- 9 bedrooms
- 9 bathrooms
- Sleeps 24
Description from the owner
Cortijo Andalus is a beautiful big self catering villa converted from a 200 year old olive mill. With its nine en-suite bedrooms and huge hall it is the perfect venue for big family get-togethers and large groups of friends who want to holiday together but at the same time there is plenty of space within the Cortijo and outside in its gardens and patios for everyone to find a quiet secluded corner. All this space makes it a great holiday home as well as a perfect venue for weddings and workshops.The main house has 2 bedrooms and the most recent conversion has 7 bedrooms within 3 apartments.
The Cortijo, its pool and gardens are surround...ed by a high stone wall that provides privacy and a lovely sense of tranquility. It is just 5 minutes away from the mountain top village of Iznajar and just an hour away from the centres of Andalucian culture, Granada, Cordoba and Malaga, with Seville and the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada just over an hour and a half away.
All the bedrooms are spacious and decorated with beautiful pieces of furniture from Morocco and India and all have underfloor heating. There are in total 7 bedrooms in the most recently converted part of the mill, of which 3 are suites with plenty of space to add child beds or sofa beds and all have ensuite shower rooms. There are 3 kitchen/dining rooms and a large 70m2 living room which may serve as a large dining room or games room. In the main house there are a further 2 bedrooms, a large communal kitchen and 2 living rooms. And to make the most of the sun there are several balconies and terraces and beautiful gardens to the back and front of the cortijo.
The pool measures 9m x 5m and is just 1.2m deep, making it great for children, and sits within the moorish styled garden.
Connecting the house and the apartments is a large hall of 140m2 with huge fireplace. It is a great space for parties and celebrations or just for relaxing by the fire.Read more
Big House / Large Villa Rental in Andalucia Spain
Iznajar, Andalusia, Spain
Additional Location Information
Exactly between Iznajar and Rute, Cortijo Andalus is perfectly located to make the most of stunning scenery and the incredible cities of Cordoba, Granada, Seville and Malaga. Apart from Seville these are just an hours drive away with Seville 1 hour and 45 minutes away.
Iznajar is a stunning mountaintop village with beautiful views across the Lake of Iznajar and Rute is a village which has all you need from banks and supermarkets to restaurants and bars.
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All rates are inclusive of 8% IVA (VAT)
- Central heating
- Washing Machine
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Mountain Views
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- DVD Player
- Stereo or CD player
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - yes
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - yes
- 1000 square meters
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Durham, United Kingdom
We couldn't have wished more - absolutely perfect
A truly wonderful place to celebrate a special event & have fun in the gorgeous Andalusian countryside. I hired this for a special getaway with family & friends (23 people of all ages - 4-82). Everyone had an amazing time thanks to the wonderful organisation of host Andre, per-arranged catering for my birthday party and just the amazing space we had to use. A flexible villa with tons of space & quiet areas, beautiful use of outdoor space. Easy location to get to other towns / cities but to be honest we just hung around and chilled most of the time as it was so perfect - no need to move!!! Thanks for making this a special holiday to remember - always (to Andreas & Stefan)
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beautiful villa, beautiful area, wonderful staff
The Cortijo andalus was the perfect vacation villa. It is large, spacious, very charmingly decorated and laid out. The village it is near, Iznajar, is also charming and beautiful, with a breathtaking lake nearby. The staff was absolutely wonderful. Andres, the property manager, helped us with every last detail and knew where to get everything at the best prices and qualities. We cooked for a group of six adults for a week--three meals daily--and had two women help us--Rocio and Beatrize, and they were also wonderful--smart, friendly, and lovely to be around. I highly reccommend the place.
If you like your holidays laid back, away from it all and stylish, then this is the place for you. We were relaxed from the moment we set foot in Cortijo andaluz, and the cares of the world fell away from us. Stefan, the host, is a true gentleman, ready to help whenever asked and happy to recommend days out. Otherwise he left us alone: perfect!
The Cortijo is outside the pretty town of Iznajar, and a car is needed. We spent many a happy day at the beach by the lake.
All the members of our party, whatever their age, loved the property.
Fantastic place to stay
Fifteen adults came here for four days for my 50th birthday and had a fantastic holiday.
The various rooms were excellent and there is ample outside space if you need to escape the crowd.
Stefan and andres went out of their way to make sure everything ran smoothly.
They organised a chef to cook some tapas food on one of the nights and it was very good.
