So close to Ronda, 'the city of dreams', yet surrounded by countryside, this villa is sure to delight. With its home cinema, lake-style swimming pool and luxurious rooms, you won't want to leave ...
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Seven (seven doubles, one is in a separate casita)
Private swimming pool
25 m x 16 m, x 1.2 - 1.5m deep.
In open countryside, 10 minutes drive from Ronda in the Ronda Mountains region (Province of Málaga).
From 6,650 € to 10,500 € per week.
This beautiful villa is only a ten-minute drive from Ronda's municipal sports hall (polideportivo) which is off a main Ronda roundabout, and is a very easy landmark to find. The drive to the house itself is through farmland, initially along a tarmacked track for three kilometres and then a dirt road for a further two kilometres. The road is easy to negotiate with a normal hire car, there are potholes in a few places.
The track turns towards a hacienda-style mansion, the only house for miles around. Drive through the entrance arch and the iron gates will be standing open onto an impressive cobbled courtyard. Although built in 2006, the feel of this villa is one of a traditional Spanish country house, with its terracotta pan-tiled roof, white walls, wrought ironwork and antique doors, the welcome is classic Andaluz.
Once inside, you come to the entrance hall with its encaustic coloured floor tiles and wooden stair case rising up in front of you. The atmosphere of style and opulence begins here and continues on throughout the house. Underfloor heating and air conditioning are in every room.
Directly on the left from the entrance hall, is the indoor dining patio. The dining table seats eight. The window ceiling of the dining room is clear glass and is constantly changing, according to the sky. The blue of the walls form part of the sky on a sunny day, and clouds are entertaining as they scud past above you. Windows from the upstairs rooms look down into the patio and tiles in blue and cream, like the entrance hall, decorate the floor. It really is a beautiful place to dine.
The first ground floor bedroom has a double four-poster bed with a wardrobe and views to the internal dining room and lawn outside. Each bedroom has its own controls for temperature and music. It's not en suite but shares the bathroom next door with the second double bedroom (also with a four-poster). The shared bathroom has a full bath tub with mixer shower taps, wc, bidet, basin and a large mirror which reflects the gleaming white porcelain of the bathroom suite.
The third bedroom is another double with a four-poster bed and antique mirrors on the wall. Its window view is to the horse arena and countryside. Bedroom four is similarly decorated to the other three although its bed is not a four-poster. All these bedrooms have an eastern style.
Bedrooms three and four also share a bathroom which is situated in between them and identical to the bathroom for bedrooms one and two.
A convenient cloakroom is close by with a hand basin, wc and round and oval mirrors.
The living room is to the right of the entrance hall. It's sunny and bright and has views to the pool and countryside beyond. A touch screen panel here controls lights for this salon and the kitchen (the salon leads directly into the kitchen by carved sliding doors). Cowhide armchairs, and a leather L-shaped sofa are arranged facing an open fireplace. Music for the living room, indeed for all around the house, can be activated by iPhone for music of your choice. Wifi internet is provided.
The swimming pool in this house is an amazing 25 x 16m. It has a little bridge to the centre of the pool which is in fact a jacuzzi. The jacuzzi can be heated, so you can bathe outside in bubbling, hot water, even in winter.
Other facilities at hand are a poolside shower and a wood-burning oven for the best type of pizzas. As in the main house, music on the terrace can be programmed through an iPhone.
A gazebo is set a little further down from the pool, away from the house. It's a quiet place just to chill and watch the fantastic sunsets over the mountains in the distance. The landscape in which this villa is set is nothing short of breathtaking, both for its beauty and peacefulness.
Another room leading off the internal dining patio is a very welcoming and cosy TV room. With its antique, carved doors, wood panelling and large picture window to the horse ground, it's a lovely room to relax in. The den has two two-seater sofas, an open fireplace, and is ranged with bookcases. The large flatscreen TV is set into the wall above the fireplace, forming part of the chimney breast. It's a wonderful place to hide away and snuggle down with your books, newspapers and laptop.
Just outside this den, is the training ground and stable for 'Noque' the horse. Noque is well trained and friendly and is available for guests to ride. He is looked after by Juan the caretaker who is the husband of the housekeeper, the delightful Ana. Ana is available to prepare breakfasts if required and provides assistance for any outside caterers.
The semi-professional kitchen which leads directly from the living room is impressive, but homely too. The country style kitchen with pitched ceiling and exposed beams, has an island food preparation area with wooden work surfaces, white units and seven bar stools for taking breakfast. Facilities include an American style fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, electric oven and induction hob set in a granite worktop. Cooking pans, glasses, cutlery and crockery come in abundance.
