A medieval banquet wouldn’t look amiss in this secluded manor house set in olive groves and mountains. Hidden behind stone walls, the hotel – once a convent, a marquis’s mansion, a civil war barracks – feels like a rural Andalusian hamlet: citrus-dotted patios like village squares, swathes of white or earthy walls topped with terracotta; a pretty swimming pool; a huge events barn.
In the dining room a large, tasty breakfast is served by a roaring fire on chilly days. Bedrooms – so big they swamp four-posters – revel in history: romanesque columns, pigeonholes, a bath set in olive oil tanks, cattle mangers, chunky stone walls, a granary’s soaring vaulted ceilings… stunning. Tubs and showers are splendidly old-fashioned.
Beautifully rural, deliciously authentic and within reach of both beach and Sierra Nevada skiing – and if all the rustic finery isn’t grand enough, Granada’s Alhambra is 30kms down the road.