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.
El apartamento es muy acogedor y con una decoración árabe con mucho gusto. Tiene un patio andaluz el cual nos encantó ya que en la llegada la anfitriona nos preparó unas velas por las escaleras. Estancia totalmente recomendable. Gracias por todo.
As soon as we entered the small courtyard of the apartment we fell under its charms. Carmen made tremendous efforts to explain to us in English what we could and should discover in the local area and how everything worked. We felt immediately at home and the kitchen was well stocked with the basics. There was never any noise from the small narrow street outside and we always found a place to park. In short this is an ideal place to discover the centre of Jerez.
The apartment had a lovely homely feel to it. It was centrally located for Jerez and walking distance to everything, except the bus station which is a more comfortable $5 taxi ride away. Carmen was very accommodating and friendly and her Cat and Dog are nice too.
Jerez more generally is worth staying in for the Sherry (Bodegas Tradicion) and the Andalucian horse centre. We day tripped to Cadiz and found it a bit touristy.
We had an excellent experience with Sebastian and Carmen. The apartment was comfortable and has everything you need. Sebastian knows everything there is to know about Jerez and the general area. He recommended great places to eat, found us a parking space the first day and gave us an excellent orientation. Everything was very clean. Wifi worked well when we were hooked up. Everyplace except the bedroom had good reception. Location was ideal--about 10 minutes walk to the main square, but very peaceful at night. We would definitely return here if we come back to Jerez.
We stayed at Sebastian's and Carmen's place for almost a week during the Easter break. The apartment is great, it has everything you'll need and is beautifully decorated with lovely souvenirs from Morocco. Sebastian gave many really helpful tips and recommendations and both of them were always there when we needed anything.
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...
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 in Jerez.
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.