Finca la Buena sits in the most dramatic Andalucian landscape, yet has a pleasing aristocratic air about it – I can’t think of anywhere else you would find an English country garden alongside Spanish cobbled patios, Andalucian fountains and Moorish water features… its just heavenly!
- 10 Bedrooms
- 8 Bathrooms
- Sleeps 19
- 2 Pools, 1 Heated
- Tennis Courts
- Games Room
- Daily Housekeeping
- Cook included
- Helipad Available
Elegant yet understated, the rustic luxury of Finca La Buena invites guests to bask in the Spanish sun and traditional luxuries of Andalusia and the Costa del Sol.
Refined country estate offering space, privacy and the traditional elegance of old Andalusia
Set on 600 wooded hectares, Finca La Buena is a traditional Spanish manor farmhouse steeped in class and elegance, worthy of the Aristocracy, and yet welcoming and homely
At a glance
10 bedrooms spread across 3 separate units with 8 bathrooms. Sleeps 19+
Private, 600-hectare estate owned and loved by British Aristocracy
Two large swimming pools, one heated, surrounded by spacious terraces with sun-loungers and shaded daybeds
Several options for outdoor dining and entertaining
Private tennis courts with full equipment, and shaded loungers for spectators
Private heli-pad for easy access to the estate
Gorgeous landscaping with English-style country gardens and manicured walking paths
Separate games room with billiards table, dartboard, table tennis, refrigerator, sound system and movie screen
Fully staffed, including three housekeepers, an estate manager, house manager, and several gardeners and handymen
Private cook included in rate; food shopping service with goods payable locally
Serenely peaceful location but close enough to walk into Benahavis village (around 25 minutes)
Classic architecture, bespoke detailing, and antique finishes imbue La Buena with rustic luxury
Spectacular Mallorcan textiles, cosy open fireplaces, hand-painted tiles, beamed ceilings and other traditional detailing define this stately Spanish manor farmhouse
There are few homes in Andalusia as extensive and historic as the rustic Spanish manor farmhouse of Finca La Buena. Inhaling history and exhaling Andalusian charm, the spacious home opens onto beamed ceilings and Spanish antiques, delightful terraces and ancient flagstone flooring, warmed with years of love and use. This is the elegant and inspired touch of a much-loved family home that has welcomed generations of VIPs, Royalty, Lords and Ladies to holiday in the finest countryside Andalucia has to offer.
The main house sprawls over three levels, including the separate en-suite Tower Room and a two-bedroom apartment with private access from the courtyard. The southern Spanish sun streams in through wide windows and French doors, forever beckoning you outside to sunbathe or enjoy the shade of daybeds under vine-covered pergolas.
The master suite is the embodiment of a villa’s historic charm and rustic opulence. A private living area reveals Mallorcan textiles and Moroccan art on display, imbuing the room with warmth and colour. A large sofa and easy chair ring a cosy, open fire, and lead first to a reading corner stacked with books, and then into the elegant bedroom and en-suite bath.
The home’s original features peek out from every nook and corner: rich Mallorcan textiles, wall-mounted Spanish plates, cane-and-clay ceilings, incredible light fixtures, prized antique furnishings, vaulted beams, and hand-painted, antique tiling. If only walls could talk.
For special occasions and weddings, Finca La Buena shares its 600-hectare estate with its sister property, Casa Alegre, which can accommodate an additional 10 guests. (Total between the two villas: 29 guests + 3 additional on rollaway beds). The two homes are close enough for group use, but completely independent, private and separated by mature gardens.
Three spacious suites of sumptuous furnishings and luxe, artisan bathrooms overlook Verdant hills
The darling guest house, drenched in Spanish blooms and romantic vines, is resplendent in Mallorcan fabrics, a white-washed paradise that blends modern comforts and traditional detailing.
As you take the two-minute walk from main house to the guest house, romanticism takes over. The twisting tendrils of rambling vines creep over the home’s white-washed exterior, somehow avoiding the dozens of oversized windows, their turquoise shutters flung open to allow breeze and light to stream in. The views stretch for miles. A sun terrace, with oversize daybed, beckons you to an afternoon read. A shimmering pool sits at your feet.
The idyllic setting doesn’t stop when you cross the threshold. The antique door opens onto three spacious en-suite bedrooms that reveal colourful Mallorcan fabrics and Spanish detailing, to set off creamy walls and soft linens. Large windows and doors open onto vine-covered terraces and balconies, where flowers blooms and panoramic vistas sweep past the terraced gardens and pool, down to the valleys and woodland-covered mountains below.
