The mountains look splendid green, the sky, overcast, announces imminent storm, and, except for the noise of the engine of my own car, nothing is heard here. I just arrived at a place where silence is the sound par excellence.
The hotel La Vella Farga is located in Lladurs, a small town in the province of Lleida of just over 200 inhabitants located just an hour and a half from Barcelona, in El Solsonès, known as the district of the thousand masias.
Located on a large esplanade with views of the four winds, La Vella Farga stands out for many attributes, but among them stands out as one of the best architectural examples of the traditional Catalan farmhouse.
I am in what is known as the Solsonés region, in the Catalan Pre-Pyrenees, in the middle of a spectacular natural setting, and I am about to enjoy a unique weekend.
Dedicated in body and soul to the hotel, this couple of passionate about interior design and antiques, has managed to achieve the perfect harmony between decoration, history and hotel, with the antiques pieces are dotted throughout the establishment. The triumph in Instagram will come from the hand of works such as an old wardrobe of 1784, a bathtub of marble of 1,900 or a baroque altarpiece as headboard of one of the suites. Few filters are needed to decorate a photo in La Vella Farga.
Superstitions aside, thirteen are the rooms that enclose this farmhouse where, although everything looks like freshly extracted from a museum, it is not difficult to feel at home.
Mine, which goes by the name of Gisela, is a beautiful suite from which nothing else to enter and I feel that it will cost me to leave, especially for that huge bed wrapped in Egyptian cotton sheets and a spectacular round bathtub perfect to soak up with a glass of It came in hand as a passing storm hits the valley.
Each of the rooms bears the name of the former residents of the farmhouse, traditionally inhabited by a married couple, their children, and some other relative, close friend or worker of the farm, such as the aunt, the priest, the bishop, the teacher or the waiter who helped in the works of the house.
Each one is decorated and furnished differently and together they are the result of a perfect harmony between a medieval architecture, wooden floors and spacious bathrooms fully integrated into the room. Yes folks, privacy is overrated.
If there is anything that encourages you to leave the room, it is the hotel’s restaurant with breakfast as a star product, it also offers lunches and dinners based on signature cuisine, with a daring point and with products of proximity and natural ingredients, from the real ones.
Its gastronomic offer goes through dishes such as cannelloni stuffed with poultry chicken with truffle bechamel sauce and cloud of Parmesan cheese, Iberian grilled prey with rustic mashed potato, apple, onion and vegetables, and no one gets up from the table Without trying (it’s an order) your homemade apple pie for dessert. “Who the test repeats,” the waiter tells me with a half smile at my expression of happiness as soon as I enjoy the first bite.
The same as with its apple pie it happens with the fresh pastries that are served at breakfast, especially with irresistible donuts whose taste is a trip to our childhood. I am not slow in asking where I can buy a few units to take me home and so I discover that in the Forn De Pa Camps (Camps bread oven) in the heart of Solsona, they elaborate them in an artisanal way. I lack the time to call and order a few, of course.
TOURISM FOR THE REGION
Solsona brings together a handful of attractions that are well worth discovering, starting with the Casco Antiguo and continuing with the artless cuisine of the Mare de la Font restaurant, where they serve traditional dishes of the gastronomy ‘lleidatà’, such as Catalan snails , the ‘rovellons’ with prawns or goat cheese with honey.
With the stomach pleased, the castle of Lladurs, innumerable churches and hermitages, and activities related to nature are other proposals that the mos order a few, of course.t active travelers can carry out in the region.