The pool was very clean. There are several kitchens to make your food, all in different styles.
You are in the mountains so can make as much noise as you like.
A hire car would be ideal if you want to go into any of the towns nearby.
We are planing to come here again next year as we had such a great time.
Absolutley fantastic Hen weekend in a gorgeous villa!
I have just returned from the most amazing hen weekend at the Cortijo andalus, along with a group of 16 girls. The Villa is owned by Stefan who extremely helpful and will go out of his way to ensure that your stay is unforgettable. He suggested an itinerary for our group and arranged almost everyhing for us, inculding a Tapas chef, a flamenco band, and transfers to a day/night excursion to Granada. The rooms at the villa were all so different and quirky in their own special way and are decorated to the finest quality.
We were looked after by the manager and staff at the villa who could not do enough to make our stay unforgettable! We will definitely be returning and would reccomend this gem to anyone!
Excellent villa coupled with fantastic service provided by Stefan. All of our food and drink was waiting for us at the villa when we arrived, and a chef came and cooked breakfast for us in the mornings. All transport was also arranged for us. Cannot recommend this place enough for a large group - A+.
A wonderful villa in a beauticul location
We've just returned from a wonderful fortnight at Cortijo andalus. We were a group of 14 ranging from 6 to 70. Each apartment is roomy, comfortable and beautifully decorated but what really makes this a great destination for large groups are the various shared spaces - the large and shaded courtyard with a long table for family eating, the fabulous hall,the games room with several cushions and couches, the small garden outside of the old house and the shaded naya outside of the games room.
Each apartment has its own kitchen, lounge and dining area, great for individual breakfasts when it's too early to face the rest of the group! For the rest of the time, we tended to use the large, well equipped kitchen in the old part of the house to prepare group lunches and evening meals. The additional courtyard and BBQ area at the back of the kitchen was peaceful and also has a long table and chairs for shared dining.
The cortijo is perfect for a holiday for large groups when you want to get together but also need your own space. Our group of teenagers couldn't believe their luck when we assigned them their own apartment/house - well away from the rest of the family/group!
The pool is large and safe for small children and non-swimmers with plenty of sun beds and space for lounging about.
The small town of Rute, approx 6kms away, has a large supermarket and several smaller shops. The village of Iznajar is perfect for bread, coffee and the post office! One of our girls was poorly whilst on holiday and received great (but slow) service from the local medical centre, using her E111 card.
And finally, the hosts Stefan and, in his absence andres, were fantastic - nothing was too much trouble and their relaxed and welcoming approach really made our holiday. They organised several drinks deliveries, the hire of a very large drinks fridge, a fantastic tapas chef and a wonderful beauty therapist for massages and treatments. A perfect holiday.
Relaxing andalusian getaway
We had a fabulous week in this beautiful rustic villa. The idyllic setting and pool meant that we were barely tempted to leave the house. A great house for families and to share with friends. Stefan was a very helpful and attentive host. Thank you for a lovely holiday and I hope that we will return in the not too distant future.
Amazing outdoor areas and Relaxing with a capital R!
We are just about to make our third visit to this lovely property. The house is very large and comfortable, but we come for the lovely outdoor spaces. The pool area is heavenly and all the patios, both covered and uncovered are lovely. A wonderful outdoor table for evening dinner under the stars. The owners are delightful and happy to accommodate all requests.
The perfect venue for our wedding (and an amazing holiday too!)
From the initial email Stefan (the owner) has been one of the most accommodating and helpful people I have ever dealt with. From start to finish he assisted us with organizing our wedding. Stefan helped with providing a vicar, chef, waitresses, drinks, equipment hire, taxis and spa facilities for the guests all with ease and efficiency.
Cortijo andalus is massive! The pictures online do not do it justice. Everyone had an amazing week, the weather was stunning and every day we woke to the most spectacular views of andalucían hillsides covered in olive trees and clear blue skies. The pool is ideal as it is the same depth all the way through and many hours were spent lazing around, sunbathing and playing volleyball!
Everyone was really impressed with the quality of the accommodation and the thought that has gone into each room. The huge living room and an even larger hall where we had our wedding breakfast were great spaces. The biggest feature of this property is the flexibility of the space and all the different areas so if people want to they can find a quiet space to read or relax out of the sun.
The wedding day was truly outstanding; the ceremony was very tranquil under the sails in the courtyard. Nick (the chef) then served our wedding breakfast in the main hall then we had dancing in the courtyard until the early hours.
