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Villa Sostaga
Navazzo di Gargnano, Italy

Comfortable villa,
local food,
superb lake views

Wish you were here?

Cuq-Toulza, France

Hilltop location,
charming views,
stunning rooms

Wish you were here?

Chateau de Rochecotte
St-Patrice, France

18thC castle inn,
views over Loire Valley,
authentic baroque interior

Wish you were here?

Shieldaig Lodge
Scotland, U.K.

Scottish highlands,
victorian hunting lodge,
walking nearby


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Our selection of places to stay in Western Spain fall in the provinces of Salamanca, Zamora, Caceres and Badajoz. This part of the country, bordering the frontier with Portugal, is relatively little visited by foreigners but it offers some great travel experiences. Caceres and Badajoz comprise the autonomous historic community of Extremadura, whose capital is Merida, where several of the Spanish conquerors of the New World were born, including Cortes, who took Mexico.

  One of the major geographical features of this generally hot, dry area is the River Tagus, running through the Tagus National Park. Another outstanding area for wildlife is the Monfrague Reserve.

  As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Western Spain offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses (hostals), restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

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Hospederia del Real Monasterio

Plaza Juan Carlos 1, 10140, Guadalupe, +34 927 367000
Full of atmosphere, impeccable service

Hotel Huerta Honda

Av Lopez Asme 30, 06300, Zafra, +34 924 554100
Charming villa, full of surprises

Meson La Cadena

Plaza Mayor 5, 10200, Trujillo, +34 927 321463
Converted palace, stylish and simple

PT Carlos V

Avda García, Prieto 1, 10450, Jarandilla de la Vera, +34 927 560117
Medieval splendour, ever popular
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