, Calle Almohalla 51, Archidona, (Málaga).
Almohalla 51 is a boutique guest house, hidden away but not isolated – the hotel borders the wooded hillside that rises above the town of Archidona yet is just moments from the main plazas, bars and restaurants. Created from adjoining townhouses, Almohalla 51 retains its historic features, with ancient beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls, but has all the necessary modern comforts for good measure!
Behind the whitewashed façade there are communal sitting rooms with a wood burning stove, shaded patios, landscaped terraces and a plunge pool. Outside, the seating areas are perfect for breakfasting on freshly prepared fruit, juices and eggs or enjoying a sundowner in the evening. The upper terrace and pool have beautiful views across the town, the sierra and up to Archidona’s famous Sanctuary of the Virgin of Grace. There’s also the ‘Gallinera’, a converted barn that’s perfect for hiding away with a book or making the most of the views.
Almohalla 51 is naturally temperature controlled throughout the year due to it's position and the heavy stone walls, but there is also heating for the winter and fans for a spot of cooling in the summer. Hot water is provided by solar power, a readily available resource in southern Spain and a key part of the owners eco aspirations. Where possible the conversion has used original or reclaimed materials and furniture to retain the character of the properties and to minimise the environmental impact.
Each of the five individually-designed bedrooms combines traditional features with modern comforts. The furnishings – a rich mix of antique and modern – and linen have been sourced from all around the world. All rooms have an iPod docking station, and televisions and DVD players are available on request if you would like to watch a film from the small library of DVDs. Wifi is available throughout the house.
Due to the number of stairs, Almohalla 51 is unsuitable for those with mobility issues. Also, please note that children under 14 are not accepted unless the whole house is booked.
Rooms 1, 4 and 5 have large double beds, with the remaining two available as either twins or doubles. All are ensuite, with walk in showers in Room 1 – which also has a large double-ended bath – 3 and 5.
Photos by Gary Browne, https://thestudiounderthewall.com
Whilst there is no formal restaurant, for those days that you don’t fancy wandering the few minutes to find dinner in town, the owners can provide meals on request. Using locally sourced ingredients the menu are done to order, and include Spanish and continental cuisine, all of which are served either on the terrace in warmer months or around the intimate dining room table. Notice is required. Minimum 4 people.
Breakfast is served daily, usually on the terrace.
Out and About
Jo and Ken can organise visits to a local olive farm and an organic winery, both with tours and tastings. This won them a selection in The Times "Best for Foodies" section.
Walking and bird watching: There are stunning walks through the hills and groves around the town – the hotel has plenty of maps and can point you in the direction of their favourites – and there’s a renowned climbing site a short walk away. For an idea about some of the walks around here have a look at the hotel's listing on the Walking World site. Guided walks can be arranged too, along with guided visits to bird watching areas near by.
Rafting and white water rafting: Just 20 minutes away in Cuevas San Marco you can hire kayaks on the Genil river.
Horse riding: riding for all levels arranged through local stables.
Golf: The nearest 18 hole golf course is Antequera Golf course, just 20 minutes away set in stunning countryside.
Tennis: racquets can be borrowed for the all-weather court that’s just 10 minutes away.
Beaches there are great beaches less than an hour away.
Towns and cities: Andalucia’s highlights are within easy distance of Almohalla 51. Malaga, Seville, Granada, Ronda and Cordoba should be on anyone’s list, but there’s also smaller gems like Osuna and Antequera nearby. Suggested itineraries are available.
The two standard rooms - Rooms 2 and 5 - are tucked away overlooking the rear courtyards. Their charm lies in their coziness, with a sense of romance to both rooms. One has a walk in stone shower, the other a bath with shower over, and both have antique tiled floors and lovely linens. Room 5 has a large double bed while Room 2 can be either double or twin.
Each of the three Superior rooms – Rooms 1, 3 and 4 - have a unique character, making use of the features of the building. Exposed beams, stone walls, tiled floors – it’s all beautifully rustic, but with the added benefits of modern comforts. Lovely linen, ipod docking stations to name but two. Rooms 1 and 4 have large double beds while Room 3 can be double or twin.
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Here's What Some People Have Written On Other Review Sites or in the Guestbook:
|The rooms are charming and authentic, but everything is clean, simple and the bathrooms are new, modern delights.|
|The style is traditional but stylish at the same time - it's an incredibly calm place where you can retreat to a snug corner with a book or sit in the sun by the pool and enjoy the picture postcard rooftop views. My favourite spot was the hammock in the open barn at the top of the garden.|
|What more could you ask for?|
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