In the Natural Park of Alta Garrotxa, distinguished by its natural pools and 60 species of bird, the air begins to cool and the winding road brings you to the long leafy drive of Can Serola. Enveloped by terraced gardens, the place breathes total serenity. Step inside the 18th-century farmhouse; Gilbert, from the world of fashion and design, has renovated and redecorated exquisitely. With many intricate and precious things around, and a fenced pool, this is ideal for well-behaved children, but what a place for a gathering: you can rent the house in its entirety! Beautiful bedrooms come fully themed and spin you round the world in style: a muslin-hung ƒfour-poster in Africa; an intricately carved headboard in Morocco; a serene black/white bathroom in Japanese-themed Zen – guests have their favourites. Beds are huge, linen top quality, and four rooms open to the grounds. Wake to homemade muffins, cakes, croissants, hams, cheeses, fruits, served wherever you like them, then set off for Romanesque Besalú, Dali country and atmospheric Girona. Return to a massage, jacuzzi and sauna, drinks on the lawns and a delectable dinner.