A Pallares family member published a book telling the story of this house, which one of his forebears bought for a song in 1763, another converted into a hotel in 1931, and which, through family faith, perseverence and hard work, is now known and loved far beyond the borders of Catalonia.The mountain views are one major reason to stay at this hotel. You reach it via the attractive C-14 through the Pyrenean foothills. From its vantage point on a wooded hillside, the hotel looks down toward the pretty valley of the River Segre – all 41 rooms have views across wild landscapes and most have a balcony. The cuisine is another reason for a visit: in recent years the kitchen has won international recognition for original interpretations of Catalan cooking – innovative, yet based on local, organic ingredients. Guests book here from all over Europe and for many, the supreme peacefulness is the third major attraction. The Can Boix, though little more than an hour’s drive or so from Andorra, is remote and isolated. Yet with tennis and petanque in the gardens, as well as golf and many other outdoor activities nearby, and the delightful prospect of walking in the surrounding hills and valleys, there is little danger of boredom.