Casa Vina de Alcantara, near Jerez, Spain

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  • A gorgeous country house hotel in the rolling vineyards of the Del Rio González-Gordon wine estates, just 10 minutes' drive from Jerez

    Gonzalo del Rio y Gonzalez-Gordon, owner of award-winning Seville hotel Casa No 7, has again waved his magic decorative wand at Casa Alcántara to create a hotel of cool, subtle elegance.

    This former hunting lodge stands among mature forest on the edge of the family’s vineyards: the palomino grapes for their Tio Pepe sherry are grown here.

    The delicate, deco-ish façade is evocative of the French Riviera, a feeling heightened by twin cypresses flanking the main entrance and slender washingtonia palms.

    A butler will be there to greet you, whisk your bags to your room, and pamper you throughout your stay. There is more than a hint of Graham Greene: drinks delivered on a silver tray, silver service at breakfast, eggs poached or scrambled.

    The decorative style incorporates oil paintings, antiques, frescoes and floors of polished buff limestone. Bedrooms and bathrooms are superb; secreted away in the garden is a spectacular pool whose obsidian finish mirrors the surrounding forest.

    Casa Vina de Alcantara near Jerez is a gorgeous country hotel with 9 rooms, with doubles starting from €160 for bed and breakfast.

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