Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Visitor Comments 2014 - 2016

“Thank you again for another lovely holiday at your beautiful house. 
We enjoyed and appreciated the trouble and care you had taken with the gluten free menu at the dinner we shared.  We enjoyed the food, the company and atmosphere, with your story of almost and actual wedding, in your lovely apartment with the cats.
Looking forward to coming again next year to check on the geckos and your lovely cats.
We have the Rio Chillar walk to do and the lovely beach at Cantarrijan to visit – plenty to bring us back to your wonderful house and your company.”
Kathryn and Richard, Hagley Worcester, September 2014.

“I have spent a few days in your lovely and scenic home staying with Else.  I think you’re most privileged living in this beautiful part of Spain.”
Helle, Copenhagen, September 2014.

“Lovely time being belated, solo wedding guest (over 10 months belated actually) in this little palace with it’s cats.  At last, thanks to Ernest’s navigation, really discovered Torrox with its Moorish echoes and maze of alleys and stairs.  Highlights, the square and the fiesta preparations, walk down to the now not deserted village, Julio’s Spanish omelet, Antonio’s extremely powerful Muscatel wine.  Thank you both for being such great hosts.”
Ginnie, London, September 2014.

“This is our second visit to your wonderful home.  As last, it has been a brilliant stay.  Will come back soon.”
John and Allison, October 2014

“How truly lovely to be here to celebrate on 9th. the first anniversary of your extremely famous ‘non-wedding’, and how great to see you, Ernest, and you Julio, in such very good repair.  We ate and drank in every available Torrox hostelry and had such a splendid sunny break from the excitement of our new house in Edinburgh. 
We love you (and  six cats).”
John and Morag, Edinburgh, October 2014.

“We have spent 3 absolutely lovely days here in your amazing flat in wonderful Torrox.
The days we spent on going to the beach in Nerja and completely forgetting that it is almost winter back home in Denmark.  We would love to come back soon.”
Marie, Copenhagen, November 2014.

“It’s been a very tranquil stay, obviously Julio and Ernest have rid their lovely home of the evil that took place here during the Inquisition.  Many pleasant hours spent on the terrace.  Loved the laid back atmosphere of Torrox, It’s been a delight.  As Arnie would say... I’ll be back!”
The Blade-Waters Clan, November 2014.

“We wish to thank you for the privilege of staying in your beautiful home.  The spirit of this house envelops you and calms the mind.  I am enchanted.  Until we meet again.”
Jackie and Vassilis, September 2015.

“We have enjoyed our stay with you immensely and thank you both for making us so very welcome in your beautiful and unique home which is fascinating!!!  The house has a lovely atmosphere and has been a delightful place in which to stay.”
John, Dawn and Mark, Brighton, November 2014.

“We have in the lovely and spacious ground floor apartment for two months and will be leaving to return to the UK tomorrow. 
It has been a truly unique experience and one that we will cherish for a long time to come.
We particularly enjoyed sitting on the large terrace with its wonderful view of the hillside opposite and Julio’s spectacular collection of plants, which includes a grapevine which trails above the breakfast area. 
Julio’s efforts to teach us some basic Spanish vocabulary were also much appreciated.
The building itself is a testament to Ernest’s vision and sensitivity in restoring the grand ‘House of the Inquisition’.  Good luck to you both for the future.”
Dave and Dee, Wales, November 2014.

“We’ve had a delightful stay here.  The weather has been kind to us for more than two weeks.  And Ernest and Julio have been wonderful hosts, teaching us about the history of the village, as well as basic Spanish vocabulary.
We can recommend the local swimming pool... and if you like helping out, a local animal charity, Tails dog sanctuary (near Lidl) always needs people to walk their rescue dogs.
We will miss this stately building, so beautifully restored by Ernest,  and the lovely view of the mountains from the terrace.  We hope to return soon.
Pam, December 2014.

“We rang your door bell on New Year’s Day – What a great way to begin the year, welcoming people into your home.  Our stay was brief but memorable. We loved your place and, since we were celebrating the honeymoon we didn’t take after our wedding last New Year’s Eve – 2013, we kind of didn’t mind the boiler went out and the room was cold, love kept us warm.   We hope to come back one day and enjoy a portion of the summer with you.”
Dennis, January 2015.

“We have had a wonderful 7 days in Torrox and your wonderful house.  The history of the house is truly amazing! 
We wanted for nothing – every detail is taken care of, and the local knowledge is priceless.  Being January it is quite cold at night – but once you close the front door behind you, the warmth of the house permeates through you and all is well with the world. 
We would have no hesitation in recommending your lovely house and look forward o a return visit!”
Lynda and Michael, January 2015.

