• 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 modern 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 Andalucia, 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 views

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 AndaluCia 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 Andalucia 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 Sea, 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 AndaluCian 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 Andalucia. 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 en-suite), four bathrooms, four reception rooms with fireplaces, The Cortijo is a home built for gatherings of groups up to eight sleeping, with additional capacity to invite guests to celebrate a special event in the Malaga mountains. 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 eight. 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 Andalucia. 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

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 eight.

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-stitched 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 hand-stitched 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 loo.

Daily Housekeeping Included

This villa operates as a personal boutique hotel. Your rental includes a daily visit from the housekeeper to include lay-out and clearing away after breakfast, plus a linen and towel change twice a week. Additional housekeeping hours can be booked and paid for directly to cover things like after-meal clearing up, nightly turn-down, or personal laundry.

Breakfast Included

Your breakfast is included in the price of the rental and will be prepared and laid out each morning, with assistance from your housekeeper to serve and clear away. Breakfast will be continental-style, based on local seasonal produce, with new items introduced by your housekeeper through the week.


If you prefer not to cook, please ask our Concierge team for details of our private chefs. Our professional villa chefs can showcase the best local ingredients or cook favourite international dishes for you and your guests.

For a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine, ask about our gourmet tapas menus, wine tasting, or book a private food tour with our expert guides.


All of our villas have a convenient stock-cupboard, with a starter supply of the essential household items you might need for a comfortable stay.


A pre-arrival shopping service is available to cover essentials for the first 2 days. Our Guest Experience Team will assist with making your order before you travel.


All stays with The Luxury Villa Collection include a personal meet and greet with an English-speaking Villa Manager for peace of mind, and they are then available during your stay to assist you with any villa queries.

In addition, from the moment you book, our Guest Experience Team will help with all your travel arrangements to ensure a smooth stay. Our Spain-based local experts have a well-honed ‘Little Black Book’ of hand-picked experiences at their disposal, ready to help you create lasting memories.


Every booking includes around 3 hours of itinerary planning before you travel (more complex itineraries can be organised for a fee to cover extended hours).  As a guide, 3 hours is usually enough to help with your airport transfers and car hire, a chef service for a special meal, and to help you plan and book one day out.


Once you arrive at Cortijo el Mirador, our Guest Experience Team will be on hand via email, SMS or WhatsApp with further ideas and recommendations. If you think you might need a more personalised service, we can arrange for you to have a Personal Concierge* for the duration of your stay.

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

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 eight 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.


Due to the location of Cortijo el Mirador a hire car is essential, our Guest Experience Team would be happy to organise hire cars and transfers when booked in advance.

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*
  • Daily light housekeeping
  • Bath robes
  • Complimentary 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.

The Hotel Collection

Cortijo el Mirador Malaga Villas with Private Chef

The Character Collection

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.

View The Character Collection

Cortijo el Mirador Malaga guest bedroom 2

Enjoy the local area

A sublime setting among eagles and olive groves.

El Mirador Lodge is located inland above Lake Vinuela, close to the charming white villages of Canillas de Aceituno and Alcaucin in one of Andalucia’s most unexplored yet accessible areas. This eastern part of Malaga province is known as the Axarquia and offers some breathtakingly spectacular landscapes whether it be turquoise sea and coastal coves or mountains reached by stunning, snaking mountain roads. This is real Spain.

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. 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, a easy day trip is Malaga and explore the stylish old town, bustling tapas bars and many museums and galleries, before sipping cocktails in one of the cities roof-top hangouts overlooking the magnificent ancient Alcazaba Palace.

A stay at Casa Miravista is also gourmet heaven, with a local climate rich for Andalucian produce from tropical fruit and avocados, to olive oil and wine. The Axarquia offers a wide choice of local restaurants to keep the most avid foodies thoroughly satisfied! Check out some of our foodie suggestions in Spain in Style.

Other local amenities include:

  • Nearest Airport: Malaga Airport 59 minutes (69.7km), Granada airport 1h23 (78.5km)
  • Nearest Beach: Torre del Mar (27.2km), Nerja (47.8km)
  • Supermarkets: Small local shops are located in the nearby villages of Alcaucín (3.7km) and Canillas de Aceituno (7.3km) but hosts will arrange pre-arrival shopping. Large supermarkets are 24km away in Velez-Malaga.
  • Restaurants: La Sociedad and El Bodegon De Juan Maria in Canillas de Aceituno (7.3km) are recommended by the villa owners (and us) and are famous for their traditional Spanish cooking.
  • Golf: Baviera Golf (37 minute drive) Añoreta Golf (Benajarafe, 40 minute drive)

Outdoor Activities:

Fans of outdoor pursuits will be spoilt for choice during their stay. The property is located on the doorstep of some of the best hiking trails in Malaga such as El Saltillo joining the villages of Canillas de Aceituno and Sedella. And for the more adventurous a seven-hour hike which will take you to the summit of the province’s highest mountain range – La Maroma at 2069m.

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

Heading down to the coast we recommend the coastline of Nerja/Maro, hire a boat, kayak or paddle board and go exploring. Waterfalls, coves, abundant sea life and private beaches await you at this spectacular stretch of coast.

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