The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel's location is idyllic for a yurt holiday. It is set in three hectares of olive groves and cork oak forest, with spectacular views of the Grazalema mountains and the Serrania de Ronda, in the rugged wilds of southern Spain. Our local village, Cortes de la Frontera, is one of Andalucia's typical "white villages".
Staying in one of our yurts is the perfect way to enjoy the stunning scenery, allowing you to get back to nature without forgoing the usual luxuries you would wish for on your holiday. The yurts have private bathrooms, as well as an acre of private meadow with hammocks and comfortable shaded seating areas.
This is the perfect place to unwind and relax, and soak up the sights and sounds of nature right on your doorstep. Fall asleep lulled by the sound of goats' bells and crickets. Lounge in a hammock in the shade of a giant cork oak tree. Cool off with a dip in our refreshing chlorine-free swimming pool, surrounded by blue mountains and the beauty of nature.
The peace and tranquillity of the location is what makes The Hoopoe so special.
We have five yurts that are individually decorated, and extremely spacious and comfortable. They are all set up as double rooms with pieces of antique Mongolian furniture and as well as antique textiles from around the world.
Every yurt has its own bathroom with a hot shower and ecological loo. We provide towels for both showering and swimming, olive oil soaps and organic body wash, shampoo and conditioner handmade especially for The Hoopoe. The yurts all have shady seating areas and hammocks swinging from the cork trees.
The camp runs entirely on solar power. Every yurt has overhead and bedside lights, as well as sockets for charging mobile phones and laptops.
The yurts are spread out over three hectares and have plenty of private meadow around them.
In spring the meadows are carpeted with a huge variety of wild flowers, and every year we discover new ones we have not seen before. The bird population has also increased as we have cleared more land. The mixture of open meadow and forest provides the perfect habitat for dozens of species of birds, and during the migratory months makes it an ideal stopover for many more. If you are lucky you will see a hoopoe!
During the hot summer months the meadows are strimmed back. This keeps us safe from forest fires as well as benefiting the meadows themselves. The contours of the land are then visible and the golden stubble is beautiful against the silvery olives and dark green cork oaks.
The Herb Garden Bar, decorated with beautiful antique kilims from Turkey, is the perfect place to relax and unwind in comfort, overlooking the garden and the main pool beyond. Soak up the sunshine on the circular sundeck or cool down in the plunge pool with a drink in your hand.
The bar is a focal point for people get together for a drink, play cards and board games, or just curl up on the sofas with one of the coffee table books. Our lively tapas nights in the bar (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) have become as popular as the dinner nights. Watch the sun go down behind the mountains with a mojito made with mint straight from the garden and then enjoy our delicious selection of tapas (see our food page), in the candlelit bar beside the glowing floodlit plunge pool surrounded by lanterns.
For those looking for peace and tranquillity throughout the day, the main pool has a deck with sunbeds and parasols, as well as the poolside pergola with its comfy Turkish style seating.
Breakfast is served daily at the long table in the pergola, as well as a three course dinner four nights a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays). All food is from our kitchen garden or locally produced, and flavoured with herbs from the garden. We also offer lunch every day. (See our food page.) We don't have self catering facilities.
If you feel like pampering yourself, book in for a full body aromatherapy massage, a reflexology session or a Thai yoga massage, outdoors under the shade of the cork trees. Or you might prefer some invigorating yoga. For those looking for something a little more active there is riding from the village out into the local countryside, and many scenic walks within the valley, as well as others further afield.
At the end of the day, sit out and watch the stars come out.
We have 6 yurts each sleeping 2 people.
The Afghani yurt is an original Turkmen yurt from Afghanistan. It is made from coppiced willow and has a deep red ceiling that makes it feel cosy and intimate. It has great views up towards the craggy Libar as well as down the meadow and across the valley.
The Mongolian yurt is a typical handpainted yurt from Mongolia with traditional motifs in green, blue and gold on a burnt orange background. It is lined with felt and has a decorative inner lining and outer cover. It is set in a lovely secluded clearing in the corks which gives it complete privacy.
The Jaipur yurt is made from coppiced chestnut and is light and airy with dappled light filtering down through the cork trees. It is named after its striking Rajasthani bedspread and other Indian textiles.
The Safari yurt is made of dark sawn timber giving it a more modern feel. It is decorated with textiles from North Africa, Turkey and central Asia, in rich earthy tones. It is at the top end of the land with a lovely view down the meadow and across to the hills beyond.
The Maimani yurt sits under the giant cork trees and is made from coppiced chestnut. It is larger than the other yurts and is named after the kilim from the village of Maimani in Afghanistan that is the centre piece of the yurt. The interior has a calm, serene feeling, but the view up towards the Libar is dramatic.
The yurts all have private bathrooms next door with hot showers and handpainted terracotta basins, and composting loos with fantastic views! These work very efficiently with microbes and enzymes that speed up the breakdown process. They have a simple ventilation system to remove odours!
The day begins beside the pool with breakfast of fresh fruit salad, cereals, yogurt, eggs, toast with homemade jams and honey from local farms, and juice, tea and coffee.
Throughout the day we offer a selection of sandwiches and paninis (our specials are goat's cheese, pesto and cherry tomato or gruyere cheese, ham and homemade picallili), as well as Salade Niçoise and our own Serranía salad, meat and cheese platters, and gazpacho. We also serve a fresh fruit juice and a cocktail of the day, as well as iced coffee with cream and caramel sauce.
The food we offer our guests is a big part of their holiday. We know our guests look forward to a three course dinner after a hard day of sightseeing in the historic town of Ronda, or a vigorous walk up the Sierra de Líbar, or even just lazing by the pool. It is the highlight of the day and brings everyone together.
