Stacks of personality – in both building and owners. Antonia and daughter Alexa are engaging, easy-going hosts with a passion for their summer family home of more than 60 years. It’s on a narrow street near the church in historic Begur (with its lively September fiesta). Many left here in the 19th-century to make their fortunes in the Americas and the breakfast tot of rum is a tribute to the ‘Indiano’ who built this flamboyant three-storey house having made good in Cuba. Much restoration work has been done, including the colourful Neoclassical-style façade and the main hall living room with its vaulted ceiling, original paintings and tiling. And some is soon to be completed, like the ground floor dining room – for excellent homemade breakfasts. The cream and white balconied suite is the most authentic of the comfortable bedrooms; the family room/annexe has two, smallish double rooms and a private terrace – bathrooms are spotless. There’s a lovely, shaded patio to retreat to and good restaurants on the doorstep; nearby are the turquoise waters of the Aiguablava coast and medieval Pals is close too.