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Casa Olea
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Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 May 2011

Perfect - walking and visiting in the daytime - relaxing with excellent food and wine in the evening. However, it is the hosts who make this holiday - Claire and Tim are so welcoming and natural, they made this break feel as if we were house guests. Not to forget Ruby, who accompanied us on our walks. A wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

Set beautifully in the heart of eastern Andalucia, Casa Olea is a superbly renovated finca combining modern luxury with Castillian authenticity. Owners Tim and Claire pitch their hosting skills just right, helpful and inclusive when local advice is required, but leaving you sufficient space to enjoy the natural splendour of the setting, under your own steam as you wish. Throw in some excellent catering, a good and reasonably-priced wine list, delightful and peaceful local countryside awash with olive groves as far as the eye can see, and you have as good a base for an Andalucian holiday as you could wish.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Essex
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Reviewed 13 May 2011

We returned to Casa Olea for a week having visited last June.
Once again we had a fantastic time. We had a week of continual sunshine and enjoyed every day that we spent there. We went for walks in the surrounding countryside and followed the maps that Tim, the owner had given us. The views and scenery were breathtaking, and it gave us an ideal opportunity to see this beautiful part of Spain. The food that Claire prepared was as usual of the highest standard, and we tried some excellent wines and olive oil from the local area. Her paella was delicious
We visited some local bars and restaurants recommended by Tim and Claire, and once again their detailed knowledge of the area ensured that we were not disappointed. We would thoroughly recommend Casa Olea, and look forward to returning next year.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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London UK
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

Our stay with Tim and Claire was just perfect - the only downside was that it was for just 3 nights - wish it had been a lot longer! I can only echo previous reviews - superb hosts, spotlessly clean, great and authentic Andalucian cooking (torron cheesecake was the best), fantastic views lying in bed and watching the swallows swooping. The walks were fab too and a range suitable for all abilities. Part of me wants to keep this place a secret so it doesn't become too popular but the other part of me feels that Casa Olea should be full every night of the year in return for the hard work Tim and Claire put into running this wonderful B&B. Can't wait to return. Inspiring!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 28 April 2011

It seems a little like carrying coal to New Castle to add another “Excellent” review to the ninety-one already posted. It’s just too bad that there’s not an even higher rating; Casa Olea certainly deserves it. All we can say is that our five day stay last week at Casa Olea exceeded our expectations in every way. The occasion was a family trip for ten of us: my wife and me, two daughters and son-in-laws, and four grandchildren (Ruby age 8 months, Annie 13, Timmy 15, and Marguerite 19 years old. On prior trips, we’ve rented a villa in Tuscany and stayed at a small hotel in Provence. Casa Olea combined the best of both worlds. Although we occupied just four of the six rooms, we felt like this was our home away from home. We also loved the fact that we didn’t have to shop for food and could return every evening to a casual cocktail hour and a terrific dinner, then after dinner drinks, conversation, and watching Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in the lounge.

Others have commented on the accommodations, the pool, the area, the food; all terrific. But it comes back to Tim and Claire who make it so special. Within minutes of arriving and being greeted by Tim, Claire and their Ruby, we knew that Casa Olea was a special place in every way. They seem more like friends than proprietors. Claire arranged the meals so there was always a vegetarian choice for our Marguerite. The only difficulty we had was having to decide each day what choice we would make for our appetizers and main course. Tim is a font of information about the area and an expert on the local wines, cheeses, birds and animals, restaurants, and most of all the walks and hikes in the area. His has detailed turn by turn walk guides that took us through back country as if he was accompanying us along with historical comments. And when we wanted to drive to Cordoba and Grenada for the day to see the Mezquita and the Alhambra, he told us where to park and suggested some great Tapa bars.

By the time we left, we all felt that Tim and Claire were friends and certainly hope that they’ll some day accept our invitations to visit us in the States.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

We said we would be back - and this time we went with friends taking over the whole hotel for a long weekend. Tim and Claire were the perfect hosts and made us feel very welcome. The food, wine, fino, rooms, ambience, location and service provided the ingredients for a simply wonderful and unforgettable "House Party". We have no doubt we will go back again and again!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

This is a long overdue review for wahat was a highlight stay for our trip to Andalucia in September 2010.
Casa Olea is in a great location away from it all but close enough to get back to civilisation when you need it. The room we had was large and very comfortable, clean and well furnished. Casa Olea is incredibly clean and local craftsmen have added their personal touches making it a very special place.
Tim and Claire where very welcoming and very knowledgeable about the local area. Claire's cooking was excellent and included local trout with almonds from the almond tree outside our bedroom window.
The grounds around Casa Olea are perfect for hiking and exploring, including the climbs to the look out towers on the surrounding hills and the swimming pool is perfect for cooling off after a days sightseeing.
The Casa is perfectly located for visiting Granada and Cordoba and easily accessible from Malaga.
Many thanks for a great 4 day statr to our trip, the only downside was that nowhere else we stayed in Andalucia was as good as Casa Olea!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa Olea
Address: Carretera CO-7204 (Zamoranos to Fuente Alhama) | Parcelas 115 y 116, 14800 Priego de Cordoba, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cordoba > Priego de Cordoba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Priego de Cordoba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Halfway between Granada and Cordoba, ideal base for day trips to the Alhambra and Mezquita. Great for olive groves, mountains, walking, home cooking, relaxing, wildlife and nature. Charming Andalucian cortijo (farmhouse) with indulgent touches: under-floor heating, a/c, super-king beds, Egyptian cotton bedding, pool, bikes for hire. Home-cooked evening meals using locally-sourced, fresh, seasonal ingredients. Good selection of Spanish wines. Strong green credentials: 100% of heating/hot water from biomass boiler & solar panels. ... more   less 
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