Never a Dull Moment
Dos Olivos is in a prime base from which you have the freedom to explore as many or as few of the beautiful sights and exciting attractions, or take part in some of the numerous differing leisure activities available in the surrounding areas.
Even on the farm itself, bird and wildlife abound, and a walk along the tracks surrounding Dos Olivos is interesting and arresting to the senses. Plantations of olive, orange and almond groves abound, and your feet do not have to touch tarmac – even if you choose to walk to Madrid! The drovers’ trails around the farm are protected and will never be changed.
By choosing to stay at Dos Olivos you are really spoilt for choice, there is golf, balloon rides, quiet trail riding through the forests carpeted by pine needles or a horse drawn carriage ride along the quiet tracks, or even a “Luna” ride - riding by moonlight, guided by the stars. Each of the small villages near to Dos Olivos have their own particular charm and history, and are still far enough from the costas that you will know you are in real southern Spain, without a high rise hotel in sight! Longer trips can take you to the mountains of the Sierras to enjoy the different Andalusian cuisine of the area.
Throughout the year Andalusia has many Spanish festivals in which all join in with enthusiasm and you too would be welcome.
And, at the end of it all, you know you have the welcoming country house to return to, and the chance to sit on the terrace with a glass of wine and look back over your day surrounded by the scent of jasmine, watching a spectacular fiery sunset.
Whatever your interests or dreams are for your holiday you are sure to be able to find something, or indeed several things to relish! – we are always happy to advise or organise activities or trips that would personally suit you, with your comfortable accommodation at the farm serving as your home for the duration of your stay.
Delicious Regional Flavours
At Hacienda Dos Olivos traditional home cooked Andalusian cuisine is prepared for you by our Spanish cook with local produce, regional and Moorish flavours, accompanied with good Spanish table wine and Spanish beer.
Dining at Hacienda Dos Olivos
In the mornings a hearty Spanish breakfast is served to you and combines fruit juice, freshly baked bread, biscuits and cakes, and olive oil on toast with Serrano ham and tomato.
Lunch may be taken in the garden and is a buffet including cold meats, salamis, breads, cheeses, salads, and a traditionally cooked dish.
Dinner is enjoyed by the pool on balmy summer evenings or in the Dos Olivos dining room. Vegetarian/other diets may be catered for on prior request.
Tapas (Spanish appetizers) of sustaining nibbles may be served beforehand, as meals come a little later here in Spain.
A Sample of our Dinner Menus
Ensalada de Espinacas Marroquí
Spinach leaves sautéed with olive oil, garlic, spices, and preserved lemons, Moroccan style.
Carne con almendras y manzanas
Veal baked with apples, almonds, solera wine and laurel.
Col Morada con Patatas
Colourful red cabbage and potatoes seasoned with a vinaigrette dressing.
A traditional Andalusian egg custard, topped with caramel.
A thick tomato based cold soup from Cordoba, with Serrano ham and eggs served on top.
Bacalao a la Roteña
Traditionally made in a terra cotta dish, the cod is simmered in rich flavours of Mediterranean vegetables.
Patatas con Romero
Oven roasted potatoes with extra virgin olive oil, a hint of salt and rich rosemary.
Arroz con Leche
Creamy Spanish rice pudding with a perfect blend of cinnamon and lemon.
Popular Hacienda Dos Olivos Recipes
Some of our favourite recipes
La Tortilla Paisana is a variant of the famous Spanish potato omelette where, in addition to potatoes, other vegetables such as carrots, peas or beans and serrano ham or chorizo are added. It can be served cold or hot, as a starter, appetizer or as a light meal.
Serves 4 - Difficulty: Easy
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- Peas (to taste)
- 1 chorizo, thinly sliced
- 4 eggs
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh Parsley
Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, cook the potatoes until translucent and firm. Drain on kitchen paper.
In the same frying pan, with less oil, sauté the onions and peppers. Add the peas, the chorizo and stir-fry.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs together with the parsley, season to taste. Gently stir in the potatoes, chorizo, onions, peppers and peas.
Wipe out the pan with kitchen paper and heat oil.
