“Classy small hotel in a medieval village near the Costa Brava: the very definition of a romantic hideaway”
L’Hort de Sant Cebria has 5 rooms and a Suite-Apartment. They are all consistently decorated with muted colours and calm décor, and all have views, some of the 12th-century church, others of the fields nearby. It’s all very elegant and refined; the furniture is a mixture of French and Catalan antiques, with the odd stylish contemporary item, and the linens are from Spain’s finest brand, Textura. Of the 5 rooms, the Deluxe Room (#1) is the largest and sunniest, and was our favourite. It has 2 balconies over the garden and a Louis XVI bed from France, as well as a huge bathroom with a shower. The Superior Room (#4) is medium-sized and comes with a special hydro-massage bath and views of the garden. Comfort Room 3 has a balcony, views of the church and a shower bathroom; while Comfort Room 5 has a 19th-century Catalan bed, a private dressing room, and a shower bathroom. This leaves the Classic Room (#2) - the smallest and a little tight in our opinion, but it has views of the church, and an ensuite bathtub. The Suite-Apartment is ideal for longer stays. It has a dining room, a small kitchenette (sink, hob, microwave and fridge), a double bedroom, a shower bathroom, and a sitting room with a a double sofabed.
Breakfast is a typical buffet with Catalan cold cuts, cheeses and homemade pastries. You can eat inside on cosy wooden tables or outside on the patio or in the garden. This part of Catalonia has a fantastic foodie pedigree - you can see why Ferran Adrià chose the coast nearby for his famous El Bulli restaurant. Jordi and Juan Carlos provide a list of restaurant recommendations and are happy to book for you; there is 1 simple restaurant in the village, but other than that you will have to drive. Among those recommended are L’Esculapi in Sant Martí d’Empúries, 4km away beside the sea, and Myriam in L’Escala. The Suite-Apartment has a small kitchenette for self-catering, but it's pretty basic: a sink, fridge, hob and microwave. It's useful for whipping up lunches though, and there's a dining area for 4.