Property spotlight / Spain

    Mas de la Serra, Aragon - Spain

    Mas de la Serra, just over an hour from the Mediterranean coast but a world away from developed tourism, is an off-the-beaten-track restored farmhouse that can be rented as a whole or as individual rooms. Their popular 'Painting In The Wild' week with a watercolour artist is a tranquil way to spend a holiday.

    Relax under a Star-Filled Sky

    This remote hideaway is perfect for active families who want to break away from the crowds, or couples seeking solace in nature. Art fans may like to join the hotel’s annual painting week in September. In the evenings, there’s always hearty Spanish-Peruvian cuisine in the candlelit restaurant or under a star-filled sky on the terrace, accompanied by fine wines from the wine cellar.

    The Lowdown

    • Cost

      5 nights from £895 per person including flights and car hire. Based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a double room. Bed and breakfast.

    • Painting in the Wild

      Mas de la Serra's Painting In The Wild week with artist and tutor Penelope Anstice commences on the 22nd – 29th September 2020 and is priced at £2275 per person including flights to Valencia, accommodation in a private room, full board, tuition and activities.

    RUSTIC CHARM

    The style is rustic yet comfortable, with wooden beamed ceilings, thick stone walls and windows that frame the view onto the surrounding pine forests and rocky outcrops. Outside, there’s a stunning infinity pool and lawn that overlook the wild landscape of almond groves, ancient vineyards and gnarled oak trees. From here, a warm breeze carries the scent of rosemary and jasmine, and you may spot an eagle whirling overhead.

    WILD SWIMMING & KAYAKING

    Tempting as it is to relax in such a unique and peaceful environment, we do recommend exploring the surrounding countryside. Set out early before the heat of the day hits and discover waterfalls, wild swimming and kayaking. Nearby there’s good fishing in mountain streams to while away the day, and horse riding along old bridleways is an exhilarating way to explore the rocky terrain. Local villages are perfect for wandering along cobbled streets and the Medieval walled village of Morella seems beautifully stuck in time. Afterwards, curl up in the home cinema for a relaxing end to the day.

    PAINTING IN THE WILD

    Once a year, Mas de la Serra puts on its annual art week where wannabe-painters can come to the hotel for a week of tutelage with watercolour artist Penelope Anstice. Under her guidance, you’ll be taken to a variety of wilderness spots including around the mas, in local villages and at various viewpoints to capture the light and hone your technique.  In between, you will enjoy al fresco picnics, evening BBQ’s and a paella finale. Most find this a great way to improve existing skills and everyone leaves with a feeling of tranquility after a week in the wilderness of ‘Spain’s Tuscany.’

     

    Sophie Garland

    Sophie Garland

    Travel Planner

    There are so many reasons to love this unique hideaway. We enjoyed spotting local Ibex from our bedroom window and hiking up to the viewpoint to see stunning scenery and distant vultures with a delicious Pisco Sour sun-downer. Heaven!

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