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

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


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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 on a lightly sloping olive grove of approximately 3 acres. The villa’s main level is built around a charming, 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 designer 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.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Raynold von Samson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, german, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Raynold von Samson

Passionate about life in the Ronda area, loves gardening, photography, painting, music, cooking, sailing, hiking, cars, and to entertain family and guests at our house...


Raynold von Samson purchased this villa in 2001

What makes this villa unique

El Cobijo can be rented as self catered holiday villa to relax and enjoy our quiet rural neighborhood with lovely views of the scenic mountains that surround the Ronda area. We're glad to answer any questions you may have to plan and organize your vacation in our valley.

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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Elegant villa near Ronda – superb for your holidays with family and friends!
average rating of 4.96875 based on 36 reviews

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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Superb El Cobijo

  • 5 of 5

With seven persons from Antwerp, Belgium we went to Andalusia for a lovely holiday.

After staying at ‘El cobijo’ for a week, it was with pain in our hearts that we left to return to Belgium.

The first day of our stay we had very bad weather, it was raining very hard and there was a lot of wind so we had to stay inside. But it didn’t bother us, because it was so cozy by the fireplace, with a glass of wine and some beautiful Spanish music, everybody was relaxed.

The kitchen also is very nice and practical, so we cooked a lot of great meals with fresh ingredients from Arriate. (Which is only 2 minutes away)

After that one rainy day we were lucky because the sun was shining every day again.

So we went to Cordoba, a beautiful, exciting city not to far away.

We also took a trip to a few white villages and to Ronda off course.

It was always very nice we could return to the quite of the house and his area, enjoy the view from the balcony, looking at the sunset and the many stars.

The owner of the house Raynold von Samson, is a very kind man, always willing to help and to give useful tips about trips and places.

There’s no doubt that we will rent this amazing house again because we all lost our hearts to Andalucia.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Walter for such a kind and thoughtful review. We would be thrilled to welcome you back soon!
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Extraordinary house in pristin shape, perfect location, near great towns to visit!Highly recomended.

  • 5 of 5

We made a great family trip to Andalucia staying in this house for a week. The location could not be better! In the great " pueblos blancos " area, we had the chance of visiting charming little towns with great views; Ronda, which is 5 minutes away from the house, is a lovely ancient town, with nice little bars to have a glass of wine and some typical jabugo, with the astonishing views of the cliffs; Setenil de las Bodegas, with this houses built into the rock just amazing; Zahara de la Sierra, with it´s turquoise water lake views, the Castle high in the rock, really a wonder! In Arriate, the village where the house is, there is a great supermarket, where we could find everything we needed; and there is also a delicious restaurant called El Muelle, that is a former train station, very cosy and delicious!

The house is perfecly equiped, in wonderful shape ,extraordinarily clean and very spacious; there is a great terrace to have lunch facing a lovely view over olive trees. It has all the amenities a family might need for a vacation, like washing machine, dryer, WiFi, perfectly equipped kitchen., we really felt at home!! The description and the pictures shown in the webpage are perfect and very acurate.

The owner, Raynold, gave us great advise of places to visit near the house, with a very personal attention,that made our vacation a very special one! Maria, the lovely lady who takes care of the house, goes two hours every day to have it in pristine condition.

The area is perfect for bicycle , and excellent for motorcycle day trips, coming back in the afternoon, the house has a covered garage.

We are really looking forward to going back very soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful comments on the area and the house, and we would be thrilled to have you return in the future. I was a pleasure to have you stay at El Cobijo. Muchas Gracias!
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A fantastic place!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here for 8 days in July. Myself, 3 adult children and spouses, 2 teenage boys, an eight year old and a four month old baby.

The owner, Raynold, was completely interactive through email and phone, most helpful. We had 2 meals cooked by Deborah wonderful- traditional food. Mari came every day -a luxury. It was hot, but the pool was so cool, thoroughly well equipped with sunbeds, parasols, toilet/ shower and a great barbecue/bar area. The setting - marble floors, heavy, wooden, carved doors, book lined shelves, views of olive groves - is waiting for a film shooting. We did go to the Alcazar, Ronda and a local vineyard (which served glorious tapas), but spent much of the time in and out of the pool, talking, eating and cooking ( two meals were from Teresa's published recipe book).

We spent a truly memorable holiday in a very special villa, and I would love to return there.

