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Unique Luxury Villa. Voted 'TOP VILLA' by Daily Telegraph. Private pools & WIFI

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 4,090 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Luxury Villa near Ronda, Andalucia, Spain - Voted By The Daily Telegraph As One Of The Top 15 Villa's In Spain

Villa Casa Sonana is the private holiday home of Callum & Jill who designed the house around their love for this region of Spain, its people and lifestyle. More than this, it is designed to provide a luxury holiday home for those who want to enjoy the real Spain in a contemporary, unique villa.

They commissioned their Architect to create a luxury villa whose airy, contemporary ambiance takes advantage of the light and views out to the Sierra de Ronda. Its design was recognised by Channel 4's Grand Designs who were interested in featuring the villa on their programme.

Casa Sonana offers 4 double/twin individual bedrooms each with their own unique En-suite bathroom, magnificent designer kitchen, sunken indoor dining room, outdoor dining, large salon, library, a large terrace sweeping around the house, utility room and 2 private pools. One for the adults and one for the kiddies.

Only 10 minutes from the historic town of Ronda. Free WIFI throughout the Villa that reaches the pool!

More Details

jill chalmers
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2017

About jill chalmers

Hola! We are Jill and Callum from Edinburgh Scotland and our daughter, Maddie. We are both business professionals with our own businesses (Jill in Hotels & Tourism and Callum in Management Development & training), and Villa Casa Sonana allows us a place to kick-back and relax and enjoy precious time with our family and friends. It is Jill's background in hotels and tourism that has enabled us to make Villa Casa Sonana a luxury holiday rental Villa. Instinctively, Jill knows what guests expect both in the booking process and for a luxury villa holiday. We take the rental of Villa Casa Sonana very seriously, understanding the importance of the right selection of a home for vacation-time, we get to know our guests needs personally and many return year after year.

jill chalmers purchased this villa in 2000

Why jill chalmers chose Ronda area

Throughout our travelling life we have always sought out the 'real experiences' that each country offers. We have never wanted to be part of the mass-holiday-market, so when we came across Arriate and Ronda, we absolutely fell in love with the place, the people and the lifestyle. We made friends with some locals and kept returning each year. Through these friendships we were given the opportunity to buy 7-acres field, which we did, and on which we carefully designed and built Villa Casa Sonana. The uninterrupted views surrounding the site where we situated the house are, quite simply, outstanding. We are still memorised by them. This is truly the 'real Spain' at it absolute best.

What makes this villa unique

It was a huge benefit to us to find an unspoilt part of Andalucia, which was only an hour or so away from Malaga airport. Additionally, the airport welcomes all the low cost airlines, so not only is Villa Casa Sonana easily accessible, but also cost effective. We love staying at the Villa, it is our 2nd home, and so it offers everyone fabulous home comforts, and combined with Jill's hoteliers knowledge about guest expectations, we know our standards are high.

We would suggest it is best summed up in a recent guest comment: "Our stay at the Villa Casa Sonana was like staying at a 5 star luxury retreat set in a beautifully peaceful and secluded valley. We could not have asked for more. We would not hesitate in coming back". Tim & Janine Constance.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed for a week at Jill and Calum's fabulous home in Arriate.

The home itself is immaculate -- new, modern, spacious, well designed & decorated, very clean. The kitchen was well stocked and in the rest of the house plenty of books, toys for kids, entertainment. Amazing collection of wine. Bathrooms were spotless, Wifi was excellent everywhere, for us cell phone signal was good in the kitchen/family area.

The area surrounding the home is stunning. Its located on an incline with vast open views of hills, olive plantations, distant clusters of white houses from everywhere. Its a short walk to Setenil de las bodegas and other hidden jewels in rural Spain.

The nicest part though is the people -- the owner and hospitable management of the house. They are not out to nickel and dime renters. They had taken the time to understand our trip and non-intrusively helped out. Since we were traveling internationally with kids, they had some grocery ready, gave us local suggestions, made us dinner reservations, arranged baby sitters etc etc. We were there late Dec and I had questions about heating, the local mgmt immediately checked out all heating in the house and even left us a few new space heaters, just in case. Yes, you only pay upfront but this bunch knows how to make this not just another rental but an experience. Great job guys!
Jan 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Arriate in Serranía de Ronda