I cannot recommend this experience highly enough, even if you are a group of friends, family or couples just looking to go on holiday together this place is amazing. I am biased obviously as it was my wedding but in the weeks that we have been back all our friends keep saying what a great holiday it was and that we need to go back!
Stefan and his family have worked hard to create this oasis in the middle of the rolling hills of olive trees. Kim and I can't thank you enough and everyone who was there will always remember our week in andalucía.
Appleton Wisconsin USA
Everything about this place is wonderful!
I have used "rental by owner" in Hawaii, Florida and California. I have never experienced the extra attention provided by Stefan.
I sent many, many, many questions by email to Stefan during the year before my visit to Spain. He was a great resource for me while planning for a group of 17 visiting from the USa. He promised to do whatever he could to make our stay perfect and it was perfect. When we finally met on our first day at Cortijo andalus, I felt like I was meeting a friend.
Cortijo andalus was perfect for my group of 12 women and 5 men with a mix of ages from mid 20's to mid 70's. The location allowed us to go out for the day to see places like Ronda, Cordoba, Granada, Torremolinos, Gibralter and El Torcal. Stefan even made arrangements for us to tour a local olive producer. Everyone in my group was happy with their rooms and the kitchen areas. We loved the pool and on a couple cooler nights, we got to enjoy the giant fireplace inside. We had Nick, www.GranadaChef.com cook for us on 4 nights while we were there and it was one of the most memorable parts of our trip.
It was hard to leave at the end of the week and I normally don't revisit many places because I like to try new things, but I would happily return to Cortijo andalus.
The best wedding ever - and the best place ever!!! Love it!
We had the pleasure of having our wedding blessing at the Cortijo andalus - a day we will never forget. We stayed at the Cortijo a week and during that week we had our blessing. We stayed 24 people, 3 children and 2 babies and with the help from Stefan, the owner, we had the best stay ever. It is difficult to describe in words. We just know after getting back to Denmark, that we could not have picked a better place for our family to stay in the wedding week - and we definetely will come back - as soon as possible.
Stefan is the greatest guy ever, and he and his wife has made our visit a dream come true.
It is without a doubt the place to go for a great vacation, wedding og just big party. Beautiful settings and an owner that will help you with many things that you might find impossible.
Visit the Cortijo andalus, and your dreams come true!
Our perfect wedding!!
I remember the place as it used to be, that´s why when I found your place, I couldn´t believe how you Stefan and Petra had converted it into the lovely place it is. Since we saw your place we knew that it was the perfect place we had always dreamed. Our wedding was very personal, emotive and different as other Spanish weddings normally are but it was the most wonderful wedding we could have had and it was mostly because of your Cortijo!! I really recommend it not only for celebrations but also to come for your holidays to their lovely decorated apartments and simply to enjoy life!
Beautiful villa ... wonderful hosts
In early January, we have spent 4 days in this wonderful villa. The villa was very spacious, clean and beautifully decorated. The kids really enjoyed the premises, in particular the two immense game rooms. What charmed us the most, however, was the presence of the owners on site. They were very receptive to all our particular needs. They have contributed greatly in making our stay a memorable one. Read more
Response from stefan - 01/23/2012
We dont often get the chance to stay at the cortijo as we mostly rent it out to larger groups, so it was great fun having you stay in January, with us being able to be here too.
It was like having family over to stay with us. We enjoyed your company very much and hope that one day we meet again.
Great stay-heerlijk verblijf!
We had a great stay in this cortijo. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The house, the appartements and rooms were beatifully decorated, and the garden and swimmingpool were lovely. And the breakfast was delicious! We will definitely recommend this fantastic place to everyone!
We hebben een heerlijk verblijf gehad in deze cortijo. De eigenaren waren erg vriendelijk en behulpzaam. Het huis, de appartementen en de kamer waren prachtig gedecoreerd, en de tuin en het zwembad waren erg mooi. Het ontbijt was verrukkelijk! We raden deze fantastische plek aan iedereen aan. We hebben eigenlijk geen minpunten.
Perfect place for large group
We just spent a week at beautiful Cortijo andalus. Our party consisted of 15 adults and 3 kids - and there was more than enough room for all of us. The place is really special with a fantastic atmosphere, beautiful furnishings and a very nice pool. The only thing we missed was maybe a small garden of some kind (we had three kids aged 1½ in our party).
