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Hotel Highlights

  • Romantic retreat hand-built by a couple
  • Rural setting in the southern Spanish countryside
  • Home-cooking worth staying in for

Overview

Romantic from the beginning, Casa La Siesta hotel is a luxurious villa in Vejer de la Frontera designed and run by two British hispanophiles who met and fell in love in a local Spanish course. They built their dream boutique hotel brick by brick, from the tiled bathrooms to the peaceful pool with the intimacy and charm of a centuries-old mansion. Expect exquisite meals, romantic rooms with big bathtubs and lovely outdoor lounge areas.

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Here's what you get for booking Casa la Siesta with us:

A bottle of local sherry

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Seven, including four suites and a self-catering casita.

Check–out

Midday, but flexible if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $359.66 (€270), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include soft drinks, beer and breakfast.

Also

Pat him all you like, but don’t feed the dog. He’s on his own special diet.

At the hotel

Free WiFi, gardens, bikes to borrow, stables and a book/CD library. In rooms: preloaded iPod and REN bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Go to sleep in the Honeymoon Suite and wake up looking out to the rolling hills through the wall of glass doors. It’s also home to a crystal chandelier, a dressing table with an antique brush and mirror, a roll-top bath behind the bed and two enormous rain-head showers. Spacious Suite 3 is the breeziest: it has terraces on both sides of the building.

Poolside

There’s a heated pool at the bottom of the garden overlooking the green hills and wind turbines in the distance.

Packing tips

Riding boots and jodhpurs to have a canter on one of the rescued horses at the on-site refuge. No beach towels: there’ll be one ready to use in your room.

Also

There’s a two-night minimum stay. With a bit of notice, yoga and massages can be arranged.

Children

This hotel is better suited to couples - leave the children at home!

Eco‐friendly

Water is solar-heated, everything that can be is recycled and all the building materials are reclaimed.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s no restaurant, but the owners lay on a table d’hôte five times a week. Amelia cooks up simple Spanish fare such as grilled fish with caper salsa and secreto Ibérico (a hidden cut of marbled meat – fatty, but delicious). The set menu costs €35 excluding wine.

Hotel Bar

There’s an honesty bar with wine and spirits which guests can help themselves to 24 hours a day.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 9am and 11am. Grab lunch between 12pm and 3pm, and dinner from 8.30pm until midnight.

Room service

Light bites can be brought up to your room from noon until 7pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

What you’d wear to your friend’s house for a slap-up supper.

Top table

One of the tables for two by the window so you can look out over the gardens.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The nearest beach is El Palmar, 15km out of Vejer. It’s wide and sandy with a restaurant or two to choose from. Slightly further away, Conil’s protected cove beaches are at the bottom of a looming cliff face. There are several golf courses nearby, including Montenmedio Country Club and Sherry Golf Jerez. If the surf’s up, the hotel can arrange lessons, and they can hook you up with horses to ride, too.

Local restaurants

In the mediaeval quarter of Vejer, enjoy North African-inspired cuisine among the vaulted stone cellars and peaceful gardens of La Casa del Califa (+34 956 447 730) on Plaza de España. Up on a hill top above the beaches of Vejer and Conil, Restaurante Patria (+34 956 448 463) has a small but frequently changing menu and a wide selection of Spanish wines. Venta Pinto (+34 956 450 069) is a typical Andalucian restaurant on the way down to Vejer from the hotel.

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Vejer’s final frontier

Casa la Siesta

Casa La Siesta, Los Parralejos s/n, Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz Province, 11150

Planes

The nearest airport is Jerez, 40km away. Iberia (www.iberia.com) fly here via Madrid. A helicopter can be drafted in to transport you (€500).

Trains

Cadiz has a train station which will connect you to Madrid via Seville, and Barcelona direct (but it’s a long slog; book an overnighter). Services are operated by Renfe (www.renfe.com). It’s around a 40-minute drive from the hotel.

Automobiles

Head out of Vejer and into the surrounding countryside on the A2229 and CA4200: Casa la Siesta is in a hamlet 10 minutes away. Parking nearby costs €5 a day.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Louis de Rohan , Brand builder

The black silhouette of Andalucían hill town Vejer de la Frontera in Cadiz is crested with a halo of streetlights. We’ve just driven from the tiny airport of Jerez and it’s a welcome sight at 10.30pm on a Friday night in Spring. Armed with a scribbled napkin map from a charming waiter in a chic Vejer taverna, we venture along country lanes, wind down the windows and treat our lu…
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Casa la Siesta

Anonymous review by Louis de Rohan, Brand builder

The black silhouette of Andalucían hill town Vejer de la Frontera in Cadiz is crested with a halo of streetlights. We’ve just driven from the tiny airport of Jerez and it’s a welcome sight at 10.30pm on a Friday night in Spring. Armed with a scribbled napkin map from a charming waiter in a chic Vejer taverna, we venture along country lanes, wind down the windows and treat our lungs to clean spring air loaded with the scent of sweet jasmine and new grass shoots.

