We have been welcoming guests to La Hoya for many years and over this time they have shared with us their experiences of staying here – in our visitor’s book and also on review websites. Below is a collection of these memories which we hope will help demonstrate what our property has to offer.


Back to Germany – back to work – and back to cold weather… but with unforgettable wonderful moments in our minds. Congratulations Christopher to you and your family for being the owner of this amazing place in a wonderful landscape. What can I say: it was fantastic!.. to have the warm welcome of Erika – to go through your special entrance door and then to see 'our home' for the next days… All rooms have an individual touch – they are all so nice and classily designed… with so many good art works around… Everybody said, "Wow – wow – wow!" You have designed La Hoya with so many friendly different favourite spots and places all over the area… and everything together creates a warm harmony to support the well-being feeling after arriving. I can imagine La Hoya is a jewel for your family. Once again thank you and your family for sharing this amazing place with us!

Elena R, Mannheim Germany

Stayed Nov 2017

This was our second visit to La Hoya and we found it just as delightful as before. It seems like staying in a friend or relation’s house and not like a holiday house. For us absolutely nothing grated and our five grandchildren loved the swimming pool and the land surrounding the house with much nature and bugs, lizards etc to enjoy. The wonderful views and easy to live in house means we will return if we can. Everyone involved once again provided helpful and friendly service.

Ken & Val

Stayed Oct 2017

We stayed as a group of 14 at La Hoya in June 2017. Before arrival, Christopher was prompt to reply to my questions and extremely accommodating. The welcome information is thorough, and allowed us to plan well for our stay. La Hoya itself is simply fantastic. It is spacious, well maintained, and located in a wonderfully isolated spot but with good access to two small towns. Particularly, the courtyard with a peaceful central foundation, surrounded by lemon trees and hammocks suspended between the pillars is a treat. We also spent hours on the terrace looking out towards Africa, or just lazing by the pool. The grounds are well developed and maintained to an extremely high standard. In all, we could find very little to fault about La Hoya. It has been designed thoughtfully, and is a perfect location to while away a week - or longer! If we could have stayed, we would have! Thank you Christopher and La Hoya for this relaxing break - I hope we can come back in the future!

Andy T

Stayed Jun 2017


We stayed as a groups of four family's with our teenage children - ages 14 - 18 The house is stunning with a real feel of a much loved family home and full of beautiful art. The setting is stunning and we enjoy the pool and grounds as much as the house. Amazing wildlife including birds of pray that soared over the house in the mornings. A week didn't really give us time to do the area justice as we didn't leave the house much but our day out in Ronda was great. I would diffently recommend this property for relaxation and a taste of real Spain Thank you for a wonderful holiday

Sue D

Stayed Aug 2016

Nous sommes un couple avec 2 enfants et nous cherchions un endroit pour passer quelques jours avec des amis ayant aussi des enfants. Nous cherchions une maison où les enfants auraient de l’espace pour se dépenser et les adultes se détendre. La Hoya est l’endroit rêvé pour cela combinant un paradis pour enfants et parents!! C’est assez grands pour que les enfants puissent évoluer et se sentir indépendants sans pour autant qu’ils puissent échapper à notre vigilance. La maison est « child friendly » comme dirait les anglais. Le paradis! Le calme domine avant tout, on est à peine dérangé par quelques sons de cloches de vaches!! Le village reste assez proche pour que les courses ne deviennent pas un enfer et pour offrir des distractions à quelques 10mn de la maison (Feria et bons restaurants). La maison et sa magnifique piscine avec une vue dégagée sur une vallée très préservée laisse deviner le rives africaines au de là de Gibraltar. Nous avons hâtes d’y revenir!!!

Dinah V

Stayed Jul 2016

We stayed at La Hoya with a group of friends including young children. The house was perfectly set up for a group of families and our kids loved the pool. There are multiple outdoor eating areas and the view is unbelievable. The nearby town of Gaucin was fun and its a great base for day trips. Would go back again in a heartbeat!

