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Palacio de San Benito

Spain   Andalucia   Cazalla de la Sierra   Why Andalucia?
Seville 79km
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Reviewed by Laura Dibben


In the tranquil whitewashed village of Cazalla de la Sierra, nestled in the hills of Seville´s northernmost mountain range – Sierra Norte – a unique experience awaits. Palacio de San Benito, originally a monastery, dates back to the late 15th Century when it served as a hospital for pilgrims en route to Santiago. In later years it was a palace, where members of the Spanish royal family were hosted by ancestors of one of the current owners, Manuel Morales de Jadar.

Following 5 years of painstaking restoration, the enchanting Palacio de San Benito opened its doors in 2003. Renaissance in style, De Jadar and partner Carlos Marańon have successfully revived the spirit of a by-gone era, making their guests feel as if they have slipped back in time. Exquisite, original tapestries and religious paintings adorn the walls, family heirlooms and antique portraits sit proudly atop none other than antique furnishings – some of which were specially designed for the visit of Queen Isabella II nearly two centuries ago. The stunning common rooms, situated around the monastery´s original cloister, are quiet spaces from which you can enjoy the lovely views of the greenery-filled patio, and church (now the owners´ private residence). Natural light pours in through the large windows that surround this grand gallery. The origal fanned brick archways are magnificent. An ornate library is also available to guests.

A refreshing swimming pool (originally a fountain built for the visit of King Philip V to Cazalla in 1730) is also found in the patio, occupying what was the monastery´s orchard.

The Hotel´s 9 bedrooms, divided amongst doubles and twins, have all been individually decorated in keeping with the history of the Palace and the region, each offering a unique experience. The King´s and Queen´s rooms, as well as the Engravings Room, Bullfighter´s Room, Soldier´s Room and Newlywed´s room are all twin rooms. The Blue Room and Infant´s Room both feature canopy beds (doubles), and the third double, takes the name of Frederick Castet, a great designer for Dior and a personal friend of the owners. Some of the rooms feature a small terrace next to the Hotel´s garden. Room amentities include satellite TV, telephone, Wi-Fi, heating and air-con, mini-bar and hair dryer.

Buffet-style breakfasts are served in the lovley restaurant overlooking the patio. Traditional, regional cuisine is on offer for lunches and dinners – if you wish to dine in, reserving in advance is highly recommended as the restaurant has just 4 tables. Dinners are also served on the patio in the summer months.

Walking and cycling routes are easily accessible from the Hotel – the natural surroundings are spectacular for discovering the flora and fauna of the region throughout most of the year – the high temperatures in summer should be avoided if you enjoy outdoor adventures. The Hotel will advise on walking and trekking routes. Horse riding can also be arranged from the Hotel.

An ideal Hotel for antique lovers and those with an appreciation for all things past.

Swimming pool


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Low Season: 15th October to 31st March
High season 1st April to 14th October

Credit card details are required by the Hotel in order to guarantee a reservation, except during Easter Week and the Christmas & New Year period when a deposit equivalent to the first night´s stay is required upon confirmation of booking

Cancellations received less than 2 days before the arrival date: the equivalent of the first night´s stay will be charged.

No-show: the equivalent of the first night´s stay will be charged.

For all cancellations will charge an administration fee of 15 Euros