Almost too charming. Not, in fact, a critical comment, but this is one of many small hotels in this area that have been made over by talented interior designer-architects who might have used the Charming Small Hotel Guides as a textbook. Starting even outside, with the huge flagstones that lead to the front door, not a chance is lost to expose and set off some original feature; everything is a symphony of mellow old stone, gnarled beams, endless lovely country antique furniture, tastefully chosen fabrics and furnishings. The building was in fact once a church – some of the walls are 70 cm thick. Downstairs, public rooms and connecting areas held together with equal care in beautiful mellow brick and honey colours, deep brown and orange brown exposed wood. The dining room is especially charming, with modern chairs and tables offsetting the original irregular wooden pillars supporting the ceiling. Upstairs a passage floor is lined with two vivid lines of white tiles to offset the usual terracotta. Bedrooms are just as well done, OK for space, and bathrooms are a high standard.
The large village of Sepulcor is not especially interesting, but it’s a great base for outdoor activities in the Duraton Natural Park. There’s a cycle hire depot near the hotel entrance.