There is a great distance between "I loved it" and "not really." My family and I have wonderful memories of our two weeks in this truly unusual country home: A double elimination pool tournament, on-going chess and card games, morning pool-side yoga sessions, over the mountain hikes to Cortiijo las Piedras for coffee, dining outside every evening we were at home, reading.... and tons of pool activity. The wonderful surprise was the weather - hot days and cool evenings! And the views are stunning, specially as the sun hits them at the end of the day. Fabulous photo opportunities.
On the realistic side, you have to be prepared for awkward country issues. Constant need to dispose of garbage and recycling if you have a house full, deeply potted dirt roads (made good use of the car wash in Rute), very curvy mountain roads - great for a motorcycle! Sometimes loud farm activities that sounded too much like suburbia, but the charming clanging of goat bells as the herds climbed the mountain each evening and returned in the morning compensated for the annoying sounds.
Claire is a real asset for this property, although I disagree with some of the unrealistic pages of rules that we were supposed to follow. Many are 'understood' when living in a borrowed home. Some are crazy. The pool is a major attraction and they think no one is going to jump or dive in?!! With water that cold, I have no idea how else to bite the bullet. It provided us with hours of great entertainment. We are happy to have had this experience together.