Hospederia Señorío de Briñas
, c/ Travesia de la Calle Real, 3, Briñas.
In the little village of Briñas in La Rioja, you will discover a superb 18th century manor house. Once the home of a local aristocratic family, today this historic building houses the little hotel Señorío de Briñas, a place where you seem to be able to breathe in the history and splendour of past times. The thick stone walls have been witness to many historic events right up to the Spanish Civil War when it was used as a barracks by the Italian brigade.
Pedro Ortega (an antique restorer) and Angela Gómez (the owner) restored the hotel in minute detail, enhancing the massively proportioned wood and stonework with a lighter touch of antique furnishings, ceramics, traditional carpets, frescos and some unusual trompe l'oeil murals by the Polish artist Jull Dziamski. All the guest rooms are light and airy, and each is decorated in its own unique combination of colour and fabrics.
Here in La Rioja, a guest's thoughts soon turn to food and drink, and this is an ideal base from which to sample many excellent restaurants, taste the superb local wines and visit the bodegas, as well as taking in the countryside, seeing all manner of historic places and appreciating all the natural beauties that the area has to offer.
This hotel is well-suited for disabled guests. All the main rooms and four guestrooms are on the ground floor avoiding any stairs or steps, there are handrails in the bathrooms and the doors are wide enough for wheelchairs. A new addition is a small spa, providing a jacuzzi, sauna, relaxing massages and treatments using wine products (well, this is the home of Rioja!).
The hotel only serves breakfast and a few bar snacks. There are a couple restaurants in the village, and more in Haro, so finding a place to eat is not difficult. Indeed, trying out various local restaurants is all part of the pleasure of a stay in Briñas.
Out and About
Take the Monastery Route: follow a tour of some of the historic monasteries in the area, such as San Millán de la Cogolla, Yuso y Suso, Cañas, Valvanera, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Nájera.
Visit the beautiful and historic towns of La Rioja and the surrounding area:
Walking: the area of La Rioja is criss-crossed with hiking routes and forest trails.
Mountain-biking: There is a very good reason why cycling is so popular in Spain.
Climbing: Everything from hill-walking to the most technical climbing, with 28 peaks over 2000 metres.
Fishing and hunting.
Kayaking: the upper reaches of the Iregua and Najerilla rivers offer thrilling descents for those brave and skilled enough.
Watersports: A nearby inland lake has boating, sailing, canoeing, and windsurfing.
Skiing: at the ski resort of Valdezcaray
Double room with a 150x200cm double bed. Bath or shower, kettle, television, aircon, towels, wifi ...
Traditional style rooms of about 20-24m2 with a queen-size double bed. Kettle, television, wifi, heating, aircon, en-suite bathroom with shower or bath, hairdryer. Twin beds are possible on request.
Contemporary style rooms of about 20m2 with a double bed. Kettle, television, wifi, heating, aircon, en-suite bathroom with shower or bath, hairdryer.
Traditional style mini-suite of about 40m2 with a large king-size double bed. Kettle, television, wifi, heating, aircon, en-suite bathroom with bath, hairdryer.
Contemporary style mini-suite of about 26m2 with an attic roof and a king-size double bed. Kettle, television, wifi, heating, aircon, en-suite bathroom with bath, hairdryer.
Traditional style suite of about 46m2 with a large king-size double bed. Kettle, television, wifi, heating, aircon, bathroom with hydromassage shower, hairdryer.
Contemporary style suite of about 35m2 with an attic roof and a king-size double bed. Kettle, television, wifi, heating, aircon, en-suite bathroom with shower or hydromassage bath, hairdryer.
Reviews from Little Hotels Travellers:
|Excellent Characterful Hotel, Good service. Try la Portal de la Rioja Restaurant nearby. For excellent local food, Fernando the owner is hard to beat.|
|A super little place in a quiet village location. The room was excellent, bright, spacious and with a very comfortable super kingsize bed and great views to the rear. The staff could not have been more helpful and when we couldn't get a taxi late at night back from Haro after a tour of the tapas bars a member of staff came out and picked us up in her own car. The tour of the Bodega was very interesting and informative with the guide speaking good English. The breakfast in the morning was great with a good choice of meats, cheese, breads and eggs. The request late in the evening for a bottle of their crianza to finish off the evening was absolutely no problem at all.|
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The trompe l'oeil murals are unusual, bordering on eccentric, and help to give a light-hearted touch to a traditional country house full of antiques.
A Word from the Owner
Our hotel is full of little spaces and corners to delight you. We hope you will enjoy visiting us and experiencing the character of a house that has seen so much history in its 300 years.