Spanish Family Restores 18th-Century Historic Homes and Transforms Them into Hotels

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 27, 2024 23:30 PMNews
Share:
Restored historic house converted into a luxury hotel
Historic architecture revived for modern guests. Source: pixabay

Spanish doctor Víctor Madera and his wife María Obdulia Fernández have been acquiring and restoring historic homes across Spain for the past 15 years. Their properties include a 13th-century castle in Extremadura and a modernist villa from the 20th century in Asturias. Three years ago, they decided to create the Vestige Collection hotel chain to preserve these buildings.

Inspired by Spain's Paradores, a network of state-owned hotels founded by King Alfonso XIII in 1928, the Madera family aims to preserve the national heritage while offering comfortable accommodations for guests. Their first hotel, Son Vell, opened last June in northwestern Menorca.

The hotel features 34 rooms, most of which are located in stone bungalows that were previously used as farm buildings. The hotel also offers various services, including horseback riding along the Camí de Cavalls route and access to Cala Son Vell beach, which is a 10-minute walk away.

The second hotel in the network, Palacio de Figueras, is located in Asturias and has 11 rooms. Guests have access to a chef and housekeeper, as well as organized excursions to the Picos de Europa and nearby beaches. María Obdulia Fernández is responsible for the design and strives to restore the buildings' original materials as accurately as possible. For Palacio de Figueras, she searched for period-appropriate doors and found craftsmen who could fit small frames into the narrow window openings.

This year, the family plans to open two new hotels in Menorca: Son Ermitá and Son Binideufá, as well as a six-room villa for exclusive use in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains in Mallorca. Future projects also include properties in Almería and Extremadura.

The goal of the project is to attract travelers to less-known corners of Spain while preserving the country’s historical and cultural heritage. Claudia, the second eldest daughter of Víctor and María, noted that the family is pleased with the opportunity to save and restore historic buildings while providing unique experiences for guests.

Top Articles
Seville is the perfect vacation destination

Where to stay in Seville: Top 10 hotels for every traveler

Jun 14, 2024 09:17 AM
Secrets of choosing airlines in the US

Budget flights: the best US low-cost airlines for budget travelers

Jun 13, 2024 08:39 AM

Top 10 great hotels in Glasgow: from serviced apartments to stylish boutique properties and grand townhouses

Jun 12, 2024 09:15 AM

America's air harbors: the largest airports in the United States

Jun 11, 2024 10:07 AM
More News
A hand guiding a toy airplane over a world map drawn on a chalkboard

Avelo Airlines Expands with Four New Nonstop Destinations from New Haven

Jun 15, 2024 08:30 AM
Passengers seating in the aircraft

Key Rule Shared by Flight Attendant to Become a Cabin Crew Favorite

Jun 15, 2024 08:00 AM

Stadler’s FLIRT Trains Set to Transform Travel in Serbia

Jun 15, 2024 07:30 AM

Alaska Airlines Introduces Nonstop Flights Between Anchorage and New York City

Jun 15, 2024 06:30 AM
A crowd of people waiting for a train at a busy German train station during sunset

Euro 2024 Travel Chaos for England Fans

Jun 15, 2024 05:30 AM
Flynas airplane on the runway preparing for takeoff

Flynas Expands Domestic Flights for Summer, Boosting Tourism with Over 480,000 Seats

Jun 15, 2024 04:30 AM
Statue in front of Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Visit Cardiff Releases Travel Advice for Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour

Jun 15, 2024 03:30 AM
Emirates airplane flying in the sky

Emirates Celebrates Eid Al Adha with Gourmet Treats and Entertainment

Jun 15, 2024 02:30 AM
A bus with a passenger waiting at the bus stop

Regional Bus Fares to Increase in West Midlands

Jun 15, 2024 01:30 AM

FK's New Baggage Sanitization System Eliminates 99.9% Of Harmful Pathogens From Luggage In Seconds

Jun 15, 2024 00:30 AM

FAA Investigates Southwest 737 MAX Incident After Near Mach 1 Scare

Jun 15, 2024 00:05 AM
Lightning striking the ground at night

Air New Zealand Flight Makes Emergency Return After Lightning Strike

Jun 14, 2024 23:30 PM
Wooden gavel with dollar sign on the base

FAA Cracks Down on Unruly Passengers as Summer Travel Soars

Jun 14, 2024 22:30 PM
Airplanes at Newark Liberty International Airport

Severe Weather in Florida Causes Major Disruptions at Newark Airport

Jun 14, 2024 21:30 PM
Aerial view of lush green landscape and beach on the Solomon Islands

Discover the Cultural Heritage of the Solomon Islands: Historical Recordings Return Home

Jun 14, 2024 20:30 PM

Greece Issues Travel Warning as Temperatures Soar to 43°C

Jun 14, 2024 19:30 PM

Flydubai Launches Seasonal Summer Routes to Stunning Island Destinations

Jun 14, 2024 18:30 PM
Qatar Airways plane on the runway

Qatar Airways Passengers Strip Amid 100-Degree Heat During Tarmac Delay

Jun 14, 2024 17:32 PM
Iberia airplane on the runway

Iberia Expands Record Capacity Between Europe and Latin America for 2024

Jun 14, 2024 16:30 PM
Person using a laptop

UK Travel Industry Faces New Regulatory Challenges Impacting Travelers

Jun 14, 2024 15:34 PM
Frontier Airlines plane in flight

Frontier Airlines Launches 'Family Summer Getaway' Giveaway

Jun 14, 2024 14:30 PM
Close-up view of a bus parked on a city street

Travel Disruption: Oxford Bus Services to Heathrow Cancelled

Jun 14, 2024 13:36 PM

World's Longest Cruise Offers 274 Nights of Adventure Across 60+ Countries

Jun 14, 2024 13:00 PM

Increasing Turbulence in Flights: What to Expect

Jun 14, 2024 12:30 PM
Black Pearson road bike

Naked Cyclists Protest for Safer Streets in London and Mexico City

Jun 14, 2024 12:00 PM
Police and emergency vehicles parked by the road

Safety Incident on Lowther Street, Carlisle: A Travel Advisory

Jun 14, 2024 11:35 AM