Casa Camiño: house on the hill

Casa Camiño

I have a proficient knowledge of the Spanish language, a passing familiarity with gallego (the local Galician language), and many years of familiarity with the Spanish culture and way of life. If you were to ask me to take on, even the administration of, a major restoration project in deepest rural Galicia, I would quake at the knees. I can’t even begin to enumerate the myriad façades to carrying out such a project, but our friends Kim & Sue Renkin jumped in at the deep end and are swimming their way successfully to completing a major piece of restoration.

The old farmhouse, probably the equivalent of an old  ‘pazo’ or ‘estancia’ was in a completely ruinous state, but its major appeal was its location, perched on the side of a hill at over 700 metres above sea level. It is a stunning position, located right next to the Camino Primitivo, one of the ancient routes to Santiago de

Front view

Compostela. When it is completed, they will open it as a small, select B&B (hotel rural). Guests will be guaranteed magnificent views over the lush green Galician countryside, and a swimming pool will lie invitingly awaiting its first customers.

right next to the Camino Primitivo

And when I say a ‘project of restoration’, I mean just that. This is not a mere refurbishment of an already existing building. This is an ambitious undertaking of creating a whole new infrastructure that didn’t exist before, but retaining the ancient stone shell. They have not only had to battle with the perversity of two different languages (Spanish and Galician), but also the perversity of Spanish planning laws, working practices, the availability of  materials and labour, as well as the endless details of the legal mechanisms that go with owning property in a foreign land.

They hope to finish, and be open for business, by the summer of 2013. If you like quiet rural retreats, or need a stopping place on the Camino Primitivo, I would recommend heartily that you stay at Casa Camiño. Take a look at their website here.

A section of the Camino

A Galician lunch, along with Bernie, their plasterer

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on October 25, 2012, in Spain and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. This is most impressive~ Hats off to someone attempting to do such a project in a foreign country. Will pass the info along to those interested in B & B experiences.

  2. Absolutely fab project, Frank. We are walking the Camino in June next year…I hope we can get there.

    • Keith, the Camino Primitivo is very much “the road less travelled”, which I think makes it very attractive. You will not be disappointed either with the route or with Casa Camiño, and you may be the very first guest to stay there!

  3. recomendable a cualquiera que le guste la naturaleza y la tranquilidad,ya que está en un punto del camino con un paisaje y unas vistas preciosas.
    KIM y SUE sus dueños son encantadores y muy hospitalarios.
    Este pequeño hotel rural es precioso, todo de madera y piedra y super acogedor,
    pero repito el que quiera tranquilidad y algún sonido de pájaros no puede dejar de venir a pasar un fin de semana al hotel casa camiño. Si hay que dar nota sin duda es de sobresaliente.

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