Palace of the Counts of Cirac in Villalba de Rioja
Palacio Condes de Cirac en a great choice of rural house near Haro in the heart of Rioja Alta, surrounded by vineyards at the foot of the Obarenes Mountains.
It is a rural house for renting the whole house or by rooms that consists of 8 spacious rooms: 5 doubles and 3 suites. All of them with private bathroom, heating and air conditioning, television and furniture of the establishment's own design.
At ground floor is located in the social areaconsisting of a fully equipped kitchen area, dining room and living room of about 70 sqm.2. On this floor there are also one room with private bathroom for people with reduced mobility. Outside you will find the courtyard area entrance with barbecue and garden furniture.
At first floor are 4 double rooms with private bathroomand in second floorthe 2 suites with free-standing bath and the double large suite with a private lounge ideal for families with children.
The accommodation provides the breakfast service and room cleaningPlease consult the admission of pets in the case of full rental, the opening hours of entry is from 14:00 h onwards.. and that of departure until 12:00 h.
Your heated swimming pool is open from 1 May to the end of October.
A rural house near Haro for your wine tourism getaway
The building in which we are located is a 16th century palace house made with ashlar stone walls that belonged to the Ruiz del Castillo family, from whose lineage descends Pedro Ruiz del Castillo, who lived in this house, founder of the city of Mendoza and who gave the name of his land to the valley of La Rioja in Argentina where Mendoza is located, which today is one of the great wine regions of the world.
It is in 2018 that the Raúl de Miguel brothers (Engineer), Luis and Maria (Architects) buy the property. At that time, the building was in very poor condition and at serious risk of structural collapse, as it had been uninhabited for several years and was severely lacking in all respects.
From the very first moment the brothers grasped the full potential of the building, they were faced with a 16th century manor house which had originally belonged to the Ruiz del Castillo family, whose most representative figure is D. Pedro Ruiz del Castillo one of the illustrious men of La Rioja, whose statue appears in the fountain of the wet backs in Logroño along with others such as Gonzalo de Berceo, Quintiliano and King García Sánchez III of Navarre.
Undoubtedly, a great opportunity to create a rural house near Haro to offer guests a premium service.
The outer shield which is preserved in the house is perhaps the best preserved of the entire Ruiz del Castillo lineage and its dimensions are unusual for this type of construction.
A jewel of Riojan architecture
At the beginning, our hope and all our efforts were to recovering this little gem of our Riojan history and architecture to preserve it from a tragic end to which it was predestined due to the terrible state it was in.
During 2018 and the first quarter of 2019 is carried out comprehensive reform The building was completely emptied of its interior, leaving only the outer ashlar stone walls of the façade.
The project respected all the items worth preserving and all the constructive features of the original building.
At April 2019 after obtaining the different permits from tourism and the town council of Villalba de Rioja we start our activity as a rural houseIt has a total of 8 rooms with private bathrooms, and can be rented as a whole or by rooms, with breakfast service.
During this short period, the boutique country house Palacio Condes de Cirac has been recognised by the Association of Architects of La Rioja in its special commemorative edition of its 40th anniversary as a one of the 30 best architectural projects in La Rioja between 2016 and 2019..
Likewise, other publications such as El Mundo, El País or Pasarela de asfalto have also published reviews in different media publicising the Palacio Condes de Cirac, such as one of the most noteworthy in La Rioja.
In addition to the promoters Raúl, Luis and María, 3 jobs were createdThe project, occupied by three women, two of whom live in Villalba de Rioja, helps to combat the depopulation of rural areas and create wealth and jobs for their inhabitants.
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Villalba at the foot of the Obarenes Mountains
A noteworthy aspect of the Palacio Condes de Cirac is its location, Villalba de Rioja, 6 km from Haro and surrounded by nature, mountains and vineyardsThe region is an incomparable setting in which to enjoy all that La Rioja has to offer.
Just a short distance from Los Riscos de Bilibio where the iconic Wine Battle. An invitation to enjoy our oenological paradise.
Villalba de Rioja is a small town in La Rioja, whose main activity is the viticultureIn the municipality are located the vineyards of the main centenary wineries located in The Station District where there is the largest concentration of century-old wineries in the world.
Our situation, at the foot of the Obarenes MountainsThe area is ideal for walking or cycling routes through natural mountain landscapes and vineyards. Nearby you can visit the viewpoint over the Ebro located in the Riscos de Bilibio, the Monastery of Herrera and its salt mines and caves located an hour's walk away in the middle of the mountain.
In the surrounding area you will find other peoples where it is worth getting lost in its streets and stone buildings, churches, hermitages and castles, as in Briones and Cuzcurrita.