It is pastoral Andalucia at its best, with vineyards, almonds and vast olive groves on the slopes surrounding El Cortijo; the landscape dominated by the tallest peak in Malaga Province looming just to one side with the mountain nature reserve butting right up to the entrance drive. On a clear day you may see the Moroccan coast across the Mediterranean, while the bells of a grazing goat herd jingle on the nearby hillsides.
Positioned as the property is you'll feel tranquilly far away from everything, with just two quaint white-washed villages nearby to offer a taste of the Spanish country life. In reality, El Cortijo is only 25km from the coast and lies in between the fascinating cities of Granada, Cordoba and Malaga for day trip explorations.
El Cortijo can be rented together with its companion villa, El Refugio, for larger groups of up to fourteen people on the ten acre estate. Separated by mature gardens, the two properties sit far enough apart to offer complete individual privacy, but close enough to share. The villa itself is undeniably Andalucian in character: a stone paved courtyard and whitewashed walls, wood beams on sloped ceilings, and terracotta floors and roof tiles. The rustic-chic interiors combine modern comfort and luxurious amenities with local antiques and natural materials throughout. But you're likely to be drawn outside for the majority of your stay, taking in the views from any of the numerous secluded terraces or at the stylish pool terrace with a covered summer kitchen and barbecue. Here the landscape drops away into the valley and out to the sea for an uplifting top-of-the-world sensation. With a fully stocked kitchen and another kitchen-dining room inside, plus the poolside summer kitchen and two covered dining areas outside, El Cortijo is a food lover's haven. If you prefer to let someone else do the cooking a top rate private chef will spoil you with gourmet creations on a daily basis or on nights of your choosing. In fact, a host of service providers await your call: from in-house spa and beauty treatments to guided culinary, cultural and nature excursions in the local area.
All on one level, the villa also features a main living room, library with adjacent entertainment lounge, a covered open air terrace and an additional drawing room with entertainment centre. Full air-conditioning, underfloor heating and four fireplaces ensure comfort in all seasons. There is complimentary WiFi for convenience.
Food is taken seriously here and it’s well worth booking the private chef, David, for a meal or two. New for 2018 is ‘Seven Chefs for Seven Days’: Guests are invited to enjoy the services of a different professional chef each evening. The owners have chosen a talented troupe to showcase some of the finest cuisine of the region, with a hint of the international too. Chefs include Abraham Garrote Costa, whose love of seafood saw him learn underwater fishing, and Evelien van’t Hoog, founder of the Rooftop Table, a popular supper club in Andalucia.
- Bedroom 1 with queen-size bed, en-suite bathroom with hammam style bath, outdoor terrace with shower
- Bedroom 2 with double bed, en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom 3 with two single beds (can be joined together)
- Bedroom 4 with two single beds (can be joined together)
- Adjacent full bathroom with large bath, shower and bidet
- Additional WC
The Gardens: Mature Mediterranean gardens surround the with grassy areas and architectural design features. The citrus garden beyond the pool features a water garden and a covered cabana, perfect for shady gazing at the sea or a relaxing spa treatment.
The Views: You won't know which way to look. Situated on a hilltop the land falls away all around, with the Mediterranean open to the south and the peak of La Maroma to the east. Set at the intersection of three mountain ranges the peaks and valleys surround you as the slopes reveal vineyards and olive groves with tiny villages dotting the landscape in the distance.
Why we like it: A stunning location, any and all services available, and a stylish interior that's well thought out but never pretentious. It also has the flexibility to be rented along with El Refugio for larger groups and events.