El Mirador Estate is a timeless classic, a true Spanish cortijo that'as been lovingly restored and updated to offer one of the most relaxing and scenic properties in our collection. This place is equally suited to a family gathering, a rural wedding, or a yoga retreat. Whenever I go, I just want to stay a week, or preferably two, especially when the fabulous owners decide to fire up the grill and bring out the wine.
- 7 Bedrooms
- 6 Bathrooms
- Sleeps 14
- 2 Pools
- Daily Housekeeping
- Breakfast Service
- Open-air Cinema
- Travel Planning Service*
A magnificent, hilltop estate with striking views of both mountains and Mediterranean, El Mirador Estate epitomises five-star luxury.
This Andalucian getaway offers five-star service and bespoke luxury, redefined, on a secluded rural hilltop in the Axarquia region to the east of Malaga.
At a glance
Spectacular 10-acre estate with two traditional Spanish cortijo-style homes, spanning 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms (sleeping 14)
The newest property, ‘El Mirador Lodge’ featured in The Telegraph’s Europe’s 10 Best Luxury Villas
Located on a stunning private estate in the rural Axarquia region, near Malaga
Breathtaking hilltop location with sweeping Mediterranean views - just 5 minutes to white villages and 20 minutes to the coast
Two outdoor pools with sun loungers, overlooking panoramic countryside and sea views
Designer outdoor kitchen, with tandoor, pizza oven, and al fresco dining
Open-air summer cinema terrace with daybed
Fully serviced with daily maid and breakfast service
Gourmet Options with Michelin-grade personal chefs
Two Spanish cortijos, each a romantic tribute to Andalucian architecture, offer a combined seven bedrooms steeped in antiquity and tradition, modernity and style.
If your heart craves old-world Spain but your senses demand modern comforts, El Mirador Estate is Andalucia’s resounding answer. Two luxurious yet traditional homes, perched together on a 10-acre hilltop estate, are home to whitewashed walls, beamed ceilings, ancient stone floors and hand-hewn woods. Gourmet kitchens, custom furnishings, and top-of-the-range electronics provide the necessary contemporary amenities.
The seven-bedroom estate comprises El Cortijo Mirador and El Mirador Lodge, authentic cortijos elevated above the scenic Axarquia region of Malaga and overlooking the glimmering Mediterranean. Step inside either and you step back in time, to an Andalucian wonderland of airy rooms and sun-dappled interiors where curtains billow and fires roar in the hearth.
And yet, each villa has achieved a seamless marriage between quintessential Spain and modern comforts. There are richly beamed ceilings that overlook Lacanche gourmet ranges, while whitewashed bedroom walls contrast with the warmth of hand-stitched Suzani tapestries. Spanish antiques lend authenticity to modernised rooms that house all the 21st-century trimmings.
Outside, El Mirador Estate is surrounded by dual swimming pools and a 10-acre estate of beautifully kept terraces and manicured gardens overlooking olive groves, vineyards and the mountains and glimmering coast beyond.
The estate is adorned with a rainbow of colour: the reds of Spanish clay roofs, the frosty whites of Andalucian walls, the cerulean waters of fountains and swimming pools, and the bursting blooms of landscaped grounds.
The name El Mirador, or ‘The Viewpoint’, is very apt as the hilltop’s “top-of-the-world” location is absolutely breath-taking. From this elevated perch the views take in nearby ancient ruins, verdant olive and almond groves, a working vineyard, three mountain ranges and the azure Mediterranean.
At El Mirador, every outdoor space takes the spectacular setting into account. Every terrace, every corner, every lounger, every table – they all sit positioned to drink in the view.
With its dual swimming pools, mature gardens, terraced courtyards, outdoor kitchens, and a generous scattering of sun loungers, plush seating and dining areas, everything here is designed so that its guests can enjoy as much time outside as possible.
How El Mirador Estate works for you
- 7 spacious bedrooms (5 en-suite) + 8 bathrooms; sleeps 14 in 400 square metres (4,300 square feet) of living space
- Choice of four reception rooms with fireplaces and outdoor living areas
- Two private pools with Mediterranean and mountain views
- Outdoor kitchen with tandoor, pizza oven, and wood-burning grill
- Free Wifi internet, HD TV and Playstation 3 with games for entertainment
- Spanish cortijo-style kitchens with upgraded amenities and appliances, including a Lacanche oven, gas range, microwave, dishwasher, American fridge-freezer, water cooler and ice dispenser
- Private parking on driveway
- Complete range of baby equipment available on request
El Mirador Estate 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.
The 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.
El Mirador Estate 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.
CATERED TO YOUR CHOOSING
We’re 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 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.
You also have the option to have a top chef on hand during your stay. Gourmet menus, tasting menus, wine-pairing with your meals, and a poolside waiter service can all also be provided on request, please ask us for a quotation.
Due to the location of El Mirador Estate a hire car is essential, we would be happy to organise this for your arrival into Malaga.
Set across two homes, El Mirador Estate offers several living spaces. At Cortijo el Mirador, there are four living spaces split between the main living room (with large fireplace), drawing room, library and all-year-round terraces. At El Mirador Lodge, living spaces include a cosy living room with deep sofas and a fireplace, plus a spacious outdoor lounge with built-in sofas.
At Cortijo el Mirador, the indoor kitchen sits in the original centre of the villa. Its cottage-style seating leads to the modern cook’s kitchen, outfitted with top-of-the-range appliances and a roaring fire, weather permitting.
In summer, an outdoor kitchen and dining area accommodates 8. Situated poolside, the summer kitchen has a wood-fired grill and large dining table beneath a shaded terrace.
