Hotel Mas de la Costa - Valderrobres

Province of Turel, Aragon, Spain

  • Superior
  • Junior Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Suite

Romantic hotel & restaurant, in the Matarraña region, bordering Catalonia

Mas de la Costa, a four-star boutique hotel, is located in the countryside near Valderrobres, a charming medieval village with narrow cobbled streets. The hotel is built around a renovated 1804 farmhouse (masía) with stables and barn, whose architectural elements were lovingly preserved: stone walls, wooden rafters. The buildings are surrounded by gardens with lovely mountain views, set in 23 hectares of olive and almond groves.

Françoise and Christian, the owners, created this charming hotel, environmentally friendly (off the grid), in harmony with its surroundings and history. Far from the madding crowd, our guests enjoy privileged private moments in elegant surroundings, with fine cuisine, in a natural setting. Our philosophy: Slow living, slow food.

Mas de la Costa offers installations for intimate and romantic weddings (up to 50 people). It also has two meeting rooms for business meetings such as strategy seminars of senior management, in quiet and discrete surroundings. Leave your day-to-day worries behind for a few days of brainstorming in a natural and calming setting offering comfort, privacy, personalised service and gourmet cuisine.

The rooms of Mas de la Costa are named after Françoise’s best-loved poets, whose books can be found in each room. They are decorated in a warm colonial style that complements simplicity and elegance. The old light-coloured teak-wood furniture create a cozy atmosphere. Our hotel has 15 rooms, decorated in a cosy colonial style, simple and elegant. Nearly all of them have lovely views. Some rooms access their own private garden.

Double Superior rooms are between 27 and 34 sq. meters in size. The rooms have ample King-size beds (1,80m by 2,00m). Their bathrooms, whose colours vary individually by room, are tiled with handmade tiles from Granada. Linen are 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton by the prestigious Italian textile company FRETTE. All but one room have magnificent views. Two rooms provide direct access to a small private garden. One room is fitted out for disabled persons.

Junior suites are spacious at 45 sq. meters in size and have vintage hardwood floors. They are equipped with a desk and a sitting area with a sofa. The bathrooms have two wash basins and an Italian-style walk-in shower. Two Junior Suites provide direct access to their own small private garden.

The three large Suites (50 sq. meters) combine a bedroom with a separate living room. The living room is equipped with a fireplace. The suites have vintage hardwood floors. The suites Garcia Lorca and Antonio Machado on the second floor have a private terrace. The third suite, Pablo Neruda, is in the former barn and offers views to the North, West and South. Its ceiling is supported by ancient wooden beams.

ALL ROOMS HAVE:

300-thread-count Egyptian cotton linen by Italian textile company FRETTE.
Free Wi-Fi.
King-size beds (1,80m x 2m). Swiss mattresses by ELITE.
Bath robe, slippers, hair blower in the bathroom.
Down pillows available upon request.
Italian-style walk-in shower.
Complete amenities set by NUXE.
Safe deposit box.

GASTRONOMIC RESTAURANT

Natural and regional dishes, with a focus on Mediterranean cuisine, not excluding influences from other countries’ fine cuisine. We work with organic produce and grow our own fruits and vegetables. Our restaurant is located in the ancient stables of the farm, which were extensively rehabilitated. The quadruple stone arches of the restaurant frame the mountain landscape beyond, providing impressive views of the Puertos de Beceite. Much of the year, lunch or dinner is served on the exterior terraces, from where one can admire the stars in our unpolluted night sky. Lunch and dinner at Mas de la Costa is à la carte and changes daily. Guests choose between two appetizers, two main courses and two desserts. The choices include traditional Spanish dishes but also some more exotic ones. We strive to offer something for all tastes. Upon request, and if markets permit, we can adapt our menu to the wishes of our guests. We adjust the dishes if a guest informs us of special dietary needs, food intolerances or allergies. For guests going on a full-day excursion, we can prepare a delicious picnic basket.

