For most visiting the city of Cordoba, what lies behind the rustic doors in the tiny streets couldn't even be imagined. Hundreds of secret gardens, full of overgrown flower pots, vines growing up the walls, the sounds of running water and the sweet smell of orange blossom and jasmine lingering in the air.
Choose twenty of your favourite people and escape to this Spanish colonial house in a forest. This elegantly styled home opens onto beautiful gardens that turns into wild woodland, surrounding the house. Leaving you with the sensation of being in the wilderness when you are only a stone's throw away from one of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia.
A very good friend of mine gave me the idea for this post, when she said something along the lines of how stressful it had been organising her wedding and that when it was over, she was sure she would find something else to stress over.
A few years ago, I would have completely agreed. But now, I truly believe that worrying and stress doesn't have to be a part of our lives. Stress is not good for us and it can be overcome if we just dedicate some time to ourselves. Want to know which three ways helped me become a more positive and happier person?
This family run organic farmhouse sits high in the rolling green hills of Malaga's protected natural park, sparkling brightly under the Andalusian sun. The rustic country house is perfectly perched with panoramic views over the luscious mountainous landscape, giving you the sensation that you are in a faraway land, when in fact you are only a half an hour drive from the bustling city of Malaga.
La finca Herradura is a boutique stately home surrounded by hectares of private woodland. Although it is located just outside the pueblo blanco of Vejer de la Frontera, it is easy to have the sensation that you are miles away from civilisation and the whole world is yours. Like Vejer, The finca rests on a hill and boasts breathtaking views of the nearby mountains.
Driving a few miles out of the city and into the mountains that border Cordoba, you will find La Vieja Cigarra resting on a hilltop overlooking the picturesque landscape that surrounds it. As you follow rustic signposts dotted along the road and drive up the flowery passageway into la vieja cigarra you feel as though you have entered some sort of mystical garden. The cool air breeze will wash over you as the scents of jasmine lavender and lemon trees fill your nostrils.
The exclusive Spanish country house also boasts nine luxury rooms that undoubtedly keep with the atmospheric ‘cortijo’ feel that runs throughout the hotel. Most rooms come with a large bathtub and views of the stunning surrounding countryside. Each has been individually designed with scrupulous attention to detail in the decor, with a wonderful level of privacy through their own sun terraces.