Testimonials

Glowing Reviews of Villa Cortijo Las Salinas
Exceeded all our expectations 5-stars Everything about the cortijo exceeded our expectations. It is an absolutely perfect place to relax and entertain friends and family both young and old. Having said that, not good for pushchairs or wheelchairs as everywhere is on a different level! We will be back next year. Paco from Jaen - 04 July 2012

Stunning, Sensational, Amazing 5-stars We have enjoyed the charm of swinging in the hammocks in the warm evening light overlooking the swimming pool and the distant rolling hills of olive groves. In the background the sounds of the birds settling for the night in the fir trees. So many lovely places to visit in Andalucia. Sadly we have returned to the cold of England but hopefully soon to return. James from Portsmouth - 04 July 2012

The Perfect Place 5-stars We stayed her for 10 days in march this year–what an amazing situation. Steve & Steffi proved to be the perfect hosts –looking after us and yet giving us space. Set among the olive trees ,with beautiful walks all around –wild orchids –peaceful and enchanting. Las Salinas is both stylish and comfortable– and with Granada and Cordoba within an easy day trip its the perfect place for a gathering of friends ,family reunion or special celebration. A real gem in the Andulusian hills. S Paddon - France

Breathtaking, Cortijo Las Salinas is magical 5-stars We were looking for a large villa in Spain not on the coast and away from the British crowds. My sister, two friends and our families were looking for a self catering place that could cope with a total of 22 people. I had the unfortunate responsibility of choosing our holiday location. I searched hundreds of websites and found Cortijo Las Salinas on www.andalucianoasis.com. It looked perfect, but was not sure about booking directly with the owners after all the publicity about the scams featured in the newspapers. The photos on the website looked perfect and I became confident having spoken to Steffi, and seeing their Owner Verified badge on the website When we arrived it was breath-taking, Cortijo Las Salinas is magical and everything we had hoped for. It really is a rare gem being one of very few Cortijos of this standard in the Granada/Cordoba area. It is situated in a wonderful location with stunning views over the mountains and olive groves. Retaining all of its original charm, it truly is an Andalucian Oasis! Its secluded location makes it possible to fully escape the crowds at this relaxing and tranquil retreat whilst still being able to enjoy a home made night life with no restrictions on noise, as there really is no one to disturb. There are MP3 connection points everywhere so make sure you pack your own music. Even with 22 of us, we didn’t feel on top of each other. There are many beautiful places to be secluded and private. I really can’t recommended Cortijo Las Salinas highly enough and we will certainly be back. James Gee

Wonderful Time 5-stars We had a wonderful time at the beautiful cortijo. Who would have thought that this late in the year we would still get great weather. Well we did!! Thanks for the great time we had in your lovely cortijo, lounging by the pool on the hammock, paella in the casita and walking through the olive groves. We hope to come back soon to work on our tans. Pierre and Virginie - France

Amazing Holiday! 5-stars Cortijo Las Salinas is a amazing place! The whole place is beautiful! And I had a amazing holiday! And I really wanna come back! Steve and Steffi are very nice people! The pool is great for cooling off and we could sunbathe! It really is a must! Ryanne from Holland

Idyllic Corner of the World 5-stars What a whirlwind trip into your idyllic corner of the world!! Enjoyed every minute and what a contrast – returned here to rain and cold. Thank you both so much for all your time and attention. Feel uplifted and refreshed from the visit, so imagine what a week will do for me. So many happy moments to reflect on……… love Phyl xx Phyl from England

Unforgettable week 5-stars Now that we are home again , I should like to take this opportunity on behalf of my wife and myself, our children and grandchildren to tell you how very much we treasured the week we had at Cortijo Las Salinas. Though our expectations were high, I think that for each and everyone of us they were exceeded by the beauty of the cortijo and the surroundings and how perfect they were for our week together. It was an unforgettable week, made so by the homely atmosphere and the relaxed atmosphere you have created atSalinas. We have memories we will treasure for years, indeed decades to come. Edouard and Mia from France

Secret of a marvelous holiday 5-stars We’ve returned to gloomy UK weather and work. Don’t know which is worse.! Thank you for a marvelous break and truly entertaining cortijo and hospitality. We will pass on your secret to a very select few. Peter from Southampton

Most amazing time 5-stars We wanted to say a big thanks for renting your beautiful Place for our Family and friends.. We had the most amazing time and all the guests fell in love with the Las Salinas. It was the most magical week. You really have the most fantastic place. We’d love to come back one day to celebrate our daughters wedding in the wonderful surroundings of your Cortijo. Thank you again.

