There’s a mellow feel up here, only the storks are higher, and the views are stunning.
Stroll from your room across the worn-stoned courtyard for an excellent breakfast indoors, or out in the citrus grove: good coffee and home-grown orange juice; home eggs any-which-way with local bread, cheeses, meats and cakes. English-speaking Vivien leads a friendly, skilful local team who care for guests and animals. Horse-lovers and riders will be in their element; expert tuition is available, for yoga too. And there’s advice on water sports, beaches and inland adventures.
Two of the suites have their own kitchen but you’ll want to eat out in Vejer – try the Pena Pino – and maybe head for Barbate port and its Michelin-starred El Campero restaurant. When it’s chilly there’ll be a fire in the big, beamy sitting room with its honesty bar; when it’s hot there’s shade down by the pool, and cooing doves. Linger late to listen to resident owls.