Cal Pep is an extraordinary house. Sympathetically rebuilt so that the exterior fits with the traditional Catalan village of La Nou de Gaia, its modern, light interior lifts your spirits as soon as you enter its impressive wooden doors. It is hard to capture in photos or words the feeling of delight we had staying there. Cal Pep's owners have stylishly designed and furnished the house and making arrangements to stay there was easy, efficient and pleasurable. There is an abundance of space and comfort - our three teenagers were thrilled with their en-suite accommodation and opportunity to lounge in the sun. Huge windows and large terraces look over hills and vineyards (where we spotted a family of wild boar!). We took several very pleasant walks straight from the front door as well as driving the short distance to beaches in the lively resorts of Torredembarra, Altafulla and Tamarit. Inland, picturesque mountains and rivers are within a two hour drive and definitely worth visiting. We particularly enjoyed the medieval monastery of Poblet and walled market town of Montblanc in the Prades mountains. A swimming pool would have would have made it ridiculously perfect, but we did take advantage of a lovely pool (and nearby restaurant) in the neighbouring village of El Catllar. If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay, then look no further.