• 4 Bedrooms 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms (+1) 4 Bathrooms (+1)
  • Sleeps 8+2 Sleeps 8+2
  • Housekeeping 3x per week Housekeeping 3x per week
  • Dedicated Concierge Dedicated Concierge

Villa El Olivo is the epitome of modern Spain: a 4-bedroom luxury villa near Ronda, it’s the perfect juxtaposition of chic-as-you-like design and rustic, traditional nods inspired by the stunning surrounding landscapes.

Every tiny detail has been carefully deliberated over – and then brought to thrilling aesthetic fruition. Nothing has been left to chance. No opportunity to visually shine has been overlooked. And the result? A holiday home that's as stylish as it is indulgent and comfortable.

At a glance

4-bedroom designer villa that’s perfect for groups of friends or small, style-conscious families.


Sleeps 8+2 children (fee for extra beds)


The location is absolutely breathtaking and too many stylish interior touches to count


The 20m infinity pool has views that are just to-die-for


The Master Suite comes, rather indulgently, with its own sauna


A huge open fire in the sitting room is perfect for chillier shoulder-season nights


Wonderfully remote feeling – but ravishing Ronda, with its jaw-dropping gorge, is just 10 minutes’ drive away


The walking in the surrounding hills is sensational, also visit boutique vineyards and old-town plazas


Dedicated housekeeper who visits 3x weekly and a direct line to your Concierge Manager


Space for a special celebration for 70-120 guests depending on catering, and a large indoor bodega for late-night disco.


Welcome to Villa El Olivo

A Place Where Nature & Design Come Together to startling effect

As you wind your way through the wooded Ronda countryside to Villa El Olivo you’d be forgiven for expecting a classic cortijo or something towards the more traditional end of the Spanish luxury villa spectrum to be waiting for you on arrival.

And you wouldn’t be more wrong. The façade that greets you as you pull up is a striking, contemporary affair, all stark straight lines and dazzling white forms that have an almost sculptural quality to them.

Inside, the interiors are a compelling contrast of the organic – drawn from the rustic, rural surroundings – and sleek, cutting-edge design. On the one hand there are lots of clean lines, sharp-edged, gleaming metal window frames, oversized retro lamps, time-worn industrial-style shelving units, statements chairs with a nod to Philippe Starck, and assorted design pieces; on the other, there are rough rendered feature walls, matting rugs, crudely hewn benches and bed heads of gnarled wood. Faux sheep skin and cow hide rugs complete the look.

Fine art works are also liberally sprinkled throughout the place, from large but thoughtful abstract pieces to an impressive iron horse sculpture that guards the front door.

It’s all very stylish indeed, in other words.

BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN INSIDE & OUT

The surrounding landscape has a huge role to play in inspiring the look and feel of Villa El Olivo. And it’s invited in at every possible opportunity. An ancient olive forest begins right where the walls of the house stop, and the huge sitting room opens out on to the silvery-green canopy of trees.

At night, you can go to sleep soothed by the hissing and whispering of leaves as they’re stirred by a warm summer breeze. Two of the bathrooms have views out over the surrounding trees; with their huge windows it can feel rather like you’re having a long, relaxing soak slap-bang in the middle of a forest.

In the bedrooms vaulted ceilings of soaring proportions are the order of the day, with light flooding in through enormous windows. To provide a restful environment that’s conducive to a good night’s sleep, the colour palette throughout is a blissfully calming one, running from taupes, creams and off-whites to earthy and grey tones. This neutral colour scheme is offset by vibrant pops of colour in the soft furnishings and chairs.

The more rustic aesthetic leanings on display elsewhere are dialled down slightly in the kitchen and bathrooms. Here there’s a more unambiguous vision of comfort and convenience – no gadget is knowingly ignored in the kitchen, while bathrooms come complete with designer white oval bathtubs, cavernous showers, huge grey and white marble sinks, indulgent products and regal blue Ralph Lauren bath towels.

THE RONDA SETTING – THE TRUE STAR OF THE SHOW

Unheated the pool may be, but it’s also another white-hot piece of classic luxe design. Lined with loungers and a really rather special barbecue area it’s the sparkling centrepiece of Villa El Olivo’s outdoor space.

In keeping with the sleek-rustic-chic vibe that runs throughout, the grounds are stripped back and natural. Grass peeks through the paving stones leading down to the pool. To preserve water – in an arid area when it can get scarce at times – the owners made a conscious decision to leave the grounds bare rather than laying them with thirsty grass.

Around the side of the house a water trough, of the modern, architectural rather than agricultural variety, babbles away. A contemporary take on that classic slice of Andalucia, the fountain, it’s another example of the place’s pleasing power to subvert convention at every turn.

At Villa El Olivo, though, the setting never slips far from centre-stage for too long. The views come at you from every angle – and in waves. First the surrounding olive trees; then the vineyards and the valley; and finally the sun-scoured peaks of the Serrania de Ronda beyond. It’s a place with more than just a little magic to it.

How Villa El Olivo works for you

Facilities

  • A 1000m2 luxury villa on a 7000m2 plot of land
  • 4 high-ceilinged en-suite bedrooms
  • Infinity pool surrounded by 6-8 loungers
  • Sizeable natural grounds on a private finca with beautiful views
  • An open-plan dining/sitting room space and fully equipped kitchen
  • Various indoor/outdoor dining spaces to choose from – including a professional catering standard barbecue
  • Full air conditioning, heating/underfloor heating throughout
  • Tech-enabled: Sonos, soundbar, 85in Smart TV and WiFi
  • Two-car subterranean garage; outdoor parking for 4-5 more cars
  • Underground wine cellar and tasting area
  • In-room spa facilities
  • Open wood-burning fire
  • Children’s play area
  • The villa is on a secure private estate with security patrols
  • Housekeeping 3 times per week and property manager on call

LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING

Your rental includes a complete clean and linen change once a week plus additional light housekeeping in 2 further visits during the week. Additional housekeeping hours can be booked and paid for in advance to cover things like after-dinner clearing up or personal laundry, and we can also source live-in maids if required.

