Also born as a luxury residential resort destination in the late 1950s, Sotogrande is sometimes seen as the ‘other Marbella’, its gentler pace of life often regarded as an alternative to the livelier glamour of Marbella. Though Sotogrande is situated no more than half an hour west of Marbella and Puerto Banús it has an atmosphere and charm all of its own, offering a prime selection of luxury homes ranged around the Sotogrande marina and some of the finest golf courses in Europe.
Sotogrande is also home to fantastic sandy beaches that extend either way from the famous marina, where many of the luxury apartments and penthouses feature their own yacht berths and are within a stroll of the port’s fine collection of restaurants, cafés and boutiques. Just a little further along is one of the resort’s most renowned features – the Santa María Polo Club, where the cream of international ponies, polo teams and horsemanship is on display throughout the playing season, which sees teams from around Europe and beyond compete from spring to late summer.
It is a glamorous affair in true Sotogrande style, with celebrities and even royals attending the elegant yet casually understated event, where fine dining, socialising and even top-end markets add to the lustre of the event. The most exclusive street market on the coast is also held in Sotogrande, where it graces the yacht-side area also lined with charming boutiques, restaurants, grand cafés and delightful food trucks. Venture a little further inland, into the leafy residential parts of Sotogrande, and you will find internationally famous golf courses such as those of Valderrama, the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande and La Reserva de Sotogrande surrounded by stylish villas and apartments set within beautiful green gardens.
A fine example of the kind of luxury villas for sale in Sotogrande is this beautiful contemporary country villa set in the Guadiaro River valley. A sweeping, cypress-lined drive arrives at the house, surrounded on all sides by breath-taking scenery of the gently rolling hills of this beautiful region of Andalucía. Set in 6,6 hectares of land, the 323 square metre, five-bedroom home is framed by the greenery of its landscaped gardens featuring a generous swimming pool, with open views to nature and nearby Sotogrande.
The villa’s impressive entrance features imposing antique wooden doors into the welcoming hallway, which then leads into the fully fitted and equipped kitchen with adjoining laundry room. The spacious adjacent living room features a large fireplace for cosy nights in the cooler months of winter, whereas the beautiful pergola-covered terraces outside provide welcome shade during the warmer summer months.
This property is also just a few minutes away from the Santa María Polo Club and the Sotogrande Equestrian Club, and it has planning approval for horse stables totalling 273 square metres. It offers stylish comfort, with all the benefits of tranquil country living just five minutes from the amenities and beaches of cosmopolitan Sotogrande.