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“BEAT A PATH TO THE DOOR OF THIS LOVELY PLACE” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mas Can Batlle

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Mas Can Batlle
Ranked #1 of 3 Santa Pau B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lydney, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
77 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“BEAT A PATH TO THE DOOR OF THIS LOVELY PLACE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014

It is not often that I am blown away by the loveliness of a place and of its owners, but Albert and Christina have spared no expense to create a wonderful and very classy hotel in a truly gorgeous part of Catalonia. We were the only guests - something I found extraordinary as the region of Garrotxa where Can Battle is, is a truly wonderful place to walk, to relax and to eat great food. The GR2 path goes right by the place and there is a very enjoyable and easy circular walk of about 4 hours that takes you to Santa Pau, an idyllic medieval village with bars, a couple of restaurants, a great butcher making wonderful salamis and pates and the famous Santa Pau bean which is used extensively and deliciously in the local cuisine.

Now to the delights of the hotel. Our room was vast with a lovely comfy bed, the softest and crispest of white linen, a wonderful bathroom with a great shower, his and hers sinks and a long, deep, sarcophagus-like bath. The décor is truly individual. It is like staying in the pages of Homes and Gardens, with the owners' collection of objects of all types beautifully placed throughout the building. The photos on the website do not do the place justice.

Breakfast was the best I have had in Spain. A buffet of local charcuterie and cheeses, fruit, locally produced yoghurt and a great selection of teas and coffees, home-made jams, home-cooked cakes and pastries. We could not have wanted more. There was a bar where we could help ourselves and keep a note of what we drank.

We arrived on a Sunday evening. The area is probably Catalonia's best kept secret. With hardly any tourists at this time of year restaurants keep limited opening so Sunday night everything was closed. Rosa, the receptionist rustled up a magnificent cold supper. The following night Albert offered to cook for us, as all the local restaurants were closed on Monday - and many only open mid-week. We had a delightful and tasty meal with crisp, thin pancakes stuffed with mushrooms as a starter, followed by pigs cheeks. A desert of home-made turon ice-cream completed the meal. A word of advice to anyone who wants to savour Albert's excellent cooking; if you have a more conservative palate ask him what he plans to prepare before committing as pigs-cheek may not be everyone's favourite dish!

We stayed for three nights and then moved to the east. But we missed Mas Battle so much we cancelled our second hotel after one night to spend the rest of vacation with Albert and Christina.

If you like peace, real comfort at an affordable price, charming and attentive hosts then beat a path to the door of this unique establishment.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 70 which we highly recommend, but all the rooms have vast balconies, are individua...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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116 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

I am reluctant to leave a review as I would love to keep this little gem all for myself as it was hard to get in as it was. This was without a doubt the nicest B&B I have stayed in and I have travelled very far and wide. It is such a beautifully restored farmhouse in a stunning location. I managed to get a booking for one night only and it was enough time to know that i would definitely love to go back. The hosts are so incredibly friendly and helpful and the place is stunning. The meal they put on was the nicest i ate in the region. Absolutely great value!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Alderney, Channel Islands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

We have travelled off the beaten track in most countries in Europe and Mas Can Battle has been one of our nicest stays ever. The farmhouse, now restored, has been open for guests since 2012 and the standard far exceeded our expectations that we had from the website. Moreover, the owner's attention to every need of the visitor is second to none, always a friendly manner yet never intrusive.

We had room 70 which has a large balcony, so peaceful and comfortable with stunning views of the area. We had come from the lovely coastline of the Cap de Begur to Santa Pau to experience the complete contrast in scenery to be found in the volcanic area of La Garrotxa and Mas Can Battle seemed a good choice. We were surprised by the beautiful restoration of Mas Can Battle and the owners, Albert and Cristina, have managed to create a cosy and comfortable exquisite home to be enjoyed by their guests. They are so genuine in wanting guests to enjoy not only the tranquility of their farmhouse, but also the lovely area in which it is situated and where they have chosen to live.

We enjoyed three very relaxing days in what can only be described as a truly tranquil place. 'A real find'.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Can Batlle is a traditional Catalan country farm or masia owned by a couple Albert and Cristina . In my opinion is the warmest and most exquisite rural tourist hotel I ever been and I travel a lot . Can Batlle is full of nice details with out loosing the country flavor has all the luxuries you can dream of . The rooms with a great deck or terrace to enjoy the magnificent view of this volcanic unique region are spacious and so beautiful .The food was delicious , the garden is huge and the pool has been designed as if you were on the beach seating on the sand and bathing , ah ! and near by is a creek with water falls where to dive in. The entire house is a historical site which has been very well decorated and restored . it's very warm ! The location is great . There are many interested sites to visit in this region as Olot, the main city, but after all I really din't want to go far away from Can Batlle because this house is paradise . We were so impressed !
Thanks Albert and Cristina for your hospitality and for the labor of love and for making Can Batlle unforgettable .
We'll come back !
Ines and family

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, CA
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65 reviews
48 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

I'm torn about reviewing places like this. On one hand, I want to give them kudos, but I also don't want anyone else discovering it!

Amazing property, thousand year old house renovated and decorated meticulously. Albert was a great host. Excellent suggestion for a dinner spot in Santa Pau. Rooms are spacious with great views over the property. Generous breakfast selection. We ate dinner at the property one night, prepared by Albert. Simple but amazing dishes.

One of the highlights was a waterfall and natural pool a short 5 min hike from the property.

Highly recommended if you have a couple days in the area for total decompression.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Carlos, California
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

We - a family with two children - stayed at Mas Can Batlle in August of 2013. The owners, Albert and Cristina, have done a fabulous job renovating this old farm house with lots of blood, sweat, tears and love! Every single room they are renting out is unique and special. We had rooms 70 (which had a huge terrace) and 74. Both had huge bathrooms and super comfy beds! As previous reviewers have noted, the pictures don't do the property any justice. It is simply beautiful, surrounded by expansive views of the area. The public spaces are equally beautifully done and the daily breakfast was simply superb with freshly baked goods and organic fruit every morning. They currently only rent 5 rooms, so there are never too many people around and the pool (which my kids loved) never got crowded. We also had dinner at Mas Can Batlle which was excellent. We'll be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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182 reviews
62 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

One of those places that once you have discovered it, you just don’t want to leave. I wholeheartedly second other reviewers’ positive remarks. The hotel’s website is informative, but doesn’t do justice to the incredible charm of the place, and of the people. Decorative features are delightful, but more importantly, comfort is never sacrificed to looks, the rooms are charming AND comfortable. The grounds have been very well organized to take advantage of the natural contours of the site, and the surroundings are lovely: green, tree-covered hills rolling away from the house on all sides. Albert, who owns the hotel with his wife, is an excellent and welcoming host who makes you feel at home immediately. As I said, you just don’t want to leave…..

Room Tip: 70 was lovely, but I am sure they would all be good
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mas Can Batlle
Address: Km 12,700. Carretera Gi-524, 17811 Santa Pau, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Santa Pau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Pau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have rehabilitated this country house in a very special B&B. Only 5 suites to make you feel relaxed and caressed. We are inside a Natural Park and you will see no neighbourghs around, only nature. Great location for the nicest stay and only an hour away you have access to Costa Brava, Girona, Figueres, Pyrinees... ... more   less 

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