Hidden on the pitch-black country roadside is a small signpost for Casa La Siesta. There’s a welcoming glow from the butterscotch stone walls of this impressive country residence. Mrs Smith grapples with the intercom and soon we’re through the gates, crunching down the gravel drive. Engine switched off, we hear the mesmerising purr of crickets and frogs in chorus.

At the entrance to the property is a diminutive figure; we carry our bags towards her as she beckons ‘Hola! Me llamo Maria Jose,’ in a thick Andalucian accent. In the distance, a donkey bays and the hillsides ricochet with barks from a pack of restless farm dogs. Weary from a week in London, but dizzy with anticipation, we make our way into the gorgeous biscuit-toned interior of Casa La Siesta. Mrs Smith and I look at each other, drop our bags in the terracotta-tiled room, gawp at the flickering candles and the farmhouse-chic furniture and we smile. Goosebumps are riding up the back of our necks.

Too excited to go to our room, we follow Maria Jose into the L-shaped courtyard on tiptoe, so as not to disturb the other guests. At the bottom of the garden, amid lush grass, is a spectacularly lit, large turquoise swimming pool. Rosemary bushes billow from the herbaceous borders and white-cotton curtains dance in the night breeze under a festoon of illuminated bulbs.

‘I’m sure a black cloaked, sword-brandishing Antonio Banderas is going to jump down from the roof any second,’ says Mrs Smith. Well, it does feel like a filmset inspired by a Mexican hacienda and an Andalucían cortijo. Maria Jose steers us inside and shows us a help-yourself fridge packed with ice-cold baby bottles of Cruzcampo and gestures to our room-key dangling from a wooden wall chest. We skip upstairs, open the door and we are greeted by another candlelit scene.

Vases burst with pink, blue, yellow, purple, red wildflowers from the grassy meadows. There’s a Cleopatra-style antique bathtub in the middle. After inadvertently spraying the bedroom floor Mrs Smith decides on a rainforest shower in the terracotta-tiled alcove. I fling open shutters to reveal an intoxicating view of Andalucia by night. As I focus on curious white lights in the distance, a rush of fresh Atlantic air stirs the many palm fronds.

Casa La Siesta’s interior design feels like a spread from slick Spanish magazine, Casa Campo. An unpretentious mix of blonde woods, pretty reclaimed antiques, stone floors, sage shutters ¬– it’s what us Brits call homely. Barely an hour after our arrival and Mrs Smith is plotting to take over the place for her birthday in September, convinced it’s perfect for a party.

After a deliciously deep sleep in expensive cotton sheets, we’re woken by the drum of a spring thunderstorm, crowing cockerels and the jangle of goat bells. A shard of dawn sunlight streams across the room. It’s time for breakfast.

A scattering of small white-clothed tables greets us downstairs in the main room where young, debonair guests talk in low voices. A parade of tiny dishes arrive including perfectly ripe avocado chunks drizzled in luminous-green virgin olive oil and freshly baked bread – heaven, surely?

Behind us a young chap dressed in shorts and a white Lacoste tee is smiling from behind a desk. Mrs Smith strikes up conversation and he turns out to be the mastermind behind this boutique gem. He is Lee and his wife, Amelia, is outside pushing their baby in a pram. Disenchanted with London the two moved to Vejer to learn Spanish. A few years later they’re living the dream in Andalucia, with ample space to raise a family.

Lee and Amelia’s attention to detail, style, proportions and sense of space has created the type of property you wish was your own home or country escape. Mrs Smith is so excited that she ask the former barrister where she can buy similar pieces of furniture insisting that Lee open a shop so that guests can plunder their chic.

Mountainous national parkland and spectacular views across to North Africa’s Atlas peaks is next on our agenda. After an introduction to Ringo the black pooch, we speed 30 minutes east along the coast to one of my favourite spots in the world: Tarifa. Kite-surfing across wind-blasted cobalt ocean occupies the day, capped off with ice-cold beers on the grass at Valdevaqueros beach. We get so carried away that we miss our massages at the hotel.

Under a violet sky, we head back at 9pm. A quick shower later and we jump into our car again and scoot to a nearby restaurant up in the hills. Blink and you’ll miss the tiny eatery in the unexciting hamlet. Blessed with sweeping views of the Andalucian countryside our dining experience in the tiny and wonderfully modest La Patria is outstandingly good. So much so I furiously file off stories about this gem owned by Ose and Thomas from Copenhagen, to magazines back home.

Thinking of selling up, taking up Spanish and living the Andalucian dream too now? It’s been a soul-uplifting getaway – but if you fancy following in Lee and Amelia’s footsteps, go with your eyes wide open. These guys work deceptively hard to create their seemingly effortlessly chic rural retreat. Lucky for us.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Casa la Siesta from Smith members

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We loved

The atmosphere was very tranquil. Service was excellent, rooms were very cozy and the grounds were well kept.

Rating: 10/10 stars