“Thank you very much for a wonderful and memorable stay at the Torrox Townhouse – how fortunate we were to discover this unique and characterful house.
We have done some lovely walks all around the area, as far as La Herradura and the cliff circuit above Cañuelo and Cantarrijan, and above Canillas del Albaida and around Frigilliana.
We’ve been blessed with glorious weather and good food.
Thank you for your generous hospitality and kindness, we look forward to visiting again.”
Jennifer and Paul, Teddington UK, January 2015.

“Thank you for an amazing stay in your beautiful house!  We have enjoyed our stay with Else, it was really nice to finally meet you.  We will definitely be back some time in the summer.
Looking forward to seeing you next time!”
Sara and Mikala, Copenhagen, February 2015.

“The great photos on airbnb website proved to be true. 
Even on a rainy day we enjoyed our stay very much.  Great with so many basic items in the kitchen..´Hope to see you again next year.”
Britta and Lars, Denmark, February 2015.

“Like so many guests, we don’ want to leave!!  The house has beauty everywhere inside and of course when you look out on the terrace across the mountains, and a landscape that is constantly changing.
Thank you for a wonderful stay, if only it were longer!!”
Aya, Jed and Rafferty, Perth Western Australia, March 2015.

“Once again coming to the end of our stay in your unique home.  Our third year in a row, which says it all.  Thank you very much for letting us stay in what still feels like a wonderful apartment in a great position.  We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to returning.”
Michael and Helen, Wales, March 2015.

“This is our third year to stay in your lovely apartment.  Thank you very much for making us so welcome.  We really have enjoyed ourselves and no doubt will be back again.  It is such a unique house and very interesting.  The views from the terrace are amazing.”
Marie and John, Scotland, March 2015.

“We had a nice stay in your house and we liked the authentic history of it.  Thank you for your warm welcome. You made us feel very comfortable.  The children Skadi and Kaja loved your cats a lot.
We did a number of nice walks around the area.  The green river with the waterfalls, the Rio Chillar, where we got really wet shoes, but have been really happy afterwards and the wonderful stone formations in El Torcal.
We  have been very impressed by the Semana Santa processions in town.”
Britta and Torsten, April 2015.

“It was a pleasure to meet you sand stay in your lovely apartment.  We enjoyed extended breakfasts every day on the terrace with a beautiful view.
Many thanks for your understanding ans help when we had to make a 2 am. Trip to the emergency room when baby Gretchen threatened yo make an early appearance!”
Nerys,  April 2015.

“We love your house!  A fascinating building, full of wonderfully curated collections, in a beautiful setting with charming hosts!  What more could a holiday need?
You really have created somewhere so welcoming and well thought out – its great having a fully equiped kitchen, and book shelves to browse and a guitar to play.
Thank you so much for a wonderful visit.”
Alex, April 2015.

“So much good info!  Loved all the old photographs of the village,made me wonder who in the village could still remember those times!  Imagine the Inquisition wandering from room to room holding candles.  On our visit we saw:- many lovely dogs, lots of lovely cats swifts. House martins, wolves (in a sanctuary), deer, vultures, a falcon, an oil beetle, giant serpent, bee, rabbits, lizards and I think an octopus –  at the beach all good!  You guys are awesome.”
Don, April 2015.

“Thank you so much for letting me sta in your beautiful house.  I loved Torrox and Nerja and hope to come again.”
Ellen, May 2015.

“Your house is a treasure, with so much character and an amazing view.  We really enjoyed out stay here and hopefully some day we’ll be back! “
Michel and Linda, Netherlands May 2015.

“Had an enjoyable 2 weeks (first week with  Alan and then alone) looking after the house and cats.
Most nights the nightingale sang in the valley, which was magical.  I was lucky enough to see the house before, during and after restoration and am still enchanted.”
Larry, Manchester, May 2015.

“We had a wonderful time at your lovely apartment.  We love the friendly people of Torrox, especially those that live at 38 Calle Baja.  It was a pleasure getting to know ya’ll.”
Paul and Raquel, Texas, May 2015.

“Thank you for a superb week.  The hoiuse is wonderful, everything the pictures showed and more.
The combination of beach and village worked well for us.  We also saw a lot of Spain and now fancy Sevilla and Granada.  Very much enjoyed the classic Spanish music in the Castilette and the scrabble was a nice touch for us.”
Bryan and Sandi, May 2015.

“We had a lovely stay in Torrox.  My uncle Ernest and Julio are expert hosts who took us to all manner of secret spots and hidden gems.  Dinner in the square, lunch in El Acebuchal was wonderful and followed by a coastal trip to a tower to see off Barbary pirates.  All wonderful. We go to Córdoba today but I can’t wait to return.”
Ben, Southend
“I must mention the poor mans potatoes! Delicious!  This has been a fantastic break with some epic food.”
Helen, Southend, May 2015.

“Thank you for a wonderful three weeks we have enjoyed ourstay with you both relaxing and extremely helpful.  The view from the terrace was fantastic and, as we had a very stressful year, this is what we needed, thank you for the delicious meal and great evening – as they say in Ireland ”The crack  was good.”
John and Doris, Ireland, June 2015.

