Casa No 7

Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville, Spain Book from

The Barbour of Seville: comfortable, classy and curiously English
Even if you can't pronounce his name, Gonzalo del Rio y Gonzalez-Gordon is sure to pronounce yours fluently and very warmly as he welcomes you into his delightful restored 6-bedroomed townhouse in central Seville. This charming aristocrat from Jerez always finds time to chat to his select few guests, and his excellent English owes more to keen Anglophilia than to his traces of Scottish ancestry. Which, incidentally, is linked to the Gordon-Byass sherry dynasty, meaning you can taste some excellent pre-prandial fino on the roof terrace or in the elegant floral sitting room.

Afterwards, wander freely through the maze of cobbled alleys and lively tapas bars in the Barrio Santa Cruz, but take a map - the casa is a devil to find. Once back, the white-gloved butler will buzz open the wrought iron gate, and you can sleep the tranquil sleep of a civilised Sevillian. For English-speaking couples seeking the cosiness and comfort of their own home in the heart of Seville, this is a gem.

Highs

  • The location on a quiet street by the historic Bario Santa Cruz district, and just 5 minute' walking from the Cathedral
  • Excellent, helpful service
  • Elegantly decorated rooms and lavish bathrooms
  • Delicious scrambled eggs and tangy marmalade for breakfast
  • We revisited in 2015, and loved the feeling of friendly, stylish and English homeliness

Lows

  • Despite being the same price, some rooms are on the small side
  • Being grouped around the central courtyard, few rooms have any sort of view (that's what the terrace is for)
  • Children under 13 cannot be accommodated between March and May
  • Not for Anglophobes, or anyone wanting the anonymity and facilities of a larger hotel

Best time to go

Seville is so famous for its Semana Santa (Holy Week - masked parades) and Feria de Abril (a weeklong party of food, drink and flamenco) that it is almost impossible to find rooms. Better to come in winter, when it is sunny, cool and still lively. June to mid-September are stiflingly hot.

Our top tips

Take a menu translator for the incomprehensible tapas, a city map from the SNTO, a water bottle in summer and an umbrella in winter. Don’t take a car: you will scratch it on the narrow lanes and pay heavily for parking - or have it broken into!

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 6
  • Breakfast only (walk to restaurants)
  • Over 2s accepted (except for March-May)
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

From the Tartan ribbon around the loo paper to the silver-framed portraits on the walls, the décor in each of the 6 Standard Rooms has been carefully chosen and executed. Pastel colour schemes and antique furniture from the owner's private collection give a feeling of privileged intimacy. Only one of the rooms is big enough for a child's bed, but overall the limited space is well used - small bedside tables, rugs, armchairs, even a bookshelf fit neatly around a canopied double or twin bed. Only the air-conditioning control and the telephone remind you that you are not in a private residence.

In the bathroom, marble floors, his-and-hers basins, fleur-de-lis tiles and a patterned fabric shower curtain add a touch of style. But don't get so carried away that you pour yourself a glass of curacao and orange juice from the decanters... which contain shampoo!

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Extra beds
  • Honesty bar
  • Phone
  • Terrace
  • WiFi

Eating

For breakfast, head to the blue dining room and tuck into the generous helpings of crispy bacon and creamy scrambled eggs. You can also help yourself to several slices of toast with lashings of genuine Seville marmalade.

For dinner, Gonzalo can advise you on local tapas bars, such as the simple but very authentic La Trastienda, where you can crack open curly 'canaillas' shells with a nutcracker and blow out the yummy rubbery contents, or wash down delicious bite-sized prawns with cool cerveza or sherry. Of course there are also upmarkets restaurants such as Casa Robles; which comes recommended.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby
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Activity:

Activities

  • Visit Seville’s many and fabulous monuments, including the intricately decorated Alcazar palace, the huge Gothic cathedral, the Casa de Pilatos and other mansions, countless churches and convents, and of course the lofty Giralda minaret, symbol of the city
  • Admire the huge collection of sculptures and paintings in the Museo de Bellas Artes - second only to Madrid’s Prato; as well as smaller archaeology, maritime, bullfighting and popular arts museums
  • There is no better place to enjoy Spain’s best known type of eatery, the tapas bar: whether at a simple counter with sawdusted floors and chalked up bar bills, or in a 300-year-old mosaic-walled ‘comedor’ humming with well-dressed and good-humoured Spaniards
  • Go shopping in the well-priced boutiques around Calle Sierpes, for shoes, antiques, wine, fans…and sticky cakes to keep you going
  • The hotel can arrange an English-language guided tour of the city (for 2 people) - just ask!
  • And need we mention flamenco dancing?

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries

Kids

The house, with its delicate portraits and furniture, tranquil atmosphere and steep stairs, is not particularly suitable for children. Under 13s are not allowed from March to May inclusive; the rest of the years over 2s are welcome.

Family friendly accommodation:

Only 1 of the rooms can accommodate an extra bed (no extra cost), but it is only suitable for children aged 8 or under. Children aged 9 or older will have to stay in a separate bedroom.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
7/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
8/
Overall

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