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“A fantastic place to stay in a beautiful part of Spain”
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Casa Olea
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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“A fantastic place to stay in a beautiful part of Spain”
Reviewed 24 February 2011

Casa Olea is an absolute gem of a place and is somewhere we would recommend 100%. After reading the outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor and in the national press, my wife and I were very excited about the chance to spend 3 days in Casa Olea and our expectations were understandably high. Having just returned home, it´s fair to say those expectations were exceeded and we cannot wait for the chance to return.

The house stands in the midst of stunning scenary, surrounded by olive trees and alive with birdsong. The building has obviously been lovingly renovated with a great deal of thought having been put in to making the place calm, cosy (an open olive log fire was lit in the evening) and designed to make the guests´stay as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

Tim and Claire are tremendous hosts, expert in making you feel welcome and with a genuine enthusiasm for all the local area has to offer. This was evident in their recommendations about places to visit, bike to, eat at and walk through and in their quest to source and serve the fantastic local produce on offer. Claire´s cooking was amazing with breakfast featuring some fantastic home made preserves and supper including her wonderful paella. Tim´s knowledge of local wines and sherries is second to none and these provided the ideal accompaniment to our evening meals.

During our 3 days in February we took in the fabulous sights of nearby Cordoba, biked through stunning Andalucian villages, relaxed by the pool with a chilled beer, walked though local olive groves, ate and drank incredibly well and slept in absolute comfort in our room which looked out on the mountains in the distance.

It´s hard to think of many places that could offer such a range of great city options - Granada, Cordoba and Seville are all in easy striking distance - with all the pleasures of being in the middle of the countryside. We had a really great time and will be returning very soon.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 February 2011

Casa Olea is a wonderful place to stay if you are wanting to explore the ‘Old Andalucia’. The converted farmhouse is nestled in a valley between Granada and Cordoba and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The birdlife is twichers paradise and from the location you can explore the lovely white villages – Zuheros, Luque and Priego de Cordoba.
Tim and Claire take infinite care to make your stay comfortable and relaxing and even lend you Ruby as a walking ‘guide’ and companion

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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West Sussex
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Reviewed 31 January 2011

We took over Casa Olea for a 50th birthday party celebration with 6 couples and it could not have worked out better. Everyone in our party was completely blown away by the house, the rooms, the location and the fact that we felt like it was 'ours, all ours' - if only for a weekend! The house is the perfect size for a house party - spacious yet initimate with several areas for the whole group to hang out in - the lounge, bar and dining room, and of course round the pool. The bedrooms are all spacious, simply but evry tastefully decorated with quality en suite bathrooms. One friend was so impressed by the quality of the bed ("best nights sleep in a long time") they plan to order one.

Our hosts, Tim and Claire, could not have been more accommodating. Their travel industry background and the fact that they are British made the house party arrangements very easy indeed. They came up with lots of ideas and suggestions to make the weekend special and it literally only took a couple of emails to get everything in place exactly as we wanted it. Once we were there, they also effortlessly struck the perfect balance between friendliness and discretion - always 'in the wings' for advice, information, food or drink but also happy to let us have the run of the place.

The location is really the biggest selling point - in a stunning valley surrounded by olive groves you really feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Yet, Cordoba and Grenada are easily accessible plus there's fabulous walking and some truly stunning white villages nearby. The weather is very reliable too - even travelling relatively late in the year we had 4 days of blue sky with warm sun during the day

Highly recommended for a relaxed house party to celebrate any special occasion.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

After traveling in Andalucia for one month, we ended our vacation at Casa Olea. We had planned out a nicely paced trip but as our vacation came to an end we felt we were ready for a vacation within our vacation. As decadent as it may sound, being on the go for 3 1/2 weeks can become tiring.

Casa Olea is located in a most stunning setting in the countryside. The ideal way to get to it would be with a car, however we were using public transportation. Tim and Claire, the owners, didn't let this stop us from staying at their wonderful B&B. Tim picked us up at the closest small town we could get to by bus and delivered us to Casa Olea, where before we were even in the door, his charming wife, Claire, was outside greeting us.

