Ardea Purpurea (Purple Heron). This delightful hotel on the edge of the Parque Nacional de Doñana near the Marismas of the delta of the Rio Guadalquivir south west of Sevilla in Spain, is a fresh and imaginative take on the hotel experience.
There are two chalet bungalows suitable for families or groups and a neat row of double bedrooms, stable style, each with its own patio overlooking a newly planted forest area leading to a small lake with its resident ducks and geese. The main building houses the reception area, bar and restaurant. All of the building are thatched and appear to be built from recycled materials in many areas, providing a very appropriate experience in this conservation area.
The bar menu is extensive with an excellent selection of good Spanish wines. The food was delicious, especially breakfasts which were beautifully presented and appetizing – gosh I sound like an ad. for this hotel – I loved it but, really they do not employ me!
The ducks and geese are not a feature to be missed, especially if you are a bird lover. Each night, while I was there, they left their lake to graze on the sward outside our bedrooms. Often noisy but hilarious, I now know that Donald Duck really does sound like a real duck.
The staff was attentive, polite and charming. What else can I say about the hotel to recommend it. It has been open for two years and is located along a long, sandy, unpaved avenue near the small town of Villamanrique de la Condesa, near Pilas and just south west of Sevilla. Really, this is one not to be missed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Ardea Purpurea" is surrounded by nature, located in an area of a Mediterranean forest, 5 minutes away from Villamanrique de la Condesa, at the doors of the Donana National Park.Its design and construction is based on traditional and typical marsh cottages of the area known as "chozas marismenas", each with exquisite and impeccable decoration.The complex consists of a 9-hectare farm with wide outdoor leisure areas, a beautiful lake, a central building with a restaurant, the reception, a big garden, private parking and large, warm bedrooms where the sunlight plays an essential role. The bedrooms are equipped with bathroom, air-conditioning, central heating, TV, Internet access, safe-deposit box, minibar and a private terrace with lake and forest views.The complex also contains 2 self-catering marsh cottages situated in a forest grove. They can accommodate from 4-6 people each. They are equipped with fully fitted kitchen, bathroom, air-conditioning, central heating, TV/DVD, Internet access, safe-deposit box and a private terrace with lake and forest views.All our common areas are adapted for disabled peopleFor lovers of rich gastronomy, our restaurant, open to the public, delights our clients with an exquisite Mediterranean cuisine. ... more less
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