Alexandre Dumas, Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles and many other artists have described, in their works or writings, the strong sensations provoked by their discovery of the town of Ronda, in Spain. The highly unusual geography of this Andalusian city, split in two by the Rio Guadalevin precipice, can leave no one untouched.
Weighty with a complex history rich in numerous influences, the town and its well-preserved surroundings are also highly picturesque. Here, things are like nowhere else; everything is strangely poetic, dreamlike, almost supernatural.
A few kilometres from the historic centre, in countryside far from crowds and urban bustle, Rasero Retreat is a peaceful and serene place to retreat, an ideal pied-a-terre for this part of the Marbella hinterland. Located at the heart of deliciously hilly countryside, Rasero Retreat is a sumptuous farmhouse, entirely restored and transformed into a luxury residence.
Rustic in appearance, it reveals its highly elegant architectural composition as soon as you enter, with multiple volumes dialog and playing with one another. Turrets, chapels and apses thus cohabit under the typical Andalusian roof tiles, creating a play of contrasting light and shadow, highlighted by the building's sparkling white coating.
Welcoming guests with a fountain, the central element of a small French-style garden, the villa hides a pleasant terrace that only comes into view after you step around the barbecue hearth. The dining room and the open-air living room share the welcome shade of a canopy, facing a large swimming pool opening out to a prairie, complete with a Jacuzzi that can be accessed by a small wooden bridge.
Extremely eclectic furniture marries Balinese influences with contemporary-style wicker. Following this canopy, under a low, massive frame, the living room holds an immense aged-leather couch facing an impressive stone fireplace.
Generously opening out to the garden, it also leads to a kitchen-bar, with a central cooking island and a benchtop for eight. Behind the entrance corridor and the staircase leading upstairs, is a surprising Arabic-Andalusian patio in blue tones, illuminated by a glass roof that offers a remarkable sense of wellbeing.
On its Moorish tile floor, it provides a second dining room for eight and leads to a cosy second living room-cum-library. On the ground floor and upstairs, seven bedrooms vie with one another in romanticism and exoticism. Organised like in a Moroccan riad, they offer views of the patio and the gardens. These rooms and their bathrooms carry an incredible number of influences, from rural England to Indonesian craftwork to the glorious era of the Italian renaissance a quirky mix of genres that works wonderfully.
Both typical and unique, this residence inhabited by diverse atmospheres will enchant its guests with its personal style. At the mouth of a surreal city, Rasero Reatreat extends the guarantee of a magical stay, marked with dreams and adventure.
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