At the end of a narrow track arrive to a farmhouse, so discreet that it feels part of the sierra. Dutch owners Willem and Richard have blended rustic charm and modern comforts effortlessly, creating their own ‘eco-chic’ paradise within the remote valley ringed by mountains.
Sustainability is the order of the day here, with solar-powered electricity, water recycling and irrigation systems in place. La Ruina and the rooms in the old stables (Los Establos) are cosy, calm and simple with gorgeous bathrooms. Glamp it up in La Jaima, a structure tried and tested by nomadic tribes for two millennia – huge, theatrical and great fun.
Start the day with embutidos (cold cuts), cereals, juices and locally made breads; head out to explore the dozens of unsigned and unmapped paths. Return for a dip in the magnificent pool, and despite the remoteness, restaurants are minutes away too. The night skies are the clearest you’re ever likely to see.