John and Katrina from Jersey

The reality is even better!! 5-stars And the dream came true, we all had been dreaming for months in front of the pictures of your wonderful cortijo and the reality is even better ! We leave tomorrow relaxed, rested and happy with beautiful memories. Dominique and Gilles, Jean and Sylvie, Olivier and Catherine and all the kids! Olivier and Catherine and all the kids! From Paris

Informal extravagance 5-stars A wonderful find, which we would describe as “informal extravagance”. Excellent location, decor and ambience. Steve and Steffi have found their true vocation and made us feel very welcome. Thank you both very much and we look forward to spending many happy times with you in the future! We wish you every success in the future. Jason from Leeds

What a wonderful place 5-stars What a wonderful place to stay, Fabulous for our big family group, it is the perfect place for a crowd and no one to disturb. The rooms are exotic and romantic, the view stunning. We have enjoyed our week here, we will be back. Thank you so much for the warm welcome and relaxing atmosphere. John and Sally from Darlington

Died and Gone to Heaven 5-stars Died and gone to heaven, the best place in the world to rest.

Dennis and Carol from Scotland

Unbelievable time 5-stars We will all remember the majestic views and the wonderful villa you have.. You are in an amazing part of Spain. We all had such a unbelievable time. We were all glad to have experienced it.

AJ from Glasgow

Absolutely blown away 5-stars I wanted to thank you for the use of your beautiful cortijo. We had a wonderful time. Before we got there I was a little concerned that it might not live up to expectations and photos on the website but as soon as we got there I was absolutely blown away with how beautiful the cortijo and views are. Better than the photos!! I would be happy to give any future holiday renters a full recommendation of how beautiful Cortijo las Salinas is. I am sure that we will be back.

Family Ball from Lincon

Wonderful Time 5-stars Paul and I had the most wonderful time at Las Salinas, The villa was lovely, scenery was beautiful, the traditional Spanish meal was delicious as was the pizza night. Steffi artwork was stunning. Thank you both for your hospitality, I am sure we will be back.

Carol and Paul from Essex, UK

GEWELDIG!!!!SUPER!!!!,prachtig,prachtig!!!!een paradijs op aarde!!! 5-stars GREAT!! SUPER !!!!, wonderful, wonderful!! A paradise on earth! Hola!!!Wij zijn met 7 personen, 1 weekje (helaas konden wij niet langer….)in Cortijo Las Salinas geweest,bij Steffi en Steve!!onze kids van 17,16,12,6 en 3 waren ook mee,wij zaten in Villa Romana!!In 1 woord..GEWELDIG!!!!SUPER!!!!,prachtig,prachtig!!!!een paradijs op aarde!!!nog nooit zo;n mooie vaknatie gehad!!!Veel tranen na het afscheid nemen!!(dit dus al na 1 week..)Steve en Steffi, de eigenaars (Komen uit Engeland)waren echt Super!!,Lief!,zeer Gastvrij!!!echt TOP!!!kan geen 1 verkeerd ding/moment noemen of bedenken…Ja,was heet,in Juli,40,44 graden,..puf,puf!!,maar hun riante zwembad ,maakte alles goed!,veel schaduwrijke plekjes!!,om te louncen en chillen!!ook hangmatten!!!,snurk,…heerlijk!!!precies zoals op de fotos,vondt de fotos eigenlijk iets te mooi om waar te zijn,…(ben n Nederlander…)maar in het echt is t nog veeel mooier!!!Kan t iedereen aanbevelen!!!,ook Steffi En Steve!!Super lieve mensen, die er alles aan doen om je vakantie ,Super te maken!,stadjes erom heen ook prachtig!!!,strand,Tormelinnos ook schitterend!!,ook voor kleine kindjes!!Top vakantie gehad!!,sinds gisteren helaas weer terug in Nederland… SUPER!!!HOLIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marianne Hiemstra from Holland

Beauty and sheer wonderfulness of this haven 5-stars I have just come back from a weekend at Las Salinas and think I have fallen in love with the tranquility, beauty and sheer wonderfulness of this haven. Hosts Steffi and Steve could not be more welcoming and hospitable. As an event organiser I have been to many wonderful places but I have to say this one just makes your heart beat a little faster. Recommend it? Yes. Yes. Yes. For all new visitors enjoy the experience. I will definitely be making this a place of sanctuary to return to again and again.____Thanks all at Las Salinas who made it such a treat.____Debra

Debra Mayfield

Heartily Recommended 5-stars Within the magnificent setting of Las Salinas we worked on our art and created peices to take home. We enjoyed the week and the quality of Steffi’s teaching was amazing. Steve created some marvelous meals using all the local produce which added to this very special art week. Highly recommended.

