Casa don Eliseo

Castilléjar, Andalusia, Spain

A family-run bed and breakfast opened in beautiful Andalusia in 2024: the Casa don Eliseo. Here, guests quickly feel transported back to another time.

The manor house was built in 1901 and has a long history. It was originally the house of the village magistrate, which then belonged to his son, a famous surgeon of the early 1900s, Eliseo Avellán, from whom the house takes its name.

The host couple, Aurélie and Benjamin from Belgium and their cat Philomena, spent four years restoring the house, mainly on their own and with the help of two local contractors. The whole house is decorated and furnished with objects from the period it comes from - from the antique hydraulic tiles to the lamps and the furniture and decorative objects. Each room has a unique theme based on characters from that period, which also have a connection to the surroundings.

With their Casa don Eliseo, the hosts want to create a unique accommodation that offers both personal service and the feeling of really being in an old manor house. They also want to provide an eco-tourism experience.

Aurélie and Benjamin have PhDs in biology and chose this place because of its unique location. The accommodation is located in a Unesco Geopark with unique geological formations, nature and biodiversity.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom80 €
Double roomfrom110 €


ArchitectureThe house is a typical Andalusian mansion built in 1901. The parts that were modernized by the previous owner and the parts that had to be created anew (e.g. the bathrooms) have been completely renovated with antique and recovered materials, preserving all the original features of the house. Natural materials were used in the renovation, mostly from recycled resources and coming from Andalusia. The walls were hand-coated with plaster and painted with homemade chalk paint. In the bathrooms, Tadelakt was used, a Moroccan chalk typical of hammams. The furniture and decorative elements are second-hand and all have their own history, collected by the hosts on their travels around the world. The garden is an evolving botanical paradise with native plants that aims to show the wide diversity of plants in the region to the visitor.

FoodThe menus at Casa don Eliseo are based on seasonal and local products, which the hosts prefer to choose from organic sources – such as eggs, ham, pistachios, almonds or olive oil. The local lamb DOP, which is raised in the surrounding mountains, is particularly popular. The coffee and tea are also organic as well as craft beer and wine that come from local small producers and are mainly organic and regenerative. There are also fresh homemade juices, lemonades and sangria. The aim is to offer only local and seasonal products, with vegetables and fruit also sourced from local producers. The hosts focus on French fusion-style gastronomic menus, using mainly local ingredients such as goat cheese, lamb, almonds, pistachios and fruits and vegetables. The chef specializes in homemade baked goods such as croissants and uses fresh and local products for all dishes, from pasta to ice cream.

EnvironmentThe accommodation has solar panels for electricity and hot water, as well as central heating powered by local olive pits. The hosts recycle waste and use primary products to avoid packaging. Cleaning and laundry products are ecological and natural, and the toilet paper is 100% recycled. The floors are treated only with natural beeswax and linseed oil, as is all the wood. The accommodation is also part of the alvelal community, which promotes local organic farming (this means that it is ecological but also takes care of the environment in the plantations, such as water consumption, biodiversity, the use of natural compost, local plants for pollination, etc.) and also participates in the Soyecoturista program, which certifies accommodations in Spain that offer ecotourism products. The hosts are also involved in activities and educational programs in the Granada Geopark.


  • Time travel feeling in a typical Andalusian mansion from the early 20th century
  • Located in the heart of the Unesco Geopark in Andalusia, in the village of Castilléjar, surrounded by four natural parks
  • Local, seasonal and organic food
  • Botanical diversity of native plants in your own garden
  • Many great hiking routes and historic natural sites right on your doorstep

B&B8 roomsBreakfast + dinnerno childrenWi-FiDisabled accessno Poolno pets


  • Guest house with 8 rooms of different sizes
  • 1 barrier-free room, 2 rooms with private balcony + 2 rooms with shared bathroom
  • Breakfast + dinner in the in-house restaurant
  • Lunch, picnic packages and afternoon tea available on request
  • Beautiful garden to relax
  • Parking lots available
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom80 €
Double roomfrom110 €

Location + Directions

By car

As is often the case in rural Spain, it is difficult to reach the accommodation by public transport. From Malaga it is about 3 hours to Castilléjar (253 km). From Granada it is about 1.5 hours (125 km), from Murcia it is just under 2 hours (168 km) and from Cordoba it is just under 3.5 hours (300 km). The exact address can be found on the website.