What a garden, what a view! Herbaceous borders, hidden corners, restful chairs, a tranquil pond, and heart-lifting colours throughout the year. Garden designer William and partner Robert have created a little paradise from a rocky hillside in the Alpujarras, on the edge of the national park. Champions of sustainability, the couple converted a derelict farmhouse where animals once lived, then developed two apartments, simple and open plan, using local stone, salvaged timber and traditional techniques. There are chestnut beams and terracotta floors, wood-burning stoves, Alpujarran rugs and cotton curtains, and William’s photographs on the walls. La Corona’s veranda has the mountain views; El Lujar a private courtyard and patio. Gleaming little kitchens will please you, along with books, guides and winter-warm floors. Although you are on the bend of an (unbusy) road, walks start from the door – the views are amazing, bird life abounds, Granada’s an easy drive. If you tire of cheffing, treat yourself to one of your gentle hosts’ dinners, a feast of garden produce.