Although our time there was short, only 4 nights, we fully enjoyed Claire's incredible cooking, Tim's thorough knowledge of the area along with stories told with a great sense of humor.

Our room was divine with views of olive groves and mountains that went on forever. The bed was very comfortable and cozy....in fact it was difficult to get out of bed in the morning until you remembered Claire's breakfast was awaiting you downstairs in the dining room.

If you elect to have dinner at Casa Olea, which we did every night and I would highly recommend you do so, there are two options offered each evening for what you may order. Their house wine they offered was great, but other options were available.

Staying with Claire & Tim at Casa Olea was one of the highlights of our month long trip in Spain. I encourage anyone who has an opportunity to stay here to not hesitate to do so.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Alicante, Spain
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Reviewed 8 January 2011

Nestling in stunning natural Andalucian countryside we found Casa Olea the perfect peaceful holiday location. We also visited some of the nearby quaint villages with their ornate churches, narrow streets and some have a castle, Zuheros being one of them.
On arrival, we were enthusiastically welcomed by Ruby (a playful dog, she has attached herself to them) and after breakfast - she took us for a walk! Tim & Claire are an excellent combination as proprietors, Tim's interesting, extensive knowledge of the local community etc., Claire's inventive good cooking (loved her yogurt,orange & pistachio nut cake!!). Both have a genuine aim to preserve and use the produce of the area which we admired.
Our January stay at Casa Olea had a warm ambience not just because of the underfloor heating and the glowing log fire in the lounge in the evenings. Just stepping into the tastfully refurbished interior which was in keeping with it's original features and the added decorative peices from their travels presented immediate relaxation for us after our busy Christmas.
We particularly enjoyed the tour of the Olive Mill, the olive oil tasting at Casa Olea and it was a pleasure to meet the other guests from around world. In all, even though a short stay, very enjoyably memorable. Joy & Colin , Quesada, Spain

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 December 2010

We feel very privileged to have stayed at Casa Olea as it was a true gem of a place to stay. Being our honeymoon there was a great deal of pressure for the hotel and area to live up to - both Casa Olea and the area smashed all expectations making it one of the best holidays we have ever had. Having such attentive and well informed hosts we had everything on hand including where and how to spot eagles to sampling a new rum and tonic aperitif! We love facts and learning about new places, at Casa Olea there really is so much to learn and see around the area, its a great base to explore from. Having returned home we have been non stop telling friends about this place - dropping hints so we can return next year! Thanks Tim , Clare and Ruby for giving us a great honeymoon xx

Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 November 2010

I always say I can forgive many mistakes and oversights if the service is genuine, attentive and welcoming - whether in a restaurant or hotel. And Casa Olea definitely has that service. Tim was away in UK on a visit (naughty Tim) so Clare's lovely mum and dad were providing back up support for Clare. And as the other reviews state, nothing was too much trouble, including Clare lending me her own trainers to do some hill walking! She (and mum and dad) never seemed to tire of being there, round the clock, providing tasty treats, and suggesting diversions and things to do. (without for one moment being overbearing)

The first line of this review opens " I can forigve...... " but what I mean to say is that I could have forgiven her much because of the level of service IF there was anything to forgive! But there wasn't
Food fantastic - dinner served under the stars....... expertly prepared; lunch and snacks by the pool. Always a little local treat suggested, or insight into the origin of some local speciality or sourced ingredient.
Decor : simple, clean, tasteful.
Comfort : top notch (unless you are looking for overstated luxury)
Things to do: yes you could base yourself here and head to Grandada or Cordoba for buzz, and culture
but why? the over-riding benefit of this place is the peace, the utter stillness, the hammock by the pool, the library of books to browse through, time standing still. Its not ostentatious. Its does't set itself up as some mega-retreat and luxurious pamper-centre. It just is, naturally. Quiet. a real retreat.

we did enjoy some lovely hillwalks though, to stretch the body before....... more relaxation.

  • Stayed August 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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