Our stay at Pozos de la Nieve after a full day cycling Andalucia was incredible.
This evening we stayed at a two century old ice factory.
Yes, you heard me, an ice factory.
Two hundred years ago they would create ice in the evenings by spreading water on the ground to let it freeze (Constanita is high up in the mountains) and in the morning breaking it up and storing it in gigantic silos with straw insulation.
In the summertime they would transport the ice to Sevilla for use by the royal family, the hospitals, and other rich Sevillanas.
Once refrigeration came to Spain, this was obviously not a necessary process. Hence, the place was transformed into a slaughterhouse, then left abandoned for many years before a fantastic Belgium couple bought it to restore it.
Dominique and her husband moved their family to the south of Spain from Belgium in order to undertake this labour of love and turn this former industrial complex (with an adjoining house) into a boutique hotel.
After nearly ten years of blood, sweat, and tears the Santa Barbara (holy slaughterhouse) was turned into the Pozos de la Nieve (literally: wells of the snow.)
The end result is fantastic.
The passion that emanates from Dominique is electrifying. She was hobbling around the place because of a broken leg she had suffered in July, but a smile never left her face.
She shared with us the history of the place, how much work was done in restoring it, and made an unbelievably delicious Andalucian meal (with help from her two beautiful daughters) for our group.
This is a stay I won’t soon forget. I love to see people who are passionate about what they are doing, and Dominique is extremely passionate about Pozos de la Nieve.
It was a privilege to stay in Dominique’s beautifully restored place, and once again ExperiencePlus! was able to truly show a unique aspect of the area’s culture and history.