotel. The food and wines are wonderful and the evenings spent round the dinner table have provided us with many happy and laughter filled evenings. If you are wondering whether to try Cortijo Valverde then I would urge you to give it a go - you will have a wonderful time.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Well, we came back.. and we soon confirmed why we did. Ali and Caroline were there to welcome us as indeed they do with every guest in their own warm and unassuming way.

We stayed for nine nights on this visit for the second part of a two week birding holiday. It is perfectly situated to allow us to carry out some inland mountain birding coupled with a relaxing hideaway which has a charm which needs to be experienced to appreciate. We last came in the autumn which was brilliant but this stay was something else. The garden was flourishing and the surrounding fields were alive with birdsong and green. It was as if we had come to a different country and what a change it was.

Caroline has continued to cunjour up her superb nightly extravarganza of freshly prepared fine fare of food. Again, everyone at the communal table polished off all put before them. Thank you Caroline for the post holiday inforced much needed diet.

Ali was always on hand to provide any guidance required on the local area supported as always by Freddie the dog and the cats. Thanks also for some great after dinner conversation. Plenty of food for thought and humour in good measure.

Whilst enjoying breakfast which I could not fault you can not help to ignore the Tripadvisor awards presented to Caroline and Ali for excellence provided during the past four years. I can appreciate the effort put in by them to achieve such accolades and applaud them. We will certainly be back to enjoy what I can only describe as the best of the best in B&B accommodation in rural Spain.

Oh, for the birders reading this, the list ended up with 170 species and with Red Necked Nightjars calling in the valley close by, it was a great trip.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

A delightful small hotel in beautiful setting. A lovely place to relax and unwind after a busy two weeks travelling around Andalusia. Very friendly hosts with excellent information and guides to all surrounding area.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Surrey
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

From the minute we arrived, Ali and Caroline made us feel so welcome (as did Freddy the dog and the 3 cats) and nothing was too much trouble. They genuinely make you feel completely at home, I’d echo other reviews - it’s just like visiting good friends.

The room was perfect and food, all freshly prepared by Caroline, was absolutely delicious.
The hotel is in a stunning location with views whichever way you turn. It’s within easy reach of Malaga airport and there are lots of fantastic places to visit nearby, without the need to drive too far.

We’d happily recommend Cortijo Valverde to anyone looking for a rural haven in the beautiful Spanish countryside – frankly, you couldn’t find a better place to stay :-)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Have just had a lovely few days at Cortijo Valverde - lovely place, lovely hosts, lovely food. Complete relaxation with lots of interesting conversation. We were treated as friends from the start and were sorry to leave. We hope to visit again before too long.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

A hidden gem in rural Andalucia, tranquil and unspoiled. Lovely accommodation in attractive gardens and most attentive hosts in Ali and Caroline. A fine breakfast to set you up for the day and then Caroline's excellent cuisine to look forward to each evening. The "ski chalet" format works so well at dinner and is very easy-going and sociable. Strongly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Cortijo Valverde
Address: Apartado de Correos 47 | CTRA Alora-Antequera Km 35,5, 29500 Alora, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Alora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Alora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small Tranquil Country Hotel is only 45 minutes from Malaga Airport and within easy access of Malaga, Ronda, Granada, Cordoba, Marbella, Mijas and Costa-del-Sol. The amazing El Chorro Gorge, walking trail Caminito del Rey and the beautiful Ardales Lakes are only a short drive away. The wondrous El Torcal is a mere 40-minutes drive through the magnificent A343 road to Antequera. Our Small Country Hotel near Malaga in Rural Andalucia, is a very special place. We have outstanding views of the surrounding countryside providing that special vacation destination for either a restful holiday, or a base from which to explore the many treasures that Andalucia and Inland Spain have to offer. ... more   less 

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