As I find difficoult to describe myself so I'll copy some of the comments left by my guests.... :)
A group of us have just spent a week at the Cortijo peaceful and relaxing. Cosy evenings in front of the open log fire - chatter and much laughter. Plenty of space and comfort, what more could 8 friends want. Thank you Giorgio, you are a delightful and helpful host. Your vegan meal was delicious and much appreciated.
Best wishes to you from us all.....Lynne, Jan, Sandra, Toni, Mike, Tony and Ann and Peter.
14 - 21 April 2012
We wanted to thank you for this beautiful place you have available. We had a great time at home and have visited many.
The village is very nice too.
We hope you are well and that you will continue to maintain the house. We enjoyed your company and your kindness.
Almogia is great place to get away from city life and chill up in the mountains. Great place to relax with friends and family, I would definately like to go back.
Landlord is very helpful and welcoming
We did not really know what to expect when arriving at the Cortijo, we had seen the website and were guided by the positive reviews on this site. We were a party of 12 adults from Gibraltar, between 23 and 29 looking for a restful weekend but needed to be close to Malaga to go to a concert on the Saturday night. We stumbled across Giorgio and the Cortijo through this website and we were not disappointed.
The Cortijo is a rural country house, with plenty of character. The Cortijo is less than 15 minutes walk away from picturesque 15th century white washed town of Almogia, which is a classic Andalucian mountain town, population approximately 4,400 people who were welcoming to us. For the sum of EUR7.00 you could get a three course workers lunch at a particular local restaurant, which is simple but very nice. Cost of living is generally cheap and the locals are chatty and always willing to help. Almogia gives you a true picture of what simple village mountain life is all about in Andalucia. It has a number of local shops where you can get most things cheaply though the nearest big supermarket is 25 minutes drive down the mountain.
Giorgio, the owner of the Cortijo, has lovingly nurtured the plants and the surroundings throughout this beautiful plot of land to make it feel like you are truely away from the rat-race of day to day life.
All the essentials to live were available, together with a few little extras like a pool table, plenty of books, a few dvds and an internet connection which we did not use. It was nice to get away from work, television and media and spend time in each other's company and also walking in the stunning mountain paths around the Cortijo!
I mentioned the concert as Giorgio stopped at nothing to ensure that we were able to get taxis down to Malaga and to ensure that we had everything we needed in terms of essentials. He also has bicycles available to cycle around.
The essence, in my view of the Cortijo and the facility Giorgio offers is a get away, to lose the hustle and bustle of day to day life and be at one with yourself, your friends/family and your surroundings. He makes you feel welcome without intruding and he's always available. Visiting the Cortijo is all about getting a true feel of life in the 'campo' (Spanish countryside). The Cortijo and Almogia are far cry from the extravegance and oppulence of places like Puerto Banus, but you don't go to Almogia for that life.