We are Angela & Ash, and we wanted to tell you a little bit about us and our B&B in Spain …We moved here not too long ago, in the summer of 2018.
After long careers in the UK public sector, we decided that it was time for a new challenge. We upped sticks from East London and bought a beautiful Victorian villa in Cliftonville, the new hipster destination on the beautiful Kent coast. Here we opened our first B&B and after two successful years in the business we felt a little bolder and on a cold, snowy day in January, we agreed our next move would be Andalucia, exchanging golden sandy beaches and stunning Margate sunsets for olive groves & whitewashed pueblos steeped in Moorish culture and history.
We have made our new home in Alcala la Real and our, arguably more stylish B&B, is en-route between the cities of Granada and Cordoba. Our whole ethos is based on a love of tradition, of craftmanship, the bold use of colour and an eclectic approach to interior design. At the same time, it is important for us to provide those all-important modern amenities whilst retaining an authentic look & feel, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere and of course allow you to experience a unique combination of Yorkshire and Guyanese hospitality (and humour)...
We live here with our two lovely dogs, Queenie the Siberpoo and Carlos the Spanish Water Dog. They, like us, enjoy the laid back Spanish lifestyle and the peaceful Andalucian countryside, which is right on our doorstep. Alcala really does feel like home to us, we even got married in the local registro in the summer of 2020.
Since arriving we have got to know many of the locals (Alcalainos) who have welcomed us into their close community. We have loved working with local architects and craftspeople in the development of our outside terraces and swimming pool. A special acknowledgement has to be given to Salvador Ruiz Perez who hand-made and hand-painted every single tile used in the construction of our swimming pool using clay from the base of the Fortaleza de la Mota. His workshop is literally round the córner from us and well worth a visit.
We also love the partnerships we have made, two in particular: with Miguel & Francisco, Alzay Oleum whose extra virgin olive oil and mermelada you will enjoy at breakfast; and with Marcelino Serrano, whose wine you can enjoy, you will find a half bottle in your room with our compliments. The produce used by both of these award-winning companies is grown here in Alcala la Real and we are proud to serve them at Atelier88.