Becky K

Stayed Jun 2016

La Hoya is a gorgeous place, complete with charming bedrooms, beautiful views, many quite sitting areas and one stunning pool. We traveled here with friends and children, and all had a fantastic time. The area was quiet and remote, but close to gorgeous villages with enough to entertain us all. Some days we spent entirely at La Hoya, others we ventured out and hurried back for the comforts of home, always spending the afternoon by the pool and dinners together around the outdoor table under the jasmine. Truly a blissful spot.

Melissa, Brooklyn NY

Stayed Jun 2016

We're a group of childhood friends, spouses and (now) children who've been renting vacation properties together for the past 15 years. We've taken homes everywhere from the Catskills to the French Riviera, and we all agree that... This – house – is – the – BEST! The views are spectacular. The grounds are extensive, filled with flowers and fruit trees. (Wake up to the scent of jasmine, then take your kids on a nature walk through the orchard to show them where their food comes from.) The gourmand groundskeeper, Paco, makes amazing paella and helped source our very own leg of jamon de bellota. The house manager, Ines, will go out of her way to answer your questions and get what you need or assist you in any way. The house itself is beautiful, tastefully decorated without feeling too precious. The kitchen is well equipped, with two ovens and two dishwashers, which makes clean up so much easier. The cooktop/hob can be a bit finicky, but you’ll figure it out or just cook the whole time on the built-in BBQ outside. The rooms are arranged around the courtyard, so everyone has their own private space. The pool is large, has a platform where younger kids can play and a shelf along the edge of the deeper part so you can stand all the way around….and, wow, the view. Nearby “white villages,” like Gaucin and Jimena de la Frontera, are charming and have castles where you can climb on 2000 years of history without any supervision. A little further afield, cities like Ronda, Cadiz and Gibraltar are also worth a visit (though you may want to bring some Dramamine for the winding roads) or go to Africa for a day – ferries to Morocco leave every couple of hours from Tarifa. That said, once you’re at the house, you may never want to leave. And when you must, you’ll be counting the days until you can return. I know I am.

Katie C, Brooklyn NY

Stayed Jun 2016

The house is located in the most gorgeous spot, hidden away from all the hassle of everyday life but remarkably only about an hour's drive from Gibraltar airport. The views are breathtaking and the property is designed to really make the most of them, whether lounging on the lovely terrace, wandering through the extensive gardens or taking a dip in the infinity pool. The house itself is very spacious with lots of different outdoor seating and dining areas, whilst maintaining utter peace and privacy in the bedroom suites - I haven't slept so well for a very long time! It's as easy to find a quiet spot to oneself as it is to hang out with others, making it ideal for a large group. I appreciated all the additional touches - a library of books, DVDs, great sound system, fantastic kitchen (as others have said, very generously equipped for keen cooks and TWO dishwashers so nobody gets lumbered with the washing up). In fact, generous is a word that keeps popping up as I write this - I've rented many holiday properties over the years and this one goes far beyond the norm. It's a stunning house for a wonderful holiday.

Dawn P

Stayed May 2016

La Hoya is so captivating and relaxing that ridiculously some of us didn't even leave the property during our stay. The gardens are clearly a long term labour of love and its hard to do anything other than stare out at the amazing views from various terraces and the pool. There are numerous areas set up for eating inside and out with a fantastic bbq. The generosity with which the kitchen is equipped makes it an ideal place for those who love to cook and cleaning up made merry by two dishwashers! A really comfortable, enormous airy house - perfect for friends or families.

Jennifer M

Stayed May 2016

We stayed in wonderful La Hoya for a week in early May and had the most lovely relaxing time. May is the most exquisite time of year where the countryside feels properly alive and the wild flowers are in full bloom. Many an hour was spent by us all snoozing in hammocks in the Courtyard watching the nesting swallows dart in and out of their nests. The house was very well equipped and had everything you could want for a group. We made full use of the magnificent BBQ and particularly appreciated having the choice of which table to eat at each night. We will certainly be back!

