In 2003, captivated by the scenery surrounding the abandoned warehouse which, in 1790, was the Laraño paper factory, the architect María Luisa García, her husband, José Ramón Lorenzo, and their daughter Luisa Lorenzo left everything behind in to embark on their most personal project: A Quinta da Agua. A magical hotel, the result of the family’s care and passion, whose main virtue is offering travelers an unforgettable place to stay and relax, and learn what it is to do nothing. A Quinta da Agua has 51 different rooms, all with natural light, soft beds, warm duvets filled with down feathers and soft bedding made of Egyptian cotton. It also has three charming suites with large living spaces, a study and a jacuzzi, designed to offer maximum comfort in an exclusive, luxury setting. The melody of soft jazz, the dim light of the candles, a delicious aroma and the warmth of the fireplace in the cold winter months are the finishing touches of this hotel which, in addition to a spa and restaurant, has a reading room and a social room plus a bar in the style of a French bistro.
A Quinta da Auga is a boutique hotel and spa. Situated in Santiago de Compostela, at the end of the world-famous pilgrim’s way, the hotel is on a journey of its own: to support the WWF’s Earth Hour by becoming a true eco-hotel.
It marks the WWF’s Earth Hour every March by planting naturally fire-resistant chestnut trees on its estate for each guest—helping offset the effects of summer wildfires. The harvested chestnuts also feature in the restaurant menu—a quintessential example of the quinta’s “tree to table” local sourcing philosophy. It also supports Earth Hour through its eco-hotel initiative—embracing the latest energy technologies while preserving its historic buildings. It has installed micro-cogeneration for electricity and hot water—cutting the energy used by up to 40%; fitted 15, carefully concealed solar panels; and moved to underfloor heating and cooling for the entire building. This last innovation uses the building’s ancient, thick stone walls to deliver considerable savings over conventional approaches.