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- One of the most illustrious properties on FarmStayPlanet, Hacienda Zorita near Salamanca, Spain, is a luxury wine hotel & spa on a picturesque 14th century Dominican Estate that even back then served as a ‘casa hospitalaria‘, i.e. a lodging house, and an organic (no choice not to be organic in those days!) farm, exactly as it does today. It is a very much a place to spoil yourself with the finest of food, wine and spa facilities to be enjoyed. And even in medieval times it was able to attract some high profile guests with Christopher Columbus having stayed here on a fund raising tour before his voyage of discovery to the Americas. The location is fantastic too. It sits by the famous Duero River, in an area famous for having some of Spain’s best wineries, including Hacienda Zorita itself of course, and is also very near the UNESCO World Heritage City of Salamanca, a must see in central Spain. THE ACCOMMODATION: They have a choice of B&B rooms and suites, all of which are beautifully appointed, spacious, clean and comfortable but with a distinct rustic style in keeping with the historical nature of the property. You will find the usual suspects in every room; air-conditioning, minibar, WiFi, satellite TV, DVD player, plus some terrific massage showers in the bathrooms. Pieces of art and antiques abound throughout the property, in both the rooms and the common areas, of which there are many, including lounges, bars and dining rooms. The grounds are lovely to wander around too; around the banks of the Duero River, and through the beautifully landscaped gardens. Pamper yourself then at the excellent spa facilities (which have some unique olive, and wine, skin treatments amongst others), retire to one of the lounges or bars, catch a movie in the film room maybe, or enjoy some fresh, top quality farm to table food, and vineyard to table wine, in one of the dining rooms. You can also enjoy wine and cheese tasting sessions and arrange yoga sessions, picnics on the lawn or even catch a movie at the open air cinema (open in summer only!). Farther afield are the vineyards READ MORE
- Pago de Trascasas is an atmospheric vineyard & winery hotel near Valladolid, in Cubillas de Santa Marta, Spain, where you can enjoy some top quality wine, food, rest and relaxation. They have B&B rooms is in a classically rustic Spanish farmhouse surrounded by vineyards from which they produce red and rose Cigales wines using both modern and traditional techniques. It is a well known enotourism centre in the region and you can partake in guided vineyard and cellar tours, as well as wine & food tasting sessions. THE ACCOMMODATION: The have eight double and twin B&B rooms at the hotel, all of which are nicely decorated in traditional Castilian style and full of character. They have all the usual modern comforts too; private bathrooms, digital TV and WiFi. There is plenty of common space at the hotel too; a lounge area and a library & reading room (mainly with books about wine). They have a billiard table at the property too and of course there is the restaurant and dining room. You can expect a good and generous breakfast in the morning and later, some top quality evening meals made with some fine local produce. As mentioned, they have a full program of wine tourism on offer, with tasting sessions of their wines matched with various food stuffs like cheeses and homemade sausages, and educational vineyard and cellar tours. THE LOCATION: The vineyard hotel is conveniently near Valladolid, just 20km in fact and is in a strongly agricultural area well known for its wine and food production. You can go for hikes around the nearby Torozos Mountains or along the famous Canal de Castilla. The village itself, Cubillas de Santa Marta is a cute, classically Castilian little place with some small cafes, shops and restaurants and the 13th century Cistercian Church of Santa María at its centre point. Madrid is a little over two hours to the south. Salamanca can reached in just over an hour, Burgos in a little less than an hour and Leon in about an hour and a half. WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY: “Serious comfort and attention! Lovely private bodega providing everything someone traveling through could ask READ MORE
- Just outside the town of La Codosera, next to both the Spain/Portugal border and the Sierra de San Mamede National Park, Casa Rural Camino del Alentejo has a range of nice B&B rooms with private bathroom, flat-screen TV and WiFi on a working farm and vineyard. The serve a nice breakfast too with some good local produce including from their own farm and of course you are welcome to taste some of the wine they produce too. The farm has a nice outdoor swimming pool plus barbecue facilities in the gardens. The surrounding area, and Extremadura in general, is fantastic for hiking, and particularly bird watching, with the farm stay being right beside the Sierra de San Mamede National Park. There are some very nice towns to visit too; the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mérida and Cáceres for example are just under an hour’s drive away by car. WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY: “Really comfy bed, air conditioning, superb shower and excellent breakfast. Maria was very friendly and helpful….” “Absolutely superb. A wonderful host and a beautiful room within a delightful house. Nice terrace and a good swimming pool. Breakfast was lovely and included in the price. Don’t hesitate to visit this place but do a little research on the address as it proved a little difficult to find….” >> READ MORE REVIEWS & BOOK YOUR STAY AT CASA RURAL CAMINO DE ALENTEJO: READ MORE
- Huerto San Antonio is a luxury agritourism farm stay B&B near Madrid, Spain, offering rest and relaxation in a protected zone of the beautiful Sierra de la Cabrera. THE ACCOMMODATION: The property is gorgeous; it has 11 stylish rooms among seven different tastefully converted old stone cottages. There are lots of rustic touches; bare stone walls and wood beamed ceilings, giving a traditional farmhouse feel to the property and all the rooms come with smart TV, WiFi & en-suite bathroom, with 3 of the rooms also having a jacuzzi. Outside there are various patio areas and a swimming pool, and the property also contains a Finnish sauna, a very good restaurant and bar, and plenty of common areas both inside and out which includes a cosy indoor fireplace. You’ll find the food excellent and they use plenty of their own fruits, vegetables and herbs as well as other locally sourced produce. They also can cater for vegetarian and other dietary restrictions and are open all day for breakfast (included in the room rate) as well as lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the day. You’ll find all the staff friendly and helpful and they offer a range of services, including massage, baby sitting, airport pick up and drop off, laundry services, mountain bike hire etc., and can arrange tours and activities in the surrounding area including horse riding. THE FARM: The property has over six acres of land with a chicken coop, vegetable gardens and numerous orchard groves. There are also a number of old wells and a woodland area with oaks, pines and junipers that rises up towards the large granite outcrop known locally as “El Cancho Gordo”. Just a short walk up the road too there is also the beautiful old convent of San Antonio to be discovered. THE LOCATION: The location is ideal for those seeking a bit of peace and tranquility near Madrid. It is only about 60km from the city and about 2km from the small town of La Cabrera but offers true rural bliss. It is in the rocky wilderness of the Sierra de la Cabrera; a protected natural zone that contains a wealth of local READ MORE