A beautifully designed modern vacation home perched on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean ocean about 5km from Tarifa.
How would you describe Cortijo Andalucía in a nutshell?
It’s truly a sanctuary. The open spaces and endless views across the olive tree-dotted hills will calm you and set the scene for a deeply relaxing stay. The house itself has been refurbished with a clear focus on its past. You’ll hopefully feel at home right away – just like we do.
What is the story behind Cortijo Andalucia, what was your inspiration to create it?
We came across Cortijo Andalucía while searching for a holiday home in Andalucía during the pandemic and it really was love at first sight (and we’re only talking photos at this point!) The unique style of the house, the surroundings and the pool just felt perfect to us. We weren’t disappointed when we finally managed to travel there. It really is a dream come true. Mind you, we can’t take credit for the creation. That honour goes to the previous owners from Belgium, who have since become friends.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Cortijo Andalucía?
Firstly, let’s talk about the location. You’re really on your own, 860 metres above sea level, with views all the way to the mountain range near the coast. There are almost no neighbours (or, for that matter, lights at night) anywhere in sight. It’s extremely peaceful and quiet. You can just sit there and watch the landscape change colour over the course of the day and experience starlit nights.
The pool sits just steps from the house on an edge, giving you the feeling that you’re swimming towards the hills in the distance. The house itself is special because it feels very authentic and yet has a clean, modern design throughout. Incorporating built-in furniture, the rooms are simple and with a soothing atmosphere. We particularly love the little details: the bedside lamps made from roof tiles and the rings once used to secure stable animals to the ceiling beams.
To you personally, what is so special about Cortijo Andalucia?
It’s the profound sense of peace and calm that overwhelms us every time we arrive. The surrounding nature is breathtaking and to have this gem of a house sitting right there still makes us giddy with joy.
What do you particularly like about this part of Andalucia?
It feels “real.” The area is rural and not overrun by tourists. You’ll be mingling with the locals in Montefrío’s main square and probably see more tractors than cars parked on the road. It’s immensely relaxing and refreshing.