“You two are just the best.  We refer to you as the “SAVIORS”.  Having fallen in love with Torrox and buying a condo here, we would have been totally lost without your guidance.  Thank you for introducing us to sources and filling us in on the village.  We were also very appreciative of how kind you were yo our guest Linda, touring her around while we were immersed with condo shopping, etc.  She often remarked on how nice you both were to her.  And of course we won’t forget your dinner party with John and Doris (and the cats).  We are thrilled that we will be your new neighbors.”
Cheryl and Jim, Fort Lauderdale Florida, June 2015.

“Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality!  We truly enjoyed our stay in the “Casa de la Inquisición” - very much a highlight of our trip to Spain so far.  Wish we had budgeted more time in Torrox!  I hope we can plan a longer visit sometime in the future.”
“Thank you for all your help with maps,restaurants, umbrellas, etc.  It was great to stay in your guesthouse, with all of the games, movies and comfortable furniture.”
“This is by far the most comfortable plus welcoming place we have stayed in Spain so far.  Thank you for assisting us and advising us as well as housing us.  We enjoyed our stay very much,”
Elena, June 2015.

“We loved the town of Torrox but what made this brief stop so special was having such a warm and welcoming place to be based at.  We loved eating dinner on the patio on top of the world, having games for the kids, and getting to learn about the interesting history of the house and the area.  Thank you for sharing your house with us!”
Tracey, June 2015

“We had a fantastic time here – We didn’t see much of the inside of the flat as we were up in the hills at a 50th birthday party – but it was a great place to come and relax before and after the festivities.  Hope to come again, thanks so much.”
Petra, 2015.

“The end of our 6th summer holiday at No. 38.  It just gets better every year.  Just three more before retirement!”
Carol and Martin, July 2015

“As we walked into your home
 The golden jewel of white Torrox,
 The palace of poetry in stone and wood,
 We remembered the childhood we never had.

 The walls spoke on their own
 And praised their saviours
 The men who painted in stone and wood
 To capture the spirit of Andalusia
 As warm as the sea below
 To tell the tale of the travellers
 Today and for years to come.

“ And the wine was sweeter,
 And we forgot our bitter,
While we slowed down the pace
 In the terrace of grace.
 Gratitude we only have
 For return of what you gave
You must never retire
There are many more to inspire.”
Neno, Zdravko, Tijana and Conid, Montenegro, July 2015

“Thank you  for everything you did for the house of th Inquisition.
There is so much to be discovered here!  Many collections, many games and so many English books!  It’s impossible to get bored in this house, and it is as though it were out of time. 
Thank you for your welcome and your advice.  For sure we will come back!”
Edine, Clara, Emilie, Philippe and Lorette, July 2015.

“We had a wonderful stay in the apartment – after travelling in our campervan for 2 months and staying in various apartments, it’s true to say we haven’t slept as well as we have done now.  The relaxed atmosphere with so many books to choose from has been just what we needed.  In particular, Olive our dog has been extremely comfortable here and has found many spot to lay in.  It is clesr also that she has been very happy here on her own when we have been out
Thank you for sharing your space.”
Natalie, Lee and Olive the dog, Brighton, July 2015.
“ Joe and Ilaria invited me to come to Torrox, I thought I knew Joe’s family, but I found two wonderful people who welcomed me as an old friend and allowed me to live for a week in a fairy tale house, beautiful in its particular way.  Thank you so much for your hospitality.  I will always keep in my heart the memory of these beautiful days – I wish you all the best and a good life.”
Elena, Italy.
“Thank you so much for letting us stay in your amazing sea cottage.  We had a wonderful week, but most of all it was to finally spend some time with both of you.  I hope we will be back.”
Ilaria, London, August 2015.

“We enjoyed staying in your beautiful house with the stunning interior, the great view of the mountains.  Especially Laura felt in love with all the kinds off collections (hats, bears, pictures and a lot more)
We thank you so much for your kind hospitality, your help and good recommendations during the last 10 days.
We hope to come back some day.”
Jacki, Christian and Laura, August 2015.

“Thank you so much forr the time in your wonderful house!  We had a great time and enjoyed it very much.  It was really impressie to see what you did with the house.  There is so much love in every detail – and that you can feel!
Thank you for the great experience.  It was lovely to meet you both.”
Lena and Johanna, August 2015.

“Thank you so much Ernest and Julio for such a wonderful time.  As Jack said “I think this is one of the best places in the world”.  Your hospitality has been so warm and its just been so lovely to see you.”
“Fantastic time as usual.  Great weather and great company.  It was very nice to have the opportunity to talk an get to know each other better! It is great to have such a big and wonderful family around Europe.”
“Me and Valentina really liked shaking all the snowglobes and all the different things on the way down the stairs.”
Gabriel, London, August 2015.