Every detail was considered for the guest house that has welcomed some of our favourite British Royals, and it shows. Breath-taking, bespoke Spanish handmade tiles adorn the bathrooms; stunning original artwork bedecks the walls; and gold-plated bathroom fittings add a touch of luxury to the understated elegance of the Finca La Buena. Don’t be surprised if it feels like you’ve awoken to paradise
How Finca La Buena works for you
- 10 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms (8 en-suite), spread over the main house (5 bedrooms, 4 baths), apartment (2 en-suite bedrooms) and guest house (3 en-suite bedrooms)
- Guest home bedrooms each have a flat-screen television with satellite TV
- Two large swimming pools, one heated
- Several bedrooms with wood-burning fireplaces
- 3 baby cots and highchairs available for families
- Fully staffed, including chef-prepared meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner included), an estate manager, house manager, three housekeepers, and several gardeners and handymen. Food shopping service at-cost.
- Central heating throughout the estate; air-conditioning in all bedrooms, except for the Tower Room and Bedroom 5 (the single bedroom). Fans in the dining room and sitting rooms.
- Full-size tennis court with equipment provided for your use
- Standalone games room with billiards table, dartboard, table tennis, refrigerator, sound system, and cinema screen
- Heli-pad for easy access to the estate
- 600 hectares of private property, with organic farm, vegetable garden and private woodland
- Free WiFi internet throughout the homes and pool terraces
Finca La Buena is a fully serviced villa: three housekeepers attend to your every need, including cooking three meals a day, all included with your rental (food shopping at-cost). Additionally, there is an estate manager, house manager, and several gardeners and handymen, all discreet.
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 Finca la Buena there is also a dedicated villa manager who can assist with extra services such pre-arrival shopping, wine orders, chefs, transfers, masseurs, nannies, etc.
Finca La Buena is within easy reach of a whole range of amazing experiences both near Marbella and in the countryside around rural Benahavis. Its the perfect rural base for luxury villa bootcamps, yoga retreats, team building or outdoor adventures on the Costa del Sol. From exciting family days out to world-class golf, gourmet delights to beauty spa’s, 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. Enjoy a selection of day tours or bespoke itineraries all with a door to door service in air-conditioned luxury 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
At Finca La Buena you really can enjoy ‘The Good Life’! The grounds are home to a year-round allotment of organic vegetables, herbs and fruit trees that the cook uses in her daily menus, and there’s often a jar of local honey or home-made preserves that you are welcome to help yourself to during your time on the Estate.
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 housekeepers will be on hand throughout. They will be along to do the housekeeping and cook meals 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.
To help you get the very best from your stay at this villa, our Concierge is happy to assist with transfers, car hire, chauffeurs or shuttles during your stay.
In the main home, the primary living area offers vaulted, beamed ceilings overarching large, plush cream-coloured sofas and easy chairs that ring an open fire. Cream curtains, shabby-chic lamps, and antique furnishings contribute to a cosy sense of home. Antique chests display old family photos, including snaps of famous guests who have visited over the years.
A second living room is located in the apartment, above the courtyard patio. Pink armchairs join an enormous eight-person sofa, covered with Mallorcan fabrics. The cane-and-clay ceiling is an antique unto itself, and the fireplace is a welcome addition in cooler months.
Outdoor terraces off of the main home, apartment and guest home all offer comfortable outdoor seating. Additionally, daybeds dot the property, from the tennis courts to the pools, offering plenty of outdoor living space.
A large, farmhouse-style dining room serves as the winter dining area, with a traditional refectory table and flagstone floor. Once the old kitchen, the winter dining area can be extended to seat up to 22 guests and offers period detailing like an original cooking hearth and 1970s jade green tiles.
The second dining room sits on the main terrace, its summer allure impossible to ignore. A large table seats up to 22 under a shaded pergola, overflowing with tumbling vines.
The kitchen at Finca La Buena is a true cook’s kitchen, with 40 year-old vibrant turquoise tiling, a large range cooker and double oven, and a central butcher’s block.
Finca La Buena offers much to do within its 600-hectare estate. From the expansive house, explore the ancient Moorish tower (10th century), surrounding terraced gardens, and original Moorish irrigation streams and channels. Sink your bare feet into the large, manicured lawns. Nature is on offer at Finca La Buena.
Two centrepieces of outdoor life are the swimming pools. The 11-metre (37-foot) main pool is heated, while the unheated guest annex pool is 12 metres (40 feet) in length. Around both, spacious terraces, shaded seating areas, and daybeds invite relaxation. WiFi is available poolside.
Between the main home and guest home, there is a spacious stand-alone game and television room with a billiards table, dartboard, table tennis, refrigerator, sound system, and large-screen TV with a comfortable L-shaped sofa.
A full-sized tennis court is complete with a large and comfortable seated viewing area. A fridge, phone and plenty of equipment (racquets and balls) are available.
Please note that most bedrooms have super-king beds that may be laid as twin beds, upon request.
Bedroom 1: Finca La Buena’s master suite offers a private living area with library/reading corner, wood-burning fireplace and colourful Spanish-Moroccan seating and cushions. Large patio doors both invite light in and opens onto the shady terrace, which features a vined arbour, stone floors and a large open fire, among other details. The master bedroom sits off the suite’s living room. The bathroom is finished with hand-painted antique tiles and shuttered windows that overlook the countryside.
