Hostel Can Carol

Once upon a time, when transport had hooves, there was a villa beside the one-lane Barceolona-Madrid highway….

Photostory – notes below.

Hostel can carol-exterior

  1. exterior
  2. interior
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  • It's hard to find a stained glass window that looks complete from the outside

  • The garden is varied, with green, gravelled and tiled areas, walls and pools, and plenty of places to stop for a break.

  • A round table, begging knights and their damsels. It's an easy place to imagine living in a prior world.

  • The walls of Can Carol are textured and convey age and emotion.

  • The kitchen garden includes many herbs, vegetables, olives and fruit trees.

  • The kitchen is warm and inspiring. I find the need to shoot photos for a Catalonian cook book in here.

  • Gall Blau member, great cook, and owner of Can Carol

  • A bird without a beak, a last supper and a table that seems to need to have dough kneaded on it.

  • Gall Blau is a local gentleman's culinary society. Yes, the blokes cook, and often in the Hostel Can Carol kitchen.

  • Dining hall is downstairs, and basement style, yet opens onto the gardens. Plenty of room for a party of up to around 200.

  • Reflection

  • Beautiful ceramic azulejos tiles adorn walls both exterior and interior. Inner courtyards arrive where you least expect them.

  • Private Chapel- perfect for small, on-site weddings

  • Cellar - welcoming to me as always

  • The cellar is a sandstone cave beneath the house. It's mainly ornamental now, and it appears a good place to concoct potions.

  • 18C Andalusian Chairs

  • Accommodation Style: Bed and Breakfast
  • Rooms: 7 (inc. one suite)
  • Price: €55 to €150
  • Facilities: Wifi, AC, Garden, Outdoor pool, day-spa (basic – really just in-room Massage), Restaurant, Free parking, Meeting/banquet facilities, Fax/photocopying Chapel/shrine, Heating.
  • Languages: Spanish, English, Catalan
  • Perfect for: Weddings (the whole shebang from the ceremony to the party after), Winery touring
  • Also not bad for: Romantic breaks, business meetings, a quick break from Barcelona with the family.
  • Pros: Lovely owner who is also head of a local culinary guild (Gall Blau), full of interesting nooks and crannies, lovely communal areas, and a mini-bar in the lounge which happened to be stacked with luscious Albarino when I visited. Gorgeous 14th Century house with many tiny charming features. Super morning coffee.
  • Cons: Slightly industrial area near the edge of the highway, however the noise is by-and-large blocked by vegetation.
  • Nearest Airport: Barcelona (less than 1hr drive)
  • Things to do in the area: Visit Pobla de Claramunt or other castles of Anoia, the Paper museum, tour Penedes wineries including introducing yourself to the finer points of Cava (Sant Sadurni d’Anoia – full of Cava Caves is nearby), climb Montserrat (half an hour’s drive), and plenty of natural activity by the way of trekking, ballooning, horse riding, cycling and more.

    Rating: 8/10

  • Bookings: Internal only via Website, Phone: 93 801 03 30 or email: info@hostalcancarol.com

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Notes:

*A guide to ratings: These take into account the price, quality, service and the facilities, and in effect are a value rating.

  • 0-2/10 = exceptionally overpriced. Avoid at all costs, even if it means travelling to stay elsewhere overnight.
  • 3-5/10 = overpriced in respect to quality. Don’t stay unless there are no other options.
  • 6-7/10 = reasonable value. Check other options in the area just in case, but not a bad choice over-all.
  • 8-9/10= worth seeking out. Great value in respect to the offer, one of if not the best option in the area.
  • 10/10= super place. Stop what you’re doing, book a plane ticket and go there now.

This is the second in an experimental series of posts to see if photo content is as worthwhile as text. I’d love to hear your opinions!

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