“Thank you very much for letting us into your wonderful apartment.  We loved the character of the house and enjoyed reading about the history of the building and how you came to be here.  Breakfast on the spectacular terrace has been the highlight of our holiday in Spain.”
Mary and Joe, London, August 2015.

“Hey guys!  I booked your place cause I wanted to be close to the beach, wasn’t expecting the magnificence of your house!  I spent a lot of time just going through your library and appreciating the details of the house and garden, it made our holiday days special.  Your story on how you bought the house was a great read, although I’m sure you spent more rebuilding it, seeing the amazing final result. 
Thank you for sharing this unique place with visitors and tourists, it adds a tremendous amount of value to trips, cheers!”
Anto and Eva, September 2015.

“Thank you so much for the experience f staying in your fantastic house.  We really enjoyed getting to know you, perhaps a week was too short.
The apartment was a serene and wonderful place to relax and we really appreciated your recommendations of where to visit and eat  Paco’s Bar was a great start and highlights were  El Acebuchal and El Figon.  Pastries from Ortiz were a daily treat after our morning runs!
It has been a lovely week spending time here as a family, as the kids get older and spread their wings, our family holiday becomes more and more precious.
Thank you once again for your wonderful hospitality. Your food , drink and company will be a memory we treasure in the cold Irish winter months to come!”
Diane, Patrick, Abbie and Elliot, Ireland, September 2015.

“Thank you very much for hosting us in your lovely apartment.  We enjoyed the balcony having breakfast in the morning and a glass of wine at night.  The apartment was great to just relax and enjoy.  Also the kitchen was well equipped so that we had some really nice diners.”
Melanie and Sakia, September 2015.

What ca I say, we had the most fantastic time in your  wonderful home, full of beautiful treasures.  You both made us feel so at home. Your warmth and welcome filled us with joy, we love you both.
Till the next time, keep well our dear, dear friends, love you lots.”
Thank you so much for giving us such a warm welcome.  The week we have had has been magical, you are best hosts and it has been a joy to spend the time with you both.  Looking forward to coming back.  Take care.”
Jon, London 2015.

“We had a great time. Loved the house. Our only regret – we only had one week.  Very comfortable and welcoming.  Lovely views from the terrace and great room. Enchanting!
Dorothy and Bernard, Portland Oregon U.S.A. September 2015.

“Thank you for the oportunity to stay in such a fabulous house.  Every room is full of lovely furniture and things to make us feel completely at home.
Sitting on the large terrace has been fantastic.  Even watering the plants has been a pleasure!  It’s been a real break from a very busy life.  I’m sure you’ll see us next year!”
Alison and John, September 2015.

It was really nice to meet you both and thank you for our stay in this wonderful ground floor apartment, with the large terrace and stunning views.  Your apartment has inspired us in our house search for somewhere with character and charm like yourselves.”
Raymond and Tina, October 2015.

 “Thank you very much once again to visit your  wonderful and interesting house – it is so relaxing and spacious for us to stay in – a world  away from England.  The Feria in Torrox was a great surprise to us as well, seeing all the families with their children enjoying the festive activities.  The weather has been absolutely fantastic as well.
We’ll see you again, no doubt.”
Tony and Sue, October, 2015.

“Thank you both so much for sharing your beautiful house with Lorraine and myself.  We had a wonderful time in Torrox and the people in this town are very friendly.  We loved Paco’s bar.  We took the walk to Torrox Costa and the walking guide leaflet was v. good.  Breakfast and reading on the terrace was so peaceful and quiet.  If you ever come to Ireland, give us a call and we can reciprocate with our cottage in Co. Kerry.”
Conal and Lorraine, Cork Ireland, October 2015.

“Thank you once again to Ernest and Julio, the  house never disappoints and we have had a great time with Trevor and Janet in their new home...We hope to have another Torrox pilgrimage next year – in the meantime, ADIOS AMIGOS.”
Tony and Sue, Rochdale England.
“Yet another wonderful stay in your fascinating home.  Thank you for your hospitality.  We will definitely be back soon.”
John and Allison, Manchester, October 2015.

“Thank you so much to have the opportunity to stay and experience your wonderful house and your hospitality on the way to the road trip to Morocco. Certainly I would like to come back for further experiences n thi wonderful paysage and kind small town.”
Inge, Copenhagen
“Another crazy visit to Torrox, full of laughter and fun.  Thank you Ernest and Julio. Here’ to the Moroccan adventure now!”
Valerie and Geoff, London
“A fleeting but great visit as a prelude to a Moroccan adventure.”
Rob, Hereford, October 2015.

“This time our stay in Torrox was a very sort one – one week is definitely too short for a stay at this magic place.  Next time it will be longer surely.  Anyway we have enjoyed our stay at this extraordinary place very much and thank you both for having been your guests.  We have learned some of the history of the house and we will return, we want to see the dungeons for visiting all the ghosts who are returning within these ancient walls.  Thanks for everything.”
Jutta, Peter and Marie, October 2015.