Katie and the girls

An Amazing Week 5-stars Thank you both so much for an amazing week. We want to come back as soon as we can. We loved the poppies in full bloom and our photographs are exceptional. We want to come back next year to see the sunflowers.

Jamie and Bianca from Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire

Great Tracks for MBT 5-stars Great views, great tracks, hills and enough technical stuff for MBT. I can’t wait to return with my own bike. Having a wonderful swimming pool to cool down in is just perfect. I could spend 6 months here exploring and can’t wait to return.

Russ from Hedgerley, Bucks

Most amazing place, wonderful holiday, Sensational 5-stars What a place! Just sensational. Two weeks is not long enough, we can’t wait to come back.

Barry and Jane from Norfolk

Incomparable Experience 5-stars A complete delight! So romantic – feel utterly refreshed, Cortijo Las Salinas is a triumph. Congratulations to you both.

Antony and Judith from Sunningdale, Berkshire

Truly Awesome ! 5-stars We are full of awe with what you have at Cortijo Las Salinas. Haven’t been in a hammock for years. Look forward to returning, not too long away and we will come with the whole family.

Jo and Jim from Fareham, Hants

Marvelous Family Holiday 5-stars Just a small word from France where we returned to yesterday. We want to thank you again for our marvelous stay in Cortijo Las Salinas and for your unconditional soulful, but discreet involvement. We will keep in touch in the future months to find out more about your events and we will be discussing about next year because we would like to visit you again and share more time with you.

Richard and Pascale from Paris, France

A very special place with magical moments 5-stars It is difficult to express how impressed I am with Cortijo Las Salinas. The positive and creative energy of the place you have created a little paradise. This place fulfills the soul, the senses and the spirits of any luck person to visit or stay. There have been many magical moments at Las Salinas and I hope revisit many times. Thanks again for this very special place and you are very special people.

Jerome from France

So many magical memories 5-stars Pink peppercorns, purple squishy figs and chilled cava. Thank you so much for a wonderfully restorative week in this amazing place. Refreshed, restored and revived. I can’t wait to return.

Joanna from Bambury, Bucks

UN EDEN DE LOS DIOSES AL ALCANCE DEL HOMBRE 5-stars Situada en un enclave privilegiado, el cortijo se alza sobre un esplendor y encanto inimaginable. Rodeado de lujos, recuerda a los antiguos cortijos de señoritos decimonónicos. Son mágicas las noches bajo el firmamento donde, alejados de la contaminación lumínica, puedes apreciar la inmensidad del manto estrellado que se alza en mitad de la nada. Los amaneceres con sus primeros rayos de luz que invitan a descubrir el fastuoso entorno natural. El susurro del rio, que pasa a los pies del Cortijo. La espectacular piscina y los jardines de la casa. Cada detalle que compone los dormitorios es minucioso. El buen gusto en la decoracion y los numerosos lugares de descanso de los que dispone el cortijo junto a la amabilidad de sus propietarios, hace del Cortijo La salinas un edén de los dioses, al alcance del hombre. Un lugar mágico.

Iris Vico

The villa is awesome 5-stars Had a wonderful time, the villa is awesome! Loved looking at your art work, really beautiful work, I will enjoy seeing your painting on my wall. The peace and quiet was so relaxing, hopefully see you here again. Love Dilys

Dilys from UK

I shall be back! 5-stars Thank you, thank you for all the fun and friendship. I’m going home stronger – possibly mentally, definitely physically. Thanks to a week with Chloe and Kiran. . All my love, Delia

Delia From England

Exceeded all our expectations 5-stars Everything about the cortijo exceeded our expectations. It is an absolutely perfect place to relax and entertain friends and family both young and old. Having said that, not good for pushchairs or wheelchairs as everywhere is on a different level! We will be back next year.

