By Regina Winkle-Bryan
Perfection is impossible, but B&B Torre Laurentii comes darn close. The seven rooms at Torre Laurentii are decorated in an antique-meets-new style which is cozy and plush. Most rooms look out onto a communal patio, each with its own sitting area. On a lazy afternoon this patio is a superb spot to read or daydream. One room is removed from the rest with its own private terrace and those looking for a romantic escape should ask for it.
The gardens are the centerpiece to this boutique hotel, set in a 17th century stone home. There is the lawn, with its iron gazebo, covered in roses come late spring and summer. There is also a sunken patio-garden area, with a cool fountain and twinkle lights, the ideal place for a glass of local Empordà wine on a humid August night. A couple floors up, potted plants break up a vast terrace, where still more climbing roses in soft yellow hues hang in natural swags between columns.
Tiny, the village of Sant Llorenç de la Muga has a population of 80 in the winter and 500 in the summer months. Located at the tail-end of a road that dead-ends into the Pyrenees, there’s not much traffic going by Sant Llorenç de la Muga, which makes it even more idyllic. Beside the village the Muga River moves softly, offering up swimming holes in the summer.
Getting to Torre Laurentii is a two-hour car drive from Barcelona, which is the only catch. Once at Torre Laurentii, use it as your base to explore the castles, countryside, vineyards, museums, hiking trials and beaches of Girona and the Costa Brava. This is one of Spain’s prettiest regions, and Torre Laurentii is one of Spain’s loveliest hotels. Your Scoopettes give Torre Laurentii a perfect 10 on the Scoopometer for location, service and a unique, chic style.
Hotel information & Rates:
100 euros & up per night
**Our stay was paid for by the hotel, but all travel expenses were covered by us. The opinions about this hotel are all my own; we keep it real!