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Elegant villa near Ronda – superb for your holidays with family and friends!

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Modern and exquisitely equipped country house for up to 10 guests

El Cobijo:

El Cobijo is a beautiful modern villa built in traditional Andalusian style around a charming open patio on a lightly sloping olive grove of approximately 3 acres. The villa’s main level has an open patio, around which one has access to the living room with fireplace, a terrace with beautiful views of the sierra and Ronda, the dining room, a fully equipped chef's kitchen, a powder room, and a guest room with bathroom. A hall way on an intermediate level provides access to two additional bedrooms each with bathroom. The bright, master bedroom is located upstairs with a large bathroom and private roof terrace with gorgeous views. An additional bedroom which doubles as the TV and game room with sitting area and a bathroom is on the villa's lower level. There's also a utility room for 2 washers, 2 dryers, and additional refrigerator. The swimming pool is surrounded by a large sun terrace with a shower house and a roofed, poolside bar with BBQ.

Visiting Ronda:

Ronda is a beautiful, historic Andalusian city. It is a perfect destination to stroll through the narrow streets of its ancient historic city center with its centuries old, iconic bridge over a 100 m deep gorge that divides the old and the newer parts of the city and with the famous, and also oldest bull fighting arena in Spain. Ronda is located in midst of the scenic Serranía of Ronda dotted by the picturesque, white Andalusian villages such as Gaucín, Grazalema, and Zahara, an ideal region for sight seeing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and sail gliding.

Golfing and general tourist attractions:

The property is surrounded by over 30 of Spain's finest golf courses on the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz many of which are reachable in less than 50 minutes by car. Some of Europe's most important cultural cities such as Córdoba, Granada, and Sevilla can easily be reached for enjoyable and extraordinary sight seeing excursions. These cities offer historic sights of incomparable beauty as well as an opportunity to meander through charming, narrow streets, and visit fine Andalusian shops, tapas bars and restaurants. In addition, one can drive through Spain's unique Sherry wine regions of Jeréz and Sanlúcar, visiting such famous Sherry bodegas as Domecq, Gonzalez Byass, Lustau, Hidalgo and many others. While there, visit the famous Domecq Horse Show. Not far away is one of Europe's most intriguing bird sanctuaries, The Doñana National Park, a protected reserve and a popular attraction for nature lovers. A day trip to Tangiers, Morocco with a visit to the fascinating and colorful local souks is only a few hours away by taking the high speed ferry from Tarifa.

If you don't plan on spending too much time traveling by car, you can choose among many local, charming destinations such as the magnificent, nearby village of Setenil de las Bodegas with its breath taking gorge in and around which this Andalusian village was built or the Roman ruin of Acinipo with a well preserved amphitheater and stunning views of the region. Or you can take the scenic mountain road towards Algeciras to the lovely village of Gaucín, one of the most attractive gems among Andalucía's White Villages.

Other recreational activities:

The beaches of Costa del Sol are situated along one of Europe's most formidable summer resorts including Marbella, Puerto Banús, Estepona, and Sotogrande on the Mediterranean Sea. On the Atlantic side, the endless, white sand beaches frequently have steady winds making this area ideal for wind and kite surfing. One of our favorite beaches on this side is Bolonia, where you can also visit its well preserved Roman ruins Baelo Claudia.

If you love horses, we can help you plan a morning ride through the area's beautiful scenery. If you plan to travel in early spring, consider the highest snow peaks of the Iberian Peninsula located in the Sierra Nevada, very close to Granada, with some of Spain's best ski slopes. Although at least 2 and a half hours away by car, you can still plan on arriving at the slopes before noon and returning home for dinner. Sierra Nevada has over 90 km of well maintained, tree-less ski runs, some of which provide breath taking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

The owner may from time to time be in residence in a separate part of the villa with separate entrance. However, the gardens, pool and terraces are exclusive for the use of guests. The owner will be discrete at all times and will personally ensure the house and all services are run to a high standard.

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Raynold von Samson
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

Why Raynold von Samson chose Arriate

We built the villa in the midst of a charming olive grove in 2001. The peace and quiet, the rural environment, the views, the friendly people, the excellent food, the central location to visit major cultural centers and endless beaches, etc. all of these and more made us look no further for a perfect location.

What makes this villa unique

Daily cleaning service is provided; the maid comes Monday through Friday for 2 hours from 11:00 to 13:00 hrs. The maid can be asked to stay for additional hours, if necessary at €9 per hour, payable directly to the maid. The maid does not work on weekends or legal holidays. Our holiday guests are cordially invited to a welcome snack with ice cold cava upon arrival. If you wish to have a private chef cook one or several meals during your stay, this can be arranged in advance at a very reasonable price. Please contact us about this additional service.

