Gaucin property: Iconic 1700’s coach inn for sale In gaucin
Gaucin property: ref: MB1724
Walking into this property is as close to time travel as you get. The Hotel Nacional was an icon of hospitality in Gaucin since the 1700’s, steeped in history and with its guest book from 1720 to prove it, The hotel now run down and in need of a fair amount of work, is just waiting for the right person to come along and reopen it and inherit its full history in the process, which will make this a very interesting project.
Originally a coach house visited by many including Lord Nelson who travelled up from Gibraltar on horse back and stayed there so frequently that he took his own brass bed so he would be more comfortable, it was an important way point on the way to other locations. Gaucin at the time was a larger village than it is today, with an industry of leather goods and olive oil and many a still and wine press still found in some of the sympathetically restored town houses in the village.
The access was by dirt tracks and river fording, something that i remember doing only 30 years ago when gaucin was a village lost in time and hidden in the mountains, where most of the locals had ever been to the beach although they could see it from the village itself, and were still celebrating “matanzas” in town, cooking on fire stoves and frequently having the local version of picnics by the river where the main dishes were a huge paella, spanish omelets and copious amounts of dry sherry.
The property itself has two entrances, one for the horses with its troughs and tack rooms in the basement of the building, there is also a priest hole, a secret door behind a door that was rendered in and was used to hide food from the guardia civil and communists as well as the occasional bandolero or political fugitive.
Upstairs on the ground floor to the street above a large lobby with two large rooms to the side, and then the dinning room that still has the old tables and mirror and plastic table cloths as it was when it was last open in the 80’s, The kitchen off from that which has a nostalgic rapture to anybody that had dined there, you can imagine the smell of their favorite dish, lamb chops and home made chips always cooked in olive oil.
there is still a small room off that with an old telephone in it where you could call the switch board in the center of town and request an international call.
Upstairs are 7 bedrooms that share three bathrooms spread over the surface of the 1st floor. some are very small rooms but most are doubles. It would be ideal for a backpackers hotel or a Hostal as it was.
there is no doubt it needs work and a lot of it, but the owners have decided its time to part with it along with the Guest book which is a priceless item in itself, with guests comments going as far back as 1700’s and for those with a keen eye and a good knowledge of spanish history and culture will no doubt find countless entries from generals, royalty and writers hidden within its entries.