Dinner begins at 8pm with cava and a tapa in the Herb Garden Bar.
Dinner costs €32.50 per head and includes: cava with tapas, starter, main course and pudding, a
bottle of wine, a local brandy or liqueur, and tea or coffee.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays we serve a selection of tapas in the Herb Garden Bar.
A typical menu might be:
Asparagus tempura with quince alioli
Pork loin with mushrooms and sweet sherry
Quails eggs with morcilla
Calamares with paprika
Red pepper and goat's cheese crostini
We are now taking bookings for the 2012 season (2nd May - 13th October). Changeover days are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so bookings can be 3, 4 or 7 days (or 10, 11 or 14).
€130 per double yurt per night, including breakfast for two.
Sorry, we don't allow pets.
Smoking is permitted outside the yurts.
|Address: Andalucia, Spain|
|Latitude/Longitude: 36.6169 / -5.34268|
We are an hour and a half by car from Jerez airport (Ryanair), and a two hour drive from Gibraltar airport (Monarch and British Airways), Sevilla airport (Ryanair), and Málaga airport (Monarch, Easyjet, Aer Lingus and others). The drive from Jerez is particularly pretty.
If you are coming to The Hoopoe by public transport the easiest airport to arrive at is Gibraltar. Walk out of the airport and across the border (a couple of hundred metres), then hop into a taxi to San Roque (10 to 15 minutes) and then onto the train to Cortes de la Frontera (50 minutes) where we can pick you up.
Directions from Jerez
Follow signs for Jerez on the A4 until you see signs for A382 for Arcos de la Frontera. Take the A382 to Arcos and continue around to the left side of Arcos (do not go into town) and after a long curve down hill turn right onto A372 for El Bosque and Ubrique. Just before El Bosque (km 28) turn right onto the A373 for Ubrique. Go through the middle of Ubrique on the one way system (at the Cajamar Bank turn right for Jimena and Algeciras) and continue out of Ubrique (left at T junction on top of ridge) on the A373 to Cortes de la Frontera.
Directions from Gibraltar
Cross the border to La Linea. Take the N351 towards the coast road N340. When you reach the N340 go south towards Algeciras for a couple of kilometres. At exit 116 take the A405 towards Jimena de la Frontera and Ronda. Stay on this road past Jimena and Gaucín. About 7 kilometres past Gaucín, turn left towards Cortes de la Frontera. Go down the hill and through Estación de Cortes and up the other side to Cortes.
Directions from Málaga
Take the motorway A7-E15 south towards Algeciras. Pass Marbella and then take the A397 to Ronda. At Ronda take the bypass and follow signs for Sevilla. Just past Ronda, take a left turning, signposted to Cortes de la Frontera. After Benaojan, take another left, also signposted to Cortes de la Frontera. Keep going for 18 kilometres until you arrive in Cortes.
Directions from Sevilla
Take the A4-E5 towards Sevilla, and when you get to the ring road head south. Get off the ring road onto the A376 towards Utrera. At the Utrera roundabout take the Ronda exit, still on the A376. At the Puerto Serrano junction get onto the A384 going east towards Ronda. Just after Algodonales take the right fork, again towards Ronda onto the A374. Pass Montecorto on the left and soon after take the MA8403 towards Montejaque and Benaojan (small wiggly road). Go through Montejaque and just before you get into Benaojan turn right towards Cortes de la Frontera. Keep going for 18 kilometres until you arrive in Cortes.
Cortes de la Frontera, a typical Andalucian “white village”, is a twenty minute walk or five minute drive away. You will find everything you need here. There are shops, bars and restaurants, and a couple of night clubs. There are also banks, a post office, a medical centre, and a public open air swimming pool.Nearby, on the road to Ronda, are the Cueva de la Pileta, with ancient cave paintings and underground galleries with giant stalactites and stalagmites, and the Cueva del Gato, where icy cold water pours out of the mountain into a rock pool - very refreshing in the heat of the summer!We are half an hour from Ronda, one of the oldest towns in Spain. The town is perched above the dramatic 100 metre Tajo gorge. Walk across the New Bridge with spectacular views to the charming old town, which has lots of buildings of historical interest from Ronda's Moorish past, or eat out at one of several excellent restaurants overhanging the gorge. The world famous bullring is definitely worth a visit.Gaucín, one of Andalucía's most picturesque white villages, is just across the valley. The town lies beneath an outcrop of rock dominated by the tenth century Castillo del Aguila. The view from Gaucín is fantastic. On a clear day you can see the Pillars of Hercules (The Rock of Gibraltar and Jebel Musa in Northern Africa) and the Atlas Mountains beyond.If you are interested in birds, spend the day with local bird expert Peter Jones who will take you into the mountains for a bit of twitching, or combine your stay with us with a visit to the National Park of Donaña on the shores of the Guadalquivir river. Its beaches, dunes, wetlands and pine forests are home to a rich variety of birds and other wildlife, including the almost extinct Iberian lynx and Spanish Imperial eagle.Jerez is an hour and a half's drive away. If you enjoy a tipple, go on a tour of one of several well known sherry bodegas, or take in a flamenco show or equestrian exhibiton.For children, there is Isla Mágica full of rides and excitement, and for art lovers there is the new Picasso museum in Málaga.Tarifa, Europe's kitesurfing capital, and the southernmost point in Spain, is two hours' drive away. Its beautiful long sandy beaches and dunes are well worth a visit. It is also possible to do a day or overnight trip to Morocco. Ferries leave every hour from Algeciras."A great base for exploring Andalucia..."
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