KC22, London

Stayed May 2016


Spent a week here in early September and had a wonderful time. Stunning views from the terraces and the pool, a real tranquillity to the whole place and plenty to do both inside and out. Surrounding area has restaurants, supermarkets and other amenities. Totally faultless and would be lying if I said I didn't want to visit again!

James R

Stayed Sep 2015

This is my favourite place in the world. The villa is situated in perfect solitude in the Andulsian hills near Jimena and not far from Ronda. The house is huge, cool and airy, and so spacious that you can take your pick of perfect spots for long meals and early evening drinks; the courtyard, the terrace, the garden, the patio. The views are simply stunning, with 30 kilometres of rolling hills stretching out all the way down to the Mediterranean, and with a sight of Africa on the clearest days. Whether you're in the pool or having an evening drink on the terrace, it's the most beautiful accompaniment to each day. We also ventured out from the villa for day trips to Cadiz and Jerez, and into Jimena to visit the castle. There are also good wild swimming spots not too far away, but actually our favourite was to lie by the pool reading and enjoying the exquisite surroundings of the garden. Cannot wait to return and highly recommend all guests invest in some chilled fino sherry for evening aperitifs.

Alex B

Stayed Jun 2015

I have been coming to La Hoya almost every year for ten years. I love the house, the views the atmosphere so much. The garden is really extensive now and has matured beautifully so not only do you have the cool courtyard to lounge in as well as the pool area with unbelievable views but also a beautiful garden that stretches into the surrounding countryside. It's a magical place, perfect for deep chill with family or getting your groove on with pals.

Robert T

Stayed Jun 2015

It was lovely to be back in La Hoya for another visit to this amazing house. As ever it is looking beautiful and the garden was in full bloom. We visited Jerez and Cadiz which was a great day trip and we loved trying the different types of sherry in a tabanco. We also went to the Cueva del Gato which was very cold but a great trip. The highlights of the trip though were the dinners at the cortina watching the sunset and the stars coming out across the hills. A magical place.

Daisy L

Stayed Jun 2015


Nous avons passé une semaine en famille (grands et petits) à La Hoya et avons adoré le lieu, les paysages, l'espace, toute la propriété et la décoration de la maison ! Nous avons eu de plus un merveilleux temps andalou, ciel azur, soleil et chaleur. La piscine a eu beaucoup de succès ! Tout est fait pour le calme, le farniente ; en fait, il fallait un peu se faire violence pour visiter les alentours … Nous tenons également à remercier Inès pour son accueil et Paco pour l'entretien journalier. Bref, un séjour idyllique dont nous garderons un très bon souvenir !

Sonia L

Stayed Aug 2014

We rented La Hoya for a family gathering (ages 9mths to 80) and it couldn't have been more perfect. Booking a villa online you always worry its going to be a let down when you get there but this villa exceeded our expectations. The pictures don't really do it justice, the house was beautiful and the views stunning! It's a great set up as the rooms are all self contained off the courtyard so everyone has their own space. Paco's paella was delicious and would recommend Erica who comes to do manicures etc. I'd definitely recommend to friends. Thank Ines, Paco and Christopher!

Charlotte Holmes, London

Stayed Jun 2014

A glorious home from home with all the modern comforts in a beautiful setting. The grounds are simply stunning and all rooms are clean, well maintained and decorated beautifully. Ines and Paco looked after us so well. We didn't want for anything. Paco's paella is a must! We were very sad to leave after out 2 weeks stay....but I'm already planning our return visit.

