Built in 1919, Kukutana was sold in the 1980s by Carlos Melgarejo to his great friend, ‘Peru’ Llorente (current owner-host Pedro’s great grandfather) – a friendship captured in a fading photograph of the two men standing in front of the house, two friendly custodians of this wonderful home. After a full refurbishment in 2020, the Llorente family opened Kukutana’s doors to share their heritage, authentic local culture and rural lifestyle with guests.
Kukutana’s façade is typical of Andalucía. Thick white stone walls keep the house cool, with stripes of burgundy red paint (traditionally coloured by cow’s blood) wrapping around the building. Traditional wooden shutters frame the windows, from which lush lawns and towering pine trees can be seen, offering shade and respite during the hot summer months. Herb-filled flowerpots adorn the windowsills and flank the hand-carved doorways, their delicate aroma floating gently on the warm breeze.
The surrounding Andalusian countryside – former hunting grounds of Spanish royalty – is best explored on horseback or horse-drawn carriage rides. An iron gateway leads to a cobbled-stone inner-courtyard, where leather-scented stables house Anglo-Arab horses and two beautiful traditional carriages. These trips, winding along sandy tracks through the pine forests and grasslands of Donana National Park, typically involve a lavish woodland picnic, fuelled by a travelling bar service offering G&T’s on ice.