A cosy upstairs apartment in an Andalusian-style patio home, in the San Miguel neighborhood of Jerez, well located in the old town near flamenco peñas and sherry-wine cellars. A great base for exploring Jerez and the wonderful region of Cadiz!
Cosy and quaint 1 bedroom apartment on the top floor of a small Andalucian style patio house in the historic neighborhood of San Miguel, with excellent nearby sherry wine cellars and flamenco peñas. Free wifi.
Although I do say the apartment can accommodate three people, it would have to be with a couple in the main bedroom and one person on the sofa living room, so probably not ideal for three friends travelling together.
The place is very handy for people studying flamenco are wanting to use Jerez as a base for exploring the region, as there are good rail and bus connections nearby, in addition to Jerez airport with regular flights to Madrid, Palma, Barcelona, etc. From the house you are 5 minutes walk to the central Calle Larga with lots of shops and tapas bars. The nearest beaches are in El Puerto de Santa Maria, about a 15-20 minute drive away. Although I do not have assigned parking for the house, parking on our street is free and on a space-available basis. It is usually not a problem to find parking near the house.
We live in a separate apartment downstairs and work from home, with occasional absences for work, but we're usually on hand to provide information about what to see and do, where to eat and drink, and of course where to find the best Flamenco! We have a lovely cat (Mutabal) and a chirpy Pomeranian (Poncho).
The neighborhood is tranquil and very typically Andalucian, so imparts a real local feel. It's your home away from home in Jerez!
The communal patio downstairs
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as you like. We try to be sure to meet and greet all our guests, and are usually available (our apartment is downstairs) for questions, a chat, or a glass of sherry.
Along with Barrio Santiago on the other side of town, San Miguel is legendary for its flamenco. Anyone wanting to get a deeper appreciation of this art form will find plenty in the neighborhood: peñas, dance studios, and guitar teachers. We can even organize flamenco guitar lessons here.
For most of what you'll need in Jerez, you're within walking distance. Otherwise, there are municipal buses with stops just a few minutes away, and good rail connections to Sevilla and Cadiz. If you're arriving in Jerez by plane, the best thing to do is to take a taxi, which should be around 17€ to the door. There are very infrequent buses and trains from the airport to the center of town, but they rarely coincide with flight arrivals, so the taxi is best. We're a 10 minute walk from the train / bus stations, a taxi to our door should be no more than 5€.
If you are a flamenco dancer, I ask that you do not practice your "zapateado" in the apartment as I am directly below you and more importantly, it bothers the neighbors.
There is strictly no smoking allowed in the apartment, sorry. You can smoke outside or downstairs in the patio.
Please be sure when coming and going to not let the pets into the upstairs apartment, as well as when you are entering and leaving the house that the pets do not go outside.
I had a wonderful week in Sebastian and Carmen's apartment. They were great hosts, made me feel comfortable, and were very helpful. Sebastian's knowledge of the flamenco scene is a plus, since I came for a flamenco festival. The courtyard and outdoor balcony were a nice amenity. The location was great, about a 5-10 min walk to Plaza Arenal and a few minutes more to Teatro Villamarta. Wifi didn't work everywhere in the apartment, but I learned its idiosyncrasies and it was fine. The mattress was a bit soft for my taste (and back) but by no means was it awful. I would definitely stay here again.
Staying in Sebastian and Carmen's upstairs apartment is comparable to having automatically friendly neighbors in Jerez. Easy to communicate with, they are generous with their suggestions of things to do, see, eat and drink in one of Andulucia's most beautiful, small cities.
The apartment is spacious, clean and well-equipped, and staying in their neighborhood is like belonging to a traditional "barrio". One leaves with the feeling of having visited an authentic Spain. To be repeated...
La ubicación de la casa no podía ser mejor: a tan sólo unos minutos de la plaza del Arenal y en un barrio muy tranquilo (todas las ventajas de estar en un sitio tranquilo en el centro). Teníamos todo lo que necesitábamos (¡gracias por la botella de fino!) y el patio, aunque no lo pudimos disfrutar porque estaba lloviendo, era muy agradable. Pero sin duda, lo mejor de todo, el recibimiento y el trato de Carmen y Sebastian . Nos hicieron sentir como en casa y con sus recomendaciones de dónde ir a comer y qué ver nos permitieron aprovechar al máximo de Jerez el poco tiempo que estuvimos. Muchas gracias por todo y esperamos veros por Cádiz o de regreso en Jerez.
We were welcomed by Carmen as arranged. She was most helpful, and took us to the Tourist office where we could get maps and advice supplementing the most helpful notes left by Sebastian.The apartment was as described, with added extras of flowers and sherry.The area was near to the centre, and a very safe area. Car parking was easy and free. Overall an excellent first AirBnb experience.we would happily recommend it to our friends.
We loved this apartment, it's situation, it's ambiance and on top of that two sympathetic, kind, helpfull hosts with a sense of humour and much information.
Sebastian and Carmen were very pleasant, accommodating hosts. The apartment itself is spacious - the kitchen has excellent acoustics for guitar playing. The neighborhood is not touristy nor manufactured. The real experience. We got the sherry bottle treatment on arrival, had some logistical problems with a cat home invasion on the first night. Sebastian was quite helpful on matters Flamenco and food. There was a problem with the shower one morning - Sebastian fixed it immediately. The only negative aspect at the place is the weak wifi - it just works in the kitchen and only for devices with a strong network device (my tablet and smart phone could never connect, downstairs or otherwise). Anyway, I had the expectation of solid wifi, but I wasn't there to browse the web all day! Fair warning is all.
I'd definitely recommend this apartment, especially if you're in Jerez to do Flamenco related things. Having a knowledgeable English-speaking host is quite valuable. Sebastian knows teachers, etc. Great people, really nice stay.
Sebastian and Carmen were fantastic hosts. They received us with Sherry wine. All their tips about what to see and eat in Jerez and surrounding areas made our experience superb. The apartment is located near the center, and its Moroccan style makes it very cozy. It has a cute kitchen with a great selection of spices. It also has an Andalusian patio with a table and two chairs, very suitable for a meal under the stars.
I highly recommend this host!
Sebastian: US born and bred, long time expat living in Spain and Morocco, with a permanent itch to travel and meet new people. Plays a flamenco guitar from time to time and will talk with anyone who listens about Spain, Morocco, and the wonderful world of sherry.
Carmen: Born in Salamanca and bred in Almería ( Spain ). She is Psychologist, anthropology student and teacher of Oriental and therapeutic dance.
We love good food, good wine and our lovely pets ; Mutabal and Poncho. As travelers ourselves we really value local experiences and getting to know places from meaningful perspectives-not just ticking monuments and sights off a list. We have a similar approach with our guests-we'd like everyone who comes through here to appreciate the culture and natural beauty of the area as much as we do, and we happily make suggestions on what to see and do with this in mind.