Helen Buni

Stayed May 2014

Un environnement exceptionnel ! Le même qualificatif s’applique à la vue depuis la piscine ou la terrasse. Un jardin de rêve et parfaitement entretenu. La maison offre de nombreux endroits soit pour se réunir entre amis (ou en famille) mais aussi pour s’isoler au calme. Toutes les pièces sont décorées avec beaucoup de goût et l’ameublement est confortable. Enfin, Ines qui se charge de l’accueil à l’arrivée est efficace et extrêmement sympathique. Nous y avons passé une dizaine de jours entre amis et toutes les visites que nous avions programmées ont été reportées à « une autre fois » tellement nous étions bien dans cette propriété. Dernier détail : une grande bibliothèque avec beaucoup de bons livres sauf peut être un pavé de 300 pages à propos de de la bataille de Waterloo. Cela mis à part, un endroit parfait !

Pierre B

Stayed Apr 2014

La Hoya is such a little paradise - having been there twice now I feel it is a very special place and I'm already thinking about when I will return. We had a fantastic time there, all our friends were in awe how beautiful it is and it really worked well for our group (13 adults, 7 kids). The kids loved it, they played in the gardens all day long, we had long, lazy breakfasts and yummy barbecues in the evenings. We were so lucky with the weather, we were able to swim in the pool and sit outside and listen to the nightingales at night! We were looked after very well by Ines, who arranged for an excellent yoga teacher and a manicurist to come, and Paco, who cooked a fabulous paella for us. We couldn't have wished for anything more. The property itself is clearly a well-loved and treasured family home, you immediately get the feeling you're arriving at a home from home - my personal favourite feature is the beautiful courtyard with its citrus trees and fragrant jasmine. All rooms are clean and well maintained and decorated beautifully. We left the property only once in our week there - to go to the pretty village of Gaucin, where we witnessed a traditional Easter procession - a very special treat in a perfect holiday!

Claudia G

Stayed Apr 2014


Nous étions 16 adultes et nous garderons un merveilleux souvenirs de fêtes endiablées dans cette villa merveilleuse. De l'espace pour tous, une grande cuisine aménagée, un patio gigantesque, une piscine à débordement avec une vue effectivement imprenable, des hamacs pour se prélasser partout, et un temps et des températures autour de 28 °C digne de l'Andalousie en octobre.

David D

Stayed Oct 2013

We are still reeling after our stay at La Hoya and trying to find an excuse to get a group together so we can go again! It is the most wonderful house. You sense the magic as soon as you walk through the huge, fabulous front door and the feeling just gets better and better. We took a group of 12 family members and friends to La Hoya for a special birthday party - a colourful mix from Germany and Britain, from 4 to 75 years old, and they all loved it for different reasons. We arrived and left on different days, and although there were times when there were only 4-6 of us there, the house always felt warm and welcoming. In fact, we had previously researched a number of luxury houses in Gaucin, but this was the only one that really felt like a 'home'. The other reviews describe it all so perfectly, it's difficult to add anything new. Maybe the wonderful mix of fabrics and richly coloured rugs, the lovely tiered garden design with delicious herbs, figs, apples, quinces and lemons; the perfectly placed seats, benches and hammocks to catch the sun or shade; the wonderfully equipped kitchen (our hobby cooks were thrilled); the great book collection including tons of guide books and hiking trails; the wall paintings in the children's wing and the pool toys, the funny geckos hiding behind the light fittings on the terrace, the fact that the rooms all have their own 'front doors' opening onto the central courtyard so everyone can come and go without disturbing the others and the views of the sunset across the mountains towards Africa. And of course no review would be complete without mentioning Virginia, Paco and the amazing house manager Ines, who couldn't do enough to help us both before and during our stay. Thanks a million for the opportunity to share such a special house!

Carol S

Stayed Sep 2013

I'm so embarrassed that I haven't written before to say we had a most lovely, happy, peaceful time in your wonderful house. I'm no good at filling in forms as I don't like analysing things, we just love it all! Please don't let it get too smart!! We love the homely family feel. I'm worried if we write a review that it will always be full and we won't get a space!! Paco says you are going again next week, so have a wonderful time. It was a strange feeling that some other people were safely installed by the pool before we were even home!! Of course we are desperate to go again...it's only a question of when. Maybe we will all meet up one day!

