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In the evening of the first day in Banyoles we reach Hotel La Sala de Camós, where we used to spend 2 nights.
Hotel La Sala de Camós
The hotel lies in a little valley on the outskirts of Banyoles. Surrounded by green forests and some meadows, you will find yourself immersed in nature. The hotel looks like a fortification from the Middle Ages, right next to it is the church of Sant Vicenç de Camós, which is closed most of the time. A public worship takes place here every Sunday.
La Sala de Camós was built in the 12th century. Noblemen left their castles in peaceful times and lived in comfortable Salas, a residential complex with a fortified tower. In 1761 one built a church and extended the Sala by a rectory. In the late 20th century, the entire complex has been restored true to the original and converted into a hotel.
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The owner Vanesa Martinez greets us at the reception. She runs the hotel together with her husband Mario and her father Juan. The romantic medieval atmosphere strikes us at first sight.
Everything is tastefully fitted, every detail right. In the Carolingian Room next to the reception you can see a great sculptural mural painting, created by the Catalan painter Josep Niebla, who used to live here for some time.
A staircase leads to the Gothic Hall which underlines the medieval character even more.
The hotel has 8 guest-rooms, partly rather suites. 3 of it have a 2nd bedroom for families with children. Free WLAN is available everywhere.
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From the tower room, which has another sleeping accommodation on the upper floor, you have a wonderful view over the valley of Banyoles. Vanesa draws our attention to many details that would have missed; For example, the two benches in the window recess. Here, a couple was allowed to meet the first time, under the eyes (and ears) of the future mother-in-law.
In the past, the room opposite the church used to be the bedroom of the priest.
It had a hole in the wall from where the priest was able to observe secretly, who comes to church (or who did not come to Mass on Sundays).
Some apartments are located in an adjoined building, which is accessible via the adjacent garden with swimming pool.
A former well shaft was illuminated to make a “secret room” visible. Probably an old pantry, which was only accessible via the well shaft. Or was it an old dungeon?
Above the garden, we see two grazing donkeys or are these mules? During our walk through the garden we noticed a herd of goats at the bottom of the valley. Vanessa told us that they act as lawnmower for the surrounding meadows and shows us where they are housed.
The stable is only 50 m away. It is housed on the ground floor of a traditional farmhouse. Upstairs there are two small rooms, where a 85 year-old woman lives with her a 90 year-old husband. In the building is electricity, but the fireplace is still on the floor. Vanessa had been talking to the daughter of the couple. She had considered to move her parents to a modern flat in Banyoles, but quickly rejected the idea. The two would not live long, if they are are torn out of their familiar surroundings. They are accustomed to live here for a lifetime, especially with their animals.
In addition to the goats they keep some guard dogs, which noticed us immediately and some turkeys.
At the trough of the goats, you sometimes see real tough action, when the fodder is defended with the horns.
Disclosure : All views and opinions are our own and were not influenced!