A fabulous ‘Casa Rural’ in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Spain.

What could be better than staying at a rural retreat that oozes Spanish charm, has a Spanish cook who produces wonderful, locally sourced food and is owned by a friendly English couple who have a passion for the area, and who are more than willing to help you plan hikes or even pick you up and drop you off when needed?

That’s what you’ll find at Las Chimeneas, located in the quaint, whitewashed, mountain village of Mairena in the Alpujarras, at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The guesthouse has stunning views of the mountains and valley below, which is planted with almond, fig and olive trees and is a real bolt hole for those looking for some peace and quiet.

And for those who like company, you can hang out in the lounge where there's a fireplace, lots of books and wireless internet, or dine at the guesthouse where the food will not disappoint. Hosts Emma and David supply guests with detailed route notes and maps, and a packed lunch and/or baggage transfer and pick up can be arranged on request.

Doubles start from £60, so visit www.i-escape.com/casa-rural-las-chimeneas/overview for more information and booking.

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