Andrés Araya, Managing Director of LeDomaine Hotel received the award
from Her Majesty Queen Sofia
Valladolid, 20th April 2015 – Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine has won the Europa Nostra Prize in the category of conservation and restoration. Andrés Araya, Managing Director of LeDomaine Hotel, was presented with the award by Her Majesty Queen Sofia.
The awards ceremony was held on Friday, 17th April 2015 at the National Archaeological Museum of Spain in Madrid and Andres Araya was accompanied by the Managing Director of Abadia Retuerta Winery, Enrique Valero.
LeDomaine was selected because the jury was convinced by the historical and technical research work in various fields, such as architecture, heating (the system called ‘Tempering’ and dating from the period of the Roman hypocaust), non-invasive sustainable energy technology and the restoration of art and the historical landscape, among others. The jury also took into account the complex work on the refurbishment of the Abbey, which has become a model example for the reuse of historical buildings whose original purpose has been lost and which have been adapted for new sustainable functions.
According to Andrés Araya, Managing Director of Hotel Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, “It is an occasion of great honor and joy to receive this acknowledgement of the effort and dedication our architects and engineers have put into this architectural challenge. Our main aim was always to conserve this wonderful building so that it could be enjoyed by future generations”.
The 30 prize-winning projects were chosen from 200 entries from 30 European countries. A jury of experts from across Europe chose the winners. There was also a popular vote on the Internet for the prize awarded by the general public. The 30 European prize-winners included six from Spain among which stand out: “The Lions of La Alhambra” and “Northern Romanesque in Castile and Leon”.
About Europa Nostra
Europa Nostra, a pan-European organization for European heritage, is a fast-growing citizen movement designed to protect Europe’s natural and cultural heritage. It is the voice of the movement for its international stakeholder organisations, especially the European Union, the Council of Europe and the UNESCO. It is acknowledged as an NGO associated with the UNESCO with consulting status.
Europa Nostra was created in 1963, under the name of Italia Nostra, as a response to the serious threat affecting the city of Venice as a result of frequent flooding and has 250 organisations and 1500 individual members, together with 150 associate organisations.
Notes for editors: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine opened in 2012 after a complete restoration that sensitively and imaginatively brought the property into the 21st century – and earned it a Europa Nostra Award from the European Union for conserving cultural heritage. LeDomaine was the first hotel in Spain to offer a full butler service and is a proud member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux. Recently, LeDomaine became the first hotel in Europe to provide Google Glass for guests’ use during their stay. This summer will see the opening of the El Santuario spa, which will also add an additional eight new guest spa rooms to the hotel’s accommodation.
The one Michelin-starred Refectorio, once the abbey’s dining hall, is a sanctuary of haute cuisine under the direction Pablo Montero the hotel’s Head Chef. In addition to Refectorio, guests may choose to dine at Vinoteca, serving a selection of tapas and in fine weather, outdoors in Jardín del Claustro.
Of the estate’s 1,730 acres of prime farmland, 500 acres are dedicated to the vine. The winery produces award-winning vintages of exceptional pedigree and is among the most advanced in Europe in combining ancient wine-making traditions with cutting-edge technology. Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is a two-hour drive or train ride from Madrid, and a 30-minute drive from Valladolid.