Under New Ownership
An American couple from Northern California, Dominique and Ray Powell took over ownership from Gordon Bell. Gordon had spent almost a decade restoring this farmhouse to an operational Albergue for weary Pilgrims. Gordon fell ill and could no longer operate the Albergue full time.
The Powell's fell in love with The Camino and Galicia and will be ready to operate it in April of 2021. They took over ownership in June of 2019. The Albergue had sat unused for 2 years and needed some deep cleaning, painting, and upgrading. The work had began and the plan was to open in April of 2020 and then.......THE PANDEMIC HIT. Ray was working on the Albergue between February and March and was forced to leave on 15 March 2020 and head back to California before the borders were closed. So there has been a delay in opening until April 2021.
Opening April 2021
Casa Banderas will be opening in the first week of April 2021 and again provide drinks, meals, and lodging for pilgrims. There has been a three year break since the owner, Gordon Bell, feel ill and could not run the Alburgue anymore.
The Red Door
New Zealand author Thea Hughes has used Casa Banderas and its large red Port Cullis as the location for her new romantic novel set along the Camino.