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Hillside Lodge

| Malaga, Spain
14
7
7
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Swimming pool
Catering
Corporate gatherings
Villa holidays
Family friendly
Wedding venues
3 more

At a glance

  • Luxury lodge in rural Andalucia
  • Panoramic views of the Serrania de Ronda mountains
  • Enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool
  • Relax in the yoga and massage rooms
  • 10km from the historic town of Ronda

Beautifully set within the rural heart of Andalucia, enveloped by the rolling Serrania de Ronda mountains, breathtaking national parks and the famous whitewashed villages, this grand hideaway is a tranquil retreat for up to 14 guests. Although tucked away in seclusion, it is still in proximity to the stunning town of Ronda with its tapas bars, quaint shops and wealth of history. Inspired by African lodges, the interiors here are big and bright, fusing Asian and African design to create an inside-meets-outside feel. It has the air of a luxury hotel, with a yoga studio in the garden, sumptuous massage rooms, a gorgeous swimming pool, and top in-house catering.

Seven boutique bedrooms offer the ultimate in relaxation, each featuring its own en-suite bathroom, some with their own fireplace. African art adorns the walls, four-poster beds are wrapped in soft linens, and fluffy bathrobes await for forays down to the pool. Best of all, each bedroom has a private terrace with seating and a hammock, where you can relax with a holiday read and watch the sun rise or set over the 22 acres of private grounds where horses graze.

When you want to socialise with your guests, a vast open-plan living area features a roaring open fire at one end and a sleek kitchen at the other, where you can watch the chefs cooking your supper; meals can be prepared on request (for an additional charge), including Andalucian-style tapas tasting menus, BBQs, and a wide range of vegetarian dishes. Step out onto the wrap-around veranda for cocktails at dusk, watching the sun sink below the mountains.

For a spot of pampering, head to the massage room and browse the menu of spa services and beauty treatments or make the most of the yoga studio where you can enjoy a private lesson (both have an additional charge). Cool down with a revitalising dip in the swimming pool, filled with ionised water which feels like it comes straight from a mountain spring. Enjoy a light lunch on the patio, chat in the shade of the mulberry trees or soak up the Mediterranean sunshine on one of the comfortable sun loungers.

SLEEPS 14: 7 bedrooms; 1 king-size, 3 zip-and-link king-size/twin, 3 twin rooms.

ADDITIONAL BEDS: 2 additional guests can be accommodated in the massage room, which has an en-suite bathroom, for an extra charge. Cots available on request.

COOK + DINE: Well-equipped kitchen with American fridge, freezer, dishwasher, professional gas oven, washing machine, dryer. Catering available on request at an additional cost. Inside dining table seats 14, outside covered terrace dining table seats 14/16. Highchairs available on request.

RELAX: Spacious open-plan living/dining room with open fire and wood burner. Massage room and yoga studio (treatments and lessons available at an additional charge).

BATHE: 7 en-suite bath/shower rooms in total; 2 bath and shower, 3 bath, 2 shower rooms.

OUTSIDE: Swimming pool 18m x 6m, BBQ, pool bar, extensive private grounds (fenced), 3 large terraces, walking and jogging trails.

TECH: Wi-Fi, air conditioning.

PLAY: Games room.

PETS: Regret, no pets.

VENUE HIRE: A magical location for a truly unique and exclusive wedding in Spain. You can enjoy the total privacy only obtainable when renting this private villa. There is also the option to have services provided by a professional team to help you achieve a wedding beyond your dreams! Catering is available (please contact us for prices). Capacity for up to 125 guests in the gardens and space for marquees, which can be provided on request. Inclusive wedding package is available or can be tailored. Also suitable as a corporate venue with projector and screen, and office furniture on request. Minimum stay for weddings or events is 3 nights. 

LOCAL AREA: Although the retreat feels wonderfully remote, it’s only 2km from the whitewashed village of Arriate which is home to a supermarket, petrol station, chemist, a variety of shops including a bakery, and a selection of traditional Spanish tapas bars and restaurants.

The vibrant and historic mountain-top town of Ronda (the largest of the white villages) is just 10km away, renowned for its fiestas, dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the Guadalevin river through its centre. 

Wander the town’s cobbled streets to discover ancient buildings, leafy plazas and gardens, Arabic baths and Moorish Palace (La Casa del Rey Moro). And be sure to stop in one of its many tapas bars to sample Rondeno chorizo, delicious bite-sized paprika-infused sausages that are a regional speciality. Sevilla, Cordoba, Malaga, Jerez and Granada are also within easy access for day trips.  

ACTIVITIES NEARBY: Surrounded by the Serrania de Ronda mountains, guests who stay at this beautiful property can enjoy a plethora of walking, cycling and horse-riding trails which criss-cross the breathtaking landscape, and there are also navigable rivers nearby perfect for canoeing. The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Reserve, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is within 22km for some particularly scenic hikes.

There are a host of award-winning local vineyards and bodegas to visit if you fancy a spot of wine tasting, including Conrad, Schatz, Los Aguilares and Descalzos Viejos. If you’d prefer a round of golf, the Los Arcos Golf Course is 40km away, while the golden, sandy beaches of the Costa del Sol are within 50km. You could also delve underground at the Pileta Cave and check out some of Europe's best-preserved troglodyte art, 25km away.

GETTING THERE: Nearest airport: Malaga Airport 105km. Nearest train station: Arriate 3km.

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