I think that being offered a glass of wine on arrival, without any nibbles seemed a bit mean, given that we had all travelled for several hours by the time we got to the Cortijo. Just some crips would have been welcoming. We were cold in our rooms and it took a few days before we were given duvets. The windows rattled at nght and were very draughty. The towels were quite old and threadbare and the showers nice and hot, but not very high standard. I know that we were not to expect 'hotel style' accommodation on this kind of trip, so was rather disappointed that the bar prices were really high - certainly hotel style!! We were a captive audience so had no choice but to pay 1.30 euros for a bottle of water - that seemed a tad exploitative.
It was nice to have biscuits , tea and coffee availalbe during the day - a very nice touch indeed. But why were the dinners so late? I know this is the Spanish habit, but it was hard to go from packed lunch to 8.30pm dinner with a couple of biscuits. Either offer a more substantial snack when we get in from a long walk, to keep us going, or make dinner earlier.
II don't think the owners enjoyed cooking for us on the first two nights. The meals were very simple indeed.
The rest of the weeks the meals were gernerally excellent. Plenty of food, bags of flavour and authentic Spanish, of course. Wonderful. A highlight of the trip. (but I think 12 euros for the cook book too expensive)