We had a truly wonderful stay at Cortijo las Rosas at the end of May 2016.  Our hosts, Gillian and Marylynne (and Marylynne’s husband Steve) couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating, especially with our two children aged 11 and 8!  For the children, the pool and outside dining area, complete with inflatibles and board games, was the highlight of their holiday, along with the resident dogs Lulu and Snookie!  Gillian and Marylynne have lovingly created such a beautiful landscaped outside area, with amazing views of the valley and the olive groves, that you could quite easily spend everyday relaxing there by the pool!  The holiday casitas are also beautifully furnished and well equipped that you can spend quality time at las Rosas itself and not need to go sightseeing!  But we do advise that you do as the area is stunning!

The nearest town is the picturesque hill town of Iznajar, overlooking the beautiful reservoir, the views of which from the top of the town are breathtaking!  the nearest main town with a great supermarket for your supplies is Priego de Cordoba.  we followed Gillian and Marylynne’s advice and parked in the supermarket carpark and explored the town before we shopped.  It is a pretty town with amazing architecture and a beautiful fountain … they also have the best Churros! and we did try a few!  We also recommend Cordoba for a huge slice of Tortilla and a cold cerveza with the locals from Bar Santos, outside the Mezquita with the locals, followed by a walk and an ice-cream in the Patio de los Naranjos. And if you don’t mind the drive, you must visit the Alhambra in Granada – “the love letter to Moorish culture”- it is enchanting and a pilgrimage to many.. so do book your tickets before your trip as it is very popular!

All in all we are smitten with Southern Spain and will return to explore further…and we would highly recommend las Rosas to anyone wanting a tranquil haven to explore from.