A short hop from the coast. Wend your way up, past manicured villas to El Monte Bajo – private and quiet, yet far from remote. Its sister, Al Ladino, is next door. Step onto the terrace: warm terracotta tiles and pathways lead to a beautifully kept garden with figs, lemons, bougainvillea. Skip down the steps into your cheerful kitchen to find homely knick-knacks and plenty of mod cons. The feel is one of real Spanish character, luxury and comfort. You’ll find gorgeous old furniture, carved wooden doors and quirky décor throughout: an old string-less lute on the wall, a carved wooden bull. Bedrooms are smart, white and modern with memory foam mattresses – a good night’s sleep guaranteed! Bathrooms are equally stylish: a sunken bathtub with garden views and a mosaic of natural stone take centre stage. Your welcome basket is generous, and brims with seasonal fruit, tuna, black bread, milk, red wine… once you’ve had your fill, head out for excellent walks in the nearby sierras, or visit Granada’s Alhambra (just over an hour’s drive) and the beautiful town of Frigiliana – once voted prettiest village in Spain.