This 12th-century rectory is set next to a Romanic church on Garrotxa’s volcanic western fringe, and it’s said that when the doors swung open again after a meticulous restoration the locals were moved to tears.
Roy and Goretti, a Scottish chef and a Catalan whisky expert, have revived chunky oak beams, made bed heads from doors, lamp stands from wine kegs. Leather armchairs sprawl by the fire and a garden terrace catches sunshine and birdsong. Rustic-chic bedrooms flaunt their history: patterned tiles, a stone basin, translucent pictures in tiny bathroom windows.
Breakfast on cheese, artisanal cured meats, fruit, cereals, home-made jams and marmalade; eggs as you like them on request too. For dinner, local beef with wild mushrooms, homegrown raspberries with hazelnut meringue, Catalan wine… a feast to savour after exploring spectacular volcanic landscapes (by foot or hot air balloon), or cycling the Via Verde to Olot and its surrounding valleys