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Molino del Santo is wonderful
My husband, 2 kids and I recently spent a week at Molino del Santo. It is a charming hotel with a very friendly staff. We loved the views, the gardens and the overall relaxing environment. We rarely return to a hotel a second time, but would certainly be pleased to spend another vacation at the Molino.
While the prices are not inexpensive, we were very satisfied as we felt it was worth the money. One slightly less than favorable point is that my daughter's chicken was undercooked one evening. Having said that, the waitress was very apologetic and took care of the problem right away.
The setting, the tranquility and the excellent customer service make this a great place to stay.
Molino del Santo - an exceptionally well run hotel
Molino del Santo is situated in an area of outstanding beauty within the Grazalema National Park. The hotel, which stands in lovely well kept gardens with the mill stream running past, has 18 well furnished comfortable bedrooms/suites, the majority of which are built around and/or overlook the garden. To enter through the large wooden gates from the car park after a tiring journey from the UK is to enter an area of peace and tranquillity – both immediately relaxing and welcoming. The very friendly greeting from reception staff on arrival clearly indicates that your stay at Molino del Santo is going to be a very enjoyable experience!
There is a good sized well kept swimming pool, comfortable lounge (thankfully without television), well stocked library and a friendly bar. All staff at the hotel are friendly, helpful and efficient and will do their very best to ensure that your stay is everything you would wish it to be.
Meals are taken, depending on the weather, either on the terrace which runs alongside the stream, or in the pleasant restaurant. Breakfast is served buffet style and consists of a very wide range of fruit, yoghurt, assorted meats and bread etc. plus the choice of a hot dish, e.g. egg and bacon. The choice of menu for dinner is very varied consisting of local produce, served with a Spanish flavour and style; there is always a meat, fish and a vegetarian dish. The dining room staff (all of whom are local people) are always friendly and efficient and have a good knowledge of the dishes on offer; there is a wide choice of wine at reasonable prices.
During your stay, you can either swim in the pool, or venture further afield by taking one of the many walks directly from the hotel for which directions are available in reception. It is a bird watcher's paradise! You can also travel a little further by car into the mountains, through wonderful scenery, to one of the many "white towns" in the area of which Olvera, Setenil, Zahara and Grazalema are but a few which are well worth a visit. More local, of course, are Benaojản and Montejaque. If your interests are geared towards culture/history, then there are many fascinating places which are well within reach on a day trip, such as Ronda (just a short trip down the road) or Cadiz, Gibraltar, Seville and Granada. Information on such trips are available in reception.
We have visited Molino del Santo each year for the past eight years, usually in the spring when the wild flowers are wonderful and the temperature is ideal for walking. It is not our practice to return on a regular basis to a hotel but we make an exception for Molino del Santo. When both the hotel and the countryside around it have everything we could possibly want for an enjoyable holiday – why look any further?!
Whatever type of holiday you enjoy, i.e. just lazing by the pool with a book or taking walks in the beautiful countryside and/or absorbing the culture and history of the area, I am absolutely sure that you will enjoy a stay at the exceptionally well run Molino del Santo.
Best Hotel in Ronda, Andalucia area
I have stayed with Andy and Pauline several times now. It is simply paradise. The rooms are spacious, well laid out, but more to the point have a homely feel that so many hotels just don't get near.
Children are 100% welcome at the hotel - in fact my own son has a gekko named after him that constitutes one of many that create a treasure hunt for the hotel's smaller clients.
The restaurant creates the best food imaginable at sensible prices, and eating out beside the river is utterly romantic to a fault. I cannot think of a single feature of the Molino del Santo that does NOT come into this category. It has earned No.1 on Trip Advisor for VERY good reason.
El Molino del Santo
12.000 Pesetas a double room Ask for Room No. 14. It has a great view. Outdoor aktivities: hikking, mountain bikes, caves, Ronda, Granada
Blissful retreat away from the bustle of Costa del Sol
An hour from the Costa del Sol, but it could be miles away.
Molino del Santo nestles in a a valley just outside Ronda.
The area is beautiful, we love walking and there are many great walks starting from the Holel.
The bonus is the warm welcome you will receive from the staff at the Hotel.
The food is great and where ever possible sourced locally, they have policy to be as eco friendly as possible.
One of the joys is sitting having lunch or dinner by the rushing water, looking up into the hills.
We have been back several times, it is an addictive Hotel and area.
