Born from a shared vision, La Torre del Visco’s unique character has evolved over 30 years. With a deep love of Spain, nature, art, food, wine and hospitality, Piers and I left 20 years of publishing in Madrid, to create a dream retreat that celebrates our passions.
Having scoured the country, we finally found a semi-ruined 15th century estate house on a hillside overlooking extensive farmlands, forests and its very own river. Inspired by the stunning location and immense potential, we donned our overalls and were involved in every aspect of the restoration of the house, creation of the romantic gardens and integration of the organic farm.
After Piers’ death in 2013, the incredible team we had gathered together were a vital support for me in moving forward and continuing the daily work we all love so much. Today, La Torre del Visco (the name means mistletoe in the local dialect) is an increasingly shared secret, where we welcome guests from around the world who seek a relaxed and friendly pace of life with unrivalled rural luxury.
From vineyard and farm to table, sustainability is our North Star. We work within the rhythms of nature and she provides us with a cornucopia of produce throughout the year. Our commitment to the ongoing health and well-being of the natural world is an integral part of who we are. We farm organically, celebrate seasonal produce, champion circular gastronomy, recycle at every opportunity and leave a light footprint on the earth that is home to us all.
• All waste from the restaurant and hotel is minimised and recycled within a well-established local process.
• Green waste is turned into compost.
• Our drinking water is filtered onsite.
• We use only refillable glass water bottles, not plastic.
• LED bulbs are used throughout the hotel for energy efficiency.
• LED outdoor lighting points downwards to preserve the integrity of the night sky and the habitat of nocturnal animals.
• We use ozonic water and eco cleaning products for our rooms.
• All the soaps, gels, shampoos and conditioners in our rooms are sourced from a vegan supplier in larger formats, to reduce packaging waste.
• We eschew tablecloths to lighten the laundry load.
• We provide two types of charging systems for electric cars.
• The hotel has a 100% electric vehicle for daily use.
When we say local we mean it. Our love of great food and seasonal eating is boundless which means we grow, harvest and forage the vast majority of our ingredients right here year-round. Wander through our vegetable plots, greenhouse and herb garden to see what’s flourishing each day - a sneak preview of what will appear on your plate. Anything we don’t nurture here is sourced from trusted local artisans within strict guidelines from the Slow Food Movement of which we are proud members.
A selection of signature dishes with seasonal ingredients from our vegetable plots, organic farm and artisan suppliers – this is where it all comes together.
Our local producers are true artisans. Deeply rooted in the local traditions of the Matarranya, they maintain and adapt their methods for the 21st century to make products and produce of exceptional quality. They, like us, are committed to excellence through environmental sustainability which is why our relationships are built on total trust.
Juan Ramon & Yolanda's
Angels' Breads &
Victor Enrique"Catxol" Eco Producer Victor Enrique's natural habitat is the earth. A native of La Portellada, just a few kilometers from the Torre, his passion for the natural world is matched by his eco-agriculture skills which produce prized saffron, heritage pulses, wild peas, fruit trees and many more riches. He is also the go-to olive oil expert who leads tours of our groves and tastings. A true original, he embodies the unconfined joy of rural life.
Marta Hotel ManagerBorn and raised in Valderrobres, Marta combines a deep love for local traditions and culture with finely honed management skills. After graduating in Business Administration, she spent seven years in the UK working for a multinational seed company (those with a keen ear for accents may detect a touch of Norfolk in Marta's excellent English). She joined us 19 years ago and quickly made herself indispensable, sharing our commitment right from the start to local roots and sustainability. Today, Marta is in charge of the day-to-day management and smooth running of the hotel. Despite her commitments as President of the local business association and mother of two teenagers, she still finds time to take batacuda classes – a percussive style of samba music - and long walks in the Matarranya.
Margarita Guest ManagerMarga, a key member of our staff has been greeting guests with her wonderful smile and ensuring their wellbeing for over 25 years. Now, she oversees two of our daily passions – breakfast and fresh flowers. She greets guests first thing in the morning, ensures they slept well and have all they need for the day ahead, before the serious business of breakfast begins with a feast of fresh bread, pastries, eggs, cheese, jamon, juice and endless tea and coffee. This ritual fulfilled, she turns her skills to creating beautiful arrangements of fresh flowers and greenery from the gardens and estate for the bedrooms, restaurant and throughout the hotel, all year round. Marga is a keen gardener and very active in her local community.
Iordache Gardens & Farm ManagerIordache is responsible for keeping our gardens in impeccable order. He first started working for us over 20 years ago and learnt all he knows about the creation and maintenance of a natural romantic English garden adapted to a dry climate, first-hand from Piers. He also manages the organic home farm, the production of our own olive oil and the wonderful fresh vegetables from the plot and greenhouse that are used daily by our chefs. In the little free time these tasks leave him, he loves to go fishing.
Roser HousekeeperWith her unerring eye for detail and 19 years' experience, Roser ensures that our rooms are immaculately clean and well maintained. When bouquets and floral arrangements for gifts or special occasions are required, she brings her own touch in support of Marga. She is an avid reader with a particular interest in history and geography while her passion for hiking has led her the length of the Camino de Santiago.
Natividad Front Desk ManagerNatividad is another of the essential members of La Torre del Visco team. Having moved from Barcelona with her family to the nearby small village of La Portellada over 22 years ago, she came to work for us first as Housekeeper and then for the last 3 years in charge of reservations and events. She loves hiking and gastronomy so, for those wanting to explore the area, there is no one better to advise guests on where to go and what to do in the Matarranya.
Ruben Head ChefFrom Aragon’s Most Promising Young Chef, Ruben’s trajectory in Spain’s culinary culture has been relentlessly upwards. Time spent in Madrid, the Basque country, Catalunya and France, refined his signature style and brought more awards before the chance to lead the kitchen team at La Torre del Visco in 2018 enticed him back to his native Aragon. Rather than working within the constraints of a set menu, he thrives on creating new daily dishes of delicate flavour combinations using the freshest ingredients from the organic farm and local suppliers. This, in his own words, is, “a privilege most chefs can only dream about”. And it has paid off in style – a Michelin Green Star for sustainable gastronomy in 2023. On his days off, Rubén heads for the hills, foraging for wild mushrooms, truffles, or whatever the season and mother nature provides.
Susana Maître and SommelierSusana is our latest incorporation to the team. She studied English Literature at university, but it was working at Gaztelupe, one of Madrid's best classic restaurants, that ignited her passion for hospitality. She completed her formal qualifications in Madrid with a Master in Sommelier and Master Maître. Her dual love of gastronomy and the countryside brought her extensive wine expertise to La Torre del Visco where her innate curiosity fuels her ability to discover outstanding new wines. For perfect pairings with each chosen dish, you couldn't be in more inspiring hands. Susana is an accomplished artist, a talent she inherited from her father, the painter Segundo Gámez.