It’s a fabulous drive through agricultural country to this whitewashed old house on a small rise with wide views over its hectares of olives, pine and almond trees. Comfortable bedrooms have beams, polished wooden floors and good bathrooms. Almendro has French doors to a private garden. Olivio is the largest with treen artwork, attributed to Pedro Barrera, the legendary bullfighter after whom the house is named. Breakfast is excellent value, a fine spread of ham, cheese and home made jams (or a full English, if you fancy it) – eat outside, surveying the neat and pleasant garden, or in the handsome dining room with its old church settle and handmade Valentin tiles. Relax on a floral sofa in the sitting room with its games, TV and a wood-burner, or around the pool with its loungers; enjoy homemade tapas and drinks in the evening. This is great riding, walking and golfing country, there are Roman ruins and cave paintings nearby and it’s only 15km to Caravaca, the fifth holiest city in the world.