Pedro Echaurren and Andrea García, Marisa Sánchez's great-uncle and great-aunt, founded Echaurren in 1898. With the railway about to arrive in Ezcaray, they decided to convert the old stagecoach stop into a small hotel. "The heir to the business was a sister of my maternal grandmother. But she moved away from Ezcaray and asked my grandparents, Julia and Luis, to buy it so that it would remain in the family," explains Francis Paniego. "Grandma Julia cooked like an angel and was the best woman in the world."