Cortijo Andalus is a big house in the heart of Andalucia that is the perfect holiday rental for large groups. The accommodation is split over a main house and 3 apartments with 9 spacious and beautifully decorated bedrooms all with ensuite shower or bathrooms. The house and each apartment has its` own kitchen and dining areas, making the layout ideal for groups made up of 3 or 4 families.There is a huge hall with fireplace and lounge as well as a games area with pool table, table football and table tennis and also a tv lounge with satellite tv and wifi internet access,and there are plenty of outside terraces and patios where guests can eat outdoors.The pool is stunning and is surrounded by a fence making it ideal for families with small children and the whole cortijo is enclosed by a high stone wall making the cortijo very private. As well as being able to organise airport transfers, chefs, musicians (from jazz to Flamenco), massage and yoga therapists to visit the cortijo we can also help organise some spectacular day trips.
9 spacious en-suite bedrooms, beautiful gardens and a stunning pool.
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- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Nov 2018
About Stefan Bala
My wife and I have lived in Iznajar, Andalucia for 8 years and spent 6 of those lovingly restoring this abandoned olive mill. We have 3 children, all of whom attend the local primary school and feel supremely lucky that we found this stunning spot.
Stefan Bala purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2001
Why Stefan Bala chose Iznájar
We knew we wanted to leave London and wanted a little adventure. We spent 5 years or so travelling all over Spain and France but something just felt right when we saw this huge building that offered plenty of possibilities. It was just one of those cases when something you see just feels right.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
The size and location. I wanted somewhere where i could turn up the radio on Sunday mornings and no one would complain. Also the Spanish people. I have never met a more friendly and inclusive bunch of people and have made some of my best friends here in Iznajar.
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Beautiful villa with gorgeous surroundings perfect for large groups
The villa is gorgeous and perfectly suited our needs- as 5 separate families wanting a group holiday.
It’s within easy reach of Granada and Malaga with some quaint towns near by.
Bruno, the villa manager, was wonderful and so helpful. He arranged yoga and massage for us, booked a group dinner and arranged a traditional Spanish meal to be cooked at the villa (all of which I thoroughly recommend).
On the downside, some areas are a little run down (as others have mentioned, some new soft furnishings are needed) and the kitchens require a bit of getting used to so you don’t blow the electrics with a kettle! However, this didn’t spoil anything and the villa was very clean when we arrived, the pool area was fantastic and we all agreed it was good value for the money.
We had a wonderful holiday here and I would totally recommend it!
Rustic Spanish retreat
My family and I stayed here for one week to celebrate my 50th birthday. From the moment I booked every request and enquiry was dealt with promptly and professionally. Bruno the manager of the property went out of his way every day to make our stay as perfect as it could be. He made sure there were enough supplies waiting for us to get us through the weekend until we could go shopping. He helped us with transfers and restaurant bookings and even took us and picked us up from places close by. He organised a superb flamenco night with a Spanish chef and even supplied pool inflatables to occupy my 6 year old grandson. Bruno alone deserves 5 stars because nothing was too much trouble and he was forever smiling and making sure we were happy.
The property is split into four, with each section having its own kitchen area. The pool was clean and the bathrooms all had plenty of hot water all day at a brilliant pressure. It did lack however enough comfortable seating areas in many of the courtyards. For example, the sun comes up in the morning at the back of the property but there was no table or chairs at the back of the property for us to take advantage of this and so you have to wait until the sun gets high enough to reach the pool area. The soft furnishings are rather shabby and really do need replacing for some that can be cleaned.
We were a group of 16 and at times struggled with the lack of adequate sun beds around the pool. However, the large dining hall and outdoor eating areas did have enough chairs.
The kitchens are well stocked with brilliant hobs but we struggled with the dish washers and toasters because they often were unreliable. Also the configuration of the rooms were not as advertised on the website. The website states that only 2 rooms are twins but the reality was that 4 were although all the double rooms did have at least 1 single bed in them as well.
All in all I would say that some investment needs to be made in this property on things like soft furnishings but the manager Bruno really is an asset to this property because his hard work and dedication in making sure you have the best stay ever helps you to overlook the negatives of the property.
Would I stay again? You bet I would, thanks to Bruno.
Amazing is the best word to describe this house. Having our wedding there it was magic, almost fairytale like. I can say it was one of the best holidays ever for all our family and our friends. Perfect place to just relax and forget about crowded and noisy cities, surrounded only by olive trees and wild birds. Plenty of beautiful little towns and cities to visit just 1h-1h1/2 away(car it's a must). A few little village restaurants in the area with amazing food and surprisingly cheap (recommend El Charcon).
Many thanks to Bruno and Stefan, much appreciated all their efforts to make our stay such enjoyable.
A+ for the overall experience.
