• 4 Bedrooms 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms 3 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 8 Sleeps 8
  • Breakfast Service Breakfast Service
  • Chefs Available Chefs Available
  • Daily Housekeeping Daily Housekeeping
  • Dedicated Concierge* Dedicated Concierge*

This four-bedroom luxury cortijo invites you to discover rural Andalucia at its finest; a traditional home with five-star amenities, the cortijo takes old-world hospitality into the modern age with daily maid and breakfast service included, and gourmet chefs available.

At a glance

Located on a stunning private estate in rural Andalusia, an idyllic retreat

Just 5 minutes to sleepy white villages and 30 minutes to the Mediterranean

4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms sleeping 8

Outdoor pool with sun loungers to contemplate magnificent viewws

Al-fresco dining and summer lounge

Fully serviced including daily maid service and breakfast

Gourmet stays available, book welcome tapas & wine and first class personal chefs*

Voted "Best Rural Escape in Spain 2019" by prestigious travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler

Shares a 10-acre estate with The Mirador Lodge, featured in The Telegraph’s choice of Europe’s 10 Best Luxury Villas

Sleeping a total 14 guests between both properties

Pet-friendly villa offered by dog-loving owners

Perfect Andalucian venue for destination weddings and celebrations

Welcome to Cortijo El Mirador

Quintessential Andalusia with luxurious details

A typical Andalucian country home, Cortijo el Mirador sits on private rural estate where a dream Spanish break means scenic seclusion, dramatic vistas, soft textiles and a personal chef serving up the best local cuisine.

Cortijo el Mirador imbues the essence of Andalusia into one single property: a refined Spanish country estate, located near the heart of Spain’s cultural capital of Malaga.

You’ll feel it the first time you drive to the property, where spectacular hilltop vistas stretch across three mountain ranges and the distant Mediterranean, its blue depths reaching south into Morocco. In Spain, the “Mirador” is where you stop for a few minutes to take in the view, but here, its all yours for as long as you stay!

This 300 square-metre home, set on 10 scenic acres, establishes a new standard for bespoke luxury: the attention and amenities of a five-star hotel, with the intimacy and exclusivity of a private villa. But it’s the setting and sights at Cortijo el Mirador that steal the show, they are enough to lure and keep you outdoors for the duration.

Of course, one look at the estate’s traditional architecture, antique fireplaces, whitewashed walls and even whiter linens, and you’ll be just as happy indoors during cooler months. Add in daily housecleaning and breakfast service, and a private Michelin-standard chef as an optional extra, you’ll soon see how tempting it would be to stay forever. The Cortijo stands for pure escapism, a country estate miles from the nearest village, and farther still from the cares of the world.

For larger groups and extended families, Cortijo el Mirador shares its 10-acre estate with sister property, The Mirador Lodge, which can accommodate an additional 6 guests. The two homes are close enough to combine for group use, but completely independent, private and separated by mature gardens.

Antiquity and modernity, married in Andalusian style

The beauty of Spanish country architecture, local antiques and modern luxuries combine at Cortijo el Mirador, a luxury estate where everything is contemplated for your comfort and pleasure

Enter The Cortijo and you’ll discover quintessential Andalusia. This classic cortijo exudes Spanish class and style, with sun-kissed interiors that marry the best of old and new Behind modern luxuries lie handcrafted furnishings, hand-stitched Suzani tapestries and Spanish antiques lend authenticity to the home’s interior design, a sympathetic and nostalgic homage to the customs, heritage and architecture of Andalucia.

With four double bedrooms (two ensuite), four bathrooms, four reception rooms with fireplaces, The Cortijo is a home built for gatherings of groups up to 8 sleeping, with additional capacity to invite guests to celebrate a special event in Malaga. Set all on one level, the estate’s warm terracotta tiles, soft white textiles and elegant whitewashed finishes invite you to relax, unwind and lock in with close friends and family.

A small entrance hall opens onto the living room, where deep sofas surround a fireplace, the perfect choice for a long evening’s conversation with a glass of something chilled. The drawing room, drawing room terrace, lounge terrace and library promise two additional fireplaces for cooler evenings, and ample space to rest and rejuvenate.

