L'Hort de Sant Cebria

near Figueres, Catalonia, Spain Book from Eur110

Reviewed by Laura Dixon
Classy small hotel in a medieval village near the Costa Brava: the very definition of a romantic hideaway
You would never believe that this elegant small hotel was only a short drive from the Costa Brava: its honey-coloured stone building, saltwater pool and wisteria-covered terrace make it feel more like a Provençal retreat. It has just 5 rooms and a Suite-Apartment, and each of them is relaxation itself, exquisitely decorated with French antiques and the finest Spanish linen in a soothing palette of greys and browns. Downstairs there’s a lounge to share with other guests and a lovely garden where the pool backs onto a wall of the village’s 12th-century church. There’s also a hidden outdoor lounge at the back.

Spend an easy long weekend relaxing in the house, walking around peaceful Torroella de Fluvia and other medieval villages, and sunning yourself at the beach - the closest is just 4km away, and is unspoilt and stunning. Or hole up for a week and make the most of the area’s sensational cuisine, artistic heritage and golf courses.

Highs

  • A very restful atmosphere, perfect for a restorative break
  • Great prices, especially considering the refined décor: glass chandeliers, a Roman bust overlooking the pool, arched French windows
  • Friendly and welcoming owners Juan Carlos and Jordi (and their 2 miniature dachshunds), who really care that you have a wonderful stay
  • You're only 4km from the sea, but it feels like you're deep in the countryside
  • The restaurant scene in this region is sensational

Lows

  • Noise sometimes travels and the bells from the church can be a distraction (but they do stop overnight)
  • You'll need a car to get here, there's only 1 restaurant in the village, so you'll have to drive to eat out
  • Only suitable for guests aged 18+
  • No twin beds

Best time to go

The best months to visit are May and September when it's warm but not too hot. As the hotel is just inland from the Costa Brava, we’d recommend avoiding the very peak season of August when beaches and roads are heaving and it’s very hot. The hotel is closed from November until Easter.

Our top tips

Hot-air ballooning is gaining in popularity in this area so consider a flight; the bird's eye views of the hills, castles, medieval villages and fields are stunning.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Honeymoon
  • = Makes the grade
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 6
  • Breakfast only (+ drive to restaurants)
  • Adults only (18+)
  • Closed: 1 Nov 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
  • Maps and guidebooks
  • Board games
Room: Deluxe

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Terrace
  • Wifi internet
  • Tv
  • Ipod dock
  • Internet access
  • Wifi internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Organic produce
  • Breakfast
  • Food and wine
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Activities

  • Relax by the saltwater pool with a drink from the honesty bar, read in the lounge or have a massage in your room
  • Hire free bikes from the hotel and ask Jordi and Juan Carlos to recommend a handful of medieval villages to visit; the cobbled streets and ancient buildings are wonderful
  • Visit the Graeco-Roman ruins of the Empúries Roman route, in villages including Peratallada, Ullastret and Monels
  • The Dalí triangle is a must-do. The hotel is 50 minutes from Figueres, where you'll find the jaw-dropping Dalí Museum, and Dalí’s wife’s castle at Púbol is close, too. If you're going to Cadaqués for Dalí’s house at Port Lligat, allow extra time to get there because of high and winding roads, and book your ticket before you set out
  • Visit the beach: the unspoilt sands at Sant Martí d’Empúries offer calm seas and a small selection of beach bars, and are a gentle cycle ride away
  • Take to the water. Up and down the coast there are a wide variety of activities on offer, from dolphin spotting to snorkelling, windsurfing and diving
  • Local stables offer horse riding on local breeds through dazzling Catalan countryside
  • Play golf: Peralada, Empordà, Torremirona and Pals all have golf courses and Gualta has a pitch and putt course. Or go fishing in the nearby river
  • There is a small airport nearby that offers parachuting, gliding and flying lessons

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Food and wine
  • Golf
  • History religious
  • Horse-riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Museum
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Kite/windsurfing
  • Shopping
  • Dolphin spotting
  • Gliding

Kids

This hotel is suitable for guests aged 18+ only; the hushed and romantic atmosphere is much better for couples and friends than for families.

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Our guests' ratings...

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Rooms
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Food
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Service
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Value
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