WINE CELLAR

The hotel has an honesty bar, which is on the ground floor of the old farmhouse. It is located in our wine cellar and offers a broad selection of before and after dinner drinks, as well as about 100 different wines from Spain, France, Italy and Argentina.In the lounges of the hotel, seated by a fireplace, or in the library, our guests can enjoy a nice glass of wine, their favourite scotch or a cocktail. Our guests help themselves to their favourite drinks and write down what they have consumed, as if they were at home. A very pleasant place to be in the quiet afternoon after a long day out.

INFINITY POOL, SAUNA & STEAMBATH

The swimming pool of Mas de la Costa offers splendid views across the surrounding country-side, a refreshing nook in the gardens to relax in the heat of summer. The pool is slightly salty, 60 sq.meters & surrounded by a spacious lawn and garden. You’ll enjoy the lounge chairs, a hammock to bask in the sun and forget the notion of time. Close by, all around the hotel you’ll find gardens and terraces and small nooks with tables, chairs, another hammock, inviting you to read a good book or have a drink looking at the often spectacular sunset. The pool is open from June to September, or longer, depending on the weather. The reception provides bath towels free of charge and you can order bar service from our staff. We do not allow pets in this area. 

When the pool is closed off-season, our guests enjoy a small indoor spa, with a sauna and a steam bath. Kindly ask our receptionist one hour ahead of time if you want to use these facilities. In your room, you’ll find bathrobes and slippers. In the spa area, you’ll find additional towels and lounge chairs for your comfort. The use of the spa is free of charge when shared with other guests. This area es habilitated from October to June. In case of using the spa area in privacy, you can do so by adding an extra charge per room per day. It is necessary to book the spa in our reception. The sauna & steam bath is available for private use until 17hs. To make your staying more comfortable we have also included relaxing massages, which you can book in advance so as to assure availability and the most convenient time frames for you. 

ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS IN ARAGÓN

Aragon is full of secret and charming places to visit. We share with you some preferred activities chosen by our guests, to enjoy with your family and friends.

  •  Cycling - The landscape of the Matarraña region invites the traveler to undertake some healthy activity, such as cycling. The area offers some spectacular routes such as the Vía Verde del Valle de Zafán (old railway route with sections of 25 to 50 km). — The Pedales de los Ports is another famous option, for confirmed cyclists, usually done in 4 daily stages, representing about 205 km with a lot of gradient, where riding is a real treat.
     
  • Hiking - Hiking trails to do on foot in a region, which surprises one with its forests and varied landscapes. 
  • Wine & Olive Oil -  Enjoy a visit to a small local producer of olive oil or wine, or to a state of the art modern winery. 

  • Natural Reserve of the Puertos de Beceite - The Puertos de Beceite mountain range straddles the provinces of Tarragona, Teruel and Castellon. Renowned for its landscapes it is one of two known habitats of the native mountain goat (capra pyrenaica hispanica), a shy mountain goat with impressive horns. The range is covered with different types of pine, oak and beech forests. In spring, the forest is filled with miniature wild orchids. It also hosts a large population of vultures. Monte Caro, the highest peak in the park, rises to 1447m. It is located 35 minutes from the hotel.
     
  • Vulture Observatory - Mas de Bunyol is a vulture observatory built above a farmhouse inside a feeding ground for vultures. The guided tour takes place daily, 365 days a year. Through the observatory’s glass windows you can see a short distance away the descent of hundreds of vultures waiting for the entry of Vultureman who brings them their daily delicacy. A must see for nature lovers and an unforgettable experience for those of us who enjoy seeing animals in freedom.
    The bird observatory is located 10 minutes away.
     
  • Grutas de Cristal (Crystal Caves) near Molinos - Discovered in April 1961 by speleologists from Barcelona in collaboration with local residents, the site is known as the Graderas Cave or the Crystal Cave. It is an underground natural monument. The cave’s atmosphere and the absence of light sharpens one’s senses. Its temperature remains constant throughout the year, at 14ºC with 90% humidity. The cave is alive with stalagmites and stalactites still being formed.
    The caves can be reached in an hour by car.
     
