This old farmhouse, with stunning views as far as the snow-capped Sierra Nevada, sits atop a hill amidst the olive belt that stretches across half of Andalucía. If you like little-known corners of Spain, stay here and use it as a launch pad for your visit to the glories of Granada and Córdoba, the famous beaches of the Costa del Sol, and Málaga, whose charming Old Town is often passed by. It’s a favourite with our readers and no surprise: owners Patriek and Bernadette have backgrounds in gastronomy and tourism and run a delightful small hotel. The renovation feels new yet the ‘rustic’ air of a 250-year-old Andalucían cortijo has been beautifully and lovingly preserved. Find restored old country pieces, rough-rendered walls, beamed bedrooms, wrought-iron bedsteads and spotless bath and shower rooms. The sitting room and dining room are cosy as can be with log-burning stoves, and in summer you spill into the flower-filled white-walled courtyard. It is quiet, remote, friendly… and there’s no need to eat out when you can enjoy superb dinners here: Patriek is a maestro in the kitchen.