Mas De La Serra | Aargon, SPAIN
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Mas De La Serra is a fortified restored farmhouse set in 60 acres of grounds. A truly beautiful place to stay, it is a wilderness retreat and boutique hotel overlooking the coastal range in Spain and rated by The Times in its Top 20 European Mountain Retreats.
Peaceful, boutique homeliness.The owner, Scottish-born Alasdair Grant, is a TV producer who has worked on food and travel programmes for over 15 years and has used his experiences to create a stunning retreat.
He spent seven years restoring the ‘maisa’ to achieve the perfect balance of old and new and to create a home-away-from-home ambience. If you crave privacy, there’s plenty of space to do so – lounge on one of its four terraces, by the inifinty pool or in one of its sitting rooms; meander through its vast grounds, or take a walk along the mountain footpaths and marvel at the incredible views. You may even spot a wild ibex.
Inside, there are eight beautiful and individually decorated double bedrooms, all with wonderful views overlooking the almond groves and surrounding mountains, and en-suite tadelakt plastered bathrooms. There is also a hammam, cinema room, cellar and heated infinity pool. Family heirlooms and contemporary light and furniture fill the house, along with hints of the owner’s Scottish heritage and a unique collection of Alasdair’s family whiskies in the bar.
A Luxury & Remote Hideaway
The masia’s position on the side of a rocky outcrop with stunning views is probably what most grabs the visitor this is one of the most remote hotels in Europe. But it is a destination in itself as the house (which is available as a hotel or as an exclusive use holiday rental) has all the facilities of a boutique hotel. The beds and and linen are of the highest standard and every room has incredible views and its own character. Above all Luis and Jenny, who run the property, will take care of you so that you feel that you are their personal guest.
LOCATION & ACTIVITIES
The masia is in the Matarranya region of Teruel which has been describe as the ‘The Tuscany of Spain’ due to its high number of beautifully preserved medieval villages and lush agricultural land and wild flowers. The masia has unparalleled views across a national park though is still only ten minutes from the local village of Fuentespalda. Just twenty minutes away is the beautiful historic town of Valderrobres with its majestic castle and cathedral.
Hammam, heated infinity pool, pool table, rowing machine and free weights, six reception rooms (one with open fire and two with wood fired stoves), eight en suite bedrooms, five terraces and patios, kitchen with restaurant facilities, stocked wine cellar, dining room, home cinema room, map and information room, TVs in 7 of the rooms, DVD, satellite Spanish and UK TV, film and music library, iPod and iPhone dockers, outdoor and indoor games, WiFi throughout, house computer, laundry facilities, honesty bar.
Recommended local restaurants:
La Torre del Visco, Partida La Torre del Visco, 44587 Fuentespalda, Teruel
Recommended local bars:
Sit in the square in Fuentespalda and enjoy a cooling drink from one of the local bars.
The Picasso museum, Raval de l’Hospital, s/n Horta de Sant Joan