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Elegant villa near Ronda – superb for your holidays with family and friends!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Modern and exquisitely equipped country house for up to 10 guests

El Cobijo:

El Cobijo is a beautiful modern villa built in traditional Andalusian style around a charming open patio on a lightly sloping olive grove of approximately 3 acres. The villa’s main level has an open patio, around which one has access to the living room with fireplace, a terrace with beautiful views of the sierra and Ronda, the dining room, a fully equipped chef's kitchen, a powder room, and a guest room with bathroom. A hall way on an intermediate level provides access to two additional bedrooms each with bathroom. The bright, master bedroom is located upstairs with a large bathroom and private roof terrace with gorgeous views. An additional bedroom which doubles as the TV and game room with sitting area and a bathroom is on the villa's lower level. There's also a utility room for 2 washers, 2 dryers, and additional refrigerator. The swimming pool is surrounded by a large sun terrace with a shower house and a roofed, poolside bar with BBQ.

Visiting Ronda:

Ronda is a beautiful, historic Andalusian city. It is a perfect destination to stroll through the narrow streets of its ancient historic city center with its centuries old, iconic bridge over a 100 m deep gorge that divides the old and the newer parts of the city and with the famous, and also oldest bull fighting arena in Spain. Ronda is located in midst of the scenic Serranía of Ronda dotted by the picturesque, white Andalusian villages such as Gaucín, Grazalema, and Zahara, an ideal region for sight seeing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and sail gliding.

Golfing and general tourist attractions:

The property is surrounded by over 30 of Spain's finest golf courses on the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz many of which are reachable in less than 50 minutes by car. Some of Europe's most important cultural cities such as Córdoba, Granada, and Sevilla can easily be reached for enjoyable and extraordinary sight seeing excursions. These cities offer historic sights of incomparable beauty as well as an opportunity to meander through charming, narrow streets, and visit fine Andalusian shops, tapas bars and restaurants. In addition, one can drive through Spain's unique Sherry wine regions of Jeréz and Sanlúcar, visiting such famous Sherry bodegas as Domecq, Gonzalez Byass, Lustau, Hidalgo and many others. While there, visit the famous Domecq Horse Show. Not far away is one of Europe's most intriguing bird sanctuaries, The Doñana National Park, a protected reserve and a popular attraction for nature lovers. A day trip to Tangiers, Morocco with a visit to the fascinating and colorful local souks is only a few hours away by taking the high speed ferry from Tarifa.

If you don't plan on spending too much time traveling by car, you can choose among many local, charming destinations such as the magnificent, nearby village of Setenil de las Bodegas with its breath taking gorge in and around which this Andalusian village was built or the Roman ruin of Acinipo with a well preserved amphitheater and stunning views of the region. Or you can take the scenic mountain road towards Algeciras to the lovely village of Gaucín, one of the most attractive gems among Andalucía's White Villages.

Other recreational activities:

The beaches of Costa del Sol are situated along one of Europe's most formidable summer resorts including Marbella, Puerto Banús, Estepona, and Sotogrande on the Mediterranean Sea. On the Atlantic side, the endless, white sand beaches frequently have steady winds making this area ideal for wind and kite surfing. One of our favorite beaches on this side is Bolonia, where you can also visit its well preserved Roman ruins Baelo Claudia.

If you love horses, we can help you plan a morning ride through the area's beautiful scenery. If you plan to travel in early spring, consider the highest snow peaks of the Iberian Peninsula located in the Sierra Nevada, very close to Granada, with some of Spain's best ski slopes. Although at least 2 and a half hours away by car, you can still plan on arriving at the slopes before noon and returning home for dinner. Sierra Nevada has over 90 km of well maintained, tree-less ski runs, some of which provide breath taking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

The owner may from time to time be in residence in a separate part of the villa with separate entrance. However, the gardens, pool and terraces are exclusive for the use of guests. The owner will be discrete at all times and will personally ensure the house and all services are run to a high standard.

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Raynold von Samson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

Why Raynold von Samson chose Costa del Sol - Malaga

We built the villa in the midst of a charming olive grove in 2001. The peace and quiet, the rural environment, the views, the friendly people, the excellent food, the central location to visit major cultural centers and endless beaches, etc. all of these and more made us look no further for a perfect location.

