Just outside the Sierra de las Nieves National Park this old watermill has been converted into a small hotel. Built in Andalucian style around a central courtyard with a fountain, all the rooms have views of the surrounding countryside. Water canals run through parts of the house and the furnishing and decoration give it a somewhat Bohemian feel.
     It has just six bedrooms, and you can also hire the entire place on a catered or self-catered basis. Breakfast is served around the pool in fine weather and dinner is available each night for an extra charge – you have to try Madeline's cooking.
     Each room is decorated with souvenirs that the family picked up on a round-the-world trip; there's no air-conditioning, but there are fans and heaters. All the rooms have bathrooms and the downstairs ones have access to the garden with their own relaxing seating area. The garden is large and has a number of places to enjoy the peace and quiet in the sun or shade.
     This is a hotel that positively welcomes children: there's a trampoline in the garden, plenty of DVDs and an early dinner sitting. The hotel is located right next to the Rio Grande among orange and olive groves, so children can roam safely.
     Owners Gerard and Madeline are friendly and speak good English. They know the area well and are happy to suggest outings. The beach is half an hour away; horse-riding, cycling and canoeing are nearby. It's a little close to the road, but there's not much traffic.
     Please note: credit cards are not accepted.