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There’s a brand-new boutique hideaway in the Spanish hills: La Escondida hotel an hour from Alicante.

Owners Yvette and Terry Venables (yes, that Terry Venables) have created a countryside bolthole with tons of original features – every room has historic beams up above – and plenty of modern delights: indoor and outdoor pools, for instance, and first-class food from their creative young chef, who’s just returned from a stint in Michel Roux Jr’s kitchen at La Gavroche. The acres of grounds give you plenty of space to roam (nab a glossy steed from the stables down the road to explore on horseback) and the sunrises are worth waking up for at least once: a rural Spanish dawn in the middle of nowhere is a dreamy way to start your day.

We stopped by a few weeks before opening day to nose around; scroll on to explore La Escondida in pictures…

All photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near AlicanteThe stables just down the road have some particularly handsome horses to borrow…

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

 (©2014 Rachel Juarez-Carr/countessian.com)La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

 

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near AlicanteOwners Yvette and Terry Venables, soaking up the sun on La Escondida’s vast terrace.

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

La Escondida hotel near Alicante

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