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A perfect hotel
This was our third visit to the Molino del Santo and, again, we had a wonderful time. Its a small, intimate hotel in a peaceful, tranquil setting. The rooms contain all the little extras that show someone has put a lot of thought into just what guests would need and/or enjoy. We had Room 8, which was just right for our family (two adults and twins, 11), with a terrace, double bed and ensuite bathroom downstairs, with a staircase leading to another room with a double sofa bed for the kids, their own shower room and another terrace, with fabulous views across the gardens to the hills. We had the half board option, which includes delicious tea and cakes in the afternoon. The food is lovely, with a varied choice of Spanish food (with a new 'special' every day) and a kid's menu too. Meals can be taken on the terrace alongside the mill stream, or in the restaurant. The hotel stocks a wide range of wines, including some local ones, all at very reasonable prices. There is a smallish solar-heated swimming pool, with plenty of sunloungers and parasols. The gardens are a joy, full of flowers and immaculately kept. A real strength of the Molino del Santo are the wonderful staff, who are unfailingly helpful, attentive, and great with kids! We can't wait to return.
A very special place
Molino del Santo is a very special place which has drawn us back each year since we first discovered it in 1995 - and we do'nt usually revisit places.Amongst the wonderful mountains and rivers of Andalucia in the charming lilttle white village of Benojan, the owners have created from an old olive mill an exceptional small hotel which provides an atmosphere of peace and relaxation,great comfort,good food and beautiful surroundings. We have met many people over the years who,like us,continue to be captivated by the " Molino Magic " and return again year after year. We would unreservedly recommend this hotel.
A haven from hustle and bustle
We have just returned from another holiday at this beautiful hotel set amidst the mountains of Sierra de Grazelema. The hotel is set below the village of Benaojan and nestles in a cleft in the rocks next to a fast running stream which emerges from the base of a mountain just behind the hotel. The hotel was once a watermill used for crushing olives and the owners, Pauline and Andy, have restored the ruined watermill retaining much of the original equipment in the process. They first opened the hotel 21 years ago and this must have been our 15th visit to this gem of a place. There are 18 bedrooms in either the main building or in the attached bungalows which you pass on your way to reception. The bedrooms, which are all en suite, are quite excellent considering this is a 2 star hotel and are tastefully fitted out with traditional but comfortable spannish furniture. All rooms have a mini-bar and most have a balcony with table and chairs. There is a large lounge in the main building and this leads into an impressive bar with seating which in turn leads into the restaurant. Outside the restaurant there is a large terraced area which overlooks the rushing water and a massive weeping willow tree provides welcome shade during the hotter months. Many of the meals are eaten outside but the well appointed reataurant is always available if you wish to eat in. The food is quite excellent and very varied. There is a wide choice of breakfast including hot dishes and the lunchtime menu is quite large, ranging from snacks up to full main meals. The dinner menu is changed daily and there is a very wide choice from which to choose. The wine list is quite extensive too. For those who stay on half board there is the added pleasure of afternoon tea, which is included in the price and a large slice of one of the mouth watering cakes which are made locally in the village.
In the gardens, which are accessed via a few steps there is a large solar heated pool surrounded by sun loungers and below this is a secluded grassed area with trees, a delightful place to read. The gardened areas are set out with established shrubs and roses with many climbing plants.
Why was this our 15th visit? Well we can't get enough of the place. It is so peaceful and tranquil and a lovely place to unwind yet it is reasonably close to many other places of interest. The staff, who can all speak english are really attentive and cannot do enough for you. There are numerous walks in the area and details of these and other places of interest are readily available at reception.
We have already made a provisional booking for next year and if like us you prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then we recommend you give this place a try. We are confident that you will not be disappointed
Where to Unwind
This is quite simply one of the best places to go for relaxation, excellent food, comfortable accommodation and friendly service. Set in the mountains behind Ronda, it is surrounded by gorgeous scenery. We cannot speak too highly of this converted mill. We thought it was good the first time we stayed there but it seemed to be even better the second time - which will not be our last. Hugh & Maureen Bladon
A glorious place!
Heaven in Andalucia...this hotel is the perfect country getaway, close to Ronda and yet seemingly remote, surrounded by majestic yet soft mountains and set on a delightful creek that provides cool air and the sound of rushing water. Rooms are cozy, and very private -- ours had a terrace and a lovely bathroom -- and the outdoor spaces (gardens, pool, restaurant) quite magnificent, in a not-too-manicured kind of way. Although we did not book half-pension, we ended up eating at the hotel both nights -- the food was fresh, local, and inventive, with many good vegetarian options, good local fish and game, and reasonably-priced, well-chosen wines both from the region and further afield in Spain. The proprietors are friendly and very helpful without being in-your-face, and the area both fascinating and relaxing -- my only regret is that we spent only two nights here. Next time: a full week, but hopefully slightly off-season, since late May (when we visited) proved to be ideal, both for weather (warm days, cool nights) and also for the relative lack of children bobbing around in the pool. You could consider this hotel even without a car (the train station, in Benoajan, is only around 100 yards away) but with one, you will be able to do justice to this gorgeous area, all the way down to the coast (a spine-tingling, and beautiful, 45-minute drive). Do go.
On the way there (you can see the road on right)
Very easy trail
Notice the train station at the bottom.
View from Bruno's deck