“Scotland with sunshine and sherry: an elegant, family-run guesthouse in the wooded Aracena hills”
Come bedtime, it's easy to forget you're in a hotel. Packed with novels, photographs, watercolours and assorted bric-a-brac, the bedrooms feel very lived-in. Bright wallpaper and rugs add to the welcoming atmosphere, while in the bathrooms you'll find large towels and a huge range of Pecksniffs 'Mood Therapy' products: gel, conditioner, shampoo, moisturiser and soap as well as sewing, nail care and vanity kits.
In some ways it's like being at your favourite aunt's. Only here, if you want to sit back against the hanging pillow-rail and work your way through the entire fiction library, no-one will come and ask you to do the washing up. The endless view of woodland from the Standard Rooms might give it away too; particularly in the twin bedded Pink Room - the bathtub is perfectly positioned for the calming vistas. Of the other Standard Rooms, the double bedded Yellow Room has views from its small sitting-dressing room and a private shower room across the hallway. While the freestanding Pool Room has an ensuite shower room and is set alongside the infinity pool - this room is only available between June and September inclusive.
There are also 2 suites which work well for families: each has a double bedroom, an ensuite bathroom and a small study which converts into a second bedroom. The Corner Suite, has a shower room and a single sofabed, while the Blue Suite has a bathroom and a twin sofabed - both have a good level of privacy as they are set on their own levels.
You can also rent the Whole House, sleeping 12-14 people, with a cook and domestic help. Being so secluded and homely, it would be perfect for a family get-together or celebration.
As soon as the gong summons you from the depths of a fireside armchair to a candlelit wood-panelled dining room, you know you're in for a treat. Sitting around a long, neatly laid table in the stimulating atmosphere of a smart-casual dinner party, you can enjoy the delights of Jeannie's Cordon Bleu training applied to Andalucian country fare.
A little ramekin of creamy bacalao and scrambled eggs sets you up for succulent slabs of duck with crisp-roast potatoes and crunchy broad beans in a tomato and herb sauce. Round it off with a chocolate mousse suffused in rosemary and red wine, then adjourn to the fireside for a camomile infusion or something stronger. And although it may not be strictly local, what better way to start the day than with fried eggs and bacon to supplement freshly squeezed Seville oranges and homemade crabapple, apricot or raspberry jam on toast?
Let Jeannie know the day before and she'll happily prepare lunch for you, too. Expect scrummy salads, local cheeses and Buen Vino's own chorizo and saucisson whilst nearly all the veggies are organically grown on the estate.
Jeannie also offers impromptu lessons in Andalucian cuisine, although for the full treatment check out their 3- to 5-day cookery courses (ask for details).
A great place for older children who enjoy walking, cycling and exploring. The rates are significantly reduced for under 12’s, and even more so for under 6’s (see Rates). Cots are available for toddlers, though pray that they don’t disturb the civilised atmosphere.
The Corner Suite and Blue Suite have sofabeds (twin or single) making them the best choice for families. Though all rooms have space for baby cots.
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking