What our guests say

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Dear Ken

Dear Mary Ann and Ken
Thanks for being our hosts again after 5 years. We enjoyed our time at Casa Azul very much. David loved your breakfast and we had a real good time exploring the Sierra Nevada.

Andrea, Alexanda and David  Nurunborg Germany  10th Oct 2013.


A big thanks to Mary Ann and Ken for their hospitality and the great food. Hope to make it back another time.

Richard. England  20th Oct 2013

walk-7To Mary Ann and Ken, Such a pity we’re only here for one night. You have made us so comfortable. Lovely bedrooms and your home made cherry jam a real treat. Hope we can come back one day. Pam Roome-Duncan  British Columbia Canada. Pauline Blanchard  Harare  Zimbabwe. Barbara Rundell & Jenny Wall  London   June 2010.

Almond blossom in January

Almond blossom in January


Thanks for a lovely stay. Mary, you are a great cook, we really enjoyed the breakfasts and dinners. The village is a good base for tours to Granada and the highest village in Spain, Trevelez etc.

Monika and Uwe. Hannover Germany.  Sept 2010.


SAMSUNG DIGIMAX A503To Mary Ann and Ken, Such a pity we’re only here for one night. You have made us so comfortable. Lovely bedrooms and your home made cherry jam a real treat. Hope we can come back one day.

Pam Roome-Duncan  British Columbia Canada. Pauline Blanchard  Harare  Zimbabwe. Barbara Rundell & Jenny Wall  London   June 2010.


Dear Mary Ann & Ken, Thankyou for your English tea, your fine beds and your hospitality. We enjoyed our stay here and now we walk on.

Maria and Harnie  Holland  May 2010

Dear Ken and Mary Ann. Thanks so much for your hospitality and the feel of coming home. I loved the rest, the great dinner, the snooker on tv                                        and the political discussianand not to forget the breakfast. I guess I will be in Niguelas by 10 am.Thanks again and I hope the 2 of you have a great time                                       hear in your lovely home. All the best                                         Peter-Paul  Amsterdam  April  2010

Dear Ken and Mary Ann, Some things dont need words. Its perfect to be here. Thanks for everything. Mary Ann, your the best cook in the world.                                          Greetings  Inge and Erwin  Holland  April  2010

Thanks so much for such a warm welcome and a lovely stay. On our long walk from Tarifa to Don Fadique we have found a home from home. A lovely                                        house and super food. Thank you                                        Shaun and Ann England  April 2010

Dear Ken and Mary Ann. Its beautiful when you walk in such a special valley after a long day. It became even better when we entered your B&B. We really                                          liked the well prepared dinner and breakfast. Everything was prepared with love and care. It was funny that we could join you watching the quarter final of the                                          Champions League between Arsenal and Barcelona. We liked to hear all the comments. By the way, it deffinatelly WAS a penalty.                                        Greetings  Inge and Alex  Belgium  April  2010

Thanks for your warm hospitality, the great dinner, great breakfast, great shower, great beds and more important, the great wine. You’re good people, hope you                                            stay well and healthy for a very long time.                                           Sandra and Pat.  Amsterdam  March 2010.

Dear Ken and Mary Ann, It was really a pleasure to stay in your lovely place. Your dinner and breakfast were very tastefull. We are now heading for our last                                          treck towards Niguelas. Thanks for your hospitality                                          Yolande Nyman & Kees van Deela  Apeldoorn Holland  March  2010

Dear Ken and Mary, Thankyou for staying in your B&B. I loved so much the tagine you made and the mushroom soupI am looking forward to seeing your                                         recipies on the web site. After our good breakfast we will walk in the direction of Granada today. Thanks for your care and all the best                                        Maggie  Brussells  Febuary  2010.

Hello Ken and Mary, We still have to experience the famous English breakfast but already we have loved to be here. It is pouring with rain outside but inside                                        the fires  and lovely smells are coming from the kitchen.You have made us feel very welcome and at home, and Mary, you’re a great chef. Thankyou already                                       Martine Wubben  Amsterdam  Febuary 2010.

Thankyou for giving us somewhere to stay at such short noticeWe were very relaxed and comfortable after our long days hiking. It was fantastic to see a full                                        English breakfast after so long eating cereal bars.                                       Joe & Judith Canterbury  UK  January  2010

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. We felt very much at home and the breakfasts were wonderful. Many thanks                                         Ted and Alison January 2010

Dear Ken and Mary Ann, Thank you so much for this wonderfull stay. Our hike hasn’t even started yet and we are spoiled already. Ken told us about the                                          Spanish hospitality and the fantastic way they look after each other. Well! either you fit right in here or all the Spanish learned it from you.Thanks so much for                                        this warm and relaxed start. Feliz Navidad and all the best                                        Liesbeth and Joeri Holland  December 2009

Thanks for a great couple of weeksin the sun and 30% heat! In October!! Exceptional hosting skills in a beautiful setting. Granada is a magnificant place too.                                           And we think they should start doing free Tapas in English bars! We found the best bars/restaurants in Granada to be the smaller ones without outside                                          seating, Los Manuelas & La Guava are both good. Thanks for your efforts                                         Chris and Joe  UK October 2009

Thank you Ken and Mary Ann for a lovely relaxing week. Good food great hospitality. Location is fabulous and stunning views from the roof terrace.                                             Love the room and shower, Sally and Smokieare great as well.                                             Katherine  UK October 2009

Thank you dear Mary Ann and Ken. We got lost in the forest and you saved us. You drove your car to bring us to your home. Thank you so much, and                                            the wonderful dinner (at 22.30) and the breakfast. Thank you again, and again, and again                                           Marleen and Lenie  Holland October 2009

Dear Ken and Mary Ann, Thank you so much for a lovely stay. We have felt very much at home in your comfortable home. We have very much appreciated                                             your warmth and hospitality. Thanks and best wishes                                             Edwin and Maureen Howard.  Manchester  September 2009

Heartfelt thanks for your kindness, gererosity and warmth you showed us. Nothing was ever too much trouble and you certainly went beyond the call of duty                              to help us with advise of local attractions, booking tickets etc etc.You have both made my round the world trip very special as I have wonderful memories to look back                              on this lovely slice of heaven. Long may you enjoy this special life style you have created for yourselves and others. Love Anna. Australia Sept 2009.

Thank you so much for a lovely stay! We have felt very much “at home” in your comfortable home. We have very much appreciated your help, warmth and                                hospitality. Thanks. Best wishes  Edwin and Maureen Howard. Manchester Sept 2009

Thanks so much for letting us stay with you in this beautiful town. The rooms were very comfortable with a view of the hills we can share with our friends in                                    pictures. Anyone who stays should be sure to ask for the collection of walks, we did the trek up to Lecrin Castle – great spot. Have to confess that we stole an                                 orange from a tree on the way back, not too much harm done. We’re from Canada where the streets are a little wider – adventure in parking for us. Thank you so                                much for your hospitality and best of luck for the future.                               Laura May and Joe Toronto Canada June 2007

There’s nothing better than to “come home” after a 30km walk, all dusty tired and stiff, and to find yourself in such a welcoming place, and having a rosado and a delicious paella. Now fully recovered after a peaceful night of sleep and a powerful breakfast we continue our journey with an extra sweet memory in our back packs! Thanks so much.                               Steven and Gitte Amsterdam May 2007

What a wonderful place the Lecrin Valley is, the constant panoramic views at every turn of the road and of course the laid back Andalucian people, always ready “hola-ing” and a smile when you pass. Ken and Mary Ann were the perfect hosts and nothing was too much to ask of them. We both look forward to our next stay in the charming town of Albunuelas. Many thanks.                               Carle and Anj.XX. Birmingham April 2007

Had a great time away from the stress of the UK. Great fishing for wild carp, wonderful sport. Certainly consider returning in the future.                               John Ball & Tony Copson May 2007

Just what we hoped for after a 30km walk. (Almost) forgetting the pain in our muscels with a welcoming cup of tea and ah! an excellent dinner. We loved the cosy village and this cosy Casa Azul with you. Many greetings. Juath and Carola. Rotterdam. The Netherlands  Feb 2007

Thank you so much Ken and Mary Ann, Sally and Smokey. A very warm welcome start to a wonderful few days. A beautiful home and area that next time needs more investigating and fishing. Can’t wait to return again, hopefully in May for the Orange Festival. Muchas gracias Janet and Mark. Cumbria. Feb 2007

What a wonderful place. We have enjoyed our stay so much. Will definetly come again. So nice to have a “home away from home” Lionel, Dianne, Jen and Candice. Saskatchewan Canada. Feb 2007

Lecrin Valley in Febuary when all the almond blossom is out is even more beautiful than I remembered. Thank you so much Mary Ann and Ken for making my house searching trip that much easier with all your helpful advice and introductions. You made me feel so at home and welcome. I hope to return soon (with my husband) to finalise the purchase. Dot. Leeds. Feb 2007

Lovely stay, lovely people, we will be back. A real home from home. Derek, Lee and Joe. Los Boliches Jan 2007

Dear Ken and Mary Ann. Thank you so much for looking after us so well and making us so wellcoming. Pam and Don. Los Bolichas. Jan 2007

Dear Ken and Mary Ann. After an almost too exhausting day walking in the mountains (30km) we were very happy to be warmly welcomed by you in a nicely warm living room. And what a wonderful dinner and breakfast we enjoyed with all these jams and juices. We are heading for Granada today so it’s only one night in the Casa, next time a bit longer. Thanks so much. Hiets and Anike. Belgium. Jan 2007

What can we say. We came last min with no notice. You’ve both made us feel so welcome, your hospitality has been wonderful. The people in the village have opened doors to us at every point and we’ve eaten chocolate, gambas, serrano, cheese, the works. Our Christmas has been a REAL CRACKER. Thank you so much for everything. All the best and a Merry Christmas. See you again. Sandra and Andrew. Doncaster and Madrid. Dec 2006

Ken and Mary Ann, Thanks for your warm hospitality on a very working trip. Couldn’t have got all the things done without both your help and advice. Those evening meals were just great after a hard days shopping. Thanks for making me so welcome. Faisal. Esher. Dec 2006

Ken and Mary Ann couldn’t have been more helpful or welcoming. They really put themselves out for their guests. Great food too! Will delinately recommend them and stay again. Sharon and Innes. South Wales. Nov 2006

Great Paella!! and a very pleasant place to stay. Thank you for your very friendly welcome. Tony and Anne. Brighton. Nov 2006

Thanks so much to Ken and Mary Ann for setting up such a wonderful place to stay in this area of Andalucia. The meals Mary Ann puts together are absoulutely delicious, especially the Paella, and thanks to Ken for coming to El Carreto to lead us in. If you have time,its a long drive from here, do visit the Cuevas de la Pileta near Ronda. 30,000 year’s old cave paintings. It was worth the drive. Ruth Carraher and Paul Muto. Reno Nevada USA. Nov 2006

Thank you both once again for your hospitality. It was wonderful to see our own house completed and to get the keys last week. At last our dream has come true. This is a truely beautiful place to live and we can’t wait to come back and return your kindness in our own home. Antonio’s bar is the best place for Gin & Tonic’s but be careful how you walk back to Casa Azul after drinking a few of them. The horse riding in the mountains, on beautiful Andalucian horses must go down as one of our best all time experiences. Try it. Hasta Luego. Sally, Ade and Teddy. London. Oct 2006

After 5 days walking and sleeping in the hills we were very happy we got a place to sleep (on the sofa) in spite of the fact that your B & B was fully booked.Thanks a lot for your kindness and we loved an English breakfast in Spain. Greetings from the Dutch people. Ids and Willemign. Holland.  Oct 2006

We have had a wonderfull stay this time and many others also. You have made us feel very welcome – home from home. Lovely food Mary Ann – especially enjoyed the curry and crumble! Ken – you have given us lots of useful advice. Thank you both very much. We will be back. Peggy, Angela and David. Surrey. Oct 2006

Five days in a peaceful heaven. The apartment, clean and very comfortable. Mary Ann the perfect hostess. The mornings spent exploring the village and the remainder of the stay the High Sierras and the Alpujarras and the coast. Will return with walking gear and really explore the marvelous locality. Carol and Graham. Stockport.  Sept 2006

A relaxing and and exhausting week- all those hills I’ve been walking up and down. Do do the walks, fantastic views and so peaceful. This village is still part of old campo Spain – long may it remain so. Had lovely meals with Mary Ann, Kate and Richard. Best of British to them. Rowan. Swiss Cottage London. Sept 2006

Very much enjoyed our stay. Very nice hosts and a wonderful village. I can easily understand why people return. Many thanks. Bill. Birmingham. Sept 2006

We have spent a wonderful week in Ken and Mary Ann’s company. The village is a lovely blend of nostalgic social and economic customs. It has an authentic Spanish style from a bygone era. Sue and Jim. Huddersfield. Aug 2006

Arrived the other day. Road closed due to construction work. Called Casa Azul to get assistance. Nice help. Excellent stay in a nice quiet city at the end of the road. All the best from Lisbet and Niels-Erik. Denmark. July 2006

Dear Mary Ann and Ken, Thank you for all your hospitality. The food has been great and the company just as good. Comfortable beds and good showers plus tea and coffee facilities. What more could we ask for. We will definatley be recomending you to anyone looking for a peaceful retreat. Location Fantastic. All the best. Lisa and Ron. The mad English couple walking to Malaga in the Summer Sun. Portsmouth & Slovakia. July 2006

Casa Azul makes a great place from which to explore this beautiful region. We really enjoyed getting lost and finding ourselves again among the friendly villages. Nothing nicer than glass of wine with tapas on your terrace.We’ll definately be back. Thank you so much for your hospitality, much appreciated. A big kiss and hugs to Sally. Linda, Beryl and Annie. May 2006

What can I say. Thanks Ken and Mary Ann for your kindness and hospitality. Amigos forever, as you know! Keep the faith and see you soon. Pete. London. May 2006

Dear Ken and Mary Ann, Thank you for making my birthday so special – for baking me the best sponge cake, for my card and celebrations. As J.M. Barrie said “If you wish hard enough your dreams will come true”. Truth is, Ken and Mary Ann make dreams come true! Love to you both, thanks again. Helena. London. May 2006

We have had a wonderful time exploring the valley and surrounding area. The walks have been fantastic. Thankyou Ken and Mary Ann for your kind hospitality and particularly for the help and advice in our search for a home in the area. Brian and Julia. Stockport. April 2006

Ken and Mary Ann, thank you for being great hosts and helping us to have a wonderful time. After serching the internet and knowing very little about the area we have loved the scenery, tranquility, walks and ski-ing. This place has forced us to slow down our usual ‘London’ pace of life and really relax. If only we didn’t  have to go home so soon. Thanks for everything. Andy and Kathryn. London. April 2006

We have spent seven lovely days! We haven’t done very much (certainly not painting) but we have really enjoyed the peace and beauty of the area and your fantastic hospitality. Mary Ann, you provide the best meals in the area and Ken you are the most informative and obliging host. We can’t wait to return for another week of doing ‘not much’. Marion and Beryl. London. April 2006

What a lovely place, Ken and Mary Ann. Great hosts – so hospitable, friendly and helpful. Great food too. Mary Ann is an excellent cook!!. Would recommend to anyone and will certainly come again. Louise. April 2006

Enjoyed a great weeks walking and exploring the local villages. Lovely weather. Thanks Mary Ann and Ken for all your help and hospitality. Doug and Katrin. Dronfield. April 2006

This has been a very enjoyable and relaxing stay made possible by your fantastic hospitality Ken & Mary Ann.From the very start you made us feel at home and we really appreciate you spending time showing us the Embalse. It was great to talk fishing. Mary Ann’s cooking was just the best. Ooo that apple crumble! Thanks so much for everything, we had a great stay and hope to return. Gary, Mel and Adam. Singapore. April 2006

Wonderful holiday we had. Lovely hosts, splendid roof terrace and swimming pool. Our 9 year old had her first plunge of the year and enjoyed it a lot. We also had a delicious salmon for dinner. Our daughter could not seperate from Sally and Smokey Mine, Heidi and Lucy. Belgium Mar 2006

Thankyou for making us so welcome and ensuring we had a very enjoyable holiday. If Kens weather forcasting had been half as good as Mary Ann’s cooking it would have been perfect. I think we saw half of Spains annual rainfall in 48 hours. Anyway you can’t expect much better from a Spur’s supporter. Best wishes, Valerie, Alan, Rachel, Paul & Ella.Mar 2006

Thankyou very much for my lovely sleeps I had in your new cot and making me very welcome on my first holiday abroad. Mummy and Daddy had a lovely time too. Ella XXX

Thanks for a very comfortable stay. Made an ideal base of operations David and Monica Canterbury Mar 2006

We have had such a wonderful visit, seen lots of beautifu places and been made to feel very welcome. We even got to go out without the children!(A rare treat).Thankyou very much for your wonderful hospitality. Freya says she enjoyed stroking Sally. Rachel, Steve, Freya & Flynn Lancaster Mar 2006

Fantastic hosts. We have had a great time here. Eaten way to much, drunk way to much, so, a perfect relaxing break Sue & Mick Dorking Mar 2006

This is a great place to be. Friendly, quiet and most comfortable. We loved it and sincerly plan to come back one day. Thankyou. Jason, Nicole, Sven & John Portugal Mar 2006

Just to say a big thankyou for looking after us so well. We have really appreciated your warmth and kindness and help in showing us around the valley. Looking forward to being neighbours! Samantha and Jaci Nottingham Feb 2006 2006

Dear Ken & Mary Ann, Thankyou so much for looking after us so well. We have had a lovely time in this beautiful valley! Can’t wait to get back and invite you to our own house. Sally and Ade London Feb 2006

Mary Ann & Ken what can I say. House lovely, very Spanish, food also great. Made to feel very much at home. Thank you. Bob Powell Jan 2006

Enjoyed my stay very much. Eat and slept well and enjoyed the company of our hosts. Darren Jan 2006.

A visit to Casa Azul is the perfect opportunity to sample rural life in Spain. The locals are very friendly and helpful.Ken and Mary Ann have made us very welcome and their hospitality is second to none. Thank you so much. P.S. Thank you for the delicious Paella Alan and Pam Blackpool Jan 2006.

The generosity and warmth of Ken and Mary Ann are second to none. We have enjoyed our stay and the insight of the unique way of life here in the mountains. We will be back at the earliest oppertunity. Ron and Murial Northampton Jan 2006

The warmest of welcomes never stopped. Caring, kindly and courteous. My very heartfelt thanks. My stay has been wonderful and we’ll meet again. Ruth. Perth Australia. Jan 2006

Mary Ann & Ken are the friendliest hosts ever. They made us very welcome. Thank you so much. The apartment is most comfortable for a family of 4, and completely safe and child friendly. See you again. Besos, Emma, Jim, Joe and Maggie. Dec 2005

We didn’t know what to expect of our walking holiday when we left Finland. It could easily have been raining all week but all we had was ten drops. The experience far surpassed our expectations. We have enjoyed the varied nature and thrilled to see the great amounts of olives, oranges etc ripening on the trees. We have enjoyed the food with a special thankyou for the peallea. We have felt ever so welcome, thanks for everything. Mona, Oki, Kate and Erik Nov 2005 Finland

It has been three visits now and we have become very good friends with you.  In fact, we like to think of you as our ‘relatives in Spain’!  You always fill us with optimism and your local knowledge has been a fantastic help to us.  We look forward to many more visits! Ed and Derek Leeds Nov 2005

Muchos gracias para una estancia muy agradable. Hemos tenido una wemana especial. La gente aqui en su pueblo son muy amable y la comida en los restaurantes y en casa fue superior. Muchas gracias para todo. Juan y Cristina Peterborough Oct 2005

