Idyllic, peaceful, comfortable place in the hills

This was our second visit to Las Rosas, and we hope it will not be our last. The property itself is lovely and the location is wonderful. We stayed in Casita Perdiz – the closest to the pool. It is well appointed, comfortable and stays cool in the heat (in as much as anywhere can in Andalucia). Being on a hilltop Las Rosas is never oppressively hot. The property and the grounds are kept in excellent shape by Gillian and Marylynne, as is the pool. We spent hours watching house martins swoop down to catch insects from the water! The terrace gets the sun all day, but also offers plenty of shade. In the evening and at night it is a delight – no sound but the cicadas, and brilliant stars.

For me an added bonus is that Steve, one of the owners, is a keen cyclist and lent me a bike and led me on a couple of fabulous rides, including one round Lake Iznajar. Its not cycling for the inexperienced, being hilly and hot, but the scenery is beautiful, the roads are empty, the gradients are mostly reasonable (7-10%) and the coffee stops in the nearby villages are a treat. And Steve is excellent company on a ride!

Iznajar, the nearest village, is striking, with its white buildings and obligatory hill-top church. There are some tremendous views from the village over the lake and good places to eat, particularly the tapas bar in the patio at the top of the village. There is a lot of good food to be had in the vicinity. Gillian and Marylynne are reliable sources of recommendations for places to eat, from local cheap and cheerful to Michelin standard cooking. And the house kitchens are well equipped should you, like us, enjoy cooking. The welcome pack is recommended

The Cortijo is well sited for visiting Granada and Cordoba (both must-sees). Antequera is also well worth a visit. Having done that last year we pretty much stayed put (except for my rides and one trip to Cordoba) and chilled out.

All in all Las Rosas has quickly become one of our favourite places. Thanks to Gillian, Marylynne and Steve for being excellent hosts. Hope to see you all again soon!