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Family Villa, Private Pool. Great Views Across Golf Courses, mountains and sea.



Updated: 16-Oct-2016
4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, excellent kitchen. Large garden, shaded eating & relaxing area & sunny pool terrace with sun beds.

In a stunning position within the exclusive Sotogrande Estate, and in the heart of the Costa del Sol's best golfing area (in easy range of Valderrama, Almenara, Alcadaisa, La Canada, La Reserva, Sotogrande and San Roque), the villa offers panoramic views, across La Reserva and La Canada, to the sea. The accommodation offers 4 double bedrooms, all with air-conditioning, child's bedroom / dressing room with cot and double sofa-bed, three bathrooms, cloakroom, spacious living area, stunning modern kitchen, and utility room with all amenities. (The south-facing kitchen has air-conditioning.) A large, shaded terrace provides a pleasant eating and relaxing area overlooking the large, attractive garden and pool. Comfortable sun beds and parasols provide for perfect relaxation. If you can drag yourself away from the pool, there is plenty to see in the area. Tarifa, Cadiz, Jimenez de la Frontera and the White Towns, Ronda and Gibraltar all provide interesting day trips. (To do them justice, Cordoba, Seville and Granada need an overnight stay.) There are good restaurants within a short drive, and tennis, horse riding and a spa nearby as well as plenty of beaches, a new beach club, and a water park less than an hour away.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in West Sussex with my husband, a solicitor in London, our younger son and an elderly tortoiseshell cat.

We bought our house in Sotogrande in 2000 and love spending time there whenever we can.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely villa in ideal location; wonderful gardens and pool for idyllic, relaxing holiday. Ideal for travelling around the area as well as the port. Good restaurants locally and lovely kitchen for cooking meals as well.

We are two families with teenage children and stayed here in July/August 2013. The house was spacious, with everything we needed, and easily accommodated all of us - best thing for us was the fantastic pool in beautiful gardens. The house is in a good location both for all sports nearby - golf, polo, tennis, etc. but also well placed for visiting other areas of Spain such as Ronda and Jerez. Easy flights either to Malaga or Gibraltar - we flew to Gibraltar which was trouble free and only 20 minutes from the property.

Stayed at the villa in August 2014, on arrival we found the villa as described, key in the safe and the house clean, even though other guests had just left. The villa, rooms and open spaces were spacious and easily fitted our group with all our activities. The pool was delightful and when we suggested a portable shower would be an added bonus the owner delivered, as he has done all along. The kitchen was delightful to operate in; we had an issue with one of the two fridge freezers and within 48 hours a new one arrived, the owner and agent were and are first class. As a family which has, for the last 8 years, holidayed in this fashion, we found this the best villa of all to accommodate our needs. Thoroughly recommend this villa and the owner to all. Thanks for a great holiday.
Feb 2015
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Already booked this villa for next year!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful week & the villa more than lived up to our expectations. A well maintained villa with lovely gardens & pool, in a large gated community. A choice of good supermarkets just 5 mins drive away. We booked within 24hrs of our return for next year!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Villa Esmeralda. All rooms were very clean, the gardens were beautiful and the pool a real treat. The children were very content just messing about in the pool. The property is very well equipped with everything you can think of including hair dryers, ironing board, etc. We had a lovely day at the beach nearby. It had an inflatable assault course in the sea- perfect for the kids! We also had a great day at Bahia water park near Algerciras. The owners are so helpful and provided restaurant recommendations and local places to visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that you enjoyed your holiday and always want to provide the right information to help ensure that. We have a great agent and staff in Sotogrande, but we try to provide reasonable information in advance so that guests can book restaurants etc before arrival if they wish, especially for busy Saturdays in August!
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Wonderful family holiday in Sotogrande

  • 5 of 5

Villa Esmeralda is a fabulous villa - ideal for a family holiday or golf break. Internally the villa is very well equipped (everything you could need for entertaining and relaxing), and the gardens and pool are well maintained and very private.

