Sunday, November 13, 2005

A luxury apartment in the hills above Marbella

Marbella (see left), in Andalucia is known as the San Tropez of Spain; very upmarket and smart and has a reputation as a discreet hideaway for numerous celebrities.

As a star lot we have fantastically generously been given the use of a luxury private apartment for a week to auction.

El Viria is in the hills above Marbella is about 8 km from the bustle of the town, set amongst the protected cork oak woods. It has fantastic views down to the coast and on a clear day you can see the mountains of Africa. In fact most days are clear, it has 320 days of sun a year, and the temperature ranges between 16 to 30 degrees Celsius (61 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit).

The apartment
The apartment has two double bedrooms, a single bedroom, two bathrooms, a well equipped kitchen and a comfortable sitting room, incorporating a dining area. It is on two floors with a lovely balcony in the top floor - perfect for a spot of sunbathing!

The design of the building is stepped so that it is not a faceless building, but has layers gently rising up with beautiful flowers overgrowing from and on each individual terrace.

Below the building is a lovely newly refurbished swimming pool. This is shared by the other owners in the small development but the apartments are all privately owned so they are never all occupied at once.

Because it is a private home and not rented out the owner doesn't have too much in the way of estate-agenty photos of the apartment (most of the ones I've been supplied are of the owner's lucky friends and family having a blissful holiday!). But to give an idea, this flat in the same development (click here) is rentable and the photos are a good indication of the layout of our apartment. However, I'm told that ours is actually better, not least because it is on the third floor and benefits far more from the amazing views.

Actual photos of the apartment (and blissful inhabitants!) can be supplied if you drop me an e-mail.

There is an excellent restaurant just up the hill. Le Chene Liège, is reputed to be one of the very best on the coast. And many other spots for very good food are available within walking distance.

Apart from having the usual recreational water sports and facilities, without doubt golf is the highlight of this area. El Viria is in the centre of what is some times is referred to as the Golf Mile , and is known to have some of the best golf in Andalusia and beyond. Santa Clara, Santa Maria and Rio Real are all reachable within a couple of minutes drive.

And of course there is Marbella itself where you can enjoy watching all the yachts in the harbour.Every conceivable shop is there and many restaurants. A number of charming eating places exist on the beach itself and are lovely in the evening.

One of the nearest neighbours is Julio Iglesias' villa. Which always raises the possibility of his mega-star son Enrique visiting Dad....

Oh yes, I know - any excuse...!

Getting there
Malaga airport is about 40 km away. fly direct from Norwich as an alternative to driving down to Stansted or Gatwick, and at the moment they are flying all the year round several times a week. A random search for early next year came up with tickets from £67.12 including taxes.

The hire of a car would be recommended.

The flat would be available at anytime of the year, subject to the owner checking his diary.

The owner would like to limit the numbers using the apartment to 4 persons and restrict children to 12 years and over. Thank you for your understanding.


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