Delight in the Wines and Absorb the Heritage and Wonders of SPAIN
Dr. Joe Dispenza
September 17th – 26th, 2018
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We have selected three pristine hotels that capture the essence and beauty of Spain’s heritage…
More than six hundred years have been necessary for the ancient convent of San Agustín to see that its wide stone walls, exquisitely restored, give way to modern hotel facilities for pride and enjoyment of the city of Haro.
The district of Haro is located between the Sierra de la demanda and the Sierra de Toloño. Bathed by the Ebro River and its tributary, the Oja Tirón River, from which the name of the Autonomous Community of La Rioja comes. The traditional date of the founding of the Villa de Haro is around the eleventh century.
Hotel Los Agustinos- Convento
The history tells of a story that the King of Castile, Fernando IV, granted a privilege to the so-called “hermits of San Agustín” that allowed these religious sects to found convents in the kingdoms of Castile, Leon and Portugal without the need of license from diocesan or others .
The convent of San Agustín was promoted by Don Diego López de Haro. This convent enjoyed a great predilection on the part of harenses (residents of Haro), even taking San Agustín as a lawyer against foes.
In 1811 the convent served as a military hospital, and after the war in 1813, it was returned to the Augustinians. In 1834, the convent passed into the hands of the State. In the year 1838, its bells were seized by the Government, demolishing them and driving them to Santander to melt them.
In March 1839, it was ceded by the Royal Order (council of the Academy of Fine Arts) to the municipality of Haro. Then it was a house of charity, and even a jail. The columns that support its important cloister still preserve inscriptions made by the prisoners who passed through their cells, cells that today have been demolished leaving the cloister in its original state.
In 1941 the City Council agreed to the construction of the “Bretón de los Herreros” theater, a work directed by the architect Martín de Saracíbar, in the place occupied by the convent church, which was inaugurated a year later.
In 1989 the convent gave way to the Hotel Los Agustinos, recently renovated in its entirety. The upper area of the convent, formerly used by the friars as bedrooms, has been converted into spacious and comfortable rooms equipped with the latest equipment.
The Cloister of the old convent of San Agustín, with seven centuries of history, today picks up some modern facilities and equipment, where celebrating any event becomes an exceptional privilege. Considered the most important work of the Hotel, the Cloister has been covered with a large special glass vault, which filters the entrance of the solar rays and isolates the space from the inclemency of the weather, conserving the building its traditional aspect and opening a range of possibilities of use in special events.
The location, the architecture, the decoration, the spaciousness of the space, the quality of its services and the complementary equipment offered by the Cloister, make its more than 800 m2 the ideal place for all types of gatherings.
Welcome to Hotel Abadia Retuerta L’Domaine
#1 TOP HOTEL IN SPAIN BY TRIPADVISOR 2018
#1 BEST HOTEL IN SPAIN & PORTUGAL BY CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER 2017
The Estate Abadía Retuerta L’Domaine is set like a jewel among the string of exclusive wine estates found along the Duero river. If the heart of the estate is the winery, its soul is the ancient 12th-century abbey, a beloved and carefully restored Spanish cultural heritage site.
The luxury hotel that has now emerged from within the cloistered Romanesque-Baroque monastery walls is a refined 5-star setting where you will enjoy the privacy of the privileged, the lap of luxury and the heart of the history. Moreover, you will have the opportunity of enjoying your dinner at Refectorio, our one Michelin Star restaurant.
Everywhere the contrasts and pleasures of old and new will provide you with the best of both.
In Abadía Retuerta L’Domaine Hotel you can enjoy a singular culinary offer created by Marc Segarra, who has trained in some of the finest international restaurants, and bases his gastronomic creations on the inclusion of a creative twist to tradition and the use of locally-grown ingredients.
History of the Abadia Retuerta Hotel L’Domaine
In 1145, the marriage of aristrocracy and piety brought about the abbey when the Lord of Valladolid’s daughter Doña Mayor donated “terras et vineas” to the church. Abadía Santa Maria de Retuerta was built for the Premonstratensian Order. Baroque-Romanesque in style, it has a classic Benedictine layout of church, cloister, refectory, chapterhouse and hospedería. It is one of only two such abbeys to have survived the destruction wrought by Napoleon and is a treasured Spanish cultural heritage site.
The recent abbey renovation respects the integrity of 1000 years of history. The original monastic uses of rooms were maintained, the Romanesque-Baroque architecture conserved, not altered. Opulent new furnishings, lighting and climate control make modern guests feel at home without compromise to the ancient site. “To alter this ancient edifice was to engage in a 1,000 year-old architectural dialogue. The judicious restraint of my intervention is my homage to those who spoke before me.” – Marco Serra, Master Architect
Palacio de los Duques
Located in the privileged Habsburg district next to the Royal Palace, the Opera House and the Cathedral, Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques is a luxury urban resort. Inspired by Velazquez’s masterpieces, this beautiful hotel combines two historic buildings – a 13th-century convent and the 19th-century Palace of Dukes of Granada de Ega – updated in an avant-garde style. Behind the magnificent Elizabethan façade, you will find spacious rooms designed for your pleasure. The expansive outdoors is a lush green sanctuary and constitutes the soul of the hotel, offering a relaxing solarium, a peaceful garden and a cocktail bar with an exquisite range of contemporary cuisine.