“A spacious, seductive, loft-like apartment at the heart of old Jerez (sleeps 2-4, self-catering)”
The apartment sleeps up to 4 with an ensuite king/twin up above and a second double and bathroom down below.
The master bedroom is on the mezzanine, with a massive kingsize bed topped with Egyptian cotton sheets and feather pillows: hardly surprising that we managed to oversleep! A glass panel set into the floor and a second one above the bed bring in the light: luminosity is a big part of the feel-good factor here, and there are views of the cathedral. A sliding door leads to a smallish shower room where you’ll find a surface-top sink, heated towel rail and Zara bath products. A padded lime-green headboard, bright paintings and lacquered bedside tables complete the snazzy upstairs picture.
The downstairs double bedroom has a really airy feel thanks to its soaring ceiling and half-moon window, which opens onto the mansion’s cloistered courtyard. Light-blocking curtains can be pulled across should you prefer a dark sleeping space. There's a pull-out desk and a wireless printer, really handy should you have forgotten to print out those boarding cards. This room’s bathroom is a few metres away, to one side of the entrance hall, where laundry gear, beach towels and so on are hidden away in a high cupboard. It has a bath and overhead shower backed by ochre-coloured walls of polished stucco. Taps, as well as the surface-top sink, are courtesy of Philippe Starck.
Both bedrooms have hot and cold air-con as well as free-standing fans to keep the sizzling summers at bay.
The open-plan living area includes white leather sofas, a satellite TV and DVD player, and a dining table for 4. Books, DVDs and plants create a welcoming home-away-from-home feel.
You'll quickly guess the open-plan kitchen was German-built: there’s a real look of Vorsprung Durch Technik. A big fridge with separate freezer, an electric hob and oven, a microwave, dishwasher and washing machine tucked away behind shiny grey doors. A Silestone work surface backed by a long run of stainless steel splashback synchs really nicely with the NY loft-like vibe of the rest of the apartment.
Even though you’ll be a small group, Jim and Alice have provided enough gear for a party of 10 along with every conceivable kitchen gizmo - plus all the basics like oil, vinegar, tea, coffee and spices, and the offer of a shopping service. Self-catering has never been so appealing. Alice has drawn up a nifty map of the city centre that shows all the best grocery stores, whilst an outing to the mercado municipal is a must for anyone with Epicurean leanings.
And for eating out, you couldn’t be better placed - there are dozens of great cafés and restaurants within strolling range. There's even a café in the building, from which you can order breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you fancy rubbing shoulders with the local intelligentsia head for El Gallo Azul. It’s housed within an opulent belle époque edifice that was given to the town by the Domecq family, and is a great place for a pre-dinner drink and a plate of the finest Iberian ham. A little less snazzy but steeped in local flavour, Cruzblanca is another excellent choice for a tapas-style meal, with daily specials chalked up on blackboards and tables spilling out into the leafy Plaza de la Yerba. For finer dining check out Reino de León Gastrobar - the name says all - whilst new-kid-on-the-block Las Cuadras is at the top of the town’s creative tapas league.
This is a comfy, relaxing and centrally located base from which to explore the delights of Jerez. The old city is child-friendly and car-free. Apartment 43 wasn’t set up with younger kids in mind – there's a steep, open-sided staircase – so the owners recommend children of below toddling age or over 10s – but there’s plenty of space and the apartment can comfortably sleep up to 4 + a baby.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The rooms can be flexibly configured according to the shape and size of your family. The mezzanine king can be split into 2 single beds for older children, or you could sleep here yourselves and pop pre-teens and teens plus a baby cot in the downstairs double bedroom, which has black-out curtains. The downstairs bathroom has a tub
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The kitchen is well equipped so catering for your family will be easy (there's an oven, microwave, food blender and dishwasher). Jerez is a foodie paradise and the nearby eateries are family friendly and relaxed. There's a food market within walking distance