I had dreamed of celebrating my 60th birthday with a gathering of my family in a truly Spanish courtyard under the blue Andalucian sky and El Almendrillo provided everything I could have wished. The wonderful four course celebration dinner was cooked and served (single-handed) by Elena and the rest of the week was just as memorable. There were fourteen of us ranging in age from 8 months to 90 years and the range of accommodation provided by the house and the casita was excellent although unfortunately the access to the lovely upstairs sitting room was beyond the 90 year old so we could not use that as much as we would have liked. The swimming pool is absolutely splendid – acknowledged by all to be the best private pool we have known – safely situated with closable gate so we could relax when in the house and the little girls could run around to their heart’s content. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were enjoyed all together in the courtyard or on the terrace (or on a cool evening around the big square table in the casita) but there are also lots of lovely areas for people to be on their own and just to absorb the peace of the breathtaking views. We enjoyed a very good meal in Antonio’s Bar from which the fitter walked home in the evening light. We only wished we could have stayed longer.
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What a pleasure it was, when arranging a family holiday (for a group of thirteen), to end up spending our time at El Almendrillo. We were there in June 2010 and our family embraced three generations. First impressions were immediately reinforced by the very helpful e-mail communications which took place between ourselves and the owners. When we arrived at El Almendrillo, the early revelations were instantly confirmed. We enjoyed the stunning scenery and the really warm welcome that we received from the owners, Mike and Emma. The accommodation was ideal for our group. There was plenty of space and privacy for everybody, while still sharing the same large house. In addition to the generous indoor space, the several outdoor sitting areas lent themselves towards leisurely meals al fresco. For the more active, the large swimming pool (within its own enclosed compound) was always immaculately clean and had spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The outdoor facilities provided plenty of fun for all ages. For those who wished to leave El Almendrillo (which we did very reluctantly), the availability of mountain bikes provided an opportunity to explore the adjoining olive groves. The nearby goat farm gave a chance for the younger family members to get to know the goats in their natural environment. The very welcoming riding stables nearby allowed both the young and old to go horse riding. We obtained very useful advice about getting in local catering which was second to none – such a pleasure when a restful night (away from the kitchen) was required! El Almendrillo is a very well equipped house and an ideal venue which all contributed towards easy living. As a holiday location, it has so much to offer and it proved to be a perfect choice.
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