I love the sense of style, light and space that the owners have managed to create at Villa Mari with their very carefully executed renovations. The soft marine-coloured palette was the perfect choice for this chilled-out family home; I almost wanted to steal all their ideas and take them home with me!
- 5 Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms
- Sleeps 10+1
- Light Housekeeping
- 2 Twin Bedrooms
A handsome facade, plenty of outdoor space and style in spades lifts this luxury five-bedroom villa in Sotogrande from the functional and family-friendly to the frankly rather fabulous.
Sleeping 12 across its array of uniquely decorated bedrooms, it's the perfect choice of holiday home for families or a group of friends who want all their home comforts but not at the expense of chic interiors.
At a glance
5 uniquely decorated bedrooms
Quirkily stylish interiors throughout
Pretty pool lined with plenty of shady seating and dining space
Lush family-friendly lawns
Indoor and outdoor fires for off-peak stays
Sotogrande location near world-class golf and polo
Peaceful and ultra-private estate
New England Meets Old Spain to Ravishing Effect
A clear interiors theme runs throughout Villa Mari. A sort of Spanish-bohemian take on New England beach house chic, it wouldn’t look remotely out of place as you flicked through the pages of an interiors magazine.
Lots of thought has gone into how it all looks – and the relaxed, homely feel that creates. There are upcycled sideboards and artfully arranged books stacked up in the shelves along with vintage-style vases, candles and Moroccan ceramics. The kitchen and sitting room curtains channel French consul linen with their bold blue and grey stripes; porcelain dog figurines adorn the mantelpiece in the living room; elaborate botanical motifs bring the soft furnishings to vibrant life and old prints of flora and fauna decorate the walls. Plenty of organic materials pop up, too, whether in the form of rattan-y chairs and lights or seagrass rugs.
But this Anglo-American look is tempered by warm terracotta on the floor, and Andalucian geometric patterns and swirling tessellations in the rugs, backsplashes and tiles.
And while it’s very stylish, it also doesn’t take itself too seriously. Light-hearted ‘typically’ Spanish notes also include flamingo and bullfighter paintings and a cheerful esparto bull’s head taking pride of place in one of the twin bedrooms.
Sotogrande Summers Never Looked So Inviting
Aesthetics are a central part of Villa Mari’s appeal, and visual impact has been carefully considered, inside and out. The swimming pool is a case in point. Natural in colour, and filled almost to the brim, it looks more like a water feature in the gardens of some grand Andalucian palace than your typical, rather functional villa pool.
Next to the pool, a lovely, lush lawn area stretches away. It’s absolutely perfect for everything from sunbathing, to throwing a blanket down and having a snooze, or even a late afternoon picnic in the shade of the mature palms, pines and eucalyptus that surround it.
The sizeable wrap-around seating areas outdoors have something of a dual personality depending on the time of year of your stay. In the summer they’re very much a part of the garden, with a dining area and two comfortable low seating spaces being the natural place for everything from long lunches to kicking back and watching the kids as they splash around in the pool.
For shoulder season or winter stays, you can light a fire in the outdoor grate and use it as a second living room – perfect for wrapping yourself up with a shawl and a hot chocolate on those cooler evenings.
How Villa Mari works for you
- 5 bedrooms including 2 twin-bedded rooms perfect for children
- Sleeps a family of 10+1
- Open-plan family kitchen-living-dining room seating 8
- Second living-dining room seating 8
- Open fires (indoor and out) perfect for winter stays
- Travel-cot and high chair
- Dining terrace and outdoor living under shade
- Private pool 8x4m with lawned garden
- Free Wifi
- Apple TV/IPTV and Netflix
The ground floor of the L-shaped villa is home to two comfortable, roomy living spaces. The main living room mixes shabby-chic statement furniture and sumptuous sofas around an open fire. French doors and triple-aspect windows let in lots of light to make it feel very bright all year round.
The second living space is next to the spacious modern family kitchen, with twin sofas facing each other and a large TV. French doors again open directly out onto the pool and gardens.
The main indoor dining area adjoins the living room where a large table sits 8. A second dining area in the L-shaped kitchen also sits 8 for breakfast.
The modern kitchen is the perfect mix of style and substance. On the one hand, there’s contemporary statement lighting, a tiled splashback, Silestone quartz counters and a calming colour scheme of grey and blues. On the other hand, there’s an American side-by-side fridge freezer with ice maker, Nespresso coffee maker, 5-ring gas range cooker and a large oven.
A collection of Spanish recipe books to help you feel your way into the local cuisine is a nice touch.
Bedroom 1: The master bedroom on the corner of the first floor with triple-aspect windows, a King-size/180cm bed, free-standing blue wardrobe and stylish bedhead. Comes with an en-suite shower room with a modern, blue-tiled floor.
