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Bois Joli
Bagnoles, France

Delightful setting,
beautifully furnished,
activities nearby

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George and Dragon
Lake District, U.K.

Friendly atmosphere,
cosy rooms,
local food

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Villa Sostaga
Navazzo, Italy

Tranquil location,
hypnotic views,
friendly atmosphere

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Trigony House Hotel
Scotland, U.K.


Edwardian lodge,
handsome rooms,
garden spa

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Hotel Angela
Lech am Arlberg, Austria

Former farmhouse,
comfortable,
ideally located

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Batty Langley's
London, U.K.

Period decor,
regal atmosphere,
excellent service

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Known for its food, year-round mild climate and the ‘Costas’, Spain is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. Indeed, the 1,200 kilometre stretch along the Mediterranean coast is synonymous with mass tourism, and as such it is more difficult to find our kind of hotel there. Nevertheless, our selection of the best places to stay in Spain includes some of the most interesting boutique, luxury and budget hotels throughout the country, in addition to guesthouses, restaurants-with-rooms and even converted palaces.

Our Andalucía sub-section, covering the majority of the Spanish south, is one of our most extensive, whilst the North of Spain, despite often being more overlooked by holiday-goers, has some of our favourite hotels in beautiful locations.

We include three further sub-sections for the major Balearic Islands – MenorcaMallorca and Ibiza – located off the eastern coast of Spain, known for their sandy beaches and popular with British tourists. Our Spanish section also covers the Canary Islandson three of which we have found places worth recommending: Gran Canaria, La Palma and Tenerife.

Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm that we value.

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Casa Grande a Fervenza

Ctra.Lugo-Paramo.Km11, 27163, O Corgo, +34 982 150610
Idyllic retreat in Galician nature reserve

Casa Grande de Cornide

Calo, Teo, Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, +34 981 893044
Laid-back country retreat with walled garden

Casa Grande de Trives

Calle Marques de Trives 17, 32780 A Pobra de Trives, Orense, Galicia, Spain, +34 (0)988 332 066
Outside, imposing; inside, cosy and welcoming

Castillo de Valdes-Salas

Plaza de la Campa, s/n, 33860, Salas, +34 985 830173
Characterful 16thC castle near coast

El Habana

La Pereda, Llanes, 33509 Asturias, +34 985 402526
Attractive country hotel in beautiful location

El Molino de Tresgrandas

Tresgrandas, 33598, +34 985 411191
Riverside mill with fresh trout

Hotel Pazo O'Rial

El Rial No 1, 36600, Villagarcia de Arosa, +34 986 507011
Lovely old manor house on coast

Hotel Ribadesella Playa

Ricardo Cangas 3, 33560, Ribadesella, +34 985 860715
Unpretentious seaside hotel in a stylish resort

La Tahona de Besnes

C. Besnes, Alles, 33578 Penamellera Alta, Asturias, Spain, +34 985 415641
Great base for walking, riding, canoeing

Pazo da Merced

15510, La Coruña, Neda, +34 981 382200
Welcoming 17thC pazo on river shore

Pazo de Bentraces

Bentraces, 32890, +34 (0)988 383 381
15thC bishop's palace in peaceful hamlet

Posada del Valle

Collia , 33549 Arriondas, +34 985 841157
Cosy family farmhouse in Picos mountains
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