El Cortijo

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 6


Pool Modern
Sustainable Collection
Ideal for Kids All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties

El Cortijo is set in the most luxurious fourteen-acre garden, with an abundance of fruit trees and a horse paddock in the heart of the Andalusian hills. The villa has been restored without getting rid of its wonderful character and features and is a gem to stay in!

With seven bedrooms, all being en-suite except for one, and a solar-heated pool hidden away from the house, it is ideal for a family holiday. On the ground floor, you will find the fully-equipped kitchen, the spacious and comforting living and dining room, and two of the seven bedrooms. These bedrooms both have private access via the exterior, so they are great for those who want a bit of privacy. Upstairs are the rest of the stunning bedrooms, with most of them featuring a choice of either a super king-size bed or two twin beds, making it even more accessible for several families. Most of these bedrooms also feature en-suite bathrooms, except for one that has access to a shared bathroom.

Moving on outside, this is where you will really get to experience the beauty of Andalusia. El Cortijo is located in the gorgeous mountains of Andalusia. On the grounds, guests have the opportunity to relax in the green gardens of this property, lay in the hammocks, say hello to the horses in the paddock, and lounge by the pool. The solar-heated pool even has its own shower, covered terraces, and a fully-equipped kitchen for when you feel like some al-fresco dining! Ronda is the closest village and roughly ten minutes away. Jerez, Sevilla and Malaga are all worth the visit if you have the time and are all about an hour and a half away.

El Cortijo is a little piece of paradise. A place to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of southern Spain and a base for adventures beyond. A luxury villa built with love and made for hospitality.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • As it is so secluded the nearest party town is quite far away, and we recommend hiring a car to reach the villa
  • The beach is around 50 km away so you would need a car to get there
  • The swimming pool is not fenced, so children must be supervised at all times
  • There is no air conditioning in the villa, but every bedroom includes a fan to keep you cool

This home is a part of our Sustainable Collection!

To be part of the collection, homes must meet a minimum of four criteria from our sustainable checklist, or three from the checklist and have a daily carbon footprint of 5kg or lower, based on full occupancy per bedroom. View the full collection here >

This home meets the following criteria from our sustainable checklist:

  • Supports the local community (promotes local businesses)
  • Committed to Renewable and Green Energy
  • Protects and conserves local Heritage

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Outdoor Games Table Tennis Table Football DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

The Villa

El Cortijo is a gorgeous country house, where families can relax under the Andalusian sun and enjoy the many amenities of this 6 bedroom property.

Ground Floor
- Entrance hall
- Utility room and cloakroom
- Comfortable open-plan living and dining room with TV, open firepalce, CD & DVDs, books, 12-seater table, and access to kitchen, courtyard, and colonnade
- Fully-equipped kitchen with access to colonnade and laundry room
- Guest toilet
- Bedroom 6 - bedroom with super king-size bed, en-suite bathroom with shower and private access via the exterior
- Bedroom 7 - bedroom with super king-size bed, en-suite bathroom with shower and private access via the exterior

First Floor
- Bedroom 1 - bedroom with super king-size bed or large twin beds, walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with shower, fireplace, and balcony
- Bedroom 2 - bedroom with super king-size bed or large twin beds with en-suite bathroom and shower
- Bedroom 3 - bedroom with super king-size bed and single bed or large twin beds and single bed with en-suite bathroom and walk-in shower
- Bedroom 4 - bedroom with queen-size double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower
- Bedroom 5 - bedroom with single bed private access to Bedroom 4's bathroom

- Front courtyard with driveway
- Colonnade with seating underneath
- Large garden with hammocks
- Solar heated swimming pool (Size; 5.5 x 11 m, Depth; 2 m) with surrounding sun loungers
- Covered terrace area with dining table and fully-equipped kitchen
- Poolside terrace with shade and sofas
- Changing room with shower and toilet
- Coal barbecue
- Sand box with toys
- Horse paddock

Additional Facilities
- Central heating
- Wi-Fi connection
- Table tennis
- Table football
- Fans in each bedroom
- Two dishwashers

Touristic Registration Number: CR/MA/00898


About the surrounding area of El Cortijo
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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El Cortijo is in the heart of Andalucia, approximately a ten-minute drive from Ronda, set on the top of a mountain range and divided by one of the world's most impressive gorges. With its staggering views, Ronda is the place to visit if you are wandering through Spain. Its surroundings are so romantic, and its pace of life is wonderfully slow.

The closest city to El Cortijo is Marbella, a place for the luxurious. Marbella and its close neighbour Puerto Banus are renowned for glitzy entertainment, culture, fantastic gastronomy and boutique shopping. Plaza de Los Naranjos, the old part of Marbella, is beguiling with Arabic characteristics and overflowing balconies adorned with beautiful flowers. The narrow streets surrounding the beautiful plazas are full of chic bars and restaurants and charming shops offering souvenirs, olive oil, local pottery and lace. Plaza de la Iglesia is very beautiful and often hosts markets and concerts.

