The Lemon Tree Patio was homely and cosy in a pretty, very quiet and typically Spanish town. We enjoyed a peaceful break pottering around, visiting several exceptional tapas bars and generally having a very lazy time. Not a lot to do in Olvera (apart from the tapas bars!) but that was fine for what we wanted and expected. Zoe was an attentive and very helpful host - we couldn't fault the service we received.
For clarity, I have divided the review into two sections - the accommodation and the area.
Was lucky enough to be able to book the house for a week on short notice (very lucky). On arrival I certainly wasn't disappointed - the house was exactly as I'd hoped for; well presented and well equipped. This is more like a home in that it contains everything you need no matter how long you stay and has a homely feel about it. This is a plus for me as I always pack light and the use of a washing machine etc. is a welcome bonus. The kitchen is a kitchen, not a kitchenette. The lounge is spacious, as is the bedroom. Having two bathrooms means couples do not have to wait around for each other.
The patio is (as the name suggests) shaded by a lemon tree where a couple can sit with ample space and privacy but the terrace is a great place to sit (or lie) and relax. It is shaded in the morning and later in the afternoon and would be a great space for receiving visitors/having a get-together. In fact, the pics understate how much outside space there really is. To realistically manage expectations this is not a modern apartment, it is a Spanish home which I would take all day long over a complex or apartment building.
Olvera is a sensible 1.5hrs from Malaga. It doesn't take long to get from the airport into the countryside and I was pretty blown away by the scenery. The roads are good and traffic light.
The town itself seems to be entirely devoid of touristy tack (excellent) and because of this, you feel like a visitor more than a tourist (again, excellent). It should be borne in mind that most places do close in the afternoons and get going again in the evening. Not a problem, just be prepared!
Olvera has a good array of places to eat and drink. Prices are reasonable to say the least and the quality of food and service is excellent - very friendly and relaxed. Olvera really comes to life of a summers evening!
Because it is not a tourist trap it would be wise to learn some basic Spanish and also smile! The locals all greet you as you walk by. As per many places, some of the menus are translated into English but where is the fun in that! I always find that effort made is well received. If you are not comfortable 'when in Rome....' then this may not be the place for you. I enjoyed hearing barely an English word spoken.
Olvera is ideally located as a base from which to do day/overnight trips with plenty to see/do. Driving around the mountain roads of the nearby National Park is a stunning way to pass a day, there are local lakes to swim in and if you are prepared to drive for a couple of hours then Cadiz, Gibraltar are reachable.
My only words of caution are not with regard to the accommodation or the location but the weather; it is VERY warm during the summer so be prepared!
To re-cap - Lemon Tree Patio is a professionally run, well- equipped getaway from daily life (and British tourists) located in a town where you can either stay put or tour around. I would certainly return.
Everything was there for a lovely comfortable stay in Olvera. The patios were a joy whether for breakfast or evening drinks. We were very comfortable, slept well and enjoyed returning to this lovely house at the end of the day .
Lemon Tree is the complete escape if u really want a taste of the real untouched Spain ... The local food is gorgeous and the locals are friendly and helpful, it is a lovely town house with a spacious terrace
we had super stay at lemon tree.knew how to change gas bottle so plenty of hot water , washing machine did my clothes a treat.useful having left over staples in cupboard salt pepper etc.
comfy warm bed with plenty of hanging space in wardrobe. panel heaters in upstairs room.plenty of logs for fire estufa.
would go again but now we have our own house in village gutted we were to late to stay there in feb...thanks zoe