Kimberley Dyer of HARPER’S BAZAAR recounts her stay at Trujillo Villas
We were thrilled to be able to interview Kimberley Dyer of Harper’s Bazaar to get the inside scoop on her recent trip to the Villas. Below she tells us how to vacation like a royal in the charming village of Trujillo, Spain.
Trujillo Villas (TV) – How would you describe the area?
Kimberley Dyer (KD) – Deep in the heart of Extremadura, Spain, just a short drive from Madrid’s international airport, you will find a hidden gem: the small village of Trujillo. This area remains relatively unexplored as one of the lesser-known areas of the country, leaving it tourist free and true to its heritage. Steeped in history, the town tells the story of the Conquistadors and dates back as far as 600BC. You will have no trouble kicking back and enjoying yourself in this beautiful village, especially if you opt to stay in one of the impeccably restored villas of Trujillo Villas España. These family-run, beautiful homes are truly a spoiling affair. Whether you’re a couple looking for a getaway, a family in search of a unique vacation or a group of friends looking to let loose in style; there is a villa perfectly suited to make your stay an absolute treat in this delightful Spanish village.
TV – What did you think of the Villas themselves?
KD – Trujillo Villas España provide seven self-catering holiday properties, all varying in character. I was absolutely thrilled to stay at Villa Martires, set nearby the castle with a view that will leave even the most seasoned explorer in awe.
As you enter the town, your jaw will drop from the quaint beauty of the main square and the raw power of the terrain. My first entry into Villa Martires had similar effect as the gravity of a historic masterpiece placed against this incredible Spanish backdrop was a true rarity and like nothing I had witnessed on any other trip.
This villa was built during the Roman times with an exterior décor very true to its history. The entire property includes: a master bedroom, a second bedroom with sitting room, a swimming pool, a tennis court with 360 view, a sitting room, a dining room, a kitchen, an entrance hall, an outside lounging area with a view and several impressively designed gardens. Each room is incredibly spacious, while the entire property offers so many beautiful lounging areas you will need not use the same area twice.
The Moroccan style Garden Cottage neighbors this indulgent property and can be rented on its own or alongside Villa Martires. The cottage includes: three bedrooms, a summer sitting room, a summer kitchen, an impressive Moroccan style loggia overlooking the pool, as well as access to the gardens, swimming pool and tennis court.
It is also worth noting that the Villas are not meant to be mini hotels with maids and staff to fuss over you, rather the charm comes from staying in an epically restored Villa fit for society’s finest where one can make oneself at home in the kitchen as if it was your own. Few properties today can offer such a treat and the opportunity to truly live in a villa of this stature is a unique gift.
TV – Did you enjoy the gardens?
KD – With such an extensive interiors the surrounding gardens came as no surprise. The expanse of sophisticated gardens left my jaw open and my camera battery dead. The outside formal dining area is lined with topiary and gardenias, overlooking the wealth of glorious Spanish terrain. I cannot decide if it is more impressive as you sip your morning espresso and enjoy the first rays of sunlight or as you wind down with a glass of Red in the warm Spanish twilight air.
TV – We hope your room was comfortable…
KD – My room was one of the two in the main living quarters of Villa Martires. The master bedroom is spacious with a king-sized bed and includes an exquisite en-suite bath and shower. The décor is made up of beautifully restored furniture, a dreamy personal vanity, lux periwinkle fabrics framing the windows, chairs upholstered in cream brocade and paintings from a variety of Spanish artists. Fit for royalty, I slept like a Spanish princess in my plush bed and in the morning I took a long bath in the freestanding, antique-style tub. The selection of in-house beauty products were handcrafted by some of the finest Artisan’s from Trujillo and I couldn’t help but sneak out to pick up a few more soaps from the local shop before my departure.
TV – What about the culture of Trujillo?
KD – I was also invited to visit the Palacio de Piedras Albas on the night of the town’s patron festival, La Salve Fiesta or Trujillo’s Liberation Day and what a treat it was. The palacio would be the perfect place to host a family reunion with its umpteen bedrooms, bathrooms, lounging areas and every other nook and cranny you could think possible. Needless to say, the energy radiating from the town festival paired with the view from the balcony created quite the evening and an urgent need to rebook this trip the following summer.
Nothing quite makes a trip like good company and that is exactly what you will experience here in this village and at Trujillo Villas España. The cafes and shops that decorate the main square are beaming with friendly locals eager to share a tale or two. I would recommend a quick tour of the village to really appreciate the expansive history associated with the town and to truly appreciate the culture and its people.
TV – And the sightseeing?
KD – Exploring the local churches and castles, I learned the history of the quaint town which can be credited as the birth place of Francisco do Orellana who discovered the Amazon, as well as Francisco Pizarro who conquered the Inca Empire and founded Lima. The architecture ranges from the times of the Romans to the Renaissance era, which has heavily influenced the designs of the Villas themselves. Trujillo is in no way short on culture and you can discover more of its rich history when you explore the landmarks that surround your villa.
TV – What would you tell those on a budget?
KD – In addition to these three superb villa options, there are also the Artist’s Studio, the Hilltop House, Villa Moritos and the Townhouse. With so many styles of accommodations, you can opt for a trip as quaint as a quiet getaway for two or indulge by hosting the party of the year with your closest friends. Whatever your needs, there is a villa to suit.
TV – How would you describe the food and drink?
KD – As a vegetarian heading to a country known for its savory meat dishes, I wasn’t quite sure what the menu would encompass. I was delighted by the array of delicious veggie- friendly options, which included Tortilla (Spanish omelette), chilled gazpacho soup, and my favorite discovery ibores cheese, to name just a few. I found the veggie options impressive and inspiring, which can only hint that the meat mains must have been of equal or greater caliber. Sangria and Orujo (Spain’s most famous liquor) flowed readily into my cup, as the drinks were just as tasty.
TV – Any concluding thoughts?
KD – [It’s the perfect holiday for] the traveller looking for a hidden gem, a new adventure, a culture rich in history and to live like modern royalty in an ancient palace.
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