Posada La Casa Grande

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This big old house was once a patio de vecinos, where several families lived in rooms or apartments overlooking two courtyards. It was carefully recovered from neglect and restored in the 1980s and 90s, and recently updated into a village bed & breakfast where comfort and detail go hand in hand. (The photographic story of its renovation is interesting.)

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The bar (above) is for the exclusive use of guests and is the ideal spot for a drink before setting out to explore this lovely Spanish pueblo, well within walking distance of shops, restaurants and a living non-touristy white village, yet very close to the great outdoors. There is always something to see and do here; for the more active, there are walks with views that can take your breath away (take a look at all the information available on this site). Riding, cycling, visiting towns and cities at varying distances, fiestas and ferias aplenty everywhere around (Jimena even has its own International Music Festival in early July).

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Rooms with single or double beds (extra accommodation for children is available, of course), and apartments for up to 12 get booked up fast, specially over weekends.

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There are lots of corners and nooks and crannies to explore here, too. A quiet reading room at the very top of the building, a vine-covered table for a refreshing glass, a warming fireplace for those chilly winter nights – these are just some of the many things this establishment has to offer, and good reasons for your wanting to come back for a holiday or a simple break from the daily grind. (Prices are very reasonable, so you won’t break the bank even in these tricky times…)BANNER AD

Calle Fuentenueva, 42

Jimena de la Frontera

Tel. (+34) 956 641 120 or mobile (+34) 637 553 173

Website: www.posadalacasagrande.es

FIND LA CASA GRANDE ON GOOGLE MAPS HERE

La Viña de Liñán, a small paradise overlooking a valley

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Copy of IMG_0151Pictures are worth a thousand words, so all you have to do is see these to get a feel for this little paradise on the edge of Jimena. What you won’t get is the song of birds, the air blowing softly through the trees, the distant sound of bells or the sense of relaxation that comes with all of the above. La Viña de Liñán was once a vineyard owned by the Liñán family; it is now a beautiful family home, converted with uttermost good taste and offering bed & breakfast accommodation. Take a weekend break or stay longer, for a relaxing holiday away from the bustle of city life – whichever you choose, you are sure to be made welcome.

Call Val Jubb on +34 956 640 936, or e-mail valeriejubb@tiscali.co.uk – but be certain to visit their website: www.lavinadelinan.com for more information.