Thursday is market day in Tui, and our Sat Nav didn’t want to deal with it. But a tortuous detour through the medieval streets to the splendid A Torre do Xudeu made our eventual arrival all the more worth while. Ana, the charming owner, helped us unwind with a welcoming cold beer in the shade of a 200 year old magnolia tree: we left the car in its own garage within the grounds, included in the room price. The 18th century mansion has been in the family for generations, and has been very recently reborn as a six bedroomed hotel. It is in a privileged position, on one of the highest points of a surprisingly interesting town: the view from our bedroom was inspiring – a broad sweep across the River Miño, towards the greenery of Portugal on the opposite bank. Tucked away in a leafy corner, a lone Spanish Navy patrol boat keeping an eye on the frontier – probably one of the most agreeable military postings in Europe. The large double bed was super-comfortable, the linen and the towels in keeping with the overall feel of the hotel. But we have to add one cautionary note: the room was tucked into the eaves of the house, and much of the ceiling slopes steeply, which made for some awkward moments when using the bathroom and shower. OK for my petite wife, less so for me. Breakfast, also included in the room rate, was a copious buffet laid out in the restored former kitchen; the meltingly light cake explained the seductive baking smell that wafted through the building on the previous night. We stopped for only one night: we wished it had been more, but A Torre do Xudeu would make an excellent base to explore the Miño valley, and we will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Tui, on the banks of Mino River and left on the Portuguese Route to Santiago, Hotel A Torre do Xundeu features rooms with free breakfast, parking and WiFi. There is an elegant shared lounge, complete with a TV and sofas. Breakfast is served daily and it consists of coffee, juice, pastries, and local produce. The rooms are equipped with a telephone and they all have a private bathroom with a bathtub or shower. Free toiletries, towels, and bed linen are provided. Some rooms have a balcony and views of the river or the garden. Paseo de la Corredera Street, with many shops and restaurants, is a 5-minute walk away. The surrounding area is popular for hiking, fishing, and horse riding. Monte Aloya Nature Reserve can be reached in 6 minutes by car, and there is a 15-minute walk to the train station. ... more less
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