“What a pleasure it has been to spend a week in your beautiful apartment steeped in history and charm!  Sorry not to have seen more of you – but we have been kept busy with a property search of our own – it is fair to say that we have fallen in love with this little gem of a village that feels that it is “real Spain”.
We were fascinated to read all about the story behind the house and how you’ve restored a dilapidated and sad property into the glorious Marrakesh-like Palace it is today!
Hopefully if all goes to plan – we’ll be back  buying books from you in the New Year.  See you soon.”
Karin and Chris, November 2015.

“Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us this week, it truly is a fascinating house and a peaceful retreat.  Most comfortable beds we have ever slept in and so quiet!  Had some good meals in Barr Paco...  So nice too stay in a Spanish town that has managed to retain its character and village charm.”
Jean, Drew and Damon, November 2015.

“We had a truly lovely weekend with sunshine and good food (and wine!)
The patio apartment is one of the most romantic places we have stayed in.  Thank you kindly.”
.Nicci and Steve, December 2015.

“What a privilege to stay in such a glorious house surrounded by favourite books, plants and memorabilia, and to feel the heat of the sun at this time of year!  Thank you indeed for enabling the coming together of these family members usually spread across the globe – fabulous.  How lucky I am that this is my introduction to the wonders of Spain!  I hope to be back soon.”
“What a pleasure to be surrounded by such excellent books in such a glorious setting.  This is my favourite visit to Spain yet!  Such a glorious apartment – so welcoming.   Very tempted to see your N. Wales place now much closer to home.  Thanks!”
Hilary, Cardiff.
“Thank you so much – this place was just the ticket – Sunny breakfasts in the “countryside” and cosy evenings with books while I think of our compatriots stressing about their Christmas shopping and shouting at the perpetually overcast sky back home.  Thanks for some excellent recommendations in  El Acebuchal, Bar Paco and Taberna El Mentidero – I hope to be back with some other members of my family but I realize I’ll need to book before too many others discover you!”Calum, Geneva, December 2015.

“We had a wonderful time at your place.   Torrox was an excellent place for us to disconnect and connect with what is important.
Thank you very much for sharing your home, books, stories, pictures and hospitality with us.  We really appreciate it.  We wish you both an excellent 1016. Warm hugs.”
Pamela and Kristian, Argentina and Denmark, December 2015.

“We felt exactly like home the minute we stepped in to the lovely flat and now a week later it feels very odd to go back it Sweden. 
We take with us the breathtaking views, the  friendly calmness of  Torrox, the tapas, the wine, a painting from Picasso museum, a lovely dog on the street, the bookshop with the funniest,
 most peculiar and beautiful photos you have ever seen.
We also keep in our hearts this extraordinary house and its exciting history, partly directed by Ernest, and the warmth and kindness from the men who are living here.
Thank you so much for everything, especially for inviting  us to Julio’s birthday.
Next time we’ll bring friends and family.
Mari and Marcho, Sweden and Bulgaria, December 2015.

“We enjoyed another wonderful stay in the Torrox Townhouse – a pleasure to return to somewhere so comfortable, relaxing and unique.
We walked in the mountains, including La Maroma, and enjoyed good food and weather. Not to mention a earthquake (6.2) which shook the bed and the house in the early hours!
Thank you for your hospitality once again – we hope to return for another slice of this beautiful walking country.”
Jenifer and Paul, UK, January 2016.

“Many thanks for the wonderful week we have had in this glorious apartment.  We have never stayed in such an eclectic and characterful house before, and it is a proper home from home!  To see the care , love and dedication put into restoring this remarkable house is a privilege.  Thank you for sharing your home with us.  We will definitely be returning.”
Chris, Toni, Jan and Simon, Mojacar Pueblo, January 2016.

“Thank you for making us feel so welcome in your house and for the surprise birthday card.  We
have so enjoyed experiencing a small part of what you have here in Torrox.  You have created a home of individual charm.”
John and Nicky, February 2016.

“Thank you for letting us stay in your wonderful and authentic Spanish house.  We really felt at home and enjoyed exploring Torrox and its surroundings.  We will definitely  be coming back!!
Senna and Nina, February 2016.

“We came to Torrox seeking “the best climate in Europe”.  We were not disappointed!  Your lovely home is not only uniquely historic but provided the comfort and safety for us to explore the area with the idea of returning for the winter 2016/17.  We will look forward  to seeing you again when we return an we will bring you a bottle of Canadian Ice wine!!  Thanks so much.”

