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A family-run, former olive farm in a beautiful rural Andalucian setting, halfway between Seville and Jerez.
The family-owned and managed Hacienda San Rafael strikes the perfect balance between rustic charm and modern sophistication, with the relaxed atmosphere of a private country house.
The eleven rooms are set around a cobbled courtyard, each with a veranda where breakfast is served. Colourful bougainvillea drapes the whitewashed walls, while the interiors have a casual, rustic feel to them. For those seeking additional privacy, there are three casitas (thatched cottages) in the five acres of gardens.
There are three swimming pools and a paddle tennis court, while the main building has an air-conditioned library and an honesty bar. Massages and yoga are also available.
The restaurant serves good, simple Mediterranean food based on fresh, locally sourced produce, with dining alfresco whenever possible.
The owners of the Hacienda own another great property - Corral del Rey - in the heart of Seville.
Harriet, Original Traveller