An emblematic monument house
An art gallery and exhibitions
A singular lodging by the river Ebro
Palau de Miravet
History of a Singular House
Palau de Miravet is the Joaquim Mir art center and guest house.
A unique accommodation with the comforts of a hotel and personalized attention.
Welcome to Palau de Miravet, a singular accommodation with the comforts of a hotel in a privileged place facing the Ebro.
It is the most emblematic civil building Miravet and has been declared a BICL monument as a “Singular House“.
The manor house, carefully restored and equipped as accommodation, was chosen to be part of the prestigious hotel group RUSTICAE and houses the Joaquim Mir gallery and art center.
History of the Palau
The Miravet Palace was the residence of the Grand Master of the Order of the Hospital Pere Ramón Sacosta (1446-1461), suffered the Reapers’ War and is rebuilt in the nineteenth century by the governor of Tarragona, Don Juan Satorra (1844), during the confiscation of Pascual Madoz.
The last owners were the Vives Prescolí family and in 2008 it was acquired by Santiago Marsal who, with his brother, Joaquim Marsal, they start the “Mir Project”, with a careful restoration and rehabilitation to turn it into an art center and guest house in honor of the figure of the painter Joaquim Mir, who lived and dedicated part of his work to Miravet between 1929 and 1930.
Santi Marsal bought it to save and dignify this monumental house, protagonist of the riverfront of Miravet. A magnum opus that lasted almost twelve years with the help of his brother.
Joaquim Marsal had the idea of paying tribute to Joaquim Mir, taking advantage of the space as an art center, having the painting and sculpture workshop, welcoming friends and artists in a personal capacity and holding concerts, exhibitions and cultural events.
Later I, Aurelio, suggested opening it as a guest house, sharing the benefits of the house and making arranged visits. Since then, I have taken the management, and personal attention of the guests with the experience as a host in our house: El Balcó de Miravet.
A sustainable project
The restoration project of the Palau has been carried out by the architects Olivier Colin and Jérôme Bigot, experts in sustainability, with the contributions of Joaquim Marsal and Aurelio (art and decoration).
The local human factor has been key with the work of Agustí “the bricklayer”, Narcís “the carpenter”, Josep Maria “de la Morena” (electrician) and the last reedbed, “el pinellà”, who makes us make the artisan reeds on the roof.
From the first moment we have tried to respect, recover and save the original elements, such as the blue color of the façade with lime and cobalt glass (a luxury at that time), furniture and interior decoration, hydraulic floors and wooden beams, which we have treated with linseed oil avoiding toxic and aggressive chemicals.
We have also recovered the well and cistern (we take advantage of rainwater for cleaning and irrigation), being autonomous in the face of criticism of water supply. We have taken advantage of the rock of the mountain in the interior, the best thermal regulator (with a stable temperature between 19º and 22º all year round).
Special attention to thermal and acoustic insulation on walls, doors and windows to ensure the best energy efficiency.
The heat/cold pumps are of the highest classification A and low consumption, as well as all lighting.
We have been surprised by how the house generates and preserves its own ecosystem and neutral and natural smell thanks to probiotic cleaning products and the absence of air fresheners or plastic paints with fire retardant.
The fire extinguishers are made of CO2 and non-stick powder so as not to damage the paints, frescoes and original furniture in case of fire.
We are now studying incorporating an innovative wind power generation system and taking advantage of the constant wind of garbí (sea breeze) or cerç (north wind). In our house we already have solar systems to heat water and heating.
We have followed the guidelines of the Department de Patrimoni, as a house-monument and we are proud to have saved such an emblematic building. And all without any aid or subsidy.
The elm tree of the orchard
Storm Gloria (January 24, 2020) brought down the great elm tree (ulmus minor) of the Marsal farmhouse. A majestic tree that gave shade to the entire farmhouse.
Thanks to Joan from “Mobles Ecològics“, we gave him a second life recycling wood to make the hexagonal modular table of the Zen room, the chairs and furniture of the ecological bedroom “Niu de la Ribera”.
Now, the spirit of the Great Elm, as if it were a mantra, protects the house, as the Shintoists would say, and attracts the flight of the swallows, bearers of good luck.
"Ca Costa", another story
The Miravet Palace is known by the Miravetans as “Ca Costa” but popular wisdom has long forgotten the origin of the word, derived from the surname of the hospitaller commander Pere Ramón Sacosta.
It is the most emblematic civil building of the Cap de la Vila de Miravet (Ribera d’Ebre) and is included in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia as “Singular House“, monument BICL 11524.