On a plateau in Spain’s stunning Sierra de Aracena, hugged by cork and chestnut trees and reached by a steep track, this elegant family-run hotel comes with views that stretch to distant points of the compass. U-shaped around a chequered Andalucian patio, bedrooms are smartly furnished with huge beds, pretty sitting areas and private terraces.
Laze by the poolside, pick mushrooms and chestnuts on the 25-acre farm or enjoy the fire in the spacious lounge, bright with pictures by local artists. Feast on homemade jams, cereals, toast and hot coffee before hiking in the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park; uncover layers of history nearby or join in with local festivals.
Pop into whitewashed Alájar for tapas (3km) or ask Cristina and Alec for a simple supper – they do a good homemade tomato soup and the best Jabugo Ibérico ham is reared nearby. It’s as secluded as can be in this rural retreat, but there’s no lack of life round here.