, Casacamiño 4, Lugo, Galicia.
Casa Camino is a lovingly restored jumble of old stone buildings that reflect beautifully the place of Galicia as the most southerly part of the the Celtic Fringe. Generous use of large blocks of granite and heavy wooden beams have created a little hotel of immense charm and character. It's a stopping-off point for many walkers along the Pilgrim's Way (Camino de Santiago) but it seems a pity to only stay one night.
Casa Camiño’s grounds are extensive and very natural, open to explorarion or for just settling down at one of the various seating areas to admire the breathtaking views across the valley. There are plenty of quiet private places to sit and reflect, or maybe to chat with other guests. A favourite spot at sunset is to sit by the entrance drive to watch the sun disappear into the hills to the west. Or the alternative slant on sunset is to sit on the terrace with a long cool "Casa Sunset", Casa Camino's very own secret cocktail.
There is a cosy lounge with a television and music system if you want them, or just to sit, read and relax if you don't. Remember there are only five guest rooms here so you will probably have the lounge to yourself and are unlikely to be disturbed by another guest's choice.
Those five rooms are beautifully decorated, making the most natural materials that make up the building. There are three rooms with double beds, one with twin beds and a triple which has a double plus a single bed. This room is fully adapted for a wheelchair user, including an ample "wet room" bathroom. Two of the rooms can be put together to make a family suite for up to five guests.
The position of Casa Camino is ideal. Not just for the beauty of its immediate surroundings, but also for the easy access to all the lovely destinations that Galicia has to offer: the Rías Altas and Rías Bajas, Santiago de Compostela and La Coruña.
Casa Camiño’s dining room is on two levels which follows closely the original lines of the building. This is where guests can take breakfast, lunch and dinner or if you prefer, meals can be taken outside in the central courtyard.
Breakfast is an excellent Spanish buffet, laid out in the dining room.
Lunch offers a selection of light meals from the menu in the Gatehouse. This is also the drop-in place for walkers on the camino as they fuel-up for the rest of their day's progress.
In the evening, there is a dinner menu. Please try to inform the kitchen in advance of any special dietary requirements so that they can cater for your needs.
Out and About
Food and drink: the seafood in Galicia is said to be amongst the best in world. Try some locally caught fish with one of the fabulous local white wines; perhaps an Albarino, which is fast becoming one of the most sought-after wines in the world.
Walking and cycling: With thousands of acres of woodland and countryside, Galicia is an ideal place for those who like to walk or cycle through wonderful natural countryside and of course there is always the world famous Camino de Santiago.
Santiago de Compostela: the Cathedral is the place where the ancient remains of St James are housed making this the third most important site to the Roman Catholic Church after Jerusalem and Rome. The city exudes history and culture from every pink granite block.
Lugo: each year in the middle of June the entire city celebrates it’s Roman walls by going "Roman" or "Celt" at the Ardus Lucas Festival. This is the equivalent of the Moors and Christians in the south of Spain. They have an entire arena built for real chariot racing and the winning gladiators roam the streets seeking praise and laurels. This event is a must see for anyone who enjoys history and having a really great party at the same time.
The Rías: These deep sea inlets that punctuate the coast are a magnet for swimmers, sailors, fishermen and anyone who just loves to be beside the seaside.
Brezo - double bed
This is a cosy double bedroom on the ground floor, independent of the main house in an annexe just off of the central courtyard. Brezo has some of the original stonewalls left exposed but has a very friendly contemporary feel. All the artwork is by the artist Kate Fensom and they all have a distinct vibrant style with a slight touch of humour and mysticism. The leather bed head reflects the contemporary feel of this room and the solid white oak furniture.This room has a connecting door to the next room, which allows the two to be interconnected creating an ideal family suite for four or five people, plus a cot if it is required. The interconnecting door is normally kept locked, of course. The room is equipped with a TV, which has an iPod docking facility and a DVD player. It also has free Internet connection, a hairdryer, telephone and has an electronic safe fitted in which you can keep your valuables. The en-suite shower room is of comfortable modern design and has a shower cubicle, basin and WC.
