This is one of Spains finest country residences providing the perfect retreat or luxury boutique hotel, ideally situated just half an hour from Ronda or Sevilla (Lonely Planet has just voted Sevilla – Number 1 City In The World To Visit In 2018!). The former summer residence of a Duke from Madrid and his family, the property offers total peace and tranquillity & sumptuous accommodation with character and charm. Steeped in history, the property has been the subject of a total sympathetic restoration over the last 5 years, and will now make a wonderful retreat or Luxury Boutique Hotel. No neighbours. No barking dogs. Just total peace and quiet. A sanctuary. This compliments its convenient location within 10 minutes drive of three bustling whitewashed villages, each boasting excellent restaurants and friendly locals, and lying halfway between the impressive cosmopolitan capital of Andalucia, Seville, and the gorgeous historic town of Ronda. The property really does offer the best of all worlds.
The property lies within pretty, rolling countryside, a patchwork quilt of olive groves, sunflowers and cereal crops, making the location ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities, including horse-riding, paragliding and cycling. The towering peaks, pristine azure lakes, and pine forests of the Grazalema and Alcornocales National Parks can be enjoyed within half an hour, as can award winning golf courses in Arcos de la Frontera, Seville, Jerez and Antequera. This part of Andalucia enjoys one of the best climates in the world, with over 300 sunny days every year, and mild frost-free night-time temperatures.
Approached via its very own private tree-lined avenue, the estate looks every bit the perfect Andalucian Country Estate. That enticing first glimpse is more than enough to tell the visitor they have arrived at a very special destination. It is a traditional Hacienda boasting flexible accommodation around its original cobbled courtyard. Mature trees create cooling shade to compliment the soothing sounds of the central fountain, while Bougainville and Oleander provide beautiful splashes of colour.
A wonderful all-year round extravagance, the homes heated indoor Moroccan inspired pool really comes into its own in the slightly cooler winter months. Visually stunning, sensorial intoxicating, with authentic hand-made tiles on the floor and in the pool, and intricate plaster work – every feature combines to create an exotic flavour of the Orient.
Taking the backdrop of the estates classic whitewashed Andalucian heritage, the interior design team took inspiration from Europe and Morocco to create stylish and charming living spaces which are both elegant and comfortable. So much so that when Sanderson launched their Traveller range of fabrics and wallpapers in early 2015, they chose this as the location in which to photograph their popular Spring collection.
The main living spaces within the estate are very generously proportioned, but the way they have been decorated and furnished makes them feel incredibly welcoming and homely. Whilst the overall feeling is one of opulence and grandeur, this is never at the cost of comfort. The estate boasts numerous large bedroom suites, each with its own en-suite bathroom facilities and a large private patio. Having their own outdoor space makes them absolutely perfect for private visitors or paying guests. The two largest Honeymoon Suites of 100m2 each are located on the first floor with beautiful terraces which enjoy spectacular views and dreamy sunsets. Every bedroom suite features a gorgeous private bathroom, with classical or modern fittings from luxury manufacturers such as Sbordoni of Italy. Each bathroom is different and unique, but all share the same devotion to detail.
Whether you're looking to enjoy breakfast on a terrace in the warm winter sunshine, or find a shady spot in which to laze on a summer's afternoon, the estates numerous terraces and patios take 'outdoor living' to a new level. There are places to hide everywhere, boasting delightful views in every direction. Nothing to detract from the beautiful natural landscape which surrounds the estate.
As the sun goes down on the Atlantic horizon at the end of another glorious day, where better to enjoy a chilled local sherry from Jerez, or a glass of fine vino tinto from one of Rondas many award-winning bodegas? Where better to dine al-fresco? Where better to take a midnight dip?