Hotel Los Castanos

Near Ronda, Spain

A cosy small hotel in an undiscovered white village, with fabulous walking trails amongst mountains and forest, and Ronda just 18km away

You’re in the mountains. Chestnut forest surrounds you. The postman takes October off to join the harvest, and when it’s over the village celebrates: roasted chestnuts, a suckling pig, a band in the square and all-night dancing.

Cartajima, population 100, is that rarest of Andalucian finds: an untouched white village, with traditional ways of living. Everyone has a bit of land, and olives, avocados, peppers and tomatoes, lemons, plums, peaches and figs all come straight from the mountain in season. The hotel is small and intimate, welcoming and indulging. You get whitewashed walls, an open fire in the big airy sitting room and 6 super-comfy rooms; all have small balconies, 3 of which look over the valley to the mountains. At the top of the house, a roof terrace; at the bottom, a dining room for delicious home-cooked suppers. Walk out the front door and find tracks that lead into the forest, or jump in the car and head to glittering Ronda; it’s a 15-minute drive. If you want peace on the side of a glorious mountain, you've just found it. A great little hotel run by a delightful couple.

Guest Ratings

Room:
97%
Food:
100%
Service:
100%
Value:
100%
Overall:
99%

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Reviewed by Tom Bell

Highs

  • The location - not only an idyllic village in a pristine setting, but also a great base to explore Andalucia's romantic cities (Jerez, Cadiz, Seville, even Cordoba)
  • Fabulous hiking and bird watching - Di can supply maps and picnics
  • Delicious food - think magret of duck with pomegranate molasses then honey mousse with local strawberries. Breakfast is a treat, too
  • The hands-on owners Di and John, who make this such a relaxing, homely place to stay
  • When we revisited in 2013, we loved sitting in rocking armchairs, soaking up the long views and incredible peace

Lows

  • You're up in the mountains, with a slightly hairy drive up; you'll need to hire a car to explore the local area fully
  • No-choice set menu each night, but Di will talk you through supper in the morning and make sure you're happy
  • No pool at the house, but a village pool up the road compensates

This gem of a hotel makes a great base to explore Andalucia...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailHotel Los CastanosYouíre in the mountains. Chestnut forest surrounds you. The postman takes October off to join the harvest, and when itís over the village celebrates: roasted chestnuts, a suckling pig, a band in the square and all-night dancing. Cartajima, population 100, is that rarest of Andalucian finds: an untouched white village, with traditional ways of living. Everyone has a bit of land, and olives, avocados, peppers and tomatoes, lemons, plums, peaches and figs all come straight from the mountain in season. The hotel is small and intimate, welcoming and indulging. You get whitewashed walls, an open fire in the big airy sitting room and 6 super-comfy [r:SP055:rooms]; all have small balconies, 3 of which look over the valley to the mountains. At the top of the house, a roof terrace; at the bottom, a dining room for delicious home-cooked suppers. Walk out the front door and find tracks that lead into the forest, or jump in the car and head to glittering Ronda; itís a 15-minute drive. If you want peace on the side of a glorious mountain, you've just found it. A great little hotel run by a delightful couple.

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