Rediscover the meaning of silence. It is broken only by the echo of footsteps on ancient floors. Delightful Alicia will guide you through reading rooms and vaulted doors to your room, relating on the way the story of the Oxford doctor of economics who has so beautifully restored this 16th-century palace and chapel to their former glory. Your room will be large, plush and outrageously comfortable. Noble old wardrobes and delicately embroidered bedspreads reflect the owner’s delight in fine antiques and rich fabrics, but our favourite room is the one in the tower, its contemporary furnishings enhanced by a feast of old rafters. Or choose a room at the front of the house, for pastoral views and the sound of cowbells. If you are in the tower bedroom, no excuse not to write that novel: the mezzanine gallery has writing desks strategically positioned in front of tiny windows. In-palace entertainment includes an atmospheric billiard room and a home cinema with a fine selection of classic and foreign films. You may be a 30-minute drive from fine Asturian beaches but this feels a million miles.