In a handsome Andalucian valley on the outskirts of Coín, is this bright, white, old mill turned mini-ranch. The Rio Bajo flows by beneath a huge bank of morning glory; there’s shady planting and a good-sized saline swimming pool alongside it. Owners, Giles (an ex-cavalry Yorkshireman) and his Dutch wife Miranda, keep twenty horses here, in beautiful condition, for riding holidays. And the nearby Sierras are great for hiking and biking too. The style indoors is fresh and uncluttered, with Moorish touches in tiling and fabrics. The practical breakfast room (dinner can be arranged too) has a wood-burner and big terrace with sail-cloth shade. Newer ground floor bedrooms look onto the paddock; rooms upstairs are being up-dated; modern bathrooms are pristine. The apartment, which can be self-catering, has mezzanine sleeping under the eaves and fossil-stoned arches with big windows into the double height living area. From the cobbled courtyard a cobbled road meanders the few hundred metres to the old part of town, for tapas and raciónes. The beaches of Marbella and San Pedro, and Malaga airport, are half an hour’s drive.