Sometimes you are lucky enough to find a place which you were born to visit, an estate where your cares and woes immediately fall from your shoulders and you feel at peace with the world. Such was my first experience of Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, an old medieval Abbey estate situated in Vallodolid, Spain.
Visiting at the invitation of general manager, Andres Araya prior to its opening (it’s officially opening tomorrow 22nd March 2012) allowed me to both re-charge my batteries and give you this sneaky peak of this historic Estate.
I admire the way the architect has kept the ancient building distinct from his decidedly 21st century interiors. I also like the way he has ensured continuance of use of the old Abbey too – thus the monks’ cells are the guest rooms, the cloisters, the hotel corridors, the rectory – the hotel’s dining room and the church, well, once again a meetings place – this time for events as well as religious ceremonies.
My guest room was cool, calm and collected too – restrained with dark walnuts and neutral tones .. perfect. Huge bathroom too with separate dressing table – just the way I like it. On the sideboard, a complimentary bottle of the house red – a cheeky little number which won a Best of title not so long ago in London’s prestigious International Wine Challenge. Andres has now introduced butler service too so cannot wait to be even more cosseted on a return visit. It will really feel like visiting a country house for the weekend.
With a history dating back to 1146, the building is kept at a steady temperature ensuring that it is always kept at the optimum to ensure pristine condition – a promise made by the owning company to keep this priceless protected building safe for the future.
This is an Estate however, located on 700 hectares of prime wine-growing land on a plateau, on the banks of the Duero River – ample scope to cycle or walk off the gastronomic fare enjoyed in the Refectorio restaurant. Only local suppliers are used along with vegetables grown within the grounds.
A tour of the estate by 4 x 4 includes a visit to the award-winning winery and it would be churlish to decline a wine tasting at the end of a visit, now wouldn’t it?
All in all, this is a perfect retreat – just 45 minutes from the ancient Spanish capital of Valladolid, serviced with flights from Stansted by Ryanair or a two mile drive from Madrid. If you want to step out of the rat race for a second, this is rather a good place to do so.
Contributer: Sue Lowry
Rates start at GBP 240 (Euros 290) per room, inclusive of breakfast and taxes. Service is extra. For more information and reservations, visit www.ledomaine.es.
Le Domaine is now a client of Magellan PR. The images are shown are personal ones taken by Sue. The property has some absolutely stunning professionally taken shots available too.
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