A 200-year-old country house just across the border of Tarragona province, beautifully restored – and added to – by conscientious owners. Gaze on wide views from behind a lavender and rose fringe, across terraced gardens and meadows, to the far hills; swim up to them in the salt-water infinity pool. Every detail is carefully considered, from the planting through to discreet car parking and solar panels; no need for air con as underfloor heating turns to underfloor cooling. Everything is of high quality. Well designed indoor spaces framed by stone walls, wooden beams and ceramic floors come with pale sofas, a medium grand piano, open fire places, an honesty bar, a cinema room, a Spa area, a gourmet restaurant in the former stables – great kitchen or outdoor breakfasts too. Bedrooms, in restful colours, have king beds, excellent mattresses and linen; bathrooms have wide modern showers and hand painted tiling. Suites have fireplaces and logs are provided. Hire bikes or hike through the spectacular rock formations of the Matarraña and neighbouring Catalonia; visit the nearby Picasso centre.