Jenny Anderson

Stayed Sep 2013

The photos do not do La Hoya justice; it really is the most beautiful house and the gardens are lovely. We were quite a large party and one of the best things was having a choice of places to eat. Large table in the courtyard was perfect for lunch and then in the evening we ate on a vine covered terrace by the barbecue, which we used most evenings. There is yet another terrace where we loved having evening drinks and watching the sun sink down below the hills. There is tons of space everywhere with hammocks, daybeds so it is always possible to find somewhere quiet to disappear and recuperate. The swimming pool is to die for and the views take your breath away. It was a restful, stimulating and lovely holiday.

Dinah V

Stayed Aug 2013

La Hoya has everything you could wish for a relaxing break. As a party of eleven, it was large enough to lose yourself in the grounds, yet comfortable enough to have a meal together. The staff and accommodation are first class and Ines was at the end of a phone if we needed advice. The pool and grounds are kept extremely well by Paco, who was very helpful. With eight comfortable bedrooms it was spacious and beautifully decorated in traditional Spanish design. Gibraltar is a good day trip if you don't use this airport, and the local villages are fifteen minutes away. Gaucin has some English speaking people there, if you don't fancy brushing up on your Spanish! The views from the villa are nothing short of spectacular. In the mornings you can watch the eagles from the brilliant swimming pool swooping around the mountains, and in the evenings you can watch the lizards catching moths and flies while having a cold beer on the terrace after a long day in the sun.The children were catered for very well with the pool and activities provided. Overall an opportunity not to be missed and not something you will forget. I would strongly recommend this place, and hope to go back in the foreseeable future.

Paul L

Stayed Jun 2013

It was my third stay at La Hoya this summer – it's such a treat to come back to this house and each time seems to surpass in idyl! The gardens get more glorious and the cosiness and charm of this elegantly situated and laid out house grows with every visit. This is a space ideal for families or friends, young or old. The owners' exceptional taste and joie de vivre are evident in every corner of the property. Perfectly situated on top of a hill with majestic views across the Spanish countryside and coast in the distance, the house is an ideal setting for any holiday. With plenty of magnificent outside areas – from the pool area, to the various dining areas and the wonderfully characteristic courtyard – you are spoilt for choice for an idyllic spot in the sun or shade. The bedrooms are spacious and breezy, each finished uniquely with local artisanal touches. The kitchen is a dream – ideal for cooking lazy lunches or hearty spanish dinners – plenty of space for even the biggest of paella pans! (Don't miss to ask Paco, the local gardener, to come and cook his traditional paella for you one evening!) I cannot recommend this house enough. It is full of tranquil charm, beauty and character, a finely balanced dream of a holiday home…

Jana K

Stayed Jun 2013

Even though it’s only a short drive from Gibraltar into the hills of Andalucia, La Hoya feels a million miles away from the Costa del Sol. We spent the most marvellous week there in a group of sixteen and hardly ever left the house. The villa itself is huge, charming and wonderfully luxurious. Entering the courtyard with its fountain, vines and fruit trees is like stepping back into a lost past of Mediterranean grandeur, and the house is surrounded by terraces, gardens and vast views. We spent most of our days out on the lawn, which overlooks a breathtaking vista of rolling hills out past the edge of the infinity pool. In the evening we had G&Ts on the terrace and watched the sun going down over the hilltops. Our room was fantastic – a huge, cool suite, with a fire place and large bathroom and a lovely en suite with bath – ideal for siestas and freshening up for dinner. I can’t recommend la Hoya highly enough. Luxury for the grown ups, fun for the kids (ping pong!), quiet spots to read and relax, communal areas for large dinners, both inside and out. I can’t return soon enough.

Alex B

Stayed Jun 2013

La Hoya is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful retreat with stunning views of the hills and landscape of Andalucia. It was an completely relaxing week and we enjoyed hanging out by the infinity pool, swinging in the hammocks, and playing ping pong. The terraces are the perfect place to eat out and the inner courtyard is a tranquil haven for reading a book by the fountain. The gardens were immaculately maintained and beautiful flowers abounded. The bedrooms are luxurious and very comfortable. Quite simply heavenly.

