This Southern Spain small, rural hotel is a real charmer – it’s so evocative of Mediterranean country life, with its stone walls, covered in vines, the romantic wooden window-shutters, and the magnificent setting in a fertile valley, rich in olive and citrus groves, with the Serranía de Ronda mountains as a dramatic backdrop, writes Andrew Forbes (The Luxury Editor).
Hotel Cortijo LA Organic mixes architecture that’s Andalucian but also evocative of Provence. There’s an exterior fire pit for late nights under the stars, as well as a huge terrace for al fresco dining, shaded by mature trees. There’s a swimming pool too for summer.
The rustic chic exterior with its charming vegetable garden, contrasts with a more contemporary and minimalist interior with a few designer touches.
Taste of Ronda
Breakfast is a delicious spread on Andalucian specialities including cured ham, artisan cheese, freshly squeezed juice, and tasty pastries. Guest share a long farmhouse style table.
Lunches and Dinners can be provided by Rustic Experience Andalucia, Ronda’s acclaimed food and wine business that offer clients bespoke dining options, catering, and wine tastings.
Hotel Cortijo LA Organic forms part of Ronda’s LA Organic Experience, a cultural and culinary tourism project that showcases Andalucía’s rural way of life and its culture of olive oil production. LA is a brand of premium cold-pressed Andalucian extra virgin olive oil that is made from olives from Malaga, Sevilla, and Jaen provinces.
Room with a View
There are five guest suites, 4 in the main house and one garden room. Although the garden room has a slightly less favourable layout and view, the 4 main bedrooms are a delight, and all have wonderful outlooks and are filled with light. There is hot/cold air conditioning in each room and underfloor heating in the bathrooms. Also, expect a huge 2-person bath, which believe me, are fabulous! So comfortable!
This bijou hotel makes for a perfect rustic chic escapade. Rooms overlook the gardens, olive groves and onto the mountains.
Hotel Cortijo LA Organic is also ideal for exclusive rental too. It can accommodate a family or group of 10 – making this a superb value villa holiday close to all the attractions of Ronda and the surrounding natural parks.
Catering for Guests & Groups
You can enjoy tailored catering by Rustic Experience Andalucia, which will also provide premium wines from Ronda’s artisan boutique wineries.
A favourite is the outstanding Finca Descalzos Viejos which produce award-winning wines including lightly oaked chardonnays, and robust reds from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and the Spanish grape Garnacha. You must try them when you stay at the hotel.
Rustic Experience Andalucia really captures the culinary appeal of Ronda and the Andalucia. Chef Miguel Herrera and his team entice guests with local produce, giving traditional recipes and fresh and modern twist. There is a straight-forward take away service, ideal for impromptu suppers, or picnics on the estate, as well as formal dining and event catering for those special occasions and family holidays.
LA Organic Experience
Hotel Cortijo LA Organic forms part of the LA Organic Experience estate, which has been beautifully landscaped with fascinating trails that take you to pools, hidden follies, and art ‘surprises’ (cryptic installations) and sculptures are set amongst new and ancient olive groves.
At the heart of the grounds is the ‘greenhouse’, an imaginative public space for olive oil tastings. In the future LA Organic will be building a new visitor centre.
The countryside here around Ronda is ‘the new Tuscany’; only with much better weather, friendly welcoming locals, and a food scene that’s no longer being overlooked. Spain’s leads the world in the culinary scene and that’s a combination of not only great chefs, but also world-class produce, like Andalucía’s extra virgin olive oil.
A stay at Hotel Cortijo LA Organic will not only embrace you with calm tranquillity and style, but also immerse you in the delicious world of Andalucian artisan food producers.
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Rates start from €120 on a B&B basis.