Set in the heart of the Aragonese Pyrenees in northern Spain sits the Hotel Viñas de Lárrede, a four-star Pyrenean chalet-style hotel. It’s located within the historic tenth-century village of Lárrede, between the Sierra de Guara and the Ordesa y Monte Perdido Natural Parks.
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If you’re looking for a place to simply get away from it all, or to enjoy a playground in the Pyrenees, this is the place. It’s the ideal winter retreat, surrounded by soaring mountains and snow-capped peaks. Inside, it’s warm, welcoming and cosy with lots of natural wood. The hotel has just 17 rooms, each one individually decorated and completely clad in wood, from the walls and ceiling to the floor and furniture.
“All areas of the hotel are charming, but the porch and the circular terrace are my favourites,” says director general Joaquín Del Rincon Lopez. “They are relaxing places to gather, both to eat and enjoy a good drink.”
The hotel lies just 20 kilometres from the largest ski area in Spain, Formigal – Panticosa. The area comprises 179 kilometres of ski slopes across six different valleys, and as well as skiing and snowboarding, visitors can try their hand at kite-skiing, heli-skiing, snowmobiling, sledding and snowshoeing.
In the summer, guests can enjoy golf at Las Margas, an 18-hole course located just a five-minute drive away. Other adventures in the surrounding area include visits to castles, cathedrals and monasteries, or even hiking part of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James).
And when you come back from a day out on in the mountains, you can return to dine at the cosy Restaurante Viñas, where you can enjoy the Pyrenees with all five senses, with the dining being matched with incredible views. The menu is based on local seasonal produce from the hotel’s own garden, as well as meat from the valleys and fresh fish brought in from the Cantabrian Sea. “If I could describe the hotel in three words, they would be unique, magical and paradise,” concludes Del Rincon Lopez.