Stefan is the perfect host - always helpful and accommodating in every way. He helped us plan a very special day when we wanted to get our civil marriage blessed by a priest - it ended up being an evening we will never forget, everything was so relaxing, romantic and just perfect.
Cannot recommend this place enough and look forward to return! Read more
Response from stefan - 10/14/2011
We are so glad that you had such a good time here and especially that your blessing day went so well. It was fun helping to organise this and you made it so easy as you were all so relaxed.
We have been planning a play area for the smaller children and this winter we will be building a sand pit near the trampoline in the back patio and also a swing or two.
Once again, it was great to have you here and hope to see you again soon
Paul Katya and family
Fantastic base to relax and/or explore
Cortijo andalus is a phenomenal creation - certainly the best accommodation I have ever rented. It is spacious: I travelled in a party of 22, including 11 children ranging from age 0 to age 15, and there was never a feeling of people being on top of each other. The division of the property into 5 accommodation units (the house and four apartments) meant that each family had their own space, but there's also lots of communal space for gatherings. It is well located: within an hour or so from Cordoba, Granada, Malaga and other towns and villages (we recommend antequera, Priego de Cordoba and Zuheros), a bit longer to Seville. The nearby town of Rute has a great supermarket (prices very good). The complex itself is surrounded by the mountains and olive groves which are the dominant feature of the andalucian landscape. It is very peaceful and relaxing. We were concerned about the heat, but found it very manageable - the rooms stay reasonably cool if you open the windows by night and close them by day (no mosquitoes, so that wasn't a problem). The pool was a perfect size and depth for the children, and there's plenty of seating around the pool to allow for relaxed supervision. The accommodation is clean throughout with beautiful furnishings and mod cons (though these vary slightly from property to property). There's not much more to add except that it genuinely felt like a home, and not just a holiday venue. We could have stayed for months! Highly recommend.
A beautiful Spanish villa
We were a party of 20 staying for two weeks holiday. This villa was set in lovely surroundings and definitely has the wow factor when you walk through the gates. There was plenty of things to keep the kids occupied when they weren't in the pool and this villa really is spacious. The villas owner was extremely helpful from start to finish and had great knowledge of the surrounding area. We had a fab holiday.
Our entire family (12 persons) rented the cortijo for a week in june 2011. Our youngest was 15 years and our oldest 91 years, and we all had a great time.
The cortijo is located beutifully in the middle of the the olive fields with great hikes right outside the door and conveniently located for exploring wonderful andalucia and sights such as alhambra and Cordoba.
The owner of the house, Stefan, is very kind and was willing to assist us with our different enquiries.
We very much enjoyed our stay in this beautiful house!
Hele vores familie (12 personer)lejede "Cortijo andalus" en uge i juni 2011. Vores yngste familiemedlem var 15 år og vores ældste 91 år, og alle havde en fantastisk uge.
Cortijo'en ligger fantastisk smukt midt i olivenmarkerne med gode vandreture lige uden for døren, og er et godt udgangpunkt for at udforske vidunderlige andalucien og seværdigheder som alhambra og Cordoba.
Husets ejer, Stefan, er meget flink og var villig til at hjælpe os med de forespørgsler vi nu havde.
Vi nød i den grad vores uge i dette smukke hus.
Charmerende og eksklusiv idyl
Vi lejede hele huset og var 12 personer afsted. Vi talte 20 sengepladser og havde derfor masser af plads. Huset er veludstyret og kan fint rumme flere store familier, der er afsted sammen, især fordi værelserne er fordelt i mindre lejligheder, der giver mulighed for at trække sig lidt tilbage. Cortijoen er charmerende indrettet og har mange gode terrasser og kroge at vælge mellem i dagens løb. Huset har ikke aircondition, men tykke vægge og aftenkølighed giver mulighed for en god nats søvn. Blot kan det blive nødvendigt at stå op og lukke vinduet, når arbejdet begynder i de omkringliggende olivenlunde. Fint med tynde dyner i stedet for de sædvanlige tæpper. Vi lavede mad i husets hyggelige køkken, der er fint udstyret med redskaber og krydderier. Der mangler stadig udendørs belysning nogle steder, f.eks. ved poolen, loggiaen og i den bageste gårdhave, hvor vi spiste. Stedet er ikke optimalt for gangbesværede. Et ungt træ er uheldigt plantet på parkeringsarealet foran huset. Flere barkafskrælninger i forskellig alder fortæller hvorfor !
