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Urune, Vizcaya, Spain
Looking for a high-design escape in the Basque countryside? The renovated 1780 farmhouse Urune (8 Txakale Auzoa; 34/94-465-1663; urunehotela.com; doubles from $135), a 30-minute drive west of Bilbao, delivers. The rooms retain remnants of the former building (plaster walls; steep chestnut roofs) but have been refreshingly updated with low-slung beds and space-agey purple pod chairs. Best of all is the shaded flagstone terrace overlooking the forested hills.