Eamonn and Rhonda, Toronto Canada, February 2016.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Latest Visitor Comments:

  • Thank you for your hospitality.  A nice place to stay in a wonderful house with a wonderful view, looking forward to seeing you again April 2013.”
  • Else, Copenhagen, September 2012.
  • “What a surprise!  To quote Monty Python...’Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition’ and we certainly didn’t expect such a beautiful home.  As we came in the front door – it is just so relaxing to be here and today we must return to rainy Manchester – but we will be back again.”
    Tony and Sue, Manchester, September 2012
  • “Just brilliant! Just perfect!”
    Alison and John, September, 2012.
  • “Autumn Reunion!  End of September – no rain since April – then four days of rain and floods – just call in the drought busters any time!  Thanks yet again for a lovely stay – Flamenco in Sevilla (Nuñez guitar) and stay in Pino Hostal a highlight.”
    Rob, Worcester.
  • “...and to continue, party member No. 2.......Well Ernest and Julio you’ve done us proud – the house, the hospitality and the tour guidance!  But the weather cleared up upon Rob’s departure and we enjoyed two days of glorious sunshine in Granada and the local mountain scenery and towns.”
    Geoff, London.
  • “Our first impressions of southern Spain have been absolutely stunning.  We had heard so much about your lovely house but it is more beautiful than we could imagine.”
    David and Inge, Weimar/Erfurt, October 2012.
  • “The stunning interior!  The roof garden and view.  The welcoming atmosphere.  Surrounded by lovely books.  Amazing!  Great to meet you both.”
    Lynn, October, 2012.
  • “We have had a wonderful week – the walks, the weather, and the icing on the cake was the accommodation!  Furnishing, views atmosphere – absolutely fantastic!  Thank you very much.”
    Lynda and Keith, October, 2012.
  •  “What a lovely house, top floor flat was a wonderful place to stay, everything was so well thought out – we will return.....My café in East Dulwich if you’re interested, 14, Fellbrigg Rd. East Dulwich.  It is called The Blue Brick Café.  Best wishes to you both.”
    Daniel and Max, London, October, 2012.
  • “Thank you for letting me share your most welcoming apartment.  I’ve enjoyed the peace, the views and your hospitality.  If I ever have the opportunity to return to lovely Andalucia, I would be very pleased to return to la Casa de la Inquisición.”  P.S. Kindest Julio, many thanks for lugging my most heavy suitcase up and down the stairs.”
    Francine, October, 2012.
  • “We very much enjoyed staying in such a special building.  I particularly loved the long balcony and central Andaluz patio.  Reading this book makes me jealous that I didn’t see more of the building, or indeed both of you.  If the weather has been half as good as the accommodation, it would have been a perfect holiday.  Thank you and best wishes,  P.S. The huge choice of reading material was very much appreciated as we sheltered from the rain.”
    Steve and Frances, Rickmansworth, October, 2013.
  • “We came looking for Ernest Hole, the legend, found new friends, a fabulous house and oxtail croquettes!  Thank you for making this one-day adventure a spectacular experience,  We hope to return your hospitality in London, BFI, Southbank when our film screens.  Big love and hugs.”
    Jackie and Angie, November, 2012.
  • “Beautiful house, great hosts, nice village, lovely walking countryside! 4 nights way too short!  We will be back.”
    Eddie and Colette, Wexford, Ireland. November, 2012.
  • “Thanks for offering me your beautiful apartment in which I was able to practise my yoga – on the terrace my watercolours, - to keep my creative spirit alive – and my  relaxation – whilst working with an inspiring, and as always demanding, group of enthusiasts!  I hope to stay again!  Thanks for your great hospitality!”
    Anna, November, 2012.
  • “We have had a lovely long (6 week) stay enjoying the sunny weather and escaping the cold, wet then snowy British weather.  The apartment is just perfect, the views to die for and the hospitality fantastic again.  Many thanks, especially to Julio for his wonderful cooking.  Our second visit, we hope we will be able to return again later in the year.  Many thanks.  P.S. We have celebrated all of the important dates of 2012 in your apartment i.e. our anniversary (25) plus Dave’s birthday – May, Xmas, my birthday ((Nicola), New Year.  Thank you for making it all so perfect!”
    Nicola and Dave, Stoke-on-Trent, January 2013.
  • “Thank you so much for the wonderful time I have spent here in your lovely house full of character and charm.  The view is amazing and all the flowers everywhere is nice.  Thank you for your ‘sherry’ and cheddar cheese – so good tasting - ‘Torrox house’ is a very lovely place.”
    Else and friend, Copenhagen, February 2013.
  • “Torrox? Si!

    Your ‘House of the Inquisition’
    Is steeped in history – in an ideal position!
    Vino tinto, books galore -
    Magnificent views and much, much more.

    Mountains with slate-grey slopes
    And snow-capped sugary peaks
    Rise above terraces of green, green groves
    Bearing exotic fruits – heaps!
  • I love to ramble gently round the curvy hills
    See the grey-green olive leaves
    Twinkling in the breeze.
  • I breathe in the cool, fresh air
    Sweet smell of jasmine, pungent herbs
    And golden broom.