The most amazing venue for a wedding
We recently held our fantastic wedding at the amazing Cortijo andulas. We held our ceremony in the beautiful gardens which are surround by stunning andalucian countryside and used the large hall for our wedding breakfast.
The beautifully decorated and spacious accommodation is perfect for you and your guests and we were made to feel so welcome by the owners Stefan and Pepi who were such a help towards our special day.
If you're thinking of getting married in Spain it is the perfect venue for either an intimate wedding with a few family and friends or a large wedding with 100 guests like ours. We have so many special memories and can't recommend Cortijo andalus enough.
Stag Do Venue of Dreams
Cortijo andalus is easily the most spectacular residence that I've ever stayed in. The images on the website look appealing, but they don't do the house justice. In reality it is far more spectacular than can be conveyed by a photo.
I booked the house for my stag do. We ended up spending far more time at the house than we'd planned. We had Bbqs, held pool and table tennis tournaments, played games in the lovely swimming pool and just soaked up the stunning surroundings.
If you get bored of the house (you won't), the lovely town of Iznajar is located 5 mins away with all the shops, bars and cafes that you'll need. And don't forget the gorgeous lake nearby - Spain's largest.
My perfect stag do was made very easy by the house's owner, Stefan. Super-friendly and incredibly helpful from day one, Stefan made us feel like we owned the place.
I cannot recommend Cortijo andalus more highly - you won't find a house this impressive, and so reasonably priced, anywhere in Spain. We will definitely return, but next time we'll stay longer.
Awesome house for friends and groups getaways!
The Cortijo is in outstanding conditions perfectly set for a large group of friends, rooms are separated from the communal areas so people can rest... Great marrocan decor... Pool and large communal areas perfect for large group of people.. The kitchen serves the purpose for cooking for 16+ guests.. There's tables outside for outdoor eating which is quite enjoyable with candle lights! Totally recommended.. we were a group of Mba's and went for a farewell weekend it was the perfect setting! Stefan and Petra are great owners who love their house and treat you like family!
**If going during May and allergic to pollen or olive trees take medication since the pharmacies around the area do not have extender hours.
familie Wijnmaalen-de Groot
Groningen, the Netherlands
enchanting, above our expectations!
We immediate fell in love with the house and gardens and we immediate felt at home. There are lovely furnished and decorated rooms, much things to do in and around the house (pingpong, trampoline, swimming pool, biljarttable, library, tennis courts and beach at the lake), beautiful surroundings and interesting cities like Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada for one day trips. The whole estate is surrounded by a wall, so it is quiet (you only hear the birds singing) , you can be on your own and small children can't get lost. We were with our extended family of 26 members from 2- 70 years and whatever their age: they all liked our stay very much. Our favorite place at 9: breakfast in the living room. At 5: gathering around the swimming pool with a glass of wine. At 8: dining at the big family table in the garden. At 11: looking at the stars and playing cards and pingpong. During the day we operated in small groups and explored andalucia.
Great Property, Great Owner
We stayed in Iznajar for one week during Easter break. We were a total of 20 people, 10 adults and 10 children. The property accomodated us all comfortably.
The property is in a very quiet and peaceful location, yet within 1 - 2 hour driving distance from great places such as Cordoba, Granada, Sevilla, and Malaga.
For peaceful days at home, the property offers a pleasantly sized swimming pool, table tennis, a small billiard table, lots of books, BBQ, and a wide screen TV. The property also has free wi-fi.
We enjoyed our stay at Iznajar. Stefan, the owner is very friendly and extremely helpful going out of his way to help and accomodate his guests as best he can.
I recommend this property for a nice break from hectic city life to rest, relax, and visit a wonderful region. It is however essential to have private transportation when staying at Iznajar.
Semana Santa Guest
Amazing Semana Santa Week!
As a group of 20+ MBa students studying in Spain and graduating in May, we were looking for a place that would provide both a relaxing retreat and a place for us to build even more memories together. The cortijo in Iznajar was the perfect choice!
The property is very well kept and has a few great spaces where large groups can gather. It really is ideal for a large family or a group of friends. Even though the weather for the majority of our week was not great (a rarity in andalucia), the cortijo provided plenty of entertainment with the billiard table, ping pong table and many movies, etc. Stefan was extremely easy to coordinate with and was quite helpful in arranging activities, beverage deliveries, etc.
While the cortijo is remote, the town of Iznajar is only a five minute drive and is quite scenic. Rute, another town in the opposite direction, is equally convenient and had a great store to pick up groceries, etc.
