La Tartana

(NW) Well this month I had the pleasure of meeting Penny, one of the owners of  La Tartana, who gave me  a brief overview of the history of the attractive hotel, bar and restaurant. Clearly the place has had an interesting past!
Although only built in 1965 by David Grey and Antonio Cienfuego, La Tartana features the style of an Aristocratic Andaluz home of the 18th Century, with its beautiful central courtyard and fountain. Apparently, its dark wooden doors date back to the 17th century and I understand came from a convent. Its impressive wooden ceiling beams are antique.
Initially La Tartana was built as a hotel for the people of the Urbanización San Nicolás urbanization to stay in, as they were having their own houses built. Since then it has had a number of owners who have all added to its character. Penny told me that many of the locals are able to tell her interesting stories about the previous owners, parties and gatherings that occurred at the hotel. Clearly, over the years the bar has been a focal point for many of the residents of San Nicolas and La Herradura.
It has been a port of call for a number of famous people, such as Brigitte Bardot, the Prince of Saudi Arabia, and more recently Harvey Weinstein the American film producer and co-founder of Miramax Films.
The current owners Barry, Penny and Joachim, have had the place for nine years and worked extremely hard at renovating the building and establishing a great reputation for food, wine and accommodation. Penny tells me that the staff has a real international feel with employees from Argentina, Spain, Germany and of course the US. They host eight en-suite bedrooms and can cater for private parties, weddings and birthdays.
Situated at the foot of Urbanización San Nicolás, overlooking the 2-mile horseshoe bay of La Herradura and lush Mediterranean vegetation, I thought what a beautiful place to spend an evening.
Urbanización San Nicolás, La Herradura. Tel/Fax 958 64 05 35. MapSpot 17

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