Handy for Barcelona, close to the beach, buried in bucolic peace. This masía is two centuries old but has been virtually rebuilt. Bedrooms, named after the birds and animals of the region, are simple, humble, and the new family suite gets a private terrace. Beds are antiques, mattresses new, and you’ll find a neatly be-ribboned bundle of towels on your duvet – a typical touch from a very charming hostess. To one side of the large hallway is the rustic white-walled dining room, its tables decked in bright checks; there’s a second room for groups and a wisteria-draped terrace (lush in May) for dinners outside. Cooking is wholesome, delicious, great value; among Montserrat’s specialities are rabbit, pork from the farm (visit her sausage workshop!) and asado de payés, a thick meaty stew with plums and pine nuts. Breakfast, too, is delicious: cheeses and charcuterie, fruits from the orchard, eggs from the flock. You are five minutes from the trains that get you to Barcelona in an hour, and you can drive to lovely Girona with ease. No surprise that this is a favourite with our readers.