    I can gaze from my window and
    A picture unfolds of scattered white casas
    Their rustic roof tops
    Tumbling down rhe hillsides and into
    A turquoise sea.

    Perros barking, echoes down the valley
    Gatos roam, stretch, curl, sleep...
    Oh Axarquia!

    Who would have thought February
    Could be so kind?
    In wintery Andalucia, I know I will find
    A healthier body and peace of mind!
    We had a wonderful stay!”
    Liz and John, France, February, 2013.
  • “The Torrox townhouse and it’s surroundings is all about discovering.  Every day I discovered  something ‘new’ out here.  Thanks a lot for your hospitality, hope to be back sometime.
    Piet, Holland, February, 2013.
  • “We go home tomorrow after 8 wonderful weeks.  We have stayed in Torrox before but staying in your lovely apartment has transformed the experience.  It was also wonderful to have your advise on where to go and where to eat.  We have appreciated every moment of our stay and will certainly be back.  With Many, Many Thanks.”
    Michael and Helen, Wales, March, 2013.
  • “We have once again enjoyed a wonderful week here in Torrox in the House of the Inquisition.  This is our second time to stay in the apartment and it has been excellent.  The weather not as good as last time but much better than Scotland.  Thank you once again for a wonderful apartment and we know if there is anything we need, we just need to ask.  We have had some great walks and drives in the surrounding areas.  We really liked Alhama de Granada and had a wonderful menu of the day in the Meson Diego in Plaza Constitución – also a great walk along the gorge.  We will be back again and will recommend the apartment to friends.”
    Marie and John, Scotland,March, 2013.
  • “Thank you for the Wonderful Andalucian Experience staying in your fascinating house.  With the village on one side and the exceptional view from the terrace on the other – unique!  It was a truly memorable holiday.”
    Pamela and Errol, May 2013.
  • “We have enjoyed the most relaxing week ever in your wonderful Spanish home, with spectacular views and nights in the centre of a lovely village.  Everything we needed and more!!
    Trevor and Anne, Surrey, June 2013.
  • “Thank you for opening your home to us – it has truly felt like a glorious new home of our own. It will be sad to tear ourselves away from ‘our’ terrace and its beguiling views in order to return to England’s grey.  The walking and relaxation have been everything we needed and I have no doubt that you will be seeing us again before too long.  Thank you for making us feel so much at home.”
    Jane, England, June, 2013.
  • “Having first come three years ago as a stranger, I return as a friend.  Ernest and Julio, you are dear friends and I have so enjoyed this week with you and Gary.  I don’t think that I have ever had a week away that has stretched out so beautifully in conversation, artistic endeavour and adventure.”
    Helen, Sheffield.
  • “Thank you so much for a lovely, lovely week.  You have both been so kind and generous to us”
    Gary, Sheffield, June 2013.
  • “Thank you again for an exceptional fortnight, especially for your warm hospitality.  Our only consolation on leaving is that we are booked for next year.”
    Carol and Martin, July 2013.
  • “We had a wonderful holiday in your beautiful home.  Thank you so much for your friendship and hospitality – you are both so kind and thoughtful – and great fun.”
    Lynne and Maura, Limerick Ireland, August 2013.
  • “Just to say the place was fantastic.  Great views and very comfortable accommodation.  We will recommend asnd hope to be back next year.  10 days is too short.  We got to know Torrox well and found it to be a very nice town, been here twice but not really explored.”
    Glen Tracey and Callum, Ashford kent, August 2013.
  • “Thank you very much for a beautiful stay in ‘the House of the Inquisition’.  We have enjoyed the style, the balcony, the plants, the gecko, the food, the swine, the stairs, the tiles, the beaches, the mountains.....The Sun.  Until next time
    Anna, Copenhagen.
  • “Thanks a lot.  Always a pleasure to be guest in your wonderful house.  See you soon.”
    Else, Copenhagen, September 2013.
  • “Thank you so much for a memorable visit which would not have been possible without your support, company and good humour.”
    Kevin, Manchester, October, 2013
  • “We have just arrived but know we are going to have a lovely holiday in  your wonderful home........
    Well sadly we are at the end of our holiday.  We have really enjoyed staying here.  We enjoyed our breakfast on the terrace and know we are going to miss the view of the mountains.  We hope we will have lots of holidays in Torrox and be able to stay at your house.  Many thanks.”
    June and Dixie, October, 2013.
  • “Thank you so much for your hospitality and your precious advice regarding road traffic, restaurants, etc.  You have such a lovely house (with such a great view)!  Thank you so much as well for having to put up with so much of Angelique’s crying!  She took a few days to settle in but was fine afterwards.  We also loved the area and the food so much.  We will definitely come back in the future.  Thank  you again.”
    Geraldine and Yann, London, November, 20013.
  • “Dear Guests, You must listen to all the good tips and advice Ernest and Julio give you, they have a wealth of stuff that will help you out with your stay!  We recommend a visit to Ronda, Granada and Acebuchal.  If you love your coffee like me, then the coffee shop on the main road, at the bus stop across from the ‘Tourist Information Centre’ is very good...and Café Centro on the corner at the bottom of the road.  We also loved having the terrace to sit on and watch the view and read some of the books on offer, especially in somewhere with so much character as this house.  We hope to come back as we have only scratched the surface of this area.  And thanks again Ernest for the great advice on the Alhambra!”
    Michele and Mike, November, 2013.
  • “It was wonderful to see you again and spend some time in your lovely apartment.  This is by far one of our favourite destinations in Europe and we can’t wait to come back.”
    Rob, Germany