Daisy, London

Stayed Jun 2013

I can't think of a more perfect place to relax and unwind. La Hoya has everything: incredible views, a stunning and clean pool, large and beautifully decorated rooms. It manages to feel both luxurious and down-to-earth at the same time and I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with their stay here. We were quite a large group and all agreed it was the holiday of a lifetime - and we hardly left the house! For a special treat I highly recommend Paco's paella!

Jane F

Stayed Jun 2013

This is an incredibly beautiful, romantic house in the hills with everything you could want provided for. Staying there is like spending time in a Hemingway novel without the anguish, but is also extremely comfortable and all mod-cons. You can see Africa from the pool on a clear day and do a jigsaw puzzle in one of the capacious, comfy sitting rooms on a bad one. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Kirty T

Stayed Jun 2013

We had such a wonderful time at La Hoya. The views are incredible, particularly from the pool area, which feels a bit like an amphitheatre for the hills; but everything about the house itself is perfect as well. It’s stylish and comfortable but it feels homely and welcoming, too. It’s beautifully cool should you ever need to escape the heat. There are tons of little nooks and crannies all over the place, always somewhere you can go and read a book in peace – we were a large group but I never felt like the place was crowded. Local village has a sweet restaurant and the people who look after the house are obviously extremely good at their jobs. AND there’s ping pong. I wish I could mention a shortcoming to display balance but I can’t really think of one, to be honest. Such a wonderful holiday.

Archie B

Stayed Jun 2013

This is a beautiful place to stay with lots of variety for relaxation - whether by the pool in the glorious sun, or in the courtyard shade, gently swinging in a hammock. It accommodates a large group easily and the views are lovely. Somewhere I'd very much like to return to.

Agata B

Stayed Jun 2013

La Hoya is an amazingly beautiful house with spectacular views. It's fantastic for large families or a large group of friends, as not only does it have an inordinate amount of beds and bedrooms (including a nice area for children and teenagers), but there's so many different spaces to hang out. The lawn and the pool overlooking the valley, the terrace with a ping pong table, the courtyard with hammocks in the shade, not to mention a number of indoor rooms as well as the South Terrace perfect for catching the last evening rays. Can't recommend it enough. Really easy drive from Gibraltar airport of Malaga, and the local restaurant does delicious GAMBAS!

Vanessa W

Stayed May 2013

We booked La Hoya for a large family holiday with a 10 adults and 6 children coming together. Booking the property was very straight forward and was quickly and efficiently managed by Christopher. As we neared the date of our holiday we were put in contact with Ines who manages the property out in Spain. She was brilliant. She answered numerous emails before our vacation and helped us book chefs to cook at La Hoya on a few of the nights were there who were all absolutley fantastic. Roberts Paella is a must and Lucy made us two fantastic meals. The kitchen was very substantial for us to cater for 16 people and on one night Ines assisted us in acquiring two sucking pigs from the local butchers that we roasted in the oven - possibly the best meal of the holiday - mmm,fantastic. There isn't too much a can really say about the property apart from its completely amazing. The views are spectacular, with the some fantastic sunsets to view straight from the veranda where you eat your evening meal. The pool is well maintained and clean and again with those views. Paco does a great job of maintaining the pools and the most gorgeous gardens. We were lucky to see a lot of the spring flowers that were in full bloom. The rest of the viila is just bliss. Good bedrooms and the courtyard, that all the rooms open into, is one of the most tranquil places on the property with the smell of Jasmine wafting through the courtyard in the early morning breeze and the fountains soothing sound is perfect. The only thing I can add is if you have the opportunity to stay at La Hoya then go go go go! Thank you all who ensured our stay will always be remembered.

