What comes first – location or accommodation? In my case it’s nearly always location but on this trip I was lured to the Northern Spanish town of Ribadesella by the seductive website of a stylish B&B – La Calma. I am pleased to report that La Calma didn’t disappoint and after 4 days it had done it’s job and calmed me down perfectly.

La Calma is the dream of Englishman Andrew and his Venezuelan wife Morelia. It was built to their specific design to cleverly resemble an old farmhouse. The five rooms are all beautifully decorated with modern en suite facilities that actually work (a novelty in Spain sometimes) and equipped with espresso machines for that early morning caffeine fix. The surrounding gardens have views across the valley and the entire area is quiet and peaceful. An added bonus is a holistic massage or Reiki treatment from Morelia, something that the couple hope to expand on in the next few years, creating a wellness centre to cater for all us stressed out city dwellers. A double room cost 100 Euros a night with breakfast and my hour long massage was 50 Euros.

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