Hacienda de San Rafael
Las Cabezas de San Juan, Andalucia
At a Glance
Hacienda de san Rafael is half way between Jerez and Seville, both must see Andalucian cities
This 18th century Spanish Manor house is nestled among ancient olive groves which once made up a thriving olive estate
Three casitas each with a bedroom, separate living room and an upstairs siesta zone lie at the end of the garden and share their own pool
Guests in the Deluxe Rooms take breakfast at a table on their porch under the bougainvillea
You can book a yoga lesson in the garden which is tailored to you individually
Best time to Visit
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Andalucia has a Mediterranean climate, making it a year round destination. In general you can usually rely on pleasant or hot temperatures from April to early November. In Andalucia there are plenty of warm, sunny days right through winter.
The best time to visit is in the Spring and Autumn when the temperature is just perfect with warm sunny days. During July and August it can be very hot and some days the temperature reaches 40°C, Andalucia is extremely crowded during these months.
To start planning your holiday to Hacienda de San Rafael
The 18th century Hacienda de San Rafael is an intimate boutique hotel with 14 rooms, set in the heart of the Spanish countryside. Hacienda de San Rafael is perfectly located for enjoying the peaceful surroundings and exploring Andalucia.
Formerly an olive farm, Hacienda de San Rafael has been converted into a charming country house boutique hotel. The hotel is situated midway between the historic cities of Seville and Jerez and is an ideal place for exploring the white hilltop villages of Andalucia (Pueblos Blancos) and the surrounding countryside.
The spacious individually styled duplex rooms surround an attractive cobbled courtyard dotted with colourful pots of geraniums and bougainvillea. Each room at Hacienda de San Rafael was individually decorated by Kuky Mora-Figueroa, using Indian and tribal fabrics and Spanish antiques. There is a veranda outside each bedroom where breakfast is served.
The three thatched-roof casitas are separate from the main building and share their own infinity swimming pool, ideal for those preferring more private and spacious accommodation.
There is a vast array of activities and tours on offer to guests at the Hacienda. The staff here can help with expert guides for cultural tours in Seville and Jerez, sherry or wine tasting and horse riding instruction. Watersports can even be arranged along the wild and rugged coastline of the Costa de la Luz.
Hacienda De San Rafael has 11 Duplex rooms centred around a bougainvillea-filled courtyard. All bedrooms have private bathrooms, a sitting area and ceiling fans. All the rooms are individually decorated by Kuky Mora-Figueroa, using fabrics, antiques and artefacts of her own personal choice giving them a unique feel. They also have a veranda where you can enjoy tasty breakfast.
Hacienda De San Rafael has been designed with adults in mind and is therefore only suitable for children over the age of 11 years.
The al fresco restaurant serves good simple Mediterranean cuisine, an excellent selection of recipes is on offer with emphasis on local seasonal produce. There are three inviting swimming pools in 5 acres of beautiful gardens, massage treatments, yoga classes, Padel tennis court, broadband, private chauffeur service, laundry and dry cleaning, satellite TV, safe, boutique shop and a library.
There are opportunities to go sailing, game fishing, kite surfing, surfing, cycling, hot-air ballooning and bird watching nearby to Hacienda De San Rafael. There are six fantastic golf courses in the area as well as recommended walks through the Grazalema Natural Park. The hotel can organise a range of exciting, tailor made excursions to places of interest in Andalucia.
James Ferguson (Staff)
I loved the Hacienda de San Rafael! So many places to relax - 3 swimming pools, sprawling gardens, private patios.
Meals are fabulous too - breakfast delivered to your outdoor terrace, and a tasty set menu evening meal is served each day. Dinner moves around the different areas of the hotel so you'll be eating in the bougainvilla - covered central patio one day and by the swimming pool the next.
Good English is spoken my the management, who can offer excellent suggestions for drives and excursions in the area.
Fiona Bickmore (Staff)
The Hacienda is located in the middle of the beautiful Andalucian countryside - surrounded by sunflower fields and you can enjoy the peace and quiet but are still close to Seveille or Jerez if you fancy a day trip into the city for some culture. Anthony and Patrick will ensure your stay is extra special and whilst you are there why not go on a hot air balloon ride for sunrise or sunset before coming back and having dinner in the courtyard surrounded by brightly coloured and sweet smelling bougainvillea.
Guadalquivir private boat trip, Seville
Enjoy a private boat trip along the beautiful Guadalquivir river in Seville. Learn about the history of the river while you cruise past some of Seville's most remarkable sights, such as the Triana Bridge.
Hot air ballooning in Andalucia
Enjoy a scenic early morning hot air balloon flight over historic Arcos de la Frontera, and take in the panoramic views of the beautiful Andalucian countryside.
Private Flamenco dance class
Immerse yourself in Andalucian culture with a private Flamenco dance class. Dancers of any level can enjoy these lessons and discover the intricacies of one Spain's most recognisable art forms.
Ronda and the white villages
Discover the beautiful Andalucian countryside and explore its enchanting white villages, or pueblos blancos, perched on hilltops and surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. Visit spectacular Ronda and admire the views from this charming town.
Seville walking tour
Seville, dating from Roman times and once one of the world’s most powerful cities, is today one of the loveliest towns in Europe displaying a rich tapestry of food, culture and history. Discover the city's key sights with your private guide.
Tour of the Alhambra
Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Alhambra, Granada's majestic Moorish palace. Your private guide will explain the history behind the palace as you admire its incredible architecture and explore the idyllic Generalife gardens.
Walking tour of Cordoba
Boasting a fascinating history, Cordoba was once the largest city in western Europe, flourishing under the Islamic rule of Spain. Explore the ancient city with your private guide, discovering Roman ruins, Jewish history and Cordoba's impressive Mosque.
Location & directions
Las Cabezas de San Juan, Andalucia
Hacienda De San Rafael is near the village of Las Cabezas de San Juan, midway between Seville and Jerez.
How to get there
2-hour 40-minute direct flight to Seville Airport. Hacienda De San Rafael is a 45-minute drive from the airport.
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