The architecture of the house is a blend of Moorish/Spanish. The paints are all natural pigments which are enhanced by all the natural light that floods in through the house. The murals were executed by a talented Scottish artist, they are inspired by early 19th Century Continental paintings.
Some of the exterior lamps are original, others copied by a wonderful forge in Baeza which took months to complete, all the interior wall sconces and candlelabra were discovered in old places the length and breadth of Spain.
The kitchen is bespoke hand made of solid chestnut with “mellow yellow” marble from Granada for the worktops, with decorative hand painted wall tiles commissioned from an Argentenian ceramic artist living in Madrid.
The frieze around the cornice of the dining room was created by 2 artists using gold leaf to resemble the wooden carved library of the Doge Palace in Venice which I fell in love with. The huge Spanish antique chandelier that hangs in the dining room was devotedly restored by me. The dining table base is a 16th Century Flemish Altar Front.
In the main house the master suite has two dressing rooms and two bathrooms there are three more bedroom suites and bathrooms in this part of the house. In the guest wing there are a further two bedroom suites. There are private terraces to all bedrooms.
The curtains are all premier quality Belgium velvet and hand made in London, the carpets are an interesting mix of Persian, Indian, Moroccan and the huge Zeiglers in the drawing and dining room were flown in from London and the large ivory velvet sofas were custom made in London. Most of the hanging lanterns were hand made in Morocco but sit happily alongside antique lamps.
The bookcases in the drawing room were lovingly created by a master carpenter from London who spent 4 months on site. The stone balustrade of the main staircase is similar to one that I coveted in the old palace in Carmona. The small marble sink in the downstairs cloakroom was salvaged from an old convent somewhere in the north of Spain.
The majority of the outside pots are very old olive jars.The garden has been planted with a profusion of trees, there are majestic Cypressas, Cork Oaks, Palms and ethereal Jacarandas, also a wonderful selection of mature fruit trees to include fig, pomegranate, banana ,mango, orange, lemon, lime, peach and apricot.
The property is 10 minutes from Estepona, 10 minutes from San Pedro de Alcantara, 20 minutes to Marbella. The quaint town of Ben Havis is 10 minutes away. There is excellent golf at the Marbella Club golf resort, 15 minutes away and Finca Cortesin Golf about the same.
There is an Aldi supermarket 5 minutes away and a good private hospital 5 minutes away. Estepona is a lovely Spanish old town. There are lots of restaurants within 5 or 10 minutes, good ethnic restaurants as well.
This really is the interesting thing about the property, it is a huge private estate ensuring absolute privacy but is so close to everything