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I honestly cannot begin to explain how fantastic this holiday has been for us. I booked this villa with two close friends and their families back in January for our stay in August, and all of us agree it’s been the best holiday we’ve ever had.
Jon is wonderful at communication from the start, and his housekeepers Isabel and Rafa (who meet you at the villa and help with anything you need) are extremely friendly and helpful. The villa has four good sized bedrooms, four indoor bathrooms, and one bathroom for the swimming pool. Jon has equipped the living area with loads of books, checkers, and several sets of cards for entertainment. It was extremely clean and easy to maintain for the week we were here. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need and basic cooking supplies like oil and salt.
There is a Carrefour 20 minutes away by car for larger shops, or a Mercadona about 10 minutes away. Otherwise, the village has most basics that you could want. I would actually love to live in Lora de Estepa! It is a quaint and friendly place that is extremely clean and just generally lovely. Although it’s small, it has several bars which serve tapas and a good restaurant. Every morning we went to one of the bars for media tostada con cafe con leche.
While most days were spent in or around the pool (which is good sized and deep enough for diving), we did go into Sevilla. If you stay here, you MUST visit Sevilla! It’s an hour and a half away by car and is magical.
Overall, I am in love with Spain (if you couldn’t tell already), and we will be coming back to stay at Jon’s in the future.
We have just returned from our stay of just over 2 weeks at the Casa Ajonoz. Phil and Hilary are the complete hosts. So helpful whilst respecting your privacy. The Casa was spotlessly clean and the bathrooms are stocked with baskets of lovely extra toiletries which was a really nice surprise on our arrival.
The pool area and outdoor eating area are beautiful - again unexpected extras provided such as tea lights, citronella candles and cd's / CD player.
We enjoyed our first cup of tea of the day sat on the front terrace chatting to Phil for a while as he swept away any fallen leaves before commencing his daily round of cleaning of the pool.
During our stay we visited Seville by train for two nights, Córdoba for a day and stayed one night in a converted convent by Antequara so that we could take in the distinctive nature parks of El Torcal and the not to be missed Cominito Del Rey - a guided gorge walk were you walk between 3 Gorges on trails and high platforms before crossing a small suspension bridge. Absolutely spectacular. Hilary had advised on both of these before or visit.
Whilst we thoroughly enjoyed our site seeing there was nothing like returning "home" to the pool and our outdoor evening meals cooked on the chimney BBQ.
We were also very fortunate to have the La Vuelta (Spanish Cycle race won by Chris Froome) pass right by the front of the Casa during our stay.
Would not hesitate to recommend and return to in the future.
Mark and Jean S - Rhyl. N Wales.