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“Marc & Ann from Belgium” 5 of 5 stars
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La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda
Veinat de Sant Miquel de Pineda, 17174 Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Spain   |  
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Marc & Ann from Belgium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

One of the best B&B's we've ever seen. We stayed here for 9 consecutive days and enjoyed every minute of it.Goretti and Roy are the perfect host and hostess. They make you feel like they've known you for a long time and it feels like you're staying with friends, not in a commercial B&B. Roy is an amazing chef, going the extra mile to cook for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. And they have an excellent choice of first rate single malts.
If there's one place we will go back to any time, it's certainly La Rectoria. We fell in love with the place, La Garrotxa and Catalunya. Thank you, Goretti and Roy!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rectoria S, Owner at La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
It was a real pleasure for Goretti and I to have you stay with us. Our selection of Malt Whiskies will have to be updated before you return. It was an honour to host such discrete and yet friendly guests and ones who very much appreciated the relative peace and tranquillity of the place. It is a great pleasure that you left here with such great memories of your stay and La Garrotxa. Many thanks and please come back soon!
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Berkeley, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I can't say enough wonderful things about Goretti and Roy and their beautifully restored La Rectoria! My sister and I stayed for 4 nights and loved every minute. Goretti and Roy have carefully restored an old rectory, converting it into a clean, modern B&B, while carefully preserving its original architectural characteristics. All rooms are clean and charming with modern bathroom fixtures. Goretti and Roy are two of the kindest B&B owners I met during my 3-month stay in Europe—they provided helpful advice, maps, and brochures for our outings; they actively support local commerce and environmental initiatives; and they promote sustainable tourism in the national park and throughout the region.

Located directly along one of Spain’s “via verdes,” La Rectoria is an ideal location for either taking day trips to nearby sites (we took day trips to Andorra and Cadaques) or simply enjoying the via verde and volcano region. Goretti and Roy recommended a nearby 10k volcano hike, which we loved. You can have bikes delivered to the B&B for use along the via verde. A brand new swimming pool will be available soon. In retrospect, I would have stayed here for more than four days and also used La Rectoria as a base for day trips to Barcelona. (We didn’t have a good experience in Barcelona, battling traffic, high B&B prices, and having our rental car broken into at the national art museum’s parking lot.)

Breakfast at La Rectoria is amazing – fresh-squeezed OJ, bread, cheeses, homemade jams, fruit, and sausages from the local butcher. If that’s not enough food for you, an assortment of menu items (cooked eggs, French toast, etc.) are available for 5 euros or so. Roy is a remarkable five-star chef by training, and returning home each night to his delicious (and inexpensive) dinners were a highlight of our trip. I ate some of the best food of my life at La Rectoria! (trout, rabbit, veal, chicken with chorizo, toffee bread pudding, clafoutis, homemade ice cream, the list goes on and on…)

Stay at la Rectoria even if La Garroxta region was not on your original itinerary! The quiet region with its national park, lovely towns, and local food cooperatives is a remarkable find. We reached other major sites (Barcelona, Costa Brava, etc.) easily by car. We will return for sure! Many thanks Roy and Goretti!

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful! One of them is available for use if you have a pet.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rectoria S, Owner at La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Glowing and fulsome does not do your review nearly enough justice. Sincerely, it was a pleasure having you stay with us and as we find with other kindred spirits who ask and enquire there is so much to see and do in the immediate are of La Garrotxa and so much more not much further away. You were both so appreciative of what we do and for that I can only say thank you from both of us. Keep in touch regarding sustainable tourism initiatives etc. and see you soon again here or on the West Coast.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

Seriously what a great find! We loved this place. Great for couples, or a full family. Our room was superb & everything seemed brand spanking new. Even the towels were extra large & fluffy. The food was top notch - compliments to the chef! Great value for what you get. We were given also great recommendations (& maps) of what to do in the area for day trips. I'd happily come back every year. Well worth it!!
Highly recommend!!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rectoria S, Owner at La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Glowing and fulsome does not do your review nearly enough justice. Sincerely, it was a pleasure having you stay with us and as we find with other kindred spirits who ask and enquire there is so much to see and do in the immediate are of La Garrotxa and so much more not much further away. You were both so appreciative of what we do and for that I can only say thank you from both of us. Keep in touch regarding sustainable tourism initiatives etc. and see you soon again here or on the West Coast.
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Bideford, England, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The thought process went something like: must see Barcelona, but we're driving and everyone says that's a no-no there. Perhaps Gerona would be better, and on the way into France where we're going? But that looks a bit cramped and it has the best restaurant in the world - sounds a bit out of our league. Could go to Olot, but perhaps it would be better outside the town? How about this Rectoria place then, it's on the way and it's well out in the country... It's amazing that such weak thinking can sometimes lead to the best of chance discoveries.

