What our previous guests think about their visit to rural Spain

January 2013

Well, what can I say? We have spent a fantastic few days in this lovely village. It has been really special to be here for ‘El dia de los Tres Reyes’ The children loved it and have been totally spoiled by the friendly villagers, especially at Bar Jesus. Fran and Mike, you have been the best hosts. Our holiday could have taken a downturn when we realised that we had forgotten our driving licenses and couldn’t pick up our hire car, but thanks to your help and advice we have had a great time anyway. Thanks so much, Heather, Jem, Saffron and Charlie.

July 2012

Our second visit to Fran and Mike’s lovely place in Corteconcepcio-this time with our daughter Sam. We all cannot wait to return. The area, village and people are so nice. The house is lovely and well equipped. All this is made more special by Fran and Mike who are two of the nicest people you will meet. So helpful with everything and we loved the walk with Fran and what a great cook she is!! We all enjoyed our last night with you both at the flamenco fashion show at Carnaveral. Lyn, Richard, and Sam.

April 2012

Thanks for our stay. We’ve had a lovely time. Thank you for all your help and assistance during our time here in rural Spain. Fran, thank you so much for preparing our pre visit shopping and for all your help with organising our walking routes. Mike, thank you for all the lifts and for organising our fab meal at Bar Javier – the pork was amazing. All in all, it was a great week with some great walks, local people and food. Sam and Elliot

November 2011

We’re leaving today after three fantastic weeks of walking, relaxing and good food. Some rain but it was not unexpected. This is the friendliest village we have ever stayed in, in Spain. The local people are lovely and Fran and Mike are exceptional hosts, always helpful with good recommendations for walks, they even fed us! We never go to the same place twice – there’s so much of Andalucia to see, but this could be the exception. Kathryn and Pete

January 2009

The Sierra de Aracena is so beautiful, and Corteconcepcion is such a welcoming village. The local people made us feel so welcome, we tried to talk with the locals over a few tapas, and even though we didn’t understand each others language we still had a great time. The Townhouse is a great base, and the wood burner was fantastic for heating the house. We enjoyed Fran & Mike’s company during our visit, and thank you for looking after us so well.
Rina & Richie. Uitgeest, Holland

March 2009

Came to Corteconcepcion and Aracena to walk theSenderos – which we really enjoyed. We loved the kitchen in the house, as we cooked every night with such great quality local produce – all in all, a great holiday.
John and Moyra, Oxford

Fiesta weekend June 2009

Here are some of the lovely memories we are taking back to Hull of our holiday in No. 12 Evaristo Perez:

  • Watching the sunset at Barcina
  • Sat in the street drinking wine and watching the stars
  • The smell of rosemary strewn across the village streets
  • Walking with Fran across the hills to Valdezufre for breakfast
  • Drinking in Bar Jesus with Mike and friends on Fiesta weekend
  • Watching the ‘special person’ conduct the brass band
  • Following the procession through the streets during fiesta
  • Fireworks
  • Swimming in the lake with no one else around
  • Seeing the storks
  • And listening to Gary order una pinta and getting a pizza!!

I could go on and on but just want to say thanks for sharing this ‘mellow’ part of Spain
Sheila and Gary, Hull

December 2008

Dear Fran & Mike. Thank you both so much for showing us such a fantastic time and providing such a charming and comfortable home for us to use on our honeymoon. Your insights into the region and your intimacy with the community made our time here something more than a holiday. You truly helped us feel like part of the Corteconcepcion family. Thank you for the special touches: the home made pies and jam, plus the olives from market. We really enjoyed meeting all the locals in Bar Jesus, and Bar Javier. The Christmas Eve afternoon drinks, was a real experience. Walking with Fran was so enjoyable and we learned a few things about the real Spain. We hope to see you again.

Matthew & Vanessa. London.

December 2008

We had a fantastic break, thank you Fran & Mike. We enjoyed : the evening of tapas in the village bars. The day at the lake in the sunshine, followed by the walk back to Corte, where we saw hoopoes (Bird!). We walked to and from Aracena and saw the famous black pigs. The other highlights were: the lovely lunch of Jamon at Bar Javier in the village, and the stars at night…. The house was lovely and comfortable, with a good range of books and DVD’s. Off to Seville now to explore. Thank you again.

Amanda & John. Putney. London.

November 2008

We really enjoyed a fantastic holiday here thanks to the super hospitality of Fran & Mike. The highlights of the trip: visiting the jamon factory, buying chorizo and lomo. The railway trip around Riotinto Mines. Seville Cathedral & Bullring. The Grutas caves in Aracena. The walks, birds and sun. And El Rocio (definitely worth the visit). Many thanks.

Alan & Helen. Worthing, and Fred from Chelmsford.

October  2008

We cannot wait to get back here!!! Loved it again.  Our second visit to Fran & Mike’s. Great people that you only meet once in a lifetime!

Tom & Sharon. Bolton.

April 2008

A bird watching week in the most gorgeous scenery – the meadow flowers & rural villages with their storks were fantastic. Travelled many miles, including down to Donana and the Huelva region – an absolute must for any “birder”. Black storks, purple heron and the eagles and vultures were amazing. Over 120 species noted in a week… Fran & Mike perfect hosts & the house immaculate. Learnt some Spanish, and the meaning of “Hay”. I can now have café manchou!

Cherrill & Chris.

April 2008

Fran & Mike the perfect hosts, always offering help and giving us lifts – next time we’ll hire car and spoil them (or leave them in peace!) The little house is more than well equipped with everything. Fran has thought of it all. The food and the BBQ was wonderful, the walks were fabulous. The local people are so polite and patient given our poor Spanish (we will try harder next time) especially the twins at Tienda Maru, the Estanco lady and Manuel (Bar Jesus) and his kind family. Many, many thanks. Seville was a wonderful city, especially the Alcazar.

Lorna & Janice. Wilmslow

March  2008   

After reading the visitor book; there isn’t much we can add. We enjoyed our week very much. The surroundings are beautiful, the house is spacious and comfortable and Fran and Mike are great hosts. The evening in the village bar was fantastic. So if we come to this region again (and there are still many walks left for us) we will hope that we can spend our holiday on the same address again. Thanks for everything.

Bert & Ans. Amsterdam.

December 2007

A few of our favourite things….. Seeing the pigs running around the Cork Oak trees… The Ham’s hanging in bars and restaurants….. The storks nest on the church….. Going to Bar Jesu for tapas and having the sweet lady show us how to warm our toes by pulling the tablecloth over laps….. A cosy warm charcoal fire was under the table!!! Thanks for everything….

Judy & Ward. Virginia. USA.

December 2007

Just a long weekend but we had a really good time. The weather was sunny in the day and cooler at night. We did a number of walks as well as visiting the Grutas / Caves in Aracena. – special... Mike & Fran gave us a warm welcome, as did Scooby. We are coming back next spring. Thank you both.

Simon & Reanne and Jessica. Mold. North Wales.