Let the peace enter your soul at the end of the winding road. Here are three cottages in a fabulous olive grove near the largest man-made lake in Andalucia (in which you may swim). Sisters Marylynne and Gillian, delightful, helpful, generous, bought the old farmhouse after a trot round the globe. Snug, simple and individual, each cottage has a private entrance and a courtyard; cheek by jowl, they interlink beautifully for larger groups. One is open-plan and flooded with light, another has old low ceilings and an inglenook feel; Perdiz and Liebre (our favourites) sport Moorish sofas. All are charming inside: terracotta tiles, white walls, bright fabrics, spotless bathrooms. No neighbours detract from the peace, but you can stroll through the olive groves to the local shop, or stock up at farmers’ markets and fire up the barbecue. Bask on a wicker lounger by the pool and relish the views, or play pétanque on the sand court. Borrow a bike, rock climb or ride, take binoculars for the birds – you may hear the nightingale sing. There’s even a wonderful restaurant close by: the cherry on the cake!