It is hard to stand out in a resort destination with so many luxurious properties, but this beautifully balanced villa in La Zagaleta does it with style and panache.
Designed by the legendary Marbella architect César de Leyva, known for the aesthetic artistry he has brought to the town’s architecture, this skilfully proportioned villa creates a perfect harmony of form and function within a truly privileged setting.
If the architect is the artist and the plot his canvas, then the homeowner is the muse that adds substance and character to the work of art created. A labour of love between the two parties, the architect provided a wonderful home for the occupant to live in and evolve with. Over the years, the owners have improved and polished it in a manner that simply cannot be done overnight, creating in the process a villa that is truly outstanding for its unique combination of sophistication and homely appeal.
Indeed, from the moment you step through the door this is a property that plays on the senses – at once an imposing testament to style and an enticing private home with so many enchanting spaces in which to relax, entertain, cook, dine, enjoy an al fresco breakfast or watch the sun set, that you are spoiled for choice. From the gorgeous patio encountered as you enter this personal domain to the poolside sunbathing terrace and the intimate terraces that each enjoy a different aspect of the surrounding natural beauty, this is a villa made for those who appreciate the good things in life.
Inside, the rooms exude a sense of cultured style and refinement that would fill the pages of a design magazine, yet without ever seeming cold or forced. Quite the opposite, the delightful gourmet kitchen is also home to an informal dining area and a cosy family room, while the salon is a uniquely stylish room that is as enchanting as it is stately. The bedroom suites have all the privacy and comfort of a private apartment, and there are two on the ground floor and two that occupy the first floor – each with its own terrace overlooking a verdant oasis.
A personal paradise
This elegant home is not only one of the finest examples of good taste and balanced proportions in Marbella, but also finds itself in the midst of a veritable oasis of greenery and privacy in La Zagaleta. The select country club is known for its exclusivity and security, and this 739m2 villa is located on over 5,500m2 of its finest land. The lower floor contains an entertainment room with Jacuzzi, sauna and a gym, as well as changing rooms, an attractive independent apartment and a large garage that connects with the stylish carport at the end of the drive.
One of the finest features, however, is the gorgeous garden that surrounds the house and flows on from the swimming pool. Featuring a combination of pristine lawns bordered by Mediterranean species of plant, flowering heather and trees, the formal garden gradually gives way to a more natural zone covered in pine groves, a vegetable garden and delightful spots from which to spot the deer that roam La Zagaleta. The views take in its celebrated golf course and clubhouse, with the lofty pine-clad peaks of the estate and clear blue sky rising above to mark this as a very special personal paradise in Marbella.