I spent a glorious week in May at the ‘Trasierra Hotel’ in Cazalla de la Sierra, Spain.
An hour north of Seville – hidden in the Sierra Morena Mountains – is this gem of a place that I cannot wait to return to. It’s truly special, a home away from home. The perfect way to describe Trasierra is as a hotel for those who don’t generally like hotels.
The most comfortable beds – a real escape from day to day life – my friend James and I both slept more than we had in a long time. We went on beautiful walks, took yoga classes, swam, ran, watched films on the projector screen, read books, and relaxed. The hotel also has tennis courts, and the possibility of horse riding. For groups of people any activity – for example painting or drawing – can be arranged.
Trasierra is a family run hotel and is completely charming – the perfect location for utter relaxation. It is so private and such a hidden secret that there isn’t even a sign on the road to let you know that you have arrived. I say hidden secret – but it has featured as one of Tatler’s ‘Top Hotels of the World’.
Owner Charlotte Scott has managed to create luxury and charm, with absolutely no fuss. She wants her guests to feel able to help themselves to a drink, in fact anything they could possibly need, and to treat her beautiful home as their home too. Every room is different, and Charlotte’s attention to detail is second to none – even every book in the rooms has been handpicked by her.
Completely multi generational – in the week that I was visiting the youngest child was 6 months old and the oldest gentleman was in his 80’s. One couple who had chosen Trasierra for their honeymoon, challenged James and me to a game of tennis while we sat drinking wine around the fire. After hearing that the man played for his county, we pretended to be asleep by the pool the next day. It is as sociable a place as you want to make it – it’s possible to make friends or speak to absolutely no-one!
Daily yoga is taught by Charlotte’s daughter Amber, this was my initial draw to Trasierra – she is a fabulous teacher. I had booked to go on a yoga retreat week – these weeks are extremely popular – they happen approximately three times a year. Healing with guest Georgia Coleridge was combined with the yoga. Georgia did daily group sessions, she also was kind enough to offer one on one sessions to anyone who felt that they could benefit from one. Every woman who came to the week, I am nearly certain has rebooked for the next one in October, the feedback was incredibly positive – everyone left feeling motivated and happy.
Amber teaches daily at Trasierra, even on weeks that there isn’t a yoga retreat.
There is wifi, but not in the bedrooms. I was grateful for this- it gave me a proper chance to relax.
As Trasierra is set within a vast private estate, the house can be rented as a whole, or by groups of people and used for whatever you please. Weddings are very popular at Trasierra, as are big groups of friends or family hiring the entire place for a celebration.
Breakfast served until 12pm – I had tea and poached eggs every day. Lunch is laid out by the pool – huge salads, gazpacho, and rosemary bread. Dinner is a beautifully cooked three course meal – raw sliced courgette with parmesan, and the lemon tart, are both dishes that I would find hard to forget.
Details and Prices –
Double rooms from €200
Address – Trasierra, Cazalla De La Sierra, 41370 Sevilla, Spain
Website – http://www.trasierra.eu
Car Hire – http://www.avis.co.uk
Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org / +34954884324