Superlatively classic in 5-star style, gloriously rural in its setting, here you have the choice villa among a select few that grace the hills and valley less than half an hour from beaches and top golf courses.
Very private, secure and secluded and set on its own at the end of a well-maintained track, its tranquillity and natural surroundings make it into an outstanding holiday prospect.
A full hectare of grounds is fenced round and an automatic security gate opens to a gravel driveway. You enter an estate set in sunnny hills teeming with trees and semi-tropical vegetation.
Morning glory clambers over bamboo, a white horse shakes her head in the mid-distance; there are avocado, olive, eucalyptus, lemon, apple trees and grapes on the vine.
The sierra glows orange in the evening light.
The gardens are beautiful, centred by palms and cactus. The hexagonal outdoor pool here is 10 metres across and is decked round with a terrace set out with sunbeds. The pool has heating, an adjoining warm jacuzzi, and can be fenced round for child safety.
The accommodation is extensive and maintains highest standards throughout.
It’s plush without being chintzy. Classic in its clear-cut, dark colours against clean white backgrounds, the villa eschews flowery decoration to be unobtrusively luxurious.
Dark furniture stands out against white flooring, wood beams against white-painted vaulted ceilings. It’s professionally prepared and impeccably presented.
The whole divides into three self-contained units that together sleep a total of twenty people in ten bedrooms.
The Main villa has six bedrooms for up to 12 people, each with its own private, furnished terrace.
Of these, the wood-beamed Master bedroom stands out with its four-poster double bed, garden view, terrace balcony and an open-plan walk-in shower and round bath, all in white, and shining with stylish lamps and faucets. A lower level bedroom is especially suited to children. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors slide open to a safe area for children with a plastic playhouse and slide.
Children are welcome here. Stairs can be blocked and the outdoor pool can be fenced on request.
The ground floor Apartment increases the capacity to eight bedrooms for 16 people. It communicates with the Main Villa upstairs via a staircase of 17 steps and a lockable door. It also has a separate entrance from the outside.
The Apartment, which opens to the lawns and pool, has two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. One has a full size bath and the other a shower. One of the bedrooms acts as a studio with a living space and kitchen facilities. Each room has outdoor access through large-windowed doors, either to a wicker sofa, armchairs and table. or directly to the lawn and swimming pool.
The garden Cottage is an independent house with two double bedrooms and is set some 50 metres apart in the grounds. It completes the accommodation for a group of 20 in ten bedrooms. The cottage has its own parking space, but is not far from the main villa.
The Cottage continues the villa’s light-and-dark decorative theme. The white-tiled floor of the open-plan house is set around with brown sofas and a large rug. It’s completely self-contained with full kitchen facilities and meal times may be rotated from breakfast bar to dining table to small tables in the living area.
A hallway leads to the Cottage's two double bedrooms. One has an en suite bathroom, the other has a bathroom directly outside.
There is a computer terminal with Internet connection and also WiFi in the Main villa, Apartment and Cottage.
The Main villa's entrance hall overlooks a light-filled living room and spreads out from there to provide generous accommodation for sleeping, dining and entertainment.
A full complement of 20 guests can eat together here with no shortage of plates and glasses for a dinner party. You have filtered drinking water on tap and unlimited fresh coffee, both complimentary extras.
By the large, completely equipped kitchen, a breakfast bar seats six people, a vaulted dining area seats ten, and a sliding glass door opens to a covered terrace furnished for eight people more.
The shaded terrace is an especially attractive place for meals. It looks out over gardens, pool and to the tree-filled mountains. There’s an in-built wood or charcoal barbecue in an exterior kitchen here and two additional gas barbecues.
In a holiday property that has something extra to offer, steps go down to another terrace with cushioned wicker armchairs
The lawned gardens extend out from the villa and the grounds are planted with semi-tropical fruit trees and a small vineyard. The views round and about make the gardens decidedly inspiring.
The outdoor swimming pool has steps in and a heated jacuzzi for wallowing in.
Whenever the sun shines–which is most weeks from May to September in this warm enclave inland from the Costa del Sol–the water is heated by an imaginative solar system. On a slope below the garden, you will find seven large caps of coiled black piping, which soak up the sun’s heat and channel it back to the pool. The solar system heats the water up to 24⁰C and often higher.
A path leads to the indoor pool which is in a separate building. While the water is heated to 28⁰C, air conditioning keeps the atmosphere cool and breathable. The pool is under a white cane ceiling.
A new gym comes equipped with with 2 vibro boards, a cross-trainer, a exercise bicycle, spinner, various dumbbells and yoga ball.
There is plenty of room for parking. You can leave 2 cars in a garage, 3 more in a car port and more outside.
A short drive away are four satisfyingly different country restaurants, from simple to classy, all offering a range of very good food. And Casares village, perched on a promontory with impressive views, has plenty of charm. There are all manner of local shops and one or two recommendable restaurants, too. It’s a pleasure to stroll around.
The Mediterranean coast, with more than one sandy beaches suitable for children, is only 20 minutes away. For the older set, there are marinas with nightlife and local golf courses are among the best in Europe. Nearby Finca Cortesin held the 2012 World Match Play Championship.
Venture further west and within an hour you can be in Tarifa, where beaches take on a completely different, more natural, Atlantic character and conditions are perfect for windsurfing. A fast ferry from Tarifa goes to Tangiers if you fancy a day out in Morocco.
The climate allows for a round of golf, or horse riding, easily arranged locally, at any time of the year. The valley area, home to aquifers, is a green and genuinely rural corner of Malaga province, well suited to walks and countryside exploring.