A short, rough track leads you to this big, stone country house. Although built as recently as 2007 it exudes a timeless feel with its iron chimney, shutters and ivy-draped exterior. Stepping inside you immediately know that this is a much-loved family home – it’s filled with designer Sonia’s family photos, paintings and antique furniture. The living/dining room is the hub of the house with a huge open fire and views to the garden through floor-to-ceiling windows; the grand wooden dining table positively encourages convivial meals and late night chatting while the small kitchen is off here and has a large serving hatch so you won’t have to run round every time. And there’s a TV room and book-filled snug. Bedrooms (some up, some down) are lovely and peaceful; the downstairs en suite doubles open to the garden and the double bunkroom is fun for kids. Outside: soak up the sun next to the infinity pool, retreat to the shade of the vine-covered terrace. You’re near the Sierra de la Pandera and hugged by olive groves so it feels deliciously remote but you’re not far from the city of Jaén with its impressive renaissance cathedral.