Located in an elevated position in Sotogrande Alto, the villa commands fabulous views over the hills and sea (a rarity in Sotogrande) and is in close proximity to Sotogrande's numerous wonderful golf courses and only a short drive to the port of Sotogrande.

We love Sotogrande for its family friendly environment (and golf) and Villa Esmeralda is an absolute gem of a villa. We very much hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of the things we like best about the villa is the great views. The mountains are ever changing and really stunning in the evening sun. Sometimes you can see buzzards high in the sky, riding the thermals, and at night you can often hear owls patrolling nearby Valderrama golf course and the woods around.
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Outstanding villa on beautiful secluded estate.

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully presented property with every labour-saving device and convenience. Lovely well kept gardens overflowing with flowers, trees and shrubs. Rolling lawns descending to clean, well maintained family swimming pool. Shaded, covered rear veranda with views across surrounding attractive countryside. Plenty of room inside. Large master bedroom with adjoining child's room on first floor. Three additional bedrooms on ground floor, with seperate bathrooms, shower and extra toilet. Lovely kitchen equipped to the highest standards with all modern and well-maintained appliances. Huge lounge area with TV and superb comfy sofas and easy chairs. Dining area attached, but this was in addition to massive family wooden dining table on veranda. BBQ provided. Overall, a well-kept family home available to the discerning at a very reasonable price. Beautiful area but you do need a car due to distance to shops.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely review, we are so glad you liked the property and felt it was good value for money.
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Stunning villa, fabulous family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We have such a chilled out week at Villa Esmerelda. The best thing we loved about the villa was the view and the garden which is a lovely design and looked after so well. We were very happy having BBQs and hanging out by the pool, enjoying the view, so relaxing and excellent value, we would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. The view over the garden to the mountains and down to the sea are the things we like best about the villa too, though the pool and the weather are pretty good too!
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Great value for money.

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean, comfortable and spacious.

The grounds were much larger than expected which was fantastic for our young families.

A great property at a great price.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, so glad you found the house comfortable and clean. We also love the garden at the property, with the views across the local golf courses and mountains, and the different areas of the garden, which mean you can usually find a shadier or sunnier spot to sit, according to your needs.
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From the Owner

We love the privacy, and the stunning views from our house. It is a brilliant area for keen golfers, but there are beaches, beach clubs and lots of historic sites in easy travelling distance.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Gibralter (Malaga is 90 Km, & offers more choice) at 25 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Guadiaro at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Tarifa at 50 Kilometres Nearest Golf : La Reserva at 3 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : La Cabana, Sotogrande at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Sotogrande / Torreguadiaro at 5 Kilometres Car: necessary


About 10 minutes drive to the nearest public beach (Sotogrande/ Torreguadiaro). Car parking is available. You can have sardines barbecued on the beach near the car park at the Torreguadiaro end in summer. The beach is clean, with bars and restaurants at either end, and beach bars along the length in summer. Another, smaller beach with fewer amenities is situated near the Octagon Beach Club. Both beaches are sandy.

Sotogrande's Beach Clubs, the Trocadero and Octagon, are about the same driving distance, and for daily/weekly membership, provide all usual beach amenities, including restaurants. Trocadero is amazing and its restaurant serves Sushi, either indoors or on the terrace.


The nearest airport, Gibraltar, is about 30 minutes drive. If using Gibraltar, it is best to hire a car in La Linea, and cross the border on foot. The next nearest is Malaga, which provides greater choice in terms of flights and operators. It is about 90 Km away, slightly more than an hour's drive, with a choice of the tolled motorway, or the free coast road. Beware the newly installed speed cameras! A car is essential, as the villa is 5 - 10 minutes drive from any facilities.


Guadiaro, Torreguadiaro and Puerto Sotogrande are all about 10 minutes drive from the house. All provide bars, restaurants and food shops.

Gibraltar town is about forty minutes away and provides an interesting day on a clear day, the cable car is a worthwhile diversion. (Again, park in La Linea and walk across the border, then catch a bus or taxi into town or a tour of the rock. Don't forget passports!)

