The garden is gently sloping, full of flowers, ponds and trees, with plenty of quiet spots to relax in, a large unfenced pool for summer frolicking, and a patio at the back facing a dovecote full of toys; this is a family-friendly place. As for the building, it’s a farmhouse and winery that was later extended, then converted into a ‘casa rural’ in 1999: one of the first. The décor may not be scintillating but the hotel is run with warmth and good humour by Marian, who is present at the weekends and during the holidays. After a day visiting bodegas and beaches, or one of the several local spas (ask Marian about discounts) you can either dine in on request – the food is fresh and plentiful – or tuck into tapas at a wonderful mill restaurant in the forest. Bedrooms are large, gleaming and traditional, bathrooms have big white tiles, beds are dressed in crisp linen, and all you hear are the birds. Don’t think of coming in summer only. Spring is heaven in Galicia, winter sees roaring log fires, and Marian has devised an irresistible seven-day touring plan. Don’t miss Santiago de Compostela.