The villa is in a great location with just a short walk to Plaza Espana and it's bars and restaurants and the walk through the village to the other side to the supermarket is fine too, so long as you share out the shopping bags for the walk back! We found this is easier than the route in the car. The short steeper walk up to Plaza Iglesia Major ( where Hotel/restaurant La Vista de Medina is :- ) is so well worth the views and watching the sunset that we went several times. Food good at La Vista too.
The village has plenty of history as well as stunning scenery and we enjoyed our visits to the museum, Roman sewers/ Roman road and Castillo as well as doing the 1/2 hour drive to Cadiz ( loved it) and Jerez. You definitely see 'real' Spain and not the 'manufactured for tourist' type resorts. Practice your phrasebook Spanish !
The villa is comfortable and well equipped and the groceries welcome pack, plus the use of fresh herbs, tomatoes, peppers etc from the garden ( and a good stock of dried herbs, oils vinegars in the kitchen ) were a lovely plus.
The villa is probably used more for families and there were plenty of childrens' toys, ( we did play a board game or two!) the downside of this is that one of the twin bedrooms is only accessed from the other twin bedroom ( and has no drawers/wardrobe furniture to unpack into) This is ideal for parents with children, but not good for couples requiring some privacy... ( our group was family, but made up of 4 couples )
The Bathroom has a corner bath with hand shower, which could go on a wall hook, but as much water ended up on the bathroom floor... again this is good for children to bath or parents to use the hand shower on little ones, but with us resulted in 8 adults queueing for the Shower room - there was always a plentiful supply of hot water , so we managed fine:-)
The temperature in September - high 20's to 30 degrees - was really great for us and with the bedroom fans we managed to sleep ok, but coming from a cooler climate ( Newcastle and Glasgow) we would have really struggled to sleep in the July and August temperatures.
In our opinion, the Villa and garden/ pool are great for max 6 adults or 8 of family inc children, the location is excellent and there is something for everyone locally. A real pleasure was watching all the local families sitting out chatting/socialising and children playing in the Plaza Espana till late at night and during daytime the older retired locals sitting on benches passing the time of day - I don't think you would get much depression or loneliness living there !
We would love to go back sometime :-)
The town of Medina Sidonia is historically very interesting and picturesque. Casa del Sol is located on the edge but an easy walk to the square with welcoming bars and restaurants. The villa was warm, comfortable, spacious and well equipped. The host was hospitable and from first contact helpful and quick to respond to our questions. We had a much appreciated welcome pack of various local items, enough to get us through to after breakfast to shop, There is plenty of parking and The garden is large and well equipped with several sets of tables and chairs in different areas. The wind was cold when we were there but could still find a sheltered spot to sit in the sun. The pool looked most inviting though our weather was not hot enough to use it!
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