John M

Stayed May 2013


La Hoya is a beautiful property set in stunning surroundings. I had to resist the temptation to take photographs all the time! Clearly a lot of thought has gone into this design, with an infinity pool that spills into the mountains and all sorts of gorgeous little areas to sit and eat, read or relax. The house feels luxurious but also very comfortable and homely, and is filled with all sorts of great stuff from Spanish cookery books to classic novels, pool toys and board games. The rooms are extremely comfortable and they surprise you with the variety - from stylish doubles to the magical children's area decorated with colourful murals. Great nearby facilities as well - the restaurant down the road served numerous courses of delicious seafood for an extremely reasonable price. Thanks so much for a holiday in Spanish paradise! Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Clare H

Stayed Jun 2012

Absolutely unbelievable, like our own beautiful hotel. I would highly recommend enquiring about Paco coming in to cook a paella, which made our stay even more perfect. We were also treated like kings in Las Acacias in nearby San Pablo.

Maria J

Stayed Jun 2012

La Hoya’s magnificent views to the south and west gave us the first impression as the house is approached down its driveway. In the far distance the Rock of Gibraltar was often visible; to the south, ancient orchard and pasture, to the west, a mountain range, all in an unspoilt corner of Andalusia. The house, newly built about 15 years ago, has a central courtyard, in a traditional layout that dates to the time that Moors owned and occupied southern Spain, and before that, to the Romans . The courtyard is intensely planted with roses, geraniums, jasmine, citrus trees, bougainvillea. With the fountain running in the centre, shade and coolness are always available in this outdoor room. All the rooms are accessed from the courtyard. The principal living room is a generously sized family kitchen and sitting room, a high ceilinged with an open fire and with views both into the courtyard and out over the countryside. There is a terrace outside the living room which provides a good spot for breakfast, then in turn a further terrace shaded by a rose festooned pergola – an obvious place for a leisurely lunch. We loved our stay in this beautiful and comfortable house. There are any number of sites to see and places to visit, but the best days were those when we stayed in, lounging by the swimming pool with its infinity rim looking for miles down the valley, dining on delicious local produce, exploring the extensive and individual garden. Getting back La Hoya after a shopping or sightseeing trip was always a pleasure. The place welcomes you, and gives the impression of a house that has sheltered families for generations, rather than being recently built, well appointed and extremely comfortable.

Richard L

Stayed May 2012


It would be very hard to better La Hoya in any way; the surroundings are dramatic,infinite and seemingly untouched. The house itself is very stylish, without being over the top, and feels more like a home than anywhere else I have ever stayed, it also stays remarkably cool during the hot Spanish summer. Each day I discovered a new corner in which to read or play cards, and when I was feeling less lazy there were endless options: table tennis, badminton, croquet or even a walk up the mountain. A perfect week.

Imogen L

Stayed Jun 2011

A wonderful holiday. the house is stunning, each room holding its own charm and character. The views from the house are breathtaking. an idyllic environment in which to relax. Beautiful gardens providing quiet shaded seclusion but also space for badminton, croquet and table tennis. Delightful.

Hector K

Stayed Jun 2011

Incredible house nestled in the Spanish mountains with spectular views towards Africa. Sunny days by the pool and relaxing evening meals under the stars. Explore the quaint white/terracotta villages nearby or summit one of the surrounding peaks. Plenty activities to keep occupied those with lots of energy and ample space in the garden and courtyard to have some quiet time with one the many books. La Hoya is a perfect retreat. Gracias.

EM, Edinburgh

Stayed Jun 2011

La Hoya is an idyllic little place. Tucked away in the hills and surrounded by national parkland the views from La Hoya are breath taking . The landscape can be enjoyed from various places in the house, although it must be said that the scenery viewed whilst lounging in the beautifully crafted infinity pool holds a certain unique charm. Holidaying here with multiple friends we found all our needs catered for. The rooms were superb, as were all amenities, and there was something to do for everyone. Besides the fun of the pool there was ping pong and badminton, and for those times when you needed a break from the sun one could pick from a varied book collection to read in the courtyard, beside the fruit trees and nesting swallows. For those not keen on reading there's an extensive video and DVD collection available to dip into. Hiring a car is essential and allows for day trips to beaches and the cute Spanish villages near the house, from here you can pick up supplies and sample some local tapas. Call ahead and you can even get a traditional paella cooked up for you. La Hoya really is the perfect place to holiday, to relax and unwind. Beautifully thought out in every aspect the house is a hidden gem in the hills.

