— Please tell us a bit about the history of Placate de Cázulas.
We’ve been in occupation since 1994. The house had been empty for 20 years, and was previously owned by a Marquesa de Montenaro y Barcinas. The building had changed quite a bit over the years. We took about 6 years to improve it, because it was in a terrible state. All of the refurbishing was done by us, and we’re still doing it. It’s a lifetime project, really.”
— Palacete de Cázulas
— What was the inspiration to buy Placate de Cázulas and rent it out?
We used to run Palacete de Cázulas as a boutique hotel, but we decided it wasn’t really viable. We were working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week for five years. It was getting a bit much, really. We restrict it now to rentals. That’s what we specialize in and it works quite well.”
— Palacete de Cázulas chapel
— How would you describe the style of the mansion?
It is a family house and it is being treated as such. When a group comes, they feel they’re in a really smart, special property, like a private let. The only concession to the hotel side of things are the room numbers.”
— Please tell us a bit about the facilities and the rooms at the villa.
Brenda, my wife, has done a miracle on the gardens. They are very ornamental, similar in style to the Alhambra. In terms of facilities we also have a heated swimming pool and a hard tennis court.
We spend quite a bit of time in the winter doing improvements. Our guests come back over and over because we’re always doing new stuff and improve the property, yet keep it all in the style of the house.”
— Swimming pool
— There is also a chapel on the property, perfect for weddings.
We also have a recently converted olive mill that we use as a wedding hall in the winter or when it’s raining.”
— Palacete de Cázulas main suite
— How would you like your vacation guests to remember their stay at Placate de Cázulas?
Most of our wedding groups don’t want to bother with cooking so we offer catering for them. We don’t do the reception, because that’s a specialist caterer operation but our girls are pretty good and the cooks are all Spanish locals and have been working for us for nearly 17 years. We’re very adaptable. We can offer them whatever services they want, really, which is quite unusual and not many people can offer that.”