Little has changed in centuries in this beautiful sierra, wild yet carefully tended and a paradise for riders and walkers. Welcome to Arabs Farm, 75 acres of sweet chestnut trees, olives and cork, where your discreet but hospitable English hosts live with horses, a donkey and various livestock. Sheep and Pata Negra pigs graze in the cork groves…by night, perhaps a wild boar fleeing the headlights of your car. It is a blissful spot for an out-of-the-way holiday: nature surrounds you, you have your own lovely pool, and a village (with good restaurants) two miles away. The two cottages lie at opposite ends of the farm in sweet seclusion, each summer-cool with whitewashed walls, rosy terracotta floors and small windows, each single-storey, each with a terrace for barbecues and views. The décor is charming and simple, there are books, welcome baskets and wood-burning stoves. You could stay all week and not visit the stores: the Farm Shop has it all! Make the most of lamb and pork, jamon serrano and chorizo along with organic vegetables from the farm, wine, eggs, olive oil and Hermione’s tapas – a marvel.