All linen and towels are provided. Towels are changed bi-weekly, bed linen once per week. As an additional service, we can stock up your pantry on your behalf prior to your arrival if necessary.

We offer discounts of 5% for 2 weeks 10% for 3 weeks and 15% for 4 weeks.

If you bring your portable computer, you can log on to our wireless broad band network at no additional charge.

Guestbook comments from the owner

El Cobijo is that rare combination of comfort, style and thoughtful design. It is a stunning and impeccably maintained property with living spaces for all moods and times of day: a sheltered courtyard patio filled with plants and a water feature; a shaded veranda with wonderful views; a splendid sitting room with large fireplace and well-stocked bookshelves. The bedrooms are spacious and well decorated and, in our party of 8, nobody was left feeling that they had drawn the short straw (which was a first in our ten years of renting villas together). The kitchen, indeed the whole house, was extremely well equipped, and no less attention to detail had been given to the delightful pool area. Our host, Raynold, was welcoming and helpful yet most discrete. Mari, who came in 2 hours daily, was a godsend, and the in-house catering offered by Deborah was hugely successful after a full day’s sightseeing. I have never felt so well looked after on a villa holiday! There is a whole range of attractions on the doorstep –beautiful towns and villages to explore (Ronda, Zahara and Grazalema were favourites); a stunningly located Roman amphitheatre at Acipino (which we had to ourselves); fascinating cave paintings at Cueva de la Pileta (though the cave itself is awesome); the Garganta Verde (which seemed almost prehistoric in its lush isolation with vultures flying overhead); the Via Verde for walking/cycling (if the heat allows!). And don’t overlook Arriate itself. El Muelle de Arriate is a gem of a place with lovely food. Further afield we visited the beautiful cities of Seville and Cordoba, and investigated the port and old town of Marbella. Plans to visit Grenada and to take the train to Algeciras will have to wait until the next visit…
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Arriate in Serranía de Ronda

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Please let us know if you consider contacting a chef to cook for you
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Guest toilet
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Pool house shower and separate toilet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , en-suite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , en-suite
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , 2 sinks, en suite
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , on lower level, doubles as TV, game, and sitting room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , on main level next to main entrance, a/c, ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , on intermediate level next to patio, a/c, ceiling fan
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , on intermediate level next to patio, a/c, ceiling fan
    Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , on upper level, private terrace, TV, a/c, ceiling fan
  • All bedrooms have air-condition, ceiling fans, and hair dryers; King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Large Book Library, Dining Table for 10, Terrace, Wireless Internet, Playstation 2 Console, Designer Kitchen with Eating Area, 5-Gas Burner Cooking Top, Convection Oven, 2 Miele Dishwashers, US-Sized Refrigerator, Cooking Utensils and Complete Set of China, Flatware and Glasses Provided, All Linen Provided, 2 Miele washers and 2 Miele dryers, 2nd Refrigerator, Private Pool with Pool House and Shower, 2 mountain bikes


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Elegant villa near Ronda – superb for your holidays with family and friends!
average rating of 4.976744 based on 47 reviews

A great gateway to touring Andalusia

  • 5 of 5

We used El Cobijo as home base for touring the cities and towns in Andalusia in mid-December 2017. At most 90-120 minutes from the sites, it was a comfortable, welcoming destination at the end of a day of sightseeing. It slept our family of five and accompanying sister/aunt with a bedroom to spare. The house is charming and well appointed. Lovely kitchen with multiple outdoor seating areas.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

El Cobijo villa was perfect in every way. Five couples stayed for ten days! Each couple had excellent accommodations! Deborah, a chief, and her assistant Maria, came and cooked wonderful, delicious meals for us for four nights! THE BEST! The villa was situated in a perfect location for exploring Ronda and the surrounding country side! BEAUTIFUL! Maria came to the villa everyday to help with house duties which we all appreciated! El Cobijo was our home away from home in every way!

Comment: driveway needs repair

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent. All aspects were as good as shown or better. Everything worked like clockwork.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Raynold for a wonderful stay in your beautifully appointed Vila. We will miss El Cobijo.

Saludos y Gracias

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully well appointed villa with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

This villa is so thoughtfully laid out and very beautiful. The owners have a stunning view across the hills. They are most welcoming and helpful whilst not being in any way intrusive. The house is perfect for families and has many different areas to read and relax. We had a really memorable week.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A stunning villa in the most peaceful area with lovely views!!

