Five minutes’ walk away from Begur old town, but because you’re on the road out of town, you’ve also got lovely views across the surrounding countryside. All the surrounding beaches like Llafranc, Tamariu and Calella de Palafrugell are within short driving distance. There are also regular buses to all the beaches, as well as to Barcelona and Girona, which, unlike British ones, run promptly and efficiently.
The six rooms all have beamed ceilings, super-thick rough-hewn stone walls (which mean they’re brilliantly sound-proofed) and contemporary furnishings. There are also wonderful details like hand-made contemporary light fittings made out of alabaster by Joana, pale grey silk bed throws, and wardrobes and doors handmade from cedar of Lebanon.
There’s a wonderfully relaxing, spacious ‘chill-out’ room in the basement with rough-hewn brick stone walls, terracotta stone floors, palm plants and comfy, white-cushioned wicker seating. It’s a great place to sit and have a chat, or just hang out and read a book with the sound of gentle, ambient jazz tinkling in the background. Spain still allows smoking indoors (until 2011 that is) and there’s a beautiful walnut cigar humidor for cigar aficionados.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is one of the best I’ve seen. It's a fantastically extensive buffet which you can eat either in the arched-ceilinged dining room or on the small outside terrace. Both overlook the surrounding countryside. Not only do you get the usual fruit, cereals, fresh croissants, hams and cheeses, hard-boiled eggs and Spanish omelette or tortilla, but there’s also home-made crème caramel, quince jelly and butifarra – the local white-pudding style Catalan sausage. The hotel's restaurant is well known in its own right as one of the best in the area, and serves exceptional local fish as well as meat sourced from the best specialist providers throughout Spain. See my review of it by clicking on [node:171531].
The hotel can arrange aromatherapic and reflexology massages in your room. There’s also a private dining room and function room for celebrations or events.
Owners Miguel and his wife Joana are super-friendly and helpful and really make you feel welcomed.
Who stays there
Mostly couples, including Spanish, Americans, French, Dutch and British.
- Business travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Great location
- Superb food
- Stylish country-house atmosphere
- Outdoor terrace quite small
- No pool