Lovely La Hoya
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.
Owner's Response: Thanks Richard. Much appreciated.
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