Hillside house on the edge of Los Arcornocales National Park with spectacular views of Morocco from both house and garden
Alistair and Amy’s welcoming house dates back a hundred years; it was once the market garden for the village and the old terraces remain cut into the hill.
The garden is a treat with the odd legacy from its more productive days; you’ll find oranges, lemons, pears and pomegranates, figs and walnuts, too. Palms soar, but look down hill and Morocco looms majestically across the Straits of Gibraltar.
Down at the house you get an open fire in winter, an old terracotta-tiled floor, Hessian rugs, leather sofas and loads of candles. Amy and Alistair run the place with easy charm: don’t come looking for hotel service; do come if you want to feel at home.
The three rooms are smart, homely, rustic, stylish. Sprigs of lavender and rosemary are left on pillows, pretty eiderdowns cover wooden beds. A small casita in the garden sleeps two (you self-cater) but it is not free in the summer – then, the whole house is available to rent.
Head back outside, climb the hill and you’ll find the pool encircled by trees. The sky above is a flight path for migrating birds, Los Arcornocales National Park starts right behind you; tracks lead out from the house.
Huerta las Terrazas in Andalucia is a pretty, rural guesthouse with 3 rooms, with doubles costing from €85 for bed and breakfast.