A luxury mini-break, which includes a three-night trip to Casona Granado in Andalucia, including travel, awaits one lucky reader and their guest
At the centre of the traditional village of El Pilar, in the remote hills of south-eastern Andalucia, lies the Casona Granado, an award-winning eight-room hotel that blends bucolic charm with modern design.
Director’s exclusive competition offers one lucky reader and their guest a three-night stay here on a bed-and-breakfast basis; two return tickets from Gatwick to Almería; and transfers between the airport and the hotel.
Having been neglected for many years, Casona Granado has recently been lovingly restored to encapsulate the unspoilt beauty of rural Spain. Guests can soak up views of the sweeping countryside through the large windows of their ensuite rooms or stroll through the quaint little village, whose properties are all whitewashed in the traditional Andalucian style.
The hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, Albar, serves the very best of rustic Spanish cuisine and plays a valuable role in the community, hosting events that showcase the cultural traditions of El Pilar. With a celebrated menu that changes with the seasons, Albar uses high-quality ingredients from local suppliers and its own garden to deliver the authentic taste of Andalucia.
Despite its rural location, El Pilar is within easy reach of the historic city of Almería; the unspoilt sandy beaches of Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park; and the picturesque villages of Lubrín, Mojácar and Sorbas by car. The hotel offers group or private excursions, including foraging walks, cave tours and visits to local attractions, such as a pottery and a mountaintop shrine. It can also recommend scenic routes for cyclists and hikers of all levels of fitness and ability. But you may well want to just kick back, pick up a book and listen to the birdsong here. After all, guests at Casona Granado do tend to find it’s the perfect place to simply stop and disconnect from their hectic working lives for a few precious days.
Casona Granado gallery (click to enlarge)
Email us with your name, address and telephone number, or post your details to:
Casona Granado competition, Director, SevenC3, 3-7 Herbal Hill, London EC1R 5EJ
18 September 2017
Rules and conditions The winner will be the first entry drawn at random from all entries received by noon on the closing date, 18 September 2017. The prize is open to readers of Director who are aged 18 or over and reside in the UK, except for employees of the Institute of Directors and SevenC3; contributors to Director magazine and its supplements; and employees of Casona Granado. The prize must be taken within one
year from the day that the winner is notified. The hotel will arrange airport and hotel transfers in Spain and air fares when the travel dates are confirmed. The prize and its components are subject to availability. They are not transferable and there is no cash alternative. The winner and their guest are responsible for ensuring that they have valid passports with at least six months’ validity, travel insurance and correct visas where necessary. The prize includes breakfast, but does not include any insurance or any other expenses during the trip. By entering, contestants are bound to the above rules.