“A traditional casa rural, 8km uphill from the Costa Blanca, with great views of the Marina Alta mountains and the Med”
There are 7 Junior Suites - 3 on garden level, 3 above, and one studio room which is set to one side of the main building. All have a sitting area furnished with armchairs, and all are south-facing with mountain views from a Juliet balcony or doors opening onto the garden (the studio has a small terrace).
Each has its own quirks and touches (one upstairs room features antique Indian pillars and an unusually high-beamed roof), but they all share a basic Mediterranean style: a combo of earthy colours (ochre, terracotta, lavender, coffee, cobalt blue), rugs and kilims on cool tiled floors, Moorish arches, Moroccan lamps, brass, coloured glass and dark wood. The handmade four-poster beds are draped in floaty muslin and there are shutters to keep out the glare of the sun. Bathrooms are simple and rustic, with a shower and toiletries.
One double converts to a twin, and the studio room - which has a mini kitchen with a hob, fridge and kettle - would make a good family room. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV, DVD players, security safes and heating for the cool winter months. There is no air-conditioning, though there are fans on request and, if it’s really hot (rare up here in the mountains), an external air-con system can by plugged in on request.
The dining room is the hotel’s social hub, with tables set inside and out (or by a log fire in winter), and the food is fresh, seasonal and locally sourced - the kitchen garden provides some of the salads and fresh herbs. A 4-course set dinner is offered 5 nights of the week (usually not on Monday or Tuesday, though this isn’t set in stone). During our visit, it began with a delicious tomato pâté served with homemade bread, followed by a fresh fig salad with goats' cheese, slow-roasted leg of lamb with vegetables, and a tangy fruit compote with lemon cream. Menus are chalked onto a board during the day, giving guests a chance to make alternative arrangements if any of the dishes don’t suit diets or palates.
The bar offers a small wine list - including good Spanish wines at reasonable prices - and there’s usually a cocktail of the day on offer. There's also an honesty bar - a fridge stocked with drinks and mixers, where guests can help themselves to wines, spirits and soft drinks at any time of day.
Breakfast is a generous buffet of cereals, homemade breads, cakes and pastries, cheeses, cold meats and homemade yoghurts, served with freshly squeezed juices, teas and coffee.
For lunches and dinner on Monday/Tuesday nights, you'll need to drive into Bolulla (3km); Thorsten and Sonia can advise on restaurants.
Children are welcome - the bedrooms are large enough to accommodate an extra bed or baby cot, and there are high chairs in the dining room.
One of the bedrooms is a studio, which has a mini kitchen with a hob, fridge and kettle
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking