We had a wonderful night at A Fervenza and we struggle to see what some of the previous reviewers have been complaining about. The service we received was very friendly and prompt, and as for facilities - this out of the way hotel has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, walks from the doorstep, canoe hire, bike hire, a lounge and wi-fi - what other facilities were they expecting? Anyway here's our experience:
We arrived at A Fervenza after a day travelling through Galicia and a rainy stop-off in Lugo. We had been looking forward to the pool but,as Norman the proprietor told us, the heatwave had only just broken and we were experiencing the first rain for 4 months! Norman, who was friendly and polite and had excellent english, showed us around the beautiful converted buildings. At first I thought the rooms a little dark but they were very comfortable and clean.
We went for a walk along the beautiful riverside and, as the rain stopped we decided to take advantage of the sit-on kayaks available for visitors to use. The navigable length of river (for beginners anyway) is short, but we had great fun on the river for an hour playing kayak tag, spotting sign of otter on the flat rocks, lots of birds and jumping fish, and working up an appetite. Spent a comfortable hour showering and changing for dinner then took our place in the restaurant next to the natural spring flowing through the stone wall. The service was perfect - friendly, prompt and helpful. Two of us ordered from the 'slow-roast' part of the menu and so knew that we would have to wait at least 25 minutes as stated in the menu. The waitress brought us bread and aperitifs and the delicious wine disappeared quickly! The food, when it arrived was well worth the wait - delicious slow roasts and local hams and cheeses - very special. We were all delighted with our choices, the desserts were also excellent -most quite simple but using local produce and fruit grown at A Fervenza.
We all slept well and found the service friendly and helpful. Breakfast next day was also delicious and very plentiful - self service but prompt arrival of hot coffee and chocolate as we sat down.
We would definitely visit again, if in the area, and make more use of the riverside walks and the pool if the weather was kind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Grande da Fervenza is an old house, born in the XVII century, the ancient house of a miller. The hotel, restaurant and museum, is placed at the bottom of Miño river, the main river of Galicia, “the country of the one thousand rivers”, as Galicia is known. A very old indigenous forest is also beside the hotel. Fervenza forest is a flooding forest, with oaks dated more than three hundred years old, and monumental alders, perhaps the biggest in Spain. Old trees and little lakes and puddles make an unusual landscape. Casa Grande da Fervenza has been awarded in 2007 with the Forest of the year national award 2007 (O.N.G. Bosques Sin Fronteras), because of the permanent fight of the owners to preserve that magnificent forest.Trekking paths part from the hotel to the forest, along river Miño and its typical and forested islands, with more than 36 km. long. The hotel has also prepared a natural bath and “spa” area at the mill’s weir. The hotel has also got a new swimming pool, made with old stone. This offer is completed with an interesting ethnographic museum, where visitors may see old traditions, working as they did three hundred years ago, included the old watermill, forge, ancient looms, sharpening stone, and so on.The old straw loft was changed in 1996 to Fervenza restaurant, where visitors may taste traditional Galician food, with a little bit of innovation. The immemorial wood oven, where rye bread was made, is now working as it did, and we cook on it restaurant specialties. ... more less
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