Ronda is about an hour away, with various other 'white towns' from 1 - 3 hours away. (We like Grazalema, which is not an easy drive, but beautiful when you get there, with interesting local produce to buy.) Cadiz (with its Camera Obscura) is about 2-3 hours, and Seville, Cordoba and Granada are nearer 3 hours, hence only worth the drive if you stay a night.

If flying into Malaga, it is worth leaving the car at the airport in the longstay car park and taking the train into the city if you have time to spare. The Alcazar, Roman Theatre and the Picasso museum are all very interesting. Marbella is also interesting, but make sure you are in the city centre, so that you can see the old quarter and the delightful long promenade lined with bars and restaurants.

Further Details:

Guadiaro provides almost all services; including banks, pharmacy, supermarkets, wine merchants; as well as bars, restaurants, coffee shops and recycling facilities. Our favourite restaurant, La Cabana, is between the villa and Guadiaro, follow signs for NH Hotel and the stables.

Puerto Sotogrande (the marina) provides bars, including the Hairy Lemon, which provides televised sporting events, and the Gin and Tonic Club, numerous restaurants and tapas bars, coffee bars, banks, and some up market shops. Outside the marina, there is tennis, and the beach clubs.

Torreguadiaro has an excellent fish restaurant, bars etc.

There are several Polo Clubs in the area. Polo is played largely in the summer months. Two of the best restaurants (La Quinta and Cancha 2) are attached to the Polo Clubs.

Horse riding lessons are available at the Sotogrande Hipica.

Sailing and Canoeing are available at the Marina.

Tennis and Racquets are played at the nearby beach club.

There are full details of all local facilities in a folder in the villa.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn 16
1 Oct 2016 - 24 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 17
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 17
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 17
22 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer 17
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 17
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 17
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 17
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Changeover Day:
The preferred changeover day is Saturday, though we are more flexible in the low season. Arrival time is 4.00 pm, and departures by 10.00 am. (Early arrivals may use the garden, but may not unload luggage until the cleaning is complete.)

Notes on prices:
Discounts may be available for stays of three weeks or longer, or for parties of fewer than 4.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

The covered terrace, overlooking the garden and pool, is perfect for breakfast, and provides shade at the hottest part of the day for reading or eating. The views over the garden to La Reserva Golf Course and the mountains and the sea are stunning. Whilst perfectly placed for golfers, the area is steeped in history and not far from the ancient border between Christian and Moorish Spain, marked by the many 'White towns' with de la Frontera in their names.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Family


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural


  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Upstairs - ensuite bathroom, with twin basins
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite bathroom for bedroom 1, with bath/shower over, large separate shower, wc, two basins; downstairs, separate wc; bathroom 2 with bath/shower over and separate shower, basin; bathroom 3 with bath/shower over, wc, bidet, basin.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Master Suite - upstairs. Terrace, air con, great views
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, Air-conditioning
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Air-conditioning
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Air-conditioning
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Cot, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Upstairs, next to Master suite. Cot may be moved elsewhere.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom 1 - large double bed, air conditioning, patio doors to roof terrace with table and chairs, Bedroom 2 - large double bed, Bedroom 3 - twin beds, Bedroom 4 - twin beds, Room 5 - double bed settee and cot. Main bedrooms all have ample storage facilities, including coat hangers, and all have hair driers.


  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: There is air conditioning in the kitchen and all bedrooms. All bedrooms have hair driers. Outside: Well established gardens, extensive shaded patio next to the house, with barbecue, table and chairs, outdoor sofa, coffee table and two armchairs. The private swimming pool (about 10 x 5 metres) is provided with 8 sun loungers. Utility Room: Fridge Freezer, washing machine, tumble drier, iron, ironing board, outside washing line, door to parking area (three cars can be accommodated off road, whilst further parking is possible outside). Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels (including pool towels) and linens are provided, though we ask guests to bring their own bedding for the cot. The property is cleaned, with indoor towels and linens changed, weekly. Additional cleaning can be arranged on request at 20 Euros/hour.

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