The country estate of El Madroñal is part of the ultra-affluent district of Benahavís, with its always in-demand real estate looking down over Marbella, and the Mediterranean coast of Spain's Costa del Sol. At this exclusive gated community nestling in the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda, residents can enjoy an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity in the fresh country air. Although it sits in the midst of pine and cork forests, it also has the advantage of being close to amenities elsewhere. A drive of around ten minutes along the Ronda road will bring you to the prestigious marina and port of Puerto Banús and to chic Marbella itself, or just five minutes sees you in the buzzing town of San Pedro de Alcántara. The toll road will even deliver travellers to Gibraltar if they wish to explore further afield.
This is a region of historic significance, too, with the nearby ruins of the Montemayor Castle having played a key role over the centuries. It is rumoured that underground corridors in this strategically-placed Moorish stronghold were used to transport personnel, weapons and food to the coast, while Benahavis itself, founded in the eleventh century, takes its name from a Moorish prince who ruled here. After the castle was captured by Catholic forces in the fifteenth century, 350 years of war followed between the district of Benahavís and Marbella, until independent community status was granted.
Residents can enjoy a superior lifestyle at El Madroñal, with superb views towards the sea or the mountain reserves in an area of wide open spaces, while remaining within easy reach of beaches, fine restaurants and upmarket shopping, and backed by essentials such as schools and banks. They can make use of nearby small stores, supermarkets, bakeries and local cafés, with several good golf courses to choose from. The open countryside also beckons to walkers, mountain-bike enthusiasts and horse-riders, and as befits its mountainous home, the village boasts sixty rock-climbing routes. Those who venture down to the coast are spoilt for choice of water sports, and adrenaline junkies can reach it the hard way, via the Guadalmina River.
This large private estate specialises in luxury villas within landscaped gardens, surrounded by rural terrain which separates them firmly from other properties, giving the impression that the villas are set in open countryside. Homes can come in all shapes, sizes and styles, with poolside patios where you can just relax and take in the breathtaking views. Many villas also boast their own tennis courts, spas and gyms, with home cinema and games rooms also popular.
Privacy is paramount here, making it much-loved by celebrities, and ideal for those wanting to invest in luxury real estate. Others can embrace the lifestyle on holiday stays, or can rent out their properties for an excellent return. The real estate market here is always much sought-after, so it makes sense to seek local expertise and knowledge. We invite you to get in touch with us for the best advice!