Acebo - twin beds
On the ground floor in the main house with original massive chestnutbeams left exposed and with some of the original stonework details also exposed through the plasterwork. It has a view out across the grounds to the hills of the Serra do Careón to the west. All the artwork in this room is by the wildlife artist Paul Tavernor and although they are all of British wildlife, they reflect perfectly the creatures you could possibly see in the countryside around Casa Camiño. Wild boar, deer and golden eagles are all seen in the surrounding woods and heathland, in which you can explore and walk freely if you wish. There are two single beds in this room with solid oak headboards to match the rest of the solid oak furniture. The bedroom is equipped with a TV, which has an iPod docking facility and a built in DVD player. It also has free WiFi Internet connection, a hairdryer, VoIP telephone and has an electronic safe fitted in the wardrobe in which you could store your valuables. It has a very contemporary en-suite shower room, with an enclosed glass shower cubicle, basin and WC.
This room is on the ground floor, independent of the main house in an annexe just off the central courtyard. There are exposed stone walls and it has been decorated in a friendly colourful far-eastern style. This is also a wheelchair friendly bedroom with all the required space and facilities for a wheelchair user.
The artwork in this room is by the late Govinder Nazran. All of the images are of stylized elephants each with a distinct colourful and vibrant look with just a touch of humour and sentiment. This bedroom contains a double and a single bed and so is ideal for family stay. It also has a connecting door to the next room, which allows the two to be interconnected creating an ideal family suite for four or five people, plus a cot if required. The interconnecting door is normally kept locked, of course. All the beds have oak headboards to match the rest of the rustic solid oak furniture. The room is equipped with a TV, which has an iPod docking facility and a DVD player. It also has free Internet connection, a hairdryer, telephone and has an electronic safe fitted in which you can keep your valuables if you wish to. It has a large modern en-suite shower room suitable for a wheelchair user, which has a large wet room area, basin and WC.
On the first floor of the main house, with a beamed chestnut ceiling and some of the original stone walls left exposed. It has great views across the valley to the south towards Palas de Rei and well beyond. All the artwork in this bedroom is by the artist James Martin and they are all images of Dartmoor in England. These images are very reminiscent of the countryside just above Casa Camiño especially on the Camino de Santiago on the hillside behind. The luxury queen-sized oak sleigh bed matches the rest of the solid oak furniture in this bedroom. There is also a comfortable seating area with two comfy chairs and a coffee table. The bedroom is also equipped with a TV, which has an iPod docking facility and a built in DVD player. The room has free WiFi and Internet connection, a hairdryer, VoIP telephone and an electronic safe should you require it to protect your valuables. It has a tiled and decorated en-suite bathroom, with a bath and shower over, basin and WC.
On the first floor in the main house, it has a stunning beamed chestnut ceiling and some of the original stonewalls have been left exposed. It has great views across the valley to the south and across the grounds to the hills in the west. All the artwork in this bedroom is by the artist Mark Spain and these beautiful sepia coloured images match perfectly the relaxed atmosphere and the decoration of this room. The bed is a queen-sized oak sleigh bed that matches all the rest of the solid oak furniture. This room also has a comfy chair and a coffee table. It is equipped with a TV that has an iPod docking facility and a built in DVD player so you can watch your own movies or listen to music if you wish. It also has free WiFi Internet connection, a hairdryer, VoIP telephone and also has an electronic safe fitted in the wardrobe should you need it. It has a very comfortable stylish en-suite bathroom, which has a bath with a shower over, basin and WC.
The family suite consists of the Brezo and Lavanda rooms opened up via a connecting door.
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Wow! The stonework and woodwork are really something special, like you won't find in any other part of Spain. More like Devon and Cornwall perhaps, but warmer and with more sunshine.
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We try to treat all guests as new friends and many have become just that and Casa Camiño has been described as a hometel by some guests. But don't worry we work hard to give our guests all the space they need, but we are there to help when you need us.