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Home > > ABADÍA RETUERTA LeDOMAINE, near Valladolid


At-a-Glance Guide

5* Relais & Chateaux
18 bedrooms, 3 suites
3 bars, 3 restaurants, private dining
2 lounges
gym, treatments, yoga
cloister garden

valet parking, helipad



The Abbey of Santa María de Retuerta was built in 1146 in the north central province of Castilla y León. It was a monastery of the Premonstratensian Order - founded in 1120 in France by Saint Norbert, and named after its founding monastery, Prémontré Abbey – and that Order’s Spanish seat.
In 1662, the abbey burned down and was rebuilt in Baroque-Romanesque in style, with a classic Benedictine layout of church, cloister, refectory, chapter house and hospedería - or hostelry. It is one of only two such abbeys in Spain to have survived the destruction wrought by Napoleon, however, it eventually lay empty and derelict.
The restoration of this treasured Spanish cultural heritage site, and its transformation into a luxury hotel, was begun in 2006, and completed in 2011. In close co-operation with those in charge of built-heritage conservation in Spain, great care was taken to respect the integrity of its many centuries of history, the original architecture conserved and the original monastic uses of rooms maintained. In the words of the its Master Architect, Marco Serra: “To alter this ancient edifice was to engage in a 1.000 year-old architectural dialogue. The judicious restraint of my intervention, is my homage to those who spoke before me."
The identity of the monastery structure was preserved through the use of local, traditional handcraft techniques and materials – the most important being Campaspero stone. The integration of modern technology into the historic building fabric - and its consequences, presented a major challenge. Temperature control was found to be an appropriate method of heat distribution; throughout the monastery structure, the inner surfaces of the exterior walls are continually heated via two in-wall heating pipes at the base.
The area in which the abbey stands is now one of Spain leading wine regions – Ribera del Duero - and 700-hectares of vineyard estate encircle it. Yet, if the heart of the estate is the winery, this historic abbey is its soul.


This gloriously atmospheric building was opened as a first-class, 5* hotel in March 2012. It offers superb service and accommodation, fine food and hand-crafted wines from the surrounding estate – as well as others from around the world. It retains the aura and peace of its monastic past, yet offers all the conveniences and comforts that today’s discerning hotel guest expects – including doorman, concierge, full butler service, 24-hour room service, laundry and valet services, a business centre, air-conditioning, international direct-dial telephones, limo transfers and more.
Future plans for the hotel include the addition of eight new double rooms in the former stables, and in Spring 2015, a spa and wellness centre.


Timeless, serene and immensely atmospheric, this is an exceptional property offering luxury accommodation, fine wines, gourmet dining and the benefits of away-from-it-all isolation – yet it is just an hour from Madrid by high-speed train, and 30 minutes by car from Valladolid. Ideal for a romantic escape or re-charging break, it would also make a relaxing extended stop on a driving holiday in Spain, as well as an excellent add-on to a Madrid or Salamanca city-break, or Douro cruise in Portugal. Those with an interest in wine will find much to enjoy here; guided wine-tastings and a wine-tasting course are offered.
Its remoteness and spacious facilities, coupled with multilingual staff and a very high standard of service, make Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine an outstanding location for meetings, conferences, product launches, concerts and other cultural events, gala dinners and celebrations.


The Sala Capitular Lounge and Bar – in the former chapter house – is inviting. In the piano bar and lounge, an open fire is lit on cool evenings. In warm weather, it is pleasant to sit at a table in the cloister garden.

As well as the chapter house bar and the piano bar, there is also La Vinoteca tapas bar, where pre- and port-prandial drinks can be savoured, and in Summer a Pool Bar and Terrace.

The hotel offers guided wine-tastings, and a wine-tasting course.

Gastronomy at Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine is a gourmet experience. The main restaurant. Refectorio, is in the large refectory, where the monks once ate. It is uniquely atmospheric, with soaring Gothic arches, vaulted ceiling and a beautiful 17th-Century fresco of The Last Supper. Chef Pablo Montero and his talented team use the freshest local ingredients – including vegetables and herbs from LeDomaine’s garden – to prepare and create a seasonal menu of Spanish cuisine.
Also tempting appetites with Spanish specialities is Vinoteca tapas bar.
During the summer, seasonal Mediterranean cuisine is served outdoors, in the Jardin del Claustro - Cloister Garden.
All three venues showcase the estate’s own Abadia Retuerta wines, but other quality wines are also available.
The dress code in the restaurants is smart casual.

LeDomaine’s 18 double bedrooms and three suites have been designed, in line with the property’s quiet harmony, for comfort at 5* level. They offer all the amenities expected in a luxury hotel, including full butler service; and have views of the surrounding vineyards.
All bedrooms are soundproof, and feature oak floor, tailor-made walnut furniture, TV with international channels, complimentary mini-bar, safe deposit box and free-of-charge Internet access. One bedroom has been adapted for guests with disabilities.
There is a nursery for children, and a babysitting service can be arranged.

