Cortijo del Marqués – Granada, Spain

Posted May 5, 2015 by in Spain
Patio de los Naranjos y vistas

Rating

Value
9.0


Location
9.0


Sleep Quality
7.0


Cleanliness
8.0


Service
8.0


Room
8.0


Total Score
8.2

8.2/ 10

Price: €110 to €170 a night
 
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Pros:

It’s a perfect place for those who want to kick back and enjoy nature, but the short proximity to several cities (Granada, Jaen and Cordoba) also means you can also easily head out for day trips and excursions. Besides the gorgeous country setting and tasteful design of the hotel, we really love the rich history of the place.
 

Cons:

While the cortijo’s secluded location in the olive groves is part of its appeal, it also means that you can only get here by car. Hiring a vehicle in Spain is easy and affordable, but you should also have experience driving off road since you need to navigate a dirt road. As the nearest village is a short drive away, going out for dinner is inconvenient so most guests end up dining in the hotel.
 
Verdict

All in all, if you’re looking to explore the back country of Andalusia while learning about its history, this is definitely a secret hideout you need to come and discover for yourself.

by Nellie Huang
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Since my first trip to Spain almost 10 years ago, I’ve wanted to immerse deeply in the back country and experience olive country life. I recently found the chance to do just that. And I didn’t even have to go far.

The Cortijo del Marqués is a secret corner of Granada that I didn’t know existed until now. The charming retreat is just 18km outside of Granada in Andalusia, Spain, yet it gives the sensation that we’re somewhere far flung and remote. What was previously an old manor house has been converted into an exclusive country retreat that mixes old world Andalusian architecture with modern comforts.

HISTORY

The exact age of the cortijo is unknown — its history has been traced back to almost 500 years ago during the Moorish conquest, although the Roman columns in one of the rooms whisper of a richer story. When the Catholics reconquered Spain, the Marquis (translated to ‘marqués’ in Spanish) of Mondéjar took over the property from the Moors, and thus the farmhouse came to be known as the Cortijo del Marqués.

In the early 19th century, the cortijo was passed on to a local family and it was then that the chapel and fortified tower were built. After the war, all the inhabitants started to move away from the cortijo to nearby villages and to Granada, leaving the buildings to slowly crumble and collapse. Despite its glorious past, nobody except the locals were award of its existence until it was restored in the 2002 by the previous owner. During the restoration process, emphasis was made on preserving its original features.

INTERIOR & DESIGN

For hotel guests seeking a peace of mind, the cortijo provides an intimate and romantic atmosphere. With just 11 suites (soon to become 15 suites) spread across a big property, the cortijo gives lots of space and privacy. There are lots of outdoor lounging space, including a beautiful pool area overlooking the green meadows and a colorful garden outside the manor house. At the same time, owners Silvia and Eilko provide very personal service, greeting guests by their first names and always checking in to make you feel right at home.

The style of the hotel leans towards simple but rustic and elegant, featuring four poster beds, freestanding bathtubs, vaulted ceilings and antique furnishing. The furniture have been handpicked by the owners from flea markets and local antique stores, creating a tasteful and authentic decor. Each of the suites is unique in design and layout — no other room is the same.

What I find interesting is that each suite seems to have a story behind them. With names like The Stables and The Carpentry, you get a hint of their former lives and how they must have looked centuries ago. In La Cuadra (The Stables), you’ll find original wooden mangers that were used here in the barns, while in El Palomar (The Pigeon Loft), old pigeon niches are used to divide the living room and bedroom.

CONCLUSION

Nothing in the world is perfect though, certain things may be great for some but not suitable for others. While the cortijo’s secluded location in the olive groves is part of its appeal, it also means that you can only get here by car. Hiring a vehicle in Spain is easy and affordable, but you should also have experience driving off road since you need to navigate a dirt road. As the nearest village is a short drive away, going out for dinner is inconvenient so most guests end up dining in the hotel.

It’s a perfect place for those who want to kick back and enjoy nature, but the short proximity to several cities (Granada, Jaen and Cordoba) also means you can also easily head out for day trips and excursions. All in all, if you’re looking to explore the back country of Andalusia while learning about its history, this is definitely a secret hideout you need to come and discover for yourself.

Patio de los Naranjos y vistas

A gorgeous view of the surroundings

The hotel's main building

The hotel’s main building

Piscina 2

The hotel’s swimming pool

Capilla y pasaje

The exterior of the chapel

The chapel in the hotel

The interior of the chapel

Suite, El Granero, dormitorio

El Granero suite featuring a four poster bed, open concept bath tub and stone walls

El Mirador suite with 360 degrees view of the surroundings

El Mirador suite with 360 degrees view of the surroundings

The hotel's lounge and dining area

The hotel’s lounge and dining area

Modern fusion Mediterranean cuisine is served at the hotel's restaurant

Modern fusion Mediterranean cuisine is served at the hotel’s restaurant


About the Author

Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offbeat destinations, she has written for numerous publications including CNN, International Business Times, BBC, Wend, and Lonely Planet. In her quest for adventure, she’s climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sea lions in the Galapagos, played with lemurs in Madagascar and cruised alongside penguins in Antarctica.

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