Open in 2004 after a long and arduous renovation, the converted farmhouse sits at the top of a slight hill, a long winding drive leading lined by orange trees leading up to the house, gives the property a stately aspect, which definitely had the wow factor for us as we drove up to the angular main building.
The gardens extend all around the house, giving the hotel a soothing and relaxing atmosphere away from the road and any other manmade structure. Sitting midway on the hillside is the small pool area - isolated and away from the main house, the two areas are separate. There is also a beautiful indoor pool on the bottom floor of the house for days when the weather doesn't allow for sunbathing, or for guests wanting to have a late-night swim and don't want to end up traipsing through the garden at all house of the night. In terms of other facilities, there is also a Jacuzzi, sauna, massages can be done in the rooms (with 24-hour notice) and wine tasting and/or private parties can be help down in the beautiful arched stone cellar.
Inside the house past the reception desk, is a lofty open plan room encapsulating living room, lounge and dining room backed by one of the original farmhouse walls. The emphasis here is on woods, glass and local black stone. Although the architect has done an incredible job at renovating the house to make it into a contemporary living space, it retains character and charm. Adorned with warm coloured floorboards, white walls and colourful details in the décor - some guests might find the bright colours a little too fussy - the house has an overall pleasant ambience that feels more like being in a home than a hotel.
The house, with its high ceilings and skylights, is set on several levels, with the rooms on the levels above that are accessible via a floating staircase. Guests should be aware that there is no 24-hour reception, but there is a contact number just in case - this actually gives more freedom to those at the house, who can make it their home for the duration of their stay.