We had originally booked El Molino del Conde for a large group of friends holiday at Easter 2020, but this was inevitably cancelled due to the pandemic & after a further cancellation in 2021, we eventually made it this year & wow, it was worth the wait! The house, gardens, pool & surroundings were everything we had hoped for & we immediately settled in, helped in no small way by the welcome & excellent presentation of the house by Kimberley & her team, not to mention the lovely cats! We also must thank Nick & Amanda for their earlier flexibility in readily accommodating the changes of dates for our visit (twice) caused by the abnormal circumstances.
We had also arranged via Kimberley for two local ladies, Gracia & Lola, to cook for us all on the first night & what a great decision this was too, with the fantastic food they provided (including requested vegetarian options) ultimately lasting us two days - it was all so good in fact we asked them to cook for us again later in our stay.
El Molino is in a lovely, peaceful location & the bird watchers among us had a great time spotting the golden orioles, magpies & hoopoes + the occasional bird of prey circling high above us. The local goat herd visiting more than once also added to the relaxed atmosphere (their minder also appreciated the cold beers, we think!) & when we could summon up the energy to drag ourselves away from the lovely pool area, we were able to enjoy several (quite competitive!) games of boule & the odd game of tennis or table tennis. Although our group was in the main of the "senior" age category, the house is so well equipped to cater for all age ranges & tastes, with a few nicely secluded areas for a spot of quiet reading, if wished.
El Molino is also well placed for visits to Seville, Cordoba, Granada etc & twice during our stay we made use of the services of the excellent minibus company, recommended by Kimberley, to avoid too much driving, although a few times we also drove ourselves to nearby Iznajar, on a spectacular hilltop location overlooking the lake.
The character of the old buildings at El Molino has been beautifully preserved by the owners & the taller ones amongst us quickly learned to duck through the various low doors, where necessary, although the occasional crack on the head did serve to remind us that we were there for an all too short stay & it was with no little sadness that we took our leave of El Molino after 10 wonderful days!
We would highly recommend everything about El Molino for a large group holiday & would love an excuse to visit again!