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What Oliver loves…
- The contemporary and modern design of Villa Soto has original art pieces, designer furniture and Beaumont and Brown linen
- The latest piece of art the owners have collected is a collaboration between young street artist Cartrain & the famous London duo Gilbert & George
- The hospitable owners generously stock the fridge full of food, wine and beer
- Located on a private gated estate in a prestigious area of Almenara, Sotogrande
- The villa overlooks the Almenara golf course and golf academy with outstanding views over the landscape
- Perfect for large families or groups of friends due to the vast amount of space, both indoors and outdoors
- Table tennis table to keep everyone entertained
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Situated in a private gated estate, Villa Soto is a recently refurbished and contemporary six bedroom villa overlooking the Almenara golf course and lakes on Sotogrande Resort. This beautiful villa has been given a huge make-over in the last couple of years, giving it a modern and unique look in comparison to the hacienda style villas in the area.
Only a short drive away is the prestigious Sotogrande Resort which is well renowned with British and Spanish holidaymakers alike. Here you will find marinas, golf courses, classy bars, restaurants and much more. Villa Soto itself is conveniently positioned overlooking the magnificent Almenara golf course and is a popular escape for all the family or groups of friends.
The villa comprises of six/seven (see above re configuration of the family room!) bedrooms and five bathrooms located over two floors, a large lounge with full-length windows allowing you to enjoy the spectacular views, kitchen with all modern appliances, separate dining room and music area. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and designed with the utmost comfort in mind.
The outside space is especially wonderful with a large heated swimming pool, lawns, terraces and multiple covered and uncovered seating and dining areas, perfect for dining al fresco after using the barbecue. Soak up the sun on the pool loungers, with a drink in hand and simply relax. There is also a bar in the garden with a dart board and beer fridge – called The Sunburnt Arms! Perhaps a perfect way to spend an afternoon!
To help keep the children entertained, and maybe some of the adults, there is a games console, table-tennis, DVD and LCD flat screen television.
This villa is the perfect escape for families or large groups who are looking to combine relaxation yet being close to plenty of facilities and activities.
|Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel|
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What you should know…
- Car hire is advised
- Although not located right on the beach, there are numerous gorgeous sandy beaches within a 15 minute drive from the villa
Villa Soto overlooks Almenara golf course & is next to the golf academy & driving range. There are 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, and it can accommodate up to 12 people
- Double bedroom with air-conditioning double bed, Smart TV, DVD player and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and bidet
- Separate WC with sink
- Kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, oven, hob, fridge/freezer & coffee machine
- Utility area with washing machine, fridge & patio doors
- Open plan dining room with air-conditioning, dining facilities & patio doors leading onto a terrace
- Lounge with air-conditioning, LCD flat screen TV, Satellite/Sky, DVD player, CD player, portable fan & patio doors leading onto a terrace
- Master bedroom with air-conditioning, double bed, TV, patio doors leading to a terrace & en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin, bidet, toilet &d hairdryer
- Bedroom suite with en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin, bidet, toilet and hairdryer; separate living room area separated from bedroom area with room dividing doors
- Two double bedrooms with twwo single beds each, air conditioning & TV
- Double bedroom with two single beds, air conditioning, TV and en-suite bathroom with shower, single washbasin, bidet & toilet
- Private 11m x 4m swimming pool with depths of 1m – 1.9m and pool heating
- Outdoor gym with free weights, kettlebells, boxing gloves & pads & mini trampoline
- Sun loungers
- Covered & uncovered seating areas
- Separate covered dining area
- Large patio & garden area
- Gas barbecue
- Wi-Fi connection
- Air conditioning
- Heated pool (for an extra charge of £250 per week)
- Table tennis
- Cable TV
- Cot & high chair
Tourist license number: CTC-2016097399
Villa Soto overlooks the Almenara golf course; and is 5 minutes from Valderrama, a former Ryder Cup course and one of the most famous golf courses in Europe.
A 15-minute drive away is Sotogrande Marina and Santa Marina Polo Club which is a stylish resort along with white sandy beaches and marinas. Everything you need, including a supermarket, is only a short drive away allowing you to be as independent or sociable as you wish.
Welcome to Sotogrande: a hidden paradise of palatial villas set back on grand tree-lined avenues clustered around chichi beach clubs and manicured green polo grounds.
Sometimes described as Spain’s ‘millionaire’s playground’, it was initially purpose-built for a cosmopolitan, moneyed crowd with the added bonuses of 24-hour security, designer boutiques and ritzy restaurants.
Even the public toilets are stylish! (Apparently, you really can judge a place on its loos, I am told).
