The house is approached down a Palm-shaded drive. There are extensive formal lawns and gardens, which we planted in 2002; avenues of Jacaranda and 100 year-old olive trees, a vineyard, a young but fast-growing Eucalyptus wood and even a (habitable) “Folly” lower down the valley.

The stunning views of the grounds and surrounding National Parkland can all be appreciated from the 11m infinity swimming pool which is deep enough in which to dive properly. It is wonderful for night bathing with the underwater lights or indeed just the moonlight, if you would prefer to have them switched off.

There are no buildings to spoil the views, no light- pollution to dim the magic of the stars. The only sounds to be heard are the noise of frogs, crickets and cow bells. In this wonderful environment the skies are huge, the stars close enough to touch and the views are immense.