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Casa Olea

Near Priego de Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain

A congenial, intimate and good-value guesthouse in the unspoilt Sierra Subbética's vast olive belt, ideal for walkers and foodies

A quintessential vision of Andalucia: undulating olive groves, limestone outcrops topped by Arab watchtowers, eagles wheeling overhead and that glorious sense of space. It's easy to see why English owners Tim and Claire chose to build their Shangri La in this leafy valley in the unspoilt Subbética hills then named it after the olea europaea (olive tree). He worked as a tour guide in Latin America, she with a swish hotel group, and with their shared nous they have fashioned this former cortijo into a remote rural retreat where the beauty is in every detail.

First to greet you will be Ruby, a lolloping mutt who's the third member of the Olea triumvirate. Moving inside things feel big and airy, with a spectacular double-height stairwell leading up to the 6 simple, stylish and surprisingly cheap bedrooms. For a large part of the year life gravitates to a river-facing terrace where you're accompanied by birdsong during the day and the call of a Scops owl when darkness falls. It's a perfect base for escapism; Tim has mapped out walking routes and cycle rides straight from the house, and there are fascinating villages on your doorstep for day visits. And we applaud Olea's eco approach, in which recycling and sustainability play lead roles.

Guest Ratings

Room:
91%
Food:
91%
Service:
100%
Value:
96%
Overall:
95%

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Highs

  • You're far from the madding crowd in beautiful walking country, yet Córdoba and Granada are within easy driving range
  • The house is infused with a relaxed vibe and Tim and Claire are friendly, caring hosts
  • Dinners, served 5-6 nights a week, are a celebration of local produce and highlight the best Andalucian culinary creations
  • There's a pool with a view, loungers and hammocks, plus a cosy sitting room with a log fire
  • Underfloor heating throughout the house is a big plus when temperatures drop in the cooler months

Lows

  • Expect to hear the occasional passing car if you book one of the rooms which face the road (Olivo and Nogal)
  • Alfresco meals on the terrace feel just a tad cramped when all guests are dining in-house
  • There are no restaurants within walking distance, so you'll need to drive for meals on the nights when dinner isn't served at the casa

Luxurious six-room guesthouse surrounded by ancient olive groves...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailCasa OleaA quintessential vision of Andalucia: undulating olive groves, limestone outcrops topped by Arab watchtowers, eagles wheeling overhead and that glorious sense of space. It's easy to see why English owners Tim and Claire chose to build their Shangri La in this leafy valley in the unspoilt Subbética hills then named it after the olea europaea (olive tree). He worked as a tour guide in Latin America, she with a swish hotel group, and with their shared nous they have fashioned this former cortijo into a remote rural retreat where the beauty is in every detail. First to greet you will be Ruby, a lolloping mutt who's the third member of the Olea triumvirate. Moving inside things feel big and airy, with a spectacular double-height stairwell leading up to the 6 simple, stylish and surprisingly cheap [r:SP081:bedrooms]. For a large part of the year life gravitates to a river-facing terrace where you're accompanied by birdsong during the day and the call of a Scops owl when darkness falls. It's a perfect base for escapism; Tim has mapped out walking routes and cycle rides straight from the house, and there are fascinating villages on your doorstep for day visits. And we applaud Olea's eco approach, in which recycling and sustainability play lead roles.

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