Paraiso de Gredos—a hotel that lives up to its name

 The view you will wake up to from your room in Paraiso de Gredos Hotel

The view you will wake up to from your room in Paraiso de Gredos Hotel

 

Paraiso de Gredos is a welcoming, cozy, spotlessly clean and well kept rural hotel in the town of Cuevas del Valle, in the Gredos Valley. It is about 1 hour from Avila, and 2 hours south of Madrid.

Hosts Mari Cruz Gomez and her husband run this lovely rural house.

Rustic style with all the modern comforts

 The rooms at Paraiso de Gredos are inviting, cozy but lacking no comfort.

The rooms at Paraiso de Gredos are inviting, cozy but lacking no comfort.

The rooms are decorated according to the area—using wood accents and rustic touches.

Although the hotel is decorated to fit into the Cuevas del Valle theme, all the installations are new, so you don’t have to worry about faulty plumbing or old crumbling tiling in the bathrooms.

One room is even adapted to serve guests who need wheelchair access—including an elevator between the floors, wider doors and a wheelchair-friendly shower.

 The well-kept garden adds to the charm of Paraiso de Gredos

The well-kept garden adds to the charm of Paraiso de Gredos

The garden oasis at El Paraiso de Gredos

The garden of the hotel is a small oasis for the guests to enjoy. There are flowers of all types, fruit trees, and a patio with tables and chairs to sit out at. Mari Cruz said, “we open up the patio in the summer so guests can enjoy their dinners outside under the trellis.”

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Aside from this backyard oasis at the hotel Mari Cruz and her husband are more than happy to show off their vegetable garden which provides fresh ingredients to the meals at El Paraiso.

“Guests love the opportunity to pick chestnuts, tomatoes, peppers or whatever happens to be in season,” said Mari Cruz.

 Everything served, including the desserts are homemade by Mari Cruz

Everything served, including the desserts are homemade by Mari Cruz

Homemade meals with fresh ingredients

All the food is homemade. The restaurant isn’t open for the public, only for their guests. When you book, make sure you choose the option to have dinner as the food is exceptional.

Mari Cruz cooks with ingredients fresh from the garden so the menu constantly changes with the seasons.

 A tasty breakfast served in front of the crackly fire on a crisp fall morning

A tasty breakfast served in front of the crackly fire on a crisp fall morning

The breakfast was more than we could possibly eat—a lemon loaf and the local village speciality that is a cousin of churros, called fritallos.

For dinner, she uses products from the local area such as the wild mushrooms. We had a pumpkin cream soup and a stew was served with fresh garden-grown potatoes. One of her specialities is the local boletus (wild mushroom) soup. I was sorry to have missed that season!

Cuevas del Valle offers numerous activities for your visit

 Most of the wooden structures in Cuevas del Valle—the balconies, the pillers shown here, shutters and doors are all made from chestnut wood

Most of the wooden structures in Cuevas del Valle—the balconies, the pillers shown here, shutters and doors are all made from chestnut wood

If it isn’t enough to enjoy a relaxing getaway in such a cozy-rustic hotel there are plenty of activities to do in the area. The town of Cuevas del Valle is a treasure in itself and fun to meander through its streets and soak up the history.

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