Three days was not enough time to really get the full benefit of relaxed mountain life at Hotel Los Berchules. The almond trees were still in flower, but suntan lotion had to be applied whilst lying in the sun and eating a picnic by the ruins of a Moorish silk mill after an idyllic walk up a mountain valley. Our room with a lovely balcony looking over the valley at the front of the hotel was simple and clean, with extremely comfortable beds and a piping hot shower.
The food was everything that I had been led to believe it might be - delicious, imaginative, home-cooking. We ate rabbit in almond and garlic sauce, a great soup of lentils and vegetables, little bbq lamb chops with charred edges, artichokes with jamon, a wonderful salad of tomato, feta and avocado dressed with subtlety and a silky chocolate mousse. Everything was bright and seasonal and the portions were definitely meant for hungry walkers. Wine was cheap, gin and tonics knockout strength and the addition of the friendly Sammy (dog) and roaring woodfire ticked all necessary boxes in the evenings. Breakfast of beautifully prepared fresh fruit, local bread lightly toasted, wrapped in a cloth and served with homemade strawberry and apricot jams, with proper strong coffee made getting away quickly in the morning challenging - it was just too nice to sit with the sun pouring in and another cup from the Gaggia.
I can't recommend Hotel Los Berchules more highly - unless it is to mention the happy atmosphere that the family have created which welcomes guests of all ages with such warmth. Wendy and Alejandro are good people and the best sort of hosts, and I'm very much hoping that we'll get back there in the not too distant future.
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- Whether you are a walker, a rider or taking a tour around Andalucia, you will receive the warmest welcome and finest hospitality the Alpujarras can offer at Hotel Los Berchules. This is a family-run establishment offering home comforts and simple, home-cooked food using local ingredients and traditional Alpujarran recipes. The hotel has twin-bedded and single rooms plus a two-bedroomed apartment offering self-catering holiday opportunities, with hotel facilities right next door. ... more less
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