Nature and tranquillity bless this fairytale cottage, a new-build of superb quality and eco-friendly design. Hand-glazed brick floors, sloping beams and old wooden furniture beautifully restored by Natalia create an air of rustic authenticity. As for the fittings, they’re modern and faultless, the leather armchairs exude style, the compact kitchen blends in seamlessly and the home entertainment fights for attention with the views. Two cosy, classic bedrooms and two shower rooms, one with a stunning carved stone sink replete with fossils – surely the most historic basin in this book! Food tastes wonderful in the open air – savour it and the views from the sweet dining terrace overlooking the valley. And when you’ve polished off the contents of the hamper, stock up on produce from the farmers’ cooperative. In the lush natural garden the lovely salt water pool is a godsend on a hot day; underwater lighting may tempt you to swim under the stars. Easy walks and bike trails link pretty villages, unspoilt beaches beckon and lovely, generous Natalia lives up the road.