I would highly, highly recommend this property to friends and family!
Exactly what we needed!
We were a group of 5 staying in 2 apartments. The apartments were very comfortable and we enjoying lounging around outdoors admiring the beautiful view. At our request, Stefan purchased some basic food supplies and had them waiting when we arrived on a Sunday evening. The Cortijo is centrally located and a little over an hour away from Cordoba and Granada. Those were easy day trips. We flew in to Malaga, and it was an easy one-hour drive to Iznajar. Stefan was also able to recommend some very good restaurants and some interesting things to see and do in the local area.
Amazing retreat in the andalucian countryside
Our visit to Cortijo andalus was the perfect long weekend getaway from Madrid.
Stefan (the villa's owner) greeted us when we arrived and immediately felt like an old friend. He was extremely helpful with any needs/questions that we had and made us feel right at home.
The villa has an absolutely wonderful feel. Situated in the olive groves, you enter into an oasis of a courtyard, beautifully landscaped with orange trees and an inviting pool.
Traveling as a single family, we rented one of the three apartments, which was a great set-up for us. Although the house would be a perfect gathering place for a large group or multiple families. The apartments are exquisite-- very spacious, clean, and comfortable. Stefan has taken such care with the details. Each space is beautifully decorated with hand-picked textiles and accessories from Morocco. The apartments are outfitted with high-quality fixtures in the well-equipped kitchen and nice bathrooms. Honestly we were tempted to stay at the villa all day and relax rather than take our planned day trips!
However, Cortijo andalus is too perfectly located to pass up visits to the great cities of southern Spain. It's in the quaint village of Iznajar which is just under an hour to Granada, Cordoba, and the coast. It made for easy travel.
We had a wonderful stay and would gladly return!
Found a treasure near Granada..
The Cortijo andalus with its very nice and simpatic owners is a place where your heart can chill for a while while looking at the Olive trees at the mountin and having a tea at the very nice pool .. Only 40 minutes to granada and Malaga this is one of the nicest places I have ever been on my business and personal trips...Really - Thanks for this nice stay with you - Cheers Michael .
A Relaxed Week at a Wonderful Location
The old oil mill has been lovingly refurbished in moorish style by the owners making the courtyard with its pool and the tastefully furnished appartments radiate a relaxing atmosphere. While there are no big attractions in close proximity, the site is well located in central andalusia to allow for day trips to many destinations as e.g. Granada and Malaga. When we arrived, we were warmely received by the owners who made us feel at home for the much to short one week we had for our most pleasant stay. We will certainly come back!
Fantastic experience in rural andalucia
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 days spent at this rural retreat. Coming from snow in London we were desperate for some sunshine and relaxation and the accommodation did not disappoint. It would be particularly enjoyable in summer given the amazing facilities - pool, sun loungers etc. However even during winter the weather was mild and we were able to sit out by the pool enjoying the sun. The accommodation is very large and homely as well as super clean. For two couples, our villa was perfect as it had two large double rooms with ensuites.
Stefan is a fantastic host and can prepare you very generous, varying and authentic breakfasts. He also helped us book tickets for our onward journey (and saved us missing out on alhambra tickets) and is a wealth of information on the area. If you come to stay here you need to be prepared for a lot of quiet time as the villages often seemed rather dead - you really need to be making your own fun. The closest town, Iznajar, for us, did not live up to expectation but the surrounding area is tranquil and quiet nestled among the olive groves as far as the eye can see - it will leave you feeling refreshed and happy.
We stayed here at the beginning of our trip to andalucia and then visited Granada and Seville. This was a nice, quiet few days for us before we hit the towns with tiring days full of sightseeing. I would highly recommend.
Baarn, The Netherlands
just what I needed
Conveniently located, in a beautiful landscape with most andalucian highlights within relatively short driving distance, Cortijo andalus was just what I was looking for. I stayed in a luxurious, well decorated apartment with all amenities and plenty of space. Stefan and Pepi were the perfect hosts and nice company, helping out with everything I needed and staying out of my way when I wanted to be by myself. I had a wonderful and relaxing stay and felt very much at home. I can recommend this not only for solo travelers like myself, but also for families, couples and groups.
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Fun, relaxing holiday!
Our vacation here was wonderful!
The Cortijo is located about an hour from Malaga, Granada, and Cordoba, making it very easy to travel to these cities for the day; we were also nestled in-between two small Spanish towns, with lots of interesting sights.
