We were very pleased to receive an Excellence award from the Tourism Association May 2015.
Cortijo El Pino is a large, well positioned, recently modernised and comfortably furnished farmhouse set around a traditional Andalusian courtyard (patio). It sits in its own olive grove (with fruit trees) within the Adelantado community of olive growers and only 1km from the main road through the Subbetica National Park. Being only 7km from the ancient town of Iznajar with its 32km lake, less than an hour from the coast and Malaga, and not much more from Granada and Cordoba, you are ideally situated to combine relaxing on your own terraces and by the pool with exploring what the area has to offer. There are shops, bars and a restaurant within 1.5km which can be accessed by road, or cross country on a footpath. The beach at Iznajar has a restaurant bar. (Temporarily closed 2016) The pool's solar heating means that it is usually comfortable to swim from May to October. Wifi is available free.
The house is set around a large enclosed Andalusian Courtyard from which there are three separate doors leading to different parts of the house a summer kitchen and a bathroom. The courtyard is protected from the sun in the summer by a large sail, and contains a table and chairs and a BBQ and this is the heart of the house. It is prettily decorated with local ceramics and painting by Susan's mother.
Through one door there is a two story house containing, upstairs, two bedrooms (one with 160cm double and one with twins - both 200cm long) a house bathroom with bath, shower, bidet, basin and WC, and a sitting room.
There sitting room has a DVD player and a CD player and a selection of DVDs and CDsnas well as guide books, reference books and reading books. It also has an effective log fire for the winter.
Downstairs is the dining room with table and chairs, and additional comfortable seating and TV. The newly refurbished kitchen next to it is fully fitted with oven, microwave and fridge and has an amazing view over the valley. As we love cooking you will find it has everything you need if you decide to cook at home.
Next to the kitchen is a larder with an additional fridge and high chair for children.
A second door from the courtyard leads to the lion room with two single beds which is usually made up as a large double with an ensuite bathroom. Interconnects in doors with the casita.
The third door leads to the casita which has a downstairs sitting room and bathroom (shower, basin, WC) and an upstairs twin bedroom. This is the most traditional part of the house and has lower ceilings. Interconnects indoors with the lion room.
There is central heating for the winter and there are fans and air conditioning for the summer.
The summer kitchen contains another microwave, another fridge and washing and washing up machines. It is between the courtyard and the western terrace with sight of the pool.
The western terrace is set with table and chairs and overlooks the garden and pool and a lovely place under the grape vines. There is a lovely view up the valley and from which to watch the sunset.
In season there are grapes and figs to pick, and prickly pears too if you know the secrets of avoiding the prickles.
The pool is 4.5 x 8 metres and is solar heated. The depth is 1.2-1.5m and so it is good for pool sports. It is completely fenced and looks over the garden and valley. There are lie chairs provided. Table tennis can be set up on the terrace.
There is parking for two cars in front of the garage and plenty of room for others above the house on the era (an old wheat threashing area).