What makes this villa unique

Daily cleaning service is provided; the maid comes Monday through Friday for 2 hours from 11:00 to 13:00 hrs. The maid can be asked to stay for additional hours, if necessary at €9 per hour, payable directly to the maid. The maid does not work on weekends or legal holidays. Our holiday guests are cordially invited to a welcome snack with ice cold cava upon arrival. If you wish to have a private chef cook one or several meals during your stay, this can be arranged in advance at a very reasonable price. Please contact us about this additional service.

All linen and towels are provided. Towels are changed bi-weekly, bed linen once per week. As an additional service, we can stock up your pantry on your behalf prior to your arrival if necessary.

We offer discounts of 5% for 2 weeks 10% for 3 weeks and 15% for 4 weeks.

If you bring your portable computer, you can log on to our wireless broad band network at no additional charge.

Guestbook comments from the owner

El Cobijo is that rare combination of comfort, style and thoughtful design. It is a stunning and impeccably maintained property with living spaces for all moods and times of day: a sheltered courtyard patio filled with plants and a water feature; a shaded veranda with wonderful views; a splendid sitting room with large fireplace and well-stocked bookshelves. The bedrooms are spacious and well decorated and, in our party of 8, nobody was left feeling that they had drawn the short straw (which was a first in our ten years of renting villas together). The kitchen, indeed the whole house, was extremely well equipped, and no less attention to detail had been given to the delightful pool area. Our host, Raynold, was welcoming and helpful yet most discrete. Mari, who came in 2 hours daily, was a godsend, and the in-house catering offered by Deborah was hugely successful after a full day’s sightseeing. I have never felt so well looked after on a villa holiday! There is a whole range of attractions on the doorstep –beautiful towns and villages to explore (Ronda, Zahara and Grazalema were favourites); a stunningly located Roman amphitheatre at Acipino (which we had to ourselves); fascinating cave paintings at Cueva de la Pileta (though the cave itself is awesome); the Garganta Verde (which seemed almost prehistoric in its lush isolation with vultures flying overhead); the Via Verde for walking/cycling (if the heat allows!). And don’t overlook Arriate itself. El Muelle de Arriate is a gem of a place with lovely food. Further afield we visited the beautiful cities of Seville and Cordoba, and investigated the port and old town of Marbella. Plans to visit Grenada and to take the train to Algeciras will have to wait until the next visit…
Aug 2012
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Arriate Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 7 - toilet , Guest toilet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Pool house shower and separate toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , en-suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , en-suite
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , 2 sinks, en suite
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , on lower level, doubles as TV, game, and sitting room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , on main level next to main entrance, a/c, ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , on intermediate level next to patio, a/c, ceiling fan
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , on intermediate level next to patio, a/c, ceiling fan
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , on upper level, private terrace, TV, a/c, ceiling fan
  • All bedrooms have air-condition, ceiling fans, and hair dryers; King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Large Book Library, Dining Table for 10, Terrace, Wireless Internet, Playstation 2 Console, Designer Kitchen with Eating Area, 5-Gas Burner Cooking Top, Convection Oven, 2 Miele Dishwashers, US-Sized Refrigerator, Cooking Utensils and Complete Set of China, Flatware and Glasses Provided, All Linen Provided, 2 Miele washers and 2 Miele dryers, 2nd Refrigerator, Private Pool with Pool House and Shower, 2 mountain bikes


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Elegant villa near Ronda – superb for your holidays with family and friends!
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Luxury and privacy in a peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

We, party of ten family members, had a wonderful week at the beautiful villa El Cobijo. The house was clean, spacious and well equipped; we didn't miss a single thing. The owner, Raynold von Samson, was very hospitable and gave us some good tips where to go and what to see. We made daytrips to Sevilla, Ronda, Cordoba and the pueblos blancos. We made hikes near El Bosque or just stayed at the villa to enjoy the beautiful view or to take a dive in the pool. We really enjoyed our stay and we are all sure that soon we will return to this piece of paradise.

