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Pazo la Buzaca

Spain   Galicia   Moraña, Pontevedra (at 26km)   Why Galicia?
Vigo 54km / Santiago 35km
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Reviewed by Laura Dibben


Since the time of its construction in 1571 this stunning manor house has remained in the noble Varela family. The family crest, carved in stone, sits proudly above the main entrance gate; a small portion of the stately stone wall that encloses La Buzaca´s four hectare estate.

Stepping through the gate is like taking a step back in time. Two impressive stone ¨hórreos¨ (raised granaries typical to Galicia), a small chapel and, without a doubt, the magnificent mansion are the protagonists of this enchanting setting. The gardens, with their centuries-old trees, are beautifully kept, offering many peaceful hideaways in which to relax and take in the beauty of this pristine milieu, accompanied of course by the soothing sounds of birdsong and the meadow´s gentle murmur. In the heart of Galicia, Pazo la Buzaca is surrounded by verdant countryside just waiting to be explored. Enrique Varela´s staff, headed by Palula and Alfonso, are delightful, and their enthusiasm with helping guests make the most of their stay is refreshing.

The manor house is divided into three sections: La Casa Grande (the main house), the gallery (the old horse stables) and the hunting lodge (the former residence of La Buzaca´s caretakers). Awe-inspiring best describes the mansion´s foyer. Fascinating antique furniture and family heirlooms abound, including a 17th century grandfather clock in perfect working order. A salon with its original ¨lareira¨ (open stone fireplace), where guests can even roast chestnuts collected from a sprawling chestnut tree, is a cosy spot to cuddle up in the winter months. Discover the countless conversation pieces that can be found throughout the common rooms of the house.

All 13 bedrooms, one of which is wheelchair accessible, have been dedicated to important antecedents of the Varela family, each with a description of the person after which the room was named. The spacious rooms in the main house remain almost exactly as they did centuries ago. The rooms in the gallery take their names from women who were married to a male member of the Varela family. These are slightly smaller (with twin beds side-by-side), but are brimming with rustic charm; decorated in keeping with the interests of these prominent women who left their mark on the manor house. All are equipped with full en-suite bathroom, telephone, free internet access, hairdryer, and central heating. As this is a place to completely disconnect, TVs are only available on request.

Buffet breakfasts, complete with freshly baked delights and homemade jams, are delicious. A fixed menu of traditional Galician cuisine is on offer for both lunches and dinners, which you can enjoy in the handsome dining room that overlooks the Hotel´s gardens.

Activities in the area are plentiful; nature lovers you will be in your glory in this walker´s paradise. A 10-minute drive – or an even more beautiful walk – will take you to Campo Lameiro, an open air museum with spectacular prehistoric Galician rock carvings (petroglyphs). Water sports on a nearby reservoir as well as good beaches are easily accessible. For total pampering, a nearby town has a Spa where a variety of treatments can be enjoyed.

An ideal Hotel if you are looking for a historical and peaceful retreat with friendly service in a superb setting.

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High Season: Easter Week and 1st July to 15th September

Low Season: Rest of the year.

Deposit: The Hotel requires a 40% deposit of the total reservation cost in order to guarantee a booking.

Cancellations received between 7 days and one month before the arrival date: 60% of the deposit will be refunded.

Cancellacions received less than 7 days before the arrival date: the deposit is forfeited.

No-show: Loss of deposit.

For all cancellations, will charge an administration fee of 15 Euros.