Ideally situated on the edge of the Sierra Espuña Natural Park, this unpretentious little hotel offers an intimate and homely atmosphere for nature-lovers. Visitors to La Mariposa can explore the Espuña with maps provided by the hotel, or relax by the private pool and sunbathing area. The hotel even hires mountain bikes and organises quad trips, and can also provide a guide for more ambitious walking trips into the mountains of the sierra.
There are double and triple bedrooms, an apartment and a family room (two bedrooms). All rooms are situated around a central courtyard that overlooks the gardens and pool, The rooms are en-suite and have central heating and ceiling fans.
The courtyard is the ideal place to enjoy that cool drink, or a lunch or dinner prepared by Sam. The dining room opens for breakfast, and then serves lunchtime and evening menus. A bar nestles in the corner of the dining room together with comfortable sofas. There is also satellite television to provide your favourite programmes, but really the Sierra Espuña is an area to get outside and go exploring. There is a permanent exhibition of paintings by local artists throughout the hotel.
There is good disabled access in most of the hotel, including one specially adapted bedroom, and there are even wheelchair ramps in the garden. Also the pool has a safety fence for the protection of children. Indeed, this is a very family-friendly hotel, as one might expect from mine-hosts with their own young family.
Read more about the Sierra Espuña and the amazing activity holidays on offer.
La Mariposa is a truly down-to-earth little rural hotel, with a warm, friendly atmosphere. It's ideally placed for all sorts of outdoor activities in the Sierra Espuña. Disabled access is much better than most rural hotels and it's child-friendly too.
A Word from the Owner
We do not only welcome the activity enthusiasts: our hotel is very peaceful and tranquil for those wanting to relax. The area is ripe to explore and perfect if its the 'real Spain' that you want to see.
Double or twin room opening onto the central terrace with views of the lake, the hotel gardens and the Gebas Ravine. There is a private bathroom, TV, A/C, Heating, Ceiling Fan, Hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities in the room.
Facilities: Hairdryer, A/C, Heating, Ceiling Fan, Small kitchenette, TV in main bedroom, tea & coffee making facilities.
This room consists of a double bedroom and a bedroom with 2 single beds. The room is located on the 1st floor.
A/C, Heating, Ceiling fan, TV, Tea/Coffee-making facilities, hairdryer...
The ample dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day except Wednesdays. There is a traditional Spanish menu including a well-priced menu del día, and also English dishes for those who prefer it. Half board offers a choice of four starters, four main courses and many desserts.
The restaurant is very popular with local residents and visitors to the area so booking a table in advance is strongly advised.
Closed from 10am on Wednesdays for lunch and evening meals and also Sundays in the evenings.
Walking in the Sierra Espuña. Mark and Sam will provide detailed guide books and maps, and even a human guide.
Cycling in the Sierra Espuña. The hotel has mountain bikes available for hire.
Quad bike tours.
4x4 tours. Travel the easy way into some of the most inaccessible parts of the mountains.
Bird-watching. Lots to see in the Sierra Espuña; mammals, reptiles and flora as well as bird. Mark will help with plenty of information on what to see, and where. The Sierra Espuña is one of the best places to see wild boar, mouflon and golden eagles.
Places to visit:
Barrancos of Gebas. Strange rock formations.
El Berro (village high in the sierra)
Mula. Look out for local arts and crafts.
Roman baths in Alhama de Murcia. The thermal baths are renowned for their healing properties.
The Mar Menor. An amazing expanse of shallow water, ideal for swimming, sailing, or just relaxing on the beach.
Lorca. Spectacular mediaeval castle.
Cartagena. An important port since the Phoenicians. Still a major naval base with an interesting naval museum, among many other points of interest.
Reviews from Little Hotels Travellers:
"The hotel is in a great location with a fantastic terrace for chilling out and dining. Our stay was very enjoyable thanks to Tom, the owner's son, who served a delicious dinner in a very professional and enthusiastic manner. Even when preparing tables for dinner he took time out to share with us his wealth of knowledge about the local area, Cartagena and Granada. His advice on what to see in Cartagena was very helpful.
The room was much better than we were expecting from the description on the website. It was a good size with a very comfortable bed and large shower room. It's a shame that the towels were very worn and not very white.
We would stay at the hotel again because of the location, the great food and Tom of course."
"This hotel was excellent value for money.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
The food was of great quality.
We only stayed for one night but we would recommend the hotel and we may well visit again."
"Just a quick note to say we had a great time at this hotel. The hotel was excellent value with great service from this English family who own and run it. We would recommend this hotel for anyone who is looking for a 'getaway' from it all break, if you are looking for commercialism and bright lights this isn't the one for you."
"I had mixed up my areas in Spain and booked a hotel through u in the wrong area. The hotel manager and yourselves were unbelievably understanding and sorted it all out for us. We were extremely grateful and will certainly use u again. The Mariposa hotel was lovely with a warm family atmosphere and value for money. We would def stay there if we were returning to that area. Only thing was the showers weren't great."
Here's What Some People Have Written On Other Review Sites or in the Guestbook:
Thanks for an excellent couple of days in the Espuna. Just sorry that it couldn´t have been longer, your guide did a wonderful job of guiding us around the mountains and Sam´s mouth watering food gave us the energy to keep going.
We had a great time, food very good, fantastic countryside and views.
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In the hotel
- Swimming pool
- Hot tub
- Free WiFi
- Walking guides and maps
In your room
- English & Spanish satellite television
- Tea and coffee‑making
- En‑suite bathroom
- Central heating
- Air‑conditioning (some rooms)
- Ceiling fans