With an enviable position on a lofty outcrop, with views in the secluded village of Arcos de la Frontera, stands Hacienda El Santiscal in all its splendour. This once distinguished 15th-century house and plantation, recalls the early days of the Spanish Golden Age. The countryside property is actually the main point of reference in the province of Cádiz, for visiting the 'Pueblos Blancos' (White Villages) of the province in Cádiz. With the prodigious legend of a brave knight fighting off the rivalries of his days in the late 1400's, Hacienda El Santiscal was born through major sacrifice and devotion for the town. This beautiful fortified building has magnificent views to the Guadalete river and its valley.
With 12 individually designed rooms, you can decide your preference for the interior comfort and views from the hotel. Modern amenities are inclusive in every room, expect air-conditioning, WiFi access, TV and a full welcoming supplement of bathroom supplies courtesy of the hotel. Being a protected 15th century building, all of the rooms have kept some of the past treasures of its ancestors. Strong colours on the walls are serenaded with antiques and furnitures, as well as valuable sixteenth century dressers, among other pieces of history.
The hotel's award winning Traditional Breakfast is served every morning, with special selections of homemade and local products. Expect home baked breads, butters portioned, organic jams, honey from the region, Olvera olive oil and other homely eats. Lunch and dinner is also served, where you can devour a wide selection of Andalusian home made dishes with a touch of uniqueness, since the chef is of Egyptian origin. Guests can be served on the terrace of the swimming pool, with out needing to change out of your bathing suits! This service is available from 13:00 to 16:00, with choices of a daily menu or 'a la carte', not exceeding 30€ a sit down meal. Vegetarians would be happy to learn of their special dishes consisting of cous cous, falafel, hummus and other great bites without having to struggle around town.
HOW TO GET THERE: From the airport / train station or bus link to the Jerez Jerez-Antequera motorway A382, go straight until you come to Arcos de la Frontera, taking the third exit signposted Arcos-East-El Bosque. Turn left at the roundabout that indicates the A-372-Ubrique Forest. Just a few miles from the only gas station and Repsol, find another roundabout with a prompt to the left of "El Santiscal." From there take with caution any indication in Hotel Rural Hacienda El Santiscal where they will find the hotel.
Style: Noble 15th-century house
Rooms: 12 individually designed
Airport: Jerez / Seville
Breakfast: Yes incl. with booking
Latitude: 36º 45' 38.58" N
Length: -5º 47' 4.7" W