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We stayed in Ikuko's apartment for two nights.
The apartment is in the middle of the small town, was very clean and has a nice terrace to sit on that you access from the bedroom. It was a lovely place to relax for a few days. The bathroom was spacious and the kitchen very practical - the whole apartment has been renovated to a high quality.
Ikuko helped us enjoy our visit by leaving lots of lovely snacks and making herself available if we needed anything.
Car parking although not available right outside the apartment was always easy to find within a couple of minutes walk.
This is a nice small white village to visit which does not get many tourists, and provides nice walks nearby within the national park.
Thank you very much for coming to Cortes and very warm review. Hope to see you again.
Ikuko a été très attentionnée, elle était présente à notre arrivée pour nous montrer le bon fonctionnement de son appartement et nous avait mis à disposition fruits, eau, jambon, fromage, lait, thé etc....et même des cartes postales ! Notre trop court séjour à Cortes de la Frontera (3 nuits) ne nous a pas permis de mieux profité du sourire et de l'amabilité d'Ikuko.
Thank you very much for coming to Cortes and very warm comment. Hope to see you again.
We stayed at Ikuko's for two nights in Cortes de la Frontera.
Ikuko was a fun host (we met her in a nearby bar and shared a drink before heading to the property) and we saw her out and about a couple of times throughout our stay.
The flat was impeccably clean with plenty of Spanish charm. It was in great condition and there were lots of little bits and pieces that added to our comfort (iPod dock, plenty of towels, dominoes)...
The sheets and towels smelt amazing! Great for weary travellers!
The place is bigger than it looks in the photos, it is actually a whole house set over three floors, kitchen on one floor, bathroom and sitting room on the next and top floor houses the bedroom and a really great balcony with chairs and a table.
Ikuko was quick to respond and incredibly sweet in leaving us some hams, cheeses, bread and fruit given that we arrived late and the shops would not be open 'til later in the day the following morning.
The town itself is a beautiful, sleepy little settlement with a very traditional feeling to it. We loved getting away from our previous stay's hustle and bustle, but perhaps for those looking for a more fast-paced holiday, Cortes de la Frontera may be a little on the quiet side.
An amazing local swimming pool overlooking the mountains (1E entry) easily wiled a way a whole day.
Thank you very much for coming our village and enjoyed the local life, also very nice review. And hope to see you again in the near future.
We went to Cortes de la Frontera because if was one of the "pueblos blancos", had easy public access and because Ikuko's "lovely little white village house" was so inviting. In some ways, it was an odd choice for a cycling trip - but it didn't turn out that way. We actually did two rides down down to the river valley and back plus two great hikes in the "parque natural".
Our little white village house was a delight - 3 levels in a narrow house in the center of the village. I loved my rooftop bedroom and terrace - the views over the tile roofs to the green hillsides all around were great. In May it is definitely a Spanish village - not much tourist life which was great for us - there are plenty of little bars for tapas and coffee, little shops for anything you might need, a bit of history and- just enjoying the local life going on around you.
I encourage others to get off the tourist track and go enjoy a few days in Cortes.
We felt instantly at home and comfortable in Ikuko's lovely little village house. The house was immaculate and obviously well-cared for and Ikuko had thoughtfully provided fruit, bread, etc. for us upon our arrival. We loved the balcony overlooking the village and the nearby church. The modern kitchen and bathroom had everything we needed. Cortes de la Frontera is a small easy-going village, and Ikuko had very helpful recommendations.
We would definitely stay there again!
From the minute we arrived in Cortes la Frontera we were made to feel welcome by the locals and then Ikuku who met us and took us to her little house.
Everything you needed was there, including unexpected breakfast provisions, wine, cheese, fruit and olives. We were so lucky to experience Easter Saturday night Semana Santa,visit the beautiful church and see the children with street parades in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning.
Maps, guide books and information on walking tracks was all available in the little house. It was perfect.
Thank-you Ikuku for thinking of everything that a traveler may need. We loved your house and rooftop balcony.
Trish n Tony
This quaint 3 level apartment has a great rooftop view over Cortes de la Frontera. The town was a fantastic place to stay in order to explore the area... close to Ronda and many other white villages. Amazing starting point for many hikes. Ikuko had all kinds of information for hikes and other activities, as well as maps of the area. Loved the big bath and beautiful balcony patio outside the bedroom.
I was first drawn to the lovely little white village house because of the photos and the location but found Ikuko to be a most gracious hostess going beyond anyone's expectations. Her flat is charming and she provided everything, and I mean everything, from bottled water to fruits, liquor, washing machine, i-pod charger, and postcards to the most luxurious bathroom we had on our entire trip. I thought I may be disappointed by staying in a remote town rather than Ronda but was I wrong. Ronda is so touristy and Cortes de la Frontera was a chance to see the real Andalucian hills. We hiked from Cortes de la Frontera to the next town on the rail track then took the train back. Ikuko took us out to a tavern full of local color and showed us the best meat, produce, and bakery shops in town. Sipping local wine on the terrace overlooking the town's roof tops, listening to Spanish guitar music from the cafe down the street and watching the blazing display of stars was spectacular. I will most definitely return to lovely little white village house.
An amazing place to stay. Ikuko is very friendly, the house is very nicely designed and very comfortable. She even managed to put a full sized bath tub in the tiny bathroom. The village itself is also very nice, and the balcony view alone is worth visiting. Absolutely recommended.
Ikuko was a great host. Friendly and knowledgeable about the town. The house is very quaint and lovely. Perfect for 2 people.