I thoroughly recommend el cobijo to all ages.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review! July and August are hot months, although the house maintains a pleasant coolness thanks to thick walls and marble floors. We like to recommend visiting the area in spring or autumn to enjoy the best temperatures.
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A fantastic villa in beautiful surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

We (8 friends from Norway) reluctantly left El Cobijo after 14 wonderful days in july 15. OK, the temperatures at the time was too high, but with the nice pool, airconditon in the bedrooms, and the house a bit cooler, we enjoyed every moment. At arrival we were surprised over the high standard of the property. Big bedrooms with large baths, a fantastic kitchen with all the best of equipment, a terrace with a fantastic view over the surroundings etc. etc. The friendly welcome and help from the owner was also much more than one could expect. And not to forget, every day the maid Maria cleaned up and made the house spotless. Big thanks to her. The surroundings with spectacular Ronda, and charming Arriate was also very nice with good food and friendly people. Our group have had similar vacations in Italy and France several times, but El Cobiljo definitively takes the first price. This is in fact the first time that we seriously decided to return for another holyday. We recommend El Cobijo to anyone who will visit Andalucia. 

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review, we're always thrilled when our guests enjoy our beautiful surroundings. The traditional way to keep house cool in the summer is to open the windows over night and close them in the morning.
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
112 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
52 Kilometres
Los Naranjos
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
76 Kilometres
Antequera (A92: Sevilla-Granada, exit 146)
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
El Muelle de Arriate
Nearest Ski
182 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
71 Kilometres
La Laguneta, Estepona
Car: necessary

The property is accessible through a remote controlled iron gate along a small driveway up to the villa. The villa is located 1.5 km away from the charming, rural village of Arriate and 8 km from historic Ronda. Ronda is situated 90 minutes by car from the airport of Málaga, 50 minutes from Marbella and the Costa del Sol, as well as 1 hour and 30 minutes from downtown Sevilla. The scenic Serranía of Ronda is well-known for its magnificent views, its beautiful hiking trails and the famous white mountain villages. In addition, one can reach the Alhambra in Granada in under two hours (155 km) as well as Córdoba in just over 2 hours (200 km) by car. Gibraltar and Algeciras are 100 km away, and the endless Atlantic coast beaches of Tarifa up to Cadiz, one of Europe's most famous windsurfing resort, can be reached in 2 hours. The region provides over 40 of Spain's finest golf courses, some of which can easily be reached in under 50 minutes.

Other Activities: Ronda is a beautiful, historic Andalusian city. It is a perfect destination to spend an afternoon walking through the narrow streets of its ancient historic city center with a centuries old bridge over a 100 m deep gorge that divides the old and the newer parts of the city and with the 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 area for sight seeing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and sail gliding.

Ski: The highest peaks of the Iberian Peninsula are located in the Sierra Nevada, very close to Granada, which boasts some of Spain's best ski slopes. Although at least 2 and a half hours by car away, you can still plan on arriving at the slopes before noon and returning for dinner. Sierra Nevada has over 90 km of well maintained ski runs, some of which provide breath taking views of the Mediterranean Sea.


Rates & Availability

Arriate Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
4 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Jan 8 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Middle Season
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
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
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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Last day cleaning fee $92

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 details.

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Arriate Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 400 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , separate shower and toilet in the bath house next to pool
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , Guest toilet
    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 , master bathroom with double sink, en-suite
  • Each ensuite bathroom comes with full size tub, the bathroom on the lower level has a large shower; the pool has its own bath house with shower and toilet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , master bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , TV/game room/sitting room with 2 sofas
  • Each of 4 bedrooms equipped with air condition, full-size, ensuite bathrooms, the 5th bedroom doubles as TV/game room/sitting room and has a small bathroom with spacious shower;
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • spelunking
  • tennis
This villa is built in elegant yet rustic, Andalusian style with marble floors, central, under floor heating, antique Spanish wooden doors and high, sloped ceilings. Each bedroom has air condition and a ceiling fan for warmer weather, although the house is always pleasantly cool due to thick double walls and typically cool over night temperatures in the summer. The proprietors owned a well-known Spanish restaurant in Manhattan, so the ability to entertain friends and to enjoy fine cooking and dining were primary goals taken into consideration when this house was designed. The sloping garden blends into an olive grove with over 80 old olive trees and a vegetable garden near a small creek at the bottom of the property. The private, terraced pool area with a 10 by 4 meter salt water pool is located in the rear of the house. The pool has its own shower and bathroom building with kitchenette as well as a roofed bar area and grill for pool side barbecuing.

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