We were served delicious breakfasts, and Stefan, the owner, was able to recommend many interesting places to visit, and great places to eat.
The accommodations were very comfortable: each room had its own sitting area and bathroom. There is an outdoor swimming pool. Combined this made for a very relaxing vacation!
Sharon and David Hall
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Relaxing, refreshing and invigorating.
Stefan and Petra were gracious hosts -- attentive and yet unobtrusive -- during our entire five-day stay. Each room was unique, with decor reflecting the exotic flavor of Morocco and the warmth of the Spanish countryside. (I felt like a princess in our Moorish four-poster bed.) The inn is nestled among hillside groves of olive trees on all sides. Breakfasts were bountiful, beautiful and delicious. We were able to connect our computers via wireless. Lounging around the pool was relaxing. Stefan tirelessly answered our questions about local restaurants (several delightful ones), and sight-seeing. Granada and Cordoba were priceless day-trips. We felt so at home in this B&B;, it was truly difficult to leave, and all 10 of us agreed that we'd love to go back.
In een woord geweldig!
Cortijo andalus is een fantastische plek om even bij te tanken. We hebben genoten van de rust, de natuur, het mooie weer, het heerlijke ontbijt en de gastvrijheid van Stefan.
De cortijo is van alle gemakken voorzien en heeft een prachtig zwembad. In de ruime woonkeuken kun je zelf een simpele maaltijd bereiden maar ook in de omgeving kun je terecht voor een echte spaanse maaltijd.
Goede uitvalsbasis naar Cordoba, Granada en Malaga.
Een topper en wij komen zeker een keertje terug en nemen onze vrienden mee!
Thanks Stefan and Pepi for your hospitality we will definitely come back :-)
Fantastic stay at Cortijo andalus
I booked the Cortijo for a group of 20 of us travelling in June so we had exclusive use of the property. We had high expectations from the photos on the website but when we arrived, we were amazed at how spacious and beautifully furnished the property was. The pool area was amazing and could be lit up at night, whilst the many courtyards and sitting areas were fantastic for sitting out on an evening, chatting with a glass of wine.
There was more than enough space for everyone and Stefan was very helpful with accommodating our room requirements.
The surrounding area is beautiful, particularly around the lake, and it is only 10 minutes to either Iznajar (hilltop town with lovely narrow streets and a castle) or Rute (less picturesque but with a large supermarket). There is usually a beach on the lakeside near Iznajar but unfortunately due to the high rainfall over the winter it was underwater when we visited!
The Cortijo is only an hour from the airport at Malaga and we managed day trips to Granada and Cordoba which are also both an hour's drive away.
All in all we had a fantastic time and would definitely recommend the property to anyone considering visiting the area, it definitely felt like a million miles away from the tourist tat and wall-to-wall apartment blocks of the Costa Del Sol! Hopefully we will be lucky enough to visit the Cortijo again one day.
Ada, Michigan USA
Beautiful Country Setting
I just returned from a 2 week sojourn throughout Spain and one of the highlights was my visit to Cortijo andalus!! Very new but rustic home with large accomodations. A full breakfast was served each morning by Stefan who is a great host and very helpful and personable. Pool area has music, and there is good TV and internet access. All in all, a wonderful place to stay!!
Ideal villa for big famly/group
The villa is located in a perfect place for famous sightseeing spots in South Spain and it is so sapcious that we all ( seventeen people)could have our own private space as well as shared one there. It is also well decorated inside and outside, and the night view of the garden from the balcony on the first floor makes you think you are somewhere in southern pacific islands!
It is a perfect place to stay for families and big groups.
Huizen, The Netherlands
Mooie locatie, echt een plek om helemaal bij te komen
Wij hebben een geweldige week gehad Cortijo andalus. We wilden eigenlijk niet meer weg. Heerlijk zwembad en alle faciliteiten zijn top kwaliteit en luxe. Door de eigenaar werden we zeer vriendelijk ontvangen en hij heeft ons veel leuke tips gegeven van wat te zien en te doen. Kortom, wij komen hier zeker nog eens terug!
Friendly and comfortable
Ten of us stayed at Cortijo andalus near Iznajar in the south of Spain. The villa has been beautifully renovated and is a very comfortable and extremely pleasant place to base oneself in this region. Close to Granada, Malaga and Cordoba, the villa offers the chance to explore the region, but have a wonderful homebase in which to self cater and, of course relax. The outdoor area, including the pool is a wonderful feature and Stefan is a great host, offering the local knowledge that is necessary to ensure a complete visit to this varied and interesting region. Definitely worth the trip!
