On a forested hilltop in southern Spain, overlooks the Mediterranean, the African coast, Gibraltar, the River Guadiaro, and the forests and hill stretching out into the interior of Spain.
Secure in its seclusion, is one of the most exceptional private residences on the Mediterranean Coast. In a peaceful setting on an exotic private park, the estate is located only three kilometres from the beach and close to world famous golf courses, polo grounds, marinas and international airports.
Conceived and executed as an artistic entity, the Villa boasts extraordinary architectural and artistic detail, influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture, and giving the estate the effect of timelessness and serenity.
Extensive outdoor terraces with water features are connected by lush surrounding gardens and forests covering over 60.000 square meters (14.5 acres). A world of magic and fantasy opens before the visitor's eyes as he travels along the tree-lined, cobbled driveway and reaches a large fountain surrounded by an ornamental lake where mermaids adorn each corner.
It was designed to echo the world famous Italian Villas of Villa d´Este, Villa Lante and Villa Medici. Yet it was also conceived as a modern dwelling, practical for entertaining and intimate family living. The magnificent Neo-Classical reception rooms of the Main Residence are well proportioned, practical and relaxing in their splendour. Six of the bedrooms, including the Master Suite, are incorporated into a Tower overlooking the formal gardens, park, and countryside beyond. A separate cottage with three additional guest suites is located at some distance from the Main House, surrounded by an exuberant and lush Romantic Garden. It has a Moorish section, reflecting the long and rich heritage of Moorish Spain.
A magnificent Moorish Room, with a double cupola 9 metres high, and a set of jewel-like bedchambers above provide a refreshing contrast to the rest of the House. There is also an extensive section containing Moorish baths and other entertainment rooms.
The Villa is a monument to artisanry and craftsmanship. To achieve this end, artists and craftsmen came from England, Italy and Morocco, and spent over ten years working and living at the project. Old techniques in decorative and architectural finish were researched and retrieved. A production studio was built onsite to furnish the special decorative mouldings, cornices, and architectural detail that are unique. Those architectural elements obtained from outside the studio are of museum quality, such as the coffered ceilings, fireplaces, doorframes, columns, and statues and fountains in the Gardens, many of which were purchased in England, France, Italy and Spain. Bronze doorknobs were made in Rome just for the Villa.
In the search of beauty and perfection, no expense has been spared in the creation. The result is one of the few residences anywhere, which, as well as being a delightful family home, is, unto itself, a unique and fabulous work of art.