Rectoria de Regencos

near Begur, Catalonia, Spain Book from Book from £110 per night

Sleek, monastic apartments for 2-4 with a shared pool, in the former rectory of a tiny medieval village, 4km from the coast
Tranquility sets in the moment we arrive at this ultra-minimalist converted rectory, hidden in the sleepy, secluded village of Regencós, deep in Catalonia’s Dali Triangle. The spartan, cool décor is a carefully curated mix of vaulted brick ceilings, pale olive walls and light retro wooden furniture, creating an ambiance of utter stillness only briefly interrupted by the periodic ringing of church bells. There are 4 apartments, each with a double bedroom and generous lounge with a sofabed; perfect for couples, small families or a group. Scenic views sweep across ancient buildings and lush fields of wild flowers. Massages, a walled garden with pool, and a shaded hammock all add to the Zen factor.

Leave if you can bear to and discover the village's cobbled walkways, its central square perfumed by flowers, and the fig trees set around a medieval church. Then hop on a bike or in the car to explore the cultured towns, beautiful beaches and chic restaurants of Catalonia at large.

Highs

  • Excellent rates
  • A tranquil setting in a medieval village, yet just a short drive from national parks, pretty Begur and beaches
  • Each apartment has a kitchen for simple self-catering, and there are 3 restaurants in the village
  • Enthusiastic owner Alicia will check you in and give you local tips
  • An ideal 'whole property' rental for a group of 8-12

Lows

  • Please note, this was a formerly a B&B and our current guest reviews reflect this experience
  • No reception area and unless there's a problem, you're left to your own devices; best for independent travellers
  • You'll need a car to get here and explore the area
  • Some might find the village a little too peaceful, you can do a lap in minutes and the restaurants sometimes close in quieter months

Best time to go

Catalonia is lovely from early spring to late autumn. September is the best of all worlds - great weather, clear beaches, quiet roads.

Our top tips

Alicia and her husband also run a tapas restaurant in L'Escala, 20 minutes' drive away, called La Barra del Port. It overlooks the port and has amazing sea views from its terrace.

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
Family
Wedding
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 4 apartments for 2-4
  • Fully self catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
  • Yoga / personal trainer
Room:

Rooms

The apartments each have a double bedroom, a living room with a funky purple sofabed for 1-2, and characterful arched brick ceilings offset by plain white modern kitchens. Décor is austere yet elegant, with pale olive green walls, grey headboards, unpolished terracotta tiles and Scandi-style furniture. Crisp white cotton sheets add to the cool and calming ambiance.

The 2 ground-floor apartments are accessed directly from the communal walled garden and pool, making them ideal for families. The 2 top-floor apartments are lighter in feel, with white painted wooden ceilings, a breezy vibe and beautiful views across the surrounding fields.

Sleek, contemporary bathrooms have bathtubs with overhead showers, fluffy white cotton towels and fabulous Omnisens toiletries.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

The apartments have full kitchens for whipping up light snacks and family suppers, and there are grocery stores in Begur (a short drive away). If you'd prefer to eat out, there are 3 restaurants in the village itself: Restaurant del Teatre (a gastronomic restaurant with a huge garden and chill-out bar, right next to the apartments); Restaurant Bocca (Mediterranean food and a big alfresco dining terrace), and Restaurant Rajoleria) (informal Catalan food).

SolBlanc in nearby Pals is a bike ride away; a typical Catalan farmhouse with a large garden and great local dishes. And there's a plethora of really fabulous restaurants, from rustic to Michelin star, within a short drive. We had excellent plates of grilled sepia, fried white anchovies and tortilla, washed down with a carafe of sangria, at the fabulous little Es Dofí fish restaurant in Tamariu. The chef could be seen walking back and forth between the kitchen and his fishing spot in the little bay just outside the restaurant, returning with a catch in his hand each time.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity: Sa Tuna

Activities

  • Hit the beach: the charming coastal towns of Tamariu and Sa Tuna have lovely, sandy beaches and Pals is great for surfing
  • Check out the Dali Triangle: the museum in Figueres, the castle in Púbol and Dali’s house in Port Lligat
  • Visit the stylish seaside town of Cadaqués, which drew celebrities in the 1960s and continues to be a favourite haunt of the local elite
  • Explore “Catalan Tuscany”, including the villages of Madremanya, Sant Marti Vell, Monells and La Pera
  • Browse local antique shops and markets in La Bisbal
  • Wander the village then relax in the walled garden by the pool or in a hammock
  • Book a massage; a local therapist specialises in Shiatsu with essential oils
  • Alicia can arrange mountain-bike hire ahead of your stay, so the bikes will be waiting for you. You'll find a map in your apartment outlining a picturesque 2-hour tour of the locality

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Kids

Great for families. Ideal for an exclusive booking by one extended family or group, giving free reign of the walled garden and pool.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Each apartment has 1 double bedroom and a living area with a double sofabed and space for a baby cot. Parents could sleep their child(ren) in the bedroom so they have somewhere to sit in the evenings.

Babysitting:

Available on request.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Walled garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Mountain bikes

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Family-friendly beaches
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking and snorkelling in marine reserves
  • Seasonal waterparks and go-karting along the coast

Families Should Know:

The staircase to the top-floor apartments is very steep and there are no stair gates. The pool is unfenced.

Distances:

  • Airport: 40 mins' drive (Girona)
  • Shops: 5 mins' drive (Begur)
  • Hospital: 40 mins' drive (Girona)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

The hostess is wonderful and gave great recommendations. Overall we really enjoyed it but we were disappointed with the location of the hotel itself because of it's proximity to a fairly busy road and very average views. But it is certainly a good - very different - alternative to the busy beach scene and we found it quite relaxing and enjoyable.

8/10,

A chic and minimalist guesthouse in a charming village. The hotel restaurant opposite (Restaurant La Calèndula) serves excellent food, although we found it a tiny bit pretentious and were happy to follow Alicia's recommendations for more relaxed local dining. The main downside was La Rectoria's location close to a busy road: the background noise of traffic detracted somewhat from the otherwise tranquil setting. It's also worth bearing in mind that the area around Begur is extremely busy in August: don't expect to park anywhere near the beach, and be prepared to walk along the coastal path if you want to find a secluded bathing spot.

9/10,

We loved our stay at the Rectoria. Alicia was a wonderful host. Very friendly and she had some great restaurant and activity tips for the surrounding area. Our room was spacious and clean, with a lovely view of the surrounding countryside, which you can also explore on one of the free mountain bikes. You're also only a few minutes drive from lovely beaches (Calella de Palafrugell a particular highlight) and the beautiful historic local towns such as Pals. Will definitely stay here again when we return to the area! Thanks again Alicia!

10/10,

I stayed with my wife and 12 month old daughter and the apartment was ideal, with the mix of self-catering, breakfast in the morning and serviced rooms. We also enjoyed the pool and the peace of the village and convenient location to beaches and beautiful villages. Silvia provided excellent recommendations and we would highly recommend this for families.

9/10,

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