Ced & Family
A wonderful family holiday in a beatiful villa with pool
We had a fantastic 2 weeks at the Cortijo andalus. This lovely villa with pool was enjoyed by the whole family (all 16 of us! - ranging from 2 to grandparents). Stefan,the owner was exceptional, he offered his personal help on numerous occasions. In a beautiful rural setting but only a few minutes from Rute and Iznajar for supermarket and restaurants. We highly recommend this villa.
Great Villa - perfect for large groups
This Villa is fantastic for large groups. We had a group of 24 people for a week to celebrate my 30th birthday. The house is split into four/five separate living areas, which is great for a group this size as there is a place to retreat to. It is positioned amongst Olive trees that spread for miles, but is situated 5 minutes drive for Rute, which actually has a fairly good range of restaurants, bars, shops and a great supermarket. It is also 5 minutes from Iznajar which is a quaint little Spanish village. Stefan, who owns the villa was first class. While we weren't paying for his knowledge he was more than willing to provide lot's of information about the area, bars, restaurants etc to dine at, and went the extra mile in offering and organising a masseuse and a chef for a 'party day/evening'. Can't give more praise for the owner, and this wonderful villa in a great, tranquil location.
Could not have been better
We were a group of 14 mothers and daughters and each and everyone of us enjoyed it just as much as the next.
On arriving at the airport, we were warmly greeted by Stefan, the owner, not only was he on hand throughout the holiday he set up some amazing treats; massages and a trip to Granada at a fantastic restaurant.
The property is just beautiful and a lot of thought has gone in to the Moroccan style decor, not to mention the arrangement of apartments- so even if you aren't as big a group as ours was you simply have just one of the apartments.
The location is isolated but again, Stefan is on hand to take you to get supplies and to save our time we had a chef on 3 nights cook for us while we enjoyed the sun!
I would recommend for any group holidays and hope to return to show off to my other friends!
A great retreat for our group holiday!
Cortijo Andalus proved to be a wonderful place for our group holiday. We
rented the whole hotel for my 40th birthday celebrations and had a great
Stefan and Pepi couldn't have been more helpful, particularly when
organising my birthday dinner, which took place in the beautiful walled
garden, lit by Moroccan lanterns. They organised a cook for us, and
ensured that the night was really special.
We spent half our time round the pool and going for walks in the olive
groves, and the rest of the time, doing day trips to places like Granada and
Antequerra. The children particularly loved the Val de Lobo (wolf park),
playing at the lakeside beach, and the outside cinema in Iznajar.
I've been prompted to say what I liked least about the place, but quite
frankly can't think of anything!
beautiful and relaxing
this vacation home in iznajar is very unique in its character. surrounded by few olive oil factory, cafes and restaurant, this is a idyll place to enjoy spanish country and helthy life.this home is locatet centre to many famous places in spain.
Great all round break away from the tourists
This was an outstanding holiday. Location was fab and we were really looked after. Ideal for families.
This holiday home is run by the owners who also have a family and made us feel at comfortable straight away. Service was excellent and the food was great. The rooms are brand new and clean. Plenty of things to see and do locally, but you do need a car.
The local towns are unspoilt by tourists and the lake is beautifull. And the coastal resorts are nearby if you want some beach play. We're definatley going back in 2010, but will no doubt have to book early!
Home Fom Home Heaven
One of the best things about my stay in Iznajar was Stefan and his lovely wife Petra. They really make you feel welcome in their beautiful accommodation - giving it more of a home from home feeling rather than being in a faceless hotel. They are very helpful and knowledgeable of the local area and of course being UK ex-pats but also Spanish speakers, comes in very useful.
The accommodation is very tastefully designed and decorated and is a pleasure to stay in. It's great to have the use of a the huge pool as well, and with the entire property being enclosed by a high wall, gives you a nice sense of security and privacy.
The location is a perfect family or group retreat with a beautiful nearby lake and lakeside restaurant. Granada city is about an hour or so away and makes a great day out for skiing in the mountains or a visit to the Alhambra.
It's not really a beach holiday location, although it's certainly possible to do a day trip to somewhere like Marbella, though to be fair if you've come here that's probably not the sort of holiday you're looking for.
I really enjoyed my time here and am certain to be going back again!