If you want to share somewhere in the world, this is not really a place for you.
Spread out over a huge estate of 18,000 sqm with gardens galore, massive well-kept lawns and two swimming pools (one heatable), the property are in total nine bedrooms are distributed between no fewer than five houses.
You can see the layout of the estate in the image gallery. The main house (Cortijo) has a large country kitchen and dining area where you can come together to share meals, while still enjoying the option of the space and privacy of your own self-contained accommodation.
The Andalucia hacienda is an architectural masterpiece, the one-time home of an architect who made imaginative rural properties his specialty.
The design hallmarks here are generosity of spaces, quality of light and comfort, an awareness of the human requirements of practicality and intimacy, and an embracing of the rich natural world, plants and indoor gardens linking interiors with the very warm climate of the outdoor world .
The hacienda was not built in one go, but grew into an unusually large green area just 20 minutes from the coast.
It is very beautiful with high standards, without being artificially prettified, neighbors and neighbors, the surrounding valley and mountains populated by wildlife, streams and a wealth of forest.
There are two swimming pools with a long season that benefits from a very warm climate.
From private parking, after driving three minutes down a maintained track, a path through an inviting garden of bamboo and high fronds with a jungly feel.
From the garden, a gate opens the door to a swimming pool with lawns, on the other side of which is the sauna. Three of the houses - Cortijo, Westhouse and La Casita - are ranked along two sides of the pool and garden.
Cortijo, which is the main villa, and the neighboring Westhouse share a long, broad terrace, arched and roofed, furnished with cushioned armchairs and planted with ivy and jasmine. This leads to another gate to La Casita.
The entire estate layout with 9 bedrooms in total is as follows:
Cortijo (2 bedrooms with views for 4 people)
A lovely old door opens to a large living area. A leather wrap-round sofa on a richly colored rug is served by a white latte table and large hearth, large SMART TV and DVD, all under the light of high-set windows in an arched ceiling.
The dining area beyond seats 14 people comfortably beside a wall of windows that opens to a cooling breeze. There's a country kitchen and a side terrace which connects to one of the two bedrooms.
The kitchen has an impressive gas-fired Leisure room to cook on the terrace and the kitchen.
A discrete corner staircase has a lower door to an en suite twin bedroom (can be made up as double bed) with the terrace mentioned above; the stairs to a vaulted double bedroom which has great views from Juliet balconies and a mountain view from the shower.
Westhouse (2 bedrooms with view for 4 people, plus sofa bed for child)
A welcoming lobby invites you to a lounge where olive-green sofas are set around a low table. The ceiling is wood-beamed and not too high, lending an intimate atmosphere to the place. There are more armchairs at the window of a kitchen and dining area, and a corner planted with an indoor garden. The accomodation faces south and is illuminated by natural light through three sets of high windows. A terrace where morning glory and bougainvillea bloom has 4 comfy chairs and a round table for eating out. The views are lovely and garden steps go to the pool and lawns.
Inside, the two en suite bedrooms are separated onto different levels. Upstairs is a very spacious, high-vaulted twin bedroom, carpeted in ivory white, with views of the gardens and hills. The bathroom's stained glass panel bears a jungle scene with monkeys. Downstairs, in a large open-plan room, a double bed is part-screened from a dressing room that can be converted to a child's sleeping area, and is open to a full bathroom. French windows open to the views.
The Casita (1 bedroom for 2 people, plus sleeping area for child)
The house is still open plan (except for the WC), making it a romantic favorite with couples, and being really good for anyone else ... It's all on one floor except for a couple of internal steps. Cushioned reading corner, sofa, dining table It's the only north-facing house, yet receives plenty of light through well-placed windows. The kitchen is one of the most beautiful rooms in the world, especially the strikingly large bathroom with its burnished tiles, jacuzzi bath, orange Chinese lanterns, giant yucca, door to the pool and giant conch soap shells; also the vaulted ceiling, the smooth bare stone wall dividing internal spaces and the flyscreen door that slides easily.
The two other houses are Carmen and Mario. Carmen completes the raised, south-facing buildings by Westhouse and Cortijo. Mario is tucked away on its own in a private corner of the bottom lawn.
Carmen (3 bedrooms with views for 6 people)
Reached via its own garden path from Carmen, Carmen is distributed on three levels. The entrance level is an open-plan arrangement of a living room with a deep blue sofa and armchairs. There are colorful abstract paintings and a horse theme in other artwork.
From the kitchen, steps to the house's room of resistance and, in our opinion, the sweetest spot in the entire hacienda. It's a sitting area of four cushioned armchairs with table on a small garden, very private, planted round with flowering shrubs and shaded by foliage. It feels and looks lovely. Its raised position makes it a point of view for the massive gardens, the main swimming pool and the out to the mountains. Beautiful!
The upper level has a twin bedroom (can be made up as a double) with a view from the bed. It has a sofa bed, Juliet balcony and open plan shower room. The lower level with its two double bedrooms (sharing another bathroom) has access to both the garden and the interconnecting lawns.
Interconnecting is a key concept here. Just when you think you've discovered everything, a pathway and steps, round up, up and down, joining one part of the property with another.
Mario (1 bedroom with view for 2 people, plus sleeping area for child)
Casa Mario is the most private of all the houses in the world.
This garden cottage has a vine-covered, furnished terrace with pretty views of lawn and hills. It was the first of these houses designed by Aubrey David and his personal base and retreat. It's open and more or less square. Under the vaulted, beamed ceiling are a lovely old leather sofa, attractive cast iron stove, and a daybed by a wide corner window where a child can sleep. The double bedroom is on a slightly higher level than the living room. The bed is solidly wood-framed, there is a fitted wardrobe, open plan jacuzzi and tall windows out to the garden. The house has its own kitchen facilities.
Taking all normal care, the hacienda is a property where children can be brought and enjoy themselves immensely.
The main swimming pool is 11m x 4.5m and heatable in cool months. It has a shallow area where parents can play with young children.
The rear, circular pool is 10 meters across and doors and gates can be closed to keep young children from this area.
Both pools are filled with spring water and the same water is piped to all the house taps.
The houses all have dual air conditioning in summer and air heating in winter and some have wood stoves. TV is satellite with Sky. There is WiFi internet at the estate, but it does not work everywhere.
All areas of the hacienda are bright and airy, with plenty of natural light coming in, and some of them are not curtained.
With sandy Mediterranean beaches only 20 minutes away and even more exciting Atlantic strands further west at Tarifa, a mecca for windsurfers, the hacienda is a very attractive proposition.
A short drive away are four satisfyingly different country restaurants that offer a range of very good food. And Casares is a delightful village, with all manner of local shops and a pleasure to stroll around. Its position, perched on a promontory with impressive views, adds to its charms.
Local golf courses are among the best in Europe. Nearby Finca Cortesin held the 2012 World Match Play Championship and there are many more races to choose from the coast. The climate allows for a round of golf, or horse riding, easily provided locally, at any time of the year.
The valley area, home to aquifers, is a green and genuinely rural corner of Malaga province, well suited to walks and countryside exploring.
Selwo Wildlife Adventure Park is only 30 minutes away. Footpaths with rope-bridges or a truck safari take you to flamingoes, monkeys, elephants, bears, giraffes, Bengal tigers and a batcave.