Mas de La Serra is an exclusive country house wilderness retreat in Matarranya, perhaps the last truly authentic region of Spain.

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Mas De la Serra is ideal for large groups of up to 20 friends or family to get together for the ultimate break, including five suppers per week, daily breakfast, maid service, your own concierge to plan activities, linen change and heated swimming pool in season. Guests have complete access to the kitchen to prepare any other meal.

The 'Masia' is also a boutique hotel and a member of the most exclusive country hotel group in Spain. They welome guests who just want to stay a couple of nights coming as individuals or couples particularly outside the peak season.

Mas de La Serra is a 'masia' which is the name for a stone farmhouse in Eastern Spain. Many like this one have dominated this wilderness for hundreds of years. Since being abandoned in the 1970's it has finally been restored to its former glory. No expense has been spared to fuse traditional and chic design with all the trimmings creating the perfect retreat for those wishing to recharge in total comfort. From individual Moroccan style tadelakt bathrooms and steam room, to three different panoramic roof decks or the infinity pool spilling out over one of the best vistas in Spain, this is a place to get away from it all and discover a new level of relaxation.

The masia has eight bedrooms and can sleep 16-20 guests (a children's dormitory is available in the summer). All of the rooms have en suite bathrooms and are split into five doubles and three twins though this ratio can be changed with notice. There are two superior suites, one with sitting room, open fire and private terrace and one split level with Victorian stand alone bath in the upstairs bedroom so you can lie back and soak up the view of the mountains. Cots are also available on request.

All of the eight bedrooms have stunning views of the mountains, almond groves and the limestone butresses which dominate one side of the masia. Here the endangered Spanish ibex can be seen playing in the evening light. By night the stars make an incredible display as there is a total absence of light pollution. And by day you can relax on one of the terraces and enjoy a drink and gaze out over miles of wilderness without a single house in sight.

The masia's Peruvian cook Jenny provides daily breakfast and three course fixed dinner menu five days a week. Jenny's cuisine is a combination of traditional Peruvian dishes from the culinary capital of Latin America and local mountain gastronomy. Luis, your concierge, can arrange your visit to a nearby winery and reserve you a table at one of the wonderful Michelin recommended local restaurants specialising in lamb, rabbit, wildboar, partridge and quail dishes. In the autumn it is also possible to help with the almond harvest and go truffle hunting in the surrounding hills. Gastronomy is very much an important part of the Mas de La Serra experience. Most importantly Luis and Jenny offer a level of hospitality and service that larger hotels do not have the time or the budget to afford.

Why we love it

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The region of Matarranya is where the three great kingdoms of Aragon, Catalunya and Valencia converge in a Mediterranean mountain paradise described as the 'Tuscany of 50 years ago'.

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Key Info

Number of rooms

8

Eco Rating

3

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