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Casa Palacio Conde de la Corte

Spain   Extremadura   Zafra, near Badajoz   Why Extremadura?
Seville 145km
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Reviewed By Laura Dibben


In the heart of the monumental town of Zafra, also referred to as ¨Little Seville¨, the 19th Century Casa Palacio Conde de la Corte was once the private residence of Augustín Mendoza, VI Count of Corte. Originally a bull-breeding farm, come mid-20th Century the palace became a meeting point for the most prominent members of the bull-breeding world. Meticulously restored, the Hotel opened its doors to the public in June of 2005. Each of the bedrooms, decorated in classical Victorian style, has received the name of a ¨ganadero¨, a breeder, paying hommage to Augustín Mendoza and his ties to this noble society of the time.

Upon entering the Hotel, the grandeur is striking. The patio courtyard is opulent with its marble floors. The walls, a rich red, reach up past the ornate, glassed-in gallery to an impressive antique glass cupola. The decor is classical throughout with soft tones of green, silver, gold and blue. On the first floor is a majestic salon filled with arm chairs and sofas and opulent chandeliers. The antique silver radiators, are amazingly still in working order and a gas fireplace creates a cosy ambience in the winter months. The overall feeling is one that falls comfortably between a private residence and an aristocratic palace.

Conde de la Corte´s 15 spacious bedrooms are beautifully appointed; sumptuous curtains adorn large light-filled windows, beautifully restored period furnishings hide modern amenities and high, vaulted ceilings in several rooms only add to the sense of space. The wall friezes found in some rooms are pretty and delicate. Divided amongst Suites, Superior Doubles and Standard Doubles, the bedrooms are equipped satellite TV, DVD (movies are free to borrow from reception), telephone, internet access, hair dryer, heating, air-con and mini-bar. The bathrooms are all lovely, especially in the Superior Doubles with their fancy showers. One of the bedrooms is specially adapted for wheelchair access or those with mobility problems.

Continental breakfasts can be taken at the large communal table in the ¨Salón el Gallito¨, or on the beautiful terrace in summer months. Tall, iron tables and chairs and other seating arrangements surrounded by greenery are pleasant spaces for relaxing with a book or simply listening to the trickle of the fountains in the small, Moorish-style swimming pool – perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot summer´s day. The palace´s ¨bodega¨ has been converted into a small bar adorned with photos of bullfighters where guests can help themselves to drinks from the honesty bar. The Hotel does not have a restaurant, but the friendly staff will be happy to advise on dining options in the area.

Zafra is ideally situated for exploring the handfull of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Extremadura and neighbouring Portugal. The Roman ruins of Mérida (at 60km), the medieval town of Cáceres (at 130km) and the historic centre of Évora in Portugal (at 140km). In the heart of Extremadura wine country, do not miss a tour or two in the nearby bodegas, and sampling varieties of famous Iberian serrano ham on a gastronomic tour is highly recommended.

An ideal Hotel as part of a historic cultural tour from Andalucía or Madrid to Portugal, or for simply discovering the diversity and richness of Zafra and the surrounding region of Extremadura.

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High Season: Easter Week and September Feria (25th September to 8th October)

Low Season: Rest of the year

The Hotel requires credit card details in order to guarantee a reservation.

Cancellations received less than 2 days before the arrival date: 25% of the reservation cost will be charged.

No-show: 100% of the reservation cost will be charged.

For all cancellations, will charge an administration fee of 15 Euros.