Our family of four stayed for two nights in one of the new two-bedroom apartments. The accomodation was lovely, clean and well appointed. Everything was beautifully designed and they managed to blend a modern and country aesthetic. The only criticism we had was that the hot water was lukewarm at best as they were having trouble with the solar hot water.
The location of L'Avenc is spectacular and we thoroughly enjoyed two early morning walks that we did - one up to the windmill where there is a specatular view from a rocky ledge and secondly a cliffside circuit to the twin waterfalls and then back along the road. We were there in early June but it was unseasonably cold so we all enjoyed the heated indoor swimming pool, which is long enough for laps if you're feeling energetic.
We also did a lovely excursion to Rupit for lunch. We went on a weekday so it was nice and quiet and the lunch delicious.
Finally a big thank you to the staff who were all so wonderful, especially to Alena(?) who organised a tray of food for us on the first night as all the supermarkets in Vic were closed for siesta when we drove through.
I'm awfully glad I picked up Matthew Parris' book in the library in Brisbane as I would never have found out about this magical place otherwise.
I forgot to mention Toffee the dog - even came on our morning walk with us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L’Avenc is a family home with self-catering cottages, studios and rooms with wonderful views. We are also a conference centre and can cater for family celebrations. Awarded recently first prize in Responsable toursim, we started by restoring the 13th-16th century masia in 1997, where we live, to its former glory, have introduced renewable energy in the form of solar panels and a wind generator, and are currently running the cattle farm and co-managing the area of outstanding natural beauty with the trust: Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera. We have just finished our new wing (May 2013) and can now offer simple rural comfort and delicious breakfasts. We are open all year round and are commited to keeping the countryside beautiful and visitable, keeping small villages alive, employing local residents and to enhancing and supporting animal welfare. ... more less