The road here runs along beside the Ria de Arosa as it opens out towards the sea, not quite the open Atlantic, but nevertheless a holiday area for many Spanish visitors as well as northern Europeans. This lovely old manor house is set back from the coast in its own gardens and has been beautifully converted, making full use of all the usual traditional effects – wooden beams, tiled floors and bare stone walls. The whole effect is softened with deep cushioned sofas, lacy curtains and woollen rugs. There is nothing amiss with the housekeeping, the gardening or the cleanliness of the pool, which is surrounded by a protective hedge on one side and lovely views over the countryside on the other.
This is another area famous for its seafood – the bays around here are packed with fish and shellfish farms, and every inlet seems to have its little fleet of fishing boats to win a share of the harvest. The menu of the hotel reflects this, with the ubiquitous grilled prawns coming high on the list along with huge mussels in a thick tomato sauce. We’ve had negative reports on the food and the bedrooms in the past, but not recently.