Classic Doubles measure 32 sq m, and are contemporary in design. They have a queen-size bed. Bathrooms feature stone-mosaic surfaces, separate bathtub and shower with Ex Voto toiletries. Rooms with direct garden access are available on request.
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Superior doubles measure 37 sq m, and are contemporary in design. They have a queen-size bed. Bathrooms feature stone-mosaic surfaces, separate bathtub and shower with Ex Voto toiletries. A room for disabled guests is available on request.
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The Junior Suite measure 63 sq m, and is contemporary in design. It consists of a hall, a bedroom with a four-poster bed and a bathroom. The bathroom features Carrara marble bathroom, separate bathtub and shower with Ex Voto toiletries.
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The One-bedroom Suite measures 100 sq m, and is of classical design. It consists of a lounge, a bedroom with king-size bed, a bathroom, a restroom and a walk-in closet. There are two TVs with international channels and Blue-Ray DVD. The bathroom features Carrara marble, separate bathtub and shower with Ex Voto toiletries.
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The Two-bedroom Suite measures 100 sq m, and is of contemporary design. It consists of a lounge, a bedroom with queen-size bed, a twin bedroom and two bathrooms. There are two TVs with international channels and Blue-Ray DVD. Bathrooms feature Carrara marble, separate bathtub and shower with Ex Voto toiletries.
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The former stable of this ancient abbey has been transformed into Santuario Wellness & Spa, a nurturing sanctuary of holistic healing and wellness. Large skylights bathe the spa in natural light, exuding a warm and comforting atmosphere.
In keeping with the renovation of the abbey, the goal was to create a spa that placed the utmost on sustainability and respect for the historic property by installing a system that generates energy for heating and cooling with solar panels and groundwater pumps.
The water quality of the Santuario is unique in the world: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine obtains its own water from a well 120 metres deep. The water is extracted, decalcified and, after being transferred to a reverse osmosis, stored in a 120,000 litre-tank. The result is that our water is of a quality similar to natural mineral water. This water is used for all Spa facilities.

The spacious 10.000-sq-ft. Spa has four individual treatment rooms as well as a private Spa Suite for couples; all feature world-renowned brands, including furniture by Gharieni and exclusive French linen by RKF. The Spa's main entrance is dressed with works by the famous artist Mira Nakashima.
There are separate areas for male and female guests, each equipped with everything from a Finnish sauna and steam bath to an experience shower and hydrotherapy pool. The indoor heated pool is an ideal haven for couples.

When it comes to Spa treatments, guests can indulge in their familiar and soothing favourites, or opt for innovative, oenotherapy-inspired experiences which will lift the spirits and energise. The treatment menu offers a wide range of high-end brands, including Anne Semonin, Evidens de Beauté and Natura Bissé, as well as Mama Mio, a specialist brand for Pregnancy Spa Treatments.

For safety reasons, children under the age of 16 years are not permitted access to the spa.

The hotel also has a gym equipped with the latest technology and equipment.
There is also a private Yoga Studio, with a yoga instructor available on request.

In keeping with the Benedictine building code, this 12th-Century abbey features a square interior courtyard with residential rooms, sacristy, chapter house and refectory arranged around it. This is the Cloister Garden, an oasis of calm, which was left unchanged during the restoration of the abbey - apart from the introduction of tables and chairs and parasols, which make it even more inviting in the summer months
Nearby, The Hedge Museum, an open-air sculpture garden, enclosed by high photinia hedges. Within, the world’s largest permanent exhibition of works by the contemporary German sculptor, Ulrich Rückriem, are imaginatively displayed. A tall stele, designed specifically for the estate, marks the entrance; it is the only sculpture visible from outside the museum.
The abbey sits in the 700-hectare Abadía Retuerta vineyard estate. Tours of the estate, by horse or bike, guided Wine-tastings and Beekeeping Days are among the Unique Experiences that LeDomaine offers its guests.

LeDomaine is located in Spain’s north central province of Castilla y León, on the banks of the River Duero east of Valladolid. It is 2 km from Sardón de Duero. and 4 km from Quintanilla de Onésimo.

GPS: N 41° 36' 58.5" W 4° 24' 39.1674" (It will appear as Caserio de Retuerta.)

From Madrid, the distance is 220 km/112 miles; driving time is 2-2.5 hours. Take A-1 to Aranda de Duero; at exit 158 take N-122 towards Valladolid.

Valladolid Airport has connections to European capitals. Limo transfers can be arranged.

From Valladolid Airport by car the distance is 42 km/26 miles; driving time is 40-50 minutes. Take N-601 towards Palencia-Burgos-Valladolid, at exit Rondas take A-11/N-122 towards Soria.
There is a helipad at Abadia Retuerta leDomaine.

Journey time by high-speed AVE train from Madrid Chamartin train station to Valladolid is 56 minutes. The hotel is 25 minutes by car from Valladolid. Limo transfers can be arranged.

From Valladolid train station by car the distance is 30 km/18.5 miles; driving time is 30 minutes. Take Calle del Recondo continuing along Calle de la Estacion to Plaza Circular, through the tunnel, taking N-122 towards Soria.

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