Kate Bissett, author of this week's guest blog, looks after a collection of One Off Places in Andalucia, Spain. Ranging from little mountain cottages and garden apartments, to stylish villas and village houses, she can offer something for everyone. Kate is also very knowledgeable about the area, and knows 'all things Estepona', hence this blog post, which is sure to inspire you to visit this lovely part of Spain.
This week's guest blog post is from Lucy Crane, owner of the glorious El Olivar, a stylish four bedroom villa in Andalucia, Spain.
Think of inland Andalucía and images of geranium-filled, white-washed villages baking in the summer heat spring to mind. But once the summer heat has faded and the autumn fiestas are over, the Serranía de Ronda offers the smart traveller a tranquil world of wild beauty, incredible culture and unforgettable gastronomy.
Take a week off in early summer and you can find yourself some exceptional deals - One Off Places has from 20% - 50% off a number of fabulous properties during May and June, from a luxury farmhouse in Andalucia with its own gym, to an exquisite conversion in Montenegro overlooking Kotor Bay.
From gothic to fairytale and traditional to contemporary, castles and chateaux might just be the ultimate in self-catering for groups of friends, family gatherings, or big celebrations. Think grandeur, luxury, space and character – what’s not to like?
So we at last retired and thought we would build a nice little place in Spain for long summer siestas, a swim in our own pool and a home cooked paella now and again. We had always wanted to build our own place and now seemed to be the right time. We had decided that we did not like the modern villas and wanted an old style, country Finca which would have the mod-cons but retain the old features, a nice fireplace for the winter times and close enough for us to walk to nearby shops and restaurants.