At El Mirador Lodge, the kitchen is the true heart of the home. Spacious and airy, it offers an American-style refrigerator and gourmet oven, as well as other luxurious touches. A breezy dining area seats 8, and the outdoor kitchen offers a tandoor and pizza oven.
The estate offers many chill-out spots and terraces, scattered throughout the gardens (including a meditation garden) and pool areas. A shaded and intimate courtyard functions as an outdoor living room, leading to the pool terrace.
Two pools, complete with a generous assortment of sun loungers, provide a refreshing respite from warm Spanish rays. You can enjoy magnificent sea and mountain views from almost every spot on the property.
Bedroom 1: The master suite in Cortijo el Mirador. Located in the villa’s centre, with a 180cm (king) bed and hand-stitched Suzani tapestry headboard. The en-suite, hammam-style bathroom has French doors to the terrace, where you’ll enjoy the outdoor summer shower and magnificent sea views.
Bedroom 2: Cortijo el Mirador’s second bedroom, with a 140cm (full) bed, hand-stitched Suzani tapestry headboard, and local antique Spanish chest of drawers. The en-suite bathroom offers a shower.
Bedroom 3: Cortijo el Mirador’s third bedroom, this room has a 180cm (king) bed (which may be converted to two singles) flanked by a hand-stitched Suzani tapestry headboard, built-in dressing table, and wardrobe. A separate bathroom, with large tub, bidet and shower, is shared with Bedroom 4. A second bath is located further down the corridor.
Bedroom 4: Cortijo el Mirador’s fourth bedroom, with a 180cm bed that can be made up as two singles. A separate bathroom, large tub, bidet and shower, is shared with Bedroom 4. A second bathroom is located further down the corridor.
Bedroom 5: The master bedroom at El Mirador Lodge, and the perfect bridal or anniversary suite. Plush furnishings and en-suite bath with shower room and soaking tub, king size bed in addition to a private lounge, terrace and garden.
Bedroom 6: El Mirador Lodge’s second bedroom, with double bed and en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom 7: El Mirador Lodge’s third bedroom, with twin beds and en-suite bathroom.
Please note that El Mirador Estate comprises two separate villas – Cortijo el Mirador with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and El Mirador Lodge with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms – separated by more than 100 metres of beautiful gardens.
Why we love it
THE HOTEL COLLECTION
This villa operates as a fully serviced private hotel with everything arranged for you.
- Dedicated Concierge available before and during your stay
- Optional welcome meal on arrival with wine tasting*
- Daily breakfast service
- Food shopping service available
- Maid service 4 hours, daily, bed turn down
- Complementary luxury bath products
- iPad for guest use
The Character Collection
We’re proud to offer El Mirador Estate as part of our Character Collection. With 7 bedrooms and 10 acres, the estate is ideal for extended families and larger groups seeking togetherness and privacy.
The Celebration Collection
El Mirador Estate, when booked as a whole complete with the sister property, Villa Miramonte, offers the perfect backdrop for a special wedding or celebration, adding Andalucian charm, style and sophistication to your special day.
Ask us about hosting your celebration in Villa Miramonte which has views over the lake and mountains, along with the other villas that are available nearby to accommodate your guests.
- The Venue: Wedding vows or a celebration can be hosted on the terrace at neighbouring Villa Miramonte, just a minute’s walk from The Lodge and Cortijo
- For a cocktail and canapes reception there is capacity for 100 at Villa Miramonte, 50 at El Mirador Lodge and 80 at Cortijo el Mirador
- For a formal dinner there is capacity for for 65 at Villa Miramonte, 25 at El Mirador Lodge and 30 at Cortijo el Mirador
- Indoor space for up to 60 guests for cocktails in case of inclement weather
- Exterior music permitted until midnight
- Guest toilet facilities are located inside each villa
- Parking available for at least 15 cars and space for transport to drop off additional guests if required
- Wedding fee £1500 in addition to the cost of rental (minimum 7 nights in July and August, 3 nights during other months)
- Wedding fee includes: rights to use the property for a celebration, extra energy and systems usage, additional housekeeping, pool maintenance and wear and tear due to high usage.
- Villa concierge can assist with making reservations for key suppliers and LVC can recommend a wedding planner if you require more bespoke guidance and wedding design.
- The wedding fee includes having a member of staff available on the day to coordinate access for suppliers and set up of catering, etc.
Enjoy the local area
Inland from the Costa del Sol and east of Malaga, the Axarquia is a picturesque region of rolling hills lined with vineyards, dotted with bright blue lakes and untouched white villages.
Cortijo el Mirador is located above Lake Viñuela, 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, the surrounding area offers some breathtakingly spectacular landscapes, reached by stunning, snaking mountain roads.
A stay at El Mirador is a gourmet heaven: not only does the local micro-climate provide a wealth of fabulous produce – from tropical fruit and avocados, to olive oil and fine wine – but the Axarquia also offers a wide choice of excellent restaurants to keep the most avid foodies thoroughly satisfied. (Find out more on the blog here.)
The Axarquia 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.
There are a handful of main entry points to the region from the coast. Firstly, from newly updated beach resort of Torre del Mar, from where you can easily explore the neighbouring towns of Velez-Malaga, the capital of this region, with its restored castle, and then on to Colmenar and Comares. Secondly, from Torrox, to reach Competa; and, finally, from Nerja, for Frigiliana, one of the prettiest of the area’s ‘pueblos blancos’.
With its sub-tropical climate this agricultural region is well-known for the quality of its avocados, mangoes and fine Moscatel wines – and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy these in many excellent local restaurants.
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 city’s new roof-top hangouts overlooking the magnificent ancient Alcazaba.