Paco from Jaen - 04 July 2012

A Perfect Spot 5-stars We heard about this place through a friend, inviting us to join a group trip – what a good decision to say yes! We had the most wonderful week at Cortijo las Salinas, enjoying this peaceful property and the amazing views across the hills in Andalucia. Steve and Steffi are the owners who live on site, and they welcomed us with such warmth and great ideas for mini adventures: gorge walking, the castle at Alcala la Real, seeing The sunset at the local lookout, and even tips for our day trip to see Alhambra in Granada. We also enjoyed Steffi’s yoga classes and art sessions, and relaxing by the lovely pool. Bliss! Others here have mentioned the food; it really is wonderful, and the pizza and paella nights were brilliant fun. When you come you must ask Steve all about how they found and restored the place – amazing stories.

Helen T. Saint Albans

Perfect Wedding Venue
5-stars
 I feel obliged to write a review of Cortijo Las Salinas because I feel it deserves to be made known to anyone travelling to Spain why this place should be regarded as one of best venues the country has to offer!
I was privileged enough to be a guest at a wedding there recently and spent the best part of a week at the Cortijo. From the outset you can tell that a great deal of work mixed with admirable taste in spanish decor has made this the most idyllic spanish retreat. Complimented by rolling hills of olive trees and set back a mile and a half away from any roads, you instantly feel liberated from normality and as relaxed as could possibly be. Steve and Steffi are great hosts, they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and took their time to get to know all of their guests which I found very welcoming. Its difficult to know where to start when trying to describe the place as the entire complex was so impressive, it was like something off a film. At first the courtyard alone was enough to impress with a moroccan lounge set back overlooking the bell tower and courtyard fountain, then leading on to the huge farmhouse style lounge dining and kitchen area. But this is only outshone by its outdoor space which begins with an amazing pool area perfect for families and children, the area is surrounded by different sun lounge areas including a hut and a pergola area to keep out of the sun. This leads on to an outdoor kitchen with bar, stone bake pizza oven, barbecue and a paella cooking dish. IN fact Steve and Steffi cooked all the wedding guests an amazing paella which you MUST try! Beyond here is a function space which was used as the wedding reception but I can imagine it can be used for many other occasions, picture perfect against the backdrop of hills you can see for miles. I live in Australia and I have many other countries I wish to see and explore but I’ve already began to plan a trip back here to see and experience this place again, it literally is that good. I wish Steve and Steffi all the best and give this place a 5/5 , this is definitely the right choice
Phil Marra 4 August 2014

See it to believe it
5-stars
I never write reviews, I like to think people can make there own mind up about tplaces, but I had write one for Cortijo las Salinas. It seriously is amazing and a very peaceful. If you like art you will love Steffi’s work which is in most of the rooms she also has a studio which has lots of lovely artwork for viewing & buying. If you like food you will love it even more Steve made a couple of Spanish dishes for us on the first night and makes an excellent paella there’s also a huge outdoor Pizza oven unfortunately we didn’t sample the pizzas (hopefully we will next time) Steffi & Steve are excellent hosts fantastic food and very helpful. Plenty of space around the pool and in it of course, we had two children under 6 when not in the pool there was plenty of shaded areas for them to sit out of the sun. You need to go to this place it’s a part of Spain I never thought I would see and I’m glad I have and could not think of a better place to have experienced the “real Spain”. 5/5 I would recommend to anyone and hope to visit again
Jordan J 31 July 2014

Absolute Andalucian Amazement
  5-stars
A most beautiful view, delicious food and the warmest of welcomes, my week at Las Salinas was incredible. Steve and Steffi have done a wonderful job building up the Cortijo and making it the place it is today. There is a lovely pool to swim in, hammocks to relax in, a bar to drink at, a lounge to sit in, olive groves to walk amongst, a gorge to wade through and a huge outdoor casita to eat in. The pizza and paella nights were a highlight of mine, I highly recommend taking that option. Also if you want to go out there is a local market at Alcala La Real which is about 20minutes down the road where there are some nice cafes and restaurants. I can’t wait for my next visit
Ali Frankie 15 August 2012

AMAZING!!! 5-stars We stayed in this slice of paradise for a week, had the best time ever. Steve and Steffi were the perfect hosts, providing us with pizza evenings, making them from fresh dough and ingredients in a proper stone pizza oven, good parties in the evenings and ultimate relaxation during the day. They even arranged local football matches for the boys with the locals. I was so sad to leave and cant wait to go back. Such a beautiful place, especially to think they have built it all up themselves. I honestly couldn’t recommend it more! Thank you to Steve and Steffi for a truly wonderful and unforgettable week!!

