Your host, Belgian artist and photographer Marie, lives nearby and welcomes you to her beautiful house with impressive views over Marbella and the coast, even taking in The Pillars of Hercules on clear days. Spacious terracotta-floored bedrooms (one has an attractive private terrace) have sea views and handsome furniture – including twin four-poster beds designed by a family friend. The sitting room is light and elegant, and the kitchen is neat and functional leaving you time to relax by the pool, hang in a hammock, or loll on the fabulous new terrace under the pines. Don your walking boots to head into the beautiful Sierra de las Nieves – trails lead straight from the finca. Marbella for excellent eateries and beaches for people-watching are a five minute drive. There are plenty of golf courses to choose from too.