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Discover the Mill

In Latin Aqua et Oleum means Water and Oil. Originally an old olive oil mill with a babbling brook, the Mill has been transformed into this luxurious destination boutique hotel and gallery, situated in the middle of an olive grove and vineyard.

Reviews from Google!

La atención fue única, nos sentimos como si todo el personal estuviera allí para atendernos cada minuto a todo lo que queríamos o necesitábamos. El lugar precioso, casa rincón puesto von detalle y el entorno de cuento de hadas... para repetir 👍
Miwel Skate
Miwel Skate
Maravilloso lugar , recomendable al 100% . Sólo estuvimos comiendo , pero tanto el trato como la comida increíble. Deseando regresar y alojarnos allí.
Noelia Núñez García
Noelia Núñez García
Un lugar con encanto escondido en un paraje natural extremeño. Una estancia magnífica, al complejo no le falta detalle y esta muy cuidado, las habitaciones son cómodas y con todos los accesorios necesarios, el servicio de limpieza hace un trabajo excepcional. Hay que mencionar el trato cercano y atento de todos los trabajadores, desde recepción a cocina pasando por todos los que allí hacen tu estancia tan idílica. Comimos fenomenal y no dieron muchos consejos para visitar la zona y disfrutar de los alrededores. Lo recomiendo 100%.
Beverly Marple
Beverly Marple
The property was an old abandoned olive mill with a babbling brook running alongside, that was once used to press olive oil. Back then, the main structure was literally the place where they pressed the olives. When you see the giant press and mechanics which are still in place, you get a very real sense of the history. Today, the property has been preserved, restored, and reimagined into a charming hotel retreat in the stunning countryside of Villamiel, Spain. The rooms are well-appointed, with much thought, care and attention to detail. Likewise, the staff are highly skilled at making everyone feel right at home, has whatever they need, and ensuring your plans will run smoothly, just as planned. I can't say enough about this magical place and the people who make it all happen. There is so much to do and see in the area, as well. We can't wait to come back to explore more of Extramatura and the surrounding areas.
Great place to stay! "The staff are amazingly friendly and gave us excellent service."
Sofia Sakal
Sofia Sakal
This hotel is a true treasure of the north of the extremadura ! It was delightful to spend 3 days there this summer. This is a peaceful, relaxing and soothing place, and each space of it is beautifully designed. The restaurant was a lovely surprise : the Chef cooks with many ingredients that he directly picks from the garden near his kitchen, and the dishes are perfectly executed. The rest of the staff have been wonderful, extremely kind and helpful. This was a first time for us in this part of Spain, and when we will come back, we are absolutely sure we will stay in this hotel again.
Javier Rodriguez
Javier Rodriguez
El Hotel es un sitio encantador, con todo tipo de comodidades. No puedo decir mas que es excepcional. No obstante diciendo que el hotel es único no estaría diciéndolo todo. Lo mas importante es la gente que atiende el hotel, todos ellos prestan el servicio a los huéspedes mas increíble que recuerdo. Seguid así siempre.


Mouthwatering food for the soul in a unique place

News from our blog

14 March 2024

A Hidden Retreat in Spain’s Sierra de Gata: Discovering Aqua et Oleum

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We are thrilled to share a highlight from a recent feature in The Irish Examiner–an enchanting exploration of Extremadura, a region celebrated for […]

30 January 2024

Plein Air Artist Workshop – April 10-17, 2024

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Join us and share with us a unique art experience. We are delighted that the passionate and renowned artist Baron Wilson @baronarts will […]

30 January 2024

Aqua et Oleum Review: Historic Boutique Hotel in the Spanish Countryside

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Review by SheBuysTravel The Extremadura region of Spain produces the best quality olive oil in the world. So, what better place to stay […]

23 September 2022

Faulkner Design Group collaboration

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A special mention is due to Adrienne Faulkner of Faulkner Design Group for the contribution she made to this exciting project. Joseph Shortell […]

26 August 2022

AQUA ET OLEUM, Rural Hotel in Extremadura

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August 2, 2022 | Sonia Vinhas Joseph Shortell, an American living in Texas, decided to restore an old mill in the middle of […]

08 May 2019

The Aqua et Oleum boutique hotel to be a reality in Villamiel, Sierra de Gata

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This Wednesday, in Villamiel, the construction project of the new Aqua et Oleum Boutique Hotel was presented, which provides for the rehabilitation of […]

15 June 2018

American luxury for the Sierra de Gata

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A Texas businessman, who was temporary in the region in the 1980s, will open a hotel museum in Villamiel. In the photo below, […]

24 May 2018

The progress of Aqua et Oleum

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Joseph Shortell speaks with local and national Espana publications about the warm embrace of his new creation of the future hotel boutique and enchanting getaway, Aqua et Oleum.


What our guests
are saying

A big favorite!

We discovered an authentic wonder in Sierra de Gata, a small corner of paradise all about its heritage and the environment. We felt a genuine soul based on serenity, the taste of creation, and the care given to the welcome. Joseph has a presence that honors you with his humanity. Chef Ruben has the alchemy that transforms the products grown on the site into delicacies, with a smile that makes you feel like you are part of his family. A big favorite!

Lucas I.

We will definitely be back!

A small boutique hotel that has just opened in the Sierra de Gata area. The place is perfect to spend a few days of absolute relaxation in the middle of nature... decorated with exquisite taste (large, comfortable, beautiful rooms with all the facilities) and luxury attention from all the staff. We will be back!

Maria S

Simply spectacular.

Aqua et Oleum is a magical place. A hotel built with great care and attention to detail. In the middle of nature, next to a stream, under the gaze of a castle, is this ideal place to rest, disconnect and recharge your energy. We spent some incredible days there. Simply spectacular. Thank you for everything.



The hackneyed phrase "we want you to feel at home" was made true.


Highly recommend!

A charming place, surrounded by pure nature and very friendly staff. Highly recommend!

Carmen S.

We will be back!

Aqua et Oleum is a unique place to disconnect, a location of incomparable beauty. Unbeatable guest treatment, along with exquisite surroundings made with passion. Continue with the dedication and love that you put in. We had a wonderful weekend and will be back for sure. Hugs!


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