Journalist Jamie Lafferty spent several days as a guest at the high-end Andalusian private hire retreat, writing a review of his experience in The Times back in November 2022.
Describing Kukutana as ‘a farmhouse turned family villa turned guesthouse’, Lafferty speaks of the juxtaposition ‘of the regal and the rustic’ – the house’s agricultural history seamlessly merging with its rustic-luxury charm, equipped with a swimming pool, homecooked meals and professional waiters.
The main house, currently available only for exclusive hire, is a beautifully appointed three-storey building ‘that looks more like a country mansion than a traditional farmhouse’. ‘Like many buildings in Andalusia, Kukutana is a defensive white, in a bid to mitigate the endless sunshine’, the journalist explains.
There are six spacious bedrooms enjoying uninterrupted views across olive groves and the neighbouring nature reserve of Doñana National Park. The grounds surrounding the house are pristine; the ‘carefully manicured lawn, partially shaded by enormous pine trees at least the same age if not older’, says Lafferty.
Skilfully decorated in such a way as to remain true to its history and rural surroundings, the interior features burgundy floor tiles, exposed beams and a spiral wooden staircase.
A stay at Kukutana is a fully immersive experience and the endlessly hospitable hosts go above and beyond to treat guests to a unique glimpse of Spanish culture. Lafferty enthuses: ‘Simultaneously offering a private hire and a homestay, the family remain on site throughout, greeting guests, organising tours and generally being exemplary hosts.’ The food is excellent, locally sourced (often from the Kukutana grounds) and plentiful. Lafferty explains that the hosts ‘may join in with meals if invited, but otherwise are happy to let their guests banquet in the dining room.’