The narrowest of country lanes passes sleepy bars, errant chickens and groves of medlar, quince and olive before eventually looping round, then ending, at La Morera. The classical vision of Arcadia: two solid whitewashed farmhouses, swaying palm fronds, jasmine-clad terraces, orchards stretching to a river. Inside, a meticulous division of space and design from a team of friends from England. Their aim? To create one of the plushest, most exciting rent-a-homes in Andalucía. Enter a lofty hall-dining room with a huge fireplace and a table for 14, then a twin sweep of stairs that arcs one way to the master suite (with a claw-footed tub in the bedroom itself), the other to a gorgeous chestnut-floored drawing room with enticing valley views. Bedrooms, all en suite, are fabulous; each has a balcony or private terrace, mattresses from England, cotton sheets from Egypt, perhaps a four-poster from Indonesia. Add to this a games room and cinema, two state-of-the-art kitchens, underfloor heating in the main house, a choice of two pools and a chef available at 24-hours notice. Exceptional.