Attractive and private, the villa is high up in the Sierra de las Nieves area of Andalucia, where it is precisely halfway between Malaga and Ronda and just 50 minutes from Malaga Airport.
The property covers the top of a hill, from where it offers marvellous views of the countryside and the neighbouring white village of Casarabonela.
It’s completely private and utterly tranquil.
Formerly a stylish country hotel, it retains many of the advantageous features that you would expect of such an establishment: quality furnishings, consistently high standards in all the bedrooms, en suite bathrooms, and an impressive kitchen.
There are also private grounds with a large pool.
From a quite steep but paved access track, an automatic security gate slides open to a large parking area for several cars. The villa looks good from every angle and you are naturally drawn to the broad patio, furnished for outdoor living, and where you have the main entrance.
The entrance lobby is tasteful and intimate, nicely decorated.
The generously large lounge (35 m²), painted in a pale lemon yellow, has a delightful atmosphere enhanced by natural sunlight through the bay window and double french windows leading outside. There are lamps, rugs and a fireplace.
The next room is a dining area for up to 18 guests, although tables can be separated for convenience. Good crockery and glasses are supplied for a full complement of guests.
Contiguous with the dining room is a solidly equipped kitchen equipped in stainless steel with a polished granite work surface. It’s very well set-up for any special meals you may want to prepare.
Double barbecue facilities (gas and charcoal) ensure that eating inside or out here is a versatile pleasure.
And if you want a rest from cooking while on holiday, lunch or dinner can be prepared on site for you by a professional chef on request. You can watch how Moroccan dishes, for example, are made, before sitting down to enjoy them. A flamenco event can often be arranged here, and a babysitter if you prefer to dine out.
The best spot at the villa has to be the long, covered terrace, well furnished for having meals outside or simply relaxing. The views range from the village in the mid-distance to far-off hills.
The pool area is the other favourite. It’s situated to one side of the main entrance patio, has a large swimming pool, plenty of sunbeds, sun umbrellas, and it is totally private. In this part of the property (which covers 20 acres of hillside in all), pathways lead up and around an old threshing circle, sheltered from the sun by tall pines.
The kidney-shaped swimming pool has Roman steps.
Note that the open garden space for children to play is restricted to the area by the pool which is ungated, otherwise the property is perfectly safe for children. The rest of the gardens are planted with cacti, lavender and other shrubs, roses and honeysuckle.
The villa has nine bedrooms, but if there are 14 people or fewer in your party, you can pay a lower rate and just have use of 7 bedrooms.
All have 2-metre long beds, en suite bathrooms, hairdryer, TV and a small writing desk. All are double-glazed, shuttered inside and out, and curtained.
The ground floor has a separate suite of two bedrooms, especially suited to a family. These two rooms have limited views of the countryside.
Popular excursions take you to Ronda, less than an hour away, and between the villa and Ronda is the Natural Park of Sierra de las Nieves, rich in tree and plant life, where there are marked walking routes.
Drive up to Pinsapo de Las Escaleretas to see 400-year old woods of the rare and ancient pinsapo tree, and take in the views of the valley and the Sierra’s highest peak, Torrecilla (1,919 m).
Marbella, with its high life, marinas and beaches, is an hour from the villa along a good, quiet road.
Local Casarabonela (population 2,700), apart from looking very white and pretty as part of your view, is a typical Ronda village in a farming area. It nevertheless has bar-restaurants, and you'll surely find a place or two that you like. Grilled meats and game are local specialities. If you don’t fancy driving, you can easily take a taxi between Casarabonela and the villa.
And if holidaying for you is about minimizing cooking, catering can be arranged, tasty Moroccan dishes in particular. The cook will come and cook at the villa so you can watch how the dishes are prepared before sitting down to them. For self-catering, there’s a convenient supermarket at the turn-off for the villa.
A flamenco performance can also sometimes be arranged.