Hoopoe Cottage

Two Adults Sharing Occupancy (Price per night - minimum stay of two nights) 75 €
One Adult Single Occupancy (Price per night - minimum stay of two nights) 55 €
Children under 8 years of age no charge (Price per night - Children aged 8-16 ) 10 €

Hoopoe Cottage is a self-catering guest house in our own large garden, that since selling our property is now run and managed by Adam Brooks (from the UK). Although not a serious birder, Adam wished to pass on information about the wonderful wildlife in the area and introduce people to local guides on The Strait of Gibraltar.

For bookings you can contact Adam directly here: afabrooks@gmail.com

Hoopoe cottage has an 8mx4m, swimming water pool for the use of our guests.  The property is in a quiet location at the end of a country lane, set between the two natural parks of the Marismas of Barbate and the pine forest called Las Breñas, which stretches all the way to the seaside village of Los Caños de Mecca, near to Cape Trafalgar. The cottage is open plan and has a kitchen area and a large shower room off the main living area.

Ideally the cottage sleeps two adults and has a large double bed. There is a bed setee with two single beds which works easiest with children but adults have often in the past slept there comfortably and if you don't mind sharing the open-plan room then it will work.

There is TV, DVD and ipod/iphoneCD stereo/radio player (that charges the battery). Furnishings are modern and very comfortable and there are electric panel heaters for cooler evenings in winter.

The cottage has modern efficient air-conditioning which can also blow warm air for those cooler winter evenings.

Side terrace

Relax in the shade on the double hammock under the olive tree


The cottage is situated in a quiet lane at La Oliva, midway between the Port of Barbate and Vejer de la Frontera.Wonderful long sandy beaches are only 5 minutes away. The area is superb for walking, with a lot of routes, protected from the sun in the shade of Stone and Umbrella Pine.

At the rear of the cottage there's another terrace with BBQ area.

Barbate port and marina. The large hill beyond is the Sierra de Retin, a military zone.

Barbate has a large vibrant local market which is open 5 days a week from 0900-1400. The selection of fresh fish at the market is wonderful. There are several large supermarkets including two Supersol, Mercadona, Dia and a Lidl supermarket. There are numerous excellent restaurants in the area - too many to describe here...

I took this evening photo on a flight to the Canary Islands just as the sun was setting. It shows the layout of this side of The Strait and where we are located.

Cadiz is one hours drive, as is Gibraltar and Seville 90 minutes to the north. Tarifa is 35 minutes south-east on the N340 road. Malaga is a two hour journey. Trains run to Cadiz and Algeciras.

Vejer de la Frontera, ten minutes drive from Hoopoe Cottage. There's a great restuarant called Restaurant Patria in the village of Patria close by where this photo was taken. It's highly recommended  and here's the link!

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Services Included

  • A starter-pack with coffee, tea, beer, fresh fruit and bottled water
  • Use of binoculars, guide books, maps of the area and lots of local information
  • Cleaning at the end of your stay. There is no additional charge.
  • Bed linen, bath and hand-towels are provided but beach towels are not provided.

Browse our catalog of hundreds of birding and wildlife photographs taken by Stephen Daly himself and download high resolution versions for free.


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