We (Catherine and Daniel) are Belgian citizens. We lived in many different places - Antwerp, Brussels, Paris, Geneva, Munich and London - before we took over La Fructuosa. We sailed for three years on our yacht from France to Australia. Later, we ran a bed & breakfast and an art gallery in the centre of Brussels for ten years. Now we split our time between Gaucín, Brussels and an old watermill in Provence.
Under our management, La Fructuosa has earned many industry awards and recognition from our many guests.
We are lucky to have a professional and friendly staff who play essential roles in the management of the hotel and the restaurant.They will ensure that you have a very enjoyable stay at La Fructuosa.
We speak French, Dutch, English, German and Spanish.
Catherine is a recognized artist, ceramicist, sculptor and illustrator. She has exhibited in several galleries and art shows in various countries and is a permanent member of Art Gaucín. She shares her passion for ceramics at her classes and seminars in Gaucín and in Provence.
We (Catherine and Daniel) lived on a boat for three years so we are well aware of the importance of reducing the environmental impact of a hotel and a restaurant. We have made many structural and operational changes including a new, more efficient heating system, new windows, better insulation and solar panels for the production of hot water. We have introduced re-usable containers to replace plastic water bottles and single usage hotel toiletries.
Gaucín lies at an altitude of 600 metres above sea level and there is a constant breeze coming in from the Atlantic; thanks to our thick, ancient walls and beautiful wooden ceiling fans, it is always comfortable at La Fructuosa, even on the hottest summer days.
In the south-facing rooms, we have installed air conditioning units using the latest technology and powered by new photovoltaic panels, so as not to suffer the discomfort of hot summer nights without impacting the carbon footprint of our hotel.
The Sunday Times (January 21, 2018)
"Enjoy the best views in Europe at La Fructuosa,
in the pueblo blanco of Gaucin".