LOOKING for a hideaway to escape the Christmas consumerism? Well, high up in the Sierra Morena Mountains sits one of Spain’s most isolated retreats
Dubbing itself, ‘Spain’s most primitive hotel’, the Sierra Mountain Refuge was once an old goat shed. Now fully restored, using only local, second-hand materials, this beautiful retreat can sleep up to 12 people. It sits in the heart of an organic estate, where visitors can pick fruit and vegetables grown on the land.
“You cook over an open fires and sleep on hand-made beds,” explains owner Javier, a 38-year-old lawyer from Sevilla. He and his wife found it while hiking in the area in 2008.
“I wanted to create a unique mountain retreat for people to come and experience a self sufficient way of life,” he adds.
Now guests can visit local cheese and wine producers, hike the highest peak in the province, visit the ancient Tentudía Monastery or simply relax. Unsurprisingly, there’s no internet access and driving is discouraged but you can walk from Arroyomolinos de Leon accompanied by mule packs.