Newsletter December 2014
These are last really busy weeks and then it will be more quiet in our hotel. We can look back on an absolutely impressive season. The hotel had a top-occupation. Luckily we’ve got plenty of help during the long hot summer. After that there was no time for “rest”. All rooms were regularly occupied in September, October and even now, in November.
During all the hustle we still managed to go away from it occasionally. In July we had time for a 10-days road trip through the Spanish inland and along the Costa Blanca.. A surprise during this trip was the visit to Valencia. What a nice city and what opportunities for a holiday with children!
We have ended the long school holiday with a six-day trip to London, so the kids could practice all the learned English. We will do the shopping part again, but then just the two of us.
With the hotel closed from December 8th, there will be more time for ourselves and for the family. Just to sleep in the morning a little bit longer, seems almost a vacation in itself.
Juan will be around the (closed) hotel during Christmas time so we can travel for two weeks. But not to Holland, we’ll go for the sun.
In January, we will start with the upgrading of four rooms in the hotel and the renovation of two purchased houses.
Jochem and Siebe (our sons) are doing fantastic. Jochem feels at home in the English International College, so by now we know exactly all the details of the Battle of Hastings. Siebe is still in the Spanish school in the village and he is doing an English Language Course in Marbella in the afternoons. In September he wants to follow his brother to the Language School of EIC.
We will be closed in winter for six weeks. During this time we are going to make some rooms more comfortable. From March we will have two junior suites (with Jacuzzi) and 2 superior rooms.
Bookings now directly online through its own website
For those who wanted to book directly and wanted to receive a confirmation immediately, we just had Booking.com available. However, from now it is possible to book directly on our site, also with an instant confirmation.Via the button, you are directly in our own booking engine. If you have less hurry oryou do not find the desired room, you can also just ask a question via our inquiry form. Often there are more possibilities than on our booking engine or on Booking.com.
Spanish Finca >>>> still available during the Christmas holidays
On a 8-minute walk from the hotel, just located outside Ojén, a little bit in the “campo” is situated: Finca Santa Ana. A beautiful country house consisting of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, a kitchen with dining table, a fireplace and a small living room. The corresponding garden house offers even more space for a fourth bedroom. In the garden there is a small pool (summer only) and delightful lounge sofas. The evening can be spend on the side porch with outdoor kitchen and barbeque. The house is equipped with satellite TV and Wi-Fi.
This Spanish house is 10 minutes’ drive from Marbella and the beaches and a 20 minutes’ drive from several golf courses. The Finca is for rent for a minimum stay of one week. For more information about prices and availability please contact us.
During the summer we bought two small townhouses, less than one minute “walk-away”
from our hotel. We will fully restore the houses in the coming months and equip them with all comforts while retaining its original charm. The check-in, the use of the pool and the retrieving of information can be done at the hotel. The rest of your holiday, you spend in the midst of your temporary Spanish neighbors, with the village square around the corner. Both houses have a roof terrace with BBQ.
During the last months, we have regularly been approached by people in the village to rent other properties. Likewise, the neighbors of our finca. Just outside the village of Ojén, but only 6 minutes’ walk from the square with its shops and cafes there is Finca La Era.
A large house with spacious garden and a large pool. The house can be rented depending on your group, to a maximum of four bedrooms and it is suitable for groups or families up to 8 people.
Cortigo Huerta La Casa in Ojén
An impressive villa with lots of privacy in the hills just outside Ojén. 10 minutes by car or, for those who want, about 30 minutes on foot over beautiful mountain roads to downtown Ojén. The Cortijo is quite large and consists of a living room, kitchen, three bedrooms with two bathrooms. On the lower floor is the large swimming pool, a wine cellar with shower and toilet, two large barbecue and a pizza oven. Lazy days can be spend in the orchard. Read more on our website.
Looking for new tracks and trips
When there is time enough, we are busy with the testing of walks and trips. We always try to find a nice lunch restaurant as the highlight of a daytrip. Recently we made a beautiful walk through the chestnut woods of Jubrique and had lunch at Meson La Pozuela, a restaurant with surprising modern Spanish cuisine and beautiful views.
A golfpro offers winter programs for beginners and advanced. At Marbella Golf & Country Club, 15 to 20 minutes’ drive from Ojén, there is a golf school with extensive practice facilities. One of the pros, Stephane has again put together a program to get acquainted with golf or improve your golf game.
Discount card for green fees
We can, in cooperation with “ Golf Costa “ arrange for you a tourist discount card for €20.00. This card is valid for one month and gives discount on green fees at numerous golf courses and special offers in restaurants.
Now that we have lived in Andalucia for a number of years, we have already visited many nice places and hotels, in the big cities, but also in many surprising, unknown villages. We often get tips from our guests who, after a week tour, arrive in our hotel for a little rest before they go home. Because we are relatively close to the airport of Malaga, we are always a nice base for the start or the end of a tour. In collaboration with a local and highly experienced travel agent that has the same passion of Andalusia, we can offer you customized tours. Read more about this tour ……
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