Mas de la Serra
A converted farmhouse set in rural isolation with splendid views, Mas de la Serra is an affordably luxurious option in the beautiful and little-known Matarraña region – aka ‘Spain’s Tuscany.’
- 7 Double Rooms and 2 Suites with en-suite facilities
- Available for exclusive hire
- 1 swimming pool, gardens & a hot spring in 25 hectares of grounds
- Steam room, with massages on request
- Peruvian-fusion restaurant
- 2 lounges, movie room and games room
- Hiking, biking, horse-riding and mountain-climbing available locally
- Cookery courses, wine-tasting, truffle-hunting
- Photography, stargazing and fossil-hunting for families
A remote, scenic nine-room hotel with a Peruvian restaurant and easy access to Matarraña’s best sites
Accessed via a climbing, twisting track, Mas de la Serra is a stone-built 17th century farmhouse turned 9-room hotel. Marvellous views of dark-green hills and peaks extend for miles from its remote perch, although you might gaze no further than the gardens, where ibex sometimes scale almond trees in search of dinner. Verandas and balconies face the scenery from around the oddly-shaped masia – towers and wings seem to jut out in every direction – along with a heated pool. The 25-hectare grounds also contain a hot spring.
Inside, following a seven-year modernisation, are informal spaces which guests are encouraged to treat as their own: a games room, honesty bar, two heirloom-packed lounges – one on the top floor – and a movie room full of DVDs. Affable housekeeper Luis and his chef-wife Jenny are Peruvian, hence dinner options like ceviche, almond soup and lamb casseroles. Delicious Pisco Sours are available too, while the wine cellar’s unexpected single-malt stash is explained by the hotel’s owner being Alasdair Grant – as in the Grant’s whiskey dynasty.
An extensive range of activities are available, from active to foodie, all of which Luis can help arrange. Families can go fossil-hunting – Spain’s oldest dinosaur remains were discovered locally – or rent bikes. Nearby, there’s a former train track turned cycling greenway, a vulture-feeding sanctuary, river-swimming in gentle pools and the Els Ports national park, whose gorge-climbing hikes utilise planks nailed onto cliffside just above the green water. Cookery courses, wine-tasting, horse-riding, astronomy talks and springtime truffle-hunting can also be arranged. A car is best used for day-trips to the coast or postcard-pretty towns like Morella.
Being high up, Mas de la Serra can be chilly in the evenings – so bring a warm jumper.
Named after nearby villages, the seven double rooms and two suites are available individually, or as one fully-staffed villa (minimum seven nights) for 16 guests. Each chamber incorporates original characterful elements, like vaulted ceilings or exposed stone walls. They also vary in size and amenity, so ask us for our tips and say if you’d like a private patio garden, four-poster bed, balcony or Jacuzzi bath. Able to fit families, the suites offer a choice between a private terrace (Valderrobres) and split-level lay-out (Morella).
Nearest TownValderrobres (30 minutes)
Nearest AirportCastellon (90 minutes), Barcelona (3 hours)
Local InterestHiking, biking, fossil-hunting, wild swimming, cookery courses, wine-tasting, horse-riding, astronomy talks, photography classes, truffle-hunting and a vulture-feeding sanctuary. Day-trips to the coast, hilltop villages or Spanish Civil War battlefields.
From £785 per person in low season and £1,020 per person in high season, for a 7 night stay, B&B in a Double 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.
Painting Holidays for 2018
NEW: Painting holidays at Mas de la Serra are available in 2018.
The first will be tutored by veteran exhibitor Julia Casells, and runs from 3-10 June; the second by Scottish fine artist Penelope Anstice and takes place 2-9 October, when harvest colours take hold.
Locations will vary, but one might be Mas de la Serra's own patio: ibex often memorably climb up into almond trees right here. During downtime, artists can hike the Puertos de Beceite park, swim in rock pools or cycle along a disused railway – the Vía Verde de la Val de Zafán.
Painting tuition will be intensive, with a maximum of 7 painters in total.
Please contact us for further details - prices are from £1,995 per person based on 2 sharing including 7 nights accommodation on full board, flights, transfers and activities.