You could easily miss this cortijo: it's guarded by large green gates and solid walls. Once through you find the building crammed close to the gate, which belies the spaciousness of the interior and the spreading gardens behind.
     A stunning floral lined internal courtyard leading through to the gardens makes the place feel like a tropical paradise. Beautiful sculpted water ways and box hedges dividie the immaculate gardens into elegant spaces. Not surprisingly, it's very popular for weddings. The public rooms are grandly decorated with sumptuous furnishings and fabrics, and the walls are adorned with the history of the buildings and most have the bonus of exquisite views of Seville.
     The old fortress has interesting royal connections: it was the rearguard settlement for King Ferdinand III's camp during the conquest of Seville and towards the end of the 13th century, the home of Queen Maria of Molina. Parts of the original building (dating back to the 12th century) have been preserved and it is the only rural building of that peroid in the Seville region.