“Cheap & chic: a Spanish-owned hotel with great views in the heart of a pretty hilltop village”
Jesus and Luis have decorated this old house in an artistic modern style, using bright warm colours to create light, spacious and cheerful rooms. Gone is the white-wash more commonly found in the old village houses; instead, you'll find striking walls of raspberry red, cobalt blue, corn yellow and grass green.
Four of the rooms have Jacuzzi bathtubs, making the Double with shower room slightly cheaper. There are 2 Twin with Jacuzzi rooms, of which Pensión has the benefit of a double sofabed. There are also 2 Double with Jacuzzi rooms, and of these Almagra has a single sofabed.
Old brass fittings, big oil paintings, an eclectic collection of antique knick knacks make this hotel a very individual, aesthetic and cosy place to stay. For extra comfort there are fans to keep you cool in summer, heating for winter, TVs and WiFi access. There is a shared roof terrace with fabulous views as far as Morocco and a quiet morning room in which to sit and contemplate village life.
La Fructuosa enjoys a good reputation for no-nonsense Spanish and Mediterranean food. In cooler months, diners eat in the converted wine cellar restaurant with its intimate alcoves, vases filled with arum lilies and walls adorned with copius works of art by local artists. In summer, the terrace, under pergolas laden with jasmine and honeysuckle, has magical views of the surrounding mountains and the Mediterranean coast on the distant horizon.
The magic of Luis's cooking has made La Fructuosa one of the best restaurants in Gaucin. But if you do decide to sample other local fare, Martins has been recommended - it also has a roof terrace and the food, cocktails and friendly service are getting top marks.
This is a typically Spanish hotel where children are welcomed with open arms. Under 3s stay for free.
The hotel's rooms can accommodate an extra bed and/or cot; there are 2 rooms with sofabeds too.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The hotel restaurant is child-friendly.