Property spotlight / Spain

    Hacienda de San Rafael - Andalucía - Spain

    Tranquil country hideaway on a former olive estate halfway between Seville and Jerez. Privately owned by the Reid family for over a century, this lovingly-renovated 18th century hacienda is ideal for relaxing breaks in the Andalucían sunshine.

    Set amidst fields of sunflowers in the sun-drenched Andalucían countryside, this beautifully restored hacienda radiates romance. With just 14 stylishly rustic rooms, it’s easy to find a quiet spot amid its bougainvillea-clad gardens. There’s plenty to do nearby, from hiking and riding to visiting local sherry bodegas. Or simply stay put and be pampered beside a choice of three outdoor swimming pools.

    The lowdown

    • Combine With

      An extended stay in Seville’s old quarter at chic sister-property Corral Del Rey is the perfect complement.

    • Need to know

      We can arrange airport transfers, but you’ll need a car if you want to get around or eat out.

    • Insider Tip

      Plan your stay for May to coincide with Jerez’s annual Feria del Caballo, a week-long horse-fair where flamenco and sherry play a leading role.

    Current generation Anthony and Patrick have kept things deliberately small. Dotted around the leafy central courtyard, the 11 duplex rooms feature beamed ceilings, contemporary fabrics and rustic Spanish touches. Each has its own veranda, where you’ll be served breakfast daily. For additional privacy you can opt to stay in one of three thatched-roof casitas, which are tucked away in the east gardens. Larger and more indulgent, the casitas share their own exclusive private pool.

    Service is attentive yet informal and the spacious gardens are full of shady spots in which to while away the day. Enjoy lazy lunches beside one of the trio of pools; sip expertly mixed cocktails at the Luna or Sunset bar; treat yourself to a massage beneath the olive trees – if you’re looking to relax you’re in the right place.

    The hacienda is perfectly positioned for exploring this wonderful part of Andalucía. You’re a 40-minute drive from the historic cities of Seville and Jerez, where you can trawl innovative tapas bars and premium sherry bodegas respectively. Activities range from horse-riding and hiking to traditional Spanish cooking classes – staff can arrange almost anything you want. The pretty pueblos blancas (white villages) and beaches of the Costa de la Luz are also within easy reach.