I opened the windows of my room and breathed in the fresh air – mmm, it felt so good! From my room, I could see the Andalucian countryside stretching out before me with the mountains in the distance. The scenery was breathtaking and the silence was lovely – only broken by the bark of a dog or the chirping of birds.
Based on the photos and reviews I had read online, I had imagined my stay at Cortijo Sabila , a boutique hotel in a small white village of Andalucia, would be a luxurious one. What I didn’t know was that it would be the most memorable one in my 17 day trip of Spain and France.
From the minute we left Malaga airport in our rented car (an Audi , no less!) , I fell in love with Andalucia. The pretty whitewashed houses, the olive farms dotting the countryside , sunflowers growing by the side of the road – it was all magical.
We drove about 40 minutes from Malaga to reach Cortijo Sabila , in the village of Villanueva del Rosario. The house was bought in a a state of disrepair by a British couple – Ray and Yvonne Williams – and has been lovingly restored. It is decorated with so much love and detail – you can spend almost an entire day looking around the house.
Our rooms were beautiful , filled with lovely artefacts like paintings of flamenco dancers , a mirror shaped like a fan (used by female flamenco dancers) and cushions with quirky prints.
The common areas are also filled with small bric -a-brac collected by the owners during their travels. We had a relaxing evening one day , splashing about in the swimming pool and adjacent jacuzzi.
Though they call themselves a boutique hotel , it seemed to me to fit more in the category of Bed and Breakfast. And what a breakfast – we had fruits with muesli and yoghurt , freshly squeezed orange juice, tea/ coffee , buttery croissants , bread with butter & different varieties of jams and eggs made to order. All served by Ray and Yvonne , with so much personal attention.
We also had dinner twice and they were memorable too. Being vegetarians, we didn’t know what to expect but Yvonne came up with innovative dishes , which looked as good as they tasted! Sample this – we had ravioli in a cream pesto sauce and stuffed aubergines with tempura rice the first day. The next day , we had a filo pastry stuffed with feta cheese and a Mediterranean vegetable bake topped with bread crumbs. Sounds yummy , doesn’t it?
I still think of the couple of days I spent there and wish I could go back. Someday , maybe I will since I seem to have fallen in love with Andalucia!
The opinions in this article are entirely my own. I was not compensated for my stay in any way.