Pour the mixture into the pan and cook on low heat, until the egg begins to set. Use a wooden spatula to prevent the tortilla from sticking and allow the uncooked egg to run underneath.
Garnish with parsley
Pollo a la Andaluza
- 1 chicken, cut into small pieces and seasoned
- 1 big onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 mature tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
- 2 Laurel leaves
- 1 small glass of white wine
- 1 small glass of Jerez – Pedro Jimenez (optional)
- 1 cup of stock
- 12 - 15 toasted almonds
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped parsley
- Extra virgin olive oil
Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, fry the seasoned chicken until golden on all sides. Transfer the drained chicken pieces to a large casserole.
In the same oil over medium heat, fry the garlic and onions. When the onions are golden add tomatoes.
In a blender, place garlic, onions, tomatoes, almonds, parsley, eggs, saffron, white wine and blend to a crunchy texture.
Transfer the processed ingredients to the casserole with chicken, add Jerez and Laurel leaves, stock if it has not been used in the blender and season to taste.
Stir to mix the ingredients, so the flavours blend, and then place the casserole over a high heat. Bring to boil and cook for 5 or 10 minutes to reduce the sauce (depending on how thick you would like the sauce to be).
Turn heat down to low and simmer covered until the chicken is tender.
Garnish with parsley and serve with rice or fried bread.
Andalusian cuisine is a reflection of the rich history of different civilisations (Moors, Christians, Jews and Romans) that have lived in the southern part of the Iberian peninsular.
The most important were the Moors who inhabited this area for over seven centuries. They brought with them the tastes of honey, nuts, and different herbs and spices, dates, other fruits and vegetables.
You may sample a multitude of different flavours from small tapas to the well-known paella.
In the summer relief from the heat can be found in dishes, such as Gazpacho, a vitamin packed cold tomato soup, and a wide variety of salads, cold meats, fish and shellfish.
In the colder months, the Andalusian “estofado” (stews) and soups are welcome and warming, made with various ingredients including meat, poultry, pulses and vegetables.
The desserts and pastries of Andalusia have also been influenced by the Moors and are a mouth watering array of sweet biscuits and treats flavoured with chocolate, honey, almonds, egg yolks, lemon and orange, cinnamon and vanilla.
A Traditional Andalusian Hacienda
At Hacienda Dos Olivos you can enjoy the warmth, comfort and tranquility of a secluded Spanish country house, within easy distance of some of Andalucia's most memorable attractions and sites of interest.
Whether you wish to:
- simply lounge by the swimming pool,
- revel in the seclusion and natural beauty of the estate
- sample the delights of our local wines and cuisine
- explore the historical and cultural sites nearby or
- take part in leisure activities and events
Dos Olivos will prove a relaxing and refreshing break with a memorable experience into some of the unique moments of Spanish rural living!
The entrance to the farm invites you up the picturesque driveway through the organic olive farm. This gives you time to take in your first captivating views of the house itself, a typical example of Spanish farmhouse design.
Named “Dos Olivos” ("Two Olive Trees") in memory of the only two olive trees removed when it was built from the 34 acre grove.
Blending both Spanish and Moorish styles, the country house is built around a traditional cobbled courtyard, with a patio at roof level, from which you can see fine views of this landscape of orange, almond and olive groves.
Gardens surround the house, offering shade under the palm trees, and the fun of a summer barbecue by the illumination of the salt-water swimming pool.
Your accommodation is either in the main house in a comfortable room with twin beds and a private bathroom, set around the light and airy interior patio which is decorated with different species of plants and ceramic plates. This patio is a favourite place to relax and read or chat about your day over a glass of wine. Or you may prefer to watch the sun set from one of the outside patios with tapas and a refreshing beer.
Our small number of guests ensures you of our personal attention and retains the intimacy of this private home.
Alternatively, “La Casita II”, is a charming self-catering cottage adjacent to the main house. It has two bedrooms, lounge/dining room with satellite television, wifi and a fully equipped kitchen.
The whole surrounds a traditional cobbled courtyard, with a patio at roof level, from which you can see fine views of this landscape of orange, almond and olive groves. Gardens surround the house, offering shade under the palm trees, and the fun of a summer barbecue by the illumination of the swimming pool.