Driven by the warmth of Roy and his wife Goretti, this place is one of those hotels that does everything right. The rooms are charmingly designed and well-furnished, the food and wine are outstanding, and the shared areas are well thought out, The surrounding countryside with its gamelan of cow-bells and incredible diversity of flora, delivered along a well-paved disused railway track, completes the picture. We'll be back there as soon as we can!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rectoria S, Owner at La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Well, we are so happy that the process of elimination that you undertook in planning your holiday took you to our door. Yes, we are off the beaten track and La Garrotxa is not on many tourists list of priorities when choosing to visit Spain. But for those such as yourselves who come to the area and find us there is much to see and do. As for our hospitality, it might be somewhat glib but what you see and find with us is what you get. The guests who find us and come to our door all give something to this very special place and by that I mean 'La Rectoria'. Our guests provide much of what is of interest in what we do. Thank you again and the cava will be on ice for your next visit!
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15 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great place to disconnect and enjoy nature in a wonderful landscape just few minuts away from Olot, located along the route of "El carrilet", where you can take long walks, or bike Pets are welcome, the kitchen is very good and healthy Thanks Roy), If you like whisky this is your place definitely, Goretti (the other owner) is an excellent sommelier What are you waiting for?

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rectoria S, Owner at La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Many thanks for your kind and courteous review. We are so very happy that you enjoyed our hospitality and found the location good for walking and cycling, especially if you have a pet dog.
We hope that your dogs enjoyed their stay too as it is always good to welcome well trained pets.
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Kilcrohane, Ireland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

My husband and I stayed at La Rectoria for 4 nights last week after a hectic few days in Barcelona. We chose it as it features in Sawday's Special Places To Stay, which we use a lot and are listed with ourselves. What we found there were kindred spirits and, we hope, new friends whom we know we'll return to see. They are the kind of people that most want as friends to visit - they have stylish accommodation, great taste, warmth, hospitality, an easy manner that makes you feel relaxed, a fantastic location AND THEY CAN COOK!!! We ate varied, delicous 3-course meals every night with lovely wine and good chats with Roy, the chef himself, and the very lovely Goretti as we lingered in the restaurant area over coffee after our meal.

As we knew the area from a walking holiday last year, we had returned to La Garrotxa with the idea of combining a holiday with some house-hunting - we're thinking of the Girona area as a great place for a retirement home one day. We left inspired by what we saw and what these two lovely people have created at La Rectoria.

Room Tip: All the rooms are spacious, modern with a great flair for comfort and design. We stayed in the Jard...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rectoria S, Owner at La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Many thanks for your fulsome and glowing review. We genuinely enjoyed having you stay with us
and it is always a pleasure to host appreciative and amiable customers. It is after all why we do this. Best of luck with the house hunting!
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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Beautifully restored rectory; perfect location for walks, bike rides and day trips around la Garrotxa volcanic zone. We had a luxury shower room and loved the two cozy sitting rooms - one in the rectory's old preserved kitchen, complete with a log burning stove. Definitely say 'yes' to supper - absolutely superb and definitely worth staying in for. Lovely, friendly, welcoming hosts who gave us so much advice about the area and made us feel so at home. Def visit Besalu and Santa Pau and ask to see inside the little chapel next door...

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rectoria S, Owner at La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Many thanks for your fulsome and generous review. Always a pleasure to help such friendly guests. Hope to see again. Many thanks.
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Address: Veinat de Sant Miquel de Pineda, 17174 Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Sant Feliu de Pallerols
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Sant Feliu de Pallerols
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda, a lovingly restored 12th century rectory. Our home is your guest house where we offer uncomplicated hospitality and comfort in the wooded hills of La Garrotxa. Situated in La Garrotxa’s volcanic natural park, La Rectoria de Sant Miquel sits between the romanic chapel from which it gets its name and the via verde cycle track which runs from the pyrenean foothills to the city of Girona. ... more   less 
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