Sandwiched like a caviar filling between the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz, not to mention Gibraltar and Malaga airports, what sets it apart is its overwhelming sense of discretion.
In Sotogrande, one speaks in sotto voce – like the old ‘Sch – Schweppes’ tonic ads, only on this more cosmopolitan stretch of coastline it’s more likely to be Nordic Mist. Just take a visit to Chambao, the hip beach chiringuito, on a Wednesday night, and you will get my meaning.
|Nearest Airport 2||
|Nearest Ferry Port||
Gibraltar Ferry Port
La Cabana Restaurant
Valderrama Golf Course
The Octagon Tennis Club
Villa Soto is a fantastic property where the whole family will enjoy a spectacular holiday. It has a large patio and garden where the little ones can play and explore during the day and even at night, as it is wonderfully lit to make the evening more pleasant.
The swimming pool is undoubtedly the strong point of Villa Soto, as it is so big that children can play extensively. This villa has 3 bedrooms with 2 single beds each, perfect for the little ones.
The outside of the property also has a ping pong table, which can be enjoyed by both children and adults. The patio also has a covered area so you can have a good snack after a hard day of playing in the pool, protecting yourself from the sun.
Cot and highchair are also available.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Beach Nearby
- Walk to Village
- <1hr to Airport
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Heated Pool
- Indoor Games
- Outdoor Games
- Security guard
|Good news! For a little extra, this property is available as a Vill’otel|
With a vill’otel holiday, the below services can be arranged for you to enjoy throughout your stay:
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.
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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
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||£1,000 charged to clients' credit card prior to the arrival and refunded in full after departure, subject to full damage inspection.|
|Arrival time||4 pm|
|Departure time||10 am|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes. 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.|
|Linen & towels included?||Bed linen, bath and pool towels are included in the rental price.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes, included in the rental price.|
|Heating costs included?||Yes, included in the rental price.|
|Internet access?||Wi-Fi internet access included in rental price.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights|
|Pets welcome?||Not allowed.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Not permitted.|
|Pool heating charge?||For those who require pool heating, there will be an additional charge of €250 (to be paid locally on arrival). Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.|
|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, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Please note that a seperate rental agreement needs to be signed with the Owner prior to arrival.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Mar 31st 2020 - Apr 4th 2020||£6,570|
|Apr 4th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||£5,137|
|Apr 25th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020||£5,137|
|Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||£6,570|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||£5,137|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Oct 10th 2020||£3,285|
|Oct 10th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020||£5,137|
|Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||£3,285|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021||£6,570|
|Jan 2nd 2021 - Feb 6th 2021||£3,285|
|Feb 6th 2021 - Feb 13th 2021||£5,137|
|Feb 13th 2021 - Mar 20th 2021||£3,285|
|Mar 20th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021||£6,570|
|Apr 3rd 2021 - Apr 24th 2021||£5,137|
|Apr 24th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021||£5,137|
|Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021||£6,570|
|Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021||£5,137|
|Sep 25th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021||£3,285|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Mar 31st 2020 - Apr 4th 2020||€6,905|
|Apr 4th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||€5,399|
|Apr 25th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020||€5,399|
|Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||€6,905|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||€5,399|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Oct 10th 2020||€3,453|
|Oct 10th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020||€5,399|
|Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||€3,453|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021||€6,905|
|Jan 2nd 2021 - Feb 6th 2021||€3,453|
|Feb 6th 2021 - Feb 13th 2021||€5,399|
|Feb 13th 2021 - Mar 20th 2021||€3,453|
|Mar 20th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021||€6,905|
|Apr 3rd 2021 - Apr 24th 2021||€5,399|
|Apr 24th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021||€5,399|
|Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021||€6,905|
|Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021||€5,399|
|Sep 25th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021||€3,453|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Mar 31st 2020 - Apr 4th 2020||$7,605|
|Apr 4th 2020 - Apr 25th 2020||$5,946|
|Apr 25th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020||$5,946|
|Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||$7,605|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020||$5,946|
|Sep 26th 2020 - Oct 10th 2020||$3,803|
|Oct 10th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020||$5,946|
|Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||$3,803|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021||$7,605|
|Jan 2nd 2021 - Feb 6th 2021||$3,803|
|Feb 6th 2021 - Feb 13th 2021||$5,946|
|Feb 13th 2021 - Mar 20th 2021||$3,803|
|Mar 20th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2021||$7,605|
|Apr 3rd 2021 - Apr 24th 2021||$5,946|
|Apr 24th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021||$5,946|
|Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021||$7,605|
|Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021||$5,946|
|Sep 25th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021||$3,803|
Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
We (Samantha & Darren) first saw Villa-Blanca in January 2014 & bought it the following May.
