• 5 Bedrooms 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms 4 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 10 + 3 Sleeps 10 + 3
  • Daily Housekeeping Daily Housekeeping
  • Breakfast & One Other Meal Prepared Breakfast & One Other Meal Prepared
  • Heated Pool Heated Pool
  • Cricket & Croquet Lawn Cricket & Croquet Lawn

Casa Alegre is a peaceful rural villa near Benahavis that offers the essence of traditional Andalucia in a charming riverside setting.

The epitome of rural Andalucian elegance, this country estate is packed with handmade luxuries, one-of-a-kind antiques, and contemporary pieces in a tasteful mountain home by the river.

At a glance

5 bedrooms, 3 with en-suite bathrooms; sleeps 10 (+3 additional on roll-aways)


Private, 600-hectare estate with woodland-covered mountains and verdant valleys


Large, heated swimming pool surrounded by palms and eucalyptus


Fully staffed as a private hotel, including housekeeping 6 days a week


Breakfast plus one other meal prepared each day; food shopping service (goods paid locally)


Expansive outdoor living; riverside croquet lawn, roof deck, pooside terrace, and pergola-dotted living terrace


Minutes to the unspoilt Andalucian village of Benahavis


Weddings possible in the garden for up to 100 guests


Welcome to Casa Alegre

Casa Alegre blends the best of old and new Andalucia in elegant detail, combining hand-painted tiles with soft linens, and valuable antiques with contemporary pieces.

Distinctly charming and delightfully Andalucian, Casa Alegre blends Moorish influences with colourful Costa del Sol flavour; a blend of white-washed walls and beamed ceilings, of hand-painted antique tiles and handwoven tapestries, of warm terracotta tiling and vine-covered pergolas drenched in the southern Spanish sun.

Furnished in European antiques (many from Spain) and radiating Al-Andalus roots, Casa Alegre brings history to life with every detail. A well-loved Andalucian carved mirror welcomes you to the home. Handwoven textiles and decorative ceramics are on display in the bedrooms. Old, knobbly tables are reclaimed and given new life. Paintings of rural Spanish life bedeck the walls. Hand-painted, antique tiles breathe centuries of memory into the home, adorning the living room’s fireplace and kitchen displays.

And yet, Casa Alegre is also unmistakably modern. Huge windows beckon the sun to stream in, illuminating the villa in rich, natural light. Open-plan living flows through the home, smoothly transitioning from living room to dining room to outdoor living. Treasures from the owners’ travels, woven fabrics from the Balearic Islands, and wall-hanging ceramics from around Spain decorate the walls.

Casa Alegre is rustic elegance and farmhouse luxury – the essence of Andalucia, surrounded by picture-perfect countryside.

Set on a hillside estate of 600 rolling hectares, Casa Alegre was designed for outdoor entertainment, with levelled terraces, a roof deck, manicured gardens and lawn, and the showstopper – a sparkling, turquoise-hued heated pool.

Few settings are more magical than a babbling river, but Casa Alegre adds manicured lawns and mountainous majesty to its riverside location. It’s so peaceful, you feel like you’re alone with just the river and blackbirds for company. In the distance, the whitewashed village of Benahavis, and further, the bright lights of Marbella and Puerto Banus, remind you that culture and fine dining are just a short drive away.

This is the tone that the villa sets in all things: understated, beautiful and rural, and always a step above your expectations.

Casa Alegre’s grounds are the picture of rural Andalucia: lush stretches of lawn, criss-crossing mountain springs, twisted vines covering shady pergolas, country gardens in bloom, and indigenous Iberian woodland teeming with wildlife as far as the eye can see. And yet, this tasteful villa is more than its views.

A peaceful retreat of jade-green shuttered windows, whitewashed walls, and expansive terraces, Casa Alegre is tailor-made for outdoor entertainment. Barbecue up a meal to enjoy in the outdoor dining room. Break out the cricket or croquet equipment, and play a game on the lawn. Lounge in the outdoor living room, stretching out on the plush sofa under a cane ceiling. Take to the roof terrace, to sunbathe or just to enjoy the surroundings.

Of course, the undeniable showpiece outdoors is the sparkling aquamarine of the heated pool: 12 metres (40 feet) long, surrounded by sun-loungers, palms, eucalyptus, colourful blooms and lush lawns, it beckons you to take a refreshing dip on a sultry afternoon.

