Abadia Retuerta, Le Domaine, comfort in the Vineyards of Castille Y Leon where Monks once toiled
The capital city of Spain, Madrid, lies at the heart off the Iberian Peninsula, and some of the most sweeping landscapes found in this dry, Mediterranean land unfurls to the north of the city. About ninety miles north of Madrid, the Rio Duero emerges from the mountains of the Basque people and flows across the province of Castille y Leon, where it provides the perfect nourishment for crops of olives, almonds and grapes. In the 12th Century, on the eastern shore of the river, the daughter of lord of the nearby city of Valladolid, Doña Mayor, granted the Catholic Church a large tract of vineyards. The monks quickly erected a huge estate. Their buildings and fields survived the centuries, through the marches of El Cid and the invasions of Napoleon, and have now become the grand and luxurious Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine Hotel.
Today, the three-story mansion provides visitors from around the world complete luxury and bespoken comfort, while the vineyards continue to produce outstanding wines of all kinds. All the benefits of the digital age have been renovated into the structure of the estate, while the old wine cellars continue to serve the vineyards as they did 1000 years ago, making the hotel a wonderful blend of the grand old ways, the high tech new, and the lavish style of the deluxe five star hotelier. The Romanesque and Baroque architecture and design of the ancient estate was lovingly adapted to modern capabilities by architect Marco Serra. The grounds of the estate cover more than 1,700 acres, with extensive vineyards, and several other excellent wineries share the riverbanks of the region with the hotel.
Bespoke Luxury in the Vineyards by the Duero
During the conversion of the monastery into a modern facility, the former sleeping cells of the monks were converted into a variety of rooms and suites, and the former stables of the estate were formed into larger suites. Le Domaine now offers guests a selection of 27 guestrooms and 3 suites, all featuring access to the hotel’s gym and outdoor pool, marble bathrooms, and outstanding views of the estate. The rooms are classified as Classic Twin, Classic Double, Superior Double, Junior Suite, Two Bedroom Suite, and the Master Suite. Several of the rooms are directly adjacent to the Santuario Wellness and Spa Le Domaine, a large and modern spa with several treatment rooms for guests, as well as a unique Spa Sommelier Programme, combining wine with spa therapies. The Spa also feature pregnancies treatments and a full yoga programme to supplement its massage services and beauty treatments.
Touring in the Field of Castille Y Leon
The Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine estate is extensive and beautiful, and the hotel concierge will be glad to offer bespoke tours of the grounds in 4×4 vehicles. Guests who enjoy day trips can venture out about twelve miles to the city of Vallodolid, one of Spain’s most beautiful cities, occupied at varies times by Celts, Romans, Goths, Moors, and other forces. The old city is an amazing locale for baroque architecture, as well as a prestigious international film festival held in October. After working up an appetite and returning to Le Domaine, you can enjoy some of the finest cuisine in Spain at your own hotel, because the hotel is the site of Michelin one-star restaurant Refectorio, headed by Executive Chef Marc Segarra. Le Domaine is also host to Vinoteca, one of the best tapas bars in the region, and the location of the estate’s magnificent and extensive stone wine cellars, well worth a tour in themselves. This former monastery has been reborn, and now a glorious and beautiful new mansion awaits visitors from around the world, eager to display the wines of Spain and the blessings of genuine luxury.