Stuck looking for accommodation in rural Andalusia I believe we were the very first guests at Casa Adora. We found it by chance and what a lovely little gem of a place it was and lucky for us it co-incided with the village’s fiesta. We loved Casa Adora. Highly recommend our host, the food and the village of Monte Lope Alvarez – real Spain. Andy & Debs, Lancashire, England

This is a fab place for a solo traveller and walker. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t very kind, well it was February but I still managed several sections of the Via Verde and not only did I have a very comfortable room but my host served up some wonderful meals (and packed lunches too). Nothing was too much trouble including making sure there was somewhere for my wet gear to dry out! Can thoroughly recommend Casa Adora. Suzze, Salvagnac, France

I spent a week at Casa Adora during the summer and had a great time. It was the perfect place to recharge the batteries and relax, whilst also doing the thing I enjoy most…cooking. Phil was the perfect host and really looked after me very well. It was great cooking from a menu created for me; and what could be better than eating amazing food on the roof terrace surrounded by olive groves… and drinking from Phil’s well stocked wine chiller. Phil gave a great deal of time and thought to make my stay so enjoyable and I hope to return to the cookery school and peaceful Monte Lope Alvarez again in the future. Barbara, Co. Durham, England

Entering Casa Adora’s culinary world means stepping in a sphere that will entice all your senses. Phil, the intriguing owner of this little rural retreat, claims to be cheffing only as hobby. Soon you will however discover that his passion perspires in his food and I am happy to consider him as our local chef. Sourcing as much as he can local, fresh ingredients, growing from pots fresh herbs and tomatoes (soon to expand into a small allotment if he has his way), Phil elevates simple recipes to a level where the presentation of the dish reflects the subtle, delicious aromas of ingredients he has ingenously combined. Aiming to please, Phil will do his utmost to accomodate your palate and serve exquisite food on his terrasse with views to die for. Fear not to put on the pounds, Phil will take you on local walks to walk out the calories consumed…and also to whet the appetite of more deliciousness to come. Looking for a unique, customised Cooking and Walking holiday? Look no further and book at Casa Adora. Fran & Jerome, Fuensanta, Spain

If you are looking for a small cookery school where you get 100% personal attention, or a short stop over while on a road trip, to learn to cook local and international cuisine, I cannot recommend The Flexible Chef highly enough. Steve, Windsor, England

Casa Adora was a real find; a very tranquil oasis with a lovely laid back relaxed atmosphere. The bed was very comfortable at the end of a full on day breathing in the real Spain. Walking the Via Verde and all around the olive groves built up an appetite for tapas at “the local”. Delicacies such as kidneys in tomato and onion washed down with a cold beer under the hot sunshine were memorable. After reading on the terrace overlooking the olive groves and sipping a glass of Cava, it was time to put on the apron. Phil is a talented chef who allows you to do as little, or in my case, as much as I wanted. Caramelised red onions and goat’s cheese tarts, Basque chicken, salmon cured in beetroot, classic Osso Bucco. It was “fabulous” – one of his favourite expressions. I left feeling refreshed, restored and rested. Can’t wait to return. Kate, Glasgow, Scotland

Took a two night respite from a road trip through Andalusia to chill out in the calm of Casa Adora. Phil was a gentle and welcoming host who removed all decision making and simply allowed us to sunbathe, wander through the adjoining olive groves, and be waited upon. His table was full of locally sourced seasonal produce, – we enjoyed fresh wild asparagus, tiny roasted peppers served as an hors d’oeuvre on the roof terrace and the best caramelised onion and goat’s cheese tart ever. It was without doubt the best value for money I’ve enjoyed in the last decade. Helen & Claire, Northumberland, England   

We only recently came across Casa Adora via personal recommendation (the best kind!) And liked Phil and his cooking so much, we have already been back and have, in turn, spread the word about this secret gastronomic corner of amazing Andalucía. Phil is a generous chef in every way. He is generous with his time, generous with his advice, generous with his portions and even generous enough to share his recipes (our favourite is his dukkah which you can put on just about everything). Casa Adora is one secret we are delighted to share if only to give a little something back to our favourite, generous, flexible chef.
Debbie & Jeremy, Priego de Córdoba, Spain

Four days spent in a traditional Andalusian village, luckily coinciding with the wonderful Romeria de Ntra. Sra. Del Carmen local festival, drinking with the locals, and most of all, enjoying a level of food that surpasses anything we had experienced before. If Phil made us feel welcome the dishes he prepared made us feel like Royalty. Rather than go into detail of the full menu we enjoyed this one dish sums up what staying in Casa Adora is all about: On the table arrived a large casserole dish. There were no vegetables but an unmistakable waft of fresh bread. In the dish was ‘Basque Chicken’, free-range obviously and cooked in the peasant style in extra virgin olive oil and white wine with garlic, bay leaf and black pepper. The aroma was mouth-watering. Now we understood. The chicken with its aromatic juice was served and the bread was all that was needed to turn this into a delicious meal with Basque authenticity. The accommodation is excellent with large room and spacious en-suite shower. The plunge pool is all but commissioned and the views and the walks inspiring.
Roy & Pauline, Epson, England