The Mooren Family

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5




  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchas Gracias Juan por tus amables palabras; estaríamos encantados de volver a veros en nuestra casa!
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Beautiful Home in Arriate

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home just outside of Arriate near Ronda was perfect for our group of 4 couples. Each of us had a bedroom with king size bed and ensuite bathroom. We enjoyed the gourmet kitchen which allowed us to cook together, and was perfect for a delicious meal catered by a chef recommended by Raynold. The living room was comfortable and we used the fireplace in the evenings to take the chill off. We would have loved to spend time outside but it was still too chilly for that in February. The patio and yard is beautiful and would be a great place to relax when the weather is warm. The home is within walking distance of Arriate (e.g., for a visit to the bakery in the morning) and close to Ronda. Lots to see and do in the area. The house is a bit tricky to find, so get good directions from the owner.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind remarks! We provide detailed directions on our webpage, so finding the villa (only about a mile outside Arriate, our nearby village) is not too difficult. We're always happy to help with directions verbally or meet you in the village to show you the way. Our "El Cobijo" sign is also posted on our driveway.
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Remarkable location and property.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience in El Cobijo. Every room is special with decorations personally selected. The bathrooms (one for each room) are very well appointed. The central heating is perfect for winter weather and the kitchen will suit the most demanding cook. The grounds are lovely and it has a great view to be appreciated from the wonderful terrace at the side of the house. All round a very good deal for the dollars we paid.

Mari and Salvador are a very nice couple who look after the property for the owners (Raynold and Teresa). They were very helpful. Mari comes in every day to make the beds, clean the bathrooms and take away the garbage.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional property

  • 5 of 5

El Cobijo is an exceptional villa. The photos, as good as they are, do not do it justice. The villa is large, well thought out and constructed. We took all our meals on the terrace with wonderful views. The kitchen is well equipped and easy to use. The swimming pool and pool house are great.

We had Chef Maria Terol prepare dinner for us twice.......including a cooking lesson for an authentic paella. She then joined us for dinner on the terrace.

El Pelistre was quite close with good food and welcoming staff. Part of our group did a day trip to Sevilla, others more local excursions.......don't miss Cueva Del Gato........

El Cojibo owner Raynold von Samson is an excellent host......he even arranged a visit to a winery for us.

All in all, an excellent week in an excellent villa!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words; we are thrilled to be able to contribute with any useful and local advice to make your stay a more memorable one.
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Second stay just as good as the first

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at El Cabijo in March 2015 and were thoroughly impressed. So much, we stayed there again in September of this year. Completely different group of guests (10 total), but the results were the same. Everyone loved the villa! We were welcomed at the appointed time and the house was immaculate. The kitchen was a joy to cook in and we made several communal meals. The pool was perfect and we used the BBQ one evening. Great location for day trips to Sevilla, Granada and the mediterranean coast. I would not hesitate to recommend this villa to my friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Kurt for your lovely words. We will be delighted to have you return one day.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
San Pedro
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
42 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Car: necessary

Cultural tourism, Europe's cultural jewels such as Cordoba, Granada, and Sevilla can easily be reached for enjoyable and extraordinary sight seeing excursions. Drive through Spain's unique sherry wine regions of Jerez and Sanlucar to visit the bodegas of Domecq, Gonzalez Byass, Lustau, Hidalgo and many others. While there, visit the famous Domecq Horse Show. Ronda is a perfect destination to spend an afternoon walking through the narrow streets of its ancient historic city center. The property is surrounded by the finest golf courses many of which are reachable in less than 50 minutes by car. Except for during the July and August summer vacation season in Spain, many courses are pleasantly uncrowded. The beaches of Costa del Sol are situated along the summer resorts of Marbella, Puerto Banus, and Sotogrande on the Mediterranean Sea, On the Atlantic side, mile-long beaches are endowed with copious, white sand and steady winds ideal for wind and kite surfing.


Rates & Availability

Arriate Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Middle Season
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Jan 7 2018 - May 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
Middle Season
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Last day cleaning fee $99.16

Daily cleaning service Monday through Saturday for 2 hours from 11:00 to 13:00 hrs. The maid can be asked to stay for additional hours, if necessary at €10 per hour, payable directly to the maid. We offer discounts of 5% for 2 weeks 10% for 3 weeks and 15% for 4 weeks. The service of a private chef can be arranged to prepare meals at the villa. Please contact us for additional details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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