  • 5 of 5

If you are searching for a wonderful villa and you are reading this review,then search no more because you have found your perfect place!!! We spent a week here at the end of August ( a group of 7 adults and 2 children) to celebrate my fathers 80th birthday and we could not have been happier!! The villa is so homely,really well planned out and is equipped with everything you could possibly think of!!!We loved cooking in the spacious kitchen and we always ate outdoors on the terrace overlooking the olive groves.The pool area is just another added bonus and we used the barbecue several times which was amazing.The villa is really spacious,bright and airy.Even though we were there at the end of August,we were so comfortable having dinner and breakfast out on the terrace every day.It is so well located and we managed to easily do day trips toCordoba,Seville,Jerez,Zahara los Antunes and Grazelema.Wifi connection was great and so was the sound system.All the rooms are spacious and master bedroom on the top floor is beautiful.The great advantage of the layout is that it works so well for a family as there is a room at ground level for elderly in case they can't manage stairs and then just a few stairs up are 2 rooms,master room at the top and then the TV/kids room in the basement so they can make all the noise they want without disturbing anyone!!!The villa is so easily accessible to Ronda ( about 10 mins) so very easy to get groceries.The kitchen also has basic larder supplies which you can very kindly use during your stay.Maria ,the maid and her husband are lovely and they clean the villa and pool area a couple hours a day so the whole place is very well maintained.The owner Raynold is very gracious ,welcoming, available and informative about the whole area.We really feel very lucky to have spent a memorable week in his beautiful villa which you can see with all the lovely family photos scattered through,was truly a much loved home.My father said it was one of the best holidays he had and he will never forget!! We all feel the same and would definitely love to come back.Now we are all back to our routine lives but have the wonderful memories of the most perfect villa that was our home for a week!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Samina for such a lovely, thoughtful and warm review. We are thrilled you and your family enjoyed your stay and hope we can host another family reunion in the near future.
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Great property, very well equipped in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (9 of us) spent a really enjoyable weeks holiday at El Cobijo, a beautiful, spacious villa in the countryside with stunning views, only a short drive from the most interesting and historic town of Ronda. We have a family holiday like this each year but this was by far the best property we have stayed in. The owner greeted us on our arrival and gave us a most informative and detailed tour of the house, explaining all the facilities and what was available in the area, something that has never happened before in other villas. The house, and particularly the kitchen, is extremely well equipped, probably because it has actually been lived in by the owners, who used to be restauranteurs. We mainly cooked for ourselves and enjoyed the excellent kitchen facilities but the owner also made some excellent restaurant suggestions, one of which we took up and enjoyed a truly memorable evening at a venue only a short distance away. The swimming pool, where we spent much time, was ideal for family bathing and sports and the barbecue by the side of it got considerable use. The bedrooms are spacious and well equipped with en-suite facilities, air conditioning and fans, a great boon in this very hot summer. A maid came in each day, for a short time, to clean and tidy the villa but was quite unobtrusive and her husband cleaned the pool each day too. El Cobijo is the perfect place for a relaxing family holiday. We didn't want to leave but came home with some very happy memories of a wonderful holiday. Thank you so much!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
San Pedro
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
42 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Car: necessary

Cultural tourism, Europe's cultural jewels such as Cordoba, Granada, and Sevilla can easily be reached for enjoyable and extraordinary sight seeing excursions. Drive through Spain's unique sherry wine regions of Jerez and Sanlucar to visit the bodegas of Domecq, Gonzalez Byass, Lustau, Hidalgo and many others. While there, visit the famous Domecq Horse Show. Ronda is a perfect destination to spend an afternoon walking through the narrow streets of its ancient historic city center. The property is surrounded by the finest golf courses many of which are reachable in less than 50 minutes by car. Except for during the July and August summer vacation season in Spain, many courses are pleasantly uncrowded. The beaches of Costa del Sol are situated along the summer resorts of Marbella, Puerto Banus, and Sotogrande on the Mediterranean Sea, On the Atlantic side, mile-long beaches are endowed with copious, white sand and steady winds ideal for wind and kite surfing.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Arriate, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Middle Season
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Last day cleaning fee £116.31

Daily cleaning service Monday through Saturday for 2 hours from 11:00 to 13:00 hrs. The maid can be asked to stay for additional hours, if necessary at €10 per hour, payable directly to the maid. We offer discounts of 5% for 2 weeks 10% for 3 weeks and 15% for 4 weeks. The service of a private chef can be arranged to prepare meals at the villa. Please contact us for additional details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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