The Llorente family’s dream to preserve their traditional Andalusian farmhouse – known as a cortijo in this part of Spain – and share their region’s culture, wonderful hospitality and beautiful scenery, inspired them to open Kukutana up to guests
A family-run private house in rural Andalusia, Kukutana is a place for those in search of something truly authentic, with countless privately-guided, bespoke experiences. We sit down with Peri, the fourth generation of Llorente to oversee Kukutana, to understand the vision behind the project and how it came to be.
Peri Llorente’s great-grandfather bought the farm in 1987, just two years before Peri was born. Peri reminisces over a childhood that was defined by freedom – one of the great fortunes of a rural upbringing.
“Summers were spent with a troop of cousins cooking up wild adventures: racing each other on horseback down sandy paths, being taught to hunt by our grandparents in the forests, carriage rides and picnics, exploring the vast Doñana National Park, and playing with our many dogs – coaxing them to chase cans that we dragged behind our bicycles. From first communions to golden wedding anniversaries, Kukutana was always the chosen setting for a celebration, and any such gathering was always attended by copious family and friends, with whom we all loved to share the joys of the homestead”.
The Llorente’s hospitality has become the stuff of Andalusian legend; every guest is made to feel instantly at home, welcomed into the family-fold.
“What we have been trying to do – and I think are achieving quite well – is recreating for our guests the same Kukutana existence that our family has lived and loved since I was a child”, Peri explains.
“It also comes down to a very good home-cooked meal, beautifully served in a comfortable house – that’s what Kukutana really means for us. Above all, it is a place to meet and connect with people, or even animals – so many people fall in love with the horse they’ve ridden here! – and to encounter nature.”
This sentiment provides the guiding light for Kukutana, named from the Swahili word meaning ‘meeting place’.
It was travelling, after all, that helped Peri form a vision for Kukutana (and explains the name). He recalls experiences of personalised hosting and guiding on journeys through Africa, exploring the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the Maasai Mara at Sosian in Kenya, which sparked his imagination and helped him realise Kukutana’s full potential. “The idea was to tie together amazing experiences from around the world and put them into this special place” he explains.