“Cuba meets Marrakech meets Paris in this hippy deluxe hideaway, set in a quiet medieval village near Girona”
There are 5 rooms, all upstairs, and they share the lounge space with its daybeds and turntable, as well as the restaurant and garden.
Room 218 is the smallest by a long way and was designed for couples on a budget who want to travel to wonderful places - like the owners in their younger days. It’s small but colourful and fun, and opens onto the lounge. It’s a bargain for the price; young families could squeeze a cot in but there's no space for an extra bed. The bathroom has a shower but no tub.
Of the others, Carmen is enormous, a grand room with a huge bathroom (with a shower and wonderful claw-foot tub) plus a large roof terrace with a hammock. It sleeps 2 adults, 3 children and a baby so is perfect for families, or lovely and spacious for a couple. Frida is also very nice, and has a double bed, a sweet small daybed made from wrought iron, and space for 3 rollaway beds. The hotel recommends Paco as being best for families; it has a child's bed, space for 2 rollaway beds, and an original painted ceiling from the 18th century in its bathroom (shower and tub).
Kika, where I slept, has a small smoking courtyard, a giant bathroom with a double shower and freestanding bath, plus a quirky toilet tucked away in the corner of the room. The double bed is covered with a cheery yellow and red sprigged Indian throw, there’s a rail for clothes, shelves of French books, and a DVD player/TV.
All rooms have bathrobes, toiletries and hairdryers, an extra special touch considering the budget rates. My only complaints would be that the rooms aren’t terribly well lit for the evening, and the sound from the square outside, where children play, carries.
Casa Migdia has a bar-restaurant where breakfast is served daily. It reminded me very much of the open-house restaurants in Cuba: the chef, owner Sébastien, used to run a Thai-French restaurant in Paris, and serves up a 3-course meal 4 times a week in July/August (and on request for the rest of the year) but there’s no menu or options as such - you just have to go with it.
The hotel has its own organic vegetable patch plus chickens; 85% of the produce used is local and organic. I ate anchovies on toast with tapenade, followed by paella with chicken, prawns and baby octopus, and a tarte au citron to finish, although cheese was also on offer. It was all delicious, and the accompanying wine list has been carefully selected and includes mainly French and Spanish wines.
My only complaint was that our dinner was served at 9pm, very late by UK standards. For families, the hotel can provide an earlier dinner for children; pasta or something at your suggestion. Note, however, that as a small hotel their operation relies on them serving a communal-style dinner, so guests may have to compromise when it comes to meal times and dining options.
Eateries nearby include the local bar across the road (Bocca) and plenty of small tapas bars, patisseries and restaurants in nearby towns such as La Bisbal d’Empordà (20 minutes' drive). We would also recommend Hostal Sa Rascassa near Begur for a dinner by the sea, and the wonderfully bohemian bistro at Hotel Aiguaclara in Begur itself (both approximately 40 minutes away).
Breakfast is a buffet of homemade jam and cakes, fresh fruit juices, charcuterie and cheeses, plus eggs to order.
This is a nice quiet hotel which can accommodate 1-2 families at a time at most, full of corners of wonder and items to delight children, in a small village where other children play football in the street. Mary and Sébastien have 4 young children of their own, all under 10 when we visited in 2011, and can make suggestions for things to do in the area. There are some small sweet vintage tables and chairs around the place for children.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
We preferred Carmen for a family as it has a hammock and outdoor terrace, giving you a bit of extra room, plus it can fit up to 2 adults, 2 children on extra beds and 1 baby in a cot. Kika can fit 2 adults, 1 child and 1 baby, Frida and Paco can each fit 1 additional bed or a baby cot, while 218 can only fit a baby cot.
In the summer months, Mary and Sébastien book a nanny to help with their children and yours can join them in an impromptu French-Spanish children’s club.
Babysitting can also be arranged - ask when booking.
A baby monitor would work from bedrooms to the bar-restaurant downstairs so you could eat while they sleep upstairs.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Ask about arranging an early dinner for kids as dinner may be late (c.9pm) by Anglo standards. Pasta and simple dishes can be arranged but note that it’s at the discretion of the owners. There is a café in the village as well, but for other food you'll have to go further afield.