Dream home away from home

Romantic Holiday Hideaway in Gaucín, Andalucía, Southern Spain


Agapanthus in bloom near the pool at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From:Cherie, Newton,NJ
Date of Stay: September 2011
Gaucin is one of the most beautiful little hill towns. We wanted to be located where we could have the time to experience the Spanish culture and be close enough to see some of the important sites.Casa Mosaica was beautiful and in the center of it all. Emma was the most cordial host and provided all the details to get the most of our vacation.
We were able to be in Ronda within fourty five minutes,the coast in half an hour and we even managed a trip to Tangiers with Emma's help.

mosaic fountain at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From: Mike, Cirencester
Date of Stay: August 2011
Casa Mosaica is a stunning property, totally private and away from public view and yet minutes from the facilities offered in Gaucin. The owner, who lives on site, couldn't have been more helpful and enabled us to relax and enjoy the garden, mosaics and pool she has created.
Being able to buy supplies at short notice from the many locals shops was a boon as were the numerous cafes and restaurants within walking distance. Preparing meals was easy given the abundance of local fresh produce and well-appointed kitchen. The property was spotless and the rooms tastefully furnished. The swimming pool was excellent and there was a large terraced area for sun-bathing and table tennis.
There was always somewhere you could sun bathe but equally there were several shaded areas to avoid the mid-day heat - we particularly liked the garden/patio area adjacent to the lounge - comfortable seating and tables for taking refreshments or reading.The sound of the water from the fountain and outdoor mosaics adding to the sense of peace.
A perfect retreat for anyone wanting to "switch off" - so much so that it was a wrench to muster the energy to visit nearby sites such as Ronda or Gibraltar!

fish pond in the garden at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From: Christopher Pressler, Cambridge / United Kingdom
Date of Stay: July 2011
Casa Mosaica is a very special place to stay. I have travelled all over the world and stayed in some fantastic places (perhaps the only other that comes close is a hotel in Kuala Lumpur), but this remarkable house in the almost immeasurably historic town of Gaucin will, I doubt, ever be beaten. The interior design is so rich and inventive that, if the owner was not so welcoming, you would almost not believe you had been given the chance to stay in it. There are endless attractions for all ages in the area, perhaps the most authentic of Spanish regions, and the pool is great for cooling off. However, it is to the house that the mind always returns, its details, its surprises, the beautiful garden. This is a house that offers both excitement and peace, aesthetic energy and reflection. It is an astonishing achievement and must be experienced.

dining by the pool at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From: Ruby, Belgium
Date of Stay: June 2011
A fantastic village property, oozing style and charm but not lacking in any of the creature comforts required for a great holiday. The discrete exterior cannot prepare you for the lush garden hidden behind the high wall. The beautiful and stunning mosaics, both interior and exterior, blend effortlessly to create a truly magical place to relax and unwind. The owner is a delight and has created a splendid home away from home that won’t disappoint. A joyful place to take a holiday.

a peaceful view at Casa Mosaica
Photo by Christopher Pressler

From: Ben, United Kingdom
Date of Stay: April 2010
We had the most wonderful stay at the Casa Mosaica at Easter time. The house is beautiful, full of wonderful things, and beautifully decorated. Obviously mosaics are everywhere. Although evening temperatures were chilly at that time of year, the house is very cosy with wood burning stoves and fires. Semana Santa is a fantastic time to visit Spain, and the people of Gaucin enjoy it all, from running the bulls, to the nightly religious processions. Emma Cornish is a fabulous hostess, with a wealth of local knowledge, and is fluent in Spanish, which can be a great help. She is very helpful in giving advice on eating out, cultural visits, local walks, and trips to Morocco. The pool is great, though only warm enough for children at Easter, the garden is lovely, and Gaucin fascinating. Highly recommended.


From Christopher Pressler blogspot

Spain is a country of the mind. It conjures up images of pure energy and perhaps joy. The bullfight releases an intensity in the audience of awe and fear, of a deliberate attempt by the Matador to cheat death. The colours of the Tapas on a heated summer evening reflect the sky. The red and yellow of herbed pork with collapsing sliced peppers turns to cooler blue in fish as the air drops. The relief of a late meal without the sun.

comfortable beds at Casa Mosaica From: The Sluijter family
Date: 1-8 May 2010

This is my "Hotel California", we loved it from the first till the last minute.