La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda

Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Gerona
Bed & Breakfast


Beautiful food, fine whisky, a lovely couple, historic buildings, hikes, bike rides – and balloon rides over stunning volcanic scenery

Bedroom

7 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

When the doors to this 12th-century rectory swung open again after meticulous restoration, locals were moved to tears. Set next to a Romanic church on Garrotxa’s volcanic western fringe, the sturdy building served as a school under Franco; the last priest left in the 1980s. Roy and Goretti, a Scottish chef and a Catalan whisky expert who met at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, have revived chunky oak beams, made bed heads from doors, lamp stands from wine kegs, a coffee table from a baker’s chest. Leather armchairs sprawl by the fire, the bakery-furnished room makes a cosy games den, a garden terrace catches sunshine and birdsong. Wonderful rustic-chic bedrooms with snuggly beds flaunt their history: patterned tiles, a stone basin, translucent pictures in tiny bathroom windows. And in the sunny gallery where schoolchildren pored over Don Quixote, Roy serves beautiful plates of local lamb with wild mushrooms, whisky cake, Catalan wine… a feast to savour after exploring spectacular volcanic landscapes (by foot or hot air balloon), or cycling the Via Verde from Olot to Costa Brava beaches. A mini-escape for active families – remote yet close to Gerona.

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Special offer: EARLY SUMMER BREAK - Book two nights at La Rectoria between 1st May & 30 June & receive a free dinner for two (60€). Offer applicable to direct bookings only

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
11am
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Dinner €24.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €80
Surcharges
Singles €80-€105. Dinner, B&B €74-€94 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €15 per person per night.
4 Doubles
From €80
3 Twin/doubles
From €80

Reviews

We stayed at La Rectoria for 3 nights and felt very relaxed. Roy and Goretti are excellent hosts. The location is beautiful, the rooms comfortable and the food is first class. There are plenty of placed to sit and relax and we enjoyed cooling off in the pool. Thank you Roy and Goretti for a truly memorable start to our holiday. We hope to come again.

Sally, Ardingly

Roy and Goretti are great hosts making us so welcome and we thoroughly enjoyed our stopover! The rectory has been lovingly restored and still retains a lot of the original features like the cooking facilities enjoyed by the priests of the past, the wonderful uneven wood flooring in the huge entrance and the beams! We enjoyed sitting by the wood burning stove reading - so relaxing. Good food, comfortable rooms - enjoy it.

J

Our stay at La Rectoria was one of the highlights of our trip. Clearly a labor of love, the building has been thoughtfully restored with respect for its history and also for guests’ comfort (they did not skimp on the mattresses). We loved being in the peaceful, quiet countryside with access to the via verde just down the driveway. Roy and Goretti are wonderful hosts, generous with suggestions and information about the region. The food was delicious—we ended up staying for dinner every night, and we loved Goretti’s wine recommendations as well. Would return in a heartbeat.

Anita

Superb in every detail. The cuisine is excellent, the rooms clean, well-designed, airy and well-lit, the people friendly and interested in their guests. The location, right beside the Olot-Girona cycle track means peace, no traffic, and a great stop-off point for cyclists or walkers. We stayed for a weekend and will definitely return.

Christopher

I had been planning this weekend for ages, it had to be a really special present for my mother, and it was perfect! The house is stunning, the surroundings are spectacular, Roy, Goretti and Sylvester are charming and the food is to die for! In all, we had a brilliant time, and we cannot wait to repeat the experience! And, I have to say, that we were quite a difficult party: 7 grown ups, 2 babies, 1 toddler and 2 dogs!!!! Good job Lawsons!!!!

Andrea

We had a fantastic stay with Goretti and Roy at La Rectoria. This was due to a combination of an incredible setting, the fantastically finished La Rectoria, great food and above all, Goretti and Roy’s hospitality. We were made to feel instantly welcome and this continued throughout our stay. I will be recommending to all my family and friends!

Andrew

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Roy Lawson

  • Take a brisk walk through the heart of the La Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park, a 10km hike in the verdant wooded volcanic landscape which takes in the volcano Santa Margarida with its chapel nestling in its crater and the quarried remains of El Croscat.
  • Stroll through and immerse yourself in the peace and quiet of Fageda d'en Jordà, the beech forest made famous through the poetry of the Catalan Joan Maragall. A cathedral of green in spring & summer and temple of ocres in the autumn.
  • The medieval towns of Sant Joan les Fonts, Besalú & Santa Pau have some of the best examples of romanesque monasteries, churches & squares in Catalonia. And Besalú has the only example of a Jewish purification bath, 'Mikvah' in Spain.
  • Alta Garrotxa offers the paradigm of 'Garrotxa' - rough, uneven land. Its deep limestone valleys and sheer cliffs are covered with holm oak forests and dotted with small farms & hamlets. This mountainous area is criss-crossed with well signposted footpaths
  • The food & cuisine of La Garrotxa fits all budgets from 10€ lunch menus to 1 & 2 Michelin star restaurants. 'Mar i Muntanya' (original surf & turf), Patates d'Olot or 'Miel i Mato' along with artisan cheeses, cured meats and mushrooms.
  • Cycling for all! From the most challenging road cycling routes, mountain biking, touring holidays by bike or recreational family cycling. La Rectoria sits on the Olot-Girona 'Via Verde' Greenway a 100km cycle path that finishes on the Costa Brava.