We came looking to see the real Spain, and found it. 2 of the most relaxing weeks you could wish to have. A real home from home. Good food, help and advice Steve and Sue Leics. PS Can I take Sally home with me Oct 2005

Many thanks for your hospitality in our short stay with you. We have enjoyed our trips out to the beautiful villages of the Lecrin Valley. Lovely to be able to stay in the heart of a true Spanish village far away from the mad Costas Dave and Sandra York Oct 2005

A most enjoyable 2 weeks at Casa Azul. You made us feel extremely welcome. Our holiday was lovely, we have both enjoyed a slice of authentic Spanish life. The scenery and weather have been spectacular. Looking forward to staying in your tranquill village home in the near future Peter and Rhoder Fulham Sept 2005

Thankyou ever so much for your hospitality. Casa Azul is fantastic and the village beautiful. This is one of the best places I’ve ever stayed. Max and Jane Wales Sept 2005

Sorry-Forgot to sign your visitors book last trip. Many thanks for all your help with the purchase of our new home in the Valle de Lecrin and we hope to share many more meals and beers when we live here permanently. Your apartment at the top of “Casa”is just perfect. See you again in Oct. Dave and Linda. Bromley Aug 2005

Fantastic place. Staying here is like visiting your favorite Aunt and Uncle. Definitely one to visit again. Lisa Wynn. London Aug 2005

Fantastic hosts. Fantastic food. I cannot fault this trip. Loved every minute and will be back soon Derrie LaCumbie  London Aug 2005

Thankyou for the great hospitality. There is so much to do we only wish we had more time. The food was wonderful and we couldn’t have felt more at home. We will remember Casa Azul for our next trip. Thanks. Ryan Lynes and Katy O’Leary Madison, Wisconsin. USA June 2005

Thankyou for a lovely break. We enjoyed the area. So much to see and do. Thanks for your super hospitality, we really enjoyed ourselves. Rob and Margarett. Popplewell, Notts. May 2005

A really full week. Came to fish for a week but finished up doing so much more. This place is great, wonderful weather, countryside and people. Will certainly visit again. PS Sally was great too Antonia and Joe. Weedon Northants. May 2005

What a fantastic place and what a nice place to stay in. Photographers beware. The best time is just as the dawn breaks so no staying up late and enjoying the local bars and tapas. Maurice Hammon.  May 2005

It has been a real rest for me. Lovely house, lovely village, brilliant weather and friendly locals. Thankyou very much and I hope to be back with the wife. All the best Peter Barton April 2005

A wonderful welcome and we have felt like part of the family. Perfect location to experience the local rural Spanish community. Also….Here you will find the best food in Albunuelas. Thanks Mary Ann and Ken for making us so comfortable. Sheila and Gordon Geikie  April 2005

We wanted to experience a true Spanish village. That we did and as a bonus we experienced true hospitality. Food was fantastic. Wish we could have stayed longer. Sally kept my children busy for hours which was an added added bonus. The Fuller family. Australia via UK. April 2005

What interesting things the internet throws up. A real find. A touch of England in Andalucia. A really enjoyable stay-too short but I have to keep moving. Ian. Bristol April 2005

Picked this area for property search as it is a good central location.Area is beautiful, the village is lovely and the locals are very friendly.Ken and Mary Ann have been fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble, excellent food and accommodation. If you want to experience the real Spain then this is it. Enjoyed it so much we have booked again. Ann and Paul Blackpool  March 2005

Felt at home as soon as we arrived. It was like staying with friends we’d known for years. It’s a lovely area and will recommend it to our friends.Thankyou Mary and Ken for a lovely holiday. Geraint and Alison Wales Febuary 2005.

A big thankyou for such a warm welcome. Great foof. Great company. Thanks for letting us share your home Ian and Pat. Almeria Febuary 2005.

You made us feel so very welcome. Your help with the house buying activities was invaluable. Wonderful food and we really enjoyed the scrabble. Lorna and David. January 2005

Casa Azul. A hidden gem in a beautiful part of a lovely country. Many thanks for you fantastic hospitality. Cath and John Lingard (Hasta la Vista) January 2005