It needed an enormous amount of work doing & it was a bigger project than we had ever undertaken. It had been left empty & unloved for 8 long years & the strain was definitely showing on the building.
Neither of us spoke Spanish, we had no work or building contacts, & no idea of local rules, taxes & bureaucracy. Note: it turns out there are LOTS of local rules, taxes & bureaucracy in Spain
However, we decided straight away to take the plunge & buy the property! We both come from families of builders & we've been involved as a family team renovating properties for a few years now.
With the help of our son Danny, Samantha's brother Matt, & a number of other trades from the UK & Spain, we started work in June 2014, & finished in July 2016. We are very proud of the results.
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
It was always clear that the property had massive potential. It is on a corner plot with floor to ceiling windows throughout providing stunning views. The Almenara golf course is on one side of the villa, while the Sotogrande golf school & driving range is on the other side.
It is also in an upmarket, gated urbanisation with round the clock security & daily rubbish collections!
What sealed it for us was when we went for a coffee at the beautiful marina less than 15 minutes from the villa. The views were even more spectacular from there - the Med, Gibraltar & even as far as Morocco - & it was 21 degrees in January!
Do you have a favourite room in the property?
Darren & Sam's favourite room is the Master bedroom with its beautiful en-suite & large dedicated terrace. Guests tell us they love the open plan living & dining area with plenty of room for dancing along to our large collection of old vinyl records; & our garden bar aptly named "The Sunburnt Arms".
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Play golf at a championship course within a 10 minute drive (including the world famous Valderrama)
Sunday market at Sotogrande marina & brunch at Foodisiac
Charter a boat at a great price for the day with our mate Alan
Rent a cabana for the day at La Reserva's incredible private inland beach club
Argentinian steak & Malbec at Cancha Dos or Bokana
Sardinas espeto on the beach at Bahia Limon or Gigi's
Sushi & red tuna (& amazing sea views) at Milla de Plata
Great tapas at Pura Tapa or Sindikato in Torreguadiaro
Polo, especially the Cartier Gold Cup in August
The Semana Santa (Easter) & 3 Kings (early January) processions in San Roque
Chilled-out Tarifa & the beautiful Costa de la Luz
Gibraltar's caves, military history & stunning new rugby ground
What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Grab a table for a long lunch at 1pm - the Spanish locals turn up at restaurants to eat from 2pm-4pm
What a fantastic villa, in a great private location, with excellent facilities!
With us bringing 5 teenage kids all having done exams, this was a perfect place to wind down and enjoy a beautiful part of Spain.
What made the trip even better was the personal attention from Sam and Darren. From helping us know our way around to recommending restaurants and places to visit.
With so much to do and a large group to look after, not sure it was much of a rest, so we'll have to return soon!
Massive thanks again!
Relaxing and Chilled
We had a great time at this relaxing and chilled out villa. The outdoor spaces are private and the pool was great. There is an eclectic mix of furnishings and artwork which add to the overal experience. The bedrooms are comfortable and decorated to a high standard. There are fantastic beaches and restaurants about 10 minutes drive from the villa but to be honest we did not go out that often as we wanted chill out around the bbq and pool.
The villa was spacious, modern, well furnished, secure & the owner most helpful.
We almost could not believe all these positive reviews, but aber this week in the Easter Holidays, we have to say: YES, everything is true. This was one of the best places we have ever been. Many thanks to the owner SAM, who always has taken care of our belongings.
Hoping to come back soon.
As shameless as it sounds, I have always loved a good secret. The excitement of being in-the-know injects a little zing into my day. However, years of uncovering gossip and scandal have left me a little numb to it all. Mere tittle tattle no longer cuts the mustard; I need a bigger hit from a tête-à-tête. So, when a perfectly coiffed pearl-strung neighbour lowered her voice to a whisper and talked of a mysterious under-the-radar community, my eyebrow instantly rose in intrigue. Anthropologists can switch off now, I haven’t unearthed a long-lost African tribe or a saucy cult. However, I have discovered one of Europe’s most secretive millionaire playgrounds: Sotogrande.
Established in the sixties by a Filipino-American philanthropist, this curious gated community sits within Andalusia’s Cadiz province. Bordered by Los Alcornocales Natural Park, Sotogrande’s impeccably manicured hills slope their way down to the Andalusian coast and the area’s flashy marina. Looking towards Africa, the hush hush enclave poignantly turns its back on the rest of Spain and its neat palm-lined avenues and upscale homes create a decidedly Californian vibe. An alphabetical zone system further adds to this the toy town spirit (we were staying in Zone F, where every road begins with… yep, the letter F) – although the few ‘Soto’ locals we met were unaware of this theme, which made us feel frightfully in-the-know.