CATERED TO YOUR CHOOSING

If you prefer not to cook, we work with professional villa chefs who can prepare a range of local or international dishes for you and your guests.

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

LVC CONCIERGE

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 Villa El Olivo there’s also a dedicated villa manager who can assist with extra services such pre-arrival shopping, wine orders, chefs, transfers, masseurs, nannies, etc.

SHOPPING SERVICE

A complete villa pre-stocking service is available through your Concierge, with goods paid for locally on arrival. We can also stock the bar or bodega for you or arrange a personal wine tasting at the villa.

EXPERIENCES

Villa El Olivo is the perfect base from which to explore Andalucia. Situated near Ronda, it’s within easy reach of a whole range of amazing experiences to add to your travel memories. From boutique vineyards to museums, gourmet delights to white villages, we work closely with the best local suppliers to help make your stay extra special. (Check out our guide to Ronda things to see and do.)

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 Ronda is the escorted wine and bull farm tour where you can get to know the secrets of these important cultures.

Achingly chic Villa El Olivo may be, but it never lets style trump substance for a moment: the house is teched up to the hilt, whether it’s in the form of the underfloor heating, air conditioning and WiFi throughout, the Sonos system and soundbar, or the 85in Smart TV in the living room.

Two interconnected but distinct living spaces stretch out all on one floor, completely flat for ease of access, and offering a different ambience for summer and winter stays.

The kitchen-diner area is a stylishly casual space flowing off the living room, where 8 can sit comfortably for meals at a farmhouse-style table. Gaggenau appliances, a Miele oven, Nespresso coffee makers, Smegg small appliances, wine coolers, gleaming granite worktops and two dishwashers complete an impressive roster of kitchen facilities.

Stepping through panoramic doors, there’s a barbecue terrace with seating for a further 10. A suitably horizontal, holiday-esque breakfast can be taken, reclining, in the shady seating area, while there’s a little poolside table that’s perfect for slipping away from the rest of the group and having a sundowner or two a deux.

A turquoise infinity strip surrounded by loungers and a spacious sun-deck and barbecue area, the pool is a thing of real beauty here. As a backdrop, the mountains of the Serrania de Ronda shimmer and wobble in the heat haze on hot afternoons.

Sun-beds are plentiful, as is additional seating on the terrace which has a sun shade that can be used as required.

Bedroom 1: Ground floor, high-ceilinged Master suite with King-size bed, private terrace opening out on to the pool and private sauna with mountain views. A bespoke en-suite bathroom has a walk-in wardrobe, standalone shower and bath, and views of the valley.

Bedroom 2: Towards the rear of the house with King-size bed and glass doors opening onto views of the olive groves. Comes with an en-suite bathroom with a jetted shower and single basin.

Bedroom 3: On the other side of the house, features a King-size bed and private terrace with olive grove views. An en-suite bathroom includes a standalone shower and white designer bathtub with views of the surrounding landscape.

Bedroom 4: To the rear of the house, comes with two twin beds; an en-suite bathroom with curved feature shower contains a rain shower.

(Extra beds are available on request. Please ask for more information.)

Collections featuring this villa

  • The building itself is a true work of art
  • Inside it’s packed with genuine design credentials
  • No expense has been spared on the technology front
  • The villa and its surroundings are at one – and make for their fair share of epic ‘grammable moments
Villa El Olivo Ronda villa

With such a unique design and a truly special location, El Olivo is absolutely ideal as an intimate Spain wedding villa or as a party venue for a very special occasion.

It can take up to 80 guests. Key members of the party can stay on-site, while guests can check in to one of the many small, rural hotels that dot the hills surrounding Ronda.

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Enjoy the local area

Ronda is an atmospheric and ancient city that has charmed visitors and artists for years

Villa El Olivo is located on a massive private estate of vineyards and olive groves, nestling in the foothills of the Ronda mountains and views reaching to the far horizon.

The fabulous town of Ronda is just a few minutes drive away so you can enjoy shopping, food and culture close by, and in just over an hour you can be on the sunny beaches of the Costa del Sol. Villa El Olive offers the perfect modern rural escape like nothing else you will find in the area.

Situated just outside the historic Andalusian town of Ronda, the house is backed by extensive olive groves and private woodlend, while the view in front reaches far, towards rolling hills and sometimes, snowcapped peaks. Known as the birthplace of bull-fighting, Ronda is an atmospheric and ancient city that has charmed visitors and artists for years.

There are marked walking paths around the finca but having a hire car will help you get the most out of your stay, visiting the nearest shops and restaurants.

Villa El Olivo is in located at the very heart of the famous “route of the white villages”, surrounded by nature, colour, rivers and mountains. Just ten minutes from the city of Ronda, this natural location will help you leave all of the city life and stress behind you, ready to relax mind. body and soul into a unique and relaxing experience.

Come in April and May for a riot of spring colour, with purple and yellow fields bordered by bright red poppies. Or come in September to enjoy the grape harvest and annual ‘Feria Goyesca’ which is a magnificent even celebrating Ronda’s unique heritage.

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