If we can misquote David Bowie for the sake of a headline. We can? Sweet.

Look it was either that or “Basque in the glory” joke and we’re pretty sure we’ve done that already.

This is all a very long-winded (and yes, you’re right, slightly desperate) way to announce that, in April 2022, the rather charming Villa Soro will open in San Sebastián.

After a “considered” redesign by the Soldevila-Ferrer family, and the team behind Mallorca icons Sant Francesc Hotel and Can Ferrereta Hotel, has transformed this aristocratic villa built in 1898 and one of a few heritage properties in San Sebastián – into a stunning 25-room boutique hotel.

You’ll find Villa Soro in the Barrio de Gros, one of San Sebastián’s most vibrant districts, putting it in staggering distance of the city’s much celebrated dining scene, one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-stars in the world. “Neighbours” thus include the likes of Arzak, Mugaritz and Elkano, alongside the acclaimed pinxtos offerings of Ganbara, La Viña and Bar Nestor. If you’re not there to eat though (really?), you’re also well placed for the Museo San Telmo, botanical gardens and the Basque cider museum.

South facing, and thus bathed in sunshine, the main house feels closer to a private residence than a hotel. The refurbishment has maintained the spirit of the house, enhancing existing heritage features, such as the central staircase, wood panelled bar and open fireplaces while, as you’d expect, incorporating modern design and all mod cons.

Villa Soro will open in April 2022 and be open year-round. Rates from €250 (approx. £210) B&B per night.