Perched high up in the mountains with magnificent views down towards the coast, this exceptionally stylish villa is located within the quiet and exclusive community of El Madroñal, just minutes from the resorts of Benahavís and San Pedro de Alcántara and only 12 kms from the fashionable Puerto Banus. Read More
An impressive, beautifully designed house built along classically Spanish lines, the property’s namesake ‘surprise’ elements are found in the exquisite attention to detail of its delightful interior and the fabulous views from its countless picture windows.
Undeterred even by one of the region’s iconic pine trees being just a little in the way, the architects have created a gem of a home, using gorgeous local stone and simply building around the tree so that the house sits very comfortably in its hillside setting.
Inside, you’ll find a harmonious blend of sleek, contemporary materials and timeless, high quality furnishings: guaranteed comfort without any compromise on style. The open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen is a remarkable space, filled with light not only from the huge sliding doors at ground level but also from a stunning arched window at first floor height. The view down the valley, framed by lush pine branches in the foreground, is simply breath-taking.
A pastel-hued U-shape sofa and large screen TV creates an inviting place to relax, yet even here there are unique touches that make this villa particularly special. An eye-catching mosaic detail features on the ceiling while a dramatically curving staircase with an intricate wrought iron balustrade leads up to the first floor.
The adjacent kitchen is a contemporary triumph. The smooth, handleless cabinets and ultra-modern appliances provide a calm, clutter-free cooking zone while the striking block-style island with breakfast bar is sociable as well as practical. A more traditional dining suite, with sliding glass doors overlooking the terrace and down the valley, is perfect for more formal meals.
Also on the ground floor is the sumptuous master bedroom suite with its king size bed, dressing room and spacious luxury bathroom boasting twin washbasins, a separate shower and a gloriously decadent bathtub with patio doors that slide back for private bathing with a view. A further three bedrooms - two doubles, with superbly appointed bath or shower rooms, and a charming twin – are located on the first floor, again with wonderful views and attractive, individual styling.
Outside, a sun-drenched stone terrace with sun loungers and an outdoor dining suite surround a spectacular natural-style infinity pool that blends perfectly with the mountainous surroundings. You’ll never tire of taking a refreshing dip while savouring a panorama such as this.
On the lower ground floor is a TV and games room to keep you entertained with a table tennis table, football table and gym equipment as well as a steam room. There’s also a lift to transport you between floors in comfort.
If you’re looking for a peaceful haven rather than the hustle and bustle of the busier coastal resorts along the Costa del Sol, a stay in El Madroñal is the perfect choice. There’s an air of tranquillity up here in the mountains, yet it’s an easy drive to the local beaches and to the wealth of bars, nightclubs and boutiques in resorts such as Marbella and Puerto Banus. The picturesque Benahavís is just a short drive away and is famed for its winding streets, whitewashed houses and array of superb restaurants.
For a luxurious, truly relaxing escape. we highly recommend the lovely La Sorpresa, particularly for a group of friends or a family with older children.
This villa is part of our Luxury collection. Find out more
Open poolside shower, Child section in pool
La Sorpresa benefits from Climate control, which is a mixture of air -conditioning and under floor cooling control. Please be aware that the system is set and works with doors and windows closed only.
This property comes with Free Wi-Fi, Free Air Conditioning, Free Cots and Free Highchairs
We have labelled this villa property as being "Car Essential"
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