Read more about Ronda

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Malaga Airport

(106 km)

Nearest Ferry Port Port of Malaga

(98 km)

Nearest Train Station Arriate Station

(5 km)

Nearest Village Arriate

(5 km)

Nearest Town Ronda

(6 km)

Nearest City Marbella

(65 km)

Nearest Restaurant Venta el Polvorilla

(1 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Bar Trebujena

(5 km)

Nearest Supermarket Supermercados Dia

(4 km)

Nearest Beach Cortijo Blanco Beach

(54 km)

Nearest Golf La Zagaleta Golf Club

(43 km)

Nearest Tennis Nueva Alcantara Tennis & Padel Club

(54 km)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Located in the exterior grounds of the house is a paddock which contains 4 horses and 4 donkeys that kids will be enamored by! Under the supervision of the house manager, Renata, they are welcome to help feed them and spend time with them. Additionally, there are also 4 cats that roam around the property. No worries if you're not a massive fan of large animals though, as they are kept far from the house itself.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Animal farm
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Table Football
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • English speaking babysitter available


Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Yoga Classes Available
  • Spa Treatments Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • English speaking babysitter available
  • Walking guides, horseriding, flamenco evenings, golf, tennis, 4x4 off road tours, and hot air ballooning are also available, on request and at an extra cost. Please enquire with our Concierge team to arrange.

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested in advance and that due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. Prices are on request. We will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 charged to client's credit card before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4 pm.
Departure time 10 am.
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Heating costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Pool towels included? Yes, included in the rental price.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes and mid-stay cleaning also included. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Internet access? Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is included in rental price. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on the local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Pets welcome? Not permitted.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted.
Pool heating charge? Pool heating is included in the rental price.
Tax Tourist Tax included in the rental price.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 £5,891
Jun 22nd 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 £8,794
Sep 7th 2024 - Jan 1st 2025 £4,709
Jan 1st 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 £5,246
Apr 26th 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 £6,429
Jun 28th 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 £9,654
Sep 6th 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 £5,246

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 €6,440
Jun 22nd 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 €9,612
Sep 7th 2024 - Jan 1st 2025 €5,147
Jan 1st 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 €5,735
Apr 26th 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 €7,027
Jun 28th 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 €10,552
Sep 6th 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 €5,735

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 $6,971
Jun 22nd 2024 - Sep 7th 2024 $10,406
Sep 7th 2024 - Jan 1st 2025 $5,572
Jan 1st 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 $6,208
Apr 26th 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 $7,607
Jun 28th 2025 - Sep 6th 2025 $11,423
Sep 6th 2025 - Nov 24th 2025 $6,208

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
11 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
We rented it 12 years ago and just loved it, then 6 months later we saw it in The Sunday Times Property Section ‘for sale’ …so we just HAD to buy it.

Do you have a favourite room in the property?
The shaded/covered area by the pool and the sofas in the courtyard.

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do?
MUST eat at El Muelle de Arriate ….. 4k away…best in Andalucia!

Really eat? 
Book one of our two cooks and have them prepare a meal (or meals) for you to eat at any one of our three outside eating areas.

Really see?
Walk across Ronda via the Roman Bridge and come up into Old Ronda via the ‘arab baths’.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Renata is our lovely fulltime House Manager …she lives 100 yards away on the other side of the track/lane…she can literally organise anything for you ….. pre-arrival shopping, yoga, golf, horse riding, tennis, guided walking tours, the Alhambra, baby sitting, cookery lessons, flamenco dancers, etc .... or just lie by the (solar heated) pool which is never less than 25C all year.



  • We love the house!

    on 14/05/2023

    We love the house; it is so well equipped, very tastefully decorated and very comfortable. Renata greeted us as arranged and has been extremely helpful.

    The only things are: the information says there are no pool towels, so we brought some with us, but there are plenty, so perhaps this should be amended.

    Also, what3words brought us here by a different route from that described in the information (we arrived via Seville) which included crossing over a railway track without a barrier - Renata was horrified and said it was quite dangerous and should be taken off the instructions!

  • Great location & service

    on 13/01/2022

    Beautiful Villa, very clean!! The Villa was beautiful, excellent chef, great communication with the property manager. Could not have been better!

  • Perfect

    on 18/10/2019

    I AM 76 YEARS OLD. I have travelled alot... Neve have i seen the organization and the care that went into this trip... Always with a smile and happy to help out... Perfect

  • El Cortijo is beautful

    on 04/09/2019

    El Cortijo is beautiful and creative. We love the lavender walk and the planting of the pool garden. We had a wonderful and happy time – lots of laughter and too many bottles of wine

  • The house is just too nice!

    on 30/06/2019

    The house is just too nice…not like normal rental houses! Sometimes one hopes a holiday should be endless – a El Cortijo holiday is one of them – it is like Cinderella’s castle.

  • We can't wait to return

    on 29/04/2019

    Time spent at El Cortijo can bring out quite a range of emotions from the joy of being here to the sadness of departing. This was our second stay and our first during springtime – an absolutely beautiful and delightful period to appreciate the Andalucian countryside at its greenest. We can’t wait to return.

  • Staff wonderfully friendly and attentive!

    on 18/10/2018

    Our family has taken many vacations to a number of wonderful places throughout the world. Yet, Ronda in general, and El Cortijo in particular, now holds the number one spot in our minds and in our hearts! The house is such a beautiful well thought out place for a family to play and rest. The staff are wonderfully friendly and attentive. We can’t wait to come back!

  • The most blissful week

    on 22/08/2018

    You are the saviours of our honeymoon ‘dream’! We had the most blissful week here. A beautiful, clear white room and a huge and most comfortable bed. It was the most special week that we could possibly have had.

  • The best place we have ever stayed!

    on 14/06/2018

    This is the best place we have ever stayed – including Australia, England, France, Argentina, Morocco, Germany and the U.S.A. Renata and the team made this a truly wonderful holiday. Thank you!

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