It´s been a while…
To be honest: there was not enough time for anything.It was a very hectic year in and around our Posada. Another year much busier than expected. Clearly, we have had our advantage because of tourists searching for a safe destination.
Already in April we were fully booked. May appeared to be “high season” and from July to late October, every day all the rooms were occupied. But now by the end of November, the hustle and bustle has more or less ended. October and the first half of November, including February, March and April are among the finest months in Andalusia. The nights are chilly, sometimes a heavy shower, but when that is over, we see again a deep blue sky and with a comfortable 20 degrees in the sun.
In general, at this time of year, the beaches are perfect for a lunch, the heat in the cities of Granada and Cordoba is gone and the mountains are green again, waiting for enthusiast and impressive hikes.
Anyway, first there was a long and hot summer. Our house was used as a temporary dormitory for a stream of interns and assistants. Of course, complemented by our “own” Juan, Saida and Claudia. Apart from that, let´s not forget our Sunday breakfast’s help: Jochem and from October also his brother Siebe to do the dishes. Own family is always cheaper.
Many friends and acquaintances have visited our house and hotel; so have many guests that were “returners”. Sometimes for longer stays, sometimes as the last stop of a trip through Andalucia.
In January, we were able to continue the reformations at Casa Charcas. As a result of struggles with the building permit, the operations there were stopped for a few months. With the spring season coming, we were in kind of a hurry. The result is amazing. Two beautiful spacious bedrooms each with a private bathroom; a lounge with satellite TV, wood stove and air conditioning.
The adjacent kitchen with all the equipment and a large sun terrace with BBQ, family table, a second fridge for cold drinks and a washing machine. The house accommodates four adults. The sofa in the room is big enough to sleep two children. The Spanish neighbours are happy that the house is in use again and welcome all temporary residents with a curious enthusiasm.
The guests can make use of all the facilities of the Posada, which is at a 2-minute walk: information, pool and breakfast if desired.
Extension of the Posada
After three years living in and next to the hotel we thought it would be nice to have a terrace of our own for eating outside during the long summer. After two years of whining, our neighbor Marghareta was willing to sell us her house.
When Diego and his men were ready with the renovation of Casa Charcas, they started to work here. Emphasis was, how could it be otherwise, on the beautiful terrace. Because we convinced that “from late April to late October, we live out”. We foreseed the terrace of a lounge area, dining table and outdoor kitchen. The rest of the house has been given a modern Andalusian atmosphere.
With this move, in July this year, the Posada was extended with two new high standard rooms and a formidable Superior Room. When you are willing to climb to the third floor, you have an impressive view including the Moroccan coast with clear weather. These three rooms have access to a shared, fully equipped kitchen.
Already three years since we completely rebuilt this small village house. Some couples have by now pledged their hearts to this place in the village and return with a certain regularity to relax for a week in another environment. A maximum of two adults and two children can enjoy this very complete house.
Marcos and Anne, friends of ours, asked us to let their beautiful Finca Molino de la Almadraba. Marcos himself made the alterations. That makes the whole certainly not standard and the house has several artistic details. The total area is 4500 sqm. The house itself has an area of 220 sqm with a spacious lounge / dining room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen including washing machine and dishwasher. In a separate part of the living room there is a fourth bed for two people. A total capacity of 8.
At the backside of the house is a spacious terrace with lounge facilities and dining table. A staircase will bring you to the pool and jacuzzi, again with sunbeds and lounge sofa. In addition, a 400 sqm garden with avocado and fruit trees giving a lovely shade on a hot summer day. You will also find all you need for a BBQ.
The Finca is a 15-minute walk from the village square and a 10-minute drive from the center of Marbella.
Internet in Ojén
At the moment people are working hard to connect Ojen on the glass fiber network of Marbella. The men of Olivenet are currently pulling cables through all the streets. The expectation is that we can connect somewhere in the early spring. Both the houses and the hotel will then have a more consistent and more powerful Internet connection.