The dining room, with its billowing curtains and glass doors, offers seating for 8. The space opens onto an accommodating kitchen, complete with a Lacanche gourmet range and Siemens appliances, including an American-style refrigerator and freezer. Of course, if you don’t feel like doing the cooking just let us know! The owners have their own personal chefs available to prepare your next epicurean feast*.

Secluded pool, Mediterranean vistas and olive groves at your feet

Stretch out at the pool, where top-of-the-world views reveal olive and almond groves, wine orchards, three mountain ranges and the glimmering Mediterranean.

From its picturesque hilltop perch, Cortijo el Mirador slopes down on three sides to reveal the natural wonders of Malaga and Andalusia. Almond and olive groves, and an onsite vineyard unfold at your feet.

Three mountain ranges converge around the villa, where the vista hops over verdant peaks and opens onto the magnificent Mediterranean, its sapphire fingers reaching south to caress Morocco’s golden coast.

The enclosed front courtyard, with its leafy foliage and gurgling fountain, offers a warm welcome to The Cortijo. The courtyard opens onto stairs that lead out onto your private terrace, where you’ll find seating for 10. Wind down the steps to the lap pool, where a built-in barbecue, lounge chairs, marble dining table and water garden all enjoy The Cortijo’s famed ‘top-of-the-world’ views. The poolside garden and its equally inviting spa cabana are ideal choices for wellness and beauty treatments with a view.

You’ll enjoy exploring The Cortijo’s 10 acres, which it shares with sister rental The Mirador Lodge. From the main road, panoramic Mediterranean Sea vistas are both inspiring and spectacular. There are old ruins to explore, paths to walk, and landscaped gardens of herbs, vegetables, lavender and agaves, aloes and pines.

How Cortijo El Mirador works for you


  • 300m2 of interior space with 4 bedroom and 4 bathrooms
  • 2 bedrooms are doubles, and 2 can be made as twins or super-king size
  • A choice of 4 reception rooms with fireplaces and outdoor living spaces
  • Private pool with sea and mountain views
  • Outdoor kitchen with wood-burning grill
  • Chill-out terrace with fabulous views
  • Free Wifi internet, HD TV and Playstation 3 with games for entertainment
  • Country-style kitchen in two parts with Lacanche oven, gas range, microwave, dishwasher, American fridge-freezer, water cooler and ice dispenser
  • Indoor kitchen-dining room seating 8, plus outdoor dining terrace with summer kitchen
  • Fully air-conditioned and underfloor heating
  • Hammam style master bathroom
  • Private parking on driveway
  • Complete range of baby equipment available on request


This villa operates as a personal boutique hotel. There is a daily breakfast service and a maid will be on hand for 4 hours a day to do light cleaning and a weekly linen change. Additional hours, personal laundry and babysitting may be requested, payable direct.

Memorable Experiences

Your villa concierge and chef offer a range of local trips, excursions and visits to get the most out of your stay. Ideas include visiting the local vineyards and olive farm, hiking in the mountains, or a Spanish food experience with a visit to a local fresh food market with your chef.

Cortijo el Mirador offers private bespoke tours to the cities of Andalucia for up to 8 passengers in air-conditioned Mercedes vehicles, and would highly recommend Granada and the Alhambra, or the Malaga Art and tapas tour.

Your Owner-Concierges will be happy to do your itinerary planning for a small fee based on their own personal expertise of the Axarquia region.


We are happy to welcome you with a light selection of typical produce of Andalucia, compliments of the house. A more complete villa pre-stocking service is also available* 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.

You can also opt to have a top chef on hand during your stay.  If you would like to know more about our gourmet menus, tasting menu or wine-pairing with your meal then please ask us for rates.


Due to the location of Cortijo El Mirador a hire car is essential, we would be happy to organise this for your arrival into Malaga.

The Cortijo is all on one level, with the main living room with large open fire occupying the east of the house with the guest bedrooms, while the drawing room, library, and choice of all-year-round terraces lay to the west. The four different living spaces mean that two families could share this villa quite happily, with plenty of room to retire after dinner.

The indoor kitchen is located in the original central part of the villa, with a cottage-style dining kitchen leading through to a modern cook’s kitchen where your private chef will work his magic. Both sections are fitted with top of the range appliances, and the roaring open fire is welcoming in winter. In summer you can dine outdoors on the shaded terrace with seating for 8.

