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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

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 […]

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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