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.
- 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