Today, despite its apparent non-existence, the luxury villas which hide within its densely wooded hills have become a magnet for the rich and famous. Each summer, royalty flock to its world-famous polo fields, film stars conduct sub rosa meets in its showy marina and politicians relax on Valderrama’s world-class fairways. Promising peace, privacy and exclusivity, what happens in Sotogrande, stays in Sotogrande. “That’s the difference between here and Marbella: we come here to hide, not to be seen,” reveals one local.
Unable to find any form of guide to this mysterious gated community (Google only throws up juicy news results when you add words like prince, heiress or polo in to the mix!), I packed my bags and headed off to our home in the hills: Villa Artea. Part of The Luxury Villa Collection’s flashy portfolio the ultra-modern Ibiza style residence marries white-on-white minimalism and glamorous furnishings with statement glass walls which open to create a striking indoor-outdoor setup.
It didn’t take long for us to realise that the 7-bedroom villa was a serious party pad, “our neighbours have never complained about the noise, so have fun!” signed off the welcome book…which sits in the lounge alongside the guitar, the disco ball, the microphone and the bongos. “Oh, and if you find any alcohol, it’s yours.” A quick scan revealed unopened premium spirits at every turn.
With a wonderfully rebellious streak evident in everything from the grown-ups’ playground kit to the artwork (Blondie, Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss egg you on from their glittery pop art prints at mealtimes), Villa Artea is certainly equipped to host an epic house party or two. Upstairs the bedrooms are decked out with oversized leather-studded headboards, playful contemporary art and DJ decks with plenty of vinyl to work your way through. My master bedroom was fringed with oversized windows looking out across Sotogrande’s sloping fairways, with a large private balcony and an outdoor gym.
Downstairs, free-flowing dining and living areas melt in to the lush grounds, with glass walls transporting you to the Instagram-worthy pool and pristine lawns. Various terraces house additional gardens and lounge areas – it even has its own games-filled pub beer garden: The Sunburnt Arms. If you’re hosting skills are up to it, the main roof terrace holds 80! I think that should keep this year’s Love Island villa envy at bay, don’t you?
Foodies are well catered for in this neck of the woods, too. The marina is handy for day-to-day dining and a spot of people watching (particularly in summer when the yachtie hub is brimming with VIPs). Those happy to drive further afield will find Michelin-starred Kabuki Raw offering world-class Japanese cuisine and more authentic local tapas in the ramparts of ancient hilltop castles. However, our favourite meal came courtesy of the villa’s concierge partners. Keen to cater to guests’ every whim, they have pulled off all manner of bizarre requests, from having the new McLaren sports car waiting in the drive to finding a golden retriever for a guest’s children to pet daily. Despite there being just two of us dining the dream team quickly found a talented local chef who put together a bespoke menu in response to our brief.
Two hours before dinner Chef Curro appeared, brandishing a smile and a bowl of raw ingredients which had been presented with a florist’s eye. After a teasing amuse bouche of fresh anchovies with a tangy tomato dressing he presented us with a spectacular roasted octopus on a bed of creamed potato. Then came the main affair; a succulent rice dish heavy with freshly caught squid, prawns, langoustines and clams. No sooner had he presented our dessert and he was out of the door, leaving the kitchen even cleaner than he had found it. That is so Soto.
During our early Spring fling, Sotogrande was virtually empty. This was partly due to the uncharacteristically bad weather (although England was in the midst of a battering from the Beast from the East, so we were happy to swap crampons and flares for anoraks) and partly due to the fact that most of the multi-million-pound villas are second, third or fourth homes, with the community awakening from hibernation for the polo season.
When the weather allowed, we enjoyed exploring the area’s historic hillside villages – think cobbled streets and white-washed houses with a lively dawn chorus for a soundtrack. Castellar de la Frontera was a particularly peaceful spot, with endless vultures circling overhead. Dating back to the bronze age it has commanding views of Los Alcornocales Natural Park’s dense forests and towards the rock of Gibraltar.
Unfortunately, our tour of Mr Henderson’s Railway was rained off. (You may have seen Mr Portillo wax lyrical about it on the BBC – if you weren’t too distracted by his clashing clobber.) The famous Victorian railway, named after the Englishman that built it, winds its way through verdant hills up to the top of El Tajo’s dramatic gorge, where the whitewashed town of Ronda awaits. Like Villa Artea, rocky Ronda also has a rebellious undertone; the proud home of bullfighting has played home to countless outlaws and smugglers over the years. During the Napoleonic wars the surrounding mountains were particularly popular with Robin Hood style bandits, desperate to readdress the balance of wealth by robbing the rich.
I think I know where they may be hiding.
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