That's because the Trasierra is a hotel of balances. It strikes an important one between intimacy and privacy, being small enough for a big group to rent and big enough never to feel crowded. Another fine balance is between a smoothly managed hotel offering professional service and a family-run operation, which provides its guests with homemade olive oil, Jamon Serrano (the famous cured ham of the mountains) from the nearby village of Jabugo, and fine dining (the owner's daughter is an inspired chef). All this for the starting price of $185 per person per night, with breakfast included and special rates for people wanting to rent the entire house, which accommodates up to 22 people.
The possibilities of a restful holiday range from massages to long walks to simply reading in one of the hotel's many alcoves or open terraces. Those seeking an active holiday can ride, play tennis, do yoga or learn flamenco. tel: (34-95) 488 43 24; www.trasierra.co.uk.