Finca Santa Ana
Our Finca Santa Ana, that is only at a 7-minute walk from the Posada, is “upgraded”. Diego is renovating the two showers. The kitchen will be equipped with a new refrigerator and a stone countertop. We would also like to say goodbye to the last butane gas in the house. The kitchen will be equipped with a new induction hob. The pool, finally, will be fitted with new tiles.
This beautiful finca consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a reading area, a kitchen with a dining table and fireplace and a small living room. The corresponding garden house even accommodates a fourth bedroom. There is a small pool, a large trampoline and delightful lounge sofas. The evening can be spent on the side porch with an outdoor kitchen and barbecue. The house has satellite TV and Wi-Fi. The big advantage of this Spanish holiday home is that it is situated only 7 minutes away from the main square of the village, a 10 minutes’ drive from Marbella and its beaches and 20 minutes from several golf courses. The Finca can be rented for a minimum stay of one week. Call or mail us for more information on pricing and availability.
Veerle and Richard
Despite all the extra help over the past year and the daily pleasure we experience in running the hotel and the contacts with our guests, the constant seven-day working weeks are getting a little bit too much for us. Another thing is that there are still so many things to be sorted out to then, offer to our guests. Not in the least: we noticed that the attention we are giving our children depends on the daily busy schedule. That has never been the intention.
We have run into a surprising solution: Veerle and Richard are planning to move to Spain for at least two years. Starting from the spring of 2017, they are going to take care of a large part of the daily work. Veerle knows the Posada through and through. In 2014 she has worked here for five months. After that she regularly visited us and our boys. Her boyfriend Richard is currently working as a physio-therapist and would like to discover other possibilities in life.
We are certainly not going to say goodbye to the hotel, as we continue to interfere with daily, but perhaps based on a five-day working week.
To inform our guests as much as possible about the beauty that Andalucia has to offer, we collect all the information about what to do in the neighbourhood. We compose hikes, examine passable rivers, try to lay our hands on last-minute tickets for activities, steal shamelessly information from colleagues and try out golf courses. All this data is available for our guests.
On December 1st, we will close the Posada for two months. Everything must be taken in hand again after an intense season. Wash, paint, clean….. We can also do things that cannot be done while rooms are occupied. Last year, we invested in a new solar energy system. The old one has been used for 15 years and began to malfunction and was inefficient. Since all our hot water is supplied by this system, we cannot afford risks with it. We also exchanged the old buggy for a new one.
This year we will take it more easy: three bathrooms will be restyled. Everything lighter, more beautiful. Four bathrooms will get a new bath and here and there a new floor. Diego will start in a few days, and everything should be ready before February 1st!
The Pool Boys will be busy in December tiling our pool. After three times trying to finish the walls with micro-cemento, we are fed up: the material just does not appear to be suitable for swimming pools. Then we have to “fix” ourselves also a little bit. With a little bit of school-smuggling, we can leave for a three weeks’ backpackers holidays to our beloved South East Asia.
Jochem and Siebe
Everything is going very well with our two guys. Jochem is growing rapidly. In length, he passed his mother and he cannot wait to “catch up” with his father. At school, he is doing fantastic and is thinking about what subjects to choose next year. Although he never had “trade and economics” he thinks that that will be the spindle in his package. Seems inevitable. Siebe is doing very well in his first year at EIC. After going through Language School last year, he entered Primary at the same level. Sometimes English is going a little too fast for him.
We understand why: his teacher talks to the speed of a machine gun. Next year to Secondary. We are very curious to his first report. Outside school there is often not much time for the rest: music lessons, sports, walking with Joep (dog), Spanish friends, our new cat Sam, Ipad (too much) and Xbox (FIFA 17).
The best way to book for rooms, fincas and houses is to do that directly via us. You can always call, mail or send a What’s-app. On our website, you can instantly book rooms and you will receive a confirmation: our own book machine. With applications for homes etc., we really try to answer as quickly as possible.
If you really want to book through Booking.com, please then do it by clicking through our website; it´s saving us money that we will use to reward you with a bottle of Cava. Incidentally, we often have more opportunities than we indicate on Booking.com.