Casa Nereta: the cosiest, most beautiful boutique hotel in Cadaqués
Cadaqués is one of our favourite places in the world. A small destination that is full of magic, art and good energy. That in its heyday, as you all know, was home to many painters and artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Lorca, Ernx, Man Ray, Richard Hamilton or the painter Joan Ponç. In fact, this small hotel was the original home of Ponç who was a close friend of Dalí.
Contact: 660 259 803
Address: C/ Pintor Joan Ponç, 1, Cadaqués (Cataluña)
Casa Nereta, as you will be able to see in the pictures, is a dream place. A house full of charm, converted into an Adults only and Pet friendly boutique hotel, where we can get away from the madding crowd, from the worries and the stress of the city, where we can reconnect with ourselves and enjoy the beauty of this accommodation, nature and the Mediterranean at our feet.
This was one of the first houses built in the mountain by the famous Torre de las Creus, a symbol of the village. It belongs to the family of Joan Ponç, and it was there that the painter created most of his work, as did many artists of that time.
It is 5 minutes away from the village and Port Lligat, and its name, Nereta, comes from the Catalonian word oreneta (which means swallow). Because these beautiful migratory birds are always flying close to the estate.
It has very few rooms (12 in total) and each one is unique.
Double rooms: They are all different, but they all have a king size bed, a wooden desk, marble bathrooms with a shower, some have views to the patio or the garden, a couple have a balcony and sea views.
Suites: They are more spacious and are designed to make our stay even more memorable. They all have king size beds, very comfortable chairs and bigger bathrooms as well as an extra wardrobe. Some overlook the garden, in front of the house or have a bigger balcony.
Terrace Suite: The suite with the terraces is undoubtedly the best of the suites. It is on the first floor and has two different views. The size of the room is similar to that of other suites but this one has a large terrace where to relax, have a refreshing drink and enjoy the shade of our own porch with a chill out area with cushions, a table and a hammock. It also has views to the patio from above.
Nereta’s penthouse: This is the stellar spot in the house. The best and largest room in this lovely hotel. It is a penthouse with a large bed of 2m x 2m, chairs, an area with double sofas, a complete kitchenette with a coffee machine, an enormous shower with sea views, an additional water closet, five wardrobes, a laundry area, an eating area with stools, and the largest terrace in Cadaqués with amazing views of the village facing both the sea and the mountain.
As if this weren’t enough, it has an outdoor area for relaxing and a large table for eating and enjoying the dawns and sunsets of this idyllic setting.
Naturally, none of the rooms have TV and they all include a bathrobe and slippers, bathroom amenities, free water, a safe, a traditional wicker basket, beach towels and WiFi.
The communal areas at Casa Nereta are the beautiful library-living room, the different patios, the bar, Bistro Nereta and a shop located next to the reception area that has a meticulous mini-selection of items such as Apartamento books, Arrels swimwear or candles by Casa Nereta with fantastic scents that can be bought as gifts for others, or ourselves.
Design and interior design
The creators of this three-storey beauty are the interior design studio Conti, Cert. They have refurbished it entirely while respecting the original materials and structures of the house. In doing so, they have chosen to recover elements that make up the personality of the house such as the Catalonian laminate floors and the Melis pinewood doors and headboards in the rooms.
Most of the furniture was designed and custom-made by the interior designers such as several white plaster pieces of furniture, or pieces by national brands such as the symbolic lamps by Santa & Cole or Marset, rugs by Jordi Batlle from La Bisbal, and iconic chairs by BKF and Aoo.
With regards to the green landscape, they relied on garden designer Asilvestrada to carry out such a difficult task, in an environment of extreme climates: very hot in summer and harsh winters.
The current owners are Romy and her son James, a great artist and a fantastic host. In her day, it was she who decided to reform the house together with her husband, the son of Joan Ponç. Romy was mainly in charge of the architecture, in line with the anthroposophical movement concept initiated by the philosopherRudolf Steiner, and she combined it with a touch of charisma and architecture from Ibiza, where they both lived for long periods of time in the golden age of the Seventies.
“Casa Nereta for me means care and the effort to do things well and to look after the house for the love of several generations.”
Casa Nereta is for foodies
As well as offering delicious breakfasts, they count on Bistro Nereta for lunches and dinners. Their menu is simple, but their recipes are delicious. They are prepared with locally sourced ingredients, many of them organic and top quality. In fact, they work with such exquisite projects as Rooftop Smokehouse, Quesería Calaveruela and Horta de Tramuntana, among others.
They also have a 24-hour honesty bar. During the day, they offer a bar service for the clients, and at night they invite you to help yourself, with a fun menu of their favourite teas from Sans & Sans or Cafés Nespresso, some well-chosen snacks, drinks, fresh locally produced juices and wines. Practically all of them are natural and many of them are by Rafa from La Natural Wine.
“At Casa Nereta we are real foodies and we use locally sourced, top quality, organic produce.”
The truth is you can tell this project is passionate and family-run, as they take great care of the details. The service and the customer care are excellent. They are all charming and they manage to make you feel better than you do at home.
A very welcoming and evocative atmosphere
Casa Nereta has many features that make it special and unbeatable: from its location right in the centre of Cadaqués, but without bars or restaurants around it, to the incredible golden light that bathes the different rooms or its selection of artwork, books, national design pieces and memoirs of the owners’ travels that make up a relaxed and balanced Mediterranean atmosphere, even the music that is played in the communal areas – we warn you that you will Shazam on more than one occasion-. Everything fits and flows in perfect harmony.
Additionally, the fact that this place was the home of a great artist for years, gives it a halo that is difficult to describe, but that you can sense the moment you cross the threshold.
“I am a descendent of artists and I have never been able to get away from it, it’s in my blood.”
We will say no more, we cannot but strongly recommend that you discover it. For us, Casa Nereta is already a part of our favourite accommodations to visit frequently.
(*) Quotes from James pons, Manager and co-owner of Casa Nereta · Photos by Ely Sánchez & Cecilia Camacho.