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Reviewed by Michael Soffe

SNOOPY LIVES HERE ..............

If you are looking for a real rural escape within an hour of Barcelona and the beaches of Sitges, then this place is a true find. Ariane and Rainer (originally from Germany) bought this beautiful Catalan “Masia” several years ago after two hectic years of living and working in Barcelona – a retreat and calmer way of life beckoned and they have created a wonderful, small B&B up in the hills above Torrelles de Foix, just a few miles from Villafranca de Penedés, the rock formations of Montserrat and monasteries at Poblet.

The Masia is a couple of hundred years old – wonderful flag-stone floors, large wooden beams and lots of wooden doors. A a bale of hay in the entrance hall makes a fitting bed for their lovely cat and Snoopy, the amiable family dog greets all the guests! You are definitely “en famille” and will be welcomed with the friendliest of greetings by the owners, their young children and the menagerie. Ariane and Rainer live in their own part of the Masia, but are not intrusive. They are experts on their local area and will always be on hand to give advice and arrange those all important wine visits in the “Alt Penedés” area which plays host to numerous small and family run vineyards as well as some of the “giants” in the wine market such as “Torres”, the largest vineyard in Spain. The area is also renowned for its Cava with the Freixenet and Codorniu producers being close by.

The house has two central points which act as communal areas. Both are reached via the entrance hall. The large open plan salon and dining area is where breakfast is served at a communal table when the weather does not permit an outdoor breakfast. Ariane always tries to serve outdoors when possible. There are large comfortable sofas and an inviting open fire place. Off the salon is a small bodega with an honesty bar – here you can sip a glass or two of the local wines.

The second area that draws the guests together is of course the patio and garden. Dinners are cooked and served round a communal table one or two times a week (on arrival Ariane will always let you know when she is planning to cook!). They will always provide a cold Catalan supper of meets, cheeses, bread and tomato. Dining out on other evenings is no problem – there are many excellent restaurants in the area (although you will have to drive) but your hosts know them all and will make reservations for you.

An inviting swimming pool is found in the garden beyond the patio – the views from here are truly magnificent over the countryside and vines. Massages can also be arranged by Ariane, as can horse-riding nearby and even an excursion in a 4X4 through the local area. Internet access is available for those of you who need to "connect".

The 7 bedrooms are all different. There is a Junior Suite, a Family Suite (two bedrooms that share a bathroom) and 4 standard Double Rooms. All have en-suite facilities (most have shower rooms). They are simple, yet lovingly decorated with subtle colours using natural pigments and hues. Some have wonderful old antique Catalan tiles in their bathrooms, some rooms have views and some have terraces. A couple of the rooms have romantic four poster beds. All are heated in the cooler months.

One other nice convenient touch – there is a small kitchen for guests use on the ground floor. Ariane and Rainer do ask you not to cook in the kitchen, but it is perfect for preparing a picnic, or cold snack before heading out for the day to discover the delights of the “Alt Penedés”.

The Hotel is closed between November and March, but they do have a self catering apartment in the Masia available during these months – please contact us for details.

An ideal Hotel for those who want to escape to the wine region and enjoy the company of the warmest and friendliest of hosts and compare a day's sightseeing notes with a mix of many nationalities over a sociable dinner. Day trips into Barcelona or Sitges are an option!

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A 30% non-refundable deposit will be charged by the Hotel to confirm a reservation. The Hotel only accepts Visa or Mastercard.

Cancellations with no further charge other than the 30% non-refundable deposit must be made more than 28 days prior to the confirmed date of arrival.

Cancellaions made less than 28 days of the confirmed arrival date - the full cost of the reservation will be charged by the Hotel.

No Shows or early departures: the remaining 70% of the reservation cost will be charged by the Hotel.

For all cancellations will charge a 15 Euro administration fee.