Helen K 14 August 2012

The most amazing place in the whole of Spain 5-stars

 

The time we spent at Cortijo Las Salinas was absolutely heavenly! Steffi and Steve made everybody feel very welcome at their oasis in the mountains and catered to absolutely every whim. They’ve really made it their own, with fantastic finishings, art work and little touches. The food was wonderful, the scenery glorious and the accommodation fantastic. A little nirvana in the middle of nowhere, but just close enough to Granada that you can still get there if spending a lot of time by the pool isn’t your thing. Gorge-walking was a great treat too – and is a definite must. Wish I were still there now.
Annie C 17 August 2012

Amazing country getaway 5-stars

 

I stayed here a few weeks ago and did not want to leave (seriously, I almost cried). This place is a true gem. After a long car ride from Madrid, we were welcomed by Steffi and Steve with a few much needed glasses of sparkling Rose. Steffi showed us around the beautiful grounds. Our room was spacious and beautifully decorated with views of olive orchards. Our first night there we made pizza in the outdoor wood oven and had a great time having a communal meal with our hosts and the other family who was staying. SInce there is so much to do around the property we never even left and spent the day hiking and relaxing by the pool only to be treated to a top Indian meal for dinner (Steve is quite a chef). I can’t say enough good things about both the Cortijo and its hosts. I will definitely be back but will make sure to stay longer next time.
Rachael M 23 August 2013

Outstanding in every respect 5-stars

 

It is difficult to put into words just how incredible this place is. The whole place is a work of art – nestled in the ancient olive groves of Andalusia. Steffi and Steve, the owners are so kind and welcoming – you truly feel at home here – but without the hassle and stress that sometimes accompanies being at home! They have put so much love and care into creating this place of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation – it really is THE place to go to recharge your batteries, de-stress and take time out to really appreciate life.
Food – 10/10 (Delicious, healthy, amazing food) Accommodation 10/10 (Beautiful, comfortable, pristine, cleaner than clean) Environment 10/10 (Exquisite, lush, non-toxic, no road fumes, no plane noise – just bird song)
Jayney Goddard 21 January 2014

The best kept secret of Spain 5-stars

 

We have just arrived home from the most amazing retreat venue. Steffi and Steve are a great team and perfect hosts. Beautiful and stylish accommodation decorated with art work from Steffi, beautifully presented, nourishing and tasty food cooked by Steve. Amazing views.
Selfishly, I would prefer to keep this secret but at the same time it would be a crime not to share it.
Jans Yoga 13 June 2014

A Magical Week 5-stars

 

I spent a week in beautiful Cortijo Las Salinas and as an artist this place is pure magic to me. I spent hours just staring at the mountains and olive trees and ever-changing light and listening to the sound of bird song. Steffi and Steve are the loveliest hosts and are so kind and welcoming. There is simply so much and it is all so well presented and aesthetically pleasing. There is an honesty bar, outdoor dining area, large kitchen and living room, outdoor covered yoga area with the most amazing view, large swimming pool, gorgeous outdoor Moroccan chillout area, Steffi’s art studio for artists on retreats, stunning local walks, a river and waterfall, a walk away. Steve is a fantastic chef and will cook you paid-for meals or you can self-cater. There is also a treatment room for massage, Reiki, beauty treatments. I liked sitting in a specially built sun shelter, by the pool, sketching overlooking the valley and hills. When evening comes the light is even more spectacular. The local village of Sabariego is quiet and friendly with sweet little shop and bars and there are many historical towns with ancient castles a short drive away.
Alice Juliette 6 July 2014

A Magical location, like a movie set! 5-stars

 

My daughter and son in law had the confidence to book this wonderful location from Australia (on the basis of the excellent trip adviser reviews), for a large wedding party staying for 5 days and a reception for 80 people. What we got was a magical experience in a beautiful place with amazing views hosted by wonderful people – Steve and Steffi, the food was so gorgeous, the whole experience surpassed all our expectations, so so good. We would definitely like to come back again. xxx
Elvis080 30 July 2014

An Amazing Experience 5-stars

 

At Cortijo Las Salinas I experienced the best of everything! Great food, great coffee, great ambiance, beautiful weather and scenery. An idyllic setting, it is heaven on earth!

Highly recommended! Steffi and Steve are very generous hosts who are warm, friendly and think about the extra touch that makes the Cortijo Las Salinas a very special place to visit.

All the rooms are beautiful and individually decorated!

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Suzanne Cambray 31 July 2014

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