• Best Hotel Picnic Award

    A guest – an exceedingly well-travelled one I hasten to add – has just awarded us the Best Hotel Picnic in the World Award. Unfortunately no prize money is involved nor cup or medal but for me the accolade is…

  • Best Guest Sketch

    We unashamedly claim (some of) the best hotel views in Andalucia. So inspirational are they that guests eagerly seize the drawing pads we leave in our rooms. When I replaced them recently, I realised they had left some gems and…

  • Pueblo Blanco poem

    Alan Robertson, wrote this fabulous rhyming ditty in 2005 whilst staying at Los Castaños. His wife was occupied with her watercolouring and he was inspired to write poetry! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Up in the…

  • Cartajima advantages

    I recently returned from a short trip to my native land to visit my Elderly Aunt, who lives in Stratford upon Avon. Exciting as it is to travel even to familiar places and marvellous as it was listening to my…

  • Cartajima comes first

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, IKEA has done a Good Thing! To celebrate their Malaga store’s five year anniversary, IKEA promised 25,000 euros to the village that received the most votes. We won!! The 25,000 euros has to be spent…

  • My Quest for the Infernal Flame

    Years ago, in a tatty bar in the grotty end of a small Andalucian town, I had for the first time a unique and memorable tapa – Chorizo al Infierno. Google translates this delectable and dramatic dish as “sausage to…

  • 1843 – a seminal year for two Christmas traditions

    Season´s Greetings to friends of Los Castaños all over the world! Two lasting Christmas traditions were born In 1843. The first Christmas Card was created at the behest of the first director of London´s  V & A. It had all…

  • New restaurant Serrania de Ronda

    What else can one do on a dreary November Sunday but go out for lunch with a good bottle of red. But where to go. We ran through our favourite places but nothing appealed. It was beginning to look as…

  • The Priest and the Candlesticks

    During the construction of Los Castaños – eighteen months of fearful nail-biting punctuated by occasional outbursts of joyful anticipation – we at last reached a stage where security became an issue – in short, things were being nicked. The builders…

  • Tapas reach new heights in Ronda

    A new eating place was recently added to Ronda’s not inconsiderable gastronomic offering. De Locos Tapas is an absolute delight and we are thrilled to have it on our doorstep. They specialise in small plates which we love – sampling…