There is a further outdoor summer kitchen and dining area by the poolside, which has a wood fired grill for summertime dining. For small weddings we can lay out celebration tables on the pool terrace.

This villa has several chill-out terraces and peaceful corners of the garden for relaxing in the sunshine or shade, all with magnificent views as far as Africa.

Master suite: Located in the centre of the Cortijo with 180 cm bed and hand-stitche Suzani tapestry headboard, leads through to a hammam style en-suite bathroom, and french doors out to the terrace with sea-views and exterior summer shower.

Bedroom 2: With 140 cm bed and hand-stitched Suzani tapestry headboard, local antique Spanish chest of drawers and en-suite Bathroom with shower.

Bedroom 3: With 180 cm bed that can be made up as two singles, also with handstitched Suzani tapestry headboard and a built in dressing table and wardrobe

Bedroom 4: With 180 cm bed that can be made up as two singles.

Bedrooms 3 and 4 share an adjacent Bathroom with large tub, bidet and shower, and further down the corridor is another WC.

Collections featuring this villa

The Hotel Collection

This villa is fully serviced with everything arranged for you.

  • Concierge available to assist before and during your stay
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Food shopping service available*
  • Maid service 4 hours
  • Bath robes
  • Complementary luxury bath products
  • iPad for guest use
  • Michelin-standard chefs available*

The Cortijo itself is well equipped and accommodates up to eight guests in four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Ideal for a group of adults or a family seeking seclusion in a spectacular setting, where you can find the five-star services you’d expect at a luxury hotel.

Here, everything is taken care of, from housecleaning, to stocking the fridge, to arranging culinary and cultural tours, to hiring your personal chef.

Cortijo el Mirador Malaga Villas with Private Chef

El Mirador Estate is a proud member of our Character Collection, which brings together our most ‘Spanish style’ villas.

Cortijo El Mirador presents bougainvillea-covered walls, cobbled fountain courtyard and farmhouse-style ceiling beams.

White washed walls are set against olive trees and grape vines roll away across the spectacular mountainous setting.

Together with the food and wine on offer, this is Real Spain at its finest.

Cortijo el Mirador Malaga guest bedroom 2

Enjoy the local area

A sublime setting among eagles and olive groves

Inland from the Costa de Sol you will find rolling hills lined with vineyards, dotted with bright blue lakes and untouched white villages – Welcome to the Axarquia; Real Spain.

Cortijo el Mirador is located above Lake Vinuela, close to the white village of Canillas de Aceituno in one of Andalucia’s most unexplored yet accessible areas. An easy drive from the renowned beaches and coastal resorts of the eastern Costa del Sol, this area known as the Axarquia offers some breathtakingly spectacular landscapes, reached by stunning, snaking mountain roads.

Fans of outdoor pursuits will be spoilt for choice during their stay at Cortijo el Mirador.  The property is located on the doorstep of some of the best hiking trails in Malaga.  These include a 7-hour hike which will take you to the summit of the province’s highest mountain range – La Maroma – which can be seen from the house.

If you’d prefer to get your blood pumping on a bike ride, there are also some fabulous mountain biking tracks in the countryside surrounding the Cortijo – and the property’s’ dedicated concierge team would be more than happy to arrange you a guided tour of the best with a local expert.

A stay at El Mirador is gourmet heaven, with a local climate rich for Andalucian produce from tropical fruit and avocados, to olive oil and fine wine. The Axarquia offers a wide choice of local restaurants to keep the most avid foodies thoroughly satisfied! Check out some of our local foodie favorites here on the blog.

With a tropical climate perfect for producing Moscatel wines, this region of Malaga province is bordered by the sea to the south, and two mountain ranges – the Sierra de Aljama to the north and east, and the Montes de Malaga to the west. The entry points from the coast are at newly updated beach resort of Torre del Mar, from here you can easily explore neighbouring towns of Velez-Malaga, known as the capital of this region, with its restored castle, then on to Colmenar and Comares; Torrox, to reach Competa; and Nerja, for Frigiliana, one of the prettiest of the Spanish ‘Pueblos Blancos’

For more of a city vibe, head west to Malaga and explore the stylish old town with its vibrant art scene, bustling tapas bars and upmarket waterfront promenade, before dancing the night away in one of the cities new roof-top hangouts overlooking the magnificent ancient Alcazaba.

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