How Casa Alegre works for you

Facilities

  • 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (3 en-suite), sleeps 10 (+3 additional in roll-away beds)
  • Large, 12-metre swimming pool, can be heated October to May
  • Wood-burning fireplaces
  • Set on 600 hectares of Andalucian countryside, accommodate 30+ guests by renting the whole estate with Finca La Buena
  • Housekeeping 8 hours a day, 6 days a week
  • Cook to prepare breakfast +1 additional meal daily; other meals and evening work paid separately, food bill settled locally
  • Central heating throughout the home; air-conditioning in all bedrooms. Fans throughout.
  • Large, private lawn; cricket and croquet equipment available
  • Organic fruit and vegetable garden, used daily by the cook
  • Discreet daily gardening and pool maintenance
  • Wifi internet and full Sky TV package
  • Free Wifi internet throughout the home and terraces
  • BBQ and dining terrace
  • Weddings possible in the garden for up to 100 guests with a £500 event fee

Casa Alegre luxury breakfast outdoors

HOUSEKEEPING INCLUDED

Casa Alegre is a fully serviced villa. There will be a housekeeping service 6 days a week and a full linen and towel change midweek. Additional housekeeping hours, personal laundry and babysitting may be requested, payable direct.

CONCIERGE SERVICES

When you book a villa with The Luxury Villa Collection, our Guest Experience Team will be on hand to help with all your holiday arrangements to ensure a smooth stay.

Our ‘Little Black Book’ of destination experts, who live locally and are all pre-approved, is at your disposal to help enhance your stay with us

At Casa Alegre there is also a dedicated villa manager who can assist with extra services such pre-arrival shopping, wine orders, chefs, transfers, masseurs, nannies, etc.

EXPERIENCES

Casa Alegre is within easy reach of a whole range of amazing experiences both near Marbella and in the countryside around rural Benahavis.

It’s the perfect villa for team building or outdoor adventures on the Costa del Sol. From exciting family days out to world-class golf and gourmet delights to beauty spas, we work closely with the best local suppliers to help make your stay extra special.

For Spanish Culture, explore the cities of Andalucia with a personal guide direct from your villa. Enjoy a selection of day tours or bespoke itineraries all with a door to door service in air-conditioned vehicles.

A perfect choice for a first-time stay in Marbella is the escorted wine and tapas tour of Marbella Old Town, where you can get to know the secret corners of this Spanish centre.

A TASTE OF SPAIN

A complete villa pre-stocking service is also free of charge at this property, and it would be our pleasure to recommend a selection of Spanish wines for you to enjoy during your stay (food and wine cost settled locally). The house staff will then take care of your initial grocery shopping before you arrive so you can get straight on with the job of relaxing.

Your housekeeper will be on hand during your stay. She will be along to prepare your breakfast and one other meal each day, with the cost of food settled locally.

We can also offer a more formal Villa Chef service for special occasions, so if you would like to know more about our gourmet menu, tasting menus, BBQs, poolside paellas or wine-pairing with your meal then please ask us for rates.

GETTING AROUND

To help you get the very best from your stay at this villa, our Guest Experience Team would be happy to assist with transfers, car hire, chauffeurs or shuttles.

Located on the ground floor and open to the dining room, the focal point of the main living area is the oversized, white fluffy sofas and armchairs that surround a winter-ready open fireplace, framed in antique hand-painted tiles. Colourful details include Andaluz-blue lamps, powder-blue woven fabrics from the Balearic Islands, and reclaimed tables painted in contrasting colours.

A second al-fresco living space can be enjoyed on the roof terrace; an open-air lounge perfect for relaxation, an afternoon read, or a sundowner. You can also stretch out on blue-and-white cushions under the vines, and overlooking the pool.

The cortijo-style indoor dining room seats 10 at a large table with rustic, antique sisal chairs. The open-plan dining room leads into the main living room, and then onto the front terrace and lawn. There’s additional seating for 5 in the cottage kitchen, perfect for children’s mealtimes with nanny, while adults entertain in the main dining area.

Outside, shaded by a pergola, there’s al fresco dining for 10. A gas barbecue is also available.

The kitchen is rustic cottage-chic, but fully equipped with a 6-ring induction hob and farmhouse range cooker. Hand-painted antique tiles add to the charm and style of this practical cook’s kitchen.

The villa has extensive terraces, a roof deck, and vine-covered pergolas that welcome shade or sun. The huge expanse of lawn is perfect for cricket or croquet; equipment is included with your rental. The gently flowing river (gated off for safety) is a perfect setting for a rural wedding, or for stretching your legs.

A large, heated pool is located in the rear garden. Framed by tall palms, eucalyptus trees, and lush greenery, the pool measures 12 metres (40 feet) in length and offers beautiful mountain views. Sun-loungers sit on the pool terrace.

Bedroom 1: Spacious ground-floor master with open fireplace, TV, reading corner, and doors out to the poolside terrace. Large en-suite terracotta bathroom with twin sinks, bath, and separate shower cubicle.