Bedroom 2: Known as the Corner Suite, this bedroom is decorated in yellows and greens, and offers a king-sized bed. In the en-suite bath, a yellow sitting area adds a punch of colour to hand-painted black antique tiles.
Bedroom 3: The Tower Bedroom sits adjacent to the ancient Moorish tower, and hosts the villa’s only queen-sized bed, wrapped in a four-poster canopy on a raised platform. Set away from the rest of the villa, this suite has a small sitting area in Mallorcan blues and whites, and shuttered windows looking to the back of the home. The en-suite bath has a bathtub and shower attachment.
Bedroom 4: Known as Ben’s room, this cosy suite has a four-poster bed, rich tapestries, and doors that lead out to the patio. The bathroom, which is shared with the single bedroom, has terracotta and Andaluz blue tiles, and a bathtub with shower attachment.
Bedroom 5: A small blue-and-white single bedroom, often serving as the nanny room for Bedroom 4. The bath is shared with Bedroom 4.
Bedroom 6: Located above the courtyard patio in a separate apartment, this large double bedroom features antique iron bed-heads, Juliette balconies that overlook the estate, two easy chairs, and a dressing table. The en-suite bath has terracotta and ceramic floors, twin sinks, and a bathtub with separate shower cubicle.
Bedroom 7: Also located in the separate apartment, this twin bedroom is decorated in blue and white, and offers mountain views. The en-suite bath has blue tiles, a bathtub and shower attachment.
Bedroom 8: ‘The Princess Suite’ is fit for royalty: decorated in rose colours, this large double bedroom features an open fireplace, TV, dressing area, and patio doors out to the terrace and swimming pool. The en-suite bathroom features blue-and-yellow hand-painted azulejos, and a separate bathtub with brass shower attachment.
Bedroom 9: Located on the ground floor of the guest house, this suite is also decorated in rose colours right down to the painted fireplace surround and dusty pink chair. A door leads onto the terrace and extensive views of the estate, as well as an open fireplace. The en-suite bath has hand-painted tiles in farmhouse colours, and a bathtub with shower attachment.
Bedroom 10: The ‘Blue Room’ is located on the top floor of the guest house, decorated in a beautiful Moroccan style, with powder-blue detailing, crochet throws, fabrics from Mallorca, and Moroccan-painted screen doors. There is a TV. The sun-drenched en-suite bathroom has yellow-and-blue antique tiles, a bright vanity, large window, and doors to the light-filled roof terrace.
Some bedrooms have space for an additional bed for a child or a cot, please ask us for details. There are 3 cots and some high chairs available. Bedrooms 6 and 7 are located in a separate apartment, and Bedrooms 8, 9 and 10 are located in the guest house.
Why we love it
The Hotel Collection
Finca La Buena is a star of our Hotel Collection, reserved for full-service properties that operate as private, boutique hotels. Its refined elegance and stunning location have attracted the British Aristocracy, Prime Ministers, and other high-profile public figures for decades. Clients of The Luxury Villa Collection’s Boutique properties enjoy daily housekeeping and concierge amenities.
The Character Collection
We are also proud to offer Finca La Buena as part of our Character Collection. Occupying 600 acres of southern Spain, and situated beside one of the five defending towers of the Castle of Montemayor, the estate, complete with a 10th century Moorish tower and Moorish irrigation streams and channels, embodies historic Andalusia.
The Retreat Collection
Finca La Buena is also a perfect addition to our Celebration Collection and Retreat Collection, with 10 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms over the main home, apartment and guest home; ample space for groups and large parties. It may also be combined with its sister property, Casa Alegre, to accommodate an additional 10 guests.
Weddings are available from 2020 with capacity for around 40-50 guests, please ask for details.
Enjoy the local area
The best of rural Andalusia and still close enough for a day on the beach
An easy drive from the family resort of San Pedro and chic Puerto Banus lies this private country estate in Benahavis, where rolling green hills and gently flowing rivers meet.
Finca La Buena 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 close enough to enjoy the buzz of the Costa del Sol when you want it, but surrounded by complete tranquility when you don’t – 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.
Finca La Buena offers a perfect base too for exploring the cultural delights of Malaga province. Definitely worth a visit, you are 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 visit Malaga, the Andalucian 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!
Finca La Buena is a perfect place for combining complete relaxation with days on the beach or trips discover the highlights of Andalucia.
This villa enjoys relaxing views to the mountains across the valleys, and is just 2km (only 25 minute stroll if you fancy a walk!) from the village centre of Benahavis with it shops and restaurants. Its just 13km to the lovely beach front promenade 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 prom.
Read more about the area of Benahavis and San Pedro in our Spain in Style guides.