Villanueva de Cañedo Castle

Topas, Spain

The castle of Villanueva del Cañedo (also known as the castle of Buen Amor) was built on the remains of a previous castle of the 11th century, and of which the basement is still preserved. In 1477 the castle became property of Alonso Ulloa de Fonseca Quijada, Bishop of Ávila. Fonseca reconstructed the castle turning it into a Renaissance palace.

Between 1958 and 1960 the castle was restored by its current owners who converted it into a hotel.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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www.buenamor.net

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Lindsey Mink (12 months ago)
The castle grounds were beautiful and quiet. The hotel staff were the best I've ever experienced, there was food and drink available all day, and the room was lovely. 10/10 would stay again.
Sarah James (2 years ago)
Amazing place to stay. Not much around so go to enjoy the unique experience of staying in a castle. Rooms were lovely, bed very comfy and air conditioning was good. Breakfast was great and the restaurant in the evening also worth a visit.
Pierre Lechat (2 years ago)
Really nice hotel. Incredible setting, super friendly staff, great rooms (super comfort bed) and good food. Our kids loved the hotel and especially the little goodie bag they found on their bed.
Alfredo Catalina (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle restored as a hotel. Very nice. Guided tours offered.
Shannon Lewis (2 years ago)
Such an interesting experience! Beautiful grounds! The restaurant was totally empty in off season so perhaps make plans to dine elsewhere.
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