Four cardinal points: the green Cantabrian forests, a unique agricultural and livestock project in the Extremadura dehesa, the grape harvest in La Rioja and an extensive and traditional agricultural exploitation in the Andalusian countryside. And in each of them, one (or two) very special rural hotels where you can immerse yourself in nature, enjoy the local gastronomy and the last days of sun.
Between forests in Cantabria
Summering in the north is already a plus: cool nights, green landscape and water from the Bay of Biscay at 24 degrees. Can you ask for more? And to make it even better, two hotels with all the charm that comes from the personalized and enthusiastic management of their owners.
Villa Pacheca Boutique House stands out for the exquisite taste with which it has been restored by its owners, Adriana and Germán, and the landscape of oaks, cork oaks, pines and fruit trees that surround it, in the Toranzo Valleyand that can be enjoyed from the windows of its five carefully decorated double bedrooms. Nearby, you can enjoy excursions to santillana del mar, the caves of Altamira or the beaches. The house, which is more than 150 years old, is rented out in its entirety and has capacity for 10 people. Price: 400 euros/night in low season, minimum two nights. villapacheca.es
Another option, also with all the flavor of an old Cantabrian mansion, is to stay in the Aroca Boutique Apartmentsan 18th century family home lovingly and tastefully converted into 8 apartments and lofts, which has just opened its doors in the town of Galician, next to Langre beach. You can enjoy unique walks or bike rides, go on excursions by the sea, with spectacular cliffs, and discover the estuaries and marshes in the area. And for a gastronomic getaway, the nearby Amos Gazebo, with 3 Michelin stars. Check the price. apartmentsboutiquearoca.com
Peace and nature in Extremadura
In the heart of the Cáceres dehesa, in the Sierra de Gata, a few kilometers from San Martín de Trevejo and Valverde del Fresno, is the rural hotel Habitat Black Storka farm with 220 hectares of holm oaks, cork oaks and olive trees to dedicate yourself to the pleasure of leisurely walking. The hotel is an intimate, adults-only hideaway with 12 rooms and suites in an old country house that pays homage to the traditional architecture of Sierra de Gata and its materials: slate, oak wood, Portuguese granite, stone, cork… And the pasture framed in each window. The house has a fireplace, a stone pool with views of the pond and the meadow, a telescope to contemplate the starry sky, a hammam, a gourmet shop and a grill where you can taste your own livestock and oil production.
It’s a Roselló family projectthat was born on the island of Ibiza and has been embodied in this estate. Here in your HCN Restaurant, Chef Jorge Ramajo elaborates a careful local cuisine where the grill is the queen. It is the only one on the peninsula where it is possible to taste Retwagyu meat, a mixture created by them with 100% retinted cattle and Wagyu stallions, which graze nearby.
The Sierra de Gata are medieval towns of stone, plaza and porticos, shepherds’ huts, chestnut, oak and juniper forests, where wild boars, foxes, roe deer and hares hide. In the skies crossed by vultures, herons, eagles, kites, falcons, highlights the black stork, a unique bird, graceful and elusive, chosen as a symbol of this house. Double room price: from 150 euros. habitatcn.com
La Rioja in full harvest
September is the month of the grape harvest throughout Spain. It is time to visit the main wine-growing areas of the country, enjoy the spectacle of the vines laden with ripe fruit and dedicate yourself to the pleasant activity of tasting wines and pairing them with the gastronomic delights of each area. The beautiful medieval town of Briones, located in one of the most important wine enclaves of High Rioja, has had a high-end boutique hotel since March, Santa Maria Briones, a project long cherished by the promoter family: a man from Rioja and a Puerto Rican woman who have settled in the US for a long time, who decided to return to this land to recover their almost forgotten roots and their love for the cultural tradition of wine.
It is located in a civil mansion from the 16th century, cataloged for its high historical value, located near the Torreón and the Cuarenta walls of the medieval town of Briones. It has been restored by the architect Ignacio Quemada (Bodegas Campoviejo) and the interior designer Isabel López Vilalta. It has 16 spacious rooms that overlook the Ebro River and the wall, with an interior patio ideal for those moments of tranquility. The Rallegar restaurant proposes to enjoy the food as it is done in La Rioja, with top quality raw material from the Rioja orchards and local producers. In the kitchen of this culinary experience is Juan Cuesta, a 37-year-old from Logroño with a long career in some of the best restaurants in this country.
Double room price: from 230 euros. santamariabriones.com
Like the Duchess of Alba, in Carmona
which was one old inn from the 16th century, which is part of the heritage of the House of Alba, It has been carefully restored to become a luxurious and exclusive full rental house in which to enjoy dream accommodation or celebrate events. Your name? Cortijo La Motilla, It belongs to Cayetano Fitz-James, it is managed by Rusticae and it is very close to the beautiful monumental town of Carmona, a few kilometers from Seville.
The farmhouse has four bedrooms and one suite, all of them with a separate bathroom. In each of its rooms you can find family memorabilia, for example from a trip to India Cayetana and Genoveva, photographs of the Nuba tribe taken by a photographer who is a friend of the House, and even personal decoration objects belonging to the Duchess Cayetana and even paintings signed by her like a harlequin.
How could it be otherwise, the house has a salon-tablao of typically Andalusian decoration where there is no lack of references to bulls, horses, the Brotherhood of the Gypsies, so dear to the Duchess, and Holy Week. Also a kitchen decorated with engravings of roses from the Botanical Garden of Madrid and a dining room for 12 people, with a chimney that comes from the Palace of Liria. The fantastic garden sheltered by olive trees has a beautiful swimming pool where you can spend time lazily. In the background, the fields planted with wheat and sunflowers and the image of Carmona.
Among the experiences offered by the Cortijo, it stands out, for example, fly over the fertile plain of Carmona in a hot air balloon at sunset, or tour the city with expert guides. They can also be arranged painting and watercolor workshops, sevillanas classesmassages or the possibility of a chef to taste the local specialties in the house. Price: between 600 and 1,200 euros for the whole house/night, depending on the season. cortijolamotilla.com