La Casa Grande – “Let the stars watch over your dreams!”

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“Like the evening birds

Grow smaller, lull yourself asleep.

Let stars watch over your dreams.”

On being shown to our room – these are the words printed on a card, resting on a pillow, that greeted us. A calming welcome!

You simply must go to experience for yourselves the stunning views, walls oozing with 300 years of history, old fashioned hospitality, a comfortable bed, incredibly inexpensive and the best breakfast I have ever had on the continent!! That’s a bold statement, but true! It was a serendipitous find and we can’t wait to return.

Now, you’ll want to know what I am on about!  La Casa Grande – a small hotel run by two very gracious ladies, who, like the building have great style! This imposing property dates back to 1729 and is located in the heart of the old town of Arcos de la Frontera. Perched at the top of a steep hill, there are glorious views across the surrounding countryside. Arcos de la Frontera is inland, just a half hour drive from the coastal city of Cadiz.

The main entrance to the hotel is located in this small alleyway which is indicative of the network of cobbled lanes that weave through the old town. Parking is located at a distance of 250 metres.


The roof top terrace, open to all.


The most delicious and inspired breakfast. We were served coffee and hot chocolate, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, local hams and cheese, yogurts, preserves, warm crusty bread and Tortas de Aciete (thin crispy wafers glistening with olive oil and sugar).

Both our hosts were friendly and, on arrival, welcomed us warmly with a glass of local wine. Eager not to waste our very short visit and wanting to be sure to find an excellent restaurant for dinner, the senhoras took time to talk us through the choices. We were not disappointed and made the most of the warm (hot) evening sunshine to amble around the the maze of narrow streets, stopping here and there for a chilled glass of wine accompanied by a tapa or two.
Tired and replete, we sauntered back to the hotel and climbed the stairs to bed. Our room was located at the top of the building, so we detoured to the roof terrace to watch the swirling birds against the night sky and enjoy the perfect peace.

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