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Tel : +34 956 432 316
Mobile : +34 647 713 641
Post : Stephen Daly
Higueral de la Oliva
11160, Barbate
(Cádiz) España

“Hoopoe Cottage” 

(Named after the pair of Hoopoe’s that nest in a large acebuche tree (wild olive), in the garden)

Hoopoe Cottage is a newly built, self-catering guest house in our own large garden.

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 sea-side village of Los Caños de Mecca, near to Cape Trafalgar.

The house sleeps 2-4 guests and is open plan. It has a kitchen area and a large shower room off the main living area.

Furnishings are modern and very comfortable and there is a wood burning stove for cooler evenings.

Hoopoe Cottage is available to rent throughout the whole year.

Longer monthly rentals can be made as well by negotiation.


In summer you can watch Red-necked nightjar hawking for moths around the street lights in our lane while Nightingales sing in the distance and Scops Owl “toot” from nearby woodlands. Zitting Cistacola’s, Sardinian Warblers, Serin and Goldfinch all nest in the gardens.


The house is situated 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.

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.

There are two terraces (Sun or shade) and the use of a washing machine.

– Summer Prices (1st June until the end of September) – 25EUR per person per night.

– Children under the age of 10 years old are free of charge

– Single person occupancy is 35EUR per night

Services include

– Coffee, tea, fresh fruit and bottled water.

– Baby’s cot – arranged on request

– Wood in the cooler months for the stove

– Use of binoculars, guide books, maps of the area and local information.

Email or phone for off-season prices.

A Birding Break for two  – Special Offer!

Why not treat yourselves to a long weekend birding in the sun on the Costa de la Luz, or just take a break and relax in the warm Andalucian countryside?

Take advantage of cheaper air fares to Andalucia and book an all inclusive three day break staying with us in “Hoopoe Cottage”! Just get to Jerez airport

– Try online with Ryanair for cheap prices. They have two flights a day to Jerez from Stansted and one flight to Jerez daily from Hahn in Germany. Click Here

This offer includes two nights at Hoopoe Cottage. One full day’s guided birding with transport. Two continental breakfasts. One three course lunch with wine at a local restaurant. Two dinners with wine. Pick-up and return transfer to Jerez de la Frontera airport.

Only 199GBP (299EUR) for two people.       (Flights and Holiday Insurance are not included)

Other Accommodation


We can also offer a wonderful luxurious beach villa that sleep 6 people at El Palmar. It has a swimming pool and secluded private garden. There is also an option to option to rent another similar sized villa next door for larger groups or families. Both properties are a mere 200m. away from the beach.

Prices on request. Telephone 0034 956 432 316 or email above.