One question we are always asked by our guests is ‘ Why did we…….how did we …..El Amparo?’
We could wax lyrically about living the dream, escaping the rat race, or even finding the sun!
In reality, during 2001, we came upon the idea of finding the perfect rural setting to open a luxurious small hotel or a relaxing b&b retreat, where people could escape ‘their’ rat race, find ‘their’ sun and perhaps live ‘their’ dream, if only for a week!
After 2 years of researching Andalucia we stumbled across this old finca.
Stepping out of our car and walking around Cortijo Lorenzo the view just took our breath away.
It still does, and little has changed in 10 years.
The location of the village was ideal, for within an hour, the diversity of Andalucia was accessible
Having a vibrant and cosmopolitan city such as Granada close by was an added bonus,
whilst a ski resort on the doorstep was the icing on the cake!
The building work was completed in 2005, only 4 weeks behind schedule, and taking only 13 months. An incredible feat!
All of the Spanish artisan builders are local craftsmen with whom we have forged a lasting friendship. Their bespoke work is finished to a high standard and, living locally, they pop in for a coffee to ensure we are still taking care of ‘their’ house.
We always looked on this change of lifestyle as a 10 year project, so who knows what the future may bring.
For now we just pinch ourselves, to make sure we aren’t dreaming!