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4090 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , This is a toilet next to living area for everyone's use.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • All bedrooms have personal en-suite bathrooms, each unique and individually designed. One bath and all have large walk in showers, suspended wc's, unique sinks and lovely fluffy towels. Personal waffle bathrobes, slippers and hairdryers are supplied.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Each bedroom and en-suite bathroom has its own character, design and views. Importantly, they are comfort personified with blissfully relaxing Scandinavian beds and crisp cotton sheets, and bathrobes. The rooms are quiet havens of peace and relaxation.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The Daily Telegraph voted Villa Casa Sonana as one of the top 15 Villa rentals in the whole of Spain. In additional to a wonderful open fire, Casa Sonana has underfloor heating throughout the house. Lovely for those winter months! We have a young daughter so it is suitable for children. Car hire essential throughout your stay. Wild asparagus and mushrooms can be found at the bottom of the land near the river during their seasons. Help yourselves to the olives and fruit from our orchard! When you book with us, you will be given a password which will give you access to a special area in our website exclusively for Casa Sonana guests. This will give you information and recommendations locally that you won't find in the guidebooks! Outside: Casa Sonana has 7 acres of private land. Running through the bottom of the land is a river and small waterfall, and in season, you can find wild asparagus and mushrooms - perfect cooked with olive oil and garlic! The private and secluded adult pool is 10m x 5m with many shaded areas throughout the grounds. There is also a private pool for the smaller children which is 0.5m x 0.5m and half a metre deep. A large terrace sweeps round the house, and in the outdoor dining terrace, there is a BBQ and pizza oven (pizza cooking instructions also available!). You can help yourself from fruit from the orchard, you will find apricots, plums, peaches, pears, almonds, sharon fruits, and figs. On our land, you can also pick wild asparagus and mushrooms, and in the kitchen you will find local cookbooks telling you what to do with them ! Utility Room: Washing machine, utility sink, iron, ironing board, outdoor drying area. Hoover, mosquito plugs, telephone chargers, sun tan creams, first aid kit etc etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Your personal Management team will prepare the house for your arrival, and clean it again throughout the week. Towels and linen are included and will be changed weekly. Additional cleaning available on request. Other: Free WIFI available throughout the Villa which will reach you by the pool! Bedrooms have automatic black out blinds built into all windows, combined with mosquito door nets and ceiling fans.


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Unique Luxury Villa. Voted 'TOP VILLA' by Daily Telegraph. Private pools & WIFI
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

A Touch of Class

  • 5 of 5

Not our first time at this villa, but each time we revisit, it gets better and better. A stunning piece of architecture is continually being enhanced by the maturing gardens, which also provide shade, tranquility and a moving backdrop to the uninterrupted views from every angle. Location, location, location ...........

The villas itself never disappoints; comfy beds, sparkling bathrooms, well stocked kitchen, breezy balconies, terraces and indoor spaces to suit family gatherings or romantic encounters. Wi-if keeps you informed or amused and impressively is pretty reliable.

If you contact the owners directly they will invariably offer you the best deal as well as personalise your stay, and welcome you to the Soñana family. It puts a big smile on yer face :))

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola! thank you so much for taking the time to review Villa Casa Sonana - most appreciated. We are delighted that you loved Casa Sonana again and sincerely hope that we can welcome you back to it again in the future. You are correct, lowest prices are always available directly with myself, so spread the word about that and save on the silly 'service' fees that many sites are now adding. Hopefully we can welcome you to Casa Sonana again in the future. Until then, as always, Saludos :)
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Fabulous villa set in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

Really love the way the villa is set up. Public areas open out to a large garden with a big pool. The garden has wide views over the surrounding countryside yet still feels private and intimate.

The villa is well appointed inside. Our bedroom had beautiful wooden floors and a large comfortable bed - everything looks modern and well maintained. Bedroom linens, towels, etc are all fresh and in perfect condition.

Kitchen has everything you could need to produce lavish meals for a large party or simple snacks to keep kids going. There is even a pizza oven outside.

Loved the stay at Casa Soñana and would happily return in the future. Would have no hesitation recommending this villa to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review - really appreciated. Most of our guests find it easier to leave reviews on TripAdvisor so its great that you worked this one out. Delighted that you enjoyed Villa Casa Soñana and all that it offers, and hope you and the kids had fun with the pizza oven. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back to Casa Soñana in the future, for lowest rates, please just contact me personally when you wish to do this. And please do recommend us to your friends, just tell them to mention you when enquiring (needs to be direct with me) and 10% discount will be given. Hope your return to 'normality' is an easy one! Until then, as always... Saludos :) Jill.
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Why did I wait so long to go back?

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful return trip to Villa Casa Sonana - first time in a few years and found them again with loads of five star reviews on Trip Advisor - why oh why did I wait so long ?!

