Two old houses in the heart of Ojen have been joined together and modernized – a donkey lived in what is now the kitchen when Virginia bought it in 1968 – but original features such as the uneven walls, ceiling beams and alcoves have been retained and the house has been furnished with plenty of character.
Relax in the cosy living room with a puzzle or game of Scrabble, or cook in the galley kitchen – it’s small but opens up into a dining area so the cook can have company. From here, doors lead out to a pretty patio, and a garden with a small swimming pool and views over a gorge to pine forest. There’s plenty to do here – wander into the village, explore the surrounding countryside, hike in the Sierra de las Nieves or drive to the coast in 15 minutes.
Inmaculada the housekeeper will leave you a welcome basket of flowers, as well as local chorizo and manchego, wine, eggs, fruit, milk and bread. A booklet has details of local walks and a map of the village’s shops and restaurants – there are lots of little tapas bars in the village square, a five-minute walk away.