Bedroom 2: The ‘Green Bedroom,’ this top-level suite functions as a second master. Patio doors open onto the rooftop terrace and lovely views. En-suite bathroom with terracotta tiling, bathtub and shower attachment.

Bedroom 3: The ‘Red Bedroom,’ named for its handwoven red tapestry, is smaller than Bedroom 2 but also opens to the roof terrace and beautiful views. The en-suite offers terracotta and hand-painted Spanish tiles, bathroom, and separate shower cubicle.

Bedroom 4: The ‘Yellow Bedroom,’ this lovely room has a wall of Andalucian ceramic plates, a reading chair, and a Juliette balcony with views of the lawned garden. It shares its bathroom with the Attic room.

Bedroom 5: The Attic Room offers two twin beds, but note that it is not suitable for small children, as it has a steep staircase. The room feels nautical-themed, with whitewashed floorboards and a yacht-style window. It shares its bathroom with the Yellow Bedroom.

Some bedrooms have space for an additional bed or cot for a child, please ask us for details.

Collections featuring this villa

Celebrate your marriage in a beautiful green-valley location, close to a typical white village with countryside views:

  • Capacity details:
  • 100 – 110 guests for a cocktail reception
  • 100 guests for a formal dinner in the garden
  • Space for a marquee in the flat garden, for shoulder season risk of rain
  • External music permitted until – 2am
  • Indoor space for after-hours music – No
  • Honeymoon suite/Master bedroom located on ground floor with sitting area and full en-suite bathroom, leading directly out to private pool.
  • Guest toilet facilities on the ground floor of the villa
  • Wedding fee: €500 per event payable directly on arrival
  • Wedding fee includes rights to invite external guests, cost of extra energy and systems usage, additional pool maintenance and wear and tear due to high usage.
  • Additional housekeeping hours on the day, and day after the wedding, must be paid for separately.
  • Your Guest Experience Team can put you in contact with a local events coordinator, or more experienced wedding ‘designers’ if you need more bespoke planning.
  • Guests will need to arrive and leave together by mini-bus due to the house being located down a narrow private lane
  • Casa Alegre may be combined with its sister property, Finca La Buena (a 10-minute walk away), to accommodate a total of 29 guests (+ 6 additional guests on roll-away beds) offering ample space for groups and large parties where you never have to worry about disturbing the neighbours.  There is also additional accommodation in an excellent 4* spa hotel in the village.
Weddings Casa Alegre

We’re proud to offer Casa Alegre as part of our Hotel Collection, reserved for full-service properties that operate as private, boutique hotels. The estate has attracted British aristocracy and other important guests for centuries. Clients of The Luxury Villa Collection’s Hotel Collection properties enjoy a high level of service, which at Casa Alegre include eight hours of daily housekeeping (six days a week), and breakfast served, plus lunch or dinner prepared daily.

Casa Alegre luxury villa rental guest bedroom garden views

We’re also proud to offer Casa Alegre as part of our Character Collection of special villas with traditional Spanish character. Surrounded by 600 hectares of rural beauty and peace, and neighbouring a burbling river, the estate, the house and its 10th-century Moorish ruins embody the essence of Andalucia.

Casa Alegre luxury villa country estate

Enjoy the local area

An easy drive from the family beaches of San Pedro and chic Puerto Banus lies this private country estate, where rolling green hills and gently flowing rivers meet.

Casa Alegre is around 10 minutes’ drive north of the beach-side town, San Pedro de Alcantara. Located on a private rural estate owned by British aristocracy and bordering the world-renowned luxury development, La Zagaleta, you are just a few minutes’ drive from the buzz of the Costa del Sol yet surrounded by complete privacy. It’s no wonder that so many of the world’s elite have fallen completely in love with this location and come back each summer to holiday on the estate.

Casa Alegre is a perfect place for combining complete relaxation with days on the beach or trips to discover the highlights of Andalucia.

It provides a perfect base for exploring the cultural delights of Malaga province. You're just an hour from the dramatic hilltop town of Ronda which offers boutique shopping, an historical old town, and is surrounded by top-class boutique vineyards and rolling patchwork-quilt landscapes.

Or you can visit Malaga, a hot-spot for art, culture and food. A day trip to Malaga might include boutique shopping, art galleries, museums, historical monuments and regular pit-stops for tapas and a glass of Fino.

This villa enjoys soul-stirring views to the mountains across the valley, and is just 2km (only a 25-minute stroll if you fancy a walk) from the village of Benahavis with its shops and restaurants. It's just 13km to the lovely beach-front town of San Pedro de Alcantara next to Puerto Banus with its family-friendly boulevard park and beach-front paseo, a very easy car ride for a family day out or evening meal and stroll on the promenade.

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