I was travelling with friends and had a ground floor bedroom this visit and lay in bed with the French windows open with stunning views to the distant sierras over the garden and pool. Now my favourite room, although I think I said that on my last visit about another upstairs bedroom. Lots of private nooks and crannies inside and out (the weather was glorious, yes in January!) to be alone as well as a great sociable 'salon' to be together in.

A brilliant break topped off by a wonderful restaurant (El Muelle in the local village Arriate) providing some of the best food I have ever tasted in Spain ....

the only question is when can I go again?

Thanks to the owners for all the lovely and unexpected niceties of slippers, nibbles and wine.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola, many, many thanks for taking the time to write a review on this site, as I appreciate that most of our guests leave reviews on TripAdvisor (we do have the highest number of 5-star reviews on TripAdvisors throughout the whole of Andalucia!!). Delighted that you enjoyed your time again at Casa Sonana and it was our pleasure to welcome you back again. We always love returning guests and special rates always available for them - just reach out to me directly for that. We also love El Muelle, like us, they hold a top spot on T.Advisor and its great that it is right on the door step of Casa Sonana. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Until then, as always, Saludos :) Jill
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Arriate - your Nearest Pueblo has LOTS!
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Arriate - one of our favourites is El Muelle
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
San Pedro and its Beaches
Car: necessary


Casa Sonana is in the heart of Andalucia and offers a great selection of airports for the low cost, charter or scheduled airlines. In more or less an hour and a bit, you can easily travel to Casa Sonana from the following airports: Malaga, Seville, Granada, Gibraltar, and Jerez.

Car Hire is essential when staying at Casa Sonana and you will find our recommendations for the cheapest and most reliable on our website.


Ronda : 6 km

Arriate : 1 km

Seville : 120 km.

Granada : 150 km.

Marbella/Puerto Banus : 50 km.

Malaga : 100 km.

Jerez : 100 km.

Tarifa/Costa de la Luz : 110 km.

Further Details:

Immediately on your doorstep, you have the village of Arriate, a typical Andalucian pueblo famous for its sausages and its Semana Santa processions. Populated by bars and cafes too numerous to mention, Arriate is a friendly slice of real Andalucian country life.

Ronda is only 15 minutes away and is justly famous for its spectacular location. Set on a precipice, with the gorge in the centre of the town dropping some 500 feet to the river and waterfalls below known as El Tajo, has a jaw-dropping beautiful view out on to the Ronda Mountains. The walk around the edge of Ronda’s precipice takes you past its ancient bullring, the oldest in Spain. The ancient part of town is a charming area of narrow, cobbled streets with pavement bars and cafes. The actor Orson Welles was famously captivated by the town, its dramatic location and passionate people.

There are many fantastic tapas bars and restaurants in Ronda. You can find our recommendations in your personal info pack when you book your stay.

Your luxury villa Casa Soñana is a great starting point for holiday trips around southern Andalusia and the Pueblos Blanco (‘the white villages’) in the area.

The variety and scope available to the guest at Villa Casa Sonana includes the golf courses and beaches of the Costa del Sol, the excitement of Marbella and Puerto Banus, the Arab grandeur of Granada and the Alhambra and the wild and beautiful beaches of Tarifa and the Costa de la Luz, the sophistication of Seville, and you are surrounded by a variety of Los Pueblos Blancos – each offering their individual charm.

All are within easy reach, less than 2 hours drive from Casa Sonana. It is even possible to visit Morocco in a day using the high-speed ferries from Tarifa or Algeciras.


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
July & August 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT OUR BOOKING CALENDAR ISNT ALWAYS UPDATED - WE PREFER TO TALK TO OUR GUESTS. SO ... To check availability and make a booking at Casa Sonana, just contact us, we always find it nicer to chat personal about your holiday requirements and we can tell you more about the Villa and the local area.

We also have a website for the Villa which you can find if you search on Villa Casa Sonana in any of the search engines. This gives you more information about the Villa and the local area also.

When you know your dates and wish to book, we will hold the villa for you with a 7 day option. Once this booking is confirmed you will receive your exclusive password which gives you entry to the 'guest-only' of the Casa Sonana website where you will find a whole load of information, most of which is our personal recommendations, so you won't find it all in the local guidebooks!

Changeover Day:
Our preferred changeover day is a Saturday, but we shall be flexible on this where possible, please just contact us.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds with payment by bank transfer. Prices include twice weekly cleaning, all linen and towels,including pool towels, bathrobes, slippers, a welcome food basket, all pool and garden maintenance, a personal welcome on your arrival to the villa, and the services of your personal management and housekeeping team throughout your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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