Once shepherds drove their flocks over the Sierra Nevada’s rugged mountains, through pine forests, across ancient terraced soil, to the spring waters that colour this rural spot so green; pens were built, then a farmhouse; now, these sweet white cottages. Views are as stunning in scorching sunshine as in snow, stretching over a blanket of almonds to the national park’s soaring peaks. Walkers and bikers appreciate the rustic simplicity of the traditional Andalusian dwellings: chunky stone walls, terracotta tiles, beamed ceilings, patterned bedspreads, a slice of terrace for meals under the stars… if you wish to cook, that is, for Patri works wonders in the open kitchen. Lamb is from the farm’s flock, vegetables plucked from their own organic kitchen garden; hams are made on site. Sweet Pepe and Patri manage the farm’s almond trees, beehives, large pool, tennis court and play area, and offer masses of local tips and maps. Footpaths spider out from the farm, Granada is half an hour, the beach and ski slopes a little further. A scrumptious taste of Andalucian mountain life, food and people.