LA ALMORAIMA ESTATE - Antigua Casa Convento.
This is where we stopped for refreshments after our visit to the Vivero and luckily, it was just down a nearby lane as we'd had an unscheduled stop in the forest with a puncture. We went over a hidden boulder and heard a bang and a whoosh and knew something was wrong. By the time the puncture was repaired (with the help of a young Spanish couple whose exit we'd blocked down the lane) we were ready for our claras (shandies).
This beautiful building was founded in 1603 as a convent; 250 years later the Count of Castellar repossessed the lands and turned the property into a hunting lodge. Now the property belongs to the Almoraima estate and is a hotel/restaurant in its own parkland and in the heart of Los Alconocales Park. (Gosh, I sound like a travel brochure). No, listen, it is an exceptional place, very peaceful and we weren't surprised to meet a Dutch couple there trying to discover if they could hold spiritual workshops for a week or two for their students.....perfect environment.