La Torre del Visco
A turreted former farmhouse set in total seclusion, La Torre del Visco is a luxurious, British-run country hotel and farm in Matarraña – a secret, spectacular region known as ‘Spain’s Tuscany.’
- 17 double rooms and suites, all with en-suite facilities
- Swimming pool, various outdoor terraces and extensive gardens
- Part of a 90-hectare organic farm
- Country-style breakfast platters and slow-cooked, farm-to-table dinners
- Relais & Chateaux Restaurant
- Living rooms and library
- Hiking, biking, horse-riding and wild swimming available locally
- Cookery, photography, painting and stargazing courses
- Numerous other activity options including wine, cava or cheese-tasting
Homely, handsome and high-quality, La Torre del Visco makes an informal, luxurious base from which to explore Spain’s best secret
Run by friendly British expat Jemma Markham since 1995, La Torre del Visco is both a stone-built, tile-topped country hotel and 90-hectare organic farm. The latter’s influence is seen in huge breakfast platters - lemon curds, quince jellies and fresh eggs, served in a communal, light-filled kitchen – and slow-cooked dinners. Accessed via a winding, three-mile track, the hillside estate gradually undulates down to the Rio Tastavins, from a crowning swimming pool to olive groves and bright-green barley fields. Breathtaking valley views are ever-present.
Though a member of the distinguished Relais & Chateaux collection, La Torre del Visco is run informally, with guests encouraged to borrow from bookcases or play the Bechstein piano by highly accommodating staff. And use the broad wine cellar, run like an honesty bar. It’s the kind of hotel where guests spend a lot of time, mainly thanks a near limitless list of lazing areas: paved terraces with outdoor divans, prim lawns, romantic rose gardens, fire-warmed lounges and a massive library. Amid it all is a fountain in which three sluggish turtles reside.
More energetic is the workshop list, with photography, painting and stargazing classes all regularly held. Cookery courses and artisan cheese-tasting are also available on request, and there’s lots of hiking and birdwatching to do. El Salt waterfall is an easy 30-minute stroll away, while bikes can be hired to access safe swimming spots along the Tastavins. Picnics are also available.
The converted medieval farmhouse contains 17 en suite rooms: Small Double Rooms, Double Rooms (bigger, and a chance of valley views) to Junior Suites and Suites (which have a fireplace), both boasting a sitting room. Comfortable beds and fresh flowers are found in all, as are quirky fixtures picked up around the world: beautiful rugs, Arts and Crafts wardrobes, Art Deco lamps, Indian headboard and even a a Klimt lithograph.
Nearest TownValderrobes (25 minutes)
Nearest AirportCastellon (90 minutes), Barcelona (3 hours)
Local InterestPhotography, painting and stargazing classes are frequently run. Hiking, biking, wild swimming, wine, cava, beer and cheese-tasting, horse-riding, truffle-hunting, flower-arranging and trips to a vulture-feeding sanctuary can be arranged, plus lots more.
From £885 per person in low season and from £1,115 per person in high season, for a 7 night stay, B&B in a Classic Room, including flights and car hire.
Prices are designed to give an indication of the total holiday cost, and do vary based on factors such as season and availability. Contact us for a specific quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.