The villa is large & beautiful, surrounded by olive groves as stated. However it is in need of make
We arrived at 3pm and although the villa wasn't quite ready for us, the cleaners where still there, we where able to use the pool area whilst we waited. In general the property is beautiful but it really needs some investment, some of the furniture was quite shabby, half the fans where broken and temperatures where hitting 45 during our stay so it was difficult to sleep at night. Only 3 sunbeds! we where a party of 19! we where told we could use the mattresses fro. the ground floor sitting room but they where heavy to shift & you could only lie them flat. Most of the outside seating was cast iron but had very insubstantial seat pads so not very comfy - particularly for our elderly relatives. The cooking facilities also need updating, the main kitchen had a large gas range cooker but you couldn't use the oven and the gas went out if you used more than a couple if the rings. There was a small electric oven but it took forever to cook & burnt or under cooked the food. In the downstairs 'suite' there was an awful sewage/drain smell that remained for the whole 10 days even though we complained. Bruno who was the site manager was completely lovely & did what he could to make our stay enjoyable but it's quite obvious that the villa has had little investment and is in desperate need of a refurb - 1 toaster worked out of the 4 kitchens, fridge door fell off, rat running across sideboard.....apart from that it's in a beautiful yet isolated (need a car) location & could be amazing with a bit of care & not too much money to rectify the problems.
I am really sorry that your stay was spoilt by the inadequacy of the facilities at the cortijo.
This, of course, should not be the case and i will be making a trip to the cortijo before the end of this year to make sure that all the things that you mentioned are put right.
It was Brunos first season at the house and it sounds like there was lack of communication between myself, Bruno and the outgoing manager, who had been there for the last 5 years.
wedding at cortijo andalus
me my new wife and our familes had an amazing week and wedding day at this beautiful villa . it could not off been any more perfect for us . the surrounding area is stunning with the lake being just a 5 minuet drive away which is a lovely day to relax and enjoy some quality time with family and friend , the villa is so private that you can party into the early hours without worrying if your are being to noisy which is always a good thing on holiday :-),everyones already planning a return next year hopefully .
A wonderful family holiday in a superb property
This property exceeded our expectations in many ways. It is a beautiful, tastefully converted olive mill set in spacious grounds. The separate apartments made it very easy for our different family groups to feel comfortable, whilst the large outdoor and indoor eating areas allowed us to eat together and socialise. The apartments are all large, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The property was spotlessly clean and well looked after - a leaky shower was quickly dealt with by the lovely Andres, the property manager.
The owner, Stefan, who is the initial contact, was extremely helpful and the booking and payment was very efficient. Andres ensured that all the details we required to make our holiday perfect were instigated. I highly recommend the preordering of drinks from the wholesalers, the breakfasts we had provided by Francisco and the wonderful tapas meal provided by Francisco one evening.
The cortijo is set in the lovely Andalucian countryside but it is only a short drive to the pretty little town of Iznajar. The tour of the castle is interesting and worth doing. The vast lake dominates the area and the teenagers enjoyed the pedalos and kayaks on offer down at the beach.
Between our group of 19, we visited the cities of Cordoba, Granada and Marbella. They were all beautiful - the ancient walled city of Cordoba is well worth a visit as is the Alhambra in Granada.
We mainly ate in, with there being such a large group of us - barbecues on the 3 provided at the property. We ate out at Hotel Caserio one night which is on the edge of the lake with lovely views of the sun setting over Iznajar. The meal was very good and the setting fantastic. We also ate at Casa Juana which was of average quality.
Overall, this was an excellent holiday, in a wonderful property. Our family, ranging in age from 10 to 86, all agree that we would recommend this property to families of all ages and we have told all our friends what a great place it is.
Cortijo Andalus is perfectly placed to take in all the major sites of Andalucia being just an hour from Granada (the Alhambra), Cordoba (the Mezquita) and Malaga (and the coast) and an hour and a half from Seville and from the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada.
Closer to hand (about 40 minutes away) is Antequerra and Iznajar and Rute are just 5 minutes drive away. These 2 villages provide supermarkets, banks, reataurants and bars.
Iznajar is a beautiful white washed village that is perched on a mountain and surrounded by the largest lake in Andalucia. It is a beautiful place for walking, cycling, fishing and bird watching.
As well as being able to organise airport transits, chefs, musicians (from jazz to Flamenco), massage and yoga therapists (see links page) to visit the cortijo we can also arrange for some spectacular days out. These include deep sea fishing for groups of between 6 and 24 and activity days (horse riding, quad biking, paint balling and kayaking)
Additional pricing information
As this is a large property many of the weeks taken are booked about 6 months to a year in advance.So any booking that is cancelled can be very difficult to refill. Therefore, we do not refund the booking deposit unless we are able to fill the same week(s) booked. Please email me should you require more details.