“Life is beautiful at this tranquil and romantic 7-room guesthouse in rural Catalonia”
The guesthouse's rooms are all spacious, comfortable and decorated in a pale earth and neutral colour scheme, making them incredibly restful. Tinkly beaded chandeliers decorate the wood-beamed ceilings, while bleached wooden furniture and white-tiled shower bathrooms complete the scene. They have super-comfortable beds, WiFi, plasma screens, air-con and fans.
Of the 7 rooms, Bamboo is the largest, with a private garden, a bedroom and a living room set away from the main house in the garden. Buganvilla is a close second and was our favourite, a 6-windowed room with a tiled floor, a terrace and a bathtub.
The other rooms have plenty of charm, too. Magnolia is clean, pale and opens to the garden. Glicina is small but romantic, with a small desk, wisteria and a private terrace, and Acacia has a private terrace, a beamed ceiling and a pretty beaded headboard.
Since our visit, Agua and Tierra have also been added. Their style and colour palette look equally enchanting, and we love the idea of relaxing on their private terraces while gazing across the garden.
Breakfasts of local pastries and breads, homemade jams, freshly squeezed orange juice, cold cuts and ripe tomatoes are served in the garden when it's warm enough. No lunches are on offer but Ino can cook dinner if you plan to stay in - let her know by 2pm and expect such delights as scallops wrapped in bacon, fillet of beef with foie gras, wild salmon with rosemary and chocolate fondants for desert.
There are plenty of eateries a short drive away, which should cater for most tastes. Ino can suggest some of the best places to eat and call ahead and reserve for you.
The guesthouse has an honesty bar, there's a small bar in the village and you can find a number of beach bars at the local beach in Sant Martí d’Empuries. Part of the fun of exploring this part of Catalonia is experiencing the delights of the local foodie scene, whether that’s in market produce, tiny bakeries or upmarket restaurants.
Families with a child over 12 are welcome. It’s not really an ideal place for children as the atmosphere is geared up for quiet, peaceful and romantic stays; that said, there are plenty of family-friendly activities nearby, including the beach, horse riding and water parks.
Teens (over 12)
Bamboo and Buganvilla each have a single sofabed (small charge for B&B).