Bedroom 2: A ground floor guest room with King-size/180cm bed and direct access out to the pool via French doors. Comes with a shower room with a sea-green Spanish tile feature wall.
Bedroom 3: A further ground floor guest room with dual-aspect windows, a King-size/180cm bed plus a pull-out mattress for children. Its en-suite bathroom has a tiled floor, a separate bathtub with shower attachment and a wet room-style shower.
Bedroom 4: The first of two twin bedrooms on the first floor, is dual aspect with fitted wardrobes and cast-iron beds in peppermint green. A small bathroom with an overhead shower and single vanity is shared with bedroom 5.
Bedroom 5: The second twin bedroom on the first floor, is a dual aspect affair in bold blue. It shares a bathroom with the other twin bedroom.
Your rental includes a complete clean and linen change once every 7 days plus additional light housekeeping mid-week. Additional housekeeping hours can be booked and paid for in advance to cover things like after-dinner clearing up or personal laundry.
We’ve included a small gift of some gourmet delicacies from Spain to welcome you to the villa.
A complete villa pre-stocking service is available through your Villa Manager, with goods paid for locally on arrival.
The LVC Guest Experience
This property has local Villa Manager offering dedicated concierge services to assist you personally with anything you require before and during your stay.
When you book a villa with The Luxury Villa Collection, our Guest Experience Team can also help you with all your holiday arrangements to ensure a smooth stay.
Villa Mari gives access to some amazing experiences in and around Cadiz, Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol. From white village tours to world-class golf, gourmet delights to equestrian events and Polo, we work closely with the best local suppliers to help make your stay extra special.
Explore the cities of Andalucia with a personal guide 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 Sotogrande is a day out with a Mini-Moke hire and picnic, an escorted Mr Henderson’s Railway Walking Tour or White Villages Tour where you can get to know the secret inland beauty of Cadiz province towards Ronda. Alternatively, jump in the car and head along the coast for magnificent Tarifa and Bolonia beach.
Why we love it
Villa Mari is a lovely size for a small family, with two welcoming twin bedrooms that the kids will love.
The not-too-big swimming pool is conveniently next to the living area for close supervision, surrounded by a private gated garden with immaculate grass lawns to run around in bare feet.
The villa has a travel cot and high chair for babies and a pull-out mattress if a small child wants to sleep in with parents.
Enjoy the local area
Relax and cherish family time in laid-back luxury, in upmarket Sotogrande.
The privately owned Sotogrande estate is the destination of choice for discerning guests looking for an exclusive and private setting away from the madding crowd.
Here you are still on the Costa del Sol yet enjoying the Atlantic climate and lifestyle of Cadiz province. Life here is low-key but high-quality, with luxury beach clubs and a yachting marina, refreshingly few commercial developments and unspoiled virgin beaches lined with sand dunes where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic.
Here in Sotogrande the air is vibrant and clean, landscapes are green and insanely beautiful, perfect for hosting the world’s best golf and equestrian sports which take place each year.
Villa Mari is located in Sotogrande alto-medio (middle), in the ‘D’ zone, just a short drive from all the holiday essentials such as the Sotogrande Equine centre, the lovely beaches, the famous Sotogrande Marina and the prestigious golf courses that attract professionals and aficionados every year.
You are a short drive from the Marina, Trocadero beach club and with easy access to world class La Reserva Golf and Valderrama Golf. Santa Maria Polo Club is just around the corner, where the summer Polo season lets you rub shoulders with the British Royalty and the world’s horse-loving elite.
Only half an hour away you can visit Gibraltar with great shopping, fascinating history and a fantastic music festival which takes place in early September.
For the non-golfers in your group, the luxury Elysium spa is a short drive away from your villa.
The nightlife of Marbella and Estepona, and beachlife at Tarifa and Costa de la Luz are less than an hour away for a different kind of night scene, while Tangier in northern Morocco is a mere 45 minute ferry from Tarifa – book one of our guides to show you the best of it with a door-to-door service!
Dining out can take place in the restaurants of the marina, or in the village centres of Pueblo Nuevo and Guadiaro. Or you might head to one of the chiringuitos along the beaches at either side of Sotogrande for a taste of fresh fish and a cool glass of Tinto del Verano.
For a more Spanish vibe head inland a short distance to explore the delightful white village of Jimena de la Frontera or the castle fortress town of Castellar de la Frontera which punctuate the walking route along Mr Henderson’s Railway to Ronda (we have some excellent guides if you’d like to explore).
Sotogrande is just 30 minutes from Gibraltar and around 1 hour from Malaga airport.