Autumn 2010 press trip
Arbuthnott Holidays are now working alongside the Massey Partnership who are a luxury goods and travel PR family run company. Having put our heads together an excellent itinerary was put together for their House Party long weekend.
A roaring fire and a delicious supper met them upon their arrival. there was a real feeling of wintery fun with everyone relaxing and enjoying the fact that it was a friday night and they were not in London.
The following morning Hugh and Hughie gave a father and son's slide show presentation before heading up to Gaucin and the castle where Bellsie and Charlie got married and all where enthralled by the history lesson at the top looking down the valley to the pillars of Hercules and hearing about how the Moors crossed the straits in the year 711.
Lunch in the sunshine at Alfonso's bar was a wonderful treat for November and was worked off with a stunning walk up and over the hills back home in time for tea and a slice of home made banana bread.
The following day almost everyone rode through the Almoraima estate, teeming with wild boar and deer with vultures flying overhead, a number of the local accompanied the ride and over sensational countryside. The afternoon was spent in front of the fire or on a farm walk. Such high Scrabble scores have rarely been seen as hours were battled out between the literary minds of the assembled press. Delicious supper was prepared by Jane and Clare with a fun dinner party atmosphere washed down by some local wine.
The early morning air cleared our heads as all embarked the local train from the village of El Colmenar bound for Benaojan and a Spanish working mans breakfast of Garlic scrapped on toast and dipped in olive oil washed down with Sol y Sombras!
Once sustained they headed off on foot with Ronda in the distance, they made friends along the way and were met with elevenzies by Salchicha the puppy who delighted to see his new friends again.
Lunch was a picnic in the shadow of the Bridge in Ronda amongst the olive groves, a homemade garbanzo stew, typical to the Andalusian diet.
The house felt most empty having dropped the team off at the airport that afternoon. It had been such a fun few days and they felt like thay had known everyone for years.
Here are just a few photos of the week
Keep your eyes peeled for articles in The Gloucestershire Echo, Easy Living, Running in heels, Wanderlust, Matchbox and The Lonely Planet magazine,