  • Horseback Riding - The area of Horta de San Juan and the nature reserve of the Puertos de Beceite, are two attractions in the area proposed by Equnatura. Discover some of the Terra Alta region on horseback.  You can combine horseback riding with olive oil or wine tasting, canyoning. Or just take a walk to Assut de Lledo, the Mirador de Grillo or the towering rock formation of the Rocas de Benet. 
     
  • Nature Reserve  - Terres del Ebre is where one of the largest rivers in the Iberian Peninsula creates the great Ebro Delta, and where the mountains of the Els Ports Natural Park meet the sea. The Delta offers clean beaches, a place to ride a bicycle through rice fields. It is the natural habitat of thousands of birds, such as flamingos as well as other migratory and native species. It is an hour drive.
  • Mining Museum in a real coal mine - This mine dates from the middle of the 19th century. You enter the mine in the little personnel train which was used by the miners. The carriage descends through a gallery with a 36º inclination. After a trip of some 200 meters you reach the first gallery 100 meters below ground. The Escucha mine is located 1:25 hrs by car
     

VILLAGES OF THE MATARRAÑA
A DELUXE ESCAPADE WITH CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL ROUTES

To the east of Teruel province, far from the provincial capital, lies one of the most beautiful regions of Spain, the Matarraña. This region is composed of eighteen charming towns and villages with hidden cultural treasures, archaeological sites and sites of general interest. It is a land olive oil and fruit trees, which has remained very authentic. Hotel Mas de la Costa is surrounded by villages with medieval, Renaissance and Baroque heritage which allow one to travel back in history.  Below are just a few of the most charming villages.

VALDERROBRES
Declared of “cultural interest” by the Government of Aragon, the old nucleus of the town has great architectural value. It belongs to the association of “The most beautiful villages in Spain”. You enter it by walking across the Gothic Bridge which crosses the Matarraña. Visit the castle (Castillo) de and the church of Sta. María la Mayor, two of its hallmarks. The following was written in National Geogrphic as it was one of the 10 most beautiful towns in the Teruel Province. "The capital of the Matarraña region is crossed by the homonymous river. Valderrobres is located on a hill, at the foot of the river, and in its municipal area there are many archaeological sites , as this area has been inhabited since time immemorial. Its old town , which is accessed through a beautiful medieval bridge that was part of the town's walls, is full of places of interest. Among them, the Castle-Palace, the church of Santa María la Mayor (great example of Levantine Gothic), its Town Hall or the Casa de los Moles stand out."

BECEITE
The town of Beceite is located 10 km from the hotel. In the town you can visit the Font de la Rabosa, a natural water pool. The cultural heritage of the town includes one of the town’s former paper mills (the old Noguera factory), the hermitage of Santa Ana, the Calvary. Around the town you will visit the Ports de Beceit moutain range, bathe in the Pesquera or hike the Parrizal. 

LA FRESNEDA
Superb small town with medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, located about 10 km from the Hotel. The Plaza Mayor, the City Hall with its Gothic and Renaissance porticoes and the Palace of the Encomienda, ancient headquarter of the military Order of Calatrava, are some of the examples of this harmonious architectural complex. 

CALACEITE
The origin of the name comes from the Arabic Calat Zeit. The town is adorned with Baroque-style buildings. On market day, Wednesday, the town is filled with colorful stalls and its smells flood the streets. Calaceite was declared of “cultural interest”. Nearby, you can visit the Iberian archeological site of San Antonio. As one of National Geographic's 10 most beautiful towns in the Teruel Province the magazine said the following. Calaceite is characterized by its slopes and cobbled streets, in which the manor houses built in stone and decorated with wrought iron stand out. This town is the gateway to Catalonia from Aragon and its historic complex has been an Asset of Cultural Interest since 1973. 

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