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.’