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A night away March 2010

A night away - El Cortijo La Prensa

On a beautiful sunny spring day, we decided to visit the Iznajar area, knowing that after so much rain, the reservoirs would be full. We took the Granada road from Málaga and turned off at Villanueva de la Tapia.

This road took us through lovely, well maintained olive groves and pretty villages until we turned a bend and saw the breath taking azure blue lakes. We continued on the road through Rute and found the sign for the hotel.

We took a little road surrounded by mountains and olive groves, watching the local men pruning. We easily found El Cortijo La Prensa, (press) a luxury building which replaced the ruin of an old olive mill, hence its name.

Walking through the antique wooden entrance door, we found a warm, elegant atmosphere. After a friendly welcome, we walked through to the bar and waited for our room key. We sat and looked out at a lovely courtyard, listening to the trickle of water over the fountain.

Our large, bright room was at the top of a flight of stairs. A King size bed left lots of room with doors leading to shower room, dressing room, and private sun terrace with views over the courtyard. Relaxing in our room, it was nice to feel the gentle warmth of underfloor heating.

Later, we sat by the fire. A library contained all types of books. Fiction, cookery, art, Spain – even “501 Spanish Verbs” which we have at home. It was easy to think that we were staying in our own private country house – with servants of course!

After dinner, we took a walk in the garden, passing the pool, Jacuzzi, and wandered down a lavender lined avenue towards a little “Roman temple”, a perfect place for weddings.

Next morning we relaxed by the fire after our buffet breakfast, undisturbed by discreet staff.

This precious little hotel must be visited. Four star luxury and tranquillity in the countryside – only an hour and a half from Nerja! One of the hotels that we will certainly visit again. We are not surprised that the hotel has won the following awards.

Winner of Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2010. Top ten hotels for Romance in Europe – 4th Place. Top 25 Hotels in Spain by Europeans – 2nd Place. El Cortijo La Prensa, Arroyo de las Tijeras, Nacimiento de Zambra, Rute 14960, Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain.

Cost €89 for a superior double room. info@elcortijo-laprensa.com Tel: 606 313 532 Phone/Fax: 95 772 4299

ANNE FLEMING

Hotel El Cortijo La Prensa