I took my partner to Vina y Rosales in December 2012 to show him the incredibly special place that left such an impression on me when I stumbled across it 6 years previously. The first time I met Marjet and Raul, I was on a solo hiking trip around the Sierra Nevada in 2006, and was recommended to stay there by a man with a donkey I met in the village adjacent. It all sounds like an old fable and that is exactly how it felt when I arrived at their door, heavy back pack weighiong me down, dug out the scrap of paper to check I had the right address and lifted the heavy knocker. I was met with a huge smile and a great cup of coffee, given a choice of rooms, and led around the vibrant kitchen garden to choose which vegetables I would like for me dinner.
The warmth and relaxed attitude of these wonderful people made me vow to return one day, and when eventually I met the right person to share this special place with, we went back. My partner fell in love with the people and place just as I had, and we enjoyed a relaxed evening around the dinner table with wine and excellent food, catching up on the last 6 years.
If an out the way, out of the ordinary experience is what you are looking for, then I cannot recommend this place highly enough. I look forward to going back time and again for some stolen moments of peace and tranquility. Thank you Marjet and Raul :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vina y Rosales is a guest house with remarkable Andalusian architecture, agreeable atmosphere and the richness of history. It is a wonderful comfortable and exclusive accommodation in the village of Mairena, in the beautiful valley of the Alpujarras. You may leisure in and around the house during the daytime. ... more less
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