Quinta San Francisco Lodge Evaluation

The best way of St James (Camino de Santiago) the just about 800 km lengthy pilgrimage to the emblematic Spanish metropolis of Santiago de Compostela, has additionally emerged as an internationally famend approach for walkers which have a powerful need to find the genuine north of Spain.
On the Camino de Santiago, passing by means of the picturesque village of Castrojeriz, one in all Spain’s prettiest villages, one finds the boutique Quinta San Francisco Lodge. A keep right here is to find an perception into this legendary approach, to style house cooked delicacies of native produce, and to loosen up in a blissfully tranquil setting of flowering gardens, orchards and rolling countryside.

Many up to date travellers to the north of Spain want to comply with within the footsteps of historic pilgrims but discover restful recuperation in trendy lodges, writes Andrew Forbes (The Luxurious Editor).

Rural Lodge Quinta San Francisco, within the village of Castrojeriz, is one in all these new boutique boltholes. The property is ready in an impressive backyard, that provides considerable tranquillity, whereas the delicate lodging is amongst essentially the most snug to be discovered on the Approach of St James, that passes by means of this historic area of Burgos, famend for his regional capital, magnificent cathedral and distinct native gastronomy.

Lodge Rural Quinta San Francisco pays tribute to the simplicity of traditional ‘albergue’ inns that supply refuge to travellers and pilgrims, with its modern-day minimalism however provides a wealth of latest design and upscale consideration to element, all delivered to life by the welcoming crew, together with supervisor Leandro Aguirreche and his colleague Cristian.

This family-owned former searching lodge on the sting of the village has been transformed into an exquisite lodge, mixing up to date refinement and good style with the property’s wealthy historical past together with the ruins of the 14th century convent that stay on the property.

There’s a fascinating assortment of sketches and etchings which might be evocative of the Camino and the native space. Friends can take pleasure in a information e book of the artworks, making a self-guided tour by means of the lodge. 


Rooms have a restful minimalism, with tremendous snug beds, with nice linens. Bogs have plush towels and tremendous showers.  The non-public contact is in all places, from the small vase of wildflower stems to an eclectic assortment of books resting on a bookcase that types a part of the headboard.

It’s truthful to say that the rooms are compact, however many have a terrace or balcony overlooking the gardens and countryside. When you’re feeling like pushing the boat out, then select the ground-floor suite that has additional area and loads of home windows that face out to the backyard.


After a day’s strolling alongside the Camino or exploring the close by iconic cities of Leon or Burgos by automobile, it’s a luxurious to return again to fabulous home-cooked meals ready with love by Josefa and her crew. The kitchen backyard affords considerable greens and herbs, the orchards a wealth of fruit and the native markets provide scrumptious examples of the area’s acclaimed sausages and meat.

The restaurant, La Bodega, is a light-filled up to date area with massive tables, excellent for sharing with fellow visitors a night of homespun delicacies and storytelling of the day’s adventures.

The wall of glass floor-to-ceiling home windows fold open, letting the eating area spill out onto a eating terrace. It’s a superb setting.

As well as, La Bodega restaurant, Quinta San Francisco lodge has a wonderful gourmand retailer promoting scrumptious treats, chilled wines, beers and just about the whole lot you must create the right picnic or early night snacks on the terrace.

There may be additionally an enthralling salon library that opens to a spacious terrace and the backyard past.


Earlier than indulging in selfmade croquettes, peppers filled with cod fish, backyard greens, tender meat dishes and specialities like black pudding, visitors can ease aching muscle mass and discover calm within the lodge’s wellness area. This new spa-like space contains a sauna, heated enjoyable beds, and therapeutic massage chair – and all with fascinating views of the countryside and gardens.

Camino de Santiago or Approach of St James

The apostle Santiago, or St James, is the patron saint of Spain. It’s a richly advanced story, however to shorten it to a line of two, it’s stated that the relics of the disciple made it to Galicia the place a shrine was constructed. This advanced into town of Santiago de Compostela which has change into a vacation spot for the devoted over the centuries. For a whole lot of years, pilgrimage routes have been solid throughout the Iberian peninsula, just like the Ruta de la Plata and Camino Mozárabe from Andalucia, the Portuguese routes, and caminos throughout the north of Spain. The perfect recognized is the Camino Frances that begins in Jean Pied de Port and crosses Spain, by means of the village of Castrojeriz, steps from Lodge Quinta San Francisco.

Many fashionable guests aren’t motivated by pilgrimage, however as an alternative take the path to dedicate time to themselves, to be immersed in nature, to search out peace. Friends can get a flavour of this by exploring as I did, utilizing one of many complimentary bikes.

Fellow visitors I met throughout my keep have been exploring the world for various causes. Some are on a street journey, others use it as a base to go to the cathedral cities of Leon and Burgos. Others have been having fun with the Camino De Santiago or Approach of St James.

Generally individuals stroll totally different sections of the way in which over many visits, finally finishing the 800-kilometre route. We met a pleasant group from Eire who met as much as stroll a piece for every week’s vacation annually. This time they have been passing by means of Burgos and Castile Leon and have been overjoyed at discovering the agricultural lodge of Quinta San Francisco.

Flicking by means of the visitor e book left on the massive oak desk within the salon, it could appear they aren’t alone. Friends from the world over have been seduced by this glorious lodge – by its pleasant crew, stunning setting, pretty rooms, and band charming crew. Friends describe this magical place as a ‘balm for the physique and soul’ and a ‘peaceable oasis’ with ‘implausible service’ and a ‘fantastic workers’. Sentiments that I wholeheartedly agreed with!

Andrew Forbes

Andrew is a Advertising Communications guide, working inside the wellness, journey & life-style sectors.
His observe file in PR, advertising and marketing and branding spans 30 years. He writes often on worldwide wellness, journey, and life-style themes with a selected ardour for the Mediterranean and the Americas. Initially from the UK, Andrew Forbes has lived within the US and France however now calls southern Spain his house, the place he’s a specialist in hospitality advertising and marketing and content material, in addition to a Contributing Editor for Spain’s main English language newspaper.

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