  • “How can we thank you for your gracious hospitality and wonderful home that we had the treat of staying in?  Only by coming back – see you in October!”
    Janet, Germany, January, 2014.
  • “This accommodation was found for us by Walk Andalusia.  We consider ourselves very fortunate to have been placed in what is surely the best accommodation in Torrox.  Thank you for all your help and concern over our well-being!”
    Barry and Barb, Edinburgh, January, 2014.
  • “Thank you so much for three lovely weeks.  We love your beautiful home and town, thank you for the delicious meal and great evenings together with Helen and Michael.  We do hope to return to once again enjoy this most beautiful area.”
    Derek and Tricia, January, 2014
  • “I did it again and again and again – come back to this wonderful place – enjoy the view, the mountain, the sun, enjoy staying among good friends, to have a vino tinto and tapa at Pacos.  It’s always hard to leave, but good to know that very soon I’ll be here again.”
    Else, Copenhagen, February, 2014.
  • “Like last year we have had a memorable stay here in Torrox Pueblo.  The rough sea was spectacular and now like a mill pond in the sun.  We have had lovely walks up in the hills and by the streams.  Rejuvenated once again!  Thank you this is a fantastic spot.”
    Liz and John, France, March, 2014.
  • Leaving today after another wonderful 8 weeks.  It really is the best way to avoid the Welsh winter!  Thank you once again for allowing us to share your splendid house and for all your advice and help.  It has been our best stay ever in Torrox and we will certainly be back.”
    Helen and Michael, Wales, March, 2014.
  • “Once again we have enjoyed staying in your wonderful house.  The weather was not great but we still found plenty to do in the surrounding area.  The view from the balcony is always amazing.  Thanks again for all your help and information.  Hope to see you again soon.”
    Marie and John, Edinburgh, March, 2014.
  • “Thanks a lot for a very nice stay in your house.  We are very impressed of your fantastic beautiful restoring of this house.  We enjoyed the great view, the balcony, the town and the mountains.  Hope to be back and see you again.”
    Bent, Copenhagen, April, 2014.
  • “We had been anticipating this part of our journey in Spain for many months, the chance to be with our beloved Wiggies, (Valerie and Geoff Wigfall who were here at the same time)  but to meet you both.  Our expectations were far outstripped by the experience of your loving kindness, patience and delight in showing the life and landscape of this magnificent coast and dramatic heights with its gleaming white villages.  Ernest, you set each day for us in its crown as if it were the perfect size and character for each day.  Eacj meal shared with you two was delicious and it was so nice to have you command the menu.  Thank you for sharing the donkey shelter and leading us through Frigiliana this afternoon, our last day in Andalucia.  Julio your constant and smiling eyes made us feel so at home as if we were really not so far from our own mountain.  Please come soon to visit us!”
    Barbara Wilson, California.
  • “Once I got to know the two of you, I thought I should try and convince you to become Zen Buddhists, you have such generous hearts and such compassion for the suffering of others, it seemed like a perfect fit.  My error of course was that you don`t need ‘Buddhism’ at all, since you are already so generous and compassionate!  It was wonderful to have such wonderful long-time residents showing us Torrox, Nerja and many beautiful pueblos blancos!  Thank you so much.
    Chris Wilson California, April, 2014.
  • “There’s no good reason at all that one’s disparate friends should get on, that our effusive Californian friends might form a jolly attachment to Ernest and Julio and that the latter should enjoy their company.  Well it would be fair to say that we all got on like a house on fire.  Visiting with E and J is like coming home and our stay as always has been unmitigated pleasure.  Thank you.”
    Geoff, London.
  • “Relaxed, recuperated and revived!  It is a tonic to come here and with our dearest friends all together, we could not wish for more.  Thank you Ernest and Julio for making it so special.  The many happy memories will stay with us, not least the wrong road to Frigiliana!   But it was an adventure as always with the Wilsons.  We will miss you all.”
    Valerie, London, April, 2014.
  • “My last day – always a bit sad but I know I’ll see you again in September.  Thanks a lot for helping me – with good company – a nice place to stay – lovely food – answer my many questions.  I have enjoyed every minute on the terrace looking at the view, the birds and listening to the frog calling from the river Torrox.”
    Else, Copenhagen, April, 2014.