El Madroñal estate with commanding views
From its commanding position this grand estate enjoys some of the very best views in El Madroñal, not to mention Marbella. Its privileged setting upon a largely level plot surrounded by open greenery is made all the more special by a spectacular focal point across a natural amphitheatre that follows a valley flanked by wooded hills straight down to the sea.
The sparkling Mediterranean is therefore a companion in many of the property’s rooms and terraces, from where a myriad of vantage points can be had. These take in the coastal plain and the curve of the shore to Gibraltar and North Africa, but also Marbella’s iconic La Concha Mountain.
A stately driveway leads to two separate parking forecourts, one for each of the two houses on the estate, and continues down to the lower perimeter of the property. The main villa therefore enjoys easy access from either parking area, though its own impressive forecourt can accommodate a large number of cars and leads directly to two double garages.
From here you step through an imposing entrance with Balinese detailing and arrive at the hall that acts as an internal distributor. The latter flows on to a stylish living room with a large marble fireplace and slightly rounded window that somehow frames the magnificent views with even more lustre. From both here and the adjacent formal dining room you can step out on to the large terrace and find a spot to relax, lounge, dine or enjoy coffee or breakfast in the fresh air.
Though elegant, the classic Clive Christian kitchen is the centrepiece of a space with real country house charm, complete with an antique Dutch fireplace. This part of the house is also home to a laundry room, a large walk-in safe and a cosy breakfast and reading room with its own terrace area. At the opposite side of the ground floor level, meanwhile, there is a large private office with its own independent external access and a stairwell connecting it to the welcoming winter lounge and library on the first floor.
This room’s cosy fireplace, book shelves and magnificent views make it just the spot to spend comfortable evenings, and in connecting with the expansive main bedroom suite it can also function as a private lounge area. In addition to a large and sunny bedroom with equally stunning views, the main bedroom suite also features a sumptuous marble bathroom with step-in power shower and four-poster bath that evokes the indulgent opulence of Roman times.