JU, London

Stayed Jun 2011


What a wonderful house, we can’t wait to return, all 15 of us. The photos on your website do the house and its setting no justice - it’s all too wonderful for words. Thank you for sharing a most special and inspiring home in magical surroundings. Everything was perfect - except the thought of leaving!

SGdeCT, London

Stayed Aug 2010

We fell in love with La Hoya on the website, but little did we know how much better it would be in reality! It was an amazing house with beautifully furnished rooms, courtyard with citrus trees, able to pick and eat oranges, figs and pomegranates from the garden. Views from the terraces and infinity pool a little bit of heaven - it was truly wonderful. Even in the heat of the day, the gardens were lush and well tended. Wanting for nothing, apart from a longer stay, we all felt relaxed, refreshed and indeed renewed from our stay at La Hoya - it truly is the perfect holiday tonic!

Sarah, Hertfordshire

Stayed Sep 2010


We had a really fantastic time at La Hoya last year. It is a bit like paradise isn’t it? We hope to come back soon.


Stayed Summer 2009

Wir waren eine Gruppe von begeisterten Harley - Davidson Fahrern aus Österreich, welche 1 Woche lang über die traumhaften Strassen Andalusiens fuhren (2.500 km und ca. 60.000 Kurven). Dabei bewohnten wir das traumhafte Anwesen in der Hähe Gaucins mit wunderbarer Verköstigung der spanischen Köchin und einzigartigem Fernblick vom Pool an die Südküste Spaniens. Die Zimmer gaben uns am Abend genug Möglichkeit zur Entspannung und das Abendessen auf der Terrasse vor dem Sonnenunteregang war kitrschig schön . Wir werden diese Tour sicher in den nächsten Jahren mehrmals wiederholen und freuen uns schon auf die perfekte Aufnahme im Haus La Hoya!

Michael Maier

Stayed May 2009


Thank you so much. I loved my bed 🙂

Annie E (under 10)

Stayed Oct 2008

Our every wish for the ideal holiday fulfilled. Perfect.

Mr & Mrs McDiarmid

Stayed Oct 2008


The most beautiful house & a truly magical place... I love La Hoya!

Jesse Bliss

Stayed Aug 2007


A delightful place. I know I speak for all when I say that it was a great pleasure and a privilege to stay here. Thank you.

Richard Ryan

Stayed Aug 2006

Thank you for sharing a most special and inspiring home in magical surroundings. Everything was perfect- except the thought of leaving!

Joanna Halliday

Stayed Apr 2006


What a wonderful house, we can’t wait to return, all 15 of us. The photos on your website do the house and its setting no justice - it’s all too wonderful for words. We can recommend Mandy's cooking wholeheartedly and Barbara, the cleaner is very sweet too. When we said 15 we meant 2 kiddies too. They absolutely loved this house. We thank you very much.

Jo Tombling

Stayed Oct 2005

What a wonderful house. Have fallen in love with the place.

Nina Good

Stayed Sep 2005

An extremely successful week’s holiday - something for everyone. We loved the way the house works, the comfortable beds, the big towels, the sound of the fountain and the smell of the citrus trees in the courtyard. We had excellent walks where we saw eagles and wild orchids. We hope to be back next year.

Dr. Gwen Adshead

Stayed Apr 2005


Cortijo La Hoya was undoubtedly the loveliest house we have ever stayed in. The Courtyard with its orange trees and the scent of thyme and rosemary was very special… Our children loved their accommodation with the mural of African desert and the privacy it offered them…... We are left in awe at the energy and vision it required to create such a lovely home.

Michael Phelan

Stayed Aug 2004