The laundry room is next to the large garage. The washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilities are here, as is another fridge/freezer plus a cot and high chair if they are needed.
From the kitchen there is direct access to an outside dining terrace with a circular table for eight. This covered veranda also has carved wooden sofas, made comfy with cushions, for lounging and drinking in the view of the pool and the mountains.
The journey to the villa is through picturesque green fields and woodlands with the Serrania Ronda rising up in the distance. In places, the track follows a pretty little river, there are small birds and birds of prey to be seen, this area is rich in wildlife. As you approach the villa, the surrounding fields turn into olive groves and encinas (Spanish oak) with marvellous views stretching out 360 degrees and as far as the eye can see.
A further bedroom is available in a separate two-storey casita, close to the main house. This cottage has a Swiss chalet feel, with its exposed ceiling beams and wooden kitchen decor.The first floor has a double bedded room with dressing table and picture window giving views to the beautiful countryside. The en suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower, basin and wc.
Below the bedroom is a kitchenette with restaurant-style seating in banquettes, arranged around four little tables. The idea is for groups of friends, staying in the main house, to be able to eat together with their friends sleeping in this little chalet. The kitchenette comes with a music system, fridge, 2-ring induction hob as well as cutlery and crockery (including fondue sets for an authentic Alpine evening).
Back to the main house ... the double bedroom suites (each with superior en suite facilities) are on the first floor, along with a home cinema and sauna.
The first bedroom suite has a double bed, built-in wardrobes and two Juliet balconies, one with views to the lawned garden, the other with views to the horse arena. The bathroom has a free-standing roll-top bath with shower mixer taps, twin basins, wc and bidet. The chandelier light fittings add a touch of opulence as you soak away your cares.
The second double bedroom suite has extra space, large enough to accommodate a single bed, if necessary, perhaps for a child. In this space, a small tripod-mounted telescope is provided for guests to do a bit of star-gazing. The double bed has a carved headrest, built-in wardrobes and views to the entrance courtyard and horse ground. The bathroom has a state of the art full body massage shower, wc, bidet and basin.
The cinema has been designed for enhanced film enjoyment that's why it's decorated in dark, navy blue. It also has heavy curtains with carpeted floor and walls for soundproofing against the Dolby-digital surround sound system. A plushy, squashy L-shaped sofa is perfect for watching the movies of your choice. At the push of a button, the cinema screen comes down and then it's lights (off), camera, action!
Despite being out in the countryside, although difficult to believe, Ronda town centre is only a ten minute drive away. A trip to Ronda sometime during your holiday is a real must. With its rich fields, ancient past and spectacular vantage point, it's easy to see why Ronda has been a magnet for traders, poets and warring armies. Spend a day sightseeing here and you won't be disappointed.
For a different day out, the beaches of the Costa del Sol are an hour away and the natural beauty of the Grazalema national park is on your doorstep.
Rentals for this property run from Saturday to Saturday.
Central heating is available for winter months and is included in the price.
Firewood is included in the price for winter rentals.
Linen and towels are included in the rental price and are changed every two days.
Included in the price is a full time maid (available for 8 hrs a day) and a general maintenance person.
The horse is available for guests to ride at an extra charge.
The convivial, fluent English-speaking proprieter, Luís, caretaker, Juan and his wife Ana (housekeeper) live on site in separate accomodation. For those who want to be left in peace, they will respect their privacy.
Similarly, Luís is happy to give assistance to make your holiday the best it can be eg with horse riding, quad-bikes, beauty therapies and wellness treatments, sightseeing advice or perhaps organising a flamenco evening at the villa. Please ask if you have any special requests.
There are also four bicycles at the property that can be rented out by the day. Please request in advance.
Air conditioning is available throughout the house.
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open throughout the year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from May to September).
A continental breakfast is include each day if required.
A chef / Outside catering can be arranged for the provision of gastronomic menus if requested in advance.
Please, no smoking in the house.
This property has underfloor heating, central heating and air conditioning which are all included in the price.
A 750 Euro security deposit is required on each booking. This is held against your credit or debit card and will be cancelled one week after your holiday, subject to any reductions for breakages or damage. See Terms and Conditions for full details.
Costa del Sol 1¼ hrs; Costa de la Luz 2 hrs.
Málaga 1¾ hrs; Sevilla 1¾ hrs; Jerez 2 hrs; Gibraltar 2 hrs
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