Former England football team manager Terry Venables has realised his dream of opening his own boutique hotel.
Along with his wife Yvette, Venables has been working for two years to turn La Escondida Hotel and Restaurant in Spain into a luxury 10-room property complete with a spa and fine dining restaurant.
La Escondida was built as a hunting lodge on the edge of the Font Roja National Park on the east coast of Spain’s Alicante region.
The Venables did not embark on the project along. Luxury boutique hotel market advisors, Suite DNA headed by Katy McCann, worked closely with the owners on every detail. The cost of the property and rennovation have not been disclosed.
Venables is no stranger to Spain, having managed FC Barcelona in the mid-1980s, but it is the tranquillity of parkland, just 35 minutes from the Mediterranean, that attracted the husband and wife owners. “The beauty of the area was breath taking. We are always in search of places that are off the beaten track and La Escondida was certainly that, yet such a short distance from the coast,” he said.
The property, which sits in 500 acres of parkland, has taken two years to restore, and retains many original features hand painted tiles and oak wooden beams.
Each of the 10 rooms has its own unique design, but all draw inspiration from the 19th century fabric of the building, and its connection with the surrounding countryside.
“The pride and joy of Escondida is our kitchen. Our Michelin-star trained chef serves up the most delicious dishes, using the freshest ingredients and locally-sourced produce. Between meals there is a whole world to be explored – either on your own doorstep or in the great outdoors with many activities on offer and beaches only a 30 minute drive away,” the hotel’s web site states.