Hotel Mas de la Costa

Valderrobres Aragon, Spain Book from Book from £242 per night

Restored farmhouse set among olive and almond groves, with an infinity pool and peaceful views of the Puertos de Beceite mountains
You may be deep in the Aragonese countryside, but staying at Hotel Mas de la Costa is like taking a trip around the world. Charming owners Françoise and Christian are a delight. They've picked up eclectic treasures from a lifetime of adventures: carved wooden Indian doors, Turkish hangings and African masks all tell a tale of a life well-travelled. Yet for all the exotic places they’ve visited, it’s the Matarraña region in east Aragon they have chosen to call home.

Set in 23 hectares of olive and almond groves, this lovingly restored 19th-century farmhouse offers peace, quiet and Puertos de Beceite mountain views, which can be enjoyed from the Mediterranean garden, the saltwater infinity pool, and most of its 15 bedrooms.

The surrounding region is dotted with medieval towns, Gothic castles and churches galore; while picturesque nature trails are found all around. Epicurean pleasures are very much a part of the Mas de la Costa experience. There’s a ‘slow food’ philosophy here. Gourmet cuisine made from lots of local ingredients is served in the elegant dining room (with original features) or, in the warmer months, from the terrace – where once again you can drink in those magnificent mountain views.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.

Highs

  • The views! You’re surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, mountains and medieval hilltop towns
  • It’s a haven for cyclists and hikers, with easy access to scenic nature trails
  • We loved the eclectic décor: old family heirlooms sit comfortably next to original pieces the owners collected on their travels
  • Impressive sustainability: from solar panels and bio-mass pellets powering heating and electricity, to organic local produce
  • Rather good for families too

Lows

  • The communal breakfast set-up may suit some, but not all (although it's a nice way to meet other guests)
  • Dinner is a formal three-courser and while you can opt for a la carte, you’ll have to venture into the village if you want something a little more down-to-earth
  • While the walking is great, there’s very little public transport in these parts and you’ll definitely need a car to explore this beautiful area

Best time to go

In July and early August the heat can be in the mid-30s, but due to the mountain location, it's dry heat (with no humidity). The cooler months are April to June and late August to October. From June to September you can enjoy the infinity pool or swim in nearby lakes. Forest walks and bike rides are feasible year round. Out of season there’s a lot to be said for relaxing by the romantic fireplace after a day out exploring castles and ravines, note that the hotel is closed November, January and February.

Our top tips

Take some Jamón de Teruel and high-quality olive oil back home with you – this part of Aragon is famous for both.

Great for...

Eco
Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 15
  • Restaurant
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: Nov, Jan and Feb
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Françoise’s passion for poetry inspired her to name all 15 rooms after her favourite bards, and on every bedside table is a book of their work.

Vintage hardwood floors, teak tables, original artwork, and marble-like columns create elegantly simple rooms with a subtle colonial feel across all three categories: Double Superior, Junior Suite and Suite. Bathrooms are lined with beautiful handmade Andalucian tiles. Sleep comes easy in kingsize beds with premium Italian linens, and while there are room thermostats, we preferred to open our French windows and let the fresh mountain breeze in.

Two Junior Suites and two Double Superiors have private gardens; two out of three Suites have their own terraces (the third has a balcony). There’s space for a cot in the two larger Double Superiors, but bigger families can opt for the 50sqm Suites, which accommodate five. All three Suites have a fireplace and impressive mountain views; the Pablo Neruda Suite has kept its original wood-beamed ceiling.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Hairdryer
  • Mosquito net
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

It’s hard to believe the hotel’s dining room was once the old cattle stables. Original wood-beamed ceilings and stone arches are tell-tale signs of its former life, but the rest has been carefully transformed into an elegant, light-filled space.

A three-course Mediterranean menu changes daily, and is made with mostly organic and locally-sourced produce (plus more ingredients from France, Italy and other parts of Spain) – some of it gleaned from the hotel’s very own garden. You might luck out with grilled seared scallops and Jerusalem artichoke mousse, or wild turbot with crispy Jamón de Teruel. But whatever’s on offer, it’s guaranteed to be good. In warmer months, enjoy alfresco terrace seating with views of the Puertos de Beceite mountain range.

There’s a well-stocked wine cellar that works as an honesty bar, or ask the staff to mix you a cocktail – best enjoyed by the fireplace or in the library. Breakfast is communal-style in the modern kitchen. Help yourself to top-quality local hams, cheeses, bread and jams. If you want eggs, just ask.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Cycle through tunnels, ravines, vineyards and forests on the Via Verde route, a disused railway line turned nature trail; the hotel organises bike rentals
  • In summer months, swim, kayak or paddle in the Pena reservoir at the foothills of the Puertos de Beceite mountains, a 15-minute drive away
  • We’d recommend the olive oil tasting and tour at Biocaseres, home to 2000-year-old olive trees and an ancient olive mill
  • Sign up for a wine tasting session among the vineyards of a local bodega with Taxitour, who arrange everything for you
  • After a day of exploring, pamper yourself in the spa, then relax in the cosy TV room, the well-stocked library or by the roaring fireplace
  • Owner and amateur astronomer Christian is building an observatory so guests can study stars in the clear, unpolluted Aragonese sky

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Caves
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Trekking
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting

Kids

There are plenty of nooks and crannies to discover at the hotel, and kids of all ages are welcome. Children can splash about in the saltwater pool, watch films in the TV room, read comics in the library, or play a game of chess or dominoes. The Mas de Bunyol observatory and the Crystal Caves are popular kid-friendly outings, while castles capture vivid imaginations. Children needn’t miss out on the cycling trails – the first 10km section of the Via Verde is recommended for all ages.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Suites can accommodate an extra bed or a cot, or a sofa bed for two children, on request. There is an extra charge for children, depending on age.

Baby equipment:

  • High chairs
  • Baby bedding
  • Bottle warming
  • Changing table
  • Night light
  • Baby monitors

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

  • Kids' menu (on request)
  • Special meal times

Kids Activities on site:

  • Saltwater pool
  • TV room with films
  • Comics in the library
  • Boardgames

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Bird observatory
  • Kayaking
  • Castles
  • Cycling
  • Crystal Caves
  • Horseback riding
  • Visit an old coal mine by train

Distances:

  • Airport: 90 minutes
  • Shops: 7 minutes
  • Hospital or clinic: 7 minutes
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Location

Mas de la Costa is in the Matarraña region of Teruel, in eastern Aragon.

By Air
Fly into Reus (1.5-hour drive), Barcelona or Valencia (both around 2.5-hours' drive).

From the Airport - By Car
We'd say you need to hire a car to make the most of your stay. Read our care hire recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Barcelona 225.0 km
  • Valencia 217.0 km

Other:

  • Beach 45.0 km
  • Shops 4.0 km
  • Restaurant 4.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
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