Building a hotel in a narrow three level gully is a real merit. Rosa and Andrés have managed to do so, and we feel very welcome in this small mountain Hotel in Sierra Espuña, the roof of Murcia, where they both look after us. The great stone balls which are scattered all along the landscape of this Murcian mountain range, are sharply cut sides on the mountain. Sheltered by one of these is the Hotel, as its name indicates, Bajo el Cejo (under the sharply cut mountain) The Hotel spaces are divided in three levels, from the bottom of the gully where it is placed, up to the top. What used to be a mill, down below, is now bedrooms, meeting rooms and a living room, with a small orange grove under whose shade one seems to read better. Here there is no sound than that of the wind blowing through the leaves, that is, if there is any wind. Half way up, a cute little infinity-pool surprises us, and in the top part, the central body of the Hotel, with the reception desk, the drawing room with a fire place, breakfast room and various bedrooms. The decoration is modern and the materials are classical, terracotta floors and wooden ceilings
Sierra Espuña is not an abrupt mountain, but easily accessible for any trekking lover. A landscape of limestone walls, mastic trees, and oleanders at the bottom of the gully. In the air, rooks, and birds of prey, outstanding birds of the discreet south east mountains. We are in the land of stews, vegetable divinities and various cold cuts. We can taste it all without leaving the Hotel. Or escape to the nearby villages which surround the mountain range or kiss the Segura river along its middle.
Looking out of our bedroom window we can see the swimming pool below and further down the bottom of the gully and its little source in cold weather. Century old rural atmosphere, which contrasts with the exquisite functional decoration which we love.