Traditional Andalusian cuisine is prepared by our Spanish cook with local produce and regional flavours accompanied with good table wines and Spanish beer. The Manzanilla olives from our organic olive orchard are harvested in September and served at the table, all year round.
Breakfast is served to you Spanish style and combines fruits and juices, freshly baked bread, Spanish biscuits and cakes. Your lunch may be taken by the swimming pool in the garden and includes cold meats, salamis, breads, cheeses, salads, and a traditionally cooked dish. Tapas (appetizers) of sustaining nibbles may be served beforehand, as meals come a little later here in Spain. Dinner is enjoyed either by the pool on balmy summer evenings or in the Hacienda’s dining room. Vegetarian/other diets may be catered for on prior request.
Fun Things to do in the Local Area
The rich natural, historical, cultural and gastronomic opportunities that surround Hacienda Dos Olivos provide you with a wide array of leisure activities for you to choose from.
You may to choose to hire a car to explore at will, or we are more than happy to make arrangements for you. We can arrange an activity packed vacation of leisure activities to suit your interests, from bird watching to hot air balloon rides, rich architecture to photography - from one day to a whole week of your favourite hobby - or try a new one!
Hot Air Balloon Rides
For a completely different view of our area, why not try a hot air balloon ride? Green Aerostation offers exhilarating vistas from 1,500 feet at weekends/Bank holidays. On landing you will enjoy a champagne breakfast and be awarded a diploma.
An experienced local Falconer, Curro is dedicated to Falconry and has a variety of working birds. He will fly them for you, and, if you wish, you can experience these beautiful birds sitting on your wrist.
Think of Seville Spain, you think of Flamenco. The passionate blend music and dance is captivating. You can try your hands (or feet) at Flamenco, whether in a bar, or an organised class.
If you would rather watch Flamenco expertly executed, there are many different options in Seville where shows take place, accompanied by drinks or dinner.
Near Aznalcázar is Las Minas Golf. A 9-hole course, with plans to expand it to 27. It has a long, difficult 5-pars, wide greens and 4 lakes.
Special excursions will guide you through the history of Andalusia, showing you architecture and describing the events that bring them to life. You can choose an excursion to suit your time, budget and interests. Being so close to Seville gives you the opportunity of visiting the many historical sights of this beautiful city.
When you embark on a gastronomy tour, you can look forward to combining the wonderful tastes of Andalusia in the most charming of locations.
Andalucía has something for everyone. From the seafood of the coast, the game of the forests, to the venison and wild boar of the mountains of the sierras. You can travel around sampling a range of dishes from the region, or just try the local tapas bar, an adventure in itself.
In most bars with your drink, delicious olives will automatically accompany it. Seville is famous for these bars and one could spend the day sampling tapas for a few euros. If you have a taste for olive oil, special olive oil tasting is available.
Spanish Towns and Cities
From the heart of Andalusia, Sevilla, to the white washed walls of remote Spanish villages. This area has much to offer you when visiting its towns and cities. Breath taking architecture, historical monuments, museums, tapas bars, peaceful parks and lively fiestas. If you enjoy experiencing different cultures, the surrounding area of Hacienda Dos Olivos offers you a wealth of choice.
Brandy Luis Felipe - it is said that in 1893, kegs of brandy were discovered in La Palma del Condado, originating from the son of King Louis I of France. These kegs form the base of Luis Felipe brandy today, aged for 60 years and the “secret” recipe handed down by generation. Known as one of the finest Brandies in Spain, a visit takes you back in time and gives you a chance to sample this fantastic spirit.
Bodega Salado – founded in 1810 and offering various different wines of the Aljarafe region, a trip to Bodega Salado gives you a chance to taste the delicious wines of this region, and, if you wish combine a visit with seeing the horses they also breed in the family.
There are 3 public tennis courts in the town of Pilas. The courts are open from 10.00 – 20.00. You do not need an appointment and they are free of charge. Please ask for directions.
Contact us, if you would like to see and know more about these or other leisure activities of the local area and what it has to offer, whether it is for a relaxing visit or choose one (or more) activities to suit you!